The USDA recently announced plans to speed up approval of stacked resistance GM crops, guaranteeing bigger and better new problem weeds sooner rather than later. Thanks, USDA!
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You consistently hear about how GMOs can help save the world. You hear how they can help poor farmers. You hear that they are greener (more environmentally friendly). You hear that the world needs them….
But who do you hear all this from? (GMO companies and the politicians they buy.)
Nnimmo Bassey, head of Friends of the Earth International, *slams* these claims. He reports in the video below that GM crops are not good for small farmers at all. They are created for the large monoculture farms of agribusinesses (and chemical companies which, conveniently, also produce the GMOs). The require the use of tons of herbicides and pesticides, which is worse for the environment.
Meanwhile, promises of drought-resistant and salt-tolerant crops have not been fulfilled.
Heather mentioned on Saturday that October is Non-GMO month and she has pledged to not eat GMOs (or processed foods) for the whole month. Good luck to you, Heather!
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is participating in Non-GMO month too, of course. It had a great intro to the month, that first starts with some highlights (and lowlights) of the year so far and then predicts how October is going to change things up. Also, Food & Water Watch has just released a big report on GMOs.
As Ken Roseboro wrote earlier today, Monsanto GM sweet corn is about to be much more ubiquitous in the U.S. Interestingly, this announcement comes at about the same time as the release of a new study out of Iowa State University showing that some organisms that are supposed to be repelled by this GM corn are becoming resistant to it (and passing on that resistance to their offspring).
One of the biggest weapons in GMO companies’ arsenal is the claim they make repeatedly that genetically modified (GM) crops are needed to help feed to world in the face of global climate change. There’s one problem with this claim, though — it’s total greenwashing and untrue.
Following up on my post yesterday on the horrible but not at all surprising news that 13 scientific studies have linked GMOs to organ disruption, as promised, here’s a little more info on how to get involved in the citizen movement against GMOs.
Yeah, if you haven’t worried about GMOs up until now, that headline might have you doing so. Unfortunately, it’s true.
A new review of the scientific literature on GMOs published in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe reports that numerous scientific studies have found a link between the most common GMOs (in particular, GM corn and soybeans) and severe organ problems in rats and mice. Data from several independent studies “indicate liver and kidney problems as end points of GMO diet effects,” the authors write.
Genetically modified (GM) food researchers still have a long way to go to show that GM foods are actually safe. In fact, the most recent news is that they cause miscarriages in animals.
Normally, I do a full article even when I include a video in a post, but the following video is over an hour long and I think it is so completely worth the watch that I would rather you get your info from there than from me. Touching on the links between genetically modified organisms […]
The European Commission has unveiled plans to allow the production of GM crops in certain member countries. Both sides of this controversial issue are critical of the decision, but it seems like a win for GM companies and supporters more than anyone else.
Does Monsanto own Seeds of Change? I hear this question a lot. It shows up on message boards around the internet. It’s even been passed to me as an email forward. The quick answer is “No, Monsanto does not own Seeds of Change.” Why do people keep asking if Monsanto owns Seeds of Change? Consolidation […]
[social_buttons] Monsanto’s new Vistive Gold soybeans lack omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to the human body. They have been shown to improve cardiovascular function and assist in the development of the brain. Research indicates omega-3s could have anti-cancer properties, improve immune function in infants, and may reduce the chance of low birth […]
[social_buttons]Should GM (genetically modified) foods be labeled as GM foods? I would say that obviously they should — we label everything from nutritional content to ingredients to place of origin — but there are many who think otherwise. Currently in the United States, food containing genetically-modified organisms does not have to indicate that it contains […]