Not content with stealing the peoples' seed from the Commons, Monsanto's 'DARK' Act - approved last week in the House - is Monsanto's nefarious plan to EXTINGUISH FOREVER our right-to-know about GMO food.
Listen to yesterday's no-holds-barred radio interview (10:48) by 'Pulse Morning Show' host Don Cookson from Stephen King's progressive WZON Radio in Bangor, Maine.
"The 'DARK' bill was written and driven by Monsanto...Many of us don't feel that the patenting of seed is a legitimate form of patenting. The government really over-stepped its bounds in granting the patenting of seed. But ultimately, Monsanto is in this business because of control, and they gain that control through seed patents." Jim
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Not content with stealing the peoples' seed from the Commons, Monsanto's 'DARK' Act - approved last week in the House - is Monsanto's nefarious plan to EXTINGUISH FOREVER our right-to-know about GMO food.
This new research completely torpedoes the FDA's fraudulent 23-year 'substantial equivalence' con game which claims GE soy is no different than traditional soy. "...genetic engineering of soy disrupts the plant's natural ability to control stress, and invalidates the FDA's current regulatory framework of 'substantial equivalence' used for approval of genetically engineered food (GMOs)...to discover the accumulation of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and a dramatic depletion of glutathione, an anti-oxidant necessary for cellular detoxification, in GMO soy, indicating that formaldehyde and glutathione are likely critical criteria for distinguishing the GMO from its non-GMO counterpart....
"Formaldehyde is a known Class 1 carcinogen. Its elevated presence in soybeans caused by a common genetic engineering event is alarming and deserves immediate attention and action from the FDA and the Obama administration."
PLEASE READ AND SHARE WIDELY! Get ready - next we can expect another vicious character assassination campaign by Biotech waged against the courageous scientists who conducted this LANDMARK research. Jim
Well, that's not quite correct: they were NEVER safe. But because of YET MORE COLLUSION between industry and government the public has not had access to the truth. Are you skeptical about plastic? Then your gut instinct deserves a pat on the back.
"Exposure to two chemicals widely considered safe—and used in hundreds of consumer products including plastics, cosmetics, and soap—has been linked to increased blood pressure, insulin resistance, and other dangerous health problems in children, according to a new study...
"The researchers recommend limiting exposure to these compounds by avoiding plastics marked with 3, 6, and 7, opting for fresh food over packaged, and making sure never to put plastic containers in the microwave or dishwasher, where they are more apt to leech chemicals...
"This isn't the first time plasticizing chemicals marketed as safe alternatives have proven otherwise. In last year's Mother Jones investigation into the dangers of BPA-free plastics, Mariah Blake uncovered the plastic industry's 'Big-Tobacco' style campaign to bury research that showed how their products were connected to a litany of health problems—and the US government's failure to step in..." Jim
It is little known outside the potato industry, but glyphosate (active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide) contamination - typically spray drift - can prevent next-generation seed potatoes from sprouting after being planted. In fact, this disaster has actually played out in real life - total potato crop failure which is accompanied by lawsuits and heartache when a commercial process or tablestock grower plants a field with conventional Certified Seed Potatoes. The result: after the great effort and expense of planting, virtually nothing sprouts and grows. That is, no crop, no income, no way to pay bills. "The widely used weedkiller Glyphosate is 'incredibly damaging' to seed potatoes and can cause 'horrendous problems' with germination and emergence in the daughter crop, even in minuscule doses..." Jim
The truth is emerging. The critical importance of this new research is that it invalidates our reductionist chemical regulatory systems which view aspiring chemicals as though they operate in isolation. WRONG. Fortunately, when it come to food, organic farming - which AVOIDS the use of synthetic chemicals - remains your family's best and safest bet.
"'Many [chemicals] have the possibility, when they are combined, to cause the initiation of cancer,' said Hemad Yasaei, a cancer biologist at Brunel University in England, one of the authors of the report. 'They could have a synergistic or enhanced effect.' This is not the way regulators typically think about cancer risk when they evaluate a compound’s safety.
