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Importantes nouvelles du côté des OGM

Publié par siel sur 21 Octobre 2013, 14:09pm

Catégories : #INTERNATIONAL

Huge GMO News

It hasn't been a good week for Monsanto and the rest of the biotech industry.

Photo: Rainforest Action Network/cc/flickrJust three days ago, Mexico bannedgenetically engineered corn. Citing the risk of imminent harm to the environment, a Mexican judge ruled that, effective immediately, no genetically engineered corn can be planted in the country. This means that companies like Monsanto will no longer be allowed to plant or sell their corn within the country's borders.

Il y a 3 jours, le Mexique a interdit la plantation de maïs génétiquement modifié.

Ca, c'est effectivement une "huge" nouvelle, une nouvelle d'importance. Je n'ai jamais compris comment les gouvernements mexicains avaient pu accepter la plantation de maïs OGM chez euxlink. Le Mexique est la terre du maïs. Ca fait entre 9000 et 6000 ans que les Indiens ont commençé à le cultiver, développant au fur et à mesure de nouvelles espèces. Et voici, que tout soudain, boom, une multinationale, veut s'emparer du marché, imposer ses propres semences, ses pesticides et ses engrais et mettre au rencart une science millénaire. Et, bien évidemment, rendre captifs des milliers d'agriculteurs qui comme en Inde quand la récolte est mauvaise et qu'ils ne peuvent ni rembourser leurs dettes ni acheter les semences et le packaging qui va avec n'ont plus quà se sucicder, ou bien essayer de traverser la frontière vers les USA, l''eldorado qui leur retire  le maïs de la bouche et qui installe des murs pour les empêcher d'aller chercher la vie ailleurs. Pris au piège comme des rats ces paysans. Bravo au gouvernement mexicain. Sur ce coup là ils ont assuré.

 

At the same time, the County Council for the island of Kauai passed a lawthat mandates farms to disclose pesticide use and the presence of genetically modified crops. The bill also requires a 500-foot buffer zone near medical facilities, schools and homes -- among other locations.

 

Dans l'île de Kauai, une loi vient de passer qui exige que les fermes révèlent si elles utilisent  ou non des pesticides et des semences OGM. Dans le cas positif, la loi exige une zone tampon de 500 pieds (152. 39256 mètres) entre ( ces fermes) et les centres de santé, écoles, maisons, etc.

And the big island of Hawaii County Council gave preliminary approval to a bill that prohibits open air cultivation, propagation, development or testing of genetically engineered crops or plants. The bill, which still needs further confirmation to become law, would also prohibit biotech companies from operating on the Big Island.

 

A Hawaï, une loi a été déposée et est encore en délibération qui demande l'interdiction de cultures OGM en plein air, la propagation et le développement de tests de plantes et de semences OGM.

But perhaps the biggest bombshell of all is now unfolding in Washington state. The mail-in ballot state's voters are already weighing in on Initiative 522, which would mandate the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Knowing full well that 93 percent of the American public supports GMO labeling, and that if one state passes it, many others are likely to follow, entrenched agribusiness interests are pulling out all the stops to try to squelch yet another state labeling effort.

 

Pour les USA, un changement de fond  se profile. La loi demandant que la transparence des produits OGM, c'est-à-dire  son inscription sur l'emballage risque de passer, sachant que 93 % de la population est favorable  à cette inscription

This time, however, things aren't going quite as planned. On Wednesday, Washington state Attorney General Bob Feguson filed a lawsuit against the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). The GMA, a lobby for the junk food industry, has been by far the largest donor to efforts to defeat the labeling initiative. The lawsuit alleges that the GMA illegally collected and spent more than $7 million while shielding the identity of its contributors.

The source of the money has now been exposed, and it turns out to be Pepsico, Coca-Cola, NestleUSA, General Mills and a few other junk food companies. The lawsuit reveals that GMA leadership held a series of secret meetings to plot how to perpetrate a money laundering scheme and illegally hide member donations from Washington state voters, in direct violation of campaign disclosure laws.

Unlike the junk food companies that feared consumer backlash, Monsanto hasn't even bothered to hide the more than $4 million the company has given to the "no" campaign. In fact, GMA, Monsanto and a handful of other corporate donors have now broken a state record by pouring more than $17 million into their effort to stop Washington's GMO labeling ballot initiative.

Voting is already underway in Washington, and the final ballots will be cast on November 5. The "yes" side is ahead in the most recent polls, but supporters of the right to know fear that a barrage of heavily funded and misleading ads could sour voters to the initiative.

They remember that just last year, California's Proposition 37 was well ahead in the polls until Monsanto and its allies spent more than $46 million on their campaign in the Golden State.

All this label fighting and money laundering leads to some very significant questions. Why are Monsanto and the junk food industry willing to spend many tens of millions of dollars every year trying to keep you in the dark about your food? What doesn't big food want you to know? And what are they afraid might happen if you did?

Une question. Pourquoi Monsanto et l'ensemble des producteurs de "Junk food", de "nourriture poubelle" sont-ils prets à dépenser des millions de dollars chaque année pour faire du lobbyng et empêcher la transparence sur leurs produits ? Pourquoi  veulent-ils vous tenir ignorants de la composition de leurs produits ?

Monsanto tells us that their products are about the best thing to come along since sliced bread. For years they've been promising that GMOs would reduce pesticide use, increaseyields, reduce water consumption, and offer foods that are more tasty and more nutritious.

I wish they were right.

But in the 20 years since GMO crops first came on the market, studies have found that they have led to higher pesticide use, and no meaningful improvement in flavornutritionyield orwater requirements. Instead, what they've created are plants that are engineered to withstand massive dosing of toxic herbicides, and plants that function as living pesticide factories. Monsanto's Bt. corn, for example, is actually registered with the EPA as a pesticide.

Les promesses de Monsanto étaient que les produits OGM  devaient réduire l'emploi des pesticides, réduire l'emploi de l'eau et offrir de la nourriture plus goûteuse et plus riche en nutriments. Mais depuis 20 ans  que les OGM existent, l'utilisation de pesticides a augmenté, et  on n'a pas pu constater d'amélioration significative condernant le goût, la nutrition ou l'usage de moins de volumes d'eau. A l'inverse, ils ont créé des plantes fabriquées  pour résister à des doses massives de produits toxiques et des plantes qui fonctionnent comme des usines vivantes de pesticides.

 

With concern about GMOs growing fast, and with the public being pummeled with vast amounts of misinformation, there is a tremendous need for clear, accurate and reliable information about GMOs. In response, the 100,000+ member Food Revolution Network and the Institute for Responsible Technology are co-sponsoring a free online GMO Mini-Summit. From October 25-27, some of the top GMO experts on the planet will be providing insights and clear calls to action in this teleseminar that is also being broadcast without charge on the Internet. Monsanto probably isn't too happy about the prospect of tens of thousands of people getting informed and mobilized. But if you love life, safe food, and the truth, then you might want to check it out.

And if you want to lend a hand to getting out the vote in the state of Washington, you cansign up to volunteer here.

Nobody knows what's going to happen in Washington between now and November 5. But from Mexico, to Hawaii and to the 64 nations that already have GMO labeling, this tide just might be turning.

Maybe we, the people, do get a say in what we know, and what we eat, after all.

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