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60 months ago

USDA Approved Monsanto Despite Warnings of New Pathogen-Soylent Green
You are what you eat.


USDA Approved Monsanto Alfalfa Despite Warnings of New Pathogen Discovered in Genetically Engineered Crops

Friday 25 February 2011
by: Mike Ludwig, t r u t h o u t | Report

Just two weeks before the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) fully deregulated Monsanto's Roundup Ready alfalfa, a senior soil scientist alerted the department about a newly discovered, microscopic pathogen found in high concentrations of Roundup Ready corn and soy that researchers believe could be causing infertility in livestock and diseases in crops that could threaten the entire domestic food supply.

Dr. Don Huber, a plant pathologist and retired Purdue University professor, wrote in a letter to the USDA that the pathogen is new to science and appears to significantly impact the health of plants, animals and probably humans.
"For the past 40 years, I have been a scientist in the professional and military agencies that evaluate and prepare for natural and manmade biological threats, including germ warfare and disease outbreaks," Huber wrote in his January 16 letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Based on this experience, I believe the threat we are facing from this pathogen is unique and of a high risk status. In layman's terms, it should be treated as an emergency."
Huber called for an immediate moratorium on approvals of Roundup Ready crops, but on January 27, the USDA fully deregulated Roundup Ready alfalfa after nearly five years of legal battles with farmers and environmental groups. The USDA partially deregulated Roundup Ready sugar beats on February 4.

The pathogen is about the size of a virus and reproduces like a micro-fungal organism. According to Huber, the organism may be the first micro-fungus of its kind ever discovered, and there is evidence that the infectious pathogen causes diseases in both plants and animals, which is very rare.

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The pathogen is prevalent in soy crops suffering from a disease called sudden death syndrome and corn crops suffering from Goss' wilt disease.

Laboratory tests show that the pathogen is present in a "wide variety" of livestock suffering from infertility and spontaneous abortions. Huber warned that the pathogen could be responsible for reports of increased infertility rates in dairy cows and rates of spontaneous abortions in cattle as high as 45 percent.

Huber is concerned that the pathogen could be spreading because of overreliance on Monsanto's Roundup Ready crops systems, which have come to dominate American agribusiness during the past decade.

Monsanto's Roundup Ready corn, soy, cotton and alfalfa are genetically engineered to be resistant to glyphosate-base herbicides like Monsanto's Roundup. Farmers can blanket fields of Roundup Ready crops with glyphosate knowing that unwanted weeds will be killed and the genetically engineered crops will not.

"We are informing the USDA of our findings at this early stage, specifically due to your pending decision regarding approval of alfalfa," Huber wrote. "Naturally, if either the Roundup Ready gene or Roundup itself is a promoter or co-factor of this pathogen, then such approval could be a calamity."

Critics like Huber have long criticized glyphosate products like Roundup for weakening crops' natural defense systems and promoting the spread of glyphosate-resistant "superweeds" that have developed their own tolerance to glyphosate and infested millions of acres of farmland in the US alone.

"We are now seeing an unprecedented trend of increasing plant and animal diseases and disorders," Huber wrote. "This pathogen may be instrumental to understanding and solving this problem. It deserves immediate attention with significant resources to avoid a general collapse of our critical agricultural infrastructure."

Huber is a longstanding critic of biotech crops and coordinates a committee of the American Phytopathological Society as part of the USDA National Plant Disease Recovery System.


  60 months ago
"Soylent Green is people!" What a powerful movie and very appropriate even today. Monsanto is one of the great evil corporations that are trying to genetically modify everything!


  60 months ago
Wow - I haven't hear about this yet - I think it's time to do some research into this. I refuse to eat engineered food, I try very hard to shop for local food.


  60 months ago
monsanto's is hand and hand with the goverment to destroy all crop --we rejected gmo-so the next move is get rid of organic and give us no choice---i see a bid fight ,comin on!---monsanto need to be stop


  60 months ago
One more reason to insist our country not hire middle men like USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to be the watchmen over those selling us short


  60 months ago
Wow. Things just seam to get worse and worse. Starting and maintaining mine own garden and raising my own stock for my family is looking better and better every day. At least then I will no exactly what Im getting.


  60 months ago
there is nothing extraordinary about this, aour crops are constantly being infested with new (or previously undiscovered) bacteria, fungi, viriods, viruses, insects, etc. so we have a crop enemy. we will find ways to kill or control it. this is a process that it not ever going to end nature will adapt and we will keep fighting it. genetically modified crops are not much different from our multiparent hybrids and cross breeds.


  60 months ago
I read a book 'The strange new world' it was writen in the 30s or 40s it told of this type of thing .The usa would be over run by this type of food distortion.The book was right in that the food will alter the minds of the people so much they will not be able to realize it until it is to late .We in our family do not eat any food that has a history .This has been planed for decades.Realy does sound like somthing out of the twilight zone.There are laws trying to go i affect that will stop gardening from happening to.There are allso laws to stop people from using there private wells.They want every one on there food .Lusafer is on the proul to try and over run the order of Gods plan.AS usual there will be 10% that survive,as in the flood and as in going to the promise land that Moses lead.This is for real and is in its last stages of movement.The power is in the money lusifer has control over that,and every thing in the naturel.People must surve God in the spirit to see.Then they will over come.There are less then 10% humans that are ready to see what is taking place.If you think this is true that i speak of ,that is great.There are many underground towns in the nation that all goverment and the eleat will go to when certain thins happen in the end of 2012 or the beginning of 2013.This is when the gov and eleat will go at that time.The sun will omit a peace of itself that will inter the earths atmosfer and cause the earth to tilt ,causing hight ocean waves to take out all the coast lines,there will be one quarter of the human population destroyed and it will procede,th more thing that i cannot say at this time.There are also places that God is seting up for refuge that people will exape to.


  60 months ago
I agree with Huber to the degree that the facts certainly deserve more indepth study and research. Like it or not, the USDA is influenced by whatever political administration is in power at any given time and therfore uses it's power to promote it's agenda.
The current administration is wholly in favor of increasing the production of grain's (especially corn) to produce eythanol for fuel consumption. I believe it is willing to pursue this, at whatever cost, to reduce the use of fossile fuel, particularly petroleum. It has a goal of reducing domestic drilling and has found what it considers a viable alternative, regardless of the possible risk. It is one more excuse for them to promote their "Green" agenda.


  60 months ago
Watch the Monsanto ticket move??????
Just refresh your browser if you were to bookmark it......
Looks, like Monsanto Sugar beets are next in line to obtain a "kiss" from USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.


  60 months ago
Here is the most updated reference for any skeptics
As you can view for yourself.
Possibly, the main stream media outlets may be able to convince the request an interview with
USDA Andre Bell???

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