March Against Monsanto, May 23, 2015



This is a Call to Action for a
Non-Hierarchical Occupation of Monsanto Everywhere

Whether you like it or not, chances are Monsanto contaminated the food you ate today with chemicals and unlabeled GMOs. Monsanto controls much of the world’s food supply at the expense of food democracy worldwide. This site is dedicated to empowering citizens of the world to take action against Monsanto & it’s enablers like the FDA, USDA, EPA, GMA, BIO, and the processed food companies that use Monsanto’s products.



March Against Monsanto, May 23, 2015


Occupy Monsanto supports the March Against Monsanto!

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EARTH – Saturday, May 23, a broad coalition of individuals and groups will gather in cities and towns all over the world, as part of a global March Against Monsanto. The intention of this march is to raise public awareness and bring increasing political pressure to bear regarding Monsanto’s corporate farming and business practices and to fight for labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered and/or modified materials.

It has been estimated that 38 countries spanning 6 continents and 428 cities will be participating in the Global March Against Monsanto for a peaceful, non-violent, informational protest.

Monsanto’s and other companies (e.g., Dow, Syngenta) genetically engineered food pose scientifically established health risks. These include, but are not limited to: organ damage, sterility and infant mortality, birth defects, immune reactions, allergies and increased cancer risks, http://healthyfoodnaturally.com/2012/02/07/gmo-health-risks/

“Monsanto is bankrupting famers, causing soil infertility, mono-cropping, loss of biodiversity, and bee hive collapse. Furthermore, their practices pose a very real threat to organic farming and loss of native plants. It is causing dependency on a centralized food system. In aggregate, this is a recipe for global famine,” warns long-time activist and member of the Gateway Greens, Daniel Romano.

An “Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments Concerning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)” (www.i-sis.org.uk/list.php), signed by 828 scientists from 84 countries, detailed concern regarding GMOs coupled with a call for immediate 5 year suspension of GMO crops in order to conduct “a comprehensive public enquiry of agriculture and food security for all.”

GMOs have been removed and banned by Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, South America, Russia, France, and Switzerland.

“Monsanto does not want consumers to know what they are eating and is continuing to aggressively fight labeling of GMOs in food. This effort is now reaching even further than blocking attempts by states like California, Oregon and Hawaii from passing labeling laws. Currently a Monsanto former lobbyist is one of the corporate representatives drafting the newest and largest international trade agreement, the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership). Non-Labeling of GMO foods is being written into the TPP.” – Barbara Chicherio, Gateway Green Alliance

The legislation pushed by the opposition is known much maligned (and misleading) “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” which has been dubbed by activists as the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act.

The DARK Act was actually introduced by a powerful pro-GMO food lobby (learn more about it here).

An online event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/753961208032987/
A complete list of events can be found here: http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/events
SOURCE: March Against Monsanto

More here: http://occupy-monsanto.com/march-against-monsanto-may-23-2015/

Pesticides in Paradise: Hawai‘i’s Health & Environment at Risk ~ Center for Food Safety


May 6th, 2015

The chemical industry’s experimentation with pesticide-promoting genetically engineered (GE) crops increasingly threaten Hawai‘i’s public health, biodiversity and food independence. To curb these threats and raise public awareness about this issue, HCFS has published the groundbreaking, in-depth report Pesticides in Paradise: Hawai‘i’s Health and Environment at Risk.

Download the key findings
Download the abridged report

On O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Maui, and Moloka‘i, chemical and biotechnology companies Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont-Pioneer, Dow Chemical, and BASF have purchased prime agricultural land, taking advantage of Hawai‘i’s isolation and year-round growing season, in order to field test crops that have been genetically engineered to withstand greater applications of pesticides.

Hawai’i is a relatively small state, but has one of the highest rates of open-air GE field tests in the U.S – in 2014, chemical companies conducted GE field tests on over 1,381 sites. Herbicide resistance has been the most frequently tested trait over the past five years. This means GE crops tested in Hawai‘i, by and large, are designed to withstand ever greater applications of herbicides, posing a direct threat to human and environmental health..

Pesticide drift is a primary concern for communities living alongside GE operations. In the report, HCFS reviews over 150 published scientific and medical research examining the threats pesticides used in Hawai‘i pose to public health, especially the risk to pregnant women and young children. The findings reveal that pesticide exposure in utero and early life has been linked to childhood cancers, neurobehavioral and cognitive deficits, adverse birth outcomes, and asthma.

Neither pesticides nor GE crops are adequately regulated in the state of Hawai‘i, and this report is a major advancement in efforts to establish stronger regulations that protect Hawai‘i’s people and natural resources from harmful exposure to pesticides.

Read the abridged version of “Pesticides in Paradise: Hawai‘i’s Health & Environment at Risk”

 

As a resource for communities across the islands, HCFS is offering free presentation of the report’s key findings, and we encourage you to sign-up for a presentation in your neighborhood or for your organization – Sign up here.


Simon Parkes reveals mind control secrets


Whitby Councillor and experiencer Simon Parkes knows so much of the secrets in mind control that he just now is the best source on earth to receive information on this horrible topic. Usually somebody whistleblowing on secrets of mind control, as Simon Parkes does, would not survive a minute, but Simon has proper protection and his connection to the dark rulers of planet earth (Dracos) enhances his capabilities. Some of those secret rulers may have liberated themselves from their own mind control and changed side for the better of all.

All the secret facts that Simon Parkes confirms or reveals to the audience are mind-boggling. This is the most groundbreaking interview on mind control that has ever been made in modern times. Never has an Illuminati insider told so frankly and pedagogically on those hidden facts and technology of the most pivotal tool to remote control homo sapiens and other races.

The only 48 min short interview (because people usually have little time) focuses on metal and etheric implants in humans, how to detect and remove them, how to shield against mind control with gold and why that is working. The techniques for mind control are discussed: horrible torture, scalar waves distributed with cell phone and television technology, phased array radar, chemtrails, morgellons, HAARP, military stations on Moon and Saturn and a lot more.
The threat of artificial intelligence (AI) is warned about.
The murder of Michael Jackson and the helping hand of Sir Elton John to celebrity victims is mentioned.
This interview is a must for all targeted individuals (ti’s) on the planet. A lot of them got help from Simon Parkers already. He is good for the rescue of the most hopeless cases of remote controlled humans.

From Henning Witte on Vimeo.

https://vimeo.com/126314745

Kochs, Corps, and Monsanto Trade Group Have Bankrolled Group Attacking Dr. Oz


A group of ten doctors has called for NBC’s Dr. Oz (Dr. Mehmet Oz) to be fired from Columbia University, where he is vice chairman of the surgery department.

The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has long tracked the group that is connected to several of the signers attacking Dr. Oz, and CMD’s Executive Director Lisa Graves spoke with the Dr. Oz show about the background of that group and some of the signers. (CMD does not receive any funding from Dr. Oz or NBC.)

One of the doctors, Dr. Gilbert Ross, is a convicted felon who works for the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH). CMD’s updated review of ACSH’s funding confirms that it has been funded by a trade group of food corporations that heavily opposes GMO labeling.

One of ACSH’s most common activities is bashing people concerned about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and chemicals used in factory farming.

ACSH poses as an independent science-based organization devoted to outing “junk science,” but consumer advocates have called it “a consumer front organization for its business backers” that “glove[s] the hand that feeds it.”

The majority of ACSH’s funds have come from corporations and major foundations.

ACSH cartoon by Joe Mohr

CMD examined ACSH’s funding last summer and also looked into the groups when its name surfaced in 2012 in litigation involving concerns about Syngenta’s agricultural chemical, atrazine. CMD’s investigation of unsealed court documents revealed that Syngenta’s PR operation had identified ACSH as a way for it to attack and try to discredit those raising concerns about atrazine; and that ACSH was to be paid for its work defending Syngenta. Other documents that were subsequently leaked to Mother Jones confirmed that Syngenta has been funding ACSH, along with providing additional details on other corporate funders, as of two years ago.

