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flyboyUT
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2013 1:47:22 PM

Shoddy and biased research was used to try and show they are not it seems. More deception by environmentalists to get the answers they want it seems.
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>>>GMO opponents use a lot of shady evidence to try to demonstrate that genetically modified organisms are bad for human health, but no evidence is more infamous than the study looking into the “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize” in 2012. And fortunately for science, technological progress and Facebook arguments everywhere, the journal that originally published this study has printed a retraction after an investigation of lax research practices.
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The retraction of this study is a victory not only for proponents of GMOs and scientific innovation, but also a blow against the use of junk science and research. New technologies will always have naysayers and fearmongers following their development. The showboat, pseudoscientific attacks by anti-GMO activists have the same intentions as Thomas Edison filming the electrocution of a circus elephant, to scare the hell out of people about a new technology.

With the battle for GMO labeling beginning in the United States and already raging in Europe, consumers need to be armed with the facts, not junk science. And when even the journal that published the original GMO tumor study has published a study showing that GMOs cause no harm to humans, the anti-GMO activists begin to look like they have very little evidence to stand on. GMOs can not only help to more efficiently grow crops, but also can help to lower food costs and bring nutrient enhanced food to people starving in third world countries.<<<

We need honest discussions of matters like this - not politically motivated junk science.

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timothyu
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I believe you folks are fond of calling that koolaid. The only interest these people have is profit. Other's life is irrelevant to that pursuit as the wars today over resources show.
flyboyUT
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What are the consequences of demanding no GMO?
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>>>A former U.K. environment secretary is planning to accuse Greenpeace of being complicit in thousands of children’s deaths in opposing genetically modified food on the basis of “mythmaking and misinformation,” The Telegraph reports.
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“They call themselves humanitarians and environmentalists,” he is prepared to say, according to The Telegraph. “But their policies would condemn billions to hunger, poverty and underdevelopment. And their insistence on mandating primitive, inefficient farming techniques would decimate the earth’s remaining wild spaces, devastate species and biodiversity, and leave our natural ecology poorer as a result.”

Paterson denounces Greenpeace’s staunch opposition to “golden rice,” a GMO plant enriched with vitamin A. Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore has also spoken in support of golden rice, going as far as calling his former organization’s opposition to the crop a “crime against humanity” that may condemn thousands to blindness from lack of vitamin A.

Golden rice and other genetically modified crops could feed the world, Paterson believes. “Progress in the plant sciences is opening up the promise of a second Green Revolution, one that can not only feed the 9 to 10 billion people that will inhabit our planet in 2050, but feed them well.”<<<
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For those who demand that we no longer use the best technology we have to provide food for the world - what are you willing to forgo to prevent this technology? What level of technology is acceptable and at what cost?
flyboyUT
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streetrider - you bring up some good points. No its really not that expensive to just make a minor change in the label to say GMO. What is expensive is the work that must be done to positively know the sources of all the ingredients in the product are or are not GMO. Then we will also be treated to the raft of lawsuits because somehow some GMO traces may or may not have been found in a package of porkrinds or whatever.

Hey if the cow that produced the milk that was made into cheese then added to the mac and cheese box was fed some GMO corn at one point in their life do the boxes of instant mac and cheese have to be labeled GMO? How is the guy making he product who buys the ingredients from suppliers who bought their ingredients from a third or fourth etc supplier know for sure?

Yes there are many many different varieties of so called GMO foods. When is it GMO and when is it just the selection and hybridization we have been doing for centuries? Which one if any is to blame for peoples fears of food.

Where have all the bees gone - they dont have the answer to that yet but it is an ongoing problem and yes it could be serious.

Like all changes we make in what we do - what are ALL the consequences and are we willing to accept ALL the consequences. Do the benefits outweigh the costs. We honestly need to analyze things like this and stop with the silly illogical fear mongering based on junk science and politics.

MJ was talking about so called unhealthy food like sausage. What does that have to do with GMO? They have been making sausage for a lot longer than present farming tools like steel plows have been around. Lets stick to one subject at a time OK.
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Ac-302 said
"Streetrider said: "in the long run GMO is going to be the more expensive way to produce."

