Bill Gates vs. the Famine Lobby – by Ben Johnson

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The left-of-center philanthropist says starving Africans should be allowed to eat genetically modified foods.

Bill Gates took on the Famine Lobby while addressing a forum on the world food supply in Iowa. Speaking at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Gates took aim at the chorus of environmental leftists and organic food advocates who believe Africans should starve rather than eat genetically modified (GM) foods. “Some voices are instantly hostile to any emphasis on productivity. They act as if there is no emergency, even though in the poorest, hungriest places on earth, population is growing faster than productivity,” he said.

The opposition is significant, because Gates is left-of-center himself. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with assets of $29 billion as of 2005, has focused on the “population” side of the “problem” in the past, sending billions of dollars in grants to such pro-abortion groups as Planned Parenthood; Population Action International, Population Services International, the Alan Guttmacher Institute, and the Population Resource Center. Gates has also financed such organizations as the Tides Center, the Tides Foundation, the National Council of La Raza, and has supported a gun control initiative in Washington state.

However, Gates announced he will issue a $120 million grant to increase food productivity in sub-Saharan Africa through the planting of genetically modified seeds. In Des Moines, Gates cited a Stanford study from 2008 concluding African farmers will lose one-quarter of their productivity within 20 years if they continue to plant the same strains of corn. However, “If the seeds perform well, African farmers can expect to produce two-million more tons of maize in a year of moderate drought.” Radio Iowa reports Gates has “committed more than a billion dollars” in all.

Taking on the Green Left

In proposing this initiative, he is standing up to the Green Left, which has long favored environmental “purity” to human well-being. Greenpeace cooked up the term “Frankenfood” to demonize genetically modified foods a decade ago. Jeremy Rifkin called GM foods, “a form of annihilation every bit as deadly as nuclear holocaust” and compared their cultivation to “Nazi eugenics.” So successful was their campaign that many ecological groups have equated the agricultural corporation Monsanto, a leader in biotechnology, with the antichrist.

Dire predictions aside, GM foods not only potentially increase food production but have replaced the need to spray crops with chemical pesticides, which sickened or killed Africans. Those farmers who spray can now streamline the process, saving them much time and money. The modified crops are more resistant to cold, drought, herbicides, pests, and disease. They also supplied nutritional gaps in the consumption patterns of the poor. For instance, so-called “golden rice” spliced Vitamin A into rice, which could stave off blindness among the world’s poor who eat little more than rice. (Giving credit where credit’s due, golden rice was developed with aid from the Rockefeller Foundation.)

The “Nazi” concerns floated by the Green Left have proven more theoretical than actual. Greenpeace has long claimed GM foods increase allergies; however, the World Health Organization – hardly a corporate, capitalist shill – concluded, “No allergic effects have been found relative to GM foods currently on the market.” Although six EU nations ban GM foods, Jaap Satter, a senior policy adviser at the Dutch Agriculture Ministry, has said, “You cannot say anymore that there is a scientific reason to be against genetic modification.” The National Research Council summed up the situation: “no conceptual distinction exists between generic modification of plants and microorganisms by classical methods or by molecular techniques that modify DNA and transfer genes.

Some environmentalists seem concerned the foods will be too successful at feeding the poor. Al Gore has worried, “The most lasting impact of biotechnology on the food supply may come not from something going wrong, but from all going right…we’re far more likely to accidentally drown ourselves in a sea of excess grain.” Given the environmentalist movement’s hatred of population – best exemplified by Obama Science Czar John Holdren’s justification of compulsory abortion in the United States – this may be the real locus of their disdain.

So deep is the Green Left’s hatred of GM foods that even an organizations Gates founded has given genetically modified food a chilly reception. “The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa was established by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation” and the Rockefeller Foundation in 2006 “with the objective of improving agriculture in Africa.” However, its leader, former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, vowed in 2007: “We in the alliance will not incorporate GMOs [genetically modified organisms] in our programmes. We shall work with farmers using traditional seeds.”

The scare tactics and shunning of American and Euro-socialist leftists is theoretical and faulty – but their mania has reaped a deadly harvest among the world’s most vulnerable people.

Let Them Eat Twigs

In 2002, Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa refused to accept tons of U.S. food aid for his starving nation, because the aid contained genetically modified food (maize, specifically). “Simply because my people are hungry, that is no justification to give them poison, to give them food that is intrinsically dangerous to their health,” he said. The deluded president continued, “I will not allow Zambians to be turned into guinea pigs no matter the levels of hunger in the country.”

The levels of hunger were staggering. Nearly one-third of Zambia’s 10 million people faced famine. Some 14 million Africans faced starvation region-wide. Nonetheless, the president privately upbraided officials in the UN World Food Programme for distributing GM foods, which fed 125,000 people in five camps. The WFP reported some impoverished Zambians “resorted to eating little more than twigs and ash from the fire in a brown soupy concoction.” Desperate, rural villagers broke into the palace where the stockpiles were rotting and stole 2,000 bags of maize.

In response, the World Summit on Sustainable Development, held in Johannesburg in 2002, signed a “statement of solidarity” with Zambia. Charlie Kronick of Greenpeace went further, alleging the humanitarian aid constituted a sick capitalist ploy. “There is a constant drip of pressure from the U.S. government and biotech industry to make sure Africa is softened up for GM,” he theorized. “Europe is closed to them and they need a market for it.”

Others offered more than ideological support. Zimbabwe joined the boycott, preventing GM grain’s importation. Angola followed suit in 2004. Lesotho and Mozambique milled all such grain so it would not be planted and “infect” other crops.

Not all were limited to the EU and Africa. In 2004, Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez passed “possibly…the most sweeping restrictions on transgenic crops in the western hemisphere.”

Organic Astroturf

At home, the opposition has been remarkably well-heeled. National Review’s Deroy Murdock found:

In 2001, the 30 leading anti-biotech groups…spent $341.4 million, including Greenpeace USA’s expenditure of $23,748,737, Environmental Defense’s $38,794,150 and the Natural Resources Defense Council’s $41,625,882. Between 1996 and 2001, this crusade’s lavish underwriters included the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation ($11,906,500), the Ford Foundation ($39,978,020) and the Pew Charitable Trusts ($130,996,900).

It also included a large portion of the organic food market. Somehow, this story of an industry trying to spike a competitor did not make MSNBC or the pages of Mother Jones.

Whatever the dangers, the prohibition of GM foods is a moral issue. As Velasio De Paolis of the Pontifical Urban University has said, it is “easy to say no to GM food if your stomach is full.”  However misled he is on other issues, Bill Gates deserves credit for standing up against the Green Left on this point.

The question remains, will he do so on the issue that seems closest to his heart: the eradication of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa? In a recent speech  on the topic Gates admitted, “two tools helped to bring the death rate down: One was killing the mosquitoes with DDT.” Before Rachel Carson’s crusade – based entirely on scientific theories that never panned out – DDT use had nearly eradicated malaria. Now, according to one report, “there are approximately 350 to 500 millions cases of malaria, killing close to one million people” annually. “Every day, malaria takes the lives of 2,000 children in Africa alone.” Yet instead of backing DDT use, Gates has sought to find a vaccine.

If Gates truly wants to put the well-being of Africans above political correctness, DDT is the best place to start.

  • brimp

    If Bill Gates has focused on the “population” side of the “problem” in the past, perhaps his current push for genetically modified foods is not a departure from his past efforts. If GM food allows food to grow on marginal land or without pesticides then this theory sounds ridiculous. But, if the 'improvements' in the GM food lowers fertility in the populations that consume them then he would be killing two birds with one stone: fewer hungry people today and long term lower populations. Now, I said “if” since I have no first hand knowledge of what is in the GM food. I know that the GM foods in American goods are not labeled. I don't know if the GM food that is consumed in America is the same as the GM food consumed in the third world. Anyone who sees humans as a problem should be watched carefully. Does Bill Gates eat the GM foods that are consumed in Africa?

    Your positive comments of the Rockefeller Foundation are interesting. This foundation has supported eugenics in the past. They have funded abortion and sterilization efforts around the globe. If they see population as a problem, then perhaps, they see me and you as a problem.

    Your insight into Gate’s effort to find a vaccine for malaria instead of using a known agent, DDT, to reduce it is interesting. There are credible reports that the vaccines have added agents that cause: death, long term health problems, lower fertility, and autism. Again, this appears to be focusing on the “population” side of the “problem”. There are news stories that the poor people of Africa run for the hills when the World Health Organization comes to town to help them with vaccines.

  • WSG57

    Brimp- Ummm GM foods DO NOT lower fertility, or cause black folks to turn white or or the opposite.
    Mankind has been genetically modifying food – Grain and livestock since the dawn of agriculture. We just now have a grasp of the DNA “mechanism” and can select the traits that are desirable more quickly.
    Since you are afraid of modern technology and science/chemistry—- Is chlorinated water a problem with you ? How about the polio vaccine …. ? I trust you travel by horse as well ? While you are throwing modern technology/ science away there are many- many things that are “natural” like botulism, scurvy,cholera, and malaria out in the real world. Why don't you personally embrace those and see where luddite “idiotology” aka “Green” Progressivism is leading the world ?
    Gates has more money, most days, than brains but on the “GM” food issue I have to give credit for standing up to the culture of Death that is the modern progressive movement.

  • guest

    How about we make a deal. If you want people to die because you are afraid of psuedo-science, we will graft a cow's stomach into you to supercharge you GI tract and immunize you against the horrors of extra chromosomes.

    Why not? America did it with goat testicles and impotence not too long ago, and I do not know of that many people who died of impotence. These murderers torture complete societies to death. Pay Putin to do it. Russian doctors will do anything for a dollar.

  • brimp

    Your assertion that GM foods DO NOT lower fertility is based on what? The sperm count on American men has dropped dramatically over the last 40 years. Why? The rate of autism has increased 10 fold in the last 50 years. Why? Your blind faith in thinking that organizations that promote abortion and sterilization will not apply these ideas to you is short sighted.

    I first heard of similar arguments from members of the John Birch Society. They suggest that Fluoridation of water is dangerous. After researching the issue, I find no fault in their facts or reasoning.

    Technology has dramatically improved the lives of most people on the planet. But, technology companies, like all corporations, want to maximize their profits. The pharmaceutical companies think that a perfect drug is not one that cures a disease, but is one that is needed to be taken by many people for the rest of their lives. To say that the current 'improvements' to the food supply is similar to the process that has been ongoing for thousands of years is a statement of faith. Has the food that you eat been genetically modified? How would you know? If there is a problem with it, how would you know it was the GM food since that information is not collected?

