Let's add to this equation the literal fact that the scientists in charge of determining weather or not a chemical is safe for the garden at the USDA have complained for YEARS about chemicals such as Aminopyralid.
...think of those gardeners a few years ago whose plants thrived for a while, then suddenly stopped growing and curled up like arabesque scrollwork. At first, no one knew what was happening. But gradually the syndrome was linked to residues of a new, hormone-mimicking pesticide manufactured by our old friends Dow Chemical, which was first approved in this country in 2005. It’s called aminopyralid.That chemical was approved by 1 person, despite tons of complaining of farmers and other people, but it doesn't stop here. We now also allow without knowing all the true side effects open pollinated GMO foods even though currently they mess up human hormones like those needed for reproduction.
It is used by farmers to kill broad-leaved weeds growing in fields of grass. It locks onto the cellulose in the plants, passes through the guts of the animals that eat them, and retains its potency in their manure, sometimes for two or three years or more. It is not believed to present a risk to human health.
The poisonings were a cruel cosmic joke. The people hit hardest by careless agri-business were the small producers and amateur gardeners trying to do the right thing, by using manure rather than chemical fertilisers. They had no idea there was trouble until it was too late, and, because of the remarkable persistence of the pesticide, no guarantee that the trouble would be confined to the year in which it was detected.
After a major fuss by gardeners, the government withdrew approval for the chemical in 2008. Farmers were allowed to use it again after “a stringent stewardship programme” was introduced. They would be permitted to spray it only on fields which would be grazed directly by cattle and sheep, rather than on fields where silage or hay is grown. All manure from animals kept in these pastures would have to stay on the farm. Horses could not be grazed on treated fields (because horse manure tends to be collected, rather than left on the grass). Farmers using the herbicide, according to Dow, “are required to confirm in writing that they have been instructed on product use, manure management issues and measures to reduce the risk of damage to flower-rich grassland”. These rules, the company says, “should allay concerns amongst gardeners and allotment-holders over using manure.”
Are your concerns allayed? They shouldn’t be. It’s back. (Source: Guardian)
It is a fact that GMO food crops are designed to work with chemicals like the one above, in concert with herbicides, pesticides, and chemical based fertilizers, which essentially salt the earth and destroy all the good, beneficial life giving things that help plants grow. In short, Dow Chemical with the help of some people in the USDA appear to be salting our earth, destroying America's infrastructure on purpose under the guise of helping us.
Now let's add Monsanto and what they are doing to our food. Monsanto makes GMO foods, and has worked with GMO food crops for over 20 years in America.
NEW York: On behalf of 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations, the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed suit today against Monsanto Company challenging the chemical giant’s patents on genetically modified seed. The organic plaintiffs were forced to sue preemptively to protect themselves from being accused of patent infringement should their crops ever become contaminated by Monsanto’s genetically modified seed.
Monsanto has sued farmers in the United States and Canada, in the past, when their patented genetic material has inadvertently contaminated their crops.
A copy of the lawsuit can be found at:
This is very heavy stuff. So now I got 2 companies working with the USDA screwing up the soil, water, and very food we eat. Isn't this what happens in war? Have these 2 major companies declared war and the USDA is a pawn or at least been bribed to look the other way?
As I see it, these companies received aid from the USDA by getting their chemicals out in the market, deceived the American public, and intentionally acted against the well being of the American public, and have been doing so. If Congress, the Senate, the President and any other official wants to start cutting money they should look here at the USDA and the crazy shenanigans going on there.
Oh, and on top of all this, your tax dollars used in this financial crisis in our history also pays a person to randomly check the temperature of a farms compost. After all, the farmer most likely doesn't know how to make compost!