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    Thai Coup Ushers in Organic Farming Initiative
    June 2, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) -

    After the May 22 coup in Southeast Asia's Thailand, the new military-led government has revealed agricultural reforms based on sustainable, organic agriculture - an unprecedented and progressive departure from the unsustainable populist subsidies that proceeded it in Thailand, and that can be found in various degrees of failure around the world. The Royal Thai Army's General Prayuth Chan-ocha gave a basic summary of the reforms in a speech made before the nation late May, stating:
    We are trying to find measures to fix the prices of agricultural products without bringing more problems like those that happened in the past. Some of these measures include cost reduction such as costs of fertilizers and seedlings, increase productivity while reducing areas being used, employ natural fertilizer and reduce chemical fertilizers, use of local raw materials, and increase product cost and quality in order to compete with other countries. At present, NCPO has giving priority to paying the rice farmers. The Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives owes the rice farmers a large sum of money. BAAC is now in the process of trying to solve this problem.
    The plan seeks to immediately relieve farmers cheated by the ousted regime's failed subsidy program that left nearly a million farmers unpaid for rice they had long-ago turned in to government warehouses. To replace the subsidies, General Prayuth intends to implement a version of self-sufficient, localized agriculture that replaces big-agri with local and sustainable solutions.

    A New Way For Farmers


    A more detailed framework of the reforms (original Thai version here) has been outlined by former anti-regime protester, Buddha Issara, who helped lead 6 months of protests against the regime of Thaksin Shinawatra before the May 22 coup. He had become famous among Thailand's farmers when he purchased rice mills with donation money and began running them at his protest site in northern Bangkok to help struggling farmers sell their harvests directly to consumers.


    The points outlined in his plan include investment in national infrastructure, including irrigation systems, education programs, as well as media channels made available to broadcast issues pertinent and useful to farmers. It also focuses on land reform and in particular, the enforcement of land renting schemes designed to prevent exploitation and debt, as well as heavier taxes for land left unused by wealthy speculators.

    There are also provisions for improving the quality of agricultural products - producing products that are healthier and of higher quality for consumers. This comes after subsidy programs encouraged farmers to grow crops that produced higher yields rather than crops consumers actually wanted to buy, skewing the markets and leaving warehouses overflowing with unwanted, unsold produce.

    The plan also calls the localization of agricultural processing, including warehouses, marketing centers, distribution and even fertilizer production to be done within villages to cut out middlemen who have traditionally sought to purchase produce from farmers for the cheapest price possible and sell it to consumers for the highest price possible, making themselves incredibly wealthy at everyone else's expense.

    Cost cutting is where organic agriculture comes in. Both the production of fertilizers locally and the control of weeds and pests will be accomplished by training farmers through national programs focusing on organic methods. Already in Thailand there exists several examples of schools successfully implementing and training farmers in the use of organic agriculture such as the Khao Kwan Foundation and Ploen Khao Baan. Expanding their efforts and duplicating their methods across the country would be a necessary step in implementing meaningful reforms.

    Localization, Organic Farming & Self-Sufficiency


    This framework is based on the Thai King's "New Theory" or "self-sufficiency economy" and mirrors similar efforts found throughout the world attempting to break the back of the oppression and exploitation that results from dependence on a globalized system dominated by multinational corporate monopolies.


    The self-sufficiency economy hinges on the precepts that families should farm first to sustain themselves through organic polyculture - rather than the dangerous and dependency-inducing monoculture championed by big-agri suppliers and big-retail distributors. Extra land and resources they will have should then be used to produce a variety of crops to hedge against market fluctuations and natural disasters. The income should be used to sustainably expand a family's operation, including through investment in technology to improve efficiency, process crops for sale, and even diversify economic activity away from strictly agricultural pursuits.


    The King of Thailand maintains a network of projects throughout the country where demonstration fields and processing centers showcase the self-sufficiency economy and assist farmers in expanding their knowledge and economic prospects. With this apparently being the underpinning of upcoming reforms, these networks will most likely be expanded and made more accessible to the farmers who can benefit from them the most.

