|image by Jordan Ross|
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Jordan's next stunt on the trailer was to show the Seralini Study Rats and explain how anti-gmo people unnecessarily torture rats and mice with long term testing which he insists is not at all necessary. Seriously, the entire global world of Science unnecessarily subjects rats and mice to needless experiments for whatever purpose, so no one anywhere is a shining example of light when to comes to that point, even biotechnology corporations. We should also remember that GMO testing by law doesn't need to go through the same long time studies to reveal long term health effects like other food additives. So, real human beings consuming their Junk Foods are their version long term health studies. The attempt was lame and adolescent, but then look at where the source is coming from, an individual with inexperience of youth.
Update April 12, 2016 Article from online journal, "The Hill"Now on his website, he claims to be taking his documentary to another level to be different than those other documentaries which only focus on the USA. His main target of course is the plight of the poor starving people around the world whom he insists will benefit from his beloved GMOs. He gives the example of Kenya and other places in Africa where GMO Maize/Corn has now being genetically engineered and manipulated to withstand heat and drought. Also, these GMOs will ward of viruses and diseases on plant roots. This still remains one of the most bogus promotional schemes out there for making Corn drought resistant. Remember the Mycorrhizae ?
|University of Florida, Drought Stress Study with Mycorrhizal Fungi on Corn Roots|
Let's do a little discussion and comparison here on how Nature has been doing drought resistance in most all plants on Earth for countless thousands of years. One of the things Jordan Ross said is that his documentary was going to highlight the how and why GMOs are Science-Based. Thus far in the trailer, other than the usual definition shell games and usual truth manipulation we are usually force fed by the Biotech shills out on the internet, there is as yet any real clean beneficial science to be discussed. So let's take up his claim of drought resistance in Maize being genetically modified for Kenya since that was going to be one of his main science based talking points he was going to focus upon in his video. For the sake of illustration, let's say these pine seedlings to the right are actually Maize or Corn seedlings just emerging from the soil. Now, the seedling on the left which has had the fungi digitally removed from the photo which shows only three main roots is actually illustrative of that conventionally grown so-called drought resistant GMO Corn which is also engineered to manufacture toxins, pesticide spraying resistance and greatly dependent upon the conventional synthetic chemical fertilizers for food. In fact with such a limited root absorption structure underground, the high potency percentage of any fertilizer is a must because this is mostly a numbers game. Those GMO roots will only absorb around 20% of those synthetic chemicals as opposed to 80% mycorrhizal absorbing root system of a mycorrhizal plant which would only require a tiny fraction of the fertility of the conventional plant. Now remember, those chemicals have to end up somewhere and that place is generally leaching into the water table of as runoff into stream, rivers lakes, oceans etc to create vast areas of dead zones. The seedling on the right is representative of a Non-GMO Corn seedling, but instead as you can see is colonized with Mycorrhizal fungi. Notice the vast differences in root absorption area ? Now the fungi on the right side in this illustration is not the usual VAM which does colonize crop plants, but instead is Ecto-mycorrhizae which colonizes pine roots, but for the sake of illustration we are able to see this fungi on the root system and what it is capable of accomplishing. Now this VAM Fungi provides a number of things. It will give conventional heirloom variety Corn a 200% increase in water and nutrient uptake as compared to the GMO bare root variety. Those fungal mycelium strands can be considered a huge extension of the corn root's absorption area which goes well beyond the plant in search of raw materials to cycle back to the plant host. Hence with the GMO program where there are no such tools from Nature's tool-kit and it's advantages missing, an excessive amount of chemical fertilizers are necessary to assure that at least 20% of those chemicals will feed the GMO plant. With the superior mycorrhizal root system there is normally an uptake 80% of the nutrients with far far less application of fertilizers needed. That hurts the industrial business model tremendously. So with the conventional GMO Corn, they have to play a numbers game. Dump a high volume of fertilizer and hope that at least 20% of that rich concentration will suck in somewhere and feed the corn plant. The GMO plant does NOT have the same root absorption capacity as the mycorrhizal corn root plants, so more pounds per acre of fertilizer are required.
