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Genetically modified grass blamed for mass cattle deaths in Texas

Can it get more bizarre,,, http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/06/23/genetically-modified-g... Thanks Rand! Still don't think our food supply is under attack? By sea and land

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Cyanide poisoning is

actually somewhat common in cattle and other ruminants. Most people that own cattle/goats/sheep know to keep their stock away from plants (like wild cherry) that have been hit by frost. Can happen sometimes with drought as well. And it occurs with other grasses and sorghum, not to mention other species. I'm not trying to downplay this article or the dangers, but in this isolated incident of a farmer that has had his cows on the same pasture for many years and then one year they all die sounds like a case of mismanagement on the owner's part. Cattle have been dying of cyanide poisoning long before Monsanto came about. You can read more about cyanide poisoning in cattle here (and find that it's not all that uncommon):

http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp?cfile=htm/bc/210...

What Countries Have Banned GMO Foods?

http://www.ehow.com/info_8527757_countries-banned-gmo-foods....

Because: Some animals are more equal than other animals. -Animal Farm-

What the? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MTIwY3_-ks

In many crops they already control 80% of the crops

They are trying to control the food supply.
It is getting much harder to get heirloom seeds and costs have went up
for them. Look at what happened in india and many countries have already outlawed them. Even the bible talks about not eating hybrid seeds.

Well, if they labeld the grass.....

This wouldn't be happening ;)

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I never thought I'd say this here but, I've been saying the problems of GMO and labeling issues on other threads here over and over again. Only to continually get slammed. Well I TOLD YOU SLAMMERS so and this video backs me up.

I'm sooooo, sick of the endless debating this issue. I mean bee colony collapse, DNA restructuring, "hard kill, soft kill". Ohhhh, all of that will be solved with a label....

When things get political the DEBATE GOES ON FOREVER and in the mean while Monsatan is out sowing his oats.

Funny that no one ever mentions what GMOs do to our foreign, economic and trade relations with other countries THAT HAVE BANNED THEM!

http://www.infowars.com/gmo-grass-kills-cows-in-texas-cyanid...

Because: Some animals are more equal than other animals. -Animal Farm-

What the? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MTIwY3_-ks

Apparently the libertarian approach

is to let Monsanto destroy our food supply and then take them to court to enrich the lawyers. Then make sure that no regulation is passed so that your grandchildren can be subjected to the same destruction. Because your children's welfare is not as important as the rights of a CORPORATION.

What is the free market solution?

Getting the government out of farm management. Cut the ties between government and big business. Allow the marketplace to mandate.

Solution: support your local small farm where you can determine if the food meets your criteria for safety.

Better yet. Get your own farm. That's the epitome of many of our problems. WE MUST OWN THE LAND.

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Monsants wants GMO seeds in home garden also. That's next.

That is the plan. Everyone's garden is the next target.

Monsanto begins selling GMO seeds directly to consumers
http://www.dailypaul.com/241721/monsanto-begins-selling-gmo-...

hydrogen cyanide produced in genetically altered grasses

"Grape has also been genetically modified to resist insects by making them produce hydrogen cyanide when attacked by insects. Cyanogenic plants are characterized by the liberation of HCN in the course of tissue injury, due to the hydrolysis of cyanogenic glucosides. Most of our knowledge of cyanogenicity comes from Sorghum bicolor , which contains large quantities of the cyanogenic glucoside, dhurrin. Prussic acid, a derivative of cyanide, is also a serious potential problem. Crop species most commonly associated with prussic acid poisoning are sorghum, Johnsongrass, and Sudangrass. Grain sorghum typically has more potential for toxic levels of prussic acid than forage sorghum or Sudangrass. Young, rapidly growing plants are the most likely to contain high levels of prussic acid. Cyanide is more concentrated in young leaves than in older leaves or stems. New sorghum growth following drought or frost is dangerously high in cyanide. Generally, any stress condition that retards normal plant growth may increase prussic acid content. Hydrogen cyanide is released when plant leaves are damaged by trampling, cutting, crushing, chewing, or wilting. Drought-stunted plants accumulate cyanide and can possess toxic levels at maturity. Prussic acid poisoning is most commonly associated with regrowth following a drought-ending rain, or the first fall frost. New growth from frosted or drought-stressed plants is palatable, but dangerously high in cyanide. After a killing frost, at least four days should pass before grazing to allow released hydrogen cyanide to dissipate.

