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Anti-biotech radical Ronnie turns on allies in resounding defeat

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Radical element in anti-biotech movement turns against organic allies

Some species in the animal kingdom eat their young, and if they get desperate enough they devour each other, regardless of age.

In the wake of the stunning victory for American agriculture in the unrestricted USDA approval of herbicide-tolerant alfalfa and sugar beets, the rabidly radical element of the anti-biotech/organic movement is attacking its own.

Unhinged Ronnie Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association, unleashed a viral attack on what he calls “a self-appointed cabal of the Organic Elite, spearheaded by Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm” for “surrendering” to Monsanto and biotech industries in accepting “massive planting of a chemical and energy-intensive GE perennial crop, alfalfa; guaranteed to spread its mutant genes and seeds across the nation; guaranteed to contaminate the alfalfa fed to organic animals; guaranteed to lead to massive poisoning of farm workers and destruction of the essential soil food web by the toxic herbicide, Roundup; and guaranteed to produce Roundup-resistant superweeds that will require even more deadly herbicides such as 2,4 D to be sprayed on millions of acres of alfalfa across the U.S.”

Translation: Deranged Ronnie and his money-vacuuming OCA have lost not only the battle, but have alienated the best allies they once had.

Whole Foods’ response: "Why is the OCA spreading misinformation? That's a hard question for us to answer. Perhaps because we don't share their narrow view of what it means to support organics, or perhaps because we do not support them with donations. Either way, it's a shame that an organization that claims to "campaign for health, justice and sustainability" can't simply tell the truth. This just confuses consumers. Despite all their noise, no industry leaders listen to the OCA - but uninformed consumers might. Their fear-mongering tactics, combined with the OCA's lack of transparency about its funding sources, underscore the fact that it is neither credible nor trustworthy. We can only assume their activities are intended for further fund-raising."

Sounds like something that might appear here.

Crackers Cummins did not stop there. He attacked the Obama administration, Congress and the mass media. I thought he loved the media since it has freely spread OCA’s unfounded propaganda. Attacking a liberal administration leaves radical Ronnie cascading over the falls into obscurity without a paddle.

Then he attacks us — yep, you and me. He includes us in what he calls Monsanto's Minions: Consumers “who (are) still mindlessly consuming and over consuming processed foods, junk foods, and cheap, contaminated meat and animal products. The only guaranteed way to avoid GMOs completely is to buy organic foods or to grow your own, and stay away from restaurants (unless they are organic) and fast food outlets.”

The biotech debate may continue for years, but for now radical Ronnie is a whipped wimp and hopefully the public will soon realize that no one — absolutely no one — has been harmed by biotech food products. There is not one ounce of proof that biotech is any more harmful than any genetically modified food, which covers everything we eat. It is all an attempt by Ronnie and his band of amazingly arrogant and self-serving extremists to bring down corporate America.

Ronnie will never shut up, but remember whatever ramblings come forth are those of a defeated radical. You lost, Ronnie. American free enterprise won.

Discuss this Blog Entry 3

Dale Rush (not verified)
on Feb 9, 2011

Not too long ago there was a study published where Hispanic women who ate GMOed corn products had fewer spontaneous abortions and lower cancer rates because consumption of GMOed corn contained much less worm damage and therefore lower aflatoxin. Just one example of GMOed products being safer and better for consumers.

Miles McCoy (not verified)
on Feb 9, 2011

It is too bad that your measured story had to be spiked with useless terms such as "deranged," "Crackers" (as in hick from the South?), "radical Ronnie is a whipped wimp (cute)," and finally..."band of amazingly arrogant and self-serving extremists to bring down corporate America." Yes, there will continue to be a debate on this issue, while some of the problems you dismiss so lightly (i.e. Roundup-resistant superweeds) are real. Don't try to become the Glenn Beck of agricultural journalism. We don't need that.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Feb 9, 2011

Free enterprise won? How does a unilateral USDA decision for Monsanto, only one company, get generalized to free enterprise? Clearly, Harry's own genetic leanings reflect a lab-borne penchant for patents and never-ending transgenic Jihad against nature. Sure Harry you won and everyone, including you and yours lost. I hope you enjoy that next bite of bacterial insecticide in your corn flakes.

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