Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by LightSpeedDriver
Who said it was good?
Monsanto sells it (others do too). Farmers are not forced to buy it. Why not blame them?
From the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, OCA has been tracking the opportunities for Monsanto, a well-known war profiteer (Agent Orange, Vietnam), to take advantage of the current occupations. These include pushing glyphosate (Monsanto's Roundup herbicide) for poppy eradication in Afghanistan and opening the Iraqi market to the patenting of plants and seeds while preventing farmers from saving registered seed varieties.
As Vanity Fair reported last year, "In Iraq, the groundwork has been laid to protect the patents of Monsanto and other G.M.-seed companies. One of L. Paul Bremerâ€™s last acts as head of the Coalition Provisional Authority was an order stipulating that 'farmers shall be prohibited from re-using seeds of protected varieties.' Monsanto has said that it has no interest in doing business in Iraq, but should the company change its mind, the American-style law is in place."
Over the past 15 years or so, a collection of five giant biotech corporations -- Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow and DuPont -- have bought up more than 200 other companies, allowing them to dominate access to seeds.
The takeover has been so dramatic that it is becoming difficult for farmers to find alternatives. As a result, in the U.S., 90 percent of soybeans are genetically-modified, and many conventional farmers have trouble obtaining non-genetically modified seeds...For example, in the US, as of 2009 genetically modified (GM) soybeans accounted for 91 percent of the soybean market. Eighty-five percent of all corn grown was GM, as well as 88 percent of all cotton.
....As for pesticide use, USDA data shows that GM crops has increased pesticide use by 50 million pounds from 1996 to 2003 in the U.S., and the use of glyphosate went up more than 15-fold between 1994 and 2005, along with increases in other herbicides to cope with rising glyphosate resistant superweeds. ...
....confirmed transgene contamination in the wild.
Originally posted by galacticgirl
Great thread - many thanks! My father uses Roundup. In an effort to convince him to stop this practice - I read everything I could find about Roundup just this past Sunday night - pulled an all nighter. I was so angry and upset after doing the research that I couldn't go to sleep even when I tried. I printed out 7 of the articles and now will attempt to change my father's ways - wish me luck. Fortunately he lives over 700 miles away so there's no drift of Roundup on my organic farm.
After finishing my research I now hate Monsanto (yes, I'm a little late to the party - but better late than never!). I truly need to become an antiMonsanto activist.
I'm an organic veggie and perennial flower farmer - I've NEVER used any insecticide, pesticide or herbicide. I hand pick worms, Japaneese beetles and squash bug larva. I have acres of organic vegetables and many acres of gorgeous perennial flowers. I just got the number for the local beekeepers association - I'm going to invite them to keep bees on my farm. Bees will be safe, loved and nurtured in a non-toxic environment.
Watch out Monsanto - I'm now on the war path!
Originally posted by Phage
Strange though, I thought people were worried about non GMO crops being pollinated by GMO crops. I guess that's not a problem at all.
Originally posted by intrptr
Has man ever successfully eradicated even one species of insect? Take you time responding...
Originally posted by Danbones
combine an aggressive african bee (which already dominate when mixed genetically with normal bees) with a monsanto bee
then the next thing you know :
killer monsanto bees
Originally posted by TWISTEDWORDS
Big deal, Mansanto can't control a species. The species of bees will go out of there control, just like the fire ants did and in the end the bees will probably be better. We will probably get an explosion of bees which will be beneficial in the end. Mansanto, as evil a company as it is, keeps failing in the end.
yes it is, as according to the rules i work by and the USDA. weeds are considered pests and roundup pesticide. it's all part of the USDA labeling requirements. all herbicides fall under the category of pesticide, as do fungicides, larvacides and so on.