Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out On The Real Dangers of Genetically Engineered Food


http://www.undergroundhealth.com/former-pro-gmo-scientist-speaks-out-on-the-real-dangers-of-genetically-engineered-food/

Elizabeth Renter: Maui Petition Launched to Fight GMO: Battle Lines Drawn, Monsanto Responds


gmo maui 263x164 Maui Petition Launched to Fight GMO: Battle Lines Drawn, Monsanto RespondsWritten by Elizabeth Renter, Natural Society.

This week, a petition carrying 9,500 signatures was submitted to officials in Maui County, Hawaii. The petition is in an effort to suspend genetically modified crops on the island, and would put the proposal before voters in November. Monsanto isn’t taking all of this citizen-action sitting down, saying the potential ban is “a terrible initiative” and “meaningless.”

According to Maui Now, the petition is now before the county registrar, who is verifying the signatures to ensure they are valid before announcing whether or not it will go to the ballot.

Mark Sheehan PhD, one of five residents who started the petition, said “a wide range of illnesses — childhood cancers, miscarriages, birth defects, ADD, ADHD, allergies, asthma, and more — are related to the contamination of the environment from massive use of pesticides.”

The petition drive was the work of “The Shaka Movement”, a grassroots community organization targeting GMOs in Maui.

“Every day brings more evidence of research studies from around the world linking both pesticides and GMOs to these illnesses and ailments,” said Mark Sheehan, PhD and one of those who started the petition. “Submitting these signatures today was of major importance for the health of the public as well as our ability to take action to overcome the ineffectiveness of our compromised politics.”

Read: Hawaiian Citizen Activists Move Against GMOs

Politics, no doubt, funded by Monsanto.

For their part, Monsanto Molika’i officials say they will be mounting “an aggressive campaign” against the proposal. They say if passed, it would “devastate our county’s fragile agricultural economy.”

It’s true, hundreds of families on Maui make their money from GMO industry; they would be adversely affected. But, like many tough decisions, it comes down to what is most important.

“With almost 18 million farmers worldwide growing genetically engineered crops — 90% of whom are small farmers in developing countries — the SHAKA Initiative would stop Maui farmers from taking advantage of modern technology to help address some of the most pressing problems facing agriculture today,” argued the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association in a statement.

About 200 employees of Monsanto on Maui and 140 from Moloka’i marched in opposition of the petition drive last week. On March 30, their opposition held a rally that drew more than 1,000 participants, suggesting the potential ban has more support.

“The whole world is watching,” said Sheehan. “We have received support from around the country and other countries who are applauding what we are doing.”

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/battle-lines-drawn-maui-county-fight-monsanto/#ixzz2yaiyHno5

Sofia Smallstorm – Hour 1 – Chemtrails to Pseudo-Life & Synthetic Biology


Outstanding interview exposing NEW disturbing information on chemtrail emissions, the progression of Morgellons disease, radiation releases and the links to transhumanism. Henrik Palmgren “Creepy, scary of of cou+rse weirdly fascinating at the same time….”


March 19, 2014
Sofia Smallstorm is known for her research on 9/11, which culminated in the documentary 9/11 Mysteries. She is also known for her research on the connection between chemtrails and synthetic biology. With Sofia, we’ll explore a different angle of engineering popularly called “futurism.” Synthetic biology is the new frontier of science, combining genetics, robotics and nano-technology with artificial intelligence, hybridizing natural forms and engineering tissues beyond our wildest dreams. What is the deep agenda behind this science? Sofia talks about the presence of Morgellons disease in humans, which illustrates what nanotechnology is capable of. She also elaborates on the scope of planetary engineering and how much of planetary life it includes. We’ll hear about radiation biology and bacteria by the name of deinococcus radiodurans that may be important to transhumanists in the near future. In the second hour, Sofia speaks more about the explosion of cellular technology and synthetic biology and how these may be used to create life forms and change the world as we know it. How would our world be organized then? Will we turn ourselves over to machines or will we become technological hybrids?

LISTEN HERE

Help Save Monarch Butterfly’s: Plant a Milkweed Garden


Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed to survive their epic multi-generational journey between the USA and Mexico, but heavy use of GMOs and herbicides such as roundup (glyphosate) have killed off most of the milkweed that used to grow across America. Without milkweed monarchs will continue to disappear. Please help by planting milkweed in your yard or garden this year. Learn more here: http://orgcns.org/1kGrAMq

This is how GMOs damage your brain


Roundup-induced glutamate excitotoxicity appears to share similar effects to monosodium glutamate (MSG) and aspartame-linked excitotoxicity

A new study reveals a hitherto unknown mechanism behind how the world’s most popular GMO herbicide harms the brain.

Remarkably, despite Roundup® herbicide’s widespread approval around the world, the most basic mechanisms through which it exerts toxicity towards non-target animal species (including humans) have yet to be adequately characterized.

Concerned about Brazil’s status as the largest global consumer of pesticides since 2008, researchers sought to elucidate toxicologic effects of these agrochemicals in humans.

Their new study, published in the journal Toxicology, provides a proposed mechanism for the adverse neurological effects of Roundup® (a glyphosate-based herbicide). It is has been observed that agrochemical exposure can lead to, or accelerate, neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. However, lacking a mechanism of action, such a link can more easily be written off as coincidental; which is largely the position of the medical establishment, agricultural industry, and its would-be regulators. The authors point out that, “neurodegenerative conditions are frequently associated with glutamatergic excitotoxicity and oxidative stress,” which is why they decided to investigate the subject further.

Titled, “Mechanisms underlying the neurotoxicity induced by glyphosate-based herbicide in immature rat hippocampus: Involvement of glutamate excitotoxicity,”[i] the paper tested the neurotoxicity of Roundup® in the hippocampus of immature rats following acute exposure (30 minutes) and chronic (pregnancy and lactation) exposure.

The results found that acute exposure to Roundup® induces calcium influx into neurons (primarily, by activating NMDA receptors and voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels), leading to oxidative stress and neural cell death. They also found that the herbicide affected the enzymesERK andCaMKII, thelater of which is an enzyme whosedysregulation has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.[ii] Additionally, acute exposure was observed to have the following three effects:

  1. Increase the amino acid glutamate into the junctions through which neurons communicate (synaptic cleft), which, when released in excess levels, can exert excitotoxic/neurotixc effects in neurons.
  2. Decrease the neuroprotective antioxidant glutathione.
  3. Increase ‘brain rancidity,’ i.e. lipoperoxidation, characterized by excitotoxicity (over-stimulation of the neurons) and oxidative damage.

Thesummarization of their results, looking at the effects of both acute and chronic exposure, were reported as follows:

“Taken together, these results demonstrated that Roundup® might lead to excessive extracellular glutamate levels and consequently to glutamate excitotoxicity and oxidative stress in rat hippocampus.”

Roundup-induced glutamate excitotoxicity appears to share similar effects to monosodium glutamate (MSG) and aspartame-linked excitotoxicity, and indicating that anyone either prone to, or suffering from, a brain or neurological condition involving increased oxidative stress and/or neuronal excitotoxicity (pathological or excessive nerve cell stimulation) should be even more wary to reduce exposure to this unfortunately ubiquitous environmental and food contaminant.

