In opposition to Jackson County Measure 15-119 GMO ban

Sen Doug Whitsett In opposition to Jackson County Measure 15 119 GMO ban

by Sen. Doug Whitsett

A great deal of media talk is concentrated on genetically modified plant and animal food products. The public is subjected to virtually daily alarmist claims that allege dangerous issues regarding GMO food safety, decreased nutritional value and claims of harm to organically grown crops.

According to Gregory Conko, Executive Director for the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a food safety expert, genetic engineering is not something that is actually found in food. Instead, GMO encompasses a variety of scientific processes. They are tools that enable growers to enhance food production by improving crop yield and enabling more efficient and less costly farming practices.  For instance, the use of GMO crops helps to minimize the use of herbicides, insecticides and chemical fertilizers.

Last year, Washington voters wisely rejected Initiative 522 that would have required the mandatory labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms in their state. California voters defeated a similar ballot initiative the previous year.

Last fall, the Oregon Legislature, in Special Session, reserved the exclusive regulatory power over cultivating GMO crops to the state. Senate Bill 863 preempted all but one local governments from regulating GMO crops. An Initiative Petition to ban GMO crops was already being circulated in Jackson County.

The proposed ordinance would permanently “make it unlawful for any person to propagate, cultivate, raise, or grow genetically engineered plants in Jackson County”. The expressed and obvious purpose is “protecting the economic welfare of organic farmers”.

The ordinance proposed by Measure 15-119 also requires all “existing genetically engineered plants must be harvested, destroyed or removed from Jackson County within 12 months”. It provides that “any person or group of private persons, shall have the authority to enforce this Ordinance through an action brought in a court of competent jurisdiction”.

The Ordinance further provides for county funded code enforcement on private property with a valid search warrant. It includes the power to trespass on private property “for abatement procedures”, to levy fines and to create liens on real property for non-compliance. The Ordinance appears to have no process for the judicial review of final decisions by a hearings officer.

The Washington State Academy of Sciences was created by Washington’s Legislature to be its non-partisan referee of scientific integrity. The Academy was tasked with employing the best available science to determine the validity of a number of claims regarding GMO crops.

The Academy found that genetically modified plants and animals are not new, are substantially no different than non-modified plants and animals, and are ubiquitous.

The Academy determined that GMO organisms have been commercially produced for more than 30 years. In 2012, more than 425 million acres of GMO crops were produced worldwide. Ninety percent of all corn and soybeans grown in the United States are now GMO. Seventy percent of all processed foods produced in the United States now contain GMO ingredients. The large scale production of genetically modified plants and animals is now required to feed the world’s population.

The World Health Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Bank and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization have all determined that GMO produced plants and animals have the same nutritional qualities as non-modified plants and animals. These findings belie the claims that GMO foods are inferior to, or even differ from, organically grown foods in nutritional values.

The Academy determined that there is no statistically significant evidence of any adverse human health consequences due to GMO products. The study concluded that there is no evidence genetically modified foods have negative human health consequences. Their finding disproves any claim that GMO foods are less safe compared with foods with non-GMO ingredients.

The Academy found that mandatory labeling of GMO products would negatively affect trade and commerce. Further, it would impose higher costs on all firms that produce and sell both GMO and non-GMO food products.

The banning of GMO products in Jackson County can likewise be expected to significantly restrict trade and impose substantially higher costs. The increased costs will be borne by firms and consumers for both conventional and organically grown food products. The costs for monitoring crop production and certification compliance to ensure GMO free produce will be the responsibility of all producers.

The greatest expenses will likely be borne by non-organic growers. Those costs will include reduced crop yield and production efficiency as well as charges to certify that their crops have no GMO component in violation of the county ordinance. Those increased food production costs will certainly be passed on to the consuming public.

Organically produced and “GMO free” food products are significantly more expensive to produce than conventional products. They are consistently more expensive for the consumer to purchase, even though a compelling body of evidence proves they have no measurable advantage in either nutritional value or food safety.

In our free market economy, self-designated growers are definitely entitled to produce all of the “organic” products they can sell. Self-selected consumers certainly have the right to purchase organically grown products whenever that is their desire.

