Wesleyan BioJustice

Brian Brotman ’07 writes in:

Think it’s kind of scary that a single multinational corporation owns 95% of all crops?

Frightened by the notion of untested, unproven, and potentially dangerous food technology has been given the green light to enter our diets without our consent or knowlege?

Think it’s fucked up that ecological stability, sustainability, and global food production are all being threatened for a corporate bottom line?

Want to do something about it?

Join Wesleyan BioJustice. Right now we’re organizing for the BioJustice convergence in Boston, planning awareness events, and bringing the Rising Tide Roadshow to Wesleyan, tentatively planned for April 29th.

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6 thoughts on “Wesleyan BioJustice

  1. Anonymous

    Dear anonymous person before me.GMO crops fufill the seemingly-hyperbole-laden statement. Mmm, rat organs!You can, in fact, feed the world without GMO crops (or petroleum-based fertilizers+pesticides, for that matter.)Unfortunately, agricultural products aren’t managed responsibly even after their ecologically harmful production. We feed much of our enormous grain crop to our cows. This is pretty much ridiculous.I’m not sure which genetically modified crops you’re talking about, but as far as I know, the most common ones are manufactured by Monsanto and are of the RoundUp! Ready variety. This means that you can basically drench the fields with RoundUp!, killing everything that isn’t your crops. Oh, and the other main attraction is a line of crops that manufactures its own pesticide in the actual tissues of the plant. So you’re not applying more pesticide from the outside, you’re actually converting your crop into a miniature pesticide factory.I don’t like this technology.But whatever, I’m sure Europe just has its head up its political netherzone.P.S. ‘Golden Rice’ etc are pretty much PR stunts. GAh.ta!

  2. Anonymous

    Dear anonymous person before me.

    GMO crops fufill the seemingly-hyperbole-laden statement. Mmm, rat organs!

    You can, in fact, feed the world without GMO crops (or petroleum-based fertilizers+pesticides, for that matter.)

    Unfortunately, agricultural products aren’t managed responsibly even after their ecologically harmful production. We feed much of our enormous grain crop to our cows. This is pretty much ridiculous.

    I’m not sure which genetically modified crops you’re talking about, but as far as I know, the most common ones are manufactured by Monsanto and are of the RoundUp! Ready variety. This means that you can basically drench the fields with RoundUp!, killing everything that isn’t your crops. Oh, and the other main attraction is a line of crops that manufactures its own pesticide in the actual tissues of the plant. So you’re not applying more pesticide from the outside, you’re actually converting your crop into a miniature pesticide factory.

    I don’t like this technology.
    But whatever, I’m sure Europe just has its head up its political netherzone.

    P.S. ‘Golden Rice’ etc are pretty much PR stunts. GAh.

    ta!

  3. Anonymous

    Norman Borlaug > Brian Brotman.Furthermore, a single multinational corporation “owns 95% of all crops”? Doubtful. Agribusiness as an industry might be responsible for close to 95% of food produced within the US – but that’s not what BioJustice appears to be claiming. Not even close.Untested, unproven, and potentially dangerous food technology? Yeah, that doesn’t sound like hyperbole at all. As far as ecological stability, sustainability, and global food production are concerned, genetic modification is one technology that offers the huge gains to all three. Genetically modified crops need less pesticide, less fertilizer, and less water. They produce higher and more nutritious yields. As far as GMO and the EU goes, studying politics might do for “starters.”

  4. Anonymous

    Norman Borlaug > Brian Brotman.

    Furthermore, a single multinational corporation “owns 95% of all crops”? Doubtful. Agribusiness as an industry might be responsible for close to 95% of food produced within the US – but that’s not what BioJustice appears to be claiming. Not even close.

    Untested, unproven, and potentially dangerous food technology? Yeah, that doesn’t sound like hyperbole at all.

    As far as ecological stability, sustainability, and global food production are concerned, genetic modification is one technology that offers the huge gains to all three. Genetically modified crops need less pesticide, less fertilizer, and less water. They produce higher and more nutritious yields.

    As far as GMO and the EU goes, studying politics might do for “starters.”

  5. Gledwood

    I was trying to work out what side of the pond you were on just now…Reason being, here in Europe the consumer is dead against the idea of buying gm soya. WE DO NOT WANT IT. And America’s government was acting to the EU like the EU was just spoiling for a trade-war over nothing because they wanted not to take gm stuff to Europe. EUROPEANS DO NOT WANT GM.Anyone else agree with me?? Come on someone. You can vouch that what I say is true. I’m not an “activist”… I’m not that much into politics etc. But I really don’t want gm food on my plate I can tell you that for “starters”, as it were…All the best nowGledwood

  6. Gledwood

    I was trying to work out what side of the pond you were on just now…

    Reason being, here in Europe the consumer is dead against the idea of buying gm soya. WE DO NOT WANT IT. And America’s government was acting to the EU like the EU was just spoiling for a trade-war over nothing because they wanted not to take gm stuff to Europe.

    EUROPEANS DO NOT WANT GM.

    Anyone else agree with me?? Come on someone. You can vouch that what I say is true.

    I’m not an “activist”… I’m not that much into politics etc. But I really don’t want gm food on my plate I can tell you that for “starters”, as it were…

    All the best now

    Gledwood

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