|Image: Mycorrhizal Applications Inc|
|Image: United Nations|
|Image: Jordan Ross|
The other argument is that the world needs to feed millions and only GMO crops can help third world farmers. Poor country farmers cannot afford more expensive seeds and all the chemicals that need to be used with them. As I mentioned the prices would also be higher for the end user or consumer as well because most poorer people. How would they really be helped when paying for more expensive produce ? So what strategy would they use to get the poor farmers of Africa to accept their expensive seed and chemicals ? Apparently, if you've watched the latest News on this, these Biotechs are cleverly giving away free seeds, free gmo trees, etc etc etc. They are using the same identical tactics and stunts most any street corner drug dealers use on the unwary and ignorant in poor neighbourhoods in the industrial Nations. Like the pushers passing out the free samples at the Elementary School to the inexperienced, illiterate, and ignorant in hopes of a future clientele, so it is with the industrial biotechs who hope the results would be that these poorer uneducated often times illiterate farmers will believe that the Biotechs have their best interests at heart. There's even a historical precedent to this practice. Great Britain did this during the time of the Opium Wars in China. They farmed and manufactured opium poppies in what is now India and Pakistan and gave out loads of free samples to the public in cities like Hong Kong, Shanghai etc. Once the public became addicted, a market was created and Great Britain could save their gold and Silver and trade Opium for Chinese goods to be sold back in Europe and other global markets. That's what world power means. The film's argument is that our increasing world population needs crops that produce higher yields. That's baloney. This world has often had problems with an over abundance many many times over and the problem has been storage, transportation and other infrastructure issues. All my life I grew up around farming in Imperial Valley, Coachella Valley, Central Valley and other regions of the southwestern United States. Often times you could see farmers dumping truckloads of potatoes, Onions, carrots and even melons back into fields with the drivers given strict instructions to run their vehicles back and forth over the produce to ruin it so that no one could glean from the fields. It was a price issue, there was no money for the farmer if they sold it and also at a loss even if they did. You see, unlikely GMOs, farm produce isn't subsidized by the USA Government, only commodity product grains. If grains over produce, their is generally a safety net for those farmers should they take a fall. Take the examples below.
|Image: Ralston Iowa - New York Times (2005)|
New York Times: "Mountains of Corn and a Sea of Farm Subsidies"
This scene above was common back when I visited family regularly in Iowa back in the 70s, 80s when Corn Farmers had bumper crops and nowhere to store them. Mountain after Mountain of Corn was piled up alongside overflowing Grain Elevators next to railroad sidings in small towns.
No problem though, taxpayer funded farm subsidies pay the farmer anyways. And seriously folks, this over production has existed long before the precious GMO Monopoly took over, but the average person who sadly is often nothing more than a Lemming who has been conditioned to accept everything that spews from the authority's mouth generally have short memories when it comes to this kind of stuff. What happens to much of that corn if it rains or snows ? Generally it's ruined and not even fit for livestock feed if it molds or other types of debilitating pathogens ruin it's quality. In fact feeding it can be outright dangerous to livestock. Never the less, we are force fed that the world of agriculture has yield problems for which only GMOs can fix. This is bogus propaganda people.
|Image: Michigan - Off the Grid News|
US Government Orders Farmers To Destroy 30 Million Pounds Of Their Own Crop
The quotes from the article below are self-explanatory. I don't need to comment any further.
"In one of the worst examples of government regulation and intrusion, the US government ordered Michigan cherry farmers to literally dump 30 million pounds of cherries on the ground. Even worse, many cherry farmers are being driven out of business because of the outrageous rules."
“The food pantry shelves are bare, people going hungry, and here we are dumping millions of pounds of cherries on the ground,” Michigan cherry grower Rob Manigold said of the 2009 incident. That was the same year farmer Leonard Ligon dumped 72,000 pounds of tart cherries along a road outside Traverse City, Michigan, to protest US Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations on his state’s cherries.
Mexican farmers are trucking produce into an Arizona town—where tons of it gets thrown into landfills
"Nogales, Arizona, is the largest inland food port in the world. Much of the fresh produce trucked up the “food superhighway” of Mexico’s west coast comes through there—and a shocking amount of it doesn’t travel much farther, dropping into local landfills instead of being sent to consumers."
“If the Florida tomato prices drop on a certain day,” Nabhan narrates, “120,000 pounds [of tomatoes] might be thrown into a landfill” in Nogales, while much smaller quantities might end up in food banks or in livestock feed.
Check out this video which is 8 minutes in length and view the crisis of distributing an overflowing abundance of food. This is not about yield problems. That would be a lie. Notice also the quote below the link:
“Man in the Maze,” embedded above, won the Bill and Melinda Gates-sponsored Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge in 2015.
Seriously, if Bill Gates who invests heavily in Monsanto and other Biotechs and is continually pimping only GMOs will give us the higher yields to feed the people, if he gave this Sundance Institute a film award about high yield waste problems, then he also understands that he is not telling the truth about so-called challenges to the global food supply. He continually talks about the challenges of higher yields and yet lo and behold now we all know better. This has always been about a big industrial food monopoly, obscene wealth and the power that goes with it.
|Image - Mother Jones & Article on waste|
CHARTS: Everyone Is Throwing Away Too Much Food
Now below is another documentary film Trailer called "Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story" in which "The Clean Bin Project", Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin attempted to produce zero waste in an examination of our throw-away society. As a followup, they turn their eye to food waste from farm to fridge. They vow to stop buying groceries and for six months to survive exclusively on discarded food. The myths behind corporate food production and marketing make for easy pickings as the directors dismantle best-before dates and show how our idea of "perfect produce" encourages us to discard perfectly edible and nutritious food—collateral damage in an age of food security headlines. Living off rescued goods their stockpile of found food demonstrates how the supply and demand chain is out of sync. It becomes immediately apparent this is a widespread problem with simple solutions.
Seriously folks, google India and Food waste and you'll see farmers dumping produce because there was too much bumper crop.
The planet doesn't have a crop yield problem folks, it's a corporate obsession with a global food monopoly and any means of manipulating the truth to obtain that goal. Don't be Lemmings following the crowd.
"All we want to do is feed the world" Robb Fraley