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MONSANTO Vs. The World, Round 2

 
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Judge Naomi Buchwald's dismissal of lawsuit against Monsanto spurs protests, blockade by food freedom advocates

(NaturalNews) After many months of hopeful anticipation, a preemptive, class-action lawsuit filed by farmers seeking protection against Monsanto's predatory patent enforcements has been thrown out by U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Buchwald. And in response, a group of food freedom protesters stormed the front steps of Monsanto's Washington, D.C., office on Wed., Feb. 29, and staged a demonstration where they marched with signs and blockaded the front entrance of the building.

OSGATA et al. vs. Monsanto, which was filed on behalf of organic and non-GM farmers everywhere by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA), addressed an important agricultural issue about which few people are aware. In the past, when Monsanto's genetically-modified (GM) seeds have contaminated non-GM and organic farms, the agri-giant has sued those farmers whose fields were contaminated on the grounds that they violated patent restrictions -- and in some cases, Monsanto actually won these lawsuits.

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Related (and FUCKING IMPORTANT!):

IS MONSANTO'S GLYPHOSATE DESTROYING THE SOIL?

[link to www.greenmedinfo.com]

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New research published in the journal Current Microbiology indicates that Roundup herbicide (®) is having a negative impact on the microbiodiversity of the soil, including microorganisms of food interest, and specifically those found in raw and fermented foods.

Microbiodiversity is essential for the global health of our planet. The metabolic activity of microorganisms participate quite literally “at the root” of the nitrogen, phosphate, oxygen and carbon cycles, and are therefore indispensable for the health of the entire biosphere. They are also the most numerous inhabitants in the web of life. There are an estimated 6000000000000000000000000000000 (6 x 10 to the 30th power) bacterial cells on the planet, and soil microrganisms represent about 50% of the the total biodiversity in terms of numbers of species. Soil organisms include fungi, and the mycellium which is technically the largest organism in the world, and have a special importance to the health of this planet. According to mycologist Paul Stamets, the mycellium may in fact be the "Earth's natural internet," a means through which species unrelated in genetic and geographic time and space may communicate with one another, effectively acting like a neural network within the biosphere. These microorganisms (and especially fungi, to which we are more closely related than bacteria) also contain information buried deep within their DNA on the evolution of the tree of life; if destroyed, undiscovered parts of ourselves will no doubt also perish.

This new study found that adverse changes in selected food microorganisms, including death and growth inhibition, were observed at lower concentrations of Roundup exposure than those recommended in agriculture. Researchers also confirmed previous findings that adjuvants or so-called “inactive” ingredients in Roundup formulations were, in some cases, more toxic than the active ingredient itself, namely, glyphosate.

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related: Dr. Joseph P. Farrell on Monsanto's latest victory

SURPRISE SURPRISE…ANOTHER VICTORY FOR MONSANTO


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"Note the logic implied here: if your field is accidentally contaminated with Monsanto’s seeds through the natural processes, you might not get sued, but you have no right to sue them either for contamination of your own land. It won’t be long, if this sort of logic prevails, before you yourself might be declared “contaminated” with some patented swill cooked up in an agribusiness laboratory, and thus subject to “regulation”…. oh wait, that’s already happened, as we’ll discover tomorrow…"
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Monsanto are just evil bastards


the science world is controlled by lunatics
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From Wikipedia's Glyphosate page:

"Glyphosate's effect on soil life may be limited, because when glyphosate comes into contact with the soil, it rapidly binds to soil particles and is inactivated.[64][65] Unbound glyphosate is degraded by bacteria. Low activity because of binding to soil particles suggests glyphosate's effects on soil flora are limited. Low glyphosate concentrations can be found in many creeks and rivers in U.S. and Europe.[66]

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66. Cox C. Glyphosate (Roundup) J Pest Reform. Garfunkle: 1998;18:3–17."

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Institute of Science and Society: Scientists Reveal Glyphosate Poisons Crops and Soil

[link to www.i-sis.org.uk]

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The GT trait depends on incorporating an EPSPS from the soil bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens that is insensitive to glyphosate, hence glyphosate is taken up by GT plants and translocated to the growing parts of roots and shoots, and even exuded into the rhizosphere (soil surrounding the roots) so it can affect the soil community of microorganisms and also subsequent crops planted in the soil.

Two senior scientists in the US who have been investigating the ecological impacts of glyphosate and the Roundup Ready cropping system for decades are warning of “dire consequences for agriculture such as rendering soils infertile, crops non-productive, and plants less nutritious.”

Glyphosate the single most important factor predisposing plants to diseases and toxins

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how Monsanto fool the public is get some idiot scientist put them on mainstream tv and they the scientist will blind people by babbling intellectual cowdung
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Effects of glyphosate on soil microbial
communities and its mineralization in a
Mississippi soil


[link to www.ars.usda.gov]

"Studies conducted in the midwestern USA and under controlled conditions found limited or no effect of the glyphosate and the glyphosate-resistant soybean cropping system on soil microbial community structure, soil nematode communities, substrate-induced respiration and soil microbial biomass."