    Coupled with disruptive technology, the self-sufficiency economy, if implemented on a national scale, could accelerate economic development driven from within Thailand, rather than through a dependency on foreign investment. While Thailand possesses immense natural resources, its greatest asset is its human resources. Rather than exploiting this resource to propel corrupt political machines forward, it can be turned instead into an engine of immense economic growth, socioeconomic development, and progress all strata of Thai society will benefit from - if not only from the stability it will create from turning political rivalries into constructive, pragmatic progress.

    With a vast percentage of Thailand's population engaged in the agricultural industry, the new agricultural reforms will serve as the foundation upon which post-Thaksin Thailand will be built. Making sure this foundation is strong, sustainable, and more importantly, designed to improve both the livelihood of farmers, and the nation they feed, is essential and will require more than just vote-buying subsidies and populist gimmicks to accomplish. It appears that while the ousted regime of Thaksin Shinawatra failed to understand this, the new military-led government does and is laying the groundwork to make it happen.

    Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook”.
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    What to believe?

    "GM crops in England as soon as next year: Outrage as ministers back first commercial planting" :

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-planting.html

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    Quote Posted by delfine (here)
    What to believe?

    "GM crops in England as soon as next year: Outrage as ministers back first commercial planting" :

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-planting.html
    And what is truly unfortunate about the English situation is that so little of the population has access to "grow your own" land.

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    It's all Jiminii's fault... he must have been dreaming wildly
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    I'll fight tooth and bitten nail over GMO crap - it's bad enough with the repetitive crops in the same giant fields with vile stinking stuff spread over them - we were all choking in our village, but the 'big farmer' couldn't give a sh*t. I've asked him to do crop rotation, but the EU offer more £££££££ for what he has to do. In the old days, his Dad would have rotated the crops - potatoes/wheat/fallow/oats/fallow and the crops were brilliant. Now it's just massive rows of plastic-covered maize, and the stench of unnatural substances sprayed there is vile. We are all suffering from sinusitis, bronchial conditions, asthma et al when this was a pure and healthy organically farmed village, with dairy cows (long gone to foot and mouth), sheep and a local egg-farming industry (hand-picked eggs from organic free-range happy-clucking feathered friends - who's only enemy was a fox or a daft badger). Time to bring back sense and sensibility - enough is enough! NO GMO UK!!!!
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    AMEN, Avid!!!!!!!!AMEN

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    If the government has approved GM crops you can guarantee it's already being widely used.

    Again our dumb immoral politicians have aligned themselves with and fallen victim to the instructions given to them by the corrupt corporates

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    Already widely used in the uk...? Prove it. I know there were trials in Cambridgeshire, which scuppered local organic farms - but UK wide? Yelik, I have no doubt that we are being 'taken to the cleaners', but to secretly indoctrinate us with GMO crops.... it beggar's belief! If that got out there would be a revolution in the UK!!! I only buy organic. Tribunals ahoy...! (Dashes off to interrogate 'innocent' farmers who may not know what they do - ahem)
    Get local - find out what your local farmers subscribe to, and are pledged to 'buy' via the EU!!! Ignorance is NOT BLISS!!! Out lives depend on this, dementia, Alzheimer’s, cancers are all depleting humanity due to all this unwanted cr*p. GO FIND OUT for yourselves! Go local. Some of these farmers haven't a clue what they are doing!
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    Hi Avid
    It's common knowledge that when the government agrees new legislation that 9/10 that it's been put into practice, sometimes years before hand.

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    Quote Posted by avid (here)
    I'll fight tooth and bitten nail over GMO crap - it's bad enough with the repetitive crops in the same giant fields with vile stinking stuff spread over them - we were all choking in our village, but the 'big farmer' couldn't give a sh*t. I've asked him to do crop rotation, but the EU offer more £££££££ for what he has to do. In the old days, his Dad would have rotated the crops - potatoes/wheat/fallow/oats/fallow and the crops were brilliant. Now it's just massive rows of plastic-covered maize, and the stench of unnatural substances sprayed there is vile. We are all suffering from sinusitis, bronchial conditions, asthma et al when this was a pure and healthy organically farmed village, with dairy cows (long gone to foot and mouth), sheep and a local egg-farming industry (hand-picked eggs from organic free-range happy-clucking feathered friends - who's only enemy was a fox or a daft badger). Time to bring back sense and sensibility - enough is enough! NO GMO UK!!!!
    I agree. Somewhere people got together and burned down the GMO-fields.(Sorry, can´t remember which country). That initiative was allegedly so succesful, that the authorities got the message.

