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The corporate media consistently lies to us on behalf of the billionaires and has seemingly forever. A good example is Genetically modified crops (GMO’s). They were supposed to be safe and have higher yields than traditionally planted or organic crops.

Last year, a study by the United States National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine showed that GMO crop yields were less than many traditionally planted crops, such as rapeseed and sugar beets. Some GMO crop yields were about the same as traditionally planted crops, such as corn.

The corporate news media also claimed using GMOs would reduce the use of herbicides and insecticides, which is ridiculous since the GMO herbicides and insecticides are genetically placed into the GMO plants, and not sprayed outside the plant, and then you eat those bug and plant killers when you consume the plant. The folks of the corporate news media also don’t want you to know the information in the previous sentence.

When a bug bites into a GMO plant, the Bt toxin genetically placed into the plant kills the bug by swelling up its intestines until it explodes. The Ht toxin or herbicide placed into plants prevents weeds from growing near crops by killing them. You eat the Bt and the Ht toxins when you consume the crop.

In many cases, insects have adapted to the GMO Bt and Ht toxins and forced GMO farmers to use greater and stronger amounts of insecticides and herbicides. This is why herbicide use has grown in the USA, while insecticide use has stayed the same. Now if you count the pesticide genetically placed into GMO crops, it’s likely US insecticide use has grown. By way of contrast, in France, where GMO’s are not allowed to be planted, insecticide use has declined.

Herbicide use in the USA is the upper line, the lower line is herbicide use in Europe

“Safe” was the biggest corporate news media lie when it comes to GMOs. To this day they continue to express this lie to us, as do politicians of both major political parties. The Monsanto Corporation applied to get its GMO’s entered into the US food chain to the United States Food and Drug Administration (USDA) a couple of decades ago, which granted its request on the basis of Monsanto’s own unbiased (I mean that sarcastically) tests of its product on rats. It turns out the tests supposedly lasted all of three months, and the USDA failed to do any of its own testings. The USDA approved the GMO poison for the US food chain.

When an independent French study showed GMOs caused tumors in rats after eating GMOs for more than three months, the US corporate media establishment attacked the study, following the lead of the GMO corporations. Not once did a major US news outlet investigate to see if maybe Monsanto’s testers had a reason to study rats and GMO consumption for more than three months. Odds are the Monsanto researchers knew their product caused tumors in rats, but only after three months of feeding them the GMO poison. So they only supplied the data for the first three months of rats being fed GMOs. See Scientist Who Discovered GMOs Cause Tumors in Rats Wins Landmark Defamation Lawsuit in Paris–Healthnut.com

GMO crops are less labor intensive than traditionally planted crops, and therefore cheaper to grow and more profitable. There lies the reality behind all the liOddes. The corporate news media doesn’t want to offend food advertisers, such as Safeway, Walmart, Albertson’s, Krogers, Nestle, Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, General Mills and many more because they all use GMO’s to increase their profit margins, and keep their share prices higher than they would otherwise be.

In addition, of course, keeping us misinformed helps giant GMO manufacturers like Bayer, which is currently the owner of Monsanto, as well as the powerful Wall Street investment banks, such as Goldman Sachs, Citibank and JP Morgan Chase.

All of these corporations keep the pressure on the corporate news media to keep us uninformed and misinformed about many issues, such as GMOs, which have been linked to tumors, autism, obesity, allergies and many more health issues in humans. Keeping us misinformed and uninformed on behalf of billionaires, hedge funds, both major political parties, major investment banks and food manufacturers is, in fact, their job.

 

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Brussels – In the latest blow to the European Commission’s laissez-faire approach to GM crops, 17 EU countries and four regions (in two other countries) banned the cultivation of GM poisons (known as crops) on their territories.

The 17 EU countries are Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia. The four regional administrations are Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the UK, and Wallonia in Belgium. They notified the European Commission of their intention to ban GM crop cultivation under new EU rules [1].

This brings the total number of countries who have already declared their intention to put in place GM crop bans to 17 – plus four regions – representing over 65 per cent of the EU’s population and 65 per cent of its arable land.

The bans apply to the only GM crop currently approved for cultivation in Europe – Monsanto’s pesticide-producing GM maize, known as MON810 – but also to the seven GM crops awaiting approval by the Commission. These are all unhealthy GM maizes.

Nine EU countries (Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg and Poland) had previously banned cultivation of MON810 under so-called safeguard clauses.

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According to Ecowatch, “An appeals court in Lyon, France has upheld a 2012 ruling against Monsanto, in which the agribusiness giant was found guilty of the chemical poisoning of a farmer named Paul François.

