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Friday, the USDA quietly announced deregulation of Monsanto’s GMO sugarbeets
Red, Green, & Blue ^ | February 6, 2011 | Jeremy Bloom

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 Egypt’s rioting, the USDA quietly announced it was deregulating Monsanto’s 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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fda; gmo; monsanto
Sugar beets provide about half of the sugar consumed in the United States — and Monsanto controls 95 percent of the sugar beet seed market with its Roundup Ready genes. The company’s stranglehold over the beet market demonstrates its insidious market power. When a federal judge demanded in August 2010 that farmers stop planting Monsanto’s GM beet seeds pending an impact study, farmers quickly found out that virtually no non-GM seed was available. Between 2005, when the USDA first greenlighted GM beets, and 2010, Monsanto had essentially driven all competition out of the market. That August court order roiled the food industry, raising the specter of higher sweetener costs because farmers would be forced to plant fewer beets due to lack of seeds. Rather than seeing this effect as an opportunity to reduce U.S. sweetener consumption, the USDA evidently saw it as a crisis that needed to be addressed by defying the court order.

This makes me very nervous on a number of levels.

1 posted on 02/07/2011 6:10:56 AM PST by JustSurrounded
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To: JustSurrounded

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.


2 posted on 02/07/2011 6:16:53 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: JustSurrounded
deregulating Monsanto’s GMO sugar beets – despite a court order.

Obama seems to be doing this a lot lately. It's good to be king.

3 posted on 02/07/2011 6:21:28 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (BO + MB = BOMB -- The One will make sure they get one.)
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To: JustSurrounded

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.


4 posted on 02/07/2011 6:22:52 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: JustSurrounded

The gov’t always releases bad news on Friday and good news on Monday.


5 posted on 02/07/2011 6:23:55 AM PST by kingpins10
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To: JustSurrounded

Is there anywhere one can buy seeds guaranteed not to have been genetically tinkered with?


6 posted on 02/07/2011 6:25:17 AM PST by Terry Mross (We need a SECOND party.)
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To: Terry Mross

Are you looking on a farm or garden level of production? What type are you looking to grow?


7 posted on 02/07/2011 6:27:50 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Free Vulcan

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.


8 posted on 02/07/2011 6:30:06 AM PST by Terry Mross (We need a SECOND party.)
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To: JustSurrounded

Monopolies are popping up all over the place. Comcast comes to mind.


9 posted on 02/07/2011 6:31:52 AM PST by Terry Mross (We need a SECOND party.)
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To: Terry Mross

http://www.seedsofchange.com/garden_center/browse_category.aspx?id=123


10 posted on 02/07/2011 6:32:52 AM PST by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: Terry Mross
Here's something from the weekly FR Gardening thread: Heirloom Seeds.
11 posted on 02/07/2011 6:36:53 AM PST by GBA (Not on our watch!)
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To: Terry Mross
A few places are:

Bountiful Gardens http://www.bountifulgardens.org/

Victory Seeds http://www.victoryseeds.com/

Tomatofest http://www.tomatofest.com/

And you can find open pollinated heirloom varieties at

Territorial Seeds http://www.territorialseed.com/
Pinetree Garden https://www.superseeds.com/

I know there are more, but that's a start.

12 posted on 02/07/2011 6:37:13 AM PST by JustSurrounded (Repeal it all.)
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To: JustSurrounded
The way to reduce US sweetener consumption is to simply cut out starch.

Burn the wheat fields or something ~ just do it.

13 posted on 02/07/2011 6:41:52 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: rockinqsranch

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.


14 posted on 02/07/2011 6:45:29 AM PST by Josephat
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To: Josephat

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.


15 posted on 02/07/2011 6:58:05 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Terry Mross

http://southernexposure.com/


16 posted on 02/07/2011 7:03:05 AM PST by Will88
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To: kittymyrib

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??


17 posted on 02/07/2011 7:08:46 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles

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.


18 posted on 02/07/2011 7:18:25 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: JustSurrounded
I wish I could remember where I read this or heard it. It was from a Christian prophet. He said that there would be a diseases that would wipe out the hybrid plants and cause mass starvation. Since they are like mules and can't reproduce, no food. Make sure if you are going to grow anything, you buy heirloom seed, and plants and don't plant any hybrids close by. They cross pollinate and you end up with a plant that can't reproduce.

Monsanto=evil.

19 posted on 02/07/2011 7:21:55 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: Terry Mross

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds


20 posted on 02/07/2011 7:24:55 AM PST by jpsb
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To: Terry Mross
Buy heirloom seed. And don't plant any hybrids close by, they cross pollinate.

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.

21 posted on 02/07/2011 7:27:21 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: Terry Mross

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.


22 posted on 02/07/2011 7:28:21 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: MsLady

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.


23 posted on 02/07/2011 7:30:54 AM PST by Terry Mross (We need a SECOND party.)
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To: Free Vulcan

Great list. Thanks. Sharing.


24 posted on 02/07/2011 7:33:03 AM PST by EternalVigilance (Is this a Tea Party, like the kind that happened in 1773, or the kind where they serve crumpets?)
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To: Terry Mross

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.


25 posted on 02/07/2011 7:38:04 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: jpsb

I’ve ordered from Baker Creek and was happy with their service. I’ve also used www.seedsavers.org.


26 posted on 02/07/2011 7:52:29 AM PST by RoseyT
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To: texas_mrs

Ping


27 posted on 02/07/2011 7:53:46 AM PST by texas_mrs
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To: JustSurrounded

I wonder how much this cost Monsanto in terms of Hussein campaign contributions??!!


28 posted on 02/07/2011 7:57:07 AM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: JustSurrounded

Are all GM seeds sterile and if so are they engineered that way?


29 posted on 02/07/2011 8:22:00 AM PST by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: JustSurrounded

Are all GM seeds sterile and if so are they engineered that way?


30 posted on 02/07/2011 8:23:25 AM PST by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: Terry Mross

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.


31 posted on 02/07/2011 8:29:40 AM PST by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: little jeremiah
Monsanto ping.


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

32 posted on 02/07/2011 8:55:40 AM PST by The Comedian (Muslim Brotherhood = A.N.S.W.E.R = Soros = Obama)
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To: JustSurrounded
Rather than seeing this effect as an opportunity to reduce U.S. sweetener consumption, the USDA evidently saw it as a crisis that needed to be addressed by defying the court order.

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.

33 posted on 02/07/2011 9:03:03 AM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Tunehead54

No.


34 posted on 02/07/2011 9:07:29 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: JustSurrounded
Between 2005, when the USDA first greenlighted GM beets, and 2010, Monsanto had essentially driven all competition out of the market.

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!

35 posted on 02/07/2011 9:09:01 AM PST by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: MsLady
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.

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.

36 posted on 02/07/2011 9:56:44 AM PST by GBA (Not on our watch!)
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To: GBA

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.


37 posted on 02/07/2011 11:03:53 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: MsLady

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.


38 posted on 02/07/2011 12:05:11 PM PST by GBA (Not on our watch!)
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To: GBA

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.


39 posted on 02/07/2011 12:29:02 PM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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