An updated review of all available information about ACSH’s funding sources by CMD reveals that some of the hands that feed the group are not only those of the Koch brothers, Charles and David Koch, through the Koch family fortune (Koch Industries profits from petroleum products like ammonia fertilizers and other agribusiness-related operations), but also those of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), a $41.4 million trade group representing such companies as Monsanto, Campbell Soup Company, Kraft Foods, Cargill, ConAgra, General Mills, Coca Cola, and Pepsi.

ACSH Spins Pesticides, GMOs, Fracking, E-Cigarettes, and More

In recent months, ACSH has:

  • published reports calling a Harvard School of Public Health report on pesticides’ effect on men’s sperm “full of faulty data and conclusions that it makes a perfect example of common study flaws”;
  • attacked the International Agency for Research on Cancer (an agency of the World Health Organization and United Nations) for its conclusion that glyphosate–the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup–is “probably carcinogenic,” calling IARC “among the worst of the hyper-regulators… [with] a well-deserved reputation for breezing past or simply ignoring the latest (or even the consensus) science in the service of their precautionary principle-based agenda”;
  • lambasted food columnist Mark Bitman’s support for the precautionary principle when it comes to GMOS as “frothings” and “bilious insinuations” that go “overboard as usual”; and
  • called fracking “a safe and efficient path to energy independence,” despite the hazardous chemical cocktail used in hydraulic fracturing, which uses and spoils millions of gallons of fresh drinking water each year in the fracking process.

And, of course, ACSH regularly criticizes Dr. Oz’s policy position that GMOs in foods should be labeled as “GMO fear-mongering.”

ACSH has published claims about GMOs that make outrageous statements like “opposition to agricultural progress . . . causes blindness and death worldwide.” ACSH has also made patently false and easily disprovable claims such as, “[T]here are no alternative technologies available to plant breeders with which new improved varieties can be created to overcome the current limitations of global agriculture to produce sufficient food, feed, fuel, and fiber on available land.”

Traditional plant breeding continues to develop crop varieties that are better adjusted to local conditions, produce more, and have other beneficial traits. Take, for example, the work done by the Organic Seed Partnership, a collaborative effort of Oregon State University, the University of Wisconsin, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, Cornell University, and the Organic Seed Alliance.

For a period, tobacco was the rare consumer health hazard about which ACSH had publicly expressed concern. As a result, some of its funding from the food industry dried up after those companies were acquired by Philip Morris (now the global tobacco company Altria), which took umbrage at ACSH’s position against tobacco. “ACSH’s warnings about cigarette smoking resulted in the loss of substantial contributions from food manufacturers that had been acquired by tobacco companies,” ACSH once stated on its website.

But ACSH has since received funding from Altria and at least one manufacturer of electronic cigarettes called “The Safe Cig.”

With the rise of e-cigarettes–and ACSH’s receipt of funding from companies selling them–ACSH has reversed course. It now advocates that “electronic cigarettes should be made as accessible as cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes should be sold widely and lightly regulated…” In another publication, it expresses the hope that the Food and Drug Administration will continue to “allow… millions of desperate addicted smokers continued access to this lifesaving technology.”

E-cig companies have been making the rounds at groups like ACSH as well as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the State Policy Network (SPN) in search of third parties to help promote its product and derail regulation.

ACSH Buddy Henry Miller Lead Signer on Oz Letter

The letter calling on Columbia University to fire Dr. Oz includes among its signers Dr. Gilbert Ross, ACSH Acting President and Executive Director, who was convicted of the felony offense of Medicaid fraud and had his medical license revoked in 1995. The letter’s lead signer, Dr. Henry I. Miller–like Ross, an outspoken advocate of GMOs–was a board member of ACSH and the founding director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Biotechnology. He is now a senior research fellow at the right-wing Hoover Institution.

Miller gained recent notoriety for his appearance in a political ad by the “No on 37″ campaign to squelch California voters’ effort to label GMOs by way of a 2012 ballot initiative, as CMD reported. GMO corporations and other businesses spent over $40 million on the ad and outreach campaign that Miller was featured in. There is no public information about whether they funded him personally or through an organization or not, but there appear to be no legal restrictions on them doing so in the past or future.

The “No on 37″ ad originally listed campaign spokesperson Miller as “M.D., Stanford” and showed Stanford University buildings in the background. The campaign had to pull that version off the air at the request of Stanford University and re-do it because “the Stanford ID on the screen appeared to violate the university’s policy against use of the Stanford name by consultants,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

What Miller is most notorious for are his unusual public positions. In 2003, Miller penned an op-ed for the New York Times defending DDT and arguing for its resurrection. This prompted a U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) response pointing out the estimated “increase in infant deaths that might result from DDT spraying.”

Miller was also a founding member scientist of The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition, a now-defunct, tobacco industry-funded public relations front group run by the APCO Worldwide PR firm that worked to discredit the links between cigarettes and cancer.

Perhaps most outrageously, Miller wrote in a 2011 op-ed for Forbes that some of those exposed to radiation after the damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant “could have actually benefitted from it.”

Miller also penned a 2012 Forbes op-ed on GMO labeling suggesting that it is the supporters of GMO labeling who are engaged in “no-holds-barred advocacy … to disparage farming methods and promulgate fraudulent health claims about the foods we eat.”

Miller, who accused Oz of undisclosed conflicts of interest, is no stranger to conflicts of interest himself.

GMA, Kochs, DonorsTrust, Bradley, Searle, and Others Fund ACSH

In addition to such corporate and trade group funders as ExxonMobil, Chevron, the American Petroleum Institute, Syngenta, Bayer CropScience, CropLife America, Procter and Gamble, Pfizer, the Personal Care Products Council, Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper/Snapple, and McDonald’s, ACSH funders have also included the Koch brothers’ David H. Koch Foundation and Claude R. Lambe Foundation (which closed in early 2013), the Sarah Scaife Foundation, and the Bradley Foundation. In this partial list of funders (ACSH stopped disclosing its donors early in the 1990s), the second-largest funder is DonorsTrust, which is known for its “murky money maze” of anonymous right-wing funding connected to the Kochs.

New to this group of funders as of 2013, according to CMD’s research, is the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), a $41.4 million trade group representing such companies as Campbell Soup Company, Kraft Foods, Cargill, ConAgra, General Mills, Coca Cola, and Pepsi. The anti-GMO labeling trade group gave ACSH $25,000 in 2013, according to its most recently available IRS disclosure. The grant was listed for “general support,” and so what ACSH activities GMA funded are not known.

GMA sued Maui after citizens of the Hawai’i county voted to ban GMO crops on the island in November 2014. GMA also sued the state of Vermont over its law requiring GMO labels in 2014, as CMD has reported.

GMA has also repeatedly lobbied Koch-backed Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas to introduce what it calls “The Safe & Accurate Food Labeling Act” and proponents of GMO labeling call the “Deny Americans the Right to Know Act” or DARK Act.

ACSH’s funding stream overlaps significantly with the web of right-wing think tanks called the State Policy Network (SPN), which CMD has dubbed “stink tanks.” For example, the Bodman Foundation, endowed by the investment banking fortune of the late George Bodman, has funded SPN members including New Jersey’s Common Sense Institute and the Empire Center for New York State Policy as well as associate members the American Enterprise Institute, the Acton Institute, the Empire Center’s parent group the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, and the National Center for Policy Analysis. Altria (the global tobacco company), the Armstrong Foundation, the Bradley Foundation, Donors Capital Fund, DonorsTrust, the JM Foundation, the Claude R. Lambe Foundation, the Olin Foundation, and Searle Freedom Trust have all funded both ACSH and SPN.

