It would really take a dedicated blog to keep up with the flow of GMO news and information out there these days. Although the Bovine is primarily focused on raw milk, we do sometimes give a nod to other issues in the food rights sphere. And while raw milk has always been a minority concern, GMOs in food will affect everyone. What will our children’s children think about this time in history when they look back from 2050 or so? The following is from Jon Rappoport’s blog:
“I recognized my two selves: a crusading idealist and a cold, granitic believer in the law of the jungle” – Edgar Monsanto Queeny, Monsanto chairman, 1943-63, “The Spirit of Enterprise”, 1934.
“Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the F.D.A.’s job” – Phil Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications. “Playing God in the Garden” New York Times Magazine, October 25, 1998.
“Ultimately, it is the food producer who is responsible for assuring safety” – FDA, “Statement of Policy: Foods Derived from New Plant Varieties” (GMO Policy), Federal Register, Vol. 57, No. 104 (1992), p. 229
“What you are seeing is not just a consolidation of seed companies, it’s really a consolidation of the entire food chain” – Robert Fraley, co-president of Monsanto’s agricultural sector 1996, in the Farm Journal. Quoted in: Flint J. (1998) Agricultural industry giants moving towards genetic monopolism. Telepolis, Heise.
“People will have Roundup Ready soya whether they like it or not” – Ann Foster, spokesperson for Monsanto in Britain, as quoted in The Nation magazine from article “The Politics of Food”  by Maria Margaronis December 27, 1999 issue.
“The hope of the industry is that over time the market is so flooded [with GMOs] that there’s nothing you can do about it. You just sort of surrender” – Don Westfall, biotech industry consultant and vice-president of Promar International, in the Toronto Star, January 9 2001.
(Quotes compiled by the Organic Consumers Association.)
These five countries are outright banning the sale of Monsanto products, or demanding that the widely-hated agribusiness company clean up its policies
The world may have had enough of Monsanto, if the events of this month are anything to go by. We’ve just seen no less than five countries—South Africa, France, Chile, Brazil and Sri Lanka—either outright banning the sale of toxic weedkillers or GMO strains produced by the country, or demanding the company hold to truth in advertising standards.
Let’s take a look at who’s standing up to the world’s most loathed corporation, shall we?
In mid-March, France temporarily banned the sale, use or cultivation of Monsanto GMO corn strain MON 810, the only strain that’s been previously approved in the European Union. The ban was purposefully instated before planting season to prevent more GMO crops from entering French farms. (More.)
2. Sri Lanka.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka has given a direct order to ban Monsanto’s weed killer Glyphosate (aka Roundup) after studies linked the chemical to widescale kidney failure in the country. (More.)
Similarly, Brazil’s Federal Public Prosecutor is requesting that the country’s justice department ban the use of Glyphosate, as well as the herbicide 2,4-D, a major component of Monsanto-produced Agent Orange. (More.)
According to a recent report, Hitler has been enjoying solace in hell from the longevity of his brand. He’d better enjoy it while it lasts, because there are usurpers on the horizon. From Steve Burgess, in The Tyee, writing about How to Leverage that Hitler Brand:
“Heil from my corner office here in the 1,000-Degree Reich! Life here in Hell is no schnitzel mit noodles, das ist wahr. Always mit der pitchfoks und der vermin und every day the radio playing “It’s a Small World After All.” And they make me wear der handlebar moustache to make Der Fuehrer ein big joke. Nein, I am not a happy Mein Kampfer….”
But every day while wild beasts consume mein entrails I comfort meinself that at least I am not forgotten. Der Fuehrer ist everywhere! Read the Internet comment threads (and we do — in Hell, ist mandatory.)…”