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.

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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.

PF Bentley/Civil Beat

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?


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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.

Copyright 2015 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. 

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/27909296/coalition-pushes-for-pesticide-free-buffer-zones-around-schools

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.

Chuck Norris

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.

http://www.wnd.com/2015/01/chuck-norris-raises-red-flag-over-monsanto/#FjeMLP6BGsfGcePH.99

German Environment Ministry seeks unconditional GMO ban


Published: 14/01/2015

 

84% of Germans are against genetically modified plant cultivation, according to a survey by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. [Raman Sharma/Flickr]

Germany’s Environment Ministry is hoping for a complete ban on green genetic engineering,  but a Green party assessment warns that upcoming free trade agreements like TTIP and CETA could still bring genetically modified plants to the European market. EurActiv Germany reports.

After the European Parliament on Tuesday (13 January passed a new Directive on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in Europe, the German Environment Ministry is insisting on a complete ban on green genetic engineering in Germany.

It is very important that a political agreement be reached to generally apply the exclusion clause to Germany, emphasised State Secretary on Environment Jochen Flasbarth on Tuesday (13 January) in Berlin.

Under the new directive, EU member states will now be able to choose to opt-out, restricting or completely banning GMO cultivation within their borders. One of the leading proponents of such a legal ban in Germany is its Ministry of Agriculture, which is led by the Bavarian conservative Christian Social Union (CSU). The Ministry also supports a national ban on cultivation.

In a position paper from the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Minister Barbara Hendricks outlines that she does not want to leave any backdoors open for genetic engineering. The GMO law must be changed, so that controversial green genetic engineering cannot be used under any pretext in Germany, she states in the document, according to a report in the Süddeutsche newspaper.

“Green genetic engineering has turned out to be the wrong track,” Hendricks said. It is risky for nature and the environment and is not desired by consumers. “For this reason I would like us to use the EU rules in the future, that can guarantee freedom from genetic engineering in Germany,” she explained.

Meanwhile, an assessment from the Bundestag’s Green Party faction sees the GMO ban as being threatened by free trade agreements the EU is planning with Canada (CETA) and the United States (TTIP).

Titled Free trade – gateway for agricultural genetic engineering, the study is an analysis, conducted by Christoph Then, of the possible consequences of TTIP based on the CETA text. Then concludes that with TTIP, “EU standards for the protection of GMO-free agriculture, such as measures against contamination and maintaining clean seed, will be lowered in the medium-term.” The author also predicts changes in the approval procedure.

The study’s main conclusions are:

  • The application of the precautionary principle is not planned for CETA and presumably not planned for TTIP. In the EU, politicians decide on the approval of genetically modified plants before they are ever put on the market. In North America, they are considered safe until the opposite can be proven.
  • In the United States and Canada, there are no legal regulations for the protection of GMO-free agriculture. The EU’s new directive, providing the freedom to choose farming without genetically-modified plants, would be in danger if TTIP is enacted.
  • With CETA, the German government also robs itself of the ability to implement its own projects: An expansion of labeling requirements on products from genetically modified animals, as Germany’s grand coalition promised in its agreement, will be almost impossible under CETA.
  • In the EU, there is a strict division between risk analysis and approval: In Europe the independent food authority EFSA determines risks, while the political bodies decide on approval. In North America the authorities, alone, are responsible for both of these steps.

State Secretary Flachsbarth decidedly dismissed concerns over consumer protection. No lowering of standards, such as a softening of GMO regulation, will be accepted through TTIP.

MEP Susanne Melior from Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) also sought to dispel such concerns. “The existing rules for cultivation of GMOs will not be influenced by the TTIP negotiations,” Melior said, “An agreement must comply with EU law – not the reverse! Anything else would not be approved in the European Parliament.”

