Growers: USDA must act, prevent sugar...

Growers: USDA must act, prevent sugar supply issue

There are 2 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Aug 20, 2010, titled Growers: USDA must act, prevent sugar supply issue. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A judge's ruling halting planting of genetically modified sugar beet seeds has left growers feeling uncertain as they wait for federal officials to decide the next step for a crop that provides half of the nation's sugar supply.

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a better way

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Aug 20, 2010
Oh goody, we're seeing the setup for a false sugar shortage. Just drop the trade barriers and start importing sugar from the Caribbean. Give those nations something legal to export and you'll finally start undermining the drug economy. Folks, this is a no-brainer. Unless you're a beet grower afraid of non-subsidized competition.
Penny

Madison, WI

#2 Aug 20, 2010
And we are just supposed to trust that the genetically altered seeds aren't going to cause any problems later on? Remember this is Monsanto. The aspertame Monsanto.

Top 10 Reasons to Label Genetically Engineered Food

1. A threat to life: The Convention on Biodiversity recognizes that genetic engineering is a threat to the amount and variety of life on the planet.

2. They're unhealthy: Scientists reviewing data from Monsanto's own studies "have proven that genetically engineered foods are neither sufficiently healthy or proper to be commercialized."

3. Allergens: Biotech's scattershot technique of spraying plant cells with a buckshot of foreign genes that hit chromosomes in random spots can trigger the expression of new allergens and change the character of plant proteins.

4. The dairy's different: Milk and dairy products from cows injected with genetically engineered growth hormones are different from normal milk and dairy products.

5. Birth defects: The third generation of hamsters fed genetically engineered soy suffered slower growth, a high mortality rate, and a bizarre birth defect: fur growing in their mouths. Many also lost the ability to have pups.

6. It makes a difference: Animals fed genetically engineered feed are different from animals fed conventional and organic feed.

7. Gene transfer: A single serving of genetically engineered soy canresult in horizontal gene transfer, where the bacteria in the human gut adopts the soy's genetically engineered DNA.

8. They're different: Genetically engineered foods are different from normal foods.


9. Testing: Genetically engineered foods have not been tested to determine whether they are safe for human consumption.

10. They're everywhere: Almost all non-organic processed food and animal products in the U.S. today contain ingredients that come from genetically engineered crops or from animals given genetically engineered feed, vaccines or growth hormones.

Genetically Engineered Foods Should Be Labeled!

http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm

Michael Taylor, former Monsanto Vice President, is now the FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods.

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