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Terminator Gene, Germinator Gene, GMO Seed, they all smell like money, not progress

Hate to say that all of these things mean one thing, and none of them mean more food for the starving…no, after crop data and research results are in, all GM seed (genetically modified) has proven is that is costs more to purchase the seed and forces you to use specific types of chemicals from specific companies only.  What do I mean?

What is the Terminator Gene? 

The terminator gene is a specific genetic sequence manipulation, where a new genetic sequence is inserted into a seed’s DNA.  Once placed there, the terminator gene renders the seed and crop in which it produces sterile.  Meaning no part of the plant is viable to use to replant the next years crops…so don’t bother saving the seeds from a crop with the GM Terminator Gene because you will never be able to grow anything, your plant and seeds are sterile.

The terminator gene was patented by the USDA and a company called Pine Land Co.  However, Pine Land Co was purchased by Monsanto and we know they love to control the world seed market via contamination.  It comes as no surprise they did what ever it took to own the terminator gene.

Why do we need the terminator gene in our food?  Well, we don’t but seed companies who have a horse in the race do.  They would love to have the world filled with nothing but their crop, earning them money.  The terminator gene has no agricultural or economic benefits to the farmers who grows the food we eat, or the consumers who eat the food the farmers grow.  Remember, you are what you eat, and frankly, no testing was done to find out how the terminator gene might impact a living thing (be it bug or human, insect or animal), so we frankly don’t know.  The only defense companies employing the terminator gene into their seeds and the only reason to subject us all into the digestion of this terminator gene is “It protects our intellectual property rights, you can’t save any seeds on the life we own”.  How does it do this?  Well, the plant and seed are rendered sterile, so we eat this gene, it gets inside us and the plant has it inside it……all it does is force everyone year after year to purchase all their seeds over and over and over, no saving a single seed from your garden for the following year, they simply will not grow.  In the case of Monsanto, who reportedly owns 90% of the world soy bean seed, it means that 90% of the soy beans planted around the world would have to be purchased from Monsanto directly, every year

…….so it means hummm……MONEY!  And according to the Sherman Anti Trust Act, that is a monopoly and should be prosecutable in the court system.  Only problem is, so many governmental officials were once employed by Monsanto or are currently enjoying the perks and benefits Monsanto forks out to purchase…I mean cough, cough “give perks to” them so I highly doubt you will ever see Monsanto coming under the fire of the Sherman Anti Trust Act…..EVER.  I mean all those people we vote into the White House, they aren’t going to give up their vacation condo, the use of a private corporate jet, the nice cars, the wads of cash………..Why do what is right when you can do what is wrong and get rich doing it, or pretending to look the other way?

Learn more about the Terminator gene here:

What is the Germinator Gene?

The germination or germinator gene is a gene which is placed into the genetic sequence of a plant, when introduced, you must purchase specific chemicals from the seed company just to get your seeds to germinate.  This is a lethal blow to the organic industry as the moment you apply the chemical required to get your seed to germinate and grow, you are no longer organic.  At the moment, this particular gene is not being used outside of study test groups.  I hope it never hits the market because I am an organic farmer and feel GM has no place on my supper table or in the bellies of any human being.

Are genetically modified seeds (GM) saving the world?

Depends upon who you believe or speak to.  The producers of GM seeds are painting beautiful pictures of no one suffering of starvation.  They advertise that the crops resulting from their seeds will yield more, require less chemicals and will suffer from fewer blights or bugs.  I mean that sounds great doesn’t it?  A plant which won’t get eaten by bugs, won’t get fungus and will produce bumper crops with less fertalizers…..who wouldn’t think this is a great thing!

However, the reality is not quite as beautiful as the advertising campaigns these companies have undertaken.

Read this article.   The quote below is from that article.

