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Thursday, February 6, 2014

GMA unifies food industry in GMO label fight

The Grocery Manufacturers Association doesn't want you to know what's in your food. They want all GMO commodity crops to be considered 'natural' and only supports voluntary labeling of GMOs in food. Labeling scares them. And rightfully so, they have been hiding pesticides and harmful ingredients in food for years. There are so many inaccuracies in the statements from the CEO of the GMA, it is hard to know where to start. Keep in mind the next GMO corn coming to a store near you is going to be coated with 2,4-D herbicide, one of the original ingredients of Agent Orange, and further artificially designed in a lab to create toxins in each and every cell of the plant. Poisoned on the inside and outside. Just common sense says that will cause some real health issues when consumed over a lifetime. And they think that should be considered natural. WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW ABSOLUTELY WHICH FOODS ARE UNNATURALLY CREATED BY THE INSERTION OF FOREIGN DNA INTO PLANTS FROM ENTIRELY DIFFERENT ORGANISMS, LIKE BACTERIA AND VIRUSES. PLANT DNA CROSSED WITH ANIMAL DNA IS NOT NATURAL. And we have the right to know which pesticides are sprayed on GMO crops. The GMA thinks it should be called natural, because that will boost sales.

Childhood cancer rates continue to accelerate and not to mention allergies and autism. The exposures to chemicals in our food is a result of the partnership and collusion between the FDA and giant agricultural/chemical companies. We must stop the revolving doors between business and the government agencies that are supposed to be policing them. Money shouldn't be the loudest voice in the room.

Just remember this: Whatever big business wants, it's not because they are thinking of your welfare. I guarantee whatever they are suggesting is to protect their profits. Don't trust the FDA as well, they are manned to great degree by previous executives of the big agriculture/food/chemical industries. Just pass the labeling laws and let's see where the cards fall. I bet it would all work out, and to our favor as consumers. It didn't crash the agricultural or food industries in the more than 65 countries that now restrict GMOs or require labeling, including the most populated country on earth, China. They are spreading fear and false information to keep us in the dark.

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GMA unifies food industry in GMO label fight

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Invasion - Little Fire Ants in Hawaii

"Our Food Is Dishonestly Priced": Michael Pollan on the Food Movement's Next Goal of Justice for Food Workers

Industry plays up the image of the food snob to keep us divided, but the stereotype hides a much more diverse and savvy movement, says best-selling author and food activist Michael Pollan.
Take a stroll through most grocery stores, and many of the products claim to be organically grown or locally sourced. The foodie movement has swept America in the last decade, thanks in no small part to the work of journalists and intellectuals who have championed the cause online, in print and on the airwaves.
Michael Pollan is inarguably one of the most influential of these figures. Pollan is most famous for his books, especially In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (2008) and The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006). He also contributes regularly to publications such as the New York Times Magazine, where his work has received numerous awards, and is a professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. 
As organic, locally grown food has emerged as a cultural and economic counterforce to industrialized agriculture, critics have claimed it is elitist and accessible only to those with the resources to pay more for their nourishment. Pollan and his allies have responded, in part, by drawing the public's attention to the low-wage workers who work in the field, behind the counter, and in the kitchen. In recent years Pollan has supported the efforts of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, an organization dedicated to improving working conditions and wages for tomato pickers' in Florida; in December 2013 he sided with fast food strikers and their demand for a $15 dollar per hour wage. In an email missive for MoveOn.org (received by 8 million subscribers), Pollan wrote: "If we are ever to . . . produce food sustainably and justly and sell it at an honest price, we will first have to pay people a living wage so that they can afford to buy it." In his words, fair wages must be part of the push to democratize food.
I recently connected with Pollan to discuss equitable food pricing, farm worker rights, and industrial agriculture's role in casting the food movement as elitist.  (What follows is a condensed and edited version of our conversation.) I began by asking Pollan about his evolving personal interest in the plight of food workers.
"I've been really paying more attention to it over time than I did at the beginning," he said. "When I wrote my first book about the food system, The Omnivore's Dilemma, I didn't talk in detail about labor. It was much more from the point of view of the eater than the person behind the counter.
"But the food movement is all about connecting the dots," Pollan continued. "Both the farm workers and the fast food workers are very important in the food system. I think Eric Schlosser did this better than anyone in Fast Food Nation (2001), where the focus was very much on food workers, slaughterhouse workers and farm workers. I think he's helped to sensitize a lot of people in the food movement who perhaps weren't paying as much attention to this part of the puzzle as they should have been. You definitely find the interest spreading and accelerating as social inequality has gotten so much worse in the last few years."

