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Sugar now coming from genetically modified sugar beets

Sugar now coming from genetically modified sugar beets

Mike Adams
NaturalNews
October 7, 2008

This year saw the first commercial planting of genetically modified (GM) sugar beets in the United States, with that sugar to hit the food supply soon after.

Farmers across the country will soon be planting Monsanto’s Roundup Ready sugar beet, genetically engineered for resistance to Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate (marketed as Roundup). John Schorr, agriculture manager for Amalgamated Sugar, estimates that 95 percent of the sugar beet crop in Idaho will be of the new GM variety in 2008, or a total of 150,000 out of 167,000 acres.

Approximately 1.4 million acres of sugar beets are planted in the United States each year, primarily in Minnesota and North Dakota’s Red River Valley, as well as the Pacific Northwest, Great Plains and Great Lakes areas.

In response to the anticipated flood of GM sugar onto the food market, the consumer group Citizens for Health has launched an email campaign to pressure three major sugar and candy companies to refuse the new product. In 2001, American Crystal Sugar, Hershey’s and M&M Mars all promised that they would not use GM sugar; Citizens for Health is asking consumers to email those companies from the group’s Web site and urge them to keep that promise.

“Since half of the granulated sugar in the U.S. comes from sugar beets, the infiltration of GE sugar beets represents a significant alteration of our food supply,” Citizens for Health says on its Web site. “Unlike traditional breeding, genetic engineering creates new life forms that would never occur in nature, creating new and unpredictable health and environmental risks.”

In 1999, candy companies’ refusal to purchase GM sugar scuttled Monsanto’s first attempt to introduce Roundup Ready sugar beets.

On another front, a coalition of farmer and environmental groups is seeking to block the planting of the GM beets through a federal lawsuit. The plaintiffs in the case – the Center for Food Safety, High Mowing Organic Seeds, the Organic Seed Alliance and the Sierra Club – are represented by lawyers from the Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice.

In 2005, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) changed the classification of Roundup Ready sugar beets from regulated to deregulated, meaning that the GM beets could be planted without a special permit. But the lawsuit alleges that the USDA failed to properly conduct an environmental review into the impacts of this deregulation.

“The law requires the government to take a hard look at the impact that deregulating Roundup Ready sugar beets will have on human health, agriculture and the environment,” said Greg Loarie of Earthjustice. “The government cannot simply ignore the fact that deregulation will harm organic farmers and consumers, and exacerbate the growing epidemic of herbicide resistant weeds.”

Critics point out that Roundup Ready crops encourage increased chemical use, with dangerous effects on both human health and the environment. In addition to contaminating soil and water, pesticides leave potentially dangerous residue on food plants themselves.

Citizens for Health says that this is a particular concern in light of the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent compliance with a Monsanto request to increase the allowable levels of glyphosate residue on sugar beet roots by 5000 percent.

“Sugar is extracted from the beet’s root, and the result is more glyphosate pesticide in our sugar,” the group said.

Another concern is that such plants encourage the development of “superweeds” that are resistant to Roundup.

“Just as overuse of antibiotics eventually breeds drug resistant bacteria, overuse of Roundup eventually breeds Roundup-resistant weeds,” said Kevin Golden of the Center for Food Safety. “When that happens, farmers are forced to rely on even more toxic herbicides to control those weeds.”

USDA data reveals that in the 10 years after the 1994 introduction of Roundup Ready crops, herbicide use increased by 15 times. This has led to a concurrent increase in superweeds. While no cases of Roundup-resistant weeds were known in the U.S. corn belt in 2000, this year the roster of such weeds includes marestail, common and giant ragweed, waterhemp, Palmer pigweed, Cocklebur, lambsquarters, morning glory and velvetleaf.

Ninety-nine percent of U.S. superweeds are resistant to Roundup.

GM crops may also cross-breed with non-GM plants of the same or closely related species. The primary seed-growing region for sugar beets – the Willamette Valley of Oregon – is also a major seed-growing area for the closely related organic chard and table beets. Since all these species are wind pollinated, the chances of contamination are very high.

“Contamination from genetically modified pollen is a major risk to both the conventional and organic seed farmers, who have a long history in the Willamette Valley,” said Matthew Dillon, director of advocacy for the Organic Seed Alliance. “The economic impact of contamination affects not only these seed farmers, but the beet and chard farmers who rely on the genetic integrity of their varieties.”

Crops contaminated by cross-pollination with GM varieties can no longer be certified organic.

Since corn syrup is an even more widely used sweetener than sugar and the majority of corn grown in the United States is also Roundup Ready, food safety advocates note that nearly all sweetened food in the United States will soon be GM. Because U.S. law does not require labeling of GM ingredients, consumers of products from candy to breakfast cereal will soon be unknowingly exposed to engineered sugar, with unknown health consequences.

“As a consumer, I’m very concerned about genetically engineered sugar making its way into the products I eat,” Neil Carman of the Sierra Club said.

