Renewed push to lift ban on GMO crops in Guanacaste municipalities

GMO Corn

Federation assures that myths surrounding GMOs unfounded; adoption would generate jobs

By Willberth Villalobos Castrillo for La Voz de Guanacaste / additional editing by Inside Costa Rica staff

May 5th, 2014 — The Federation of Guanacaste Municipalities (FEMUGA – Federación de Municipalidades de Guanacaste) has requested that Nicoya’s Municipal Council suspend the agreement prohibiting the production of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the canton.

Nicoya was declared a GMO-free canton in 2006, following a unanimous agreement among previous Municipal Council members.

Viviana Alvarez, FEMUGUA’s executive director, explained during the April 30 municipal session that they are visiting all of the municipalities in Guanacaste, requesting that the councilors’ support the arrival of GMO-producing companies.

“We want them to revisit the agreement. Since the end of the 1990s we have been eating [and using] GMO cereals, meats, milk, cotton, and even injectable insulin and other GMO medicines and nothing has happened to anyone,” said Alvarez.

The official believes that companies such as Monsanto G.P.L. could generate employment in the province. “Guanacaste has been a province hurt unemployment. We cannot turn away companies that are creating employment, and in the end it’s a myth that they’re going to do anything to traditional agriculture. If we had a vision for the future we would be training those farmers,” she said.

Several representatives of the company Monsanto G.P.L. were present for the session. They used a slideshow to discuss “myths” about Monsanto and GMOs.

However, councilors had a variety of reactions, as even though some are in favor of opening the canton to GMOs, the large majority still have their doubts and others are emphatically opposed to GMOs.

Juan Luis Aguirre, councilor for the Libertarian Movement and the council’s new president, said that the topic of GMOs requires careful examination. “There are several interests involved – the environment, the economy, health and even ideologies.”

For his part, the National Liberation Party (PLN) councilor Rodolfo Orozco said that he defends the canton’s small producers and that, “I don’t know how chicheme (a drink made with purple corn) or arroz de maíz (a rice and corn stew) would taste if they were made with GMOs; for that you could buy a hamburger from McDonald’s.”

Rep. Mario Ondoy expressed concern, due to the fact that he doesn’t understand current regulations on the sale, labeling, monitoring and production of GMOs. However, he believes it is necessary to come to an agreement that benefits both farmers and companies.

Councilor Juan Edwin Yockchen maintained that there is a need to raise awareness and teach people about GMOs. “We have to explain to our traditional producers that the intention is to improve production. Obviously that has a cost and what the companies want is to earn a profit selling their seeds every year. But I am also sure that GMOs aren’t harmful to your health because we’ve been using them without realizing it,” he explained.

For her part, Viviana Alvarez affirmed that FEMUGA would continue to visit the Guanacaste’s eleven municipalities in an effort to convince councilors to allow the arrival of GMO-producing companies.

 

Copyright (c) 2014 La Voz de Guanacaste / published with permission

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  • Guest

    I can’t believe what politicians will do for money. Not only sell out their country and constituants but gladly poison them as well. They say that GMO’s have been used for years in the area without a problem. If nobody knew they were being used how do they know there was no problem. How many deaths and illnesses and birth defects may have been caused by GMO’s without the benefit of autopsy and research to determine the presence of GMO’s. Representatives were on hand to show a slide show about how good their product was but nothing was said about the presence of expert with opposing views.
    How much money is being slipped into the pockets of these hypocrites this time? Guanacaste was ahead of it’s time in banning the GMO’s. Don’t backslide now.

  • Condor13

    Every new discovery brings the enviro maniacs out if the woodwork. I am willing to bet that when the wheel was invented, there was a crowd with placards – “Ban the Wheel”.
    Genetically modified foods have been eaten by millions for years, and the only change is that people are living longer.
    Do not allow these people to impede progress.

  • SirVivor

    “” nothing has happened to anyone,” said Alvarez.”

    Right … all those plants loaded with chemicals are good for our health.

    • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

      GMOs are not all associated with pesticides. Ever heard of Golden Rice or brinjal?

      • DoubleCheck

        Instead of dildoing games on people (unless that’s the only way you can make a living), why don’t you read something more substantial?

        http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38441.htm

        • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

          In addition to working as a USDA organic inspector for 5 years, I also wrote a book on the organic industry. So instead of giving me things to read that you can’t encapsulate in a blog comment, I’ll turn the tables and give something to you to read!
          Here you go:
          http://www.isitorganic.ca

          • DoubleCheck

            If you inspected and wrote like you comment, those are hardly any recommendation for reading what you suggest.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Didn’t know I was an organic inspector… did you?

          • DoubleCheck

            Along time ago. You bragged about it and how discontented you were. So you went to work for Heartland Institute, the neoconservative, corporate, scientific flim-flam, big business group.

            Remember my saying the you would like my recommendation of more inspectors? You would be able to go to earning an honest living, I hope.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            The organic industry was given the opportunity to embrace, rather than reject GMOs, by other than President Bill Clinton. Is he a “neoconservative” too in your mind?

          • DoubleCheck

            Good for you, a fast switch away from a corporate front group that denies the ill effects of climate change, attacks climate scientists, and has also denied the health effects
            of second hand smoke, while taking funding from tobacco corporations to an abominably performing president, who signed NAFTA and Gramm-Leach-Bliley into law.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Yeah… on the topic of this whole smoking thing… I really don’t care if people smoke. Meanwhile, at the very same time as the public has finally awoken to the harmful effects of tobacco, we’re seeing an upsurge in marijuana use. Go figure.

            So, exactly does this have to do with President Clinton’s support of GMOs again? I’ve forgotten.

          • DoubleCheck

            Why is such depraved, corrupt imbecility surprising in someone who signed NAFTA and Gramm-Leach-Bliley into law?

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            So, you don’t support Clinton… fine. Can we assume you’re a George Bush fan?

          • DoubleCheck

            You can make any stupid assumption you want. Nobody can stop you, because you’re dedicated to your job.

            Go spew the slime on an organic food corporation. Or do you need the list again?

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Aw, c’mon. Stop hurting my feelings man.

          • DoubleCheck

            Your feelings are involved in this? Does Heartland Institute know?

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            To DoubleCheck: YES! Please stop hurting my feelings!! Waaaaa…
            (To everyone else: I was joking.)

          • DoubleCheck

            Everyone know already that your feeling are a joke.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            As long as my mommy loves me I know I’m a good person. So there!

          • DoubleCheck

            Still joking, eh?

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            I see. You’re a Republican. Okay. Got it.

          • DoubleCheck

            ANOTHER incredibly stupid assumption. No wonder you carry on the way you do. You live in a dream world.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Well, you see DoubleCheck, when we have elections in this country, you don’t get to vote for some mythical candidate who agrees 100% with you. You have to make a choice between the actual candidates listed on the ballot. So, if you disagree so vehemently with Clinton on GMOs, I assumed you voted Republican.
            If I’m wrong, please tell me who you did vote for.

          • DoubleCheck

            Nosy, aren’t you?

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Guilty.

  • expatin paradise

    Monsanto, Dow, and the other companies engineering these crops have one goal: profit. They make it by selling seed (which must be purchased by farmers each year because storing seed for the next year is a patent violation) and the chemicals that are needed for optimal crop yields. Those chemicals are dangerous to the environment and to humans.

    There have been studies that show that use of the pesticides that these crops require is detrimental to health. some of these seeds are coated with chemicals that cause bee colony collapse. Other studies show that some GMO crops lack the nutritional value of the natural ones, and that yields of GMOs are actually no higher than crops grown using a fraction of the chemicals required by GMOs. There have also been studies linking GMOs and pesticide use to illness. Unfortunately, GMO use is widespread in the US because both the USDA and FDA are in the pocket of the chemical companies that develop these crops. These agencies seem to require irrefutable direct proof (the kind that still does not exist for tobacco) linking these crops to illness. By the time that evidence exists, the death count will be high.

    Costa Rica already uses several times more pesticides per hectare than any other country on the planet and needs to curtail use before we are all killed by the crops and the water contaminated by run-off. I’d hate to think what introducing the GMOs created by the chemical companies would do to the pesticide numbers here. While I am certain that some GMOs created by scientists who are not associated with the chemical companies, such as the Hawaiian papaya) will prove safe, much more objective research is required before any government should approve their use.

    • Aidan Benelle

      Great Post

    • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

      Some GMOs require pesticides; most do not.
      What you’re referring to is Monsanto’s line of Roundup Ready crops. But what about GMO Golden Rice and brinjal? Have you heard of them?

      • DoubleCheck

        Everybody has heard of them, and it’s clowns like you nauseating people with industry propaganda that keep people off.

        • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

          So, you’re saying you’re aware that there is really no necessary link between GMOs and pesticides?

          • DoubleCheck

            That’s silly. Of course there’s no NECESSARY link, unless it’s profit for your corporate clients.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            So… organic farmers don’t make profit now? Why? They’re too ethical?

          • DoubleCheck

            I never said anything like that. Now let’s hear from you about those organic food corporations you keep saying are against GMOs.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Ever heard of Whole Foods?

          • DoubleCheck

            You found one! You’re fighting against them for GMOs?

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Whole Foods is pretending to be concerned about GMOs. They’re not. Not in the least.

          • DoubleCheck

            So you not fighting them? Aren’t they propagandizing against GMOs?

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            I like Whole Foods, but yes, I criticize them for their phony stance against GMOs every chance I get.

          • DoubleCheck

            So you think it should genuine?

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            I think at when a multibillion dollar, publicly-traded company like Whole Foods says it needs 5 years to launch its own GMO-free label, that’s their way of saying being GMO-free is a complete waste of time.

          • DoubleCheck

            Once they’re in, they’re hard to get out. That should be a lesson for Costa Rica.

      • Aidan Benelle

        “NEW DELHI: The voices against Bt Brinjal are steadily growing louder. In a latest movement against the genetically modified crop, people from across the country gathered to observe a day-long fast, on Martyr’s day, protesting against Bt Brinjal”

        http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Countrywide-protest-against-Bt-brinjal/articleshow/5518257.cms

        • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

          Yeah… you see Aidan, science isn’t a democratic process, much less a popularity contest.

          • Aidan Benelle

            No Mischa people have a right to know what they are eating, what is being farmed in their community, and how it effects their health and their economics. You support a failed technology which produced ever stronger weeds, needing every stronger chemicals, which many American Farmers are turning their backs on and those in other parts of the world should be fully aware.

            Then there’s cost: In the 25 years from 1975 to 2000, non-GM soybean seed prices rose a modest 63%. Since 2000 (till 2009) GM soybeans came to dominate the market, the price rose by a massive 230%.

            http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_19745.cfm

            Farmers buying Monsanto’s new Roundup Ready 2 soybean seed in 2010 will pay 42% more per bag than they paid in 2009.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            If American Farmers are turning their backs on GMOs, then sit back and watch as the whole GMO sector implodes.

          • DoubleCheck

            “Roundup Ready 2 soybean seed in 2010 will pay 42% more per bag than they paid in 2009.”

            Sounds like Monsanto is very greedy in these hard times. They will be fighting to keep extracting those profits.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Oh no! A company that’s greedy!!
            Aaaaah! Everyone run for the hills!

          • DoubleCheck

            Mischa Popoff = Gordon Gekko?

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Organic industry + Greenpeace = Bernie Madoff + Gordon Gekko.

          • DoubleCheck

            Preaching that is a good way to hide that your GMO corporate clients ate Gordon Gekko.

          • Aidan Benelle

            American Farmers Abandoning Genetically Modified Seeds:

            “Non-GMO Crops are more Productive and Profitable”

            http://www.globalresearch.ca/american-farmers-abandoning-genetically-modified-seeds-non-gmo-crops-are-more-productive-and-profitable/5366365

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Case closed! I guess a couple million American GMO farmers are just gullible.

          • DoubleCheck

            That’s why you keep running around telling people GMOs are harmless.

          • Spamihazit

            That doesn’t make any sense… if the non-GMO crops had higher productivity, farmers would be the first ones to (a.) notice and (b.) switch to conventional crops. Farmers choose GMO seeds because of higher yields, and lower costs of labor and pesticides. Otherwise it wouldn’t be worth the cost of the seeds. Why on earth would a farmer stick with a bad product AND defend it?

          • DoubleCheck
          • Spamihazit

            …I just used logic. And your citations of clearly biased blogs. I work in the Ag industry. I’ve worked on a family owned farm. I’ve done inspections on “big agro”, “big family farms”, “small organic farms”, and everything in between. I’ll chose my life experience over garbage put on the internet by people who have never even been on a farm.

          • DoubleCheck

            So you say. If you truly have all that experience then you should have documented support for it.

          • Spamihazit

            my experience is my proof. I can’t “use” it as proof here because I have not published it. it would be me just staring things I’ve seen, which would be just as trustworthy as if I posted I have a pet elephant. I would love to prove it though. So I tell you that conventional farmers I personally know use about 30 to 37 pesticide applications on corn per growing season… but farmers I know using bt-corn make 1 to 2 applications per season. I know it to be true because I’ve been it, but I can’t provide you with documentation, because it isn’t published. I can tell you that the organic farms I’ve worked with employee about 10x as many employees than conventional farms because they make many more applications of (organic) pesticides, as well as employ more mechnical control, so the labor is much much much more costly. But again… I cannot PROVE this to you, as it is not published anywhere. But in my state, I’ve been to more than half the farms… so I feel that it is a fair representation.
            I wish I could show documentation though! Because working in different areas in the field is amazing. You learn much different things working on a farm, than you do in school, than you so in enforcement.

          • CycloneFarms

            Same old anecdotal garbage you barf all over the internet…

          • CycloneFarms

            “…which many American Farmers are turning their backs on…”

            Nonsense. Look at the adoption rate of GM technology – that proves you are wrong. You’ve even quoted those stats yourself.

            Seed prices are driven by commodity prices. And your poor manipulation of percentages doesn’t change the fact that farmers buy what works for them. You don’t get to run the show.

          • Aidan Benelle

            Niether does DOW or Monsanto

          • CycloneFarms

            Farmers decide what they want to buy.

            You don’t get to decide for us.

          • DoubleCheck

            And if they want to frack on land next to your home or you school, you can’t decide for them either. Away with zoning.

          • Aidan Benelle

            Us? Like you’re a real farmer?
            What kind of farmer is on the internet all day long?

          • CycloneFarms

            We got rain yesterday and last night, so no field work today.

            What better way to spend time then pointing out the lies of anti-science activists like you?

          • DoubleCheck

            You have an awful lot of rainy days.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Oh-oh… good point Aidan. Because everyone knows REAL farmers don’t have smartphones.
            Looks like they figured us out on this one CycloneFarms. I’ll meet you back at Monsanto HQ for lunch. Shall I order the usual for us? Certified-organic seaweed and brewer’s-yeast surprise?

          • Aidan Benelle

            At least you have a good sense of humor

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Well thanks for noticing. See? We’ve got something in common. And I’m quite serious when I suggest that we build from there.
            I was a USDA-organic inspector for 5 years. I used to believe GMOs were B-A-D! Then I heard about GMO Golden Rice, papayas and Bt. brinjal: non-proprietary, and literally life-saving!

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Of course people have the right to know. And they do know! You’d have to be living under a rock to not know we’ve been genetically-modifying foods for over 2 decades now. And anyone who doesn’t like that can buy organic!

  • Steve Prchal

    In today’s Nation of Change was this article. Don’t let Costa Rica make the same mistake as the US. Keep Monsanto out. http://www.nationofchange.org/three-studies-proving-toxic-glyphosate-found-urine-blood-and-even-breast-milk-1399299712

  • Derryl Hermanutz

    The purpose of GMOs is not to “improve production”. Monsanto wants to monopolize food, and Monsanto’s GMOs are the stormtroopers in that thrust. The seeds are infertile, so farmers have to buy new seeds each year rather than saving some of last year’s seeds. After a few years farmers have to buy increasing volumes of Monsanto’s Roundup because pests develop immunities. Pesticide runoff kills fish and other edible lifeforms, plus poisons drinking water. Monsanto has been impoverishing and (indirectly) killing thousands of small farmers in India who can never earn enough money to pay their debts to Monsanto. GMOs may be perfectly safe, who knows. But Monsanto is a dire threat to humanity, a plague that keeps coming back and buying off a few politicians to get their foot in the door.

    • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

      Right… like just Thomas Edison monopolized the light bulb, that dastardly guy!

      • Aidan Benelle

        Difference is with monopolizing light, people can still survive; monopolizing food is completely different story.

        • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

          Were producing more food that costs the consumer less, we’re doing it on less land, and the American farmer is making more money. How is it exactly that we’re not going to survive in your mind?

    • hyperzombie

      The seeds are infertile, so farmers have to buy new seeds each year rather than saving some of last year’s seeds.

      They are not sterile, stop embarrassing yourself.

      • Trisha Spinelli

        the seeds are only good for one planting. they cannot be saved and planted the next year because they will not reproduce. what do you call THAT?

        • hyperzombie

          They can reproduce, or how could you grow them, to sell in the first place? If you wanted you could grow GMOs, save the seeds till the patent expires, then grow them without any problems.

          • DoubleCheck

            Depends on the expiration date.

          • hyperzombie

            If properly stored you can save seeds for decades. Crop patents expire in 20 years.

          • DoubleCheck

            So you’re recommending that farmers buy their seeds 20 years ahead of time?

          • hyperzombie

            All I am saying is you could save seeds for 20 years. Look if farmers want to breed and save their own seeds, have at it, but they just can’t save and breed other peoples seeds without permission.

          • DoubleCheck

            Trying to wiggle out now, eh? From your recommendation that the farmers tie up resources wait for the patent to expire. Wise move.

          • hyperzombie

            No wiggling here. Look saving seeds for 20 years is not a great idea. Even saving seeds for next year is not all that wise (should rotate your crops and many things can change over the winter). But if you just happened to save a bag of gen 1 RR soy from 20 years ago you could now grow it with no patent issues.

          • DoubleCheck

            Why did you recommend it?

            Also, why are you recommending mono crops each year?

          • hyperzombie

            Also, why are you recommending mono crops each year?

            I never recommended Monocropping.

            And I never recommended saving seeds for 20 years.

            Are you just bored?

          • DoubleCheck

            “They can reproduce, or how could you grow them, to sell in the first
            place? If you wanted you could grow GMOs, save the seeds till the patent
            expires, then grow them without any problems.”

            “Even saving seeds for next year is not all that wise (should rotate your crops and many things can change over the winter).”

            But that’s okay. you do better than Popoff.

          • hyperzombie

            If you wanted you could grow GMOs, save the seeds till the patent
            expires, then grow them without any problems.”

            I was just trying to explain that you are allowed to save the seeds, you’re just not allowed to grow them until the patent expires.

            (should rotate your crops and many things can change over the winter).”

            How does that equate to Monocropping?

          • DoubleCheck

            When you said that saving seed for next year is not all that wise, you would be correct if you didn’t plant the same thing each year all over the farm. You kind of laid yourself open, but I’m aware that you really don’t believe in monocropping. I was just spinning out to you the something like the shit Popff likes to dump on other people.

          • Spamihazit

            regardless… 1. the seeds are capable of growing. 2. a company spent millions of dollars developing a product, they SHOULD patent it otherwise they’d make no money. 3. its obviously WORTH the $$ farmers spend every year, or they wouldn’t do it. I don’t hear any farmers crying about how they have ti buy the seed every year. Just a bunch of people who’ve never farmed and yet want to tell farmers what they can and cannot grow.

          • DoubleCheck

            Go back and make sure you’re following the discussion.

        • DoubleCheck

          For a quick over view of “terminator” technology:

          en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_use_restriction_technology

          For more details:

          https://duckduckgo.com/?q=terminator+seeds

          hyperzombies’s answer to you is off too.

          • hyperzombie

            You know that this technology has never been commercialized, so terminator seeds do not exist in the market.

          • DoubleCheck

            Huh? Where did I say differently? Isn’t that contained within the first reference I gave you?

          • hyperzombie

            You could have just told trisha that terminator seeds are just a fancy hybrid seed like many non GMO corn varieties.

          • DoubleCheck

            Why do you think I gave it to her?

          • hyperzombie

            Don’t know your motivation.

          • DoubleCheck

            I know and console you. A quick glance at Wikipedia is too difficult for you.

  • Theresa Morneau
    • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

      Wow! Anti-GMO organic activists a really, really good at posting videos. Very impressive!

      • DoubleCheck

        See? Low level slime attack.

        • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

          Someone posts an hour-long video that no one – and I mean NO ONE – is going to watch, and you accuse me of a slime attack?
          This is a blog. Write a comment. Don’t post a video. Geez.

          • DoubleCheck

            Ever lower.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            There. That’s better. A comment.
            Great stuff DoubleCheck! Your finally figuring out this whole blogging thing.

          • DoubleCheck

            Another typical pop off.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            How droll.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            You’re not is your usual form tonight DoubleCheck. What’s up?

          • DoubleCheck

            You bore me. So predictably banal.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Yes, facts and the law can be SOOO boring.

      • Theresa M

        Please post comments once you have educated yourself. No one really wants to read your comments. sorry

        • hyperzombie

          It is embarrassing that people actually listen to this guy,, so sad.

        • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

          I was a USAD organic inspector for 5 years after growing up on an organic grain farm. I’m plenty ED-chu-kay-tid thank you very much!

  • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

    The only thing standing in the way of GMOs is the organic movement. Deal with it and GMOs will be accepted by all.

    • Aidan Benelle

      The only thing standing in the way of GMOs is the organic movement. Deal with it and GMOs will be accepted by all. Are you serious?

      Not accepted~ forced upon.

      The creation of a genetically engineered
      food monopoly is what consumers are fighting
      against.

      • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

        You don’t like innovation, do you Aidan, at least where food-production is concerned. Everything in your life is high-tech, except your food which you want to be old fashion. Why is this?

        • Aidan Benelle

          Old fashioned?…Come on there’s nothing more old fashioned than creating new forms of ‘mono culture’ and their associated super weeds.

          Your objective is so blow smoke that organics are no worse than GMO’s and that pure GE baloney.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            I have some very bad news AIdan. Organic farmers grow monocrops. Also, there is no such thing as a “super” weed. Weeds adapt; they don’t develop superpowers… except maybe in comic books.

          • Aidan Benelle

            “Just as the heavy use of antibiotics contributed to the rise of drug-resistant supergerms, American farmers’ near-ubiquitous use of the weedkiller Roundup has led to the rapid growth of tenacious new —-superweeds.

            To fight them, Mr. Anderson and farmers throughout the East, Midwest and South are being forced to spray fields with more toxic herbicides, pull weeds by hand and return to more labor-intensive methods like regular plowing.

            “We’re back to where we were 20 years ago,”

            http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/04/business/energy-environment/04weed.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            My goodness Aidan. Germs and weeds don’t develop superpowers. They develop an adapted resistance to certain substances. So when a weed, for instance, develops a resistance to Roundup, you can spray it with another herbicide, or till it mechanically. The weed is not stronger; it is merely resistant to one herbicide.
            Once again, no superpowers. It’s called adaptation.
            So please just sit back and watch as Roundup-resistant weeds puts all the chemical companies out of business. It’s almost as if you’re trying to warn the folks at Monsanto!

          • Aidan Benelle

            The chemical companies will just up the game with harsher chemicals like
            Dow Chemical’s Enlists 2,4-D to take the place of Monsanto’s GM soy and GM corn?

            http://www.panna.org/current-campaigns/24D

          • CycloneFarms

            Oh, the horror!

            Using 2,4-D, which is available to consumers in every home improvement box store and hardware store!

          • DoubleCheck

            CycloneFarms eats it everyday. It shows.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Cheap shot. Par for the course in these debates.

          • CycloneFarms

            DoubleCheck is worthy of ignoring. That’s what I do with him/her/it.

          • DoubleCheck

            Good! Now go away.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Tell us your thoughts on DDT DoubleCheck.

          • DoubleCheck

            Why? You want to sell some? You first. Let’s hear you.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            The ban on DDT has resulted in more deaths than both world wars combined.

          • DoubleCheck

            Where did you get those statistics? Monsanto?

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            World Health Organization and the United Nations.

          • DoubleCheck

            Well quick, protect yourself. Eat some DDT.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            You don’t eat DDT. You spray it on the inside of a hut so kids don’t get bitten by malaria-carrying mosquitoes while they sleep.
            Imagine, tens-of-millions of kids, all dead, because some hippies read Silent Spring and missed what Rachel Carson was actually saying.
            Tragic.

          • DoubleCheck

            This public health use of small amounts of DDT is permitted under the Stockholm Convention. Large-scale agriculture let to the evolution of resistant mosquitoes in many regions. So many of these deaths from malaria turn out to a result of pesticide corporation greed, e.g. Monsanto. You, of course, want to blame it on hippies misunderstanding Rachel Carson.

          • DoubleCheck

            That’s right, I shouldn’t be poaching of the Popoff preserve.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            You’re hilarious DoubleCheck! Not sure if you mean to be. But you are.

          • Aidan Benelle

            If you read Cyclones past commentary you would understand why other posters respond ‘in kind’

          • DoubleCheck

            Exactly. Popoff has a different style, but is just as bad.

          • CycloneFarms

            Because you repeatedly throw out debunked junk science and just plain lies to advance your ideologically-bankrupt agenda. I don’t have much patience for liars, and you’re among the worst.

          • DoubleCheck

            CycloneFarms threw out another “comment” in response to this to prove your point.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            I read Cyclone’s comments all the time. He/she is bang on! What did you have trouble with?

          • Aidan Benelle

            2,4-D is a very toxic herbicide. It is a reproductive toxicant, suspected endocrine disruptor and probable carcinogen. Children are particularly susceptible to its effects.
            2,4-D is much more harmful to plant life than RoundUp (glyphosate). Specialty crops (like grapes, tomatoes, beans and sweet corn) and non-GE soy and cotton are extremely sensitive to 2,4-D.

            2,4-D does and will drift off of target crops. Both spray drift and volatilization drift can devastate adjacent ecosystems and entire landscapes. Such damage poses a very real threat to rural economies and farmers growing non-2,4-D-resistant crops. Conventional farmers will lose crops, while organic farmers will lose both crops and certification, resulting in an economic unraveling of already-stressed rural communities.
            2,4-D-resistant “superweeds” will arise and spread. RoundUp-resistant “superweeds” have taken over farms and countryside in the Midwest and Southeast, and widespread use of 2,4-D will spur more of the same.
            Genetic material from 2,4-D corn will contaminate non-GE corn. Corn is wind-pollinated which means contamination is inevitable. You cannot put a GE genie back in the bottle.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            So, if you’re so concerned about 2, 4-D, I guess we can conclude you’re a fan of Roundup?

          • DoubleCheck

            Usual nonsequitur from the Popoff.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            And how about copper sulfate? How much of of that do you feel like eating? It’s used in organic production.

          • DoubleCheck

            So you’re blaming your condition on copper sulfate now?

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Ok… now you’re really hurting my feelings. Wait ’til I tell on you!

          • CycloneFarms

            The more you post, the more you make it clear you know nothing about agriculture.

            EPA considers 2,4-D to be low toxicity. There are forms of 2,4-D used to control aquatic vegetation. What does that tell you about toxicity?

            “2,4-D is much more harmful to plant life than RoundUp (glyphosate).”

            Hilarious! Spray your yard with 2,4-D and it will kill most of the broadleaf weeds, but not harm the grass.

            Your comments about drift damage are overblown, too.

            Try learning about the subject before you copy and paste garbage from the Pesticide Panic Network.

          • DoubleCheck

            Straight out of the industry sales book for idiots, and you BOUGHT the thing.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            I’m beginning to think “DoubleCheck” is another way of saying “cheap shot.”

          • DoubleCheck

            Like Popoff?

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Precisely….
            No wait! D-oh!
            Ah, you got me DoubleCheck. Nice one!

          • Aidan Benelle

            Costa Ricans will form their own opinion on this topic and the Pesticide Action Network is a resource that represents people not Dow Chemical

          • CycloneFarms

            PANNA, aka The Pesticide Panic Network, is an agenda driven activist organization. They are not any kind of “resource”.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            How do you feel about DDT Aidan?

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            You don’t understand biology or chemistry Aidan.
            Once again, organisms do not become stronger, and the substances used to kill them do not need to become “harsher.”
            Organisms simply adapt, and different substances will kill them.

          • Spamihazit

            Harsher?? HARSHER???? If anything, our pesticides are becoming less and less toxic, and with a smaller impact on the environment. “Harsh” isn’t a thing when it comes to toxicology. with insects and plants, are you looking for new modes of action… different ways to effect the the plant’s natural processes. and you rotate pesticides with different modes of action to prevent resistance…

          • Aidan Benelle

            Yes Harsher.
            The next generation DOW’s 2,4-D Enlist GMO:

            2,4-D is a very toxic herbicide. It is a reproductive toxicant, suspected endocrine disruptor and probable carcinogen. Children are particularly susceptible to its effects.

            2,4-D is much more harmful to plant life than RoundUp (glyphosate). Specialty crops (like grapes, tomatoes, beans and sweet corn) and non-GE soy and cotton are extremely sensitive to 2,4-D.

            2,4-D does and will drift off of target crops. Both spray drift and volatilization drift can devastate adjacent ecosystems and entire landscapes. Such damage poses a very real threat to rural economies and farmers growing non-2,4-D-resistant crops. Conventional farmers will lose crops, while organic farmers will lose both crops and certification, resulting in an economic unraveling of already-stressed rural communities.

            2,4-D-resistant “superweeds” will arise and spread. RoundUp-resistant “superweeds” have taken over farms and countryside in the Midwest and Southeast, and widespread use of 2,4-D will spur more of the same.
            Genetic material from 2,4-D corn will contaminate non-GE corn. Corn is wind-pollinated which means contamination is inevitable. You cannot put a GE genie back in the bottle.

            http://www.panna.org/current-campaigns/24D

          • Spamihazit

            2,4-D is a selective herbicide. It will not kill all plants. Certain ones, for sure, are more sensitive. Its ability to drift is due to spray practices. you reduce drift by increasing droplet size, using adjuvants, moving your nozzles closer to target site, etc. Drift is NOT a property of an active ingredient. Also, corn pollen is VERY heavy (for pollen), so corn pollen blowing into a neighboring property is very unlikely, unless you have a zero property line.
            2-4,D is NOT very orally toxic. But it is highly damaging to eyes. it does NOT effect reproduction, except at VERY high doses (about 200 mg/kg… the same toxicity as aspirin).

          • Aidan Benelle

            “so corn pollen blowing into a neighboring property is very unlikely”

            Have you been watching the tornado’s ripping through the center of this country for the past two years? There’s no way you can say pollen won’t drift.

          • CycloneFarms

            Hilarious! If there’s a tornado, the corn’s getting knocked down.

            You’ve never been to a farm, have you?

          • Aidan Benelle

            More Hilarious biotech logic.

          • CycloneFarms

            No, you’ve never been to a farm. So why do you comment about agriculture?

            Do you enjoy making a fool of yourself?

          • CycloneFarms

            “Superweeds” only exist in the minds of those whose agricultural knowledge is nil.

          • hyperzombie

            Hey if weeds that resist Glyphosate are called “Superweeds” shouldn’t crops that resist Glyphosate be called “Supercrops”?

          • Trisha Spinelli

            i want my food to be the way it is supposed to be — as nature intended it, not some genetically modified science experiment that has who knows what longterm consequences. you must get paid a lot of money to spread this b.s. around, but those of us who have done the research are not buying it for one second.

          • hyperzombie

            i want my food to be the way it is supposed to be

            So no wheat, barley, canola, Kiwifruit, seedless oranges, watermelons, broccoli, and tons of other foods for you. Twigs and wild berries for you.

          • Trisha Spinelli

            none of those things have been GMOd. your comment is baseless. and you are just a troll. buh-bye.

          • hyperzombie

            Nature never created any of the plants that I mentioned, and you want foods that Nature made, not man made foods. I dont think you know what a Troll is.

          • CycloneFarms

            You’ve made it clear that you have zero understanding of the subject.

          • DoubleCheck

            Option #6 in CycloneFarts’ repartee book.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Look out CycloneFarms! DoubleCheck is going to start hurling insults at you now! Protect your feelings!

          • DoubleCheck

            Definitely, if you want to keep selling them like Popoff,

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Waaaaa…

          • CycloneFarms

            That’s why I ignore him/her. He/she doesn’t have anything to discuss – just wants attention.

          • Aidan Benelle

            @Guest I also “want my food to be the way it is supposed to be — as nature intended it, not some genetically modified science experiment”

            If you read the beginning of the thread I am responding to a comment by a pro GMO poster Micha Popoff

          • DoubleCheck

            You’re correct. These are standard industry obfuscatory accusations:

            - you don’t like innovation
            - you want your food “old fashion

      • DoubleCheck

        Mischa Popoff is a “Policy Advisor” for Heartland Institute.

        “The Institute has received criticism since its early days for taking
        anti-regulatory positions on public policy beneficial to their corporate
        sponsors while attacking scientific research that contradicts their
        policy stances. In the early 1990′s, Heartland fought government
        regulations on tobacco by denying the health effects of second hand tobacco smoke, while taking significant funding from tobacco corporations like Reynold American Inc.
        In recent years, Heartland has attacked carbon regulation by denying
        the existence of global climate change, while taking funding from
        ExxonMobil, the Koch Brothers, Nucor Steel, and other corporations in carbon intensive industries.”

        http://www.polluterwatch.com/heartland-institute

        • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

          Great. Now that you know WHO I am associated with, why not respond to WHAT I’m saying?

          • DoubleCheck

            I’ve already responded to your disinformation and you just doubled down. You’re a low level professional working for Heartland Institute and its clients, and everyone should know that talking with you is a waste of time.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Really? Where did you respond to the fact there’s no such thing as “contamination” of an organic crop by GMOs?
            You see DoubleCheck, since you’re so obsessed with WHO I am, I was a USDA organic inspector for 5 years.

          • DoubleCheck

            Again, fabricated presumptions about how other people think. What a pop off!

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Check the USDA National Organic Program. See for yourself. GMOs pose no risk whatsoever to organic crops.
            If it’s fabricated it should be dead-easy for you to prove it.
            Go on now.

          • DoubleCheck

            I found this:

            Monsanto employees and government regulatory agencies employees are the same people

            http://purefood.org/Monsanto/revolvedoor.cfm

            Another Monsanto man in a key USDA post? Obama’s ag policy’s giving me whiplash

            http://grist.org/article/2009-09-24-usda-obama-monsanto-organic/

          • DoubleCheck

            Since Popoff never reads any thing that he doesn’t already agree with, the last reference above contains”

            “And today, Obama’s Big Ag side got the best of him again. He tapped
            Roger Beachy, long-time president of the Danforth Plant Science Center,
            as chief of the USDA’s newly created National Institute of Food and
            Agriculture (NIFA)…

            “And what are we getting with the appointment of Beachy? The Danforth
            Plant Science Center, nestled in Monsanto’s St. Louis home town, is
            essentially that company’s NGO research and PR arm…

            “Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant sits on the center’s board of trustees,
            along with execs from defense giant McDonnell Douglas and pharma titan
            Merck. Another notable board member is Alfonso Romo, a Mexican magnate
            who cashed in big during his country’s notoriously corrupt privatization
            /liberalization bonanza in the early ’90s.”

            These are the people you’re fighting for, as well as Heartland Institute. I can understand you claiming that you shouldn’t be judged by the people you fight for.

          • DoubleCheck

            Here’s some more about the above Beachy:

            “On its short list of “partners” we find several research-oriented universities and one corporation: Monsanto. In the Danforth Center’s 2007 annual report (PDF), Monsanto is mentioned no fewer than ten times funding this or that project.

            So essentially, the public face of Monsanto’s research efforts now
            has his fingers on the USDA’s research purse strings. Score a big one for agribusiness!”

          • Trisha Spinelli

            Monsatan wins again. These corporate mouthpieces always amaze me. I wonder if they actually believe the b.s. they get paid to spew.

          • DoubleCheck

            Actually, Monsanto is acting as a corporation is supposed to act by law. That’s pretty scary, isn’t it.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Quite right DoubleCheck! The same way in fact “organic” and “environmental” corporations act.

          • DoubleCheck

            Which ones of those bother you.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            All of ‘em.

          • DoubleCheck

            Which ones the most? Or don’t you know of any?

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            It bothers me a great deal when anyone greases the wheels in Washington DC. It subverts democracy and the economy.

          • DoubleCheck

            That’s okay, if you don’t know of any organic or environmental corporations. Just admit it. I’ll forgive you for saying, “All of’em.”

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Oh, I didn’t know you were asking for names. So, here you go:
            http://www.usda.gov/documents/web–members.pdf
            I’ve offered to debate many of the people on this list; Charles M. Benbrook for instance. So far they’re all hiding under their desks.

          • DoubleCheck

            Okay, Pepsi (which owns Naked Juice), J&J Snack Foods, Nestle, Hillshire
            Brands (formerly Sara Lee), ConAgra, Coca-Cola and Miller-Coors is a partial list. I hate those corporations also for buying organic companies and contaminating them with their own foulness.

            You want to attack for subverting democracy and the economy? And organic foods? I’ll feed you all the information you want for bullets.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Any company, and any individual, has the right to participate in the organic industry.

          • Trisha Spinelli

            surely you jest. isn’t that very contamination the subject of lawsuits? jesus h. — stop spreading lies.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            See… if that was me, I’d check that before posting it Trish.
            No, sorry, but there are no such lawsuits pending. Organic activists tried to pre-emptively sue for GMO contamination that might occur in the future and the judge laughed them out of court.

          • http://insidecostarica.com/ Timothy Williams

            You do realize we are in Costa Rica, right? Just checking.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            If organic product is exported to the United States, it falls under the jurisdiction of the USDA National Organic Program.
            But I’d be most pleased to find out what Costa Rica’s standards on organic production say about GMOs. Can you tell me Timothy?

          • http://insidecostarica.com/ Timothy Williams

            I’m being serious when I ask if you realize that this news site, Inside Costa Rica, is based in – Costa Rica. An independent republic located between Nicaragua and Panama.

            I must ask this because only people living in the U.S. make statements like “laughed them out of court” without specifying in *what country.*

            Laughed them out of a U.S. court? A Spanish court? A French court? Most relevant, a *Costa Rica* court?

            As a newspaper editor i try to stay neutral on most issues including this one.

            But if you and your enemies are going to have a comment battle here in Inside Costa Rica, you should understand that you are on a site from Costa Rica. So when you make statements, generalizations, case history, etc. – put them in context of the country you are talking about, please.

          • hyperzombie

            Very good point ,sir.

          • DoubleCheck

            He was too busy pushing the GMO interests of Heartland Institute.

            In regard to protecting the laws Costa Rico against corporate bullying, Costa Rico isn’t a part of any so-called “free trade” group or negotiation like NAFTA or TPP, right? Please stay that way.

          • http://insidecostarica.com/ Timothy Williams

            It is Costa Ric(a) (note the ‘a’), an independent country in Central America. not to be confused with the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

            We do have MANY free trade agreements, tax agreements, etc. – our version of NAFTA is CAFTA (Central America Free Trade Agreement).

          • DoubleCheck

            So sorry. Thanks for correcting this poor gringo.

            CAFTA – Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicararua, and Domincan Republic.

            That sounds scary, if the protection of corporate rights and profits and remedy by business courts is similar to those of NAFTA.

            You might want to investigate whether you country would be wise to stay under the same agreement.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            I believe I asked you this elsewhere on this blog Timothy; but what do Costa Rica’s standards on organic production say about GMOs?

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Are there any lawsuits pending between the GMO and organic sectors in Costa Rica?

          • DoubleCheck

            Don’t worry about Popoff popping off to you again. He knows about these because I gave them to him:

            Bayer Admits GMO Contamination is Out of Control
            http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_19777.cfm

            Bayer Must Pay Farmers for Contaminated Rice Crop (Update5)
            http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=adGubJZ21Uzo

    • Trisha Spinelli

      there is nothing beneficial about GMOs. the industry is very good at convincing people that they will save the world, feed the world, but there are many studies that completely disprove this. I, for one, will never eat anything that is made from or contains GMOs. Period.

      • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

        Well, since you’re obviously a farmer Trish and you’ve tried GMOs on your farm, I guess we should all listen to you on this.
        BAN THE GMOs!

        • DoubleCheck

          I’m always delighted to see you use such sarcasm on someone you trying to persuade.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            I’m just confused, that’s all DoubleCheck. You know me, always making stuff up like the fact that there’s NO SUCH THING AS CONTAMINATION OF AN ORGANIC CROP BY GMOs.

          • DoubleCheck

            I already gave you both of these references. Did you forget about them already?

            Bayer Admits GMO Contamination is Out of Control
            http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_19777.cfm

            Bayer Must Pay Farmers for Contaminated Rice Crop (Update5)
            http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=adGubJZ21Uzo

            Or did you decide Bloomberg was lying too?

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            A lot of people are terribly confused about these cases. Bayer was sued because an EXPERIMENTAL variety of rice cross-pollinated with commercial crops. The problem was not that Bayer’s crops were GMO. The problem was that they were not yet approved for commercial use and they crossed with crops that were.

