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Paula M. (39)
Monday October 8, 2012, 3:46 pm
From the article:



As this illustrates, the most striking benefits are environmental. The report calculates that a cumulative total of 965 million pounds of pesticide have not been used because of the adoption of GM crops. The biggest impacts are from insect-resistant cotton and herbicide-tolerant maize, both of which need fewer sprayings than their conventional equivalents.

The use of less fuel in farming GM crops results in less carbon-dioxide emission. In addition, herbicide-tolerant GM crops can often be grown with little or no plowing in stubble fields that are sprayed with herbicides. The result is to allow more carbon to remain in the soil, since plowing releases carbon as microbial exhalation. Taken together, Messrs. Brookes and Barfoot estimate, this means that the GM crops grown in 2010 had an effect on carbon-dioxide emissions equivalent to taking 8.6 million cars off the road.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (277)
Monday October 8, 2012, 4:33 pm
I don't see any benefits in GMs
 

Paula M. (39)
Monday October 8, 2012, 4:43 pm
Then this article is for you, Rose!
 

Danuta Watola (1180)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 2:31 am
Noted
 

Frank C. (0)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 9:39 am
Wow! Care2 supports big agro, big oil and big pharma after all... who knew?
 

Jim Phillips (3215)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 10:05 am
The article is so full of untruths. Do not believe one word of it.

Vote YES on proposition 37 in California to have GMO's labeled.

Remember the freedom of speech...

Ty, Paula.
.
 

Jim Phillips (3215)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 11:06 am
Rebuttal:
Another article in the continuing saga of GMO's.

http://www.care2.com/news/member/663679641/3467559

From Mother Jones:
Could Prop. 37 Kill Monsanto's GM Seeds?
Big Ag is spending millions to keep labels off genetically modified foods in California—and with good reason.
LINK:
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2012/10/california-prop-37-monsanto-gmo-labeling

Ty, Paula.
.
 

Paula M. (39)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 11:55 am
Thank you for your thoughtful response, Jim. However, I do not see that the article you have posted rebuts any of the facts asserted in the article I have posted, nor any reason why the facts it cites are not credible.
 

TERRANCE N. (65)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 12:49 pm
Paula, if GM products(seed, crops, etc,.) are so great, why are Indian farmers committing suicide at such high rates? Monsanto is an evil organization to claim that it owns the patents on something like seeds, which is like saying I own the pattern on trees. How much are you getting paid?
 

Dianna M. (13)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 1:28 pm
Chuck Benbrook, a research professor at Washington State University's Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, has just released a paper published in the Environmental Sciences Europe which states, "GMOs have added more than four pounds of herbicides to US farm fields for every pound of insecticide they've taken away."

http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/10/how-gmos-ramped-us-pesticide-use


And in 'GMO Myths and Truths', the authors state that GMOs "create serious problems for farmers, including herbicide-tolerant “superweeds”, compromised soil quality, and increased disease susceptibility in crops [and] cannot solve the problem of world hunger but distract from its real causes – poverty, lack of access to food and, increasingly, lack of access to land to grow it on."

http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/989525/genetically_modified_food_myths_and_truths_--_a_critical_review_of_the_science/#paragraph3
 

Debra Van Way (12)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 1:30 pm
Sorry, I have read too many articles from credible sources to think GMO anything is of value. They also said Agent Orange wouldn't harm humans. Lots of Vietnam vets have proven otherwise. If it is so great why are they fighting having to label the crap? Why have they been banned from so many countries or forced to label their garbage by so many countries? What about all the honey bees it has killed? Not to mention butterflies and other helpful insects. You know how many honey bees I have seen in my 1.5 acre wildflower meadow? Two-just two in that large an area. It used to stay full of honey bees-it is why I keep it (not to mention it is pretty). There were no where near the usual number of butterflies either. I also have to wonder if there is any impact on earth worms. So no, NO GMO's are safe.
 

Paula M. (39)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 1:40 pm
Terrance N, I do not know of any connection between GM crops and the suicide rate among Indian farmers. On its face it seems as much a conspiracy theory as your belief that I am somehow being paid for my comments on this site.
 

Paula M. (39)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 1:41 pm
Debra, the article I have cited credits GM crops with increasing honeybee populations.
 

Jen McLennan (0)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 2:13 pm
If you weigh the " benefits".of GM Crops against the absolute disparaging effects of them on humans ( not lab rats or the environment) there is no contest..this is our food source!!! We are already finding varieties of heirloom corn that are gone forever!! Farmers are only profitable due to GM Crops because they are threatened with losing their livelihoods if they don't conform to using Monsanto product. When a corporate giant is fighting to hold all the rights to our food sources, you better fight it - too scary for words.
Way to go Debra...Paula you can have all the GMOs .the rest of us deserve to choose...something that Monsanto DOES NOT WANT....why is that???
 

Tom Sullivan (99)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 2:16 pm
Just keep it all natural
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 2:32 pm
Well, I'm going to keep signing those petitions against GMO's and to have the products labeled. Thanks Dianna M. and Jim--I've read these and many other scientifically factual articles as well.
 

TERRANCE N. (65)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 2:52 pm
Here's a link by Vandanna Shiva. She will educate, entertain, and enlightened you on the issue of Monsanto, GMO, seeds, crops, and the plight of farmers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oju86YIOOLI
 

Jen McLennan (0)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 3:00 pm
I wonder why the link I have posted twice now has been removed twice?? It only contained scientific studies and facts on the effects of GMO food on humans when consumed...look it up your selves - it's called Genetic Roulette.
It is not offensive, or contain bad language..who would keep removing it I wonder??!! (This post will likely be gone next...)
 

Jean C. (18)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 3:01 pm
Disinformation agent.
 

Carol Henderson (7)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 3:13 pm
No, No, and again No to GMO. Sorry Paula, but I don't agree with you. I've read too much about GMO's to want it in my food. It's not good for the environment and it certainly is not good for humans.
 

Carol Henderson (7)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 3:19 pm
I also noted that the study that Matt Ridley talks about was, and I quote "(The study was funded by Monsanto, which has major operations in biotech, but the authors say the research was independent of the company and published in two peer-reviewed journals.)" And I laugh that it says that it was independent of the company. ROFL Who are you kidding? What do you have to say about that Paula?????
 

Jen McLennan (0)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 3:30 pm
Anyone who even remotely cares about what goes in their body (or their kids' bodies) will never ever agree with people like Matt or you, Paula...who are you trying to convince? Perhaps you love the controversy...but this is a serious topic and the kids we leave this world behind to have to suffer with our foolish decisions. I am 42 years old and have no children, I can't fathom how any parent would buy into this ridiculousness if they were provided with the facts...ALL of them.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 3:51 pm
#1. The author writes for the Wall Street Journal, (that in itself should be enough said).
#2. The French study was done by the French gov't.
#3. The Japanese study was done by the Japanese gov't.
#4. After WW2, the Japanese gov't. and its major corporations were well entwined by design
#5. A Monsanto funded study too?! Really?
#6. "methods well below standard" in French study, but doesn't give facts or evidence.
#7. And, the author just throws in "fracking" without mentioning any of the problems associated.
#8. Author Lied about the length of the French study, claiming the Japanese study was longer being a 2 year study. A little research about the French study reveals it was over 2 years of research/
#9. the author neglected to show the horrendous pictures of the tumored rats.
And, did i mention that the author writes for the Wall Street Journal!?!
 

Jen McLennan (0)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 3:54 pm
And by the way, Mr. Ridley also mentions the "benefits" of shale gas stating -Quote"The rapidly growing use of shale gas in the U.S. has also driven down carbon-dioxide emissions by replacing coal in the generation of electricity." We all know how great fracking is for the environment..c' mon give us some worthy news not some offhand minute corner of a whole picture...geez
 

Ray Lovelace (1)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 4:59 pm
Just a quick question: How is it that GM crops made to be pesticide and herbicide resistant result in LESS use of pesticides and herbicides?
Just askin'.
 