“After Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soybeans were licensed in 1996, “a once-productive national family farm-based agriculture system (was turned into) a neo-feudal state system dominated by a handful of powerful, wealthy” owners to exploit for profit. Menem went along. In less than a decade, he allowed the nation’s corn, wheat and cattle diversity to be replaced by corporate-controlled monoculture. It was a Faustian sellout, and it helped Monsanto’s stock price hit an all-time high near year end  2007.

Earlier decades of diversity and crop rotation preserved the country’s soil quality. That changed after soybean monoculture moved in with its heavy dependence on chemical fertilizers. Traditional Argentine crops vanished, and cattle were forced into cramped feedlots the way they are in the US. Engdahl quoted a leading country agro-ecologist predicting these practices will destroy the land in 50 years if they continue. Nothing suggests a stoppage, and by 2004, nearly half the nation’s crop land was for soybeans and over 90% of it solely for Monsanto’s Roundup Ready brand. Engdahl put it this way: “Argentina had become the world’s largest uncontrolled experimental laboratory for GMO” and its people unwitting lab rats.”

Step one is to ensure you purchase seeds from companies that have signed the NO GMO pledge.  You can find these companies listed here.  http://www.responsibletechnology.org/buy-non-gmo/non-gmo-seed

According to Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman, a former biotech specialist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “After 20 years of GM research and 13 years of commercialization, GM crops have a track record that allows us to evaluate their future prospects… The weak performance to date raises questions about how much more of our scarce research dollars should be devoted to this controversial technology… Let’s be clear. As of this year, there are no commercialized GM crops that inherently increase yield. Similarly, there are no GM crops on the market that were engineered to resist drought, reduce fertilizer pollution or save soil. Not one.”

Read Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman’s full news report here 

So if GM crops are not better, not drought resistant, don’t reduce fertilizer and don’t increase yield, why are the powerful chemical companies purchasing every seed company they can and trying to force them upon the population of the world.  Sadly, the fact that you are a human being is the very reason.  You require food and GM seeds earn more money because they are designed to work only with the chemicals the chemical company produces.  They are purchasing all of the seed companies that can be bought and are trying to force GM upon you because it means more money for them.  Your life, your health, the health of the earth, the health of the animal population, the dwindling bee population (thanks to triple stacking and BT plants)….none of this matters, what matters is the significant monetary increase and monetary generation for these companies.  This is why they want you to think they are better.  If we buy into the GM is better advertising, we are buying into a world of servitude for food to these companies.

Frankly I was born a free person, and I will go where I can remain a free person.  I will not have someone turn me into their servant for food so they can earn more money.  I will not subject my children or grand children to cancers, I will not subject myself, friends or family to a world void of morality so they can earn more money.

At the end of the day, all you have is your name.  Your name is attached to everything you do, why not produce a name of value?  Seems to me the most powerful human being and the most wealthy is the human that takes pride (which can’t be purchased), honor (which can’t be purchased) and compassion (which can’t be faked, not even with the greatest advertising campaign).  All these lies for money, and the lack of care or compassion towards life mean nothing.  The great campaigns trying to tell the world population how great they are might fool many in the population, but what good is a world of greedy fools?  A greedy fool always has to look over their shoulder because they surround themselves with a weak fools, and eventually one of those weak fools will discover their power and become a powerful greedy fool!  And that greedy fool has learned from the best, the original fool so they know how to turn the other greedy fools against the original Kings of the fools……watch your back—lmao

We look back and wonder how some of the ancient civilizations have disappeared, well I am quite certain greed was at the root of their annialation…..history has proven this fact over and over again.

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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Gardening, Soap Box

 

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Saving your Seeds

I would like to share a link to a website that is promoting saving the bio-diversity of seeds.  http://www.savingourseeds.org/index.html  Now keep in mind you need to be careful about how you go about saving your seeds.  There are many regulations and patents out there.  In fact one corporation Monsanto, owns over 1,500 patents on food seeds alone.  Most of the seed companies out there are in fact owned by really four corporations and they own those seeds and the plants grown from them.

