Tuesday, September 28, 2010

USDA unconcerned about Round-up and GM crops. Monsanto employs Blackwater.

How did I miss these two stories? No matter I found them now
I am only going to excerpt from this first article because it is extremely lengthy
Kremer's lab is housed at the University of Missouri and is literally in the shadow of Monsanto Auditorium, named after the $11.8 billion-a-year agricultural giant Monsanto Co.. Based in Creve Coeur, Missouri, the company has accumulated vast wealth and power creating chemicals and genetically altered seeds for farmers worldwide.

But recent findings by Kremer and other agricultural scientists are raising fresh concerns about Monsanto's products and the Washington agencies that oversee them. The same seeds and chemicals spread across millions of acres of U.S. farmland could be creating unforeseen problems in the plants and soil, this body of research shows.

Kremer and other scientists are turning up potential problems with glysophate, more commonly known as Round-Up.

Kremer, expressed alarm that regulators were not paying enough attention to the potential risks from biotechnology on the farm, including his own research.

Concerns range from worries about how nontraditional genetic traits in crops could affect human and animal health to the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds

There are many people on both sides of the debate who say that the current U.S. regulatory apparatus is ill-equipped to adequately address the concerns.

Many experts say the U.S. government does more to promote global acceptance of biotech crops than to protect the public from possible harmful consequences.

(The government as the salesman for agribusiness, priceless)

We don't have a robust enough regulatory system to be able to give us a definitive answer about whether these crops are safe or not. We simply aren't doing the kinds of tests we need to do to have confidence in the safety of these crops,"

"The U.S. response (to questions about biotech crop safety) has been an extremely patronizing one. They say "We know best, trust us"


A common complaint is that the U.S. government conducts no independent testing of these biotech crops before they are approved, and does little to track their consequences after.

The developers of these crop technologies, including Monsanto and its chief rival DuPont, tightly curtail independent scientists from conducting their own studies.

And this story!

Monsanto and Blackwater. Yup, you read that right Monsanto employed a Blackwater subsidiary to spy on activists, blogs and websites. Which explains why every time I post a story on Monsanto, lo and behold, they appear. Let's see if it happens with this one?

Into this unsavory milieu stepped Monsanto in 2008, Scahill reports. The agribusiness giant was one of a group of transnationals -- others include Chevron, the Walt Disney Company, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Deutsche Bank, and Barclays -- that hired a Blackwater shell company called "Total Intelligence Solutions" for overseas services.

In an email obtained by Scahill, a Blackwater operative who had talked to Monsato officials ahead of the hiring claimed that the security firm would "develop into acting as intel arm of Monsanto" -- including infiltrating activist groups working to oppose it. The operative wrote hopefully of Monsato's "generous protection budget."

A Monsanto official told Scahill that the relationship ended in early in 2010 and denied that there were ever plans to infiltrate activist groups. Instead, he said, Blackwater served Monsanto "by monitoring local media reports and other publicly available information." Scahill adds: "The subject matter ranged from information regarding terrorist incidents in Asia or kidnappings in Central America to scanning the content of activist blogs and websites"

Go to the link and you will notice a Monsanto shill, under the name of Mica V, shows up to leave commentary or plausible deniability, whatever?

1 comment:

  1. Washington, District Of Columbia, United States
    Edelman Pr ( [Label IP Address]
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    Washington, District Of Columbia, United States
    Usda Office Of Operations ( [Label IP Address]
    No referring link

    Interesting visits
    a public relations firm and the department of agriculture?

    no monsanto, yet?
    Perhaps others are doing the dirty work now?

    this is interesting!
    apparently monsanto has offloaded it's net spying activities to edelmanpr.

    "Evidently, the GMO seed giant is still paying folks to scan Google for blogs that dare criticize it -- only now it has evidently outsourced the task to the PR-flack powerhouse Edelman."


    which explains the edelman visit.