The authors also pointed out that their study found maternal exposure to Roundup® resulted in the offspring being exposed to the herbicide because it crosses the placental barrier during gestation and/or it is passed to them through the breast milk. They caution:

Exposure to environmental toxicants during pregnancy and suckling periods has the potential to affect embryo and fetal development.”

This is not the first time that concerns have been raised about Roundup’s unique contraceptive and birth defect causing properties.

Foradditional information on the adverse effects of Roundup herbicide and relatedglyphosate formulations, visit our database sections on the topic, which references peer-reviewed and published research from the National Library of Medicine on the chemical.

Also, dig deeper into the non-safety of GMO farming, food and environmental and health consequences, by visiting our GMO research center.

Notes

[i] Daiane Cattani, Vera Lúcia de Liz Oliveira Cavalli, Carla Elise Heinz Rieg, Juliana Tonietto Domingues, Tharine Dal-Cim, Carla Inês Tasca, Fátima Regina Mena Barreto Silva, Ariane Zamoner. MECHANISMS UNDERLYING THE NEUROTOXICITY INDUCED BY GLYPHOSATE-BASED HERBICIDE IN IMMATURE RAT HIPPOCAMPUS: INVOLVEMENT OF GLUTAMATE EXCITOTOXICITY. Toxicology. 2014 Mar 14. Epub 2014 Mar 14. PMID: 24636977

[ii] Yamauchi, Takashi (August 2005). “Neuronal Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II – discovery, progress in a quarter of a century, and perspective: implication for learning and memory”. Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin 28 (8): 1342 – 54. doi:10.1248/bpb.28.1342. PMID 16079472.

http://www.sott.net/article/276066-This-is-how-GMOs-damage-your-brain

Christina Sarich ~ New Lawsuit Filed Against USDA Over Missing Docs Showing GMO Dangers


Now alfalfa is among a growing list of things to stay away from…A

Posted March 15, 2014 by laurabruno

Surprise, surprise, Monsanto has undue influence. This does, however, raise some interesting questions about “organic” straw bale gardening, which I was just researching last night. I opted not to do it because I aim for less, not more water usage; however, I did wonder how we would know what kind of straw we’re getting if we buy it at a bigger store rather than from a farmer. “Data now shows that 90% of all alfalfa grown in the US is covered in Round Up Ready chemicals.” Do I want that in my lasagna garden beds and compost? Maybe a moot point since I used two straw bales for layering our front yard, but I will definitely check more carefully for future mulch layers. … Thanks, G!

Christina Sarich ~ New Lawsuit Filed Against USDA Over Missing Docs Showing GMO Dangers

NaturalSociety March 14 2014

Like many Americans, you may be beating your head against the wall trying to figure out how governmental agencies could so blatantly ignore the facts concerning GMO dangers. A new lawsuit filed March 12, 2014 by Center for Food Safety (CFS) demands that federal documents be released which might incriminate the United States Department of Agriculture over findings that GMO were harmful, while shielding the public from this knowledge. The complaint is filed with the US District Court for the District of Columbia, and can be viewed in full, here.

The lawsuit attests that political pressure was asserted on the FDA to approve genetically engineered alfalfa. It seeks 1179 documents from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) which explain why the agency reversed its original decision to deny GMOs, specifically RoundUp Ready Alfalfa, being promoted by Monsanto. The Director of CFS, Andrew Kimbrell, states:

“USDA determined Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa posed significant environmental and economics harms and initially proposed placing restrictions on it. Yet the agency went ahead and granted full unrestricted approval one month later. Did the White House intervene? Did Monsanto pressure the agency? The fact is we don’t know, and unless the court orders USDA to hand over these documents we may never know,”

In 2005, the USDA agency, APHIS, gave Monsanto permission to sell their poison alfalfa under the name RoundUp Ready. The very next year, CFS, along with a coalition of farmers, challenged the approval. And even though Monsanto tried to intervene, courts sided with the Center for Food Safety. APHIS was ordered to complete a thorough analysis of the GMO crop’s impacts on farmers and the environment before making a decision.

Read: Letter Reveals Monsanto Planted GMOs Before USDA Approval

Sadly, Monsanto got its way after appealing the decision at the Supreme Court level, even though the APHIS report showed significant damage to agronomics and the environment at large. The report recommended restrictions of this Monsanto crop.

In January of 2011, APHIS reversed its decision in favor of Monsanto, seemingly ignoring all the data they had uncovered showing that GMO alfalfa was not good for the environment, farmers, or consumers. They even stated that they ‘had no choice’ but to grant unrestricted approval. Alternative media then questioned the abrupt reversal, raising questions of undue influence.

“APHIS’s sudden change of heart on the approval of Roundup Ready alfalfa has led to the contamination of organic and conventional alfalfa to the detriment of U.S. farmers, and threatens the health of our environment and the survival of sensitive species,” said Sylvia Wu, attorney for Center for Food Safety. “The public deserves an explanation from the agency. APHIS cannot be allowed to disregard the public’s right to access governmental records guaranteed by the Freedom of Information Act.”

While it isn’t corn, wheat, or soy, alfalfa is the fourth most commonly grown GMO crop in the US. It is grown in every US state and asserts huge economic outcomes on farmers who grow it. Data now shows that 90% of all alfalfa grown in the US is covered in Round Up Ready chemicals.

http://laurabruno.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/christina-sarich-new-lawsuit-filed-against-usda-over-missing-docs-showing-gmo-dangers/

Tell the USDA and EPA to stop GMO’s that threaten monarch butterflies.


On the heels of recent bee declines, another iconic pollinator, the monarch butterfly, is in serious trouble. Last month, the New York Times reported that the number of monarchs arriving at their ancient overwintering grounds in Mexico has reached the lowest level on record.i

The monarch butterfly’s sharp decline has been linked to massive increases in the planting of GMO crops engineered to tolerate huge doses of Monsanto’s Roundup™ herbicide. These herbicide-tolerant “Roundup Ready” crops have encouraged farmers to use ever-increasing amounts of this weed killer — virtually wiping out milkweed, the only food young monarchs eat.ii

We need your help to protect this iconic butterfly. Tell the USDA and EPA to stop approving the pesticide-resistant GMO crops and the toxic chemical pesticides that accompany them.

Over the last decade, the amount of U.S. crops genetically engineered to withstand massive applications of Monsanto’s patented Roundup™ herbicide grew to comprise 83 percent of all corn and 93 percent of soybeans.iii As a result, the use of Roundup skyrocketed and has virtually wiped out the milkweed that once grew among our farm fields.

Act now! Tell the USDA and EPA to protect monarch butterflies and stop approving pesticide-resistant GMO crops.

Monarchs, like bees, are a “canary in the coal mine.” This iconic species is only the tip of the iceberg — a wide variety of pollinators and other insects, including many that benefit farmers, are also rapidly disappearing, along with the birds, mammals and other predators that feed on them.

Monarchs are the latest and most visible victims of the chemical-intensive, corporate-controlled, GMO-dominated industrial agriculture system that is harming not only these majestic pollinators, but also the health of people and the environment around the world.

