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Farm Bureau opposes local regulation of GE crops

There are 51 comments on the Lake County Record-Bee story from May 13, 2008, titled Farm Bureau opposes local regulation of GE crops. In it, Lake County Record-Bee reports that:

The Lake County Farm Bureau decided at its meeting Monday to oppose any local regulation regarding genetically engineered crops, Executive Director Chuck March said.

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reason

Saint Michael, MN

#47 Oct 29, 2008
I'm not a shill for anyone.

I grew tired of your passionate pontificating on a subject you know next to nothing about.

Your welcome, I enjoy a debate.
Provocateur

San Francisco, CA

#48 Apr 27, 2009
I know GE franken food is poison and no other country wants poison sold to them as food.
reason

Duluth, MN

#49 Apr 30, 2009
... but the whole world eats 'franken food' anyway.
Provocateur

San Francisco, CA

#50 May 4, 2009
Not on purpose.
Provocateur

San Francisco, CA

#51 May 4, 2009
13 Myths About Genetic Engineering
Myth No. 1 - Genetic engineering (GE) is not new. It is just the same as speeded-up selective breeding.
FACT: Genetic engineering (GE) and conventional breeding are worlds apart. Breeding does not manipulate genes; it involves crossing of selected parents of the same or closely related species. In contrast, GE involves extracting selected genes from one organism (e.g. animals, plants, insects, bacteria) and/or viruses, or synthesising copies, and artificially inserting them into another completely different organism (eg. food crops). GE usually employs virus genes to smuggle in and promote the inserted genes, and antibiotic resistance genes to act as markers. All these inserted genes are present in every cell of the plant.
Myth No. 2 - Genetic engineering is precise.
FACT: The function of only a small proportion of the DNA in a higher organism is known. Modern genetics has shown that genes do not operate in isolation. Rather they interact in a complicated way, changing their behaviour in response to influences from other genes. Although a gene can be cut out precisely from the DNA of an organism, its insertion into the DNA of another organism is entirely random. This results in the disruption of the order of the genes on the chromosome and may result in random and unexpected changes in the functioning of the cells.
Richard Lewontin, Professor of Genetics at Harvard University, has said of GE:'We have such a miserably poor understanding of how the organism develops from its DNA that I would be surprised if we don't get one rude shock after another.'
Myth No. 3 - GE foods vary from non-GE foods only in the characteristic that has been modified.
FACT: The random insertion of foreign genes into the genetic material may cause unexpected changes in the functioning of other genes. Existing molecules may be manufactured in incorrect quantities, at the wrong times, or new molecules may be produced. GE foods and food products may therefore contain unexpected toxins or allergenic molecules that could harm our health or that of our offspring.
Myth No.4 - GE food is extensively tested and the GE food at present on our supermarket shelves is perfectly safe to eat.
FACT: No GE food testing is done in New Zealand. We rely almost entirely on the testing carried out by the GE biotechnology companies that have spent billions of dollars developing the food and intend to make a profit selling it to us. There are serious doubts about the adequacy of the testing and the validity of the conclusions drawn from the results. Independent long-term testing is required before we can be sure that GE food is safe to eat. Another health concern is the possible acceleration of the development of bacterial resistance to antibiotics due to the use of antibiotic resistance genes in the production of GE foods.
Myth No. 5 - Genetically engineered food has improved nutritional value.
FACT: No GE food produced to date has been shown to be more nutritious than non-GE food. Most GE crops are only designed to be resistant to specific herbicides, to produce their own insecticides or to have an increased shelf life.
Myth No.6 - One can always choose not to eat GE food.
FACT: At present most foods on New Zealand supermarket shelves containing GE ingredients are not labelled, so there is no way of knowing whether we are eating them. GE products are likely to be found in foods containing the following ingredients:
Soya flour and oil (in many common foods including breads, sausages, etc.)
Lecithin (in chocolate, ice cream etc.)
Canola oil
Corn (maize) extracts.
Provocateur

