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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #255 on: September 26, 2018, 05:27:59 PM »
How wonderful to have summer nights down in the high 50's! 

Most everything outside here is supposed to die back soon anyway, except for some things in pots, the squash vine, and some volunteer tomatoes that came up in odd places around the yard which I might cover... :)
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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #256 on: September 26, 2018, 05:33:33 PM »
BTW, I'd like suggestions about harvesting the comfrey, which I have lots of this year.

Would like to freeze or dehydrate as much as possible to put in winter hen and duck feed.  Should I harvest it before the frost, and if so, should I cut the stalks all the way to the ground, or just take off the tops?

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #257 on: October 06, 2018, 11:16:02 AM »
This is one of the creepiest stories I've seen recently:

We've all heard of GMO crops.  Now the US Department of Defense under DARPA is taking things a step further, infecting several common insects with a virus in order to expedite a new genome alteration to corn and tomatoes.

Well-meaning ag universities from California, Ohio and PA have titled the program "Insect Allies," claiming that the bugs are intended for peacetime use, and that there is no plan (yet) to weaponize them, but others around the world are suspicious.

International scientists and attorneys are seeing little potential for this to be an agricultural asset, and big potential for it to be used in biological warfare, and with only a slight tweak.  Why couldn't researchers simply spray the virus over intended crops, rather than massively introducing the infected insects upon the environment at-large and risk losing control of the infection?

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They warn that the mere announcement of the Insect Allies program, regardless of its true motives, could spur other countries to create similar technologies capable of being used as biological weapons. Indeed, it may already have done so...

This is "capable of threatening virtually any crop species," they pointed out.

With that kind of power in anyone's hands, we may all be asking their permission to eat some day.  Seems like even more reason to be experimenting at home with lesser-known permaculture crops, such as those grown by the Incas (please see The Lost Crops of the Incas free online book here: https://www.nap.edu/read/1398/chapter/15 ).

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/04/us-plan-to-genetically-alter-crops-via-insects-feared-to-be-biological-war-plan

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/362/6410/35.full

Referred by: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_bRvfeP6fo  @ around 21:00

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #258 on: October 14, 2018, 06:20:20 PM »
BTW, I'd like suggestions about harvesting the comfrey, which I have lots of this year.

Would like to freeze or dehydrate as much as possible to put in winter hen and duck feed.  Should I harvest it before the frost, and if so, should I cut the stalks all the way to the ground, or just take off the tops?
Just now seeing this, and I haven't frozen or dried it so am not an expert.  Since it's late in the game, if you haven't had a freeze yet, I'd harvest a whole plant, plus an amount of tops.  Both root and tops are valuable so you'll have a little of each, plus leaving many roots in the ground for more next year.

Now, lay out the leaves and let them air dry, turning them daily.  I'm not sure why, but I'd not apply heat to them such as in a dehydrator.  It may be fine, but instinct tells me just lay them out.  I did that one time when harvesting a few foxglove leaves, and they dried fine in room air.

Let us know what you do with your comfrey, in the way of preserving.





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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #259 on: October 14, 2018, 06:22:27 PM »
This is one of the creepiest stories I've seen recently:

We've all heard of GMO crops.  Now the US Department of Defense under DARPA is taking things a step further, infecting several common insects with a virus in order to expedite a new genome alteration to corn and tomatoes.
Not only is it creepy, but hideous, against Nature, horrible, terrible, terrorist-like, idiotic, and just plain dumb.  Now we have yet another exotic, invasive species to deal with.

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #260 on: October 14, 2018, 06:25:12 PM »
Caught a screenshot of a person's hand that was affected by Roundup.  Way to go, Monsanto.

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #261 on: October 14, 2018, 06:38:00 PM »
That's horrific.  Multiple layers of tissue involved there.

I read somewhere that fenugreek relieves stress on the lymphatic system, but don't know the details.

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #262 on: October 14, 2018, 06:42:59 PM »
Is anyone else on Town Hall dealing with Spotted Lanternfly?  We're having quite a time with it here, and I wouldn't be surprised if they were deliberately indroduced. 


