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US farmers caught in GM herbicide-resistance treadmill

Note: This is the same line of thinking followed by the GE tree industry.  Creating herbicide resistant or pesticide producing trees will not decrease the amount of herbicides and pesticides used in industrial timber plantations.  Instead, it will create resistant weeds and pests, requiring new herbicides and pesticides.  This, of course, is actually good news for the biotech and chemical industries, since their profits will increase when growers have to buy new and more chemicals, or more high tech seeds and seedlings, to deal with the supposedly ‘unforeseen’ consequences of previous seed traits.  As they say, capitalism is a pyramid scheme.

-The GJEP Team

December 31, 2013. Source: Third World Network Biosafety Information Centre 

A new study by U.S. scientists warns that agricultural weed management through herbicide-resistant crops is an unsustainable pathway. Over the years, Monsanto has heavily promoted the massive use of its glyphosate-based Roundup herbicide in conjunction with its genetically modified (GM) Roundup Ready crops while denying that weed resistance would ensue. By 2012, however, the reported acreage infested with glyphosate-resistant weeds in the U.S. had risen to 61.2 million acres from 32.6 million acres in 2010.

In response, agri-business corporations are developing crops that are genetically engineered to be resistant to both glyphosate and synthetic auxin herbicides such as 2,4-D and dicamba. Scientists have documented that non-target terrestrial plant injury was 75 to 400 times higher for dicamba and 2,4-D, respectively, than for glyphosate.

The researchers categorically state that the continual insertion of more genes into crops is not a sustainable solution to herbicide resistance and call this the ‘genetic modification treadmill’, similar to the ‘pesticide treadmill’ that was introduced in the mid-20th century. They warn that this ‘single-tactic approach’ is likely to make the problem worse by increasing the severity of resistant weeds as well as will facilitate a significant increase in herbicide use with related potential harmful effects.

The report discusses these risks and presents alternatives for research and policy. In particular, the team recommends integrated weed management characterized by reliance on multiple weed management approaches that are firmly underpinned by ecological principles and which has been shown to reduce herbicide use by as much as 94%.

The full paper can be accessed from http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/bio.2012.62.1.12

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Who Should You Believe When it Comes to the Safety of Genetically Engineered Foods?

Note: The same misinformation campaign is being waged regarding genetically engineered trees.  Industry is cranking up its PR machine to try to convince us that GE trees will protect forests and advance conservation of the environment.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  With no independent risk assessments for GE trees, plus volumes of documentation of the devastating impacts of industrial tree monocultures on forests and forest dependent peoples and wildlife, it is crystal clear that GE trees will be an ecological and social disaster.  No amount of industry PR can change that basic fact.

–The GJEP Team

By Jill Richardson, 11 December 2013   Source: AlterNet

Conflicting studies and tons of controversy surrounding GE foods are muddying up the water.

Photo Credit: Bogdan Wankowicz/ Shutterstock.com

Controversy and genetic engineering go together like peanut butter and jelly, so naturally, there’s another brouhaha over genetically engineered (GE) crops in the news. Back in 2011, a French study led by Gilles-Eric Séralini found that rats fed Monsanto’s GE corn were more likely to develop tumors than rats fed non-GE corn. The study was published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, the same journal that routinely publishes Monsanto’s own studies finding that its GE corn is safe to feed to rats. Now, over two years later, the journal retracted the Séralini study.

So what’s going on? Does GE corn give rats tumors? How about people? And how do Americans, the vast majority of whom are not scientists, know what is safe to eat? Here’s a look at what the Séralini study found, why it should not have been retracted, and how to tell the difference between valid and bogus claims about GE food.

Both Monsanto and Séralini’s feeding studies follow the same general model. Get a large group of a type of rats called Sprague-Dawley and divide them into groups. Feed some groups GE corn and feed the others non-GE corn. Occasionally test their blood and urine, and watch to see if any get sick and die. At the end of the study, euthanize the remaining rats and dissect them to check their organs. Pretty simple, right?

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Study reveals GMO corn to be highly toxic

April 15, 2013. Source: RT

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Photo: AFP/Paul J. Richards

A leaked study examining genetically-modified corn reveals that the lab-made alternative to organic crops contains a startling level of toxic chemicals.

An anti-GMO website has posted the results of an education-based consulting company’s comparison of corn types, and the results reveal that genetically modified foods may be more hazardous than once thought.

The study, the 2012 Corn Comparison Report by Profit Pro, was published recently on the website for Moms Across America March to Label GMOs, a group that says they wish to “raise awareness and support Moms with solutions to eat GMO Free as we demand GMO labeling locally and nationally simultaneously.” They are plotting nationwide protests scheduled for later this year.

