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SamanthaJane13
04-01-2011, 05:07 AM
Lots of talk these days about the bullying of young boys and girls in school by more aggressive students. This brings to my mind the biggest bully of all: the biotech company, Monsanto Corporation.

Taken in context, Monsanto’s list of corporate crimes should have been enough to pull their corporate charter years ago. And yet we allow them to continue to destroy our food supply, our health and the planet. Monsanto or Monsatan?

Take a look at the company’s track record and decide for yourself.

Agent Orange: Monsanto was the major financial beneficiary of this herbicide used to defoliate the jungles of Vietnam and destroy the health of American troops and their offspring. It also allowed Monsanto and other chemical companies to appeal for and receive protection from veterans seeking damages for their exposure to Agent Orange and any future biotech creations.

Aspartame: As far back as 1994, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report listing 94 health issues caused by aspartame. It has been shown to cause slow but serious damage to the human body and yet it is used extensively in many commercial products.

Saccharin: Studies have shown that saccharin caused cancer in test rats and mice; and in six human studies, including one done by the National Cancer Institute, that consuming artificial sweeteners, such as saccharin and cyclamate, resulted in bladder cancer.

Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH): A genetically modified hormone injected into dairy cows to produce more milk, despite the fact that more milk was needed. The cows suffer excruciating pain due to swollen udders and mastitis. The pus from the infection enters the milk supply requiring more antibiotics to be given to the cows. BST milk may also cause breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer in humans.

RoundUp: The world's most commonly used herbicide and weed killer has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, in a study by eminent oncologists Dr. Lennart Hardell and Dr. Mikael Eriksson of Sweden. Used on genetically modified crops resistant to RoundUp's active ingredient glyphosate, environmentalists and health professionals are concerned that far from reducing herbicide use, glyphosate-resistant crops may result in increased residues in food to which consumers will be exposed.

Genetically Modified Crops (GMO): Monsanto created Frankenfoods by gene-splicing corn, cotton, soy, and canola with DNA from a foreign source. Consequently these crops are resistant to massive doses of the herbicide, RoundUp, but in turn herbicide-resistant superweeds are taking over. After running into resistance in the west, Monsanto is pushing GMO crops in third-world countries.

According to physicist, ecologist, and activist Dr. Vandana Shiva, “Syugenta and Monsanto are rushing ahead with the mapping and patenting of the rice genome. If they could, they would own rice and its genes, even though the 200,000 rice varieties that give us diverse traits have been bred and evolved by rice farmers of Asia collectively over millennia. Their claim to inventing rice is a violence against the integrity of biodiversity and life forms; it is a violence against the knowledge of third-world farmers.”

Terminator Seeds: A technology that produces sterile grains unable to germinate, forcing farmers to buy seeds from Monsanto rather than save and reuse the seeds from their harvest. Terminators can cross-pollinate and contaminate local non-sterile crops putting in danger the future seed supply and eventually giving control of the world’s food supply to Monsanto and the GM industry.

Standard American Diet: According to the Organic Consumers Association, “There is a direct correlation between our genetically engineered food supply and the $2 trillion the U.S. spends annually on medical care, namely an epidemic of diet-related chronic diseases.

Instead of healthy fruits, vegetables, grains, and grass-fed animal products, U.S. factory farms and food processors produce a glut of genetically engineered junk foods that generate heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. Low fruit and vegetable consumption is directly costing the United States $56 billion a year in diet-related chronic diseases.”


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snowgyre
04-01-2011, 10:40 AM
RoundUp: The world's most commonly used herbicide and weed killer has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, in a study by eminent oncologists Dr. Lennart Hardell and Dr. Mikael Eriksson of Sweden. Used on genetically modified crops resistant to RoundUp's active ingredient glyphosate, environmentalists and health professionals are concerned that far from reducing herbicide use, glyphosate-resistant crops may result in increased residues in food to which consumers will be exposed.

Just to give you an idea, the half-life of glyphosate is fairly short. In addition, glyphosate is a water-soluble compound, and the elimination rate in rats and rabbits is 100% in 48 hours. This is not to be confused with fat-soluble insecticides, which bioaccumulate over time to cause many problems, such as DDT that caused many of our hawks, eagles, and falcons to suffer in the 1950s-60s because it interfered with calcium deposition in egg shells.

Glyphosate is one of the most commonly used chemicals for land management because, as far as chemicals go, it's relatively safe. It's acute toxicity is actually less than that of table salt. When used at the labeled rate and with proper safety equipment, it's safe. When dispersed over a landscape, concentrations are very low. With any chemical, if you work continuously with it as part of your job, there is always a chance for risk.

It's very easy to blame chemical companies for producing these chemicals, when in actuality it's the market that demands them. Any substance is dangerous in excess. The truth of the matter is that if this company didn't produce them, somebody else would. Chemicals are not 'evil', as many of these articles would lead you to believe. They are a tool. When used properly, their benefits are enormous.

Standard American Diet: According to the Organic Consumers Association, “There is a direct correlation between our genetically engineered food supply and the $2 trillion the U.S. spends annually on medical care, namely an epidemic of diet-related chronic diseases.

Instead of healthy fruits, vegetables, grains, and grass-fed animal products, U.S. factory farms and food processors produce a glut of genetically engineered junk foods that generate heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. Low fruit and vegetable consumption is directly costing the United States $56 billion a year in diet-related chronic diseases.”

This is like asking the Humane Society if euthanasia is bad. Obesity due to fried foods, food preparation, and changing lifestyles is the primary factor driving increased medical care and costs. To say there is a "direct correlation" is a complete falsehood, and no scientist would be caught making such a statement. In science, there is the phrase that "correlation does not imply causation." Take this, for example: Children raised in homes with more appliances tend to perform better in school. Therefore, appliances improve intelligence. There is a correlation, but does that mean appliances actually improve intelligence? Could there be another factor to explain it? Perhaps the wealth of the parents who can afford the appliances, and therefore send their kids to better schools?

This article is riddled with bias and the author seems to have his own agenda in mind. I have no choice but to dismiss it.

SERPENTS DEN
04-01-2011, 10:49 AM
It's good to know other people are aware of Monsanto it seems most people prefer to stick their head in the sand.

How many people are aware of Agenda 21, all the pieces of the puzzle are coming together...

Ah, I'm going to crack open a beer and go see what's on the tube....:rofl:

j/k

WebSlave
04-01-2011, 12:32 PM
That bit about the "terminator seeds" is particularly worrisome. Sounds like the preface for a science fiction thriller whereby the entire food supply of the planet gets decimated when eventually every food bearing plant becomes sterile.

So how many different ways is humanity playing around with to potentially exterminate the entire race?

dustinNMpythons
04-01-2011, 02:01 PM
WOW I've only heard of the agent orange and DDT. This shows how hard they try to keep it where no one heres about them.

snowgyre
04-01-2011, 02:18 PM
Uh... Dustin, hate to tell you, but all of those topics listed above have been heavily discussed for the past 20-30 years. None of this is new. It's just a new article on an old debate.

Dennis Hultman
04-01-2011, 02:24 PM
Besides the heath debate and the other topic of agendas, there is another story.

Monsanto is not merely a capitalistic entity, it's a serious threat to every free person on this planet.

The power to grow your own food and put what you chose in your own body is seriously threaten. What they have done to individual farmers is a crime protected by unjust laws. Those that don't bend to their will pay a heavy price.

Many of their tactics have been well documented.

dustinNMpythons
04-01-2011, 02:38 PM
Uh... Dustin, hate to tell you, but all of those topics listed above have been heavily discussed for the past 20-30 years. None of this is new. It's just a new article on an old debate.

