Don't miss this MUST READ Truthout article by Dr. Moench which exposes the foundationless misrepresentations and shilling by suspect GMO cheerleaders and hired guns.
"The 'Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act' (which should win an award for irony in naming) would bring the federal hammer down on states to prevent them from requiring labels identifying food that contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Chief sponsor of the bill Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) states on his website that the federal government's primary role is 'to get the heck out of way [sic] and let the citizens of this great nation prosper with individual and economic freedoms.' Just where is the 'federal government getting out of the way' part of this legislation? Where is this bill's deference to individual freedom, like the freedom to know what you are putting in your mouth?
"Pompeo suggests on his congressional education page, 'No one knows what's best for your children better than you - as a parent - do.' Except when it comes to GMOs - then suddenly Pompeo, the federal government and Monsanto all know better than parents and citizens...
"The statement came from the AAAS board of directors, whose chair, Nina Federoff, is the scientific face of GMO advocacy. Her expertise is in plant DNA and 'jumping genes.' Federoff was the first to clone plant DNA. She knows how to create GMOs. Good for her. But she is not a physician any more than Monsanto is your family doctor, and apparently she does not have the expertise to weigh in on whether or not those GMOs actually harm human health." Jim
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Don't miss this MUST READ Truthout article by Dr. Moench which exposes the foundationless misrepresentations and shilling by suspect GMO cheerleaders and hired guns.
Don't miss this well-made and eye-opening video (5:19).
"Is the ‘old’ Monsanto, the one responsible for producing Agent Orange, PCB’s and DDT and a terrible record at covering up and denying the tragedies that have resulted from their use, the same as the ‘new’ Monsanto, the one at the forefront of research in plant gene technology? We argue their scientific and ethical track record is entirely relevant to what they do today. " Jim
In addition, these scientists provided evidence that financial conflict of interest may occur from individuals promoting a product.
"This new letter cites evidence that professionals who have financial or career interests in a product are more likely to endorse it than are those without such interests. This bias is heightened in the case of GM, where it is spurred by the billions of corporate and funding dollars at stake. There have been concerted attacks from scientists and others dependent on the industry upon scientists who have demonstrated harm from GM crops." Jim
Sobering yet valuable article which explores our food future. Importantly, the CHOICES WE MAKE TODAY for our families will LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR OUR COMMON FUTURE. Do NOT miss the preview of projected diets for the rich and a poor in 2035. Yikes! Jim
"What we eat is in constant flux, changing from decade to decade and century to century...
"In 2013, Alex Renton wrote an article in The Guardian that described two British meals being served up in 2035 – one in a poor family and one in a rich one. His imagined dishes are fantastical in some ways, but largely they correspond with current research into the future of our food. He envisages Britain’s food security as having become significantly compromised and the country heavily dependent on imports; food costs have risen to comprise 50% of the household budget, so most people are growing what food they can, and potatoes are a key staple...
"At the forefront of this, as you would expect, is climate change. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reminds us in its round up of climate change’s impact on agriculture that 'Agriculture and fisheries are highly dependent on specific climate conditions.' As these change, so will ecosystems – in ways that are likely to be largely damaging."
Now for the second time, a French appellate court has validated the claim of farmer Paul Francois that Monsanto poisoned him. This important case represents yet further documentation of Monsanto's pattern of irresponsible behavior and callous disregard for the public good.
"The grain grower said that in 2004 he became ill due to Monsanto’s weedkiller, Lasso. François claimed he suffered from neurological problems, memory loss, headaches and stammering after inadvertently inhaling the herbicide
"In François’ case, doctors determined the cause of his ill health was monochlorobenzene, a highly toxic substance that made up 50 percent of Monsanto’s herbicide, according to teleSUR. The substance sent François to the hospital, where he entered in a coma. Subsequent tests showed that the farmer suffered permanent brain disease, teleSUR reported...
"Yesterday’s ruling, however, stamps another victory for the farmer. The appeals court said Monsanto was 'responsible' for the intoxication and ordered the company to 'fully compensate' François, Reuters reported.
"'It is a historic decision in so far as it is the first time that a (pesticide) maker is found guilty of such a poisoning,' François Lafforgue, François’ lawyer, told the news agency...