However, in my opinion, their rights do not extend to artificially driving up the price of food products for the majority of consumers who want to purchase less expensive equally nutritious and safe non-organic products.

Measure 15-119 should be rejected because it will artificially increase both the cost of production and the retail cost of food products. It should be rejected because it serves to unfairly penalize non-organic growers for producing safe, nutritious and affordable food products. It should be rejected because it represents an affront to our free market economy.

Senator Doug Whitsett is the Republican state senator representing Senate District 28 – Klamath Falls

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  • sally

    Here’s the deal folks. Man does not do nature well. Everything we try ends up causing more problems. Leave my food alone you stupid idiots.

    • .

      Sally, you’re so vain you ought contemplate the following for your RXifications:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EivR78mrRFE&feature+kp

      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

        Emmek git bir atış tabancası ibne yahudi…

    • Awesome

      “Leave my food alone you ‘stupid idiots'”… Hmm…such a compelling, well-articulated, fact and science based argument. Why can’t people disagree without being nasty? Just because someone has an opinion that differs from your own does not make them a “stupid idiot”. And the “leave my food alone” argument goes both ways. I want choice too – meaning more than just one. Why should organic production be given an elite status over all other production methods?

      • sally

        Everyone says I am nasty, but then they imply I am a fool so they are just as wrong as I see it. All I am saying is that man does not do nature well. God does. Remember that folks when you advocate idiotic things like trying to be gods of the food supply. Nothing man has ever done when trying to change nature has ever worked. EVER.
        Now, we can’t even get antibiotics to work because we have overused them so much they just don’t work. Once you screw the pooch on the food, it will be too late to reverse direction. And when the food stops growing because we screwed with its DNA then what??? Sorry all you would-be science types….your blind faith in these morons is appalling. It is not going to work. It never has and it never will. EVER.
        Name me one time when man attempted to change the natural order of things and it actually worked to the benefit of all….just one!
        See, I knew you could not do it.

        • Guest

          Sally, I’m sorry someone implied you were a fool – it’s really unkind when people call each other names – especially adults. People are much more “brave” with ugly behavior behind the protection the anonymity of a computer provides. At the same time, others aren’t “fools” because they don’t agree with you.

          A few questions on your “natural order of things” question, just so I understand the parameters you’re using:

          1. Do you use running water from a tap for any purpose? Or do you carry water from a nearby stream or other water body?

          2. Do you live in a manufactured dwelling? If so, what is it made of? Did land have to be cleared and otherwise disrupted for plumbing, etc.? Or have you found a home in a naturally created shelter?

          3. Do you use paper products – toilet paper, kleenex, writing paper, etc.?

          4. You get the drift, so I’ll ask just one last question: do you use electricity? Yes, of course, you are on a computer. Did you know that according to the EPA:

          “Of the total energy consumed in America, about 39% is used to generate electricity. Therefore, electricity consumption is an important portion of a consumer’s environmental footprint. All forms of electricity generation have some level of environmental impact. Most of the electricity in the United States is generated from fossil fuels, such as coal, natural gas, and oil.”

          You probably won’t appreciate this but I’ll say it anyway – your message gets lost in your tone. You “speak” in an emotional, dismissive, accusatory and closed manner. You would get a lot further if you were civil, provided facts to back up your personal beliefs and were willing to consider what others have to say (when presented in a civil manner).

        • Guest

          I’m sorry someone implied you were a “fool” – it’s really unkind when people call each other names – especially adults. At the same time, others aren’t “fools” because they don’t agree with you.

          A few questions on your “natural order of things” question, just so I understand the parameters you’re using:

          1. Do you use running water from a tap for any purpose? Or do you carry water from a nearby stream or other water body?

          2. Do you live in a manufactured dwelling? If so, what is it made of? Did land have to be cleared and otherwise disrupted for plumbing, etc.? Or have you found a home in a naturally created shelter?

          3. Do you use paper products – toilet paper, kleenex, writing paper, etc.?

          4. You get the drift, so I’ll ask just one last question: do you use electricity? Yes, of course, you are on a computer. Did you know that according to the EPA:

          “Of the total energy consumed in America, about 39% is used to generate electricity. Therefore, electricity consumption is an important portion of a consumer’s environmental footprint. All forms of electricity generation have some level of environmental impact. Most of the electricity in the United States is generated from fossil fuels, such as coal, natural gas, and oil.”

