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Saturday, April 5, 2014

GMO crops in Iowa fail as beetle larvae develop resistance

April 02, 2014 by: L.J. Devon, Staff Writer

(NaturalNews) In the decades ahead, will humanity sit and watch, as the biotech industry continues to expand, keeping nature dominated, while decimating all those "pests" that eat away at corporate profits?

How might genetically altered seeds and pesticides push honeybees to total collapse, as vegetables and herbs go without pollination, pushed away into oblivion?

One day, real vegetables, herbs and fruits could be pushed into endangerment, becoming some of the most costly food commodities.

How will nature fight back as the survival of biodiversity in agriculture sits on the chopping block?

America now dominated by genetically modified crops

Genetically modified crops like corn, soybeans and cotton now dominate the US -- which has become the hub of biotechnology. As of 2013, nearly 85 percent of America's corn production is genetically engineered, followed by 91 percent of soybeans and 88 percent of cotton.

The genetic alterations create a highly profitable and controllable seed. GMO corn can be derived from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). The Bt gene splice helps the corn generate its own poison after it's planted, killing off beetles and other pests who dare take a bite.

As time wears on, though, nature begins to fight back as the beetles grow stronger than the toxin.
In a new report out of Iowa, biotechnology researchers are concerned about the failure of their profitable GMO crops. The western corn rootworm, which is a beetle larva, has become resistant to two strains of genetically modified corn. Farmers in Iowa are reporting that the beetles have begun a mass takeover of their GMO corn, as the new forms of larvae shrug off the toxins.

It didn't take long for nature to begin outsmarting scientists. The problem was first reported back in 2009, when lab workers acknowledged pests' growing resistance to the Cry3Bb1 strain of Bt corn. Soon thereafter, the worms started targeting a second strain of Bt corn, mCry3A, overtaking it.

The researchers stated that when, farmers mismanage the seed, it doesn't produce enough of the toxin to kill the rootworms. Natural selection is basically producing a bigger, stronger root worm that can shrug off the Bt corn's toxins. Their newfound strength has allowed the worms to be cross-resistant to even the newer strain of Bt corn.

So will scientists be able to keep up with the pests?
What are their next moves? How will biotechnology respond?
How long might the chess match go on as scientists use toxins and chemicals to fight nature?
What type of mutant environment awaits?

Biotechnology encourages pesticides that are causing honey bee colony collapse

Biotechnology farming methods also welcome mass application of pesticides like neonicotinoids. As these chemicals are doused into the open environment, herbs, butterflies, beetles and bees are ravaged, destroyed. This can be seen through the past decade's honey bee "colony collapse disorder." According to TIME, bee colonies have collapsed by 43 percent in the past year alone. Neonicotinoid pesticides basically destroy the nervous system of honey bees. Fields of wildflowers and herbs are replaced by expanding markets of corn and soybeans, leaving nothing but a desert for the bees, as their nutrition sources are depleted.

So how will Earth cope in the long run, with pesticides obliterating its balanced ecosystem? It seems that biotechnology may not have the upper hand after all. So how far will biotechnology go to preserve its empire over nature?

Will free and healthy people begin to respect biodiversity in nature? Or will agriculture become a dictatorship of sorts, ruled by a few select crops that are engineered by a select elite group operating behind biotechnology corporations?

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Monsanto ordered to stop making false advertising claims about GMOs in South Africa

April 02, 2014 by: L.J. Devon, Staff Writer

(NaturalNews) As genetically modified crops fail in several regions around the world and are exposed as a detriment to health, many are beginning to see right through the high-dollar false advertising claims projected by biotech corporations like Monsanto.

(Note that in the 40s and 50s Monsanto made false safety claims about their own insecticide, DDT. By 1972, independent research showed the horrific consequences of this insecticide which ultimately led to the chemical being banned worldwide.)

African Centre for Biosafety find Monsanto's advertising claims to be unsubstantiated

Some regions, like South Africa, understand what Monsanto is about and are sending a strong message back to the corporation: Quit wasting valuable resources, time and money, promoting chemically prepared, genetically rearranged food.

People like Mariam Mayet, executive director for the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB), cannot stand the arrogance of corporations like Monsanto -- an institution that tries to control world agriculture through false advertisement claims.

In fact, Mayet and the ACB lodged a formal complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa, reporting that Monsanto's radio ads are unsubstantiated.

The Monsanto ad on Radio 702 basically claimed that their institution knows what's best for the growing world population. They are the ones who can feed the 8 billion people by 2025 if only South Africans would accept their GMO seeds. Lying straight up, the ad claims that GM crops use fewer resources and have been "strictly regulated and have been extensively researched and tested for safety." The ad touts increasing crop yields, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and less pesticide use -- all unproven.

Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa orders Monsanto to stop making false claims, pulls radio ad

The Advertising Standards Authority investigated the case and ultimately ruled against Monsanto's false advertisement claims, pulling their radio ad.

