Saturday, March 2, 2013

GMOs (2): Corruption

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New World Notes News
Vol. 6, No. 9 -- March 2, 2013

This week in New World Notes, radio program #261, March 5, 2013

GMOs (2): Corruption

Arpad Pusztai

In brief

This week we'll hear more from the video documentary, GMO: Ticking Time Bomb (part 2 & some of part 3). We'll focus on the corrupt politics, corrupt science, and corporate strong-arm tactics--especially by Monsanto Corp.--that got genetically-modified food crops approved and established in the U.S. despite the absence of safety testing.

Includes the stories of (and remarks by) two noted opponents of GM crops: Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser and scientist Arpad Pusztai.

Percy Schmeiser's canola crop was genetically contaminated with patented genes from Monsanto's "Roundup Ready" canola, which grew in a neighboring field. When Schmeiser saved and replanted the seeds from his contaminated crop, Monsanto successfully sued him for patent infringement.

Research in Scotland by biologist Arpad Pusztai indicated that eating genetically modified potatoes damaged the immune system of rats. When Pusztai publicized his findings, he was fired from Aberdeen's prestigious Rowett Research Institute.

Introductory remarks by K.D.

Percy Schmeiser

Notes, credits, & links

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Series overview:
Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want ... and what they're trying to make us settle for.
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  • March 12 -- GMOs (3): Health Dangers
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