I went from complaining about GRAS to making a good page about it so people can act. While doing this work I found out that the House Committee on Agriculture was responsible for Secretary Vilsack's 180- we thought he was sincere in wanting to do the "partial deregulation" and everyone was upset it wasn't enough - OCA went after all the folks trying to get what they could from the USDA to limit contamination. Then the full deregulation came instead, with no explanation. I found that there was this conspiracy of a few men in plain sight with a public transcript and video we can all watch. For a meeting with people reading their testimony, this hearing gets the heart pumping. I'm surprised they don't all recite a Pledge of Allegiance to Biotech. Maybe that is what is happening during the test pattern in the video.
In order to do another project, we had to explain who we are. We've done that on PFI's site. But please- if you are finding us and you have not done this activism step of going to gmoreform.org, please do so. Most of this site is for you and your life as a "no-GMO" (or in-process). If you email us, we are on call to help you with everything non-GMO. I'm exhausted. This is a lot of work but I feel we're really going somewhere. Thanks everyone.
Besides sharing this link to some sad little rats fed GMO feed :( I am posting here for two reasons. 1. I'm very sorry this website has been so cold on the blog style pages. We're working on something. We should be posting here soon about it and it's really a culmination of our work over the last year in many ways. We recommend getting on the smartphone or email notifications for gmo-free tampa bay and gmo-free eugene, and if you're not already with us, by all means go meet the awesome facebook community (now over 200) of GMO-Free Portland!
2. I saw on Google that I am apparently the only person in the world who has ever said "Generally Recognized as Shut up!" (If you're too new to this topic for this joke, don't worry- you'll get it all too soon) and I just had to do a post with the term in it. Now I'll see if it ends up on Google. GRASU So here is yet another study that we don't have to worry about because GMOs are generally recognized as safe. http://www.biolsci.org/v05p0706.htm#headingA11
Hi Everyone. We've said over and over how we had been pulled off on other needs for the non-GMO cause and did less on the site than we wished but now we have what we've been spending night and day searching for!The Committee for the Right to Know, as you probably know from the home page already is putting forward the California 2012 ballot measure to label GMOs and animals reared with them - by law. 100% mandatory and enforced. We know this thread if pulled will unravel the whole sweater
. But its also keeping us alive and funded here- and maybe you should look at her page and see, wherever you live, if it will help your mission to collaborate too. Here's how it went:
We're working on getting our store, restaurant and soon farm patronage expanded, as part of this campaign. We have just added Harmony Jack farms to our family, down in Scio but delivering meat locally, weekly! They are the agro-ecology ranch model you read about in Michael Pollan's in Defense of Food. www.harmonyjackfarms.com
, then to Facebook for pictures! This was the first stop we made as part of the CA 2012 Right to Know team because we heard HJ's CEO speak up for non-factory farms in a testimony to Salem and everyone wanted to stand up and whoop. Instead every one of us turned and quietly said something to our neighbors ... a move I think I'll call the "Salem Ovation."
:) they took our IRT flyers, and our decal for the window. Do you see what's happening here? Its just as we said it would be. Would you like to join GMO-Free Portland? Have we liked your page on Facebook yet? Do you know anyone that might be interested in putting this kind of measure forward in Oregon? Do you have any friends that would also support this California measure?
How much beef is in the beef box? We aren't being paid by the hour- we get commission. As long as Ernie and I have a roof over our heads and gas in the car we are going to work on our mission so this fundraising pays for that now besides being the most important push. The donation page money gets used 4 ways. 1. We get this initiative in CA passed with the majority of the money2. Pamm puts money into the coalition of states working together3. We get commission and put our money into our volunteer project
as always4. We find an Oregonian to champion our own measure and give them all the assets we have from both 2. and 3. that they can use. Pamm isn't just helping by connecting people. As soon as she has enough funds to move Cali forward, part of it is going into making a Ning social network where we will share and make sure no one falls behind that doesn't have to. All together. You've never seen someone able to move forward so fast- but she's just like us. When are the work hours up? I suppose when we feel we can sleep at night knowing nature- our world, country, home, and food, is safe enough for the moment from the work we've done that its okay to take a minute to do something else. It's not just Pamm, or Ernie and I that do that. You out there, in our community are fighting.
FiIts like Mr. Andrew Kimbrell said here. As he says- this is all of us... we love life. We love living things. Its the people who love the things you are messing up that you have to expect the most fight from. http://organicconnectmag.com/wp/2011/03/andrew-kimbrell-the-gmo-reality-check/"Another thing that people often ask me is, ‘Why do you fight? Were you born to fight?’ Actually, no. I was a musician and concert pianist, and I taught music for years before I became a lawyer. I’ve always loved Lincoln’s adage that I was born a lover but I was forced to become a fighter. And I think that the best fighters are basically lovers, because when they see that that which they love is being attacked, then they fight. They don’t fight for the purpose of just taking on a corporation or just for the joy of the battle. For those of us who have a true sense of wonder and love for the natural world, and a vision of a new relationship with it, that’s what we love. And when we see the kind of horrific technological manipulation represented by biotechnology; when we see what it does to the bodies of salmon or the bodies of animals, or when we understand that they’ve somehow turned a corn plant into a poison for butterflies and caddisflies and potentially for bees; when we realize that they’ve actually changed the heredity of corn and soy so they can withstand ever more and more chemicals; when we see all that, it’s an assault on something that we love. So we respond, not for the sake of attack, but because things that we value and love are being attacked. Anybody would feel that way with their child or pet or anything they care about.