San Francisco, CA

#52 May 4, 2009
Myth No. 7 - Farmers will benefit from growing GE crops.
FACT: Seeds of genetically engineered crops are more expensive than those of conventional crops. Farmers in the UK and USA report that yields are generally no better, the crops are less reliable and overall have not improved profitability. Non-GE crops now receive a premium and as more countries reject GE foods, the opportunities to sell GE produce overseas are diminishing. Because of risks associated with GE crops insurance companies in the USA and UK are now reluctant to insure them. Farmers growing GE crops have to sign binding contracts with the biotechnology producers. These commit them to using only the herbicides produced by that company and prohibit them from the traditional practice of saving seed for the next season. Most third world farmers certainly will not benefit.
Myth No.8 - GE crops will reduce the use of herbicides and pesticides.
FACT: Crops engineered to be resistant to specific herbicides may encourage more liberal use of those herbicides. This has been anticipated by one manufacturer, who has applied to ANZFA (Australia New Zealand Food Authority) to have the allowable residue of the herbicide glyphosate (Roundup=AE) in foods sold in New Zealand increased by 200 times. In areas of the USA where crops engineered to produce their own insecticide are grown, pesticide use has not decreased.
Myth No. 9 - There is no evidence that GE crops are harmful to the environment.
FACT: Insects, birds and the wind carry genetically altered pollen and seeds into neighbouring fields and far beyond. Cross-pollination occurs between GE crops and non-GE crops and their wild relatives. In this way resistance to weed killer, for example, might be transmitted to weeds making them more difficult to control. There is evidence that crops engineered to produce their own insecticide can kill beneficial insects.
Myth No. 10 - GE crops will save the world from famine.
FACT: A major cause of famine is the unequal global distribution of food. Food mountains exist in much of the western world and food is regularly dumped. Poor people have limited ability to buy either GE or non-GE food. There is no evidence that GE crops produce higher yields than conventional crops or that GE products will be cheaper.
Myth No. 11 - You can trust the scientists that GE food is good for you and the world.
FACT: The money for scientific research on GE here and overseas comes from either the biotechnology companies or the government. Both are committed to the promises of biotechnology. This means that even when scientists have concerns about the safety or commercial application of the technology, it is often hard for them to risk their careers by being openly critical. One respected scientist in the UK who spoke up about his experimental results showing damaging effects of feeding rats on a type of genetically engineered potato was immediately fired from his job.
Myth No. 12 - You can't stop progress.
FACT: No of course we can't; and why would we want to? Progress implies change for the better. Change for the worse is regression. We must be sure that GE products have benefits for the consumer and are safe if they are to be introduced into our foods. We must not commit ourselves to a dubious technology that cannot be reversed.
Myth No. 13 - There are more important things to worry about than GE foods.
FACT: Many scientists don't think so. For example Joseph Rotblat, the British physicist who won a 1995 Nobel Prize says: "My worry is that other advances in science may result in other means of mass destruction, maybe more readily available even than nuclear weapons. Genetic engineering is quite a possible area, because of these dreadful developments that are taking place there."
Prepared by Consumers for Education about Genetic Engineering
e-mail [email protected]
The Grassroots Media Network http://www.onr.com/user/gnn
reason

Duluth, MN

#53 May 19, 2009
Provocateur wrote:
Myth No. 7 - Farmers will benefit from growing GE crops.
FACT: Seeds of genetically engineered crops are more expensive than those of conventional crops. Farmers in the UK and USA report that yields are generally no better, the crops are less reliable and overall have not improved profitability.*********
Myth No.8 - GE crops will reduce the use of herbicides and pesticides.
FACT: Crops engineered to be resistant to specific herbicides may encourage more liberal use of those herbicides. This has been anticipated by one manufacturer, who has applied to ANZFA (Australia New Zealand Food Authority) to have the allowable residue of the herbicide glyphosate (Roundup=AE) in foods sold in New Zealand increased by 200 times. In areas of the USA where crops engineered to produce their own insecticide are grown, pesticide use has not decreased.
point by point garbage?

Myth #7 - you have never had a crop destroyed by corn borer have you. We used to use pounds upon pounds of insecticide (the worst pesticide) to control these pests ... not necessary now.

Myth #8 - This one kills me. Roundup is so much less toxic (and much cheaper) than the soup we used to use. If the economic benefit of GM crop resistance was not there, we wouldn't buy the seed.

Have you ever seen a farm?
Provocateur

United States

#54 Aug 5, 2010
GE plants don't propagate, so you have to buy the seeds year after year.

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money. ~Cree Indian Proverb
WARS

United States

#55 Apr 12, 2011
BIOENGINEERED FRANKENFOODS
CONTAMI NATING U.S. FOOD SUPPLY!
Yes, it needs that exclamation point, for this is a truly alarming story that should be the subject of ongoing reporting by every media source, perhaps matching the in-depth analysis the media establishment gives to such stories of national import as, say, Michael Jackson.
[A LITTLE BACKGROUND: For some time, the likes of Monsanto have had their white-smocked engineers tinkering merrily and dangerously with the very DNA of food, genetically modifying the natural composition of things like potatoes so they contain a pesticide in every one of their cells, or altering rice so it contains a diarrhea drug in every bite. This is no mere lab experiment, for unbeknownst to the vast majority of Americans, Monsanto and a handful of other global biotech giants have quietly spread the seeds of these genetically altered Frankenfoods to so many farms over the past decade that about a third of the foods on U.S. supermarket shelves now contain organisms with tampered DNA -- everything from baby food and milk to products made with soybean and corn. Thanks to well-placed campaign donations and powerhouse lobbying, this infiltration of our food supply has been done with practically no consumer awareness, since both Bill Clinton's and George W's administrations have let these foodstuffs be sold in America without so much as a label on them to tell us that we're buying something that our families might prefer to avoid. WE NOW RETURN YOU TO THE PRESENT.]

