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Environmentalists had argued that there might be a risk of cross-pollination between genetically modified plants and neighbouring crops. They also argued over-use of the company's weedkiller Roundup, the chemical treatment the alfalfa is modified to be resistant to, could cause pollution of ground water and lead to resistant "super-weeds". But Monsanto says claims its products were dangerous amounted to "bad science fiction with no support on the record".
Originally posted by LoneGunMan
reply to post by J.Clear
Our Supreme court is insane They are not for us anymore but for big business.
Back when Monsanto was trying to get this past the EPA, they said on video to Bush SR. that they were having trouble getting past the EPA and he said on video "contact my office we are in the deregulation business" in other words it went into production without going through the proper channels and no one really knows if it safe or not.
Originally posted by Unit541
The fact that Monsanto's own cafeterias are "GM - FREE" is all the "study" that I think needs to be done.
Makes you wonder, why they go out of their way to ensure that their own people aren't consuming their own products...
Originally posted by eazyriderl_l
The studies are there with the bovine growth whoremoan and it being passed in our milk. the only problem is when fox tried to point it out, the reporters were fired and fox dropped anything negative for "legal issues".
And, while the High Court ruled in favor of Monsanto by reversing an injunction that was part of the lower court's decision, more importantly, it also ruled that the ban on GMO alfalfa remains intact, and that the planting and sale of GMO alfalfa remains illegal.
Roundup resistant weeds pose environmental threat,
When the weed killer Roundup was introduced in the 1970s, it proved it could kill nearly any plant while still being safer than many other herbicides, and it allowed farmers to give up harsher chemicals and reduce tilling that can contribute to erosion.
But 34 years later, a few sturdy species of weed resistant to Roundup have evolved, forcing farmers to return to some of the less environmentally safe practices they abandoned decades ago.
The situation is the worst in the South, where some farmers now walk fields with hoes, killing weeds in a way their great-grandfathers were happy to leave behind. And the problem is spreading quickly across the Corn Belt and beyond, with Roundup now proving unreliable in killing at least 10 weed species in at least 22 states. Some species, like Palmer amaranth in Arkansas and water hemp and marestail in Illinois, grow fast and big, producing tens of thousands of seeds.
Originally posted by 29083010384959
Phew, I'm so glad the BBC article was incomplete. I just read it and came here to see if any threads popped up, and if anyone was as outraged as I was. That article was such a spin, had me fuming Thank god GM alfalfa is still banned; IMO just heading down the GM route instead of developing different agricultural techniques to increase yields with natural species is a lazy cop out. And with companies as aggressive as Monsanto it's just plain scary. Maybe if we focused on eliminating poverty (By we, I mean Humans in general), and farmers in countries like India could afford more modern and efficient machinery and equipment. And the local infrastructure and irrigation systems could be improved, they wouldn't have to buy GM crops that are drought resistant in the first place. But that's the easy short term solution, and I guess the cheapest. People need to focus more on the long term.