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USDA Funds GMO Pigs, as Meat Consumption Declines and Organic Market Booms


Health & Wellness  (tags: abuse, diet, ethics, food, government, health, news, genetic engineering, GMOs, GMO pigs, USDA )

Kathy
- 720 days ago - eatdrinkbetter.com
The USDA recently announced a $500,000 grant to develop GMO pigs, even as the demand for non-GMO food skyrockets and the demand for meat decreases. USDA priorities clearly reflect the whim of their corporate biotech and meat industry bosses, rather than->



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Sue H. (5)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 9:30 am
Very discouraging. Why do they persist in creating Frankenfoods??
 

Spirit Spider (86)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 9:46 am
I'm gobsmacked...talk about denial!! Noted and tweeted. Thanks kathy
:(
 

Marlene Dinkins (245)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 10:17 am
noted thnx Kathy!!!!!
 

Rock H. (254)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 4:04 pm
This is insane and should have been one of the first things to be cut with the fiscal cliff legistlation. If you aren't vegan yet, it is time to give more consideration towards making the switch to an organic non-GMO plant based diet.

Thanks Kathy for posting this important news!
 

Natasha Salgado (579)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 5:48 pm
Thanks for the post. What a ridiculous idea,and what timing. God i wish the pigs raised in factory farms were treated as we see in this picture,wish lots of hay and with the piglets nestling with the momma piggy...If only.
 

Elaine Al Meqdad (226)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 8:18 pm
Noted! Sheesh, will mankind ever cease their depravity?
 

Harshiita Sharma (137)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 8:34 pm
noted
 

Beth FS (149)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 5:42 am
Noted with animosity towards the USDA...they will sell this meat to the poor and use them as guinea pigs...no pun intended.
 

Kathy B. (103)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 8:12 am
The more I've thought of this misguided grant, the more I think that - among other things - it's a huge waste of our taxpayer dollars. I've just finished writing to my Senators, and will write to my House Rep. as soon as her website is fixed. I would encourage anyone willing to do the same. I'll be interested in knowing if anyone gets a response. Here is what I wrote:

Yesterday I was reading an article about the USDA granting $500,000 to the company Recombinetics to develop genetically modified (GMO, GM) pigs. With a majority of the U.S. consumers not wanting to consume GMO food I want to know how this grant is justified - meaning is this a wise use of our taxpayer dollars?

Researching the Recombinetics website (http://www.recombinetics.com/) I find they are under the impression their technology is necessary to feed the world.

You have to know that hunger is not caused by a lack of food in the world. It is a problem of distribution and poverty, which GM cannot solve.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, we already produce more than enough food to feed the world’s population and could produce enough with existing agricultural methods to feed 12 billion people.

Hunger is a social, political, and economic problem, which GM technology cannot address. GM is a dangerous distraction from real solutions and claims that GM can help feed the world can be viewed as exploitation of the suffering of the hungry.

Further, data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that meat eating across the country fell from the 2004 high point of 184 pounds (83 kilograms) per person to 171 pounds in 2011. Early estimates for 2012 project a further reduction in American meat eating to 166 pounds, making for a 10 percent drop
over the eight-year period.

GMO animals have not entered our food yet and there is no precedence for their introduction and testing for safety. GMO corn, soy, canola, etc. has been introduced to our food without adequate testing and the people of North America are serving as (illegal) guinea pigs for a technology that is dangerous and has been shown to impact our health.

Please download and read the Myths and Truths Report http://earthopensource.org/index.php/reports/gmo-myths-and-truths








 

Patricia H. (454)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 8:36 am
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 2:22 pm
Kick all the bastards out of office and replace All the criminal bureaucrats!
 

Natalie V. (27)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 2:26 pm
noted
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 3:29 pm
read & noted
 

Winn Adams (205)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 3:38 pm
Wrong on so many levels
 

Roseann d. (178)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 3:48 pm
I guess they want us to go vegetarian and/or grow our own food. You can't trust the Industrial Food Complex. Blah, disgusting anyway.
 

Charlene B. (4)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 4:14 pm
Robert said it best.More people are not eating meat because of this kind of crap.People need to write their elected officials.You can be voted out as easily as you were voted in.

 

june t. (66)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 7:03 pm
Oh good lord, what next! Stop this madness, corporate and govt people!
The citizens are not asking for this kind of nonsense!
 

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 7:43 pm
Read and noted. The only way any change is going to come about is by the people's ability is to get a ballot initiative on their state election. It clearly won't happen at the federal level.
 

Patricia N. (8)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 10:59 pm
Horrible. Must be a lot of money behind these decisions.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (283)
Monday January 7, 2013, 2:24 am
Bloody SICK
 

Jim Phillips (3202)
Monday January 7, 2013, 3:02 am
The head of the department is the Secretary of Agriculture, who is a member of the Cabinet. The current Secretary is Tom Vilsack.

Tom Vilsack is a Monsanto shill and supports them. Tom Vilsack, most likely, supported and allowed the idea behind this Frankenpig and Frankenfish as well as other "products" by Monsanto.

The FDA and well as USDA is riddled with Monsanto and Monsanto-like people in their organizations.

We must let President Obama appoint a better person to head the USDA and get rid of Tom Vilsack.
The same can be said to appoint someone else to replace the head of the FDA agency as well.
We must "weed" out those Monsanto and Monsanto-like people out of the USDA & FDA NOW!

We must not allow our foods to be contamination, polluted with GMO's and Monsanto-like products.

We must get GMO's and all other "Frankenfoods" labeled.

Our future generations are depending upon us to safeguard the foods we eat and consume.

Ty, Kathy.
.
 

Ruth S. (298)
Monday January 7, 2013, 6:49 am
I agree with Rock H.
 

Angelus Silesius (66)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:50 am
Here again we see a govenrment agency not listening to its constituents and promoting foods for which there is a growing public outrage. EPA has all these emissions regulations which are causing widespread financial ruin for the poor masses who go and find out they fail inspection and the repair bill is $3-4000 over questionable repairs needed. EPA has enriched the auto repair industry and bankrupts struggling Americans.
 

Nimue Pendragon (275)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 12:51 am
Oh no.
 
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