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Posted 18 February 2014 - 07:03 PM

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South African farmers suffered millions of dollars in lost income when 82,000 hectares of genetically-manipulated corn (maize) failed to produce hardly any seeds.The plants look lush and healthy from the outside. Monsanto has offered compensation.

Monsanto blames the failure of the three varieties of corn planted on these farms, in three South African provinces,on alleged 'underfertilisation processes in the laboratory". Some 280 of the 1,000 farmers who planted the three varieties of Monsanto corn this year, have reported extensive seedless corn problems.

Read more: http://www.digitaljo...1#ixzz2tha8Y8Jj


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 07:37 PM

The compensation will likely be more of the same going into the future.

From the article:

However Mayet says Monsanto was grossly understating the problem.According to her own information, some farms have suffered up to 80% crop failures. The centre is strongly opposed to GM-food and biologically-manipulated technology in general.

"Monsanto says they just made a mistake in the laboratory, however we say that biotechnology is a failure.You cannot make a 'mistake' with three different varieties of corn.'

Edited by OverSword, 18 February 2014 - 07:46 PM.


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 09:03 PM

What about a free large pizza and two-liter pop for compensation?

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 09:45 PM

Farmers using MONSANTO seeds are obligated by contract to use these seeds only and are not allowed
to use seeds from other suppliers or seeds from the own harvest of a former season. In case of breach of
agreement, fines up to 500K USD can apply.

2nd, if the vitality of seeds were manipulated by lab error, the option is given that seeds can be manipulated
deliberately to non-vitality. With that option the option is given and open to influence foreign harvesting
amounts and so to manipulate the global corn market, for example to the benefit of Stock Exchange Corn Futures.
Test balloon? Very dirty story anyway.

Edited by toast, 18 February 2014 - 09:55 PM.

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 10:08 PM

What nutrition does corn provide, anyways? As far as I can see it's just starch on top of starch..

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Google tells me it has Iron, vitamin b-6 and magnesium.

...that's it, nutritionally. But yet corn is in everything and it's subsidized by the government. Strange.

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 10:05 AM

:huh:

Old news, and... "massively"?

Lets see, with genetically engineered maize planted on ~60% area (of total corn), corn production in SA must have been in a deep hole in 2009... Well, in 2009 there was, actually, increase by ~7% (total corn) in comparison with 2008. So much for "massively".

And lets hear what "evil" side has to say:

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The average yield reduction was 25% in the fields affected by the pollination variation. It is not 25 % of the total corn planted of the three hybrids and certainly not 25 % of total corn plantings and most definitely not 80% as some blogs and sites are reporting.
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In the end, all complaints were addressed and settled, and Monsanto received positive feedback on how this issue was handled [...]
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Posted 19 February 2014 - 02:53 PM

It seems that Mexico has banned GMO corn on the back of this. I suppose there is always some silver lining to every disaster.

http://www.trueactiv...ve-immediately/

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Edited by Br Cornelius, 19 February 2014 - 02:54 PM.

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 04:09 PM

View PostDark_Grey, on 18 February 2014 - 10:08 PM, said:

What nutrition does corn provide, anyways? As far as I can see it's just starch on top of starch..

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Google tells me it has Iron, vitamin b-6 and magnesium.

...that's it, nutritionally. But yet corn is in everything and it's subsidized by the government. Strange.

starches are hydrocarbons, hydrocarbons are the mainstay of all metabolism.

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 06:45 PM

Right, because non-GM crops have NEVER failed.

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 06:46 PM

View PostBr Cornelius, on 19 February 2014 - 02:53 PM, said:

It seems that Mexico has banned GMO corn on the back of this. I suppose there is always some silver lining to every disaster.

http://www.trueactiv...ve-immediately/

PS - Go to the horse's mouth for the real story bmk :w00t:

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The growing of GM corn, yes. The import, no.

Meanwhile, Brasil has gone all-in on GM foods.  

http://www.businessw...-mexico-says-no

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 10:04 AM

View PostBr Cornelius, on 19 February 2014 - 02:53 PM, said:

It seems that Mexico has banned GMO corn on the back of this. I suppose there is always some silver lining to every disaster.

http://www.trueactiv...ve-immediately/

PS - Go to the horse's mouth for the real story bmk :w00t:

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You see it as "victory", don't you? Well, if it will happen (or indeed already happened - too lazy to dig it deeper), I will say: "Welcome back tilting, good morning good old hybrids, or new ones with the same patent issues, same (or worse) pesticide/fertilizer related issues...". Where is a "win", or did I missed something?

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 11:08 AM

The primary win is in knocking back Monsanto's plan to dominate and control all Corn seed. The secondary win is in rolling back weakly tested and overall unbeneficial GMO technology.
The current crop of GMO's are all about big business control agriculture, whether there will be any real benefit from GMO's in the future is yet to be seen.

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 11:17 AM

View PostBr Cornelius, on 20 February 2014 - 11:08 AM, said:

The current crop of GMO's are all about big business control agriculture, whether there will be any real benefit from GMO's in the future is yet to be seen.
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Exactly. And the still underestimated fact is that this control option can be used as a hidden political tool as well.

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 11:48 AM

View PostBr Cornelius, on 20 February 2014 - 11:08 AM, said:

The primary win is in knocking back Monsanto's plan to dominate and control all Corn seed. The secondary win is in rolling back weakly tested and overall unbeneficial GMO technology.
The current crop of GMO's are all about big business control agriculture, whether there will be any real benefit from GMO's in the future is yet to be seen.

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Yeah? And what arguments you will put when, for example, DuPont Pioneer will take over seed (hybrids) market?

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 03:44 PM

Knowing Monsanto's tactics of prosecuting farmers who have residual GMO on their land - even when they never planted it, almost anything has to be better than their bully boy strategy.

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