PLEASE SHOW ME WHERE I have said that, I am not totally against GMO just label the package as such so I can decide for my self if I want that product or not.

All food packages are labelled it is not to expensive to add three letters GMO.

Now there are many varieties of GMO and some are safer than the natural stuff.

At the same time having a plant resistant to being dowsed with weed killer and insecticide needs further study.

Where have all the bees gone?
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The basic problem other than gmo's are about dependency to the company and profit, it is the same as with antibiotics. It will require increased application of profitable chemicals and the like to keep up with naturally adapting insect, weed and diseases. This was a given from the start.
Also as 3x what the world needs is produced around the world, the gmo dependent growers not the only sources, the food problem is moot in that respect as the problem has always been distribution. No doubt under the same ownership and control as the food industry. Funny how subsidizing the farmer to help pay the chem companies is on the backs of taxpayers. Way to keep overhead down.
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Streetrider said: "in the long run GMO is going to be the more expensive way to produce."

--Why do you think so? I should think with higher yields it may be LESS expensive. Then again, some of these are sterile hybrids - which would ultimately be more expensive to the farmer in terms of seed. But then again, if they produce much more, then while it might cost more, it might pay more also. But what is your logic on why you think GMO will be more expensive?
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2015 3:58:16 PM

Fly, >>I will ask you - how much more are you willing to pay for the food you eat? Recently in California they passed a law forcing egg producers to get bigger cages for laying hens….<<
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A lot depends upon the difference in cost and potential health benefits. When I eat known foods that are not healthy such as cold cuts, I usually take an extra MSM pill and a liver detox pill. I do know that I lost about 15 pounds since early January when I started on my 30 day cleanse and have kept the weight off. I also sleep better.

BTW, the name of the book is "It Starts with Food."

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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2015 3:01:12 PM

Who cares if they are safe or not, just label the stuff so I can make my own choice.

[Edited by: streetrider at 2/21/2015 3:01:32 PM EST]
flyboyUT
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2015 8:12:15 PM

OMG will the Trehugger luddites demand we go back to pre grafting farming now?????
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Why are the corporate owned media in calling it a frankenplant, trying to convince people that grafting, being a time honoured method of producing new strains which this new plant is... is somehow related to actual frankenfood genetic manipulation?
flyboyUT
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 5:46:48 PM

MJ - I know so called factory farms might offend some folks. I also know why they were developed and what the output is compared to older methods.

I will ask you - how much more are you willing to pay for the food you eat? Recently in California they passed a law forcing egg producers to get bigger cages for laying hens. The estimated cost increases for fresh eggs there are quite high. There aint no free lunch - if yo want food raised as it was way back when they we have to be willing to pay the price - in a multitude of ways.

I keep hearing folks get all upset at new technology regarding food production - but these folks who get all misty eyed have never lived on a farm for the most part nor have they ever looked at the real consequences of what they say. For example - right now we get about 130 bushels of corn per acre using GMO seed and techniques. Using so called "heirloom" seeds and the flower of 1930's technology you only get a fraction of that. So what are the consequences if we arbitrarily reduce our corn yield per acre from 100+ bushels per acre to say 40 bushels per acre? (the differential is really more than that but lets be very conservative in our estimates)

What will the effect on the poor (you know those folks the liberals are always saying they want to "help") if we increase the price of meat by 30% or more?

[Edited by: flyboyUT at 2/1/2015 5:49:00 PM EST]
timothyu
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When unowned science speaks out
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2014 11:50:20 PM

Sis,

Excellent link. Thanks for Posting.

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Fly,

I think there is more to "Factory" Farming than we're led to believe. I just finished a book entitled "It All Starts With Food" in which the authors stress eliminating all "Factory" farmed meats. They also mention using organic fruit and vegetables but they did stress eliminating factory farmed meat.

While I don't know if sunshine (source of vitamin D3) has the same effect on animals as it does on us, but those animals do not get little if any. Vitamin D3 deficiency is linked to many diseases.

-mj

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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2014 11:35:55 PM

If we can't eliminate all contaminants from our food let's not labor to eliminate any.

What utter stupidity.


