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Discover How You Stop GMOs from Harming Your Medical Marijuana
Posted by Steve Davis | February 13 2012 | 161051 views
By Steve Davis
GMOs poison food and harm medical marijuana.
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As medical marijuana growers, we're all about protecting our marijuana plants from the typical bugs, molds and mildews that have been dogging growers forever.
But now we're facing a bizarre, potentially catastrophic plant protection problem: our marijuana plants are threatened by biological enemies created by scientists, and so are we.
Welcome to the brave new world of “genetically modified organisms,” otherwise known as GMOs...
Made in a Lab, Not Tested for Safety in the Real World You & I Live In
GMOs are made when scientists splice genes from one organism into another organism. This genetic modification is promoted as a tool for creating new life forms that have industrial, agricultural and medical benefits for humanity. GMO scientists concoct wholly new life forms without fully and fairly assessing how genetic manipulation affects human health and the earth's ecology. They even spliced together genes from jellyfish and cats to create glow in the dark cats.
Experiments like that make GMO science seem like a Frankenstein freak show. Besides, making GMOs is a new process, and lots of errors are involved in the genetic manipulation process.
When a GMO scientist uses Nature's genetic codes in a for-profit effort to create new life forms in a laboratory, mistakes inevitably happen. Like when a GMO crop kills the bees and other beneficial insects in a farming region that depends on bees so the crops will ripen to maturity.
If GMOs become more widespread and powerful, we could end up on an earth where corporate-owned human-made organisms are an unstoppable and dangerous invasive species. A world where corporate GMO materials enter your body without your permission, and then act as silent, molecular level attackers. Environmental scientists warn that GMOS could dismantle life on our planet by disrupting the genetic basis for life we all evolved to share.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) and other medical organizations have explicitly stated that genetically modified (GM) food creates health problems including infertility, immune system deficits, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and your gastrointestinal system.
GMO defenders claim biotech genetic modification is safe. They also assert that without genetically modified corn, soy and other staple crops, food supplies won’t keep up with demand.
One thing is certain: GMOs can wreck the health of your medical marijuana plants…
GMOs Target Medical Marijuana Plants
Your medical marijuana plants are evolutionarily equipped to deal with naturally-occurring pests and diseases. You protect your plants by supplying hydroponics B-vitamins, potassium silicate, immune boosters, quality nutrients, air filtration, vector control, appropriate grow room environment, and other factors that armor your plants against mites, gray mold, thrips, powdery mildew and other typical attackers.
But what happens when your plants face biological enemies created in a GMO lab? Like a corn plant that emits toxins so strong that they cause severe allergic reaction in humans.
Why and how would corn produce powerful toxins? It's because biotech scientists implanted corn genetics with a toxin-related gene from another organism. The result: toxic corn.
It gets worse...millions of dollars are spent to create GMO Fusarium fungi that kill marijuana. A former employee of an "anti-drug" agency says biotech scientists are trying to genetically modify marijuana to create zero-THC cannabis that genetically “terminates” high-THC varieties.
Growers in Hawaii and elsewhere tell spooky stories about helicopters dumping GMO insects on marijuana crops…seemingly indestructible voracious insects that ate the marijuana to the ground virtually overnight. Those GMO insects, and a lot of other scary stuff are real parts of the GMO brave new world. It's like science fiction come true...
GMOs: Beneficial Science or Science Fiction Horror?
GMO advocates assert that genetic manipulation “improves” plants, microbes and animals to make them more useful for humans. In some cases, the claimed benefits are for real. But the risks are real too...
GMO foods such as peas, rice, corn, sugar beets, soy, and potatoes have been linked to a wide range of human health problems. And tens of thousands of farmers worldwide have seen their farms and families ruined by GMO crops that contaminate their non-GMO crops with “terminator genes” that sterilize natural crops so farmers could not plant their next generation of seeds.
Terminator genes threaten to wipe out native populations of wild food crops. They also have the potential to sterilize or otherwise genetically devalue marijuana crops, especially those grown outdoors.
Widely-used Big Ag materials such as Monsanto "Roundup Ready" GMO crops (and their requisite accompanying herbicide) damage soil, water supplies, beneficial insects, and humans.
