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EUROPEAN UNION EVEN LOONIER THAN AMERICA ON GMOS

You may recall a couple of days ago I blogged about the protests scheduled around the world against Mon(ster)santo and GMOs. And there I suggested that the whole real motivation behind the exercise was patentable seeds and food, and hence, control over the human food supply. Well here's one shared with me by quite a few of you, and it seems the EU has the right idea (if you're into corporate welfare, tyranny, and fascism of the loonier variety): why not just require all seeds and plants to be registered with the government (i.e., the Euronazis in Brussels)?

Sounds neat, huh?

Sounds far-fetched, huh?

Sounds even more pompy than Van Rompuy, huh?

Well, not even Dummycrooks or Republithugs can compare to the bureaucratic efficiency of Brussels and their sprouting regulatory agencies:

BREAKING: European Commission to criminalize nearly all seeds and plants not registered with government Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040214_seeds_European_Commission_registration.html#ixzz2SqpZBD7M

Yes, you read that correctly, now there's to be a kind of Pflanzensicherheitshauptamt. Growing unregistered petunias? You're a criminal!

Growing unsanctioned begonias? Felon!

Unlicensed tomatos, grapes, corn, wheat? You're probably a potential, if not actual terrorist!

The real meat of it comes with this part:

"Nearly all varieties of heirloom vegetable seeds will be criminalized under this proposed EU law. This means the act of saving seeds from one generation to the next -- a cornerstone of sustainable living -- will become a criminal act."

Heirloom seeds is what they're now calling the standard non-GMO engineered seeds. The stuff we used to be able to eat.

And that means, if one is following the doctrine of mens rea here, that the Brussels sprouts' intentions are revealed by their words, if not yet, their deeds.

See you on the flip side.

20 thoughts on “EUROPEAN UNION EVEN LOONIER THAN AMERICA ON GMOS”

  1. duncan mckean

    terrifying ..20 years ago.i asked hypothetically ? enough is enough when i have to pull a permit to grow my own garden.it seemed a bit absurd at the time.as much as i yearned for this to stay absurd it looks as if we have come this far…this is heart breaking.i am afraid this may be representative of a last straw scenario .insurrection is inevitable.sad!!!

  2. Control over the human food supply is to be expected Dr. Farrell, as most have given control over their minds to their wallets. Just as profits drive the markets, the value of a man is determined by the dollars in his pocket.

    In the current paradigm its the Dummycrooks or Republithugs who control the minds and stomachs of the human race not common sense, of course Thomas Paine would nor could have imagined the estate which humankind has devolved too, evolved that is in the lack of the ability to use their thinking bone, nits all.

    Its not surprising that the democratic majority of a numerical majority prefers a manufactured and managed bureaucratic reality to manage their lives for them, versus being responsible participants in their own lives.

  3. Robert Barricklow

    It used to be that the US propaganda was more sophisticated than the Russians. It was so plain, that many Russians used it as part of their humor. Nowadays the tables have turned; in this, and other vernaculars. This European Union/USA is a stark difference in GMOs, where the US uses the mickey-mouse golden-handcuffs, aka copyrights/patents.
    It’s(copyrights/patents) quite sickening to say the least. It’s a full spectrum dominance strategy; not unlike the military’s. Take that word spectrum and apply it, say, digitally: In August 2012, Apple won the greatest patents case of the internet era in its battle with Samsung over smartphone patents. It could shape the balance of power in the growing smartphone and tablet computer business. It could also give apple a tool it can use to more aggressively protect its innovations from a fleet of rivals flooding the market with competing services(Competion Is A Sin).
    All this to say, that society at large is becoming more a procduct nowadays, than consumser.

    And where did “citizen” go?
    It looks like that “vernacular’s” destiny, is being shaped into, an Orwellian memory hole.

