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How you can ensure Food Security and a Healthy & Prosperous Jamaica

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