The ASA ruling reads, "Aside from submitting links to documents on its website, the respondent[Monsanto] has submitted nothing from an independent and credible expert to confirm that the various studies relied on and referred to on its website are applicable to the respondent's product, or that they support the advertising claims." [emphasis added]

With no evidence to back up their claims, Monsanto has been ordered by the ASA to abstain from further fraud and has been warned to provide "proper substantiation for its advertising claims" or risk attracting further sanctions.

Control over agriculture limits the human potential to abound with nature

It's now apparent: Many organizations around the world don't trust Monsanto, their manipulated food, or their slick and unfounded radio promotions.

Wise farmers seek independence in their hard work, striving to provide wholesome food that isn't manipulated at the DNA level. They don't want "Terminator seeds" that die after the first harvest. They look to incorporate biodiversity in their farming and seek not to destroy nature with an overload of chemicals.

Despite globalist attempts to control seeds, there remains a great respect for nature around the world. The growing populations around the world can all tap into the abounding resources of nature through independence, honesty and compassion. Corporate control over seeds and chemical destruction of life limit the potential of free humans to share health and abound.

How can Monsanto be trusted on GMOs with a record this startling?

It's control that has stifled abundance, nutrition, nature's seeds and the harmony of life. It's control that welcomes disease. By working with governments through lobbying campaigns, Monsanto, among others, has been able to force their vision onto people around the world. But a company's good intentions cannot excuse them from their history, or their record.

Here's some of Monsanto's history of devastation and control:

Bovine growth hormone: This Monsanto milk hormone is genetically modified and injected into dairy cows to spur more milk production. Cows subjected to rBGH suffer excruciating pain; their udders and become infected and develop mastitis, letting off pus which enters the milk supply. Pus-infused rBGH milk requires additional antibiotics and has been linked to breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer in humans.

DDT: Once accepted, now banned, this class of insecticide is now deemed a threat to life.

Aspartame: In 1985, Monsanto began marketing this synthetic sweetener under the name NutraSweet. Twenty years later, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported 94 health issues stemming from the artificial sweetener, but this GMO experiment is still around today.

Agent Orange: Alongside Dow, Monsanto helped manufacture this extremely toxic chemical which was used like mad in the Vietnam War, leaving hundreds of thousands Vietnamese and American soldiers disabled, dead or passing on birth defects.

Their dirty record doesn't end there: Monsanto has played a role in producing and advertising dioxin, saccharin, polystyrene and PCBS, all health and environmental hazards.

Monsanto even had their hand in on the Manhattan Project from 1943 to 1945. After acquiring Thomas and Hochwalt Laboratories, they produced plutonium and refined chemicals that were ultimately used as the trigger for the atomic bomb.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Monsanto Pinned for Dumping Vile Smelling Toxic Waste Poisons at UK Town

April 3, 2014


The village of Groesfaen used to be a quaint, though prospering UK town near Wales, but the waters of a nearby quarry started turning bright orange, and a vile smell began emanating from the stream that flowed from the 36-foot deep quarry. After town residents and the owner of the quarry requested an investigation years ago, Monsanto was found to be illegally dumping cancerous PCBs, dioxins, and Agent Orange constituents from a plant in Barton Williams into the Groesfaen’s water supply.
The chemicals had corroded their containers and were leaching into the soil. The toxins were dumped into the Brofiscin quarry between 1965 and 1972, and are still coming into contact with an aquifer that is today destined to be the city’s main water supply source. This noxious chemical dump will affect more than 350,000 people.  The town’s people claim that the city council has been aware of the issue for decades, but has done nothing about it. A consultant who monitors the quarry was asked his opinion on the matter, and he stated:
“There is evidence of not only negligence and utter incompetence, but [a] cover-up, and the problem has grown unchecked.”
Authorities have been trying to keep the Monsanto poisoning issue under wraps since 2003, but it has grown increasingly difficult to keep quiet. The EPA was eventually hired to clean up the site in 2005, but the agency was part of the reason that the dumping was allowed in the first place.

They continually failed to hold Monsanto accountable for its actions from the outset of the problem. The EPA even wrote a report stating that no “identifiable harm or immediate danger to human health” was signified by the Monsanto site or its toxic dumping practices. Needless to say, the agency that was hired to clean up this mess has left much to be desired for Groesfaen residents.

Only in 2011 did Monsanto agree to ‘help’ the EPA clean up the mess they created. This, only after 67 chemicals detected in the aquifer were determined to be exclusive to Monsanto’s plant. The clean up has remained inefficient, incomplete, and under-funded. The site continues to be a toxic wasteland.
Part of the reason for this is that the EPA and Monsanto addressed only run-off and not the root problem which is the toxic chemicals buried underground, contaminating the aquifer. With PCBs or dioxins, there are very high toxicity levels at infinitesimally low levels of pollution, so unless they clean up the root source, the village of Groesfaen and nearby populations will continue to suffer.