Why are Monsanto, Pepsico et al implicitly placing a vote of no confidence in GM – and why are GM superweeds regarded as news?

4 Oct

An engineering academic at a local university opened my eyes when he said “The GM issue has gone very quiet lately”! We are moving in concentric circles – the challenge is to overlap.

After hearing my reference to the Seralini report of which he was not aware, I could see that he was still far from convinced that this high-tech solution was not a good option.

Monsanto and DuPont, two of the world`s biggest manufacturers of genetically modified seeds, have been the biggest contributors to the campaign to defeat the California Proposition 37 to label foods with all ingredients, donating $4.2m and $4m respectively.

In total, with other companies including Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, $25m has been invested to defeat this proposed law.

The US has no federal law on the labelling of genetically modified foods and European countries angered US companies ten years ago when they imposed strict labelling requirements.

Their professional association, the GMA, recognises that consumers prefer organic

The Grocery Manufacturer`s Association argues that companies will have to begin using organic ingredients or alter their packaging production for California. Either solution will add costs that will be passed on to consumers. Read further? http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c4a2132c-e9be-11e1-929b-00144feab49a.html#axzz2=44aDzqeL

 Did they really not know about the superweed problem all along?

The latest news – old hat to those who follow the subject but new to those who don’t, judging by Science Daily`s use of the word `counterintuitive` – is about a peer-reviewed study published this week by Washington State University research professor Charles Benbrook, finding that the use of herbicides in the production of three genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops — cotton, soybeans and corn — has actually increased. This many of us have known for years – and see Michael Hart’s film recording US growers`evidence.

Benbrook analysed publicly available data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service and his study appeared in the open-access journal Environmental Sciences Europe. He concludes:

“Resistant weeds have become a major problem for many farmers reliant on GE crops, and they are now driving up the volume of herbicide needed each year by about 25 percent”.

Read further: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121002092839.htm

This report comes two weeks after the research raising concerns that consuming GM corn might trigger a rise in breast cancer and organ damage in humans as it did in the laboratory rats.

 

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