I guess that just shows my age lol. I turn 25 next week and just started to have concerns regarding rights and different types of legislation in the past year. Theres so much out there to be educated on where does a person start. This is really great info though.

snowgyre
04-01-2011, 03:22 PM
Besides the heath debate and the other topic of agendas, there is another story.

Monsanto is not merely a capitalistic entity, it's a serious threat to every free person on this planet.

The power to grow your own food and put what you chose in your own body is seriously threaten. What they have done to individual farmers is a crime protected by unjust laws. Those that don't bend to their will pay a heavy price.

Many of their tactics have been well documented.

Unfortunately, this article does not back up that argument as written. Calling the company a bully and then referencing the products it has developed as 'proof' it's a bully is like calling an ice cream shop a bully for offering a flavor of ice cream you don't like. There's no real discussion about business policies or evidence suggesting foul play. All of those chemicals were at one point sanctioned by the FDA and USDA (and many still are in use).

I'm not saying they're right or wrong, but they simply don't present the information that is required to come to their conclusions. This is like posting in the BOI without any correspondence between you and a bad seller/buyer. As this article is written, it is merely media sensationalism with no facts to back up their arguments.

bmatyeah
04-01-2011, 03:29 PM
I wish every person in this world could read this. I have been studying the food industry and there is nothing more evil the monsanto

Dennis Hultman
04-01-2011, 04:06 PM
Unfortunately, this article does not back up that argument as written. Calling the company a bully and then referencing the products it has developed as 'proof' it's a bully is like calling an ice cream shop a bully for offering a flavor of ice cream you don't like. There's no real discussion about business policies or evidence suggesting foul play. All of those chemicals were at one point sanctioned by the FDA and USDA (and many still are in use).

I'm not saying they're right or wrong, but they simply don't present the information that is required to come to their conclusions. This is like posting in the BOI without any correspondence between you and a bad seller/buyer. As this article is written, it is merely media sensationalism with no facts to back up their arguments.

I'm not talking about this article.

Dennis Hultman
04-01-2011, 04:17 PM
I was speaking on the broader topic of Monsanto.

To start with, let's talk to all the organic farmers that have been bullied by Monsanto. Let's talk about all the farmers who decide not to use Monsanto seeds.

Let's talk about the farmers who never used Monsanto but because some neighbor used them and cross pollinated on fields of private individuals who want nothing to do with them. Then they go in and seize their crops. Take all profits of their harvests, Tie small family farmers up in court to try and bankrupt them. Of course, if they submit and go along with Monsanto, the bullying tactics go away.

You don't have to ever touch a Monsanto seed or any other product. Pollination, winds, bugs, animals carry one bit of it to your property, your livelihood is threatened with serious force.

Dennis Hultman
04-01-2011, 04:29 PM
It doesn't stop there. It is on to the rest of the food supply.

Monsanto Patent for a Pig

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Sounds funny or maybe not once you understand that they can patent every animal you own and charge you for them.

Dennis Hultman
04-01-2011, 04:34 PM
"Every time a pig naturally propagates it is a violation of the patient and you will have to pay Monsanto."

Dennis Hultman
04-01-2011, 04:40 PM
Percy Schmeiser has been growing canola for 40 years. He's been experimenting, developing his own varieties, using his own seed. Then Monsanto, the giant multinational agro-chemical company that is at the forefront of developing genetically modified foods, accused him of patent infringement and demanded restitution for its seeds. They stole his plants, seeds & research because of cross pollenation with GMO plants that other people had planted within pollenaton range. If GMO's touch your crops... Monsanto owns your crop and will sue you. Pollenation is not containable. "I never put those plants on my land," says Schmeiser. "The question is, where do Monsanto's rights end and mine begin?"

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Dennis Hultman
04-01-2011, 04:48 PM
The rest of the pig story.
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It is a natural right to grow food just as it is to defend yourself. These natural rights are not given to you by any government or law. They are yours already.

There have been laws introduced that even threatens a persons ability to grow and consume their own food. Not sell it, but consume it yourself.

Dennis Hultman
04-01-2011, 05:42 PM
I wish every person in this world could read this. I have been studying the food industry and there is nothing more evil the monsanto

Reasonable people can debate GMO. They can debate the food system as a whole and come to individual conclusions. Hard to imagine but they can. You can watch all the documentaries available and still very reasonable people will view it different ways and come to different conclusions. Some will not care. I prefer heirloom seeds myself and plant them. I believe they have a right to produce the food that they wish and if people don't care and still wish to purchase and consume that is also their right.

However, they should be informed but you can't force people to educate themselves.

What reasonable people can't debate is that Monsanto is a threat. They are! I agree that their tactics are evil. They intrude on the individual liberties of those who want nothing to do with them. Those who wish not to consume anything by them. Their goal is total domination of the food supply and that is one of the biggest threats to any society.

SapphireGemReptiles
04-01-2011, 07:20 PM
some odd reason Monsanto reminds me of umbrella corporation from resident evil in a lot of ways... scares me a bit...

WebSlave
04-02-2011, 01:40 AM
http://www.cornucopia.org/2011/03/farmers-and-seed-producers-lunch-preemptive-strike-against-monsanto/


Farmers and Seed Producers Launch Preemptive Strike against Monsanto
March 30th, 2011

Lawsuit Filed To Protect Themselves from Unfair Patent Enforcement on Genetically Modified Seed

Action Would Prohibit Biotechnology Giant from Suing Organic Farmers and Seed Growers If Innocently Contaminated by Roundup Ready Genes

NEW York: On behalf of 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations, the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed suit today against Monsanto Company challenging the chemical giant’s patents on genetically modified seed. The organic plaintiffs were forced to sue preemptively to protect themselves from being accused of patent infringement should their crops ever become contaminated by Monsanto’s genetically modified seed.

Monsanto has sued farmers in the United States and Canada, in the past, when their patented genetic material has inadvertently contaminated their crops.
A copy of the lawsuit can be found at:
(http://www.pubpat.org/assets/files/seed/OSGATA-v-Monsanto-Complaint.pdf)

The case, Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association, et al. v. Monsanto, was filed in federal district court in Manhattan and assigned to Judge Naomi Buchwald. Plaintiffs in the suit represent a broad array of family farmers, small businesses and organizations from within the organic agriculture community who are increasingly threatened by genetically modified seed contamination despite using their best efforts to avoid it. The plaintiff organizations have over 270,000 members, including thousands of certified organic family farmers.

“This case asks whether Monsanto has the right to sue organic farmers for patent infringement if Monsanto’s transgenic seed or pollen should land on their property,” said Dan Ravicher, PUBPAT’s Executive Director. “It seems quite perverse that an organic farmer contaminated by transgenic seed could be accused of patent infringement, but Monsanto has made such accusations before and is notorious for having sued hundreds of farmers for patent infringement, so we had to act to protect the interests of our clients.”

Once released into the environment, genetically modified seed can contaminate and destroy organic seed for the same crop. For example, soon after Monsanto introduced genetically modified seed for canola, organic canola became virtually impossible to grow as a result of contamination.

Organic corn, soybeans, cotton, sugar beets and alfalfa also face the same fate, as Monsanto has released genetically modified seed for each of those crops as well.

Monsanto is currently developing genetically modified seed for many other crops, thus putting the future of all food, and indeed all agriculture, at stake.

