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Scotland’s Minister for the environment, food and Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead “said in a statement on Sunday that Scotland is taking advantage of new European Union rules that allow its member countries to opt out of growing EU-authorized GM crops, including GM-maize (corn) and six other GM crops that are awaiting authorization.”

“Scotland is known around the world for our beautiful natural environment—and banning growing genetically modified crops will protect and further enhance our clean, green status,” Lochhead said. “There is no evidence of significant demand for GM products by Scottish consumers and I am concerned that allowing GM crops to be grown in Scotland would damage our clean and green brand, thereby gambling with the future of our £14 billion food and drink sector.”

Scotland Bans the Planting of GMO Crops–Ecowatch.com

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Last week, California banned commercial production of GE salmon in all state waters. Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 504 into law. AB 504 extends the prohibition of spawning or cultivating so-called “transgenic salmonids” in the Pacific Ocean to all waters of the state. The hatchery production and stocking of such fish also is prohibited. The law will protect California’s native steelhead trout and salmon populations. “If these ‘frankenfish’ were to escape into our waters, they could destroy our native salmonid populations through interbreeding, competition for food and the introduction of parasites and disease,” said Wes Chesbro, author of AB 504 stated in a news release. “The only way to ensure this never happens is to ban commercial hatchery production, cultivation or stocking of transgenic salmonids in California.”

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The planting of GMO crops is at an end in Jackson County Oregon. Voters banned the poisons in the election of May 20th with 66 percent of people voting yes to ban the disastrous GMO plants. Last year, like the patriots of the Boston Tea Party, patriots of the county secretly burned over GMO 6000 beet plants.

Though it’s a local issue, the Jackson County measure attracted national interest. A pair of competing campaigns raised $1.3 million to sway the county’s 120,000 registered voters. Nearly $1 million of that money was raised to defeat the proposed ban.

“The voters here have many generations of fruit and vegetable growing, so they’re among the most educated voters,” said Chuck Burr, president of the Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association. “The opposition spent a million dollars and couldn’t convince the people.”

The outcome, however, won’t start an immediate trend in Oregon because Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a bill last fall that prohibits local governments from regulating genetically engineered crops. An exception was made for Jackson County because its measure had already qualified for the ballot.

Despite the bill, opponents of GMOs in Josephine County went ahead with their own measure, saying they’ll let the courts decide if the vote is valid. 57 percent of voters in this county voted for banning the poison.

According to ABC News, “Since 2004, counties in California, Hawaii and Washington state have adopted bans. In 2012, agribusiness groups defeated ballot measures in California and Washington state to require statewide GMO food labeling.

Those who opposed local government action in Oregon said rules regarding genetically modified crops should be enacted at the state or federal level, not through a patchwork of county ordinances.” So naturally, the major giants of the GMO industry such as Monsanto and Syngenta convinced legislators to rob local people of their right to enact local laws to avoid being contaminated by GMOs.

“Though he signed the bill, Kitzhaber directed the Oregon Department of Agriculture to map where genetically engineered and non-genetically engineered crops are grown. Moreover, he asked the department to submit a state action plan for regulating genetically engineered crops, and created a task force that will examine conflicts between growers of genetically engineered products and other producers, including organic growers.

The effort to ban GMOs in Jackson County started two years ago when organic farmers learned the Swiss company Syngenta was growing GMO beets in local fields that were genetically altered. They wanted to protect their crops from being cross-pollinated by genetically modified ones.

According to ABC News, “Though genetically engineered crops are common and no mainstream science has shown they are unsafe, opponents contend GMOs are still experimental and promote the use of pesticides. They say more testing is needed.”

Actually, there are numerous mainstream studies which show the health hazards of GMOs, including at least one well known study by a GMO company named Syngenta. However, by “mainstream,” ABC News, like the rest of the corporate media, means studies funded by the corrupt corporations that produce GMOs. In other words, what they say above is pure propaganda of the worst sort.

“This vote is going to make Jackson and Josephine county one of the most valuable seed-growing regions in the entire country, period,” Burr said.

The campaign to defeat the Jackson County measure raised more than $900,000, with most of the money coming from out-of-state donors. Three major agribusiness firms — Monsanto, Syngenta and DuPont Pioneer — combined to contribute nearly $400,000. Supporters of the ban raised $375,000. The leading out-of-state contributor was Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, which spent $40,000.

“Regrettably ideology defeated sound science and common sense in Jackson County,” Barry Bushue, president of the Oregon Farm Bureau, said in a statement. “We respect the voice of the voters, but remain convinced Measure 15-119 is bad public policy. While this election is over, this debate is not. We will continue to fight to protect the rights of all farmers to choose for themselves how they farm.”

Perhaps what Bushue meant, of course, “We will continue to fight to protect the profits of Monsanto, Dupont and Syngenta, even if it means exposing the livelihoods and health to toxic materials, such as GMOs.”

By the way, back in the 1990s the folks at Syngenta tested one of their GMO grains for cows and cattle and discovered it quickly killed its test subjects. It hid the results of its test and promptly began selling the killer grain. In Germany, the cows of a farmer who bought the grain died. The farmer sued Syngenta and its representatives denied under oath that its grain was harmful. After Syngenta was found innocent, a leaked document exposing the test results on cows and cattle performed by the folks at Syngenta made its way to the farmer, who promptly sued again. That case is still bending, but all of this information is available, but the folks at ABC News, like the rest of the US corporate news and propaganda machines, were willing to tell the truth to the public, and there are lots of independent tests that tell the whole story about the dangers of GMOs to public health.

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How the Hungarians Defeated Monsanto

How the Hungarians Defeated Monsanto

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