“You will destroy the organic industry if you allow GMO crops,” Schmeiser told about 60 members of the Sebastopol Sunrise Rotary Club on Wednesday. “Once you introduce a GMO into an area, there is no calling it back.”
Percy is speaking out on the hazards of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Sonoma County to help counter the massive disinformation campaign waged by the agro-chemical industry. The future of agriculture in the county is in the hands of voters on November 8 with Measure M, which would ban the growing of genetically engineered crops throughout the county and help protect the bio-integrity of food crops and other species.
The largest purveyors of genetically modified crops is the Monsanto Corporation, a criminal corporation with a long history of poisoning the planet and causing unimaginable suffering and death. The company is infamous for DDT, Dioxin, PCBs, Agent Orange, Saccharin and Aspartame.
Monsanto caused hundreds of thousands of birth defects and premature deaths when it shipped the highly toxic defoliant Agent Orange to Viet Nam contaminated with high levels of the mega-toxin Dioxin. The chemical couldn’t be sold anywhere else due to the contamination so was dumped on villages and forests in Viet Nam. When Viet Nam asked Monsanto for help in dealing with the results of their actions they refused. When victims tried to sue Monsanto for the enormous suffering and needless deaths caused by their criminal actions, the case was thrown out.
DDT was known to be extremely dangerous to wildlife and humans as early as the 50’s yet pressure from Monsanto kept it from being banned in the US until the 70’s when many species of birds were nearly extinct from the effects of the poison. It is still used in a few third world countries.
The FDA knowingly approved Aspartame (Nutra-Sweet) even though is was widely known to highly toxic and is made from poisonous compounds. The FDA’s own documents admit that the chemical can cause blindness, tinnitis, seizures, headaches, high blood pressure, nausea, diarrhea, cancer and death. It was approved only due to massive corruption engineered by Monsanto.
In Anniston, Alabama Monsanto deliberately dumped millions of gallons of hazardous waste contaminated with PCBs into local streams and ponds. Local environmental officials were bribed to keep quiet and it wasn’t until lawsuits brought by individuals wound their way through the courts that the situation was finally brought to light and the state of Alabama sued and won a case against the company.
Monsanto got into the business of genetically engineering crops for one reason – money. By genetically engineering plants it can make them more resistant to the toxic chemicals its sells and it can patent the plants and gain control over the world’s food supply.
The are two really big problems with GE crops.
1. They are dangerous to the environment and to human health. Studies on rats fed GE foods showed adverse reactions, damaged liver cells, thickening of the stomach lining, and death. The GE DNA migrates into other species and compromises their genetic integrity. The only human feeding study of GE soy found that the DNA from the soy transferred to the bacteria in the human intestine immediately. If the DNA can so easily migrate to other species it can also migrate to humans. Most non-GE corn, canola and soy is now contaminated with dangerous GE DNA. The contamination is now spreading around the world. The next crops to be contaminated include rice and wheat.
2. The migration of the DNA grants ownership to the patent holder. This means that companies like Monsanto automatically gain ownership of a farmer’s entire crop and can sue for further damages for patent infringement even though the farmer has no control over the cross pollination of crops or the contamination in seed-stock. Corruption of the courts has created an insane situation where farmers can no longer grow certain crops for fear that some patented DNA might be found or be claimed to be found in their crop and as a result they lose ownership of their crop and possibly their entire farm. This is exactly what happened to Percy Schmeiser.
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