Categories for Potatoes in History
December 16, 2015 6:59 pm
Public interest attorney Steve Druker with a MUST READ piece on why GE food is NOT safe, why 'DARK' Act pre-emption concepts are WRONG and why pre-emptions deserves DEFEAT. Jim
"Some of the greatest confusion involves food safety. For instance, the bill’s sponsor, Congressman Pompeo, declared that consumer demands for labeling of GE foods have nothing to do with health or safety, and its other supporters have backed that assertion and proclaimed that no legitimate food safety concerns exist... But this is flat-out false. For example, science-based concerns about the dangers to human health were repeatedly raised in memos written by the technical experts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when they analyzed the risks of genetic engineering in 1991. The pervasiveness of the concerns within the scientific staff is attested by a memo from an FDA official who asserted: The processes of genetic engineering and traditional breeding are different, and according to the technical experts in the agency, they lead to different risks'...
December 16, 2015 6:50 pm
"One of the strongest set of cautions appeared within an extensive report issued by the Royal Society of Canada, which declared (a) that it is 'scientifically unjustifiable' to presume that GE foods are safe and (b) that the 'default presumption' for every one of them should be that the genetic alteration has induced unintended and potentially harmful side effects...
"Laboratory testing has confirmed the legitimacy of the concerns, and a number of well-conducted research studies on GE foods published in peer-reviewed scientific journals have detected statistically significant instances of harm to the laboratory animals that were consigned to consume them. Moreover, a review of the scientific literature on GE foods (itself published in a peer-reviewed journal in 2009) concluded that 'most' of the safety assessments have not only indicated problems, but indicated that 'many GM [genetically modified] foods have some common toxic effects.'"
Believe it! Our family farmer friends in New York state, Klaas & Mary-Howell Martens, grow a LOT of organic beans and grain - and organic cabbage! Like virtually all organic farmers, they do eat some of it as well. We know for a fact they grow their own potatoes because they have been loyal organic seed potato customers of ours for years. But, as Klaas notes, eating from one's own crops in today's modern ag is not as common as one would think. Read more! Jim
December 9, 2015 3:43 pm
“'I really take issue with the line that so many American farmers regularly repeat about feeding the world,' says Marten, a third generation farmer working huge swathes of land near Penn Yan. 'I always want to ask Corn Belt farmers whether they, or anybody they know, have ever eaten anything that they grow on their farm. The answer is almost invariably no.'
"Yet this is the story we’re told by Big Agriculture – it’s the story we want to believe as consumers – about the farms in this country: they are the source of bountiful wagon loads of food that feed the world, and farmers are using the latest and greatest technology to make this happen.
"But, in the end, that’s just a story. It’s a series of happy caricatures we put on posters to encourage ourselves to stay calm and carry on. It’s anything but the truth."
Another in a long line of polls taken over many years - this time a well-respected Mellman poll - documents that there is nearly universal support for GMO Labeling by Americans of all stripes. CONGRESS NEEDS US TO REMIND THEM OF THIS FACT - NOW! - AND REJECT MONSANTO'S ATTEMPT TO ATTACH A CYNICAL PRE-EMPTION RIDER TO THE OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL UP FOR A VOTE THIS WEEK. Message to Congress: We want GMO Labeling and WE VOTE! Jim
December 7, 2015 2:32 pm
Documentation that much of the "positive" press about Monsanto and GE crops came courtesy of Monsanto largess. This corporate co-opting of journalistic integrity is self-serving, abhorrent and a serious threat to our democratic institutions. We're glad it has been exposed. Jim
"Our review found 27 articles quoting (or authored by) university professors after they received Monsanto funding, but without disclosing that funding.
December 7, 2015 2:13 pm
"This is a collapse of journalistic standards. When reporters quote sources about food issues such as GMOs or organic food, readers deserve to know if the sources have been funded by Monsanto or have other conflicts of interest.
"The principal effect of failing to reveal these conflicts of interest is to unfairly enhance the credibility of Monsanto-funded academics, and their support of GMOs and criticism of organic food, while detracting from the credibility of consumer advocates."
Another very bad day for Monsanto. Here is clear documentation of the unstoppable mainstream shift towards transparency and honesty in food labeling - this time from titan 'New York Times.' Monsanto's cynical big-money orchestration against democracy and our Right-to-Know about GMOs continues to come apart at the seams. Jim
"... Some leading grocery chains, responding to consumer concerns, have said they won’t sell the genetically engineered salmon.
December 7, 2015 2:01 pm
"The F.D.A. said there is no reason to mandate labeling because there is no material difference between engineered and natural fish on qualities like nutritional content. But the value of that information should be left to consumers to decide.
"Vermont enacted a law last year that will require labeling of genetically engineered foods starting next July unless a suit filed in June 2014 by four industry trade groups derails it. Other states with strong consumer movements may try to follow.
"The House passed a bill on July 23, 2015, that would pre-empt states from requiring such labeling, and industry groups are pressing the Senate to attach similar language as a rider to an omnibus spending bill. The Senate should rebuff that tactic and allow states to adopt mandatory labeling laws if they wish."