Tell the EPA and USDA to stop approving pesticide-resistant genetically engineered crops and to instead promote non-toxic pest and weed management to the benefit of farmers, our health, our ecosystems and the precious monarch butterfly.

For the monarchs,
Lisa Archer and Dana Perls,
Food and Technology program,
Friends of the Earth

i. Wines, Michael. “Migration of Monarch Butterflies Shrinks Again Under Inhospitable Conditions,” The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/30/us/monarch-butterflies-falter-under-extreme-weather.html

ii. Pleasants, J. M. and Oberhauser, K. S. (2013), Milkweed loss in agricultural fields because of herbicide use: effect on the monarch butterfly population. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 6: 135–144. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-4598.2012.00196.x

iii. “Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S.,” United States Department of Agriculture, http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/adoption-of-genetically-engineered-crops-in-the-us/recent-trends-in-ge-adoption

The Activist’s Activist doing Activism about True Communion: Respect, love and beauty…by Lance White


 

02/20/2014

Picturehttp://www.trueactivist.com/14-proven-ways-to-get-kids-to-eat-more-vegetables/

In good conscience, I find myself prompted to comment on this article:

I have an entirely different view about “getting kids to eat their vegetables”, than this article is promoting. First, we need to be empowered, not manipulated – especially the “kids”, who in many cases know a LOT more than their parents! Second, it’s no surprise that intuitively, kids don’t want to put lifeless, poison-coated, GMO grown dying vegetables into their bodies, “the temple”, since all things commune/communicate prior to and during consumption. It’s a FACT that most vegetables are grown on land that was depleted from nutrients and phytonutrients decades ago, no crop rotation and no “recognition” of the truth that the soil is also a vital component – living organisms, that needs to be cultivated with respect and care. When machines run rampant over the soil, which to corporate “farmers” (armchair executives) is only needed to get the plants sold and into market. Food is not respected, it’s sprayed with chemicals to make the plants LOOK or appear to be healthy, but no substance, and then sprayed with POISONS to kill weeds, insects, etc. Then, “commodities” are traded on Wall Street. What do you expect to get from it?

You get what you put into it.

The weeds, insects and soil are alive and have a spirit or essence of their own, which is not yet recognized by sleeping people, who only care about quantity and stock options. Without that basic respect and acknowledgment, dead people grow dead food for zombies at supermarket “chains”. The chains are to keep the prisoners in by marketing techniques: hurry now, while supplies last; 20% off on all junk foods (smaller packages). So, don’t tell me that kids don’t SENSE that the poor excuses for food on their plates is simply dead and should be buried and eulogized! Take it outside and have a funeral.

Now, let’s talk about the “fun” in things: Vegetables that are nourished with LOVE, TALK to you! It’s actually FUN to wash them, handle their bodies and commune while prepping. Many a carrot has amused me with their delightful images and fun banter! This is what “KIDS” (pseudo-adults looking down on intelligent souls in younger bodies!) KNOW. They want to PLAY with their food, because it’s NATURAL. C’mon, folks, everything is alive and has a spirit, a deva, a life force and a personality. We’re supposed to play with our food, out of love and our natural ability to commune! Have we all gotten so jaded that we’ve forgotten our childlike natures, fun spirit and playfulness?

So this cr*p about following 14 RULES and then passing that onto your curious living children is ridiculous. Some of it is okay, but we’re creating prisons of ourselves and of future generations, by not honoring the life force in all things. The bottom line: when I was a “kid”, under the age of 11, my grandparents, who came to California in a covered wagon from Kansas, had an incredible small ranch. I was encouraged to work digging, planting seeds, hoeing, watering and eventually harvesting the food. There were also fruit trees of all sorts, luscious and laden with peaches, apricots, pears, persimmons and avocados that were SO drippingly delicious, flavorful and SWEET, not to mention plentiful, that I would stand there and eat them until full. Much of the “bounty” would fall off and rot to feed the soil and tree.


Picture

Same with the (NON GMO) corn, that you couldn’t stop eating, the green beans, okra, chard, pumpkins, etc. Grandma would have me pick the day’s vegetables and would cook whatever we had plenty of. Nature is abundant beyond our wildest dreams, providing so much that it falls on the ground and rots, feeding the trees and birds and so on, for next season. Scarcity is an ILLusion! Anyway, I LOVED eating everything because it naturally tasted so incredible. Today, we have “super” market chains that ship enormous cargoes in trucks, picked by laborers that are not appreciated except for their low wages and lack of benefits, harvesting vegetables that have been planted by machines in soil that is “dissed” and sprayed with chemicals.

No communing with nature whatsoever. No thankfulness or care.

Then, these plants are forced to grow with more chemicals and given just enough artificial nutrients to make them appear real. They’re picked GREEN, not fully ripe and flavorful, because they never DO get flavorful without the subtle elements and phytonutrients from living soil. With me yet? Then, they are processed via machines, irradiated by machines, shlepped around like some kind of burden to be carried and a feeble attempt is made at the stores, once they get out of the boxes, to “fluff em up”. Since you can’t really do that, the lights are dimmed so you can’t tell how sad, lifeless and gray they look. If each family or even one family member grew even a TINY bit, the world’s food problems would be solved and nutritious, tasty foods would be the result.

Then, we buy “growceries”, take them home and in a huge rush, since numerous “jobs” are necessary to stay alive, they are NUKED in microwaves which kills the very last bit of life left. And then, a “True Activist” is telling us how we should shovel them down kid’s throats by manipulation, coercion and lies. Yeah, right. I think the person who wrote this article, Amanda Froelich, needs to take a long look at what she’s “selling us” and start communing with nature to see what’s really going on. This is NOT my kind of “activism”, though I’m sure Amanda has the best of intentions. This is why we must THINK for our SELVES. And the first thing to know is that all life is sacred and communicates, even if you think it’s “nutty” that a vegetable may be smarter than the cook! Respect your kids and give them food that’s delicious – problem solved.

I had thought that the picture showed a kid barbecuing chicken, but it’s eggplant.  That doesn’t change the fact that chicken is fed GMO food, hormones, antibiotics, stripped of feathers with foam that suffocates, which allows the label of “organic”?  Do you know that corporations are busy trying to figure out how to grow chickens without feathers and cattle without legs?  Don’t get me started…

http://www.trueactivist.com/14-proven-ways-to-get-kids-to-eat-more-vegetables/

Terrence Ingram – Miracles in the Beehive: The Connection Between Colony Collapse Disorder And Monsantos RoundUp Herbicide – May 28, 2013


 

 

THE MORNING SHOW
with

 

Patrick Timpone

 

Terrence Ingram

 

Bee Keeper

 

What’s Happening to Our Bees?

 

 

 

Terrence Ingram has been keeping bees since 1954. In 1996, he lost 250 hives due to the spraying of RoundUp on the cornfields near his property. He tells gives us details in this interview of his issues with the Illinois Department of Agriculture as well as some fascinating facts about the secret lives of bees and of their critical importance to the environment. This is an excellent show!

