martyk at allspecies.org
Wed Jun 10 23:43:06 EDT 2009
Maybe all the organic growers could bring a class action suit against
Monsanto for ruining livelihoods.
On Jun 10, 2009, at 12:51 PM, <clearviewfarm at bluefrog.com> wrote:
> Another question I have is how big of an impact does the relatively
> widespread use of Bt producing crops have on instigating insect
> resistance to the bacterial agent? How soon can we growers, who
> depend on occasional use of Bt agents like Xentari and Dipel,
> expect to have the value of those pesticides mitigated due to the
> use of YieldGard and Herculex seeds? I do wonder if any University
> scientists or otherwise impartial individuals have investigated
> these possibilities.
> Kurt Forman
> Clearview Farm
> Palmyra, NY 14522
> --- rootsfarm at cwdom.dm wrote:
> From: Roots Farm & Karen Sutherland <rootsfarm at cwdom.dm>
> To: Market Farming Community <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Subject: [Market-farming] GMO's
> Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 09:45:31 -0400
> As the ongoing discussion demonstrates there are so many issues
> involved in assessing GMO's. Even evaluating the "facts" and
> "factoids" such as:
> whether GMO's raise or lower yields (and under what conditions)
> whether GMO's add risk of contaminating nonGMO crops (and under
> what conditions)
> whether GMO's will decrease or increase use of potentially toxic
> whether GMO's will ultimately be positive or negative for food
> whether GMO's can be adequately tracked and identified to minimize
> risk of allergic reactions for consumers
> and so many more important questions
> makes it vitally important to ask who controlled the generation,
> presentation and publication of the underlying research and did
> they stand to gain from it? Can results, even if fairly generated
> and presented, be validly extended beyond the specific tests done?
> But to me, the even bigger questions are not the huge and difficult
> questions of the "facts, " but questions of underlying values,
> such as:
> Does the boost to short-term profit, maybe even survival of a
> specific farmer or corporation, offset risk to long-term survival?
> Who should bear the risk and the potential liability should GMO's
> prove hazardous (whether by use or possible misuse)-- the people
> who made, use and profit from their use or everyone else,
> consenting or not?
> Does any one have the right to own & control the food supply and
> make potentially irrevocable decisions for the rest of us?
> On what side should one choose the chance of error, on the side of
> prove that it's harmful or prove that it's safe?
> I love this list and thank you, thank you Liz for making it possible.
> All best wishes,
> Zone 10+
> Roots Farm
> Organic Produce
> Fruits, Roots, Vegetables & Herbs
> Cockrane, DOMINICA
> rootsfarm at cwdom.dm
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