“Monsanto’s threats and abuse of family farmers stops here. Monsanto’s genetic contamination of organic seed and organic crops ends now,” stated Jim Gerritsen, a family farmer in Maine who raises organic seed and is President of lead plaintiff Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association. “Americans have the right to choice in the marketplace – to decide what kind of food they will feed their families.”

“Family-scale farmers desperately need the judiciary branch of our government to balance the power Monsanto is able to wield in the marketplace and in the courts,” said Mark A. Kastel, Senior Farm Policy Analyst for The Cornucopia Institute, one of the plaintiffs. “Monsanto, and the biotechnology industry, have made great investments in our executive and legislative branches through campaign contributions and powerful lobbyists in Washington.”

In the case, PUBPAT is asking Judge Buchwald to declare that if organic farmers are ever contaminated by Monsanto’s genetically modified seed, they need not fear also being accused of patent infringement. One reason justifying this result is that Monsanto’s patents on genetically modified seed are invalid because they don’t meet the “usefulness” requirement of patent law, according to PUBPAT’s Ravicher, the plaintiffs’ lead attorney in the case.

“Evidence cited by PUBPAT in its opening filing today proves that genetically modified seed has negative economic and health effects, while the promised benefits of genetically modified seed – increased production and decreased herbicide use – are false,” added Ravicher who is also a Lecturer of Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York.

Ravicher continued, “Some say transgenic seed can coexist with organic seed, but history tells us that’s not possible, and it’s actually in Monsanto’s financial interest to eliminate organic seed so that they can have a total monopoly over our food supply,” said Ravicher. “Monsanto is the same chemical company that previously brought us Agent Orange, DDT, PCB’s and other toxins, which they said were safe, but we know are not. Now Monsanto says transgenic seed is safe, but evidence clearly shows it is not.”

The plaintiffs in the suit represented by PUBPAT are: Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association; Organic Crop Improvement Association International, Inc.; OCIA Research and Education Inc.; The Cornucopia Institute; Demeter Association, Inc.; Navdanya International; Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association; Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter, Inc.; Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont; Rural Vermont; Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association; Southeast Iowa Organic Association; Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society; Mendocino Organic Network; Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance; Canadian Organic Growers; Family Farmer Seed Cooperative; Sustainable Living Systems; Global Organic Alliance; Food Democracy Now!; Family Farm Defenders Inc.; Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund; FEDCO Seeds Inc.; Adaptive Seeds, LLC; Sow True Seed; Southern Exposure Seed Exchange; Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds; Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co., LLC; Comstock, Ferre & Co., LLC; Seedkeepers, LLC; Siskiyou Seeds; Countryside Organics; Cuatro Puertas; Interlake Forage Seeds Ltd.; Alba Ranch; Wild Plum Farm; Gratitude Gardens; Richard Everett Farm, LLC; Philadelphia Community Farm, Inc; Genesis Farm; Chispas Farms LLC; Kirschenmann Family Farms Inc.; Midheaven Farms; Koskan Farms; California Cloverleaf Farms; North Outback Farm; Taylor Farms, Inc.; Jardin del Alma; Ron Gargasz Organic Farms; Abundant Acres; T & D Willey Farms; Quinella Ranch; Nature’s Way Farm Ltd.; Levke and Peter Eggers Farm; Frey Vineyards, Ltd.; Bryce Stephens; Chuck Noble; LaRhea Pepper; Paul Romero; and, Donald Wright Patterson, Jr.

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Dr. Carol Goland, Ph.D., Executive Director of plaintiff Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA) said, “Consumers indicate, overwhelmingly, that they prefer foods made without genetically modified organisms. Organic farms, by regulation, may not use GMOs, while other farmers forego using them for other reasons. Yet the truth is that we are rapidly approaching the tipping point when we will be unable to avoid GMOs in our fields and on our plates. That is the inevitable consequence of releasing genetically engineered materials into the environment. To add injury to injury, Monsanto has a history of suing farmers whose fields have been contaminated by Monsanto’s GMOs. On behalf of farmers who must live under this cloud of uncertainty and risk, we are compelled to ask the Court to put an end to this unconscionable business practice.”

Rose Marie Burroughs of plaintiff California Cloverleaf Farms said, “The devastation caused by GMO contamination is an ecological catastrophe to our world equal to the fall out of nuclear radiation. Nature, farming and health are all being affected by GMO contamination. We must protect our world by protecting our most precious, sacred resource of seed sovereignty. People must have the right to the resources of the earth for our sustenance. We must have the freedom to farm that causes no harm to the environment or to other people. We must protect the environment, farmers’ livelihood, public health and people’s right to non GMO food contamination.”

Jim Gerritsen, a family farmer in Maine who raises organic seed and is President of lead plaintiff Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association based in Montrose, Colorado, said, “Today is Independence Day for America. Today we are seeking protection from the Court and putting Monsanto on notice. Monsanto’s threats and abuse of family farmers stops here. Monsanto’s genetic contamination of organic seed and organic crops ends now. Americans have the right to choice in the marketplace – to decide what kind of food they will feed their families
- and we are taking this action on their behalf to protect that right to choose. Organic farmers have the right to raise our organic crops for our families and our customers on our farms without the threat of invasion by Monsanto’s genetic contamination and without harassment by a reckless polluter. Beginning today, America asserts her right to justice and pure food.”

Ed Maltby, Executive Director of plaintiff Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA) said, “It’s outrageous that we find ourselves in a situation where the financial burden of GE contamination will fall on family farmers who have not asked for or contributed to the growth of GE crops. Family farmers will face contamination of their crops by GE seed which will threaten their ability to sell crops as organically certified or into the rapidly growing ‘Buy Local’ market where consumers have overwhelmingly declared they do not want any GE crops, and then family farmers may be faced by a lawsuit by Monsanto for patent infringement. We take this action to protect family farms who once again have to bear the consequences of irresponsible actions by Monsanto.”

David L. Rogers, Policy Advisor for plaintiff NOFA Vermont said, “Vermont’s farmers have worked hard to meet consumers’ growing demand for certified organic and non-GE food. It is of great concern to them that Monsanto’s continuing and irresponsible marketing of GE crops that contaminate non-GE plantings will increasingly place their local and regional markets at risk and threaten their livelihoods.”

Dewane Morgan of plaintiff Midheaven Farms in Park Rapids, Minnesota, said, “For organic certification, farmers are required to have a buffer zone around their perimeter fields. Crops harvested from this buffer zone are not eligible for certification due to potential drift from herbicide and fungicide drift. Buffer zones are useless against pollen drift. Organic, biodynamic, and conventional farmers who grow identity-preserved soybeans, wheat and open-pollinated corn often save seed for replanting the next year. It is illogical that these farmers are liable for cross-pollination contamination.”

Jill Davies, Director of plaintiff Sustainable Living Systems in Victor, Montana, said, “The building blocks of life are sacred and should be in the public domain. If scientists want to study and manipulate them for some supposed common good, fine. Then we must remove the profit motive. The private profit motive corrupts pure science and increasingly precludes democratic participation.”

David Murphy, founder and Executive Director of plaintiff Food Democracy Now! said, “None of Monsanto’s original promises regarding genetically modified seeds have come true after 15 years of wide adoption by commodity farmers. Rather than increased yields or less chemical usage, farmers are facing more crop diseases, an onslaught of herbicide-resistant superweeds, and increased costs from additional herbicide application. Even more appalling is the fact that Monsanto’s patented genes can blow onto another farmer’s fields and that farmer not only loses significant revenue in the market but is frequently exposed to legal action against them by Monsanto’s team of belligerent lawyers. Crop biotechnology has been a miserable failure economically and biologically and now threatens to undermine the basic freedoms that farmers and consumers have enjoyed in our constitutional democracy.”

