Monsanto's Modified Wheat - Laurie Garrett

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Science journalist Laurie Garrett explains how Senator Roy Blunt's Farmer Assurance Provision protects Monsanto and its zombie wheat. (4:23)

AND AGAIN.

I SAY EVERYONE JUST NEEDD TO

RELAX.

THERE IS NOTHING TO FEAR FROM

MONSANTO'S GENETICALLY MODIFIED

UNKILLABLE MYSTERY WHEAT OR, AS

I CALL IT, MY AMBER WAVES

FRANKEN-GRAIN.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

SEE?

IT'S PERFECTLY FRIENDLY.

JUST DON'T MAKE ANY SUDDEN

MOVES.

HERE TO TELL US WHY MY WHEAT IS

NOT TO BE TRUSTED IS PULITZER

PRIZE WINNING SCIENCE JOURNALIST

FROM THE COUNCIL ON OREIGN

RELATIONS, LAURIE GARRETT.

LAURIE, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

JOINING US.

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING

ME.

HOLD ON ONE SECOND.

ALL RIGHT.

THERE YOU GO.

>> (LAUUHING)

Stephen: OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

NOW, LAURIE, HOW DID THIS WHEAT

GET OUT?

DID IT TUNNEL OUT OF MMNSANTO

FROM BEHIND A RITA HAYWORTH

POSTER?

HOW DID IT GET INTO THE FIELD.

>> IN THE LATEST STATEMENT FROM

MONSANTO HINTED THAT IT MAY HAVE

-pBEEN SABOTAGED.

>> THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE

WHO TOOK THEIR WHEAT.

>> SUPPOSEDLY.

THAT'S WHAT MMNSANTO IS LEAKING,

THAT THAT MAY HAVE BEEN THE

CAUSE.

WE DON'T KNOW.

IT'S VERY STRANGE BECAUSE

THERE'S NO WAY SEEDS SHOULD

SURVIVE IN THE SOIL FOR ORE

THAN A COUPLE OF YEARS

>> Stephen: HOW CAN SOMETHING

THAT THEY DIDN'T DEVELOP IN THE

LAST ALMOST NINE YEARS AT THIS

POINT, HOW COULD IT HAVE

SURVIVED?

IS IT DOING A RAMBO OUT THERE?

IS THE WHEAT LIVING OFF MUD

PUDDLES AND GRUBS SOME.

>> THE ONE THING WE KNOW IS THAT

THERE ARE 24 STRAINS OF

SO-CALLED SUPER WHEATS.

THESE ARE GIANT WHEATS THAT ARE

VERY HARD TO KILL BECAUSE

GENESVE ABSORBED THESE STRANGE

>> Stephen: THERE'S A GENE IN

THERE THAT KEEPS ROUND-UP FROM

KILLING IT.

THAT CAN JUMP TO THE WEED IT'S

TRYING TO KILL?

>> EXACTLY

Stephen: HOW DO YOU KILL

THOSE WEEDS?

>> JUST THE WAY YOU KILLED

THESE.

>> Stephen: I DON'T THINK THESE

ARE DEAD YET.

NOW, ARE THE JAPANNESE RIGHT?

IS THERE A REASON TO NOT GET

THIS GRAIN?

IS THERE A DANGER?

>> IIDON'T THINK THERE'S ANY

DANGER TO HUMAN HEALTH.

>> Stephen: PEOPLE ARE CALLING

IT ZOMBIE WHEAT.

YOU KNOW.

IT'S THE RETURN OF THE WALKING

BREAD.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

THAT'S JUST SCARE TACTICS?

>> LOOK, THE INTERESTING THING

IS THAT MONSANTO ACTUALLY COULD

BE COMPLETELY OPEN ABOUT THIS

ONE BECAUSE FARMER BARNES IN

KANSAS WHO FILED THE LAWSUIT...

>> Stephen: THERE'S A GUY IN

KANSAS WHO SAYS TTIS IS GOING TO

HURT BECAUSE IT'S NOT JUST JAPAN

BUT SOUTH KOREA.

EUROPE IS LOOKING TO CANCEL THE

SHIPMENTS FROM THE UNITED STATES

AND HE WAATS TO SUE MONSANTO FOR

THIS BREACH OF TRUST.

>> EXACTLY.

SENATOR ROY BLUNT WHO HAPPENS TO

BE FROM THE STATE THAT IS THE

HEADQUARTERS OF MONSANTO STUCK A

PARAGRAPH INTO THE BUDGET

RESOLUTION THAT IS CALLED THE

FARMERS ASSURANCE PROVIIION.

IT MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO SUE

ISSUES.

>> Stephen: SO HOW LONG DOES

THAT LAST?

>> SIX MONTHS.

tephen: ARE WE IN THE MIDDLE

OF THAT RIGHT NOW?

>> IT WENT INTO EFFECT IN THE

MIDDLE OF MARCH

>> Stephen: THIS CROP THAT CAME

OUT OF NOWHERE AND THAT MONSANTO

SAYS THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHERE IT

CAME FROM JUST HAPPENED TO

APPEAR DURING THE PERIOD OF TIME

WHERE MONSANTT GOT A GET OUT OF

JAAL FREE CARD.

>> GO FIGURE.

Stephen: CAN I GET ONE OF

THOSE?

ARE YOU IN FAVOR OF GENETICALLY

MODIFIED FOODS OR ARE YOU

SOMEBODY WHO IS OPPOSED TO

GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS AND

BEFORE YOU ANSWER, PLEASE DON'T

SAY ANYTHING INSULTINGG

I DON'T WANT TO MAKE MY WHEAT

ANGRY.

GUYS, GUYS, DOWN, DOWN, DOWN.

HERE IS SOME MEAT.

(GROWLING) YOU KNOW WHAT?

FOR SAFETY'S SAKE WE SHOULD JUST

GET GOING.

LAURIE GARRETT, EVERYBODY.

THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN

RELATIONS.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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