Positions:

Green MEP Martin Häusling said he considers the compromise in the European Parliament a “Trojan Horse”. “The European Parliament had a chance at binding, clear and EU-wide rules for the approval of genetically modified plants. Meanwhile the majority of the population has expressed clear opposition to genetic engineering. These rules will make cultivation of genetically modified plants in the EU easier and lead to a European patchwork on the approval of genetically modified plants. That runs the risk of further spreading genetically modified material, such as on a transport route through EU countries that have indicated clear opposition to this agricultural technology.”

“The compromise is like a Trojan Horse. Something that seems harmless at first glance, can turn out to be dangerous in reality if it – as is feared – leads to more approvals at the EU level. As of yet it is unclear which reasons for a ban will actually withstand an action for annulment,” Häusling said.

Gesine Meißner from the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP): “ That is an acceptable compromise. In this way companies gain legal security. The negotiated compromise may not be internal-market-friendly, since a patchwork of regulation can be expected from the national bans. But the original plan, allowing tested GMOs to be cultivated throughout Europe, would have been right. Unfortunately, in light of scepticism from the scientific and research community in the public, it is illusory. Still, the Green Party’s alternative, namely an EU-wide ban on cultivation, was prevented.”

External links:

Press articles

http://www.euractiv.com/sections/agriculture-food/german-environment-ministry-seeks-unconditional-gmo-ban-311238

Joseph Farrell “News and Views From the Nefarium” Jan15 2015


Servant of Truth submitted this today..mahalo, nice find!

GMOs and geopolitics: the GMO issue may be a hidden issue in the Ukraine and a hidden driving factor behind Russia’s growing opposition to them.

Roundup Weedkiller Found In 75% of Air and Rain Samples, Gov. Study Finds


March 3rd, 2014

GreenMedInfo
by Sayer Ji

The GM farming system has made exposure to Roundup herbicide a daily fact of our existence, and according to the latest US Geological Survey study its probably in the air you are breathing…

roundupA new study from the U.S. Geological Survey, accepted for publication online ahead of print in the journal Enviromental Toxicology and Chemistry, titled, “Pesticides in Mississippi air and rain: A comparison between 1995 and 2007,”[i] reveals that Roundup herbicide (aka glyphosate) and its still-toxic degradation byproduct AMPA were found in over 75% of the air and rain samples tested from Mississippi in 2007.

The researchers evaluated a wide range of pesticides currently being used through weekly composite air and rain sampling collected during the 1995 and 2007 growing seasons in the Mississippi Delta agricultural region.

The researchers discovered the following:

  • Thirty-seven compounds were detected in the air or rain samples in 2007; 20 of these were present in both air and rain.
  • Glyphosate was the predominant new herbicide detected in both air (86%) and rain (77%) in 2007, but were not measured in 1995.
  • Decreased overall pesticide use in 2007 relative to 1995 generally resulted in decreased detection frequencies in air and rain, but observed concentration ranges were similar between years even though the 1995 sampling site was 500 m from active fields while the 2007 sampling site was within 3 m of a field.
  • Mean concentration of detections were sometimes greater in 2007 than in 1995 but the median values were often lower.
  • Seven compounds in 1995 and five in 2007 were detected in ≥50% of both air and rain samples. Atrazine, metolachlor, and propanil were detected in ≥50% of the air and rain samples in both years.
  • Total herbicide flux in 2007 was slightly greater than in 1995, and was dominated by glyphosate.

According to the report, 2 million kilograms of glyphosate were applied statewide in 2007, or 55% of the total herbicide flux for that year (~129 μg/m2), leading them to state the high prevalence of glyphosate in air and water “was not surprising.”  Even though glyphosate was only tested in 2007, based on the 1995 figures on glyphosate use (147,000 kg state-wide) the researchers estimated that glyphosate added 3% of the total herbicide flux for 1995, or approximately 7 micrograms per centimeter (~7 μg/m2) per sample. This estimate, if correct, reveals that there has been an ~ 18 fold increase in glyphosate concentrations in air and water samples in only 12 years (1995-2007).    

