By Dra Graciela Gomez
What is bio, organic, healthy can never coexist surrounded by transgenic monocultures like houses, schools and waterways. What must we do to make them realize it? Plant amaranth around each garden as an environmental protection area? Wire schools, roads and rivers like the prisons of the Federal Capital? Send all the hives to the planet Mars to preserve the few bees that we have?
Far from the wishes and initiatives of countries like Canada and the European Union, Argentina only thinks about destroying more, poisoning more and giving away more resources to the detriment of the future of the country. While the wordshops of the poisoners multiply, the agroshopings stand out for the insults that their greatest exponents give from the boxes, without hiding that their wishes are lower retentions and more subsidies for their obese feedlot cows without regulation. The bio and the lean for them is a utopia of dreamers and the state the enemy. Each field is a nation, a separate state where everything is possible. In this sense, experiment with genetics, irrigate chemicals, divert water courses, flood, deforest, and mainly kill the neighbor. The green dollar is the end at all costs and some governments accompany them with a wink in one eye and a whip in their hand.
A kind of sadomasochistic encounter from the barn of the world. The complicities, omissions and lack of sustainable programs submerge the words of the first president into oblivion and to wandering portfolios. Creating inputs and soybean slices with pesticides can hardly pass the controls of any serious organism, much less reach the port.
But the bio murmur is making itself heard louder. The Biological Sector of Quebec in Canada wants production to rise to 50,000 hectares cultivated organically by 2013. For that year it wants not only to double the offer of organic products, but to stimulate consumer confidence and reduce risks of contamination by genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
They also aim to create "value chains", in the image of the one that was developed in organic wheat, transformed into flour, then into bread and pastry shops. A dozen products with high added value could be developed in this way, according to Alain Rioux, general director bio of the Sector, whose offices are located in Lévis.
Québec's organic producers meet only 30% of the domestic needs, the large retailers, which tended to favor quantity rather than quality, are now actively searching for healthy local products. The first action plan of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) was known at the end of July. The objectives are to increase by almost 20% the areas without chemical fertilizers or pesticides and by 26% the number of agricultural companies duly certified in 2013 to exceed 50,000 hectares and 1,300 ecological companies.
In Argentina something else happens. "The Nation is not formed by a single reality, but by a set of diversities that we must prioritize," said the Minister of Agriculture Julián Dominguez. "The challenge is to achieve greater production with more producers in the fields, so the role of regional economies is fundamental." Nice phrase, late for my taste, when the regional economies have almost disappeared or mutated to the star bean.
Surely when he said the phrase he did not think that what is bio, organic, healthy can never coexist surrounded by transgenic monocultures like houses, schools and waterways. What must we do to make them realize it? Plant amaranth around each garden as an environmental protection area? Wire schools, roads and rivers like the prisons of the Federal Capital? Send all the hives to the planet Mars to preserve the few bees that we have?
Producers in these countries expect stricter controls on seeds to avoid losing both lucrative and rigorous export markets. To carry this out, the Biological Sector of Quebec will be able to count on a budget of 250,000 dollars a year allocated by MAPAQ for the next three years.
Since this application relies on consumer confidence in the organic designation, the organization intends to make it known.
No local newsletter published that last August 26 in Geneva, nine new chemicals were added to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals found in some common consumer products today. "The inclusion of these 9 POPs in the Stockholm Convention shows that governments around the world are committed to reducing and ultimately eliminating chemicals throughout the world community, in order to advance public health, contribute to sustainable development and increase gains from the green economy, "said UNEP Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director Achim Steiner.
The Stockholm Convention determined that it is pesticides and industrial chemicals that can kill people, damage the nervous and immune systems, cause cancer and reproductive disorders, and interfere with the normal growth of babies and alter child development.
