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No seeds, no independent research

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Doug Gurian-Sherman
LA Times, February 13 2011

*Companies that genetically engineer crops have a lock on what we know about their safety and benefits

Soybeans, corn, cotton and canola - most of the acres planted in these crops in the United States are genetically altered. "Transgenic" seeds can save farmers time and reduce the use of some insecticides, but herbicide use is higher, and respected experts argue that some genetically engineered crops may also pose serious health and environmental risks. Also, the benefits of genetically engineered crops may be overstated.

DEBATING THE ETHICS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY: AN INTERVIEW WITH PHILIP BEREANO

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The rapid rise of genetically modified organisms, labeled as a tool to achieve food security, raises ”a profound set of ethical issues surrounding the professional functioning of geneticists and academic and industry biologists,” Bereano said.

Philip Bereano, professor emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle, has been an active and outspoken proponent of democratic social ethics in biotechnology. He is a participant in the United Nations’ Codex Alimentarius processes and co-founder of the Council for Responsible Genetics.

Bill Gates's So-Called Philanthropic Foundation Buys Monsanto and Goldman Sacks stocks

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Gates Foundation Buys Ecolab Inc., Goldman Sachs, Monsanto Company, Exxon Mobil Corp., Sells M&T Bank

This is the second quarter portfolio update for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The fund is run by Bill Gates’ personal financial advisor Michael Larson. The portfolio now has the size of $11.9 billion. These are the details of buys.

The largest position in the portfolio of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is Berkshire Hathaway, donated by Warren Buffett. Buffett has famously decided to donate most of his assets to Gates Foundation.

Anniversary of a Whistleblowing Hero

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By Jeffrey Smith

Twelve years ago, a 150-second TV broadcast changed our world; everyone everywhere owes a debt of gratitude to the man whose life it turned upside down—in his effort to protect ours. On August 10, 1998, eminent scientist Dr. Arpad Pusztai (pronounced Poos-tie) dared to speak the truth.

The Illusion of Cheap Food

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Through subsidies and sacrifice, Americans foot the bill for factory farms

All Animals magazine, July/August 2010
by Julie Falconer

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, especially when it’s cooked up by the nation’s factory farms.

Though animal agribusiness giants have long touted their ability to produce cheap food for the masses, supermarket prices mask a largely hidden reality: Taxpayers shell out billions to prop up an inhumane, inefficient, and environmentally destructive industry.

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