    To group all people who have these concerns into one group and then dismissing the group as a bunch of wackos is not looking at the phenomena objectively. After doing this research, I have determined that I will not, voluntarily, take any vaccine. I’m on the fence with GM foods. There is troubling evidence against GM foods but not enough, at this point, to condemn all GM foods.

  • LindaRivera

    So now Ben Johnson calls many of us on the right who are against genetically modified food – that we are on the left, and also 'NAZIS'. We are against genetically modified food because many of us have had our health significantly damaged by the long term consumption of soy products which are propagandized as being a 'health food'. And as we find out, most of the soy Americans consume has been genetically modified for years.

    Why do you think obesity/overweight has become a major problem for Americans and others? One of the reasons is soy consumption – soy damages the thyroid causing hypothyroidism which dramatically slows down the metabolism. Hypothyroidism affects the entire body. The deadly poison fluoride added to our drinking water against our will, also damages the thyroid.

    The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food (Hardcover)
    by Kaayla T. Daniel (Author)
    A groundbreaking expose that tells the truth about soy that scientists know but that the soy industry has tried to suppress. Soy is not a health food, does not prevent disease and has not even been proven safe.–Epidemiological, clinical and laboratory studies link soy to malnutrition, digestive problems, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders, even heart disease and cancer.
    http://www.amazon.com/Whole-Soy-Story-Americas-

    “Imagine drugs that are known, by years of scientific documentation, to be both carcinogenic and to also cause DNA and chromosome damage being prescribed and administered through the food supply to populations of many countries around the world without the knowledge or consent of the individuals consuming these foods … with no way to track dosage, individual reactions, or harmful side-effects … and without any concern for some people’s increased vulnerability to these drugs, such as cancer patients. It sounds crazy, but that is exactly what is happening around the world when Soy is added to our food supply. Soy contains the scientifically documented carcinogenic and DNA damaging and chromosome damaging natural chemicals genistein and daidzein.” – True Health, the magazine of Carotec Inc., Naples, Florida. May/June 2004.

    “(Soyfoods) are not nutrients. They are drugs.”
    Dr. L. White, Honolulu Aging Study.

    How could anyone get away with this?

    The answer is simple, given the soy industry is one of the world's most wealthy and powerful multi-billion dollar industries.

    The result is an industry that will systematically steamroll anybody that dares suggest there may be problems with the darling soy. When we first questioned the safety of soy, a representative of Protein Technologies told us that they had:

    “…teams of lawyers to crush dissenters, could buy scientists to give evidence, owned television channels and newspapers, could divert medical schools and could even influence governments…”

    This boast has proven all too true, and you'll be shocked to learn that much of what you've read about soy is nothing but a con.
    http://www.soyonlineservice.co.nz/

  • LindaRivera

    TOTALHEALTHBREAKTHROUGHS.COM

    The Nightmare of GM Foods
    by Melanie Segala 07/29/2009

    “You have to know where your food is coming from.” These words of warning were spoken by biologist and plant expert, Arpad Puszati at a gathering of concerned citizens in St. Catherine’s, Ontario earlier this year.1

    As far back as 1998, Dr. Puszati’s research at the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland showed that genetically modified potatoes caused health problems in rats, including a weakened immune system and abnormal growth. For blowing the whistle on Big Agra, he was dismissed from his job.

    Eleven years later, as companies like Monsanto successfully silenced their critics, genetically modified organisms have gained a stronghold in taking over the world’s food supply — in spite of the fact that a growing body of evidence shows the alarming health effects that are being seen in people and animals who are consuming GM foods. But unlike years ago, concerned physicians and scientists are now banding together and advising their patients and the general public to avoid GM foods altogether.

    The latest professional group to voice their warnings is the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) who is advising physicians to educate their patients and the medical community about the health risks of GM foods — including “infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.”2

    Why are these medical professionals so sure that GM foods are to blame for the growing list of health problems? Because of the reason and method they were manufactured. GM corn and cotton for example, are produced with a built-in pesticide called Bt. When the insect bites the plant, the poison kills it. The problem is that the Bt toxin in GM plants is thousands of times more concentrated and toxic than the spray version — and it cannot be washed off — it’s part of the plant.

    And as health professionals for the AAEM have pointed out, there are precious few human studies to document the safety of GM foods. The animal studies however, tell a frightening story.2 Here are just a few examples:

    * When GM soy was fed to female rats, most of their babies died within three weeks—compared to a 10% death rate among the control group fed natural soy. When male rats were fed GM soy, their testicles turned from a natural pink to dark blue.
    * In India when grazing animals fed on the remainder of harvested GM cotton plants, all of them died including thousands of sheep. Those that grazed on natural cotton plants remained healthy.
    * In the US, farmers have reported that thousands of pigs became sterile after eating GM corn.
    * In Germany, GM corn is thought to have caused the death of both cows and horses.

    There is only one human study so far that demonstrates what GM foods might be doing to us — and it is chilling indeed. The modified gene that is inserted into GM soy transfers into the DNA of our intestinal bacteria and is still functional. This means our own gut flora could continue to produce the pesticide long after we have eaten the food — perhaps forever.2

    Could GM foods be the cause of skyrocketing numbers of obesity, diabetes, autism, and even cancer? According to researchers, it may be, but we may never know for sure. The link to GM foods can’t be traced and the onset of the disease may take several years.

    But that doesn’t mean we should take any chances, or wait for the results to come in. If Big Agra has its way, any damning evidence that links GM foods to chronic diseases will be stifled and the epidemic of immune and degenerative diseases will continue to rise.

    What you can do is stay away from all processed food unless it clearly states on the package that it is organic or made from non-GMO ingredients. According to the Institute for Responsible Technology and the Center for Food Safety, you should also steer clear of soy or corn derivatives, cottonseed and canola oils, and GM sugar beets. These two organizations provide a downloadable Non-GMO Shopping Guide for consumers to refer to help with their food choices.

    Let’s not be lab rats for the benefit of Big Agra. Together we can take a stand and just say no to the foods that are not fit for human or animal consumption.

    References

    1. Scientist Issues Genetic Food Warning, January 19, 2009, The St. Catherines Standard (Canada).
    2. Doctors Warn: Avoid Genetically Modified Food,http://www.responsibletechnology.org/utility/showArticle/?objectID=2989.
    3. http://www.totalhealthbreakthroughs.com/2009/07

  • LindaRivera

    This is from April 2, 2009 re Genetically Modified, and DIABOLICAL Terminator Seeds.

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    Monsanto's Dream Bill — HR 875

    Would This Bill Benefit Monsanto?

    Monsanto – one of the most evil companies on the planet — is a powerful entity that has repeatedly proven its clout. Monsanto has already managed so many reprehensible acts, it boggles the mind. Including:

    *
    Leading the world into a new age of potentially hazardous genetic modification of seeds.
    *
    Patenting not only their own GMO seeds, but also a huge number of crop seeds, patenting life forms for the first time — without a vote of the people or Congress.
    *
    Not allowing farmers to save their seeds to replant the next year – a practice that has been done for generations. Instead, they aggressively seek out and sue farmers they suspect of doing so.
    *
    Suing farmers who have not been able to prevent the inevitable drift of Monsanto’s GE pollen or seed onto their land for patent infringement!
    *
    Producing two of the most toxic substances ever known — polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs, and dioxin (Agent Orange).

    Perhaps their biggest assault to your food supply already is what’s known as terminator technology. These are seeds that have been genetically modified to “self-destruct.” In other words, the seeds (and the forthcoming crops) are sterile, which means farmers must buy them again each year.

    The implications that terminator seeds could have on the world’s food supply are disastrous: the traits from genetically engineered crops can get passed on to other crops. Once the terminator seeds are released into a region, the trait of seed sterility could be passed to other non-genetically-engineered crops, making most or all of the seeds in the region sterile.

    If allowed to continue, every farmer in the world could come to rely on Monsanto for their seed supply!

    So, would it be safe to say that Monsanto stands to gain from H.R. 875?

    Absolutely! With thousands of organic farmers driven out of business, they would be that much closer to dominating the food supply of the world, since organic farms don’t use Monsanto seeds or toxic products.

    Based on their history, I believe it’s prudent to question what the future of our small farms will hold, should a bill with such blatant ties to Monsanto be allowed to pass without further scrutiny.

    It is quite possible, perhaps even most probable, that the bill entitled H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is designed to halt the growing trend of small organic farms – not through a direct, frontal assault on organic farming, but rather by insidiously creating rules and laws that make it extremely difficult, and incredibly expensive, for small farms to comply.

    And in this case, the rules and regulations created by this proposed bill are mandatory, not voluntary, meaning they apply equally to a tiny farmer with half a dozen cows as it does to a massive factory farm.

    What are the Potential Hazards of HR 875?

    The stated purpose of H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is:

    To establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.

    As detailed in the articles above, some of the potential hazards of HR 875 include:

    * It includes small farmers who just sell their fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets
    * Anyone engaged in food growing, or “holding food for consumption” in the U.S. would have to register annually, and create and maintain extensive records of the foods they grow and/or store
    * The definitions of who this law pertains to are so broad and loosely defined that they could potentially even include your personal backyard fruit or vegetable garden, even if you don’t sell anything but grow them for personal consumption
    * It appears it could dictate how all food growers would have to grow their food, including potentially the necessity to use certain pest control measures, for example
    * Authorities would have the ability to inspect any food production facility at random to make sure it’s operating in compliance with the food safety law, and again the definition of “food production facility” is so loosely defined it could apply to your personal orchard, vineyard, or vegetable garden, as long as it produces something edible
    * After the enactment of this Act, the Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture and representatives of State departments of agriculture will promulgate regulations to establish “science-based minimum standards for the safe production of food” by food production facilities. Meaning, no one even knows what the food production standards are yet, but whatever they turn out to be will have to be followed
    * It is prohibited to: fail to register; refuse to permit access to an inspector; refuse to allow copying of all records; fail to establish or maintain any record required under the law
    * Should you fail to comply with any of the rules and regulations, there are both civil and criminal penalties, going as high as $1 million per violation, something that could clearly wipe out any small farmer in a blink of an eye

    What Can You Do?

    I believe everyone should take the time to look this bill over and decide for yourself — Do you, or do you not believe industry will use every loophole they can find to further their own interests over up-and-coming small, organic family farms?