The researchers pointed out that, “the 2007 weekly air concentration pattern for glyphosate was similar to those of other commonly detected herbicides in both 1995 and 2007 in that the highest concentrations occurred in April and May. However, there were detectable concentrations of glyphosate over the entire growing season, which is consistent with how glyphosate is used on GM crops, including for post-emergent weed control throughout the growing season.”  The longer period of exposure adds to growing concern that this ubiquitous toxicant represents an unavoidable body burden and that even small daily environmental exposures may be causing significant harm through their cumulative and synergistic effects with other toxicants.

So, what is the toxicological significance of the discovery of glyphosate in most air samples tested? In the month of August, 2007, if you were breathing in the sampled air you would be inhaling approximately 2.5 nanograms of glyphosate per cubic meter of air. It has been estimated the average adult inhales approximately 388 cubic feet or 11 cubic meters of air per day, which would equal to 27.5 nanograms (billionths of a gram) of glyphosate a day.  Of course, when one considers the presence of dozens of other agrichemicals found alongside glyphosate in these samples, the interactions between them are incalculably complex and produce far more harm together than glyphosate alone (i.e. synergistic toxicity). Also, now that recent cell research has shown that glyphosate may act as an endocrine disrupter exhibiting estrogenic-like carcinogenicity within the part-per-trillion range, there is all the more reason to raise the red flag of the precautionary principle — especially since inhaled toxicants evade the elaborate detoxification mechanisms of ingested toxicants which must pass through the microbiome, intestinal lining and liver before entering the blood and only a long time later the lung far downstream.

This study brings to the surface the extent to which GM farming has altered our daily exposure to chemicals, such that even the rain and air we now breath contains physiologically relevant levels of glyphosate ‘fall out’ from the war against any plant not part of the monocultured, genetically engineered system of production. With a significant body of research now available today showing that glyphosate and its components are far more toxic than believed at the time of its widespread approval, the implications of ubiquitous glyphosate exposure should be carefully considered.

Ultimately, findings like these reveal just how illusory is the perception of choice and health freedom when it comes to the GM/non-GMO debate, and the consumer’s right to avoid harm from GMOs by refusing to buy or consume them. Not only are consumers in the U.S. not allowed to know what is in their food with accurate and truthful labeling of ingredients, we now know that biopollution from GMOs produces uncontrollable and irreversible changes in the genomes of affected organisms when their transgenes escape into them, and we know that even beyond their genomic/proteomic differences the contamination of GM foods with herbicides like Roundup (glyphosate) makes them non-substantially equivalent in chemical composition to their non-contaminated alternatives. The reality is that the environment is becoming so saturated with the ‘fall out’ from the ever-expanding GM agricultural/agrichemical farming grid that even if you somehow find a way to avoid eating contaminated food, you will be forced to have to deal with its adverse health effects, as long as you need air to breath and water to drink. Ultimately, unless our food production system moves through its present chemical war-modeled phase of GM monoculturing, even non-GM food will end up being contaminated with these chemicals and transgenes, because nothing ‘natural’ lives in a vacuum – and if it does, then it really shouldn’t be called “organic,” and maybe shouldn’t even be called food.

 


[i] Michael S Majewski, Richard H Coupe, William T Foreman, Paul D Capel. Pesticides in Mississippi air and rain: A comparison between 1995 and 2007. Environ Toxicol Chem. 2014 Feb 19. Epub 2014 Feb 19. PMID: 24549493

http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/03/roundup-weedkiller-found-75-air-rain-samples-gov-study-finds/

Hawaii Home Rule ~ Hawaiian’s Taking Action Against BioTech Invasion


What’s Happening?

Hawaii is ground zero for the outdoor experimentation of pesticide-promoting plant technologies, genetically engineered to withstand heavy spraying of toxic chemicals.

On Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and Molokai, chemical and biotechnology companies like Monsanto, Syngenta, Dupont, Dow Chemical, Bayer, and BASF are using prime agricultural land, taking advantage of Hawaii’s isolation and year-round growing season, in order to field test crops that have been genetically engineered to withstand greater applications of pesticides.

Despite public health concerns and contamination of natural resources, the State of Hawaii has taken no action to regulate the activities of biotechnology companies performing open-air testing on genetically engineered seed and synthetic pesticides.

So, What’s Home Rule?

Kauai, Maui and Hawaii Counties have asserted their county’s authority to create policies that address these issues and protect the safety and health of their residents and land.  Otherwise known as “Home Rule,” Hawaii has shown the world just how important this kind of political power is in the movement to create more safe and sovereign food systems.

How have the Chemical Companies Fought Back?

On Kauai, residents organized to pass Ordinance 960, a measure that requires large argichemical companies to disclose the pesticides they are spraying and observe buffer zones around schools, homes, and hospitals. The chemical companies responded by suing the county rather than telling the community what they are doing.

The citizens of Hawaii Island passed a law prohibiting new GE crop production to protect the island’s biodiversity and local farmers from genetic drift. The chemical companies are suing Hawaii County.

On Maui, residents passed a citizen’s ballot initiative at the polls – calling for a temporary moratorium on GE crop production until human and environmental health impact assessments are completed.  The chemical companies are now suing Maui County.

Want to Take Action?

Register to vote.
http://hawaii.gov/elections/voters/registration.htm

Organize.
Attend our Vandana Shiva Home Rule Tour this January 21-25th!
Join Hawaii Center for Food Safety

Support your local farmers.
http://www.hawaiifarmersunionunited.org
http://www.farmloversmarkets.com/kakaako-farmers-market/

Support leaders that believe in Home Rule.
http://hawaiicfsaf.org/endorsements/
https://www.facebook.com/HawaiiCenterForFoodSafety

Demand that our government protect our people and our aina FIRST. Sign the petition here!

Each island is different, each county should determine its own rules. We need to protect Home Rule.  Click here to Join the Movement.

How Monsanto Annihilated a Paradise


 

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Death has come to the beautiful island of Molokai, long considered an “old Hawaiian” paradise complete with waterfalls, lush rain forests and sprawling hills. It came in the form of a mighty Trojan Horse promising jobs and prosperity to the island’s small population of 7,500. Image credit: occupy-monsanto.com

The exquisite island has become a laboratory and the islanders are being treated like lab rats.

Monsanto has set up shop, shrouded by fences and no trespassing signs. Almost 2,000 acres of Molokai’s paradise has been taken over by the biotech titan’s Bt corn crops. These patented genes produce a substance that prevents and destroys pests. The Bt toxin is engineered into corn crops, allowing farmers to control pests without spraying as many pesticides.

When the pesticides are sprayed, workers wear head to toe protective gear, including respirators. Nearby residents are not provided with such equipment and have no option but to breathe in the toxic dust that comes from the fields.

The State Health Department has said that there is no proof this is dangerous to the people of Hawaii or any place where they’ve been tested.

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The island’s residents disagree and tell a very different story, one similar to that of the people of India or the farmers of Argentina. Monsanto strikes again, invading and damaging people and the environment with its glyphosate toxicity.

The proof is in the people. The people of Molokai have become sicker and sicker, stricken with diseases like asthma, diabetes and cancer. These are all side effects of pesticide exposure. The dots are being connected.

However, the State Department sides with biotech executives and claim that there is no problem with the extreme pesticide use. Coincidentally, statistics for cancer, miscarriage, birth defects, respiratory problems and neurological issues on the island are not easily found.

“As the acute toxicity – reflected in the WHO classification of glyphosate is low, it has long been promoted as safe.  However, recent evidence shows substantial adverse health and environmental effects, especially of the formulated products.

