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Los Angeles Set to Be Largest GMO-Free Zone in USA

November 16, 2013

 

"International outrage against Monsanto and GMOs by activists and concerned citizens at large is paying off once again. Just days after Mexico announced a complete ban on the growth of GMO corn, Los Angeles lawmakers have now gone on record in setting up Los Angeles to be the largest GMO-free region in the United States.

 

Specifically, L.A. politicians are responding to the call for a ban on the cultivation, sale, and even distribution of GMOs at large. In other words, an entirely ‘GMO-free’ zone.

This would be one of the most powerful pieces of legislation to pass in the fight against Monsanto that has ever been seen — especially in the Monsanto-owned United States, where even the USDA has given Monsanto’s genetically modified creations special ‘speedy approval’ access to their regulation techniques.

 

 

Politicians Forced to Act

But even despite Monsanto’s tentacles being locked deep inside the political system, we are now seeing politicians who are forced into taking action by their supporters. This appears to be the case with Los Angeles City Councilmen Paul Koretz and Mitch O’Farrell, who are responsible for introducing the motion and subsequently addressing the demands of the population.

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http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2013/11/los-angeles-set-to-be-largest-gmo-free-zone-in-usa.html

 

 

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What's wrong with our food system: Birke Baehr at TEDxNextGenerationAsheville

 

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Uploaded on Sep 23, 2010

Birke Baehr -"what's Wrong With Our Food System? And How Can We Make A Difference?"

 

This kid was 11 years old at the time, watch, you will enjoy

 

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Fox News Admits GMOs Are a ‘Real Safety Issue’

Elizabeth Renter

December 16, 2013

 

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The following may just be one of the most hard-hitting GMO (danger) reports ever aired by the mainstream media

 

 

 

"Who would have ever thought Fox news would admit the dangers of GMOs? After all, the mainstream media (MSM) have all but done a complete shut-out concerning activist concerns and anti-GMO marches that have happened around the globe. It looks like the evidence was piling up to be far too incontrovertible, though, as Carol Alt (a super model who has been on over 700 magazine covers) and Max Goldberg of LivingWell.com discussed the many studies that articulate the dangers of GMO crops.

 

If you are going to deliver bad news, it may as well come from a pretty face, right? At least Alt has a history for standing up for true alternative health methods, including raw milk, and the lessening of vaccine use.

 

 Goldberg admits there are no long-term studies on human beings, but that lab tests involving animals are showing atrocious liver damage, kidney problems, and after just three generations of being fed a GMO diet, hamsters are basically sterile. The hosts of the show point out that the main problem is that GMOs are not labeled, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Even if labeling were to occur, it doesn’t change the fact that GMOs are spreading uncontrollably around the world, contaminating non-GM crops and wild plants.

 

And those in power are pushing GMOs hard – making it difficult to fight back. Bill Gates, for example, proudly supports GMOs and has even purchased half a million shares of Monsanto stock back in 2010, so his connection with GMO development is undeniable.

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http://intellihub.com/2013/12/16/fox-news-admits-gmos-are-a-real-safety-issue/

 

So once more we have mention of Bill Gates and his involvement, but the thing you should see is that 3rd generation of hamsters were sterile.  Does anyone still think the GMO thing is not part of Agenda 21?? Population control by another name?

I've been saying this for a long time, and from this article it seems to be true.

 

"JUST SAY HELL NO TO GMO"

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This is another informative link about the foods we should not eat. The very first entry mentions GE grain being fed to fish, but goes on to list other hazards to human health too.

 

GodsSecret Weblog

POISON FOODS AT THE STORE — OTHER COMMON LESS KNOWN HEALTH RISKS !

December 17, 2013

 

FOODS READILY AVAILABLE IN THE U.S. 

