Ukraine’s bid for closer ties with the west could come at a cost. With the IMF set to loan the country $17 billion, the deal could also see GMO crops grown in some of the most fertile lands on the continent, warns Frederic Mousseau.
Very few, not least the Ukrainian population are aware of these details, but according to Mousseau, who is a Policy Director at The Oakland Institute, in return for the cash, Ukraine could very well become a test ground for GMO crops in Europe, something the rest of the European Union has been looking to prevent. RT caught up with the Frenchman, whovoicedhis concerns at what may lay ahead.
RT:When this $17 billion deal is approved by the IMF and the Ukrainian ban on GM crops is lifted, does that mean it is just a matter of time before Ukrainian farmers grow modified crops?
Frederic Mousseau: This is very likely because there is a lot of pressure from the bio-technological industry, such as Monsanto, to have these approved in Ukraine. It is also part of the EU Association Agreement, which has a particular article which calls for the expansion of bio-technology and GMOs in Ukraine.
RT: If it was one of the pre-conditions of the multi-billion dollar loan, do you think it is fair to say that Monsanto has considerable influence over the IMF and the World Bank and even dictates terms to them? Continue reading . . .
“Experts are now concerned that this spraying may account for findings in a study just published in April by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health that found RoundUp’s active ingredient, glyphosate, is associated with lymphoma. Dr. Philip Landrigan, a professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai, called the study “very authoritative” and believes the city should halt its use of RoundUp.” C Sarich
The Parks Department in New York, which was responsible for spraying pesticides on green spaces more than 1,300 times last year, is likely leading to more prevalent cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and breast cancer, according to the findings of recent studies. The pesticide they use most often (even where children are at play) in order to eliminate weeds that house rats in New York is Monsanto’s Roundup – full of glyphosate carcinogens.
Even though the city posts warning signs 24-hours prior to spraying, the toxic chemicals in RoundUp linger, and no one really knows for how long. They say they spray in ‘little-used’ areas in the park – but we all know that with a little rain, pesticide runoff travels into the park’s lakes and soil, contaminating larger areas.
“In order to keep rats out of the playgrounds and meadow areas, we must use Roundup,” Parks Department spokesman Phil Abramson said. “It is not used inside playgrounds but is often used on little-used slopes outside playgrounds precisely because overgrown weeds near playgrounds harbor rats.”
“As more young people realize the truth about monopolizing corporations like Monsanto, Dow, and Bayer, they are impassioned to make a difference.” C Sarich
Some schools leave an open door for the likes of Monsanto to creep in, infesting young minds with propaganda lies like ‘GM is needed to feed the world.’ Other schools take their classrooms outdoors, learning about vermiculture, organic growing techniques, the importance of soil health, and the damage that pesticides and herbicides do to humans and animals.
As Americans face epidemic-level obesity and diabetes rates among school-aged children, it is clear that biotech has failed not only to feed the world, but to nourish it. The re-education of our youth about the importance of sustainable food is paramount, and some schools are taking on that challenge. Local food movements often begin with the youth in an urban city or a suburban town. These schools are helping to make that happen:
Take Edible Schoolyard, founded by Alice Waters, for example. She takes her organic experience from Berkeley, CA farms and restaurants and brings it to schools where children learn about all aspects of growing organic food – from planting seeds to cooking it and serving it to their families. If this sounds delectable, you can search for one of her programs, here. They are all over the world. Continue reading →
“. . . it appears as though Monsanto and the rest have greatly exaggerated the alleged benefits of no-till farming in order to aggressively promote GMOs as the saviors of the planet. In the process, the industry has willfully ignored copious evidence showing that carbon sequestration is minimal under the no-till model.” J Benson
NaturalNews ~ A major tenet of the biotechnology model of agriculture is that genetically modified (GM) crops help mitigate climate change by sequestering more carbon into the soil. But a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change has determined this to be patently false, showing that no-till farming methods perform similarly to conventional plowing methods in terms of actual carbon sequestration.
Chemical companies like Monsanto have long claimed that no-till farming, which eliminates the need for soil to be plowed under in order to eradicate weeds, is preferable because it doesn’t disrupt the soil and thus release carbon into the atmosphere. Climate change apologists have long claimed that soil carbon release is responsible for global warming and that no-till farming methods prevent this phenomenon from occurring.
But as it turns out, no-till farming only sequesters carbon near the surface of the soil, with far lower accumulations than previously assumed at deeper levels. What this suggests is that the net accumulation of organic carbon in no-till soil is small, at best, and most likely negligible. In other words, GM crop technologies do not actually address climate change any better than conventional growing technologies.
“Over-stating the climate change benefits of no-till is serious as it gives a falsely optimistic message of the potential to mitigate climate change through altered agricultural practices,” stated Prof. David Powlson, a co-author of the study from Rothamsted Research in the UK. Continue reading →
“. . . Monsanto creates a problem – a systemic herbicide intended to ‘save the world’ from hunger as part of its GMO Roundup-ready proprietary production system that actually destroys the pollinators required to maintain our global food supply.” S Ji
What if the very GM agricultural system that Monsanto claims will help to solve the problem of world hunger depends on a chemical that kills the very pollinator upon which approximately 70% of world’s food supply now depends?