The nine new chemicals listed in Annexes A, B and C of the Stockholm Convention are: alpha hexachlorocyclohexane (a by-product of lindane, potentially carcinogenic to humans and wildlife); beta hexachlorocyclohexane (shares the characteristics of alpha hexachlorocyclohexane); Chlordecone (a pesticide classified as a possible human carcinogen toxic to aquatic organisms); Hexabromobiphenyl (classified as a possible human carcinogen); hexabromodiphenyl ether and heptabromodiphenyl ether (commercial grade octabromodiphenyl ether); lindane (an insecticide used in seeds, soil, wood treatment used in pharmaceutical form for the treatment of head lice and scabies); pentachlorobenzene (very toxic to aquatic organisms); perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, its salts and sulfonyl fluoride perfluorooactane (used in electrical and electronic components, photographic images, hydraulic fluids and textiles), tetrabromodiphenyl ether and pentabromodiphenyl ether (pentabrominated diphenyl ether) (industrial chemical, toxic to wildlife).
Recently, in Brussels, the European Commission tried to ignore what has been demonstrated on several occasions: the overwhelming opposition of the population of the European Union to the spread of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their agriculture.
Before things go too far, it would be good to take a closer look at GMOs. There, GM crops are far from beneficial. It's quite the opposite. Contrary to the public relations myths given in their own interest by the food giants, there is no GMO seed that provides superior yields to conventional crops, or that has less need for toxic chemical herbicides. For this simple reason, there is no possibility of making a profit.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho is a renowned geneticist and biophysicist. According to Dr. Ho, the ecological time bomb associated with GMOs is about to explode. After several years of constant application of patented glyphosate herbicide, such as Monsanto's famous Roundup, nature has responded by developing herbicide-resistant “super weeds”, which demands much more, not less, to herbicides. ABC Television, has produced a new documentary titled "The super of the poor cannot be destroyed. "and Marie Monique Robin announces her new documentary on POPs for the end of the year.
As detailed in the book "Seeds of Destruction" by F. William Engdahl, GM crops and seeds were patented and developed in the 1970s, thanks to the significant financial support of a pro-eugenics organization, the Rockefeller Foundation, primarily by the chemical companies, Monsanto Chemicals, DuPont and Dow Chemicals. All three were implicated in the highly toxic Agent Orange scandal used in Vietnam, and dioxins in the 1970s. When questioned, Monsanto technical development director Rick Cole said those problems were "manageable." He advised farmers to use different brands of herbicides produced by Monsanto and encourages farmers to mix glyphosate with other herbicides such as 2,4-D, banned in Sweden, Denmark and Norway for its links to cancer, reproductive and neurological damage. . 2,4-D is a component of Agent Orange produced by Monsanto for use in Vietnam in the 1960s.
For this reason, many EU governments advise farmers to return to traditional non-GM crops. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, organic food has risen from $ 3.6 billion in 1997 to $ 21.1 billion in 2008. The market is so flourishing that organic farms are struggling to provide adequate supply in the face of rapid increased consumer demand leading to periodic shortages of organic products.
A recent study by the University of Iowa and the Department of Agriculture, to evaluate the performance of farms during the three years of transition required to go from conventional production to certified organic, demonstrated the enormous benefits of organic agriculture over the OMG. The experiment, which lasted four years, showed that, although the yields were lower at the beginning, from the fourth year the amount produced by organic crops was higher.
On the other hand, the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) after three years of deliberations by 400 scientific participants and non-governmental representatives from 110 countries concluded that organic farming is the small-scale way to deal with the hunger, social inequalities and environmental disasters.
South America does not escape the increasingly beneficial results of traditional agriculture, which is not promoted either by the government or by the high schools that only promote agribusiness. A revealing data is given to me by Dr Walter Pengue, an agronomist engineer: “The Mato Grosso Institute of Agricultural Economics in Brazil shows that the cost of production of conventional soybeans in Mato Grosso for the 2010/11 harvest is 4.0% less than that of transgenic soy. On average among the different municipalities, the IMEA estimates a difference of R $ 60.88 / ha in favor of conventional soybeans.
A fact that our scientists have come to less than, our universities that promote agrocide and Senasa that acts as the gnocchi of a State, where everyone observes but nobody acts, should take into account. It is a result of August 2010, a completed month, to give rise to the genocide of the next few months, when the doors of the open-air gas chamber are opened and where the only important thing will be the record harvest.
Dr. Graciela Gomez, September 2010, Argentina
Landscape photo: Percy Schmeiser, sued Monsanto.
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