RULED UNSAFE AND

FORBIDDEN FOR SALE ELSE WHERE

 
#1:  Farm-Raised Salmon

Farm-raised fish is usually fed an unnatural diet of genetically engineered (GE) grains, antibiotics and chemicals unsafe for humans. To mask the resulting grayish flesh, they’re given toxic and potentially eyesight-damaging synthetic astaxanthin.

To determine wild from farm-raised salmon (sold in most restaurants), wild sockeye gets its red color from natural astaxanthin and carotenoids. The white “fat strips” are thin, meaning it’s lean. Pale pink fish and wide fat marks are a sign of farmed salmon.

Avoid “Atlantic Salmon.”  Look for “Alaskan” or “sockeye,” which is illegal to farm and has very high astaxanthin concentrations.

Where it’s banned: Australia and New Zealand

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#2:  Genetically Engineered Papaya

Most Hawaiian papaya is genetically engineered to be ringspot virus-resistant.  But research shows animals fed GE foods like corn and soy suffer intestinal damage, multiple-organ damage, massive tumors, birth defects, premature death and/or nearly complete sterility by the third generation.  Dangers to humans are unknown.

Where it’s banned: The European Union

#3:  Ractopamine-Tainted Meat

About 45 percent of US pigs, 30 percent of cattle and an unknown percentage of turkeys are plumped with the asthma drug ractopamine before slaughter.  Up to 20 percent of ractopamine is still there when you buy it.

Since 1998, more than 1,700 US pork lovers have been “poisoned” this way.  For this very health threat, ractopamine-laced meats are banned in 160 different countries!  Russia issued a ban on US meat imports, effective February 11, 2013, until it’s certified ractopamine-free.  In animals, it’s linked to reduced reproductive function, increased mastitis and increased death.  It damages the human cardiovascular system and may cause hyperactivity, chromosomal abnormalities and behavioral changes.  Currently, US meats aren’’t even tested for it.

Where it’s banned: 160 countries across Europe, Russia, mainland China and Republic of China (Taiwan).

 

http://godssecret.wordpress.com/

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China Rejects 545,000 Tons of GMO Corn From U.S.

December 20, 2013

 

 

China has rejected 545,000 tons of imported U.S. corn found to contain an unapproved genetically modified strain, the country's product safety agency announced Friday.

China's government is promoting genetically modified crops to increase food production. But it faces opposition from critics who question their safety, especially those imported from the United States.

An unapproved strain called MIR162 was found in 12 batches of corn at six inspection stations, according to the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. It said the shipments would be returned to the United States.

 

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/china-rejects-545000-tons-corn-us-21284375

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Donald Rumsfeld and the Strange History of Aspartame

So how does Donald Rumsfeld fit in to all this? A little history:

In 1985, Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle, the chemical company that held the patent to aspartame, the active ingredient in NutraSweet. Monsanto was apparently untroubled by aspartame's clouded past, including the report of a 1980 FDA Board of Inquiry, comprised of three independent scientists, which confirmed that it "might induce brain tumors." The FDA had previously banned aspartame based on this finding, only to have then-Searle Chairman Donald Rumsfeld vow to "call in his markers," to get it approved. Here's how it happened:

Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president January 21, 1981. Rumsfeld, while still CEO at Searle, was part of Reagan's transition team. This team hand-picked Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr., to be the new FDA commissioner. Dr. Hayes, a pharmacologist, had no previous experience with food additives before being appointed director of the FDA. On January 21, 1981, the day after Ronald Reagan's inauguration, Reagan issued an executive order eliminating the FDA commissioners' authority to take action and Searle re-applied to the FDA for approval to use aspartame in food sweetener. Hayes, Reagan's new FDA commissioner, appointed a 5-person Scientific Commission to review the board of inquiry's decision. It soon became clear that the panel would uphold the ban by a 3-2 decision. So Hayes installed a sixth member on the commission, and the vote became deadlocked. He then personally broke the tie in aspartame's favor.

