A public crowd-funding campaign has been launched by a starter Biotech company Genome Compiler, to create bioengineered glow-in-the-dark plants that will be given away to donors. This will be the first organism created by synthetic biology techniques to ever be released into the wild and most astonishingly, it will bypass any regulatory approval procedures in the process. LINK
Institute of Science in Society
Synthetic Biology is genetic engineering with greater knowledge and precision, but much bigger, faster, and with unnatural molecules thrown in, yes we should be afraid. Read the rest of this entry »
Barbara H. Peterson
In the wake of a discovery of Monsanto’s unapproved genetically engineered wheat springing up in Eastern Oregon, the question has been asked – how did this happen?
Monsanto’s answer is, as expected:
“We’re committed to being transparent about our investigation and sharing information as it is assembled,” said Claire Cajacob, Monsanto’s wheat research lead. “We’re prepared to provide any technical help that we can to get to the bottom of this.”
We don’t know, but we’ll make sure to get to the bottom of this. Don’t worry, we are looking out for you.
Does this sound familiar? Read the rest of this entry »
On May 31 world media headlines read similar to this from Reuters: “Monsanto backing away from GMO crops in Europe.” The original source for the story is attributed to a German left daily, TAZ which printed excerpts from an interview with an official spokeswoman of Monsanto Germany.
Ursula Lüttmer-Ouazane reportedly told Taz “We’ve come to the conclusion that this has no broad acceptance at the moment.”
Her remarks were circulated worldwide and Reuters interviewed Monsanto corporate spokesman Thomas Helscher who reportedly said,
“We’re going to sell the GM seeds only where they enjoy broad farmer support, broad political support and a functioning regulatory system. As far as we’re convinced this only applies to a few countries in Europe today, primarily Spain and Portugal.” 
Before the world opens the champagne to celebrate the death of GMO and its paired herbicides such as Roundup, it is worthwhile to look more closely at what was officially said. Read the rest of this entry »
Barbara H. Peterson
Normally I don’t put too much stock in petitions, but one has got my attention. It is the petition put out by Colleen Mellor and Nomi C. to ban GMOs worldwide. Here is what they say at the site:
Ban Genetically Modified Organisms Worldwide
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) are endangering the health, environment, and economic welfare of the entire world. GMO’s are not proven safe and are not sustainable, despite biotechnology industry claims. Independent research shows major health problems associated with GMO consumption and related chemical farming in the form of chronic illnesses, reproductive failure, food allergies, autism, birth defects and cancer. We do not support the continued production of GMO’s anywhere in the world and the long term safety of GMO’s has not been confirmed through rigorous, independent, scientific studies. We value our health and environment and want to preserve the availability of safe food in the future. We want every nation to join those who have already banned GE and work together towards the eventual worldwide ban of Genetically Modified Organisms.
I couldn’t agree more. With the March Against Monsanto garnering over 2 million marchers worldwide, awareness is spreading like wildfire. We’ve got the momentum going, and more marches are planned.
The March Against Monsanto’s Facebook site states:
We are NOT waiting a year!!! Start planning people…October 12th we take to the streets again. In honor of World Food Day on 10/16/13 (it happens to be a Wednesday) and the fact that October is National GMO Awareness month, we will get on our marching boots for an even bigger event seen this past weekend. We hope most of our organizers will be willing to go again and we welcome new ones as well. Please message the page to get signed up in your city! Thanks everyone!! (There is also the July 4th event being put on by momsacrossamerica.com)
Why is banning GMOs so important?
Monsanto is not content to merely take over the world’s food supply. In fact, according to Dr. Michelle Kmiec, Monsanto is on a mission to pharmaceutically enhance GMO foods using new RNA technology, which can effectively silence genes. Read the rest of this entry »
Baraboo — Dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger was acquitted on three of four criminal charges early Saturday morning in a trial that drew national attention from supporters of the raw, unpasteurized milk movement.
Jurors in Sauk County Circuit Court deliberated about four hours, until nearly 1 a.m. Saturday, before returning a verdict of guilty on one charge of violating a holding order placed on products on the Hershberger farm following a raid there in the summer of 2010.
The 41-year-old farmer faces up to a year in jail and $10,000 in fines on that conviction. A sentencing date will be announced later, Judge Guy Reynolds said.
Hershberger was found innocent of three charges that included operating an unlicensed retail store that sold raw milk and other products; and operating a dairy farm and dairy processing facility without licenses.
Hershberger’s supporters have said he was targeted for prosecution because he sold raw milk directly to consumers through a private buying club with several hundred members.
The trial’s outcome will set a precedent, according to the Weston A. Price Foundation, an organization that has advocated for the legalization of raw-milk sales in Wisconsin and other states. “This is a victory for the food rights movement,” said one of Hershberger’s attorneys, Elizabeth Rich.
With few exceptions, Wisconsin farmers can’t sell unpasteurized milk directly to consumers because it may contain pathogens that result in serious illness.
But many people believe that unprocessed milk, straight from the farm, contains bacteria that boost the immune system and have other beneficial properties.
Hershberger said he was pleased with the acquittals, and that now he can return to his farm in Loganville and continue to run his food store without a retail license because it’s a members-only buying club.
“I can continue to feed my community,” he said. READ MORE…