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    World Focus: Monsanto, the TPP and Global Food Dominance
    Tuesday, November 26 @ 19:17:15 UTC
    GM Food By Ellen Brown
    November 26, 2013 - ellenbrown.com


    "Control oil and you control nations," said US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the 1970s.  "Control food and you control the people."

    Global food control has nearly been achieved, by reducing seed diversity with GMO (genetically modified) seeds that are distributed by only a few transnational corporations. But this agenda has been implemented at grave cost to our health; and if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) passes, control over not just our food but our health, our environment and our financial system will be in the hands of transnational corporations.

    Profits Before Populations

    Genetic engineering has made proprietary control possible over the seeds on which the world's food supply depends. According to an Acres USA interview of plant pathologist Don Huber, Professor Emeritus at Purdue University, two modified traits account for practically all of the genetically modified crops grown in the world today. One involves insect resistance. The other, more disturbing modification involves insensitivity to glyphosate-based herbicides (plant-killing chemicals). Often known as Roundup after the best-selling Monsanto product of that name, glyphosate poisons everything in its path except plants genetically modified to resist it.

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    World Focus: Food Justice: Monsanto, Factory Farming, and Beyond
    Wednesday, May 29 @ 19:18:14 UTC
    GM FoodBy Mickey Z.
    May 28, 2013 -- World News Trust


    “In nature's economy, the currency is not money, it is life.”

    - Vandana Shiva

    On May 25, 2013, millions marched against Monsanto across the globe. I took part here in New York City, of course, and was fortunate to have the opportunity to lead a teach-in called: “Food Justice, GMOs, & the Vegan Option (Eat Like a Revolutionary).”

    The ostensible goals of this event included:
    • Present GMOs as much more than a single issue.
    • Suggest that GMOs offer a powerful entry point for outreach to the mainstream.
    • Provide facts to be used for such outreach.
    • Explain why there’s more to food justice than screaming “Fuck Monsanto.” 
    At the request of those who attended the teach-in, I’ve compiled some of the material in an article of sorts. This is not meant to be the definitive word on any of these topics. Rather, I strongly encourage all readers to follow-up with their own research and, of course, share what they find.

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    World Focus: America's Masterplan is to Force GM Food on the World
    Monday, February 13 @ 20:09:33 UTC
    GM FoodThe reason the US took Europe to the WTO court was to prise open lucrative markets elsewhere

    by John Vidal, guardian.co.uk

    Just a few years ago, World Trade Organisation officials used to act hurt when described by social activists as irresponsible, secretive bureaucrats who trampled over national sovereignty and placed free trade over the environment or human rights. But that was when the global-trade policeman ruled on disputes that had little bearing on Europeans.

    The WTO court's latest ruling will greatly increase the number of people who believe the organisation needs radical reform, if not burial. This week three judges emerged after years of secret deliberation to rule that Europe had imposed a de facto ban on Genetically Modified (GM) food imports between 1999 and 2003, violating WTO rules. The court also ruled that Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Luxembourg had no legal grounds to impose their own unilateral import bans. "Europe guilty!" shouted the US press. "This is glorious news for the Bush administration," said one blogger.

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    World Focus: Genetically Modified Lies or An Honest Mistake?
    Tuesday, April 05 @ 19:18:31 UTC
    GM FoodAn Honest Mistake?

    by Liza Grandia, commondreams.org

    Syngenta admitted this week that, for over four years, it "mistakenly" sold hundreds of tons of an experimental corn seed not yet approved for human consumption.

    Contaminating the world's food supply is becoming a habit for big agribusiness.

    Back in 2000, a genetically-modified (GM) corn called StarLink was discovered in Taco Bell tacos. Manufactured by Aventis, StarLink was modified to be more insect-resistant through the insertion of a bacterial toxin into the corn's DNA. When eaten, however, it can provoke intense allergic reactions, including anaphylactic shock. The EPA had banned StarLink corn from human consumption, but allowed it to be grown for animal feed and let Aventis regulate itself. Mysteriously, though, StarLink corn ended up at Taco Bell. In the ensuing scandal, more than 300 food products were recalled. But the story didn't end there.

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    World Focus: Genetic Material Fallout from Mexico to Zambia
    Sunday, October 27 @ 12:10:10 UTC
    GM FoodBy ETC Group, www.etcgroup.org, Oct. 26, 2002

    The Year of Playing Dangerously The Great Containment: Genentic Material Fallout from Mexico to Zambia

    Thirteen months ago, the agbiotech industry wakened to a nightmare. Illegal and unwelcome, the presence of genetically-modified (GM) maize was reported smack in the crop's center of genetic origin in Mexico. There's never a good time for a political/ecological calamity, but the beleaguered Gene Giants were already struggling to persuade consumers, following the Taco Debacle (Starlink), that companies could control their inventions and their inventory.

    The seed companies were also hoping to arm-twist EU ministers into lifting the ban on GM products in Europe. Suddenly, the headlines were full of the contamination scandal.

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