In a major lawsuit involving a large Industrial Ag operation, the California Supreme Court has ruled cheaters MAY BE SUED FOR MISREPRESENTING crops grown with synthetic chemical inputs and falsely mislabeling them as "organic." In recent years, the Industrial Food misuse of the word "natural" has brought about a tidal wave of policy-changing lawsuits (http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/…/Unprecedented-surge-in-f….)
Similarly, this new ruling should throw the fear-of-god into unscrupulous, conventional-toxic OPERATIONS AND CORPORATIONS which - MOTIVATED BY GREED TO BENEFIT FROM ORGANIC PRICE PREMIUMS AND SURGING ORGANIC DEMAND - have forced their way into organics WITHOUT ANY PHILOSOPHICAL COMMITMENT TO ORGANIC PRINCIPLES.
This ruling is an important victory. It establishes a new litigation tool for consumers AND honest organic farmers - who would have to unfairly compete against misanthropic cheaters. Jim
December 3, 2015 7:42 pm
"The decision revived a class-action lawsuit against Herb Thyme Farms Inc., a large herb grower with many farms throughout California.
"Most of the company’s farms grow herbs conventionally, but one farm is organic and has been properly certified as such, the court said.
"The lawsuit contends that Herb Thyme processes its conventional and organic herbs together under an organic label and even sells some herbs grown entirely with chemicals as organic."
"Making Peace with the Earth." Second, a new article published yesterday in 'The Asian Age.' Jim
"Humanity stands at a precipice. Merely 200 years of the age of fossil fuel has driven species and biodiversity to extinction, destroyed our soils, depleted and polluted our water and destabilised our entire climate system. Five hundred years of colonialism have driven cultures, languages, peoples to extinction and left a legacy of violence as the basis of production and governance...
December 3, 2015 6:20 pm
"Industrial agriculture is a fossil fuel-based system which contributes more than 40 per cent of the greenhouse gases leading to climate change. Along with the globalised food system, industrial agriculture is to be blamed for at least 50 per cent of the global warming...
"Returning organic matter to the soil builds up soil nitrogen. Organic farming can increase nitrogen content of soil between 44-144 per cent, depending on the crops that are grown. Organic farming not only avoids the emissions that come from industrial agriculture, it transforms carbon in the air through photosynthesis and builds it up in the soil, thus contributing to higher soil fertility, higher food production and nutrition and a sustainable, zero-cost technology for addressing climate change."
A new Mellman poll show nearly universal support across America for GMO Labeling.
December 1, 2015 9:17 pm
Meanwhile, a letter signed by 290 organizations and companies - including OSGATA - representing tens of millions of members and customers was sent to Congressional leaders supporting GMO Labeling and opposing any policy rider in the upcoming omnibous appropriations bill that would nullify consumers' Right-to-Know (http://static.politico.com/…/groups-urge-congress-to-reject…). Jim
The USA sugar beet industry - held captive in recent years by Monsanto and their GE seed - is in decline thanks to our insistence that there is a better way than sugar made from GE sugar beets. Jim
"Now, as public sentiment moves against GMO crops and imports of cane sugar rise, sugar beet growers have seen their share of the U.S. sugar market slip to the smallest on record. Critics believe GMO crops contribute to the industrialization of farming and question promises of safety.
December 1, 2015 9:12 pm
"Beets' share of all U.S. sugar deliveries – which represent total demand to major users and customers – fell to less than 41 percent of the U.S. total of 11.8 million tons (10.7 million tonnes) in the last fiscal year, a record low, down from 47 percent of 10.4 million tons in the 2008 crop year, the year the biotech seeds were introduced on a commercial scale, according to U.S. government data dating from 1992...
"Food manufacturers are taking seriously the backlash from consumers, including Millennials, the generation of people now in their 20s and 30s, who are perceived to care more about the ingredients on their plates.
Companies including Hershey Co, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc , Unilever Plc subsidiary Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc and General Mills Inc have pledged to ditch GMO ingredients in some products, bowing to customer pressure...
"Hershey will stop using beet sugar in its Kisses and Milk Chocolate bars, two of its best-known products, by the end of the year. Vermont has passed a law, due to come into effect next year, which requires food with GMO ingredients to be so labeled. It's the first such law in the nation and a move that some industry experts think could drive consumers toward organic and other non-GMO foods."
In a stunning reversal - after being approved by EPA JUST ONE YEAR AGO - the registration for Enlist Duo, a combo of glyphosate and 2,4-D, has now been REVOKED BY EPA. Nothing like litigation to help a Federal 'regulator' see the light. Jim
“'With this action, EPA confirms the toxic nature of this lethal cocktail of chemicals, and has stepped back from the brink,' said Earthjustice Managing Attorney Paul Achitoff. 'Glyphosate is a probable carcinogen and is wiping out the monarch butterfly, 2,4-D also causes serious human health effects, and the combination also threatens endangered wildlife. This must not, and will not, be how we grow our food'...
"Dow created Enlist crops as a quick fix for the problem created by 'Roundup Ready' crops, the previous generation of genetically engineered crops designed to resist the effects of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide."