Sunday, June 9, 2013

Perspectives

Blowin' in the Wind

GMO a global hot button issue

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland BC

 

hey just shot themselves.  It took seven years for the ammunition to get here, but the final bullet came last week.

 

The Associated Press reported today that the US Agriculture Depart announced last Wednesday that a lawsuit recently brought by an Oregon wheat farmer claiming that Monsanto’s genetically engineered experimental wheat (perfecting Roundup Ready Wheat) was found growing in his 80 acre field in Oregon is now being joined by other wheat farmers.

 

There has been no GMO wheat approved for human consumption is the US or Canada.

 

Although the wheat is the same strand that Monsanto was experimenting with, it was never approved. In fact, Monsanto claims they shut down the experiment seven years ago. And while Monsanto does not deny that the wheat found in the farmer’s field is the same strand they were experimenting with (from 1998-2005) they don’t know how the GMO wheat got into the farmer’s field. 

 

They claim their experiments weren’t anywhere close to the farmer’s fields which make this news even scarier. 

 

But as there was, and is, no other agency experimenting with this kind of GMO wheat production according to reports, it can only be Monsanto’s wheat. But I think these law suits from individual farmers are the least of Monsanto’s worries.

 

Monsanto (and the wheat farmers) biggest worries have to be what these announcements (which are actually a week old, CBC is seriously amiss in this story) will do to foreign trade. The US exports half of its wheat crop.

 

The rest of the world is uneasy about GMO foods and some Asian and European nations take a zero tolerance toward them. Japan and South Korea are already cancelling orders for American wheat and the European Union has said it will test all US wheat and block any shipments found to contain genetically modified organisms.

 

Russia earlier has suspended the import and use of Roundup Ready corn made by Monsanto after the Caen Study in France found that rats fed with Roundup Ready Corn suffered more tumours and severe diseases than rats fed with regular corn. 

 

Some other countries are not far behind. With the US and Canada already finding growing resistance to all GMO products this final GMO wheat contamination will cause severe economic penalties for wheat growers and the US as a whole.

 

And what will the Harper government do? Continue to ignore the announcements as the CBC and other Canadian media is doing?  Hope it will go away?  But that border doesn’t mean anything to seeds borne on the winds. Is it too much to hope that the Canadian public might hear some in depth discussions about this dire threat and perhaps some assurance from the Canadian government?

 

Part Two: Monsanto Suggests Sabotage, below.

 

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Perspectives

Part Two: Monsanto Suggests Sabotage

Hope alone won't rid the food chain of GMO wheat

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland BC

 

an Monsanto escape responsibility for endangering the entire US wheat market by claiming as it is now doing that their unapproved GMO wheat found growing in a farmer’s field in Oregon is the result of sabotage?

 

In other words, Monsanto is suggesting that a person or persons opposed to GMO food deliberately planted the wheat in the farmer’s field. Who would do such a thing? To what purpose? I have this horrible suspicion.


By suggesting sabotage, Monsanto could deflect any suspicions from themselves that they had found a way to push their genetically modified wheat on the world in spite of the world’s objections.

 

Because if the entire global wheat growers’ fields have become contaminated with Monsanto’s GMO wheat as the result of an act of vengeance against them, then what is the world to do? The world might just have to accept the GMO wheat if it wants wheat at all. Is this suspicion just too crazy? Maybe, except for one thing. A thing that seems so coincidental that it’s eerie.
 

On March 28, 2013 President Obama signed the “Monsanto Protection Act”. This act was tacked on to Bill HR-933, a continuing resolution spending bill and “grossly protects biotech corporations such as Missouri- based biotech corporations such as Monsanto company from litigation” (Breaking News 3/30/ 2013).

 

What this means is that even if the US courts should rule that a GMO food is unsafe, this legislation will overrule the court and Monsanto will be able to proceed no matter what the court says. But there is a time limit on this absolute protection for Monsanto. It was allowed only for six months and runs out on September 31.


This act, or rider, was written by Monsanto along with US Sen. Roy blunt (R-Missouri), (New York Daily News (5/3/2013). All out in the open. Apparently no need to hide the fact that Monsanto wrote their own bill to give themselves absolute legal protection no matter what damage they do.

 

A class action suit is forming in the US by the wheat farmers and wheat growing states. These wheat farmers and wheat growing states are already being drastically affected by a partial or all out ban on their wheat from Asia and Europe who don’t want GMO wheat.


But what recourse would the farmers and wheat growing states actually have against Monsanto if the world’s wheat pools have already become significantly compromised? And when this Monsanto protection rider runs out, what next? Will Monsanto just write another one?


The fact that this bill came to be in effect just in time for the discovery of the Monsanto GMO wheat found growing in a farmer’s field in Oregon is very peculiar. I believe Monsanto already knew their experimental, but never approved GMO wheat, was already growing in Oregon and perhaps elsewhere, having put it there themselves, or at least knew that it was there. Which explains the scramble to protect themselves legally.


If Monsanto deliberately planted the wheat themselves then they must figure that after the initial outcry, and perhaps a boycott or two and jillions of dollars of propaganda explaining why GMO wheat is actually good for humans, then they will have certainly cornered the market once and for all.

 

If the GMO wheat is already in the world’s wheat supply, then we will all be eating GMO bread and cakes and cookies.

 

Even if it was truly accidental the damage is still there. Monsanto has already taken the necessary steps to protect itself legally, and in the end GMO will certainly prosper in unthinkable ways…as controllers of the world’s supply of many of the world’s basic foodstuffs they can, more or less, rule the world along with the international banks.


I hope I’m wrong. I hope Monsanto didn’t do this deliberately. But intentional or accidental, we may have to rethink eating wheat altogether. I love bread. I really love bread. But I think I will begin to research how to make bread from beans or potatoes. Yes, potato bread would be good.

 

I read where Prince Edward Island has had very poor potato markets lately because of the idea that potatoes are too heavy in carbs. But there are two good things about potatoes including sweet potatoes. First, they are delicious. And as yet, they are not genetically modified.

 

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