BT Technique Failure

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Not only weeds are beating Monsanto and biotech warfare. A small, thin, gray moth is creating havoc in the cotton fields of India: its larva, a caterpillar – called the pink bollworm for its pink banding – eats the plant. To fight this cotton pest, a gene from a bacteria was introduced in the cotton so the ‘Bt plant’ produces a toxin that should kill the insect. When GM cotton seeds were introduced to the Indian market 15 years ago, the seed companies said that farmers would not have to spray any insecticides and that they would get great yields. Today, because of the very same GM seeds, use of insecticide and fertilizer has increased fivefold and eaten into farmers’ incomes. Resistance to the poison could not occur, according to the creators of the GM plants. Nature thought otherwise. A huge outbreak of Bt resistant bollworm has now seriously damaged the crops of many farmers. Desperate farmers apply highly toxic pesticides to fight the pest, sometimes with lethal effects.

Dr. K.R. Kranthi, former director of Central Institute of Cotton Research (CICR), reported that pink bollworm has developed resistance to Bt cotton (Bollgard-II variety) not only in Maharashtra, but in other cotton-growing states as well. Bollgard-II was introduced in 2010. ‘There are only two benefits of Bt cotton. One, it controls bollworm, due to which the yield is protected. Two, it reduces use of insecticides meant for bollworm control. Currently, cotton growers do not get either benefit,’ said Dr. Kranthi.

Veteran farmer leader Pasha Patel says: ‘For Maharashtra’s cotton growers, it’s like a night without dawn.’ Another GM technology is failing. Follow the latest developments on GMWatch website and twitter.

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Dicamba Disaster: Monsanto’s stillborn child?

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Dicamba Disaster: Monsanto’s stillborn child?

Monsanto’s commercial success is based on the combination of seeds and herbicide. Millions of acres in the world are covered with Monsanto Roundup crops: soy, corn, D, canola, cotton, etc. Both seeds and the glyphosate herbicide are sold by Monsanto, bringing huge profits. However, weeds have grown resistance to Roundup and the commercial success is fading. A new generation of herbicides was supposed to counter this problem, but no new herbicide was found and instead they had to go back to an older and possibly even more toxic herbicide: dicamba. It was introduced in 1963 and Monsanto signed a deal for the production with BASF. Billions have been invested in testing and marketing the new dicamba resistant crops. Apart from its toxicity to plants, humans and soil, there is another problem: drift. The poison is taken by the wind and brings death or serious damage to trees and other crops that aren’t genetically modified to withstand dicamba. Many farmers have lost part of their crops. As a result, individual lawsuits and class action cases have been filed against BASF and Monsanto in more than two dozen US States. In 2016, dicamba drift damaged over 3,6 million acres (1,5 millions hectares) of crops in 25 states.

This could become a very costly affair for Monsanto. And worse for them, it could be a major setback for the chemical agriculture.

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APOLOGUE

A Poem by Stefanie Bennett

for Monsanto & Dow Chemicals

Since there’s the scarcity
Of timbre to it, what
Is it that’s
Been fleeced
From me!

Separate tables! A bogus
Wine waiter! And
The tuning-fork
Of a sublet
Indefinable
Symphonic
Score!

Best be quick. Either way
The minions
Play; and
Brahms
In the wings
Has grown
Horns…

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NEW YEARS IN AGENT ORANGE LAND

Thank you, Monsanto.

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Santo Mon

A Poem by Philip Wardlow

Monsanto.
Yeah Mon…You know the one.
Mon
san
to.

Remember it.
Founded in 1901 by
a rich family full of ambition.

Your grandmother’s mother washed
her linens with one of their first brands
and hung them to dry in the warm
afternoon sun.
ALL, the detergent of the ages.

Other products flew off the shelf.
Who do you think made Coca Cola taste so
sweet?
Saccharin, supplied by the Santo Mon.
Here, have a drink.

It set them up real good for what was to come.