 

 

 

An Illinois beekeeper whose bee hives were stolen and allegedly destroyed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture has stirred up a hornet’s nest with his questions on why the state did this, and most importantly, what they did with his bees. The state claims the bees were destroyed because they were infected with a disease called foulbrood. But when the 58-year apiary keeper had his hearing—three weeks after the removal of his bees without his knowledge—the state’s “evidence” had disappeared, leaving more questions than answers about the raid on the beekeeper’s hives. Some people, including the beekeeper, Terrence Ingram, suspect the raid has more to do with Ingram’s 15 years of research on Monsanto’s Roundup and his documented evidence that Roundup kills bees, than it does about any concerns about his hives. Interestingly, the state’s theft targeted the queen bee and hive he’d been using to conduct the research.(Read More)

 

 

 

 

To learn more about beekeeping, Mr. Ingram offers a monthly beekeeping journal for $12.95 per year.   Send check, cash or money order to : 300 East Hickory Street, Apple River Illinois, 61001

 

 LISTEN HERE

 

terrance ingram on bee health and roundup, may 28, 2013
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How to Read Bar Codes…(useful info you should know)


 

  • Useful information must share.......How to Read Bar Codes...(every one must know)<br />
Always read the labels on the foods you buy–No matter what the front of the box or package says, turn it over and read the back —Carefully!<br />
With all the food and pet products now coming from China, it is best to make sure you read label at the supermarket and especially when buying food products. Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located. The whole world is concerned about China-made "black-hearted goods".<br />
Can you differentiate which one is madein Taiwan or China ? The world is also concerned about GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods; steroid fed animals (ex: 45 days old broiler chicken).<br />
It is important to read the bar code to track its origin. How to read Bar Codes ….interesting !<br />
If the first 3 digits of the bar code are 690, 691 or 692, theproduct is MADE IN CHINA. 471is Made in Taiwan. If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 00-09 then it’s made or sourced in USA. This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves. Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products"MADE IN CHINA", so they don’t show from which country it is made. However, you may now refer to the barcode – remember if the first 3 digits are:<br />
890……MADE IN INDIA<br />
690, 691, 692 … then it is<br />
MADE IN CHINA<br />
00 – 09 … USA and CANADA<br />
30 – 37 … FRANCE<br />
40 – 44 … GERMANY<br />
471 …….. Taiwan<br />
49 ………. JAPAN<br />
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    Useful information must share.
    Always read the labels on the foods you buy–No matter what the front of the box or package says, turn it over and read the back —Carefully!
    With all the food and pet products now coming from China, it is best to make sure you read label at the supermarket and especially when buying food products. Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located. The whole world is concerned about China-made “black-hearted goods”.
    Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ? The world is also concerned about GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods; steroid fed animals (ex: 45 days old broiler chicken).
    It is important to read the bar code to track its origin. How to read Bar Codes ….interesting !
    If the first 3 digits of the bar code are 690, 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN CHINA. 471is Made in Taiwan. If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 00-09 then it’s made or sourced in USA. This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves. Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products”MADE IN CHINA”, so they don’t show from which country it is made. However, you may now refer to the barcode – remember if the first 3 digits are:
    890……MADE IN INDIA
    690, 691, 692 … then it is
    MADE IN CHINA
    00 – 09 … USA and CANADA
    30 – 37 … FRANCE
    40 – 44 … GERMANY
    471 …….. Taiwan
    49 ………. JAPAN
    50 ………. UK

 

Australia determined to vaccinate by release of aerosolized GMO vaccine


 

 

Aerial Spraying

© The Viral Post.com

The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) is on its way to approve a licence application from PaxVax Australia (PaxVax) for the intentional release of a GMO vaccine consisting of live bacteria into the environment in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria.

According to the regulator, it qualifies as a limited and controlled release under section 50A of the Gene Technology Act 2000 (the Act).

PaxVax is seeking approval to conduct the clinical trial of a genetically modified live bacterial vaccine against cholera. Once underway the trial is expected to be completed within one year, with trial sites selected from local government areas (LGAs) in Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.

PaxVax has proposed a number of control measures they say will restrict the spread and persistence of the GM vaccine and its introduced genetic material, however there is always a possiblity of these restrictions failing and infecting wildlife and ecosystems.

Aerial vaccines have used in the United States directed towards animals by the use of plastic packets dropped by planes or helicopters.

Sanofi (who is one of the largest vaccine manufacturers in the world) has subsidiary companies such as Merial Limited who manufacture Raboral, an oral live-virus poisonous to humans yet distributed wildlife in the masses.

GMO Vaccine

© The Viral Post.com

In 2006 Michael Greenwood wrote an article for the Yale School of Public Health entitled, “Aerial Spraying Effectively Reduces Incidence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Humans.”

The article stated that the incidence of human West Nile virus cases can be significantly reduced through large scale aerial spraying that targets adult mosquitoes, according to research by the Yale School of Public Health and the California Department of Public Health.

Under the mandate for aerial spraying for specific vectors that pose a threat to human health, aerial vaccines known as DNA Vaccine Enhancements and Recombinant Vaccine against WNV may be tested or used to “protect” the people from vector infection exposures.

DNA vaccine enhancements specifically use Epstein-Barr viral capside’s with multi human complement class II activators to neutralize antibodies. The recombinant vaccines against WNV use Rabbit Beta-globulin or the poly (A) signal of the SV40 virus.

In early studies of DNA vaccines it was found that the negative result studies would go into the category of future developmental research projects in gene therapy.

During the studies of poly (A) signaling of the SV40 for WNV vaccines, it was observed that WNV will lie dormant in individuals who were exposed to chicken pox, thus upon exposure to WNV aerial vaccines the potential for the release of chicken pox virus would cause a greater risk to having adult onset Shingles.

CALIFORNIA AERIAL SPRAYING for WNV and SV40

In February 2009 to present date, aerial spraying for the WNV occurred in major cities within the State of California. During spraying of Anaheim, CA a Caucasian female (age 50) was exposed to heavy spraying, while doing her daily exercise of walking several miles.

Heavy helicopter activity occurred for several days in this area. After spraying, she experienced light headedness, nausea, muscle aches and increased low back pain.

She was evaluated for toxicological mechanisms that were associated with pesticide exposure due to aerial spraying utilizing advanced biological monitoring testing.

The test results which included protein band testing utilizing Protein Coupled Response (PCR) methods were positive for KD-45. KD-45 is the protein band for SV-40 Simian Green Monkey virus.

Additional tests were performed for Epstein-Barr virus capside and Cytomeglia virus which are used in bioengineering for gene delivery systems through viral protein envelope and adenoviral protein envelope technology.

The individual was positive for both; indicating a highly probable exposure to a DNA vaccination delivery system through nasal inhalation.

Pentagon Document Revealed Aerial Vaccination Plans

In the Quarterly FunVax Review in June, 2007, the report lists the objective of a project listed as ID: 149AZ2 as a preparation of a viral vector that will inhibit/decrease the expression of a specific disruption gene (VMAT2) within a human population.

It further indicates in the abstract that six method of virus dispersal were tested including high altitude release, water supply release, insect transmission, and various methods of diffusion.