How bad is Monsanto? Monsanto was just found guilty of poisoning a French farmer because a Monsanto herbicide was not labeled properly, and that's only the tip of the toxic iceberg when it comes to damage GMO giant Monsanto causes to us and our planet.
GMO crops are linked to increased reliance on pesticides and herbicides, and the elimination of natural gene pools that farmers have long relied on. Some GMO crops are engineered so farmers have to use specific brands of pesticides or herbicides.
For medical marijuana growers, a GMO world means human-created organisms, molds, fungi, pests, and soil diseases that your plants cannot defend against.
How about pollen from genetically-modified marijuana that ruins your seedless marijuana flowers and introduces fatal genes into your plants? Or GMO-induced “superweeds” that outgrow outdoor marijuana, block its sun, suck its water away, and smother the landscape.
All of this is probable, not just possible, if we allow GMOs and GMO corporations to continue flooding our world with GMO biotech.
Big Ag and Big BioTech Spread GMOs Worldwide
We get it that GMOs are genies that shouldn’t have been let out of their bottles, but guess what...when you go to a regular grocery store, 70-80% of the food contains GMOs.
Not only that, the GMO industry is in bed with the worst extremes of industrial agriculture and its powerful lobbyists. Together, they have the financial and political power to fight off GMO restrictions and GMO disclosure labeling.
In some cases, the industry has successfully prevented manufacturers of non-GMO products from telling consumers that products are GMO free.
It's particularly worrisome that children and their moms are especially vulnerable to GMO-caused health problems.
Despite clear evidence that GMOs are a bad idea, world trade organizations, multinational corporations and governments covertly collude to force GMOs on countries whose citizens have voted to ban GMOs. Courts rule against organic farmers harmed by GMO corporations.
The corporate giants who profit the most from GMOs, including the notorious Monsanto Corporation, play GMO hardball. Monsanto even sues farmers whose fields are contaminated by stray pollen from adjacent Monsanto GMO crops, claiming that the farmers “pirated” Monsanto’s GMO technology without paying for it.
Europeans Stopped GMOs & You Can Too
I’m sure you’re concerned about GMOs and wondering what to do to roll back their infiltration into your world. We can learn from European citizens’ successful resistance to GMOs.
Europeans have been so effective in fighting against GMO crops that companies like BASF (which had been trying to get approval for its GMO potatoes in Europe) have given up on Europe and moved their GMO offices to America, where GMO regulation is much weaker.
Citizen opposition to GMOs is increasing in the U.S., where coalitions of medical marijuana growers, organic farmers and health advocates are pushing for anti-GMO regulations in medical marijuana states like California, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon.
One way you can individually fight back is by refusing to purchase food products that contain GMOs. You can shop at health stores, where most of the food is labeled as GMO-free.
You can also utilize information provided by anti-GMO organizations such as The Center for Food Safety and the Institute for Responsible Technology. These groups help you identify GMOs in your lifestyle and environment. They also create strength in numbers as we join together to fight the risky business of genetic manipulation.
The significant successes of the European anti-GMO movement inspires us to believe we too could achieve similar success that protects us against GMOs in North America. And there's something else you can do to stop GMOs...
Medical Marijuana Growers Can Use GMO-Free Hydroponics Nutrients
As a medical marijuana grower, you also fight GMOs by buying fertilizers that don’t contain genetically-modified materials. But how do you know which fertilizers are GMO-free?
It’s a very important question, because many hydroponics nutrients manufacturers use agricultural crops whole or as extracts in their products.
With GMO crops and industrial ag crops pervasive worldwide, it's smart to be concerned that GMOs, pesticides and herbicides might be polluting your hydroponics fertilizer, your water supplies, your soil, and other gardening materials.
Hydroponics nutrients manufacturer Advanced Nutrients recently announced the non-GMO status of its entire nutrients line…the first and only hydroponics company to do so.
Medical marijuana growers are increasingly concerned that hydroponics nutrients companies may be using GMOs, or materials produced in locations where GMOs are used.
Industry experts say some hydroponics nutrients companies are "very likely" to be selling you products containing GMO-tainted materials.
"Knowing the harm that GMOs do to the environment and people, we can't afford for sick and dying people to be consuming marijuana grown with GMO fertillizers," says Roger K., a professional grower, medical student and patient advocate. "I am glad to hear that at least one hydroponics company is GMO-free, and I hope that more companies will follow their lead."
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