Grow, Nyam, Share and Sell:  How you can ensure a Healthy & Prosperous Jamaica<br />Dr. Leahcim Semaj, The Job Bank<br />8...
Chief Ideator & Resultant<br />Mobile: 876.383.5627			Skype: LSemaj<br />Office: 876.942.9057			                   Twitter...
Genetically Modified Seeds<br />8/18/2011<br />3<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
The GMO Myth<br />An ad that recently ran during the American Public Media show Marketplace, sponsored by Monsanto, <br />...
The Monsanto ads <br />quite simply, false. <br />The premise of the ad is that Monsanto’s GM seeds are going to save the ...
The Catch<br />85% of all GM seeds are engineered for herbicide tolerance<br />Most of these being Monsanto’s “Roundup Rea...
The  result, <br />an increase in pesticide use in the United States since the introduction of GM seeds<br />8/18/2011<br ...
Since the introduction of GM crops in the United States, <br />more than 120 million pounds of additional pesticides were ...
Agronomists and Plant Scientists<br /> Have made far greater advances in yields <br />through conventional breeding method...
In fact, <br />Several studies show that there are actually yield losses associated with Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soybeans...
Monsanto <br />wants us to believe their crops are feeding hungry children in Africa, <br />and that they are allowing far...
How five biotech giants control  the global seed market, promoting monoculture farming and making it harder for farmers to...
Since the mid-1990s<br />Just five biotech giants – <br />Monsanto, <br />Syngenta, <br />Bayer, <br />Dow <br />DuPont – ...
Philip Howard from Michigan State University, <br />says <br />the takeover of the seed market has been 'dramatic' and tha...
In the US <br />90% of the soybeans grown are genetically-modified varieties, <br />many conventional farmers have had dif...
The Reality<br />The increasing power of seed companies is 'incompatible' with renewable agricultural practices <br />such...
A patent <br />gives a company exclusive rights to sell and develop a new invention. <br />In the case of patents on plant...
'excessive seed patenting' <br />by the biotech giants is allowing them to control a large number of seeds <br />and leadi...
The groundbreaking IAASTD report in 2008, <br />conducted by 400 scientists from around the world, <br />criticised patent...
A report, 'Future of seeds and food', <br />published last year by a coalition of campaign groups, including Greenpeace, <...
Patents <br />exacerbate genetic erosion as they promote monoculture by hindering the development of new seed varieties. <...
Haitian Farmers Reject Monsanto Donation<br />MICHELLE  GREENHALGH<br />Food Safety News - JUN 07, 2010<br />8/18/2011<br ...
Respect Haiti!<br />The Peasant Movement of Papay, a group of Haitian farmers, has committed to burning 60,000 seed sacks ...
Jean-Baptiste<br />Peasant Movement of Papay leader Chavannes <br />called Monsanto's donation <br />"a new earthquake" <b...
The National Peasant Movement of the Congress of Papay<br />sent an open letter on May 14 signed by Jean-Baptiste.  <br />...
In addition<br />to MPNKP and MPP, other Haitian social movements have advocated in opposition to agribusiness imports of ...
Haitian law <br />does not prohibit the use of GMOs within the country, <br />but the Ministry of Agriculture rejected Mon...
Monsanto<br /> is internationally known for aggressively pushing its seed products, specifically GMO seeds.  <br />The use...
GMO-opposed groups <br />claim that by signing these agreements, <br />small farmers are forced to buy Monsanto seeds each...
The corn seed product Monsanto donated to Haiti<br />has been treated with the fungicide Maxim XO,<br />while the calypso ...
The EPA ruled <br />that pesticides that contain thiram must have a special warning label  <br />In addition, the EPA also...
Social movements in Haiti <br />consider the offer from Monsanto detrimental to the local economy. <br />"People in the U....
Monsanto <br />has been criticized for its role in environmental, health, and farming ills.  <br />The company's Agent Ora...
