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farmilyman
everything is illusion
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padrushka
question authority
03:10 AM on 07/06/2010
wow, the supremes have done it again..glad they vote for US..let's impeach so we can take back rational thought before it is a thing of the past.
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amber15
01:16 AM on 07/06/2010
I'm sick of Monsanto's evil ways:
The first generation of humans force-fed genetically modified foods, hasn't reached reproductive age yet (they were born in the late 1990s). But, if a critical mass of animal feeding studies are any indication, the millennial generation, reared on Food Inc.'s unlabeled "Frankenfoods" can look forward to a long-term epidemic of cancer, food allergies, sterility, learning disabilities, and birth defects.

Corn (85% of U.S. production is GM), soy (91% GM), cotton (88% GM), canola (85% GM) and sugar beets (95% GM) are all genetically engineered by Monsanto to withstand massive doses of the company's glyphosate herbicide RoundUp, or else to exude their own pesticide, Bacillus Thuriengensis (Bt). RoundUp, the favorite weedkiller poison of non-organic farmers and gardeners, causes brain, intestinal and heart defects in fetuses. And scientists warn that RoundUp, the most extensively used herbicide in the history of agriculture, "may have dire consequences for agriculture such as rendering soils infertile, crops non-productive, and plants less nutritious." In addition, hundreds of thousands of US dairy cows are injected with genetically engineered Bovine Growth Hormone (developed by Monsanto) in spite of studies linking rBGH with cancer, and longstanding bans on the drug in the EU, Japan, Canada, and most industrialized nations.

I hope everyone signs the petition: http://www.capwiz.com/grassrootsnetroots/issues/alert/?alertid=15154336&type=ML
03:06 AM on 07/06/2010
Me too google "Millions against Monsanto" at organic consumers.

Want to cut health care costs?

Ban GMO foods!
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edejan
12:22 AM on 07/06/2010
Europe is far ahead of the USA in protecting its citizens from possible harm. The US courts and the activist SCOTUS are for sale and always side with the corporations, giving no thought or care to the welfare of its citizens.
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02:01 AM on 07/06/2010
FDA is filled with people who worked for Monsanto, Con Agra etc. As a watch dog for the public interest it is completely useless and perhaps the most damaging to this country and it's people.
03:11 AM on 07/06/2010
Dylan Ratigan was right, if you regulate an industry, you can't work for it for 7 years instead of 2, I would push even higher like 20 years, it's the only way regulators will do their jobs at MMS, EPA, FDA, and the rest.
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1man1voicenovote
live simply so others may simply live
11:01 PM on 07/05/2010
The science truth is stranger than science fiction...
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drbob601
Soylent Green is People
10:08 PM on 07/05/2010
"American consumers spent $24.8 billion on organics last year, compared to $1 billion back in 1990. Last year's organic produce sales alone were up 11.4 percent from 2008. You'd think that would send a clear message to growers and to government that we want our food and our planet pure and untampered with. Evidently not."

Organic produce costs considerably more than non-organic. Did you ever consider that maybe SOME American citizens (Oh, sorry...I meant "consumers") might not be able to afford organic produce?

Also...you might want to consider proof-reading your articles before publishing. This one is particularly bad (even by "internet news" standards).
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Bernie M
02:24 AM on 07/06/2010
It doesn't cost that much more. Plus if you reduce your portion sizes you can fit it into your budget, eat healthier and lose weight all at the same time. The extra costs for the food will net out in savings on medical costs down the road.
09:46 AM on 07/06/2010
Cancer is expensive, too.
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10:06 PM on 07/05/2010
There is nothing the least bit unhealthful about genetically modified crops. GM alfalfa is simply the exact SAME alfalfa over and over again. If there was nothing wrong with the parent plant, there's nothing wrong with the clones.

