Herbicide Tolerance to Broad Spectrum Glyphosate (Roundup)
Insecticidal Properties Conferred by Bt ( Bacillus thuringiensis)
A report released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences (Dec. 2009) states that three types of Monsanto corn, cause cancer and organ damage in mammals.
The data “clearly underlines adverse impacts on kidneys and liver, to heart, adrenal glands, spleen and haematopoietic system,”
The right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.
The FAO 2004 report acknowledges that GM crops can have reduced yields
Genetic modifications address production conditions (insect and weed control), and are not intended to increase the intrinsic yield capacity of the plant.
IMF via IndexMundi.com
High price of oil
Increase in grain-fed meat production
Weather-related crop failure
Holt-Giménez, E. & Patel, R., 2009. Food Rebellions!: Crisis and the hunger for justice, Oakland, Ca: Food First Books.
Data source FAO Statistics
The USDA breaks Corn Usage into three major categories
Animal Feed (45.9%)
Food and Industrial Category
High Fructose Corn Syrup 3.9%
Besides the fact that you only get 1.3 calories of energy per calorie put into ethanol production
Researchers at the University of Minnesota,
found 5 to 2,138 liters of water used per liter of ethanol
This is just water! We're not even talking about:
pollution from fertilizer, insecticides, and herbicides;
greenhouse-gas emissions from production;
competition with food crops.
20 pounds of soil washes away for every gallon of ethanol made
In the US 1.5 billion tons topsoil erodes/year
High Fructose Corn Syrup
What about Mexico?
Studies by the Health Department show that a startling 68 percent of Mexican adults are overweight and 29 percent are obese — just behind the United States, where 74 percent are overweight and 39 percent obese
The changing dietary habits have come as Mexico has switched from a largely protectionist to an extremely globalized economy.
Since it enacted the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, imports of processed food and drinks have soared.
The nation now consumes more Coca Cola products per capita than anywhere else in the world: a total of 635 eight-ounce bottles per person each year. The amount represents a threefold increase compared to 1988.