That is very sad, we don't have any normal crops left where I live. It's all GM stuff, lots of it grown indoors. I wish I knew what a real tomato tastes like. I hear people back in the day even had real corn, grown outside. It seems somehow dirty to me but I do understand that would have been more natural
I´m very sorry to hear that. I guess no one truly knows, how a real tomatoe taste like? Hard to say really. Food we buy in supermarkets, is trash since decades. We know this we do. Scary is the fact, how many people just let "them" continue. We just don´t "fight" enough. What if we refuse to buy some toxic products for many weeks? Like gmo corn. What happens if "they" can´t sell toxic corn for a while?? Loosing money is bad for business. A very effective protest! People die by cancer, year after year. I guess life...............is not so important?? I don´t get it??? The eco system is a mess, insects die, birds die. 1.5 million different bee species, existed in the year 1950. Thanks to all the chemicals, there are less as 500.000 left!! People in China, pollinate flowers in some areas by HAND!
But there is hope, take a look some good news:
Victory! France Pledges to Vote AGAINST Reauthorization of Glyphosate, Could Spell the End for Monsanto Weedkiller in Europe.
Stop monster-merger BaySanto! Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager, European Commission
Petition A Bayer-Monsanto merger would be a disaster for our farmers. It will be a catastrophe for our bugs, bees and birds. We urge you to reject the merger and prevent the damage caused by these corporations. We also demand full openness about your decision making processes.
Why is this important? On October 16 we have published scientific research with our partners, showing the proposed merger should be forbidden under EU competition law.
The research, done by international competition law experts from the University College London, explains how Bay-Santo would control our entire food system. They want farmers to buy all they need from one company. Starting with GMOs, seeds, and pesticides as their main products, Bay-Santo will also offer fertilizer, digital equipment, and farm machinery.
Bayer is one of the largest producers of agricultural chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides. And Monsanto is one of the leading producers of genetically modified plants. Together, these companies could have a total lockdown on what farmers put in their fields, the pesticides they use, what we buy in the shops, and ultimately put on our dinner tables.
If the merger is to be successful, the two companies must gain approval of competition authorities all over the world, including from the EU. Bayer has managed to â€œconvinceâ€ Donald Trump to back the mega-merger , and now there is really only one organisation that has enough clout to stop the deal -- the European Union.
We know that Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner for competition informally is already negotiating with Bayer behind closed doors. If we donâ€™t act now this mega-merger could be a done-deal. Thatâ€™s why we have to tell her to reject the deal now.
The merger of Bayer and Monsanto isnâ€™t the only mega-merger in the agri-chemicals sector. ChemChina has already swallowed Swiss based Syngenta, and Dow Chemical and Dupont have merged as well. The three new agri-business giants would control 70% of the worldâ€™s agri-chemicals and 60% of the market for seeds. This would be a crushing anti-competitive blow to the worldâ€™s farmers, tying them into buying seeds and pesticides from just three global corporations.
Those corporates proved already in the past, that they put their profit above our health and the environment. Industrial farming means a vicious cycle of the same crops on vast fields, which needs more and more fertiliser and pesticides to generate results. At the same time this model of farming causes erosion and the total loss of food chains for insects, birds and small animals.
While our fight is in Europe, the struggle against these mega-mergers is global. There are a growing movements of farmers, consumers and citizens like us, who protest against it. It is up to us to hold Margrethe Vestager accountable and demand to stop the merger.
Black Day for Monsanto: On Wednesday 25. October, our governments refused to allow Monsanto's pesticide glyphosate for another ten years. They followed you and 1.3 million other Europeans who signed the European Citizens' Initiative against Glyphosate. The European Commission will continue to seek approval for the next few weeks - but Wednesday will be remembered as the day we beat Monsanto. The group has paid scientists and lobbyists to push through its dangerous weedkiller - and lost. More than one million of us have signed the European Citizens' Initiative. We passed them on the Internet, collected signatures in pedestrian zones, called our politicians. And we have shown that we can push back the influence of corporations. Persistence and commitment works. Decision makers are now discussing that we need more transparency and more independence from Monsanto. This is a huge opportunity to ensure that corporate influence is systematically limited in the future. Right now Monsanto is trying to gain more power by merging with the chemical giant Bayer. If they succeed, they could largely control what farmers grow in their fields, what pesticides they use, what we buy at the grocery store and what lands on our plates. We have already started a campaign against this megafusion and next week we will discuss our long-term strategy in the WeMove team. We want to turn Wednesday's successful fight into a sweeping victory against the power of corporations.