One of Hayes' first official acts as FDA chief was to approve the use of aspartame as an artificial sweetener in dry goods on July 18, 1981. In order to accomplish this feat, Hayes had to overlook the scuttled grand jury investigation of Searle, overcome the Bressler Report, ignore the PBOI's recommendations and pretend aspartame did not chronically sicken and kill thousands of lab animals. Hayes left his post at the FDA in November, 1983, amid accusations that he was accepting corporate gifts for political favors. Just before leaving office in scandal, Hayes approved the use of aspartame in beverages. After Hayes left the FDA under allegations of impropriety, he served briefly as Provost at New York Medical College, and then took a position as a high-paid senior medical advisor with Burson-Marsteller, the chief public relations firm for both Monsanto and GD Searle. Since that time he has never spoken publicly about aspartame. FYI, here's Rachel Maddow on Burson-Marsteller: "When Evil needs public relations, Evil has Burson-Marsteller on speed dial." Evil, thy name is chemical food additives.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robbie-gennet/donald-rumsfeld-and-the-s_b_805581.html

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Monsanto critics denied U.S. Supreme Court hearing on seed patents

January 13, 2014

 

 

"(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Monsanto Co's biotech seed patents on Monday, dealing a blow to a group of organic farmers and other activists trying to stop the biotech company from suing farmers if their fields contain a few plants containing the company's genetically modified traits.

 

The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and a group of dozens of organic and conventional family farmers, seed companies and public advocacy interests sued Monsanto in March 2011. The suit sought to prohibit the company from suing farmers whose fields became inadvertently contaminated with corn, soybeans, cotton, canola and other crops containing Monsanto's genetic modifications.

 

Monsanto has genetically engineered its specialty seeds to withstand dousings of glyphosate, the main ingredient in the company's Roundup herbicide."

 

The group asked Monsanto for a pledge not to sue, but the company refused, saying: "A blanket covenant not to sue any present or future member of petitioners' organizations would enable virtually anyone to commit intentional infringement."

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http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/01/13/us-usa-court-monsanto-idINBREA0C10H20140113

 

 

Supreme Court Rules Monsanto Can Sue Farmers Over Seeds

 

"US Supreme Court upholds Monsanto’s right to sue small farmers for using their seeds illicitly. Meanwhile, their profits are falling even as they try pushing GM seeds throughout the world
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It’s worth noting, by the way, that Associate Justice Clarence Thomas worked as a lawyer for Monsanto between 1977-1979. Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor previously ruled in favor of Monsanto’s GM alfalfa."

http://ultraculture.org/blog/2014/01/14/supreme-court-monsanto-corporation-farmers-seeds/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GMO Victory: Maine Second State To Enact GMO Labeling

January 18, 2014

by Anthony Gucciardi

 

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"In another blow against the propaganda machine that has been fueled by GMO juggernauts like Monsanto and others, Maine will now become the second state (after Connecticut) to launch mandatory labeling for food products that contain genetically modified ingredients.

 

A major victory, though it does contain a stipulation: Five nearby states must also adopt GMO labeling legislation.

It’s certainly not what we wanted, though it does open the floor for the nearby states to get started on their own legislation. And amazingly, this move would affect a whopping 70% or so of all of the products that currently reside in Maine grocery stores in the event the neighboring states join on."

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http://naturalsociety.com/gmo-victory-maine-second-state-label-gmos/

 

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Truth about the Seralini rat-tumor-GMO study explodes

January 19, 2014

Jon Rappaport

 

You all recall these pictures I know, because I'm sure I posted the pics and story on this thread.

 

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"Remember a researcher named Gilles-Eric Seralini, his 2012 GMO study, and the controversy that swirled around it?

 

He fed rats GMOs, in the form of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn, and they developed tumors. Some died. The study was published in the journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology. Pictures of the rats were published. (see top right - Ed.)

 

A wave of biotech-industry criticism ensued. Pressure built. “Experts” said the study was grossly unscientific, its methods were unprofessional, and Seralini was biased against GMOs from the get-go. Monsanto didn’t like Seralini at all.

 

The journal which published the Seralini study caved in and retracted it.

Why? Not because Seralini did anything unethical, not because he plagiarized material, not because he was dishonest in any way, but because:

 

He used rats which (supposedly) had an inherent tendency to develop tumors (the Sprague-Dawley strain), and because he used too few rats (10). That’s it. Those were Seralini’s errors.

 

Well, guess what? Eight years prior to Seralini, Monsanto also did a rat-tumor-GMO study and published it in the very same journal. Monsanto’s study showed there were no tumor problems in the rats. But here’s the explosive kicker. Monsanto used the same strain of rats that Seralini did and same number of rats (10). And nobody complained about it."

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http://banoosh.com/blog/2014/01/19/truth-seralini-rat-tumor-gmo-study-explodes/

 

This article gets more and more into it.   Love it!!

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OK here's a new twist for you from our "friends" at Monsanto

 

Monsanto Is Going Organic in a Quest for the Perfect Veggie

By Ben Paynter

January 21, 2014

 

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Monsanto’s new veggies are sweeter, crunchier, and more nutritious—with none of the “Frankenfoods” ick factor. Nicholas Cope

 

 

 

 

"In a windowless basement room decorated with photographs of farmers clutching freshly harvested vegetables, three polo-shirt-and-slacks-clad Monsanto execu­tives, all men, wait for a special lunch. A server arrives and sets in front of each a caprese-like salad—tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, lettuce—and one of the execs, David Stark, rolls his desk chair forward, raises a fork dramatically, and skewers a leaf. He takes a big, showy bite. The other two men, Robb Fraley and Kenny Avery, also tuck in. The room fills with loud, intent, wet chewing sounds.

 

Eventually, Stark looks up. “Nice crisp texture, which people like, and a pretty good taste,” he says.

 

“It’s probably better than what I get out of Schnucks,” Fraley responds. He’s talking about a grocery chain local to St. Louis, where Monsanto is headquartered. Avery seems happy; he just keeps eating.

 

The men poke, prod, and chew the next course with even more vigor: salmon with a relish of red, yellow, and orange bell pepper and a side of broccoli. “The lettuce is my favorite,” Stark says afterward. Fraley concludes that the pepper “changes the game if you think about fresh produce.”

 

Changing the agricultural game is what Monsanto does. The company whose name is synonymous with Big Ag has revolutionized the way we grow food—for better or worse. Activists revile it for such mustache-twirling practices as suing farmers who regrow licensed seeds or filling the world with Roundup-resistant super­weeds. Then there’s Monsanto’s reputation—scorned by some, celebrated by others—as the foremost purveyor of genetically modified commodity crops like corn and soybeans with DNA edited in from elsewhere, designed to have qualities nature didn’t quite think of.

 

So it’s not particularly surprising that the company is introducing novel strains of familiar food crops, invented at Monsanto and endowed by their creators with powers and abilities far beyond what you usually see in the produce section. The lettuce is sweeter and crunchier than romaine and has the stay-fresh quality of iceberg. The peppers come in miniature, single-serving sizes to reduce leftovers. The broccoli has three times the usual amount of glucoraphanin, a compound that helps boost antioxidant levels. Stark’s department, the global trade division, came up with all of them.

 

“Grocery stores are looking in the produce aisle for something that pops, that feels different,” Avery says. “And consumers are looking for the same thing.” If the team is right, they’ll know soon enough. Frescada lettuce, BellaFina peppers, and Bene­forté broccoli—cheery brand names trademarked to an all-but-anonymous Mon­santo subsidiary called Seminis—are rolling out at supermarkets across the US.

 

But here’s the twist: The lettuce, peppers, and broccoli—plus a melon and an onion, with a watermelon soon to follow—aren’t genetically modified at all. Monsanto created all these veggies using good old-fashioned crossbreeding, the same tech­nology that farmers have been using to optimize crops for millennia. That doesn’t mean they are low tech, exactly. Stark’s division is drawing on Monsanto’s accumulated scientific know-how to create vegetables that have all the advantages of genetically modified organisms without any of the Frankenfoods ick factor."

snip    lots more to read at the link

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2014/01/new-monsanto-vegetables/

 

The real question becomes.  Do we trust Monsanto?  :angry2: 

 

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The real question becomes.  Do we trust Monsanto?  :angry2: 

 

JUST SAY NO TO GMO!!

 

I certainly don't trust them.  

 

And this:  “Grocery stores are looking in the produce aisle for something that pops, that feels different,” Avery says. “And consumers are looking for the same thing.”

 

What a load of crap. I am looking for healthy food-- not something the feels different or pops (and don't say corn cuz I'm allergic to corn, so no popping that! lol).  I'm pretty sure most people agree and would be fine with good old regular healthy fresh, non-synthetic, non-poisonous food that doesn't shred your innards to bits on a daily basis.

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Monsanto’s Bt-Toxins Found to Kill Human Embryo Cells
Christina Sarich

January 24, 2014

 

"Many individuals have heard it a million times, but for the uninformed, or those just looking to fuel their 2014 fire to finally defeat Monsanto and their cronies, you’ll be interested to know that Monsanto’s Bt-toxin is far from ‘safe’ as the chemical company claimed it would be when filing their papers with the FDA. New research from Canada show that BT toxins are showing up in pregnant women, and low and behold – they are killing human embryo cells. 2014 is the year of the horse, but we’re not through beating this one to death.

 

It’s called reproductive toxicology, and just like their suicide seeds, these Bt toxins are starting to kill our own unborn children. This is no exaggeration. Hopefully reading further will compel you to take action. It is time to put Monsanto to rest, bankrupt them, and let the world know their ‘secrets’ near and far.

 

Bt toxins are prominent in genetically altered crops such as corn, soy, wheat, and others, called Cry1Ab – and they can be lethal. Not only do these cry-toxins target the kidney cells of developing human fetuses, but when Cry1Ab and Cry1Ac are combined with RoundUp, they can delay apoptosis of human cancer cells. What’s worse, glyphosate, the main ingredient in RoundUp, also causes necrosis – i.e. the death of human tissue, and this happens even when the substance is found in much smaller amounts than what is currently being used on our agricultural crops. The stuff is still carcinogenic in the parts per trillion range."

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http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-bt-toxins-found-kill-human-embryo-cells/

 

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There are rumours? that Monsanto is branching into Organic food. God help us all.....

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There are rumours? that Monsanto is branching into Organic food. God help us all.....

 

OMG... :ph34r:  :blink:  :emoticon-animal-010:

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The Ultimate Killing Machine - GMOs

 

 It looks the same — the bread, pies, sodas, even corn on the cob. So much of what we eat every day looks just like it did 20 years ago. But something profoundly different has happened without our knowledge or consent. And according to leading doctors, what we don’t know is already hurting us big time.

What are GMOs? -- GMO stands for "Genetically Modified Organism".snip

For the first time in history, bacteria, plants and animals can all be mixed up together. For example, right now the DNA of bacteria is put into food plants

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The two primary reasons why plants are genetically engineered are to allow them to:
 

  1. Drink poison, or
  2. Produce poison

The poison drinkers are inserted with genes from bacteria that allow them to survive otherwise deadly doses of herbicides. The main poison is GMOs is glyphosate, the poison that is in Roundup. Biotech companies sell the seed and herbicide as a package deal, and farmers can then use hundreds of millions of pounds more herbicide than would normally be possible without the plants dying."

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http://www.riseearth.com/2014/01/the-ultimate-killing-machine-gmos.html#.Uuaw3ezTmvF

Tx Icanseeatoms

 

JUST SAY NO TO GMO!!

 

 

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“We have this smoking gun”: Monsanto is killing the monarch butterflies

January 31, 2014

Rod Bastanmehr, Alternet

 

The butterfly's numbers are in decline, and this agriculture conglomerate is destroying their environment

 

 

"Monsanto may have just found yet another reason to be hated.

 

The Monarch Butterfly’s life cycle has always been in sync with the seasonal growth of milkweed, which remains the only plant in the planet’s ecosystem that the butterfly larvae will eat. The emergence of milkweed across the world has made generations of monarchs travel from Mexico to as far north as Canada in an effort to feed off of the spring-time plant.

 

Now, however, the World Wildlife Fund has announced that the number of monarchs reaching Mexico in the last year has been falling steadily, and has reached the lowest level on record, found in 1.7 acres across 11 sanctuaries, down from the high of 45 acres in 1996.

 

The reason is simple: As Slate reports, the monarch population began to steadily sink as a result of grasslands rapidly being wiped out in favor of corn and soybean fields—a rate of loss, the report states, comparable to the deforestation of Brazil and Indonesia. Monsanto Company’s well-known, utterly toxic Roundup Weed Killer is largely to blame for the decline, since it kills everything around it including milkweed, which is down by 80%."

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http://www.salon.com/2014/01/31/we_have_this_smoking_gun_monsanto_is_killing_the_monarch_butterflies_partner/

 

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"Monsanto. Because God just isn't doing a good enough job."

The parody uses projection tactics to make nature out to be a nazi-regime to be stopped, complete with word associations for negative reinforcement and "subliminal" messaging.
Monsanto has really "simplified" our lives and removed sooo many inconveniences for us. "Bees stinging you. BOOM. We killed them all."

Heather Callaghan

Activist Post

Happy Little Guillotine Studios is known for some lacerating comedy jabs. They even take on the NSA in one of their twisted "rejected superbowl ad" series.
Perhaps they should work for Monsanto's PR firm. This "ad" brings up a few important points about marketing psy-op techniques as well as the unfortunate results of eating genetically modified foods.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrQe1pDRQxM#t=133

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@ Redd  -- thanks for the look back, had forgotten about Azbug, Pike, and Church -- too bad that they didn't derail it then, (the emerging security state).

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GMO Grass Set for Lawns Across US – No Regulation Needed

February 4, 2014

 

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"The article notes that Scotts Company is going forward with plans to commercialize GMO Kentucky bluegrass. Mentioned in passing was that this grass, engineered for resistance to the herbicide glyphosate (AKA Roundup), is not regulated by USDA, and that company employees will begin planting the grass at their homes.

 

What was that? Historically, unapproved GMO crops have been grown only in controlled plots, regulated and monitored by USDA (leave aside that these are not adequately regulated either). So why are Scotts employees allowed to grow this grass in an uncontrolled environment?

 

We have to go back to two little-noted decisions by USDA in July of 2011 to understand this. First, in response to a petition from the Center for Food Safety to regulate the GMO bluegrass as a noxious weed under the Plant Protection Act of 2000 (PPA), the USDA decided that, despite fitting the agency’s criteria of a noxious weed, it would deny the petition."

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http://wtfrly.com/2014/02/04/gmo-grass-set-for-lawns-across-us-no-regulation-needed/#.UvRNe-zTmvE

 

 

Scotts tests genetically modified grass seed at homes

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2014/01/31/scotts-tests-modified-grass-seed-at-homes.html

 

 

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US farmers unite against GMO labeling

February 7, 2014

 

"Washington - US farmers have joined the food industry to launch a united front against labelling of genetically modified products, amid mounting consumer pressure.

 

More than half of US states introduced bills aimed at requiring GMO labelling last year, in a country where 80% of the food contains ingredients that were made with genetically modified organisms.

 

While only two states have passed such measures, and none have yet implemented any labelling requirements, farmers are concerned about the prospect.

