Categories for Potatoes in History
December 1, 2015 9:07 pm
The foundational justification for GE crops is the bold assertion that they are higher yielding and therefore are ESSENTIAL to feed a growing world population. WRONG.
Now a MAJOR new study from Brazil confirms that Monsanto's GE SOYBEANS YIELD LESS than traditional Non-GE soybeans. Combined with other studies - including "Failure to Yield" by Union of Concerned Scientists (http://www.ucsusa.org/…/food_and_agric…/failure-to-yield.pdf) the documented GE yield inferiority exposes the orchestrated, self-serving GE hoopla as mere lies and propaganda.
Additionally, monopolist Monsanto manipulates the seed market in Brazil and restricts farmer access to nonGE soybean seed. Jim
November 25, 2015 9:20 pm
'Monsanto’s Intacta RR2 PRO soybeans are outperformed by non-GM soybeans in the major soy-producing regions of Brazil, according to new scientific study reported in Valor Econômico...
"The yield performance ranking was as follows:
"Non-GM soy: 57.1 bags per hectare (a bag is 60 kg)
Intacta RR2 PRO GM soy (RR2): 54.8 bags per hectare
Roundup Ready GM soy: 52.4 bags per hectare
"The profitability ranking was as follows:
"Non-GM soy: R$ (Brazilian Real) 369/hectare
Intacta RR2 PRO GM soy: R$ 333/ha
Roundup Ready GM soy: R$ 128/ha"
This study shows that agricultural pesticides continue to cause environmental harm even when our instruments fail to detect and 'regulators' have shifted their attention away from them.
Clearly, the best way to get synthetic pesticides OUT OF THE ENVIRONMENT is NOT to put them there in the first place. Our food dollars consciously spent on organic food provides both nourishment for healthy bodies AND prevents dangerous chemicals from being used which perpetually poison our planet. Jim
November 19, 2015 7:39 pm
"Commonly-used pesticides can impact aquatic species over multiple weeks, even when chemicals are no longer detectable in water nor monitored by regulators, according to new research...
"Over half a billion pounds of pesticides are used annually in the U.S., mostly in agriculture and to reduce insect-borne disease, but some of these pesticides are occurring at concentrations that are identified by the government as a concern for aquatic life. The potential for adverse effects on aquatic life is likely underestimated in these results because resource constraints limit the scope of monitoring to less than half of the more than 400 pesticides currently used in agriculture each year and monitoring focuses only on pesticides dissolved in water."
Acting again as the puppet of the Biotech industry, the FDA has made an astoundingly dumb move in approving for human consumption this first GE animal, Genetically Engineered Salmon. Let's be clear, FDA will NOT require labeling either, so consumers will be in the dark and have no way of knowing whether or not salmon is GE. Expect members of the traditional salmon industry to be riled over over this decision. Thankfully, it is expected our allies at Center for Food Safety will be filing a lawsuit to try and halt the FDA action. Jim
November 17, 2015 6:45 pm
Ask anyone in Maine who is the go-to person on heirloom apples and John Bunker's name will quickly emerge. John's book on heirloom Maine apples, "Not Far From the Tree"
(http://www.mofgastore.org/product.sc?productId=71) has become an apple classic in itself. In peak season during Maine's bright Fall days John criss-crosses the state in his role as devoted apple-detective tracking down leads for elusive rare specimens. As lead instigator behind the modern fever for heirloom apples, humble John is making an impact of his own. Jim & Megan
November 17, 2015 6:39 pm
"On a steamy evening this July, John Bunker and his wife, Cammy Watts, padded down into the root cellar at their organic farm in Maine and rustled through a collection of wooden bins until they found what they were after: six purple-skinned, white-freckled apples, which had spent the past eight months sitting in repose in the cool darkness. The couple turned a pair of the Black Oxfords over in their hands, then cut one of them into quarters and bit into the crisp pieces. They agreed that the fruit was still delicious—not to be confused with Delicious, as in Red Delicious, the most ubiquitous apple variety in the United States. Left to sit that long, a Red Delicious apple and the rest of its supermarket ilk would have long ago turned to mush...
"Craig Campbell, one of the first big Washington growers to transition to organic cultivation, is now planting heirlooms as fast as he can at Harmony Orchards. 'Last year, Whole Foods came in and bought every apple we had,' he says. 'These heirlooms have so much going on that my wife says she’ll never make another pie from anything else.'"
Ten years ago when Jim was President of Washington-based Organic Seed Alliance, Dr Steve Jones served with him on the Board. At that time, Steve still was the Washington State University wheat breeder in Prosser. Steve remains one of the best representations of what good science used to - and should - be: a dedicated and honest scientist with unquestioned integrity and genuine humility who both deeply respected the work performed by those before him and maintained an uncompromising devotion to the best interests of the people. Back then, as the ultimate expert, Steve knew that the introduction of GE wheat would contaminate and ruin the foundation wheat collection at WSU Prosser - and thereby jeopardize the wheat industry within and without Washington. He stuck to his guns and flat out refused to allow GE wheat into the wheat collection. The fact is Steve took a lot of heat for standing up for the people's interest. Steve is incredible and an inspiration to everyone around him. This NY Times article does justice to a great man. Jim & Megan
November 17, 2015 6:31 pm
"Jones and wheat first met when he was a child. While learning to make bagels and marbled rye from his grandmother, Jones listened to tales of the wheat farms that her family had worked on in Poland. While studying agronomy at Chico State University in the late 1970s, Jones grew a modest five acres of wheat on a campus farm. ‘'I fell in love with it as a crop,’' he says."