    If you believe this bill warrants further scrutiny before being blindly passed, here are a few ways you can get involved and make your voice heard:

    1. Contact your Congressional members at 202-224-3121 and ask them to oppose HR 875 and S 425.
    2. Sign the Natural Solutions Foundation’s petition to Amend the Food Safety Modernization Act H.R. 875 [and Substitutes], by adding a “Natural and Family Food and Farming Exclusion Amendment”
    3. Find out who sits on your states agriculture and farming committee and contact them with your concerns.
    4. Contact your local elected officials and let them know your position on legislation and why.
    5. Attend a local Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) meeting, this is a good start to learning about what is going on in farming, as well as getting involved with local and state initiatives .
    6. Support the Farmers Legal Defense Fund

    Related Links:

    Monsanto's Many Attempts to Destroy All Seeds but Their Own

    This Company May Be the Biggest Threat to Your Future Health

    How Monsanto Manipulates the System to Poison Your Health
    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/arch

  • LindaRivera

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    April 02 2009

    Monsanto's Dream Bill — HR 875

    Would This Bill Benefit Monsanto?

    Monsanto – one of the most evil companies on the planet — is a powerful entity that has repeatedly proven its clout. Monsanto has already managed so many reprehensible acts, it boggles the mind. Including:

    *
    Leading the world into a new age of potentially hazardous genetic modification of seeds.
    *
    Patenting not only their own GMO seeds, but also a huge number of crop seeds, patenting life forms for the first time — without a vote of the people or Congress.
    *
    Not allowing farmers to save their seeds to replant the next year – a practice that has been done for generations. Instead, they aggressively seek out and sue farmers they suspect of doing so.
    *
    Suing farmers who have not been able to prevent the inevitable drift of Monsanto’s GE pollen or seed onto their land for patent infringement!
    *
    Producing two of the most toxic substances ever known — polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs, and dioxin (Agent Orange).

    Perhaps their biggest assault to your food supply already is what’s known as terminator technology. These are seeds that have been genetically modified to “self-destruct.” In other words, the seeds (and the forthcoming crops) are sterile, which means farmers must buy them again each year.

    The implications that terminator seeds could have on the world’s food supply are disastrous: the traits from genetically engineered crops can get passed on to other crops. Once the terminator seeds are released into a region, the trait of seed sterility could be passed to other non-genetically-engineered crops, making most or all of the seeds in the region sterile.

    If allowed to continue, every farmer in the world could come to rely on Monsanto for their seed supply!

    So, would it be safe to say that Monsanto stands to gain from H.R. 875?

    Absolutely! With thousands of organic farmers driven out of business, they would be that much closer to dominating the food supply of the world, since organic farms don’t use Monsanto seeds or toxic products.

    Based on their history, I believe it’s prudent to question what the future of our small farms will hold, should a bill with such blatant ties to Monsanto be allowed to pass without further scrutiny.

    It is quite possible, perhaps even most probable, that the bill entitled H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is designed to halt the growing trend of small organic farms – not through a direct, frontal assault on organic farming, but rather by insidiously creating rules and laws that make it extremely difficult, and incredibly expensive, for small farms to comply.

    And in this case, the rules and regulations created by this proposed bill are mandatory, not voluntary, meaning they apply equally to a tiny farmer with half a dozen cows as it does to a massive factory farm.

    What are the Potential Hazards of HR 875?

    The stated purpose of H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is:

    To establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.

    As detailed in the articles above, some of the potential hazards of HR 875 include:

    * It includes small farmers who just sell their fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets
    * Anyone engaged in food growing, or “holding food for consumption” in the U.S. would have to register annually, and create and maintain extensive records of the foods they grow and/or store
    * The definitions of who this law pertains to are so broad and loosely defined that they could potentially even include your personal backyard fruit or vegetable garden, even if you don’t sell anything but grow them for personal consumption
    * It appears it could dictate how all food growers would have to grow their food, including potentially the necessity to use certain pest control measures, for example
    * Authorities would have the ability to inspect any food production facility at random to make sure it’s operating in compliance with the food safety law, and again the definition of “food production facility” is so loosely defined it could apply to your personal orchard, vineyard, or vegetable garden, as long as it produces something edible
    * After the enactment of this Act, the Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture and representatives of State departments of agriculture will promulgate regulations to establish “science-based minimum standards for the safe production of food” by food production facilities. Meaning, no one even knows what the food production standards are yet, but whatever they turn out to be will have to be followed
    * It is prohibited to: fail to register; refuse to permit access to an inspector; refuse to allow copying of all records; fail to establish or maintain any record required under the law
    * Should you fail to comply with any of the rules and regulations, there are both civil and criminal penalties, going as high as $1 million per violation, something that could clearly wipe out any small farmer in a blink of an eye

    What Can You Do?

    I believe everyone should take the time to look this bill over and decide for yourself — Do you, or do you not believe industry will use every loophole they can find to further their own interests over up-and-coming small, organic family farms?

    If you believe this bill warrants further scrutiny before being blindly passed, here are a few ways you can get involved and make your voice heard:

    1. Contact your Congressional members at 202-224-3121 and ask them to oppose HR 875 and S 425.
    2. Sign the Natural Solutions Foundation’s petition to Amend the Food Safety Modernization Act H.R. 875 [and Substitutes], by adding a “Natural and Family Food and Farming Exclusion Amendment”
    3. Find out who sits on your states agriculture and farming committee and contact them with your concerns.
    4. Contact your local elected officials and let them know your position on legislation and why.
    5. Attend a local Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) meeting, this is a good start to learning about what is going on in farming, as well as getting involved with local and state initiatives .
    6. Support the Farmers Legal Defense Fund

    Related Links:

    Monsanto's Many Attempts to Destroy All Seeds but Their Own

    This Company May Be the Biggest Threat to Your Future Health

    How Monsanto Manipulates the System to Poison Your Health
    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/arch

  • LindaRivera

    From April 2009 re Genetically Modified Seeds and DIABOLICAL Terminator Seeds

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    Monsanto's Dream Bill — HR 875

    Would This Bill Benefit Monsanto?

    Monsanto – one of the most evil companies on the planet — is a powerful entity that has repeatedly proven its clout. Monsanto has already managed so many reprehensible acts, it boggles the mind. Including:

    *
    Leading the world into a new age of potentially hazardous genetic modification of seeds.
    *
    Patenting not only their own GMO seeds, but also a huge number of crop seeds, patenting life forms for the first time — without a vote of the people or Congress.
    *
    Not allowing farmers to save their seeds to replant the next year – a practice that has been done for generations. Instead, they aggressively seek out and sue farmers they suspect of doing so.
    *
    Suing farmers who have not been able to prevent the inevitable drift of Monsanto’s GE pollen or seed onto their land for patent infringement!
    *
    Producing two of the most toxic substances ever known — polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs, and dioxin (Agent Orange).

    Perhaps their biggest assault to your food supply already is what’s known as terminator technology. These are seeds that have been genetically modified to “self-destruct.” In other words, the seeds (and the forthcoming crops) are sterile, which means farmers must buy them again each year.

    The implications that terminator seeds could have on the world’s food supply are disastrous: the traits from genetically engineered crops can get passed on to other crops. Once the terminator seeds are released into a region, the trait of seed sterility could be passed to other non-genetically-engineered crops, making most or all of the seeds in the region sterile.

    If allowed to continue, every farmer in the world could come to rely on Monsanto for their seed supply!

    So, would it be safe to say that Monsanto stands to gain from H.R. 875?

    Absolutely! With thousands of organic farmers driven out of business, they would be that much closer to dominating the food supply of the world, since organic farms don’t use Monsanto seeds or toxic products.

    Based on their history, I believe it’s prudent to question what the future of our small farms will hold, should a bill with such blatant ties to Monsanto be allowed to pass without further scrutiny.

    It is quite possible, perhaps even most probable, that the bill entitled H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is designed to halt the growing trend of small organic farms – not through a direct, frontal assault on organic farming, but rather by insidiously creating rules and laws that make it extremely difficult, and incredibly expensive, for small farms to comply.

    And in this case, the rules and regulations created by this proposed bill are mandatory, not voluntary, meaning they apply equally to a tiny farmer with half a dozen cows as it does to a massive factory farm.

    What are the Potential Hazards of HR 875?

    The stated purpose of H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is:

    To establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.

    As detailed in the articles above, some of the potential hazards of HR 875 include:

    * It includes small farmers who just sell their fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets
    * Anyone engaged in food growing, or “holding food for consumption” in the U.S. would have to register annually, and create and maintain extensive records of the foods they grow and/or store
    * The definitions of who this law pertains to are so broad and loosely defined that they could potentially even include your personal backyard fruit or vegetable garden, even if you don’t sell anything but grow them for personal consumption
    * It appears it could dictate how all food growers would have to grow their food, including potentially the necessity to use certain pest control measures, for example
    * Authorities would have the ability to inspect any food production facility at random to make sure it’s operating in compliance with the food safety law, and again the definition of “food production facility” is so loosely defined it could apply to your personal orchard, vineyard, or vegetable garden, as long as it produces something edible
    * After the enactment of this Act, the Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture and representatives of State departments of agriculture will promulgate regulations to establish “science-based minimum standards for the safe production of food” by food production facilities. Meaning, no one even knows what the food production standards are yet, but whatever they turn out to be will have to be followed
    * It is prohibited to: fail to register; refuse to permit access to an inspector; refuse to allow copying of all records; fail to establish or maintain any record required under the law
    * Should you fail to comply with any of the rules and regulations, there are both civil and criminal penalties, going as high as $1 million per violation, something that could clearly wipe out any small farmer in a blink of an eye

    What Can You Do?

    I believe everyone should take the time to look this bill over and decide for yourself — Do you, or do you not believe industry will use every loophole they can find to further their own interests over up-and-coming small, organic family farms?

    If you believe this bill warrants further scrutiny before being blindly passed, here are a few ways you can get involved and make your voice heard:

    1. Contact your Congressional members at 202-224-3121 and ask them to oppose HR 875 and S 425.
    2. Sign the Natural Solutions Foundation’s petition to Amend the Food Safety Modernization Act H.R. 875 [and Substitutes], by adding a “Natural and Family Food and Farming Exclusion Amendment”
    3. Find out who sits on your states agriculture and farming committee and contact them with your concerns.
    4. Contact your local elected officials and let them know your position on legislation and why.
    5. Attend a local Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) meeting, this is a good start to learning about what is going on in farming, as well as getting involved with local and state initiatives .
    6. Support the Farmers Legal Defense Fund

    Related Links:

    Monsanto's Many Attempts to Destroy All Seeds but Their Own

    This Company May Be the Biggest Threat to Your Future Health

    How Monsanto Manipulates the System to Poison Your Health
    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/arch

  • conservNYmom

    My one question is : have you ever been hungry? I don't mean a little rumbly in your tumbly, I mean HUNGRY – watching your children DIE because there is NOTHING to feed them. Of course not. You are pampered, soft Americans. The next time see one of your children so weak from malnutrician that they can no long swat the flies from there face, go ahead and refuse the modified food. God forbid that dying child MIGHT one day in the future NOT get pregnant the first time they have sex.
    Gimme a break!

