Stop the Dow Duo: Don’t Enlist for the Glyphosate and Agent Orange Cocktail
Edited by Robin Seydel, from a variety of sources
As reported by Reuters on Sept 17, The US Department of Agriculture gave final approval to new genetically modified corn and soybeans developed by Dow AgroSciences. These GMO products are engineered to resist both Monsanto’s Glyphosate and Dow’s 2,4-D best known as the active ingredient in Agent Orange.
Approval of the GMO corn and soybeans to be sold as part of a branded “Enlist Weed Control System” means the traits could be on the market for the 2015 US planting season, according to Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical.
With approval of the two GMO products in the bag, Dow is now awaiting approval from the Environmental Protection Agency for the Enlist herbicide cocktail. Like the popular Roundup Ready system developed by rival Monsanto, the heavy use of which has triggered an explosion of herbicide-resistant “super weeds” the new EPA approved corn and soy will tolerate repeated spraying of the Enlist Weed Control herbicide. Dow estimates that the prevalence of resistant weeds has more than doubled since 2009 and so-called “super weeds” now infest roughly 70 million acres of U.S. farmland. Monsanto is also developing a new biotech cropping system.
Pass the Agent Orange, Please!
Enlist combines a 60-year-old herbicide component known as 2,4-D, best known as one of the active ingredients in Agent Orange, with glyphosate, the chief ingredient in long-used Roundup. Concerned consumers, farmers and conservationists say the use of 2,4-D can cause potential health and environmental problems, including increasing weed resistance. And they fear the chemical will damage neighboring farm fields. Fruit and vegetable farmers are particularly concerned that 2,4-D drift will lead to crop damage.
“The USDA approval of Enlist after such a fundamentally flawed review process is a slap in the face to farmers,” said Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, senior scientist with Pesticide Action Network (PAN). “Thousands of farmers have warned USDA of the crop damage, economic losses and health risks they will face from pesticide drift, if these 2,4-D resistant seeds hit the market.” Ishii-Eiteman hinted at a lawsuit, saying PAN would pursue “legal options” to protect farmers. (Reporting by Carey Gillam in Kansas City on the Reuters Newswire.)
The Center for Food Safety writes asking us “to all take just a few minutes to urge President Obama to stop this toxic herbicide and the genetically engineered crops that depend on it!”
“Enlist Duo is designed to be sprayed on Dow’s genetically engineered (GE) corn, soybeans and cotton, killing the weeds but not the crops. Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops are already failing because they created superweeds. Now imagine Roundup on overdrive. Scientists, lawmakers and millions of citizens know that more chemicals are not the answer to the superweed problem.”
The Los Angeles Times recently editorialized, “Just as the nation must stop overusing antibiotics if it hopes to slow the emergence of resistant infections, it must do the same with herbicides and genetically modified crops. The way to deal with so-called superweeds isn’t by escalating the arms race against them.”
Despite half a million public comments, letters from scientists and health care professionals, and a letter signed by 60 Members of Congress opposing government approval, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently gave Dow’s risky crops the green light. This GE crop system ensures a toxic spiral of ever-increasing chemical use on our land and food.
These new crops pose a grave threat to our health. 2,4-D has been linked to major health problems including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption, and reproductive problems. Independent tests continue to turn up highly toxic dioxin contaminants in 2,4-D. The USDA admitted it could be as much as 176 million pounds per year on farms and fields!
Tell Obama to stop Dow Chemical’s “Agent Orange” crops and the toxic chemicals they rely on! Go to www.centerforfoodsafety.org to sign on to the petition. Or join the Organic Consumers’ Association campaign at www.organicconsumers.org
The Co-op’s Got a Turkey for Every Taste!
Embudo Valley Organics:
Once again, this Thanksgiving the Co-op is pleased to be able to offer the famous Embudo Valley Organics Turkeys. Embudo Valley Organics David Rigsby and Johnny McMullen and their staff hand raise and hand care for every one of their birds. These locally raised birds have free access to acres of pastureland and live their whole lives outside doing what healthy happy birds do. When they are grain fed they eat the certified organic barley, wheat, rye and oats grown right on the Farm. To supplement their feed when necessary they are fed certified organic corn and soy mixed with certified organic molasses and high omega-flax seed. Embudo Valley also sells their certified organic poultry feed through our Coop Distribution Center’s Food-Shed Project to many of our local egg producers.
