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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

US Farm Report's John Phipps on GMO's

Was watching the Farm Report Saturday, and forgot to mention this, but here you go, thought some of you might find his opinion interesting.

MAILBAG: TIME NOW FOR OUR WEEKLY LOOK INSIDE THE FARM REPORT MAILBAG....THOMAS OBRIEN COMMENTS ABOUT GMO'S AND OUR COVERAGE: "I FEEL THAT THE US FARM REPORT IS A MOUTHPIECE FOR MONSANTO AND DOW CHEMICAL. BOTH DEKALB AND PIONEER CORN ARE "GENETICALLY MODIFIED" GRAINS FOR MONSANTO. I NOTICE THAT YOU NEVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT THE "GMO " HAY THAT IS ALSO BEING PRODUCED AND MARKETED." THOMAS, THANKS FOR WRITING. I ADDRESS YOUR POINTS IN REVERSE. WE DID NOT MENTION THE APPROVAL OF ROUNDUP-READY ALFALFA BECAUSE IN MY OPINION, IT WASN'T BIG ENOUGH NEWS. IN FACT, THE WHOLE GMO CONTROVERSY IS FADING RAPIDLY IN THE GENERAL POPULATION. AFTER TWENTY YEARS OF GROWING G-M SOYBEANS AND ALMOST AS LONG WITH CORN WE SEE NO EVIDENCE OF HEALTH OR ENVIRONMENTAL HARM, DESPITE THE BEST EFFORTS OF SERIOUS RESEARCHERS DETERMINED TO PROVE THEM DANGEROUS. PEOPLE ARE NOT DROPPING IN THE STREETS FROM EATING APPROVED GMO'S AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS HAVE NOT DEVELOPED. THERE ARE ISSUES, SUCH AS RESISTANT WEEDS, BUT THESE ARE NOT HEALTH RISKS. MORE TELLINGLY, I USED TO RECEIVE A SIGNIFICANT PREMIUM FOR NON-GMO CORN, FOR EXAMPLE. NO LONGER - A CLEAR MARKET SIGNAL OF ACCEPTANCE. THERE ARE ALWAYS RUMORS THAT BIG CORPORATIONS CONTROL THE CONTENT OF MEDIA, AND FRANKLY I HAVE SEEN OCCASIONAL EVIDENCE OF TIPTOEING AROUND TOPICS MYSELF, NOTABLY ETHANOL. BUT THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED ON U.S. FARM REPORT ARE MINE ALONE, AND IF THEY SEEM TO AGREE WITH SPONSORS ON OCCASION, IT IS BECAUSE I DO. AS ALWAYS, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU, SEND COMMENTS TO MAILBAG@USFARMREPORT.COM OR LEAVE US A VOICE MAIL AT 800-792-4329.

9 comments:

Rivenfae said...

Thats interesting... bet he makes lots of money on his farm...

Jane said...

Yes I bet he does too! I wonder what else they consider harmless? Blessings jane

Rivenfae said...

*waves hand* Oh I know what is harmless... "Aspartame"

quote"1967: Searle began the safety tests on aspartame that were necessary for applying for FDA approval of food additives. Dr. Harold Waisman, a biochemist at the University of Wisconsin, conducts aspartame safety tests on infant monkeys on behalf of the Searle Company. Of the 7 monkeys that were being fed aspartame mixed with milk, 1 monkey DIED and 5 other monkeys had grand mal seizures."

But that's just perfectly safe too... http://bestmeal.info/monsanto/company-history.shtml#timeline

Phelan said...

I was thinking about aspartame, as well as cigarettes, and cocaine.

Michelle said...

Don't forget medicinal heroin and other opium products! They were used successfully to sedate people, especially women, for years.

I do find it interesting that he no longer receives a premium price for non-GMO corn. I wonder if that is a sign of the hard economic times rather than "widespread market acceptance." Because I'm here to tell him that I no longer let my children have corn-based cereals like Frosted Flakes (or even the store brand without corn syrup) or national brand grits. I went searching for organic grits - found 'em - did you know that polenta is the same as grits? I didn't! But the staff at Whole Foods did.

Wendy said...

Phelan - I have a question to ask you, but I can't find a more private way to contact you. I'm hoping you would email me :).

wendy at sign happilyhome dot com

Thanks in advance.

Green Griffin said...

I'll concur with Michelle. I no longer buy ANY corn or corn syrup laden product, most notably because there are no labeling laws for GMO. How does that hit big farms? Probably only affects the premium non-GMO corn market prices, but I want my consumer vote made clearly against GMOs, especially if this nut interprets it as "acceptance".

Kelle said...

"AFTER TWENTY YEARS OF GROWING G-M SOYBEANS AND ALMOST AS LONG WITH CORN WE SEE NO EVIDENCE OF HEALTH OR ENVIRONMENTAL HARM, DESPITE THE BEST EFFORTS OF SERIOUS RESEARCHERS DETERMINED TO PROVE THEM DANGEROUS. PEOPLE ARE NOT DROPPING IN THE STREETS FROM EATING APPROVED GMO'S AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS HAVE NOT DEVELOPED."

Okay I see the reality this guy lives in*sigh* How about all of the new diseases and cancers fribromyalgia(sp?) Mesothelioma(sp?), rare and weird cancers, food allergies, etc....? Yeah I'm going to believe what this guy says, what a nutcase!

Thanks for sharing this, it's always fun to read what the sheeple think.
Blessings,
Kelle

Dramora said...

Even if they don't cause any health risk to humans, what it does to the farmers who don't want to use Monsanto's seeds is a big problem.

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