          You probably won’t appreciate this but I’ll say it anyway – your message gets lost in your tone. You “speak” in an emotional, dismissive, accusatory and closed manner. You would get a lot further if you were civil, provided facts to back up your personal beliefs and were willing to consider what others have to say (when presented in a civil manner).

          • sally

            None of your examples have anything to do with GMF. Not a single one.
            And by the way, no, I don’t use toilet paper. I have a bidet.
            Full pressure!!

          • Awesome

            “None of your examples have anything to do with GMF. Not a single one.”

            I assume you mean “GMO” instead of “GMF”?

            I was responding to the following intellectual challenge you issued, which was not specific to GMOs:

            “Name me one time when man attempted to change the natural order of things and it actually worked to the benefit of all….just one!
            See, I knew you could not do it.”

            Thus the questions. Which were indeed relevant. I look forward to hearing your responses. Except for the one specific to toilet paper, since you’ve already answered addressed it. While a bidet conserves water resources, it is not known for it’s paper saving qualities. And I’ll leave it there.

          • hyperzombie

            Awesome, Quick question, how do you make your Discus account private?

          • Awesome

            I’m not sure. I just tried to look at my settings but received a “bad gateway” message. There has to be a box that you check.

          • sally

            food – organism – same thing…

          • .

            Transylvariation: Orgasmic be an udder ding.

          • .

            Whiich inlet or outlet or both?

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            Gehen sie saugen eine Schrotflinte, liegen jude…

        • hyperzombie

          Remember that folks when you advocate idiotic things like trying to be gods of the food supply.

          We are gods of our food supply, wheat, corn, canola would disappear from the planet if we did not cultivate them.

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

        • Ballistic45

          Silly girl, man has manipulated Wolves into domestic Dogs via breeding that now are used to save lives in war and peace.. Cadaver dogs bring finality to grief stricken families, providing companionship and love to many humans.. There is one.. Cattle, swine have been interbred to bolster meat and milk production which feed many more than the original species… How about man’s work like Louis Pasture and his use of the immune system to produce anti Rabies vaccinations? What you seem to forget Sally is that God gave man dominion over this world and all that is in it.. YEAH of course we screw up sometimes, Hey, we are humans but that does not mean we should remain hunters and gathers living in caves because we are afraid of manipulating our environment for the betterment of all… If that were true, we would not have discovered how to make fire to cook and stay warm and safe from predators.. By your thinking fire should never have been harnessed by man because it may start forest fires… LOL …. One of the real reasons that antibiotics are starting to fail us is that tons of unused antibiotics are flushed down the toilet over the decades that are not removed from waist water and is now showing up in our water tables that we drink from, we are receiving antibiotics not from prescriptions but the water we drink.. Yeah we screwed up, but it can be fixed over time…

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            How did Africanized honey bees work out?

            AIDS is an exact genetic match for the hybrid of bovine leukemia and visna virus in sheep.

            During the reign of Idi Amin in Uganda, hepatitis B vaccines were produced by a company doing bioweapon research. The vaccines were distributed in the two demographic populations where AIDS was first observed.

            I don’t trust anything coming from this Zionist occupied government… Reid Bunkerville LLC, Zion Bank Corp… Bundy Ranch… Nevada… The militarization of agriculture for Monsanto.

    • eli

      Your all-organic, non-GMO food bears little to no resemblance to ancient food. Mankind has been selectively breeding food since we figured out how to plant crops. Just look up pictures of corn or rice from before agriculture. That was man “messing with nature” but I doubt you complain about that.

  • Dick Winningstad

    Sally, virtually everything grown for food is the result of man’s work. Cross breeding was the method over the last several thousand years. Cross breeding is genetic modification. So is GMO only faster and thus more efficient. I am at a loss to see the problem.

    • hyperzombie

      Not only is GMO faster ii is also most likely safer, because it only transfers the intended trait and not the entire genome.

      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

        I don’t trust anything coming from this Zionist Occupied government.

    • DavidAppell

      Dick: No matter how much cross breeding man does, he cannot mix a fish gene with a tomato.