“So the great thing about the work you
do, and the work a lot of us do, is if we can get people to fall in love with the organic vision and with the farm communities, and fall in love with this new relationship with food, they’ll fight for it. We’re not passive consumers; we’re creators, and that creative process is very exciting. And when we see that attacked, yes, we’ll defend it and we’ll defend it vigorously. But we don’t do it out of a sense of simple aggression; we do it because we’re defending something we love. So beware of the lover, because when you attack that which a person loves, you’re going to have a pretty vigorous fight on your hands. And that is, I think, what all of us do.”Thank you for saying this about us all, Andrew, because you are right. We are fighting for our loved ones- and our loved ones are the living things of this world and their right to be. We also love you, Mr. Andrew Kimbrell, and
your brother and best friend, our local Lynfield alumni Mr. George Kimbrell, who does these fantastic press releases we all read in the newsletters from all our organizations- making sure biotech isn't the only voice heard in the media. Ernie and I feel like its the home stretch where we're pulling ahead as the underdogs who want it so bad we may smoke it! And when we win, it won't just be this hollow lack-of-defeat. We will WIN. The people will all realize how much these things really do mean to each of us and make it part of what it is to be an American. The right to clean food, to choice, and to not let a few companies get control of everything just because somehow they got a siphon hose into our tax holdings. This will be a lesson felt in our hearts and then, a new day will dawn.
Wow. I'm so happy. We're making announcements here and inviting you to really join up now. You've seen the front page by now, we hope people don't think the CA campaign is our personal telethon to raise money for us to live on. It does, and we give all we have to GFP here- but here is the real reason: We have searched for2 years full time as if our lives depend on making a change with you all- because it does. We think this is that chance- the winning basket and its going to take some teamwork.
For anyone that has been passive in this movement and wants a sweet simple shot, you can do it right now with us. Some of us, my hubby Ernie (who is sometimes the poster here so together I guess we're Sammy the logo lizard lol), Bev in Tampa Bay, Pamm the labelgmos.org guru, and April Scott the editorialist... we've been cooking things up left and right. And that is just the out of state people we know personally that we met on Facebook. Pamm and her Californian community- like Stacey Hall here (who got us pulled into this and who we love) they are kicking butt down there! Its not just the measure passing- it is the publicity of the grass-roots interstate effort that is about to get a serious social network power. It is making people understand we're talking about our rights and we have power to get our rights respected and enforced by law. Heck my relatives are getting mad. They used to have to tell us it was too much political talk and we learned to just say to lots of people we have a food allergy to GMOs, we'll bring our own food to dinner or we can eat anything Organic. They didn't want to get sucked into politics. But now they get this is their fight.
Our families aren't the easy target preaching-to-the-choir audience. They are a sample of so many perspectives. When they see what GMOs are because they read the labelgmos.org site saying we have a right to have them labeled, it speaks to them. It is reaching everyone that looks. The time of people not wanting to know ends as soon as you take them to this cause. And now whatever we earn keeps us doing it full time and on the road with our own local mission for our community education, support and local businesses' positive reinforcement to love the non-GMO eater demographic and keep being awesome. If you look at the donate page we have for them, you can sponsor a broke volunteer to have the "the future of food" movie parties and Jeffrey Smith's pamphlets to give out. Sponsor a volunteer and you'll get a name and contact of a volunteer you're mobilizing to do this work- as a team. Its like save the children- but without the photograph. ;) Because we do need sponsors, don't we? We're all willing to do the work- we just can't afford the materials and booths. Our mission here is lucky because we have people that support this- who are organic and natural and ethical. We have Dave's Bread and Food Front and Papa G's and Tigard Farmers Market that actively help us- and the other stores and restaurants that put up our sticker declaring their support for our collective right to non-GMO food. So how awesome is this idea of sponsoring a volunteer? And IRT's educational pamphlets? I'm sure they sell some books that way but he's letting us get materials at cost. Maybe even under. The donate page says what do you have- its not just money. Every single dime she gets for this campaign directly goes to all of us that want GMO-free food choices. So as she said, this Right to Know is the campaign for all who join in. Just like GMO-Free Portland is not our cause but your community. And by the way, its not the government doing this to us actively- its the executive branch, part of Congress and some agencies. For the first, we believe the president is buying into the idea that this is important for our economy and when we show him we have a better solution he'll take it.
Regarding Congress- there are some seriously industry-pocket people but there are also people like our Oregon congress people that are signing petitions and raising issues in session that this has to stop. And judges- well we should all start suing because the more they have a chance to weigh in by getting a case in front of them the more they are getting us legal precedent that supports our rights- and the more overtly out-of-line the USDA and FDA especially are looking. Even Secretary Vilsack should not be considered the enemy necessarily. He has pushed a peaceful solution agenda and he continues to try to maintain both sides. The people need to compel the President to direct his Cabinet member to support the non-GMO option of our food system. But the FDA has just gone crazy and there is no other side. They will be reorganized by the end of the day. We wouldn't have these crazy "animal drug" enviropigs at the gate waiting to be unleashed on us or drug & chemical companies taking over food if the Food and Drug agencies were separate like they should be and the Government Accountability Office took a closer look. In an earlier post I show how the FDA says they don't regulate Monsanto and their employees buy their stock if they want to. FDA will soon be no more- and other people in an agency that does the job of protecting us will be put in. We have the 5th most contaminated food in the world with food-borne illness. Oops.There are lots in Congress, lots of judges and lots and lots of agencies that would like to see FDA and USDA get straightened out forcibly. A lot of that is because of the Center for Food Safety who ARE our lawyers. We've suggested they are the place to put money for the cause- and they still need it very much. We want them to ally with each other- and if the Organic Consumers Association wants to stay out of the unity, let them because every cause needs a radical arm and maybe they need to keep pushing the envelope and turning the screws. It would be too easy to laze about this and they're not letting that happen with their Millions Against Monsanto campaign that is now doing rallies. It is all about to change. This whole dinosaur that keeps us out of the garden is staggering and we're moving in. In 2011. Because the CFS is winning precedents, Jeffrey Smith/IRT is empowering consumers by mobilizing advocates that educate the public and put pressure on businesses, OCA is getting people worked up and making headlines with rallies. Now the CA ballot committee is going to sit on everyone's shoulders and dunk the ball for the game winning point. All these people gave us this chance in the finals- its this moment. We need to use what they made possible and make this change right now with all we have. So the GMO-Free Portland community is asked to send everyone to this page to donate http://labelgmos.org/donate-from-gmo-free-portland
and/or to look at her link on how to get involved in other ways. And by the way, Dr. Huber really is amassing serious data- and yes he will unfortunately be vindicated because we have to worry about pathogens caused by GMO-herbicide regimes. And don't forget to read GMO-Free Tampa Bay on facebook for the latest news. Bev is incredible. This letter is to everyone- but it was brought on by our new friend Amanda because she got on Facebook and told us she is ready to support this mission and the work of everyone in this non-GMO cause nationwide. There are lots of you out there- and we put up our first ad on FB. It runs one day, for $5. Everyone check on Friday all day April 22 and see what the number is because we added 5 people in a week and went to 152 as of today. The ad goes to
15,000 friends of the likers of our page 14 and older for as long as people DON'T click it. It says not to click! Just to find our pages. And Kent, the farmer in Iowa that gives lectures and was featured in P.J. Huffstutter's LA Times article on Dr. Huber's pathogen warning... he's announcing our page to his friends to let them know we'll do some damage if we get some money- here in Oregon and in California... and all of you we find to join us in other initiative states. We're all pulling each other across the line to get this law passed everywhere in 2012. I'm sorry I'm not linking to articles, organizations etc. Its all in prior posts over the last several months.... I'm not promoting so much as telling our peeps where we're going together. Go Portland! I do have one link. Ask yourself how dangerous you'd be if you had a little money to do this. If the answer is very, write us.
There are a million ways now to hook you up in whatever way you think is the right way for you - anywhere in the nation. It's not just through our outreach- or the California committee. We have many many more people and ideas- some of them you'll think up with us on the spot when we connect. We just have to put our minds together and keep banding like we have been in personal connections and teamwork at the next level. And if you're new here, please read the updates in the archives and here below to see what we've done- as well as the old "funblog" in the New! tab. Second, if you are new to the GMO issue and don't know why we don't want to eat it, watch a great movie online for free or better yet, on a big screen. Especially if you liked King Corn or Food, Inc. www.thefutureoffood.com is the best intro imho and the makers are on a mission for our planet and people- a part of our community. We "like" the FoF page with our fb page. 24:30 min into the movie is the 5 minute tool we use to show people why/how GMOs hurt us all by their very nature. The folly of man- that we know better than nature and must change it to be our tool must be replaced with our evolution of character that we are part of nature and it knows what is best because it responds at every level at every moment to make the best of things with what it has. The key to this is genetic diversity. The enemy of that is invasive man-made unstable genes that take over. Nature, thank you for our lives. We are inspired by your beauty and the irrepressible will of life to live. We are part of you, we love you, and we're coming home.
Here it is- http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-gmo-mystery-20110402,0,3650400.story
P.J. Huffstutter talked to us yesterday- she was calling everyone back that reported things to her from both sides, us included, on what was going to come out in the LA Times today. She's trying to be fair- and after what she said about what all she had from either side of the pathogen story I said, well- as they say, "You can't please anyone."
Basically, when Don had the chance to name names of people and universities that were obstructing or the victims of obstruction to science he didn't. Nor did he give any hard evidence. Lots of people want it. We don't know what his reasons are. Is it top secret? Is it not ready yet? Is he protecting someone? Is he making sure he doesn't blow the chance to do the investigation because being in the open makes it easier for powerful entities to bury the truth? Probably something like that.
The man is sharp and he is concerned about the big picture. The bad press backlash from this isn't going to do us any harm in the long run- but it is going to cause a battle that is even more fervent than ever. The fact that he didn't "put up or shut up" when the Press gave him a chance (Well, the LA Times gave him a chance- the AP gave a scathing one-sided slam) is going to get a lot of people from all sides of the issue upset with him, including some anti-GMO groups.
We already know what is happening with the Pro-GMOs. And we should let them have their party. Go ahead and gloat and be smug and attack- because in the end, you're going to be exposed for what you are and no press is going to matter. What will matter is what unfolds in history - and we know GMOs are a tragedy that is happening right now. It won't be long now before everyone is on the side of dealing with this threat because its undeniable. And by the time its undeniable, its everyone's tragedy. There's not going to be any kind of victory dance for us when what we have been saying is accepted by everyone. We wish we were wrong. So let all these universities and corporations be righteous and lets hope people come out of the woods to celebrate. Once we learn this lesson about science, education, and business, we'll do something to protect ourselves from this effect in the future. In fact,
1. Lets see some universities begin by making a corporate funding policy that makes it clear that biotech funders in particular don't get a perk of manipulating their research. Scientific American "A Seedy Practice" and Nature Biotechnology "Under Wraps" articles are cause enough to have a prominent and targeted integrity policy.
2. Scientists, unite and put a moratorium on research that has a clause of control- and then report on how you were denied real research ability. What you need to do now is strike. Such as, "Monsanto won't allow any real research to be done. We don't accept this restricted research offer by Monsanto at all, as a community, because the only thing more dangerous than not doing any research is doing slanted research which is all they're willing to allow. Scientists have a right to test products and organisms that are found in nature or consumed by the public." Monsanto won't win by default if scientists say they won't take the deal they are offered to do only favorable research. If there is a strike, that illusion that Monsanto is not blocking real research will shatter.
I know at least one major non-GMO organization journalist was pleased with the article. I saw some criticism from people online that think Ms. Huffstutter was giving Dr. Huber too much credit. The court of public opinion on this does not matter one iota. Right now, we need attention on certain questions, and for key facts to be legitimized beyond doubt which is what is happening.
1. Universities receiving funding are compromised and blocking research
2. Scientists are running scared and being silenced.
3. Crops need to be tested thoroughly for diseases right now.
4. If we ever have a blight that affects our corn or soy, we're in big trouble.
5. It is well-known that USDA is steamrolling GMOs too fast for safety.
6. Secretary Vilsack is no longer the person to ask the tough questions. It is President Obama.
First, please read this article brought by the same site that broke the story wide open to begin with- by a friend of the admin of the farfa, Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (farmandranchfreedom.org
) site who was the original recipient of the mysteriously appearing letter. There are two older posts here about it too.http://www.lavidalocavore.org/diary/4623/a-hubergmoroundup-update
Dr. Huber's letter to the USDA that was leaked was not meant for us to see. We knew he wrote them because we talked to him- and shortly after read it online. We assumed he'd leaked it himself. So did everyone else. But that's not the case. It could have been someone at the USDA for all we know. We had been talking to the papers about the Supreme Court GM alfalfa decision because our local paper said they just took last year's court decision from 6-21-10 straight from the NYT and LA Times. Now that its clear that the harm that would be done to Organics and all traditional grass- not to mention other grass crops including possibly wheat, we had to make them understand. Last year was not a victory for biotech- it never should have been reported as such (read our summary from 6-21-10 in the archives to the right). It was during those conversations that we found out Dr. Huber was brought a pathogen
by scientists too scared of the career backlash by their university to bring it themselves to the USDA. Dr. Huber was a veteran and already a consultant in the government on pathogens and germ warfare. He was also 78 and his friend who we knew in Iowa- the many-times-referenced-here farmer/scientist- said he was fearless at this point in his career and he'd make them listen or go around them. He'd been asking them multiple times to investigate and when they were going to release the alfalfa without any acknowledgment of his prior correspondence, he had it taken to them by hand. After they released the GM alfalfa anyway, they acknowledged Dr. Huber and then his letter was leaked and went viral online. We found out from our reporter friend who interviewed him that he was mortified. We were also already in contact with the Union of Concerned Scientists about the pathogen before the leak hoping they would call him and investigate- and got permission to exchange numbers with Dr. Huber's assistant and one of their senior staff scientists.
When the letter leaked there, we told her that it wasn't Dr. Huber. She was still upset his letter was so alarmist, and thought he should have seen the leak coming. She was going to talk to APHIS right away and I begged her to hold on until she talked to Dr. Huber. She was missing two pieces of the puzzle besides the fact he didn't leak the letter himself. 1. Dr. Huber needed their response now- not after they released the alfalfa and he'd already done as much as he could to get their attention. In the end, it was his letter that probably kicked them into high gear, although they had started to work with him just before that.I told her what I knew second-hand of the danger- and that there was one piece I'm not privy to that was much more serious- the kind of thing you'd keep a tight lid on, and they were. 2.
They had been blocked at every door. This woman thought it looked irresponsible- the kind of thing a scientist does when he's desperate for fame and his data may or may not hold up. In the community, going to the press before peer review and publishing is a big no-no. But they were blocked from this protocol.