 

"If each state had a different label requirement, our farmers just couldn't adapt to that and really economically grow safe, affordable food," said Ray Gaesser, president of the American Soybean Association, which represents 600 000 US farmers.

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http://www.news24.com/Green/News/US-farmers-unite-against-GMO-labelling-20140207

 

So then, considering that soy is used in everything, one would expect him to protest. After all, some 96% of soybeans are gmo as it is.  I'm sure they don't want that labeling done.  Apparently we the people, aren't to have a say so on what we want.

 

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Let's send heaps of good thoughts out to Steve Marsh, whose court case begins in Western Australia today.  He is doing this for ALL organic growers.
 
 

From: http://stevemarshbenefitfund.com.au/

Monday 10 February – Rally outside court
* Meet from 8.30 am out side the Supreme Court (not old building) at 111 St Georges Terrace – bring a sign saying #iamstevemarsh

 
You might not have heard of Steve Marsh yet but this man could lose everything to protect your right to eat GM-free food. Steve is an organic farmer from a farming community South of Perth in Kojonup, Western Australia. In 2010, the state government of Western Australia lifted the ban on GM canola, allowing for the commercial cultivation of this GM crop for the first time. As a result many farmers, including Marsh’s next door neighbour, began growing GM canola. Subsequently, Steve found GM canola plants spread over much of his farm, containing seed. 70% of Steve’s farm was contaminated and he lost his organic certification.
 
This contamination has had a dramatic impact on Steve and his livelihood, while Monsanto, because of their no liability agreement signed with each GM farmer, are free of any responsibility yet gain all the profit. Instead of accepting this biotech invasion, Steve has decided to take a stand. As the only avenue available, Steve is taking his neighbour to court for compensation of loss and damages.This case is the first of its kind in Australia, where an organic farmer is proactively seeking compensation from a GM farmer when his rights have been violated by GM contamination. This is something that Steve does not want to do but he has no other option if he wants to stand up for his rights as well as ours. Respected food journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald, John Newton, says“ Steve Marsh is a hero”

 

<snip> http://stevemarshbenefitfund.com.au/

 

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Novozymes and Monsanto complete closing of the BioAg alliance

Copenhagen

February 10, 2014

 

 

"COPENHAGEN, Denmark & ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Novozymes (NASDAQ OMX: NZYM B) and Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) today announce they have completed the closing of the The BioAg Alliance, as announced on December 10, 2013. The announcement follows the satisfaction of relevant closing conditions and the receipt of required regulatory approvals. Both companies will now focus on implementing the long-term strategic alliance.

 

The BioAg Alliance is unique in the industry, bringing together Novozymes’ commercial BioAg operations and capabilities within microbial discovery, development and production with Monsanto’s microbial discovery, advanced biology, field testing and commercial capabilities. The result will be a comprehensive research, development and commercial collaboration for sustainable microbial products to help farmers globally meet the challenge of producing more with less – for the benefit of agriculture, consumers, the environment and society at large."

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http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140210006121/en/Novozymes-Monsanto-Complete-Closing-BioAg-Alliance#.UvmSE-zTmvE

I don't know about you, but this sounds like double talk to me. The European Union has mostly outlawed gmo, so is this a sneaky way around it?

 

JUST SAY NO TO  GMO!! (AND MONSANTO)

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New Study Links GMOs To Gluten Disorders That Affect 18 Million Americans

February 10, 2014

 

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"Genetically Modified Foods are making more noise, this time it’s because GM foods like soy and corn might be responsible for a wide variety of gluten-related disorders. In America alone, approximately 18 million people suffer from this type of ailment.The study was recently released by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), and uses data from the US department of Agriculture, US Environmental Protection Agency, medical journal reviews as well as other independent research.(1)(2) The authors relate GM foods to five conditions that may either trigger or exacerbate gluten-related disorders, including the autoimmune disorder, Celiac Disease:

  • Intestinal permeability
  • Imbalanced gut bacteria
  • Immune activation and allergic response
  • Impaired digestion
  • Damage to the intestinal wall

 

The Institute for Responsible technology is a world leader in educating policy makers and the public about GMO foods and crops. The institute reports and investigates on the impact GM foods can have on health, environment, agriculture and more."