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"Our Food Is Dishonestly Priced": Michael Pollan on the Food Movement's Next Goal of Justice for Food Workers



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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

I have said this for awhile now, "Keep the Big Island of Hawaii GMO free and take advantage of the growing market for GMO-free food." Create an agriculture plan to take advantage of the rest of the world's desire for non-GMO commodity crops!



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How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World : The Salt : NPR

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Disappeared News: Follow the money to understand why the public is being locked out of testimony on a key pro-GMO bill

This blog says it all. Biotech will stop at nothing to make Hawaii theirs, to pollute as needed for profits. They don't care one ounce for the land or the people. And the politicians are goosestepping in line for handouts. Whether they believe in what they are doing or not, it is wrong to usurp the will of the local governments and people. We have already spoken, NO MORE GMOs!

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Disappeared News: Follow the money to understand why the public is being locked out of testimony on a key pro-GMO bill

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Is China Going to Lead the World in GM Food Labelling?

China is continuing to require distinctions for GMO foods for consumers by requiring stores to set up different areas just for foods with GMO ingredients. We here in America are still in the dark about eating GMO foods. Our government doesn't want to disturb the giant agro-mega sized global chemical companies. We do have the best government corporations can buy.



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Is China Going to Lead the World in GM Food Labelling?



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Monsanto - Picking Up God's Slack

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Hemp would kick cotton's ass. Grow hemp not GMOs.

Monsanto will not let hemp grow to compete with their 'magic cotton seed'. Monsanto now accounts for 90% of GMO cotton seed sold in America. Hemp would kick cotton's ass! Why are things the way they are? Just follow the money.

At least for now look for the organic cotton label and stop sending your hard earned money to corporations that are putting profits before the welfare of the people. We have a right to be suspicious of companies that have a hundred year history of pollution and graft, like Monsanto.

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GM Grass Goes Yard | fieldquestions

Read this article. A GMO grass has gotten out into the environment and created more super-weeds, and there is no taking it back! A perfect example of why non-GMO farmers CANNOT co-exist with these biotech farms. GMOs are being scattered everywhere by scientists and companies bent on OWNING the next big GMO crop. Stop this insanity, stop the wholesale plantings of GMO crops until we can create a SAFE way of evaluating the need and safety of GMOs.

And btw, boycott all Scotts/Miracle-Gro products. O.K. one more thing: Keep in mind that golf courses are one of the more toxic environments you can encounter.

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GM Grass Goes Yard

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Washington State University develops non-GMO, non-browning apple alternative | The Organic & Non-GMO Report

This article shows the real need for GMO transgender foods is a bullshit business trumped up as our savior to farming. Not so. Conventional breeding programs can offer safe alternatives. Scientists often conveniently forget the Precautionary Principle when it comes to profits. Corporate sponsored science should always be suspect, for corporations are required to put profits before the welfare of the public.



Washington State University develops non-GMO, non-browning apple alternative | The Organic & Non-GMO Report



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Spectrum Seed helps farmers see advantages of going non-GMO | The Organic & Non-GMO Report

Indiana-based company provides farmers with high-yielding non-GMO corn seed choices
Scott Odle is probably as far from being an anti-GMO activist as anyone could be. He has spent his life in conventional farming, growing up on an Indiana farm, studying agricultural economics at Purdue University, working for Cargill, and then returning to his family farm. A self-described conservative, Odle has doubts that genetically modified foods are harmful. Yet, Odle and his Indiana-based company, Spectrum Seed, are supporting the growing non-GMO food movement and have built a successful business, developing and selling non-GMO corn seed.
How did Odle’s journey lead him to the non-GMO world? A combination of factors including concerns about control over seed by a few large corporations, better economics and yields of non-GMO production, and the need to make agriculture more sustainable.
Not too many years ago, Odle admits he was “aggressive” on using genetically modified corn traits on his Indiana farm. But over time he started questioning the value of GM seed, and realized non-GMO was performing better. “I was gaining seven to ten more bushels per acre with non-GMO,” he says.