The report, writes the website’s Zen Honeycutt, was provided by a representative for De Dell Seed Company, an Ontario-based farm that’s touted as being Canadian only non-GMO corn seed company.
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Monsanto, Dow agree to cross-licensing deal

Note: Monsanto and Dow are bad enough on their own.  Now they are combining powers to produce a plant that can resist corn root worm and the pesticide-resistant “super weeds” that Monsanto is responsible for in the first place.  Solve a problem created by applying too much of one chemical by applying too much of another chemical.  This thought process is otherwise know as insanity; doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

-The GJEP Team

By Georgina Gustin, April 11, 2013. Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

Photo: Seth Perlman/AP

Photo: Seth Perlman/AP

The world’s biggest seed company and the country’s biggest chemical company announced Thursday a cross-licensing deal intended to bring next-generation seeds and chemical mixes to farmers combating increasingly stubborn weeds and insects in the field.

Creve Coeur-based Monsanto Co. and Dow Agrosciences, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Co., said Thursday that Monsanto will allow Dow to use a corn technology Monsanto is developing to kill corn rootworm, a major agricultural pest. In exchange, Dow will give Monsanto access to its new Enlist brand corn technology, which enables crops to survive applications of the chemical 2,4-D.

The deal is the latest move in an emerging pattern that has seen major rivals in agricultural biotechnology license technologies to one another. The existing SmartStax corn product, for example, already contains eight biotechnology traits developed by Dow, Monsanto and Bayer CropScience.
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How Monsanto outfoxed the Obama administration

By Lina Kahn, March 15, 2013. Source: Salon

Photo: AP/Seth Perlman

Photo: AP/Seth Perlman

Last November, the U.S. Department of Justice quietly closed a three-year antitrust investigation into Monsanto, the biotech giant whose genetic traits are embedded in over 90 percent of America’s soybean crop and more than 80 percent of corn. Despite a splash of press coverage when the investigation was initially announced, its termination went mostly unreported. The DOJ released no written public statement. Only a brief press release from Monsanto conveyed the news.

The lack of attention belies the significance of the decision, both for food consumers around the world and for U.S. businesses. Experts who have examined Monsanto’s conduct say the Justice Department’s decision not to act all but officially establishes the firm’s sovereignty over the U.S. seed industry. Many of them also say the decision ratifies aggressive practices Monsanto used to entrench its dominance and deter competition. This includes highly restrictive contractual agreements that excluded rivals, alongside a multibillion-dollar spree to buy up seed companies.

When the administration first launched its investigation, many antitrust and agriculture experts believed it was still possible to imagine an industry characterized by greater competition in the marketplace and greater diversity in seeds. That future may now be foreclosed.
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Video: The ultimate killing machine – Monsanto develops weed-eating shark!

Note: The following video just came to the attention of Global Justice Ecology Project.  The images in this video confirm that Monsanto is run by individuals determined to perpetuate death and destruction across the planet, who celebrate their products as “killing machines.”  Agriculture should be about sustaining life, not waging a full-scare war on plants and animals to increase the efficiency of industrial farming systems.

-The GJEP Team

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Dow’s controversial new GMO corn delayed amid protests

By Carey Gillam, January 18, 2013.  Source: Reuters

2009_11_gmocornA controversial new biotech corn developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical,, will be delayed at least another year as the company awaits regulatory approval amid opposition from farmers, consumers and public health officials.

Dow AgroSciences officials said Friday that they now expect the first sales of Enlist for planting in 2014. Previously officials had set the 2013 planting season as a target, but U.S. farmers are already buying seed for planting this spring, and Dow has yet to secure U.S. approval for Enlist.

Dow wants to roll out Enlist corn, and then soybeans and cotton to be used in combination with its new Enlist herbicide that combines the weed-killers 2,4-D and glyphosate. The Enlist crops are genetically altered to tolerate treatments of the Enlist herbicide mixture. The hope is that Enlist will wipe out an explosion of crop-choking weeds that have become resistant to glyphosate alone.
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Victory! Russia suspends import and use of American GM corn after study revealed cancer risk

By Sean Poulter, September 25, 2012.  Source: Daily Mail

Note: For more information on the recent French study that links Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn to cancer, you can view Climate Connection’s coverage here.

-The GJEP Team

Photo: AP

Russia has suspended the import and use of an American GM corn following a study suggesting a link to breast cancer and organ damage.

Separately, the European Food Safety Authority(EFSA), has ordered its own review in to the research, which was conducted at a French university.

The decision by Russia could be followed by other nations in what would be a severe blow to the take-up of the controversial technology.

Historically, biotech companies have proved the safety of GM crops based on trials involving feeding rats for a period of 90 days.

However, experts at the University of Caen conducted an experiment running for the full lives of rats – two years.

The findings, which were peer reviewed by independent experts before being published in a respected scientific journal, found raised levels of breast cancer, liver and kidney damage.
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