Welcome to the "Genetically Engineered" Section of the ADC Website.
Mendocino County, California is the First County to Prohibit GMO in the United States: Title 10A AGRICULTURE CHAPTER 10A.15 PROHIBITION ON THE PROPAGATION, CULTIVATION, RAISING AND GROWING OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY - Section. 10A.15.010 Finding: The people of Mendocino County wish to protect the County’s agriculture, environment, economy, and private property from genetic pollution by genetically modified organisms. - (Measure H-2004, passed March 2, 2004.) - Section. 10A.15.020 Prohibition. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to propagate, cultivate, raise, or grow genetically modified organisms in Mendocino County. (Measure H-2004, passed March 2, 2004.)
Your City, County, Board of Commissioners, State can also Take this Action at the Local Level. Please Visit the Mendocino County Section of this Website for Contacts and Information on how to Take Action in Your Community (See the 64G Pdf File Section):
“…Man, owing to an egoism that is too shortsighted about his own interests, his penchant to take pleasure in all that stands at his disposal, in short, owing to his carelessness about the future and his fellow men, seems to labor at annihilating his means of preservation and even at destroying his own species. By everywhere destroying the great plants that protected the soil, for the procurement of objects that satisfy his craving of the moment, he rapidly brings about the sterility of the soil he inhabits, gives rise to the depletion of springs, keeps away the animals who drew their substance from those springs, and causes large parts of the globe, once quite fertile and populated in every respect, to be barren, sterile, uninhabitable, and deserted. Always disregarding the advice of experience, in order to give himself over to his passions, he is perpetually at war with his fellow men, and destroys them from all sides and under all manner of pretext; with the result that one sees populations that were once thriving, become increasingly impoverished. It would seem that man is destined to exterminate himself after having rendered the globe uninhabitable…” Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de la Marck (1 August 1744 – 18 December 1829), French Naturalist. Above Quote from: "Système analytique des connaissances positives de l’homme" (1820)
In the past few years we have compiled a great deal of information on Genetically Modified Seeds, Foods, Trees, and other items. Some of this genetic engineering may have a negative effect on our food supply and could be responsible for, or another contributing factor, in honey bee declines and loss of other pollinators.
We are playing "Russian Rhoulette" almost every day when we use these seeds and plants. And the toll may not be known for years. This site is dedicated to information that we do know about this subject. It does not cover all known information which would be impossible...but the information below opens some doors on what is taking place while many remain silent on this issue.
U.S.D.A APHIS made available a PPRA and a draft EA to address a request from Dow, Inc. seeking a determination of nonregulated status of its DAS-40278-9 corn. This corn has been genetically engineered to provide tolerance to 2,4-Dand aryloxyphenoxypropionate (AOPP) acetyl coenzyme A carboxylase (ACCase) inhibitors, also known as “fop” herbicides. DAS-40278-9 corn has been field tested in the major corn growing regions of the continental United States as well as Hawaii.
The California Lake County Board of Supervisors decided to allow controversial GM Crops to be grown in their county. This experiment in engineering, long after their current supervisors are gone, will have long term consequences for all residents.
"Bill Moyers talks to scientist and philosopher Vandana Shiva, who’s become a rock star in the global battle over genetically modified seeds. These seeds — considered “intellectual property” by the big companies who own the patents — are globally marketed to monopolize food production and profits. Opponents challenge the safety of genetically modified seeds, claiming they also harm the environment, are more costly, and leave local farmers deep in debt as well as dependent on suppliers. Shiva, who founded a movement in India to promote native seeds, links genetic tinkering to problems in our ecology, economy, and humanity, and sees this as the latest battleground in the war on Planet Earth."...
BILL MOYERS: We turn now from one champion of the public interest to another. From Sheila Bair fighting for greater oversight of the big banks to a global advocate for social justice named Vandana Shiva.
VANDANA SHIVA: We need a new paradigm for living on the earth because the old one is clearly not working.