 



Jon Stewart: McCain 2008 = Bush 2000

Jon Stewart: McCain 2008 = Bush 2000

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HafijVKr1zA

 

Olbermann Smacks down the RNC over 9/11 Tribute

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw1vEzqld0I

 

Iraq Veterans Against the War protester at RNC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGscsnUSBYQ

 



Jesse Ventura Might Run For President in 2012

Jesse Ventura Might Run For President in 2012

Carrie Dann
NBC
September 3, 2008

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7816675266710286414&hl=en

Ron Paul supporters may have found a new champion.

In boisterous remarks at today’s Rally for the Republic, former Minnesota governor and professional wrestling personality Jesse Ventura suggested that he is open to a presidential run in 2012 if enthusiasm for “The Revolution” stays strong.

“If I see it over the next two to three years,” thundered Ventura at the conclusion of a speech to several thousand Ron Paul supporters in the Target Center in Minneapolis. “If I see it start to rise up and if this country shows me that it’s worth it for me, then maybe in 2012… .”

The crowd — which has raucously booed allusions to this year’s presidential candidates and cheered Paul’s hands-off ideals at the all-day rally today — burst into deafening applause at Ventura’s suggestion.

“I will be watching,” Ventura shouted over the ruckus. “If I see it, in 2012, we’ll give them a race they’ll never forget.”

Ventura’s prediction came at the end of remarks in which he questioned the U.S. government’s involvement in a 9/11 plot, lambasted the Patriot Act, and advocated for gun rights so that “if our government gets out of control, we have the ability to rise up and change it.” (He also prophesied success if such a citizen uprising against the U.S. government were to occur, saying “We threw everything we had at Vietnam, and they withstood it all.”)

Ventura, a third party candidate who unexpectedly catapulted to victory in the 1998 gubernatorial election, hopes to be a political figure in the mold of Rep. Ron Paul, whose grassroots movement garnered surprising support during the primary season.

The former Minnesota governor toyed with a run for U.S. Senate this year but chose not to at the eleventh hour; before his remarks today, he told reporters backstage that he made that decision by coin toss.

“I wrote the book “Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me,” Ventura told fans today, shortly before declaring his possible run in four years.

“Well, I’m here.”

Barr in attendance
For what it’s worth, per Steve Sinton, communications director for Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr, Barr was in the crowd this morning at the Ron Paul’s Rally for the Republic. He has left the building and will not be speaking.

That — says another spokesman for Barr — is at the request of the Paul campaign, who didn’t want “any presidential candidates” on the podium today.

Paul’s not endorsing Barr but this morning lauded the Libertarian candidate’s ideals and called him a “good spokesman.”


Jesse Ventura Voices 9/11 Truth At Rally For The Republic, Audience Chants “Inside job!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0–tWE3-HE

 



Military Guard Units Policing RNC Protesters

Military Guard Units Policing RNC Protesters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ys95WrvjR0

After violent Labor Day protests in which 286 people were arrested near the Republican convention, law enforcement personnel made a dramatic show of force on Tuesday by deploying military units in more-visible locations around the Xcel Energy Center. A scheduled demonstration to raise awareness of poverty took place but drew no more than 500 people, far fewer than Monday’s anti-war march.

“There may be less criminal action, but we do not expect there to be no criminal action,” St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington said at a press conference on Tuesday morning, emphasizing that the city was prepared to confront any new threats. He hailed the work of the police during Monday’s clashes as well as the raids over the weekend for disrupting the plans of one anarchist group intent on derailing the convention.

Convention-goers and press members arriving at the convention on Tuesday morning were greeted by imposing lines of National Guardsmen at security checkpoints. “The demonstrators who were committing some of these violent acts were really taking a lot of energy and time from the cops,” said Capt. Shannon Purvis of the Minnesota National Guard. “The National Guard was able to give them some relief. They needed a break.”

Some 1,200 National Guard members from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Alaska are here this week to help provide security. The soldiers and airmen — some of whom recently completed tours in Iraq — received extra training in crowd control and dealing with protesters before the convention, Purvis said.

No National Guard members were in sight as marchers gathered in Mears Park on Tuesday afternoon, but bicycle cops lined the block and police on horseback and clad in riot gear waited in the wings. Members of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, which organized the march, were determined to make that show of force unnecessary, however, and made a point of separating themselves from the demonstrators who had caused trouble on Monday.

In a speech at the rally, Cheri Honkala, the group’s national organizer, put any anarchists in the crowd on notice that they weren’t welcome to turn an event intended to benefit the poor into an excuse for violence. “I don’t care if you’re dressed all in black,” she yelled through a megaphone. “But if you put my baby in danger, you’re going to be accountable to me.”