The industry and our so-called "regulators" keep saying that they have these GMOs -- genetically modified organisms -- under tight control so the altered plants won't spread (through their pollen or through mixing of seed) into the fields of unaltered crops. This is what you might call "IMPORTANT" -- since no one knows the longterm impact of Monsanto's lab creations on human health and on the earth's ecology. It would be beyond stupid, Biblical-level stupidity, to let this stuff escape and taint our entire food supply.
In the last few years, however, there have been unsettling "incidents": a shipment of organic corn from Texas was rejected by France (GMO foods are banned in Europe, Japan, Brazil, and other nations) because it contained the altered genes, apparently the result of pollen drifting from farms growing altered corn onto the fields of the organic farmers; a load of GMO corn not approved for human consumption ended up unannounced in Taco Bell's corn products; scientists found that Monarch butterflies were sickened and dying from exposure in the Midwest to GMO grain; Mexico, which does not allow GMO corn it its country, has found native varieties deep in the country's interior to be tainted by Monsanto's corn pollen, which had drifted hundreds of miles, much farther and in a much quicker time than the industry and our government thought possible.
Knowing this is why the small article in the Times caught my eye. It reported on new findings by the widely-respected Union of Concerned Scientists, which had just run a series of systematic tests on 36 batches of corn, canola, and soybean seeds. All of the seeds supposedly were nature's own, free of any genetic manipulation. Yet, UCS found that more than two-thirds of the batches had traces of GMOs in their DNA.
This means that Monsanto's engineered demon is loose on the land. As one of the scientists put it "The door to seed contamination is wide open."
Provocateur

San Francisco, CA

#56 May 18, 2012
So no that roundup ready corn has been shown to be basically poison. And the bugs have grown immune to the point of using agent orange to combat the problem. Why would anyone believe the farm bureau?
Provocateur

Denver, CO

#57 Aug 29, 2012
What are they hiding from US?
To date, total contributions against Proposition 37 are approximately $25 million. Details of the newly reported contributions are below.
NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR CITY STATE/ZIP AMOUNT
MONSANTO COMPANY SAINT LOUIS MO / 63167 $4,208,000.00
E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS & CO. WASHINGTON DC/20004 $4,025,200.00
DOW AGROSCIENCES LLC INDIANAPOLIS IN / 46268 $1,184,800.00
PEPSICO, INC. PURCHASE NY / 10577 $1,716,300.00
NESTLE USA, INC. GLENDALE CA / 91203 $1,169,400.00
COCA-COLA NORTH AMERICA ATLANTA GA / 30313 $603,191.45
BAYER CROPSCIENCE RESEARCH TRIANGLE PA NC / 27709 $554,400.00
CONAGRA FOODS OMAHA NE / 68102 $1,076,700.00
BASF PLANT SCIENCE RESEARCH TRIANGLE PA NC / 27709 $519,200.00
KELLOGG COMPANY BATTLE CREEK MI / 49016 $516,952.06
HERSHEY COMPANY HERSHEY PA / 17033 $283,753.06
HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION AUSTIN MN / 55912 $260,243.61
SYNGENTA CORPORATION WASHINGTON DC / 20006 $821,300.00
OCEAN SPRAY CRANBERRIES, INC. LAKEVILLE-MIDDLEBORO MA / 02349 $199,506.32
PINNACLE FOODS GROUP LLC PARSIPPANY NJ / 07054 $191,107.80
DEAN FOODS COMPANY DALLAS TX / 75204 $182,381.90
MCCORMICK & COMPANY, INC. SPARKS MD / 21152 $178,252.37
RICH PRODUCTS CORPORATION BUFFALO NY / 14213 $160,123.18
CARGILL, INC. WAYZATA MN / 55391 $143,575.49
MORTON SALT CHICAGO IL / 60606 $14,879.01
INVENTURE FOODS, INC. PHOENIX AZ / 85054 $10,846.39
HOUSE-AUTRY MILLS, INC. FOUR OAKS NC / 27524 $1,077.27
THE J.M. SMUCKER COMPANY ORRVILLE OH / 44667 $388,000.00
COUNCIL FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION WASHINGTON DC / 20024 $375,000.00
GROCERY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION WASHINGTON DC / 20005 $375,000.00
HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION AUSTIN MN / 55912 $374,300.00
BIMBO BAKERIES USA HORSHAM PA / 19044 $338,300.00
OCEAN SPRAY CRANBERRIES, INC. LAKEVILLE-MIDDLEBORO MA / 02349 $301,553.21
PINNACLE FOODS GROUP LLC PARSIPPANY NJ / 07054 $266,100.00
Total You Do the Math

For more information about California Right to Know, and labeling of genetically engineered foods, see: www.CaRightToKnow.org .

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