"Lasso is not the only Monsanto product considered harmful. In March, the World Health Organization’s cancer arm—the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)—listed glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s wildly popular weedkiller Roundup, as 'probably carcinogenic to humans.'" Jim
The momentum continues to build for the banning of glyphosate, active ingredient in Monsanto's lucrative and "probable human carcinogen" herbicide - wedded at the hip and used in 80% OF ALL GE CROP PRODUCTION.
"Under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 — usually referred to as Proposition 65, its original name — chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm are required to be listed and published by the state. Chemicals also end up on the list if found to be carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) — a branch of the World Health Organization.
"California’s decision to place glyphosate on the toxic chemicals list is the first of its kind. As Dr. Nathan Donley of the Center for Biological Diversity said in an email to Ecowatch, 'As far as I’m aware, this is the first regulatory agency within the U.S. to determine that glyphosate is a carcinogen. So this is a very big deal.'
"Roundup is sprayed on crops around the world, particularly with Monsanto’s Roundup-Ready varieties — genetically engineered to tolerate large doses of the herbicide to facilitate blanket application without harming crops. Controversy has surrounded this practice for years — especially since it was found farmers increased use of Roundup, rather than lessened it, as Monsanto had claimed."
Our friend, organic warrior Dave Murphy, founder of Food Democracy Now!, further blows the lid off the BREAKING-SMOKING-GUN sensational scandal of MONSANTO GETTING CAUGHT RED-HANDED secretly hiring public university scientists in a coordinated PR campaign to manipulate public opinion. We have learned NEVER BELIEVE ANYTHING COMING FROM MONSANTO - now, exposure of these double-dipping hired-guns illustrate the jaw-dropping depth of the systematic Tobacco-Lobbyist-Style collusion.
"This wouldn’t be such a big deal if Folta was just another self-promoting blowhard on the Internet, but with Monsanto’s backing and close ties to a PR firm like Ketchum, these compromised public university scientists now have big media access and are being used as pawns to promote the safety of Monsanto and the biotechnology industry’s products.
"For the first time now, with these public records requests, Americans concerned about how their food is produced are getting a firsthand look at the secret tactics of how corporations like Monsanto use PR firms and public university scientists to put a deceptive spin on potential safety issues of GMOs and pesticides...
"Make no doubt about it, Monsanto’s current efforts to recruit public university scientists are not about communicating science, but to manipulate public opinion just like the tobacco industry.
"The tragedy of this scenario is that taxpayers are indirectly helping fund a public disinformation campaign that is ultimately bent on denying them their basic right to know what’s in their food and derail the national movement to label genetically engineered foods. One wonders how much longer Big Tobacco would have been able to deceive Congress and the American public with a few more 'independent scientists' like Chassy and Folta on hand." Jim
Steve is a clear thinker who has devoted his life to exposing the FDA's fraud and dishonesty and the crude political maneuvering which railroaded GE food into America's kitchens. In this stunning new piece, Steve distills the essence of his breakthrough book, "Altered Genes, Twisted Truth" into a concise, well-reasoned and scholarly thirty-point-manifesto which ABSOLUTELY PROVES GMOs ARE ILLEGALLY IN THE US FOOD SUPPLY.
"Although most Americans (including those who serve in government) are unaware of it, genetically engineered foods are on the market only because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has covered up the warnings of its own scientists, misrepresented the facts, and violated explicit mandates of U.S. law...
"3. Though the FDA admits that the various genetic materials implanted in bioengineered organisms are within the amendment’s purview, it claims they are exempt from testing because they are generally recognized as safe (GRAS)...
"4. However, the FDA’s regulations state that substances added to food that were not in use prior to 1958 cannot qualify as GRAS unless they meet two requirements. Not only must they be acknowledged as safe by an overwhelming consensus of experts, but this consensus must be based on 'scientific procedures' – which ordinarily entails studies published in peer-reviewed journals...