Pamela V. (3)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 5:59 pm
This article is BULLSHIT PROPAGANDA!!!
 

Tal H. (8)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 6:35 pm
Really?? How bout no?
 

Janine Tomasello (4)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 11:12 pm
GM crops have been proven harmful to rats in recent independent scientific studies, as well as past studies. They may be harmful to insects, including beneficial ones, and other sentient beings, including humans. Studies done by Greenpeace and The Union of Concerned Scientists have shown that GM crops do not produce higher yields and are gradually requiring larger amounts of pesticides and herbicides - manufactured by the same giant corporations who own most of the world's seeds. GM crops are only beneficial to agribusiness.
 

Julie W. (20)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 4:24 am
This article didn't change my mind about GMOs , mainly because so much of what he says is blatantly untrue.
 

Klaus Peters (9)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 4:26 am
"The study was funded by Monsanto", do I need to say anymore! If it is all so rosy as they say, why pay millions to stop proposition 37 in California to have GMO's labeled. Obviously they are trying to misguide us. Give us a choice at least, this is democracy.
India wisely banned GM crops because their cotton crops were failing. Poor farmers who were promised the world and ended up in huge depts to pay for the seeds and ended up with no cotton at all. The seeds were unsuitable for the climate conditions. A lot of farmers suicided by eating the Monsanto seeds, they had lost everything and saw no other way out.
As for me, I boycott any corn product, soy etc. my list is growing. Even if products will be labeled I will not trust the labeling. Surely Monsanto will deceive us and find a loophole or corrupt politicians to screw us.
Meanwhile my backyard lawn is disappearing and is being replaced by an expanding vegetable garden, no poison, no spraying, no Monsanto or any other poison company.

 

TERRANCE N. (65)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 11:31 am
Here's another link on the perils of GMO.http://www.therealfoodchannel.com/videos/gmos-genetically-modified-food-1/gmo-ticking-time-bomb---part-2.html
 

Mike and Janis B. (7)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 12:35 pm
How on earth can frankenfood be better than a good organic crop and as to pesticide usage in regards to the latter that is where the problem is with monoculture which is also wrong and helping to destroy bees.
 

Henriette Matthijssen (143)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 12:40 pm
Protect yourself from GMO products. They are toxic to your well being & your health. a href="http://www.project.nsearch.com/profiles/blogs/comprehensive-list-of-gmo-products">Comprehensive List Of GMO Products Sorry Paula but Monsanto is an evil corporation.
 

Patricia R. (12)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 12:43 pm
well, why can't gmo's be labeled? our bodies produce insulin, yet some companies produce insulin in a lab and then sell it. this insulin is labeled and has saved lives. i mean, am i allowed to produce insulin and just sell it?
 

Henriette Matthijssen (143)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 12:45 pm
Try again for an activated link: a href="http://www.project.nsearch.com/profiles/blogs/comprehensive-list-of-gmo-products">Comprehensive List Of GMO Products.
 

Henriette Matthijssen (143)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 12:52 pm
Just copy & paste the link, then it takes you to it, don't know why it did not activate the link.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 1:48 pm
Thanks for posting
 

julia c. (42)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 2:17 pm
it is always sad when people belive these lies. join the global allianze to ban gmo and you will recieve all sorts of articles about gmo and then see if you still believe that gmo is of any good whatsoever.
just to begin start watching
http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-world-according-to-monsanto/
and
http://geneticroulettemovie.com/


 

Brian M. (145)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 2:21 pm
First, the modify the food. Then, they modify the people. Pretty soon, it's like the Island of Dr. Moreau, "Are we not men?"
 

TERRANCE N. (65)
Friday October 12, 2012, 7:14 am
Even if GMO's are not toxic, we have a right to know about something as important as GMO in our foods. It not they are putting water in the food and not labeling it. The last thing we should do these days is to take a corporations word that something is safe. After Exxon, BP, Koch brothers, etc,. Paula, you need your F*@king head examined.
 
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