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Alert: USDA Accepting Comments on Deregulation of a GE Soybean Variety



FROM THE USDA: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has received a petition from Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., seeking a determination of nonregulated status for soybean designated as transformation event 356043, which has been genetically engineered for tolerance to glyphosate and acetolactate synthase-inhibiting herbicides. The petition has been submitted in accordance with our regulations concerning the introduction of certain genetically engineered organisms and products. In accordance with those regulations, we are soliciting comments on whether this genetically engineered soybean is or could be a plant pest. We are also making available for public comment an environmental assessment for the proposed determination of nonregulated status.

SUBMIT COMMENTS: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov , select ``Animal and Plant Health Inspection

Service'' from the agency drop-down menu, then click ``Submit.'' In the  Docket ID column, select APHIS-2007-0019 to submit or view public  comments and to view supporting and related materials available  electronically. Information on using Regulations.gov, including  instructions for accessing documents, submitting comments, and viewing  the docket after the close of the comment period, is available through  the site's ``User Tips'' link. Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send four copies  of your comment (an original and three copies) to Docket No. APHIS-
2007-0019, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-
03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state  that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2007-0019.

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henriandre
post Oct 18 2007, 07:55 PM



The 71st unregulated genetically modified living organisms! Truly you folks at the FDA have been bought a long time ago. How disgusting. You can't really care what this means for the environment that your children's children will inherit.

You need to stop this and start doing your job agian.

skupe`
post Oct 18 2007, 08:02 PM


The consumers don't want GMOs in our food. Stop buckling under to the cry babies in the corporate sector and stand up for the consumers -- your actual responsibility.

InsideOut
post Oct 18 2007, 08:13 PM


QUOTE (skupe` @ Oct 18 2007, 01:02 PM) *
The consumers don't want GMOs in our food. Stop buckling under to the cry babies in the corporate sector and stand up for the consumers -- your actual responsibility.


I don't want GMO's in my food but it is OK for my food to eat GMO food. Heck... more soy beans more cheap feed lot cows!


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Colorado gal
post Oct 18 2007, 09:43 PM


Why are other governments protecting their citizens but ours doesn't really care about the people!! Don't they realize without any people, they don't have jobs?!!

diana
post Oct 19 2007, 01:20 AM


QUOTE (Colorado gal @ Oct 18 2007, 09:43 PM) *
Why are other governments protecting their citizens but ours doesn't really care about the people!! Don't they realize without any people, they don't have jobs?!!


I guess the problem is that it's just not that tight a correlation. It takes time for GM foods to have an effect, usually. And that exposure is mingled with so many other exposures that it clouds the issue. And then there are so many people ....

At the peace vigil (every Thursday here in Jellysburg), I asked another if the CEOs of the deadlier corporations disallowed their families to eat GMOs, or if they thought themselves invincible. She pointed out that plenty of big tobacco CEOs smoke, themselves. I guess 'invincible' wins. If the effects aren't immediate, they don't exist.

I really wonder how much 'care' is left in the US. Sure, we bleeding-heart liberals still talk about it, and sometimes act on it, but it's rather passe elsewhere. I really think the Cheneys of the nation have caught on to peak oil and global warming and all, and what they've come up with is a sort of 'grab it all while you can, and build the barriers high.' When trouble comes, they intend to be rich and insulated from the rest of us.

I think for the more intelligent among them (and Cheney is smart, if cruel) their invincibility comes from building that insulation, and amassing the fortune in the meantime. And what a scared/ sad way to live! Building communities, working against famine and oil wars, these things show faith in self and others, offer up a future worth having. But until more of us hit the streets and demand accountability from the likes of Cheney -- what Europe does -- we're gonna get more of the same. --diana

eamdahl
post Oct 19 2007, 06:05 AM


What is the matter with the USDA, our administration, our congress, and the departments that are suppose to be looking out for the publics welfare instead of corparate americas greed. What ever happened to the Golden Rule. It seems now is how much gold can one make by stretching, bending, or breaking the rules without getting caught. When is our gov't. and corparate america going to get back to operating for the public good.

rglitterz
post Oct 19 2007, 06:46 PM


No genetically modified crops. They are unsafe for human consumption and the seeds invade other fields and begin to grow everywhere.

Ellyn
post Oct 20 2007, 03:34 AM


Why would it be beneficial to purchase and eat genetically modified products which the USDA has determined require no safety or environmental regulations? It is very clear to me that the USDA is taking absolutely no role in protecting the health of the American people--NONE! Their actions have proven otherwise. The only ones being served here are the large corporate farm industries.

diana
post Oct 20 2007, 02:50 PM


QUOTE (eamdahl @ Oct 19 2007, 06:05 AM) *
What is the matter with the USDA, our administration, our congress, and the departments that are suppose to be looking out for the publics welfare instead of corparate americas greed. What ever happened to the Golden Rule. It seems now is how much gold can one make by stretching, bending, or breaking the rules without getting caught. When is our gov't. and corparate america going to get back to operating for the public good.


There is a standard here that we seem to (rightly) believe in, but I think we might be missing the fact that there is no legality to it. US corporations are not required to operate in the public good; however, they are LEGALLY required to provide the best reasonable return to their stockholders. They may also be required to do no known harm, but that's way down the list below financial care of the stockholders. Essentially, greed IS a legal requirement; the ancient Chinese Golden Rule is not. Corporations became 'persons' in the 1800s and gained all kinds of legal rights OVER the real persons in the citizenry, but most of us don't know or don't care. Bill Gates, Microsoft monopoly king, is beloved in Seattle, and that cartoonish buffoon named Donald Trump is all over teevee on a regular basis. Our heroes are weird.

