The Right To Farm Organically

Australian Farmer Fights Monsanto in Landmark Seed Contamination Suit

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Across the globe, farmers who choose to plant non-genetically modified seed instead of patented seed varieties from the agro-chemical giants like Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta and BASF, are being forced out of business by the burden and costs of fighting seed patent lawsuits.

 Read more http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/01/10/australian-farmer-fights-monsanto/

GMO Myths and Truths

Genetically modified (GM) crops are promoted on the basis of a range of far-reaching claims from the GM crop industry and its supporters. They say that GM crops:

  • Are an extension of natural breeding and do not pose different risks from naturally bred crops
  • Are safe to eat and can be more nutritious than naturally bred crops
  • Are strictly regulated for safetyIncrease crop yieldsReduce pesticide use
  • Benefit farmers and make their lives easier
  • Bring economic benefitsBenefit the environment
  • Can help solve problems caused by climate change
  • Reduce energy useWill help feed the world.

However, a large and growing body of scientific and other authoritative evidence shows that these claims are not true. On the contrary, evidence presented in this report indicates that GM crops:

  • Are laboratory-made, using technology that is totally different from natural breeding methods, and pose different risks from non-GM crops
  • Can be toxic, allergenic or less nutritious than their natural counterparts
  • Are not adequately regulated to ensure safety
  • Do not increase yield potential
  • Do not reduce pesticide use but increase it
  • Create serious problems for farmers, including herbicide-tolerant “superweeds”, compromised soil quality, and increased disease susceptibility in crops
  • Have mixed economic effects
  • Harm soil quality, disrupt ecosystems, and reduce biodiversity
  • Do not offer effective solutions to climate change
  • Are as energy-hungry as any other chemically-farmed crops
  • Cannot solve the problem of world hunger but distract from its real causes – poverty, lack of access to food and, increasingly, lack of access to land to grow it on.

- See more at: http://earthopensource.org/index.php/reports/58#sthash.aujeJsfn.dpuf

Localization of fields with GMO

Warszawa,  October 31, 2013

From:
Minister of Agricuture
and Rural Development
HORzg-077-193/2013

To:
Ms Anna Szmelcer, President, „GMO-Free Poland” Association
Ul.Jagiellońska 21, 44-100 Gliwice

Dear Ms President,
Referring to „GMO-Free Poland” Association’s letter concerning your notification of the localization of fields with GMO crops, based on the reports from the media on the subject, we hereby inform you what follows.
The fact of alleged contamination of corn crops with GM corn varieties was reported to the media in the interviews by the Chief Inspector of Plant and Seeed Protection, while summing up the results of inspection as concerns the ban on the use of such seeds in 2013 growing season. However, he made it clear that each suspected case needs to be confirmed by more detailed laboratory tests, in order to avoid relying only on screening test made with the samples taken from a given field.

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EU Court Deals Major Defeat to GMO from BASF

14 December, 2013

By F. William Engdahl

The second highest court of the EU has dealt a major defeat to the pro-GMO lobby in Europe. On December 13, the General Court of the European Union which consists of 28 judges, one from each Member State, issued a ruling that the EU Commission had failed to follow the EU's rules when approving the Amflora potato, a patented Genetically Manipulated potato of the German chemical giant and Monsanto partner, BASF. The Amflora is modified to produce extra starch for use in the paper industry. The decision, which can only be appealed on grounds of a mistaken point of law, now opens the entire EU approval process for GMO to review, something most unwanted by the embattled GMO industry.

Read more: EU Court Deals Major Defeat to GMO from BASF

Mexico finally bans GMO corn

According to a local press release, Acción Colectiva [Collective Action] aims to achieve absolute federal declaration of the suspension of the introduction of transgenic maize in all its various forms, including experimental and pilot commercial plantings, in Mexico, “which is the birthplace of corn in the world.”

Just when you think there’s no winning against the biotech industry,news out of Mexico City shows that all is not lost. After years of deliberation,a Mexico judge has placed an indefinite ban on genetically-engineered corn. Effective immediately, companies like Monsanto and DuPont/Pioneer will no longer be allowed to plant or sell their corn within the country’s borders.

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Italian ministers ban MON810 maize

Italian ministers of Agriculture, Public Health and Environment have finally signed a joint decree banning the cultivation of the genetically modified maize MON810. This is the result of a broad rejection to GM crops among public opinion and institutions all around the country. Italy is the eighth European country to approve a MON810 ban.

http://www.stopthecrop.org/news/italian-ministers-sign-decree-ban-mon810-maize
http://www.politicheagricole.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT/IDPagina/6560

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