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USDA investigating detection of Genetically Engineered (GE) GLYPHOSATE-RESISTANT wheat in Oregon
USDA ^ | May 29, 2013

Posted on 05/30/2013 7:39:09 AM PDT by opentalk

–The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today that test results of plant samples from an Oregon farm indicate the presence of genetically engineered (GE) glyphosate-resistant wheat plants.

Further testing by USDA laboratories indicates the presence of the same GE glyphosate-resistant wheat variety that Monsanto was authorized to field test in 16 states from 1998 to 2005. APHIS launched a formal investigation after being notified by an Oregon State University scientist that initial tests of wheat samples from an Oregon farm indicated the possible presence of GE glyphosate-resistant wheat plants. There are no GE wheat varieties approved for sale or in commercial production in the United States or elsewhere at this time.

… “We are taking this situation very seriously and have launched a formal investigation,” said Michael Firko, Acting Deputy Administrator for APHIS’ Biotechnology Regulatory Services, “Our first priority is to as quickly as possible determine the circumstances and extent of the situation and how it happened. We are collaborating with state, industry, and trading partners on this situation and are committed to providing timely information about our findings. USDA will put all necessary resources towards this investigation.

(Excerpt) Read more at aphis.usda.gov ...


TOPICS: Agriculture; Food
KEYWORDS: abuseofdemocracy; agenda21; banned27countries; bttoxin; chemicalwheat; corruption; fda; foodsupply; geneticpollution; gmo; monsanto; monsantopollution; nosafetystudies; oregon; playinggod; roundup; safetyfood; usda; usdaineptitude; wheatexports
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The strains of GE wheat escaped from GMO field experiments conducted in 16 states by Monsanto from 1998 to 2005

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Modified Wheat Is Discovered in Oregon

... Unapproved genetically engineered wheat has been found growing on a farm in Oregon, federal officials said Wednesday, a development that could disrupt American exports of the grain.

The Agriculture Department said the wheat was of the type developed by Monsanto to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup, also known as glyphosate. Such wheat was field-tested in 16 states, including Oregon, from 1998 through 2005, but Monsanto dropped the project before these wheat was ever approved for commercial planting.

The department said it was not known yet whether any of the wheat got into the food supply or into grain shipments.

1 posted on 05/30/2013 7:39:09 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk

All the Monsanto & GMO defenders will arrive here in 3..2..1..


2 posted on 05/30/2013 7:42:31 AM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Why am I both pro-life & pro-gun? Because both positions defend the innocent and protect the weak.)
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To: opentalk
Is this variety not good for people?

Haven't followed this so don't understand the seriousness of what they are fearful of...

3 posted on 05/30/2013 7:43:07 AM PDT by gettinolder (Pursue the enemy relentlessly to the limit of every man's endurance.)
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To: surroundedbyblue

“All the Monsanto & GMO defenders will arrive here in 3..2..1..”

Monsanto will smack the hapless farmer with a lawsuit shortly for stealing ‘their’ wheat.


4 posted on 05/30/2013 7:44:09 AM PDT by dljordan (WhoVoltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: opentalk
I have never taken much interest in all the GE and GMO food discussions, largely because many people who are on a campaign against them come at me like psychos.

The original "genetic engineering" was natural cross-breeding, from which we got sweet corn and better cows. It was a guided process, but using natural plants/animals.

It is a bit disturbing to think that first they developed chemicals guaranteed to kill plants, then they developed plants that can kill insects, then they developed plants that can resist the plant killers...I am a bit worried about the mad scientists and their good intentions.

5 posted on 05/30/2013 7:47:12 AM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: opentalk

As the scientist in the movie Jurassic Park said: “Life finds a way.”


6 posted on 05/30/2013 7:48:45 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Sender

“I have never taken much interest in all the GE and GMO food discussions, largely because many people who are on a campaign against them come at me like psychos”

I appreciate your point. however, dear FReeper, this is the time to start taking interest. They opened a Pandora’s box


7 posted on 05/30/2013 7:49:04 AM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Why am I both pro-life & pro-gun? Because both positions defend the innocent and protect the weak.)
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To: gettinolder

The anti-folks have all kinds of theories why GE foods are “Frankenfood”, but even scarier is the fact they are going after “unapproved” crops as in Government Approved. Especially considering later in the article they claim no GE wheat has been detected in the “approved” food chain. Sounds like a potential “government APPROVED” shake down to me.


8 posted on 05/30/2013 7:52:44 AM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: opentalk

They’ve genetically altered wheat to include a synthesized protein molecule responsible for Obama voters. It’s called Kenyaflavin.


9 posted on 05/30/2013 7:54:12 AM PDT by AbolishCSEU (Percentage of Income in CS is inversely proportionate to Mother's parenting of children)
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To: Sender
It is a bit disturbing to think that first they developed chemicals guaranteed to kill plants, then they developed plants that can kill insects, then they developed plants that can resist the plant killers...I am a bit worried about the mad scientists and their good intentions.

Exactly, Sender. Where will it end? Disease? Weakened immune systems? Mutations?

10 posted on 05/30/2013 7:54:26 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: gettinolder
GE wheat has never been approved for commercialization or sale.

from article link #1 [NYT]

Still,the mere presence of the genetically modified plant could cause some countries to turn away exports of American wheat,especially if any traces of the unapproved grain were found in shipments.

About $8.1 billion in American wheat was exported in 2012,representing nearly half the total $17.9 billion crop,according to U.S. Wheat Associates,which promotes American wheat abroad. About 90 percent of Oregon’s wheat crop is exported.

And also means GE wheat ,which Monsanto has patent ownership to, is contaminating farms that never planted GE wheat. It risks their ability to export (sell) their crops.

11 posted on 05/30/2013 7:55:26 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: surroundedbyblue

And they’ll be nasty.


12 posted on 05/30/2013 7:56:10 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: opentalk

Here’s a crazy thought.

The wheat seed was propagated by unwashed farm equipment.

Or by the wind.

Or on someones feet.

If it’s unlawful for this crop to be in the food chain then Monsanto should bear all costs for clearing the ‘infestation’. They didn’t practice due diligence.


13 posted on 05/30/2013 7:56:20 AM PDT by agere_contra (I once saw a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was called 'Schindler's List'.)
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To: Veto!

Dr. Norman Borlaug would disagree.


14 posted on 05/30/2013 7:56:38 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: surroundedbyblue

“They opened a Pandora’s box”

I agree, stuff we should not be messing with.


15 posted on 05/30/2013 7:57:32 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: opentalk
The detection of this wheat variety does not pose a food safety concern. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) completed a voluntary consultation on the safety of food and feed derived from this GE glyphosate resistant wheat variety in 2004. For the consultation, the developer provided information to FDA to support the safety of this wheat variety. FDA completed the voluntary consultation with no further questions concerning the safety of grain and forage derived from this wheat, meaning that this variety is as safe as non-GE wheat currently on the market.

You city folks sure panic easily.

16 posted on 05/30/2013 7:59:04 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

You eat all the gmo stuff you want. I choose nature as God made it.


17 posted on 05/30/2013 8:03:12 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: Mr. Lucky
Monsanto, on their web site claim they have not conducted studies of their GMO products impact on humans. Basically because they are no different than other food, thus are safe. But are unique enough to deserve a patent.

regardless, this may have a negative impact on the farms that were contaminated, plus it damages future confidence in export markets that have been assured of the type of wheat they were buying.

18 posted on 05/30/2013 8:20:41 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk
Pollen from Monsanto's frankenPlants drifts into your fields and contaminates your crop and your declared a criminal by the USDA controlled by politicians who in-turn are controlled by Monsanto;s campaign donations. Welcome to fascism 101.
19 posted on 05/30/2013 8:22:11 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: opentalk

I see.


20 posted on 05/30/2013 8:22:38 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: opentalk
This may be one of the very few areas where Left and Right can find common ground.

Multi National Corporate take over of food/seed supplies is DANGEROUS.

I would gladly attend an anti Monsanto rally and carry protest signs along with the hippie commune loving rabble of the left.

A smart pol might find an interesting nexus with this issue.

21 posted on 05/30/2013 8:29:28 AM PDT by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
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To: fella

Should be interesting to see how this is handled. ...approval of open field test..nonsensical


22 posted on 05/30/2013 8:31:01 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: fella
The problem with your scenario is that wheat pollen is relatively heavy, maybe 150 feet is considered the outside limit of how far the pollen will drift (and the pollen is only viable for a couple of minutes).
23 posted on 05/30/2013 8:32:19 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: gettinolder

gettinolder ~:” Is this variety not good for people?
Haven’t followed this so don’t understand the seriousness of what they are fearful of...”

