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Monday 01 March 2010

Major U.S. Companies Drop GM Foods in Europe. Are South Africans guinea pigs?

Major U.S. Companies Drop GM Foods in Europe. Are South Africans guinea pigs?






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Sunday 28 February 2010

Rallyround changes to Wordpress


Please note that due to Google’s difficulties with handling independently hosted domains such as Farmers’ Legal Action Group-South Africa, I have moved to another platform, Wordpress. I have been very happy and comfortable with Blogger, and can recommend it to any newcomers to the blogging scene who do not have their own domain. I have had absolutely no trouble with Blogger but Google are now stopping the FTP service to blogs linked to mother domains. I fully understand the problems encountered and express my thanks and appreciation to the Google team for the simplicity of Blogger and the excellent service and support I have received.
My new blog is at http://www.flag-sa.org/betablog

Rallyround changes to Wordpress


Please note that due to Google’s difficulties with handling independently hosted domains such as Farmers’ Legal Action Group-South Africa, I have moved to another platform, Wordpress. I have been very happy and comfortable with Blogger, and can recommend it to any newcomers to the blogging scene who do not have their own domain. I have had absolutely no trouble with Blogger but Google are now stopping the FTP service to blogs linked to mother domains. I fully understand the problems encountered and express my thanks and appreciation to the Google team for the simplicity of Blogger and the excellent service and support I have received.
My new blog is at http://www.flag-sa.org/betablog

Thursday 28 January 2010

USA science Adviser makes ass of herself






Hillary Clinton`s ``science advisor`` Nina Federoff makes an ass of herself



By Trevor Wells
Farmers' Legal Action Group - South Africa

Special Adviser to the USA Government for Science and Technology today made some absurd and unfounded statements in New Zealand, in an article by Eloise Gibson of the New Zealand Herald.

In the article headlined "GM fears may harm the needy" Hillary Clinton's science adviser Nina Fedoroff said, "People will starve if climate change cuts water supplies and raises temperatures while people remain too afraid to use genetically modified crops." The first part is true but what exactly has "while people remain too afraid of genetically modified crops" got to do with starvation, climate change or water cuts?

She needs to explain exactly what she means by this.

There are no commercialised genetically modified crops that will prevent climate change, affect water supplies, survive droughts or survive raised temperatures. So what is she talking about?

How are genetically modified crops going to help people survive climate change?

My 8 year old grandson tells me that they will implant cockroach genes into humans so that they will survive climate change. This is no more absurd than Nina's statement. We all know that cockroaches can survive intense heat, so why not?

She is well qualified to answer these questions as she has written a book "Mendel in the Kitchen: A Scientist's View of Genetically Modified Foods" which is said to examine the scientific and societal issues surrounding the introduction of artificial genetic modification to adapt to stressful environments.

She further stated today, that in 30 years of laboratory tests and 15 years' commercial production "nobody had documented so much as a headache".

Perhaps she can tell us what laboratory testing has been conducted on humans?

The article goes on to say that the US Government is among the biggest supporters of GM technology and many crops are owned by a US firm, Monsanto.

The US government relies entirely on tests done on rats by laboratories employed by Monsanto. The standard is to use at least 3 differing mammal species. The US Government does not insist on this standard.

In a series of the most comprehensive tests ever performed using GM foods, the independent University of Caen has positively linked organ failure to mammals fed three commercially available Monsanto GM corn products.

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