We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lapp√©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Damage Limitation Time For Monsanto: Time To Wheel Out Patrick Moore Again... Or Maybe Not!

Click here to access article by Colin Todhunter from East by Northwest. 

This is an excellent followup report on his posting on the 24th of March, and the headline refers to that hilarious interview with Patrick Moore, an advocate of GM golden rice. 
Unsurprisingly, Monsanto has wasted no time in trying to rubbish the WHO findings. The work of cancer specialists from 11 countries was speedily dismissed by Monsanto. In a press release, the company argued the findings are based on ‘junk’ science and cherry picking and are agenda driven.

Philip Miller, Monsanto's vice-president of global regulatory affairs, said:

    "We don't know how IARC could reach a conclusion that is such a dramatic departure from the conclusion reached by all regulatory agencies around the globe."
Miller implies that regulatory agencies used objective reason supported by credible science when sanctioning glyphosate. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Also, you might be interested in a post from Ecologist in August of 2014 entitled "Cancer deaths double in Argentina's GMO agribusiness areas".