        • Trisha Spinelli

          actually i work for a very large organic and biodynamic farm. and to be honest, i don’t debate with trolls, which is what you are. have a lovely evening.

          • hyperzombie

            But wouldn’t you be the Troll, after all you just admitted that you work for a company that would prosper with a GMO ban. Hmmmm.

          • hyperzombie

            Corporate sellout, you should be ashamed of yourself.

          • DoubleCheck

            Good thrust. She laid herself open.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            What qualifies you, exactly, to try to tell American, Canadian and Australian farmers that they can’t grow GMOs?
            You call me a troll a you like, but I know it’s a farmer’s right to grow what he/she wants on his/her land.

      • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

        That’s certainly your choice. But if farmers choose to grow GMOs, that’s their choice.

  • hyperzombie

    I dont understand why any government body would ban GMOs, if they ban any food production method it should be Organic. Organic farming uses more land, more tillage and just as many chemicals, to produce food that is more expensive. Organic foods just cater to the elites and the 1%ers, let working families and the poor have access to affordable foods grown locally.

    • DoubleCheck

      The elites want it because they’ve been brainwashed by the organic industry, eh?

      • hyperzombie

        The elites want it for the same reason that they want bentleys and prada, its a status symbol. Let the poor and unwashed eat regular foods, we are the 1%ers, we eat only Organic, F the environment, we are special.

        • DoubleCheck

          So they’re not brainwashed by the organic industry? Just the peons?

          • hyperzombie

            Has Bentley, prada and De Beers brainwashed people, I think not. People just want this stuff to make them feel special. Oh look at me, I can afford a 8dollar coffee, and a 5dollar muffin.

          • DoubleCheck

            So you’re saying it’s just the peons who are brain washed?

          • hyperzombie

            I never said anyone was brainwashed.

          • DoubleCheck

            So the organic industry isn’t brain washing anyone?

    • Trisha Spinelli

      you clearly have done no research on this issue. perhaps you have been consuming too many GMOs.

      • DoubleCheck

        No, he’s a professional GMO advocate.

        • hyperzombie

          A pro GMO advocate? Funny, you get a plus 1 for the laugh.

          • DoubleCheck

            I thought that was funny too. You’re obviously no professional from Heartland Institute like that Popoff guy.

          • hyperzombie

            Well, thanks,, I think. Anyway it was fun discussing GMOs with ya! I am off, have fun and I hope Mischa doesnt bore you too much :-) .

    • DoubleCheck

      You hate those big organic corporations, don’t you? But you can’t even name one.

  • Trisha Spinelli

    If they allow GMOs to pollute Costa Rica, they had also better stop making any claim to being “green” or environmentally conscious. There is NOTHING good about GMOs. They are not the answer to feeding the world. It has been proven over and over again that organic agriculture has better yields with less damage to the environment. The companies that represent GMOs are great at spinning lies and spread disinformation.

    • hyperzombie

      There is NOTHING good about GMOs.

      Over 80% of farmers in North America disagree.

      It has been proven over and over again that organic agriculture has better yields with less damage to the environment.

      Wrong, Organic is only about 75% as efficient as conventional farming, and it requires far more tillage, harming the soil and wasting far more fossil fuels.

      • DoubleCheck

        Failure to Yield Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops

        http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/our-failing-food-system/genetic-engineering/failure-to-yield.html

        • hyperzombie

          USC,,,,,Bwwhahahaahah.

          Here try some real science from an non activist group.

          http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308521X1100182X

          • DoubleCheck

            It costs $3300 to publish in this little known journal.

          • DoubleCheck

            What are you laughing at? You can’t even get three letters in the right order.

          • hyperzombie

            Sorry I was laughing to hard to type after you cited the UCS, and it is still funny.

          • DoubleCheck

            Poor thing, you still can’t get it right. It’s the Union of Concerned Scientists – UCS. Got it? Not USC. Look at the reference for confirmation.

            You certainly don’t have to worry about laughing yourself silly. You’re already there.

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            Hey hyperzombie! CycloneFarms and I were just going to head over to Monsanto HQ to pick up our weekly paychecks and we were wondering if you’d care to join us down in the cafeteria for some certified-organic been-sprouts and wheat-grass juice?

          • hyperzombie

            I’ll grab a couple of fair trade NON GMO, soy lattes and meet ya and the Cyclone there :-)

          • http://www.isitorganic.ca/ Mischa Popoff

            And don’t go forgetting the certified-organic MARY-jane like last time.

  • hyperzombie

    Beautiful Costa Rica and The Federation of Guanacaste Municipalities, should embrace GMOs. Feed more people on less land, use less harmful insecticides and have more room for nature. Gmos are a win for the environment, Farmers and people of Costa Rica.

    • DoubleCheck

      Pure industry propaganda.

  • WesternFarmer

    I’m a US farmer who has been in Costa Rica There are two visits I remember well, and both would benefit greatly from GMO products.

    One visit was with two brothers who, by hand, were farming onions and potatoes. Their crude chemical application made me wince. They would be helped greatly by not having to apply as much or as toxic chemicals.

    The other was a lady who was raising four children without a husband. She lived in a home no glass in her windows and a dirt floor. She was raising corn, and hoped to buy some concrete when she sold her corn.

    GMO’s could make their life easier and safer by reducing the need for pesticides.

    I was there in 2011, beautiful people, beautiful country.

  • http://www.DoctorIFeelGreat.com Dr.S.Verdon

    Payoff’s or Benefits..? GMO IS BAD for PEOPLE…

    https://www.google.com/search?output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=bible+eye+for+an+eye+verse&oq=bible+eye+for+an+&gs_l=hp.1.2.0l4.37.37.1.2990.1.0.0.1.1.0.0.0..0.0….0…1c..51.hp..0.1.4.BcwiFoPyksA&pbx=1&biw=1362&bih=719&dpr=1&cad=cbv&sei=8ar2U67TOerLsASC1oLYCQ#q=health+effects+from+gmo+foods