  • LindaRivera

    From April 2009, re Genetically Modified Seeds and DIABOLICAL Terminator Seeds

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    Monsanto's Dream Bill — HR 875

    Would This Bill Benefit Monsanto?

    Monsanto – one of the most evil companies on the planet — is a powerful entity that has repeatedly proven its clout. Monsanto has already managed so many reprehensible acts, it boggles the mind. Including:

    *
    Leading the world into a new age of potentially hazardous genetic modification of seeds.
    *
    Patenting not only their own GMO seeds, but also a huge number of crop seeds, patenting life forms for the first time — without a vote of the people or Congress.
    *
    Not allowing farmers to save their seeds to replant the next year – a practice that has been done for generations. Instead, they aggressively seek out and sue farmers they suspect of doing so.
    *
    Suing farmers who have not been able to prevent the inevitable drift of Monsanto’s GE pollen or seed onto their land for patent infringement!
    *
    Producing two of the most toxic substances ever known — polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs, and dioxin (Agent Orange).

    Perhaps their biggest assault to your food supply already is what’s known as terminator technology. These are seeds that have been genetically modified to “self-destruct.” In other words, the seeds (and the forthcoming crops) are sterile, which means farmers must buy them again each year.

    The implications that terminator seeds could have on the world’s food supply are disastrous: the traits from genetically engineered crops can get passed on to other crops. Once the terminator seeds are released into a region, the trait of seed sterility could be passed to other non-genetically-engineered crops, making most or all of the seeds in the region sterile.

    If allowed to continue, every farmer in the world could come to rely on Monsanto for their seed supply!

    So, would it be safe to say that Monsanto stands to gain from H.R. 875?

    Absolutely! With thousands of organic farmers driven out of business, they would be that much closer to dominating the food supply of the world, since organic farms don’t use Monsanto seeds or toxic products.

    Based on their history, I believe it’s prudent to question what the future of our small farms will hold, should a bill with such blatant ties to Monsanto be allowed to pass without further scrutiny.

    It is quite possible, perhaps even most probable, that the bill entitled H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is designed to halt the growing trend of small organic farms – not through a direct, frontal assault on organic farming, but rather by insidiously creating rules and laws that make it extremely difficult, and incredibly expensive, for small farms to comply.

    And in this case, the rules and regulations created by this proposed bill are mandatory, not voluntary, meaning they apply equally to a tiny farmer with half a dozen cows as it does to a massive factory farm.

    What are the Potential Hazards of HR 875?

    The stated purpose of H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is:

    To establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.

    As detailed in the articles above, some of the potential hazards of HR 875 include:

    * It includes small farmers who just sell their fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets
    * Anyone engaged in food growing, or “holding food for consumption” in the U.S. would have to register annually, and create and maintain extensive records of the foods they grow and/or store
    * The definitions of who this law pertains to are so broad and loosely defined that they could potentially even include your personal backyard fruit or vegetable garden, even if you don’t sell anything but grow them for personal consumption
    * It appears it could dictate how all food growers would have to grow their food, including potentially the necessity to use certain pest control measures, for example
    * Authorities would have the ability to inspect any food production facility at random to make sure it’s operating in compliance with the food safety law, and again the definition of “food production facility” is so loosely defined it could apply to your personal orchard, vineyard, or vegetable garden, as long as it produces something edible
    * After the enactment of this Act, the Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture and representatives of State departments of agriculture will promulgate regulations to establish “science-based minimum standards for the safe production of food” by food production facilities. Meaning, no one even knows what the food production standards are yet, but whatever they turn out to be will have to be followed
    * It is prohibited to: fail to register; refuse to permit access to an inspector; refuse to allow copying of all records; fail to establish or maintain any record required under the law
    * Should you fail to comply with any of the rules and regulations, there are both civil and criminal penalties, going as high as $1 million per violation, something that could clearly wipe out any small farmer in a blink of an eye

    What Can You Do?

    I believe everyone should take the time to look this bill over and decide for yourself — Do you, or do you not believe industry will use every loophole they can find to further their own interests over up-and-coming small, organic family farms?

    If you believe this bill warrants further scrutiny before being blindly passed, here are a few ways you can get involved and make your voice heard:

    1. Contact your Congressional members at 202-224-3121 and ask them to oppose HR 875 and S 425.
    2. Sign the Natural Solutions Foundation’s petition to Amend the Food Safety Modernization Act H.R. 875 [and Substitutes], by adding a “Natural and Family Food and Farming Exclusion Amendment”
    3. Find out who sits on your states agriculture and farming committee and contact them with your concerns.
    4. Contact your local elected officials and let them know your position on legislation and why.
    5. Attend a local Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) meeting, this is a good start to learning about what is going on in farming, as well as getting involved with local and state initiatives .
    6. Support the Farmers Legal Defense Fund

    Related Links:

    Monsanto's Many Attempts to Destroy All Seeds but Their Own

    This Company May Be the Biggest Threat to Your Future Health

    How Monsanto Manipulates the System to Poison Your Health
    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/arch

  • USMCSniper

    That's right let them eat natural and provide hosts for all the parasites they can accomodate from natural foods. In third world countries, and in Africa in particular, Africans have all managed to have average lifespans between ages 32 and 42 in every single African country and AIDS, pesticides, and genetically modified food has zero to do with it. God you are an uninformed twit.

  • LindaRivera

    To conservNYmom

    Of course, people will eat GM food if that is the only food available!

  • LindaRivera

    To USMCSniper

    Before the fairly recent advent of pesticides and GM food, for thousands of years, throughout the entire world, people ate natural, organic food raised without pesticides and without being genetically modified, and lived to a healthy, ripe old age.

    Contaminated water and bad sanitation are a significant health problem in third world countries.

  • LindaRivera

    From April 2009 re Genetically Modified Seeds and DIABOLICAL Terminator Seeds

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    April 02 2009

    Monsanto's Dream Bill — HR 875

    Would This Bill Benefit Monsanto?

    Monsanto – one of the most evil companies on the planet — is a powerful entity that has repeatedly proven its clout. Monsanto has already managed so many reprehensible acts, it boggles the mind. Including:

    *
    Leading the world into a new age of potentially hazardous genetic modification of seeds.
    *
    Patenting not only their own GMO seeds, but also a huge number of crop seeds, patenting life forms for the first time — without a vote of the people or Congress.
    *
    Not allowing farmers to save their seeds to replant the next year – a practice that has been done for generations. Instead, they aggressively seek out and sue farmers they suspect of doing so.
    *
    Suing farmers who have not been able to prevent the inevitable drift of Monsanto’s GE pollen or seed onto their land for patent infringement!
    *
    Producing two of the most toxic substances ever known — polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs, and dioxin (Agent Orange).

    Perhaps their biggest assault to your food supply already is what’s known as terminator technology. These are seeds that have been genetically modified to “self-destruct.” In other words, the seeds (and the forthcoming crops) are sterile, which means farmers must buy them again each year.

    The implications that terminator seeds could have on the world’s food supply are disastrous: the traits from genetically engineered crops can get passed on to other crops. Once the terminator seeds are released into a region, the trait of seed sterility could be passed to other non-genetically-engineered crops, making most or all of the seeds in the region sterile.

    If allowed to continue, every farmer in the world could come to rely on Monsanto for their seed supply!

    So, would it be safe to say that Monsanto stands to gain from H.R. 875?

    Absolutely! With thousands of organic farmers driven out of business, they would be that much closer to dominating the food supply of the world, since organic farms don’t use Monsanto seeds or toxic products.

    Based on their history, I believe it’s prudent to question what the future of our small farms will hold, should a bill with such blatant ties to Monsanto be allowed to pass without further scrutiny.

    It is quite possible, perhaps even most probable, that the bill entitled H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is designed to halt the growing trend of small organic farms – not through a direct, frontal assault on organic farming, but rather by insidiously creating rules and laws that make it extremely difficult, and incredibly expensive, for small farms to comply.

    And in this case, the rules and regulations created by this proposed bill are mandatory, not voluntary, meaning they apply equally to a tiny farmer with half a dozen cows as it does to a massive factory farm.

    What are the Potential Hazards of HR 875?

    The stated purpose of H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is:

    To establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.

    As detailed in the articles above, some of the potential hazards of HR 875 include:

    * It includes small farmers who just sell their fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets
    * Anyone engaged in food growing, or “holding food for consumption” in the U.S. would have to register annually, and create and maintain extensive records of the foods they grow and/or store
    * The definitions of who this law pertains to are so broad and loosely defined that they could potentially even include your personal backyard fruit or vegetable garden, even if you don’t sell anything but grow them for personal consumption
    * It appears it could dictate how all food growers would have to grow their food, including potentially the necessity to use certain pest control measures, for example
    * Authorities would have the ability to inspect any food production facility at random to make sure it’s operating in compliance with the food safety law, and again the definition of “food production facility” is so loosely defined it could apply to your personal orchard, vineyard, or vegetable garden, as long as it produces something edible
    * After the enactment of this Act, the Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture and representatives of State departments of agriculture will promulgate regulations to establish “science-based minimum standards for the safe production of food” by food production facilities. Meaning, no one even knows what the food production standards are yet, but whatever they turn out to be will have to be followed
    * It is prohibited to: fail to register; refuse to permit access to an inspector; refuse to allow copying of all records; fail to establish or maintain any record required under the law
    * Should you fail to comply with any of the rules and regulations, there are both civil and criminal penalties, going as high as $1 million per violation, something that could clearly wipe out any small farmer in a blink of an eye

    What Can You Do?

    I believe everyone should take the time to look this bill over and decide for yourself — Do you, or do you not believe industry will use every loophole they can find to further their own interests over up-and-coming small, organic family farms?

