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    French ban on GMO maize cultivation gets final approval

    The French parliament gave final approval on Monday to a law prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize in the European Union's top grain producer, where a majority of people remain strongly opposed to foods based on genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.
    The French Senate voted on a law already adopted by the lower house of parliament last month that banned GMO maize (corn) cultivation, even though it has been cleared at European Union level, saying it poses a risk to the environment.
    "This law aims to give a legal framework to our country, to ensure that a ban is applied," the French agriculture minister, Stephane Le Foll, told the Senate at the start of the debate.
    France adopted a decree in March halting the sowing of Monsanto's insect-resistant MON810 maize, the sole GMO crop allowed for cultivation in the European Union.
    The law also applies to any strain adopted at EU level in future, including the GM variety Pioneer 1507, developed jointly by DuPont and Dow Chemical. That product might be approved by the EU executive later this year, after 19 of the 28 member states failed to gather enough votes to block it.
    The Socialist government, like its conservative predecessor, has opposed growing GMOs because of public suspicion and widespread protests by environmentalists.
    RANSACKING
    On Friday, activists attacked a field in southwestern France whose owner had reported sewing the land with MON810 a few days before the decree banning it was published mid-March, the farm ministry said. Only one other farmer, using seeds bought in Spain, declared sewing GM maize this season, the ministry said.
    If definitive tests, expected in the next few days, confirm initial results that these fields were sown with GMO, they will be destroyed, the ministry said.
    French ban on GMO maize cultivation gets final approval | Reuters
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

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    Monsanto Hides Toxicity Test Results on RoundUp, Calling them ‘Commercial’ Secret


    Talking about Monsanto’s latest attempt to obstruct justice, halt transparency, and prevent people from stopping their seed and herbicide businesses from spreading is starting to seem redundant, but the company just keeps acting in increasingly objectionable ways. Now, the company is refusing to release to the public lab tests conducted in St. Louis, Missouri, which gave them authority to use glyphosate in China.

    Just months ago, Chinese food safety volunteers tendered a request to China’s Ministry of Agriculture to release the study that justified issuing the safety certificate for the import into China of Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicide RoundUp. Glyphosate was given a safety certificate in 1988 after studies submitted by Monsanto were conducted at Younger Laboratories in St. Louis Missouri.

    The test was meant to be an acute exposure toxicity test in which rats were given RoundUp by mouth for several days, and rabbits were exposed to RoundUp by skin. The company claims that the herbicide had no effect on the eyes or the skin, and that no allergies ensued. However, they are refusing to release the lab report to China’s food safety volunteers, stating that it is an ‘industry secret.’

    The study results have never been disclosed anywhere in the world, and Monsanto refuses to disclose the results now. If there truly were no adverse effects from rabbits and rats being exposed to glyphosate, then why not absolve themselves from public scrutiny, and post them for all to see? I think we know the answer to that question. If animals simply feeding on glyphosate-resistant GMO corn, soy, and other crops developed tumors, then what would have happened to rats who ate the stuff straight from droppers?

    Read: The Netherlands Says NO to Glyphosate, Monsanto’s RoundUp

    Furthermore, why would China give Monsanto permission to export RoundUp into their country based on toxicity tests that only lasted a few days?

    Meanwhile, additional toxicity tests conducted on glyphosate – the main ingredient in RoundUp - have been conducted in Europe, and by the Brussels-based advisor to NGOs on toxicity and risk assessment issues, Tony Tweedale has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to disclose two more of these studies to the general public. One was a test by German regulatory agencies in which they measured an ‘Acceptable Daily Intake’ (ADI) of the chemical, and another measured chronic toxicity based on exposure.

    Germany had recommended revising the ADI upwards from 0.3 mg to 0.5 mg per kg of body weight per day, but we still aren’t certain there is any safe level of glyphosate exposure, since the toxin bioaccumulates in the body and also interacts with other pesticides and herbicides to cause severe health problems. Even the EPA admits this can be a problem.

    As DDT, for example, moves through the food chain, we are exposed to ever-increasing levels of the poison, and this goes for other pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides used in agriculture too. These substances aren’t just in the GMO plants we eat, but also in secondary consumers like livestock, fish, and birds.

    Despite Tweedale’s requests, the European Food Safety Authority has also refused to release their toxicity studies on Monsanto’s RoundUp, stating that they contain commercially confidential information.

    Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe previously asked the German regulatory agencies to release the full range of long-term toxicity studies on glyphosate. They refused, again for reasons of commercial confidentiality.

    It seems our government agencies around the world will do nothing but continue to protect the world’s most hated corporation, while hiding the true toxicity levels of their best selling product from the people.
    Monsanto Hides Toxicity RoundUp Results, Calis them Secret : Natural Society

    Commercial secret to hide their poisons? Where is the Government when we need one?
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

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    I don't believe that any chemical that kills almost every living non-GMO-laced plant it touches can be harmless to humans and animals.