      • .

        Velcro back clogger, your tome-atoes slinging like Demmie Wasserman aw shux kin pfeppers!

        • DavidAppell

          Double feh, comment monger.

          • .

            2xcement your whore moans, monsieur.

          • DavidAppell

            On the domest whoredom, they fit finds no traction. Ashamed for you.

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

          Reid Bunkerville LLC, Zion Bank Corp… Bundy Ranch… Nevada… same story as Ukraine… Puppet Yid banker president installed by an IMF coup… ZOG…

          Europe and America need to wake up, Sodom Hussein Obama is just a gay blow up doll for George Soros…

          Militarizing agriculture for Monsanto, stealing land for the Chinese, US border is wide open, smuggling guns to narcoterrorists…

      • hyperzombie

        There is no such thing as a fish gene or a tomato gene, there are just genes. It only matters what the gene does not where it comes from. Horizontal gene transfer does happen in nature, bacteria do it all the time.

        • DavidAppell

          *SOME* horizontal gene transfer happens. But not nearly so quickly, and not nearly so definitely, with no chance for evolution to make the decisions.

          • hyperzombie

            Lots of horizontal gene transfer happens every day, millions of times a day in nature. Horizontal gene transfer and mutagenics enables evolution. Evolution doesn’t make any decisions, selection does (natural or otherwise)

      • hyperzombie

        David there is no such thing as a fish or a tomato gene, there are just genes. And Yes man could get a specific gene that is found a particular fish into a variety of tomato using “conventional” methods, it would take some time, but it could be done.

      • hyperzombie

        David, for someone that is so articulate in climate change science, you’re not doing well keeping up with the science of GE. Very few new modern varieties of crops are created using “cross breeding” that is so 1920.

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

          You are both a bunch of cúm drunk morons.

  • ty

    “It should be rejected because it serves to unfairly penalize non-organic growers for producing safe, nutritious and affordable food products. It should be rejected because it represents an affront to our free market economy.”
    How much of the GMO crops produced in Jackson County are Retailed in Jackson County? I am willing to bet less than 1 %. If you compare that to the organic market, which is likely to include small farms and co-ops, which is likely to sell a majority of their produce to the community, it is unlikely that Jackson County will see an increase in the cost of food. The ban on GMOs is no more of an affront to our free market than most county ordinances. It’s not legal to grow opium poppies in Jackson County either, but that doesn’t make me feel as though my constitutional rights are being violated. I would feel like my property rights would be violated if my crops were cross-pollinated. I would feel as though my rights as a human being would be violated if I was forced to live among pesticides being blown over from a neighboring field. Your argument against measure 15-119 lacks substance (however I am sure that your campaign contributions do not).

    • Jeff Leonard

      Ty, the ordinance says and does nothing about pesticide usage. Organic and conventional growers would still be able to use pesticides if this were to pass. And yes, organic growers are allowed to use pesticides. According to a 2014 USDA report, http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/err-economic-research-report/err162.aspx#.U1F-JPldUpU insecticide usage in the corn belt dropped 90% between 1995 and 2010 due to growers planting BT corn.

      • ty

        Jeff, you are correct that the measure does not address pesticides, and perhaps that point was off topic. But I will indulge in the discussion; fewer insecticides were applied, but I believe the study falls to recognize that BT corn in and of itself is a pesticide (although it is approved for use in organic farming which is a whole separate issue). Also the study was performed by the USDA which (at the risk of sounding like a conspiracy nut) has strong ties with the company who is currently preparing on a hefty law suit opposing a new law in Hawaii requiring disclosure on the use of pesticides.
        Regardless of pesticides or health concerns associated with GMOs (which I will gladly admit I can only find unbiased evidence on either side of the argument) the amount of lobbying, money, and disregard for the democratic will of the community this measure will affect is immoral. The desire to make corn tolerant to ingredients that were used to create Agent Orange makes me want to keep that strain of corn a good distance away from my family. I believe that the government is lacking in its regulation of Big Agg and the Bio-Chemical Industry.