Mark Kastel, Senior Farm Policy Analyst for plaintiff The Cornucopia Institute said, “We need the court system to offset this power and protect individual farmers from corporate tyranny. Farmers have saved seeds since the beginning of agriculture by our species. It is outrageous that one corporate entity, through the trespass of what they refer to as their ‘technology,’ can intimidate and run roughshod over family farmers in this country. It should be the responsibility of Monsanto, and farmers licensing their technology, to ensure that genetically engineered DNA does not trespass onto neighboring farmland. It is outrageous, that through no fault of their own, farmers are being intimidated into not saving seed for fear that they will be doggedly pursued through the court system and potentially bankrupted.”

ABOUT PUBPAT

The Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) is a not-for-profit legal services organization affiliated with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
PUBPAT protects freedom in the patent system by representing the public interest against undeserved patents and unsound patent policy. More information about PUBPAT is available from www.pubpat.org.

CONTACT

Daniel B. Ravicher
Executive Director
PUBLIC PATENT FOUNDATION
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
+1-212-545-5337
press@pubpat.org

WebSlave
04-02-2011, 01:43 AM
Here is another ongoing conversation about Monsanto on another site -> http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread682649/pg1

bmatyeah
04-02-2011, 06:16 AM
I might actually understand their reasoning of higher yield if there was a lack of food but, we have plenty of food on this earth. The whole problem is the distribution.

snowgyre
04-02-2011, 01:07 PM
I might actually understand their reasoning of higher yield if there was a lack of food but, we have plenty of food on this earth. The whole problem is the distribution.

This used to be true, but 2010 was the first year in the history of modern humanity where the global need for food actually surpassed production.

Dennis Hultman
05-31-2013, 11:14 AM
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WebSlave
06-25-2013, 03:12 AM
ECO-REVOLUTION: GMO Crops TORCHED in America

June 23, 2013

Though the controlled corporate media apparatus is suppressing the story, 40 tons of GMO crops were torched, prompting an FBI investigation. There has been a COMPLETE MEDIA BLACKOUT, outside of local circles has dared to mention it, perhaps because government fears that if the public learns that other people are getting fighting mad (literally), they might join in, and become an actual revolution. It was only reported locally live on KXL Radio and echoed by the Oregonian, where the ONLY web mention exists, hard to find because the headline wording is carefully avoids the most likely keywords for a search.

Here’s what happened — 40 Tons of GMO Sugar Beets were set ablaze in Eastern Oregon, yesterday. FORTY TONS — the entire acreage of two full fields of crops IN THE GROUND were set ablaze over a THREE NIGHT PERIOD OF TIME. That means ARSON.

Evidence is that 6,500 plants were destroyed BY HAND, ONE PLANT AT A TIME. That, in turn, implies A LOT OF PEOPLE were involved: would you want to stick around once a fire was going and wait to be discovered? No, someone (many someones) probably wanted to move as quickly as possible. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A MOVEMENT, a kind of ORGANIZED REVOLT — and this is exactly the kind of retribution that many have warned was coming; when lawmakers and corporations refuse to honor the Constitution and instead engage in ‘legalized’ criminal acts such as enabled by the ‘Monsanto Protection Act.’

More than decade ago, environmental saboteurs vandalized experimental crops across the country in a revolt against high-tech agriculture. Foes of genetic engineering also struck in 2000, when members of the Earth Liberation Front, with roots in Oregon, set fire to agriculture offices at Michigan State University. ELF’s position was that genetic engineering was “one of the many threats to the natural world as we know it.”

But ELF cells normally come forward immediately to claim responsibility, because to them, its all about publicity to educate the public. Since there has been no statement about the recent arson this may have simply been Oregon Farmers who have said, ‘Enough!’ Another clue that may be the case is that this comes on the heels (two weeks) of Japan’s rejection of the entire Oregon Wheat crop for the year (a tremendous financial blow because over 80% of Oregon Wheat is exported) because ONE report said ONE field was contaminated with at least ONE GMO plant.

The rightful fear is, because of pollination processes, once you introduce a GMO crop of a given variety ANYWHERE, the wind and insects will spread its genetic contamination to non GMO fields, and thereby ruin the ENTIRE INDUSTRY for a region. In fact, Oregon farmers have tendered a multi-billion dollar class action law suite against Monsanto, joining a long list of states doing so. Monsanto has experimented with GMO crops before they were approved in 16 states. They were supposedly all destroyed, but state after state is finding out the hard way, that Pandora’s box has been deliberately left open.

But while other governments in Europe and elsewhere are passing laws to ban GMO crops, and burning entire crops themselves, in America, our government is passing laws protecting Monsanto from legal repercussions, and therefore, it seems, farmers are forced to burn the crops, themselves. This means that where in other countries, citizens are being protected from corporate crimes, in America, citizens are forced to become ‘terrorists’ to survive. That’s how blatantly corrupt our corporate police state has become, I’m afraid.

Can GMO spark an armed revolution? Recall our report on the Putin’s comments about how the protection of Monsanto (through things like the “Monsanto Protection Act”) could lead to armed revolt and war. This story was reported on by Political Blind Spot after verifying the claims we had seen circulating, and omitting those which we had heard but could not verify. Still, Monsanto public relations employees were literally paid to track down articles such as ours and try to argue that they should be taken down (we may publish these exchanges with them from official Monsanto email addresses).

In this case, both fields belonged to the same Corporate Agricultural giant known for embracing GMO, though trying to do so quietly, another reason perhaps big media has kept the story from reaching the Internet. We are talking about Syngenta. Nowhere on their US web site will you find mention of GMO, but that is exactly what the company is about. They have even lied publicly in writing on this issue with a public declaration. Yet their very corporate name shouts GMO.

But the FBI, and local media knows better (and now, you)… because apparently someone from the Syngenta operated farms mentioned the fact as a possible motive for the arson. This is a serious matter in many respects. It throws down the gauntlet and says, WE ARE MAD AS HELL AND ARE NOT GOING TO LET YOU GET AWAY WITH THIS BULL**** ANYMORE! But it also raises the stakes and put lives and property at risk, and if it goes wrong, could indeed end up sparking an armed revolution, just as Putin indicated to President Obama.

Source: http://politicalblindspot.com/eco-revolution-gmo-crops-torched-in-america/?fb_source=pubv1

Metachrosis
06-25-2013, 06:27 AM
http://www.activistpost.com/2013/06/fbi-calls-destruction-of-gmo-sugar.html

When multinational corporations like Monsanto have already succeeded in genetically modifying the political system, splicing in their ex-executives and lawyers into positions of great power within the government [see image above], how can folks rely on these Monsanto, Dow and Sygenta-influenced regulatory agencies, and the enforcement arms within their control, to make decisions in the interest of their health or basic civil rights?

Some resort to pulling up, burning and otherwise destroying the plants themselves. Are they terrorists or freedom fighters? And if you answer affirmatively to the latter definition, will you yourself be defined as an "economic saboteur," or terrorist?

JColt
06-25-2013, 06:58 AM
Supreme Court Supports Monsanto in Seed-Replication Case

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/business/monsanto-victorious-in-genetic-seed-case.html?_r=0

WebSlave
07-02-2013, 02:55 AM
Just when you thought things couldn't get any stranger....

Yes, Monsanto Actually DID Buy the BLACKWATER Mercenary Group! (http://politicalblindspot.com/yes-monsanto-actually-did-buy-the-blackwater-mercenary-group/)

WebSlave
07-02-2013, 03:07 AM
And as an aside...


