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**Who is MONSANTO, what are GMOs, and why should we be concerned?

 

Monsanto is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation worth 20 million dollars. They are the leading producers in Genetically Engineered Seeds and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s). There is now a bill that has been passed by the Obama Administration, the Monsanto Protection Act 2.0 Section 735, stating that Monsanto is legally protected to sell, trade, produce, and distribute GMOs, even if research proves that these GMOs have major health risks (Which they do). Studies have shown that GMO’s have proven to cause cancerous tumors in animals. What does this mean for human consumption?

  

GMOs = (genetically modified organisms) are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit. Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights. The possibilities are endless: corn producing its own pesticide, high-carbon capturing plants, goats that produce spider web protein in their milk, pigs with decreased phosphorous output, glow in the dark cats, bananas with vaccine properties, and more.

 

MONSANTO- The creators of AGENT ORANGE

 

Agent Orange: the combination of the code names for Herbicide Orange (HO) and Agent LNX, one of the herbicides and defoliants used by the U.S. military as part of its chemical warfare program, Operation Ranch Hand, during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971. Vietnam estimates 400,000 people were killed or maimed, and 500,000 children born with birth defects as a result of its use.[1]The Red Cross of Vietnam estimates that up to 1 million people are disabled or have health problems due to Agent Orange. As of 2012, a baby was reported to have suffered serious health problems related to the defoliant. This means, that a fourth generation of victims have emerged due to Agent Orange. 

 

**Countries all over the world are beginning to BAN MONSANTO and require the LABELING of GMO products. Why isn't Canada one of those countries?

 

A LIST OF A FEW COUNTRIES IN REGARDS TO GMO LAWS

 

Australia: South Australia has a ban on GM crops. Law requires GMO labeling on all GMO products.

 

Tasmania: Has a momentary prohibition on GMO until November of 2014.

 

Japan: Extremely opposed to genetically modified crops and no GM seeds are allowed to be planted in this country. However, large quantities of canola are imported from Canada (which is one of the world's largest producers of GM canola). Genetically modified canola such as Monsanto's Roundup Ready canola have been found to test positive for the contamination of several major ports and roads to major food oil companies in Japan. Law requires GMO labeling on all GMO products.

 

New Zealand: No GM foods are grown in the country. Law requires GMO labeling on all GMO products.

 

Germany: There is a ban on the cultivation or sale of GMO maize. (corn)

 

Poland: Prohibits GMO cultivation, and trade. GMO is strictly limited to laboratories.

 

Ireland: All GM crops were banned for cultivation in 2009, and there is a voluntary labeling system for foods containing GM foods to be identified as such.

 

Austria, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria and Luxembourg: There are bans on the cultivation and sale of GMOs in these countries.

 

France: Monsanto's MON810 GM corn has been forbidden since 2008. There is widespread knowledge and mistrust about GMOs. This has been very successful in keeping GM crops out of the country.

 

Switzerland: Banned all GM crops, animals, and plants on its fields and farms in a public referendum in 2005, but the initial ban was for only five years. The ban has since been extended through 2013.

 

Peru: Has placed a ten year ban on GMOs. Peru’s ban on GMO foods prohibits the import, production, and use of genetically modified foods. The law is aimed at safeguarding Peru’s agricultural diversity and also the prevention of non-GMO crops. This law also helps protect the export of organic products from Peru. GOOD WORK PERU!!!

 

India: The Government of India placed a ban of GM eggplant just before it was scheduled to be planted in 2010. Unfortunately, farmers were encouraged to plant MONSANTO’s GM cotton. This has led to devastating results. Farmers that pluck the GM cotton have developed body rashes, and flu-like symptoms. Farmers in non GM cotton fields are experiencing NONE of these symptoms. In the past, Indian farmers have always let cattle graze on cotton fields after harvest. Since the introduction of GM cotton, thousands of reports of cattle have resulted in sickness and death. Sadly, there is no law to protect Indian farmers at this time against MONSANTO. Nearly 300,000 farmers have committed suicide since 1995 to get out of Monsanto debt since planting GM seeds. This means that since 1995, approximately 1 Indian farmer commits suicide every 2 hours.