Wheat is a variety of grass. It polinates via wind.
The only way you can control cross-polination with other wheat crops is by controlling the wind (ie.: greenhouse,or under-cover).
Monsanto ‘owns’(?) a patent on certain plant varieties that they have Geneticly Modified/Engineered .
The legal definition of ‘own ‘ a patent on living matter is yet to be legally defined .

A couple of years ago , the Russians conducted experiments using rats and the effect of GM/E foods.
The Russian tests showed a decrease in rat fertility by the 4 th generation, and complete sterility by the 12 th generation of rats fed the GM/E foods.
Hence the name “Frankenfoods”.
As a result , Russia and other foreign countries banned all GM/E foods from importation into their country.
Thus , the presence of GM/E in common regular field wheat jeopardizes the billions of wheat money available for export, since many countires won’t even allow it into thier borders.
This represents a potential substantial financial loss to the farmer,the grain elevator operator ,the transporter , and to the country exporting the wheat.

The issue of safety of these GM/E foods is the main issue.
Since these GM/E foods don’t have to be marked as such,and since these foods are not exported , they remain within the continental U.S.
Supposedly, the GM/E foods are used for annimal feed, but as the genetic lines get blurred by windblown cross-contamination and there is no reliable tracking , it is inevitable that some of these GM/E foods will enter human consuption here in the U.S.
Does that clarify the situation ?


24 posted on 05/30/2013 8:48:00 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Untrustworthy people find it very difficult to believe that other men have honor. ~ David Codrea)
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To: Veto!
Where will it end?

I am thinking that the next miracle will be produce that never rots or needs refrigeration. Like a McDonald's burger.

25 posted on 05/30/2013 8:50:15 AM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: Veto!

Look in your pantry.
Any canola cooking oil ?


26 posted on 05/30/2013 8:50:50 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: opentalk; Mr. Lucky; gettinolder

opentalk ~:” Monsanto, on their web site claim they have not conducted studies of their GMO products impact on humans. Basically because they are no different than other food, thus are safe. But are unique enough to deserve a patent.”

The Russian tests say otherwise as to safety.(Post #24)
Some say there is an “unHoly Alliance” between the FDA and Monsanto, as Monsanto and the FDA staff regularly interchange between themselves.
Ignorance is bliss !


27 posted on 05/30/2013 8:55:00 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Untrustworthy people find it very difficult to believe that other men have honor. ~ David Codrea)
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To: Mr. Lucky

The winds blow strong here in Texas. Do you have more information to backup your statement. I’m always willing to learn.


28 posted on 05/30/2013 9:05:22 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

You’ll excuse my saying so, but the ignorance displayed on this, and similar threads, is palpable.


29 posted on 05/30/2013 9:08:32 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; Veto!

I don’t know enough about the general GMO controversy to take a position, but I do consider Dr. Normal Borlaug a towering hero. It’s the interaction between GMO, Montsanto, and the global monopoly of seed and agricultural supplies tht looks worrisome, though. I just don’t know all the in’s and out’s of food technology vs transnational political power.


30 posted on 05/30/2013 9:24:11 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Ess, ess, mein kinde.")
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To: fella

While high wind will extend the distance pollen will travel, it would also tend to shorten the life of the pollen. If this farmer in Oregon really found a substantial growth of glyphosate resistant wheat in his pasture and he hadn’t raised wheat in the prior year in an immediately adjacent field, the wheat didn’t get there by accidental wind drift.


31 posted on 05/30/2013 9:34:55 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: opentalk

Let’s not forget that Benghazi Hussein Obama appointed the former Vice President of Monsanto to his “Food Safety” Czar position—Michael Taylor. (don’t know if he’s still there, but the appointment certainly raises red flags.)


32 posted on 05/30/2013 9:41:06 AM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Mortrey

Mortrey ~:” Let’s not forget that Benghazi Hussein Obama appointed the former Vice President of Monsanto to his “Food Safety” Czar position—Michael Taylor. (don’t know if he’s still there, but the appointment certainly raises red flags.)”

EXACTLY !!
It’s called INCEST between the Monsanto/Government control of our food supply .
Go back and look at the interchange of Monsanto /Fed/ then back to Monsanto conundrum.