The grain grower said that in 2004 he became ill due to Monsanto’s weedkiller, Lasso. François claimed he suffered from neurological problems, memory loss, headaches and stammering after inadvertently inhaling the herbicide.

In François’ case, doctors determined the cause of his ill health was monochlorobenzene, a highly toxic substance that made up 50 percent of Monsanto’s herbicide, according to teleSUR. The substance sent François to the hospital, where he entered in a coma. Subsequent tests showed that the farmer suffered permanent brain disease, teleSUR reported.

In 2012, he filed suit against Monsanto for not providing a warning on the product label and won. Monsanto appealed the decision shortly after.

Yesterday’s ruling, however, stamps another victory for the farmer. The appeals court said Monsanto was “responsible” for the intoxication and ordered the company to “fully compensate” François, Reuters reported.

“It is a historic decision in so far as it is the first time that a (pesticide) maker is found guilty of such a poisoning,” François Lafforgue, François’ lawyer, told the news agency.

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Overall, the USA rates 75th highest in the world in income inequality, just behind Ghana and Turkmenistan, but ahead of Senegal, Thailand and Zambia, although only nine nations are compared in the graph above. Those are industrialized nations in the graph. Naturally, among those nine the USA is dead last. Why is the USA last among those industrialized nations?

Liars of the corporate news media and their pundits will tell you it is because of technology and automation, as if China, Germany, Sweden and other nations in the graph above don’t have the exact same issues. They do. Yet income inequality in those nations are far less than in the USA.

As you can see from the graph, severe income mal-distribution peaked just before the Great Depression in the USA. That mal-distribution caused the Depression because it weakened the demand for goods and services by the 99 percent.

You can see that a  massive rise  in mal-distribution began in the USA with the so-called Reagan Revolution, which was essentially, something of a coup since the 1 percent essentially stole control of the US government via treason. See The Real October Surprise Really Happened–Christian Science Monitor .

The 1 percent took complete control over the corporate news media around the same time, and sold us a ton of lies, such as trickle down economics, which redistributed income from the 99 to the 1 percent and gave more money to the 1 percent with which they corrupted government. The government redistributed income by signing free trade treaties and other legislation that allowed the 1 percent to ship jobs overseas, and pocket the difference between the higher old wages and the new lower wages.

The press continues to lie to us about a number of things. One of them is that our biggest trade deficit is with the nation of China. No it is not! Our biggest trade deficit is with US corporations as a whole that ship jobs overseas, or create them there which they would otherwise not be able to do without these corporate trade treaties. US corporations also hire foreign contractors and or sub-contractors to manufacture goods and services, rather than US contractors and subcontractors, thanks to these so-called trade treaties. In all of these cases, goods and services are exported to the United States from foreign nations by US corporations such as Apple, Microsoft, General Motors, General Electric, Fannie Mae (call centers in India and Pakistan), Capital One, and many others. The result is a massive United States trade deficit. This is the primary conduit through which income is redistributed from the 99 to the 1 percent.

Wall Street President Barack Obama plans to increase income and wealth inequality in the USA through the Trans Pacific Partnership, the largest income redistribution treaty of all time. Incoming Wall Street Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is completely with the president on this scam. So is Democratic Liberal Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden. The game is completely rigged against the 99 percent, but the fight’s not over.

In other words, income inequality has been brought about by an inequality of political power in government and in both major political parties.

We can stop the madness. There are a great many Democrats in congress who want to get reelected, and so a few simple phone calls by a large number of constituents can sway them. The same is true of many Tea Party Republican members of the US House. Call them and protest. Let you voices be heard. Let them know you’ve had enough of these income redistribution scams.

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Reuters has reported that a French court on Monday declared U.S. biotech giant Monsanto(MON.N) guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, a judgment that could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides (meaning Monsanto). It’d be a shocker if such a verdict would be handed down in the United States. After the morning verdict, the share price of Monsanto dipped; and any US conservative justice (and a few liberal judges) would certainly take this possibility into consideration when ruling in a similar case in the United States.

By the way, about 20,000 farm workers die in third world nations every year from pesticide poisoning, much of which one can reasonably assume are products of Monsanto. So this verdict should have consequences worldwide, assuming, of course, that there are justices that cannot be bought. That apparently is the case in France. So US corporate conservatives (and some Democrats) naturally will invoke harsh criticism of France and verbally attack French fries.

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France credit downgrade: what the analysts say

Eurozone crisis deepens as France loses its AAA rating with one of the three big credit rating agencies. Does that mean the price of French fries are going to sky rocket? What about French wine? Or French grapes? What about those tourist souvenirs that are made in China? Will they go up in price? Click the link below to see what the experts are saying about the French credit downgrade.

Click here for what the experts say about the French Credit Downgrade

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