Thursday, June 28, 2012

Episode 14 of the Disarming Grandmothers of the UK Documentary Series - "You have to start somewhere"

28 June 2012


Helen and Sylvia meet with two students from Bradford University to talk about the virtues and disillusionments that befall the modern day peace campaigner.  Coinciding with an opportunity to meet with a local journalist, the women share insights, ideas and frustrations of a society that supports the upgrade of nuclear submarines yet arrests those that stand in opposition for breach of the peace.  As two generations come together, history shares a table with the future; so is it time for the batten to finally be handed down?


Read the article that was published as a result of this encounter.


With special thanks to Paddy McGuffin from the Telegraph and Argus

Bradford University

Sarah Cartin from Yorkshire CND

Rebecca Holloway

Lavinia Crossley


Disarming Grandmothers

Monsanto's Seedy Legacy with Abby Martin

June 26, 2012

Monsanto's Seedy Legacy
by grtv

Agricultural giant Monsanto is best known for their production of pesticides and genetically modified foods, but they have a controversial history as a chemical company with a slew of toxic cover-ups.
In addition to their battle against small farmers, the newest buzz about the corporation is the speculation that their GM seeds are linked to the die-off of bees.

Abby Martin of RT brings us more on their seedy practices and what they are up to now.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

In love With Mother Earth and Her Children/Dans l'amour à la terre mère et ses enfants - The Green Beautiful/ La Belle Verte

Dans l'amour à la terre mère et ses enfants

In Love With Mother Earth and Her Children

Ce film est en français et en anglais subtexted.
This film is in French and subtexted in English.


In Liebe zu Mutter Erde und ihren Kindern - Der grüne Planet (Spielfilm)

Der grüne Planet - Besuch aus dem All

Weit weg von der Erde und 4000 Reisejahre weit entfernt existiert der grüne Planet, auf dem Verwandte der Menschen leben. Sie sind soweit entwickelt, dass sie sämtliche Objekte eliminiert haben und ihre volle Konzentration, ihr Wissen, ihre Stärke und Energie auf den Fortschritt ihrer Körper und Gedanken richten.

Einmal im Jahr treffen sich die passionierten Naturmenschen in einem ausgestorbenen Vulkan, um über die Ernteverteilung und Auslandsreisen zu berichten. Gewöhnlich will jeder Planetenbewohner gerne einen Ausflug auf die Erde unternehmen, nur dieses Jahr ist alles anders. Keine Seele will einen Fuß auf einen Planeten setzen, der so voller Gefahren und Primitivität steckt und auf dem die Bewohner die Arroganz gepachtet haben.

Schließlich soll mit Mila eine Frau die Reise antreten, deren Vater bisher als letztes den Trip auf die Erde unternahm, und mit ihr selbst als Baby zurückkehrte. Also möchte Mila ihre Heimat erkunden. Sie lässt ihre vier Kinder auf dem grünen Planeten zurück und landet auf einer Pariser Hauptstraße. Der Kulturschock stellt sich sogleich ein, als Mila den Asphaltdschungel sieht und mit Umweltverschmutzungen aller Art konfrontiert wird. Auf ihrer Odyssee durch die Großstadt lernt sie Menschen kennen, deren Schicksal sie zum Positiven wendet.

In Liebe zu Mutter Erde und ihren Kindern

Have You Seen Jessica Mitchell? - Missing in the UK



Missing In The UK

Jessica Mitchell
Reference No: 12-001674
  • Age at disappearance: 13
  • Missing Since: 26-Jun-2012
  • Missing from: Taunton, Somerset
  • If you think you can help the search please call Missing People.
    Jessica, we would love to hear from you.
    Call. Text. Anytime. Free. Confidential. 116000
For further information, click on the link below:

Her father, Karl Mitchell is looking for her.  His request for help:





Episode 10 Of The The Julian Assange Show With Noam Chomsky & Tariq Ali

June 26, 2012

A surprise Arab drive for freedom, the West's structural crisis and new hope coming from Latin America. That's the modern world in the eyes of Noam Chomsky and Tariq Ali, two prominent thinkers and this week's guests on Julian Assange's show on RT.

