Genetic Engineering was supposed to be about feeding the world's hungry children, right? Well, not quite, a turf grass primarily used in golf courses, GE Creeping Bentgrass is Round-up Ready, and thus, if deregulated, will dramatically increase the quantity of glyphosate (chemical name for round-up) used in golf course management. A perennial with at least a dozen wild relatives, it has already cross-pollinated and genetically contaminated a large area of central Oregon.
Many people think of biofuels as French fry oil being put into their gas tank. But the industry does not share this vision. While using waste products for biofuel production is a great idea, the reality is that the government and industy are pushing the growth of virgin crops for agrofuels. Interestingly the crops that seem to be discussed the most are the very same ones that are most commonly genetically engineered, rather than crops like hemp that actually yield significantly more oil than corn or canola.
Imagine blood thinners and birth control in your corn flakes. If Biotech companies get their way, crops containing these drugs would be grown in open air fields close enough to regular crops and contamination would be inevitable.
There are multiple allegations of union busting and violence against union organizers perpetrated by the soft drink giant in countries like Colombia.
The corn syrup in coke is a genetically engineered product.
Monsanto is the corporation that developed Agent Orange, DDT, Bovine Growth Hormone and PCBs. Monsanto is one of the main five companies pushing genetic engineered crops (along with Dow, DuPont, Syngenta and Aventis (Bayer). Monsanto is one of the top three seed companies trying to control the $24.4 billion seed market and one of the top three agrochemical corporations trying to control the $40 billion agrochemical market.
Organic Food (...or the corporate overtake of Organic Foods)
- 1% of U.S. corporations produce 80% of private sector food product output.
- Today in the U.S., only 8% of farms account for 72% of sales.
- 80% of U.S. agricultural subsidies go to the top 30% of farms.
- Nearly 75% of U.S. farmworkers earn less than $10,000 per year and 60% of farmworker families have incomes below the poverty level.
- The average adult in the U.S. watches 21,000 television ads annually, 75% of them paid for by the 100 largest corporations.
- Nearly half the typical 30,000 items found in an average supermarket are brought to us by just 10 corporations.
- An estimated one of every 10 dollars U.S. consumers spend on food is going to just one corporation -- Altria (the former Phillip Morris).
- Genetically Modified Organisms now grow on 96 million acres in the U.S., nearly 9 million acres in Canada, and millions more in 14 other countries, yet only a handful of companies benefit. Five -- Dow, DuPont, Syngenta, Aventis (Bayer) and Monsanto.
- The top four U.S. beef packers made up 81 percent of the market, the top four pork processors and producers 59 percent, and the top broilers 50 percent.
- Worldwide, the top ten seed firms now control 30% of the $24.4 billion seed market (the top three are DuPont, Monsanto and Syngenta).
- The top ten agrochemical corporations control 84% of the $30 billion agrochemical market (the top three are Syngenta, Monsanto and Bayer).
Papayas are the only deregulated GE trees. They are engineered to resist a common papaya disease that farmers have traditionally found quite manageable through more conventional methods such as cutting down diseased trees. GE Papaya is supposed to be grown only in Hawaii. Organic and non-GE conventional farmers in Hawaii are very concerned as there has been massive cross polination and contamination of organic papayas by the GE papayas.
Quick Facts On Bottled Water Versus Cleaning up the Drinking Water Supply
- Members of the United Nations estimate that if the world took half of what it currently spends on bottled water ($100 billion annually) and invested it in water infrastructure and treatment, everyone in the world could have access to clean drinking water.
- But bottled water is cleaner, right? Actually, the U.S. EPA sets more stringent quality standards for tap water than the FDA does for bottled beverages, and roughly 40% of bottled water is actually just tap water.
- 1.5 billion barrels of oil are consumed each year to produce the plastic for water bottles, enough to fuel 100,000 cars.
- According to the Container Recycling Institute, only 14 percent of plastic water bottles are recycled.
- A water bottle in a landfill or lying around as litter will take over 1,000 years to biodegrade.
- 3 in 4 Americans drink bottled water and 1 in 6 drink only bottled water.
- Bottled water corporations like Coke, Pepsi and Nestle are changing the way people think about water. Water has become a for-profit commodity that can be bought and sold on the global marketplace. Bottled water corporations spent $71.4 million on advertising in 2004.
- All this is occurring as 1.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water worldwide. And the World Health Organization estimates that two-thirds of the world's population lack access to water.
- Globally, supplying water is estimated to be a $420 billion a year business.
Challenge the corporate control of water!
Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH)
Monsanto's rBGH is a genetically-engineered hormone sold to dairy farmers, who inject it into their cows every two weeks to increase milk production. In recent years, evidence has accumulated indicating that rBGH may promote cancer in humans who drink milk from rBGH-treated cows, and causes deleterious health effects on the cows.
Know Your Milk (PDF, 2.89MB)
rBGH Consumer Guide (PDF, 33KB)
rBGH Fact Sheet (PDF, 33KB)
10 good reasons why we should ask Kraft to remove genetic engineered ingredients from it's products:
- Kraft foods are everywhere
- Kraft targets kids
- Kraft foods were found to contain genetically engineered ingredients not approved for human consumption
- Kradt uses genetically engineered ingredients even though it says such ingredients should face tougher regulation
- Kraft is moving to protect consumers in Europe but not here
- Kraft and its officers earn more than enough money to make our food safe
- Kraft is really tobacco king Philip Morris
- Kraft claims to be concerned about the safety of its products
- Kraft wants to change food as we know it
- Kraft claims to be concerned about the state of the world