“It always amazing me that so many parents would be willing to give their own lives to save their children in a fire, for example, but wont adopt necessary changes to protect the future generations. Maybe humans basic instinct is to be altruistic but not if they have to think about it too much.That is why we need better leadership.”
Reason4 on Oct 22, 2013 at 20:02:44
“Altruistic but short sighted. It seems if it is not happening now it can be ignored.”
“Not so plain and simple. The internet ( at this point) allows circulation of different points of view. Thank goodness! Easy to find newspaper articles, scientific articles, as well as just first hand experience or "honest" opinions. Just for fun I would like to report that in our municipality roundup and other chemicals are no longer permitted on lawns. We have bees! And hardly any dandelions either. Still will continue to educate myself on using less chemicals and non GMO products.”
FrenchKissed on Sep 14, 2013 at 14:19:22
“I would never advise using roundup on your lawn. If you did use herbicides I'd go with a broadleaf killer on your lawn. I live in an area where people tend not to use a lot of herbicides (San Francisco, CA) and yet despite being an urban environment we've got tons of dandelions. Our parks are packed with them and I'm constantly pulling them from my yard.
The internet is packed full of misinformation and blatant lies too. I shouldn't have to explain that to you. And bees aren't being killed by herbicides. It' s the varroa destructor mite that is wreaking havoc on our bee population. Australia is one of the few countries with no CCD and they use neonicotinoid pesticides and herbicides as well. One thing they don't have yet is varroa mites.”
“Maybe because this animal is raised in a zoo where conditions are so unnatural and confined that depression is common. Elephants also rely on the help of other female elephants (in a group) to help in the rearing and bonding of young elephants.”
Mrs L on Sep 13, 2013 at 20:16:56
“I was thinking the same thing. F*** the zoo & circus!”
“How our food is produced is a sensitive topic. Monsanto is loosing public trust as its historical and current actions are being highlighted in the media from reputable sources . Contracts signed by farmers not to save or use seeds in ways Monsanto objects to, I understand, should be upheld from a "law" point of view. But just because Monsanto says it is safe doesn't make it so.The "average" person is now aware of this growing monopoly with unfair leverage in the US at least. Farmers in our area don't want (not only the organic ones) . This controversy isfar from over.”
FrenchKissed on Sep 14, 2013 at 02:39:30
“They are not a monopoly. There are several other agricultural biotech companies that are strong competitors.
They are not the only ones to say their products are safe. The AMA, EFSA, WHO, FDA, FSANZ and other regulatory and medical agencies have given approval to their products on the market. The internet allows the expansive circulation of mistruths to spread like wildfire. That's what you're seeing, plain and simple.”
“Why does Monsanto seem to get such special status? They don't seem to have to be accountable to the farmers or consumers. Their patents prevent independent testing. They seem to be able to afford powerful lobbyists with heavy influence but are putting safeguards in place to prevent potentially legitimate lawsuits. Farmers will not be compensated if their product is a dud or does damage . They are getting too big and too powerful and too cosy with the government.”
FrenchKissed on Sep 12, 2013 at 00:23:22
“None of that is true. You're getting your information from bad sources. Their patents don't prevent independent testing. They used to have a clause in their stewardship agreement prohibiting researchers from working with their seed without prior authorization. Apparently this was to prevent reverse engineering and patent violations, but they have since waived that requirement for independent researchers at any reputable institution with an agricultural program do conduct research using their seed without even asking.
They can't even stop the onslaught of malicious lawsuits against them being bankrolled by advocacy groups. How on earth could they prevent legitimate lawsuits against them?
The overwhelming majority of farmers that have used seed containing Monsanto's patented traits have found them to be advantageous enough to keep paying a premium for them. They sell seed to roughly 250,000 American farmers each year, and have only sued 144 in 15 years for patent infringement. Don't let anecdotal stories told by people with every reason to lie sway you. The reason why they are such a big, successful company is that they have products their core customers want.”
“Do I understand this correctly ? Monsanto cannot be liable for creating a product found to be unsafe or required to compensate farmers (or consumers for that matter) that use their potential damaging product. What is fair or ethical about that? Governments should protect its people.”
Jul 25, 2013 at 23:59:00
“I always pay my credit card on time. I do use a credit card but never at small retailers or restaurants as I became aware of the high fees charged to the merchant. The promise of rewards makes it appear that you are getting great value but it does either rise the price of goods or cut into the bottom line for merchants. In the restaurant business the profit margin is very low. The banks are making so much money off the savers and the consumers . People need more awareness of what goes on behind the scenes. And yes there a some small businesses that want their customers to be able to afford their services and get good value.”
Jul 23, 2013 at 20:21:54
“Credit Card companies have it too good. They take their 1-3% take of sales from the retailer at the end of every day. Retailers are forbidden to ask "would you like to pay by debit?" Retailers cannot offer a discount for cash or debit. The customers often pays a yearly fee to use these cards and many pay exorbitant late fees (19% , over 3 times the interest on credit lines).
I do feel credit card are really helpful and useful but their fee structure is too high. It is hard to believe that they get away with it.”
nick1946 on Jul 25, 2013 at 11:31:32
“Retailers are free to ask would you like to use debit card instead and also ask if you could possibly pay by cash so it is not forbidden. What is forbidden is to only take certain types of Visa or MasterCard based on fee. As for discounts for cash you can hardly blame the card companies for not putting their cards at a disadvantage . The merchant can refuse to handle the cards.The customer is not be "TAKEN". If you are unwise enough to pay credit cards interest then so be it but for many it is a better option then the local "Money Marts". Remember credit cards give you unsecured loans.”