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sis - mre propaganda I see. So you have stopped using any pork products then I can assume - or any "factory farm" products of any kind? How about chicken or beef products or corn or tomatoes or wheat or barley or rice? Just about any food you might buy in a store then you have decided to not partake of I guess?

You have moved to a subsistence farm when again?
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Spy Drones Expose Smithfield Foods Factory Farms

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Absolute sheer stupidity - "Let Them Eat Less, Anti-GMO Fashion Designer Tells Poor".
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>>>London-based fashion designer Vivienne Westwood is in trouble for saying people who can't afford organic food should simply "eat less." She also told the BBC no one should be able to sell genetically modified food in England.

The modern-day Marie Antoinette's callously naive "solution" underscores the disconnect environmental activists regularly display about agricultural technology and needs of the world's poor.

Westwood encountered the BBC reporter while delivering a letter she and other celebrities signed, protesting the sale of genetically modified (GM) foods in England. European Union rules prohibit England from growing GM crops, but an upcoming January vote might let member states decide for themselves. England would do well to adopt the technology.

"It is now clear that the opposition to GM crops has been counterproductive for the environment, as well as harmful to the economy and the consumer," notes The Times of London.

Seventeen million farmers grow GM crops in 28 countries on 12% of the world's arable land.

No one has ever suffered ill health effects from eating food containing GM ingredients, because they merely use highly advanced technologies to grow better crops.

But when indignation is its own reward, facts are irrelevant.

Take the case of urbanites in Congress trying to legislate how U.S. farmers raise crops.

Sixty representatives recently signed a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency asking Administrator Gina McCarthy to suspend or restrict neonicotinoid pesticide use.

Made from synthetic nicotine, the chemicals become part of a plant's defense system against pests that would otherwise destroy a crop.

Neonics are used predominantly as seed treatments, coating seeds before planting rather than being sprayed on crops as they grow. Only insects actually chomping on the crop are affected, whereas other insecticides and "organic" chemicals can affect all insects in the area, including beneficial species.

As is too often the case, the congressional letter-writers don't know what they're talking about. The overwhelming majority of the signatories represent urban districts: Reps. Yvette Clarke of Brooklyn, Judy Chu from Los Angeles, and Rep. Zoe Lofgren of the Silicon Valley, for example.

None of these districts contains any meaningful farming operations, the congressmen do not claim to represent farmer constituents, and there is no evidence that any of them ever tilled more than small personal veggie patches.

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They did not get their "facts" from farmers who employ seed treatments, agricultural scientists, or even a legitimate science group. They got their "insights" from activists the BBC calls "environmental campaigners," the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

We've seen this before. The IUCN is famous for assuring the European Union that neonics could be banned without risk, because they're ineffective in protecting rapeseed crops that are the basis of canola oil.

"Well, the environmentalists were wrong," The Times science writer Matt Ridley retorted.

"The loss of the rape crop this autumn is approaching 50% in Hampshire and not much less in other parts of the country," Ridley noted. "Farmers in Germany, the EU's largest producer of rape, are also reporting widespread damage. Since rape is one of the main flower crops, providing huge amounts of pollen and nectar for bees, this will hurt wild bee numbers, as well as farmers' livelihoods."

Twisting the facts to fit an uninformed world view may be excusable in fashion designers. Congressmen should know better.
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Neonics are the least harmful pesticides yet invented in terms of impact on the environment, injurious effects on beneficial insects and risks to farm workers applying the products.

"If neonics are banned," notes Financial Post analyst Claire Brownell, "farmers will return to using spray and granular pesticides, which they say are less effective at protecting crops in the growth stage, and even more harmful to human, bee and environmental health."

Bee busybodies should do their homework before making more recommendations.<<<
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It seems once more treehuggers who have never actually done the work are telling those who do how they should do the work. Once - just once these effete lounge lizard intellectuals should actually get their hands and the rest of their precious bodies dirty really doing the job before they tell others how to do it.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2014 3:14:48 PM

Is a profit seeking business more likely to care about food produced or creating a dependence on it's organization?
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reb
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"if we have people starving in other parts of the world, then let those parts of the world have GMO if it helps them."