        • Awesome

          “…the amount of lobbying, money, and disregard for the democratic will of the community this measure will affect is immoral”. This is a fascinating statement. GMO ban supporters have been aggressively lobbying this issue since they introduced their initiative. They have one of the most powerful state representatives carrying their water politically. They have raised over $200,000. Not the amount the ag groups have for sure, but it’s nothing to sneeze at. Is it okay for them to do these things but not okay for GMO ban opponents? As for the “democratic will of the community”, we don’t know what that is yet. It will be determined on May 20th.

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

          Reid Bunkerville LLC, Zion Bank Corp… Bundy Ranch… Nevada…

          The militarization of agriculture for Monsanto by the Zionist occupied government…

          Same story as Ukraine… ZOG… They have a puppet Yid banker president in Ukraine installed by an IMF coup…

          • Awesome

            I didn’t watch any of your videos and stopped reading anything you wrote after this statement, “I’m a white supremacist…”. I’ll pray for your heart.

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            Gehen sie saugen eine Schrotflinte… liegen jude…

      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

        Reid Bunkerville LLC, Zion Bank Corp… Bundy Ranch… Nevada…

        The militarization of agriculture for Monsanto.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

      Die jüdischen Bankiers sind überschwemmen Europa mit Muslimen.

  • Jack Lord God

    Ours is the age of superstition and anti science. People get their news from Facebook and have neither the skills, training, nor inclination to look at anything objectively, never mind scientifically.

    How many people look at their Facebook feed, see a Neil Degrassi Tyson meme and think they are thinking scientifically? A lot.

    We have computer models of the climate that seem uniquely inaccurate in predicting the “global warming pause” yet worship of these models goes on.

    Now with GMO foods, which have been around for decades, all of a sudden the ninny’s are going crazy.

    Most of the concern seems to be based on the same occultism we see in so many other areas – “well, who knows if I am right or wrong, but we can’t afford the tragedy if I am correct, so therefore my pronouncements should be treated as accurate”.

    It’s the same logic Al Gore uses, and has gotten rich from. The anti science crowd has run amok with simple ignorance on the part of some followers and the outright greed on the part of a lot of the leaders.

    This bill will encourage further of this nonsense since it doesn’t require any actual standing to sue under it, anyone can. It is uncanny how this fits into the entire ethos of not really having to prove much of anything to insist ones occultism should be respected.

    Is it any wonder we now have substantial populations that refuse to get their kids vaccinated, still believe water fluoridation is some evil plot and insist that even though there has been a halt to global warming now going on over a decade and a half there should be no second look at their predictive abilities?

    Were I in the legislature I would propose an alternative bill. The Tarot card bill. Hand the loons who insist in taking our society in this nonsensical direction a deck of Tarot cards. Propose to them that they occupy themselves with that rather than wreaking their ninnydom upon the rest of society.

    • Awesome

      “Ninnys”, “loons”, “ninnydom”…why do people feel the need to be ugly to those they disagree with? It only discourages a substantive dialogue.

      • Jack Lord God

        Well, when you get called a Nazi long enough, as with the common phrase AGW denier, eventually you lose interest in being civil to nitwits.

        • Eric Blair

          LOL… so, you don’t believe in doing things that are right for their own sake?

          Can you understand that when you call people names long before they return the favor, they might find your justification to be a little too convenient?

          As for Nazi, please note that conservatives now want to tie that around the neck of liberals and the left along with commie. Don’t get me wrong, many on the left have abused that term (Nazi). However, two wrongs do not make a right.

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            Eugenics is an interesting topic to me… I’m a white supremacist… I don’t belong to a political party… I am a small “L” libertarian… I wrote a book on molecular circuitry and recombinant DNA in college…

            I don’t trust anything coming from this Zionist occupied government… Reid Bunkerville LLC, Zion Bank Corp… Bundy Ranch… Nevada…

            The militarization of agriculture for Monsanto and the weaponizing of the food supply is a really fucking stupid idea…

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

          Europe and America need to wake up, Sodom Hussein Obama is just a gay blow up doll for George Soros.

          Reid Bunkerville LLC, Zion Bank Corp… Bundy Ranch… Nevada… same story as Ukraine… ZOG… They have a puppet Yid president in Ukraine installed by a coup…

          Die jüdischen Bankiers sind überschwemmen Europa mit Muslimen.

    • Eric Blair

      Interesting. You castigate those who dismiss science, while dismissing science yourself. Bravo! Well played.

      What are your credentials in climate science? Which scientific journals or reputable magazines helped you form your scientific opinion?

    • DavidAppell

      Rupert Huse of Rupert Huse & Son, Springfield OR (www.huse.com) wrote,
      How many people look at their Facebook feed, see a Neil Degrassi Tyson meme and think they are thinking scientifically?

      It’s Neil deGrasse Tyson. Not ‘Degrassi.”

      Science requires detail to attention.

      • .

        Dour Monsieur Bore-vary Appell Cede: Shaken of stirred, your jarring notes of scientific principle make an alternate road less travailed more desirable

        • DavidAppell

          Feh.

          • .

            Feh, fie, ho’ hum, David Appell’s conception ‘parenty having resulted from a ruptured conundrum.

          • DavidAppell

            Weak…. You are losing your touch.

          • .

            No, it’s your touche’ or lack thereof!

          • DavidAppell

            Bon don Whitsett, mon armadillo.

      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

        I wrote a book on molecular circuitry and recombinant DNA in college… You people are a bunch of cúm drunk idiots…

        Zionist occupied government… Reid Bunkerville LLC, Zion Bank Corp… Bundy Ranch… Nevada… The militarization of agriculture for Monsanto and the weaponizing of the food supply is a really stupid idea.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

      How did Africanized honey bees work out? You people are full of shít… I’m a Stanford graduate and did a bit of study of recombinant DNA for my minor… I am an industrial engineer…

      AIDS is an exact genetic match for the hybrid of bovine leukemia and visna virus in sheep.

      During the reign of Idi Amin in Uganda, hepatitis B vaccines were produced by a company doing bioweapon research. The vaccines were distributed by the UN’s World Health Organization in the two demographic populations where AIDS was first observed.

      I don’t trust anything coming from this Zionist occupied government… Reid Bunkerville LLC, Zion Bank Corp… Bundy Ranch… Nevada… The militarization of agriculture for Monsanto.

  • zanzara2041

    Dear Doug,
    When corporations, “scientists” and government shop defecating in their own nests for money, then maybe we will believe they aren’t involved in another bought and paid for cover up of truth. Credibility has been stained with fecal matter that can’t just be washed off, or out of what is being promoted as “scientifically” created foodstuffs.

    • Awesome

      “When corporations, “scientists” and government shop defecating in their own nests for money, then maybe we will believe they aren’t involved in another bought and paid for cover up of truth. Credibility has been stained with fecal matter that can’t just be washed off, or out of what is being promoted as “scientifically” created foodstuffs”…another productive and helpful statement…wow… 1. What is wrong with earning profits? 2. Do organic growers give away their crops? Umm…no. When I’ve bought organic fruits and vegetables they have cost a lot more than regular. So, if corporations generate revenue it is a terrible thing. But if organic growers generate revenue it is somehow honorable, and an entitlement even? Why the double-standard? 3. Your mention of “defecating” and “fecal matter” reminded me that a commonly used fertilizer in organic production is manure, which certainly carries risk. Why can’t the agriculture community come together?

      • Gardenhomeboy

        Awsome, You are on fire!

  • Leslie Vaughn Burckard

    Tell me then why many European countries had banned GMO food to be bought & sold in their countries???

    • Awesome

      “Tell me then why many European countries had banned GMO food to be bought & sold in their countries???”

      They haven’t. At least not that I’ve heard of and I keep on top of this issue. France recently voted to ban the cultivation of GMOs (the French government has done this twice previously only to lose in court challenges when the action was ruled “unconstitutional”). Kenya has banned the importation of GMOs. But I believe that’s it. That may be what you were referring to.

      Overall, thirty six-countries have have granted regulatory approvals for biotech crops (for food/feed use, and environmental release/planting). The remaining countries are either in an approval process, a trait has not been submitted for approval, or – in many cases – the country does not have a robust regulatory system in place, which creates challenges. (Thorough, responsible regulation is a must – I bet everyone can agree on that point!)

      So, the statement that we’ve all heard many times about numerous countries “banning GMOs” is simply not accurate. This is exactly why I do my own research.

