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  • commented 8/21/12
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    I wish stock analysts could explain why Monsanto and Dupont/Pioneer are such great investments right now in light of the risk evolving regarding Proposition 37 in California. Another ripe item might discuss the upside to General Mills, Smucker, Pepsi and other fairly benign food corporations partnering up with the likes of Monsanto.

    I scan a lot of analysts, and they all seem to be reading from the same rah-rah script, even cribbing from marketing verbiage put out by the company.

    Most genetically modified ingredients come from crops that have been sprayed intentionally with an herbicide. Others contain biological insecticides that are present when harvested. People want to know what they are eating because these facts are becoming more well known.

    All the major federal regulators took a pass on food safety, environmental hazards, seed and crop contamination decades ago. The USDA is a patent co-owner of the basic research and procedures. The BIOTECH sector has obtained incredible regulatory capture of government, placing former executives at high levels ( FDA Food Safety, EPA Deputy Director). We are not talking transparency, we are talking collusion, conflict of interest, officials unwilling to do the job we hired them to do, so the public now seizes the issue by virtue of Proposition 37.

    Genetic modification of crop plants is not at all similar to conventional and historical breeding. We never combined species previously. We never utilized viruses as vectors to convey genetics to a target crop. We never infused an entire plant with an insect toxin.

    Most mainstream farmers are limited by the information they get and pursue. They are conditioned to defend GMO agriculture. The cost of labeling is minute and labeling mandates come down all the time regarding allergies, nutrition, and special ingredients. [ less... ]
    Key points to remember: I wish stock analysts could explain why Monsanto and Dupont/Pioneer are such great investments right now in light of the risk evolving regarding Proposition 37 in California. Another ripe item might discuss the upside to General Mills, Smucker, Pepsi and other fairly benign food corporations partnering up with the likes of Monsanto. I scan a lot of analysts, and they all seem to be reading from the same rah-rah script, even cribbing from marketing verbiage put out by the company. Most genetically modified ingredients come from crops that have been sprayed intentionally with an herbicide. Others contain biological insecticides that are present when harvested. People want to know what they are eating because these facts are becoming more well known. All the major federal regulators took a pass on food safety, environmental hazards, seed and crop contamination decades ago. The USDA is a patent co-owner of the basic research and procedures. The BIOTECH sector has obtained incredible regulatory capture of government, placing former executives at high levels ( FDA Food Safety, EPA Deputy Director). We are not talking transparency, we are talking collusion, conflict of interest, officials unwilling to do the job we hired them to do, so the public now seizes the issue by virtue of Proposition 37. Genetic modification of crop plants is not at all similar to conventional and historical breeding. We never combined species previously. We never utilized viruses as vectors to convey genetics to a target crop. We never infused an entire plant with an insect toxin. Most mainstream farmers are limited by the information they get and pursue. They are conditioned to defend GMO agriculture. The cost of labeling is minute and labeling mandates come down all the time regarding allergies, nutrition, and special ingredients.
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