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Friday, January 01, 2010

GM: Crops And Food Prices

GM soya is regarded as being highly dangerous and currently, within Europe, GM soya is outlawed yet this may only be a technicality that is simply ignored.

Illegal Cultivation

Brazil and Argentina have an advantage over Europe as GM soya is allowed to be grown. It is unlikely that this product is not exported. If not as a product into Europe, then beef reared on GM-produced soya is exported into Europe. So, by the back door anyone who eats beef or its products (hamburgers) is at risk. The not so subtle hypocrisy of the human race is very distasteful. Eating the flesh of an animal and enjoying it is the bestial throwback of the self-acclaimed 'civilised' human race.

The GM soya 'miracle' is causing problems in Argentina

Argentina's GM WOES

The first herbicide (glyphosate or Roundup) tolerant soya beans produced in the USA (by Monsanto) were approved for marketing in April 1996 in the EU as processed beans only.


Monsanto manufactures the herbicide (Roundup) and sells the soya beans. Roundup is considered by some to be an environmentally-acceptable herbicide due to its very quick breakdown in the soil. Others (ACNFP) argue that such a wide-spectrum herbicide could reduce the food supplies for non-pest animal species. As a wide-spectrum herbicide glyphosate cannot be used on non-modified soya plants.

Roundup And Cancers
Roundup And Monsanto
Soya: The Ubiquitous Bean
The Monsanto Files. BE VERY, VERY AFRAID

Non-GM soya would rocket in price and as a consequence animal and poultry feed become more expensive. This in its turn would cause UK meat and poultry costs to (allegedly) increase by around a fifth and lead to unfair competition from countries allowing GM-cultivation of crops.

GM Crops And Foods

An old conflict arises: potential health issues set against cost issues. Feed costs increase and exports decrease as the result of more costly products. The attempted conditioning-message?

Ignore all potentially major health
concerns: allow GM-product use
to keep costs down