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    Finally... somebody finally realized that when farmers were making more $$ growing biofuel crops than food crops... catastrophic results couldn't help but ensue...

    EU to set limit on food-based biofuels

    Published time: June 14, 2014 19:44
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    EU ministers have agreed to 7% cap on the use of food-based biofuels in transport fuel. The agreement comes after a long-standing controversy, with biofuels being criticized for adding to environmental problems.

    The so-called "first generation" biofuels are made from crops such as maize, beetroot, or rapeseed. They were initially backed by the EU as a way to tackle climate change and reduce EU dependence on imported oil and gas. However, research has since shown that biofuels do more environmental harm than good.

    Making fuel out of crops has been criticized for displacing other crops and forcing the clearing of valuable habitats and virgin vegetation, particularly mangrove swamps in Southeast Asia. Biofuels have also been blamed for inflating food prices by competing with food production, which leads to shortages and higher prices in some of the world's poorest countries.

    In response to the criticism, EU energy ministers agreed on a reduction of biofuels use at a meeting on Friday. The new deal is aimed at capping the use of fuel made from food products to seven percent of transport sector energy use by 2020.

    An original target set in 2009 was 10 percent, but the European Commission originally backed a five percent limit. Acknowledging that the current seven percent agreement is weaker than hoped, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said the result is “better than no decision at all.”

    "We need to support research and development in advanced biofuels so we can move forward from generation one into generation two and generation three," Oettinger told the Luxembourg meeting of ministers. The deal must now be considered by the newly-elected European Parliament, which is expected to begin dealing with it later this year.


    Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili

    The next generation of more sophisticated biofuels is expected to come from waste or products which do not need dedicated land. It is hoped that these biofuels will solve some of the current issues. However, more investment is needed for such an outcome. Environmental campaigners say advanced biofuels are far from being able to make a difference at the moment.

    Meanwhile, the US is quite eager to rely on biofuels. On June 12, the Department of the US Navy announced that at least 140 million liters of drop-in biofuels are being sought as part of its marine diesel and shipboard jet fuel supply.

    Another recent US report from the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute summarizes numerous ways in which eucalyptus trees can help produce biofuels and biomaterials in a sustainable way. The efforts of dozens of researchers from 30 international institutions show that eucalyptus trees can be an easily renewable source of biomass which do not compete with native food crops.
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    Farmers See Better Animal Health with Non-GMO Feed, But Scared to Say So

    Christina Sarich
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    Published: Tuesday 17 June 2014



    Farmers across the nation have reported ill effects in their animals when fed GMO corn and soy feed, but with a simple change, often costing less, non-GMO feed is causing better animal health and less disease.

    You can conduct scientific studies on GMO all day long, but when you witness your animals getting sick right before your eyes, there is nothing more telling than that first-hand experience. Danish pig farmer Ib Pedersen was one farmer who saw immediate devastation to his pig herd after feeding them genetically modified soy. He’s no inexperienced farmer, either. He supplies one of the biggest companies in his country, Danish Crown, with pork – more than 13,000 pigs a year.

    He noticed pig deformities, spontaneous abortions, and intestinal health issues before switching to a non-GMO variety of feed. Just a short time later, he experienced, “less abortions, more piglets born in each litter, and breeding animals living longer.” In short, his pig farm became healthy and prosperous, and he wasn’t spending as much on medicine to treat unhealthy pigs.

    Another farmer, Troy Knoblock, who also raises hogs, switched from GMO feed to non-GMO feed a few years ago – not thinking there would really be a difference. He even says, ‘We laughed about it,’ when determining to go to a cheaper variety, which happened to be non-genetically modified. He had been keeping extensive records of his operation, and found that the money he was spending on drugs to treat ill hogs was cut in half shortly after going to non-GMO feed. He also saw fertility rates go up in his hogs – conception rates increased to almost 90% in many cases, and the size of the hog litters increased as well. Knoblock says that switching to non-GMO feed has made his operation, “a lot more enjoyable.”