The danger is to the environment, as you sort of point out in a roundabout way. GM crops will succumb en masse to whatever virus or predator they are not able to combat, whereas a field of diverse alfalfa would have some kind of survival rate because some of the plants would be naturally resistant. The dangers of monoculture are well-known and we've been living in a society of monoculture (any field of one crop, any suburban lawn) for decades. As a Master Gardener I deplore monocultures, but industrialization pretty much mandates them.
12:10 AM on 07/06/2010
Cloning is not the same as genetic modification.
01:50 AM on 07/06/2010
If GM alfalfa is the same as any other alfalfa, then why can MonsterSanto sue me when they find their version in my field???

These people (the ones who run the corp, not the fictitious person who is the corp) are the ones who invented the term "Genetically Modified". Run a Lexis/Nexis on that term prior to 1988 and you find NOTHING. Now they are trying to RUN from it. Why do they insist on controlling ALL the research on their seeds? The largest famine in human history will happen because of M.
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Alexander Lesher
Love to love you, Me
09:35 PM on 07/05/2010
I'm trying to live entirely RAW mondays..............! Thanks for these.
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Boobuzuela
Satire identical to actual Republican positions
09:33 PM on 07/05/2010
The fallout from GM crops will be something completely unique, and unexpected. Something like the urine of cattle who consume GM crops becoming toxic to frogs, or some other species. No one will realize what is happening until far too late.
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10:07 PM on 07/05/2010
Yeah, or giant mutoid ants who glow in the dark, or something like that that's really scary.

Or none of the above if you know anything about science.
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Boobuzuela
Satire identical to actual Republican positions
10:37 PM on 07/05/2010
The designers of the atomic bomb forsaw the big bang. They failed to forsee the collosal amount of radiation the bomb released, or fallout.

They forsaw the POSSIBILITY a fusion device would "ignite" all the nitrogen in the atmosphere, but discounted the possibility after some analysis and lit Teller's device off anyway.

Google "Castle Bravo" about the INABILITY of this nations best scientists to predict ALL the consequences of fusion weapons. Hint: Bravo made a LOT bigger bang than they predicted due to an unforseen reaction.

I probably know more about science than you do, with a dual major in Biomed and Electrical engineering from a prestigious private university.

What I recognize, and you mock, is unforseen consequences.

