Rather Than Find An Alternative to Extreme Factory Farming, The Biotech Industry is altering our animals to keep "more of the same" mega-profit factory farming going, with little regulation, oversight, or peer reviewed research, or labeling for consumers
-▶ PATENTING LIFE: WHERE DO THE LIMITS LIE? http://www.france24.com/en/20140517-beyond-business-patenting-life-biotechnology-intellectual-property-science-species-human-dna-gmo-gene-breast-cancer/
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 08, 2013 -
- ▶ SCIENTISTS "IMPROVE" TRANSGENIC ENVIROPIGS
A research team at the University of Guelph has developed a new line of transgenic Enviropigs. The new line of pigs is called the Cassie line, and it is known for passing genes on more reliably.
Though no studies indicate a food safety risk from genetically modified Enviropig pork, meat from the Enviropig is not yet available for human consumption. Forsberg said using Enviropigs could improve food production and the environment.... http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Scientists_improve_transgenic_Enviropigs_999.html
A REAL INDUSTRY SPIN FOR BIOTECH
& MEGA CORPORATE FACTORY FARMS
Los Angeles, May 03, 2014
- ▶ USA SCIENTISTS RACE TO BIO-ENGINEER CHICKENS AND FARM ANIMALS UNDER THE GUISE OF CLIMATE CHANGE & 'FEED THE WORLD" SPIN.
"The idea is to create animals that are more efficient,"
The researchers are in the vanguard of food scientists, backed by millions of dollars from the U.S. federal government, racing to develop new breeds of farm animals that can "stand up to the hazards of global warming" (and keep the billion dollar corporate factory farm industry in control of our food)
Some climate-change activists dismiss the work, which is just getting underway, as a distraction and a concession to industrial-style agriculture, which they blame for compounding the world's environmental problems. Those leading the experiments, however, say new, "heat-resistant breeds of farm animals" will be essential to feeding the world as climate change takes hold.
Pambazuka -Voices for Freedom and Justice in Africa
▶ HOW COMPANIES FRAME ISSUES OF FOOD AND GLOBAL HUNGER FOR THEIR OWN SELF-INTEREST AND BOTTOMLINE PROFITS
There is a new, but deceptive, foreign drive to end hunger in Africa through large-scale agribusiness. Yet helping poor households in rural Africa feed themselves in an affordable manner means introducing low-cost, sustainable enhancements to farming.
History is riddled with examples of the poor dying of hunger when food was plentiful. Classic amongst these is the famine which wracked the West African Sahel during the early 1970s. While people were dying of hunger in Senegal, Mali and Niger, peanuts — a key sauce ingredient and source of protein across the region — were being exported to Europe....
...The rise of philanthrocapitalism in the US, where former and current business leaders, through the strength of their foundations, have increasingly come to influence the shape and direction of US international development programmes. Central to the philanthrocapitalist worldview is a belief that private enterprise is the fundamental agent of progressive change and that business acumen trumps other forms of expertise... http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85291
▶ FEEDING THE WORLD FOR THE 21st CENTURY: MEETING THE OBJECTIVE OR FEEDING THE CORPORATE COFFERS? http://sco.lt/6jtrlJ
WHEN FOOD BECOMES A COMMODITY FOR PROFITS, NOT HEALTH
THE RISE OF THE DESIGNER FARM ANIMAL
▶ THE RISE OF THE 'DESIGNER' FARM ANIMAL http://action.raw.info/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=22518&ea.tracking.id=1174f49c&utm_campaign=raw&utm_source=shared&utm_medium=link
▶ BLIND, FOOTLESS CHICKENS FOR FUTURE CAFO FACTORY FARMS http://farmwars.info/?p=7897
▶ GENETIC MODIFICATION STRAINS OLD FOOD AND DRUG LAWS: HOW A FISH BECOMES A DRUG AND CORN A PEST http://sco.lt/66YF2v