To understand the extent of the blocks, see our previous updates on Emily Waltz' reporting, and look at the abstract from Scientific American 2009 for the opinion article "A Seedy Practice." (We can arrange to show individuals this article as a loan within the terms of using the subscription to the database, but we can't publish it here and for some reason can't link to the abstract.)The scientists at universities were reprimanded- some losing their research positions. Those that weren't were not going to come forward any more. The test samples they sent out were blocked- forbidden to be tested by a university under similar threat. Dr. Huber had to take the samples elsewhere. He tried his own university- they said no. The reasons given by both were that they get money from biotech although they won't admit that publicly. They said it. Lots of universities do. Scientists have been threatened and blocked and fired. How many universities does biotech give money to? How many f those universities are silencing scientists and interfering with research? The non-GMO report interviewed one scientist that published a "career destroying" paper (in the words of the "joking" scientist)
Which you can read in two parts: Part 1
and Part 2
by Don Lotter in the International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food (IJSAF). This is what happened to Dr. Huber and the scientists he represents. He told us that the USDA was working hard on it- and you can read below about that. But three weeks have passed since we were told something was going to be made public by USDA so scientists elsewhere could get to work on it and do the kind of broad crop, livestock and human tests that need to be done. Dr. Huber has always told everyone that if they don't deliver, there are numerous scientists determined to go around them who the USDA don't even know about. He's playing hard ball. This pathogen must and, thanks to this large group of scientists, will be investigated. We were actually referred to a scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists personally by a Scientist that gets money from the USDA and a pretty free reign to research by Monsanto - who although don't always like what he publishes, is himself not concerned by Roundup or GMOs like he used to be. Its been 14 years that they've been used heavily, so his view is that it is fine.
I showed him the letter by Dr. Huber that was leaked a month after I'd already tried to tell him about it (I say tried because I was panicked and it was jibberish, although in the end I calmed down enough to stop being a pest and start having a conversation). He said the letter was very interesting and wanted his anti-GMO colleague who was thorough and professional and very intelligent to look it over. If she says its something- its something. That is where we were left- as far as we knew, the UCS was in the loop with APHIS, a major reporter was on the story- a person we know to be very responsible and still serves the public like the independent press we once knew long ago, and meanwhile Dr. Huber's assistant told us things had gone quiet and that will change in a week (two weeks ago).Next thing we know, Bev of GMO-Free Tampa Bay (amazing facebook page for news) sends us this link above in the La Vida Locavore
website, that shows Dr. Huber is still giving lectures and releasing more information than ever before with success- and no mention of the USDA doing anything to further the study. Are they? Or does Dr. Huber have to do it all himself? The extent of the interference by the universities who get biotech hush money and the negligence of the USDA which has been called a lobbyist with a cabinet seat and is starting to finally go under the microscope, is going to move from magazines like Scientific American to the most widely read newspapers in the country and from there, into every American home and around the world. Both have very little time to shape up before they turn a corner - a corner that has a pit on the other side. Monsanto's reaction to Dr. Huber: slam campaigns in farm trade magazines they control with advertising funding. Universities reaction: slam campaigns on their website and more intimidation and coercion. USDA's reaction: seeming to work on it and dragging their feet on the biggest threat we may have faced as a nation. If this pathogen (found in humans and tied to miscarriage) that is transferred up the food chain from feed to animals to people (and creates miscarriage in livestock that breeds our next generation of food) is allowed to run rampant while we introduce a huge at-risk crop (GM alfalfa) it will possibly destroy our food. We depend on these GMO Roundup Ready (TM) crops. They are in 80% of our food and feed most of our livestock and a good portion of fish and other seafood sources, make up 1/3 of our farm lands, a vast majority of our soy and corn and have edged out alternative food sources. Not only would we enter into a famine with no alternate food system even started on a scale to feed the nation years later, but the public will go absolutely insane when they uncover the reasons this happened all at once- unlike we who have seen it as it has gotten worse. Who will be blamed? The whole US government. For life-threatening disease that ends human fertility, for famine, and for the tanking of our economy- which begins with embargoes and zero-market, and moves to the depression economy. This is a FEMA and military scenario. Meanwhile, as America goes down in flames, and takes out other Western countries with it, no one will be working on the pathogen to stop it- and no one will be stopping the GMO takeover that has been increasing its rate in the last few years like the exponential curve found in nature. I told Dr. Huber we were working hard on a solution (which we've been tight lipped about so far- but it has to do with alternate crops financial incentive business) because we're worried.
He said we were right to be worried. He had to weigh the risk of speaking openly to groups of people and reporters with doing nothing and letting this scenario happen. He's not going to allow this scenario if he can help it. None of us should. One thing we have a duty to do is make sure we have food. There are some unconstitutional things that happen in some states when you try to do that- gardening or buying clubs or farm-direct shares distribution
... but you can start now by experimenting with foods that keep and are easy and nutritious like barley or bulgar wheat if you can tolerate it- and many other sources. The reason this is advised is because the country needs some healthy and fed people if we're faced with a crisis. This is no different than earthquake preparedness- and its everyone's duty that can afford it. Those that call that alarmist maybe haven't realized that 80% of our food, 1/3 of our crop land, all depend on nothing going wrong with a system that is unstable. We have all our eggs in one basket and should be hearing the tic-tic-tic. Blights happen- and it will just take one to do a lot of the bad things we described above to our country- and if it happens to be this pathogen and its as bad as it appears, bad things to the human race. Thank you Dr. Huber. Thanks for giving public scientists and USDA scientists what they need and making them hear you with every ounce of energy you have. You took a lot of heat and although its uncomfortable, nothing is going to stop you. You have all of our support- a huge community of people that care very deeply that the situation is dealt with. If your colleagues' discovery turns out to be a lesser threat to us, we are very happy. What this is at the very least is a last-minute wake up call. I'm still personally concerned with Horizontal Gene Transfer as I've always been. I'm waiting to see if GMOs caused this pathogen and are capable in creating one after another like I think they will. But overuse of Roundup is a documented threat that causes 40 plant diseases you have shown in several papers beyond any doubt. Its not just a pathogen- its a pathogen formula we have put in place in identical conditions, with identical seeds and chemicals absolutely everywhere.
And the USDA fully deregulated GM alfalfa in the midst of this which is the worst GMO of the bunch because of the way it spreads. The grass has not yet gone to seed that was planted. The biggest and most uncontrolled contamination has yet to happen- but USDA, you're running out of time. You had better seriously be considering ordering the plants pulled before that. We are in court- represented by the Center for Food Safety
(if you haven't donated yet, please consider doing so now). Lets pray they win or you government folks do what you have to do without a court order - especially since you're in the habit of defying court orders and green-lighting illegal plantings making us sue you again. By the way, Congress should be taking care of that- not us. If you break a court order, a.k.a. law, its not our job to sue to make you obey. Its Congress' job to reprimand and force you- or replace you with an agency that does its job and obeys the law. You actually might be guilty of using this tactic- do whatever you want, break the law and get the crops grandfathered in so we are forced to let biotech control our food even more. Since you're standing with Monsanto side by side in court, we're starting to consider you one and the same. You really want to separate yourselves from this joint status now while you can. Our nation's USDA and FDA agencies are known by other countries to be a joke and its starting to be known by the public. After it is, Congress will take action- and this threat of pathogens will definitely do it. Did you read that its going to be in all the papers? I call it Ag-gate 2011. That's your future. Wake up. And Monsanto, you could stop selling the seed at any minute. Farmers, you can take your seed back as long as it hasn't been planted. You all had better do what you need to do right now. Putting all our lives at risk and tearing down our economy and security will not be tolerated and all of you I just named will be the first casualty.
We don't want any of you to go out like that. We want you to straighten up now while you can prevent all of this! We want our farmers protected because they feed us and they deserve our nation's support- not to allowed to go under because of unstable dangerous crops. We don't want Monsanto to go up in flames and tear out our economy and leave our food supply high and dry. We don't want Ag-gate 2011 destroying FDA and USDA while the public is incensed. We want you all to get out of this in tact and to change your ways and help us with this disaster before it happens. Some colleagues of Dr. Huber say its already too late- the avalanche is already proceeding. But it does no good to think that way so we're just going to go on with the rescue with faith that its not futile. You're turning the public against you.
You have a small window of time- the time before the alfalfa goes to seed (which is very soon) to look this straight in the face, deal with the problem by admitting grievous error and get us all behind you when you work in earnest to save us from this terrible scenario we are going to face from one blight or another very soon. Here's a tip: nature, biology, works in exponential curves. Smell the inflection points. We're passing them. Things that appeared to move slow and steady- the increased pathogens, the increased toxicity inside the plants we eat, the increased gene flow- your confidence in thinking you have time because it was somewhat slow is cocky, foolish and uneducated. There are a lot of smart people that aren't getting a voice in the FDA and USDA- and often get fired for telling you this is trouble. Move over and let them lead now if you want to save your own skin. Do you understand that some of you may be facing prison time? This isn't a joke.
I know you don't want to pull the alfalfa and pay the farmers or to tell Monsanto what to do instead of letting them have whatever they want like they're used to, or expose yourself to public scrutiny by admitting a decade of negligence and bad behavior, and I know you don't want to let the public know about this pathogen in the process of getting the world working on the problem in time to save us.... but that is exactly what you have to do. Anything less will not be tolerated, and that window is not years, or months- but weeks. Everyone that works for the FDA, USDA and even Monsanto, and Farmers and scientists that witnessed government or corporation or university illegal actions must right now write to Congress. Write everyone in Congress you can. Fax, email, call, send letters. Blow the whistle. The old boys club is about to be forced to retire.
The bottom of this has an Excel doc with shocking info about the FDA being conflicted and ineffective. Call on your Congressmen to ask the Government Accountability Office to investigate!.
I'm not liking that we're having to fight 4 things in court all at the same time when the court already has said "no" to GMOs. This may backfire and we'll gain some ground because every hearing and lawsuit means incriminating documents are recovered and put into public record! One of our earliest updates shows one of those times- when all the scientists in the FDA said GMOs can't come out and be regulated the way they were planning and that they were ignored (or fired in some cases). The GM fish is another case. Other agencies' advice against it (strong advice) was buried and now its out. Suits are the only way judges get to have a voice- and they are getting testy with the FDA and USDA now!!But back to the problem.
