Skip to comments.Friday, the USDA quietly announced deregulation of Monsanto’s GMO sugarbeets
Posted on 02/07/2011 6:10:52 AM PST by JustSurrounded
The US Department of Agriculture continues its unprecedented give-away to big agriculture monster Monsanto and its Genetically Modified (GMO) seeds. On Friday, while the media was preoccupied with the Superbowl and Egypts rioting, the USDA quietly announced it was deregulating Monsantos GMO sugar beets despite a court order.
This move comes just a week after the agency had gone back on its own plan to regulate GMO alfalfa to at least attempt to keep it from contaminating organic farms. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack had been floating a plan to limit the area where the GMO crop could be planted, but caved to a storm of pressure from industry, Congressional Republicans (and Monsanto pals like Montana Democrat Max Baucus), and the Obama White House.
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This makes me very nervous on a number of levels.
Monsanto will have to pay big bucks to the 2012 BO campaign committee in return for this waiver. It’s the “Chicago way”, doncha know.
Obama seems to be doing this a lot lately. It's good to be king.
Sugar prices are skyrocketing. I just bought enough sugar to take us through the Spring, and Summer feeding of the Hummingbirds, Orioles, and House Finches that consume a couple of gallons of syrup a month around here beginning in March, and ending in September. The Finches, and Hummingbirds the rest of the year consume a half gallon per month. $85.00 for 125lbs. of sugar.
Between the government, the weather, foreign usage of sugar for Ethanol I don’t see the prices coming down anytime ever.
The gov’t always releases bad news on Friday and good news on Monday.
Is there anywhere one can buy seeds guaranteed not to have been genetically tinkered with?
Are you looking on a farm or garden level of production? What type are you looking to grow?
Garden level...and the key word is “guaranteed” not to have been tinkered with. Years ago Texas A&M grew a maroon carrot. I’m afraid of what is being put in engineered food.
Monopolies are popping up all over the place. Comcast comes to mind.
Bountiful Gardens http://www.bountifulgardens.org/
Victory Seeds http://www.victoryseeds.com/
And you can find open pollinated heirloom varieties at
I know there are more, but that's a start.
Burn the wheat fields or something ~ just do it.
Rather than feed them sugar, plant the perennials that they enjoy. The hummers love reds and pinks. Monarda, (Bee Balm) is a favorite. I want to provide for the wildlife, but I don’t want them to be dependent on me and they are very beautiful gracing your garden.
The RQSR is an arboretum, a botanical garden if you will as it is. We have flowering everything everywhere. Thanks for the thoughts though. We have six two pint feeders going in the late Winter, Spring, and Summer, and two during the Fall, and early Winter.
The majority of the consumption during the six months from Late Winter through Summer is by 100’s of Hooded Orioles up from Mexico mooching at the Hummingbird feeders. They go back to Mexico every September, and return every March.
This administration doesn’t care one little bit about what the laws & the courts say, does it?
How long before they are all in custody & hoping the courts are lenient with them??
The courts are not a proper administrative body. We should always concur when the current regime finally caves in to the really great idea to NOT REGULATE a private business activity.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Makes me wonder if it's the lack of heirloom plants that are killing off the bee population. We've lost about 1/3 of our bees in this nation and from my understanding they haven't figured out why they are dying off.
There are quite a few that sell non-hybrid, non-GMO seed. The only issue you may have is on wind blown crops that GMO pollen tends to drift and cross.
Click on my handle and go to my about page, I’ve got a list of ones I use. I like Fedco, Jung, Gourmet, Landreth, and Baker Creek especially.
Chemicals kill a lot of bees. Back in the 80’s the Arkansas government would re-imburse bee farmers for bees lost due to agri chemicals. Don’t know if that’s still happening.
Bottom line is we’re messing with nature and that ain’t good.
Great list. Thanks. Sharing.
No it’s not. I think God knew what He was doing when He created everything. Man thinks he can fix it or make it better, arrogant stupidity.
I’ve ordered from Baker Creek and was happy with their service. I’ve also used www.seedsavers.org.
I wonder how much this cost Monsanto in terms of Hussein campaign contributions??!!
Are all GM seeds sterile and if so are they engineered that way?
Are all GM seeds sterile and if so are they engineered that way?
There is a difference between genetically modified foods and those that are selectively bred. As I understand it, those carrots were bred by taking ones that naturally had maroon colors in them and mating them with similar ones. As an Aggie, I was given a mess of them, and they were quite good. they were higher in beta carotine than regular carrots too.
Does this person really believe that behavior can be dictated or legislated? How would this reduce U.S. sweetener consumption? Idiots. If they were really concerned about high sweetener costs, they'd be demanding that the fedgov eliminate all the price supports that keep the price of sugar here in the US much higher than the world price.
Because they held the farmers hostage and forced them to buy GM beets?
Wait, you mean farmers voluntarily bought a superior product? That's just awful. The government needs to get involved. LOL!
Here's some recent news about the bees' disease:
In a paper published on the PLoS ONE website on Wednesday, Oct. 6 (Bromenshenk et al), the mysterious cause of Colony Collapse Disease was revealed: a one-two, pathogenic punch from a virus and two species of fungus. But just which throws the primary hit, and which adds the opportunistic knock out punch, remains unclear.
Thank you for the info. Where I live I hardly ever see any honey bees. Two summers ago was the first time I remember seeing any here, I’ve lived here 11 years now. I was a few. Last summer I didn’t see any.
You’re welcome. It’s the same in my yard. I didn’t see more than a handful last summer and it’s also much harder to find local honey now. Not good.
No it’s not good. We do have some people locally that raise bees, 2 locals that I know of. Which is good. The one couple have expanded their business over the past couple of years. I hope they continue to do so.