A multigenic trait responsible for biosynthesis of the secondary metabolite, dhurrin cyanogenic glucoside was engineered in grapevine with three genes sequences from sorghum ( Sorghum bicolor ): two cytochrome P450s (CYP79A1 and CYP71E1) and a UDPG-glucosyltransferase (sbHMNGT). The grapevine was modified using a two-step process involving whole plant transformation followed by hairy root transformation. The two step process make sure that the whole plant could be transformed with the dhurrin pathway, while the secondary transformation of the hairy root culture allowed fuller study of the dhurrin produced in roots which had been challenged with the root pathogenic insect Phyloxera .

One dhurrin-positive line was tested and found to release cyanide upon maceration. Co-culture of a cyanogenic hairy root line or a non-cyanogenic line with the specialist rootsucking, gall-forming, aphid-like insect, grapevine phylloxera ( Daktulosphaira vitifoliae ) gave no evidence that the cyanogenic plant tissue was protected from insect infestation. Consistently high levels of dhurrin accumulation may be required for that to occur [17]. We are not sure at all about the ultimate purpose of the modified grape but will certainly avoid drinking juice and wine made from it, provided that it is labeled as such. If it is not labeled, we may all have no choice over cyanide poisoning."

More info here
http://www.i-sis.org.uk/GMGrapevines_and_ToxicWines.php

What was the reason Rand voted aginst GMO labeling?

Was it because he favors GMO? Or because he is bought off by Monsanto?

Or is it for other reasons? Like the bill contained other stuff that is wrong (we should all be aware by now that hiding evil stuff in a bill is what they do.)

Or perhaps because the bill was about regulation, not about prohibiting fraud.

It's easier to just scream that Rand is a sellout than it is to consider the issues unemotionally to determine the truth, isn't it.

We should have learned from Ron Paul

to not jump to conclusions about why he voted/s like he does. With Rand being a Paul, the same thing holds true. Ron has a large body of writings that explains what he takes into consideration when he votes the way he does. Rand doesn't have that yet, so we may have to wait for an explanation. Patience is a virtue; too much of it won't hurt you. Wise men keep their counsel until they know what they are talking about.

I would guess he is against government regulation

but not against states regulating it by the will of the people.
The founders knew is was much easier to fight an unjust law on the local level.

"Bill and Melinda Gates

know the dangers of GM seeds so they have collected all the known species of organic seeds in the world, and are storing them in a food bank at the North pole.

Why would Bill Gates fund the world’s largest seed bank? Gates knows something we don’t know."

Monsanto is trying to take over nations such as Africa and India, providing seeds to the poor that are infertile and do not produce their own seeds. It is all about money. The poor farmer has to come back every year to buy seeds.

Monsanto is like the international banker elitists that are like a mindless plague spreading over the planet seeking only profit and power.

Maybe the only way to put these predators out of business is to refuse to buy their product, whether it be GM foods or bailouts, or individual spending beyond our means.

http://newscastmedia.com/blog/2011/02/25/monsantos-food-empi...

"We will use food as a weapon" Henry Kissinger

American's: Yeah! Smart! Only thing is.. it's used on y-o-u. Like the drones.. and the bioweapons.

War ciminal

Henry Kissinger is one of the most evil pseudo-humans alive.

And i'm sure the Drones are part of that plan

To be able to spot back yard gardens, green houses and your occasional codes enforcement ( policing for profit) are just a few ways to turn food into a weapon

I dislike the whole idea of GMO's but

there may be some inaccurate reporting going on in the cited article. According to the attached linked article, it appears that the grass may be a hybrid, not a GMO. It's still very freaky but for different reasons.
http://www.examiner.com/article/gmo-food-hybrid-poison-grass...
Who knows what the real truth is, though, since it's hard to trust the "free press" anymore.

Us beekeepers have been suffering in silence far too long

I have been almost completely wiped out by the poisonous GMO's. Don't take my word for it you will see evidence of the insect population die off every where, just open eyes and look around. I have seen two Monarch Butterflies early this spring, but seen none since. The mosquitoes are even dying off here. Why should anyone care about mosquitoes? Fact is there are predators like bats that may go extinct without the mosquitoes for food source.

I look around daily here in Southwest Minnesota, and I can hardly believe how sterile our outdoor environment has become. I hope everyone realizes that every insecticide you buy is a systemic type, in that it become part of the plant. The plant reproduces it hundreds of time stronger, the nectar then is poisonous to every insect. Stop spraying herbicides and insecticides! Many herbicides are linked to autism.

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed

Today we had a huge

Today we had a huge discussion about pro and cons of the gmos and how to regulate or not regulate the use of them by Monsanto:

http://www.dailypaul.com/241603/rand-paul-votes-no-on-gmo-la...

