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In 2005, Monsanto purchased Semenis which was (and is) the world’s largest seed company and now they own thousands of conventional seed companies in addition to their GMO seed business. Monsanto now owns 40% of the conventional seed market in the US and 20% of the worldwide market, including organics and heirlooms. It’s not terribly easy to avoid them, which is why we’ve compiled the list below list with the help of readers and some experts from the field, both to help you navigate through things as well as encouragement for companies to take part in the boycott so that they may also qualify to have their names included. More
Gregory S: There is good and bad to the Monsanto story. I, personally, got prostate cancer (since cured) from Monsanto’s Agent Orange spraying when I was in Vietnam so I have done a lot of research on it. The good side is that Monsanto’s chemicals have dramatically increased farmers’ productivity (fertilizers and weed control) which has allowed farmers to prosper by selling many times the amount of corn, etc. they would have and, consequently, millions – if not billions – of people around the world have been able to avoid massive starvation. The bad side results from a by-product of the Monsanto (and Dow Chemical, et al.) manufacturing process called dioxin – one of the most toxic substances known. It’s almost impossible to avoid exposure to dioxin if you live in a modern society because it results from heat applied to chlorine-based substances. For example, if you use a drip coffee maker and white (chlorine-based) filter paper, you are ingesting small amounts of dioxin. Same for commercial cigarettes made with white paper when they burn. Soft soap (as opposed to bars) have dioxin. Municipal waste combustion; diesel trucks. All that commercial wood from the tornado in Monroe will throw out dioxin as they burn it. Dioxin is terrible, carcinogenic stuff and you never know when just a minuscule amount will trigger cancer. So, pick your poison.
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“Global food systems are experiencing a severe crisis: despite the production of more than enough food to feed the world’s population, life-threatening food emergencies continue to devastate many developing countries and almost a billion people are now hungry – one in seven of the global population.”- STWR.
Could the good of the Green Revolution, the higher yield seen, be partly due to subsidies and unfair business practices which may tend to win public opinion while hiding the true cost of production and leaving people malnourished and small farmers across the globe homeless?
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Rob D: We have a global food distribution as long as we treat basic sustenance as a commodity. If some corporation could figure out how to bottle air and withhold it from us until we paid for it, we’d all be sucking down Nestle Pure Life Air.
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Terry Gresham: Like this (well, water not air in this instance:
Paraguay in a spin about Bush’s alleged 100,000 acre hideaway
Some have speculated that he might be trying to wrestle control of the Guarani Aquifer, one of the largest underground water reserves, from the Paraguayans.
Rumours of Mr Bush’s supposed forays into South American real estate surfaced during a recent 10-day visit to the country by his daughter Jenna Bush. Little is known about her trip to Paraguay, although officially she travelled with the UN children’s agency Unicef to visit social projects. Photographers from the Paraguayan newspaper ABC Color tracked her down to one restaurant in Paraguay’s capital Asunción, where she was seen flanked by 10 security guards, and was also reported to have met Paraguay’s president, Nicanor Duarte, and the US ambassador to Paraguay, James Cason. Reports in sections of the Paraguayan media suggested she was sent on a family “mission” to tie up the land purchase in the “chaco”.Tom Phillips in Cuiab
The Guardian, Sunday 22 October 2006
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Terry Gresham: Vandana Shiva – The Future of Food and Seed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYwOTLopWIw
Vandana Shiva – The Future of Food and Seed
Scientist, feminist, ecologist and author, Vandana Shiva, presenting the keynote…
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Gregory S: Rob D.,in a way, bottled air is already here. I see a lot of aging smokers now with plastic tubes in their nose dragging oxygen tanks around. Who would have thought, when we were kids, that people would be buying water in plastic bottle costing more than a Coke? The world may run out of fresh water before food. When I was a kid, water – for home owners – was free and water in city drinking fountains just ran continuously. Now it cost more than oil. A few years ago, Arizona proposed a pipeline to send water from Lake Michigan to Phoenix so people there could keep their backyard swimming pools full and their golf courses watered. I sometimes shop at places like “Whole Foods” but it’s expensive.
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Rob D. it’s insane that fresh food costs more than meat or processed crap.
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Terry Gresham Cost are actually higher for processed crap except at the counter. http://vimeo.com/19585591
The Real Cost Of Cheap Food
This is a project of rethinkingfood.org Every year millions of Americans go to their local grocery store chain and buy food for incredibly cheap. It doesn’t seem…
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Gregory S: It seems the chemists are doing a better job than God I guess.
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Gregory S: The fancy steak places are only selling “grass fed” beef and it’s over $30 now for an 8 oz filet.
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Gregory S: The rich eat organic; the poor eat Monsanto. Nothing changes.
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Terry Gresham Could be one way around the thing. Edible Cities: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rIVqGtgDHBo#!
Edible City: Grow the Revolution
Help us caption and translate this video on Amara.org: http://www.amara.org/en/v/B2VE/ Dig in and Grow the Revolution at http://www.ediblecity.net/ Edible Cit…
- Frances Moore Lappe, Vandana Shiva Blast Award for GMO Scientists (commondreams.org)
- Bill Gates Criticised for Doing With Monsanto What He Did With Microsoft (techrights.org)
- Monsanto Executive Receives World Food Prize: Global Leaders Outraged (collective-evolution.com)
- Monsanto Seed Case Victory Prompts SurvivalSeeds4Patriots to Strongly Urge People to Eat Vegetables Grown Only from Non-Genetically Modified Seeds (prweb.com)
- Global Voices Reject Genetically Modified Seed Giant in March Against Monsanto (commondreams.org)
- Rallying Cry: Citizens Worldwide to Unite in ‘March Against Monsanto’ (commondreams.org)