Many of ACSH’s funders also have ties to the controversial ALEC, which CMD has called a “corporate bill mill.” Special interests such as 3M, Altria, the American Petroleum Institute, Bayer CropScience, the Bradley Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Chevron, Coca-Cola, CropLife America, Donors Capital Fund, DonorsTrust, Dr. Pepper/Snapple, ExxonMobil, the JM Foundation, the Claude R. Lambe Foundation, McDonald’s, the Olin Foundation, PhRMA, Procter and Gamble, the Randolph Foundation, and Searle Freedom Trust have all funded both ACSH and ALEC.

See CMD’s full review of ACSH’s known financial underwriters below:

Funder Amount Donated Funding source Years
3M $30,000 2012
Bodman Foundation $90,000 investment banking 2007-2012
Altria $25,000 2012
American Petroleum Institute $37,500 petroleum industry 2012
Amvac Chemical Corporation $5,000 2012
Armstrong Foundation $15,000 2003-2012
Bayer CropScience $30,000 2012
Bradley Foundation, Lynde and Harry $270,000 factory automation equipment manufacturer Allen-Bradley 2004-2012
Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation $300,000 2002-2012
Chevron $18,500 oil 2012
Chinook Foundation $600 2011, 2013
Coca-Cola $50,000 2012
Conrad Family Foundation $100 2011
Cox Family Foundation $1,000 2009
CropLife America $25,000 pesticide industry 2004
Distilled Spirits Council of the United States $30,000 2008-2012
Dodge Jones Foundation $42,000 railroad and minerals 2003, 2009-2013
Donors Capital Fund $89,500 anonymous “donor directed” fund 2008-2011
DonorsTrust $534,574.62 anonymous “donor directed” fund 2005-2011
Dr. Pepper/Snapple $5,000 2012
Earhart Foundation $212,000 2002-2009
Ethox Chemicals $2,000 2012
ExxonMobil $315,000 petroleum 2000-2013
Finley, A.E. Foundation $1,000 equipment & machinery distribution 2009, 2012
Fragrance Materials Association of the United States, Inc. $20,000 2011
Friedmann, Philip M. Family Charitable Trust $11,900 Recycled Paper Greetings company 2003-2012
GE Foundation $396,000 General Electric (including a small amount of donations matching employees’) 2003-2012
Gerstacker, Rollin M. Foundation $10,000 Dow Chemical Company 2010
Gilder Foundation $5,000 stockbroker Richard Gilder 2005
Griffin, Dorothy G. Charitable Foundation $3,000 Varflex Corporation (electrical insulating sleeving and tubing) 2010-2012
Grocery Manufacturers Association $25,000 anti-GMO labeling trade association 2013
Hayden Foundation $2,300 2009-2013
International Formula Council $10,000 2012
JM Foundation $15,000 Borden Milk Company 1997
Kayser Family Foundation $2,500 2006-2009
Kirby, F.M. Foundation $347,000 Woolworth and Alleghany Companies 1998-2013
Koch, David H. Foundation $6,000 Koch Industries 1986-1987
Olin, John M. Foundation $915,500 Olin Corporation chemical 1985-2004 (foundation closed in 2005)
Lambe, Claude R. Foundation $95,000 Koch Industries 2005-2008 (also contributed $30,000 in 2006 that was returned to the foundation in 2009)
McDonald’s $30,000 2012
McNutt, Amy Shelton Charitable Trust $1,500 2009, 2011
Nolan, David P. Foundation $250 2010
Opportunity Foundation $2,500 2009-2013
Penn, Arthur S. and Marilyn Charitable Trust $500 retired president of Elmrock Capital, Inc., board member of Center for Individual Rights 2010
Personal Care Products Council $20,000 personal care products (cosmetics, toiletries, fragrances, etc.) industry 2011-2002
Pfizer Foundation $300 pharmaceutical industry (matching employee gifts) 2011-2013
PhRMA $160,000 pharmaceutical industry 2008-2010
Procter and Gamble $6,000 2012
Randolph Foundation $73,920 Vicks chemical company 2006
Roberts, Gilroy and Lillian P. Charitable Foundation $200 sculptor, gemstone carver, and former Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint 2013
Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation $27,500 oil 1998-2001
Sarah Scaife Foundation $205,000 Mellon industrial, oil, aluminum and banking 1985-1991
Searle Freedom Trust $100,000 pharmaceuticals 2007
Stare Fund $7,500 2012
Roger and Susan Stone Family Foundation $5,000 Smurfit-Stone (paperboard and paper-based packaging) 2009, 2012
Syngenta $22,500 2012
Tepper Family Foundation $500 2013
Texmark Chemicals (David Smith) $5,000 2012
The Safe Cig $4,100 electronic cigarette manufacturer 2012
Tober, Barbara and Donald Foundation $23,500 2007-2012
Triad Foundation $35,000 (“Gen/fracking”) 2012
Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $39,400 donor-advised fund 2012-2013

Cartoon by Joe Mohr. This is an updated version of an article published by CMD in 2014. For more on the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers and the power and influence of the Koch cadre and Koch cash, see CMD’s unique wiki resource, KochExposed.org.

 http://www.prwatch.org/news/2014/07/12538/koch-and-gma-funding-group-attacking-dr-oz#sthash.QbrqteYm.dpuf

Dr. Oz Addresses His Pro-GMO Critics


Note: Will Dr . Oz finally come clean on vaccines now that he’s being attacked from within his own inner circles?

As many of you know, I addressed my critics in last Thursday’s show. If you missed it, you can watch my response here” Dr. Mehmet Oz

For more from this show, click here: http://bit.ly/1bxVz9q

Petition to Swiss Govt: Protect Hawai`i from Syngenta!


 

Stand with the People of Kaua`i, sign the Petition to Syngenta’s Swiss HQ!

I join the residents of Kaua`i and support them in asking the government and people of Switzerland to instruct Syngenta, which is headquarted in Switzerland, to:

  1. Offer Kaua`i and all Hawai`i the same respect and protections that are afforded to the residents of Switzerland.
  2. Stop spraying Atrazine, Paraquat and 4 other pesticide “active ingredients” which are banned in Switzerland but are sprayed by Syngenta on a regular basis next to and upwind from Kaua`i schools, hospitals and homes.
  3. Honor Kaua`i’s laws as they honor the people and the laws of Switzerland. Ask Syngenta to drop their lawsuit against the people of Kaua`i over a democratically passed law (Bill 2491/Ordinance 960) that would establish pesticide buffer zones around the places we live and go to school. Ask them to stop using the courts to hide information about what they spray and to what they expose Kaua`i’s people on a daily basis.

I stand with Kaua`i and all the people of Hawai`i in asking the Swiss people and the Swiss government for their support.

SIGN HERE: https://ujoin.org/campaigns/44/actions/public?action_id=48#sthash.MNaQwgYl.dpuf

why sign?

  • Kauai`i is “Ground Zero” for pesticide intensive research operations by the world’s largest chemical corporations!
  • West Kaua`i residents have no choice but to live, work and sleep downwind from restricted use pesticide spraying 2 out of every 3 days a year!
  • People of Kaua`i should be afforded the same rights and protections by Syngenta that its home country of Switzerland requires for its own people!
  • Please sign the petition, share with your friends and help the residents of Kaua`i send a loud message half way around the world on behalf of all Hawai`i.

SIGN HERE: https://ujoin.org/campaigns/44/actions/public?action_id=48#sthash.MNaQwgYl.hBpw9ntN.dpuf

STOP FAST TRACK. STOP THE TPP: Trans-Pacific Partnership Appoints Monsanto Plaintiff, Judge and Jury


Many complain about the effects of GMOs and toxic chemicals, which is but the tip of the Monsanto iceberg, yet this is where we need to “show up”. When we fail to stop these senate bills, and they are “fast tracked”, we are giving our CONSENT to them. Don’t complain about it afterwards. Many have been shouting from the roof tops for decades! This is your world…CHANGE IT – pull your consent and make the call.

'TPP ALERT! DO YOU WANT an all-powerful Monsanto? A provision of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “trade” deal called Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) would allow Monsanto to sue any nation bound by the TPP contract (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam) for potential lost profits as a result of GMO or pesticide regulations. Have GMO labeling or cultivation bans within your borders? Get ready to go to court. Monsanto’s court, that is. With ISDS, Monsanto can take its case before an international corporate court where corporate lawyers are the judges. And the ruling can’t be challenged in the defending nation’s courts. HELLO, GMO & PESTICIDE TAKEOVER. GOODBYE, NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY.</p>
<p>Fast Track (formally known as Trade Promotion Authority) is a power given to the President by Congress and would allow the President to push the TPP deal through without any Congressional debate or public review. STOP FAST TRACK. STOP THE TPP.</p>
<p>Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is key to stopping Fast Track. Call his office today and tell him to Reject Fast Track:<br />
PHONE: 202-224-5244<br />
EMAIL Wyden using his website contact: <a href=http://www.wyden.senate.gov/contact
TWEET at Wyden: https://twitter.com/RonWyden
POST to Wyden’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wyden

Also contact your Congress members and tell them to reject Fast Track: http://www.stopfasttrack.com/

READ: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kill-the-dispute-settlement-language-in-the-trans-pacific-partnership/2015/02/25/ec7705a2-bd1e-11e4-b274-e5209a3bc9a9_story.html

LEARN the basics in these short videos:

WATCH the important TPP discussion on Democracy Now!: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/6/obama_mcconnell_pledge_cooperation_will_fast

#RonWyden #StopFastTrack #TradePromotionAuthority #Trade #TPP #StopTheTPP #GMO #FoodSafety #StopMonsanto #labelgmos #bangmos #gmofreecanada #gmofreeusa'” width=”470″ height=”470″ />

TPP ALERT! DO YOU WANT an all-powerful Monsanto? A provision of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “trade” deal called Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) would allow Monsanto to sue any nation bound by the TPP contract (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam) for potential lost profits as a result of GMO or pesticide regulations. Have GMO labeling or cultivation bans within your borders? Get ready to go to court. Monsanto’s court, that is. With ISDS, Monsanto can take its case before an international corporate court where corporate lawyers are the judges. And the ruling can’t be challenged in the defending nation’s courts. HELLO, GMO & PESTICIDE TAKEOVER. GOODBYE, NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY.

Fast Track (formally known as Trade Promotion Authority) is a power given to the President by Congress and would allow the President to push the TPP deal through without any Congressional debate or public review. STOP FAST TRACK. STOP THE TPP.

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is key to stopping Fast Track. Call his office today and tell him to Reject Fast Track:
PHONE: 202-224-5244
EMAIL Wyden using his website contact: http://www.wyden.senate.gov/contact
TWEET at Wyden: https://twitter.com/RonWyden
POST to Wyden’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wyden

Also contact your Congress members and tell them to reject Fast Track: http://www.stopfasttrack.com/

READ: http://www.washingtonpost.com/…/ec7705a2-bd1e-11e4-b274-e52…

LEARN the basics in these short videos:
http://youtu.be/3O_Sbbeqfdw
http://youtu.be/DnC1mqyAXmw

WATCH the important TPP discussion on Democracy Now!: http://www.democracynow.org/…/obama_mcconnell_pledge_cooper…

‪#‎RonWyden‬ ‪#‎StopFastTrack‬ ‪#‎TradePromotionAuthority‬ ‪#‎Trade‬ ‪#‎TPP‬ ‪#‎StopTheTPP‬ ‪#‎GMO‬ ‪#‎FoodSafety‬ ‪#‎StopMonsanto‬ ‪#‎labelgmos‬ ‪#‎bangmos‬ ‪#‎gmofreecanada‬ ‪#‎gmofreeusa‬

 

 

Scientists Discover Bt Toxins Found In Monsanto Crops Damage Red Blood Cells



red blood cells

Studies are showing that Bt toxins found in Monsanto crops are harmful to mammalian blood by damaging red blood cells and more. RBC’s are responsible for delivering oxygen to the body tissues through blood flow.

Bacillus thuringensis (Bt) is a bacterium commonly used as a biological pesticide. It is a microorganism that produces toxic chemicals. It occurs naturally in the environment, and is usually isolated from soil, insects and plant surfaces. Prior to this study, Bt was thought to be toxic only to insects,  but recent studies are proving otherwise.

Dr. Mezzomo and his team of Scientists from the Department of Genetics and Morphology and the Institute of Biological Sciences, at University of Brasilia recently published a study that involved Bacillus thuringensis (Bt toxin) and its effects on mammalian blood. According to the study, the “Cry” toxins that are found in Monsanto’s GMO crops like corn and soy, are much more toxic to mammals than previously thought. The study was published in the Journal of Hematology and Thromboembolic Diseases(1).

We do not support animal testing, and think it is unnecessary. It should really be a no brainer that GMO crops cause significant damage to human health. Studies that don’t require animal testing have already proven the dangers of GMO consumption. This study unfortunately required the use of Swiss Albino Mice if Bt was to be properly examined. At the same time, most of us know that the existence of GMOs is completely unnecessary.

Advances in genetic engineering promise the expression of multiple Cry toxins in Bt-plants, known as gene pyramidingTherefore, studies on non-target species are requirements of international protocols to verify the adverse effects of these toxins, ensuring human and environmental biosafety.

Due to its growing use in agricultural activities, Bt presence hasalready been detected in different environmental compartments such as soil and water. Consequently, the bioavailability of Cry proteins has increased, and for biosafety reasons their adverse effects might be studied, mainly for non-target organisms. Studies are therefore needed to evaluate Bt toxicity to non-target organisms;  the persistence of Bt toxin and its stability in aquatic environments; and the risks to humans and animals exposed to potentially toxic levels of Bt through their diet.(1)

Thus, we aimed to evaluate, in Swiss albino mice, the hematotoxicity and genotoxicity of four Bt spore-crystals…

Scientists tested levels ranging from 27 mg to 270 mg over a seven day period, it was remarkably evident that the Cry toxins were hemotoxic, even at the lowest doses administered. Hemotoxins destroy red blood cells, disrupt blood clotting and cause organ degeneration and tissue damage.

The number of RBC’s, (red blood cells) as well as their size, were significantly reduced, and so were the levels of hemoglobin for oxygen to attach to. Every factor regarding RBC’s indicated some level of damage for all levels of toxin administered and across all cry proteins. The tests clearly demonstrated that Cry proteins resulting from the Bt toxin were cytotoxic (quality of being toxic to cells) to bone marrow cells. Studies contiually show that these proteins kill blood cells bytargeting the cell membranes of RBC’s.

Cry1Ab (the protein produced in common Bt corn and soy) induced microcytic hypochromic anemia in mice, even at the lowest tested dose of 27 mg/Kg, and this toxin has been detected in blood of non-pregnant women, pregnant women and their fetuses in Canada, supposedly exposed through diet [34]. These data, as well as increased bioavailability of  these MCA in the environment, reinforce the need for more research, especially given that little is known about spore crystals’ adverse effects on non-target species (1)

Dr. Mezzomo and his team are not the only group of scientists to discover the harmful effects of Bt toxins. Professor Joe Cummins, Professor Emeritus of Genetics at the University of Western Ontario has also studied it (2)(3)(4). He concluded that that there is sufficient evidence  that the Bt toxin will impact directly on human health through damaging the ileum, which is the final section of the small intestine that is responsible for the absorption of vitamin B12. He also points out that the Bt cry toxin gene has not been proven to be the same as the natural bacterial gene. As mentioned in the first paragraph, it occurs naturally in the environment, usually isolated from soil, insects and plant surfaces.

