May 12, 2008

As if you needed any more reasons to go organic… let them eat genetically modified cake

Farmers across the U.S. are getting ready to plant its first crop of genetically modified sugar beets, the Montsanto Roundup Ready, and thanks to the lobbying efforts of Montsanto and others, it remains impossible to know if we are eating GM foods or not unless you choose to eat organically (GMO’s are banned in organic food… so far, anyway). In fact, the U.S. has blocked international efforts to mandate the labeling of GM foods at the last Codex meeting. However, there is some good news… you can take action here: to stop the planting.

In other news, it’s reassuring to know that the global food crisis hasn’t impacted some of our larger food and biotech businesses. Like Exxon, Shell, BP and the oil shortage, Montsanto, Cargill, Archer Daniels, and the Mosaic Company have posted record profits in the face of growing world hunger (http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/multinationals-make-billions-in-profit-out-of-growing-global-food-crisis-820855.html) and increasing instability in what Lester Brown in Plan B 3.0 called “failing states.” ( One can’t help but wonder if the economic hitmen have done their jobs only too well, and what the final karmic payback will be.

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