Sources:

The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
VacTruth
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dave Mihalovic is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in vaccine research, cancer prevention and a natural approach to treatment.

http://www.sott.net/article/269791-Australia-determined-to-vaccinate-by-release-of-aerosolized-GMO-vaccine

 

Tell Congress: Don’t Fast-Track this Disastrous Trade Agreement – Take Action!


                                                                                                                                                                                               The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a global trade agreement being secretly negotiated by 600 multinational corporations and industry trade groups, will affect nearly every aspect of Americans’ lives. If passed, it will undermine state, local and federal laws, including those governing food safety, environmental protection, internet freedom, worker rights, democratic sovereignty, healthcare and drug prices, and banking and finance regulation.

It’s bad enough that Congress and the public have been shut out of these negotiations, while corporations are running the show. But even worse, the Obama Administration wants to ram the TPP through Congress using a Nixon-era process called Fast Track.

Please ask your representatives and senators to vote against giving President Obama Fast Track Trade Authority and insist that Congress fulfills its constitutional mandate to write the laws and set trade policy.

Fast Track strips Congress of its authority to control the content of a trade deal and hands that authority over to the executive branch. Congress gets a vote, but only after the negotiations have been completed, and the agreements have been signed.

Here are just a few examples of how the TPP threatens food safety and sovereignty:

•The TPP would require countries to accept food that meets only the lowest safety standards of the collective participants. That means consumers could soon be eating imported seafood, beef or chicken products that don’t meet even basic U.S. food safety standards, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would be powerless to shut down imports of these unsafe food or food ingredients.

•Corporations would be allowed to resolve trade disputes in special international tribunals, effectively wiping out hundreds of domestic and international food sovereignty laws. Products labeled fair trade, organic, country-of-origin, animal-welfare approved, or GMO-free, could all be challenged as “barriers to trade.”

•Countries could find it increasingly difficult to ban, or even require the labeling of, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), if biotech companies determine that those countries’ strict policies infringe on the companies’ “rights” to profit.

•Local governments or schools attempting to give preference to buying from local farmers and producers could be overruled.

•Local governments’ authority to restrict permits to extraction and export of liquid natural gas to partner countries would be threatened, leading to an increase in the practice of fracking.

•Family-scale farmers (or those that prefer to buy food from family-scale farmers) will find it more difficult to compete.

For more on the TPP click here.

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Scientists discover another cause of bee deaths, and it’s really bad news


 

 

Jaymi Heimbuch

July 26, 2013

 

 

So what is with all the dying bees? Scientists have been trying to discover this for years. Meanwhile, bees keep dropping like… well, you know.

Is it mites? Pesticides? Cell phone towers? What is really at the root? Turns out the real issue really scary, because it is more complex and pervasive than thought.

Quartz reports:

Scientists had struggled to find the trigger for so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives, worth $2 billion, over the past six years. Suspects have included pesticides, disease-bearing parasites and poor nutrition. But in a first-of-its-kind study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have identified a witch’s brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives. The findings break new ground on why large numbers of bees are dying though they do not identify the specific cause of CCD, where an entire beehive dies at once.

The researchers behind that study in PLOS ONE — Jeffery S. Pettis, Elinor M. Lichtenberg, Michael Andree, Jennie Stitzinger, Robyn Rose, Dennis vanEngelsdorp — collected pollen from hives on the east coast, including cranberry and watermelon crops, and fed it to healthy bees. Those bees had a serious decline in their ability to resist a parasite that causes Colony Collapse Disorder. The pollen they were fed had an average of nine different pesticides and fungicides, though one sample of pollen contained a deadly brew of 21 different chemicals. Further, the researchers discovered that bees that ate pollen with fungicides were three times more likely to be infected by the parasite.

The discovery means that fungicides, thought harmless to bees, is actually a significant part of Colony Collapse Disorder. And that likely means farmers need a whole new set of regulations about how to use fungicides. While neonicotinoids have been linked to mass bee deaths — the same type of chemical at the heart of the massive bumble bee die off in Oregon — this study opens up an entirely new finding that it is more than one group of pesticides, but a combination of many chemicals, which makes the problem far more complex.

And it is not just the types of chemicals used that need to be considered, but also spraying practices. The bees sampled by the authors foraged not from crops, but almost exclusively from weeds and wildflowers, which means bees are more widely exposed to pesticides than thought.

The authors write, “[M]ore attention must be paid to how honey bees are exposed to pesticides outside of the field in which they are placed. We detected 35 different pesticides in the sampled pollen, and found high fungicide loads. The insecticides esfenvalerate and phosmet were at a concentration higher than their median lethal dose in at least one pollen sample. While fungicides are typically seen as fairly safe for honey bees, we found an increased probability of Nosema infection in bees that consumed pollen with a higher fungicide load. Our results highlight a need for research on sub-lethal effects of fungicides and other chemicals that bees placed in an agricultural setting are exposed to.”

While the overarching issue is simple — chemicals used on crops kill bees — the details of the problem are increasingly more complex, including what can be sprayed, where, how, and when to minimize the negative effects on bees and other pollinators while still assisting in crop production. Right now, scientists are still working on discovering the degree to which bees are affected and by what. It will still likely be a long time before solutions are uncovered and put into place. When economics come into play, an outright halt in spraying anything at all anywhere is simply impossible.

Quartz notes, “Bee populations are so low in the US that it now takes 60% of the country’s surviving colonies just to pollinate one California crop, almonds. And that’s not just a west coast problem—California supplies 80% of the world’s almonds, a market worth $4 billion.”

http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/scientists-discover-another-cause-bee-deaths-and-its-really-bad-news.html

 

READ THIS: Hawaiian Civic Clubs Resolution…The Hawaiian’s Have Spoken!!!!