It seems that everyday brings forth new information regarding GMO’s. We have so much evidence that points to just how harmful these foods are, yet they continue to be mass produced and the corporations that develop them are constantly protected. The truth still remains, you still have a choice as to what you put into your body. I encourage everybody reading this to further their research, most ‘industries’ we have on the planet today really aren’t necessary, we are just made to believe that they are.

Sources:

http://gmoevidence.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/JHTD-1-104.pdf (1)

http://www.gefree.org.nz/assets/pdf/joecummins.pdf(4)

http://www.biotech-info.net/bt_cummins.html(2)

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Bt-toxin.php(3)

http://occupymonsanto360.org/2013/05/06/new-study-proves-bt-toxins-in-gmos-toxic-to-mammalian-blood/

http://www.nationofchange.org/new-study-proves-bt-toxins-gmos-toxic-mammalian-blood-1367936953


US Patents Signal End of Pesticides and GMO


by Jefferey Jaxen Feb 27, 2015

Contributor, ZrnGardner.com

Humanity is facing a problem. Our immediate environment is riddled with pesticides. They are making us unhealthy faster than we can study the effects. In addition, these pesticides play large roles in the massive bee deaths and decline of soil health. The companies that profit from making these pesticides have made it clear they won’t stop. Our petitions to the EPA and FDA are mostly ignored due to revolving door leadership between pesticide makers and government regulators. Is there an answer? Yes there is!

SMART Pesticides

Paul Stamets, the world’s leading mycologist, filed a patent in 2001 that was purposely given little attention. In the words of pesticide industry executives, this patent represents “The most disruptive technology that we have ever witnessed.” The biopesticides described in the patent reveals a near permanent, safe solution for over 200,000 species of insects and it all comes from a mushroom. After what is called ‘sporulation’ of a select entomopathogenic fungi (fungi that kill insects) the area becomes no longer suitable for any insect(s) the fungi are coded for. In addition, extracts of the entomopathogenic fungi can also steer insects in different directions.

This literally is a paradigm shift away from the entire idea of pesticides. Instead of having an aim to kill all problematic insect, a farmer could simply disperse a solution of pre-sporulation fungi amongst the crops. The insects would then simply live their lives around the crops paying no attention to them. This simple idea flies in the face of the current, poorly thought-out, practice of spraying ever increasing amounts of pesticides on resistant bugs. Going further, this biopesticide would also eliminate the need for round-up ready GMO seeds and BT seeds that grow the pesticides in the crop needlessly endangering us, the consumer. Perhaps the most enticing element of this biopesticide fungi is that it’s essentially free. According to the patent, it can be “cultivated on agricultural waste.” We are looking at a  100% safe, natural technology that literally can end all GMO and pesticide manufacturers overnight with a new class of  SMART Pesticides.

“The matrix of pre-sporulating fungi can optionally be dried, freeze-dried, cooled and/or pelletized and packaged and reactivated for use as an effective insect attractant and/or biopesticide.” –Paul Stamets Patent for Mycoattractants and mycopesticides

Optimism Empowers

Even if we stop pesticide spraying now, scores of new research is confirming that our environment, food, soil, and bodies already carry traces of the chemicals. If the chemicals are so bad for us, there would be signs by now right? These are two common rebuttals from pesticide companies and individuals that don’t care to do their research. It’s okay, there just happens to be a patent to help with those issues as well. The US patent filed in 2003, once again from Paul Stamets, describes the utilization of a fungal delivery system for the purpose of

“ecological rehabilitation and restoration, preservation and improvement of habitats, bioremediation of toxic wastes and polluted sites, filtration of agricultural, mine and urban runoff, improvement of agricultural yields and control of biological organisms.”

In addition, there are many out there currently providing solutions to remove/detox any potential pesticide chemicals from the human body. Strategies like community gardens, urban forests, and the resurgence of permaculture are springing up rapidly to pave the way towards a steadily growing number of pesticide free dinner tables and families.

Time to Make History

On a bigger scale, GMO food and pesticides are merely symptoms of an opposite consciousness that is rapidly changing. Put another way, these symptoms are the unwanted gifts from out of control corporations that, by definition, have no empathy towards the needs, health, or life of The People. As Neil Young mentioned in his Starbucks Boycott, pesticide companies like Monsanto are, for the most part, not public-facing companies. As we are witnessing now with GMO brands, a boycott can severely damage their bottom line (lifeblood) but will not eliminate their business model. Due to the fact that they spend untold millions lobbying (purchasing) our politicians and regularly operate revolving doors between public and private positions means that only a paradigm shift will eliminate the entire industry. At that moment, which is approaching, pesticide manufacturers can decide if they would like to cease being the problem and assist in the solution.

The good news is that whatever decision they choose won’t matter. A shift in consciousness around pesticide and GMO use eliminates their influence and knocks them off their fictitious monetary pedestals they believe to be sitting on.

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ZenGardner.com

http://www.zengardner.com/us-patents-signal-end-pesticides-gmo/

Hawaii Governor Supports Buffer Zones for Pesticide Spraying


Three Senate committees approved a bill to require large agricultural companies to abide by buffer zones for spraying restricted-use pesticides around schools and other sensitive areas.

February 12, 2015·By Anita Hofschneider

Three state Senate committees approved a bill Thursday that would impose stricter regulations on Hawaii’s seed industry, including buffer zones for spraying certain pesticides around schools, watersheds, hospitals and other sensitive areas.

The hearing was only the first step in a long process to becoming law, but Gov. David Ige said Thursday that he supports the idea of creating buffer zones for pesticide spraying.*

“I do believe that the state has an obligation to regulate pesticides,” Ige said. “I think the state needs to be more proactive. I think the state has an obligation to ensure the public health.”

The issue is a major topic of debate this legislative session following years of grassroots activism protesting large seed companies like Monsanto that grow genetically engineered crops year-round in Hawaii. Three counties recently passed bills cracking down on the seed industry, but a federal court ruled in two cases last fall that it’s up to the state to regulate farming.

The governor said he has asked the director of the Department of Agriculture to identify state land that could be used as buffer zones around schools and medical facilities.

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Governor David Ige holds press conference at Capitol.  12 feb 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Governor David Ige talked to reporters Thursday.

Ige said the state is also working hard to fill empty positions in the DOA’s Pesticide Branch, including jobs for inspectors. The agency has a huge backlog of inspection reports, in part due to understaffing.

“We are moving forward from the executive side in trying to be sensitive to concerns raised,” Ige said.

As Ige spoke, more than 100 employees from seed companies such as Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer waited outside his office in a show of solidarity from the seed industry.

When Ige emerged from the press conference, the group presented the governor with a genetically engineered papaya from Kamiya Gold Farms in Kaneohe.

Bennette Misalucha of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, a trade group, said the seed industry brings its employees to the Capitol every year to remind policy-makers of the importance of agriculture and show them that the corporations are made up of people.

Misalucha said the group wasn’t at the State Capitol to lobby regarding particular bills.

Courtesy of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Gov. David Ige receives a genetically modified papaya from the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, a trade group for seed companies, as employees from companies like Monsanto and Syngenta look on.

“I think it’s just important for the legislators to understand and see the industry,” she said.

Hours later, a crowd gathered to testify on three pesticide-related bills before the Senate committees on health, agriculture and the environment.