The researchers found that concentrations of glyphosate (GLY) consistent with the type of exposures associated with standard spraying practices in GM agricultural- and neighboring eco- systems reduced the honeybee’s sensitivity to nectar reward and impaired their learning abilities – two behavioral consequences likely to adversely affect their survival abilities. Moreover, while sub-lethal doses were not found to overtly affect their foraging behavior, they hypothesized that because of their resilience, “..forager bees could become a source of constant inflow of nectar with GLY traces that could then be distributed among nest mates, stored in the hive and have long- term negative consequences on colony performance.”
A Deeper Look at the New Study: Roundup Interferes with Bee Appetite and Learning
“If you google Monsanto falsified scientific studies, you will get 174,000 hits, which together tell quite a story. If Monsanto products are safe for humans and the environment then why all the effort to falsify scientific studies and doctor their reports?” Chautauqua
Fresh out of high school in 1968, and rated 1A in the draft; I enlisted in the navy, figuring if I was going to see Vietnam it might as well be from offshore! Before I could say “this might have been a mistake” I found myself aboard the logistical support ship USS Platte, off the coast of south Vietnam; pumping fuel and hauling ammunition. We carried all manner of explosive and dangerous ordinance, but none with more respect than we gave those 55 gallon drums of Agent Orange, the notorious defoliant used to deprive the enemy cover. Whenever those drums with the orange stripe around the middle came aboard everyone was extra jittery; we were never told anything about the drums contents officially mind you; yet the scuttlebuttin the fleet said the stuff had a nasty reputation ¬ to go near it if we could avoid doing so.
Five years after my enlistment ended I was living in Ketchikan Alaska; and was one of the founding members of a Vietnamvet outreach center. In another hasty decision, I became the groups advocate for filing Agent Orange claims with the VA. Over the next five years I assisted several dozen fellow veterans with their Agent Orange claims. Part of my job description was to absorb everything available on the subject. I only mention these things because we’re gonna talk about Monsanto again, and maybe it’s important to know I have some skin in the game as they say.
Every story needs a beginning; and for Agent Orange that would be in a Monsanto factory explosion ironically located in Nitro West Virginia back in 1949, (the year of my beginning as well.) Monsanto was manufacturing a compound called 245T which when combined created the highly toxic by-product Dioxin. Following the explosion 228 workers developed acute cases of chloracne, an extremely disfiguring illness directly linked to dioxin exposure.
Agent Orange is what you get when you mix 235T with another toxic compound, 24D. Continue reading →
Biotech has tried to dismiss the accounts of farmer suicides in India due to the introduction of genetically modified crops, but the problem is pervasive. Once the farmer is gone, the debt falls on the remaining family members. Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and other suicide seed sellers have essentially created a generational slave economy based on their toxic chemical and seed monopolies.
While there are other contributing factors to farmer suicides in India, debt is the largest concern, and non-viable crops are part of what creates that debt. Biotech sells seeds that don’t grow or that create superbugs, urging farmers to purchase RoundUp and other herbicidal chemicals which the farmers can ill afford. Thus, the mind-numbing cycle begins.
Now, you can hear straight from the farmers themselves about this ongoing problem in India surrounding GM crops. Continue reading →
“The factory which produced Agent Orange was opened in Nitro in 1948 and remained in operation until 2004, even though usage of this herbicide in the past (in Vietnam and other Asian countries) was fatal to millions of citizens and the war veterans who were exposed to it.” C Sarich
Big wins can happen in small places. The West Virginia State Supreme Court finalized a big blow to the biotech giant Monsanto this month, finishing a settlement causing Monsanto to pay $93 million to the tiny town of Nitro, West Virginia for poisoning citizens with Agent Orange chemicals.
The settlement was approved last year, but details were worked out only weeks ago as to how the funds were to be spent.
The settlement will require Monsanto to do the following:
$9 million will be spent to clean dioxin contaminated dust from 4500 homes.
$21 million will be spent to test to see if people have been poisoned with dioxin.
“The US Government and the US Trusts, which promote the interests of the GM seed patent corporates who use every trick in the book to promote GM in developing countries, under the guise of ‘benevolence’ to the ‘poor’ — are doing a great disservice to US -India relations.” Dilnavaz Variava
NaturalNews ~ The government of India appears to be slowly falling into the clutches of multinational chemical companies craftily pushing their own patented genetically modified (GM) crops as the solution to hunger and poverty, with a new bill set to deliver subsidized food made from these poisons to more than 800 million Indian people. But one prominent organizer with extensive knowledge in Indian farming issues says the answer is not GM crops but rather agro-ecological approaches that rely on organic, chemical-free growing methods.
Dilnavaz Variava, who heads the consumer issues division of the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture, says more than 1 million Indian farmers from roughly 10,000 villages throughout the country are already growing pesticide-free crops on more than 3.5 million acres with great success — apart from GMOs. This is the agriculture model with the greatest potential for feeding impoverished Indian people, she says, and the one that officials who are being courted by the biotech lobby are shamefully overlooking.
“India has enough food grain — almost two-and-a-half times the required buffer stock — and yet 200 million Indians go hungry,” said Variava. “The problem of sufficiency is not one of production, but of economic and physical access…. Poverty, mounds of rotting food grain, wastage and leakages in the Public Distribution System are the real causes of food insecurity.”
Food security has decreased in every country that adopted GMOs