"Normally, they test an individual chemical on laboratory animals, exposing them to progressively smaller amounts until it no longer causes malignant tumors to grow. Then they take that dose, determine the equivalent for humans, and apply what is called a 'margin of safety' by declaring that some small fraction of that low dose is safe for people...And regulators haven’t required testing of mixtures of chemicals at all...Of the 85 chemicals researchers examined, 50 were found to affect cancer-causing processes in the body, even at very low doses." Jim
The real reason Dr Seralini's landmark long-term 2-Year replicated study on the negative effect of GMOs (http://www.gmoseralini.org/republication-seralini-study-sc…/) garnered criticism is BECAUSE IT DOCUMENTED THAT GMOs ARE NOT SAFE. The study received a swift and vicious attack coordinated by Biotech. Now, after an investigation, this newly published paper invalidates that orchestrated criticism and hints at following-the-money. "This paper reviews the many criticisms of the publication by Seralini et al (2012) which has led to so much controversy, was retracted and then republished in this journal. Seralini et al found that a GM maize and its associated herbicide Roundup resulted in numerous chronic abnormalities in rats. The vehemence of the critics is not matched by their evidence; it is often based on entrenched assumptions and on mis-representing published material. The arguments have challenged normal healthy scientific dialogue, and appear to be driven by other motives. A further interpretation of Seralini et al's results on tumour formation is suggested. The probability that Seralini et al's results are significant is sufficient to justify further study." Jim
This study from two years ago serves as a good reminder it's not just farmers and their livestock which have glyphosate in their bodies. Here's the context. First, organic crops - of course - do not use Monsanto's herbicide glyphosate. But most GE crop ARE sprayed with glyphosate. However, in addition, many conventionally grown crops - sometimes called 'Non-GE crops' - such as wheat, oats and dry beans often are sprayed with glyphosate as a harvest-aid drying agent. IMPORTANTLY, STUDIES HAVE SHOWN URBAN RESIDENTS - with no direct exposure to glyphosate - EXHIBIT ALARMING LEVELS OF GLYPHOSATE. "A German study that concluded in June 2013 has discovered a significant amount of glyphosate in the Urine of people and animals from all across Europe. The analysis of the urine samples found that all had concentrations of glyphosate at 5 to 20 times more than the limit for drinking water. Apart from being used increasingly in food production, glyphosate-based weedkillers are often sprayed onto railway lines, urban pavements and roadsides.
"The study used the urine of city workers, journalists and lawyers who had no direct contact with glyphosate, so it’s interesting to see that it turned up in their urine samples -and this was from an urban population in Berlin...Recent studies have linked glyphosate to Autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. It doesn’t stop there, as studies have also linked glyphosate to cancer as well." Jim
How food is grown DOES matter, not only for the quality of food and freedom from pesticide residues, but also from the impact on the soil and the overall environment. "A recent study published in Agronomy for Sustainable Development has confirmed that organic farming is beneficial for soil organisms. The study compared soil organisms among fields that had been managed using different farming practices for 14 years as part of a long-term study...'Long-term conservation and organic alternative cropping systems improved the abundance and/or biomass of soil biota and altered the structure of the soil food web compared to a conventional system,' the study reported. Abundances of larger soil animals increased from 100 to 2,500% and microorganisms increased from 30 to 70% over the conventional field with conservation agriculture demonstrating the healthiest and most diverse soils." Jim
Modern, chemical-intensive agriculture is deadly to essential crop pollinators such as bees. A new study documents that ORGANIC FARMING IS GOOD FOR POLLINATOR HEALTH. "Seventy-five percent of all crops grown for human consumption rely on pollinators, predominantly bees, for a successful harvest. However, over the last decade, both native and honey bee populations have been declining at alarming rates, raising concerns about the impact on our global food security. To complicate the situation, many of the factors linked to bee population declines are a direct result of commonly utilized agricultural practices. Fortunately, organic farming practices can provide critical solutions that not only decrease risks to pollinators, but actively support the growth and health of our pollinator populations...Large-scale chemically intensive agricultural production has been implicated as a major source of threats to pollinators...Organic farmers also use numerous integrative pest management techniques which promote environments that support beneficial insects such as pollinators by providing them with habitat and nutritious floral food sources. A number of studies reviewed here have demonstrated that organic farming practices alleviate many threats to honey bees and that organic farms support significantly more pollinators than conventional farms." Jim
