Category: GMOs

Report: Will GM Crops Feed the World?

by Canadian Biotechnology Action Network The Claim: We need GM crops to feed the world Full Report (550kb PDF) Supporters of genetically engineered (also called genetically modified or GM) crops claim that we need this technology to feed a growing global population. However, the promise to “feed the world” with GM crops overlooks the real causes of hunger, and disregards the many harmful impacts of using GM technology. The Real […]

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Neonicotinoids: The New DDT? (video)

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Neonicotinoids are the most widely used insecticides in the world. They’ve been linked to the decline of honeybees. But scientists now say they also harm many terrestrial, aquatic, and marine invertebrates. They damage sea urchin DNA, suppress the immune systems of crabs, and affect the tunneling and reproductive behavior of earthworms. They kill off the insects that many birds, amphibians, and reptiles rely on for food. According to Scott Hoffman […]

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Genetic Modification Trails Conventional Breeding By Far

Researchers have created conventionally bred varieties tolerant to drought and low nitrogen soils that can reduce poverty in 13 African countries by up to 9 %, far outperforming anything that genetic modification has achieved. by Prof Peter Saunders A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. In the debate about genetically modified (GM) crops, the argument that the […]

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Syngenta Sued for $1 Billion Damages over China’s Rejection of GM Corn as China Halts Its GM Rice and Corn Programmes

85 % US export market to China destroyed as domestic prices for corn dropped 11 cents per bushel. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho US corn prices plummeted as China rejected all shipments containing traces of Syngenta’s MIR162. Farmers from 5 major corn growing states have filed 3 class action lawsuits against Syngenta, claiming damages of more than $1 billion [1, 2].

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Widespread Glyphosate Contamination in USA

Most comprehensive study reveals glyphosate and AMPA in the environment over 9 years and across 38 states. by Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji The most comprehensive research to date on environmental glyphosate levels exposes the widespread contamination of soil and water in the US, as well as its water treatment system. Looking at a wide range of geographical locations, researchers from the US Geological Survey (USGS) analysed 3732 water and sediment samples […]

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“Gardens and Micro Farms are Cost Inefficient and Fail to Feed Society”

Photo © Craig Mackintosh People keep telling me that gardens and micro farms are cost inefficient and fail to feed society. Sometimes this information is delivered loudly and firmly with great emphasis on profit, and great personal attachment to the idea of its being true. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about how modern chemical agriculture feeds the world. This is to be expected because so few people […]

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Meet Mr. Glyphosate – a Case Study in Excess

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyKk8WrDORc Thanks to a reader for sending this along to us. I don’t normally like to publish posts that reflect negatively about a particular person (I can think of only one other instance when I have, and that was about the results of a man’s work, as is largely the case here), but I feel that the video above is such an example of sickening excess that it shouldn’t go […]

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How Roundup® Poisoned My Nature Reserve

A personal witness to the devastating demise of wild pollinators and other species as glyphosate herbicides increase in the environment. by Rosemary Mason MB ChB FRCA In March 2006, UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) announced the closure of its wildlife research centres [1], a decision opposed by 99% of 1 327 stakeholders. Monks Wood centre, which hosted BBC’s Spring Watch, pioneered work on DDT and pesticides in the 1960s, […]

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Changing from GMO to Non-GMO Natural Soy – Experiences from Denmark

Healthier, more productive pigs, more profit, and much less birth deformities; an important lesson for all farmers not to use GMO feed or glyphosate on their land. by Ib Borup Pederson Based on invited lecture at the 1st Forum of Development and Environmental Safety, under the theme “Food Safety and Sustainable Agriculture 2014”, 25 – 26 July 2014, Beijing. “Pilegaarden” (Willow Farm) I want to tell you what I have […]

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Justice Begins with Seeds Conference 2014: Largest Food Sovereignty & Non-GMO Advocacy Gathering in the Nation (Sept. 12-13, 2014, Portland, Oregon)

When: September 12 & 13 in Portland, Oregon — All Day Event Where: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 Join the largest gathering in the US focused on educational campaigns related to Genetically Engineered Organisms. GMOs are one of the most common ingredients of commercial and industrial food in North America. Learn from the most important non-GMO advocates about successful campaigns, strategies and […]

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Seeds of Truth – Vandana Shiva Responds to The New Yorker

Editor’s Note: The New Yorker carried an article in its 25 August 2014 issue “Seeds of Doubt” by journalist Michael Specter, dedicated ostensibly to Vandana Shiva and the anti-GMO campaign, but is in truth a none-too-subtle ploy to discredit both in the service of the biotech industry. Specter had already published a book in 2009, Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives, purporting […]

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“This is the model we want to head towards: Localised collectives controlling our own resources, naturally, in harmony with the planet.” Russell Brand

Russell Brand, a ‘controversial’ British comedian and Truth activist has been posting weekly YouTube videos, in a series called The Trews (True News) — “What the news would say if the news were true” — where he dissects weekly headline news and mainstream news outlets, with the aim to raise awareness about how ‘news’ is presented as fact to the everyday citizen. Brand calls into question the slant of certain […]

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