Over 30 Million Bees Found Dead In Elmwood Canada

July 1, 2013 by Arjun

Shortly after 50,000 bees were found dead in an Oregon parking lot (read more here), a staggering 37 million bees have been found dead in Elmwood, Ontario, Canada. Dave Schuit, who runs a honey operation in Elmwood has lost 600 hives. He is pointing the finger at the insecticides known as neonicotinoids, which are manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc. This also comes after a recent report released by the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) that recorded its largest loss of honeybees ever. You can read more about that here. The European Union has stepped forward, having banned multiple pesticides that have been linked to killing millions of bees. You can view the studies and read more about that here.

The loss comes after the planting of corn. Neonicotinoid pesticides are used to coat corn seed with air seeders. This results in having the pesticide dust blown into the air when planted. The death of millions of pollinators was studied by Purdue University. They discovered that Bees exhibited neurotoxic symptoms. They analyzed dead bees and found that traces of thiamethoxam/clothiandin were present in each case. The only major source of these compounds are seed treatments of field crops. You can view that study here (http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/publications/E-53.pdf)(1).

Bee deaths are increasing exponentially. An international team of scientists led by Holland’s Utrecht University has concluded that, “large scale prophylaxic use in agriculture, their high persistence in soil and water, and their uptake by plants and translocation to flowers, neonicotinoids put pollinators at risk. This is some of the research that led to the European Unions ban of the pesticides, as mentioned and referenced earlier.

Can we really debate this much longer? The evidence linking pesticides to bee deaths is overwhelming. It’s not only bees, but an array of other insects as well. The last thing we need is for Monsanto and other corps to use another reason to manufacture and develop fake food! One reason that has been used for justification of GMO’s is a food shortage, and we all know how critical bees are to our food supply. There is a huge conflict of interest here, the pesticides used to spray the crops that are killing the bees are developed by biotech corporations like Monsanto.

Time to make the connections, time to speak up!

Sources:

http://www.thepost.on.ca/2013/06/19/bees-dying-by-the-millions

(1) http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/publications/E-53.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3250423/?tool=pubmed

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature11585.html

Source: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/07/01/over-30-million-bees-found-dead-in-elmwood-canada/#_

Dennis Hultman
09-20-2013, 01:18 AM
6YC7M6j-dGs

JColt
10-15-2013, 04:09 PM
No Monsanto!': World marches against GMO food

Thousands took to streets across the world’s cities on Saturday to protest the use of GMO products, with Giant Monsanto being the main target. Over 50 countries have been taking part in the march for world food day, and across 47 different US states.


http://rt.com/news/monsanto-march-berlin-protest-115/

JColt
11-09-2013, 01:29 PM
Missed this Sept 27th 2013

‘Monsanto Protection Act’ Killed In Senate

http://www.ibtimes.com/monsanto-protection-act-killed-senate-controversial-provision-removed-spending-bill-1412160

JColt
11-13-2013, 10:22 PM
Article on aspartame poisoning. Just a section about Monsanto below. Link at bottom for full article.

Herein lies the problem: There were Congressional Hearings when Aspartame was included in 100 different products and strong objection was made concerning its use. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, and still nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets.

Sadly, MONSANTO’S patent on Aspartame has EXPIRED! There are now over 5,000 products on the market that contain this deadly chemical and there will be thousands more introduced. Everybody wants a ‘piece of the Aspartame pie. ‘I assure you that MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame, knows how deadly it is.

And isn’t it ironic that MONSANTO funds, among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association and the Conference of the American College of Physicians?



http://rhondagessner.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/a-killer-in-your-fridge-sweet-poison-a-must-read/

snowgyre
11-14-2013, 12:20 AM
I've been doing some research on aspartme in scientific literature, because whenever claims this serious are brought about I feel compelled to get to actual, peer reviewed sources of information. In my brief interlude in medical journals, I have learned the following:

1. Aspartame has been used as an artificial sweetener for the past 30 years.

2. Negative effects of aspartame appears to be limited to men, not women, and Hodgkin lymphoma and multiple myeloma are the only two diseases that appear to be linked with aspartame consumption. No links have been established between aspartame consumption and leukemia, haematopoietic and brain neoplasms, or pancreatic, breast, digestive, endometrium, ovary, prostate, or kidney cancers. Aspartame was also not consistently related to vascular events and preterm deliveries. (Marinovich et al. 2013, Schernhammer et al. 2012, see below for full citations and links)

3. People with the genetic metabolic disorder phenylketenoruia (PKU) should avoid aspartame, as aspartame breaks down into phenylalaline. In trials with healthy people, phenylalaline derived from large doses of aspartame (45 mg/kg of body mass) had no effect, but people with PKR lack the ability to break phenylalaline into tyrosine, and so may suffer from phenylalaline toxicity (research as cited in Klotter 2011).

4. Future research is needed to determine if artificial sweeteners (including aspartame) have any health benefits. There is some unclear "chicken or egg" phenomenon between the greater consumption of artificial sweeteners amongst the obese when compared with normal weight individuals (Gardner et al. 2012).

Based upon the above, newly published, peer-reviewed studies in a number of high profile scientific journals with a variety of international (and therefore non-Monsanto influenced) scientists, I surmise that the majority of information regarding the dangers of aspartame in humans are either incorrect or widely exaggerated. I have yet to find any definitive peer reviewed papers that seem to indicate that the negative public perception of aspartame is justified. That said, if anybody does have a scientific, peer-reviewed, published journal article that indicates negative effects of aspartame other than those I have listed above, I would be really grateful if you send the link my way. Please no "gray" literature (blogs, wiki, health sites, etc.) though. I really do want to learn more about this topic if you have valid data to share, but I get thoroughly annoyed with the internet equivalent of Facebook rumor mills. Donna, if you have a link to the actual 1994 report you refer to in your initial post, I would love to read it and any other peer-reviewed supporting information you may have. Thanks!

Sources

Gardner C, Wylie-Rosett J, Gidding SS, Steffen LM, Johnson RK, Reader D, Lichtenstein AH; on behalf the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee of the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism, Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, and the American Diabetes Association. Nonnutritive sweeteners: current use and health perspectives: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. Circulation. 2012: http://circ.ahajournals.org/lookup/doi/10.1161/CIR.0b013e31825c42ee. Accessed 13 November 2013.

Klotter, J. 2011. Aspartame myth? United States Food and Drug Administration. Townsend Letter. The Townsend Letter Group. http://www.biomedsearch.com/article/Aspartame-myth/258828794.html. Accessed 13 November 2013.

Marinovich , M., C.L. Galli, C. Bosetti, S. Gallus, and C.L. Vecchia. 2013. Aspartame, low-calorie sweeteners and disease: regulatory safety and epidemiological issues. Food and Chemical Toxicology 60:109-115. (http://www.obesityday.org/usr_files/articoli/aspartame_low-calorie_sweeteners.pdf)

Schernhammer, E.S., K.A. Bertrand, B.M. Birmann, L. Sampson, W.C. Willet, and D. Feskanich. 2012. Consumption of artificial sweetener and sugar containing soda and risk of lymphoma and leukemia in men and women. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 96:1419-1428. (http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/96/6/1419.short)

Dennis Hultman
11-14-2013, 03:25 AM
Sources

Gardner C, Wylie-Rosett J, Gidding SS, Steffen LM, Johnson RK, Reader D, Lichtenstein AH; on behalf the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee of the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism, Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, and the American Diabetes Association. Nonnutritive sweeteners: current use and health perspectives: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. Circulation. 2012: http://circ.ahajournals.org/lookup/d...013e31825c42ee. Accessed 13 November 2013.