Despite the governor’s stated support for buffer zones, the state’s Department of Agriculture Chair Scott Enright criticized Senate Bill 793, which would force agricultural companies that purchase large amounts of restricted-use pesticides to abide by buffer zones around schools and other sensitive areas.

“As written, the bill lacks a science-based assessment of the potential risks referred to and fails to show that the mandatory restrictions it would impose on a certain class of pesticide users is necessary or would achieve the bill’s intended purpose,” Enright wrote in his testimony.

SB 793 also calls for more disclosure about pesticide use. The measure is similar to a bill that Kauai County passed two years ago but was struck down by a federal court. By Thursday afternoon, the proposal had attracted 440 pages of written testimony.

Near the end of the three-hour hearing, lawmakers grilled Enright, along with Thomas Matsuda of the Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Branch.

Senate Health Committee Chairman Josh Green pressed Enright on whether the department needs more manpower and regulations to ensure large agricultural companies are using pesticides safely.

Currently, there is only one pesticide inspector on Kauai, despite persistent claims from many residents that pesticide drift is causing health problems.

“We are relying on the training of the certified applicators,” Enright replied. “We hold them to a higher standard.”

Enright also noted that the department’s budget was cut by about 40 percent during the last economic downturn. The agency is in the process of filling over 100 positions, including two more pesticide inspectors on Kauai.

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Sen. Josh Green in hearing concerning home birthing regulations.  2.10.14 ©PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Health Committee Chairman Josh Green

The Senate committees ended up passing SB 793 with amendments, but Sens. Gil Riviere and Glenn Wakai voted with reservations.

Riviere said he was concerned about the proposal’s selective focus on the seed industry, and Wakai said that he worried the state would get sued if the measure passed.

Supporters of SB 793 included representatives of Planned Parenthood of Hawaii; the early childhood education group Good Beginnings Alliance; the Hawaii chapter of the national activist group Center for Food Safety; the Hawaii chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Hawaii branch of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Opponents included Alexander & Baldwin, a large landowner that leases land to seed companies; Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United; Hawaii Crop Improvement Association; CropLife America and companies including Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences and DuPont Pioneer.

Numerous residents from Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island submitted identical letters supporting the bill and calling on lawmakers to hold the seed industry accountable.

The committees also approved Senate Bill 1037, which seeks to create a pesticide disclosure program under the Department of Health.

Green recommended that senators defer Senate Bill 797, which was very similar to SB 793.

SB 793 and SB 1037 now go to the Senate Ways and Means Committee. SB 793 will also need to be heard by the Consumer Protection Committee led by Sen. Rosalyn Baker, who has previously been opposed to bills aimed at regulating the seed industry.

http://www.civilbeat.com/2015/02/hawaii-gov-ige-supports-buffer-zones-for-pesticide-spraying/

Ed. Note: Over the last year I’ve been working as Executive Assistant for Elders with the Kingdom of Hawaii. They’ve told me most of the people they know who are employed by Biotech firms, share residents concerns. But, most biotech employee’s are paid well and need to support their family’s, unfortunately like everywhere else this is a very tight job market where there are few realistic alternatives for employment. The Kingdom currently has projects on the table aimed at providing many, many jobs for the local community; but, funding these projects is the issue we currently face. Once we overcome the funding hurdle, then we can begin tackle issues negatively affecting our community..and, we will.

“Tell the Hawai‘i State Legislature to Protect Keiki & Kupuna Health!” The Center for Food Safety


Please join me in taking action against biotech firms in protecting keiki and kapuna (children & seniors), from the continuous onslaught of toxins in the environment…mahalo for caring and sharing…Aloha! {~A~}

Buffer Zones Bill HB 1514 needs your help! This Thursday, February 19 at 8:30 AM in Conference Room 312 the House Committee on Agriculture will hear HB 1514. Agriculture Committee Chair Clift Tsuji, Vice Chair Richard Onishi and members of the committee need to know that you support no spray buffer zones around schools to protect keiki health. SIGN HERE

Buffer zones are a necessary step for mitigating the negative human health impacts of pesticide drift in our state. As you may know, at least 25 schools in Hawai‘i are located within a mile of large agricultural companies that spray restricted-use pesticides. Children, the elderly and other sensitive residents have no choice but to live, work, and commute daily in close proximity to areas where restricted use pesticides are being sprayed.

Notification and disclosure requirements will bring much needed transparency to pesticide regulation in Hawaii and prioritize the protection of Hawaii’s public health and natural resources. These regulations are in line with those of 31 other states who understand that it is vital to provide communities with information about the dangerous chemicals that are regularly applied in close proximity to schools, nursing homes and other sensitive areas. SIGN HERE

We know our members have the power to tip the scales. It’s time for the state to step up and put the health and safety of Hawai‘i’s people first. SIGN HERE

Living with GMOs ~ A Letter from America


An open letter to the citizens, politicians, and regulators of the UK and the rest of the EU about the hazards of genetically modified crops

We are writing as concerned American citizens to share with you our experience of genetically modified (GM) crops and the resulting damage to our agricultural system and adulteration of our food supply.

In our country, GM crops account for about half of harvested cropland. Around 94% of the soy, 93% of corn (maize) and 96% of cotton grown is GM.1

The UK and the rest of the EU have yet to adopt GM crops in the way that we have, but you are currently under tremendous pressure from governments, biotech lobbyists, and large corporations to adopt what we now regard as a failing agricultural technology.

Polls consistently show that 72% of Americans do not want to eat GM foods and over 90% of Americans believe GM foods should be labeled.2 In spite of this massive public mandate, efforts to get our federal3 and state4  governments to better regulate, or simply label, GMOs are being undermined by large biotech. LEARN MORE

DuPont Pioneer unleashes new genetically modified soybean cooking oil


It is called Plenish and it is a cooking oil that has been approved by the USDA as safe to eat. It is made solely of genetically modified (GM, GMO) soy beans and they say it may very well change the way the world sees GMOs. Problem is, it is a GMO product, it does not matter how healthy they say it is, it is still untested GMO food and from previous un official science experiments, GMO foods are very dangerous long term. We’ve all seen the lab rats that were fed Monsanto’s GMO corn for 3 years straight! The problem is, and will remain, GMOs are harmful to the planet, it’s environment and the people and animals that live here.

Plenish cooking oil

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In a news article, by Philly.com, dated January 4, “For 37 years – since 1977 – breaded and fried white mushrooms have been a favorite in the food court at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.” However, this year will be a bit different. All the famous mushrooms cooked at the show this year will be cooked in a new GMO soy bean cooking oil by DuPont called Plenish. There are some things that, as a pro non-GMO debater you should know about this new opponent. Although, it is a GMO oil, which would usually be enough to stir the debate pot in the way towards pro-non GMO groups, this new cooking oil actually boasts some hard to turn away from health benefits.

Unlike it’s counterparts, this cooking oil contains no saturated fat. In a time when health is very important and saturated fat has to be labeled on our foods, this Plenish stands out as a healthier alternative to even other GMO oils, and non GMO oils. Proponents are actually saying Plenish cooking oil tastes better than other oils, it lasts longer (meaning fewer cooking stoppages for clean-outs), and is healthier. Restaurants that are already using this oil are saying it lasts longer in their fryers so they can cook with it longer before tossing it, They say it has a higher flash point that most cooking oils which makes it good for stir frying and sauteing too.

At the 2015 Pennsylvania festival, close by, the states potato growers will be cooking french fries in Plenish oil. The Dairymen’s Association will fry its cheese cubes in it. Also cooked in the oil will be deep-fried vegetables and chicken. All this and there has been no testing of this product to see what the health dangers are, since it is a GMO product. Every time a new GMO product is introduced, the USDA just approves it and sends it out for use. Although Plenish is not available in grocery stores, yet, you can bet it will be soon. It’s hard to believe, and to stomach, since it is GMO, but Plenish actually, like olive oil, is high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.