33 posted on 05/30/2013 10:22:11 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt ("Do not fear the enemy, for they can take only your life. Fear the media, for they will destroy you)
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To: Mr. Lucky
While high wind will extend the distance pollen will travel, it would also tend to shorten the life of the pollen. If this farmer in Oregon really found a substantial growth of glyphosate resistant wheat in his pasture and he hadn’t raised wheat in the prior year in an immediately adjacent field, the wheat didn’t get there by accidental wind drift.

Interesting. I think this is also interesting in that this comes out right around the same time as the big anti-Monsanto protests. Do I think it is beyond the realm of possibility that some anti-GMO greenpissers got a hold of some of the “Roundup Ready” wheat seeds and purposely planted them, perhaps with the consent of the farmer who might be looking for a more profitable payday from a lawsuit against the deep pockets of Monsanto than he would see from just growing wheat? Just saying.

The genetically modified wheat sprouted this spring in a field that grew winter wheat last year. When the farmer sprayed the so-called volunteer plants with a glyphosate herbicide, some of them unexpectedly survived. Samples were then sent to Oregon State University and to the USDA for analysis.

And Monsanto says that they stopped field testing of the GMO wheat in 2005 after the FDA drug their feet in rendering an opinion on it after they determined there was no market for it. All of a sudden, now it suddenly pops up in a field in 2013 and the farmer just happens to spray Round Up on it and just happens to call someone from Oregon State University?

34 posted on 05/30/2013 10:58:16 AM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Absolutely no canola oil. I keep up on what’s gmo and what’s not. I cook from scratch, only use packaged pasta and organic oatmeal, otherwise zero processed foods. Zero fast foods. Walking the walk. It can’t hurt, but not walking it might. Eat meat only on weekends, buy the best from local butcher who guarantees no-feedlot local cattle. And hogs. And lamb. And buffalo. Would rather pay for a small quantity of excellent meat than a lot of questionable stuff.

In general, you get much better quality and flavor from organics than from conventionally grown produce. Try the raspberry test...a fresh organic berry tastes about a thousand times better than the “regular” one. Worth a buck more.

I’m on a limited budget...so I know you can do it. Fast foods are so much more expensive than uncooked organic stuff. I buy great stuff on sale, when possible, and perhaps eat a little less overall. Great for the figure :) I really don’t like to cook, so do it really quickly. Stir fry, steam, crockpot soups. Very little effort.

Fellow at local nursery explained the difference between hybrids, which are OK with me, and genetically modified plants, which are not.


35 posted on 05/30/2013 11:01:13 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: Awgie
This may be one of the very few areas where Left and Right can find common ground.

Isn't it interesting. My dearest friend is congenitally a lefty, but we agree 100% over the GMO issue. Except for those McDonald milkshakes he cannot resist. And the junkie packaged donuts. I can just say no. Maybe right-siders have more will power?

Politically, I think a farming state that declared itself GMO- and feedlot-free would very quickly find itself rolling in dough.

36 posted on 05/30/2013 11:10:33 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: MD Expat in PA

Under the most favorable of circumstances, accidental drift would cross pollinate a very minor fraction of the seed in an adjacent field. Even assuming that Monsanto had raised a test plot of glyphosate resistant wheat in this very same field, and that wheat had been grown continuously on the field in all intervening years, after 8 years of 10% cross pollination, only .000001% of the current wheat would carry the GMO trait.


37 posted on 05/30/2013 11:35:40 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky

Yep. I smell a set up.


38 posted on 05/30/2013 11:45:15 AM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: Awgie
I would gladly attend an anti Monsanto rally and carry protest signs along with the hippie commune loving rabble of the left.

And I hope you really enjoy the company you choose to keep. I hope you find those PITA chicks, unwashed and reeking of Patchouli and Hash, hot and eager and willing and that you have some “evil” antibiotics on hand and I hope they feed you plenty of free range organic tofu vegan burgers. LOL!

Among that crowd, you would have been likely to have seen the very same folks at the Occupy Wall Street protests; however, you are unlikely to find any real farmers. These are in great part the same crowd that wants to put farmers out of existence – cows = flatulence = global warming = meat is murder, etc.

