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  • 1. Grow, Nyam, Share and Sell:  How you can ensure a Healthy & Prosperous Jamaica
    Dr. Leahcim Semaj, The Job Bank
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  • 2. 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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  • 3. Genetically Modified Seeds
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  • 4. 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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  • 5. 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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  • 6. 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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  • 7. The result,
    an increase in pesticide use in the United States since the introduction of GM seeds
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  • 8. 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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  • 9. 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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  • 10. 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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  • 11. 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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  • 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
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  • 13. 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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  • 14. 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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  • 15. 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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  • 16. 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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  • 17. 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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  • 18. '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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  • 19. 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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  • 20. 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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  • 21. 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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  • 22. Haitian Farmers Reject Monsanto Donation
    MICHELLE GREENHALGH
    Food Safety News - JUN 07, 2010
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  • 23. 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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  • 24. 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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  • 25. 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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  • 26. 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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  • 27. 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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  • 28. 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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  • 29. 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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  • 30. 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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  • 31. 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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  • 32. 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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  • 33. 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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  • 34. 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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  • 35. 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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  • 36. 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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  • 37. 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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  • 38. 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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  • 39. 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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  • 40. 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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  • 41. 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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  • 42. 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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  • 43. 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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  • 44. 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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  • 45. My Plan
    Grow, Nyam, Share and Sell:
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  • 46. 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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  • 47. 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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  • 48. 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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  • 49. 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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  • 50. 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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  • 51. My Plan
    $5,000 per month for the next 5 years
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