 

Many experts agree that the recent increase in gluten-related disorders cannot be explained by genetics alone, and that there must be some environmental trigger. This video below is of Jeffrey Smith, who is an internationally recognized expert on genetically modified organisms, and Tom Malterre, an expert in clinical nutrition. "

 

Smith mentions that Bt-toxin, glyphosate and other components of GMOs are linked to five conditions (as mentioned above) that initiate or exacerbate gluten-related disorders. The Bt-toxin in GM foods was designed to kill insects by puncturing holes in their cells. It’s present in GM corn and survives human digestion. A 2012 study published in The Journal of Applied Toxicology determined that these toxins can be harmful to human cells as well, and do them same as they do insects. More studies have deemed these toxins to be responsible for killing human kidney cells.(3)(4)

 

“The Bt-toxin in corn is designed to puncture holes in insect cells, but studies show it does the same in human cells. Bt-toxin may be linked to leaky gut, which physicians consistently see in gluten-sensitivie patients.” Jeffrey Smith, ED of the Institute for Responsible Technology."

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http://livefreelivenatural.com/new-study-links-gmos-gluten-disorders-affect-18-million-americans/

 

 

 

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GMOs Are Killing the Bees, Butterflies, Birds and… ?

February 14, 2014

Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins
 

 

"When the honeybees, our most important food pollinators, started dropping like proverbial flies, scientists scrambled to identify their killer (or killers). Attention eventually turned to the increased use of a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. Scientists now believe at least some of these pesticides play a major role in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the ongoing demise of honeybee colonies.

 

Who makes the neonicotinoids? Syngenta, Bayer CropSciences and Dow Agrosciences.
Who’s using them, and for what purpose? Companies like Monsanto, Bayer, Dow Agrosciences… in the herbicides and pesticides and seeds they sell to farmers who grow genetically engineered crops. Crops that eventually end up in our food, or in the feed used to fatten up animals in factory farms—animals we slaughter for food.

 

We need bees in order to grow food, or at least some of it. Yet the food—GMO food, drenched in neonics—we are growing is killing the bees.

 

It’s not just the bees that are dying. Butterfly and bird populations are in decline, too. And it’s not just the neonicotinoids that are to blame. Other herbicides and pesticides, especially Monsanto’s Roundup, used to grow GMO crops—and also used to contain (kill) weeds in cities and home gardens —are decimating pollinators, fish and wildlife, and some would argue, humans, too.

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When in 1962, Rachel Carson published Silent Spring, her seminal work on the impact of chemicals on our environment, she probably didn’t imagine a world in which millions of tons of evermore powerful chemicals are used not just to eliminate unwanted weeds and insects, but to grow the majority of the corn, soy, beets and other crops that are found in more than 80 percent of our processed foods, and are fed to an equally high percentage of the animals that eventually enter the human food supply.

 

But here we are. Will we change course, and reverse the damage? Will we save the bees, birds, butterflies—and ourselves—by driving GMOs, neonics and Roundup off the market? And by making the Great Transition to organic agriculture and gardening, before it’s too late?

Or will we maintain the status quo, on the outside chance that we humans will be somehow impervious to the decaying state of our surrounding environment?

 

 

As consumers ask more and more questions about the impact of GMO foods and crops on our health and environment, we’re making smarter choices about the foods we choose to eat. Does my child’s cereal contain sugar from genetically engineered beets? Did that steak on my dinner plate come from an animal raised on a factory farm, and fed a diet of Roundup-ready GMO corn, canola, soy or cotton seed?"

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http://rinf.com/alt-news/latest-news/gmos-killing-bees-butterflies-birds/

 

JUST SAY NO TO GMO!!!

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