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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

USGS Release: Widely Used Herbicide Commonly Found in Rain and Streams in the Mississippi River Basin (8/29/2011 8:19:35 AM)


It is now raining Roundup weedkiller in the Midwest of America. GMOs are not an agricultural plan as much as they are a business plan. Every year since the introduction GMO commodity crops resistant to glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, farmers have had to spray more and more pesticides and herbicides. The weeds they are trying to kill are becoming resistant to the weedkiller, so more and more has to be sprayed. This fact is the complete opposite of what Monsanto and the rest of the bio-piracy corporations told us. They said that GMOs will help lower pesticide spraying. The science will catch up to their bullshit eventually. In the meantime stop eating GMOs for the sake of our planet and your health. Just remember this, "Don't panic, eat organic." DO the homework. Here is a frightening article from USGS government website:

USGS Release: Widely Used Herbicide Commonly Found in Rain and Streams in the Mississippi River Basin (8/29/2011 8:19:35 AM)

It appears now a good portion of the US has no choice as to whether they want to be sprayed with Roundup, mother nature now sprays everyone for free. 

Is Monsanto Using 4-H to Brainwash Your Children About GMOs?


Monsanto is boasting its partnership with 4-H programs by giving a shout-out to “National 4-H Week.”1
This is not the first time Monsanto has used its clever propaganda to influence our nation’s youth. The Council for Biotechnology Information widely circulated aBiotechnology Basics Activity Book for kids, a disturbing and brightly colored obvious intent to 'educate' the children.

4-H is the country’s largest youth organization with more than 6 million members in 80 countries around the world, involving children from elementary school age through high school.
The organization is extremely influential to children, impacting their intellectual and emotional development through their numerous programs and clubs. Unfortunately, Monsanto is using its partnership with 4-H as a vehicle to worm its way into your child’s mind in order to influence her developing beliefs and values.
Children are like little sponges, soaking up everything they see and hear, which makes them particularly vulnerable to being sucked in by propaganda.
And the effects could be life-long—at least they’re intended to be. Indeed you’d be hard-pressed to convince an adult, who from childhood was taught the merits of genetically engineered foods, that there’s anything wrong with such alterations of the food supply.  
If your child is involved in 4-H, it would be wise to monitor the messages she’s getting, given this organization’s  corporate sponsors and alliances.
4-H is really the perfect vehicle for Big Ag to manipulate an entire generation, using tactics not that different from the youth indoctrination strategies employed by political extremists in order to gain children’s trust and then “groom” them however they wish.
Think about it—what better way to control the future of our food system than to brainwash 6.8 million impressionable youth into believing that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are safe and beneficial, if not the answer to all the problems of the world?2

4-H Volunteers are Being Trained by Monsanto

The 4-H Youth Development Organization was originally set up by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to train the rural youth of America in hands-on skills like agriculture and raising animals, including the promotion of responsible animal husbandry and the cultivation of food resources in a responsible, ethical way.
The 4-H emblem, a four-leaf clover, is supposed to symbolize four actions (head, hands, heart, and health) as stated in their pledge:
“I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.”
However, as noble as their original vision is, it remains vulnerable to the influences of its funders. Just as the USDA and other government agencies have a carefully crafted and well established revolving door arrangement with industry, 4-H is increasingly in the grips of the corporations that fund it—specifically, the agricultural, biotech, and junk food industries.
According to its 2012 Annual Report,3 4-H’s funding comes from a long list of donors that include Monsanto, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Cargill, DuPont, United Soybean Board, Coca-Cola, and Pfizer. It doesn’t take much imagination to predict what sort of agenda 4-H would need to promote to keep its donors happy.
Read full article here:
Is Monsanto Using 4-H to Brainwash Your Children About GMOs?

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Mexican Judge Throws out Monsanto Appeal to Confirm GM Maize Ban - Sustainable Pulse

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A Mexican judge has thrown out the appeals of Mexico’s SEMARNAT (Environment and Natural Resources Ministry), and Monsanto, who were attempting to overturn aSeptember court ruling that banned the planting of GM maize in Mexico.
Rene Sanchez Galindo, the attorney for the group Acción Colectiva, revealed the failure of the appeals in a special announcement late last week.
Acción Colectiva, a group of 53 scientists and 22 organizations, which successfully brought the case to ban GM maize in Mexico, is led by Father Miguel Concha of the Human Rights Center Fray Francisco de Vittoria; Victor Suarez of ANEC (National Association of Rural Commercialization Entertprises); Dr. Mercedes Lopéz of Vía Organica; and Adelita San Vicente, a teacher and member of Semillas de Vida, a national organization that has been involved in broad-based social action projects to protect Mexico’s important status as a major world center of food crop biodiversity.
Sanchez Galindo stated that “the new court decision will maintain the temporary suspension of all trials and commercial planting of GM maize in Mexico, ordered by the first court ruling in September.”
Read full article here:
Mexican Judge Throws out Monsanto Appeal to Confirm GM Maize Ban - Sustainable Pulse

Monday, December 30, 2013

Whole Foods and the Organic Movement: Bigger Than You Think (WFM)

