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Put a (GMO) tiger in your tank

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I read with great interest the story in the Oct. 12 edition of HCN about Monsanto's genetically engineered beets and other crops. I think that it is time to put the kibosh on Monsanto's chemical activities when it comes to our food products. We need to get the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare genetically engineered sugar beets, canola, corn and soybeans unfit for human food consumption. Then, in the same policy decision, have USDA require that these GMO crops from Monsanto or any other company to be converted to ethanol fuels or other bio-fuel products. If some farmers are locked into the Monsanto crops, they would still have a market for them as a renewable fuel crop. In other words, let's get these unhealthy crops off the food market and into our fuel tanks.
Randy Fricke
New Castle, Colorado

GMO crops as fuel does not solve the problem | Response to "Put a (GMO) tiger in your tank"
Elizabeth Lerman
Elizabeth Lerman
Nov 10, 2009 08:34 AM
Randy Fricke recently proposed that the USDA declare genetically modified sugar beets, canola, corn and soybeans unfit for human consumption and redirect the crops for production of ethanol.

Yes, I agree--as much as possible--GMOs need to be taken out of our food supply. However, the majority of the harm they do comes from the growing of them. Genetically modified organisms(GMOs)which are created from the genetic modification/genetic engineering processes wreak havoc on the environment. The power and control that the seed companies behind them exert have destroyed social and economic systems of farmers world-wide. Mass suicides of indebted farmers in India, jobless Mexican corn growers, and the demise of the small farmers in the US serve as a few examples. Seeds are contracted to be destroyed after each crop and purchased new from the Bio Tech companies such as Monsanto along with their non-biodegradable herbicides. Seeds are also genetically engineered to not reproduce, thus changing the ways of nature's survival. Soil quality is decreased via GM crops. In many instances crop yields are actually lower. The largest threat is that the GMOs cross pollinate with other crops. In the US, most foods are now contaminated with GMOs. USDA organic certification allows for up to 10% GMO contamination while in European countries they operate at a less than 1% contamination level. The biodiversity of thousands of crops are in jeopardy. There needs to be a moratorium on genetically modified (GM) agriculture. GMOs cannot be controlled. Growing them for fuel would do just as much harm to our earth and ability for future sustenance as growing them for food does. Additionally, we would still be eating them as they spread to our remaining food crops. The majority of these crops are already intentionally GMO (approximately 90% of corn, cotton, soy and canola and about 50% of sugar beets) in the US and increasingly so in other countries too. Thus the contamination levels on conventional and organic crops are already increasing with each new GMO crop.
4 billion bushels of corn is for E
Mark Wright
Mark Wright
Nov 11, 2009 02:38 AM
So it's already in your tank.

Granted I feel the 10% E mandate is fine.
But the added blenders subsidy at $1.50 per bushel (which is 50 cents per gallon )plus the $1.50 per bushel tarrif protection ( another 50 cents per gallon on imported E )...WOW. That's spendy.

Heck corn is only worth what the consumer ( thru their govt ) is subsidizing the market at to put in their tanks.

Yes E does clean the air. But the ethanol supposed econ diametric really sucks.

It's not even remotely related to a true supply and demand market product.

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