Klotter, J. 2011. Aspartame myth? United States Food and Drug Administration. Townsend Letter. The Townsend Letter Group. http://www.biomedsearch.com/article/...258828794.html. Accessed 13 November 2013.

Marinovich , M., C.L. Galli, C. Bosetti, S. Gallus, and C.L. Vecchia. 2013. Aspartame, low-calorie sweeteners and disease: regulatory safety and epidemiological issues. Food and Chemical Toxicology 60:109-115. (http://www.obesityday.org/usr_files/...sweeteners.pdf)

Schernhammer, E.S., K.A. Bertrand, B.M. Birmann, L. Sampson, W.C. Willet, and D. Feskanich. 2012. Consumption of artificial sweetener and sugar containing soda and risk of lymphoma and leukemia in men and women. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 96:1419-1428. (http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/96/6/1419.short)


Instead of debating about the system of peer-reviewed papers (which I would have a lot to state) just look at all the sources you cited.

Let's start with the first

American Heart Association Nutrition Committee of the Council on Nutrition

Here is a rooster for you that is typical of most of your sources.
http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@fc/documents/downloadable/ucm_438885.pdf

Would you kindly note present, past and former employees of Monsanto.

How about looking at those that received grants from Monsanto.
The actual members of the panel that have a relationship past/present or received grant funding directly from Monsanto?

The American Heart Association panels on just about everything is completed occupied by people with interests in Monsanto.

A typical peer-reviewed paper writer at the AHA

She has received funding from USDA, Industry (American Egg Board,

Grape Commission, Monsanto, California Raisin Marketing Board, Metagenics, Inc.)

Dr. Fernandez is currently a member of the FDA Nutrition Committee. She has authored
183 peer-review papers plus over 230 scientific abstracts.


Should we go down the list of all the committees you posted and point out the grants from Monsanto and the people on the committees?

The Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology

We wish to acknowledge the fine technical assistance of Judith Diaz-Collier, who constructed the TFPI13–161 cDNA and produced the initial expression TFPI13–161 in E coli and thank Terri Lewis for secretarial assistance. This work was supported by a grant from the Monsanto/Searle Company (to G.J.B.).

If you think they aren't in Europe and around the world your naive. They make grants worldwide to universities and research. They have a strong presents in the EU.


It's not the first time you dismissed and called bias about Monsanto. You seem to ignore the bias in the peer-review process.

The peer-review process is completely bias and filled with elitist..well never-mind.

Really all I have to state is that the USDA, researchers and research universities have become nothing but propaganda for big AG and other industries. Sorry, I didn't have to get approval to publish from peers. Because if they state it is alright then you can't dismiss it.

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Oh no, a blog

Open access is not the problem – my take on Science’s peer review “sting”
http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2013/10/04/open-access-is-not-the-problem/


Open access is not the problem – my take on Science’s peer review “sting”
Michael Eisen, Associate Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology | 10/4/13 | 11 comments | Leave a comment
Michael Eisen

In 2011, after having read several really bad papers in the journal Science, I decided to explore just how slipshod their peer-review process is. I knew that their business depends on publishing “sexy” papers. So I created a manuscript that claimed something extraordinary - that I’d discovered a species of bacteria that uses arsenic in its DNA instead of phosphorus. But I made the science so egregiously bad that no competent peer reviewer would accept it. The approach was deeply flawed – there were poor or absent controls in every figure. I used ludicrously elaborate experiments where simple ones would have done. And I failed to include a simple, obvious experiment that would have definitively shown that arsenic was really in the bacteria’s DNA. I then submitted the paper to Science, punching up the impact the work would have on our understanding of extraterrestrials and the origins of life on Earth in the cover letter. And what do you know? They accepted it!

My sting exposed the seedy underside of “subscription-based” scholarly publishing, where some journals routinely lower their standards – in this case by sending the paper to reviewers they knew would be sympathetic - in order to pump up their impact factor and increase subscription revenue. Maybe there are journals out there who do subscription-based publishing right – but my experience should serve as a warning to people thinking about submitting their work to Science and other journals like it.

OK – this isn’t exactly what happened. I didn’t actually write the paper. Far more frighteningly, it was a real paper that contained all of the flaws described above that was actually accepted, and ultimately published, by Science.

I am dredging the arsenic DNA story up again, because today’s Science contains a story by reporter John Bohannon describing a “sting” he conducted into the peer review practices of open access journals. He created a deeply flawed paper about molecules from lichens that inhibit the growth of cancer cells, submitted it to 304 open access journals under assumed names, and recorded what happened. Of the 255 journals that rendered decisions, 157 accepted the paper, most with no discernible sign of having actually carried out peer review. (PLOS ONE rejected the paper, and was one of the few to flag its ethical flaws).

The story is an interesting exploration of the ways peer review is, and isn’t, implemented in today’s biomedical publishing industry. Sadly, but predictably, Science spins this as a problem with open access. Here is their press release:

Spoof Paper Reveals the “Wild West” of Open-Access Publishing

A package of news stories related to this special issue of Science includes a detailed description of a sting operation — orchestrated by contributing news correspondent John Bohannon — that exposes the dark side of open-access publishing. Bohannon explains how he created a spoof scientific report, authored by made-up researchers from institutions that don’t actually exist, and submitted it to 304 peer-reviewed, open-access journals around the world. His hoax paper claimed that a particular molecule slowed the growth of cancer cells, and it was riddled with obvious errors and contradictions. Unfortunately, despite the paper’s flaws, more open-access journals accepted it for publication (157) than rejected it (98). In fact, only 36 of the journals solicited responded with substantive comments that recognized the report’s scientific problems. (And, according to Bohannon, 16 of those journals eventually accepted the spoof paper despite their negative reviews.) The article reveals a “Wild West” landscape that’s emerging in academic publishing, where journals and their editorial staffs aren’t necessarily who or what they claim to be. With his sting operation, Bohannon exposes some of the unscrupulous journals that are clearly not based in the countries they claim, though he also identifies some journals that seem to be doing open-access right.

Although it comes as no surprise to anyone who is bombarded every day by solicitations from new “American” journals of such-and-such seeking papers and offering editorial positions to anyone with an email account, the formal exposure of hucksters out there looking to make a quick buck off of scientists’ desires to get their work published is valuable. It is unacceptable that there are publishers – several owned by big players in the subscription publishing world – who claim that they are carrying out peer review, and charging for it, but not doing it.

But it’s nuts to construe this as a problem unique to open access publishing, if for no other reason than the study didn’t do the control of submitting the same paper to subscription-based publishers (UPDATE: The author, Bohannon, emailed to say that, while his original intention was to look at all journals, practical constraints limited him to OA journals, and that Science played no role in this decision). We obviously don’t know what subscription journals would have done with this paper, but there is every reason to believe that a large number of them would also have accepted the paper (it has many features in common with the arsenic DNA paper after all). Like OA journals, a lot of subscription-based journals have businesses based on accepting lots of papers with little regard to their importance or even validity. When Elsevier and other big commercial publishers pitch their “big deal”, the main thing they push is the number of papers they have in their collection. And one look at many of their journals shows that they also will accept almost anything.

None of this will stop anti-open access campaigners (hello Scholarly Kitchen) from spinning this as a repudiation for enabling fraud. But the real story is that a fair number of journals who actually carried out peer review still accepted the paper, and the lesson people should take home from this story not that open access is bad, but that peer review is a joke. If a nakedly bogus paper is able to get through journals that actually peer reviewed it, think about how many legitimate, but deeply flawed, papers must also get through. Any scientist can quickly point to dozens of papers – including, and perhaps especially, in high impact journals – that are deeply, deeply flawed – the arsenic DNA story is one of many recent examples. As you probably know there has been a lot of smoke lately about the “reproducibility” problem in biomedical science, in which people have found that a majority of published papers report facts that turn out not to be true. This all adds up to showing that peer review simply doesn’t work.

And the real problem isn’t that some fly-by-night publishers hoping to make a quick buck aren’t even doing peer review (although that is a problem). While some fringe OA publishers are playing a short con, subscription publishers are seasoned grifters playing a long con. They fleece the research community of billions of dollars every year by convincing them of something manifestly false – that their journals and their “peer review” process are an essential part of science, and that we need them to filter out the good science – and the good scientists – from the bad. Like all good grifters playing the long con, they get us to believe they are doing something good for us – something we need. They pocket our billions, with elegant sleight of hand, then get us to ignore the fact that crappy papers routinely get into high-profile journals simply because they deal with sexy topics.

But unlike the fly-by-night OA publishers who steal a little bit of money, the subscription publishers’ long con has far more serious consequences. Not only do they traffic in billions rather than thousands of dollars and deny the vast majority of people on Earth access to the findings of publicly funded research, the impact and glamour they sell us to make us willing participants in their grift has serious consequences. Every time they publish because it is sexy, and not because it is right, science is distorted. It distorts research. It distorts funding. And it often distorts public policy.

To suggest – as Science (though not Bohannon) are trying to do – that the problem with scientific publishing is that open access enables internet scamming is like saying that the problem with the international finance system is that it enables Nigerian wire transfer scams.

There are deep problems with science publishing. But the way to fix this is not to curtail open access publishing. It is to fix peer review.

First, and foremost, we need to get past the antiquated idea that the singular act of publication – or publication in a particular journal – should signal for all eternity that a paper is valid, let alone important. Even when people take peer review seriously, it is still just representing the views of 2 or 3 people at a fixed point in time. To invest the judgment of these people with so much meaning is nuts. And it’s far worse when the process is distorted – as it so often is – by the desire to publish sexy papers, or to publish more papers, or because the wrong reviewers were selected, or because they were just too busy to do a good job. If we had, instead, a system where the review process was transparent and persisted for the useful life of a work (as I’ve written about previously), none of the flaws exposed in Bohannon’s piece would matter.



How Corporations Like Monsanto Have Hijacked Higher Education
Academic research is often dictated by corporations that endow professorships, give money to universities, and put their executives on education boards.

May 11, 2012 |





Here’s what happens when corporations begin to control education.

"When I approached professors to discuss research projects addressing organic agriculture in farmer's markets, the first one told me that 'no one cares about people selling food in parking lots on the other side of the train tracks,’” said a PhD student at a large land-grant university who did not wish to be identified. “My academic adviser told me my best bet was to write a grant for Monsanto or the Department of Homeland Security to fund my research on why farmer's markets were stocked with 'black market vegetables' that 'are a bioterrorism threat waiting to happen.' It was communicated to me on more than one occasion throughout my education that I should just study something Monsanto would fund rather than ideas to which I was deeply committed. I ended up studying what I wanted, but received no financial support, and paid for my education out of pocket."

Unfortunately, she's not alone. Conducting research requires funding, and today's research follows the golden rule: The one with the gold makes the rules.

A report just released by Food and Water Watch examines the role of corporate funding of agricultural research at land grant universities, of which there are more than 100. “You hear again and again Congress and regulators clamoring for science-based rules, policies, regulations,” says Food and Water Watch researcher Tim
Schwab, explaining why he began investigating corporate influence in agricultural research. “So if the rules and regulations and policies are based on science that is industry-biased, then the fallout goes beyond academic articles. It really trickles down to farmer livelihoods and consumer choice.”

The report found that nearly one quarter of research funding at land grant universities now comes from corporations, compared to less than 15 percent from the USDA. Although corporate funding of research surpassed USDA funding at these universities in the mid-1990s, the gap is now larger than ever. What's more, a broader look at all corporate agricultural research, $7.4 billion in 2006, dwarfs the mere $5.7 billion in all public funding of agricultural research spent the same year.

Influence does not end with research funding, however. In 2005, nearly one third of agricultural scientists reported consulting for private industry. Corporations endow professorships and donate money to universities in return for having buildings, labs and wings named for them. Purdue University's Department of Nutrition Science blatantly offers corporate affiliates “corporate visibility with students and faculty” and “commitment by faculty and administration to address [corporate] members' needs,” in return for the $6,000 each corporate affiliate pays annually.

In perhaps the most egregious cases, corporate boards and college leadership overlap. In 2009, South Dakota State's president, for example, joined the board of directors of Monsanto, where he earns six figures each year. Bruce Rastetter is simultaneously the co-founder and managing director of a company called AgriSol Energy and a member of the Iowa Board of Regents. Under his influence, Iowa State joined AgriSol in a venture in Tanzania that would have forcefully removed 162,000 people from their land, but the university later pulled out of the project after public outcry.

What is the impact of the flood of corporate cash? “We know from a number of meta-analyses, that corporate funding leads to results that are favorable to the corporate funder,” says Schwab. For example, one peer-reviewed study found that corporate-funded nutrition research on soft drinks, juice and milk were four to eight times more likely to reach conclusions in line with the sponsors' interests. And when a scrupulous scientist publishes research that is unfavorable to the study's funder, he or she should be prepared to look for a new source of funding

I have a very intelligent friend and every time we just discuss mundane topics or ideas his first response to something he thinks goes against is belief system is "show me the peer-review". Like it is the bible. Very intelligent person but lacks some common sense and can never think outside the box or for himself. Everything is based off of what others state as fact.

Dennis Hultman
11-14-2013, 03:33 AM
Lots of talk these days about the bullying of young boys and girls in school by more aggressive students. This brings to my mind the biggest bully of all: the biotech company, Monsanto Corporation.

Taken in context, Monsanto’s list of corporate crimes should have been enough to pull their corporate charter years ago. And yet we allow them to continue to destroy our food supply, our health and the planet. Monsanto or Monsatan?

Take a look at the company’s track record and decide for yourself.

Agent Orange: Monsanto was the major financial beneficiary of this herbicide used to defoliate the jungles of Vietnam and destroy the health of American troops and their offspring. It also allowed Monsanto and other chemical companies to appeal for and receive protection from veterans seeking damages for their exposure to Agent Orange and any future biotech creations.

Aspartame: As far back as 1994, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report listing 94 health issues caused by aspartame. It has been shown to cause slow but serious damage to the human body and yet it is used extensively in many commercial products.

Saccharin: Studies have shown that saccharin caused cancer in test rats and mice; and in six human studies, including one done by the National Cancer Institute, that consuming artificial sweeteners, such as saccharin and cyclamate, resulted in bladder cancer.

Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH): A genetically modified hormone injected into dairy cows to produce more milk, despite the fact that more milk was needed. The cows suffer excruciating pain due to swollen udders and mastitis. The pus from the infection enters the milk supply requiring more antibiotics to be given to the cows. BST milk may also cause breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer in humans.

RoundUp: The world's most commonly used herbicide and weed killer has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, in a study by eminent oncologists Dr. Lennart Hardell and Dr. Mikael Eriksson of Sweden. Used on genetically modified crops resistant to RoundUp's active ingredient glyphosate, environmentalists and health professionals are concerned that far from reducing herbicide use, glyphosate-resistant crops may result in increased residues in food to which consumers will be exposed.

Genetically Modified Crops (GMO): Monsanto created Frankenfoods by gene-splicing corn, cotton, soy, and canola with DNA from a foreign source. Consequently these crops are resistant to massive doses of the herbicide, RoundUp, but in turn herbicide-resistant superweeds are taking over. After running into resistance in the west, Monsanto is pushing GMO crops in third-world countries.

According to physicist, ecologist, and activist Dr. Vandana Shiva, “Syugenta and Monsanto are rushing ahead with the mapping and patenting of the rice genome. If they could, they would own rice and its genes, even though the 200,000 rice varieties that give us diverse traits have been bred and evolved by rice farmers of Asia collectively over millennia. Their claim to inventing rice is a violence against the integrity of biodiversity and life forms; it is a violence against the knowledge of third-world farmers.”

Terminator Seeds: A technology that produces sterile grains unable to germinate, forcing farmers to buy seeds from Monsanto rather than save and reuse the seeds from their harvest. Terminators can cross-pollinate and contaminate local non-sterile crops putting in danger the future seed supply and eventually giving control of the world’s food supply to Monsanto and the GM industry.

Standard American Diet: According to the Organic Consumers Association, “There is a direct correlation between our genetically engineered food supply and the $2 trillion the U.S. spends annually on medical care, namely an epidemic of diet-related chronic diseases.

Instead of healthy fruits, vegetables, grains, and grass-fed animal products, U.S. factory farms and food processors produce a glut of genetically engineered junk foods that generate heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. Low fruit and vegetable consumption is directly costing the United States $56 billion a year in diet-related chronic diseases.”


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ygreen/20110331/sc_ygreen/eightwaysmonsantoisdestroyingourhealth;_ylt=AniWSG MPjMrd2ppJysRD4niUU80F;_ylu=X3oDMTNwYXBiNW0wBGFzc2 V0A3lncmVlbi8yMDExMDMzMS9laWdodHdheXNtb25zYW50b2lz ZGVzdHJveWluZ291cmhlYWx0aARjY29kZQNwemJ1ZQRjcG9zAz QEcG9zAzQEc2VjA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yaWVzBHNsawNlaWdodHdh eXNtb24-

To add.

http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/forums/showthread.php?t=421360
http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/forums/showthread.php?t=325824
http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/forums/showthread.php?t=293440
http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/forums/showthread.php?t=413413

JColt
11-14-2013, 07:07 AM
That's the reason I posted that article. Mainly because you can see where the money goes.

snowgyre
11-14-2013, 11:23 AM
At the same time, unilaterally dismissing scientific findings because of skepticism regarding funding is not appropriate. For example, my dissertation research was funded by Weyerhaeuser NR Company, International Paper, and others, and I was examining the effects of clearcutting and forest regeneration on wildlife. Although my funding came from those sources (which the conspiracy theorists would claim make me biased), my research was independent and not interfered with. For better or for worse, I was never pressured to change any of my findings by big forestry companies and have published several articles in several peer-reviewed journals. In some cases, I believe the public are overly critical about science funded by private industry. Are their occasional bad eggs in the mix? Certainly, but bad science can also come from independently funded sources with an agenda (think about the bad science that linked vaccines with autism).

My post above was mainly a call for more information. As far as information goes, the peer reviewed process offers the best protection against blatant academic dishonesty that we have. Is it perfect? No. Do things slip by? Sure, sometimes. But at the same time, there has been hundreds of clinical trials across the world, funded by both Monsanto and private organizations, testing the effects of aspartame on humans. Aside from the documented effects I listed above, I have seen very few scientific studies that indicate aspartame has negative effects on the majority of healthy adults. I have seen articles that express concerns (which are important for directing scientific inquiry and research, in my opinion), but none that actually document with statistical certainty any real negative effects such as those described in many of the gray literature alarmist documents I have seen online. Keep in mind that these clinical trials span 30 years. Aspartame has been essentially been subject to a 30 year, long-term experiment, and very few negative effects have been found.

There is a reason scientists tend to prefer reading peer reviewed documents... because peer review acts as a filter to separate conjecture, bad statistics, and bad science from good science. I have published several articles and have been an anonymous reviewer for several prominent scientific journals. I have even rejected a few papers that did not meet scientific standards and they were not published. "Show me the peer review" should not be a sign of ignorance. To the contrary, it is a call for the best source of information we have available to us. Bias is everywhere, even in science, but at least peer review offers a series of checks and balances to insure the best information gets published. (Some of my articles took 3-4 revisions before finally being accepted in a reputable journal, and I was grateful for the feedback reviewers gave me... they strengthened the paper and the science. And I've had articles rejected myself too for valid concerns regarding my statistical analysis, which I later fixed).

I knew going into this conversation that people tend to get upset when I play devil's advocate... but in all honesty I follow the data, and the data I have read do not leave me with the impression that aspartame is as dangerous as the public thinks. Monsanto is a corporation and vehemently protects its patents. Do I believe Monsanto has done some harm? Absolutely. Has Monsanto done some good? Absolutely (think about golden rice). I just personally start waving my skepticism flag when I see a bunch of information posted online, regardless of the topic, with no real peer reviewed citations backing the claim up.

If any of you are interested in spending an afternoon in peer review land, feel free to use Google Scholar. It is an excellent resource and often provides links to full articles which otherwise need a journal subscription to access in entirety. In fact, if you do find any literature that is relevant to this debate, please list it here.

Dennis Hultman
02-03-2014, 12:42 AM
Seeds of Death


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AbsoluteApril
01-05-2015, 03:43 PM
Thanks Monsanto!
Monarch Butterflies Considered for Endangered Species Status
http://news.yahoo.com/monarch-butterflies-considered-endangered-species-status-154350464.html

The monarch butterfly, once common across the United States, could soon end up on the Endangered Species List.

Over the next year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will determine whether the iconic black-and-orange butterflies deserve the federal protections that come with being listed an endangered or threatened species.

By some estimates, the monarch butterfly population has declined by 90 percent over the past two decades, from about 1 billion butterflies in the mid-1990s to just 35 million individuals last winter.

That loss is "so staggering that in human-population terms it would be like losing every living person in the United States except those in Florida and Ohio," Tierra Curry, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement.

The Center for Biological Diversity and other advocacy groups, including the Center for Food Safety, had asked the federal government to step in with a legal petition filed in August 2014.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that the petition was worth its consideration, and the agency launched a year-long review into the status of monarch butterflies this week.

Scientists behind the petition say the butterfly's decline is linked to a rise in genetically engineered crops in the Midwest. Many of these crops are altered to be resistant to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, which kills milkweed, the monarch caterpillar's only source of food.

The herbicide is so successful that milkweed plants have virtually disappeared in Midwestern corn and soybean fields, and monarch butterflies have effectively lost a Texas-size chunk of their habitat, according to the petition.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting public comments for their status review until March 2.

JColt
01-05-2015, 09:18 PM
Thanks Monsanto!
Monarch Butterflies Considered for Endangered Species Status
http://news.yahoo.com/monarch-butterflies-considered-endangered-species-status-154350464.html

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I'm sure they will create an electronic butterfly just like they did for the bee's!

Shadera
01-05-2015, 10:07 PM
Let's not forget the love they unleashed on Anniston/Ft. McClellan, Alabama and Nitro, WV.