"WOW Streedrider... nice attitude..."

With fly touting how safe GMO is, hopefully your not advocating taking away starving countries GMO foods away.

Would you really let them starve?

The food lables are to identify contents not exclusions.

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" But dont try to use the power of the govt to force every food producer to cater to your unfounded fears."

That would be the purpose of the FDA, were not lobbyists involved and the fact the only info available to them is biased and only from the manufacturer.
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Once more - there is no reputable proof that GMO products pose any threat regardless of what the Luddite treehuggers want to believe. Therefore there is no reason to force the food manufactures to do all the testing and continued testing to relable present day safe food. It is a needless waste of time money and effort.

The only real effect will be to increase the shelf price of the food we all buy. Now if you choose to purchase products that the manufacturer chooses to label the way you wish fine by me - go for it. But dont try to use the power of the govt to force every food producer to cater to your unfounded fears.

Reb I understand you but trying to stay away from all products containing corn is futile in todays world. Corn or corn products are used in almost everything we consume plus its used as a feed for most of the animals we use as food.

If and when it is ever proven that some or all GMO products are or may be harmful then and only then should we look at what the alternatives are.
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"if we have people starving in other parts of the world, then let those parts of the world have GMO if it helps them."



WOW Streedrider... nice attitude...



"Here in the good old USA a simple label will allow a consumer to make the choice to consume or not."


If I had a choice, I would choose not to eat GMO's as well. I shy away from almost all corn products... I think I would be ok with only allowing companies that do NOT have GMO products to advertise that on label / box. Here is a link for those that are really concerned about GMO's.




VERIFIED PRODUCTS


[Edited by: reb4 at 11/10/2014 8:32:16 AM EST]
streetrider
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flyboy

if we have people starving in other parts of the world, then let those parts of the world have GMO if it helps them.

Here in the good old USA a simple lable will allow a consumer to make the choice to consume or not.

Most of the time I look for the label to exclude GMO, there is no reason to not slap the wording on the label.

To much stuff is already hidden in the label.

So until labeling reflects actual contents its a TRUST US GAME and we know how that works out.

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AC - I understand and somewhat agree with what your saying about the business practices of certain companies. But that has little to do with the original topic idea that I tried to put forth. that GMO food is safe top eat.

We have a whole group of people who are of the opinion that they are some kind of poison. But they have no proof that is accepted by most researchers that their claims of danger mean anything at all.

Yet the use of GMO technology does show the promise of resolving many concerns inherent in the production and consumption of adequate volumes of nutritious food for the population of the world.
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Their
Safe trust us.
ROFLMAO
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Just more Chicken Liberal "THE SKY IS FALLING" mania...

In other words: Liberalism is a mental disorder...
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There are a whole lot of genetically modified crops out there that you don't even know about. Beefsteak tomatoes have a gene from a Brahma bull that helps them resist insects, for example. Corn? Well, there's so many different types as to be mind boggling.

The crops themselves I think aren't so bad. After all, only corn pollen will "mate" with other corn. The pollen from corn isn't going to affect, for example, pine trees, and vice versa.

And we have a number of "hybrid" crops. Though somewhat more "natural", they still represent fooling with nature. Look at Meyer lemons. They are a cross between lemons and oranges, as I'm to understand.

The thing that galls me about GMO isn't the crops - it's some of the business practices of the patent owners. Monsanto is the poster child for the bad guys. They strongarm people into buying their crops with lawsuits. For example - Farmer A will plant their GMO strain. Farmer B might be planting Cargill corn. The two might cross-pollinate a bit. If Farmer B plants some of his "holdback" seed the following year, Monsanto operatives come on the land, collect a sample, then genetically test it. If they find that any portion of the genetic code from their plant cross-pollinated into that corn, the sue them for patent infringement. But, if they buy Monsanto seed, the lawsuit will go away.

While Monsanto needs to get paid for their invention, I think it is underhanded and unfair to sue farmers who won't trade with them like this. That is an unscrupulous business practice that needs to be outlawed. This is one time when I will actually agree with SemiSteve that business needs to be reigned in and regulated. One shouldn't be able to sue over a natural process.
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"Or people could wake up and quit eating fried foods. We owe the industry nothing.""