"28. Moreover, although the proponents of GE foods claim that the FDA subjects them to scientific reviews, the voluntary consultations that the agency conducts with the manufacturers are not scientific reviews – and the FDA has admitted that they aren’t. As its Biotechnology Strategic Manager has described the process: 'The FDA requests that firms submit a summary of their assessment to the agency. The FDA does not request the original data and, therefore, does not conduct a scientific review of the firm's decision'...In January 1999, the FDA affirmed that it still was not conducting scientific reviews, stating: 'FDA has not found it necessary to conduct comprehensive scientific reviews of foods derived from bioengineered plants . . . consistent with its 1992 policy.'" Jim
Handpicking early and very tender Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes destined for the National Heirloom Exhibition (theheirloomexpo.com).
We lifted the double-rows with a homemade 6 1/2" wide Bed-Lifter-Spade mounted on an Oliver 1650 Diesel.
The variety is our bi-color discovery, "Prairie Blush." The steps are lifting, picking, grading, sizing and cooling before bagging.
While an uncommon organic practice, this requested immediate ban on unclean wastewater is a real no brainer. Please help pressure the USDA by signing the petition TODAY - it takes less than a minute (http://www.cornucopia.org/frack-wastewater-petition/). Fracking is an industry which emerged AFTER organic regs were written.
"Cornucopia pointed to research that shows that the copious amounts of wastewater, a byproduct of the hydraulic fracturing technique in gas and oil production, is contaminated with toxic chemicals and oil. Recent reporting has indicated its use in the growing of organic food in California. Effluent from sewage plants, which co-mingles waste from domestic and industrial sources, can contain pathogens and drug residues in addition to heavy metals and toxic chemicals. This is also a concern of Cornucopia’s.
"'Because of these potential contaminants, spreading sewage sludge is explicitly banned in organic production,' said Mark A. Kastel, Senior Farm Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute. 'To keep organic food as pure as possible it’s important that we quickly promulgate regulations that will ban risky wastewater uses, as tempting as they are in drought-impacted states like California, from contaminating our food supply.'" Jim
Hats off to the persistence of courageous Hawaiians who - battling against a deck stacked by powerful self-interests - are increasingly standing up to a form of modern colonialism coming from mainland multinational Biotech corporations.
"The baby was born minutes before with a severe heart malformation that would require complex surgery. What worried her as she waited for the ambulance plane to take the infant from Waimea, on the island of Kauai, to the main children’s hospital in Honolulu, on another Hawaiian island, was that it was the fourth one she had seen in three years.
"In all of Waimea, there have been at least nine in five years, she says, shaking her head. That’s more than 10 times the national rate, according to analysis by local doctors...
"In Kauai, chemical companies Dow, BASF, Syngenta and DuPont spray 17 times more pesticide per acre (mostly herbicides, along with insecticides and fungicides) than on ordinary cornfields in the US mainland, according to the most detailed study of the sector, by the Center for Food Safety.
"Today, about 90% of industrial GMO corn grown in the US was originally developed in Hawaii, with the island of Kauai hosting the biggest area. The balmy weather yields three crops a year instead of one, allowing the companies to bring a new strain to market in a third of the time...
"Corn’s uses are as industrial as its cultivation: less than 1% is eaten. About 40% is turned into ethanol for cars, 36% becomes cattle feed, 10% is used by the food industry and the rest is exported." Jim
Why is it that despots - be they from the government or the corporate world (Yes, Monsanto, we're talking about you) - feel the compulsion "to make examples" of family farmers who, like the rest of us, are struggling to make a living and stay on the farm? Sometimes it's fabricated stories about "stealing technology" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZGueeao0tE) or - heavens! - "selling raw milk" (our family has been safely drinking the raw milk from our cows for almost 40 years). Now it's THE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING SHEEP and CFIA's false assertion of a nonexistent disease threat. Read the details in this article AND on the Indiegogo crowdfunding site (https://www.indiegogo.com/…/help-defend-farmers-charged-in-…) where funds for Montana and Michael's legal defense fund are URGENTLY NEEDED NOW.
"Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt and shepherdess Montana Jones are facing prison time in the 2012 'disappearing sheep' case. According to its website, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is charging the farmers with a litany of violations related to the disappearance of Jones’ flock of healthy, heritage breed Shropshire sheep in April of 2012."
