Sunday, November 2, 2008

Europes plan to boost GM crops and persuade you that they are OK

Isn't this despicable!
A perfect example of collusion between government and agribusiness, against the people.
A conspiracy to force genetically modified foods on the citizens.
European leaders, Britian, France and Germany included, sent their representatives to this meeting.
What did they discuss?
Topics such as, how to persuade, the public to accept GM foods and how speed up the introduction of such frankenfoods.

Europe's secret plan to boost GM crop production


  1. As you know Penny, I have a background in the sciences - I am not afraid of progress nor new ideas - that said the move to utilise GM organisms is a disaster waiting to happen.

    It already has for many a farmer in India:
    The GM genocide

    "In one small village I visited, 18 farmers had committed suicide after being sucked into GM debts. In some cases, women have taken over farms from their dead husbands - only to kill themselves as well.

    Latta Ramesh, 38, drank insecticide after her crops failed - two years after her husband disappeared when the GM debts became too much.

    She left her ten-year-old son, Rashan, in the care of relatives. 'He cries when he thinks of his mother,' said the dead woman's aunt, sitting listlessly in shade near the fields.

    Village after village, families told how they had fallen into debt after being persuaded to buy GM seeds instead of traditional cotton seeds.

    The price difference is staggering: £10 for 100 grams of GM seed, compared with less than £10 for 1,000 times more traditional seeds.

    But GM salesmen and government officials had promised farmers that these were 'magic seeds' - with better crops that would be free from parasites and insects.

    Indeed, in a bid to promote the uptake of GM seeds, traditional varieties were banned from many government seed banks.

    The authorities had a vested interest in promoting this new biotechnology. Desperate to escape the grinding poverty of the post-independence years, the Indian government had agreed to allow new bio-tech giants, such as the U.S. market-leader Monsanto, to sell their new seed creations.

    In return for allowing western companies access to the second most populated country in the world, with more than one billion people, India was granted International Monetary Fund loans in the Eighties and Nineties, helping to launch an economic revolution. "

  2. hey maggie!

    I know you are not, and I also don't think being concerned about progress is a bad thing.

    I have read about the hardships that GM crops force on the farmer, buying expensive seeds, and petrol based fertilizer, adds to the cost of crops.

    EAsier to save seeds and use common sense practices such as crop rotation , companion planting, etc.

    The advantage In GM still accrues to big agribusiness, making it regressive, and reprehensible, in my book anyway.