Thursday, March 21, 2013

Monsanto - developers of Round-Up ready crops...

jumps on the Agenda 21 bandwagon.

Why am I not surprised?
Have you heard of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)? It would be wise if you learned about them because their long-term plan is to run the world, and the UN’s Agenda 21 is how they expect to get control. You can start by reading about them at Wikipedia or at the WBCSD home page.

The Wikipedia link tells us who some of the players are: General Motors, Dupont, 3M, Nestle's, Coca-Cola, Sony, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Unilever, Bank of America, and now we learn that Monsanto has decided to become a member. read the rest at Asylum Watch
My comments: 

This is the company that won't allow farmers to save seeds.  If a farmer buys  GMO (genetically modified organism) seeds from Monsanto, they must sign an agreement not to save seeds.  I guess that means the farmer is only renting the plants they grow.  By Monsanto's reasoning, they developed the seed, the farmer buys the seed, grows the plant on his land, but doesn't really "own" the plant because he can't use any seed produced.

If you dare to break the agreement, they will squash you like the little bug (no pun intended) they think you are.  Over the years, they have brought lawsuits against many farmers and have generally won.  My guess, and it's only a guess because I have not read the court cases, is Monsanto won on contract law.  If the farmer signed the contract, then he is bound to uphold the terms. 

These GMO seeds are already crossing with non-GMO plants.  I predict, due to my knowledge of hybridization and my life-long gardening, that this will prove to be a disaster in the future.

 Imagine, if you will, a world where nothing you grow will produce seed that is usable.  Most hybrid plants will not reproduce true to form.  If you save the seeds from the hybrid tomatoes you purchased at a store and try and grow the seeds the following year, don't count on eating any tomatoes.

While there are many people interested in saving heirloom seeds such as Seed Saver's Exchange,  the fact remains that in time all crops will be contaminated by GMO's.  The outcome is easily forecast.  Soon, only a very few huge agribusinesses will control what you eat.  Sound great?  I don't think so.

How about those Round-Up ready crops?  These plants have a  glyphosate (generic name for Round-Up) gene.  This allows farmers to spray their crops with glyphosate and only kill the weeds.  The upside is, the farmer doesn't have to till as often, which damages the soil composition.  But, the real danger is how many undesirable plants, at least in the world of farmers
,  are very quickly adapting and becoming glyphosate resistant or immune.   I've noticed our very invasive knapweed becoming more and more resistant to 2-4-D (Weed-Be-Gone.)

Don't misunderstand what I am saying.  The prudent use of herbicides is a good thing.  I use plenty of glyphosate myself.   The key word here is "prudent."  The misuse of anything is never a good thing and can lead to unintended consequences.  The spraying of hundreds of thousands of acres with glyphosate is not a good or prudent thing to do.


Spend a little time over at Million Against Monsanto.  It's a treasure trove of additional information.


Impact of Roundup Ready Crops 

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