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George Orwell got it right in 1984

The science world is infested with babbling nutjobs,Monsanto are living proof!
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Scientist finding many negative impacts of Roundup Ready GM crops

USDA doesn’t want to publicize studies showing negative impacts


[link to www.non-gmoreport.com]

"What are glyphosate’s impacts on beneficial soil bacteria?"

RK: "The most obvious impact is on rhizobia, a bacterium that fixes nitrogen. It has been shown that glyphosate can be toxic to rhizobia. (Nitrogen fixing bacteria are important to soils because nitrogen is the most commonly deficient nutrient in many soils.)"
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Thanks for links! Read article's, passed them on and signed petition to keep Taylor out of the FDA revolving doors.


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thx for the links yoda
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^^ no prob...there's tons on this subject all over the Net. They are killing the soil.

And as my hero Dr. Carey Reams noted, soil is literally the key to human health. Destroy the soil, destroy human health, period.
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Another GMO battle was recently lost. At the end of January, 55 farmers belonging to the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) traveled to Manhattan, New York to defend their lawsuit against Monsanto, as the biotech giant was trying to get it dismissed on the grounds of being "frivolous."

OSGATA's suit sought to invalidate Monsanto's seed patents. At the heart of this effort was the very real fact that Monsanto's genetically modified crops threaten to contaminate the fields of farmers who opt not to use their seeds. And these farmers are then at risk of being targeted for Monsanto's aggressive enforcement of their alleged patent rights.

Anyone who understands how nature works will know that Monsanto's tactics are profoundly unfair, because there's simply NO way to avoid contamination!

For example, American rice farmers recently lost $389 million in projected sales as a result of the contamination with Bayer's unapproved experimental GM rice. Some 3,000 lawsuits have been filed against Bayer in recent years over their GM crops contaminating American rice farms. What makes this such a potent example is that Bayer's GM rice, known as LibertyLink, was never approved for commercial planting; it's an experimental crop, meant to be sown for research purposes only. Yet once planted, it was impossible to contain it. And this is the kind of dangerous ripple-effect that is bound to occur whenever a GM crop is introduced.

Unfortunately, federal judge Naomi Reice Buchwald dismissed OSGATA's case on February 27, stating that the organization "had no standing to bring such a suit, had not been harmed by the company, and had engaged in a transparent effort to create a controversy where none exists," the New York Times reportsii.

Two years ago, the Food Freedom blog reported that the Irish government accidentally planted Monsanto's Roundup Ready GM maize, which was, and still is, banned in Irelandiii. The contaminated seeds had been supplied by Pioneer Hi-Bred Northern Europe, a subsidiary of DuPont. To protect surrounding farmers and organic farms, the contaminated maize crops were destroyed before flowering, to prevent pollen drift. However, there's still no telling the full extent of the GM contamination. After all, it was only discovered through random testing. The seed had verified as "GM-free" by Pioneer Hi-Bred.

Last year, a Greenpeace report revealed Monsanto's GM corn had been discovered across 3,000 hectares (7,400 acres) in seven German statesiv. Since GM corn is banned in Germany, the farmers had to destroy their crops and "eat" their losses, as the seed companies refused to accept liability for the contamination.

In 2007, pollen drift from GM maize (MON810) fields were also found to have contaminated hundreds of conventional and organic farmers in Spain; the only country in the EU that allows GM maize to be cultivated. A 2009 Greenpeace report documents the socioeconomic and human impacts of the contaminationv.

[link to articles.mercola.com]
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The White House is withholding documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by an environmental group that suspects the Obama administration of working with Monsanto-linked lobbyists to defend the planting of genetically engineered (GE) crops in wildlife refuges across the country.

The information currently being withheld includes a portion of a January 2011 email that a top White House policy analyst received from a lobbyist with the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), which represents GE seed companies such as Monsanto and Syngenta.

According to legal filings, the White House withheld the portion of the email because it accidentally contained information on BIO's lobbying strategy that, if released, would cause competitive harm to the group and the companies it represents.

[link to www.truth-out.org]
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^ interesting video from that Mercola link

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[link to naturalsociety.com]


Monsanto tentatively agreed to a $93 million settlement with some residents of Nitro, West Virginia. Nitro is a small town that got its name from manufacturing explosives during WWI. It was also the site of a Monsanto chemical plant that manufactured 2,4,5-T herbicide that was half of the Agent Orange recipe. Herbicide 2,4,5-T was contaminated with the caustic by-product dioxin. This settlement may open the floodgates to successfully suing Monsanto for its poison.





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