    If you believe this bill warrants further scrutiny before being blindly passed, here are a few ways you can get involved and make your voice heard:

    1. Contact your Congressional members at 202-224-3121 and ask them to oppose HR 875 and S 425.
    2. Sign the Natural Solutions Foundation’s petition to Amend the Food Safety Modernization Act H.R. 875 [and Substitutes], by adding a “Natural and Family Food and Farming Exclusion Amendment”
    3. Find out who sits on your states agriculture and farming committee and contact them with your concerns.
    4. Contact your local elected officials and let them know your position on legislation and why.
    5. Attend a local Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) meeting, this is a good start to learning about what is going on in farming, as well as getting involved with local and state initiatives .
    6. Support the Farmers Legal Defense Fund

    Related Links:

    Monsanto's Many Attempts to Destroy All Seeds but Their Own

    This Company May Be the Biggest Threat to Your Future Health

    How Monsanto Manipulates the System to Poison Your Health
    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/arch

  • therealend

    I've read that about DDT in several places. It actually works at killing pests and does not harm fish, birds or humans. The study about the effects on American Bald Eagle eggs was shown to be seriously flawed. Also, there was a study I read about where the subjects ingested DDT twice a day for two years. Each dose was three times the estimated annual ingestion or aborption by a typical American. After 4, 6 and 10 years the subjects never showed any harmful effects from this chemical. Other studies showed DDT may have had potent cancer fighting properties. I'm not joking, but this can't get out and be discussed because no one wants to touch this topic.

  • LindaRivera

    From April 2009 re Genetically Modified Seeds and DIABOLICAL Terminator Seeds

    MERCOLA.COM
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    April 02 2009

    Monsanto's Dream Bill — HR 875

    Would This Bill Benefit Monsanto?

    Monsanto – one of the most evil companies on the planet — is a powerful entity that has repeatedly proven its clout. Monsanto has already managed so many reprehensible acts, it boggles the mind. Including:

    *
    Leading the world into a new age of potentially hazardous genetic modification of seeds.
    *
    Patenting not only their own GMO seeds, but also a huge number of crop seeds, patenting life forms for the first time — without a vote of the people or Congress.
    *
    Not allowing farmers to save their seeds to replant the next year – a practice that has been done for generations. Instead, they aggressively seek out and sue farmers they suspect of doing so.
    *
    Suing farmers who have not been able to prevent the inevitable drift of Monsanto’s GE pollen or seed onto their land for patent infringement!
    *
    Producing two of the most toxic substances ever known — polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs, and dioxin (Agent Orange).

    Perhaps their biggest assault to your food supply already is what’s known as terminator technology. These are seeds that have been genetically modified to “self-destruct.” In other words, the seeds (and the forthcoming crops) are sterile, which means farmers must buy them again each year.

    The implications that terminator seeds could have on the world’s food supply are disastrous: the traits from genetically engineered crops can get passed on to other crops. Once the terminator seeds are released into a region, the trait of seed sterility could be passed to other non-genetically-engineered crops, making most or all of the seeds in the region sterile.

    If allowed to continue, every farmer in the world could come to rely on Monsanto for their seed supply!

    So, would it be safe to say that Monsanto stands to gain from H.R. 875?

    Absolutely! With thousands of organic farmers driven out of business, they would be that much closer to dominating the food supply of the world, since organic farms don’t use Monsanto seeds or toxic products.

    Based on their history, I believe it’s prudent to question what the future of our small farms will hold, should a bill with such blatant ties to Monsanto be allowed to pass without further scrutiny.

    It is quite possible, perhaps even most probable, that the bill entitled H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is designed to halt the growing trend of small organic farms – not through a direct, frontal assault on organic farming, but rather by insidiously creating rules and laws that make it extremely difficult, and incredibly expensive, for small farms to comply.

    And in this case, the rules and regulations created by this proposed bill are mandatory, not voluntary, meaning they apply equally to a tiny farmer with half a dozen cows as it does to a massive factory farm.

    What are the Potential Hazards of HR 875?

    The stated purpose of H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is:

    To establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.

    As detailed in the articles above, some of the potential hazards of HR 875 include:

    * It includes small farmers who just sell their fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets
    * Anyone engaged in food growing, or “holding food for consumption” in the U.S. would have to register annually, and create and maintain extensive records of the foods they grow and/or store
    * The definitions of who this law pertains to are so broad and loosely defined that they could potentially even include your personal backyard fruit or vegetable garden, even if you don’t sell anything but grow them for personal consumption
    * It appears it could dictate how all food growers would have to grow their food, including potentially the necessity to use certain pest control measures, for example
    * Authorities would have the ability to inspect any food production facility at random to make sure it’s operating in compliance with the food safety law, and again the definition of “food production facility” is so loosely defined it could apply to your personal orchard, vineyard, or vegetable garden, as long as it produces something edible
    * After the enactment of this Act, the Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture and representatives of State departments of agriculture will promulgate regulations to establish “science-based minimum standards for the safe production of food” by food production facilities. Meaning, no one even knows what the food production standards are yet, but whatever they turn out to be will have to be followed
    * It is prohibited to: fail to register; refuse to permit access to an inspector; refuse to allow copying of all records; fail to establish or maintain any record required under the law
    * Should you fail to comply with any of the rules and regulations, there are both civil and criminal penalties, going as high as $1 million per violation, something that could clearly wipe out any small farmer in a blink of an eye

    What Can You Do?

    I believe everyone should take the time to look this bill over and decide for yourself — Do you, or do you not believe industry will use every loophole they can find to further their own interests over up-and-coming small, organic family farms?

    If you believe this bill warrants further scrutiny before being blindly passed, here are a few ways you can get involved and make your voice heard:

    1. Contact your Congressional members at 202-224-3121 and ask them to oppose HR 875 and S 425.
    2. Sign the Natural Solutions Foundation’s petition to Amend the Food Safety Modernization Act H.R. 875 [and Substitutes], by adding a “Natural and Family Food and Farming Exclusion Amendment”
    3. Find out who sits on your states agriculture and farming committee and contact them with your concerns.
    4. Contact your local elected officials and let them know your position on legislation and why.
    5. Attend a local Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) meeting, this is a good start to learning about what is going on in farming, as well as getting involved with local and state initiatives .
    6. Support the Farmers Legal Defense Fund

    Related Links:

    Monsanto's Many Attempts to Destroy All Seeds but Their Own

    This Company May Be the Biggest Threat to Your Future Health

    How Monsanto Manipulates the System to Poison Your Health
    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/arch

  • LindaRivera

    From April 2009 re Genetically Modified Seeds and DIABOLICAL Terminator Seeds

    MERCOLA.COM
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    April 02 2009

    Monsanto's Dream Bill — HR 875

    Would This Bill Benefit Monsanto?

    Monsanto – one of the most evil companies on the planet — is a powerful entity that has repeatedly proven its clout. Monsanto has already managed so many reprehensible acts, it boggles the mind. Including:

    *
    Leading the world into a new age of potentially hazardous genetic modification of seeds.
    *
    Patenting not only their own GMO seeds, but also a huge number of crop seeds, patenting life forms for the first time — without a vote of the people or Congress.
    *
    Not allowing farmers to save their seeds to replant the next year – a practice that has been done for generations. Instead, they aggressively seek out and sue farmers they suspect of doing so.
    *
    Suing farmers who have not been able to prevent the inevitable drift of Monsanto’s GE pollen or seed onto their land for patent infringement!
    *
    Producing two of the most toxic substances ever known — polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs, and dioxin (Agent Orange).

    Perhaps their biggest assault to your food supply already is what’s known as terminator technology. These are seeds that have been genetically modified to “self-destruct.” In other words, the seeds (and the forthcoming crops) are sterile, which means farmers must buy them again each year.

    The implications that terminator seeds could have on the world’s food supply are disastrous: the traits from genetically engineered crops can get passed on to other crops. Once the terminator seeds are released into a region, the trait of seed sterility could be passed to other non-genetically-engineered crops, making most or all of the seeds in the region sterile.

    If allowed to continue, every farmer in the world could come to rely on Monsanto for their seed supply!

    So, would it be safe to say that Monsanto stands to gain from H.R. 875?

    Absolutely! With thousands of organic farmers driven out of business, they would be that much closer to dominating the food supply of the world, since organic farms don’t use Monsanto seeds or toxic products.

    Based on their history, I believe it’s prudent to question what the future of our small farms will hold, should a bill with such blatant ties to Monsanto be allowed to pass without further scrutiny.

    It is quite possible, perhaps even most probable, that the bill entitled H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is designed to halt the growing trend of small organic farms – not through a direct, frontal assault on organic farming, but rather by insidiously creating rules and laws that make it extremely difficult, and incredibly expensive, for small farms to comply.

    And in this case, the rules and regulations created by this proposed bill are mandatory, not voluntary, meaning they apply equally to a tiny farmer with half a dozen cows as it does to a massive factory farm.

    What are the Potential Hazards of HR 875?

    The stated purpose of H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is:

    To establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.

    As detailed in the articles above, some of the potential hazards of HR 875 include:

    * It includes small farmers who just sell their fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets
    * Anyone engaged in food growing, or “holding food for consumption” in the U.S. would have to register annually, and create and maintain extensive records of the foods they grow and/or store
    * The definitions of who this law pertains to are so broad and loosely defined that they could potentially even include your personal backyard fruit or vegetable garden, even if you don’t sell anything but grow them for personal consumption
    * It appears it could dictate how all food growers would have to grow their food, including potentially the necessity to use certain pest control measures, for example
    * Authorities would have the ability to inspect any food production facility at random to make sure it’s operating in compliance with the food safety law, and again the definition of “food production facility” is so loosely defined it could apply to your personal orchard, vineyard, or vegetable garden, as long as it produces something edible
    * After the enactment of this Act, the Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture and representatives of State departments of agriculture will promulgate regulations to establish “science-based minimum standards for the safe production of food” by food production facilities. Meaning, no one even knows what the food production standards are yet, but whatever they turn out to be will have to be followed
    * It is prohibited to: fail to register; refuse to permit access to an inspector; refuse to allow copying of all records; fail to establish or maintain any record required under the law
    * Should you fail to comply with any of the rules and regulations, there are both civil and criminal penalties, going as high as $1 million per violation, something that could clearly wipe out any small farmer in a blink of an eye

    What Can You Do?

    I believe everyone should take the time to look this bill over and decide for yourself — Do you, or do you not believe industry will use every loophole they can find to further their own interests over up-and-coming small, organic family farms?

    If you believe this bill warrants further scrutiny before being blindly passed, here are a few ways you can get involved and make your voice heard:

    1. Contact your Congressional members at 202-224-3121 and ask them to oppose HR 875 and S 425.
    2. Sign the Natural Solutions Foundation’s petition to Amend the Food Safety Modernization Act H.R. 875 [and Substitutes], by adding a “Natural and Family Food and Farming Exclusion Amendment”
    3. Find out who sits on your states agriculture and farming committee and contact them with your concerns.
    4. Contact your local elected officials and let them know your position on legislation and why.
    5. Attend a local Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) meeting, this is a good start to learning about what is going on in farming, as well as getting involved with local and state initiatives .
    6. Support the Farmers Legal Defense Fund

    Related Links:

    Monsanto's Many Attempts to Destroy All Seeds but Their Own

    This Company May Be the Biggest Threat to Your Future Health

    How Monsanto Manipulates the System to Poison Your Health
    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/arch

  • LindaRivera

    From April 2009 re Genetically Modified Seeds and DIABOLICAL Terminator Seeds

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    Monsanto's Dream Bill — HR 875

    Would This Bill Benefit Monsanto?