    Based on what we saw from Monsanto during the many years when they claimed PCBs were harmless, it is very clear that we cannot believe anything Monsanto says.

    35 Years After Ban, Toxic PCBs Still Trouble Bloomington | News - Indiana Public Media

    Obama signs 'Monsanto Protection Act' written by Monsanto-sponsored senator
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    I don't believe that any chemical that kills almost every living non-GMO-laced plant it touches can be harmless to humans and animals.

    Based on what we saw from Monsanto during the many years when they claimed PCBs were harmless, it is very clear that we cannot believe anything Monsanto says.

    35 Years After Ban, Toxic PCBs Still Trouble Bloomington | News - Indiana Public Media

    Obama signs 'Monsanto Protection Act' written by Monsanto-sponsored senator
    When you pay attention of the Monsanto and Co sponsors, you may think that the goal is depopulation by forced contraception in their products. Ask yourself why they are so present in Africa or other emerging countries...And why at the same time many other countries ban these same products...
    Last edited by Franc Tireur; 15 July, 2014 at 03:58 AM.
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

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    Look what they tried with their influence, threat other countries if they don't use them...But nobody can test it because of the patents.

    Would you eat something that you don't know?

    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

    Voltaire


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    Remember!

    French researchers secretly studied, for two years, 200 rats fed with transgenic maize. Tumors, serious disorders... full-fledged slaughter. And a bomb for the GMO industry.

    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

    Voltaire


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    Prince Charles warns GM crops risk causing the biggest-ever environmental disaster

    The Prince of Wales: 'If that is the future, count me out'

    The mass development of genetically modified crops risks causing the world's worst environmental disaster, The Prince of Wales has warned. In his most outspoken intervention on the issue of GM food, the Prince said that multi-national companies were conducting an experiment with nature which had gone "seriously wrong".

    The Prince, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Telegraph, also expressed the fear that food would run out because of the damage being wreaked on the earth's soil by scientists' research.
    He accused firms of conducting a "gigantic experiment I think with nature and the whole of humanity which has gone seriously wrong".
    "Why else are we facing all these challenges, climate change and everything?".
    Relying on "gigantic corporations" for food, he said, would result in "absolute disaster".
    "That would be the absolute destruction of everything... and the classic way of ensuring there is no food in the future," he said.
    "What we should be talking about is food security not food production - that is what matters and that is what people will not understand.
    "And if they think its somehow going to work because they are going to have one form of clever genetic engineering after another then again count me out, because that will be guaranteed to cause the biggest disaster environmentally of all time."
    Small farmers, in particular, would be the victims of "gigantic corporations" taking over the mass production of food.
    "I think it's heading for real disaster," he said.
    "If they think this is the way to go....we [will] end up with millions of small farmers all over the world being driven off their land into unsustainable, unmanageable, degraded and dysfunctional conurbations of unmentionable awfulness."
    The Prince of Wales's forthright comments will reopen the whole debate about GM food.
    They will put him on a collision course with the international scientific community and Downing Street - which has allowed 54 GM crop trials in Britain since 2000.
    His intervention comes at a critical time. There is intense pressure for more GM products, not fewer, because of soaring food costs and widespread shortages.
    Many scientists believe GM research is the only way to guarantee food for the world's growing population as the planet is affected by climate change.
    They will be dismayed by such a high profile and controversial contribution from the Prince of Wales at such a sensitive time.
    The Prince will be braced for the biggest outpouring of criticism from scientists since he accused genetic engineers of taking us into "realms that belong to God and God alone" in an article in the Daily Telegraph in 1998.
    In the interview the Prince, who has an organic farm on his Highgrove estate, held out the hope of the British agricultural system encouraging more and more family run co-operative farms.
    When challenged over whether he was trying to turn back the clock, he said: "I think not. I'm terribly sorry. It's not going backwards. It is actually recognising that we are with nature, not against it. We have gone working against nature for too long."
    The Prince of Wales cited the widespread environmental damage in India caused by the rush to mass produce GM food.
    "Look at India's Green Revolution. It worked for a short time but now the price is being paid.
    "I have been to the Punjab where you have seen the disasters that have taken place as result of the over demand on irrigation because of the hybrid seeds and grains that have been produced which demand huge amounts of water.
    "[The] water table has disappeared. They have huge problems with water level, with pesticide problems, and complications which are now coming home to roost.
    "Look at western Australia. Huge salinisation problems. I have been there. Seen it. Some of the excessive approaches to modern forms of agriculture."
    He said that the scientists were putting too much pressure on nature.
    "If you are not working with natural assistance you cause untold problems. which become very expensive and very difficult to undo.
    It places impossible burdens on nature and leads to accumulating problems which become more difficult to sort out."
    In a keynote speech last year the Prince of Wales warned that the world faces a series of natural disasters within 18 months unless a £15 billion action plan is agreed to save the world's rain forests.
    He has set up his own rain forest project with 15 of the world's largest companies, environmental and economic experts, to try to find ways to stop their destruction.
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

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