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Fiesty Vermont will be going to tremendous lengths to defend its new no-strings-attached GMO label law from legal challenge - even to the point of hiring outside legal counsel. The Vermont law was carefully-crafted and approved by constitutional scholars. If justice is served, the sound Vermont law will be upheld and then it will be game-over for Biotech's decades-old campaign to deny the people their right-to-know. "'We’re going to fight fire with fire,' Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell said in an interview Thursday...The state is now considering beefing up its internal legal team with some additional high-end talent, Sorrell said. Though his office has been 'talking to some outside counsel,' Vermont will retain 'ultimate control' over the case, he said." Jim
Robyn is an articulate observer, a mother with a high-powered business background. "The President’s Cancer Panel also sounded alarm bells about chemicals and cancer, encouraging us to eat organic when we can, to reduce our exposure to pesticides and other additives being applied to our foods... But the scrutiny that these foods undergo is enormous and expensive, driving prices at the cash register and for those producing them on the farm. Why the costs? Because the cost structure on our food supply offers taxpayer-funded resources called subsidies to the farmers using genetically engineered seeds and saturating crops in insecticides and weed killers, while charging the organic farmers fees to prove that their crops are safe...In other words, it’s an un-level playing field right now. And if we were all sitting down as a national family at our national dinner table, I don’t think that any of us would want to be using our resources this way. Wouldn’t we rather have the organic food be the one that we fund, making it cheaper, more affordable and more accessible to all Americans?" If you've not yet viewed Robyn's TEDx video (18:26) don't delay! Jim & Megan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rixyrCNVVGA
In every country EVERYWHERE development of independent locally-adapted seed resources are essential to a country's food sovereignty. Self-serving outside multi-national corporations need to butt out and not use re-interpreted heavy-handed trade agreements to force their will. PLEASE SHARE WIDELY. "...Vice President Joe Biden just returned from Guatemala, where he pledged support to help Central American countries improve the lives of their children. On top of this, first lady Michelle Obama has devoted so much energy to promoting the cause of improving nutrition for children. That’s a goal, too, of the Salvadoran seed program, known as the Family Agriculture Plan. Begun in 2011, it is credited with helping thousands of low-income farmers improve production and move toward a more sustainable food supply...Government contracts for seed purchases are estimated at about $30 million a year, and the question is whether units of U.S. corporations like Monsanto Co. are being cut out in the effort to buy more seed from smaller, Salvadoran producers. Supporters of the program argue that the ministry is seeking only to allow small and medium producers to better compete, while fostering a sustainable seed industry inside El Salvador." Jim
After falling victim to a vicious and Biotech-orchestrated character assassination campaign which culminated with an outrageous specious retraction, the powerful toxicity study is once again on solid footing. "The study found severe liver and kidney damage and hormonal disturbances in rats fed the GM maize and low levels of Roundup that are below those permitted in drinking water in the EU. Toxic effects were found from the GM maize tested alone, as well as from Roundup tested alone and together with the maize. Additional unexpected findings were higher rates of large tumours and mortality in most treatment groups...GMOSeralini.org editor Claire Robinson commented: “This study has now successfully passed no less than three rounds of rigorous peer review." Jim
Since modern organic farming threatens the status quo and Industrial Ag's stranglehold on the world food supply, don't expect these malevolent monopolists to let up on their disparaging attacks anytime soon. Manitoba agronomist Martin Entz offers this report on organic progress. "Failure of 'command and control' approaches are sometimes due to ecological realities such as evolution of resistance, and sometimes because they simply cost too much money to sustain over the long term. Natural systems agriculture, on the other hand, represents a different view of farming. The system’s ecology is the focus and a major aim is to 'naturalize' all the biological steps within the managed process, including crop nutrition, plant improvement (breeding), and pest management. Laurie Drinkwater of Cornell University calls this Ecologically Integrated Agriculture while Wes Jackson of the Land Institute calls it Natural Systems Agriculture. The best-developed form of ecological agriculture is organic farming." Jim
NEW ADDITION TO THE RANKS OF ORGANIC COTTON BREEDERS. Expert in both organic and GE cotton breeding, Jane Dever choose organic over cotton seed controlled by GE seed monopolies. "It’s rare that a plant breeder goes from developing genetically modified crops at a major biotechnology company to breeding varieties for organic and non-GMO farmers. Jane Dever, associate professor at Texas A&M’s AgriLife Research and Extension Center, is unique in having done just that. As global cotton breeding manager for Bayer CropScience, Dever put GM traits into cotton plants. Now she focuses on keeping GM traits out of organic cotton varieties...'What a lot of folks don’t understand is that ‘breeding’ and ‘GM trait development’ are two entirely different things,' she says. 'It did not take long to understand that companies like these are not in the seed business unless they can realize growth from GM traits'...The three major companies that sell cottonseed—Monsanto, Bayer CropScience, and Dow AgroScience— don’t offer non-GMO varieties." Jim
Contrasting their self-serving spin, Economist Paul Craig Roberts concisely explains why it is the 'ecological economists' who most honestly explain reality. "Food production is a source of large social costs. Indeed, it seems that the more food producers are able to lower the measured cost of food production, the higher the social costs imposed on society...When Purdue University plant pathologist and soil microbiologist Don Huber pointed out these unintended consequences of GMOs, other scientists were hesitant to support him, because their careers are dependent on research grants from agribusiness. In other words, Monsanto essentially controls the research on its own products...Many countries have put restrictions on GMO foods. Lawmakers in Russia equate genetically engineered foods to terrorist acts and want to impose criminal penalties." Jim