Don't eat French fries from fast food restrauants... .. Well except at local hot dog place, and that is maybe 4 -6 x's a year.



I don't go to star bucks... But company I currently work fo gets coffee for drip coffee maker. . I have never looked at coffee package. Is it the coffee or "other stuff" that may be GMO""

[Edited by: reb4 at 11/9/2014 7:56:45 AM EST]
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Starbucks joins Monsanto so the corporate elite may maintain control over government and consumers.
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Or people could wake up and quit eating fried foods. We owe the industry nothing.
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U.S.D.A. Approves Modified Potato. Next Up: French Fry Fans.



Here's an interesting article... for all you McDonalds french fries fans...



"A potato genetically engineered to reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful ingredient in French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting, the Department of Agriculture announced on Friday.

The potato’s DNA has been altered so that less of a chemical called acrylamide, which is suspected of causing cancer in people, is produced when the potato is fried.

The new potato also resists bruising, a characteristic long sought by potato growers and processors for financial reasons. Potatoes bruised during harvesting, shipping or storage can lose value or become unusable."
More Background info, on previous GM Potatoes...

ANd why this one might be considered more safe???



"Genetically modified potatoes failed once before. In the late 1990s, Monsanto began selling potatoes genetically engineered to resist the Colorado potato beetle. But the market collapsed after big potato users, fearing consumer resistance, told farmers not to grow them. Simplot itself, after hearing from its fast-food chain customers, instructed its farmers to stop growing the Monsanto potatoes.

This time around could be different, however, because the potato promises at least potential health benefits to consumers. And unlike Monsanto, Simplot is a long-established power in the potato business and presumably has been clearing the way for acceptance of the product from its customers.

Simplot hopes the way the potato was engineered will also help assuage consumer fears. The company calls its product the Innate potato because it does not contain genes from other species like bacteria, as do many biotech crops.

Rather, it contains fragments of potato DNA that act to silence four of the potatoes’ own genes involved in the production of certain enzymes. Future crops — the company has already applied for approval of a potato resistant to late blight, the cause of the Irish potato famine — will also have genes from wild potatoes."


[Edited by: reb4 at 11/8/2014 8:53:42 AM EST]
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Eat them at your own risk at least label the packages so one can choose to buy or not.
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Already is.`
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in the long run GMO is going to be the more expensive way to produce.
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Only if we are in tune with it. Otherwise we are just a cancer growing for ourselves at the expense of our surroundings, and we know how that can turn out. Nobody wins.
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We are part of nature. So much for your theory.
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no us = nature getting back to normal
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No bees = no crops.
No crops = no us.
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eroupe outlawed GMO plants several years back, the residuals take 11 years to reside from the earth. Will there be any bee's left?
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This is not your average video about bees, so please watch!
Don't forget to pass it on, thanks!

GREAT VIDEO! Please watch... Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing

Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?



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Be sure to actually read both pages of the article adn then let me know what you think.
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>>>Donald Kennedy, president emeritus of Stanford University and former head of the FDA, once chided those “who give up the difficult task of finding out where the weight of scientific evidence lies, and instead attach equal value to each side in an effort to approximate fairness.” This results, he said, in “extraordinary opinions … promoted to a form of respectability that approaches equal status.” National Public Radio – or as I prefer to call it, National Politically Correct Radio – often falls into this trap, offering extraordinary but discredited opinions that reflect a kind of back-to-nature, New Age fundamentalism that accepts environmental myths and hyperbole and is systematically antagonistic to certain sectors of science and technology.

NPR is entitled to its biases and inaccuracies, much as Fox News and MSNBC are – or they would be, except that unlike the TV networks, they receive federal funding.<<<

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You and me both, citizen1! I'm trying not to eat that garbage myself!
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The fact that the people who develop them for Monsanto will not eat them is all I need to know.
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Any volunteers posting on here that would check the under leaf of milkweeds in your neighborhood for the monarch caterpillars and would be willing to raise them yourself indoors or your own garage?