Commentary: Message to Occupy Monsanto: Occupy yourself

39 posted on 05/30/2013 12:24:33 PM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

I’m seeing it’s past time for me to dig in and get educated on Monsanto and all they do or don’t do.
My kid worked with them for a semester and even with the untrained young mind and eyes, there was much that didn’t add up.


40 posted on 05/30/2013 3:03:54 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: MD Expat in PA

I was with you till the tofu...


41 posted on 05/30/2013 5:31:02 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

No canola oil. No soy of any kind. No corn of any kind that isn’t labeled ‘organic’. No ‘sugar’ that isn’t ‘cane sugar’.

I cook everything from scratch using olive oil or coconut oil. We’ve planted enough acreage in old fashioned dent/flint corn this year to feed my chickens non-GMO as well. We’re growing sorghum for sweetening along with some stevia. The millet and amaranth get planted first part of next week.

I have a terminal degree in a hard science and did R&D for years. I do NOT trust GMO.

I’m even more suspicious when I find that the biggest population control wackjobs (gates, buffet, soros) are major stockholders of Monsanto and associated corporations. I’m sure it’s only because they want all seven billion of Earth’s inhabitants to be healthy and fertile and long lived. Right?


42 posted on 05/30/2013 6:13:06 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Awgie

This is true, I have found common ground with my old friends the liberal hippies on this as well.


43 posted on 05/30/2013 8:21:15 PM PDT by tinamina
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To: gettinolder

There is a product which most Americans are familiar with. It’s a weed killer called Roundup. Roundup is made by Monsanto. Monsanto then developed seeds, wheat for instance, that doesn’t die when Roundup is sprayed on it.

This makes the farmer’s job easier, but what has it done to the genetics of the wheat? No one knows because they put this wheat in our food without testing it first. However, there is a huge amount of celiac disease now that we did not have before genetically modified wheat. What if all our food is modified so that when it grows Roundup doesn’t kill it but it is not really food anymore, just a modified poison?
Monsanto also now wants control of all the seeds so that they will have a monopoly on them. They would like to destroy all the old heirloom seeds so that we could never go back to growing real food if the frankenfood really is a horrible poison, so folks are hording non hybrid seeds.
Also, this may be what is killing off all the bees. They are not Roundup ready! The soil is no contaminated with Roundup and seeds from the last crop which will now mix with the new crop planted in the same field next year. And if I tried to grow wheat that is not modified, it would cross pollinate with the crop next door, which is...And Monsanto can sue me saying I stole their seeds and planted them illegally. Now my crop is theirs.
These are some of the fears that people have about GMO foods these days.
President Obama just did some executive order orprotecting Monsanto and their machinations.
Hope this answers all your questions and more!


44 posted on 05/30/2013 8:34:48 PM PDT by tinamina
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To: opentalk

Conservative blog post on Monsanto:
http://fuzislippers.wordpress.com/


45 posted on 05/30/2013 9:15:46 PM PDT by tinamina
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To: Sender

Why do you assume they have good intentions?


46 posted on 05/30/2013 9:28:18 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Black Agnes

How about beet sugar ?
Any issues with sugar beets?


47 posted on 05/31/2013 5:37:49 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Sugar beets are nearly all gmo. ‘Cane’ sugar is, so far, not gmo.

Now, read all the ingredients of ‘prepared’ foods in the grocery store and tell me what % have some form of gmo in them.


48 posted on 05/31/2013 5:52:05 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Black Agnes

Is there a non-gmo sugar beet ?


49 posted on 05/31/2013 6:03:46 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Yes. The old fashioned ones are still around. For the most part. It’s just that they’re not commercially grown anymore. And there’s no segregation of the sugar from them at the processing facility. So even if there are farmers still growing them, the sugar from them is mixed with the sugar from the gmo kind anyways. UNLESS it’s labeled non-GMO sugar.

For right now, ‘Cane Sugar’, is the only sugar commercially grown that IS reliably non-gmo.

For now. I’m sure they’re feverishly working on a gmo version right this very second. Slowly but surely all food groups are being converted into GMO. And WE are the long term studies on their safety. Seen a difference in the relative health of people since the early 90’s? Seen any more fat people? Depressed people? 20 somethings with fertility issues? Correlation? Who knows. No long term studies were done prior to the introduction of massive amounts of glyphosphate into the human food chain.


50 posted on 05/31/2013 6:10:06 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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