    Monsanto – one of the most evil companies on the planet — is a powerful entity that has repeatedly proven its clout. Monsanto has already managed so many reprehensible acts, it boggles the mind. Including:

    *
    Leading the world into a new age of potentially hazardous genetic modification of seeds.
    *
    Patenting not only their own GMO seeds, but also a huge number of crop seeds, patenting life forms for the first time — without a vote of the people or Congress.
    *
    Not allowing farmers to save their seeds to replant the next year – a practice that has been done for generations. Instead, they aggressively seek out and sue farmers they suspect of doing so.
    *
    Suing farmers who have not been able to prevent the inevitable drift of Monsanto’s GE pollen or seed onto their land for patent infringement!
    *
    Producing two of the most toxic substances ever known — polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs, and dioxin (Agent Orange).

    Perhaps their biggest assault to your food supply already is what’s known as terminator technology. These are seeds that have been genetically modified to “self-destruct.” In other words, the seeds (and the forthcoming crops) are sterile, which means farmers must buy them again each year.

    The implications that terminator seeds could have on the world’s food supply are disastrous: the traits from genetically engineered crops can get passed on to other crops. Once the terminator seeds are released into a region, the trait of seed sterility could be passed to other non-genetically-engineered crops, making most or all of the seeds in the region sterile.

    If allowed to continue, every farmer in the world could come to rely on Monsanto for their seed supply!

    So, would it be safe to say that Monsanto stands to gain from H.R. 875?

    Absolutely! With thousands of organic farmers driven out of business, they would be that much closer to dominating the food supply of the world, since organic farms don’t use Monsanto seeds or toxic products.

    Based on their history, I believe it’s prudent to question what the future of our small farms will hold, should a bill with such blatant ties to Monsanto be allowed to pass without further scrutiny.

    It is quite possible, perhaps even most probable, that the bill entitled H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is designed to halt the growing trend of small organic farms – not through a direct, frontal assault on organic farming, but rather by insidiously creating rules and laws that make it extremely difficult, and incredibly expensive, for small farms to comply.

    And in this case, the rules and regulations created by this proposed bill are mandatory, not voluntary, meaning they apply equally to a tiny farmer with half a dozen cows as it does to a massive factory farm.

    What are the Potential Hazards of HR 875?

    The stated purpose of H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is:

    To establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.

    As detailed in the articles above, some of the potential hazards of HR 875 include:

    * It includes small farmers who just sell their fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets
    * Anyone engaged in food growing, or “holding food for consumption” in the U.S. would have to register annually, and create and maintain extensive records of the foods they grow and/or store
    * The definitions of who this law pertains to are so broad and loosely defined that they could potentially even include your personal backyard fruit or vegetable garden, even if you don’t sell anything but grow them for personal consumption
    * It appears it could dictate how all food growers would have to grow their food, including potentially the necessity to use certain pest control measures, for example
    * Authorities would have the ability to inspect any food production facility at random to make sure it’s operating in compliance with the food safety law, and again the definition of “food production facility” is so loosely defined it could apply to your personal orchard, vineyard, or vegetable garden, as long as it produces something edible
    * After the enactment of this Act, the Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture and representatives of State departments of agriculture will promulgate regulations to establish “science-based minimum standards for the safe production of food” by food production facilities. Meaning, no one even knows what the food production standards are yet, but whatever they turn out to be will have to be followed
    * It is prohibited to: fail to register; refuse to permit access to an inspector; refuse to allow copying of all records; fail to establish or maintain any record required under the law
    * Should you fail to comply with any of the rules and regulations, there are both civil and criminal penalties, going as high as $1 million per violation, something that could clearly wipe out any small farmer in a blink of an eye

    What Can You Do?

    I believe everyone should take the time to look this bill over and decide for yourself — Do you, or do you not believe industry will use every loophole they can find to further their own interests over up-and-coming small, organic family farms?

    If you believe this bill warrants further scrutiny before being blindly passed, here are a few ways you can get involved and make your voice heard:

    1. Contact your Congressional members at 202-224-3121 and ask them to oppose HR 875 and S 425.
    2. Sign the Natural Solutions Foundation’s petition to Amend the Food Safety Modernization Act H.R. 875 [and Substitutes], by adding a “Natural and Family Food and Farming Exclusion Amendment”
    3. Find out who sits on your states agriculture and farming committee and contact them with your concerns.
    4. Contact your local elected officials and let them know your position on legislation and why.
    5. Attend a local Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) meeting, this is a good start to learning about what is going on in farming, as well as getting involved with local and state initiatives .
    6. Support the Farmers Legal Defense Fund

    Related Links:

    Monsanto's Many Attempts to Destroy All Seeds but Their Own

    This Company May Be the Biggest Threat to Your Future Health

    How Monsanto Manipulates the System to Poison Your Health
    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/arch

  • scottyga

    I have mixed feelings on this.

    On the one hand Bill Gates may the wealthiest man on the planet and his philanthropy could be admired, but on the other hand, we should all remember that he acquired such wealth through sneaky underhanded business tactics in the early years of MS and later through monopolistic strategies that crowded out competition.

    Whether you agree or not, the courts have subsequently found MS liable and has punished the company by awarding plaintifs with billions of dollars of awards, (but of course none of that came directly out of Bill's pocket…….)

  • LucyQ

    I'm disappointed in this article. Since I know very little about GMF, I was hoping Mr Johnson would at least explain in this long article what the anti-GMF people are exactly against. Maybe they have a few good points worth consideration. But I sort of know Johnson's answer: all Americans who want an objective education are lefties, communists, anti-Christs and Devils.

    It's a bit difficult trying to imagine mothers and fathers 'wanting' their children to starve.

  • brimp

    How would you know that AIDs, pesticides, and GM foods have zero to do with the short lifespan on the average African? In some African countries, more than 30% of the adults are HIV+. Wouldn't the normal course of the disease say that it has some impact on the lifespan of the average person? Linda, and the article, was not saying pesticides are bad. The article correctly supports the use of DDT. Linda makes interesting points about GM soy as it relates to obesity, diabetes, autism, and cancer. There is some evidence against the safety GM foods. Without looking at the evidence, how would one come to an objective evaluation of the claims? If you have complete trust in government then perhaps you don't need to care about this, or any other, issue. Linda may be wrong but she is not uninformed.

  • wrusssr

    Bill Gates chastised the GM/Anti-GM food dispute in a recent speech which I believe he gave in Colorado, and has since committed x-million to feed Africans GMO food. And what he may have read or been told by his financial contemporaries—many of whom are on record the earth would be better off without oh, say, four-fifths of its current population (even though we have enough food and calories for everyone on the planet today)—falls somewhat short of the truth.

    Given a choice, I wonder if he and the Rockefellers and their contemporaries will be eating GM food in the future? I think not. It appears they very much would prefer old fashion cornflakes—natural, of course—along with other natural foods because they’re building an all-natural seed vault (along with others at their financial level) carved into the side of a mountain on a remote island north of Norway. It’s called the artic seed vault or, as F. William Engdhal dubbed it, The “Doomsday Seed Vault” in the Arctic. http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=

    The world’s great unwashed are discovering things like the arctic seed vault—thanks to the Internet—that they wouldn’t have known about just a few years ago. And they, along with the rest of the world, are stepping off their hamster wheels and beginning a struggle with this small group of mega-rich elitist pests; some of whom, like Bill Gates, have earned their fortunes the old-fashioned way with brains and hard work.

    Most, though, have inherited their fortunes from past patriarchs who stole, scammed, or fleeced it from the public with schemes similar to the one currently underway in America—the printing and skimming of ‘bailout” trillions for themselves and their buddies on Wall Street prior to handing taxpayers the bill and riding off into the sunset in their limousines.

    Toxic GM foods were quietly okayed by the USDA and FDA for consumption in America more than a decade ago, even though world scientists familiar with the technology and those associated with GM production raised alarms and health issues about GM seeds and “foods” when they were first introduced.

    No labels. No notices. Nothing about how GM food would/could/might affect people.

    Have you ever wondered about the sudden emergence of 50 million Type II diabetics in America this last decade? (So many children have it now they can no longer call it Adult Onset Type II Diabetes.) And the major increases in Autism? Asthma? Allergies? So-called ADD? Low male sperm counts? Connected to GM foods Americans have been eating since the Nineties? You know, like GM corn (and its fructose) and soy and wheat and canola?

    No one knows. Just, everyone looked up at the end of a decade and here they were.

    Today, GM products probably are in 90% of America’s processed foods.

    And no one knows how they’ll affect—or are affecting—humans long term because there have been no independent studies done in America.

    Millions have become aware of these GM foods now—thanks to the Internet—who, like me, have stopped eating them and turned to GM-free foods.

    Europe bans virtually all GM foods and requires labeling of all GM products.

    Ms. Vandana Shiva has reported many of India’s and Mexico’s farmers have committed suicide because of the financial straits the use of GM seeds put them in.

    No, they do nothing to help feed the world. Not even produce more than natural seeds.

    They do everything to put billions of dollars into BigAgra’s pockets; who’re patenting earth’s foods; whose goal is to control all global food; who just recently applied for a patent on a pig.

    The emerging studies about the possible effects of GM foods on people aren’t pretty. On animals, they show sterilization effects.

    Forcing GM food on nations and people isn’t—was never—about saving the world from starvation. It was/is about making money for the elites and BigAgra and Big Pharma who, in my opinion, will provide the “medicines” [read drugs] for the people after GM foods make them sick with things like Type II diabetes and asthma.

    It’s a ghoulish racket and has always been about multinational corporations, monopolizing agriculture, population control.

    Ever wonder how aids got loose in Africa in the first place? Hint: It wasn’t because of promiscuous chimps.

    Things like these—and their money—are among the elite’s aphrodisiacs. They define themselves with their wealth, “power,” and [their human] genetic entitlements—noblesse oblige—not as citizens of a Constitutional Republic with a Bill of Rights for protection against people like them.

    They signed Bill Gates into the world’s mega-rich club and onto their agenda because of his money (it’s useful); and because people listen when Bill Gates talks; ergo, when he talks, he needs to be talking about their agenda. Like Obama. Like Dubya. Like Clinton. Like GHW.

