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Genetically Engineered “Terminator Seeds”. Death and Destruction of Agriculture | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization May 26, 2015

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This article was first published by Global Research in January 2013

The widely held belief is that genetically modified ‘terminator seeds’ are not available on the commercial market anywhere. Since 2001, there has been a de facto worldwide moratorium on the use of terminator technology (UN Convention on Biological Diversity). By definition, such seeds are genetically engineered to make them sterile and unusable for replanting, resulting in farmers having to buy new seeds from a central supplier each year.

Under Article 28 of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights  (the TRIPS Agreement), “planting, harvesting, saving, re-planting, and exchanging seeds of patented plants, or of plants containing patented cells and genes, constitutes use,” and is prohibited by the intellectual property laws of signatory states

via Genetically Engineered “Terminator Seeds”. Death and Destruction of Agriculture | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization.

Mo Med – January February 2015 : CORRESPONDENCE May 26, 2015

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GMO Author Reponds to Food For Thought

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my article. As I discussed in the article, from all of the studies conducted to look at the safety of GM crops, there is no evidence that they are any different, in terms of public or animal health, from crops developed by conventional breeding practices. I refer you to Nicolia et al. (reference 24) and the reports of the NRC and European Commission that address these claims directly for both livestock and humans. As a scientist, and as I am sure you are aware, one has to be very careful in how you interpret or act upon simple correlations and until one applies scientific rigor and methods to obtain reliable data to gain objective insight they remain hypothetical. There has been an equally strong increase in organic food sales since 1996 that tracks the increase in the production of GM crops. The independent variables that lay between any of these comparisons are numerous and would require specific studies to address any cause and effect relationships. Many such studies have been conducted by numerous agencies and researchers, as I document in my article, and there is no substantiated link between adverse health issues and GM crops. As for scientific consensus, I think I have documented that extensively in the article (for more information, see reports on GMOs by the American Medical Association, the National Academy of Science, The Royal Society of London, European Plant Science Organization, and the American Society of Plant Biologists among others). From a scientific perspective, it is difficult to comment on the 1998 lawsuit without having scientific data and information that might have factored into any deliberations that led to its dismissal.

Melvin J. Oliver, PhD Supervisory Research Geneticist, USDA Agricultural Research Service University of Missouri

via Mo Med – January February 2015 : CORRESPONDENCE.

Censored, 1999: The News that Didn’t Make the News — the Year’s Top 25 … – Peter Phillips, Project Censored (U.S.), Tom Tomorrow – Google Books May 26, 2015

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Censored, 1999: The News that Didn’t Make the News — the Year’s Top 25 … – Peter Phillips, Project Censored (U.S.), Tom Tomorrow – Google Books.

The Teminator Technology: RAFI-USA Press Release May 26, 2015

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The claimed source f the “Terminator Gene” name.

 

Rural Advancement Foundation International – RAFI

Press Release – 27 January 1999

http://www.rafi.org

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Genetic Seed Sterilization is “Holy Grail”

for Ag Biotechnology Firms

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New Patents for “Suicide Seeds” Threaten

Farmers and Food Security Warns RAFI

The Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), a Canadian-based

rural advocacy organization, announced today that it has uncovered over

three dozen new patents describing a wide range of techniques that can be

used for the genetic sterilization of plants and seeds. “The patents reveal

that engineered seed sterility is not an isolated research agenda – it’s

the Holy Grail of the ag biotech industry,” says Pat Mooney of RAFI. The

disclosure follows on the heels of a controversial patent unveiled last

year, christened the “Terminator” by RAFI, that continues to generate

worldwide protest and debate because it renders farm-saved seed sterile –

forcing farmers to return to the commercial seed market every year. The

Terminator patent is jointly owned by the US Department of Agriculture and

a Monsanto subsidiary, Delta & Pine Land Co.

“The notorious Terminator patent is just the tip of the iceberg,” explains

RAFI’s Mooney, “Every major seed and agrochemical enterprise is developing

its own version of suicide seeds,” he adds.

“We’ve uncovered dozens of patents that disclose new and more insidious

techniques for genetic sterilization of plants and seeds – and even

animals,” says Edward Hammond of RAFI. “Novartis, AstraZeneca, and Monsanto

are among the Gene Giants who have sterile seeds in the pipeline, while

others like Pioneer Hi-Bred, Rhone Poulenc, and DuPont have technologies

that could easily be turned into Terminators.” The primary goal of several

of the the newly patented techniques is to sterilize seed so that farmers

cannot save and re-plant seed.

A number of the patents use benign-sounding technical terms such as

“controlled gene expression” linked to “inducible promoters” to describe

their sterilization techniques. Other patents describe “killer genes” that

destroy pollen, or “GRIM proteins” that do the same to invertebrates or

even mammalian cells. A patent owned by Astra/Zeneca candidly admits that

their sterilization processes “are not desirable per se.”