RESOLUTION NO. 13 – 41 3
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URGING THE STATE OF HAWAIʻI IN COLLABORATION WITH ALL COUNTY 5 COUNCILS TO COMPLETE AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT AND 6 CULTURAL IMPACT STATEMENT IN ORDER TO DETERMINE AND EVALUATE 7 SIGNIFICANT EFFECTS OF THE PRODUCTION, PROPAGATION, OR 8 DEVELOPMENT OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS WITHIN EACH 9 COUNTY, AND THE USE OF ALL PESTICIDES (RESTRICTED USE, GENERAL USE, 10 AND EXPERIMENTAL) ASSOCIATED WITH THE PRODUCTION, PROPAGATION, 11 OR DEVELOPMENT OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS 12
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs at its 103 54TH annual convention at Kalapaki Beach, Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i this 16th day of November 2013, that 104 it urges the State of Hawaiʻi in collaboration with all County Councils to complete an 105 Environmental Impact Statement and Cultural Impact Statement in order to determine and 106 evaluate significant effects of the production, propagation, or development of genetically 107 modified organisms within each county, and the use of all pesticides (restricted use, general use, 108 and experimental) associated with the production, propagation, or development of genetically 109 modified organisms; and 110
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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in addition to requirements of the provisions contained 112 within Hawai‘i Revised Statutes Chapter 343 and the associated Hawai‘i Administrative Rules, 113 there shall be included in the Environmental Impact Statement provisions for the testing of soil, 114 dust, water, air, and human resident volunteers as may be appropriate, measuring the presence of 115 any pesticide or other related chemicals in order to further identify any potential health and 116 environmental concerns, and to establish a baseline for future testing and studies; and 117
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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that there shall be a temporary moratorium on the 119 experimental use and commercial production of genetically modified organism until such time as 120 an Environmental Impact Statement and Cultural Impact Statement be conducted to determine 121 the significant effects on the environment including cultural sites and practices of the community 122 and State, including the traditional and customary rights of Native Hawaiians protected pursuant 123 to Article XII, section 7, of the Hawaiʻi State Constitution; and 124
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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that pesticide buffer zones be established and that it shall be 126 mandatory for all commercial agricultural entities that annually purchase or use in excess of five 127 (5) pounds or fifteen (15) gallons of restricted use pesticides, any amount of any experimental 128 pesticides, or both, during any calendar year to restrict the application of all pesticides (restricted 129 use, general use, and experimental) in the following areas: (1) No pesticide of any kind 130 (restricted use, general use, or experimental) may be used within 500 feet of any school, hospital, 131 residential area, or public roadway. (2) No pesticide of any kind (restricted use, general use, or 132 experimental) may be used within 500 feed of any stream, river, or shoreline. (3) No pesticide of 133 any kind (restricted use, general use, and experimental) may be used within 1000 feet of any 134
culturally significant area, especially those registered on the Hawaiʻi and/or National Register of 135 Historic Places such as the Hanapēpē Salt Ponds; and 136
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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that it shall be mandatory for all commercial agricultural 138 entities that annually purchase or use in excess of five (5) pounds or fifteen (15) gallons of 139 restricted use pesticides, any amount of any experimental pesticides, or both, during any calendar 140 year to disclose the use of all pesticides (restricted use, general use, and experimental) during 141 that same calendar year. Disclosure requirements include but are not limited to: public posting of 142 signs, disclosure information must be provided to any requesting property owner, lessee, culutral 143 practitioner, or person otherwise occupying any property adjacent to the property where the 144 pesticide was applied, or anticipated to be applied; and 145
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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that it shall be mandatory for all commercial agricultural 147 entities that intentionally or knowingly possess any genetically modified organism to disclose the 148 presence of said genetically modified organisms, or organisms and disclosure shall include a 149 general description of each genetically modified organism, a general description of the 150 geographical location including at minimum the Tax Map Key and ahupuaʻa where each 151 genetically modified organism is being grown or developed, and dates that each genetically 152 modified organism was initially introduced to the land in question; and 153
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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be given to the Governor 155 of Hawaii, State Senate President, State Speaker of the House, State Senate Committee on 156 Hawaiian Affairs, State House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, Office of Hawaiian Affairs 157 Chair of the Board of Trustees, All County Mayors, and All County Council Chairpersons. 158
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INTRODUCED BY: Waikīkī Hawaiian Civic Club 160
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REFERRED TO: ECOSYSTEM/ENVIRONMENT 162
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Monsanto Poised To Take Over the Weed Industry


ahhh…hell no!!

Photo from laughingsquid

Earlier this month, my great home state of Illinois joined the party and legalized medical marijuana, becoming the 20th state in the nation to do so. With most of the rest of the thirty straggling states now trying to push forward some kind of legislation, and with Washington and Colorado both taking the unprecedented step to outright legalize it, and with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta officially climbing on board the Green Express by saying that he believes it has legitimate medicinal properties, the nationwide legalization of marijuana is less of a hope and more of an inevitability. At some near point in the future, most likely one that takes place in our own lifetimes, the use of marijuana will be as prevalent as cigarettes, alcohol, and aspirin.

And, as anyone who’s ever stepped foot in a bar or liquor store or hospital knows, that means big corporations jockeying for your money.

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As this report from CNBC makes clear, there’s tons of money in pot. It’s the so-called “largest cash crop in California” for a reason: the cultivation of marijuana plants in Mendocino County alone is theorized to reach roughly $1.5 billion a year. Seeing as no one has a perfect understanding of just how many plants are being grown up there, that estimate may actually be low. And with that much money hanging around, corporate interests are sure to follow.

What the CNBC report surmises, then, is that what has happened with the coffee/beer/wine industry is going to happen to the marijuana one: Small artisan growers get a jump-start and make big profits for a few years before large corporations buy them out, create partial monopolies, and dominate the industry from that point forward.

Legal commercial production in the U.S. is currently handled by a patchwork of small farmers. While there have been rumors for years of big agricultural firms buying up land ahead of legalization, it would still take time to develop a mass production product, and even more time to build a Maxwell House-like brand that would come to dominate that market.

Dominate they will, unless something drastic changes with the state of the country’s fundamental economic philosophy. That’s just the current way of our world. But there’s actually a distinct possibility that those artisan developers aren’t even going to get their handful of glory days before big business takes over. And the swift market domination may come from one of our favorite genetic-engineering corporate supergiants: Monsanto.

The move certainly makes sense on a logical level. At its core, marijuana is an agricultural product. It’s a crop. And that’s a system that Monsanto, as detailed time and time again in these parts, specializes in gaming. As far as the “technological advancements” they’re working on in order to put themselves ahead of the game:

The company is investing millions of dollars into this new technology dubbed “RNAi.” With RNAi, it is possible to manipulate everything from the color of the plant to making the plant indigestible to insects. With medical marijuana, RNAi could be used to create larger, more potent plants effectively cornering the market and exceeding the legal demand for the plant.

Picture the future: Marijuana-laced edibles being sold at Ralph’s — behind some kind of glass case, of course — that have not only been made with GMO-infused peanut butter and Rice Krispies and flour, but the marijuana itself has been raised with genetically-modified seedlings. That kind of product doesn’t seem like what cancer patients and other ill individuals will be looking forward to digesting to dull the pain. (We’re talking about medical marijuana here, after all.)

Which means that maybe the main issue we’ll be eventually dealing with is not whether we should have access to medical marijuana at all, but whether we should have easier access to medical marijuana that’s organic and GMO-free.

Afghan Opium Record, GCHQ spoofs LinkedIn, GMO Apples – New World Next Week ~ Corbett Report


Welcome to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week:

Story #1: Afghan Opium Output Soars To Record Level…Again
http://ur1.ca/g18to
An Introduction To Gladio B — James Corbett On Breaking The Set
http://ur1.ca/g18tq
NWNW Flashback: UK & Canadian Troops Investigated Over Heroin Trafficking Claims
http://ur1.ca/g18tt
Video Flashback: Geraldo Interviews Soldiers “Guarding” Opium
http://ur1.ca/g18tw
US, Israel Lose UNESCO Voting Rights Over Palestine
http://ur1.ca/g18ty

Story #2: British Spy Agency GCHQ Set Up Fake LinkedIn, Slashdot Pages To Plant Malware
http://ur1.ca/g18u0
British Spies Hacked Telecom Network By Luring Engineers To Fake LinkedIn Pages
http://ur1.ca/g18u3
Oil Espionage: How The NSA And GCHQ Spied On OPEC
http://ur1.ca/g18u4
In Lavabit Appeal, U.S. Doubles Down on Access to Web Crypto Keys
http://ur1.ca/g18u7
Poll Finds American Writers “Self-Censoring” In Wake Of NSA Scandal
http://ur1.ca/g18u9

Story #3: McDonald’s And Gerber Have Not ‘Rejected’ Arctic Apples
http://ur1.ca/g18ud
Industry’s Secret Plan To Get The Feds To Kill GMO Labeling In Every State
http://ur1.ca/g18ue
Factory Forests? USDA Considers Approval Of Genetically Engineered Trees
http://ur1.ca/g18uf

Visit http://NewWorldNextWeek.com to get previous episodes in various formats to download, burn and share. And as always, stay up-to-date by subscribing to the feeds from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy. Thank you.

