Monday, September 7, 2015


Destroying Biodiversity: The US Department of Agriculture Says Yes to GMO “Terminator Seed” Technology

This article was one of the first articles published by Global Research in September 2001
It’s official [2001]. The US Department of Agriculture announced that it has concluded negotiations to license the notorious Terminator technology to its seed industry partner, Delta & Pine Land (D&PL). As a result of joint research, the USDA and D&PL are co-owners of three patents on the controversial technology that genetically modifies plants to produce sterile seeds, preventing farmers from re-using harvested seed. A licensing agreement establishes the terms and conditions under which a party can use a patented technology. Although many of the Gene Giants hold patents on Terminator technology, D&PL is the only company that has publicly declared its intention to commercialize Terminator seeds. (for details, see “2001: A Seed Odyssey” RAFI Communique, January/February 2001,
USDA’s decision to license Terminator flies in 
the face of international public opinion and 
betrays the public trust,” said Hope Shand, Research 
Director of RAFI. “Terminator technology has been 
universally condemned by civil society; banned 
by international agricultural research institutes, 
censured by United Nations bodies, even 
shunned by Monsanto, and yet the US 
government has officially sanctioned 
commercialization of the technology by
licensing it to one of the world’s largest seed 
companies, explains Shand.
USDA’s role in developing Terminator seeds is a disgraceful example of corporate welfare involving a technology that is bad for farmers, dangerous for the environment and disastrous for world food security,” adds Silvia Ribeiro of RAFI. Terminator has been universally opposed as an immoral technology because over 1.4 billion people, primarily poor farmers, depend on farm-saved seeds as their primary seed source.


Email Trail

Kevin Folta, chairman of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida, began to correspond regularly with executives at Monsanto in early 2013. He soon teamed up with the company and other industry representatives to defend their genetically engineered crop technologies as they lobbied Congress and other government authorities. Dr. Folta has said he worked as an independent scientist. But Monsanto helped cover his costs.

Biotech Industry's Big Gifts to University of Florida 
An Email Relationship Begins 
'Misinformation Campaign' Is 'More Than Overwhelming' 
Enlisting Academics in P.R. Campaign 
Drafting Answers for Academics 
Monsanto Relies More on Folta 
A Trip to Hawaii to Testify, Paid by Industry 
'I Have Not Been Compensated for Any Testimony' 
Monsanto Expands Its Efforts 
Sending Folta to Washington 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

ROUNDUP on GMO News September 6, 2015

Biggest scientific and fiscal fraud in history!

The (subscription) - ‎18 hours ago‎
"I think it is important you read this book carefully, assessing for yourself how firmly it is grounded in fact and logic. You may well come to the same conclusion as I have: that Steven Druker is upholding the tradition of good science."– Jane Goodall ...

Colombia to End Coca Farm Glyphosate Sprayings

Newsweek - ‎Aug 31, 2015‎
Little is known about the long-term effects on the soil and people of glyphosatesprayed as part of the Colombian government's anti-cocoa fumigation campaign.

Soil as Our Salvation

Santa Barbara Independent - ‎Sep 3, 2015‎
Delegates from around the world will gather to hear from Dr. Vandana Shiva, a global leader in the fight to protect farmers and the food web; John Roulac, activist and founder of super food company Nutiva; professors from UC Berkeley; and other leaders ...

How Monsanto is getting away with looting India's farmers

DailyO - ‎Sep 4, 2015‎
In addition to illegal royalties, the firm owes the families of 'prime aged' working Indian farmers $1.764 trillion. 10722.

Monsanto “Science” Ignores Weed Killers Linked to Cancer

Environmental Working Group - ‎22 hours ago‎
As the New York Times reveals today, the “science” served up to legislators considering whether to block state and federal GMO labeling has been cherry-picked by GMO labeling opponents.

California EPA mulls labeling Monsanto's Roundup as being 'known to cause cancer'

RT - ‎9 hours ago‎
The EPA's office of environmental health hazard assessment in California wants to label four chemicals, including the most popular herbicide and key ingredient of Monsanto's Roundup

Germany and Scotland outlaw GMOs

NOW Magazine - ‎Sep 3, 2015‎
Two weeks after Scotland announced it would be banning the growth of genetically modified crops on its soil, Germany is moving ahead with a similar plan.

Indigenous and Campesinos From 15 Countries RejectGMOs

teleSUR English - ‎Sep 4, 2015‎
Indigenous and Campesinos From 15 Countries Reject GMOs. The International Meeting on Campesinos Economy and Agroecology in America held a three-day meeting in Mexico City.

Letter: Truth about GMOs

Concord Monitor - ‎Sep 3, 2015‎
Apparently the writer of the letter concerning GMO propaganda (Monitor letters, Aug. 28) has not read the article “GMOs, herbicides and public health” in the Aug. 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The article, which was co-authored by a ...

Evidence Mounts that Roundup Is Toxic

East Bay Express - ‎Sep 1, 2015‎
Researchers, led by Gilles-Éric Séralini, a professor of molecular biology at the University of Caen in France, reported cancers and other health impacts from both the corn itself and the herbicide.

Medical Journal Article Identifies Hazards of Pesticides in GE Crops

eNews Park Forest - ‎Aug 27, 2015‎
In addition to the recent IARC findings, the timing of Drs. Landrigan and Benbrook's positions is critical as both the U.S. and Europe examine GE labeling laws. In the U.S., Congress is considering H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of ...

USDA faces lawsuit for allegedly not providing GMOrecords

Food Dive - ‎Aug 28, 2015‎
The USDA is the subject of a lawsuit brought by the Center for Food Safety (CFS) for its alleged failure to provide records on GMO crops as requested by the group. ... A recent study showed that a GMO label would not necessarily scare off consumers.

Pesticides in Paradise

The Crozet Gazette - ‎Sep 4, 2015‎
According to the Center for Food Safety, it is in Kauai that four of the five big chemical agricultural companies spray 17 times more pesticides per acre than on any cornfield on the U.S.

Big Food is Spending Millions to Lobby for Less Transparency

Yahoo Food - ‎Sep 1, 2015‎
So far this year, food and beverage companies have spent $51.6 million on a series of lobbying including efforts efforts to defeat GMO labeling laws such as the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 (H.R. 1599), which opponents have dubbed the ..

Latvia and Greece opt Out of GMO Foods

Greek Reporter - ‎Sep 3, 2015‎
GMO Foods European Union members Latvia and Greece are the first countries in the 28-member bloc to make use of an opt-out law, allowing them to decide whether or not to grow genetically modified (GMO) crops.

EU agriculture committee rejects draft law on use of GM food

Irish Farmers Journal - ‎Sep 5, 2015‎
Albert Dess, author of the agriculture committee's opinion, said Thursday's vote “sends a clear message” that the Commission's proposal to allow member states to decide whether or not to restrict or ban the use of GM food and feed on their territory ..."decision is totally flawed"

Germany Versus Science

Wall Street Journal - ‎Aug 27, 2015‎
So much for Europe's efforts to put the junk science surrounding genetically modified (GMO) food to rest. Berlin last week signaled it will prohibit cultivation of GMO crops in Germany, even if the crops have been approved by EU scientific bodies and ...