Pacific Spirit Marine Institute
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Prince Charles thinks genetically engineered foods will be the “biggest disaster environmentally of all time.”
The Prince also thinks GM [genetically modified] foods are an experiment that’s gone seriously wrong, causing untold problem which become expensive and very difficult to undo.
The Times online has promptly published a piece rebuffing what Prince Charles has to say.
Read what ‘The Independent Science Panel’ has to say about the GM foods at their website.
Prince Charles also says,”…the classic way of ensuring there is no food in the future” is relying on gigantic corporations for food that would result in “absolute disaster”.
To rely on only a few gigantic corporations for anything could turn into absolute disasters. Antitrust laws were written precisely to avoid the ‘absolute’ problems that accompany absolute power.
“if they think this is the way to go…we (will) end up with millions of small farmers all over the world being driven off their land into unsustainable, unmanageable, degraded and dysfunctional conurbations of unmentionable awfulness.” The Prince is quoted as saying.
I’m no expert, and I’m certainly not the son of the Queen, but I do have a backyard garden. This year that garden is tortured. Many of the plants in my vegetable garden are ‘trade marked’ plants. Admittedly my story is only anecdotal but none of these plants has born a fruit worth the energy it takes to remove it from the plant. It’s horrible.
Scientists claim the attacks on their GM food research are setting them back. I’d be willing to bet my last dollar, the ’scientists’ making those claims are working for some of the largest ag corporations on earth.
Insurance company spokespeople have compared GM crops to Thalidomide, Asbestos and Acts of Terrorism.
Read the Canadian canola farmer’s, recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi award 2000’s disconcerting story.
When asked ‘why he would plant Monsanto’s GM crops’ Percy Schmeiser said, “I think the reason was this. …Monsanto told farmers that it would be more nutritious, it would be a bigger yield, but most of all, less chemicals…”
“Our land is contaminated. Our water is contaminated. Farmers now realize that we’re just killing ourselves and we’re killing the environment-our insects (bees?) our birds, and everything else.”
Schmeiser goes on to say,”Number one, it was not more nutritious. It was not a bigger yielder.” Monsanto never noted anything about quality. Schmeiser says, “…farmers are now using from 6 to 10 times more chemicals.”
Monsanto would like to be the worlds sole food source. Monsanto seeds grow best with Monsanto fertilizers. Monsanto is the seed and fertilizer giant!
If you’re looking for some good Karma, an investment in Monsanto may not be the place for you. If you are looking to make a killing…it may be.
Monsanto is increasing the price of its corn seed by $100.00 a bag. On 1,000 acres that an extra $40,000.00. At the U.N. Food Summit in Rome Monsanto announced that it would be saving the world from a food crisis. It pledged to double its yields on soy and cotton over the next 20 years.
Like Nancy Regan used to say…”JUST SAY NO”.
Genetic diversity keeps our food system resistant to disease. Let’s talk incest. There is a reason you cannot marry your cousin.
GM seeds, are ‘akin’ to incest. One more anecdotal story please…I once knew a wonderful family seemingly normal in every way. But, the parents were first cousins. All seemed well, until the children (2 of them) grew up and tried to start families of their own. The daughter of this union died while she was pregnant,(keeled down dead while making toast) the son was never able to produce any children. Kind of like the plants in my garden, unable to bring forth fruit.
If you are busy buying up any protected seeds as I am, your hopes may be dashed like mine.
While we were sleeping, Monsanto agreed to buy De Ruiter Seeds. The acquisition by MOnsanto will serve, “the protected-culture” vegetable seed market”.
Photo: USDA ARS
Labels: Food Crisis, Food Shortage, GM crops, Monsanto, Prince Charles, gentically modified
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Prince Charles says, "Count me out". Just say No to genetically modified foods.