For those that fight against genetically modified foods and the biotech industry, this could potentially be a powerful blow. That and the recent talk about the new GMO potato that may actually have health benefits! Seems like those two words, healthy and GMO, do not belong in the same sentence, but the biotech industry is making new moves in attempt to sway more public opinion for GMOs rather than against them. Activists are going to have to work extra hard in 2015, if they are going to sway the battle back on their side after this blow. Who would ever thought that they would stoop this low to make a GMO product that is also healthy, just to sway opinion.

Technically Plenish is NOT healthy, as it is genetically modified and they outstanding unofficial tests have constantly shown GMOs to be dangerous. We know now that GMO crops still need pesticides and in larger quantities, which is another form of danger to everything. Bees are dying, colony collapse has all but been linked to Monsanto’s roundup, butterflies are disappearing, presumably due to the same reason. We’ve seen huge schools of fish dying and washing ashore, where run off of the pesticide was being used. Personally, there is just to many options out there for me to ever consider eating GMO food.

Organic is plentiful and growing your own is not hard. In a time when we are seemingly destroying the planet and ourselves as well as all beings on the planet, why would anyone choose to continue to produce crops that are the cause, or a chemical that is the cause? MONEY, that is why. Plenish may be an oil that can be greatly compared to the wonderful Olive oil, but it is no Olive oil and it is no miracle cure for disease and illness caused by long term consumption of GMO food. According to the news article, “critics of GMO technology are unimpressed. Patricia Lovera, assistant director at Food and Water Watch, a national nonprofit, said she’s concerned about the federal government’s regulatory process.

“They are dealing with old regulations to try to approve new technologies,” she said, adding that the review “is not thorough enough to look at any number of unintended consequences.” Lovera said the industry is “hyping” the consumer benefits. “Right now, what they’re trying to do is make people feel better about fried foods. We need to have a conversation about a healthy diet. Instead, they’re saying,’we can fix that with our magic soybeans.’ “

http://www.examiner.com/article/dupont-pioneer-unleashes-new-genetically-modified-soybean-cooking-oil

Renowned NYU Professor: GMOs Could Literally Destroy the Planet


| March 6, 2014Nassim Taleb, a renowned New York University (NYU) professor recently raised eyebrows when he said genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have the potential to cause “an irreversible termination of life at some scale, which could be the planet.”

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What effects will the genetic manipulation of nature have on our worldwide ecosystem? Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Taleb, who specializes in risk engineering, has outlined the dangers of GMOs in The Precautionary Principle, a paper recently made available to the public.

The threat
Often, GMO seeds are favored because of their ability to yield larger harvests and avoid certain pests or weeds that usually eat up some of their productivity, reports Daily Finance.

Taleb’s primary concern isn’t that ingesting GMOs is necessarily bad for people; rather, he’s focused on what effects the genetic manipulation of nature will have on the worldwide ecosystem. While Taleb concurs the risk of any one GMO seed ruining the planet is incredibly small, he argues that people are underestimating the domino effect of risk that’s involved.

For example, if one genetically modified seed produced holds a 0.1 percent chance of causing a catastrophic breakdown of the ecosystem, then the probability of such an event will only increase with each new seed that’s developed.

Taleb writes that given enough time the “total ecocide barrier” is bound to be hit despite incredibly small odds.

The argument hinges on the fact that GMOs represent a systemic, and not localized, risk. As GMO goods continue to be exported to countries throughout the world, the idea of being able to control GMOs in nature is impossible to guarantee.

As Taleb says, “There are mathematical limitations to predictability in a complex system, ‘in the wild,’ which is why focusing on the difference between local (or isolated) and systemic threats is a central aspect of our warnings.”

Responding to critics

GMO supporters have criticized his work as GMOs have yet to significantly harm the ecosystem, but Taleb argues that point strengthens his theory.

Daily Finance reports:

The Precautionary Principle—which is what Taleb calls his warning—is all about managing risk, not about waiting for it to surface. The fact that GMOs are a systemic entity is undeniable. Taleb is equally skeptical of all entities that carry systemic risk—like too-big-to-fail banks.

We don’t, as Taleb says, argue that a game of Russian roulette is safer with each empty barrel we find. It is, in fact, more dangerous.

http://ecowatch.com/2014/03/06/nyu-gmos-destroy-planet/

How Much is a Jar of Honey Worth?


We are on a mission to save the bees! Join us!<br />
Learn more in these articles:<br />
1. Study strengthens link between neonicotinoids and collapse of honey bee colonie: :<a href=http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/05/study-strengthens-link-neonicotinoids-collapse-honey-bee-colonies
2. Bees more crucial to modern agriculture than fertilizer: http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/06/bees-crucial-modern-agriculture-fertilizer
3. "Beepocolypse": http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/04/congress-care-beepocalypse
4. The other bees: http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/04/bees
5. Seed treatments and neonics: http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/03/new-report-widely-used-neonicotinoid-seed-treatments-unnecessary-cases #savethebees #agriculture #bees #food #gardening #saveourpollinators" width="444" height="444" />

We are on a mission to save the bees! Join us!
Learn more in these articles:
1. Study strengthens link between neonicotinoids and collapse of honey bee colonie: :http://www.cornucopia.org/…/study-strengthens-link-neonicot…
2. Bees more crucial to modern agriculture than fertilizer: http://www.cornucopia.org/…/bees-crucial-modern-agriculture…
3. “Beepocolypse”: http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/04/congress-care-beepocalypse
4. The other bees: http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/04/bees
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US Food Producers Turning GMO-Free with Little to No Advertising


US food producers have been eliminating genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from their products without any special announcements, NPR reported.

MOSCOW, July 29 (RIA Novosti) – US food producers have been eliminating genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from their products without any special announcements, NPR reported.

While some companies, like ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s, are advertising their healthy switch as loudly as possible, others are experimenting with the elimination of GMO “cautiously and quietly.”

“A lot of exciting cool things that are happening that for whatever strategic reasons get kept pretty quiet,” NPR quoted Megan Westgate of the Non-GMO Project, a North American non-profit organization committed to verifying and labeling Non-GMO food and care products, as saying.

The newly GMO-free products include the original plain variety of General Mill’s breakfast cereal Cheerios. The company has only announced its switch in its official blog and did not add any special labels to its box. US retail giant Target now produces about 80 GMO-free products under its house brand – and stays quiet about it as well. The reason behind such modesty, according to NPR, is that companies do not want to give any promises that they will not be able to keep.

The major challenge that the food manufacturers are facing is the low availability of GMO-free food sources, as according to data provided by the US Center for Food Safety, about 85 percent of corn, 91 percent of soybeans and 88 percent of cotton produced in the United States in 2013 were genetically modified.

On May 2014 Vermont became the first US state to adopt a law, requiring food manufacturers to label the products made with genetically modified organisms. The law is scheduled to take effect in July, 2016. Maine and Connecticut have adopted their labeling legislation later this year and Oregon is expected to put this issue on a statewide vote on November.

Labeling measures in California and Washington failed in recent years.

http://sputniknews.com/society/20140729/191426988/US-Food-Producers-Turning-GMO-Free-with-Little-to-No-Advertising.html

Coalition pushes for pesticide-free buffer zones around Hawaii’s public schools


Posted: Jan 21, 2015

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A potentially powerful coalition of groups demonstrated at the State Capitol Wednesday on opening day of the Legislature, hoping to pressure lawmakers to pass a law controlling use of pesticides near schools.It’s part of the campaign against the heavy use of pesticides by seed companies that do research in Hawaii soil on genetically modified crops and foods.

