POISONING FOR PENNIES, PROFITING BY MILLIONS
Temecula, CA – It is sad to say but the ‘Big G’ doesn’t stand for ‘goodness’ anymore. Now the big ‘G’ stands for GMO wheat which was found growing where there shouldn’t have been any GMOstwo into this deepening worldwide query.
The following report gives us a better look at the situation. BTW folks, this discovery coming on the heels of the global [under-covered in America] March Against Monsanto, throwing the spotlight back on Monsanto, is not what the biotech imperial company wanted. Like a mugger or the darkness of evil, Monsanto does not covet any publicity on projects they are doing, except among their 1%. Remember, Mitt Romney, a man who wouldn’t share his tax info running for office, was their go-to venture capital consultant from all the people at Bain. They chose him. Again and again, tea-baggers, and he went when summoned. Also, there is no difference between the Obama administration and the Bush administration on Monsanto.
Here is an information update on the PR scandal from reporter Justin Bachman.
‘Wheat farmers, advocates of food safety, and pretty much anyone who eats bread or noodles have turned their attention to Oregon, where a wheat farmer found a genetically engineered strain of wheat in his otherwise unmodified crop. He couldn’t kill it in any of the normal ways, so he sent it to the lab for testing, which sounds like the set-up for a farm-belt horror movie, except that its not.
This days old reality has caused alarm of a different sort: Genetically modified wheat hasn’t been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and unlike corn and soy and other so-called GMO foods, there isn’t supposed to be any genetically modified wheat in the U.S. food supply at all.
There are two reasons to care. Food safety folks lobby hard for labeling of genetically modified foods, saying that the jury is out on the long-term health and environmental effects and that the American consumer has the right to know what they’re buying. The companies that make the seeds say they’re perfectly safe.
And for wheat farmers and exporters, this potentially cripples the export market. Many foreign buyers don’t want genetically modified wheat/wheat feed and will switch their buying to Russia, Ukraine, Australia, and other large exporters. Japan reacted quickly, canceling an order several days ago for nearly 25,000 tons of wheat, Bloomberg News reported, and wheat futures dropped on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Is there a public safety issue?
That’s a matter of current debate in this country. Regulators were quick to jump on the Oregon discovery with a battery of tests and extensive investigations that are under way now. Monsanto designed the Roundup Ready wheat to withstand its Roundup herbicide used to keep fields free of pests, and the gene isn’t considered harmful. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed the food and feed safety of Roundup Ready wheat more than a decade ago,” Monsanto said in a May 29 statement.
[This is a BLATANT LIE. The FDA did no testing hence could not have confirmed anything. If you look at their web site they say that they let these potentially dangerous poisons into of food supply based on Monsanto's supposed testing, except Monsanto never tested ANY GMO crop for safety according to any accepted scientific standard - Ed]
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which is responsible for keeping unapproved GMOs out of the food supply, is testing the wheat. In a full-court PR press, the agency has also released a Q&A (PDF) and video to address the issue.
Critics of gene-altered food argue that the periodic crop discoveries highlight a regulatory system that is woefully inadequate to monitor the expansion of modified crops and to detect any dangerous genes that could materialize. “The question is why APHIS does not tighten its procedures for field trials. It’s incredibly lax, whatever APHIS may try to say,” says Bill Freese, a science policy analyst with the Center for Food Safety. [Ed note: Any similarity between APHIS and Autumnwood's DTSC ineptness is purely coincidental]
Here are a few points to consider:
It’s probably too late to do much about this.
The U.S. has some 1,000 field trials for new gene-altered crops each year, most in multiple sites. The protocols for containing those genes are lax, argue such critics as the Center for Food Safety, which wants a moratorium on field testing of gene-altered crops.
”I would not be at all surprised if there are a number of experimental genes that have contaminated and are happily being passed along at low levels in the food supplies of various crops already, but nobody’s testing,” says Doug Gurian-Sherman, a senior scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington. “It’s really a ‘don’t look, don’t tell’ situation. We just really don’t know.”
After all, this isn’t the first time.
In 2000, a strain of corn called StarLink, engineered by Aventis to kill caterpillars, was found in taco shells. In 2006, Bayer’s LibertyLink experimental rice made its way into the food supply, leading to lost exports. In 2012, the German company agreed to pay $750 million to settle claims from 11,000 U.S. farmers in five states. Restoring genetic purity to a crop is a very expensive process and takes time.
The amber waves of grain are now bio-hazard yellow. Snap, Crackle, and Drop!