Monsanto

French Biotech Body Rejects Monsanto Study Results

from NASDAQ we have the following report about Monsanto’s GMO foods:

“PARIS–A French biotech advising body on Monday rejected the findings of a study carried out by a French university linking an increase in rat tumors with the feeding of a genetically modified corn made by U.S. multinational agricultural biotechnology firm Monsanto Co. (MON).

“The High Council of Biotechnology, an independent state panel which advises the French government, said in a statement Monday that the study is unable to prove a causation link between the increased rate of tumors and feeding with the corn because of flaws in method.

“The Council’s Scientific Committee concludes the study doesn’t bring supportive scientific information about the identification of a sanitary risk,” the statement said, while recommending further investigation.

“The advisory body backs Monsanto’s dismissal of the study, which was released last month together with shocking photos of lab rats showing huge deformities presented as tumors. The U.S. biotech firm has been struggling for more than a decade to get its genetically modified seeds authorized in France, even though they are widely used in countries such as the U.S. and Brazil and authorized in the rest of the European Union.

“The High Council of Biotechnology statement comes hours before the French food safety agency is scheduled to release its official position on the study.

“The French government has said it could seek an immediate ban on European Union imports of genetically modified corn.

“The September study, which recommended further research, was received with skepticism by many scientists.

“France has been in dispute with EU partners over another variety of genetically modified corn made by Monsanto. French authorities have been blocking its use even though it was authorized in the rest of the EU, and even though the Conseil d’Etat, France’s top administrative court, ordered the ban to be lifted.

“In Europe, many consumers remain skeptical about the use of genetically modified organisms.”

Knowing what we all know now about EU politicians being full members of ALEC, is it really surprising that the EU has “ordered” a ban against Monsanto GMS corn?  After all, maybe they want to use food to power cars instead of feeding the hungry.

 

The Gates Foundation’s Leveraged Philanthropy

Corporate Profit Versus Humanity on Three Fronts – The Effect of ALEC Members/Policies on the World

The Gates Foundation, and Gates personally, also own stock and reap profits from many of these same partner corporations. In addition, the Foundation owns a profit-generating portfolio of stocks which would seem to work against the Foundation’s declared missions…

Gates’ leveraged philanthropy model is a public-private partnership
to improve the world, partly through targeted research support but principally through public advocacy and tax-free lobbying to influence government policy. The goal of these policies is often to explicitly support profitability for corporate investors, whose enterprises are seen by the Gates Foundation as advancing human good. However, maximum corporate profit and public good often clash when its projects are implemented.

For example, chemical giant Monsanto has partnered with the Gates Foundation, which reportedly works to suppress local seed exchanges and environmentally sustainable agricultural practices through its global agricultural charity work. Fraud-prone drug giant GlaxoSmithKline  is a partner in the Foundation’s work to leverage its own relatively fractional contribution to vaccination efforts, so that it centrally controls enormous world funds for purchase, pricing, and delivery of vaccines for world public health. And in its U.S. education reform charity work, the Gates Foundation has increasingly shifted its funding to promote market domination by its British corporate education services partner, Pearson Education.

To read all about the ramifications of the various Gates Foundations intentions, please click here

ALEC Protecting GMO Pollution Through Legislation

The act or process of polluting or the state of being polluted, especially the contamination of soil, water, or the atmosphere by the discharge of harmful substances.

reduces the amount of any hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant entering any waste stream or otherwise released into the environment (including fugitive emissions) prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal; and reduces the hazards to public health and the environment associated with the release of such substances, pollutants, or contaminants.

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Monsanto Crop Bans by Courts Would Be Reversed in Bill

[Apparently unable to find a friendly court, Monsanto has apparently called in its “friends” at ALEC to resolve this problem in Congress. – Ron]

A House of Representatives committee voted to let farmers grow genetically modified crops developed by Monsanto Co. (MON) and its competitors during legal appeals of the approval process.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture would be required to permit modified crops to be planted and sold into the food supply after the agency’s approvals have been invalidated by a court, under a provision in the fiscal 2013 agriculture spending bill approved by the House Appropriations committee today.

The one-paragraph provision in the the 90-page bill would circumvent legal obstacles that have slowed commercialization of engineered crops, sometimes for years, benefiting Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company. Planting would be permitted until USDA completes any analysis required by a judge.

To read this entire sorry tale of pay-to-play legislation at ALEC, please say “Jack Abramoff” 3 times and click here.