Jokes abound about software end user licence agreements, which, by and large, nobody reads, although to install the product, you do usually have to click on the box that says you have read it and agree to its terms. Well it seems Monsanto has learned a thing or two from the software industry, and while they’re not requiring you to give up your firstborn child to use their products, they apparently ARE requiring that you not do scientific tests to assess possible health risks to humans. Global Research has the scoop:
“One of the great mysteries surrounding the spread of GMO plants around the world since the first commercial crops were released in the early 1990’s in the USA and Argentina has been the absence of independent scientific studies of possible long-term effects of a diet of GMO plants on humans or even rats. Now it has come to light the real reason. The GMO agribusiness companies like Monsanto, BASF, Pioneer, Syngenta and others prohibit independent research.
“An editorial in the respected American scientific monthly magazine, Scientific American, August 2009 reveals the shocking and alarming reality behind the proliferation of GMO products throughout the food chain of the planet since 1994. There are no independent scientific studies published in any reputed scientific journal in the world for one simple reason. It is impossible to independently verify that GMO crops such as Monsanto Roundup Ready Soybeans or MON8110 GMO maize perform as the company claims, or that, as the company also claims, that they have no harmful side effects because the GMO companies forbid such tests! Continue reading
Organic Pastures -- outstanding in their field? Photo via re:Nourishment.org
“After a month of testing, frustration and waiting, Organic Pastures Dairy filed an emergency injunctive relief petition with the Fresno County Superior Court, along with all of the test results supporting the petition. Three hours later, the ban was finally lifted from Organic Pastures products! Continue reading
“In the last few decades changes have occurred that are precipitating a serious crisis in science. A major reason for this crisis is that research has become increasingly expensive and consequently it has become more and more difficult for the state to finance it. As a result research, even in the universities, is increasingly being funded by industry .
Warnings from scientists that this may corrupt science have essentially been ignored. Continue reading
From Gordon Watson:
“Our new cowshare isn’t producing much yet, nevertheless, shareholders want to know about the possibility of harmful radio-activity from our raw milk
So I called the BC Minister of Agriculture in Abbotsford. Jane Pritchard is the deputy Chief Veterinarian. She says that the BC Centre for Disease Control has a Q & A section on its website, to do with this topic. She told me that the air quality is being monitored, and has shown no “spike” in radio-activity. Continue reading
Urgent ag news from Hella Delicious:
“Bill C-474 is a private members bill that, if passed, will require market impact assessment of any new GMO crop sold in Canada. It will be debated for the third and final time on Feb 8 and the vote will be held on Feb.9. Please write letters to and encourage your friends to also write to let Parliament know how you feel about this. More info about the Bill is posted at www.cban.ca.
Here is a sample letter you can copy and paste into your email program to send to your own MP and also to key decision-makers in the Liberal Party (they are sitting on the fence). For your information, here is the list of MPs. You can find your own MP by entering your postal code….”
Full details and sample letter on Hella’s blog.
From David E. Gumpert at the Complete Patient blog:
[from a communique from “The Family Cow” raw milk farm in Pennsylvania, which does regular pathogen testing above and beyond government requirements] — “….”Just a few hrs ago, QC Laboratories, the laboratory we use for our voluntary, beyond-the-state-requirement pathogen testing, has reported the presence of Campylobacter in a sample of milk we sent them almost three weeks ago. I’ve spoken with state officials and they report there are no illnesses, but we still want you to know what we found. The milk in which the campylobacter was found was bottled on 1/10/11 and carries a ‘Best by’ date of 1/25. If you still have milk with this ‘Best by’ date, please discard it. Although, with milk that old, it’s probably long gone.
“There is no reason to believe that more than this date code of milk was effected, yet out of abundance of caution we are, as of today, voluntarily halting sales of raw milk from The Family Cow until we get a clear test. We are running two tests now on milk that was bottled since the positive sample. We will be in communication when we are ready to resume sales. We expect to have the test results back early next week. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we feel it would be remiss and irresponsible to continue to sell even though there have been no illnesses.” Continue reading
From an email we received today:
It probably won’t come as a surprise that Monsanto actually feels they have the right to bypass the US Federal Court system.
Just last August, a Federal court ruled that the USDA’s prior approval of Monsanto’s GE “Roundup Ready” sugar beets was unlawful because the USDA had neglected to conduct adequate analysis of the impacts of this crop on farmers and the environment. The ruling made it illegal to plant or sell GE sugar beets until further studies were conducted, which the USDA estimated would be finished in 2012. Continue reading