Sterile Seeds: Why Worry? “These technologies are extremely dangerous,”

explains RAFI’s Mooney, “because over 1.4 billion farmers – primarily poor

farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America – depend on farm-saved seed as

their primary seed source. If they can’t save seed, they can’t continue to

adapt crops to their unique farming environments, and that spells disaster

for global food security.”

via The Teminator Technology: RAFI-USA Press Release.

Conclusiveness of toxicity data and double standards August 2, 2014

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We would like to comment on your answers Hayes, 2014a concerning the retraction of our study Seralini et al., 2012 and Hayes, 2014b by Food and Chemical Toxicology FCT. Our study investigated the long-term effects in rats of consumption of two Monsanto products, a genetically modified GM maize and its associated pesticide, Roundup, together and separately. The decision to retract the paper was reached a few months after the appointment of a former Monsanto employee as “editor for biotechnology”, a position created for him at FCT Robinson and Latham, 2013. In a recent editorial, Portier and colleagues express concern about the “dangerous erosion of the underpinnings of the peer-review process” in the case of our study Portier et al., 2014.

via Conclusiveness of toxicity data and double standards.

Sour, smelly and slimy: Aztec brew takes Mexico’s hipsters by storm – World News February 2, 2014

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Yet in an ever-urbanizing landscape of glass towers and macchiato breaks, pulquerias offer “spaces where people meet their equals, where they can effectively scratch their asses without anyone complaining, think about anything, be politically incorrect,” argues Everardo Gonzalez, maker of the wistful 2002 documentary “Song of Pulque.” (Mexicans have dedicated a great many songs to the drink.)

“These places are necessary hubs,” he says.

Such nostalgia isn’t always apparent in the pulquerias where the hipsters gather. In those places, downing pulque seems more about making a statement than embracing a lifestyle.

via Sour, smelly and slimy: Aztec brew takes Mexico’s hipsters by storm – World News.

10 American Foods that are Banned in Other Countries September 15, 2013

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Americans are slowly waking up to the sad fact that much of the food sold in the US is far inferior to the same foods sold in other nations. In fact, many of the foods you eat are BANNED in other countries.Here, I’ll review 10 American foods that are banned elsewhere.Seeing how the overall health of Americans is so much lower than other industrialized countries, you can’t help but wonder whether toxic foods such as these might play a role in our skyrocketing disease rates.

via 10 American Foods that are Banned in Other Countries.

 

I wonder what the history of each of these additives is?

A Brief History of Our Deadly Addiction to Nitrogen Fertilizer | Mother Jones April 21, 2013

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Our future doesn’t have to be drenched in vast quantities of synthetic nitrogen, with all its liabilities both subtle and spectacular. A 2012 Iowa State University study found that by simply shifting to more diverse crop rotations, Midwestern farmers could radically reduce their reliance on added nitrogen while maintaining current levels of overall food production. Another recent study by Cornell researchers found similar crop rotations also reduced nitrogen runoff.

Yet instead of weaning us from from our huge reliance on nitrogen, federal and state agencies are underwriting the construction of new plants and the expansion of old ones. Meanwhile, federal farm and “renewable fuel” policies continue to prop up corn—in 2013, the USDA expects farmers to plant the most since 1936: 97.3 million acres, covering an area nearly the size of California. We won’t be kicking our nitrogen habit anytime soon.

via A Brief History of Our Deadly Addiction to Nitrogen Fertilizer | Mother Jones.

7 Reasons This Muffin Mix Can Save America April 7, 2013

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Anyone who has dared venture down a grocery stores baking aisle or opened their grandparents cupboard has probably seen one of the timeless white and blue “Jiffy” boxes that havent changed much since the mixes were first invented by Holmes Grandmother in 1930. What I didnt know until I did some homework, was just how great of a company is behind Jiffy mix. After a 16-minute long chat with the Jiffy mix CEO, and 11 years of studying business and economics, I knew I had discovered one of Americas last great businesses. Here is seven reasons why:

via 7 Reasons This Muffin Mix Can Save America.

Costa Rica Goes Locavore – NYTimes.com September 26, 2012

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The locavore trend has official support. The country’s Club de la Gastronomía Epicúrea recently proposed a national plan to promote local ingredients and more healthful eating. Its president, Alfredo Echeverría, said that Costa Rica’s restaurant scene has exploded in recent years thanks to a growing class of young professionals who eat out more often. He said the plan is a response to a “globalization of taste.”

“The problem is when you have franchises duplicating, repeating,” he said. “It’s not a problem if you want to use the same recipe all over the world. But use local ingredients.”

via Costa Rica Goes Locavore – NYTimes.com.