    Want to know why they’re pushing GMOs on Africa and every other poor country in the world, Gates notwithstanding? Read this: http://www.ukabc.org/forcefeeding.htm

    Elites are why America’s founders left England; whose mega monied elites and bank are coordinating this run at the planet.

    History and The Bible say schemes to control the world don’t work.

  • WSG57

    I hesitate to even start any scientific discussion of this topic because there are huge gaps in yours( and Linda's) grasp of basic biology for these questions to even arise.
    RE: Sperm count drop . Who did the base line studies? Where is the data? Assuming the data is valid my anecdotal response would be to look at testicular temperature and physical activity levels over the same period. IE as tight fitting clothes- briefs and pants became the norm- the warmer the 'walnuts' the lower the sperm count. Also the lower the physical activity level – sedentary life styles and obesity- the lower the swimmer count.
    Re: Autism count. Really 10 fold ?? I suggest the understanding and
    diagnosis/ definition of what “autism” is has changed and we have a broader understanding of the disorder.
    Do you know the difference between a correlation and a cause ?
    Re: Blind Faith. Why would companies whose profits depend on mouths to feed- here or over seas- try to decrease the number of people? There are ZERO operational ties between “agribusiness” and the luddite “green” progressives who are anti GMF. In fact the”greens” have a VISCERAL HATRED of those of us in agriculture.
    Re: Birchers Really? If you are going to quote the Birchers on science issues why not quote Jimmy Carter on containing Islamic Jihadists ? Or use BHO quotes on American exceptionalism and Constitutional doctrine ! And contrary to what Carter, the Birchers( and the Jihadists) believe there is NOT an EVIL JEW behind every tree nor are they the cause of all the world's problems…. !
    Poor goverrnance- corrupt and dictatorial politicians far more of a threat to humanity that “evil corporations.” Corporations that get out of line go away and law breakers go to jail – Enron. We have a much larger and far more corrupt gang of thieves in power- CONGRESS and the EXECUTIVE in Washington, DC now- Waters, Dodd, Rangel, Geitner, Murtha, Jarrett, ETC and no one is out of a job let alone in jail.
    Re: My food. Yes my food is “genetically modified.”
    All of what I eat are “hybrids.” Improved plant varieties from past plant generations – 100% and so is 100% of what you eat. YES 100%.
    Maize – #2 yellow corn- today bears little resemblance to the spindly weak ancestors from which it originated and THANK GOD as there would be a lot of starving, malnourished and dead people if we had not used our God given intellect to improve crop production/ plant varieties.
    Life expectancies in the last 150 years have about doubled – to near 80 years in this country because of science and technology.
    Enjoy the extra time and leisure US production agriculture provides. US agriculture is the best on earth at what we do.
    My grandkids will get vaccinated and flourish with a reduced threat of life damaging or life ending disease… . Yours ??

  • nicoledqe

    I closely watched the his view of about population and he helps more people. Now he is focusing in GM food. But what about the market rate of third countries GM food. They can prepare more and export it to other countries. Is the Fist Countries will give hand to third countries market?.

  • LindaRivera

    GMO Genetically Modified Seeds and the HORROR of TERMINATOR SEEDS

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    Monsanto's Dream Bill — HR 875

    Would This Bill Benefit Monsanto?

    Monsanto – one of the most evil companies on the planet — is a powerful entity that has repeatedly proven its clout. Monsanto has already managed so many reprehensible acts, it boggles the mind. Including:

    *
    Leading the world into a new age of potentially hazardous genetic modification of seeds.
    *
    Patenting not only their own GMO seeds, but also a huge number of crop seeds, patenting life forms for the first time — without a vote of the people or Congress.
    *
    Not allowing farmers to save their seeds to replant the next year – a practice that has been done for generations. Instead, they aggressively seek out and sue farmers they suspect of doing so.
    *
    Suing farmers who have not been able to prevent the inevitable drift of Monsanto’s GE pollen or seed onto their land for patent infringement!
    *
    Producing two of the most toxic substances ever known — polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs, and dioxin (Agent Orange).

    Perhaps their biggest assault to your food supply already is what’s known as terminator technology. These are seeds that have been genetically modified to “self-destruct.” In other words, the seeds (and the forthcoming crops) are sterile, which means farmers must buy them again each year.

    The implications that terminator seeds could have on the world’s food supply are disastrous: the traits from genetically engineered crops can get passed on to other crops. Once the terminator seeds are released into a region, the trait of seed sterility could be passed to other non-genetically-engineered crops, making most or all of the seeds in the region sterile.

    If allowed to continue, every farmer in the world could come to rely on Monsanto for their seed supply!

    So, would it be safe to say that Monsanto stands to gain from H.R. 875?

    Absolutely! With thousands of organic farmers driven out of business, they would be that much closer to dominating the food supply of the world, since organic farms don’t use Monsanto seeds or toxic products.

    Based on their history, I believe it’s prudent to question what the future of our small farms will hold, should a bill with such blatant ties to Monsanto be allowed to pass without further scrutiny.

    It is quite possible, perhaps even most probable, that the bill entitled H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is designed to halt the growing trend of small organic farms – not through a direct, frontal assault on organic farming, but rather by insidiously creating rules and laws that make it extremely difficult, and incredibly expensive, for small farms to comply.

    And in this case, the rules and regulations created by this proposed bill are mandatory, not voluntary, meaning they apply equally to a tiny farmer with half a dozen cows as it does to a massive factory farm.

    What are the Potential Hazards of HR 875?

    The stated purpose of H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is:

    To establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.

    As detailed in the articles above, some of the potential hazards of HR 875 include:

    * It includes small farmers who just sell their fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets
    * Anyone engaged in food growing, or “holding food for consumption” in the U.S. would have to register annually, and create and maintain extensive records of the foods they grow and/or store
    * The definitions of who this law pertains to are so broad and loosely defined that they could potentially even include your personal backyard fruit or vegetable garden, even if you don’t sell anything but grow them for personal consumption
    * It appears it could dictate how all food growers would have to grow their food, including potentially the necessity to use certain pest control measures, for example
    * Authorities would have the ability to inspect any food production facility at random to make sure it’s operating in compliance with the food safety law, and again the definition of “food production facility” is so loosely defined it could apply to your personal orchard, vineyard, or vegetable garden, as long as it produces something edible
    * After the enactment of this Act, the Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture and representatives of State departments of agriculture will promulgate regulations to establish “science-based minimum standards for the safe production of food” by food production facilities. Meaning, no one even knows what the food production standards are yet, but whatever they turn out to be will have to be followed
    * It is prohibited to: fail to register; refuse to permit access to an inspector; refuse to allow copying of all records; fail to establish or maintain any record required under the law
    * Should you fail to comply with any of the rules and regulations, there are both civil and criminal penalties, going as high as $1 million per violation, something that could clearly wipe out any small farmer in a blink of an eye

    What Can You Do?

    I believe everyone should take the time to look this bill over and decide for yourself — Do you, or do you not believe industry will use every loophole they can find to further their own interests over up-and-coming small, organic family farms?

    If you believe this bill warrants further scrutiny before being blindly passed, here are a few ways you can get involved and make your voice heard:

    1. Contact your Congressional members at 202-224-3121 and ask them to oppose HR 875 and S 425.
    2. Sign the Natural Solutions Foundation’s petition to Amend the Food Safety Modernization Act H.R. 875 [and Substitutes], by adding a “Natural and Family Food and Farming Exclusion Amendment”
    3. Find out who sits on your states agriculture and farming committee and contact them with your concerns.
    4. Contact your local elected officials and let them know your position on legislation and why.
    5. Attend a local Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) meeting, this is a good start to learning about what is going on in farming, as well as getting involved with local and state initiatives .
    6. Support the Farmers Legal Defense Fund

    Related Links:

    Monsanto's Many Attempts to Destroy All Seeds but Their Own

    This Company May Be the Biggest Threat to Your Future Health

    How Monsanto Manipulates the System to Poison Your Health
    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/arch

  • PAthena

    Man has been genetically changing foods since the beginning of agriculture around 10,000 years ago, e.g. wheat, corn, apples, etc. This was – and is done – by cultivating plants (and animals) which have the traits you want, using their seeds, grafting, hand-pollinating.

  • AlFranken1

    There is a Bible verse in Ephesians that states that God's plan is for us to help others.

    I'll take that a little farther by taking Christ into full context by saying “we should help others help themselves”

    The answer to solving hunger and fighting disease is education and the technology that comes with it and that is why I have proposed the following plan:

    Solicit large church's to develop support groups for out-of-work construction professionals who are suffering depression, anxiety, and other symptoms from the worse recession sense the Great Depression.

    This support group will meet once a week for breakfast and develop charity missions from building and maintenance for local areas to short missionary trips to Mexico to start with.

    The projects will consist of advance technology plans such as raising tomatoes in hotboxes using hydroponics and solar PV panels to run electricity to the pumps and possible grow lamps and so forth.

    The solar pv panels would be the most important part of solving starvation —

    Energy will grow anything.

    Plumbers, electricians, carpenters and others will regain their sense of dignity and heal while becoming productive in new technology while people in other countries will learn their skill and our technology by learning to help themselves feed their families and thus become less dependent on charity.

    Political rhetoric is the poison to such a plan

  • LucyQ

    That's a thoughtful post but I think you're assuming that these newly unemployed workers can travel to another country when many of them can't make mortgage payments or the rent. I think you have a good idea but it should be put on hold while we make sure our fellow citizens have food, water and shelter. Then, once the economy is healed, I'm all for it.

  • AlFranken1

    Keyword — large church's

    If these guys are sitting home collecting unemployment insurance with no jobs predicted in the near future, they would do what they need to do to keep their sanity. Combined missionary funds would easily pay for these plans. Church's in states bordering Mexico would be the first solicited.

  • LindaRivera

    To AlFranken1

    You appear utterly unaware of NEGLECTED Jobless and HOMELESS Americans right here in America! Homeless shelters are filled to capacity. Americans lost their jobs, their unemployment insurance ran out, their savings used up, and with no jobs and homeless shelters full, tent cities have sprung up all over America filled with desperate Americans who have lost all hope. Instead of helping our own people in desperate need, HUGE sums of money continue to be given to other countries. Months ago, the U.S. promised 980 million dollars to Muslim terrorist Hamas-controlled Gaza.

    Jobless and homeless Americans must be given the land and everything needed to set up farm communities, so that they can live off the land and support themselves. Provided with healthy seeds and NO TERMINATOR SEEDS. (see my comment on GM and Terminator Seeds).