-▶ DID YOU KNOW? GENE ALTERED FOODS NOW LARGE PART OF AMERICAN DIET - AS AMERICANS GET SICKER AND SICKER http://sco.lt/7oVxQH
PATENTING LIFE: MONSANTO PATENT FOR A PIG
WHERE DOES IT STOP (Pt.1 of 5)
Science Insider, October 3, 2013
▶ COMPANY'S 'DESIGNER BABY' PATENT DIVIDE BIOETHICISTS http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2013/10/companys-designer-baby-patent-divides-bioethicists
▶ THE FOOD FIGHT OF OUR LIVES = CROSSING PIGS AND BUTTERFLIES WITH WORMS -- NOT OKAY http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/1699396402/gmos-and-biotech-the-food-fight-of-our-lives-crossing-roses-with-pigs-and-butterflies-with-worms-not-to-mention-corn-with-a-virulent-bacteria
-▶ DO WE NEED A GENETIC BILL OF RIGHTS? http://sco.lt/6jmb1l
▶ BIOTECH IS RE-ENGINEERING, RE-PRO0GRAMMING AND PATENTING LIFE ITSELF. THE ETHICS AND LEGALITIES http://sco.lt/5GPxwX
-▶ THE NEXT BIOTECH WAVE: EXTREME GENETICS. THE IMPLICATIONS. THE ETHICS http://sco.lt/78TtOT
-▶ POOR COUNTRIES URGED TO GET READY FOR SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY ONSLAUGHT http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/1715762752/poor-countries-urged-to-get-ready-for-synthetic-biology-onslaught
- ▶ ARE YOU EATING CLONED MEAT? FDA APPROVES CLONED MEAT -- WITHOUT LABELING, REGULATION OR OVERSIGHT The FDA stated in 2008 that the food from cloned cattle, swine and goats was safe and it would not require labeling http://techcomm.wikidot.com/are-you-eating-cloned-meat
BBC News, January 13, 2014
- ▶ CHINA CLONING PIGS ON AN 'INDUSTRIAL SCALE - CLONE UPON CLONE UPON CLONE -The scale of ambition is staggering. BGI is not only the world's largest centre for cloning pigs - it's also the world's largest centre for gene sequencing. In neighbouring buildings, there are rows of gene sequencers - machines the size of fridges operating 24 hours a day crunching through the codes for life.
To illustrate the scale of this operation, Europe's largest gene sequencing centre is the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute near Cambridge. It has 30 machines. BGI has 156 and has even bought an American company that makes them. BGI's chief executive, Wang Jun, tells me how they need the technology to develop ever FASTER, CHEAPER ways of reading genes.
LiveScience, December 31, 2013
▶ SCIENTISTS MAKE "GLOW IN THE DARK" PIGLETS FOR YOU TO EAT
Scientists say they've created ten genetically engineered piglets this year that glow green under a black light... http://www.livescience.com/42258-piglets-glow-in-dark-video.html
France24 TV, October 02, 2013
SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY: CREATING LIFE FROM SCRATCH
A pioneering science is offering researchers the possibility to design and engineer new forms of life on a made-to-order basis.But critics are questioning whether mankind is prepared for the consequences of this unparalleled control over nature. http://www.france24.com/en/20130718-down-to-earth-dna-synthetic-biology-united-kingdom-science-biohackers-design-engineer-life/
InstItute of Science in Society, October 22, 2012
▶ MASS GENOME ENGINEERING… Whole microbial genomes can be changed at will simultaneously and rapidly; with large implications for safety http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Mass_Genome_Engineering.php
March 13, 2012 - Washington Post
▶ ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS CALL FOR TIGHTER REGULATION OF 'EXTREME GENETIC ENGINEERING' http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/environmental-groups-call-for-tighter-regulation-of-extreme-genetic-engineering/2012/03/13/gIQAzKPZAS_story.html
World Chaos News, June 17, 2013
▶ HUMAN GENES ENGINEERED INTO EXPERIMENTAL GMO RICE BEING GROWN IN KANSAS
The only known GMO with inbred human traits in cultivation today, a GM rice product made by biotechnology company Ventria Bioscience is currently being grown on 3,200 acres in Junction City, Kansas — and possibly elsewhere — and most people have no idea about it.