Seed giants Syngenta, Dupont and Bayer, and Monsanto <br />control more than half of the world's seed patents.  <br />Mons...
Jean-Baptiste<br />"Fighting hybrid and GMO seeds is critical to save our diversity and our agriculture,“<br />"We have th...
How to Avoid GM Foods<br />Avoiding GM products in your diet means avoiding an ever-growing number of ingredients, or choo...
You CAN Demand Better Food<br />It’s easy to sit back and think you can’t do a thing to change the current state of affair...
First and foremost, <br />You can vote with your wallet <br />by avoiding everything that contains GM ingredients, <br />a...
Pressure The Politicians<br />Let them know how you feel, <br />and what kind of policies you’re willing to support<br />J...
We can all help!:<br />Chefs, restaurants and food companies <br />can switch to non-GM sources<br />Retailers<br />can re...
Read The GMO Food Guide<br />It lists 20 different food categories that include everything from baby food to chocolate.<br...
Watch the video The Future of Food, <br />This in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind genetically modifie...
THE FUTURE OF FOOD<br />offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetic...
THE FUTURE OF FOOD<br />examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat <br />as hug...
My Plan<br />Grow, Nyam, Share and Sell:<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />45<br />
AsanteAdonai Farm<br />The Home of Jahmganic Farming<br />Guided by Spiritual Principles,<br />using traditional Jamaican ...
The Spiritual Principle<br />We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; <br />we borrow it from our children <br />(L...
Jamaican Traditions<br />Rain Water Harvesting <br />Grassing for weed control <br />Chop & Drop for mulching<br />Intercr...
Organic System Practices<br />Crop Rotation<br />Organic Pest Control methods <br />Composting to improve soil health<br /...
My Plan<br />Farm<br />Eco Spa<br />Off the grid<br />Agri-production<br />Learning Centre<br />Recreational Area<br />Cof...
My Plan<br />$5,000 per month for the next 5 years<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />51<br />
8/18/2011<br />52<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
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  1. 1. Grow, Nyam, Share and Sell:  How you can ensure a Healthy & Prosperous Jamaica<br />Dr. Leahcim Semaj, The Job Bank<br />8/18/2011<br />1<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  2. 2. Chief Ideator & Resultant<br />Mobile: 876.383.5627 Skype: LSemaj<br />Office: 876.942.9057 Twitter: LSemaj<br />Email: Semaj@LTSemaj.comFacebook: Leahcim Semaj<br />Blog: TheSemajMindSpa.Wordpress.com<br />www.SlideShare.net/LSemaj<br />8/18/2011<br />
  3. 3. Genetically Modified Seeds<br />8/18/2011<br />3<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  4. 4. The GMO Myth<br />An ad that recently ran during the American Public Media show Marketplace, sponsored by Monsanto, <br />the world’s largest corporate agribusiness chemical firm, <br />touted how Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) seeds <br />are going to save the world from environmental catastrophe and human hunger<br />8/18/2011<br />4<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  5. 5. The Monsanto ads <br />quite simply, false. <br />The premise of the ad is that Monsanto’s GM seeds are going to save the world from environmental catastrophe and human hunger, <br />but the reality of Monsanto’s seeds and the company’s ethics and commitment to fighting world hunger <br />have little to do with either.<br />8/18/2011<br />5<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  6. 6. The Catch<br />85% of all GM seeds are engineered for herbicide tolerance<br />Most of these being Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” <br />cotton, corn, soy, and canola seeds <br />This allows plants to withstand significant amounts of pesticides being sprayed on it, <br />in effect promoting pesticide use. <br />8/18/2011<br />6<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  7. 7. The result, <br />an increase in pesticide use in the United States since the introduction of GM seeds<br />8/18/2011<br />7<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  8. 8. Since the introduction of GM crops in the United States, <br />more than 120 million pounds of additional pesticides were used<br />At the same time, <br />not a single GM crop has been commercially introduced that is intended to increase yield <br />8/18/2011<br />8<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  9. 9. Agronomists and Plant Scientists<br /> Have made far greater advances in yields <br />through conventional breeding methods <br />than they ever have with GM crops. <br />8/18/2011<br />9<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  10. 