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Giving Away the Farm... Sugar Beet Farmers Await Federal Decision on GM Crops

No mistake about it, the toll is high on both sides of the genetic fence.

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(SALEM, Ore.) - Planting genetically modified sugar beets has a "significant effect" on the environment, because of "the potential elimination of a farmer's choice to grow non-genetically engineered crops, or a consumer's choice to eat non-genetically engineered food."

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White decided that in 2005. Today, only silence echoed in the courtroom as he considers halting the spring planting of GM sugar beets altogether. Farmers on both sides of the fence are anxiously awaiting his gavel, knowing that either way it falls growers from here to Michigan will lose their crops and possibly their farms. Its either us or them is the attitude of both sides and somebody’s taking the whole farm.

Organic farmers are struggling for the choice to produce a crop free of contamination from genetically modified organisms. Organic crops are considered contaminated and worthless even when traceable amounts of GM pollen have traveled in on the feet of a bee, wings of the bird or a fine summer breeze (how unusual is that?). There goes his crop, his lively hood and possibly the farm. He isn’t a big farmer.

By 2006, two thirds of US farmland was sown by genetically modified seed. This is the way of our modern farmer. He is now the conventional farmer. His genetically modified crops are the norm, and it has come to be that they have little choice but to plant the genetically modified version of whatever freaky crops Monsanto and biotech scientists alter next.

At this late season our sugar beet farmers have little options but to plant GM seeds. Our farms and our farmers have been backed into a corner where no one wins, least of all the consumer. The problem is that neither GM nor organic farmers can co-exist. It pretty much comes down to one or the other. It is the organic farmer that represents the only link we have left to the purity of our agricultural heritage.

What if, just what if their wrong and you really can’t fool Mother Nature? Are we willing to take that risk as a country, much less decide for the whole world that genetically modified life is both sustainable and not detrimental to the very existence of our planet. How can you justify reorganizing the genes of the pig, plant or whatever and call it your invention in order to profit?

It is now, that we, as a nation must decide the future of this planet in relation to our food and health. Our voice has never been more important to the earthly existence of everything pure, natural and not for sale. They have manipulated life, created a synthetic replacement and then obtained a patent to sell it to us without our knowledge. We and nature (I do believe) know quite well how to create and sustain life. We have millions of years of practice.

This invalidates every thing this country has stood against and our forefathers fought and died to prevent. Our freedom of choice and liberty has been under-mind to the point that it may never be regained. The conscience of this great nation needs to awaken and realign with its proud heritage and integrity so it may begin to resist the sleepy hum of Monsanto’s lullabies.

No mistake about it, the toll is high on both sides of the genetic fence. If GM sugar beet farmers aren’t allowed to germinate this spring, the country’s sweet tooth will go hungry as the sugar train crashes.

GM farmers say there are no seeds to be sown, beyond GM and organic choices, because none have been processed for planting. This is not something the farmers have created they have simply become victims in the spiraling plan of world domination of our food supply. This is an orchestrated position that epitomizes the hold Monsanto has on the agricultural and biological future of America.

The GE farmer and his sugar beets, alfalfa, corn, canola, soybeans or whatever have been led astray by delusions of promises of high yield, increased profits, lower overhead and reduced workforce. So now what do we do to help our farmers overcome this tragic setback now that weeds have become resistant (more Roundup please) and our soil and water contaminated with genetically altered organisms that may or may not throw our entire natural world out of genetic balance?

How can we let them know how much we need them, value them and care about the job they do? My hope is that organic farmers win back their right to choose, giving GM farmers an opportunity will come to their biological senses in time to jump the genetic fence to save our planet from their synthetic food, Whether you believe in God or not we all know that every single level of this earth from the smallest atom to the largest living being is interconnected and delicately balanced by our maker no matter whom or what that may be. Any scientist of value knows and respects that. We won’t even go into the long history of once valid hypothesis proven wrong. Are we willing, not only as a country, but a world, to bet on the arrogance of a few scientists that think they can reorganize nature and sell it back to us? Is that not wrong- even where we live?