Since about 2006, Ventria has been quietly cultivating rice that has been genetically modified (GM) with genes from the human liver for the purpose of taking the artificial proteins produced by this “Frankenrice” and using them in pharmaceuticals.
A great explanation on the impact of genetically engineering our environment and food
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GENETIC ENGINEERING
▶ GENETIC MODIFICATION AND THE CORPORATE PATENTING OF LIFE http://sco.lt/7pDBIX
▶ PATENTS AND BIOPIRACY | ETC Group http://www.etcgroup.org/fr/issues/patents-biopiracy
THE GAMBLE OF OUR LIVES" 1:24:59
▶ GENE GIANTS STOCKPILING PATENTS ON LIFE
Nagoya, Japan -- Under the guise of developing “climate-ready” crops, the world’s largest seed and agrochemical corporations are filing hundreds of sweeping, multi-genome patents in a bid to control the world’s plant biomass, according to a report released by ETC Group http://www.etcgroup.org/fr/node/5220
Nation of Change, October 20, 2013
-▶ POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS GMO 'GOLDEN RICE' FED TO CHINESE CHILDREN AS GUINEA PIGS http://www.nationofchange.org/potentially-dangerous-gmo-golden-rice-fed-chinese-children-without-warning-1382281851
Institute of Science in Society
▶ SYNGENTA CHARGED FOR COVERING UP LIVESTOCK DEATHS FROM GM CORN Bt INSECTICIDE http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Syngenta_Charged_for_Covering_Up_Livestock_Deaths_from_GM_Corn.php
March 7, 2013 - ETC Group
▶ GENE GIANTS SEEK "PHILANTHROGOPOLY" http://www.etcgroup.org/content/NR-gene-giants-seek-philanthrogopoly
▶ MANIPULATING THE SEEDS OF LIFE: SEED PATENTS AND CONTROL OF YOUR FOOD http://sco.lt/7yB3XF
▶ WHY IS THERE SO LITTLE INDEPENDENT PEER REVIEWED GMO RESEARCH? http://sco.lt/8mGIO9
▶ UNLEASHING GENETICALLY SALMON ONTO YOUR DINNER PLATE = NO REGULATIONS, NO OVERSIGHT - "FATALLY FLAWED" FDA ASSESSMENT http://sco.lt/8ZDraz
- ETC Group
▶ CORPORATE POWER AND THE FINAL FRONTIER IN THE COMMODIFICATION OF LIFE - WE WERE WARNED...IN 2008.
Three decades ago, humanity had a problem; science had a fascination; and industry had an opportunity. Our problem was injustice. The ranks of the hungry were expanding while the ranks of farmers were thinning. Meanwhile, science was fascinated by biotechnology – the idea that we could genetically engineer crops and livestock (and people) with traits that could overcome all our problems. Agribusiness saw an opportunity to extract the enormous surplus value that was laced throughout the food chain. The hugely decentralized food system held pockets of profit just crying out to be centralized. All the biotechnology industry had to do is chase away the competition and coerce governments into surrendering control. ....http://www.etcgroup.org/content/who-owns-nature
▶ WAVE OF "AG GAG" BILLS THREATEN FOOD SAFETY AND FREEDOM OF THE PRESS http://sco.lt/7Q7T6X
▶ THE RAW TRUTH OF FACTORY FARMING http://www.raw.info/
FULL GROWN CHICKEN IN 49 DAYS
Growth Hormones For Rapid Growth, 'Efficiency' and Fast Profits
▶ ANIMAL RAISED IN CORPORATE CONCENTRATION PENS: DRUGS, GMO FEED AND 'AG-GAG' LAW TO IMPACT BEYOND USA http://sco.lt/6jKf2H
▶ WAVE OF "AG GAG" BILLS THREATEN FOOD SAFETY AND FREEDOM OF THE PRESS http://sco.lt/7Q7T6X
Alternet, December 19, 2013
- ▶ 6 CRIMES AGAINST NATURE PERPETRATED BY THE FOOD INDUSTRY : THE HORRORS OF FACTORY FARMING ARE MULTIFOLD http://www.alternet.org/food/6-crimes-against-nature-perpetrated-food-industry