If you've missed the previous episodes, you can always watch them online at:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Space of Love Documentary - Part 1 of 5

This documentary is about people who have made real steps towards their dream -creation of their own kins domains and life in close connection with land.

Some people are calling selves tree talker or co-creator, who is able to communicate with plants and trees, and learn from nature.

Producer/Director Valeri Jadov, Russian TV journalist and documentary maker from ST-Petersburg, Russia. Currently he lives in Toronto, Canada and working for his own film production company Cedar Land Films Corp.

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Part 5:

To learn more:

Ringing Cedars Of Russia Website


Pharmageddon: The Drug Industry's Grip on Our Health and Lives by Martha Rosenberg

Pharmageddon: The Drug Industry's Grip on Our Health and Lives

By Martha Rosenberg,  AlterNet  24 June 12
An interview with David Healy, an expert witness in homicide, suicide and birth defect legal actions involving psychotropic drugs.

David Healy is a Professor of Psychiatry at Bangor University. He is a former Secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology, and author of over 175 peer reviewed articles, 200 other pieces and 20 books, including The Antidepressant Era, and The Creation of Psychopharmacology from Harvard University Press,The Psychopharmacologists Volumes 1-3, Let Them Eat Prozac, Mania, & Pharmageddon. He has been involved as an expert witness in homicide, suicide and birth defect legal actions involving psychotropic drugs, and in bringing problems with these drugs to the attention of American and British regulators, as well raising awareness of how pharmaceutical companies sell drugs by marketing diseases and co-opting academic opinion-leaders, ghostwriting their articles.
Rosenberg: Your new book,  Pharmageddon, gives a bleak picture of the doctored data, skewed drug trials and rigged treatment guidelines that characterize today's pharmaceutical industry. Many people will be shocked to learn the abuses are not limited to the US, where direct-to-consumer advertising is legal, but found in Europe.
Healy: The situation is identical.  Pharma actually finds socialized health care systems easier to exploit. And despite direct-to-consumer advertising, more money is spent on marketing to doctors who are the real consumers. They are also pressured by the treatment guidelines process which is based on "evidence" that Pharma makes sure to keep secret so they are really in the dark, though they may not realize it.
Rosenberg: One example you give of Pharma's reach and power is the eerie symmetry between the Texas Medication Algorithm Project (TMAP), conceptualized and funded by US Pharma, and Britain's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Healy: Despite their public/private differences, both organizations recommend the use of branded antipsychotics like Risperdal, Zyprexa and Seroquel before the use of older, affordable antipsychotics which of course enriches Pharma. One of the otherissues is this-there is a new bill aimed at speeding up the FDA approval process yet again-and also getting regulators to take into account the jobs that come with a strong pharmaceutical sector. Both America and Europe have been keen to keep their companies happy and have turned a blind eye to the outsourcing of clinical trials to Asia and Eastern Europe.
Rosenberg: In Pharmageddon, you chronicle how clinical trial oversight has gone from a hospital and university-based system to a for-profit system run by clinical research organizations or CROs.
Healy: The drug companies have outsourced all their operations from drug development and testing to clinical trials to scientific and academic writing so that they have become nothing but marketing organizations at their core. At each juncture where they have spun off a traditional responsibility, no one has objected and so it continues.
Rosenberg: There have been reports of risks to human subjects in overseas trials as well as bribes and protocol irregularities. Who oversees the ethics of outsourced trials and the quality of their data?
Healy: Clinical trials are overseen by private Institutional Review Boards, which are funded by the organizations they regulate-
Rosenberg: Like Moody's and Standard & Poor's are funded by their clients?
Healy: Yes. A recent large trial for the antipsychotic Abilify demonstrates the danger with outsourced clinical trials. On the basis of about 28 trials in the US, Abilify did not prophylactically stabilize mood as the manufacturer wants to claim. But when data from just two trials from Mexico were mixed in, it did.
Rosenberg: Most of Pharma's power to mislead and harm comes from such opaque and distorted data, you charge in Pharmageddon.
Healy: Without access to the raw drug data, medical professionals cannot practice responsible medicine and guidelines cannot be written. Yet Pharma, with very few exceptions, refuses to publish the data and share them with practitioners. This result is guidelines that are fictions and doctors who lack critical information they need to prescribe and treat.
Rosenberg: Pharma's stonewalling of data and use of ghostwriters has resulted in articles in major medical journals that made Vioxx, hormone therapy and Neurontin look safe when they weren't. Another example you give is a paper in the Journal of the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in which GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has made the antidepressant Paxil look safe by hiding raw data. Then editor, Mina Dulcan, says about the missing data, which hid Paxil's suicidal side effect in children, "I can't control the authors. No, I don't have regrets."
Healy: If we were getting our drug information from the New York Times instead of medical journals, we would all be a lot safer. When theTimes reporter Jayson Blair was found to have fabricated stories, he was history. But the editors and writers involved with journal fraud still have their jobs and the articles are not even retracted. In fact, Liz Wager, the chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) is herself Pharma linked.
[Ed note. The COPE site says, "Liz provides writing, editing, training and consultancy services for various pharmaceutical companies (most recently Astra Zeneca, Cephalon, Cordis, GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly, Janssen-Cilag, Merck Serono, Mundipharma, Norgine, Novo Nordisk, Sanofi Pasteur and Vifor). ]
Rosenberg: Many conflicts of interest in your book, including COPE's leadership, are structural and create a closed loop of misinformation, especially because of the money that Pharma wields. How can sunlight and transparency ever break through?
Healy: Some colleagues and I are in the process of fine-tuning a free web site that offers FDA MedWatch data with other crucial dug information but gets people affected by treatment to report in detail for perhaps the first time. The site, called, also helps patients file an adverse event report to US and Canadian authorities, with other countries to follow. For too long, patients, doctors and pharmacists have been isolated from each other when they encounter adverse drug events and only Pharma's messages get out. This will help them communicate directly.
Source:      Reader Supported News

Crops Near Amarillo, Texas Show Heavy Metal Damage to Roots Part 1 & 2

June 21, 2012

CORRECTION:  What I say are lateral roots are actually secondary roots, mainly used for water storage. The fine lateral roots branch off the primary root system which usually drills deep into the ground.

Aluminum and other heavy metals affect the growing tip of a tap root and decrease the elongation of other types of rooting plants. But heavy metals decrease elonation there limiting the plant to a shallow and small area to get what it needs. That's they the tops of the trees burn out and branches die off systematically instead of all at once.

My crops were sprayed on June 12 1989 by crops dusters, many witnessed this unauthorized act, but the local sheriff did nothing.. DPS would not check out reports that spray planes were conducting operations on county rds. at night with 5000 gal tanker trucks and fuel trucks on site. The local County Extension Agent Jim Allison and Texas A&B refused to look at postive test results.

I fought these people for three years and spend over $160,000 doing testing and taking photographs, I even hired a local photographer to take very scientific infra red and natural color of the crop that showed paths across the crop the same witdth of a spray plane. The photos also showed that these lines of death also traveled across roads that had been there for years.

But Country Extension Agents publshed papers that said "checker board ," rain, and drought with abundant rain 19" over a 90 day period..and they would still call it drought. I could not believe it.. They even told em that these 30 ft paths of death in my crop could be caused by ancient elephant tracks. They thought it was so funny and all the people at the coffee shop laughed... but a 14 year old boy did die of an anysurem,

Charlie Lamb a local spray guy threatened the lady who ran a day care center for putting in the Stratford Star that they should not spray children. Afterward her garden died and her trees started showing signs of yellowing and the tops died off. But they people charged with protecting us kept on laughing.. it's so funny..

There was an article in the Hereford Texas Paper about planes "playing chicken," with coal trains. It said that they would fly level with the engine and pull up at the last moment, spraying something, all the while. But when they got over the coal they would pull the dump hatch and dump the load. Later the Power Plant had to switch sources because that Canadian Coal had to much heavy metals especially aluminum... Who messes with a train? Does not Secret Service or a branch of the Fed like the SS look after that?

Try to find the December 16th 1989 front page article of the Wall Street Journal that says "40 States Have Wide Spread Damage from the Yellow Monster." This is where someone (Monsanto?) claimed that Du Pont has cross contaminated Benelate with Atrizine.. and it was causing wide spread damage in 40 states. It dropped Du Pont's stock 3/4 point and they had already paid out 350 million in claims and had over 1.5 billion to go.

Part 2 of the above video:

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Monday, June 25, 2012

This Little Light of Mine - Sung by Addison Road

The Light shines bright, but you have forgotten to take off your blinders.  Open your eyes and open your hearts and come to realize that yours is the power of renewal and rebirth.

Pray for Light and the Light will come to you and do It's work of liberating self from the tyranny of ego and it's dark masters of deception.  Light brings with it not just a clarity of sight, but a clarity of thought uninhibited by outer influences.  Once these outward forces disappear then Man receives Counsel from Self, which is directed by Good.

Good nurtures and grows in Man as more Light enters to replace the darkness.  A natural process occurs as health of mind and emotion return and bring Man back into a natural state of being in which balance is present.  This balance will give Man a new found hope and optimistic view of the future.  For Man's future will be directed from Self and Goodness rather than from the prisons of the past.

Once free in thought, feelings will return.  Feelings of love, of joy, a calm assurance that all goes well and the road ahead will be filled with many happy occurrences.  This calm is contagious in a beneficial way and will bring others closer to their own calmness and certainty of Spirit.

M.N. Hopkins

Bad News For The FDA And Good News For MMS Users with Jim Humble

Help MMS fight for freedom
or lose it forever; your choice- 06-08-2012 -

Just over three weeks ago I sent out an urgent plea to donate to the MMS Defense fund. This fund has been set up to fight the FDA and their attempts to make criminals out of people involved with MMS.

To date, the fund has received over $40,000 in donations. While this amount still isn't nearly enough, it clearly shows that people around the world are coming together to fund this “historic” fight against the Food and Drug Administration, Monsanto and Big Pharmaceutical. This is a fight intended to insure our personal health freedom once and for all!

The fund needs close to $2 million to turn this fight into an all-out war against the FDA and what they are attempting to do to our health choices and MMS.

Again, we don't have months to play around with this, it has to be now.

Of the 175,000 people I sent the alert out to, 200 donated to begin with. We sent out our second alert and an additional 800 people donated. We will succeed in this fight people! First, thank you to all who have stepped forward. Now, the rest of you, if you would give just $10.00 each, we would hit our mark and the FDA will tremble. Anyone who can donate more please do so now.

This mission is working and because of our supporters world-wide, we will witness a huge success. Don't let your inaction allow the FDA to take away our personal health freedoms or MMS.

Donations may also be sent to:
MMS Defense Fund
c/o US~Observer
233 Rogue River HWY PMB #387
Grants Pass, OR 97527

Check back soon for an exciting announcement! 

The US~Observer has taken on this fight and published an initial article. You can read it here. If you haven't already, please read the urgent plea I previously sent out. You can read it here.

Source of Video and Text:

Master Mineral Organization

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Fear Not And Take The Lead by M.N. Hopkins

© Frank Stiefel (LAPPLAND_NATURE-ART.html)

So, fear not and take the lead and worry not within the pettiness of your fears.  Live within the world of fear, yet be apart and able to touch upon the glowing Light, that Light that will bring you back to your good senses and lead you back upon the path that will assure you a place amongst those who carry the torch of freedom and lead the way to the heart's way.

For now, few can truly see the need.  For few are not bound by the chains of ego.  Be not afraid to show what freedom you have and lead the way to a better tomorrow.

See others as companions and co-workers in this journey toward the Light.  Seek not fame and seek not fortune.  For these are traps or detours to keep you from yourSelf.

Seek always that which is best and most beautiful within yourself and share it with others within your world.

© M.N. Hopkins

Vandana Shiva Speaks About Earth Democracy

June 19, 2012

Dr. Vandana Shiva is a physicist and ecologist who is active in biodiversity conservation and protection of farmers' and women's rights. In this interview, Shiva reflects on the current economic and ecological crises, their roots and the way forward for a democratic, sustainable future.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Center For Food Safety: Urgent Farm Bill Amendment on Labeling of GE Foods

Urgent Farm Bill Amendment on Labeling of GE Foods

As you probably know, the Farm Bill debates are in full swing, and there is a key amendment on the labeling of GE foods that needs your help to pass! This amendment could be voted on any moment, so please take a moment to contact Congress now!

Absent clear labeling of GE foods, consumers are deprived necessary and important information about the foods they are purchasing. In response, dozens of U.S. states have introduced legislation and many are currently considering bills that would require the labeling of GE foods. Unfortunately, fear mongering and massive corporate spending has intimidated states from moving forward to pass legislation.

That is why Senators Sanders and Boxer have introduced amendment #2310 (Consumers Right to Know About Genetically Engineered Food Act) that clarifies the existing authority that states have to require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.

Tell your Senators to support Senate Amendment 2310!

For more information, please read:

June 14, 2012

Senator Sanders introduces an amendment to the farm bill that would require labeling of foods produced through genetic engineering or derived from organisms that have been genetically engineered.

The measure also would require the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to report to Congress within two years on the percentage of food and beverages in the United States that contain genetically-engineered ingredients.

Happy Midsummer 2012 - Glad Midsommar 2012

Art by Maria Ignatieva

Happy Midsummer 2012 - Glad Midsommar 2012

Mom-Turned-Activist Launches National Movement to Boycott GMOs By Katherine Paul

Diana Reeves
Mom-Turned-Activist Launches National Movement to Boycott GMOs

By Katherine Paul

Organic Consumers Association, June 13, 2012
Diana Reeves was furious when her state legislators caved into threats by Monsanto to sue the state of Connecticut if it passed a GMO labeling law. Lawmakers effectively told Connecticut's voters, who had clearly expressed overwhelming support for GMO labeling, "oh well."

Unlike her gutless state legislators who rolled over, Reeves is determined to keep the fight for transparency in GMO ingredients alive - and she's taking her fight national. She's started a group called GMO Free USA which plans to pressure food manufacturers into revealing which of their products contain GMOs. The ultimate goal is to organize national boycotts of those companies that refuse to switch to non-GMO ingredients.

GMO Free USA is Reeves' first foray into activism. The mother of three was on the fast track at a major accounting firm when her son was diagnosed with cancer. She walked away from her job to take care of him.

"I never looked back," she said. Her son died before he turned five.

 "This is one of those things that act as a catalyst, that bring people together," Reeves said. "You learn to live with it, to try to make some good come of it, to find better ways to channel the grief."
Having lost one child to disease, and with two daughters who were also suffering from health problems, Reeves became increasingly interested in the relationship between food and health,  About 4 or 5 years ago, she began reading about the potential hazards of GMO. "I started sending emails to my friends, telling them to 'say no to GMOs," she said. "I was probably driving them all crazy."

Then a few months ago, a friend introduced her to Non GMO Hartford, which eventually led to her involvement with the Connecticut Right to Know group which was pushing for a state labeling law. She began distributing information, and campaigning for HB 5117, which included a provision for mandatory GMO labeling.

With overwhelming public support for the Connecticut GMO labeling law, Reeves and others were sure it would pass. But at the last minute, under threat of a lawsuit by Monsanto, the bill was eviscerated behind closed doors, and the labeling provision removed before it was voted on by the House.

"I was so angry that our legislators didn't do their job that they didn't stand up to the corporations - especially because the majority of voters wanted this law," Reeves said.

Just as she had channeled her grief, Reeves now channeled her anger. She decided that if the government wasn't going to do its job, she would go directly after the food manufacturers.

She started GMO Free USA. The group's first task is to attract a significant number of like-minded members (5,000+). Once they reach that critical mass, they'll identify one company per week, and members will bombard that company with emails. The e-mailers will express concern about the health risks of GMOs, ask the company if they are sourcing GMO ingredients, and express their intent to boycott their products unless the GMOs are removed.
"We're going to hit them from every angle," Reeves said. "It's going to be thousands of people speaking directly to food manufacturers."

In order to make their voices heard by companies with very high sales volume, Reeves said they will need to mobilize thousands of people to act independently. So they're trying to find a minimum of 5000 people who will commit to the campaign, before they begin emailing food manufacturers.
"The more people who join this consumer email initiative, the more powerful the campaign will be," she said.

Anyone who wants to get involved in this national campaign can sign up on:

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Access Now - Tell the ITU: Release your documents!

Tell the ITU: Release your documents!

Representatives from around the world will gather from Wednesday to Friday at the International Telecommunications Union, where they will finalize proposals that could affect the future of the internet.

Using the form below, find your region's ITU representative and send them a short, personal message urging them to release planning documents detailing proposals that could shape our internet.

Choose your region's ITU representative and send them a short message. These government bureaucrats aren't used to receiving emails from the public, so every message counts. Use the easy, simple writing tips below to help craft your message to:

Here is the link to the e-mail form to send to one of the persons listed above:

Tell EPA to Protect Our Honey Bees from Pesticides Petition

Tell EPA to Protect our Honey Bees from Pesticides

 Honey bees and other insect pollinators are dying off at unprecedented rates and pesticides are a clear causal factor. This week and next, EPA is deciding just how “real” they think the pesticide threat to our pollinators is. 
Bees and other pollinators are indicator species – as they go, so goes the environment, and with it, us. If bees dying off en masse aren’t an “imminent hazard”, then we don’t know what is.

In March, the Center for Food Safety joined partners and beekeepers from around the country in filing a legal petition with EPA, calling on the agency to make use of its emergency powers to protect bees from a pesticide called clothianidin that is particularly harmful to bees. In the next two weeks, we expect EPA will decide whether this threat constitutes the “imminent hazard” necessary for the agency to take emergency action to suspend registration of this toxic pesticide.

Sign the petition below to tell EPA that the threat to bees is very real, and they need to take emergency action!


Biodiversity and the Environment: Silent Spring For Us? by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts


Biodiversity and the Environment: Silent Spring For Us?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Episode 9 Of The The Julian Assange Talk Show - An Interview With Imran Khan

June 19, 2012

No country has ever been bombed by its own ally, like Pakistan has been bombed by the US, Pakistani politician Imran Khan tells Julian Assange. He says it is time to put an end to the US-Pakistani 'client-master' relationship. ­In the ninth episode of his show, Julian Assange talks to Imran Khan, whose political party was ignored for years and which US State Department cables called "Pakistan's one-man party."

If you've missed the previous episodes, you can watch them online at:

Pakistani politician and former cricketer Imran Khan gestures upon his arrival during a rally in Lahore
Source of this photo:  AFP 

GMO Myths and Truths by Earth Open Source


GMO Myths and Truths

Earth Open Source,  17 June 2012

Genetically modified (GM) crops are promoted on the basis of a range of far-reaching claims from the GM crop industry and its supporters. They say that GM crops:
  • Are an extension of natural breeding and do not pose different risks from naturally bred crops
  • Are safe to eat and can be more nutritious than naturally bred crops
  • Are strictly regulated for safety
  • Increase crop yields
  • Reduce pesticide use
  • Benefit farmers and make their lives easierBring economic benefits
  • Benefit the environment
  • Can help solve problems caused by climate change
  • Reduce energy use
  • Will help feed the world.
However, a large and growing body of scientific and other authoritative evidence shows that these claims are not true. On the contrary, evidence presented in this report indicates that GM crops:
  • Are laboratory-made, using technology that is totally different from natural breeding methods, and pose different risks from non-GM crops
  • Can be toxic, allergenic or less nutritious than their natural counterparts
  • Are not adequately regulated to ensure safety
  • Do not increase yield potential
  • Do not reduce pesticide use but increase it
  • Create serious problems for farmers, including herbicide-tolerant “superweeds”, compromised soil quality, and increased disease susceptibility in crops
  • Have mixed economic effects
  • Harm soil quality, disrupt ecosystems, and reduce biodiversity
  • Do not offer effective solutions to climate change
  • Are as energy-hungry as any other chemically-farmed crops
  • Cannot solve the problem of world hunger but distract from its real causes – poverty, lack of access to food and, increasingly, lack of access to land to grow it on.
Based on the evidence presented in this report, there is no need to take risks with GM crops when effective, readily available, and sustainable solutions to the problems that GM technology is claimed to address already exist. Conventional plant breeding, in some cases helped by safe modern technologies like gene mapping and marker assisted selection, continues to outperform GM in producing high-yield, drought-tolerant, and pest- and disease-resistant crops that can meet our present and future food needs.