A new study published in the 'Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS)' documents that not only is organic farming doing a better job at biodiversity and protecting the environment but it also provides farmers with greater farmer profitability than the conventional alternative. "But consumers shouldn’t feel upset over paying the higher cost. In essence, organic shoppers are paying more to protect their own health, the environment where the food is grown, the farmworkers that grow the food, the soil the food is growth in, and the pollinators and other wildlife in the area. For example, organic methods of farming strawberries lead to healthier berries and soils, and result in improved pollination success. In terms of row crops, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Sustainable Agricultural Systems Lab finds organic methods of corn and soybean production significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions coming from soils. In fact, organic systems, particularly no-till organic, sequester more greenhouse gas emissions than they emit, and result in more fertile soil than conventional genetically engineered no-till agriculture." Jim
Family farmers have been asserting for years that we have a right to grow our crops free from GE contamination and ruination by Biotech. Friday's Federal Court ruling confirmed the correctness of our position and has DRAMATICALLY VALIDATED OUR RIGHT TO PROTECT OURSELVES - and our customers - from flawed GE technology. "U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke has found the GMO ban is not pre-empted by the state’s 'right to farm' law, thereby allowing the ordinance to become effective on June 5...'While farming practices may not be limited by a suburbanite’s sensitivities, they may be limited if they cause damage to another farm’s crops,' Clarke said. Growers are able to file lawsuits over such grievances under the 'right to farm' statute, and Jackson County’s ordinance simply 'serves to prevent such damage before it happens' — even if it hasn’t yet occurred, he said...The judge has recognized that genetically engineered crops pose a significant commercial threat to non-biotech growers, which was a key issue in the litigation, Kimbrell said. 'This case is a resounding affirmation of the right of farmers to protect themselves from GE contamination.'" Jim
This video (2:19) is definitely worth watching. With daily aftershocks and the seasonal monsoon coming to earthquake-devastated Nepal in just a few weeks, wouldn't it be wonderful if our military could airlift in 100,000 of these units to those in critical need? Jim
This story is one most of us never learned in school. "In the recognition of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, let us not forget that freed slaves created Memorial Day. Let us remember that their prayers and observations were not just for the deceased Union soldiers on that first Memorial Day, but also for members of their families and their community who died in a war that was meant to free them." Jim & Megan
This action is the logical follow after a study conducted in Sri Lanka zeroed in glyphosate's role in the rising epidemic of chronic kidney disease among farmers. "Addressing the function, President Sirisena said he is satisfied to have taken a significant decision on behalf of the farmer fraternity today. The President, who was the Health Minister of the former government, said the government has decided to totally ban the imports of Glyphosate, which is linked to the kidney disease, as the number of kidney patients was surging." Here is background and the study itself. Jim
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Our friend, public interest attorney and hero Steven Druker is author of the recently published and acclaimed book "Altered Genes, Twisted Truth - How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science."
Steve has issued a breathtaking challenge to Monsanto: provide evidence of erroneous content in Altered Genes, Twisted Truth OR ELSE THE WORLD WILL CONCLUDE GE FOODS SHOULD BE BANNED.
"I want you to inform me of any inaccuracies you can find in my book. I want you and your colleagues to attempt to refute Altered Genes, Twisted Truth in the same manner this letter has refuted two of the main assertions in the brochure you submitted. Moreover, I challenge you to do so. I challenge you to read the book and send me a specific list of any inaccurate statements of fact that you detect in it, accompanied by an explanation of why the statement is erroneous and a reference to the evidence that conclusively corroborates your claim...If by July 20th you and your allies have not been able to refute the essential factual accuracy of Altered Genes, Twisted Truth according to the terms set forth above, the world will have a right to assume that it is as sound as the experts who reviewed it have affirmed – and to conclude that GE foods are unacceptably risky and must be banned."