The marketed formulations of glyphosate, such as Roundup, contain adjuvants (accessory chemicals), usually 50-60 percent, added to enable the active ingredient to work more effectively. There is mounting evidence that the adjuvants are more toxic than glyphosate and/or potentiate its toxic effects. Publicly available information about the nature of these chemicals is incomplete because adjuvants are treated as proprietary secrets by the manufacturer. One major known agent used e.g. in Roundup is ‘POEA’.

Although glyphosate itself shows low acute toxicity, serious poising effects such as severe eye irritation and injury, skin and respiratory problems, and damage to lung tissue have been recorded with formulated products – probably due to the presence of POEA. Farm workers exposed to Roundup, e.g. by eye rubbing, has been reported to “have caused swelling of eye and lid, rapid heartbeat and elevated blood pressure. Other reported effects of POEA are: vomiting, diarrhea, hemolysis (destruction of red blood cells), altered mental status, and pulmonary edema; ingestion can cause in addition pharyngitis, abdominal pain, liver and renal damage, and erosions of the esophagus, oropharynx, and stomach.

Recent experiences and studies show a wide range of long-term adverse health effects, again mostly related to formulated products, such as leukemia and other cancers, skin diseases, and birth defects, gastrointestinal problems, and alterations to the central nervous system. Other findings link glyphosate and especially formulations with affecting embryo development, damage cells and DNA, and interrupting the hormone system. In addition, POEA contains dioxin, which causes cancer and damage to the liver and kidneys in humans. A new study found adverse effects of four glyphosate-based herbicides on human embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells at dilution levels far below agricultural recommendations, corresponding to low levels of residues in food or feed.”

This is not an experiment in some distant land. This is happening right now, on American soil.  Today, an American has no choice but to breathe in air with a toxic particle that may go rogue when it enters the body, resulting in cancers, miscarriages, infertility, or some other illness.  That particle is created or released intentionally by Monsanto.  There is no way to contain things like pollen or chemical sprays. Those who live downwind of these fields are helpless to avoid the poison being released into the air and into the groundwater.

Americans are crying out for help, but the politicians refuse to listen. The desperate pleas go unheard because of insidious collusion – in the government, in the media, and in the biotech industry. No one wants to believe that in this day and age, someone wouldn’t stop Monsanto.

Monsanto writes its own laws as is evident with the passing of the Monsanto Protection Act. There is a revolving door between Monsanto, Washington D.C., the FDA and the USDA, not to mention connections with the Supreme Court. There is a blatant money trail between Monsanto and many of the lawmakers in D.C.  Other countries’ governments have said no to Monsanto, but the US does not. The US government is in clear collusion with the biotech industry, and they don’t even try to hide it.

It’s not too late to stand up to biotech bullies. The government and safety agencies, such as the FDA, won’t protect its citizens so it’s up to us to be proactive and take a stand. Join the global March Against Monsanto happening May of next year. Boycott GMOs and glyphosate pesticides. Plant your own food or shop from a local farmer. Educate those you know and encourage them to do the same.

Many will read this and be incredulous, doubtful that such a thing could go on here in America. But it is happening. Today, it’s Hawaii. Tomorrow, it might be in the field near you and your children.

Sources:

theantimedia.org

The Organic Prepper

The Molokai News

Nation of Change

themindunleashed.org

 Note: What this article fails to mention is that ALL of the islands have been invaded by Monsanto, what’s happening on Molokai is duplicated throughout the island chain.
Also, Hawaii has been illegally occupied by the United States since 1893 and is not a legal state of the Union. There was no annexation and Hawaiian’s were NEVER given the right to vote for statehood, they were banned from voting. See Hawaiian Sovereignty category to the right for more on this explosive subject and one of the biggest cover-ups in U.S. history.
Monsanto had help from the US military in launching an all out environmental war in paradise, there are 119 military bases and no environmental oversight on radiation from weapons testing or other industrial toxins use in military operations. In addition, radioactive fallout from countless nuclear bomb blasts over many decades created untold damage to all life on land and sea.