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Garber reports: "Regardless of the numerous accounts of organ damage, pesticide-resistant weeds, and unintentionally mutated organisms like resistant insects, our own government is manipulating the game..."

Apples that won't brown are among the crops being fast tracked to the market. (photo: Natural Society)
Apples that won't brown are among the crops being fast tracked to the market. (photo: Natural Society)



6 New GMO Crops That May Soon Hit Your Dinner Table

By Lisa Garber, NaturalSociety

31 August 12

 

emember when the USDA gave Monsanto's new GMO crops the fast track to approval? Regardless of the numerous accounts of organ damage, pesticide-resistant weeds, and unintentionally mutated organisms like resistant insects, our own government is manipulating the game to let "biotech bullies" like Monsanto get speedier regulatory reviews. Consequently, the environment, livestock, and consumers will be exposed to even greater danger.

As stated in their press release, the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, envisions transforming the USDA "into a high-performing organization that focuses on its customers." We'd like to think that we, the consumers, are those customers. The likes of Monsanto, Dow, and Syngenta, however, would probably disagree.

Here's your chance to tell the USDA otherwise. The first two crops on this list have been on the old, slower-track approval process, which allows 60 days for the public to comment. The remaining four are new additions but are on the fast track, meaning we still only have until September 11th of 2012 to have our say before these seeds hit the soil and, maybe, your dinner table.

6 New GMO Crops to Act Against.

  • Dow 2,4-D and Glufosinate Tolerant Soybean - Since the US first began using GM crops, our herbicide usage has been boosted by 300 million pounds, despite claims by biotech behemoths that other plants like weeds would not grow resistant to glyphosate – commonly known as RoundUp. And now, we have "superweeds." Of course, biotech (and seemingly the USDA) doesn't care, and they plan on adding the 2,4-D herbicide and dicamba (see number 4) to the list. Take action here.

  • Syngenta Corn Rootworm Resistant Corn - Plenty of nations have banned Syngenta's GM Bt crops - but not the US. This type of corn produces its own pesticides and kills all bugs, good or bad, which also means livestock can get sick from eating it. Research says that 80% of pregnant women have Bt toxins in their blood. Take action here.

  • Okanagan Non-Browning Apple - Conventional apples are covered in pesticides. That's why we buy organic, but Okanagan has produced the first GM apple. Take action against genetically modified apples right here.

  • Monsanto Dicamba Tolerant Soybean - Take action here.

  • Dow 2,4-D, Dlyphosate and Glufosinate Tolerant Soybean - Take action here.

  • Genective Glyphosate Tolerant Corn

GM foods are bad news for the earth and all of us who live on it. Have your voice heard while you can.

 

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+105 # pernsey 2012-08-31 14:21
Dammit, leave our natural food alone!!! I hate this crap popping up in foods that were meant and grown to be healthy!
 
 
+29 # jlohman 2012-09-01 07:51
I certainly understand your ire, and support mandated disclosure. But the truth is that we don't really know because the politicians are on their payroll. Yea, we pay their rent but the top 1% keep them in office.

With a non-corrupt congress we might even find out that these GMO's are good for us!!!

Most R's and D's are diverted when it comes to politics. The only people that understand how congress works are the 1% that fund our elections. While the voters are diverted to the "little fires," the Fat Cats are bribing the politicians who make the rules. And the politicians share in the loot.

So now they've entered the mode of "starve the beast." Give away all of the nation's assets (via tax breaks, defense spending, subsidies, et al), and then claim "We are broke. We have to cut entitlements and schools and fireman to survive." But they won't touch the cash machine that funds them.

And the little people go into panic mode trying to save their "little fire." But this country cannot survive its political corruption, and while the 1% can join their money on some foreign island, the 99% will be stuck here.

These politicians should be jailed, yet we re-elect them. But get used to it, or throw out all incumbents in November.
 
 
+36 # KittatinyHawk 2012-09-01 09:03
Perhaps a read up on GE crops is in your future.
There is nothing good about it. But bon appetit. You want to subject your kids, friends to these crops go ahead.

Time we all start demanding Freedom. Freedom is not Free. Means you all will have to actually do something, what a concept
 
 
+48 # seakat 2012-08-31 22:28
I'm afraid that with the revolving door between the USDA and the Genetic Industrial Complex to only action that remains for us is to not buy this crap.
 
 
+35 # Kasandra 2012-08-31 22:55
Profit, profit, profit. It's gone totally insane!
 