Please also check this article: While We Were Sleeping...GM Food and the Brink of No Return - April Scott


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going organic March 10, 2010 10:49 pm (Pacific time)

If these is no difference between the sugars, then please just label them and I will not eat the non GM Sugar. Why don't I have the freedom of choice? The un-contaminated scientists all seem to agree that GM foods are bad and the ones that point this out are no longer employed due to pressure. The contaminated scientists all have ties to Monsanto and know where their paycheck is coming from. But there can be no doubt where the most successful activists are from, and that is from Monsanto. They have done an incredible job making money for their company. They are probably all like their CEO Hugh Grant and understand their product, so they themselves buy organic. Heck, they don't want to get sick!

jjdoublej March 8, 2010 5:49 am (Pacific time)

I've said it it hundred times before, there is NO difference in GM sugar vs. conventional sugar. How about all you non-gmo folks ask the usda to comment on the safety of Roundup vs. the other chemicals it replaces? because you dont want to find that out. You dont want the truth.

Editor: Maybe we just don't want your version of the truth, which is probably not true at all.

Best to all the gang at Monsanto

amos33 March 7, 2010 7:51 pm (Pacific time)

"And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine." Revelation 6:6

john E March 6, 2010 8:19 pm (Pacific time)

Monasanto runs our regulatory agencies and gets our Presidents into office. They are an international conglomerate that dicates world trade and international policy. The government is no match for them; it's up to the people to wield the power of consumerism to negate their evil doings. The government has become an extension of the industry and not the people. Monsanto is monopolizing the seed industry and consolidating their grip on the food supply. If left unchecked we will all suffer as they profit. Their reasoning for not labeling GMO foods is that the consumer might think something is wrong with them if there is a warning. Vote with your meal choices 3 times a day, choose organic whenever possible, and DEMAND LABELING OF GMO FOODS! The future of food depends on it.

Philip March 6, 2010 7:57 pm (Pacific time)

There is an interesting write-up here on how researchers in Australia tried to create a mouse contraceptive through genetic engineering and instead, entirely by accident, created an incredibly lethal version of mouse pox.

MTNATIVE March 6, 2010 2:53 pm (Pacific time)

I would rather have no sugar than Monasanto GM sugar. The farmers will suffer, sure. They always do. It's not like sugar actually provides any nutrients, only empty calories.... we can live without it.

Greg March 6, 2010 9:08 am (Pacific time)

This goes far beyond law. Laws don't always protect those that need the real protection. This is a matter first and foremost of choice. Consumer choice is being thrown to the wind. Why? Because farmer choice is being thrown to the wind. GM foods are set up to have the dominant traits--if not so, the natural crops would overtake the GM crops. But this is not the case--GM crops overtake and crowd out the natural crops. Then there is the issue of Monsanto constantly suing small farmers. They bully them. They run them dry of money. They force them to be silent about Monsanto practicies and tactics. They force them down the road of one choice: Use our deadly products or go out of business. Consumers also have no choice because companies like Monsanto pressure regulators into avoiding labeling. If consumers don't know they can't make a choice. This is all about freedom and choice--not about law.

rallyround March 6, 2010 6:31 am (Pacific time)

This is a simple question of law. Did the federal regulatory authorities err in allowing the planting of genetically modified seeds. The US District court has already ruled that the regulators erred in 2005 for not taking into account an environmental Impact Study. The fact that within a short period of 5 years, the industry claim that there are no other beet varieties left has nothing to do with the law. It has every thing to do with the ecological tragedy of the loss of other varieties of beet seeds. It is an indictment on monopolizing seeds. Seed Industry Giants can scream as loud as they like in their attempts to pressurise the Court. With all the Court cases pending and consumer resistance growing, Monsanto shares have dropped by a massive 9% and Goldman Sachs is giving them the cold shoulder. The demand for labeling of GM foods is growing and the big question is why are public representatives supporting the corporate giants and not the consumers.? When will they learn to do things openly and legally?

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