We donated to Montana's crowdfuning campaign a couple years back when this story first broke. PLEASE JOIN US NOW AND PITCH IN - BECAUSE THEY ARE FARMERS AND THEY REALLY NEED OUR HELP. Thank you! Jim & Megan
The effect of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership treaty would be to consolidate and codify corporate control and severely subjugate citizen' rights. Canada's diary farmers - operating under a popular and effective quota-supply-system has the potential to throw a monkey wrench into the entire works. With Canada's election scheduled for October, we can only hope and cheer on Canada's family farmers.
"Gauthier, whose three brothers help run the farm, says defending the Canadian system is worth sinking the trade accord, and that any compromise by Prime Minister Stephen Harper would endanger his re-election in Canada’s election in October.
“'You can argue about the economics of the issue, but for us, it is important that you can support yourself and be a good farmer without being very large,' Gauthier said as his 80-year-old father surveyed the century-old farm from a bicycle...
"Japan’s hesitancy to open its rice market and U.S. reluctance to changes in its sugar program also contributed to talks last month grinding to a halt short of a deal...
"'With food, your guiding principle shouldn’t be to produce whatever is cheapest,' said Kessler, 53, who arrived in Canada from Switzerland when he was 17.
"'There’s no such thing as a free market,' Kessler said. 'Someone always controls the production. It’s just that here it’s the farmers, and in other countries it’s the processors.'" Jim
Do NOT miss this MUST WATCH interview with Steve Druker by FIN's Carol Grieve'. You will gain critical and unparalleled insight into the landmark lawsuit against the FDA which exposed the starkly illegal basis upon which GE food has entered the American food supply. Steve possesses gravitas and shares the indisputable facts about GE food.
Also - don't miss Steve's talk at National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa two weeks from now. http://theheirloomexpo.com/
"'It's almost like a huge comedy of errors that has allowed these [GE] foods to continue to be on the market. Despite the fact that the FDA administrators violated the law in making the initial presumption that they were generally-recognized-as-safe and continue to violate the law. And the fact is that as each year continues to go on, it becomes clearer that there is not a general recognition of the safety of these foods in the scientific community. It's clearer now than it was in 1998 when the judge acknowledged that we had shown that there wasn't such a consensus. Just within the last eight months, hundreds of scientists have signed a statement that there is no consensus among experts about the safety of those foods. That statement has been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal." Jim
Germany's announcement follows on the heels of Scotland's recent statement similarly expressing their desire to ban the growing of GE crops.
"Germany’s Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Christine Schmidt has told German state governments that the country intends to use the new clause that allows individual EU countries to ban the growing of genetically engineered (GE) crops." Jim
Yet further documentation of unethical behavior displayed by the backers of genetically-engineered (GE) crops - this time, children being used as guinea pigs without clear parental consent.
"The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition is retracting a scientific paper that claimed to show that genetically engineered rice serves as an effective vitamin A supplement after a Massachusetts judge denied the first author's motion for an injunction against the publisher.
"The journal announced plans to retract the paper last year following allegations that the paper contained ethical mis-steps, such as not getting informed consent from the parents of children eating the rice, and faking ethics approval documents." Jim
A new study shows Biotech’s claim that mandatory Right-to-Know GMO Labeling will be interpreted by consumers as an unfair ‘warning to avoid’ is WRONG.
Joining this newly-confirmed false Tobacco-Lobbyist-generated propaganda is yet another common Biotech red herring which claims food manufacturers will be forced to deal with plethora of wildly different State GMO Labeling laws. WRONG. The truth is that Maine, Vermont and Connecticut have passed mandatory GMO Labeling laws that are VIRTUALLY IDENTICAL. Our three States were careful to coordinate legal definitions with one another. We understand CONSISTENT MANDATORY GMO LABELING LAWS ARE GOOD POLICY AND MAKE GOOD SENSE. The lesson here – ONCE AGAIN – is DON’T BELIEVE A SINGLE WORD Biotech has to offer because they have a habitual problem telling the truth.
"... most people who support GMO labeling laws do so out of a desire to make an informed decision about what they're eating, rather than out of concern that GMOs are dangerous." Jim
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
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