I don't think you understand willbird. My goal is not to create a purely organic food market as you suggest. All I want is a label on a box that says "Contains genetically engineered ingredients" or something to that effect and let the customer decide if he/she wants to ingest a plant that was engineered with genes to burst the abdomen of an insect. If GMO's and or Monsanto fall due to a label I am not going to cry a river, but as you said, they probably have a plan B.
I'm just not buying all the anti Monstanto hype. But bottom line, this did not even pass in Cali, so you have a generation or so to wait.
And in a general way, this whole anti GMO campaign, and the tactics being used are from the eco-left, and a quick look at the OTHER stuff these folks have on their agenda is purely frightening, so this cause is like all the others suspect.
The BT is just the latest of the GMO stuff, and IMHO it may be a very GOOD one if there is no imact on animals (including humans) who eat these products, and Monstanto has apparently gotten govt approval. The OTHER very popular GMO product the eco-left is at war against is roundup resistant crops, and the BT angle is a way around using broadcast sprayed roundup.
But if anything I would ask people to really learn just a little about agriculture, and have an honest understanding about what the impact is if you were to ban all GMO derived crops tomorrow. Farmers simply do not have the equipment needed for intensive cultivation which is the only other weed control avail in modern farming.
One farmer who specializes in organic non gmo grains uses a John Deer 4020 with both a rear field cultivator and the mid mounted one too, well there is no way TWO humans can farm 800 acres that way, and 2-3 humans per 800 acres is about the ratio that is used these days, intensive cultivation is also very weather sensitive as to timing, some years it is so wet there is NO way you could even get out in the field when you need to.
I see people post things (not just on this board) that they feel there is some "sin" in a company developing a hybrid (could be by old school cross and recross) and then owning rights to it for a period of years....I do not know if you have seen fields where the WORK of this is done, but acres and acres, hand pollinated....tons of labor involved. The end product is deserving of patent protection like any other thing of that nature.
But BT itself has been around a long time. At the low dose of LD50 rats were fed the equiv dose to a 150 lb human eating ten POUNDS of the stuff, the high end of the LD50 would be twenty POUNDS. Rats, Mice, and Dogs were fed the equiv of a pound and a half (23 oz) single doses for a 150lb human with no ill effects.
No complaints were made after eighteen humans ate one gram (g) of commercial B.t. preparation daily for five days, on alternate days. Some inhaled 100 milligrams (mg) of the powder daily, in addition to the dietary dosage (6). Humans who ate one g/day of B.t.k. for three consecutive days were not poisoned or infected
Since it was one of the first biological control agents registered for use against insects in the U.S., B.t. had to undergo a testing program which was more thorough than that which the EPA currently requires for biological pesticides. As a result, there are no data gaps in the toxicity information required by the EPA for registration purposes. A wide range of studies have been conducted on test animals, using several routes of exposure. (The highest dose tested was 6.7 x 10 to the 11th spores per animal.) The results of these tests suggest that the use of B.t. products can cause few, if any, negative effects. B.t. did not have acute toxicity in other tests conducted on birds, dogs, guinea pigs, mice, rats, humans, or other animals. When rats were injected with B.t.k., no toxic or virus- like effects were seen. No oral toxicity was found in rats, mice or Japanese quail fed protein crystals from B.t. var. israelensis
Very slight irritation was observed in test animals from inhalation and dermal exposure. This may have been caused by the physical rather than the biological properties of the B.t. formulation tested Mice survived one or more 1-hour periods of breathing mist that contained as many as 6.0 x 10 to the 10th spores of B.t. per cubic meter (m3) No toxic effects were observed in rats that had a B.t. formulation put directly into their lungs, at rates of 5 mg/kg of body weight (1).
The amount of formulated insecticide that killed 50% of the rats experimentally fed the material ranges from 2.65 to greater than five grams per kilogram (g/kg) (1, 12). This amount is referred to as the lethal dose fifty (LD50) for B.t. in rats. Single oral dosages of up to 10,000 milligram per kilogram (mg/kg) of body weight did not produce toxicity in mice, rats or dogs