New Life Form Unwittingly Created By Monsanto Unleashed : A Follow-Up.

 


(with thanks to Vimeo.com)

The above video is twenty minutes of your time that will have been well spent, I promise. A special hat tip to GreenWarrior of FireDogLake for adding the link in my post of 6/8/’11 on this topic “If You Are Human, And Eat Food; You Probably Ought To Read This.” here:

http://my.firedoglake.com/tucsonrobert1/2011/06/08/if-you-are-human-and-eat-food-you-probably-ought-to-read-this/

Despite emphatic warnings by well credentialed experts, and overwhelmingly vehement opposition by the majority of the farming community the USDA and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and therefore President Obama’s administration have “fully deregulated genetically engineered alfalfa ” which is our predominant feed crop for livestock. The implications of this decision are huge. It is predicted by Dr. Huber in the above video that within only five years there will no longer exist any alfalfa that is not genetically engineered. This is a decision from which there may be no way to turn back,  irreversible. “Big AG” has won again. But what they have won, besides obscene relatively short term profits, is questionable to say the very least. As documented by Sarah Parsons at Change.org here:

http://news.change.org/stories/usda-approves-genetically-engineered-alfalfanow-what

and also here:

http://news.change.org/stories/on-the-heels-of-ge-alfalfas-approval-usda-deregulates-genetically-modified-sugar-beets

If Monsanto’s genetically engineered alfalfa (glyphosate resistant) sprayed with Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide prove to be as conducive to the spread of  this new pathogenic life form discussed in my above cited post, as is Monsanto’s GMO corn and soy, we are all in trouble. We may then have  enabled this new organism to flourish and spread beyond our ability to recall.

Perhaps its very existence  already delineates a point too far?

As described by Dr. Huber in the above video, in the livestock herds studied to date, infertility rates of 15% have been observed and combined spontaneous abortion+still birth rates as high as 35% are evident in livestock exposed to and infected by this new virus/fungus by Monsanto’s roundup ready corn and soy crops. If you are a farmer or rancher, and 50% of your herd is unable to reproduce, very shortly you will no longer have a herd. 

If all of this so far weren’t enough, the USDA and Secretary Vilsack, and President Obama, have also partially deregulated Monsanto’s genetically engineered sugar beets. The sugar beet crop provides as much as half of our sugar here in the U.S. and will of course give this nasty little critter that has been unleashed yet another frontier in which to flourish and spread.

As a corollary aside to this discussion, Monsanto’s Corporate “ethics” are being looked askance at in other parts of the world as well. Sonali Kolhatkar reporting for Alternet here:

http://www.alternet.org/world/147825/bollywood_superstar_aamir_khan_shines_the_spotlight_on_what’s_caused_an_estimated_150,000_farmer_suicides_in_india/

tells us that in India “the vast majority of the world’s second most populated country still farms for a living……… and nearly 150,000 farmers  have committed suicide  in the past ten years.”

That’s 15,000 farmers per/year folks. Committing suicide. After having gotten involved with Monsanto.

If all you’ve heard me rant about in these last two posts on this topic sounds alarmist, try not to forget that these are the good people who gave us “agent orange”.

Better living through chemistry indeed.

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