10. In fact, <br />Several studies show that there are actually yield losses associated with Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soybeans. <br />GM crops are not feeding the world, <br />and they are not enabling us to produce more<br />8/18/2011<br />10<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  11. 11. Monsanto <br />wants us to believe their crops are feeding hungry children in Africa, <br />and that they are allowing farmers to use fewer chemicals<br />But <br />their actions demonstrate that their concern lies solely in their profits<br />8/18/2011<br />11<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  12. 12. How five biotech giants control the global seed market, promoting monoculture farming and making it harder for farmers to find alternative sources of seeds<br />8/18/2011<br />12<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  13. 13. Since the mid-1990s<br />Just five biotech giants – <br />Monsanto, <br />Syngenta, <br />Bayer, <br />Dow <br />DuPont – <br />have bought up more than 200 other companies between them to dominate our access to seeds<br />Tom Levitt - Ecologist; 7th October, 2010<br />8/18/2011<br />13<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  14. 14. Philip Howard from Michigan State University, <br />says <br />the takeover of the seed market has been 'dramatic' and that <br />it is getting harder for farmers to find alternatives<br />8/18/2011<br />14<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  15. 15. In the US <br />90% of the soybeans grown are genetically-modified varieties, <br />many conventional farmers have had difficulty obtaining non-genetically modified seeds to plant<br />8/18/2011<br />15<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  16. 16. The Reality<br />The increasing power of seed companies is 'incompatible' with renewable agricultural practices <br />such as saving and replanting seeds. <br />one solution to restricting their control would be <br />through banning the practice of granting patents on seeds, plants and genes<br />8/18/2011<br />16<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  17. 17. A patent <br />gives a company exclusive rights to sell and develop a new invention. <br />In the case of patents on plants and genes it grants them temporary monopolies and bans farmers from saving seeds, <br />forcing them to buy new seeds from the company each year <br />or pay a license to use patented seeds they have saved<br />8/18/2011<br />17<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  18. 18. 'excessive seed patenting' <br />by the biotech giants is allowing them to control a large number of seeds <br />and leading to an increase in seed prices <br />and a decrease of seed choices for farmers<br />8/18/2011<br />18<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  19. 19. The groundbreaking IAASTD report in 2008, <br />conducted by 400 scientists from around the world, <br />criticised patents for driving up costs and restricting experimentation by farmers in developing countries<br />8/18/2011<br />19<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  20. 20. A report, 'Future of seeds and food', <br />published last year by a coalition of campaign groups, including Greenpeace, <br />called for an end to patents on seeds to halt the domination of biotech giants like Syngenta. <br />It says only bigger seed companies can afford to apply and enforce a patent<br />8/18/2011<br />20<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  21. 21. Patents <br />exacerbate genetic erosion as they promote monoculture by hindering the development of new seed varieties. <br />The possible, long term consequences of patents are control of the whole food chain by a few companies<br />What is needed most is a clear legal ruling that exempts seeds and farm animals from patent protection <br />8/18/2011<br />21<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  22. 22. Haitian Farmers Reject Monsanto Donation<br />MICHELLE GREENHALGH<br />Food Safety News - JUN 07, 2010<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />22<br />
  23. 23. Respect Haiti!<br />The Peasant Movement of Papay, a group of Haitian farmers, has committed to burning 60,000 seed sacks (475 tons) of hybrid corn and vegetable seeds <br />donated by Monsanto in the wake of the devastating earthquake<br />January 12, 2009<br />8/18/2011<br />23<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  24. 24. Jean-Baptiste<br />Peasant Movement of Papay leader Chavannes <br />called Monsanto's donation <br />"a new earthquake" <br />called for a march to protest the corporation's presence in Haiti for World Environment Day<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />24<br />
  25. 25. The National Peasant Movement of the Congress of Papay<br />sent an open letter on May 14 signed by Jean-Baptiste.  <br />The letter called Monsanto's presence in Haiti, <br />"a very strong attack on small agriculture, on farmers, on biodiversity, on Creole seeds..., and on what is left of our environment in Haiti.”<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />25<br />