  4. Mon[ster]santo’s CEO responds to protests … Elitists! … Opponents who want to block gmo foods are selfish “elitists” who fail to consider the needs of the rest of the world … It’s not controversial pesticide-resistant crops but their desire to keep poor people from getting access to cheap food … [Bloomberg, HuffPost]

    US government in GM-industry’s pocket
    In Europe US diplomats lobby aggressively for biotech and transatlantic trade agreement negotiations, which begin in June, might force gmos on Europe. “… for the US government to work like this — and for European governments to engage in such negotiations — is a violation of the European people’s democratic rights. The overwhelming majority of European people do not trust GM products. … It’s a supply without a demand. Governments should respect the will of the people.”
    http://www.dw.de/report-us-government-in-gm-industrys-pocket/a-16819458

    From Mexico to India: Monsanto is killing more than just biodiversity
    The Mexican government is also in bed w/ Mon[ster]santo. Farmers, indigenous leaders and environmentalists are fighting to save their culture and native seeds and protect Mexico’s native corn crops against the imposition of gmo alternatives …
    http://revolutioniseternal.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/from-mexico-to-india-monsanto-is-killing-more-than-just-biodiversity/

    And loss of biodiversity? Don’t worry … the elites have spare copies of seeds from worldwide genebanks safely and securely stored in the deep frozen underground of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault … as insurance, just in case of a devastating global crisis or [a gmo oops!] accidental loss of diversity. And I bet Mon[ster]santo has a key ;-}

  5. So long as they are not putting Thorium in any seeds.

    YA VE ARE MAKING ZA TOOTPASTE YA

    (see byte show interview)

  6. marcos toledo

    The European Union has no shame I wonder what was their price for selling out to thr Agribusinesses. We be lucky if we our all reduce to serfs in a new feudal society world wide.

  7. Frankie Calcutta

    Sorry for the re-post. But in regards to heirloom seeds this is most pertinent:

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-05/uoc–ssg051013.php

    The heirloom seed we don’t want to have eradicated. Who brought it here? Bequeathed to us by Earth’s original terraformers? An alchemical plant that can transmute metal among other things? This I suspect it what the ugly ones want to eradicate or at least keep all to themselves. The Sacred Lotus may really be the key to unlocking our past and saving the human genome as well. The truly cosmic plant.

      1. Frankie Calcutta

        Scientists sequence genome of ‘sacred lotus,’ which likely holds anti-aging secrets

        A team of 70 scientists from the U.S., China, Australia and Japan today reports having sequenced and annotated the genome of the “sacred lotus,” which is believed to have a powerful genetic system that repairs genetic defects, and may hold secrets about aging successfully. The scientists sequenced more than 86 percent of the nearly 27,000 genes of the plant, Nelumbo nucifera, which is revered in China and elsewhere as a symbol of spiritual purity and longevity.

        “The lotus genome is an ancient one, and we now know its ABCs,” said Jane Shen-Miller, one of three corresponding authors of the research and a senior scientist with UCLA’s Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life. “Molecular biologists can now more easily study how its genes are turned on and off during times of stress and why this plant’s seeds can live for 1,300 years. This is a step toward learning what anti-aging secrets the sacred lotus plant may offer.”

        The research was published today in the journal Genome Biology.

        Shen-Miller said the lotus’ genetic repair mechanisms could be very useful if they could be transferred to humans or to crops — such as rice, corn and wheat — whose seeds have life spans of only a few years. “If our genes could repair disease as well as the lotus’ genes, we would have healthier aging. We need to learn about its repair mechanisms, and about its biochemical, physiological and molecular properties, but the lotus genome is now open to everybody.”

        In the early 1990s, Shen-Miller led a UCLA research team that recovered a viable lotus seed that was almost 1,300 years old from a lake bed in northeastern China. It was a remarkable discovery, given that many other plant seeds are known to remain viable for just 20 years or less.

        In 1996, Shen-Miller led another visit to China. Working in Liaoning province, her team collected about 100 lotus seeds — most were approximately 450 to 500 years old — with help from local farmers. To the researchers’ surprise, more than 80 percent of the lotus seeds that were tested for viability germinated. That indicated that the plant must have a powerful genetic system capable of repairing germination defects arising from hundreds of years of aging, Shen-Miller said.

        Understanding how the lotus repair mechanism works — and its possible implications for human health — is essentially a three-step process, said Crysten Blaby-Haas, a UCLA postdoctoral scholar in chemistry and biochemistry and co-author of the research. “Knowing the genome sequence was step one. Step two would be identifying which of these genes contributes to longevity and repairing genetic damage. Step three would be potential applications for human health, if we find and characterize those genes. The genome sequence will aid in future analysis.

        “The next question is what are these genes doing, and the biggest question is how they contribute to the longevity of the lotus plant and its other interesting attributes,” Blaby-Haas said. “Before this, when scientists studied the lotus, it’s almost as if they were blind; now they can see. Once you know the repertoire of genes, you have a foundation to study their functions.”