 

Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka has banned the importation of genetically modified foods, preservatives and additives. Sri Lanka joins other countries in banning, regulating and limiting GMOs.

 

Thailand: The country has tried declaring some areas as GMO-free zones in order to encourage other countries to trust their foods.  Has also banned the importation of GMO’s.

 

Russia: Has suspended imports of Monsanto’s GMO corn after French Studies linked GM corn to cancer.

 

Egypt: Banned the cultivation of GMO crops.

 

Greece: has extended a ban on a strain of genetically modified corn produced by U.S. agriculture biotechnology company Monsanto for another two years.

 

Italy: The four regions of Tuscany, Molise, Lazio and Marche and around 25 provinces, cities and communes banned GM crops, including Rome, Milan, Turin, Brescia and Genoa.

 

Romania: Is in the process of banning the genetically modified crops.

 

Portugal: Has two regions (the Algarve region and the Madeira Islands) that have declared themselves GMO-free. There are various country-wide bans on genetically modified crops. Additionally, 27 municipalities all over Portugal have passed GMO-free declarations.

 

Germany: Requires farmers that grow GMO crops to maintain minimum distance from traditional farms and legally holds them liable for damages if conventional crops suffer contamination due cross-pollination.

 

China: Requires GMO labeling on all products.

 

Philippines: Has laws limiting GMO foods.

 

Saudi Arabia: Requires GMO labeling on all products. Has also banned the importation of GMO wheat.

 

Chile: Requires GMO labeling on all products.

 

South Africa: Requires GMO labeling on all products.

 

Algeria: Both planting and distribution of GMO foods is illegal.

 

The United States: No such requirements. In fact, the Obama Administration passed the MONSANTO PROTECTION ACT Section 735. Deep within the nearly 600 page bill, Section 735 includes language that allows biotech companies (MONSANTO) that experiment with genetically-engineered and genetically-modified crops test and sell lab-made products even if legal action is taken against them. Essentially the bill both written by and benefitting Monsanto Corporation, has been signed into law by President Barack Obama. The bill gives Monsanto Immunity to federal courts, among other things. The bill states that even if future research proves GMOs or GE seeds cause cancer or other disease, and health issues, the federal courts still have no power to stop the spread, use, or sale.

 

Canada: Nova Scotia is the first and Province or state in North America to ban a GM food product. A six month study by AgriSearch, an on-campus research arm of Dalhousie University, has shown that GM cucumbers grown under license to Monsanto Inc. result in serious side effects including total groin hair loss and chafing in “sensitive areas”, leading to the immediate and total ban of sales of all that company’s crop and subsequent dill pickles. The tracking study of 643 men and women in Nova Scotia came after reports began to surface about bald field mice and bald feral cats that were discovered on these crops. No other bans or labeling laws currently exist anywhere in Canada. Canada is now the 4th largest producer of GM crops worldwide, having planted 11.6 million hectares of GM crops in 2012 and trending upward. In comparison, the US planted almost 70 million hectares of GM crops in the same year. And to put things in perspective, out of the 1.5 billion hectares of arable land worldwide, 170 million hectares are currently planted with GM crops - that’s over 11% of the world’s arable land. Clearly, the GM food movement is of great significance and requires our attention.

 

MONSANTO talks about "feeding the world". We produce enough food at this time to feed 12 billion people. There are only 7 billion people on the planet. 1 billion people do not have enough food, and half of those people produce the food but cannot afford to feed themselves. 

 

There is more to the story of destruction that is being lead by MONSANTO, and will continue if we don't take a stand now! 

 

MAKE CANADA LABEL ALL GMO PRODUCTS.

WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW IF IT'S GMO.

TAKE A STAND NOW AGAINST MONSANTO.

 

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