Saturday, June 8, 2013

[Monsanto losing Ground]

To all those who spoke up against Monsanto, and the abominations they call food, to all those who spread the word, attended the protests, made signs, donated to anti-GMO groups, and who bought non-GMO products- We are now seeing the fruits of our labors. Before us is laid the proof of the power of the people. You may not have realized it, but Monsanto was frightened by the unity, and massiveness of this growing movement. And they were frightened on May 25th, when the people rose up to march against them. We are proving that the days of blind and dumb acceptance are behind us. We must keep our momentum. Monsanto is being pushed out of Europe, and they are going to do their best to hold on to their last, and strongest foothold, America. If Monsanto loses in the U.S., they will lose everywhere. It is time for America to show it's resolve. 

Monsanto is losing ground fast, and we are now getting backing be influential people. Connecticut governor Dannel P. Malloy is committed to sign a piece of legislation that was overwhelmingly approved, requiring food manufacturers to identify and label genetically modified ingredients. Ben & Jerry's Icecream has released a statment saying they are going non-GMO.  Mark Bittman, lead food columnist for the Times magazine wrote an article criticizing GMOs.  The April 2 column, "Why Do G.M.O.'s Need Protection?", started out with "Genetic engineering in agriculture has disappointed many people who once had hopes for it." That's right, even people once pushing for GM foods are now raising doubts.

Bittman continued: "...genetic engineering, or, more properly, transgenic engineering - in which a gene, usually from another species of plant, bacterium or animal, is inserted into a plant in the hope of positively changing its nature - has been disappointing."

"In the nearly 20 years of applied use of G.E. in agriculture there have been two notable 'successes,' along with a few less notable ones. These are crops resistant to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide (Monsanto develops both the seeds and the herbicide to which they're resistant) and crops that contain their own insecticide. The first have already failed, as so-called superweeds have developed resistance to Roundup, and the second are showing signs of failing, as insects are able to develop resistance to the inserted Bt toxin - originally a bacterial toxin - faster than new crop variations can be generated."

"The result is that the biggest crisis in monocrop agriculture - something like 90 percent of all soybeans and 70 percent of corn is grown using Roundup Ready seed - lies in glyphosate's inability to any longer provide total or even predictable control, because around a dozen weed species have developed resistance to it."

Not too long ago, no one with a good career in any sort of media would dare question Monsanto's divine right to rule food, but times are changing, and Monsanto is losing it's appeal.

Mark Bittman, lead food columnist for the Times magazine 

 He takes a definite and practical stand against the effectiveness of GMOs. Giving insightful information  that at no point seems biased or impractical. 

This is the kind of person we need to convince those in it for the money that GM crops are a time bomb. 

Thank you, Mark Bittman.

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