 
+23 # Phlippinout 2012-08-31 23:24
Are they from another planet or what? The US has become the invasion of the body snatchers, fall asleep and a pod takes your place, dont show emotion... Scary shit folks!
 
 
+39 # KrazyFromPolitics 2012-09-01 01:22
Monsanto's management needs to be prosecuted. Seems that they are able to get away with any damn thing they want to with impunity. Boycotting this company seems to be nearly impossible, because they have their hands in everything. I wish so many of my fellow citizens weren't so apathetic. Solidarity among a population can be a force of nature.
 
 
+45 # Mardi Gras 2012-09-01 04:51
Hell hath no fury like a citizen whose food is being contaminated by biotech bullies like Monsanto.

When I read Tom Vilsack's remark about transforming the USDA "into a high-performing organization that focuses on its CUSTOMERS" I see that those who bow to by the likes of Monsanto are also trying to engineer meaning out of our language.

It is absolutely VILE to destroy the natural goodness of our food, and VILE to take a salary for allowing that to happen.
 
 
+32 # Vardoz 2012-09-01 06:16
This is what " Small Government" means for the 99%
 
 
+30 # cabotool 2012-09-01 06:31
I notice that Costco now sells food without GMOs. I think that cat is out of the bag and Monsanto will go down the tubes. I have been producing organic foods for the last 42 years. I think that if we don't turn things around for our earth... within 5 years we will be at a tipping point and the destruction of the creatures on the earth will be inevitable. I predict that within 20 years.... the population of our earth will be at the most a few million people. I am 76 years old. My mother lived to age 97... so there is a chance that I will be present to see what happens to our earth.

In the past entire civilizations have failed. We are now at the point where we are affecting more than one country or area. We are affecting the entire earth. Most people don't know that the geologists have traced earthquakes to man!

My friends in Saint Petersburg, Russia tell me that they used to go ice skating on the canals that are now free of ice... and if the gulf stream moves that they will have to endure arctic type conditions. I ask my friends, what they will do if disaster strikes. They told me that they will go into the forest and gather mushrooms. But what about the other six million people in the area? And how long can you live with only mushrooms in your diet?
 
 
+37 # Todd Williams 2012-09-01 06:48
I raise free range chickens and have a large organic garden. But I quit growing corn since all the seeds available (that I know of) are GMO seeds. This year I've bought my sweet corn from an Amish farmer. The Amish community, from what I've learned, saves its seeds every year. We all could learn a lot from these peaceful farmers who are in tune with the earth.
 
 
+15 # KittatinyHawk 2012-09-01 09:10
You can go to many seed sources and buy heriloom Dave's Garden is one of the best known. Rodale Press has excellent contacts.

Problem with America no one know how to do anything, everyone is so used to having things done for them, dictated to them.
On the Computer, laptop etc there is a search button. One has to type in Heirloom Seeds, Seed Savers Voila many sites come up. Now to find the ones who are actually organic heirloom is your job


One Day the Amish will either fight alongside us or buy Monsanto, Dow the actual seed distribution of pollen is up to 15 miles So Industrial farms in area pop up Amish are done. Monsanot is suing farmers who are using their seeds. Read up
 
 
+14 # rockieball 2012-09-01 07:11
Why doesn't Monsanto just cut out the middleman and open direct GMO to your body outlets. I can see the commercial now.
"Tired of cooking? tired of eating? Tired of shopping for food? Well hope right down to the Monsanto GMO outlet and buy all the chemicals you need to put in you body without that messy food. Think of the money you'd save not going to the store, not going to the fast food places. And think of all the time you'll have to do other things. We are Monsanto
who when the fields dry up we will be their with soilent green and other non organic all chemical food.:
 
 
+15 # KittatinyHawk 2012-09-01 09:15
I would like to see these producers eating their seeds. I would like to see them put the corn into a popcorn popper and pass around some agent orange to their family same goes for the Politicians.
I invite the Politicians to eat some popcorn and drink fracking water to prove to us the safety. In four years I have not one taker.
Now why is that? I would also like for the research team, scientists to eat up also. I believe they want to play with chemicals, they should be open to eating them.
I feel for those who work to get these seeds prepared, sprayed then packaged. I know we will not hear of their respiratory problems or their cancers, families. Black Out will continue.

For the rest of you...stop being Republicans. Time you start carving a life instead of wanting everything handed to you.