If your head was aching, grab some Aspirin.
Pop a little salicylic acid to turn that frown
upside down.

Why stop there Mon, because chemicals were their
specialty ya know;
DDT, PCBs, Agent Orange by the barrel load.

Ya see, the US government had this little war in Vietnam,
They had this idea that they could keep down the Vietcong
simply by killing off all the foliage mon.

All it did was deprive the good citizens of growing food,
causing them to flee to the city
where they crammed into
the slums by the millions.

The Santo Mon knew the dangers of what he sold, it was all in the notes as the studies showed; what it did to animals surely it could do to us,
cuz we be but animals as well bro.

Those wonderful products broke the bodies of the natives living there
and the vets who came back.

Woe be war, but woe be more the chains you still wear, for it never be over for some.

Misshapen babes born to proud
Papas and Mamas who are already themselves half in the grave.

Kiss your wife dear solider and hug her tight, for something burns inside you and it ain’t
never coming out.

It\’s gonna strike
When?
Who knows.
Today,
Tomorrow.

But you will be the fool
to feel Santo cares about your
welfare.

Don\’t hold your breath if you don\’t want to turn blue.
Men in suits;
lawsuits been settled they say,
reparations be done.

Some say it would have been better
to have pissed into the wind to get what
the victims won.

Go about your way,
we be the New Monsanto
all improved.

Our business is growth and nature.
We want to show you the way.
The New Santo Mon only engineers seeds nowadays.

Oh, you haven\’t heard that story either?
Well sit down my friend I’ve got a lot
more unpleasant things to say.

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The Twelve Days Of Christmas W/ Special Thanks From Monsanto

A Modified Poem by GloriaS

On the first day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us one scoop of Saccharin.

On the second day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us a trillion trillion tons of PCBs and one scoop of Saccharin.

On the third day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us too much Polystyrene, a trillion trillion tons of PCBs, and one scoop of Saccharin.

On the fourth day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us Atom bomb and nuclear weapons, a trillion trillion tons of PCBs, and one scoop of Saccharin.

On the fifth day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us DDT, Atom bomb and nuclear weapons, a trillion trillion tons of PCBs, and one scoop of Saccharin.

On the sixth day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us too much Dioxin, DDT, Atom bomb and nuclear weapons, a trillion trillion tons of PCBs, and one scoop of Saccharin.

On the seventh day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us Agent Orange, too much Dioxin, DDT, Atom bomb and nuclear weapons, a trillion trillion tons of PCBs, and one scoop of Saccharin.

On the eighth day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us Petroleum-Based Fertilizer, Agent Orange, too much Dioxin, DDT, Atom bomb and nuclear weapons, a trillion trillion tons of PCBs, and one scoop of Saccharin.

On the ninth day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us RoundUp, Petroleum-Based Fertilizer, Agent Orange, too much Dioxin, DDT, Atom bomb and nuclear weapons, a trillion trillion tons of PCBs, and one scoop of Saccharin.

On the tenth day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us Aspartame (NutraSweet / Equal), RoundUp, Petroleum-Based Fertilizer, Agent Orange, too much Dioxin, DDT, Atom bomb and nuclear weapons, a trillion trillion tons of PCBs, and one scoop of Saccharin.

On the eleventh day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), Aspartame (NutraSweet / Equal), RoundUp, Petroleum-Based Fertilizer, Agent Orange, too much Dioxin, DDT, Atom bomb and nuclear weapons, a trillion trillion tons of PCBs, and one scoop of Saccharin.

On the twelfth day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us a world of Genetically Modified Crops / GMOs, Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), Aspartame (NutraSweet / Equal), RoundUp, Petroleum-Based Fertilizer, Agent Orange, too much Dioxin, DDT, Atom bomb and nuclear weapons, a trillion trillion tons of PCBs, and one scoop of Saccharin.

Source for Monsanto’s Dirty Dozen: Monsanto’s Dirty Dozen

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A Painting by a Vietnamese child.

A Painting by a Vietnamese child.

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