For the first time, a broad cross-section of environmental and Hawaiian groups came together on the GMO and pesticides issue, hoping to change laws not just in one county, but across the state.

Hundreds of people sang, chanted, gave speeches and held signs at the State Capitol rotunda as the legislature convened, from Native Hawaiian groups to anti-GMO activists wearing chemical suits.

Among the leaders at the rally was Kauai County Council member Gary Hooser.

“It’s not just the environmental fringe, it’s not just the activists, these are regular people on the street who are concerned about this issue and it’s the legislature’s responsibility to act on that,” Hooser said.

Moloka’i Hawaiian activist Walter Ritte was another leader of the rally.

“We need to come together as environmentalists, and as Hawaiians try and influence this building. The corporations are having way too much influence,” said Ritte, a one-time trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

They want lawmakers to approve buffer zones across the state where pesticides cannot be used around schools and nursing homes. The proposal does not have specified distances yet, details will need to be worked out as the measure makes its way through the legislature.

“We know it’s an approach that’s been used in 33 other states and the industry has been able to comply with those regulations,” said Ashley Lukens, the executive director of Hawaii Center For Food Safety, a Honolulu-based group lobbying for passage of the buffer zone law.

“Because a lot of heavy pesticide users share a fence line with our schools, we want to ensure that we can mitigate pesticide drift,” Lukens said.

A representative of seed companies Monsanto, Dow and others said they’re already being good neighbors by voluntarily complying with pesticide buffer zones around businesses, schools and hospitals on Kauai.

“Conceptually, I think the industry does not have any problems with buffer zones only because we are participating already in the Kauai ‘Good Neighbor’ program wherein we only not just meet the minimum requirement, we actually bend over backwards and go beyond the requirement,” said Bennette Misalucha, executive director of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association.

The voluntary program on Kauai bans pesticide use 100 feet or closer to businesses on the Garden Island and within 500 feet of schools and hospitals.

Environmentalists have said the program, administered by the state Department of Agriculture, does not go far enough because it does not require companies to disclose how much and what type of pesticides they are using.

Misalucha cautioned that statewide buffer zones may have unintended consequences for small farmers.

“They may not have the resources nor the time to be able to comply with some of those,” Misalucha said.

Supporters of buffer zones, such as Lukens of The Hawaii Center for Food Safety, said the proposal only targets heavy users of pesticides such as the seed companies, not small farmers who might use pesticides every once in a while.

Misalucha said the seed companies have been “good neighbors” for more than 50 years and employ more than 4,000 people. She noted that agriculture uses only 25 percent of the “restricted use pesticide” in Hawaii.

The real question is how eager legislative leaders are to tackle this issue.

Senate President Donna Kim didn’t mention GMOs at all in her speech and House Speaker Joe Souki said the GMO issue won’t go away and he said lawmakers should take action but he didn’t specify what should be done.

On background, state lawmakers said they expect debate on the buffer zone proposal, but it seems to be gaining momentum because politicians will be hard-pressed to vote against protecting school children from heavy pesticides.

The seed company representatives said they don’t have a formal position on the buffer zone proposal yet saying the “devil is in the details” and they will need to see specifics first.

Others who spoke at the rally included internationally known environmental activist Vandana Shiva from India.

“What could be more basic to freedom than food freedom and food democracy?” Shiva asked the crowd from the stage.

“We have a duty to take care of the future. Once again, we give notice to Monsanto and say that duty you cannot interfere with. We will not be stopped,” Shiva said.

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Chuck Norris raises red flag over Monsanto: Frustrated over health risks from world’s most popular weedkiller


Published: 6 days ago
Chuck Norris is the star of more than 20 films and the long-running TV series “Walker, Texas Ranger.” His latest book is entitled The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book.” Learn more about his life and ministry at his official website, ChuckNorris.com.

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There always seems to be something afoot that could possibly threaten our health and well-being. And we generally don’t have to look very far to find it. On occasion, the news finds us. The problem is that the threat is not always clear, nor are the actions we need to take to deal with it. It’s what makes it so hard for us to avoid tripping over what is toxic to us.

A good case in point is the latest dust-up over glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, the world’s best-selling weedkiller. Monsanto began marketing glyphosate under the Roundup name in the 1970s, and it quickly became an industry standard. In 1997, its use tripled with the introduction of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops, plantings genetically modified to withstand glyphosate in order to enable farmers to use more of the herbicide in killing crop-threatening weeds. Glyphosate is sprayed on most of the corn and soybean crops in the United States, as well as over sugar beets, canola and other crops.

In 2007 alone, the agricultural sector applied between 180 million and 185 million pounds of glyphosate to crops in this country. The home and garden sector applied 5 million to 8 million pounds, and industry, commerce and government applied 13 million to 15 million pounds of glyphosate. It was the most widely used herbicide in U.S. agriculture and second-most widely used herbicide in the home and garden sector.

The reason it should be on our radar now is that glyphosate is under a standard registration review by the Environmental Protection Agency. The agency is determining whether glyphosate use should continue as is or be limited or even halted.

For years, various interest groups, as well as researchers and scientists from several countries, have complained that heavy use of glyphosate is causing problems for plants and animals, including humans. Studies have been conducted, and findings have been made.

In 2011, U.S. government scientists said they detected significant levels of glyphosate in air and water samples. A 2013 MIT study argued that glyphosate residue in food and water induces disease by disrupting normal cellular detoxifying functions. The authors of the study claimed that exposure can eventually lead to increased risk of gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. This was a peer-reviewed scientific research paper from one of our nation’s leading academic institutions – something you’d think would not be easily dismissed.

Apparently, it was.

In May 2013, federal regulators agreed to raise the permitted tolerance levels for glyphosate residue in food, citing an increased human resistance to the compound. No independent tests were conducted in reaching the conclusion that higher residue levels of this stuff pose no danger to humans or the environment. Levels were raised in oilseed crops – which include sesames, flaxes and soybeans – to 15 times the previous levels. Regulators also raised the allowable levels for sweet potatoes and carrots to 25 times the previous levels.

In making their determination, the government officials relied on tests and data provided by the manufacturer, which deems the risks as insignificant. Monsanto says glyphosate has been extensively studied and has a long track record of safe and effective use.

And the company could be right. We may have far more important things to worry about. Heck, glyphosate may be so insignificant we could sprinkle its residue on our cornflakes. Who knows? It may even be in our cornflakes.

But I have an uneasy feeling when I hear terms such as “insignificant risks” or “inadequate evidence” when the topic is potential impact and continued proliferation of an ever-present synthetic compound that has yet to be the subject of a comprehensive, independent U.S. government study.

What do I believe when I read that even the EPA’s technical fact sheet on glyphosate states, for example, that chronic long-term exposure can cause kidney damage and reproductive effects?

And when an MIT study argues that glyphosate’s “negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body”?

Do I read this as it sounds – that maybe what is being called insignificant or low-risk in the short term could escalate into having a significant impact on health over the years? Is it something that could shorten a person’s life?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture routinely tests food for chemical residues to make sure they are within approved tolerance levels but does not routinely test for glyphosate. The rationale has been budget restrictions and the lower health risks associated with this synthetic compound. So don’t look for any warning labels any time soon. The only real way you have of knowing whether glyphosate traces or residue is in the food you eat is if you grow it yourself or only buy products that are certified organic.

The EPA promised a completed preliminary risk assessment of glyphosate by the end of last year.

We’re still waiting.

Write to Chuck Norris with your questions about health and fitness. Follow Chuck Norris through his official social media sites, on Twitter @chucknorris and Facebook’s “Official Chuck Norris Page.” He blogs at ChuckNorrisNews.blogspot.com.

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