Soy will with corn have the largest impact on the world. How best to control population than producing toxins to eat. Got to Love the ProLifers. Got to Love that Old Time Religion. Any Church or Temple that is not fighting against these is a Cult for Money
 
 
+44 # trevorlasvegas 2012-09-01 09:49
I eat no corn, soy, or wheat. If it comes in a box and has a list of ingredients, I do not eat it. I eat fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, lots of good quality meats, nuts, and oils, eggs, cheese, and as many cultured foods as I can. I do not eat corn oil, rapeseed oil, canola oil, chemicals, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colors, msg, or anything I cannot pronounce. I started at 208 pounds, took a beta blocker, an arb, a statin, a ppi, ambien, and antipsychotics for bipolar disorder. I was well on my way to diabetes. Within one year I was off all meds, weighed less than 165, and feel 25 and not 45. My gray hair vanished as did most of my wrinkles. I decided I am not a conspiracy nut, there really IS a conspiracy. Eat that shit if you want to. My food costs a little more and is sometimes inconvenient, but feeling this good at my age and not spending a few hundred bucks a month on co-pays for poison makes it worth it. Who is going to save you, if not you?
 
 
+20 # tm7devils 2012-09-01 10:11
...I wonder...do you think that this might be the first steps in chemically dumbing-down the World in order to make complacent wage slaves for the elite's domination? Could anyone be that evil?
Nah!...there couldn't be...could there?
Do you think we should nip this in the bud...while we still can think critically and rationally?
Do we still have a choice?
 
 
+12 # pernsey 2012-09-01 20:04
Quoting tm7devils:
...I wonder...do you think that this might be the first steps in chemically dumbing-down the World in order to make complacent wage slaves for the elite's domination? Could anyone be that evil?
Nah!...there couldn't be...could there?
Do you think we should nip this in the bud...while we still can think critically and rationally?
Do we still have a choice?


I have often thought the same thing tm, that this crappy food is giving people ADD, cancer, and memory loss. I feel processed and GMO foods are dumbing down and killing people.
 
 
+16 # cordleycoit 2012-09-01 12:42
Looking for stupid you have to go no farther than you local supermarket to see the crap the under educated American family puts in their mouths. Talk about ignorant. Toxic meat worse corn and soy What happened to good clean food? Archer Daniel Midland and Monsanto are attempting to kill us all in the name of profit.
 
 
+15 # M. de la Souche 2012-09-01 13:16
Customer??? Mr. Vilsack, you are the head of a regulatory agency, you have no customers. A customer is one who buys goods and services from a vendor..., uhhh, oh, sorry, never mind, my mistake.
 
 
+1 # dzagory 2012-09-04 11:22
The Dept. of Ag is not primarily a regulatory agency and, in fact, they have huge numbers of "customers". They sell vast quantities of food to school lunch programs and many others, they support the food stamp program, nutrition programs and so forth. The mandate of the Dept. of Ag is to support and enhance the Ag industry, not to regulate it. As part of that mission they do regulate the meat, poultry and egg industries in terms of food safety. The rest come under FDA, which is Dept. of Health and Human Services. Other ag products are regulated by USDA for quality. But regulation is actually a rather small part of the Dept. of Ag.
 
 
+13 # acorus 2012-09-01 19:56
we spend our money on organic food and it is the best health insurance policy on this planet, but not the cheapest. monsanto, dow and their ilk need to be nationalized and turned into heirloom only companies, did you hear waht i said, they should be dismantled asap....
 
 
+17 # Juliemac 2012-09-01 20:19
From: The Institute for Responsible Technology

65 Health Risks of GM Foods
Section 1: Evidence of reactions in animals and humans

http://responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers/65-health-risks/1notes
 
 
+8 # pernsey 2012-09-01 21:15
Quoting Juliemac:
From: The Institute for Responsible Technology

65 Health Risks of GM Foods
Section 1: Evidence of reactions in animals and humans

http://responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers/65-health-risks/1notes


Thank you for the link this was very informative Juliemac.
 
 
+15 # Jaysson Brae 2012-09-02 00:20
Without GMO labeling on consumer food products, there is no way to even conduct mid-long term epidemiological test on the human population.
The US gov is allowing Monsanto to use Americans as experimental lab rats.

All the peer reviewed testing so far has been done on lab animals ONLY, and many of these tests DO show negative effects over several generations of short-lived, non-human mammals.
For more info: Google search: GMO's - documented health effects on lower mammals.
Allowing such risks w/o more data on the human population, reflects criminal insanity by both gov and industry
 

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