  26. 26. In addition<br />to MPNKP and MPP, other Haitian social movements have advocated in opposition to agribusiness imports of seeds and food.  <br />The groups have expressed strong concern regarding the importation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as they undermine local production of local seed stocks<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />26<br />
  27. 27. Haitian law <br />does not prohibit the use of GMOs within the country, <br />but the Ministry of Agriculture rejected Monsanto's offer to donate Roundup Ready seeds.  <br />As a result of these actions, <br />a representative from Monsanto responded to the Ministry of Agriculture via email to assure that donated seeds would not be GMO<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />27<br />
  28. 28. Monsanto<br /> is internationally known for aggressively pushing its seed products, specifically GMO seeds.  <br />The use of seeds also usually includes highly restrictive technology agreements between the company and farmers, <br />who groups opposed to the use of GMOs claim are not always fully made aware of what they are signing.  <br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />28<br />
  29. 29. GMO-opposed groups <br />claim that by signing these agreements, <br />small farmers are forced to buy Monsanto seeds each year under conditions they often find onerous and at high costs that they cannot afford.<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />29<br />
  30. 30. The corn seed product Monsanto donated to Haiti<br />has been treated with the fungicide Maxim XO,<br />while the calypso tomato seeds were treated with thiram.  <br />Thiram<br />is a highly toxic chemical belonging to the ethylene bisdithiocarbamates (EBDCs) class.  <br />Upon U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tests on the EBDC's, <br />the EPA deemed any EBDC-treated plants so dangerous to agricultural workers, <br />that they are now mandated to wear protective clothing when handling them<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />30<br />
  31. 31. The EPA ruled <br />that pesticides that contain thiram must have a special warning label  <br />In addition, the EPA also banned marketing for home garden products <br />as it is assumed that most home gardeners do not own adequately protective clothing<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />31<br />
  32. 32. Social movements in Haiti <br />consider the offer from Monsanto detrimental to the local economy. <br />"People in the U.S. need to help us produce, not give us food and seeds.  <br />They're ruining our chance to support ourselves," <br />said farmer Jonas Deronzil of a peasant cooperative in the rural region of Verrettes<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />32<br />
  33. 33. Monsanto <br />has been criticized for its role in environmental, health, and farming ills.  <br />The company's Agent Orange caused cancer in a large number of U.S. Veterans. <br />The Vietnamese government claims that 400,000 of their citizens were either killed or disabled as a result of Agent Orange, <br />while 500,000 children were born with birth defects as a result of exposure<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />33<br />
  34. 34. Seed giants Syngenta, Dupont and Bayer, and Monsanto <br />control more than half of the world's seed patents.  <br />Monsanto retains almost 650 seed patents, most of which are for cotton, corn, and soy.  <br />The company also owns almost 30% of the share of all biotechnology research and development<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />34<br />
  35. 35. Jean-Baptiste<br />"Fighting hybrid and GMO seeds is critical to save our diversity and our agriculture,“<br />"We have the potential to make our lands produce enough to feed the whole population and even to export certain products. <br />The policy we need for this to happen is food sovereignty, <br />where the county has a right to define it own agricultural policies, <br />to grow first for the family and then for local market, <br />to grow healthy food in a way which respects the environment and Mother Earth"<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />35<br />