BILL MOYERS: The last time we spoke with her, she was battling Coca-Cola and other multinational giants over the privatization of water in her native India—including the waters of the sacred river Ganges. Since then, Vandana Shiva has become a rock star in the worldwide battle over genetically modified seeds. Those are seeds aggressively marketed around the world by big companies like Monsanto to not only increase, but also to monopolize food production and profits. Opponents challenge their safety, claim they harm the environment, are more costly, and leave local farmers deep in debt and dependent on suppliers.
Following Europe’s example, many American consumers are demanding that food products made from genetically modified seeds be labeled. Monsanto, the world’s largest supplier, claims intellectual property rights over its seeds and usually wins when it takes farmers to court for patent infringement. But in India, Monsanto claimed its seeds would produce bountiful crops and when the results fell short, many bankrupted farmers reportedly killed themselves.
Vandana Shiva, founded India’s Navdanya movement to promote the use of native seeds, and she has become a formidable figure in all these battles. Trained in physics, she’s an activist and prolific author whose books include “Earth Democracy,” “Soil Not Oil,” “Water Wars,” and her latest, “Making Peace With The Earth.” I talked with her again recently, when she came to New York to be honored by Union Theological Seminary..."
Washington, D.C. - Monday, June 13, 2011 C-SPAN (Please note that a good part of his speech was devoted to Genetically Modified Food Crops which is being promoted by Secretary Vilsack and the Obama Administration.)
"...The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack, was the speaker today at a National Press Club luncheon. Vilsack addressed how the combined efforts of American farmers, scientists, and policy-makers are vital to face the demanding challenges of food security in the growing global population...Recently named the Chairman of the White House Rural Council, the secretary will help direct the council to coordinate federal efforts to provide support to rural America...Secretary Vilsack will attend the G-20 Summit of Agricultural Ministers, the first meeting of the ministers, in Paris later this month..."
April 29, 2009 - MONSANTO
These folks are pushing Genetically Modified crops (GMO's) onto the Third World in the name of ending hunger, much as the Rockefellers did with the 'Green Revolution' that was used to open world markets to chemical and hybrid agriculture.
Multi-Billion $$ Monsanto Sues More Small Family Farmers! - Hundreds of the farmers around the world who are being forced to pay Monsanto to have their fields contaminated by genetically modified organisms.
Taxpayers Forced to Fund Monsanto's Poisoning of Third World : Monsanto has also been implicated in the indiscriminate sale and use of RoundUp Ultra in the anti-drug fumigation efforts of Plan Colombia. Of the some $1.3 billion of taxpayers' money earmarked for Plan Colombia, Monsanto has received upwards of $25 million for providing RoundUp Ultra.
Damaged Banana CropsRoundUp Ultra is a highly concentrated version of Monsanto's glyphosate herbicide, with additional surfactants to increases its lethality. Local communities and human rights organizations charge that Ultra is destroying food crops, water sources and protected areas in the Andes, primarily Colombia.
Paradoxically, the use of RoundUp Ultra has actually increased coca cultivation in the Andes. As local farming communities are increasingly impacted by RoundUp Ultra fumigations, many turn to the drug trade as a means of economic survival. Regional NGOs have estimated that almost 200,000 hectares have been fumigated with Ultra under Plan Colombia.