The Embudo Valley Farm pledges that all “our turkeys are family farmed, raised using humane and environmentally responsible methods to provide you with the freshest, safest and most flavorful meats available.” Their birds are plump and happy, not de-beaked, de-clawed or disfigured in any way and are harvested in the most humane way possible.
If you haven’t yet tried an Embudo Valley turkey, make this the year you treat yourself to the best. Not only will you keep local New Mexican family farmers on the land and farming, but you’ll get to eat what will no doubt be the most delicious holiday turkey you have ever eaten.
These turkeys come fresh directly from the farm to our Co-ops and are not frozen. Look for them in the meat cases at all Co-op locations, no need to special order. For more information contact Grace in Santa Fe at 984-2852, Cameron at Nob Hill at 265-4631, Elena in the Valley at 242-8800, or Sydney in Gallup at 863-5383 and Meg at the Westside at 503-2550.
Mary’s Turkeys: Choose from Certified Organic or All Natural
Since 1954, the Pitman Family has raised turkeys for the Thanksgiving holiday. Today, with more and more companies introducing “Free Range” products, we want every consumer to experience the difference Mary’s offers.. Mary’s Free-Range birds begin life on a farm in California’s Central Valley. The Pitman family has built its reputation by growing fewer, but superior, Free-Range turkeys year after year.
Mary’s Certified Organic Turkey
Mary’s Free-Range Organic Turkeys are never caged, eat only certified organic feed and are raised in the most humane farming practices for healthful eating. Certified Organic feeds must be Certified by the USDA and everything that goes in them must be certified as well. Mary’s Organic Turkey feed does not contain any of the following:
• NO Animal By Products
• NO Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
• NO Antibiotics
• NO Pesticide Treated Grains
• NO Grains Grown with Chemical Fertilizers
• NO Synthetic Amino Acids
All of Mary’s Free Range turkeys are:
Free-range, vegetarian fed, gluten free, are NEVER given Antibiotics or hormones, or animal by-products. Mary’s Free Range turkeys are raised on healthful grains and allowed to roam in areas four times the size of the average commercial turkey ranch. Their high protein diet provides the optimum amount of nutrients for healthful growth. These all natural turkeys provide great quality at an excellent price point for La Montanita shoppers.
Come to your favorite Co-op location and choose the turkey that best fits your palette and your pocket book. Look for local, organic, fresh Embudo Turkeys, or Mary’s Organic or Free Range in the meat cases at all Coop locations. They will be arriving on November 18th.
The minute the leaves start changing, I just have a taste for this delicious Apple Crisp. It's the official announcement of Autumn. I find it interesting to experiment with different varieties of apples. My crisp topping doesn't include butter—it's made with a rich oil such as olive. Some crisp toppings aren't actually crispy, but I've figured out a solution; if you add a little water to the mixture just before cooking, it creates a crunchier texture. Try serving with your favorite non-dairy ice cream and enjoy! –Adrienne Weiss
- 2 1/2 pounds apples (about 7), peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons sugar of choice
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- small pinch of cloves
- 1 lemon (juiced)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2/3 cup rolled oats (old fashioned, not quick-cooking)
- 2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 2/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons water
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix the apples with the first eight ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, mix the oats, flour, brown sugar, walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
- Drizzle the olive oil over the dry mixture and combine with your fingers until crumbly. Add the water and stir briefly with a fork.
- Put the apple mixture in a lightly oiled 8x8 inch baking dish, then sprinkle on the crumbly topping.
- Bake for 40 minutes, or until the top is golden and the apples are tender. Try serving with your favorite non-dairy ice cream and enjoy!
Carbon Economy Series: Hemp Returns
By Doug Fine
I’m writing these words ten minutes after President Obama has legalized hemp. If you’re not yet among the throngs pausing for collective pinching of self and recitation of, “God Bless America,” you will be, pretty soon. He did this by signing the 2014 Farm Bill, which included a tucked-in, bi-partisan amendment that allows university research of the crop.
I’m happy for real world reasons that go far beyond the fact that the President of the United States, together with the U.S. Congress, is now, albeit inadvertently, part of the marketing team for my new book. They in fact made the dream expressed in its first paragraph one big step closer to reality.
