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Farmers Union invites consumers to join anti-GM-Alfalfa action April 9th

From the National Farmers Union:

Future farmers of Canada? Photo via National Farmers Union.

The National Farmers Union in Ontario has called for a national day of action for April 9, 2013 to stop the commercial release of GM alfalfa.

On March 2, 2013 at the NFU Region 3 Convention/NFU-Ontario AGM passed the resolution: “Be it resolved that the National Farmers Union – Ontario call on farm organizations in Ontario and across Canada, other civil society organizations and concerned consumers to join NFU-O members in a day of action against the release of GM alfalfa to be held at MP’s constituency offices on April 9, 2013.” Continue reading

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UK-designed genetically modified mosquitoes “seeded” to replace the natural insect populations

From Mike Barrett, on Natural Society:

“In case you didn’t know, genetically modified mosquitoes have been unleashed numerous times on planet Earth. Thus far, millions mosquitoes were released in various locations; Cayman Islands, Malaysia, and Brazil. Now, the GM mosquito creator Oxitec may release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the fields of crops, including olives, citrus fruits, cabbage, tomatoes, and cotton.

A UK-based company, Oxitec is the maker of all genetically modified insects. The company’s goal is to create a global market, where GM insects will be released around the world in order to take over natural insect populations. With the replacement of natural insects, the company hopes to wipe out disease carried by insects as well as those insects feeding on farmers’ crops. As scary as it might sound, thousands of insect species could be genetically altered in the near future. Continue reading

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Could GMO alfalfa take down the Canadian organic farming industry

From What Really Happened.com:

As we reported on previously, natural alfalfa already grows quite well without the need for herbicides or pesticides, which makes Monsanto’s chemical-resistant GM variety completely pointless. Alfalfa is also a highly volatile plant because it is a perennial, which makes the likelihood of widespread contamination with GM traits from the GM variety much more than just a possibility — it is an absolute given in the long term. Continue reading

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Genetic purity for Michigan pork?

From David E. Gumpert, on the Complete Patient blog:

“…Big Ag’s Michigan Pork Producers Association similarly denies it is trying to stamp out small producers:

“Since the DNR began enforcement, opponents of the ISO have stepped up their efforts and rhetoric by embarking on a vicious misinformation campaign alleging that MPPA and ‘Big Ag’ have conspired with the DNR to put small, niche pork producers raising hogs outdoors out of business.  We cannot stress enough that this is utter nonsense and absolutely untrue.  Neither MPPA nor the DNR have any interest in deterring niche producers from continuing to operate as usual, unless the producer is using the breeds or types of hogs prohibited by the ISO, or crossing those prohibited breeds with domestic breeds to circumvent the ISO.” Continue reading

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Food rights, gene rights, human rights

From Rady Ananda, on Food Freedom blog:

From Greg Orelind at Narbi.com, via Food Freedom blog

As courts and bureaucrats continue to assert that citizens have no fundamental right to produce and consume the foods of their choice, we find Monsanto lurking nearby.  The Wisconsin judge who recently ruled that we have no right to own a cow or drink its milk resigned to join one of Monsanto’s law firms.

Former judge Patrick J. Fiedler now works for Axley Brynelson, LLP, which defended Monsanto against a patent infringement case filed by Australian firm, Genetic Technologies, Ltd. (GTL) in early 2010. Continue reading

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Artificially-lethal-bacteria lab research uses genetic engineering techniques

From the Sunshine Project.org, where it is titled “Genetic engineering is regularly used to produce lethal bacteria“. In a comment on a previous post, reader “Tal” wondered whether there might have been a connection between Germany’s recent decision to phase out its nuclear power plants and the seemingly random appearance what was first called a lethal strain of E.coli. From this article it certainly sounds like it’s technically possible to make these kind of things in a lab:

It sounds like science fiction, but it is a deadly reality: lethal microbes, with no cure, invisible to detection systems, and able to overcome vaccines. In ‘defensive’ programs, researchers in the USA, UK, Russia and Germany have genetically engineered biological weapons agents, building new deadly strains. And this is probably only the tip of the iceberg.

Genetic engineering can be used to broaden the classical bioweapons arsenal. Through genetic engineering, bacteria can not only be made resistant to antibiotics or vaccines, they can also be made even more toxic, harder to detect, or more stable in the environment. By using genetic methods that are standard procedures in thousands of labs worldwide, bioweapons can be made more virulent, easier to handle, and harder to fight. In short, more effective. Continue reading

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Questions asked about A1, A2 milk at recent Biodynamic conference in NY

From David E. Gumpert’s The Complete Patient blog:

The one lab we know of where you can get your cows tested for A2

“…..But last Friday, at a special session on raw milk at the national conference of the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association, where I spoke, together with Sally Fallon of the Weston A. Price Foundation and Michael Schmidt, the Canadian raw dairy farmer, the issue came up again. A woman attending the session, clutching her copy of “The Devil in the Milk”, wondered if the A1/A2 issue was being ignored, or even covered up, by raw dairy farmers and other raw milk proponents. Continue reading

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Genetic damage from eating junk food

Excerpted from Augie’s Journal of Natural Food and Healing, from a story titled “Studies: Junk Food Causing Birth Defects“:

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“A recent study out of Georgetown University Medical Center has concluded that what you eat can affect your children’s and grandchildren’s health, even if they eat healthy themselves. Sonia de Assis and her colleagues observed that rats fed Omega-6 fatty, unhealthy food pass on an increased cancer risk to their children and grandchildren. Omega-6 fats are found in cheap, industrial oils such as soy, vegetable and corn oil. Continue reading

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The latest on A1 and A2 milk from ABC

A1 and A2 milk articles continue to attract a lot of interest here on The Bovine. Here’s the latest on the subject — an ABC television program transcript from the April 7, 2010 edition of “The 7:30 report” dealing with the topic “Dairy Debate — claims that milk could make you sick”:

In this case ABC is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“Cows’ milk has long been championed as a part of a healthy, nutritious diet. But could it also be a trigger for a long list of diseases like juvenile Diabetes, heart disease, Schizophrenia even Autism?

[Note: Read this story for some background on A1 and A2 milk.]

KERRY O’BRIEN, PRESENTER: For generations, cows’ milk has been championed as a healthy, nutritious part of the daily diet, but there are claims it could also be a trigger of for a long list of diseases like juvenile diabetes, heart disease, schizophrenia and even autism. It’s a debate that started in New Zealand more than a decade ago after some scientists claimed regular milk could be harmful. The theory goes that a protein in regular milk called A1 can make its way to the bloodstream, causing disease. But other experts say the science is dubious and the dairy industry warns that critics of regular milk are sending a dangerous message. Lisa Whitehead reports. Continue reading

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