The pro-biotech disinformation campaign out of the Philippiness almost equals (mimics?) some of the output of AgBioView. Surely there can be no connection?
1. COMMIES' SHAM CASE VERSUS BT CORN
2. Osama bin Laden Linked to Greenpeace & SEARICE
1. Masipag News & Views
COMMIES' SHAM CASE VERSUS BT CORN
By Honesto C. General
September 16, 2001
ABOUT 25 years ago, I planted 30 hectares of corn on my farm in the foothills of Mount Isarog at the far edge of my hometown, Naga City. I wanted to raise corn yield in the area by supplying farmers with registered seeds. All of us would make more money.
The project was a disaster. First, the weather had to cooperate and there was nothing you could do if it did not. Then, every step--land preparation, planting, fertilizing, weeding, spraying, harvesting, storing, shelling, and, finally, marketing--had to be taken with precise timing. Above all, I was constantly fighting army worms, cut worms, leaf rollers, corn borers, and corn ear worms. After two cropping seasons, I realized corn farming was far riskier than insurance. I cut my losses and decided to concentrate on selling insurance.
This is why I am interested in the sham case raised by communist front organizations disguised as farmers groups against Bt corn. These groups warn us of impoverished corn farmers scratching out a living from a devastated and poisoned land.
What is Bt corn? Bt stands for Bacillus thuringiensis, a bacterium used as a biological insecticide marketed worldwide for control of many plant pests, mainly caterpillars of butterflies and moths. If you buy a biological insecticide from any agricultural supply store, the chances are it contains Bt.
Bt corn, first marketed in 1996, is genetically engineered to contain the toxin-producing gene of the Bacillus thuringiensis. Each and every cell of Bt corn is toxic, but only to the target insects. When a caterpillar attacks and feeds on a Bt corn plant, the alkalinity of the caterpillarÃs gut activates the toxin that kills the pest. The farmer saves on insecticide and spraying equipment. He need not patrol his farm for any signs of pests. Bt corn has its own round-the-clock, built-in defense against pests.
The old-time spraying of insecticides is very inefficient. Most of the insecticides falls on the ground and wasted. The spray kills not only the targeted but also the non-targeted insects. Above all, spraying is dangerous to the farmerÃs health.
There was a furor over a lab test in the States that killed monarch butterflies fed with Bt corn pollen. Field tests now going on show that toxicity to monarch butterflies is minimal. Final results are expected in a couple of months.
Last year, American farmers planted 20 million acres (8 million hectares) of Bt corn. So, it is not as if American corn seed producers want to foist on the Philippines something that has not worked in the States.
But why are field tests being run here if Bt corn has already been proven successful elsewhere? Because Bt corn that is effective on the European corn borer may not be effective on the Mindanao borer. If it works on the Mindanao borer, it may not work on the Cebu or Ilocos or Bicol borer.
Fighting Philippine pests
Commies claim that the farmer will have to buy the weed killer Roundup from the seed producer, raising production costs. If he is going to plant expensive Bt corn seeds, and make more money, he had better protect his field with the best weed killer available.
The farmer used to save the best ears of his corn crop for seeds for the next season, but usually lost 50-80 percent of these seeds to pests and vermin. Nowadays, he sells his entire crop. He does not store seeds. In due time, he goes to the store to buy seeds. Today, seed production is a specialized line of farming.
If Bt corn will succeed in fighting Philippine pests, and there is every reason that it will, then corn yield will rise. Farmers will have more income. There will be less need to import corn for our poultry and livestock.
Commies keep saying Bt corn is another attempt by multinational companies at huge profits that will eventually impoverish even more our poor farmers. Commies are scared the field tests will succeed. The poor farmers will then make more money and will be less vulnerable to commie propaganda.
Commies are mouthing issues raised by Europeans. But Europeans have no problem on food security and nutritional value. So, they are more concerned with the environment and human health. A Third World country like the Philippines, struggling to feed a fast-growing populace, should rank food security as its topmost priority.
If Bt corn were available 25 years ago, I would probably still be a money-making corn farmer today.
[Masipag News & Views is an occasional information release of the Farmer Scientist Partnership for Development (MASIPAG). This report, in whole or in part, could be freely published.]
MASIPAG 3346 Rhoda Subd. Los BaÃ’os, Laguna PHILIPPINES 4030
2. Osama bin Laden Linked to Greenpeace & SEARICE
[one of a constant stream of spam mailed black propaganda bulletins going worldwide]
Subject: Human Rights Watch Press Release
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 18:00:53 +0800
Human Rights Watch Press Release: Osama bin Laden Linked to Greenpeace & SEARICE
President George W. Bush announced during a White House meeting on Wednesday September 19th with Indonesian President Megawati that global intelligence services now possess convincing evidence that shows terrorist elements such as Osama bin Laden sometimes use NGOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s to funnel money to associated cells of fanatics who perpetrate terrorist acts.
Our own independent research along with information acquired from sources within European security services suggest religious and environmental groups in Western Europe have been the recipients of funding from Osama bin Laden and several other Egypt-based terrorist groups.
While some of this terrorist money is retained by Manila-based NGOs like SEARICE and Greenpeace, much of the foreign terrorist funding is then delivered by selected NGOs to Philippine-based terrorist groups like the Abu Sayyaf, MILF and the urban assassination elements of the Philippine Communist Party (CPP) called the ABB. Philippine National Police, NBI and ISAFP experts confirm that the senior leaders of SEARICE are known underground members of the CPP.
We believe the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo along with the Philippine Senate need to investigate the activities of SEARICE, Greenpeace and similar NGOs operating in the Philippines to ensure they are free of terrorist funding or money laundering efforts. The free world likewise demands to know that well-intentioned NGOs are not tarnished by the activities of a small number of NGOs whose activities now appear to be not only duplicitous but also shameful. Many organizations have called previously for SEARICE and Greenpeace to publicly reveal all of the sources of their foreign funding. In every instance they have refused. We now know they have much to hide and MalacaÃƒ±ang now needs to demand NGO accountability.