Previous Episode: Arafat Poisoned, India To Mars, Fukushima Cleanup
http://ur1.ca/g18ui

 

Buy Organic Brands that Support Manditory GMO Labeling! Buycotting Cell Phone App


JOIN THE BUYCOTT!!

http://buycott.com/campaign/674/buy-organic-brands-that-support-your-right-to-know

The OCA has created “Buy Organic Brands that Support Your Right to Know,” a campaign on the popular buycott.com mobile phone app. It works like this. First, download the app to your smartphone (it’s free), and sign up for our campaign. Then take your mobile phone with you to the store, and use the app to scan the barcode on products before you buy them. The app will look up the product, determine what brand it belongs to, and figure out what company owns that brand .Then it will cross-check the product owners against the companies and brands that have worked to either support or defeat mandatory GMO labeling efforts.

It’s free. It’s easy. And it sends a powerful message to the corporations competing for our dollars.

Download the app and join the campaign:
http://buycott.com/campaign/674/buy-organic-brands-that-support-your-right-to-know

 

Ban GMO on Hawai’i Island


This petition is awaiting approval by the Avaaz Community
Ban GMO on Hawai'i Island

708 signers. Let’s reach 750

TAKE ACTION, SIGN HERE

 

 

Why this is important?

Dear Council member Ilagan,

As you are likely aware, many residents in Puna are disappointed with your opposition to Bill 113, which would ban further entry of open-air GMO food crops on Hawai’i island. We voted you into office to represent our needs. The overwhelming consensus in Puna is in favor of Bill 113, so we wonder: why have you opposed it?

Tourists from all over the world are also are in favor of this ban, as we will discover from this petition. All who sign stand in solidarity with the main points of this letter. Unfortunately, the hyperlinks to the embedded text do not show up on this petition, so please refer to the copy I sent to you via email (readers can also email me for this).

 

We request a friendly sit-down, talk-story with you so that we can understand one another and find a way forward. Below is a letter outlining the significance and context of the GMO issue; several council members have already read it. The facts of the issue cut beyond political lines; they involve our very survival as a species. I request a response from you so we can arrange a time to talk. Thank you for your attention.

 

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Dear Mr. Ilagan, October 10, 2013

As you might imagine, quite a few of us in Puna, which district you represent, are showing disappointment in you for not supporting Bill 113, which would prohibit further entrance of GMO crops to the island. In good spirit, we wonder: why are you not supporting Bill 113? If it is for GMO Papaya growers, they are largely exempt from the bill and the small registration fee they are subject to is not justification for not passing the crucial important heart of the bill for keeping out further intrusion of GMO to the island.

If you need a synopsis of this letter, view all the links embedded.

I understand it is not your job, per se, to be highly informed about GMOs. As a physician, and one specializing in digestive and immune health, it is, however, one of my jobs. It took me many months of diligent research to understand the GMO industry, and a couple years to deeply understand its science and collateral implications.

Therefore, as an educated GMO “expert” of sorts, I invite you to sit down with me, and anyone else you wish to invite, to discuss this issue with aloha and genuine good faith to learn from one another. I make myself available to you to discuss any questions or concerns you have, and for what I, and others in Puna who oppose GMOs, can learn from you. Here is an excellent video by Dr. Thieery Vrain, who used to be a GMO lab scientist and was so appalled by the truth, he set out to tell the truth about it.

I have researched the science and social issue of GMO for years. I have written dozens of articles on GMO. I have debated extensively with pro-GMO scientists. I have a Master’s in Science degree and a proclivity for critical, reasonable thinking. I am also outraged and sad about GMOs devastating track record around the world. It is altogether reasonable to be emotional as well as intelligent about the GMO issue, contrary to what one pro-GMO testifier claimed: that anti-GMO sentiment is just emotional. This is a red herring argument, mischaracterizing those who are rightfully disturbed about GMO damage. In fact, the more intelligently and reasonably one pursues earnest inquiry into the GMO industry, the more upset one becomes. Personally I have reviewed the actual studies many cite in their arguments for and against the industry.

For your initial consideration, I provide for you here several crucial GMO topics and links so you can review the good science behind the serious threats posed by GMO in context of the even greater issue of climate change (please watch this interview with expert scientist Dr. Michael Mann), which is fueled by large, unsustainable industries such GMO farming and distribution of GMO products—all heavy on petroleum-based products and fossil fuel burning. Please review the links provided in this letter; they are all scientifically reputable sources. I think they cut through any political posturing and paint a real and dire situation for which we need to stop futzing around and get serious. If you have anything, any science or statistics for me to read on the subject of GMO which support your view, please do share so I can see where you are coming from and so we can discuss it.

With our world on a fast-track path to climate collapse, in truth we should not even be having the debate over whether to allow GMO farming on Hawai’i, or fracking, or geothermal, or any other unsustainable practice. The times of economic advantage at the expense of environmental degradation are over; they must be over for our world to pull itself out of the deep mire it is in. We should not be burning more fossil fuels driving to Hilo and to Kona to testify on issues that we need to put quickly behind us so that we can focus on the real issues at hand: reducing our toxification of the environment with chemicals of all kinds, and in particular, the addition of more CO2 into the atmosphere. Unless we act fast to address the bigger picture of climate change, we are being foolhardy. Many leading scientists say we have a couple years only to change our patterns to offset runaway climate change (the point after which we cannot reverse environmental collapse); others say it might already be too late.

Indeed, every economic decision and policy we make at any level of government and personal choice should be made in light of climate change—evaluated as part of the solution or as part of the problem. This is because climate change is the single largest and most critical issue to ever face humanity. According to some, if we do not severely curtail our CO2 emissions by 2015, life as we know it will perish in the next 15 to 30 or so years. This not a joke or conspiracy theory. It is proposed by leading scientists.

I have testified numerous times previously and cited examples from my medical practice. Placing patients on strict non-GMO diets has resulted in cessation of chronic and insidious medical conditions. My own view, therefore, and that of growing millions in Hawaii and around the world, is that GMO food-stuffs and the glyphosate-based RoundUp and other pesticides used on GMO crops, are unsafe. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine “AAEM”) advises against GMO consumption, saying, “GM foods pose a serious health risk” and calls for a moratorium on GM foods. Citing several animal studies, the AAEM concludes “there is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects” and that “GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health.” Kaiser Permanente advises against GMO foods. It states:

In a recent Fall 2012 newsletter edition, Kaiser suggested membership limit exposure to genetically modified organisms.
“GMOs have been added to our food supply since 1994, but most people don’t know it because the United States does not require labeling of GMOs,” according to the newsletter.
Sounding more like an organic health proponent, the corporate giant continued, “Despite what the biotech industry might say, there is little research on the long-term effects of GMOs on human health.”

