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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

REAL DEMOCRACY NOW! Concentration in Brussels, Belgium! Uncut Anti Ecoconic Bailout NWO Crimes Protest

REAL DEMOCRACY NOW! Concentration in Brussels, Belgium

Friday, 20 May • 18:30 to 22:30
Square in the embassy along rue de la Science .- 1040 Brussels.

We are ordinary people. We like you: people who get up every morning to study, work or to find work, people who have family and friends. People who work hard every day to live and give a better future for those around us.
Some of us consider it more progressive, others more conservative. Some believers, some not. Some have well-defined ideology, others will consider ... apolitical ... But we are all concerned and outraged by the political, economic and social development we see around us. Through the corruption of politicians, businessmen, bankers ... In the helplessness of ordinary people.
This hurts us all daily. But if we all unite, we can change it. It's time to get moving, time to build together a better society. Therefore strongly argue that:

• The priorities of any advanced society must be equality, progress, solidarity, freedom of access to culture, ecological sustainability and development, welfare and happiness of people.
• There are basic rights that should be covered in these societies: the right to housing, employment, culture, health, education, political participation, free personal development, and consumer rights of property necessary for a healthy and happy life.
• The current functioning of our government and economic system fails to address these priorities and is an obstacle to human progress.
• Democracy of the people (demos = people, cracy = government) so the government should be of the people. However, in this country most of the political class do not even listen. Its functions should be to bring our voice to the institutions, facilitating the political participation of citizens through direct channels that provide the greatest benefit to the wider society, not to get rich and prosper at our expense, attending only to the dictates of major economic powers and clinging to power through a dictatorship headed by the immovable partitocrática acronym PPSOE.
• The desire and accumulation of power in a few create inequality, tension and injustice, which leads to violence, we reject. The obsolete and unnatural economic model blocks the social machinery in a spiral that consumes itself by enriching a few and is sinking into poverty and limited the rest. Until the collapse.

• The will and purpose of the system is the accumulation of money, take precedence over efficiency and welfare of society. Wasting resources, destroying the planet, creating unemployment and unhappy consumers.
• Citizens are part of the cog in a machine designed to enrich a minority who does not know our needs. We are anonymous, but without us none of this would exist, as we move the world.
• If as a society learn not to trust our future to an abstract economic returns which never benefits the most, we can eliminate the abuses and shortcomings that we all suffer.
• We need an ethical revolution. We put money above human being and when we have to our service. We are people, not products on the market. I am not only what I buy, why they buy and who to buy it.

For all the above, I am outraged.
I think I can change it.
I think I can help.
I know that together we can.
Hang out with us. It's your right.

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Monday, 16 May 2011

Global Alert World Awareness: Monsanto GM Maize Contaminates Natural Non-GM Crops in Uruguay

1. GM maize contaminates non-GM crops in Uruguay
2. New study on GM maize contamination in Uruguay
1. GM maize contaminates non-GM crops in Uruguay
Daniela Hirschfeld
09 May 2011

Contamination of traditional maize crops planted near genetically modified (GM) maize fields may be common in Uruguay, where the cultivation of GM maize has been permitted since 2003, scientists have said.

A study published in Environmental Biosafety Research (25 March) has found GM seedlings in three traditional maize fields. It is said to be the first report of cross-fertilisation between GM and non-GM maize in South America.

Studies on the unplanned presence of GM maize and the contamination of non-GM crops in Latin America have led to some controversial cases, such as a retracted 2001 Nature study from Mexico and a 2007 Peruvian study that led to a libel case against one of the scientists who challenged the findings and a subsequent campaign for freedom of speech for scientists.

And Monsanto's GM maize trial in Mexico has recently re-ignited the debate in the country that boasts the most diverse maize genetic resources.
But, unlike Mexico and Peru, Uruguay permits the cultivation of GM maize. The varieties MON810 and Bt11 were approved for commercial planting in 2003 and 2004, respectively.

Governmental regulations specify that GM and non-GM crop fields should be more than 250 metres apart to avoid cross-fertilisation and ensure their "regulated coexistence", and that 10 per cent of the field should be non-GM to provide a refuge area for biodiversity.

In the latest research, scientists from Uruguay's University of the Republic analysed five pairs of commercial maize fields where farmers planted GM maize at about the same time as a nearby non-GM crop.
Studying commercial fields is better than using experimental plots, which may not correspond to the real-life situation, the scientists argue.

In three cases they detected foreign genes from GM maize, the 'transgenes', in seedlings produced by seeds taken from the non-GM crops. The transgenes were presumably blown over in pollen from the GM fields.

The highest percentage of transgenic seedlings was 0.83 per cent in a field 100 metres from the GM maize field.
In one case, the cross-fertilisation occurred despite a Eucalyptus tree barrier (12 metres high, 30 metres wide) separating the fields, and another case involved cross-fertilisation between fields more than 250 metres apart.

Cross-fertilisation may therefore be "a common situation in Uruguay", the authors said, adding that the area planted with GM maize in the country is increasing.

"These results also show that the current regulation in Uruguay is insufficient and that the actual 'coexistence policy' is not well known among farmers," Pablo Galeano, the study's lead author, told SciDev.Net. "I think that to talk about 'regulated coexistence' without the necessary tools to make it viable is nothing more than rhetoric."

But Galeano cautioned that the findings may not necessarily apply to other crops or other countries.

"Cross-fertilisation depends on topography, size and orientation of fields, type of maize, wind direction during the flowering time, temperature and humidity, so it is hardly possible to generalise our results to other crops, areas or countries," he said.

Daniel Bayce, manager of Uruguay's National Seed Institute, told SciDev.Net that the findings were not representative because cross-fertilisation was detected mostly where the fields were too close, and even then "the frequency of GM contamination was very low".
2. New study on GM maize contamination in Uruguay
Galeano, P., C. M. Debat, et al. (2011). "Cross-fertilization between genetically modified and non-genetically modified maize crops in Uruguay." Environ. Biosafety Res.
The cultivation of genetically modified (GM) Bt maize (Zea mays L.) events MON810 and Bt11 is permitted in Uruguay. Local regulations specify that 10% of the crop should be a non-GM cultivar as refuge area for biodiversity, and the distance from other non-GM maize crops should be more than 250 m in order to avoid crosspollination. However, the degree of cross-fertilization between maize crops in Uruguay is unknown. The level of adventitious presence of GM material in non-GM crops is a relevant issue for organic farming, in situ conservation of genetic resources and seed production. In the research reported here, the occurrence and frequency of cross-fertilization between commercial GM and non-GM maize crops in Uruguay was assessed. The methodology comprised field sampling and detection using DAS-ELISA and PCR. Five field-pair cases where GM maize crops were grown near non-GM maize crops were identified. These cases had the potential to cross-fertilize considering the distance between crops and the similarity of the sowing dates. Adventitious presence of GM material in the offspring of non-GM crops was found in three of the five cases. Adventitious presence of event MON810 or Bt11 in non-GM maize, which were distinguished using specific primers, matched the events in the putative sources of transgenic pollen. Percentages of transgenic seedlings in the offspring of the non-GM crops were estimated as 0.56%, 0.83% and 0.13% for three sampling sites with distances of respectively 40, 100 and 330 m from the GM crops. This is a first indication that adventitious presence of transgenes in non-GM maize crops will occur in Uruguay if isolation by distance and/or time is not provided. These findings contribute to the evaluation of the applicability of the "regulated coexistence policy" in Uruguay.

Source: GM Watch

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