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How Our Raw Food Supply is Being Compromised
Posted by: kwan ()
Date: April 06, 2007 03:09PM

This article is very relevant to raw food lifestyle, and I hope the administrators won't move this to the 'off-topic' area like they did other relevant articles like the one on the die-off of the bees. We need to be talking about these issues, not ignoring them, or we will have to grow all our own food in our backyards in the future.

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How Food Became a Casualty of Biotechnology's Promise

(Oakland, CA) - A new policy brief from the Oakland Institute, How Food Became a Casualty of Biotechnology's Promise, exposes how pharmaceutical conglomerates are using the agricultural sector to underwrite their research and development efforts as they work to transform plants and animals into drug and organ factories to further their profits.

While there are over 30 protein-based medicines in the market and an additional 371 in the research and development phase, using single cells to produce biotech drugs, also known as biologics, is a complicated and time-consuming process. This has pushed the pharmaceutical industry to invest heavily in biotechnology and begin "pharming" - a term combining farming and pharmaceutical - whereby genetic material from a foreign species is inserted into a plant or animal with the intent of extracting novel pharmaceutical products from the resulting tissues, fluids, and organs.

"Ancient alchemists dreamed of transmuting base metals into gold, discovering a universal cure for disease, and indefinitely prolonging life. Biotechnologists are now promising to convert soil and sunlight into the building blocks of human life," said Michael Heimbinder, Oakland Institute Fellow and author of the policy brief. "This experiment, unprecedented in human history, masquerades as a humanitarian effort directed toward growing more food and feeding more people. In reality, these claims are a smoke screen for the development and monopolization of proprietary biotechnology platforms that ultimately will be deployed towards more profitable ends than growing more corn."

"GE crops have little to do with growing food and feeding people," said Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director of the Oakland Institute, publisher of the policy brief. "Agricultural biotechnology has been financed by the promise of future profits from products unrelated to food. Food is merely the conduit through which the pharmaceutical conglomerates hope to develop and monopolize the basic technologies that promise profits far exceeding any imaginable from high-yielding crops bearing vitamin-fortified food."

The policy brief also exposes how taxpayer dollars have supported the failures of biotechnology. The industry has increased the demand for GE seeds through government supports, subsidizing their supply through public research, and crafting a regulatory framework in which these products might receive society's stamp of approval. "All this has been done in the name of creating a more productive agriculture, when the 'Gene Revolution' simply represents the latest frontier in the laboratory's struggle to subject farms and farming to the logic of capital," said Michael Heimbinder. "The space wherein the productivity of agriculture will be enhanced - the genome - is inaccessible to farmers even though it exists in their fields and sheds."

The policy brief warns against using resources earmarked for agriculture to shore up the finances of the pharmaceutical industry and recommends several online resources for readers to take action to reverse this trend.

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Re: How Our Raw Food Supply is Being Compromised
Posted by: Joe Gray ()
Date: April 07, 2007 07:34AM

kwan Wrote:
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> This article is very relevant to raw food
> lifestyle, and I hope the administrators won't
> move this to the 'off-topic' area like they did
> other relevant articles like the one on the
> die-off of the bees. We need to be talking about
> these issues, not ignoring them, or we will have
> to grow all our own food in our backyards in the
> future.

Looks like the moderators are pretty lame.

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Re: How Our Raw Food Supply is Being Compromised
Posted by: khale ()
Date: April 07, 2007 12:26PM

Just because something goes off-topic doesn't mean that it can't be discussed here.

Thanks for posting this Kwan.

I am currently reading Jane Goodall's new book, Harvest for Hope, in which she addresses the evils of agribusiness. All quite relevant to raw food eaters in particular, especially those like myself who are not eating 100% organic or from local farmers' markets. Some "frankenfoods" such as tomatoes, corn, and soybeans can be considerably more dangerous eaten raw than cooked. And since labeling isn't mandatory for Genetically altered food, unless you are buying from someone you know or organic you can't be sure whether or not your tomato is a tomato or a potential time-bomb in your belly.

The greed that drives this country is so terrible that I can not fully comprehend it! It's difficult to believe that people can be that selfish; that short-sighted; that oblivious to what is truly of value in life....blows me away!

I hope that people will continue posting this sort of topic. Who knows? maybe one day the "off-topic" section of this site will become more lively than the "main".


khale

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Re: How Our Raw Food Supply is Being Compromised
Posted by: KidRaw ()
Date: April 07, 2007 12:44PM


Good news for Diabetics smiling smiley

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Re: How Our Raw Food Supply is Being Compromised
Posted by: KidRaw ()
Date: April 07, 2007 12:48PM

Thanks, Kwan!

Please provide a link to the original article for us so we may forward it to our friends.

KR


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Re: How Our Raw Food Supply is Being Compromised
Posted by: kwan ()
Date: April 08, 2007 12:23AM

Good idea, KR-- thanks! Here's the original link to this article:

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