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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-28-10 10:18 AM
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Latest GMO fiasco: Mad Soy Disease Strikes Brazil

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No cure for mad soy disease

They call it mad soy disease in Brazil, where it has been spreading from the north, causing yield losses of up to 40 percent, most notably in the states of Mato Grosso, Tocantins and Goias.
Like its namesake, mad cow disease, it is incurable <1, 2, 3>.

This is the latest GMO fiasco to surface since our report on the meltdown in the USA <4> (GM Crops Facing Meltdown in the USA, SiS 46), China <5> (GM-Spin Meltdown in China, SiS 47), and Argentina <6> (Argentinas Roundup Human Tragedy, SiS 48).

Mad soy disease has afflicted soybeans sporadically in the hot northern regions of Brazil in the past years, but is now spreading to more temperate regions in the south with increased prevalence overall, according to a US Department of Agriculture scientist.

The disease delays the maturation of infected plants indefinitely; the plants remain green until they eventually rot in the field. The top leaves thin out, and the stems thicken and become deformed. The leaves also darken compared to healthy plants; the pods, when formed, are abnormal with fewer beans.

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The scientists warned of dire consequences for agriculture. Don Huber, recently retired from Purdue University, stated that the widespread use of glyphosate in the US can <7> significantly increase the severity of various plant diseases, impair plant defense to pathogens and diseases and immobilize soils plant nutrients rendering them unavailable for plant use.

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we are talking about the loss of food crops by GMOs

GMO providers and sellers only think bout money

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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-28-10 10:20 AM
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1. Brasil has recently replanted most of its agricultural land with soy.....
replacing the variety of foods people need to live. I dont know the statistics, but they are plowing down acres and acres to plant soy on a massive scale.
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-28-10 10:29 AM
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2. Plant mangoes, guava, nuts, green onions, tomatoes, pinto beans, anything but soy...peanuts even
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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-28-10 10:35 AM
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3. true
nt
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