  • AlFranken1

    You should go back and read the part where I stated “local”

    If mega church's want to give me money for local projects only then so be it. The problem is our advance agriculture system and land use doesn't really work with my plan.

    Also, 3rd world countries such as China are still using human labor which accommodates such a plan

    Also, if you read the part where I stated ” help those to help themselves” then I'm fixing what you are complaining about. If I'm teaching them to help themselves then they don't need to depend on you and therefore charities can focus on your priorities.

    Regarding your idea of giving land to homeless Americans. First of all, that is already in action and it isn't working very well. There are garden plots in major cities all over and they have turned into hobbies rather than dependent on food.

    Most affordable small plots are in the Bible belt and they don't seem to want to give them up. Many small plots are used to preserve wild life in which the NRA sponsors for their sport ( I'm a member of the NRA and I support that)

    People can not grow food and reasonably compete with big Ag.

    If you go to the poorest parts of L.A. and compare the cost of fresh vegetables to the
    upper middle class, you will see, in some cases, a 100% mark-up.

    Also, let us not forget the subsidies that large Ag get from the Federal Govt.
    That offsets cheap produce from competing countries and self growers.

    Farmers of small plots depend on bartering and the variables go against that.

    Another thing — I'm a building contractor with over 25 years in my field.
    I know the situation with my industry being one of the top three industries hit by this recession ( manufacturing and banking/real estate being the others). On top of it, I live in one of the worse hit states of the union– California

    So you want you preach to me about these guys when I'm one of them?

    I have two small children and a wife that can't work and all my friends are suffering.

    All we have is each other. We know much better than you what we need and many agree with me.

    Regarding charity to Hamas, I would be likely to give them this education and technology if they needed it.

    If they could properly feed their children and have access to clean water, then they would less likely be subjugated to strap bombs to their children ( which hasn't happened in quite a while now). — Just a few propelled rockets here and there that's all.

    I'm on the conservatives side on many issues but as you can see, not all.

  • AlFranken1

    P.S.

    Try responding to my comment directly — it gives you more credibility.

    Besides, my e-mail isn't linked to FPM anyhow so relax.

  • LindaRivera

    To AlFranken1

    I'm extremely puzzled by your P.S: 'Try responding to my comment directly — it gives you more credibility.' I indeed responded to your comment by your NAME! I can't get more direct than that!

    I was unaware that you are out of work. I am so extremely sorry that you and your friends are jobless. I hope that you will all get work very soon.

    Teaching people to help themselves is wonderful and the only way to go. And if you and your friends are able to do that, it would be fantastic!

    I am very sad for the people in America who are homeless and now living in tent cities. It is homeless Americans who are in desperate need of help. You misunderstood me. I actually meant to provide the homeless with setting up FARM communities where they could support themselves and live off the land. I was not referring to garden plots.

    Have a good week!

  • LindaRivera

    To AlFranken1

    Col. Richard Kemp, a British commander in Bosnia and Afghanistan
    stated: “The Israel Defense Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare. ” (Guardian-UK)

    Goldstone Gaza Report: Col. Richard Kemp Testifies at U.N. Emergency Session
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX6vyT8RzMo&feat

    Hamas makes clear that the war against Jewish infidels is a RELIGIOUS War:

    Hamas Charter
    'Israel, by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish population, defies Islam and the Muslims. Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.'

  • LindaRivera

    To AlFranken1

    I re-read your post. I had only ever heard of church groups going to Mexico strictly as volunteers and not being paid. However, very large churches could pay. Have you tried contacting the large churches with your excellent suggestion?

  • AlFranken1

    I forgot to mention about your narrow focus on my target market — there at least as many tradesmen that have had to lower their standard of living through mediocre part time work in their profession. So short term trips would be therapeutic to their condition— as described, they would start off short term missions south of the border.
    How about the ones that already lost their house, maybe their marriage, you would deny them this restoration of their soul?

  • AlFranken1

    no no — you got it wrong.

    It is the commerce with community of people you are trying to help that generates business.

    It is common knowledge to develop a linking public relations plan to your target market. Once I train these men to work on these international projects, I will be able to solicit this projects to foreign investors such as the Chinese.

    Another PR plan I have is with the Chinese. They are starting to show a great deal of interest in baseball.

    Sense I'm already in the market for a Chinese architect for some potential, I decided interlink a baseball school for 12 to 14 yr olds (a prime athletic development age) to Chinese construction professionals that want to succeed in the States as an Architect/engineer while designing my clients Chinese restaurant chain.

    Maybe you can give me some suggestions Linda — you sound very brilliant.

    Did I use the wrong sense again?

  • AlFranken1

    I've never been on one that pays. I know real missionaries make very little so what would be the point? — it's not like we are trying to make money on the charity end of a good marketing plan.

  • LucyQ

    From what I gather from family, friends and neighbors recently unemployed, who can't pay all the bills, they have nothing against charity or trying to help Mexico but they don't want to leave home where they live with their families even if home is the local park.

    A lack of clean water and food is not the reason the Palestinians murder their children…..most have that and the $1.3 billion that W gave them in Feb, '08 as a present for blowing up humans. They kill themselves and their children for the same reason as the upscale, upper-class al qaeda did 911=for Islam.

  • LucyQ

    If you go to the poorest parts of L.A. and compare the cost of fresh vegetables to the
    upper middle class, you will see, in some cases, a 100% mark-up.”

    We will see a 30% to 50% mark-up in most cases because the owners of the markets, liquor stores and drug stores have to hire more security than in rich areas. Ask the owners of stores in both locations, the police and the local neighbors of each store. But poor Americans are not the ones you want to help.

  • LucyQ

    That's exactly what the Hamas Charter states…..just ask the Arab Christians that Hamas evicted because they were 'defying Islam.'

  • AlFranken1

    Nobody here is denying that Hamas hates Jews and would prefer to take the land of Israel by means of killing Jews — many of them seem to hate that much.

    What I choose to address is why. their version

  • AlFranken1

    I have been traveling for years and I see my family every few months.

    The men and women that serve our country have similar schedules.

    again you are making assumptions about my target market.

    Maybe your circle of influence are soccer moms and maybe that is the bubble you live in — I don't and I'm not trying to be too sarcastic.

    I have successfully plan these missions before so I know what I'm doing.

    I'll give you a few tips:

    Don't bring construction materials or food and clothing across the border — the Mexican immigration don't feel the love when you don't buy that stuff at their building supply yard and Costco.

    For now on bring your passport

    They are not familiar with our framing techniques in Southern California — they build their residences out of stone, concrete, and block for the most part. Have the locals do the masonry and will frame the roof and build out the rest.

    Your sponsor needs to be charity such as a church that is well connected to the local government. — things go a lot smoother.

    Anything else you would like to know just ask

  • AlFranken1

    What are you talking about?

    I said the upper middle class pays more!

    I live in an upper class neighborhood and have kept my boat in the Port of L.A. which has some of the poorest communities.

    I go to (I forgot what is called) on Anahiem blvd and pay half as much for vegetables as I do at home.

    Maybe you missed my point. I was explaining how competitive the ag business is and how small independent communities can't make it on bartering their crops — they can't compete.

    We do that now with not much success as I was explaining to Linda.

    Regarding who I want to help — I don't determine the market of charity and I didn't consider your personal priorities.

    how many companies do your know that give to a charity for the heck of it or “gee– maybe we should give to pink rabbits cause there so cute”

    I remember somebody the nickname Lucy clueless — now I know why

  • CowboyUp

    Oh yea, communes, great idea. Give this, provide that(with what?), ban those, this all sounds familiar. We sure could have put that $980 million to better use though.

  • CowboyUp

    I've been eating GM foods all my life, I used to often hunt on an experamental station as a kid, and snacked on the crops. I'm healthier than either of my parents were at my age, mostly because they had to cut back on salt and saturated fats while I was still a kid and I got used to it. Nothing wrong with my sperm count either, my little swimmers can break through knots to fertilize that egg.

    It's the environuts who think the human population should be cut by half or more who are against effective pesticides and GM crops. They are the ones who are scaring ignorant people away from high yield crops they can grow locally, or the extra nourishment they provide. Which will kill these people first, starvation or an abundance of supposedly tainted crops? I'm betting starvation. They speed up the starvation proccess, by encourage marxism, like in Zimbabwe. Breadbasket to famine and widespread disease in under a decade.

    If GM crops cause sterility, won't their developers be sued into oblivion? They likely will be, anyway.

  • AlFranken1

    I found it interesting to see how they do it in countries in which the economic environment of AG doesn't require advance technology to compete:

    For example, fruit and/or nut trees are spread out in rows much wider than ours — maybe at least 20-30 feet apart.

    In between these trees, they grow wheat with an occasional small vegetable plots with mixed vegetables.

    What this does is provide an environment in which species can survive while naturally killing insects and disease.

    When you go to a local village, you buy noodles and vegetables grown locally — you can taste the difference.

    We obviously can't do that and our system is better suited for our way of life and community structure.

    What I'm suggesting is that we combine other means as described with advance growing techniques to develop a much better product that would be much healthier.

    The left verses right politics combined with our economic constraints would make this too difficult.

  • LucyQ

    This is a message board and we can't see each other's body language, etc, so you'll just have to be clearer.

    You sound like you have the Novermber nasties so I'll try to remember that before I chat with you again.

  • CowboyUp

    I'm pretty sure yall just have a misunderstanding there.

  • LucyQ

    Hi Cowboy…..nope, AF enjoys being nasty for some reason. How've you been?

  • Arik Katzenberg

    Like most news stories that break in the UK Guardian, this Greenpeace Zambia story simply isn’t true. Firstly, no nation has ever taken Greenpeace as a significant advisor in directing policy on any issue. Second, what did occur is that in 2002, the USA offered to export to Zambia GE maize as a sole source of nutrition to feed its population despite there being an abundance of other readily available food sources in nearby neighboring countries. A nobel thing, nonetheless. Greenpeace is adamant about it’s position – that GE foods are ALWAYS, ALWAYS preferable to starvation or food insecurity. And Norman Borlaug is deserving of full credit for saving more than a billion lives – many more, in fact, when you consider that wars and uprisings have certainly been averted due to his innovation. However, in 2002, Zambia did reject the US offer in favour of corn imports from China, South Africa, and Tanzania. Famine did not break out and thousands did not die. Actually, since 2000, Zambia’s economy has stabilised, inflation has dropped, GDP has steadily climbed and foreign direct investment has grown. Lastly, Greenpeace is not a political organisation. And despite the pressing issues of our environment, Greenpeace is always very tempered in it’s views and campaigns.