Nader assures us that since Vermont passed their no-strings-attached GMO label law, Industrial Food & Ag are operating in panic mode. "There is no scientific consensus about the risks of eating genetically engineered food, according to a statement last year signed by nearly 300 scientists. The scientists agree that 'Concerns about risks are well-founded' and that a 'substantial number' of 'animal feeding studies and reviews of such studies...found toxic effects and signs of toxicity' in animals fed genetically engineered food, compared with controls. 'Some of the studies give serious cause for concern,' the scientists write...These questions of risks and safety have festered for years because the big agrichemical companies use their intellectual property rights to deny independent scientists the ability to test genetically engineered crops, or to report their results. Scientific American called these restrictions on free inquiry 'dangerous.' 'In a number of cases,' the magazine reports, 'experiments that had the implicit go-ahead from the seed company were later blocked from publication because the results were not flattering'...There's a great lesson in all this: when left and right join together, they can defeat big corporations and their subservient politicians. That's the theme of my new book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State." Jim
I would add an 11th: significant savings are gained when you cook from basic organic ingredients as opposed to relatively expensive thaw-and-heat factory-prepared organic food. Stir-fried (with organic sunflower oil) fresh organic zucchini (from the Farmers Market) combined with organic short-grain Lundburg Rice (in a 25-pound sack from the local Co-op) with organic tamari is a quick easy meal easily adaptable with the progression of summer vegetables. Jim
Standing up for farmers' right to farm without the threat of invasion by Biotech's GE contamination, Steve Marsh is moving ahead with his appeal of a single judge's bad judicial decision. "“It is too early for either the pro GM or non GM or organic industry to draw any conclusions from the case now that it will be appealed. The Safe Food Foundation has been disappointed at much of the media coverage extensively quoting pro GM groups celebrating Steve’s loss. Let us remember that Steve could lose his farm fighting for his right to farm without the threat of GM crops blowing onto his farm every time his neighbour chooses to plant next door to him,” said Scott Kinnear." This excellent video (6:51) provides background. Steve needs our help if you are able to DONATE. Thanks! Jim
More young people are making the choice to live their passions and connect with the earth. "When he graduated in 2004, he moved to New York to work in investment banking, but he found the work unfulfilling...Young farmers cite many reasons for pursuing careers in farming: Desk jobs are stifling, they want to be their own boss, and organic and locally grown food has become so popular they feel they can make a decent living." A second article in the LA Times offers a West Coast version of the same phenomena. Jim http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-young-organic-farmers-20140608-story.html#page=1
The positive effects of good organic food are sophisticated and intricate and thereby challenging to identify and measure. However, this important study represents significant progress in proving the superiority of organic food. “…both animal studies and in vitro studies clearly indicate the benefits of consumption of organically produced food instead of that conventionally produced.” Jim
In fact, the tomato came from a public gene bank in Germany. “'Because crossing tomatoes is not patentable, Monsanto deliberately rephrased the patent during the period of examination to make it appear as if genetic engineering was involved. However, careful reading of the patent shows that this is simply fraudulent. These tomatoes were not produced by transferring isolated DNA. The European Patent Office should have picked up on this,' says Christoph Then for No Patents on Seeds!." Jim
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Australian organic farmer Steve Marsh's GE contamination episode heightens clarity that "coexistence" between organic and GE crops is not only illegitimate and a fraudulent concept but it is morally indefensible because it requires subjugation of the right of organic farmers to be secure on their farms from the unwanted trespass of destructive transgenic (GE) technology. "'If any organic food consumers or producers want to maintain a strict and rigid GM-free standard for their organic products, the judgment means it will be harder to do this,' said Joe Lederman, Managing Principal, FoodLegal. 'It is not impossible but there will be a huge cost in doing so.'" Citizens have a right to healthy food free from transgenic content, and organic farmers have a right to grow that for those who desire it and their own families. Jim
Important twenty-seven point outline was prepared by Attorney Peter Drucker, Executive Director of 'Alliance for Bio-Integrity.' "Although most Americans (including those who serve in government) are unaware of it,
genetically engineered foods are on the market only because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has covered up the warnings of its own scientists, misrepresented the facts, and violated explicit mandates of U.S. law." This is MUST READ material. Jim
Steve Marsh has exhibited extraordinary courage - and he deserves our thanks - for having stood up to Monsanto in an effort to establish that organic farmers have a right to farm without invasion by Biotech contamination. "Henry Rowlands, the Global GMO Free Coalition Coordinator reacted Wednesday; “Steve Marsh is a great man to have stood up to what was obviously a Biotech industry funded legal campaign. It is a shame that the WA Supreme Court did not see beyond the arguments of the GMO and pesticide lobby in Western Australia." Jim
Marsh supporters consider this a deep loss not only for Steve and Susan March but also a loss for all organic and non-GE farmers in Australia. Jim
In a ruling released just hours ago, in a case being monitored internationally, family farmers Steve & Susan Marsh of Kojonup, Western Australia, lost their claim for monetary damages and a permanent injunction to prevent future damage. The judge failed to recognize the decertification decision of organic certifier NASAA, and therefore ignored the extreme financial loss experienced by the Marshs caused when the GE contamination damaged and prevented full use of their farm.
The Marshs were forced to recover damages from their neighbor, Michael Baxter, because carefully crafted Monsanto Licensing Agreements absolve the notorious multinational biotech corporation from legal product liability and instead shifts all responsibility to Monsanto farmer-customers. The result of this denial of justice is that the Marshs face an uncertain future and their ability to continue farming lies in jeopardy.
The Marshs and their lawyers have 21 days in which to file an Appeal. This post's primary link is to the six-page Judgment Summary.
The detailed 150 page ruling itself may be found here: http://decisions.justice.wa.gov.au/supreme/supdcsn.nsf/PDFJudgments-WebVw/2014WASC0187/%24FILE/2014WASC0187.pdf
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