This past month, Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFM  ) co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb went on CNBC's Mad Money and made a surprising announcement: Instead of stopping at 1,000 stores, Whole Foods now sees itself growing to 1,200 locations nationwide.
With just 362 sites currently open, and growth occurring at a moderate pace, how could the company's leaders make such an audacious goal? By taking a quick look at Whole Foods' past, and the changing relationship we have with the food we eat, you might be surprised at the strength of both the organic movement in general and the Whole Foods brand in particular.
Don't underestimate this trendWhen I first heard about "organic" foods as a teenager, I thought it was a sham that allowed grocers to charge outrageous prices. Fifteen years later, my wife and I moved onto a tinyorganic coffee farm in Costa Rica and saw what a difference organic practices can make. Not only is the final product usually superior, but such forms of farming are also better for the health of those working in the fields as well as local ecosystems.
Apparently, we aren't alone. Over the last 15 years, the trend toward organic foods has been one of the strongest, most sustained shifts in eating habits since World War II.
Read entire article here:
Whole Foods and the Organic Movement: Bigger Than You Think (WFM)

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Whole Foods and the Organic Movement: Bigger Than You Think (WFM)

This past month, Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFM  ) co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb went on CNBC's Mad Money and made a surprising announcement: Instead of stopping at 1,000 stores, Whole Foods now sees itself growing to 1,200 locations nationwide.
With just 362 sites currently open, and growth occurring at a moderate pace, how could the company's leaders make such an audacious goal? By taking a quick look at Whole Foods' past, and the changing relationship we have with the food we eat, you might be surprised at the strength of both the organic movement in general and the Whole Foods brand in particular.
Don't underestimate this trendWhen I first heard about "organic" foods as a teenager, I thought it was a sham that allowed grocers to charge outrageous prices. Fifteen years later, my wife and I moved onto a tinyorganic coffee farm in Costa Rica and saw what a difference organic practices can make. Not only is the final product usually superior, but such forms of farming are also better for the health of those working in the fields as well as local ecosystems.
Apparently, we aren't alone. Over the last 15 years, the trend toward organic foods has been one of the strongest, most sustained shifts in eating habits since World War II.
Read entire article here:
Whole Foods and the Organic Movement: Bigger Than You Think (WFM)

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Young farmers see opportunities growing non-GMO | The Organic & Non-GMO Report


The growing demand for non-GMO corn and soybeans is creating opportunities for farmers to profit, and some young farmers aim to capitalize on those opportunities.

Wants to build non-GMO soybean processing facility

Kade McBroom, a fourth generation farmer in Quilin, Missouri wants to build a non-GMO soybean processing plant in his area.
McBroom, who is 26, farms about 3200 acres with his father, growing rice, corn, soybeans, and a small amount of wheat. He has been growing non-GMO soybeans for the past seven years. He earns a premium selling them to Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). Now he and several other farmers want to tap further into the fast-growing non-GMO market by building a facility to process value-added products such as non-GMO soybean meal for animal feed.
McBroom believes the ground is fertile for more non-GMO production in his area. He and several other farmers have been growing non-GMO soybeans for several years. “Farmers around here are proving that non-GMO soybeans can yield as well as GMO,” McBroom says.

Glyphosate is a “useless chemical” in southern Missouri

Another factor favoring non-GMO is that glyphosate, used with Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GMO soybeans, is being rendered ineffective by herbicide resistant weeds. “Glyphosate is a useless chemical. It will kill grass but not weeds,” McBroom says.
Still, McBroom says it can be difficult to convince farmers to grow non-GMO. “There is a myth in the farming community that non-GMO is old technology. It’s like talking to them about outdoor plumbing,” he says.

Read entire article here:
Young farmers see opportunities growing non-GMO | The Organic & Non-GMO Report

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My Potato Project; The Importance of "Organic"



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Green America:The Skinny on Alternative Sweeteners

Fifty to sixty percent of US sugar comes from sugar beets—and almost all of that comes from a genetically modified (GM) version of the plant. Sugar is in a good chunk of our foods, even savory ones like soups and bread. With no requirements in our country that GM foods be labeled, you may be consuming a lot more GM sugar that you think.

As detailed in the April/May 2012 “Frankenfood” issue of the Green Americana number of health concerns have been raised about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and most of them center around how little we know about the long-term effects of consuming these creations. 

“GMOs are being put in American food without long-term testing and without labeling,” says Elizabeth O’Connell, Green America’s GMO Inside campaign director. “The American public should have the right to an informed choice on whether or not to eat GM food, as they do in more than 60 other countries.”

You may already be aware of many of the many health issues around GMOs and sugar. What you may not be aware of are the sordid events that led to a marriage between the two, as this plant rose above the law.Angry Beet

Regulating the GM Sugar Beet
In March of 2005, genetically modified sugar beets appeared on the US market for the first time. Crafted by Monsanto to include a gene from a soil bacterium, this GM beet was able to withstand a copious onslaught of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide (glyphosate). The agricultural industry could spray as much of the weed-killer as it wanted without impacting crops.

Today, Monsanto’s GM sugar beets make up 95 percent of the US crop, having been planted year after year despite a US District Court injunction against planting and even a ruling by US District Court Judge Jeffrey White that the 2011 crop be destroyed due to illegal deregulation. The story of how Monsanto raised its product above the law is a case study of the power of the biotech industry over federal regulators.
Read more:
Green America: April/May 2013: The Skinny on Alternative Sweeteners

Sunday, December 29, 2013

being.com: The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You’re Broke


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