Is ‘America Revealed’–or PBS? Dow-sponsored public TV series tracks Dow’s product lines
Once labeled the “Petroleum Broadcasting Service” by journalist Greg Palast, PBS continues to succumb to corporate corruption:
The program featured an extended look at the corn industry, including efforts to control pests. As the program explained, the food industry “needed a game changer” in that fight. And it got one: The “genetically modified organism, better known as a GMO.”
This positively portrayed “game changer” just happens to be the very type of product Dow sells. Indeed, Dow is among a handful of companies that dominate the genetic seed market (Pesticide Action Network, 8/10). The company has recently been trying to win approval for a new genetically modified corn that has been nicknamed “Agent Orange” for its resistance to a highly toxic herbicide. Dow’s application is opposed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Center for Food Safety because of its toxicity, and the likelihood that it will simply create even more resistant weeds (EcoWatch, 4/10/12).
Mad Cow Information
Dr. Michael Greger maintains an excellent mad cow resource page at http://www.organicconsumers.org/madcow.cfm
About Dr. Greger:
Michael Greger, MD, is the Mad Cow Coordinator for the Organic Consumers Association and the Chief BSE Investigator for Farm Sanctuary. Dr. Greger has been speaking publicly about mad cow disease since 1993. He has debated the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association before the FDA and was invited as an expert witness at the Oprah Winfrey infamous “meat defamation” trial. He has contributed to many books and articles on
Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine. He can be reached for media inquiries at 206-312-8640 or by email. For periodic updates on Dr. Greger’s Mad Cow writings and commentary, send a blank email to DrGregerMadCowUpdatesfirstname.lastname@example.org
USDA Finds Another Mad Cow in California
This, despite dramatic cutbacks in testing after mad cow was discovered in a Washington cow back in ’03. This is a dairy cow. Mad cow prions have been found in the milk of infected cows. The USDA wants you to focus on the fact that the infected cow was never slaughtered. One is left to wonder how many gallons of infected milk made it into cheese, ice cream, yogurt, milk, butter and cream. Mad cow disease, or BSE, is highly contagious, so the tested animal probably is not the only cow in the pasture that is infected. California’s milk supply is already contaminated with alarmingly high levels of cesium. Now, mad cow. What might Japan and China know about our cows that American consumers do not?
In the year following the discovery of the 2003 case, U.S. shipments of beef plunged 82 percent to 460.3 million pounds as dozens of countries closed their borders to exports, government data show. Losses to livestock producers and meatpackers including Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN) and Cargill Inc. ranged from $2.5 billion to $3.1 billion annually from 2004 through 2007, the International Trade Commission has said.
Nations including Japan and China have maintained some restrictions on U.S. beef imports ever since.
Cattle futures for June delivery fell by the exchange limit of 3 cents, or 2.6 percent, to settle at $1.11575 a pound at 1 p.m. on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. That’s the lowest level since July 1 and the biggest percentage drop on a most-active contract since May 23.