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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #263 on: October 14, 2018, 06:51:48 PM »
Thanks for the great suggestions!  Will report back.

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #264 on: October 15, 2018, 05:06:50 PM »
I had never hear of "spotted lanternfly" before your post.  It would be no surprise if it were imported, as that's how we ended up with the curse of Asian lady beetles, which resemble our beloved "lady bugs", but which have no use that I can see, except to annoy humans.  They bite!

The native "lady bugs" were beautiful, and ate aphids and other plant pests, and were beneficial, and part of a healthy ecosystem.  Thanks to the invading Asian lady beetle or whatever its name is, the native ladybug is nearly gone.  I haven't seen a native one in years!

So, am wondering if your lanternfly was introduced on the East coast, or perhaps in Canada, and has moved south?  At any rate, if you didn't see if ever before, it probably was introduced, or hitched a ride on one of the many devices, vehicles, objects, that come into this country, unchecked.

BTW, what does it do?

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #265 on: October 15, 2018, 06:47:33 PM »
Well, at first we were told that it would attack tree trunks by sap-sucking, including orchard trees and grapevines.  However, we are noticing that "something" is hungrily defoliating understory plants, such as sunchokes, vaccinia, etc.

I think instead of panicking, will instead try to plant more biomass to account for their share.  We're too close to our first freeze and leaf drop this week to make a clear assessment, but will be noticing in the coming growing season what they are attracted to the most.  They did seem to leave all nightshades alone, as well as berries other than Vaccinia genus.  What worries me is that all the mountain cranberries that we just put in the ground are Vaccinia too, but I heavily mulched them with aromatic cedar, and will hope that works as a deterrent.

Have read that those small beneficial wasps may be their natural enemies, and we do have a lot of them during the growing season, as they are attracted to the hydrangeas.

More to come after 6 months of winter here... ::)

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #266 on: January 14, 2019, 12:55:11 PM »
The Federal Register reported recently that GMO foods must now be disclosed to consumers on the packaging, but the term "GMO" has been replaced with the term "bio-engineered," making them sound almost like health foods.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/12/21/2018-27283/national-bioengineered-food-disclosure-standard 

Adding to the confusion is this "green" looking new symbol for "bio-engineered" foods with the sun shining over green crops on a cheery farm...



...and this other new symbol of the sun winking, because it knows a dirty little secret...



For the unaware, the round green symbols might at first glance almost resemble the "certified organic symbol," if one wasn't very familiar with it.



https://cen.acs.org/business/food-ingredients/Goodbye-GMO-hello-bioengineered/96/i20

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JmEpFLxBGc

https://www.advertisingandmarketinglawblog.com/2018/08/28/public-comments-to-the-proposed-national-bioengineered-food-standard/

https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2018/12/20/establishing-national-bioengineered-food-disclosure-standard
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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #267 on: March 27, 2019, 09:52:57 PM »
2018 news, but good news, nonetheless. :)

https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/toxic-tort-law/monsanto-roundup-lawsuit/roundup-class-action-lawsuit/

Roundup Class Action Lawsuit

Monsanto to Pay $289.2 Million in Landmark Roundup Lawsuit Verdict
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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #268 on: May 13, 2019, 11:05:47 PM »
 ;D  ;D  ;D    Scuse it, I just had to copy this from a FB post I just saw:

Monsanto is getting a whooping!"
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https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-bayer-roundup-monsanto-cancer-pilliod-20190513-story.html?fbclid=IwAR0XCKklipUw5TC5dExGdP_01R098Atnaa_WNKbZMuUg_xWOJD80Or4sVsd

Jury awards $2 billion to couple claiming Monsanto’s Roundup gave them cancer
By BLOOMBERG


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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #269 on: June 15, 2019, 08:11:35 AM »
The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that the White House has signed an Executive Order fast-tracking GMO foods into the food supply by deregulating them.

https://www.apnews.com/2895e0f0ef344d16bfcf6f457ed2e759



Referred by Dahboo77:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRaQQ1BqGQ8 @ around 50:30

 

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