Photo Credit: “Feeding cotton seeds, in New South Wales” by Cgoodwin
Now that you read 5 Things You Need To Know About Cotton Or You’ll Die Twice what do you do with all the new things you learned? Die twice? Get angry? Hide under the bed? Well, you can’t die twice (I’m sure you’re relieved). Anger is acceptable and appropriate in this situation. Hiding under the bed is not. Some of the suggestions here are personal and can rid or reduce GE cotton in your life and your family’s lives, but that’s not enough. It’s important to help others.
In this video climaterealityproject.org shows the other times when doubt was used to sell folks on harmful products and even attack those who disagreed. The perfect correlation here is the cigarette companies claiming their products were safe when they knew better. Also, the example of DDT was used here. People were so convinced the insecticide was safe they sent threatening letters to scientist and writer Rachel Carson who wrote the powerful book, Silent Spring, and about the scourge they were to this planet. Due to the efforts of environmentalists the use of DDT was outlawed by Congress.
So what happened to the manufacturers of DDT? Did they go out of business? Nope, they reinvented themselves as biotech corporation Monsanto and now they engineer your food and they can vote since they are a person!
Monsanto, the US agricultural biotechnology titan, is cooperating with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s probe into some of its questionable business practices.
The probe covers documents pertaining to the sale of its glyphosate products in fiscal year 2009 and 2010. Monsanto recently reported a 77% leap in net income which, can be attributed to its strong arming of core seeds and genetic traits business.
Monsanto saw their new income grow in the third quarter rise to $680 million, shares leaped from 70 cents to $1.26.
President of Monsanto, Hugh Grant, said he is taking the investigation seriously. Grant also notes that the investigation is “focused on our customer incentives and it’s focused on the 2009-2010 time frame… we’re just starting document production and we are cooperating to our full ability.”
In addition to being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s probe, Monsanto is also under investigation by the US Department of Justice. The Department of Justice is reviewing the possibility of Monsanto violating anti-trust laws in regards to its monopoly over the genetically-engineered seed industry.
There are 165 million acres of genetically engineered crops in the United States –that’s over 1/3 of all the cropland in the country. And these genetically engineered crops are going from the fields to our supermarkets, where many unsuspecting consumers have no idea what they’re buying. Continue reading →
A recent article at reuters.com has me puzzled. Essentially we have a stack of data from a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and researchers with a lot of speculations that could have disastrous effects. Continue reading →
Down with Monsanto. Down with GMO and hybrid seeds.”
Those were the chants of the peasants who protested against genetically modified seed “donator” Monsanto. Their one harvest seeds would spell disaster for the still ailing nation, plunging the farmers into a kind of “green slavery” and destroying the nations ability to feed itself. On June 4th, World Environment Day, Haitian farmers, national and international peasant groups came together to burn the toxic donation and voice their opposition to the Haitian president, Rene Preval. Continue reading →
Above is a pic from a racist cotton ad campaign you can read about at contexts.org
Recently non-profit Organic Exchange released a list of top organic cotton buyers. Nike, Walmart and European clothing retailer H&M topped the list and which I wrote about HERE.
I was surprised by European ultra trendy retailer H&M was embroiled in a green scandal earlier this year, where they were said to have been committing organic cotton fraud. They sold clothes labeled as “certified-organic cotton” when it was actually genetically modified cotton from India.