Beautiful World on Jul 24, 2013 at 08:49:38
“Just learned something new about the surcharges. It is the banks that are responsible and make the over- the- top profits and set the interest rates.
“A less invasive app for bird sound identification, would allow one to record bird vocalizations and then provide the name of the bird, thus satisfying curiosity and showing more respect for natures other species rights to just be.”
Jun 26, 2013 at 20:55:10
“Not the same . GMO foods differ from natural pollination or hybridized foods." They can contain genetic material from one organism (say a fish) that would never naturally be found in another organism (say a tomato)"
“There is NO difference between genes from a fish or a tomato. ALL genes contain the same four nucleobases: A, T, G, and C.
Remember that all life on this planet can be traced back to the exact same 'original lifeform'.
ALL GMO crops have always had the "possibility" of randomly occurring in nature. NOTHING prevents corn from naturally developing a mutation which allows it to use BT toxin as an insecticide. All fruit/vegetables have randomly mutated their own strategies for fighting off insects and other pests. The skin of an apple contains a wide variety of NATURALLY OCCURRING insecticides to protect it.”
skinned on Jun 26, 2013 at 21:48:27
“This fact is a prime example of what you can't get with selective breeding. I think it's worth thinking about whether mods such as these should be allowed.
“I know what you are doing... When I look briefly, I see researchers from Harvard, Cambridge etc. The list covers well respected cancer specialists, biologists, physicists , directors of well respected organizations.
And the Dr Ye Hua , I found is involved in stem cell research at Imperial College of London , I do see that quote you mentioned as number 146 and it should be corrected on that site as it takes away from the importance of this topic.”
alteredstory on Jun 8, 2013 at 16:19:43
“My point is that these people are not being even remotely vetted for relevance, and even if they WERE, their opinions mean little if not backed up by research, which they are NOT, in this case.”
“If you go to the heading above this letter, you will be able to access numerous scientific papers published by reputable researchers from universities around the world.
The letter outlines the concerns that require continued research before implementing an agricultural policy that may ,in fact ,produce the opposite or detrimental results regarding world health , hunger, and sustainability.”
alteredstory on Jun 8, 2013 at 16:48:09
“What heading? There's no link there. The citations for the article in general are a mish-mash of sources, some of which look like they may contain research, and many of which clearly do not.
I'm also concerned about the tendency to conflate immoral and destructive business practices with problems inherent to GMOs. The two are not the same.”
“Scientists from 84 countries "extremely concerned about the hazards of GMOs to biodiversity, food safety, human and animal health", signed this open letter All Governments Concerning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
This letter is an informative summary of their concerns.
“Also, your list of scientists includes people like "Dr. Ye Hua over 20 000 pieces hand painted oil painting and picture frames in stock for sale at lowest prices [url] China", a web designer, a teacher, a law student, and an artist.”
alteredstory on Jun 8, 2013 at 09:48:39
“Eh - in the absence of actual data, lists of worried scientists don't mean much. We've got lists of scientists who deny global warming and lists of scientists who think evolution is wrong, and so on - it's not a good way to make a case for anything.”
“Monsanto is motivated to make money , lots of it !
How are they helping farmers by requiring them to continuously buy new seeds?
Are they donating their great profits to assist the poor to alleviate hunger?
They are not a nonprofit . They have too much control of our food system, our governments, and our environment.”
runswithscissors on May 16, 2013 at 12:30:58
“Plus if a neighboring farmer is not using Monsanto seeds, but a few happened to be carried onto his land by the wind (i.e. how seeds are naturally spread), Monsanto gleefully uses that as an excuse to sue that farmer out of business. There are hundreds (if not more) documented cases of them doing just that. Of course once the original farmer is gone, that's more land for the neighboring corporate farms to buy up and cover with Monsanto seeds.”
“The proposed mine project is owned by British and Canadian (foreign) corporations . They will receive the majority of the profits. Alaska will be responsible for the consequences if natural or man made disaster results. The life of the mine is 30- 60 years. About 2000 initial constructions jobs DROPPING to1000 permanent (for < 60 yrs). Republicans, democrats, fisherman, environmentalists, wildlife protectors,
BBNC, plus are now against this mine. Over I million petitions to date. Yes go visit the site, read all the pros and cons. The discussion is so very important. May I suggest this article, http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jul/23/pebble-mine-alaska-environment-salmon-indigenous-people”
“I know 47 to 53. with a billionaire spending millions to sway his neighbors with fear. Arizonans voted to not have wolves and illegals in their state, do you support them? the main problem I see with the vote is it's, not on their land, it's on the states land. maybe the law needs change to ban all commercial operations on all state land and water. of course that would cut off the 99% of the 53% food stamps,and I bet they wont vote for that.”
“Due to the likely negative environmental impacts on the delicate ecosystem and the health of the largest salmon run on earth, several American and UK jewelers have already stated that, they will NOT buy gold from the Pebble Mine.
This is a pristine environment, a natural food source for locals and wildlife, a livelihood for fisherman, tourism, and hopefully will be opposed. It is so sad, that one of the few healthy environments left ,is again under threat.”
threadbane on Apr 30, 2013 at 09:34:50
“Fishing, tourism and and a healthy environment don't bring the instant wealth and political campaign contributions that raping the land does. Forget your salmon runs. They don't win elections like gold mining.”