  36. 36. How to Avoid GM Foods<br />Avoiding GM products in your diet means avoiding an ever-growing number of ingredients, or choosing organic versions of them. <br />This is not an easy task, especially if you eat processed food. <br />The 4 most prevalent GM ingredients to look out for are:<br />Soy<br />Corn<br />Cottonseed<br />Canola <br />You’ll also want to avoid the offspring of these products, which includes items like <br />maltodextrin, soy lecithin, and high fructose corn syrup<br />8/18/2011<br />36<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  37. 37. You CAN Demand Better Food<br />It’s easy to sit back and think you can’t do a thing to change the current state of affairs, <br />but the fact is, you CAN make a difference. <br />You can demand something better<br />food that is still food, grown the way nature intended<br />Food should be grown from plants, <br />not manufactured in plants<br />8/18/2011<br />37<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  38. 38. First and foremost, <br />You can vote with your wallet <br />by avoiding everything that contains GM ingredients, <br />ask your local supermarket to stock their shelves with more natural organic foods<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />38<br />
  39. 39. Pressure The Politicians<br />Let them know how you feel, <br />and what kind of policies you’re willing to support<br />Jamaica has no GMO policy<br />Not in the Ministry of Agriculture<br />Nor in The Ministry of Foreign Affairs<br />8/18/2011<br />39<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  40. 40. We can all help!:<br />Chefs, restaurants and food companies <br />can switch to non-GM sources<br />Retailers<br />can remove or label GM products or offer in-store Non-GMO Shopping Guides<br />Religious leaders <br />can help to educate their congregation<br />Health practitioners <br />can provide patient education materials<br />Educators<br />can help make school cafeterias GM-free<br />Reporters <br />can expose the health risks<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />40<br />
  41. 41. Read The GMO Food Guide<br />It lists 20 different food categories that include everything from baby food to chocolate.<br />The incredible series Seeds of Doubt,<br />written by staffers at the Sacramento Bee, <br />offer further guidance to fully understand the many problems associated with GM foods<br />8/18/2011<br />41<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  42. 42. Watch the video The Future of Food, <br />This in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind genetically modified foods is one of the best documentaries made to date<br />It will help you understand how and why the genetic engineering we allow to be unleashed today is a very real threat to ALL future generations.<br />http://www.mercola.com/future-of-food/index.htm<br />8/18/2011<br />42<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />
  43. 43. THE FUTURE OF FOOD<br />offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods<br />that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade.<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />43<br />
  44. 44. THE FUTURE OF FOOD<br />examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat <br />as huge multinational corporations seek to control the world's food system. <br />The film also explores alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture, <br />placing organic and sustainable agriculture as real solutions to the farm crisis today.<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />44<br />
  45. 45. My Plan<br />Grow, Nyam, Share and Sell:<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />45<br />
  46. 46. AsanteAdonai Farm<br />The Home of Jahmganic Farming<br />Guided by Spiritual Principles,<br />using traditional Jamaican farming practices <br />and respecting the organic farming system<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />46<br />
  47. 47. The Spiritual Principle<br />We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; <br />we borrow it from our children <br />(Lakota - Native American Indian Proverb)<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />47<br />
  48. 48. Jamaican Traditions<br />Rain Water Harvesting <br />Grassing for weed control <br />Chop & Drop for mulching<br />Intercropping for Pest Control<br />Planting according to lunar cycle<br />Allowing a field to rest/lie fallow to restore soil health<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />48<br />
  49. 49. Organic System Practices<br />Crop Rotation<br />Organic Pest Control methods <br />Composting to improve soil health<br />Use of renewable energy: Solar and Wind<br />Use of Green Manures to restore soil health<br />No Burning or use of herbicide for land clearing<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />49<br />
  50. 50. My Plan<br />Farm<br />Eco Spa<br />Off the grid<br />Agri-production<br />Learning Centre<br />Recreational Area<br />Coffee & Tea Shop<br />Community Shared Agriculture<br />Farm Tour & Taste Experience<br />Bird watching facility<br />Nature Trail & Camping Grounds<br />Expos and Demonstrations<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />50<br />
  51. 51. My Plan<br />$5,000 per month for the next 5 years<br />8/18/2011<br />www.LTSemaj.com<br />51<br />
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