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THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: THE NORTHERN IRELAND GMO BAN, AND THE LOOMING NEW ...

As most readers here are aware, we've been tracking the growing global revolt against GMOs, and it's ongoing emergence as a central geopolitical issue. Most recently, for example, I blogged about the lawsuit in Kenya from small farmers seeking to block a lift of that government's GMO ban. Russia has benned them altogether, and many European nations have issued partial or complete bans.

Now, in this article shared by Ms. M.W., you can add Northern Ireland to the list:

GM crop-growing banned in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's position is clear, and, notably, very similar to the types of reasons that one has heard from Russia for its GMO ban, a fact which may indicate that that nation has had a subtle influence on the growing revolt against GMOS:

Mr Durkan said the relatively small size of farms in Northern Ireland could create "potential difficulties if we were to seek to keep GM and non-GM crops separate".

He said the costs of maintaining separateness could be expensive and impractical.

"Further, we are rightly proud of our natural environment and rich biodiversity," he said.

"We are perceived internationally to have a clean and green image. I am concerned that the growing of GM crops, which I acknowledge is controversial, could potentially damage that image."

Whether my speculation about a possible subtle Russian influence on the growing revolt against GMOs be true or not, however, there is yet another, new issue, looming in the discussion and debate, one which we have not touched upon at any great length in our blogs. Consider this statement:

While no GM crops are being grown commercially in the UK, imported GM commodities, especially soya, are being used mainly for animal feed, and to a lesser extent in some food products.
(Emphasis added)

In other words, the GMO ban and growing revolt needs to understand that merely a ban on their growth and immediate human consumption is not the same thing as a ban on the use of GMOs to feed livestock, or the incorporation of GMOs into processed foods. This is a loophole that when reading stories of the growing GMO revolt, one must ensure also enters the discussion. Already this has occurred in some countries, including the USA, where "organic meat" and "poultry" products are entering the markets, with the assurance that GMOs were not used in the feeding of livestock. Here, too, the rigorous and long-term intergenerational scientific studies of human health and environmental impact - not to mention impact on animal husbandry - has been lacking.

See you on the flip side...

12 thoughts on “ THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: THE NORTHERN IRELAND GMO BAN, AND THE LOOMING NEW ...”

  1. Everyone’s got a chunk of it here. These are some of the ways that Mr Global will work to skin the cats he calls the rest of us.

    In terms of litigation over gmo’s:
    the more folk squawk in courts the more folk legitimate the govts who may or may not ban gmo’s today. And tomorrow. Sooner or later, that legitimacy (and authority) will be used to impose gmo’s.

    In terms of Whole Paycheck (Foods):
    as a former and original shareholder, customer,… one needs to look only briefly at John Mackey. He’s an opportunistic ——- coyote in sheep’s wool. He’s been caught several times using internet aliases to lie about competitors. He’s lobbied hard and incognito to soften organic standards. He’s driven those standards down hard while driving the prices he charges up. So even as his ingredients get cheaper, his products get more expensive. He’s acted oligarchically in the marketplace vertically and horizontally. Not integrating his suppliers, competitors and customers. Monopolizing and displacing them all. There is nothing and no one he and the corporati in big ag big pharma big mfg and big mktg is not trying to rape loot and pillage. To understand better ways, please consider all video, audio and writing of the likes of Joel Salatin, Vandana Shiva, Marcin Jakubowski,…

    Surprised and not disappointed if any of this is news to anyone here. I’m sure I’ve preached to the choir again. If nothing else I’m proud and bragging at having sold out our shares of wfmi years ago. and stopped buying from them. and channelled all that loot we used to drop there into local farmers and csa’s near home. wow, the quality of our diet continues to improve, delight and amaze.

    now to get those local pros to help us grown our own more.
    thank you all have a good night.

    1. I did not know that about whole foods, thanks for the info. Unfortunately there is pretty much no other way for me to get organic foods where I live. Now that I’ve been eating only organic for a good year I can tell immediately if I eat something that is genetically modified.

  2. Northern Ireland will now receive a half-million Middle Eastern, 16-30 year-old male “refugees” by year’s end. Just watch.

  3. It’s also important to distinguish between non-GMO and organic because they are not the same. The difference being no chemicals are used to grow or process organic foods. What I don’t understand is how organic food retailers like Whole Foods are “allowed” by IG Farbensanto to survive. One would think a national retailer with such a large organic selection would be a prime target of the GMO companies. Makes me wonder if the food certified organic by the USDA can be trusted.

    1. I think successful organic food companies like “Boca Burger” are targeted for buyout. BBs were excellent, tasty, and the company was growing like mad. Kraft Foods bought it. Slowly, Kraft changed the materials and processing. BBs became like a hocky puck. So, many customers (including me) walked away. Job done…

  4. At this point, given the number of years GMO’s have been under cultivation world wide, does it truly matter if they are banned. Nature has a way of spreading them far beyond our ability to control them. Even if their use was ended completely, we would still suffer from their effects for an extended period of time, just not to the extent we are now.
    Geneticists have been given free reign long enough now, that they believe whatever they desire to do is acceptable, regardless of the unintended outcome of their experimentation. This can be seen from the “unintended/uncontrolled” release/
    shipping of live bio warfare and other viral agents throughout the world. It has long been known that governments are not above using their, or other, civilian populations as guinea pigs for their creations. Once any of these are released into the environment, they will always be there no matter how remote the area is.
    If these governments were truly opposed to GMO’s, they would ban all uses of them and all importation of them. Instead, we see governments going against their populations wishes by overturning such bans or simply ignoring them. This will become even more pronounced when the trade agreements are passed into effect, because the corporations will override these nations laws. They are telling you, up front, they don’t care if you pass these laws or not, they will simply overturn or ignore them when profits are on the line. Once you control the worlds economy through fiat banking and place corporate interests above those of sovereign nations, you have achieved your fascist NWO expectations; you can then dictate whatever you like.

    1. “Yes, Prime Minister” ‘s dvd – expresses the ruling politician’s class attitudes in spades.
      A “what’s in it for me?”; a “who cares what happens to you or the world” world view that corrupts the “S”elected worldwide[except the BRICS?]
      A soap-opera politicalized sarcasm[Yes, Prime Minister] in living-rooms; manifesting itself, in a virtualized “Turtle Man”, “live-in-action”/via a TV[& All-media forms] globalized-privatization-fascism.

      1. “Yes, Prime Minister” is a BBC series from 1980 – 1984.
        If you haven’t seen it, a good episode to check out is –
        “The Bishop’s Gambit”, as it exemplifies both religion/politics.

        [Then you’ll get what I mean by the above post.]

  5. The analogy that seems appropriate here is that GMOs are a toxic weed that has been released upon the globe by the descendants of Victor Frankenstein & Dr. Moreau[a queer relationship mixed-well 21st Century genetic science to spawn their weeds of destruction].
    Therefore, the problem needs to be pulled-out globally, by their very roots.

  6. Seems probable, given its recent string of serious, damaging hits that Monsanto is a target of some powerful interests in much the same way that VW and all of Germany is the target of powerful US interests. Some actor with a whole lot of influence would have been required to get the WHO to come down with their recent ruling.

  7. The problem is if GMO safety is not known for humans. Why would it be assume to be safe to feed to livestock which would be eaten by the same humans it makes no sense.

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