GMOs have indeed been proven toxic, per the peer-reviewed literature—not unlike DDT, PCBs, aspartame, and dioxins (all manufactured by Monsanto and some by other biotech companies). Future pesticide use on GMO crops will be increasing, and is already increasing, not only in quantity, but in type, as the toxic treadmill of continued stacked trait GMO varieties must be engineered to deal with the constant resistance formed by superweeds and superbugs. These weeds and bugs mutate according to the same principles as resistant bacterial strains do against antibiotics. All are serious health threats, as evidenced, for example, by MRSA and penicillin-resistant bacteria.

One of the assertions made by pro-GMO testifiers at the hearing yesterday (10/ 15/13) is that RoundUp replaces many more dangerous pesticides. This is a highly suspect assertion because it seems each month a new discovery is made about RoundUp. Here is a link (scroll down to see studies listed) to the clinical research on RoundUp; you can just read the titles of the studies to get an idea of the danger. Another crucial point is that RoundUp is actually, ironically, leading to the spraying of more toxic pesticides it was supposed to replace. It is discussed in this article, which I quote here:

“In order to deal with rapidly spreading resistant weeds, farmers are being forced to expand use of older, higher-risk herbicides. To stop corn and cotton insects from developing resistance to Bt, farmers planting Bt crops are being asked to spray the insecticides that Bt-corn and cotton were designed to displace.”

The existing evidence, as exemplified by the Cytochrome P-450 study cited by the doctor from Waimea during the first round of expert testimony, in addition to the certain near-future more toxic and uncertain pesticide applications (no testing has been done for multiple pesticides such as RoundUp and 2,4-D on one plant type, such as corn, per my research) are linked to severe illness, the killing of bees and monarch butterflies, small farmer suicides on a massive scale in India, poisoning of waterways, residential air, and generalized degradation of the natural environment. We cannot risk such injury to the ‘aina (land) here on Hawaii Island, the last bastion for a life largely free of the menace and chaos currently being experienced on the other islands by GMO industry, most notably on Kauai, which several testifies mentioned.

The organic papaya market is expanding and in great demand, while that of the GMO Papaya industry is shrinking, especially as a massive movement around the world awakens to the grim realities of GMOs. Given that now you have gone on record as supporting the GMO industry in Hawaii, I encourage you to learn about organic papaya farming and educate farmers on future transitions to organic. Local sustainable agriculture is the way of the future; as this article in The Atlantic spells out, if we are lucky enough to have one as a human species.

Even though Monsanto and other companies are spending millions to maintain their present control and influence in the marketplace as well as in government, the rest of the world is refusing to import US GMO products, as are more and more local communities in the US. Mexico just announced a ban on GMO corn, with the presiding judge citing the Precautionary Principle, on which our Bill 113 is predicated. From the article:

“According to Environmental Food and Justice, Judge Jaime Eduardo Verdugo J. of the Twelfth Federal District Court for Civil Matters of Mexico City wrote that the genetically engineered corn posed ”the risk of imminent harm to the environment.”

This ban was bolstered in part due to a petition I created last year that has garnered over 46,000 signatures, was delivered in-person by affiliates in Mexico, and which helped to postpone massive plantings of GMO corn on Mexico soil. I created it single-handedly, wrote about it, publicized it, had articles published about it, and it grew almost effortlessly. Imagine the attention and renown we could garner on Hawai’i Island by becoming a non-GMO paradise! This would far outweigh any pro-GMO presence and incentive at the risk of our health.

Hawai’i island could well be in the forefront of a transition that would be not only economically viable, but also create a more robust and sustainable environment. And as a bonus, confer the honor of doing what is right. With millions all over the world waking up to the insanity of GMOs, places where GMOs are banned are becoming a haven for people who want to live without being poisoned. Hawai’i Island stands to gain economically, morally, and most importantly, healthfully, from being a GMO-free zone. Becoming another GMO wasteland does not confer such benefits.

Regardless, no amount financial benefit justifies knowingly poisoning the populace and environment. GMO farmers can find another way and we can help them. I will personally donate my time and money to doing so, and I bet I can gather a coalition of organic farmers willing to educate and instruct and help conventional and GMO farmers.

After researching the points of this letter, I hope you have a better understanding of the gravity of the GMO issue and the passing of this bill to bring Hawai’i island one step closer to becoming a shining example of intelligence and moral and environmental sustainability, not just another part of the problem outlined in this letter. I encourage you to take heartfelt concern in weighing the short-term economic viability of our community versus the longer-term welfare for all. Nowadays we all have to be part of the solution to reduce carbon emissions and fossil fuel burning, which GMO farming and commerce exacerbates as compared to local, organic farming.

In one sense, to discuss the issue of GMO in this context is almost absurd, given that the newly-released IPCC Report (International Panel on Climate Control) clearly says that our entire planet, including the survival of the human species, is on a fast track to climate change collapse. GMO farming—with its heavy petroleum-based, non-local import-export model, and chemical reliance—make it a part of the problem, not the solution. GMO farming makes no sense in the small or the bigger picture. I encourage you to act and to vote wisely and to continue to educate yourself on the seriousness of the issues at hand, to represent the needs and wishes of the majority of the people you represent, not only with regard GMO policy, but with climate change generally.

In sum, we desperately need a local-based, organic food system that does not significantly contribute to global warming and climate change. Small, organic farms have actually been shown to answer our most pressing needs, such as climate change, and provide increased economic return. Here is a description of one study of many, and another is here. This is our best bet for future security, not the myth and damages created by the GMO industry and their pesticides. Human beings can actually create more biomass and more carbon-sequestering using organic and permaculture designs. This is our hope for real security and tempering the already occurring chaos from global warming.

Thank you for your attention and continued efforts to act for the long-term of our health. Please check out the links provided throughout this letter. I am curious what your thoughts are after studying this information. I look forward to hearing back from you and for a time when we can sit down and discuss this matter in earnest and with genuine aloha, and learn more from one another.

Sincerely,

Jack Adam Weber, L.Ac., Dipl. C.H.

TAKE ACTION, SIGN HERE

Ed. Note: Your participation in signing this petition is greatly appreciated because we’re having one helluva battle here against the horrendous assault from GMO’s and pesticides. If most people had any idea how bad it is, they would avoid visiting “paradise” on family vacations. Fortunately Kerri Peterson and many other community members are doing a great job raising awareness here on the Big Island, we’re up against BIG MONEY ad campaigns on TV/Radio by pro-GMO advocates so your participation is greatly appreciated in helping us win this battle. Kauai is finally making tremendous headway against GMO’s, but only after being drenched in pesticides to the point of public outrage due to health problems in certain areas. Here’s a link to more info on the fight for “paradise returned” :) https://www.facebook.com/events/384411755009232/458716770912063/?notif_t=event_mall_reply
Much love and gratitude, Namaste {bow} Annette

 

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