The Corporation Continues to Refuse Compensation to Veterans and Families for Exposure to the Toxic Chemical Monsanto's Roundup Pesticide Killing Wheat - Monsanto Takes Ownership of Public Water Resources ! Monsanto's GE Seeds are Pushing US Agriculture into Bankruptcy - Scientist Warning of Health Hazards of Monsanto's Herbicide Receives Threats - Monsanto's Crops Spawning Superweed Epidemic in U.S. ! Mexico City Government Vows to Protect Native Corn Varieties from GMO Contamination ! And many many more ... http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm
October 18, 2010 - Part I: English Subtitles: Poison of the pampas (El veneno de las pampas - Time: 14:49) This news report by journalist Rolando Grana, recorded in Santa Fe, Argentina, graphically shows the tragic human consequences of glyphosate spraying of GM soy, including babies with birth defects. It contains interviews with Dr Dario Gianfelici, a medical doctor; scientist Prof Andres Carrasco, whose research showed that glyphosate/Roundup causes birth defects in doses far lower than those used in agricultural spraying; and the journalist Marie-Monique Robin, who made the film, The World According to Monsanto. (Total time 21:51) The poison of the pampas - El veneno de las pampas Englisch Subtitles Part 2 October 18, 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isBqWF3bOi4&feature=related
C-SPAN September 24, 2011 - Washington Journal Genetically Modified Food - Interview with Nina Fedoroff, former Science & Tecnhology Adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 2007-2010. Ms. Fedoroff spoke about the growing demand for food worldwide (and the potential shortages) that can be relieved by the use of genetically modified food and the current regulations at the EPA, Agriculture Department and the FDA that burden the expansion of modified crops. She also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
September 21, 2011 Video India Lawsuit Against Monsanto - France 24 International News - FOCUS India vs Monsanto: Seeds of Discord By Vikram Singh "...For the first time ever, a country - India - is accusing a multinational company of "bio-piracy". That means stealing indigenous plants, and then trying to develop genetically modified versions of them, without giving any compensation back to the local people or nation where the plant originally came from. Our reporters traveled to one of the affected areas and spoke to those who say it's their environment which has been stolen..."
Jerry Rosman, a pig farmer in Iowa, was cultivating GMO corn,(Roundup Ready and BT) and fed this corn to his pigs. Result: his sows became infertile, and then after one year he went bankrupt. See the whole interview here: http://vimeo.com/20237421
Is it an incident isolated to Iowa ? Check this article from Greenpeace; http://www.greenpeace.org/india/en/news/no-need-for-condoms-ge-corn/ "Austrian scientists fed mice over a course of 20 weeks a mixture of 33 percent Monsanto GE corn (NK 603 x MON 810) and non-GE corn. These mice gave birth to less babies and lighter babies in their third and fourth litters. Mice fed on non-GE corn had babies as normal. These differences are statistically significant." To have a more global idea on the issue and the relation between GMOs and sterilisation, please read the book "Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation": Available on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Seeds-Destruction-Hidden-Genetic-Manipulation/dp/097371...
Speech on Genetically Modified Seeds & Farmers - Monsanto petition tells Obama: ‘Cease FDA ties to Monsanto’ Washington Post January 30, 2012
"...In recent days, a petition calling for the former Monsanto VP’s ouster is gaining steam. “President Obama, I oppose your appointment of Michael Taylor,” the petition on Signon.org reads. “Taylor is the same person who was Food Safety Czar at the FDA when genetically modified organisms were allowed into the U.S. food supply without undergoing a single test to determine their safety or risks. This is a travesty."
Live Well With Cantwell WCGH 1490 Radio-Connecticut February 7, 2012 Audio Podcast The Increasing use of 2,4-D in Agriculture, in Drinking Water Sources to Control Aquatic Weeds, Along Roadways, and in Forest Lands to Kill unwanted Trees & Plants. Pauline's Guests: Rosalind Peterson & Author Carol Van Strum provides information on this usage, public health impacts, and deadlines for Public Comment.
U.S.D.A APHIS is also making available today a PPRA and a draft EA to address a request from Dow, Inc. seeking a determination of nonregulated status of its DAS-40278-9 corn. This corn has been genetically engineered to provide tolerance to 2,4-D and aryloxyphenoxypropionate (AOPP) acetyl coenzyme A carboxylase (ACCase) inhibitors, also known as “fop” herbicides. DAS-40278-9 corn has been field tested in the major corn growing regions of the continental United States as well as Hawaii. APHIS’ risk assessment indicates that DAS-40278-9 corn is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk. APHIS is making available for public comment the Dow petition for nonregulated status, APHIS’ PPRA and draft EA. These documents can be found at: