Kathy Jeffries wrote:
> Hi Sanetters
> I basically cruise this list and pass on the information to others who
> are not on it.
> But I just have to put a bit of info on myself.
> I was invited to a BioTech class that is being sponsored by Monsanto at
> WIU in IL.
> So far I bet you are thinking........got a clue to where this is going.
> I've spoken to a few Ag classes and water resource and management
> classes on the topics of our water pollution and the mega-livestock
> Ths class I sat in on......had an ethics panel to answer questions that
> the students fielded to them on biotech. And one of the panelist was a
> rep from Monsanto.
> The M. rep had a very downplay on organics. I asked to what does he base
> his opinion on.
> Reply was something in the effect of the grains (and that is the only
> aspect of organics that he stressed) is riddled with mycotoxins and the
> use of the pesticides and herbicides would eliminate this.
> Now we have a choice of mycotoxin vs. chemicals..........I would chance
> it with the mycotoxins. Since my way of thinking was in relation to
> other products that are raised organically. There is not a guarantee
> that the pesticides and such will eliminate the mycotoxin 100%. And he
> did not seem concerned that this would create an environmental
> Aother topic that predominated the class was about labelling. One
> student says he has never seen anyone take any notice to labels.....I
> told him he hasn't been in the store when I am shopping. These students
> are being pruned into the thought patterns of Monsanto and that the
> earth concerns are not a part. Monsanto rep seemed to bring out the
> point of competition and costs, no stress on environment or safety to
> people. So it shows the $$$$$ reigns.
> Rep said "Also the organics "trend" is just a way of pushing for higher
> This is sad because our young people are being guided to have concerns
> in relation to the $$$ and not to the benefit of people.
> I came out of this class witn a real sad heart as to what our future is
> being groomed toward.
> Kathy Jeffries
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