Despite the group’s entreaties, a scuffle broke out and a squad of mounted police officers quickly moved to take control. A standoff developed in which young protesters shouted insults at the police; officers maced several people — including at least two who were wearing reflective vests reading “MN Peace Team” — in the face. Three people were eventually arrested, and one young man fell to the ground in an apparent seizure.

The situation was finally defused by the start of the march, which set off about 6 p.m., nearly two hours later than scheduled. Although the marchers had a permit from the city, they made clear their intention to deviate from the approved route to go past the Ramsey County jail, where those arrested on Monday are being held, and to the gates of the Xcel Center. “We’re operating in a nonviolent way, and we expect police to do the same,” said Peter Cooper, a march organizer.

Despite the scattered confrontations, the day was notably calmer than Monday. As of press time, St. Paul police reported that they had arrested 10 people. Meanwhile, many of those booked on Monday on misdemeanor charges were bring released, some within an hour of being processed at the jail, according to Bruce Nestor, a local lawyer and president of the Minnesota chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

 

AP Reporter assaulted by police

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d24r9DoH2-8

 

Cops launch grenades at protesters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YW_CLy9uI0

 

This is What Your Democracy Looks Like!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlpxIIJ09X4

 

Girl holds a flower, gets pepper sprayed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kyvsc1ktgJE

 

Martial Law at the Republican National Convention

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bsn6jN0p21w

Police to fight crime with stink bombs and Spiderman nets
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new..stink-bombs-and-Spiderman-nets.html

Police deny using excessive force against RNC protesters
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/04/convention.protests/

Local Student Injured in RNC Protest
http://www.nbcactionnews.com/news..e1-f379-4d48-a51c-b4eebb99f8a9

Rage Guitarist: Government Sponsored Terror “Embedded in the DNA” Of American Politics
http://www.infowars.net/articles/September2008/040908Morello.htm

Fox host: RNC protesters should just be left in jail
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Fox_ho..sters_should_be_0902.html

 



S.S. questions activist if involved in 9/11 conspiracy theories

Secret Service questions activist if involved in 9/11 conspiracy theories

Kurt Nimmo
Infowars
July 25, 2008

On the Alex Jones Show today, Ted Anderson of GCN and Anthony Jasa of Minnesota We Are Change provided details on a campaign of harassment and intimidation by the Secret Service against Jasa and GCN. The Secret Service accused Jasa of forging press credentials, although Anderson told the Secret Service he approved Jasa’s GCN credentials. Jasa told Alex Jones the SS attempted to intimidate his fiancée and enter his residence in order to search his computers. According to Jasa and Anderson, SS agents asked if Jasa believes in 9/11 conspiracy theories, as if this is some sort of criminal behavior.

Obviously, the government is worried about the exponential growth of the 9/11 truth movement, in particular the activism of We Are Change, a nation-wide organization (also active in Britain, Ireland, and Canada) most effective in its persistent questioning of political candidates, members of Congress, and assorted government insiders and NWO minions. In order to shut down this activism, the government has dispatched its agents in addition to sending out its disinfo agents and latter day COINTELPRO operatives, more than a few tracked back to the military and CENTCOM and, if history is any indication, dispatched by the FBI and the Secret Service.

In essence, the SS told Jasa and Anderson that GCN is not a bona fide press organization — never mind it is a nationally syndicated radio network — and its issuance of press credentials amounts to an act of fraud. Only the corporate media, reading from government scripts, will be allowed to attend political events. In order to limit political discourse and muzzle the opposition, at the behest of the neocons and their neolib brethren, the SS will hound, harass, and intimidate the alternative media.

It will not work, however. Short of a total imposition of martial law, We Are Change will certainly not be deterred and will continue to attend political rallies and confront our leaders and their minions in public. The ludicrous accusation that GCN and Infowars press credentials are somehow illegitimate will not stand. It may be time to initiate a lawsuit against the Secret Service for attempting to suppress the First Amendment.

 



John McCain Jokes About Women Enjoying Rape

John McCain Jokes About Women Enjoying Rape

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZSBawx1QuA

 

Man Arrested at McCain St. Paul Town Hall

 

McCain’s Neverending War

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBALqvp08Vk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBALqvp08Vk

McCain Suggests Rationing Vets Health Care
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/07/military_mccain_healthcare_072208/

McCain Thought Iraq Bordered Pakistan
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=64464&sectionid=351020101

Bush pushing for McCain presidency to ’cover over’ the misdeeds of his presidency
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thVvJajZAuc

McCain says US will never allow a ’second Holocaust’ as a potshot against Iran
http://www.spacewar.com/2006/080721180258.rdyx8bq6.html

 



Police Break Into Man’s Home at 3 in the Morning
Police Break Into Man’s Home at 3 in the Morning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg_ctyUAyWI

Minnesota Police Enter Man’s Home For Safety Check
http://www.infowars.com/?p=2772

Police Breaking Into Houses of Flood Victims in Iowa
http://noworldsystem.com/20..-houses-of-flood-victims-in-iowa/