  • DavidAppell

    This is an amazing post — Senator Doug Whitsett citing scientific evidence.

    Is this not the same Doug Whitsett who rejected science when writing, in Feb 2012,

    “…because greenhouse gas emission has little if anything to do with global warming or climate change…”

    http://klamathnews.net/senator-doug-whitsett/2012/2/26/deq-and-low-carbon-fuel-standards

    It seems Senator Whitsett only buys science when it’s in his ideological interest, and rejects otherwise.

    What a hypocrite.

    • .

      Appell, what a Dem wit acolyte boffo-logue.

  • RobertWager

    The latest from the European National Academies of Science Advisory Council:

    “There is no validated evidence that GM crops have greater adverse impact on health and the environment than any other technology used in plant breeding…There is compelling evidence that GM crops can contribute to sustainable development goals with benefits to farmers, consumers, the environment and the economy.” EASAC (2013)

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  • sally

    I will say this only once…and then leave it to you to figure it out….mankind is not God and cannot and never will control nature. I refuse to believe that you all think GMF is a good thing. It is NOT.
    Simple as that. Remember when rabbits were brought to Australia? How well did that work out? I could give you more examples, but just this one should be enough. We can’t control nature. When we try, we fail. And we cause harm. Trust me, GMF will end up not working. NOTHING man has ever done to change nature has worked.
    I can’t believe so many of you are like cattle in the chute to the slaughter house….timid, little sheep led about by government idiots.
    I am sickened.

    • hyperzombie

      NOTHING man has ever done to change nature has worked.
      What????? Wheat doesn’t work? corn doesn’t work? KiwiFruit doesn’t work? Nature didn’t create these plants, Man did.

    • .

      Vahs ist los?

      Sally-ing forth out on an edge and teetering on a ‘margarine’ of political correctness?

      http://www.youtube/watch?v=LLrTPrp-fW8

      • Awesome

        Ich weiss nicht! I would say it’s a “margarine” of political “incorrectness” though, whatever it is.

        • V i l

          Sally’ margarine of comprehension seems to just creep slip slid’n awa-a-ay

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            You people are ignorant, miseducated filth with nothing more than glib asinine commentary…

            I don’t trust anything coming from this Zionist occupied government… Reid Bunkerville LLC, Zion Bank Corp… Bundy Ranch… Nevada… The militarization of agriculture for Monsanto and the weaponizing of the food supply is a really stupid idea…

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

          Die jüdischen Bankiers sind überschwemmen Europa mit Muslimen.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

  • lalahulu

    GMO crops yield less, not more, and are not only toxic to pests, but to humans, animals, pollinators. They require more and more herbicide to be effective, as both weeds and insects are adapting to the Roundup injected seeds and plants. The herbicides and insecticides also poison the microbes in the soil that are required to make the soil viable for growing crops. The runoff is also toxic, contaminating the ground water, and in turn, our drinking water. Exposure to more toxins is damaging to our most susceptible members of our society—our children. Pollen from GMO crops drifts and contaminates non-GMO crops, leading to crop loss for family farmers everywhere there is exposure to GMO pollen. Monsanto and Syngenta have patents on these GMO seeds, and come after any farmer that may have contaminated crops, suing them for patent infringement, even though this contamination is unwanted by farmers (and contamination makes conventional crops unsellable). If you are “for” lining the pockets of big corporate AG, then you will vote against this measure. If you are FOR FAMILY FARMS, and non-contaminated food sources, you will vote YES for 15-119. GMO crops are banned in most other countries, and they do not accept the GMO crops from the US, losing export dollars. We need to clean up our country and ban GMOs, this is a start.

  • Guest

    “Five years ago the traits worked,” says the
    strongly built Huegerich, who followed in his father’s footsteps and
    planted GMO seeds. “I didn’t have corn rootworm because of the Bt gene,
    and I used less pesticide. Now, the worms are adjusting,
    and the weeds are resistant. Mother Nature adapts”….Two years ago, he
    planted 320 acres of conventional corn and 1,700 with GMO corn. To his
    delight, the conventional fields yielded 15 to 30 more bushels per acre
    than the GMO fields, with a profit margin of up to $100 more per acre. http://modernfarmer.com/2013/12/post-gmo-economy/

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