Now we have to sue to get the USDA to follow the law set by the courts. That's a problem because the plants are out-crossing and hybridizing and mixing in the wild. The seeds are sewn by farmers after the USDA allows the planting, defying a court order. Then the plants are "grandfathered in" because it would be a hardship to make farmers pull them out. Or such was the case with alfalfa in 2005-2006 where 200 million acres were sewn and allowed to be grown and sold. That's grass. GMOs are allergens. The pollen blows in wind and is carried worldwide by bees. If the human race becomes allergic to grass, we have a big problem. Ernie lost his hayfever when he stopped eating GMOs. GM corn (a grass) may be perceived as an allergen and our bodies may be generalizing this allergy to all grasses. It does happen with GM soy passing allergy into non-GM soy in populations. If it happens sometimes, and it might happen in other cases, its certainly not okay to plant the crops out in the open air. Maybe we should hold farmers to not buying a product if it might be declared in violation of the law. Cases: Sugar beet.
Here's the story from the Center for Food Safety that sued.
"In 2008, the groups sued USDA for deregulating Monsanto’s genetically modified sugar beets without complying with the National Environmental Policy Act’s requirement of an EIS before deregulating the crop. On August 13, 2010, the federal court banned the crop until USDA fully analyzed the impacts of the GE plant on the environment, farmers and the public in an EIS.
Three weeks later, despite the court’s ruling, and without any prior environmental analysis, USDA issued permits to seed growers to again grow the genetically modified sugar beets. The groups again sued USDA. On November 30, 2010, the court granted the groups’ motion for a preliminary injunction and ordered the seed crop destroyed. That order was stayed pending appeal, which is scheduled for argument on February 15, 2011." Center for Food Safety articleHere is an article "USDA Breaks Law: Allows GM Sugar Beet Planting." on about.com by Jennifer Chait.
This is the reputation the USDA is getting- abusing the court system by making us sue just to have the law enforced. And sometimes the Judges get testy when that happens. Judges aren't asked for their opinions until someone challenges something in court. Congresspeople are getting up in arms sometimes too. So do other federal agencies. People are referring to the USDA and FDA as "rogue agencies." This has happened before. If an agency does not function according to its charter, Congress will take it apart. They call it decommissioning or dismantling or reorganizing. People get mad at the entire government when an agency is out of line and eventually it becomes a liability. The Congress already had to order the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to look into the FDA for not doing a sufficient job. http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11102.pdf
(this is a summary from the GAO on www.gao.gov) But this isn't something that benefits us regarding non-GMO labeling or FDA accountability on GMOs that I can see. It does however say that maybe we should ask Congress to look into our issue too and ask the GAO to sniff around.
Take a look at how the FDA doesn't even claim to be effective. Then, see all their conflicts of interest that play a big part in that. Finally, see what happened with the Department of Commerce in the opening arguments of the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate (USA Vice President) to find out how they said the department website didn't claim to be effective and therefore it had to be dismantled. That is what the FDA website does over and over again between shirking responsibility (which relates to the GAO investigation above) and conflict of interest. Then we look at alfalfa and its the same story. When you put the Center for Food Safety in court for these and the GM fish and the new ethanol corn, that means we're backlogged, billed a lot of money and tied up. Why do we have to sue? Why aren't USDA and FDA just investigated for illegal actions and called on the carpet with a stay on any GMOs until the cases are resolved including an immediate stop of planting?
If it hurts farmers, that's because of the companies they deal with that make dangerous products knowing they aren't following the law. Even if the FDA and USDA let them do this, they know they don't meet environmental or safety standards. Judges keep telling them so. No this is a Congress matter of agencies gone bad that they need to reel in-- and for that to happen we have to scream that. So buyer beware farmers.
Some of the FDA might be salvageable. A start would be to split up food and drug into different agencies- because therein lies the problem. These people seem to think we want drugs in our food and our foods to act as drugs so they are making up scary stuff in labs to replace our food supply- because of the conflict of interest with getting money from biotech, and maybe even because FDA employees can purchase biotech stock. That very argument is one place you can read the FDA say they don't regulate Monsanto for instance. Monsanto has genes that are in up to 80% of our food because almost all of it is Roundup resistant, even if it is from another company, thanks to cross-patenting. So how is this not the FDA's job? If it isn't, we need an agency whose job it is!
So please write your congressman a letter and send it today. www.house.gov and www.senate.gov have boxes at the top to find your legislators. You can send them links from this document after you verify them too. But why not send emails to lots of legislators? We hear that if you can send it by fax (including making your computer fax) there can be a shorter "line" and a big process to make sure its logged and dealt with right. Worth a try.