When considering saving seeds from your own garden or crops keep in mind a few important facts:

  • Don’t save seeds on a patented strain (most hybrids and thanks to Monsanto, almost every seed…check for patents)
  • Personally I don’t grow any genetic modification (GM) plants, I refuse to eat GM seeds!  I don’t want their fruits or vegetables and if it is a GM seed, you can bank on the fact that it is also patented.  If you save seeds from a patented variety, you can and will be sued for doing so as it is patent infringement.

Plants such as the tomato, you need to cure the seeds to make them viable.  The website above helps teach you ways in which to do this, please check them out.  If they don’t teach you what you need to know.  Hit the internet and do your research, just make sure you read lots of websites because chances of an inaccurate method are high.  Most people simply copy and paste articles and chances are, wrong information has been copy and pasted thousands of times.

Many have asked why I do not teach or give the methods behind how to save seeds here on my blog and the answer is simple, because I will get sued!  These companies love to make money, and frankly they don’t make enough money from seeds alone so they love to go out and police every home or rural garden.  They offer rewards to individuals willing to tattle on their neighbors via “tip lines”, so even in rural areas farmers needing money love to rat out even their own mothers for the money.

Just make sure you aren’t infringing upon any patent laws, preserve the seeds according to the species and always have your crops tested at the end of the season for contamination from any GM seed in your area.  Even if you don’t plant a GM seed variety, if your crops are contaminated by the GM variety, you are guilty of patent infringement, hence why it is important to fork out the money each and every year to ensure your crops have not become contaminated.  Better you find out and not save them than to have a company like Monsanto show up and sue you for everything you have because you saved your own seed.

Anyhow, know how to properly preserve your seeds.  If you are going to store them for more than one season, know how to do so in order to keep the seed viable.  Without seed, you can grow no food, without the diversity of all our little gardens, we will suffer from blight when the world turns into monoculture thanks to companies like Monsanto and others that are trying to force you in that direction.

Millions of people died in Ireland due to the potato blight because they grew one variety (known as mono culture), when their potatoes died, so did their people as they had nothing to eat.

I will talk later about the patented gene called “the terminator” gene which is owned by the United States Government as well as the “germinator” gene which requires you to purchase specific chemicals from the producing seed company in order to get your seeds to germinate at all.  But right now, I would like to ask those of you using heirlooms, you work diligently to keep them GM (aka contaminate) free and you store them properly so that we may all keep this world from being forced into a monoculture system which will kill us when that crops develops a blight.

So what does GM or patented seed mean?  Read this report.  http://gmwatch.org/component/content/article/10558-the-worlds-top-ten-seed-companies-who-owns-nature

For the record, many ex high up CEOs from Monsanto now hold high up governmental positions.  And for the record, the fact that these “governmental leaders” state they are not in bed with Monsanto (yet accept their cash, vacations, condo’s, cars, homes and more from them).  Here is a little tid-bit of reality folks….

At a July 2008 meeting, Monsanto officials announced plans to raise the average price of some of the company’s triple-stack maize varieties a whopping 35 percent. Fred Stokes of the U.S.-based Organization for
Competitive Markets (OCM) describes  the implications for farmers: “A $100 price increase is a tremendous drain on rural America. Let’s say a farmer in Iowa who farms 1,000 acres plants one of these expensive corn varieties next year. The gross increased cost is more than $40,000. Yet there’s no scientific basis to justify this price hike. How can we let companies get away with this?”

The U.S. government is currently subsidizing sales of Monsanto’s triple-stack maize seed by offering lower crop insurance premiums to farmers who plant  it on non-irrigated land – because the biotech maize reportedly provides lower risk of reduced yields when compared to conventional hybrids. The pilot project is especially specious because the U.S. government relied on data from Monsanto to substantiate the claim.

Once they own they crop, they control not only the price, but the food….when they own both the price and the food, they own the world.

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2011 in Gardening, Soap Box

 

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