    Because of this experience, the Iowa farmer has gradually been increasing his non-GMO crops, and this year 75% of his soybeans will be non-GMO. The seed is cheaper too – costing about $160 a bag, instead of $300 per bag for GMO seeds. Knoblock believes that there is interest in switching among other farmers, too.

    Another farmer, Steve Tusa, raises beef cattle in Alpha, Minnesota. He has seen his cattle herds’ health improve drastically by switching to non-GMO feed. Cattle deaths due to digestive health issues or even pneumonia were cut in half once he switched. He grows his own 1400 acre non-GMO corn to use as feed for his cattle.

    “The yields are good as or better than my neighbor’s traited (GM) corn,” Tusa says. He also says that there are a lot more farmers getting good results with non-GMO seed and feed, but they are hesitant to talk about it. He says that an atmosphere of fear has been generated by the GMO seed sellers, and many farmers are afraid to even try non-GMO seed, even though many people are experiencing great results using GMO-free varieties. Two farmers who were interviewed for the Non-GMO Report talked about their animals’ improved health using non-GMO feed, but didn’t want their names revealed.
    “We haven’t done a scientific study; it’s just something we’ve seen with our own eyes,” the farmer says.
    Monsanto, Bayer, and Syngenta do like to use scare tactics to sell their poison, but the proof is in the pudding, and these farmers should soon be able to speak loud and proud of their successes using good old fashioned, heirloom seeds, instead of GMO, and hopefully their numbers will exponentially increase as word gets out.

    Research for this article included material from an article by Ken Roseboro, featured on The Organic and Non-GMO Report. You can view the original article here.
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    this article I came across today that fits well into the thread with lots of linked material, old and new, to keep one informed and down right angry

    http://www.silverdoctors.com/report-...onsumer-goods/

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    End of the line: GMO production in China halted

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    In a surprise U-turn, China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to continue with a program which developed genetically-modified rice and corn. Some environmentalists say public concerns about GM crops played a key role in the decision.

    On August 17, when these permits were up for renewal, the Ministry of Agriculture decided not to extend them. In 2009, the ministry's Biosafety Committee issued approval certificates to develop the two crops, rice and corn.

    Developed by the Huazhong Agricultural University, near Wuhan, it was hoped that the GMO strains would help to reduce pesticide use by 80 percent, while raising yields by as much as 8 percent, said Huang Jikun, the chief scientist with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told Reuters in 2009. It is illegal to sell genetically-modified rice on the open market in China.

    However in July, GM rice was found on sale in a large supermarket in Wuhan, which is just across the Yangtze River from the Huazhong Agricultural University, where the product was developed, which caused a public outcry.

    "We believe that loopholes in assessing and monitoring [GMO] research, as well as the public concern around safety issues are the most important reasons that the certifications have not been renewed," Wang Jing, a Greenpeace official based in Beijing, wrote in an email to ScienceInsider.

    According to the South China Morning Post, state television commissioned tests on five packets of rice, which were picked at random, and found three contained genetically-modified rice. It is illegal to sell or commercially grow GM rice in mainland China. The safety certificates issued in 2009 only allowed the rice to be planted for research purposes, but never for sale on the open market.

    The strain, which was found, was one of two developed by Dr. Zhang Oifa, who is a professor at the Huazhong Agricultural University. He said, "it was not impossible" for the seeds to be put on to the open market.

    "You can't say [the seeds] were leaked on purpose. It's possible the seed companies have taken away the seeds and reproduced them illegally," he said, as reported by the South China Morning Post.

    However, Huang Jikun also believes that public opinion was not the only reason why the project was shelved. He stated that China is reaching self-sufficiency in terms of rice production, so therefore there was no point in producing genetically modified versions. China exports very little rice as almost all of it is consumed within its domestic market. Huang also admitted, "rising public concerns [about the] safety of GM rice" likely also played a role.

    Cong Cao, who is an associate professor at the University of Nottingham in the UK, was scathing of the decision. Writing in ‘The Conversation’ journal, he said the move “signals a major blow to the fight to establish GM food in China.”

    Cao believes there is no logic behind the judgment adding that “Anti-Western sentiment has been judged more convincing than a raft of studies endorsing the merits of agro-biotechnology. Government support for GM food is dwindling fast, and it seems safe to say that the opportunity to commercialize GM rice – and with it the chance to help address some of China’s most urgent problems – is all but gone.”

    The production of GM corn has not received as much skepticism, as it is mainly fed to livestock, according to Huang Jikun. Nevertheless, like rice, it has also not had its license renewed.
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    Quote Cong Cao, who is an associate professor at the University of Nottingham in the UK, was scathing of the decision. Writing in ‘The Conversation’ journal, he said the move “signals a major blow to the fight to establish GM food in China.”

    Cao believes there is no logic behind the judgment adding that Anti-Western sentiment has been judged more convincing than a raft of studies endorsing the merits of agro-biotechnology. Government support for GM food is dwindling fast, and it seems safe to say that the opportunity to commercialize GM rice – and with it the chance to help address some of China’s most urgent problems – is all but gone.”
    There we go...GMO and Western allopathy in a war against natural products... forgetting that, maybe, Chinese people know a thing or two about herbal medicine and what poison can do to a body... just maybe...
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    I'd be curious just how accurate the testing methods are to detect GMO material, and to what extent Monsanto and other Bio-tech companies have dispersed GM crops even though they've yet to be approved. If they know of a way in-which it wouldn't be detectable... this would almost surely be done.

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    There we go:

    Quote Posted by Amzer Zo (here)
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    There we go...GMO and Western allopathy in a war against natural products... forgetting that, maybe, Chinese people know a thing or two about herbal medicine and what poison can do to a body... just maybe...
    Well, it seems that Chinese people also know a thing or two about poisons' effects on humans:

    Alleged Illegal GM Rice Trial on Chinese Students Leads to Leukemia Boom

    Posted on Aug 14 2014 - 5:30pm by Sustainable Pulse



    According to reports from Huazhong Agricultural University in China, an alleged illegal GM rice trial on the University students has led to an incidence rate of acute leukemia of up to three times the normal rate in China.

    Source: blog.sina.com.cn By Chen I-wan
    Students of the Huazhong Agricultural University have revealed that “over 10 students suffered from leukemia within a 4 year period.” They listed the names of at least 7 cases.

    The students also stated: “When we entered the University, the school required all students to promote genetic modification (GM), upon entering the University, our teacher told us that the rice used by our canteen is GM rice from the university’s experimental base.”

    The normal incidence rate of leukemia among young people in China is about 2 – 3 cases/100,000 people, and the rate of acute cases is about 0.6 – 1.6 cases/100,000 people.

    The leukemia incidence rate of the students at the Huazhong Agricultural University is therefore about three times the normal incidence rate.

    “Hematotoxicity of Bacillus thuringiensis as spore-crystal strains Cry1Aa, Cry1Ab, Cry1Ac, or Cry2Aa in Swiss albino mice”, a study by Brazilian researchers, showed that the Bt toxins found in GM rice are toxic to the blood of mice and cause red blood cells to rupture. This is one of the main studies that suggests there could be a link between Bt toxins and leukemia.

    Chen I-wan. an Advisor to the Committee of Disaster History to the China Disaster Prevention Association, suggested Thursday that “the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, the Ministry of Public Security, the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) should jointly organize a working team to enter the Huazhong Agricultural University and investigate if Zhang Qi-fa, the chief developer of Chinese GM Bt rice, influenced the University to feed GM Bt rice to the students on a regular basis, and if the fact that the leukemia incidence rate of the students at the Huazhong Agricultural University is about three times the normal incidence rate? And, if this is basically verified, then they should sue those responsible with public prosecution based on “endangering public security by dangerous means!‍”

    This news follows on from the report last month by CCTV, China’s state broadcaster, which discovered genetically modified rice being sold in two southern provinces, the second such allegation it has made in two years at a time when public opinion seems to have hardened against the technology.
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    GMOs: Respected Analyst Says They Could Destroy Life on the Planet

    August 26, 2014
    http://www.anh-usa.org/gmoscould-des...on-the-planet/

    Quote Invoking the risk of famine as a justification for GMOs is “a deceitful strategy, no different from…Russian roulette,” according to the report. Action Alert!

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a scholar, statistician, Wall Street analyst and advisor, professor at New York University, and the bestselling author of Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. He predicted the 2008 financial crisis by pointing out that commonly used risk models were wrong. (He was correct, and he became quite wealthy from the strategic financial decisions he made at that time.)

    Now his analysis of our use of genetically modified organisms shows that GMOs could cause “an irreversible termination of life at some scale, which could be the planet.” Taleb and his two co-authors argue that calling the GMO approach “scientific” betrays “a very poor—indeed warped—understanding of probabilistic payoffs and risk management.”

    Taleb believes GMOs fall squarely under the rule that we should always err on the side of caution if something is really dangerous. This is not just because of potential harm to the consumer, but because of systemic risk to the system, which in this case is the ecosystem that supports all life on the planet:

    Top-down modifications to the system (through GMOs) are categorically and statistically different from bottom-up ones (regular farming, progressive tinkering with crops, etc.). There is no comparison between the tinkering of selective breeding and the top-down engineering of arbitrarily taking a gene from an organism and putting it into another.

    The interdependence of all things in nature, Taleb points out, dramatically amplifies risks that may initially seem small when studied in isolation. Tiny genetic errors on the local scale could cause considerable—and even irreversible—environmental damage when the local is exported to the global. The lack of understanding of basic statistical principles, he says, is what leads GMO supporters astray:

    The interdependence of components [in nature] lead[s] to aggregate variations becoming much more severe than individual ones….Whether components are independent or interdependent matters a lot to systemic disasters such as pandemics or generalized crises. The interdependence increases the probability of ruin, to the point of certainty.

    The problem is that the general public, and indeed most policy analysts, are ill-equipped to understand the statistical mathematics of risk. But as Brian Stoffel explains in his helpful article on Taleb’s research, we can assume that each genetically engineered seed carries a risk—albeit a very tiny risk—that in the intricately interdependent web of nature, the GMO seed might somehow eventually lead to a catastrophic breakdown of the ecosystem we rely on for life. Let’s call it a 0.1% chance, just for the sake of illustration. All by itself, that risk seems totally acceptable. But with each new seed that’s developed, the risk gets greater and greater, and over time, we could hit “the ecocide barrier”:



    Critics say, “But risk is inherent in everything. We can’t just be paralyzed by fear and not progress!” Taleb responds that the risk of “generalized human extinction” is absolutely not “inherent in everything.” That’s because most consequences are localized, not systemic. And progress can be made using bottom-up techniques that have worked for eons.

    While quite a few countries have banned GMOs because of their risk to human health and the environment, the US lags behind. Politicians complain that we don’t have the full picture on GMOs and therefore shouldn’t ban them—but that’s because of the lack of human safety studies being performed on GMOs in the US, and because GM companies keep a lot of their data proprietary, that is, concealed from the public. Consider the implications of keeping it secret: if the research finds GMOs to be harmless, wouldn’t that be something you’d want to shout from the rooftops, if you were Monsanto?

    There is, however, clear evidence that GMOs pose risks (such as increased herbicide use) that could easily destabilize ecosystems, pose grave dangers to human health, and all without much benefit to the farmer or indeed anyone but the manufacturer:

    A study found that pigs fed GM feed had higher rates of severe stomach inflammation and developed heavier uteruses.
    Glyphosate (Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide) caused increased fungal infections and lower crop yields on GM plants—the very plants that had been genetically engineered to resist it, according to a study by Brazilian researchers.
    Higher residues of glyphosate have been found in GM soy. Some independent researchers found that glyphosate induced morphological changes in frogs, and had a negative effect on human gut bacteria.
    Our fact sheet on GMO risks offers much more evidence of ecological harm.

    Action Alert! Write to the USDA and ask the agency to do, for the first time, detailed statistical analyses of ecological risks when considering the deregulation of GM crops.

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    I recall about 25 years ago (It piqued my interest back then, quite a bit) -- GMOs -- the promise of "sustainable, drought and pest resistant crops that would feed all the hungry in the world!" -- right after the famine of the 80s' (problem-reaction-solution). I guess it doesn't work on black people ... (aka Africans).

    So sick of the GMO lies and empty promises ... We need to get rid of that ****. Now.

    Please everyone, grow what you can, buy local what you can, and get off GMO grains ...
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    Per Amzer Zo's suggestion, moved this post here: http://projectavalon.net/forum4/show...l=1#post869639
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