The American re-embracing of its once most lucrative and important crop was indeed a move for the good of American farming, industry, and tax base. This I found when I saw the Canadian farmer and processor profit margin on its hemp harvest. It’s ten times that of wheat. We’ll have federal Hemp Appreciation long weekends in February or October some day. But when you take the long-term view, today qualifies as a mark-the-calendar day in human history, not just American history. That’s because our energy future just got a lot brighter and cleaner.
Hemp’s return is a bit overdue. Just for the record, here’s the timeline: hemp legal: twelve thousand years. Hemp illegal: seventy-seven. Just last week, a Stanford-led team discovered well-preserved hemp clothes at a nine thousand-year-old village site in Turkey. A nice ensemble,ranging from infant size to big-and-tall.
In fact, the publicity folks at my publisher have asked me to provide them a timeline more specific than “humans have widely used hemp for the past twelve millennia.” So for those who like to see things itemized:
–10,000 BCE: Hemp in wide use for clothing, food and medicine. It is a “camp follower,” a seed that people take with them as they move. Hemp clothing found in good condition by Stanford University led archeological team in 9,000-year-old Turkish village in February of this year.
–Year Zero: Chinese pharmacopeia describes multiple cannabis-based remedies. Persians call hempShaah-daaneh, or “King of Seeds.”
–14th Through 20th Centuries: Hemp provides rigging and caulking for European Age of Exploration.
–1776: Thomas Jefferson drafts Declaration of Independence on hemp paper.
–1820s: U.S. government sponsors contests to produce domestic hemp that rivals expensive imports.
–19th Century: American West settled via wagons covered with hemp canvas.
–1850s-1930s: Kentucky hemp germplasm considered the world’s finest. Hemp industry employs thousands of farmers and processors in a dozen states. U.S. dominates world industry.
–1937: Hemp banned in the Marihuana Stamp Act.
–1942: Hemp For Victory propaganda film: Prohibition gets off to a poor start. Hemp re-legalized because Japanese have captured Filipino hemp sources (note that the drug war is already pushing industry offshore).
–1952: My grandmother moves to Hempstead, NY
–1994: In an executive order, President Bill Clinton includes hemp among “the essential agricultural products that should be stocked for defense preparedness purposes.”
–1996: Canada re-legalizes hemp.
–2002: BMW begins using hemp fiber in auto door panels, and still does.
–February 7, 2014:President Obama re-legalizes hemp by signing the 2014 Farm Bill. Canada’s fifteen-year-old market worth a billion dollars annually.
In the big scheme of things, it was a short, head-scratching separation between humans and their longest-utilized plant. My day job of the past several years, investigating the role of the cannabis plant in humanity’s economic and climate mitigation arsenal, has, due to irrefutable evidence, convinced me that it’s essential to bring one of our most useful plants back into the economy: I don’t think of hemp as having been “legalized” so much as “returning to its normal status.” In Hemp Bound I set out to explain why the plant has returned in such a big way and why it matters. The short answer, according to more than one of the hemp agronomists I interviewed for the book, is that we can’t afford not to re-learn the ways to maximize this plant’s harvest, and quickly. On a bright, subzero morning in Manitoba last year, I found myself at a Canadian research facility being shown a tractor body made entirely from hemp — hemp that was grown and cultivated just a few miles away. This is about as closed a loop as it gets: powered by hemp, built from hemp (including the sealant that holds the contemporary curved hood design together), and doing the work to harvest the hemp and start the cycle all over again. I rapped my knuckles on the hood and kicked it. Solid!
“Why hemp?” I asked research team leader Simon Potter of Manitoba’s Composites Innovation Centre, “Because it’s stronger, cheaper and much less energy demanding than petroleum based plastics,” he said. “These are the industrial components of the future. We have no choice. Petroleum is done.”
Doug Fine, author of Hemp Bound will be teaching in Santa Fe about hemp, that make it the most important cash crop in America today as it was to our forefathers. Join us on November 21, 2014 from 7-9 pm for a dynamic talk and on November 22 from 9am-5pm for an all day workshop at the Santa Fe Community College,
For more information or to register call us at: (505) 819-3828 or visit www.carboneconomyseries.com