This basis-in-greed is the form of government that we authorize by our very acceptance of the system. I would go so far as to say that We Are Complicit, that we are part of the problem -- at least until we rise up to change things. I happen to notice that it's always the same few faces standing next to me in the weekly peace vigil against this immoral Oil War, another of our complicities, so I'm not holding my breath on guv'mint change anytime soon. After all, we let the head of a drug corporation slide in and approve that comapany's own products as head of the FDA. We let a lot of things happen, on our watch, and all too often we claimed innocence, or ignorance, and went on about our own lives, not even discussing the issues with others.

I just watched the movie Hotel Rwanda last night, which was about Rwanda, but could've been about Nazi Germany (and the fact the US didn't get involved until it hurt us economically to stay sidelined), or the massacre of Native Americans in my own midwest, or the camps holding Japanese-American citizens prisoner on the Puyallup Fairgrounds in the Washington state town of the same name. My daughter was talking about how the US watered down the international rules for bringing other governments to task for human rights atrocities; it seems our own house is in such disorder that some uppity country might have looked to charge us with war crimes of our own. I didn't even know this until last night. Am I innocent? Of course not! I am complicit, and furious that so much atrocity has been done in my name that I can't even keep up!

As much as I adore author Michael Parenti, I don't really care how we change the government, only that we rise up together as citizens, and do so. And when we do, we must be fully accepting that this is our responsibility, the only way to evade complicity. So eamdahl, I do agree with what you wrote, and I would like to get the standard you advocate into the rules of our government, the sooner, the better. --diana

diana
post Oct 20 2007, 10:57 PM


I can find where to comment, but I can't see any way to view other comments already made (on the government website). Is there such a way?

Also, what are the salient points? I would love to respond, but I'm not sure even where to begin. --diana

worriedbyGMO
post Oct 26 2007, 06:34 PM


QUOTE (diana @ Oct 20 2007, 10:57 PM) *
I can find where to comment, but I can't see any way to view other comments already made (on the government website). Is there such a way?

Also, what are the salient points? I would love to respond, but I'm not sure even where to begin. --diana



Wow, I read through the petition. The way they made these plants uses a protein that makes all sorts of extra by-products, including human brain chemicals, at really high levels. See "Petition for Non-Regulated status" USDA-APHIS Docket No. APHIS- 2007-0019. The brain chemicals are N-acetylaspartate (NAA) and N-acetylglutamate NAG). NAA is linked to a degenerative brain disease called Canavan's Disease that they actually talk about in part of the application. Earlier reports by the scientists that created this say it also makes a pharmaceutical compound, N-acetylcystetine (Pesticide Management Science vol. 61:235?240, 2005 and their US Patent Application NO. 20050246798) but for some reason that did not make it into the regulatory petition.
Also read the letter from some lawyer named Schatzow to the EPA about the pesticide residue that will build up in these soybeans. This is in EPA docket "EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0147" and is comment "EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0147-0005".
This sounds like scarey stuff. And the USDA doesn't worry about the by-products, especially the long-term effects for feeding brain chemicals to babies.

InsideOut
post Oct 26 2007, 07:16 PM


Gosh... it almost makes one wonder if they KNOW peak oil will be bad and will be soon so they plan to poison those who eat conventional food. You know... to reduce the total population.

But I'm not one of those crazy conspiracy theorist types. Nope. Not me.

I'm just saying... ALMOST makes one wonder...


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hacktorious
post Nov 13 2007, 05:15 PM


I don't know much about the conspiracy theory, but I do know about greed, stupidity, and blatant disrespect for the human race. I'm not saying there isn't some truth to the conspiracy thing; there is probably quite a bit.

It is time to fight back and stop buying this garbage. If the companies don't have customers, they won't make any money. If they are not making money, they will eventually get the point.

I have already written off conventional food as a result of all this nonsense. I also stopped eating almonds as a result of the recent pasteurization bill.

hacktorious
post Nov 13 2007, 05:19 PM


QUOTE (InsideOut @ Oct 18 2007, 05:13 PM) *
I don't want GMO's in my food but it is OK for my food to eat GMO food. Heck... more soy beans more cheap feed lot cows!


You should care about your food eating GMO garbage, because it is transferred to you. A great book to read and get educated on GMO is, "Seeds of Deception". There are a couple of movies to follow; by the same author. This will change your mind of GMO forever.

ladycat
post Nov 14 2007, 12:14 AM


QUOTE (hacktorious @ Nov 13 2007, 12:15 PM) *
I also stopped eating almonds as a result of the recent pasteurization bill.

Me too. Which makes me sad. I like almonds. I'm thinking about trying to grow my own almond tree.


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InsideOut
post Nov 15 2007, 08:13 PM


QUOTE (hacktorious @ Nov 13 2007, 10:19 AM) *
You should care about your food eating GMO garbage, because it is transferred to you. A great book to read and get educated on GMO is, "Seeds of Deception". There are a couple of movies to follow; by the same author. This will change your mind of GMO forever.



Hello, hacktorious. I see you've not been introduced to my sadly sarcastic twin:OutsideIn. He steals my log in and makes me look bad.

He buys GE Food too.

I, however, do not.... as far as I know.


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