Or in the vernacular, "What could possibly go wrong."
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Boobuzuela
Satire identical to actual Republican positions
10:40 PM on 07/05/2010
>Like the Bravo test, Romeo "ran away" and produced far more than its predicted yield, and for the same reason—an unexpected participation of the common Lithium-7 isotope in fusion reactions. Although it had been predicted to produce a yield of 4 megatons with a range of 1.5 to 7 megatons (before the results of the Bravo test caused an upgrade in the estimates, it had originally been estimated to produce 3–5 megatons), it actually produced a yield of 11 megatons, the third largest test ever conducted by the U.S.
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Shaddup
10:49 AM on 07/06/2010
No, just lots of sick people, who won't know until it's too late.
08:53 PM on 07/05/2010
Monsanto is truly evil. It seeks to rule the world's food supply by fooling around with a plants genes and then saying it is illegal to save the seed from the plant so you can use it next year. Saving seed for the next planting has been the way the world fed itself since the first harvest. BP has nothing on Monsanto.
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10:09 PM on 07/05/2010
Whoa. Monsanto may be "evil" by some definitions, but it's not for the reasons you cite. Creating GM crops is not an attempt to "rule the world's food supply" (can one even "rule" a food supply?). Most commercial growers have been growing hybrids for decades, because hybrid seeds do not produce the hybrid plant. Anyone who sells seeds isn't going to want people to save them and not have to buy them next year.
12:25 AM on 07/06/2010
That might be true of hybrid corn, but soybean seeds are not hybrids. If your soybeans are contaminated by Monsanto pollen and you use your soybeans as seed, Monsanto can sue you for patent infringement. No matter if you have saved and planted your own seed for decades, contamination by Monsanto seed means you have to pay Monsanto for your own seed, or be sued. This would seem to make them fairly evil by just about any definition.
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hannahm7373
12:56 PM on 07/06/2010
True, creating GM crops is not an attempt to "rule the world's food supply." However, forcing farmers to give them seeds from the crops they have grown is. Even worse, they go after farmers whose plants have been pollenated by plants grown from their seeds so that not even those farmers can keep their own seed. This means that they are totally dominating the market.
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edejan
12:17 AM on 07/06/2010
Monsanto IS evil because it enforces contracts with growers that basically drive the small farmer out of business. If the neighboring farmer has crops which are pollinated by wind from the neighbor Monsanto seed, Monsanto sues the farmer and seizes and destroys his crop. Their business model is to control the world supply of seeds, even to the point it is trying to obtain ownership of the heirloom seed supply.
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kbuffler42
08:05 PM on 07/05/2010
This is such an important issue. With rapidly esclating health issues: obesity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes: we have to look at ALL the postential contributors: life style, overall environmental quality and nutrition. We can't always control the air quality and sometimes life deals with us unkindly and we have to do the best we can. We can, however, control what we put in our bodies. Our government owes it to us to make that personal responsibility achievable by requiring COMPLETE AND FULL disclosure of what is in food products AND how they are grown! We owe it to ourselves and future generations to demand they do so!
12:02 AM on 07/06/2010
Life causes death.
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kbuffler42
08:01 AM on 07/06/2010
Yes, life leads to death ultimately!, Life style, including what we eat, impacts on longevity.
07:59 PM on 07/05/2010
This post provides no information, just the opinion of someone who is not at all well informed. The "Monster Bomb" comment is ridiculous - do you even know anything about the chemicals in question here? They are less toxic than table salt and break down very quickly in the environment to harmless things. They are the tool of choice when the Nature Conservancy is trying to get rid of invasive weeds. Genetic contamination leading to "annihilation" of crops? Have you ever heard of cross pollination? There is nothing new or scary here. GMO crops have been employed with zero human or environmental injury for more than a dozen years on billions of acres. Quit claiming that the "sky is falling" if you are not going to take the time to actually understand this area
Steve Savage, Ph.D.
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10:10 PM on 07/05/2010
Well said, Dr. Savage.
02:00 AM on 07/06/2010
Dr Savage, If I throw dog poop over your fence, do you think it would be reasonable for me to call the sheriff and have you arrested for stealing said poop?? That is EXACTLY what MonsterSanto is doing. By the way put 20 pounds of table salt per acre on your land and see how your yields do.
02:27 PM on 07/05/2010
Thanks for the recipe for Gado Gado; it sounds delicious, healthy and easy...a prefect combination for the long 4th of July weekend. Glad you're back after your hiatus last Monday...I look forward to your weekly column.
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pattyrenee
01:23 PM on 07/05/2010
Meatless Monday's with an egg in the picture. My vegan friend would object! I could go meatless if I could still eat eggs, have mile and ice cream, cheese, umm umm good. For one day, that is!
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The way of truth & love has always won ~ Gandhi
07:23 PM on 07/05/2010
Boy I sure hear that! As a vegan vegetarian Dairy was, for me, the last "animal" product to go. Sometimes, even years later, I dream about cheese and swoon! But after the vapor passes of my old friends cheese, eggs and milk, I remember how cruelly those foods were got from the animals who were forced to yield them. And also, I think about the thousands of children who have never tasted animal food in any form and how easy it is for them to pass up the old dairy dishes I used to love. I'd say to you, and perhaps your vegan friend might also say - take it slowly - if it interests you to become a vegan. I don't miss dairy now, only the memory of it, and those things I associate with childhood. As always, it is my heartfelt belief that diet &/or veganism is each person's choice. ;-)
08:28 PM on 07/05/2010
I made the transition to a vegetarian lifestyle in May, except for some dairy (not milk) and fish. I don't know if I could live without seafood. I'm feeling fine and I don't miss meat!
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The way of truth & love has always won ~ Gandhi
10:51 AM on 07/05/2010
I love meatless Mondays. Thanks, Ellen.

I'm soo glad I live in a little town in the middle of a farming area. I buy my fruits and veggies from the farmers and far as I know, they haven't been genetically altered or sprayed. I hope the vision for growing fresh produce in the middle cities manifests one day. There is such a difference in deliciousness between a freshly grown tomato and the mushy yuk in supermarkets. :)