Then watch this excellent concise video (5:37) by Anthony Flaccvento. The utter lack of transparency inherent to TPP should tip us off. Discover why Anthony calls TPP "Roundup Ready Trade Policy." Jim
"We have two different strands - two very important sets of policies. One about agriculture and food. The other about trade. Yet they seem to come together in an unhealthy overlap that I call 'Roundup Ready Trade Policy.' I think we can change that but it's going to take Ag advocates and Trade advocates working together."
November 12, 2015 8:20 pm
Only in Monsanto's wildest unhinged fantasies are genetically engineered crops taking the world by storm. Remove the acreage from the Top 4 (USA, Canada, Brazil, Argentina) and THE 'GE wave' becomes a dribble. The world is prospering WITHOUT GE CROPS and so can we. The future is sustainable organic crops, free from the huge risks associated with GE technology. Jim
November 12, 2015 7:51 pm
“'Over the past 20 years, GM technology has only been taken up by a handful of countries for a handful of crops, so no wonder two thirds of Europe have decided to ban it. Where GM crops are grown, they lead to increased pesticide use and the entrenchment of industrial farming systems that in turn exacerbate hunger, malnutrition and climate change.”
"Around 85 per cent of GM crops are cultivated in just four countries in the Americas (US, Brazil, Argentina and Canada), representing only three per cent of global agricultural land...
"There is no scientific consensus about the safety of GM crops - Despite the biotech industry’s attempts to reassure consumers about the safety of GM crops, over 300 independent scientists dispute these claims . Genetic engineering remains a risky technology that can trigger unintended and irreversible impacts on the environment and human health."
Courageous scientist Dr. Judy Carmen has authored one of the WORLD'S MOST SIGNIFICANT AND GROUNDBREAKING PEER-REVIEWED STUDIES WHICH PROVES GE FEED SERIOUSLY HARMS PIGS (http://gmojudycarman.org/new-study-shows-that-animals-are-…/).
Dr. Carmen's sterling integrity was stupidly defamed by John Snooke, Mr. Snooke has been the abrasive leader and spokesman for the Monsanto-funded group which aggressively battled innocent Monsanto-contamination victim, organic farmer Steven Marsh (http://safefoodfoundation.org/…/hero-organic-farmer-loses-…/). The bitter injustice is that our heroic friend, Steve Marsh, remains under severe Monsanto-caused financial duress and continues to struggle to hold onto his family farm.
Now, publicly shamed, Mr. Snooke has issued a retraction and has abruptly resigned. Jim
November 12, 2015 7:43 pm
"After an exchange of legal letters between my lawyer and the lawyer acting for Mr Snooke, Mr Snooke printed a retraction and apology in the edition of the WGG Bulletin, dated 16 October 2015. He also paid my legal expenses. Within a few days of doing this, he suddenly 'stepped down' from being the Chair of the WGG."
In this lecture at the American College of Nutrition, Dr. Thierry Vrain makes a very strong case that as far as consumers and farmers are concerned, GMOs and Monsanto's 'Roundup' herbicide content are same thing. Please consider this eye-opening video (34:30) MUST WATCH. Jim
"Glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor in human cells. 0.5 parts per million will cause endocrine disruption...
November 9, 2015 9:43 pm
"'Roundup' the herbicide contains 40% of glyphosate, the active ingredient...One of the inert ingredients in 'Roundup' is this molecule POEA...and there's about 15% of it. It is labeled "Inert" but it is actually toxic. I did not mention that glyphosate has no acute toxicity but POEA is very acutely toxic. If you test glyphosate on all kinds of things pure, you get no acute toxicity on human cells or animals. But if you use the formulation of 'Roundup' - the whole herbicide because it contains 15% of a very acute chemical - there is an acute toxicity effect, which is measurable, as in this paper."
For far too long the massive negative impact of non-sustainable industrial agriculture on the environment and the climate crisis have been ignored. Adopting sustainable organic farming principles which put carbon back in the soil (as humus) where it belongs is a foundational first step to reversing climate chaos. PLUS the people will enjoy good healthy food grown WITHOUT synthetic poisons. Jim
"'Increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather, rising temperatures and sea levels, as well as floods and droughts have a significant impact on the right to food,' Hilal Elver said in a statement Tuesday. 'All these climate incidents will negatively impact on crops, livestock, fisheries, aquaculture and on people’s livelihoods' she added...
"Echoing many food justice groups, Hilal said, "Responding to the food demand through large-scale production oriented agricultural models is not the right solution."
"'There is a need for a major shift from industrial agriculture to transformative systems such as agroecology that support the local food movement, protect small holder farmers, respect human rights, food democracy and cultural traditions, and at the same time maintain environmental sustainability and facilitate a healthy diet,' she said...
"Elver said, 'There are two simple phrases that summarize it: feeding the world without destroying the planet, and applying ecological principles to agriculture...'"