It's very sad to say, that after so many years of raising both the monarch butterfly and the swallowtail, that I have only seen two monarchs this year and one lonely swallowtail! I use to collect hundreds of these little flutterbys!! But every year it would get worse and worse. This is the worse year ever!!

Monarch butterflies peak time to leave us and begin their migration journey to Mexico is September 18.

I had prayed to Our Father for His help and finally I saw one female monarch laying eggs on my milk weed about a week or so ago. I now have about maybe 3 dozen very tiny caterpillars. I normally don't take them in when they are so very tiny, but my fear was that every thing else in nature would eat them up before they got a chance to mature.

So who's in there with me?

I know it's a lot to ask. In the long run, you will be amazed checking in on your little flutterbys watching each stage they go through. You will also be amazed of the gold that circles around their Pupa (Chrysalis)

If you have any questions, just e-mail me @ gasbuddy. I'll also send anyone who asks, some common milkweed seeds, that I'm growing here, that smells so sweet, even sweeter then a rose. I'm not sure how the common milkweed would do in all states, but it's worth a try.

So what do you say?

Help me, so that the next generation can enjoy the butterbys.

Thanks!

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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2014 10:32:53 PM



For Immediate Release, August 26, 2014

"Genetically Engineered Crops Are Major Driver in Population Crash"

A group of scientists and organizations is now pushing to have the Monarch listed as “Threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, Read more: http://www.birdsandblooms.com/blog/monarch-butterfly-2014-update/#ixzz3C1LsyXe2

Fall Flowers That Attract Butterflies

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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 12:04:15 AM



STUDY: Pesticides Linked to Parkinson's Risk in People with Specific Gene. Several studies have linked pesticides with the development of Parkinson's disease, and now this newest 2014 study has found a specific gene that may explain why some people are particularly susceptible to developing Parkinson's after exposure to certain pesticides. One important part of the study was that the researchers had maps of pesticide use from the past 40 years available because of California laws requiring that pesticide use be reported. It would be difficult or impossible to repeat the study in another state, says Dr. Beate Ritz, a professor of epidemiology at University of California, Los Angeles and co-director of the school’s Center for Gene-Environment Studies in Parkinson's Disease.

No toxic pesticides-use monitoring in other states. Yet another way the agrichemical industry and Big Ag gets away with doing damage to human & animal health and the environment. No traceability. No accountability. No liability. It’s just the way these unethical corporations like it, and is one of the reasons they’re fighting tooth and nail against mandatory state and federal-level GMO labeling initiatives as well.

READ: http://www.livescience.com/43069-pesticides-parkinsons-disease-genes.html

LINK to the study: http://www.neurology.org/content/82/5/419.short



[Edited by: sissurf at 8/10/2014 12:06:26 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2014 8:59:47 PM

Sissurf - and your source is "Take action to save the bees and agriculture as part of Greenpeace's international "Save The Bees" campaign." Suuuuuuuuuuure I'm gonna get the heebie geepies over this latest threat.... NOT!!!!
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2014 3:51:24 PM



Truth is stranger then fiction.

It's not hype if they are doing it!
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2014 3:20:30 PM

Yep --- aint nothing like a little hysterical hyperbole to really make a point ----
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2014 11:24:08 PM


Robotic Bees replacing the real McCoy Bees!

And who's behind this?

Monsanto, Syngent, Bayer, Dupont, BASF, etc. They will once again be the ones cashing in the dough with their robotic bees, once they killed off all of Mother's Nature's bees with their chemicals and GMO garbage!

Mother nature's Bees, that were once free, is going to cost farmers big time in buying these robotic bees from big money hungry companies, that don't care a red cent about Mother Nature, only how much they can line their pockets.

[Edited by: sissurf at 8/3/2014 11:25:21 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2014 10:39:04 PM



Why lawns suck, and how they're now GMO

"Lawncare company Scotts has created a genetically modified Kentucky Bluegrass seed that is designed to withstand massive amounts of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide. So you can plant your lawn with these seeds and spray the crap out of it with a bunch of terrible chemicals so you don't get any weeds, because god forbid you have any unsightly weeds in your lawn! But the worse part is, according to folks at EcoWatch, Scotts is doing this without getting any approval from the USDA by using some neat little loopholes."

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