Knowledge is the currency of the Universe.-
Giorgio A. Tsoukalos

Rand is right and the free

Rand is right and the free market will take its course you'll see people will stop buying that brand of grass after this and the company will go under.

How are you going to know?

They voted against labeling it. The wind cross pollinates GMO>

Free market not the solution here!

It's more than just GM grass! Furthermore, GM products ruin the SOIL. GM plants are designed to resist the deadly effects (and therefore allow for greater use of) TOXIC HERBICIDES AND PESTICIDES - which KILL the micro-organisms in the soil, meaning poor soil quality. That, in turn, means, greater and greater need for CHEMICAL FERTILIZERS - which further compacts and DEADENS the soil. This all destroys the natural balance in nature. GOOD LUCK trying to get REAL, NATURAL GRASS to grow in that soil any time soon. P.S. All those chemicals leach into our WATER SUPPLY. Furthermore, in this case, it took 15 YEARS for the "unintended consequence" of the release of a TOXIC GAS that caused cows (weighing 1,500 lbs.) to experience pain and keel over dead within HOURS. Given the MOUNTAINS of evidence that GM products are harmful to humans, aren't health problems enough - short of simultaneous mass death? How about this. How about we let the free market work for everything EXCEPT where ENGINEERS have messed up the perfect natural world trying to play GOD?

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

You are well informed about the bio-chemical aspects, BUT...

... you don't seem to know what a free market is.

What you are very correctly objecting to is the result of many decades of manipulation of the agricultural markets by the USDA, the FDA, the EPA, etc. We do not have a free market. Period.

Monsanto does not want a free market, they want one that regulates for the purpose of eliminating competition to Monsanto. Why would they favor Monsanto? Because Monsanto has proven itself most willing to carry out the agendas of the evil elite. That is not a free market, it is somewhere between mercantilism and fascism.

In a free market, NO ONE could do what Monsanto has done and be protected for it. Here the FDA, USDA, EPA all protect Monsanto so it can do the evil of the elites.

In a free market, the producer serves the customer, not a bureaucrat, because in a free market there are no bureaucracies. In our regulated market, the elites are being served. The customer does not know what he is buying because fraudulent producers (typically in league with the elites) are protected from having to disclose what they put into their "stuff".

In a free market, a producer who cheats or poisons his customers or simply falls short of satisfying them, loses customers, and faces legal sanction. In our regulated market, a producer who works with the elites and who screws his customers is protected and rewarded.

We do not have a free market. The solution is to free the market, eliminate all unconstitutional agencies and bureaucracies - and don't forget to eliminate source of funding for the elites - END THE FED.

What really started all the fascism with Monsanto

is that they were allowed to patent life. Monsanto owns the patent rights on most of the seed in the world. They even tried to patent the pig, but came in to fierce resistance so they backed off. It's just a matter of time before they try again.

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed

If you let Monsanto spread

If you let Monsanto spread gmo corn, it will spread with the wind and crossbreed with the few organic farms that we have left in the U.S. and make the use of that plantation as a future one impossible. How do you control the spread of pollen across states lines if one state decides to use gmos and the other one those not?

Knowledge is the currency of the Universe.-
Giorgio A. Tsoukalos

that's pretty messed up like

that's pretty messed up I would like to know more about it.

What

No one to comment?

Boycott, boycott, boycott

NEVER buy anything with corn starch, corn syrup, dextrin, maltodextrin, modified vegetable protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, soy protein isolate, corn oil, soybean oil, soy (and soy milk), tofu, cottonseed meal & oil, canola oil, beet sugar: those are the main GMO poisons in our food supply.

Beware of all commercial milk products, which may have residues of the highly carcinogenic BST hormone. Plus, commercial eggs, meat, poultry: all fed with GMO crops. All such meat/animal foods are noxious.

I have gotten this down pretty well.

Learned how to use arrowroot for thickening instead of corn starch. Love using coconut oil, and olive oil. We quit regular butter, and went to organic recently. If a product doesn't say cane sugar, it is most likely beet sugar. I buy raw milk, grass fed locally, for cheap as it is black market, being not legal in my state. And we eat tons of eggs, home grown free range eggs, fertile of course. (really noisy rooster)We are fortunate to have a friend who is a hunting guide, free meat, not fed on gmo corn and soy. We are fortunate that gmo alfalfa isn't here yet, as even the deer, etc would be gmo. Unfortunately, though locally here gmo sugar beets are grown. I don't have to spend much time in our local grocery store. I don't even know what is in most aisles, as I know I don't need to go down them.