Nation of Change, September 21, 2013
▶ CORPORATIONS/LOBBYISTS RULE: GOODBYE ORGANIC EGGS
PROPOSED FDA FOOD SAFETY RULES SUPPORT FACTORY FARM CONCENTRATION CAMPS AND THREATEN TRUE FAMILY FARMING - : http://www.nationofchange.org/proposed-fda-food-safety-rules-support-factory-farming-threaten-family-farms-1379774141
May 27, 2013 Science Daily
▶ EVEN FARM ANIMAL DIVERSITY IS DECLINING ACCELERATING SPECIES LOSS THREATENS HUMANITY http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130527100624.htm
▶ DECLINE IN BIODIVERSITY OF FARMED PLANTS AND ANIMALS GATHERING PACE http://sco.lt/7o99MH
▶ MONSANTO GMO TREES DEVASTATE FOREST ECOSYSTEMS CREATING A POISONED, BIOLOGICAL DESERT http://sco.lt/84F6mn
May 7, 2013 New York Times
▶ GLOWING TREES ASSAILED FOR GENE-TINKERING (What happens when pollen escapes into natural trees and pollinating insects such as bees and birds ingest the pollen? http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/business/energy-environment/a-dream-of-glowing-trees-is-assailed-for-gene-tinkering.html?emc=tnt&tntemail1=y&_r=0
New York Times, March 15, 2014
-▶ PHILANTHROCAPITALISM: BILLIONAIRES WITH BIG IDEAS ARE PRIVATIZING AMERICAN SCIENCE http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/science/billionaires-with-big-ideas-are-privatizing-american-science.html?hp&_r=1
▶ MONSANTO BLOCKS RESEARCH ON GMO SAFETY http://redgreenandblue.org/2011/02/14/monsanto-blocks-research-on-gmo-safety/
▶ MORE, BIGGER, FASTER: AG-GAG LAWS AIMED AT KEEPING YOU IN THE DARK ABOUT YOUR FACTORY FARMED FOOD - PIGS, CHICKENS, VEAL, DAIRY, TURKEY, DUCKS http://sco.lt/7aFBUv
March 11, 2013 2013
▶ MONSANTO THREATENS LAWSUIT AGAINST EUROPEAN FOOD SAFETY AUTHORITY http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/345386
▶ THE GLOBAL CHEMICAL BIOTECH CARTEL - AN UNPRECEDENTED POWER OVER WORLD AGRICULTURE AND HUMAN HEALTH http://www.panna.org/issues/pesticides-profit/chemical-cartel
No birds. No bees. Our countryside laid waste. And billions of animals that never see a blade of grass http://sco.lt/7ztQbB
National Geographic, "Future of Food" May 02, 2014
▶ FEED THE WORLD: FAMILY FARMERS HOLD KEYS TO AGRICULTURE IN A WARMING WORLD. Faced with global warming and a population that will swell to nine billion by 2050, a growing number of experts say that the way to feed the masses as climate change makes growing our food more difficult is to focus on family farmers, who often can barely feed themselves. ...
When policymakers in the developed world talk about feeding billions of extra mouths in the decades to come, it's multinational agribusinesses—which operate industrial-size farms—that usually get most of the attention.
But in the long run, it's small-scale farmers in the developing world, using low-tech but sustainable agricultural techniques, who may be best poised to lead the way in adapting to a warmer world and ensuring the security of the global food supply. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/05/140502-climate-change-agriculture-family-farm-science/
▶ MONSANTO FOOD WARS: GMO SEEDS AND ANIMALS http://ow.ly/iBRtQ
▶ WAKE UP AND SMELL THE GMOs - A MOTHER'S VOICE http://sco.lt/9Dv6VF
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO (FULL LENGTH)
▶ MORE ON .... THE GLOBAL PATENT MONOPOLY ON FOOD AND LIFE http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides?q=PATENTS
▶ MORE ON .... FACTORY FARMING RAISING OF OUR PORK AND POULTRY