Read comments from Dr. Don Huber
about the pathogen he brought to the attention of the USDA.Dr. Huber has been good enough to talk to us because we have friends in common and we pestered him. Now we are letting the man get back to work. First, here are some things to know about this story:He didn't leak his own letter to Secretary Vilsack. It was hand-delivered, so it could have been leaked by one of several people. He hasn't been asked to keep quiet.The USDA may still be allowing Roundup Alfalfa to be sold, but they are looking seriously into this pathogen. We got a lot of detail about what constitutes "serious" and there are two main things: 1. They are finishing sequencing the DNA probably this week, then they will attempt to classify the organism
2. They are creating the processes researchers need to investigate it such as the PCR amplification procedures. Dr. Huber said they are committed to this open inquiry because there are now a lot of scientists with this information- no one will be dropping it or attempting to shush it. It is recognized as necessary.He doesn't know it is caused by use of Roundup- he made a case for the correlation being strong enough just by seeing there were no cases of the pathogen where there was no Roundup, therefore we shouldn't add another Roundup-dependent crop until these seed-chemical packages are "exonerated." We thought it was all show on the part of the USDA - but the reason we're convinced its not should give people an idea of how serious it all is. It can't be hidden. The knowledge of it by people can't be delayed by industry or anyone else.
There is a pathogen that is sterilizing animals and causing miscarriages and it is present in food. Whatever crazy pro-GMO regime our USDA and FDA and Executive Branches have been for fifteen years, it makes no difference. It doesn't matter if Monsanto doesn't want this known either. How Monsanto handles this will determine a lot of their future. Hey, Monsanto: Your product is under investigation as one of the potential causes for a pathogen.
It has not been implicated, only correlated at this point. You must recall your product voluntarily. Until the USDA is actively announcing this problem, you may simply need to do this by putting the product on back order status, and advertise the policy that you will buy back seeds that have not been planted. You could explain that there are lawsuits going on, so its in everyone's best interest to wait until those outcomes are known. Wouldn't that be nice of you? You should consider it carefully.
If you allow more seeds to be sold while there is a good chance the use of your product threatens human lives and our food supply due to a horrendous pathogen, we Americans will never forgive you, nor will the rest of the world. You have a numbered days- maybe less than a month to avoid being public enemy number one and then bankrupt. If your product is exonerated, this act will give you some of the good PR you sorely need. We believe GMO alfalfa is so dangerous that it is better to appeal to you to see the writing on the wall and save yourself in order to minimize the crops planted, than to watch you go up in smoke taking with you all the farmers and economies and the future of the cleanup we're going to have to do. Its good for your bottom line too because wherever we find your gene, whether its a health or environmental harm, we're sending youthe bill.
As for us, we consumers have to get ourselves off of this dependence on these crops by increasing yield on other things- and the only way to do that is to buy them and keep those non-GMO companies turning a profit. We'll keep growing our alternate food system up until it is our main system by refusing to eat or buy GMO food.
Researcher: Roundup or Roundup-Ready Crops May Be Causing Animal Miscarriages and InfertilityWe've been talking about this for a while, even before these findings were released. We believe that this will result in a shortage of organic and GMO-free foods in the near future. This will be either due to a nation-wide recall of conventionally grown crops, or an out-right rejection of GE products by the American public. Those of you who have taken the time to follow these pages would be advised to stock up on your food supplies as much as possible in the days ahead. If you have freezer space available, or can share with a nearby friend or relative, you should purchase 100% grass-fed beef and pork, organic poultry and wild-caught fish while it is available. Can, freeze or dry organic fruits and vegetables.
Get air-tight containers to store bulk quantities of dry goods such as flour, rice, cereals and beans. In short, treat this as if it were a disaster, because in fact, it is. The effects of this news may vary by location. Some will be worse off than others. -E
If there is a shortage because some of the food is considered inedible and unsellable, those with the money will buy the safe food first. That means that people who don't eat GMO corn or soy at all are in the same predicament as everyone else. We have to change the food system, we can't avoid the problem threatening America by personally eating well.However, preparing for a hard hit to food doesn't mean going down in flames or screaming doom and gloom. This could inspire America to do what needs to be done- to plant crops of other kinds of food that don't need chemical herbicides and fertilizers and let farmers do farming practices such as saving seeds and cultivating varieties. We were headed for a disaster and the longer it goes the harder it would be to come back from. If we prepare so we are able to weather a blight, and dedicate ourselves to rescuing this situation, we can finally change the system to something better. Because if this hits, no one is going to even try to deny the problem. It would be impossible. It isn't wrong to suggest stocking up on food- it's our duty. All Americans should make themselves able to weather a shock to the corn and soy crops so that in the case of a blight we are not too busy trying to survive to rebuild.
How many people can we get to fill out this form? Please fill this out and forward it to as many people as you can. Tell Sec. of Agriculture Vilsack to Adopt a Moratorium on the Planting of GE Alfalfa. USDA’s Environmental Impact Statement Does Not Justify Approval"In a precedent-setting final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the planting of Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) acknowledges for the first time that GE contamination of organic and conventionally grown crops presents a huge problem in the U.S. Yet, the document falls woefully short of proving that GE alfalfa is safe for the environment or that it will afford all farmers their fair share of the US agricultural economy. In fact, the EIS sorely lacks the type of rigorous scientific data and analysis that the public expects from the Agency to justify going forward with any type of deregulation of GE alfalfa." - The Center for Food Safety