        The genome sequence reveals that, when compared with known gene sequences of dozens of other plants, the lotus bears the closest resemblance to the ancestor of all eudicots, a broad category of flowering plants that includes the apple, peanut, tomato, cotton, cactus and tobacco plants.

        The lotus forms a separate branch of the eudicot family tree; it lacks a signature triplication of the genome seen in most other members of this family, said Ray Ming, professor of plant biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who led the analysis with Shen-Miller and Shaohua Li, director of the Wuhan Botanical Garden at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

        Whole-genome duplications — the doubling or tripling of an organism’s entire genetic endowment — are important events in plant evolution, Ming said. Some of the duplicated genes retain their original structure and function, and others gradually adapt and take on new functions. If those changes are beneficial, the genes persist; if they’re harmful, they disappear from the genome.

        Many agricultural crops, including watermelon, sugar cane and wheat, benefit from genome duplications, said Robert VanBuren, a graduate student in Ming’s laboratory and a co-author of the study.

        The genome of most other eudicots triplicated 100 million years ago, but the researchers found that the lotus experienced a separate, whole-genome duplication about 65 million years ago.

        Shen-Miller said experts in aging and stress will be eager to study the lotus genes because of the plant’s extraordinary longevity. “The lotus can age for 1,000 years, and even survives freezing weather,” she said. “Its genetic makeup can combat stress. Most crops don’t have a very long shelf life. But starches and proteins in lotus seeds remain palatable and actively promote seed germination, even after centuries of aging.”

        The lotus’ unusual genetics give it some unique survival skills. Its leaves repel grime and water, its flowers generate heat to attract pollinators and the coating of lotus fruit is covered with antibiotics and wax that ensure the viability of the seed it contains.

        Blaby-Haas studied lotus gene families potentially involved in how plants metabolize metals. One family, in particular, caught her attention. “We found that the lotus has 16 of these genes, while most plants have only one or two,” Blaby-Haas said. “Either this is an extremely important protein in the lotus, which is why it needs so many copies, or the duplication allows a novel function to arise; we don’t know which is correct.”

        These genes may be related to the unique environment of the lotus, which grows with its roots submerged in water, she said. (Lotus was a land plant that adapted to the water.)

        The sacred lotus is known from the geologic record as early as 135 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, Shen-Miller said. It has been grown for at least 4,000 years in China, where every part of the plant has long been used in food and medicine.

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        Co-author Sabeeha Merchant is a UCLA professor of biochemistry whose laboratory studies the biology of metals like iron, copper and zinc. Other co-authors include J. William Schopf, director of UCLA’s Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life and a professor in the department of Earth and space sciences, who studied the geology of the lotus burial lake; and Steven Karpowicz, a former UCLA graduate student in Merchant’s laboratory who is currently at Eastern Oregon University.

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        1. That’s all interesting, and I think genes worth study, but I more than suspect that genes and matter that comprise them are a secondary construction of something else.

          In other words the measure of the genes is an end point of a process and how to induce that process is a much more important question. And to be clear over the last 150 people like Nassens and Rife and Nemes have made this point.

  8. Oh please “naturalnews” is making this claim? Wait for better sourcing, naturalnews.com often makes things up.

        1. But I’m not making any claims about the lies that Monsanto tells and they do lie.

          The problem is NaturalNews frequently simply makes things up. (It’s not news that there are other problems in the world.) So it’s best to look for other sourcing if NaturalNews is making the claim.

    1. Robert Barricklow

      ALL sources are suspect, Sagnacity; even one’s gray matter, that attempts to separate the wheat from chaff information, we find.

      1. Right, that’s why one needs multiple source, particularly from places like NaturalNews.com or Monstanto’s research division.

        And no it’s not news that say the New York Times publishes made up crap daily. But they oftimes offer sourcing one can examine.

  9. Frankie Calcutta

    It is so outrageous that I would have to guess that some righteous subversives in Brussels allowed some demons in the European Commission to let this one go forward in order to further wake up the populous of the looniness and danger Europe is up against. This seems to be the new (and old) method of hanging the ugly ones– give them enough rope to hang themselves. You see it best at work with the bansters as of late– allow their greed to go unchecked and they will quickly show themselves to be the completely avaricious and self-serving degenerate monsters that they are. The banksters buying up Greece after they engineered the country’s economic calamity being a prime example.

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