Genetic Engineering

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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UC and genetic engineering

Submitted: Feb 26, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

A brilliant article on UC's genetic engineering patents and its legal shenanigans. -- BLJ

2-26-13
Pueblo Lands

UC: A University, or a Biotech Company?
Vernon Bowman
http://darwinbondgraham.wordpress.com/

Last month the University of California intervened in a high stakes U.S. Supreme Court case on the side of the agribusiness giant Monsanto Company by filing an amicus brief stating that the university would be harmed materially if Monsanto doesn’t prevail. On the receiving end of UC’s legal argument is Vernon Bowman, a 75 year-old grain farmer from southern Indiana who has been battling Monsanto in court for several years now. It was already a David v. Goliath kind of fight, pitting an elderly guy in overalls against a global corporation with a bottomless pocket for legal expenses; the entry of UC into the court’s deliberations makes that two Goliaths.

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THERE ARE LIMITS!!!

Submitted: Jan 25, 2013
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Badlands Journal editorial board

As has been said with increasing force in the American economy by responsible critics for the last 40 years: THERE ARE LIMITS!
Badlands Journal editorial board

1-24-13
Paul Craig Roberts
Institute for Political Economy


Nature’s Capital Is The Limiting Resource

Life will perish as the environment perishes
21st century ecological economist

Paul Craig Roberts

Only in science fiction can humans escape the consequences of destroying their own habitat. In Robert A. Heinlein’s Time Enough For Love, the “Great Diaspora of the Human Race” began “more than two millennia ago” and has spread to more than “two thousand colonized planets.” The once “lovely green planet” Earth is a slum planet barely able to support life where only the poorest live, Earth’s natural capital having been consumed over two thousand years ago. Humans have found the ability to rejuvenate themselves and to live almost endless lives, but they are unable to rejuvenate the planets whose natural capital they devour. Humans have not encountered “one race as mean, as nasty, as deadly as our own.” As homo sapiens use up the environments of colonized planets, “human intergalactic colony ships are already headed out into the Endless Deeps,” leaving their ruins behind them.

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If farmers arn't stupid ....

Submitted: Dec 17, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

So, the “Farmer Assurance“ thing – using farmers as their poster children — is
quite disingenuous. The biotech industry cares about farmers because farmers are their meal ticket.
Farmers are not stupid; we've learned that the promises of biotech were short
lived at best and to various degrees, simply false. The new GE crops are
basically the old GE crops, just redesigned to resist different, more toxic
herbicides while having become less effective at killing insect pests.
..Goodman, 12-14-12

If farmers aren't stupid, why have they planted GE crops from Saskachewan to Argentina? Why do Monsanto and their fellows in the Biotech Industry Association figure it is worth millions in bribes to Congress to make official the federal government failure of oversight concerning the health and environmental damage done by GE crops? Given that they know their business and have test marketed SWAT teams invading alleged seed saving farms and have streamlined their legal and propaganda operations to a point far more effective than their science ever was, the only way to figure their behavior is that they are betting on a near sure thing: the stupidity of farmers.

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Worse than NAFTA now off the Pacifric coast

Submitted: Sep 15, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board
All the corporations learned from NAFTA was how to make the next "regional" agreement worse. --BLJ
 
8-14-12
Food & Water Watch
If you thought NAFTA was bad, you ain't seen nothing yet
Mitch Jones

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/blogs/if-you-thought-nafta-was-bad-you-aint-seen-nothing-yet/#more-20955

 
 

Although no one in the media seems to be talking about it, a meeting is taking place in Virginia that could cement the same economic interests that lead us to the 2007 crisis. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) being negotiated by 13 countries would lead to increased gas exports and increased imported foods, while undermining our domestic laws and increasing the financialization of nature.

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Hooray for Oregon

Submitted: Aug 21, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

Victory for GMO-free movement: Plantings halted in Oregon
August 18, 2012
By Nicholas Tomasi


http://www.deathrattlesports.com/archives/8388/victory-for-gmo-free-movement-plantings-halted-in-oregon/

The ongoing food fight between massive biotech companies and grassroots activists has continued on the west coast, with a monumental vote on the mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods looming in California this November.

 

The GMO-free movement took home an important victory on August 16 against canola in the latest round between the two sides, as GMO canola plantings were halted due to a successful lawsuit in Oregon.

 

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