Steve will be in NYC TODAY speaking at the March Against Monsanto (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Millions-Against-Monsanto-NYC/179532495435891) and you can bet he'll be speaking about this history-making challenge. You can HELP by purchasing and reading "Altered Genes, Twisted Truth" (http://www.chelseagreen.com/…/altered_genes_twisted_truth:p…) and by spreading the word to friends and family. Thanks! Jim & Megan
Do NOT miss this excellent TEDx talk (16:36)! Winona is a longtime customer who for many years has bought our organic seed potatoes for her White Earth reservation in north-central Minnesota. We first spent time with Winona at the original Slow Food Terra Madre conference in Turin, Italy in 2004. She is the real deal. "Over the next twenty years we're going to spend 20% of world GDP on climate-change-related disasters. And amidst that we have a food system that is increasingly concentrated in both its monoculture and ownership...Until we restore the relationship that we have with the foods that the Creator gave us, we're missing something. We need to buy these foods locally. We need to support this. That's how you address climate change in itself. Go organic and local. Sequester your carbon. But more than that, to me, it is also about how we re-establish this relationship with our ancestors and our relatives - the ones that have roots." Jim & Megan
'Slate' coverage of the growing battle being waged by organic farmers against the orchestrated 'Organic Checkoff' mandatory tax proposal being pushed by processor trade group Organic Trade Assn (OTA). If organic processors want their products promoted, organic farmers are vociferously suggesting (http://noorganiccheckoff.com/what-are-farmers-saying-about…/) they should pay for it themselves. OTA should NOT expect hard-pressed organic farmers to swallow a proposal requiring farmers pay a mandatory tax. "...by virtue of its current income cutoff, the proposal '[allows] voting rights to the large farms,' Ed Maltby, the executive director of the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance and a retired dairy farmer, says. 'So, it’ll be the large conglomerates that dominate discussion'...Maltby worries that the organic checkoff would follow the same blueprint as existing checkoff taxes. 'The beef checkoff really shows how there’s no transparency' in those programs, Maltby says. '[Checkoff] money goes to corporate interests in the end and supports corporate policy'....an organic checkoff tax would likely carry disproportionate benefit for industrial, corporate growers. Paying into a national tax fund is a far cry from the type of regional economic development that will best serve small farmers as they struggle to maintain a hold in an increasingly monopolized, corporate-controlled industry." Jim
This discerning article by Dr. Jonathan Latham concludes there is a VERY ROCKY ROAD AHEAD for the increasingly pariah GE crops. "The media lynching of Chipotle has an explanation that is important to the future of GMOs. The cause of it is that there has long been an incipient crack in the solid public front that the food industry has presented on the GMO issue. The crack originates from the fact that while agribusiness sees GMOs as central to their business future, the brand-oriented and customer-sensitive ends of the food supply chain do not...over the last five years, as the reputation of GMOs has come under increasing pressure in the US, the cost to food brands of ignoring the growing consumer demand for GMO-free products has increased. They might not say so in public, but the sellers of top brands have little incentive to take the flack for selling GMOs...for agribusiness titans who have backed GMOs, like Monsanto, Dupont, Bayer and Syngenta; a race to be GMO-free is the ultimate nightmare scenario...New GMO products are coming on stream that will likely make crop biotechnology even less popular than it is now...For Monsanto and GMOs the situation suddenly looks ominous." Jim
The ratchet is being turned up on American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). "On Tuesday, Common Cause announced that it was submitting a new round of evidence to the IRS showing that ALEC does not qualify as a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity because, under federal law, 'no substantial part' of such a charity's activity can 'be attempting to influence legislation.' Common Cause President Miles Rapoport told reporters on Tuesday that his group has now gathered enough evidence to prove beyond a doubt that ALEC has always been a lobby group, not a charity." Jim
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Yes, your instincts were correct to be skeptical about Monsanto's recently disclosed desires for tax-evasion-via-merger with one Euro-based multi-national or another. However, that side show is only the tip of the iceberg of the march by Industrial Ag towards absolute and total consolidation - a tightening noose 'round the neck of both farmers and consumers. Do not miss this MUST READ report from Pat Mooney and his team at ETC Group. "When a single corporation sells the seed, knows the prevalence of pests and sells the pesticide, knows the local soil conditions, then divvies up the fertilizer, predicts the weather at harvest and sells the crop insurance, the notion of cross-sector (and antitrust) begins to lose meaning." Jim