I will surprise you For far too long, Monsanto lobbyists feel at home in the corridors of our European institutions. Almost without access barriers, they can influence and shape important decisions. But Wednesday they realized that we citizens no longer accept that.Some policymakers relied on Monsanto-funded studies to endorse glyphosate. But also our European citizens' initiative was heard: In the official minutes she was called by an EU member country as a reason not to agree to glyphosate. Her voice and signature, along with those of 1.3 million people across Europe, have helped deny her further approval for glyphosate. And there is another success: a few days before the decision to extend the glyphosate approval Monsanto was prohibited from access to the European Parliament. The reason: The group had refused to participate in a hearing. This question was about how Monsanto has influenced studies on the safety of glyphosate. Also this measure would not have been possible, if not in the first step people like you had protested ever louder against the enterprise. What does that mean for us? We can free the European policy and thus the fields of our farmers from the grip of agro-groups. We know that this is not easy. But last Wednesday gives us courage and strength.
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For the new approval of glyphosate, Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt (CSU party Germany) contributed the decisive yes vote in Brussels yesterday 28.11.2017. Breaking the law: Germany should have been included in the circle of EU member states. Because still governs the SPD party - and had voted against the toxic poison. But Schmidt secretly told his representative in Brussels to vote for Monsanto's bestseller.
Madness so far! Let see what happens next? About time that Schmidt loose his job!!!
The new TTIP is nearing completion: Mercosur, the trade agreement with Latin America. With him comes tons of cheap meat in the EU. Small farms are dying, EU farmers are going broke.
Tons of cheap meat: The Mercosur agreement should make the agricultural industry even stronger. Tariffs and import restrictions on food from Latin America would soon fall.  The result is a drastic competition - small farms in Germany would have to close. They give way to unscrupulous big corporations: they produce on huge cleared rainforest areas using hormones that are banned in the EU and by exploiting agricultural workers like slaves.
With Mercosur, we become dependent in the long term. Our diet is then almost exclusively in the hands of the agricultural industry with its megastalls and monocultures. Every year, five percent of the dairy and pig farmers in the country make their farm close by. 
However: Peter Altmaier could still stop the agreement. A farmer protest right at the beginning of office as Minister of Economic Affairs, a CDU man does not need. Certainly not when hundreds of thousands support the farmer. As soon as we have 200,000 signatures, we hand them over to Altmaier - together with farmers from the Arbeitsgemeinschaft peasant agriculture (AbL). With their tractors they drive in front of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Berlin. Make the protest strong with your signature!
Now and then a high quality Argentinian steak - that's not what Mercosur is about. The agreement is about bringing cheap meat in bulk to the EU market. But we do not want meat from animals that are pumped full of hormones.
Tens of thousands show each year at the "We are sick of it!" - Demo: We stand together against an agrarian industry, which feeds us with unhealthy cheap goods and destroys peasant existences. Industrial agriculture is exacerbating climate change, poisoning groundwater and bees - threatening our future. With Mercosur the urgently needed agricultural change is missing.
In a few days the ministers of the EU decide on the agreement - for us Peter Altmaier.  To convince him is our chance. If we put ourselves as consumers on the side of the farmers, we can overturn Mercosur.
Best regards Maritta Strasser, Team Leader Campaigns Christoph Bautz, Managing Director Campact
PS: In France, 20,000 peasants took to the streets against Mercosur last month. President Emmanuel Macron promised them that "there will never be cattle hormone meat in France."  We have not yet heard this announcement from the German government - but that's what we demand.
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