Genetic Engineering

Vermont enacts GMO-labeling law

Submitted: May 09, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

5-8-14

RT.com

Vermont governor signs first in US GMO-labeling law to go into effect

http://rt.com/usa/157744-vermont-gmo-labeling-signed/


Vermont will become the first state to enact a law requiring labels on foods with genetically modified ingredients after the governor signed the bill into law on Thursday afternoon. The bill will go into effect in July 2016.


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The Bear don't want no GMO's either

Submitted: Apr 30, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Following the lead of several California counties, the Russians are joining other wimpy nations of the earth in rejecting genetically modified organism seeds and the pesticides that are created to resist, mainly RoundUp. Michael Meachum, former environmental minister in the UK at the outset of the massive invasion of GMO maize in Canada and the US, praised the citizens of North America for their courage in planting and eating these genetically engineered foods without adequate health studies in advance (because Monsanto et al had bought the FDA and its lawyers and flacksters savagely attacked anyone with the temerity to raise a critical voice), he Britons, however, Meachum said, lacked that kind of  courage and would study GMO's more completely than the Canadians and Americans had.

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The Great Khaganess is screwing around with our poultry and grain prices

Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The neocon Khaganess of the State Department, Victoria "F**k th EC" Nuland Kagan, remains at her post. Why?

Evidently she is in charge of a neocon cabal in the State Department, the Khaganate of Nulands, intent on realizing a bizarre Khazarian Ravanche campaign to reconquer Ukraine, in part to sell the former Breadbasket of Eurasia to Cargill for the production of Monsanto's genetically modified wheat (which has never been approved in the US), and perhaps alos to make the whole country safe for the construction of Fiddler-On-The-Roof Shtetl Casinos and Retirement Communities (TM) and Last Adventure Tour-Chernobyl geriatric cancer clinics. 

Our point, lest we belabor it with satire, is that the US does not belong there regardless of the agenda of neocons in the federal government. 

Meanwhile, back in that poor, battered and despised world known as Historical Reality, for a number of reasons caused by the Great Khaganess, US grain and poultry producers are beginning to suspect that they've been had again and in a new, different way by the neocon corporatist gummint. Also, Russia is signing gas deals with China instead of the West. -- blj


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US-based agribusiness no stranger in the Ukraine

Submitted: Mar 22, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 There are two things that most well-read people knew about Russia 40 years ago: they had fought for their warm water port on the Black Sea, Sevastopol; and the Ukraine was one of the great “breadbaskets” of the world, along with the Midwestern states of the US and the Pampas of Argentina. We don’t mean “breadbasket” as it is misused by propagandists for the irrigation and water districts in the San Joaquin Valley; we mean it as one of the great grain growing regions of the world.

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Rotterdam bans Monsanto's Roundup

Submitted: Jul 28, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

As we know, Roundup (glyphosate) is a dangerous pesticide that is used all over the world. Though its maker, Monsanto, would have you believe there’s nothing to be afraid of, research says differently. As a matter of fact, glyphosate has been connected to numerous health problems including respiratory distress, cellular damage, and even cancer...Global Research, July 27, 2013

Large parts of the rest of the world know that Roundup is dangerous to human health, in fact dangerous to any living thing that is not a plant coming from Monsanto's genetically modified, patented seeds.

Badlands Journal editorial board

7-27-13

Global Research 

Dutch City of Rotterdam Bans Monsanto Glyphosate Roundup Herbicide

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Monsanto's chair of the Stanislaus Board of Supervisors

Submitted: Jul 25, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

We found this piece of biotech propaganda by Vito Chiesa, the chairman of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, to be an offense to everyone in that county who is not an agribusinessman. He misinforms the local public about a legislative sneak attack on biotech regulation by the industry, the so-called “Farmer Assurance Provision,” stuck on page 78 of a resolution that had to be passed if the federal government was to continue paying its bills. This might be a clue about how Chairman Chiesa practices politics on the Stanislaus board.  

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Our grand "stewards of the land"

Submitted: Mar 16, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board
The continuing decline of imported and wild species of bees makes us gag at one of San Joaquin Valley agriculture's most cherished slogans: "Farmers are the best stewards of the land." Agribusiness, which we have entrusted with growing most of our food, is killing the bees that pollinate so many of the foods we eat. What is the real price for a price setting world monopoly in almonds, if during the largest annual pollination event in the world, the pollinators are destroyed? 
These grand "stewarts of the land" cannot be trusted to conduct their business without destroying all that is not their business. We ought to begin thinking about bees, especially the Honey Bee, as an endangered species in need of protection from agribusiness and beekeepers by a wise governing force. Instead, we have government, governed in the instance of the bees, by agribusiness.through the land grant universities and the members of Congress that agribusiness funds. We cannot expect the scientists or the politicians to bite the hand that feeds them.
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Great "stewards of the land"

Submitted: Mar 16, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board
 It is one of San Joaquin Valley Ag-flak's favorite slogans-- that "farmers are stewards of the land" (and therefore could not do anything wrong on the land) -- that makes us gag to relate in light of the decline of the bees, domestic and imported. It would appear that agribusiness, which we have entrusted with growing most of our food, is killing the bees that pollinate so many of the food s we eat. We take the view that agribusiness is the cause of the decline because the more dominant this passionately greedy form of agriculture has become, the more idioticly defined by the narrowest economic aims (what a price for a world monopoly in almonds if it kills the bees) it has become (monopolies can control prices).
Clearly, these "stewarts of the land" cannot be trusted to conduct their business without destroying all that is not their business. We ought to begin thinking about bees, especially the Honey Bee, as an endangered species in need of government protection from bee keepers and farmers.
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Vandana Shiva: Violence against women, the earth, seed and farmers

Submitted: Mar 09, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

3-8-13
Democracy Now!

Vandana Shiva on Int’l Women’s Day: "Capitalist Patriarchy Has Aggravated Violence Against Women"
http://www.democracynow.org/2013/3/8/vandana_shiva_on_intl_womens_day

AMY GOODMAN: We continue our conversation on this International Women’s Day with world-renowned feminist, activist, thinker from India, Dr. Vandana Shiva. India witnessed nationwide protests earlier this year following the brutal gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student in Delhi in December. The rape brought attention to other instances of sexual violence in India, where one woman is raped every 20 minutes, according to the national crime registry there. The conviction rates in the rape cases in India have decreased from 46 percent in 1971 to 26 percent in 2012.

To talk more about the significance of International Women’s Day, we go to Los Angeles to speak with Vandana Shiva, where she’s on tour right now. She’s the author of many books, including Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace, Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development. Her most recent book is Making Peace with the Earth.

Vandana, welcome to Democracy Now! As you travel in the United States from India right now—you’re an environmental leader, you’re a feminist, you’re a scientist—what is your message on this International Women’s Day?

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