Coverage by Julia Moskin in today’s NY Times about OSGATA v. Monsanto. Includes last week’s NYC Oral Argument and the ‘I Stand with Farmers Solidarity’ rally in the larger context of GMO contamination of organic crops and universal citizen demands for GMO labeling. “That is why farmers like Bryce Stephens of Jennings , Kan., made the trip to New York last week. ‘I don’t raise corn anymore,’ he said, because the prevailing wind on his farm had contaminated his crop with transgenic seed. Without the resources to devote land to a buffer zone, he said that the alfalfa he grows to feed his herd of organic bison would soon be contaminated by his neigbors’ crops.” Jim
”Monsanto the company responsible for more than 90% of industrial releases of transgenic organisms in the world has decided to withdraw its request to release genetically modified corn (maiz) in Costa Rica and to pull out of the country. Environmentalists are still working to strengthen the campaign for an GMO-free country.” Good news from Costa Rica. Jim
MUST watch You Tube video (9:38) interview of France’s Dr Gil Seralini. His research has exposed major discrepancies between raw data and the submitted conclusions Monsanto provided to US regulators who used then used the submissions as the basis for their approval of GMO crops. This is blockbuster material. Please spend ten minutes watching this important video and then share with your friends. Jim & Megan
Another story documenting the beginning of the end for biotech. This is monumental. It will be interesting to see if the traditional media, in its typical pattern, ignores this blockbuster story, too. Jim.
Interesting and informative background news video (33:41) on Monsanto and the outrage at their transgenic Bt Eggplant. “The Indian government is preparing charges against Monsanto, the US-based agricultural company that specialises in biotechnology, for appropriating indigenous farming techniques and knowledge to develop a genetically altered eggplant.” Jim
Excellent and informative public radio interview (29:00) with lead lawyer Daniel Ravicher about our OSGATA v. Monsanto, the organic community lawsuit challenging Monsanto’s transgenic/GMO patents. Dan is also the Executive Director of the Public Patent Foundation and a lecturer in law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Invest a half hour and you will gain a good understanding about the issues involved and the strength of our case. Jim & Megan
Explosive must-read Atlantic article on new research which “provides the first example of ingested plant microRNA surviving digestion and influencing human cell function…The Chinese RNA study threatens to blast a major hole in Monsanto’s claim. It means that DNA can code for microRNA, which can, in fact, be hazardous…Monsanto’s claim that human toxicology tests are unwarranted is based on the doctrine of ‘substantial equivalence’…substantial equivalence ‘a pseudo-scientific concept’ that is ‘inherently anti-scientific because it was created primarily to provide an excuse for not requiring biochemical or toxicological tests.'”
Last Friday we shared news of the guilty verdict in the People’s Tribunal in India against the “Big 6” – the six largest pesticide and biotechnology corporations. These same six corporations are the subject of another great visual chart: “Cross Licensing Agreements for Genetically Engineered Traits,’ put together by Dr Phil Howard of MSU. The relationships depicted are clearly more cozy than competitive. Jim & Megan
“The verdict was handed down to the six largest pesticide corporations – Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, BASF, Dow and Dupont – collectively known as the ‘Big 6,’ for their human rights violations, including internationally recognized rights to life, livelihood and health.” It is only in an upside down corporate-controlled world that it is the honest food activists that are targeted as ‘terrorists’ by the FBI. Jim.