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Activists farmers destroy 1000 square meters of government GMO crops

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posted on Aug, 12 2013 @ 07:39 AM
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It seems that farmers are going to take action, Its about time this happens because if scientists are warning the farmers of those genetically modified crops. Then to add action to the words would be the next step. Otherwise it will never stop .


Genetically modified foods have an image problem all over the world. Field trials of GM wheat were targeted last year in the UK, and now some 400 farmers in the Philippines have stormed a government-owned GM research field.



Golden Rice is a strain of rice that has been modified by scientists to contain beta carotene, a source of vitamin A. An estimated 2 million people die from vitamin A deficiency worldwide every year. Annually, about 500,000 children — mainly in the developing world — go blind from lack of the nutrient. Golden Rice advocates claim that replacing half of a child’s rice intake with Golden Rice provides them with 60 percent of their daily requirement of vitamin A.


If read the above then I wonder is it really that harmful? But I read it everywhere that that it also kills bees and other insects that do the pollinating crop thing and that I think is serious to stop these genetic modification to crops.





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posted on Aug, 12 2013 @ 08:11 AM
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Originally posted by 0bserver1
It seems that farmers are going to take action, Its about time this happens because if scientists are warning the farmers of those genetically modified crops. Then to add action to the words would be the next step. Otherwise it will never stop .


Reading the original source material for this article, specifically the comments of Bert Autor, a farmer and spokesperson of SIKWAL-GMO, it seems the main issues are economic.
Yes, he mentions the "how do we know its safe?" argument in passing, but really his main issue is with the control that he suspects will come with the rice market being dominated by multinational corporations.
And he uses the example of corn farmers as a precedent, where

Farmers who shifted to GM corn farming suffered the most, as the price of GM seeds and other inputs skyrocketed. The farmers are now in debt, most of them lose their land to corn traders because they are unable to pay.



What we need is a comprehensive and long term solution to address hunger and malnutrition. Golden Rice, and GMOs in general will only aggravate the already dire condition of the small and resource-poor farmers.


Its about multinational corporations screwing over the little guy in foreign countries.
Its about the $$$$.



posted on Aug, 12 2013 @ 08:58 AM
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The farmer activists destroy a tiny 1km squared bit of land with GMO on it?

Sounds too much like "pro-GM crowd dress as farmers and destroy own crop to gain more government support"



posted on Aug, 12 2013 @ 09:04 AM
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If farmer did do that, are they ready to to give free food to children in malnourished countries? I don't think, this is nothing about evil crops, its all about their profit.



posted on Aug, 12 2013 @ 03:49 PM
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Agree that it all is about the money ,because none will buy their rice anymore if GM-rice with high vitamin a will sell much better. So poverty amongst the farmers will rise.


Marbella, who attended the protest at Pili, Camarines Sur, where the Golden Rice in a trial site was uprooted, says malnutrition is caused by poverty



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