“We wanted to be simple

Five years ago, Odle connected with Scott Johnson, a plant breeder who had worked for biotech giant BASF. “Scott found there were a lot of good non-GMO products out there,” Odle says.
Odle, Johnson, and several other colleagues then launched Spectrum Seed.
“I thought as producers we needed more choice. The price increases (for GM seed) were huge. It scared me how much I was spending on seed,” Odle says.
The aim was to create a company that would focus on developing and selling quality non-GMO corn seed and treat its customers well.
“Our mantra was that we wanted to be simple. We don’t require a refuge in a bag (as GM seed companies do), there are no rules, and none of our corn has been rejected in China,” Odle says, referring to China’s rejection of Syngenta’s unapproved AgriSure GM corn.
Spectrum is succeeding. “We are going into our fifth selling season, and our sales have almost doubled every year,” Odle says.
This year Spectrum offers 20 different non-GMO corn hybrids with maturity dates ranging from 82 to 116 days. They sell seed in 38 states.

Field trials show non-GMO outperforms GMO

This past year Spectrum conducted field trials of its non-GMO corn hybrids, comparing them with GM corn varieties in different regions in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Ohio. The results showed that Spectrum’s hybrids produced yields that were as good as, or in some cases, better than GM varieties from Pioneer Hi-Bred, DeKalb, and other seed companies. For example in east central Iowa, Spectrum’s 6104 corn variety produced 181 bushels per acre compared to 178 bushels per acre for a Pioneer variety.
“We can produce yield without having (GMO) traits,” Odle says.
To ensure the non-GMO status of its seed, Spectrum receives third-party certification through the Identity Preservation program offered by the Indiana Crop Improvement Association. The program requires a threshold of less than 1.0% adventitious GM material or 99.0% purity for non-GMO corn. Spectrum’s hybrids have been tested to 0.2% and 0.1% adventitious GM material.


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GM Purple Tomatoes Set for EU Legal Problems over Human Testing - Sustainable Pulse

Following the announcement last week that 1200 litres of GM purple tomato juice is being sent to the UK from Canada for testing, before the GM tomatoes themselves enter shops across the country, EU and US scientists have expressed serious concerns.
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The aim is to use the GM tomato juice in research to conduct a wide range of tests including examining whether the anthocyanin they contain has positive effects on heart patients in UK hospitals. However, according to a number of EU and US scientist sources, these GM tomatoes have never been tested for toxicity in animal feeding trials, which is a legal requirement in the EU.
If regulators in the EU do allow human trials before animal testing, this will violate EU regulations for GMOs and at worst would border on a criminal act, given that it is possible that an adverse reaction might take place. Canadian regulators are also set for similar legal problems, if as expected they allow GM tomatoes to be sold in the country within 2 years.
The GM purple tomatoes were invented at the John Innes Centre in Norwich by a team led by Prof Cathie Martin. Due to EU regulations the tomatoes were then sent to Canada, where they were developed further.
The GM tomatoes contain the pigment, known as anthocyanin, which is an antioxidant and claims have been made suggesting that they could help fight cancer. These claims are based on the results of a small scale test on mice which has beenrefuted or questioned by experts, including the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and Cancer Research UK (CRUK).
GM Watch has outlined the main points regarding why GM purple tomatoes are not required and also a number of scientific points on why they could be dangerous to human health:
1. A general point about anthocyanins: There are over 200 types and they constitute the main red/purple pigment class found in common fruit and vegetables, e.g. red cabbage, red onions, berries, etc. (Note: the purple of beetroot is not an anthocyanin but another nonetheless valuable antioxidant.) Thus one can have a diet rich in anthocyanins without resorting to GM purple tomatoes. What Cathie Martin and her colleagues have produced is totally unnecessary given the abundance of anthocyanins already in food plants.
2. The Ti-plasmid transgene cassette contains a kanamycin (antibiotic) resistance gene, which would have been used in the initial selection of the GM transformants. They don’t mention the use of kanamycin selection in the methods section of their paper but there is no other way they could have conveniently selected for transformants. It is conspicuous they avoid mentioning this, perhaps in order to avoid attracting attention to it, in light of the fact that the EU has asked for antibiotic resistance genes not to be present in the final GM plant.
3. The transgenes involved are two from snapdragons and are a class of proteins known as “transcription factors”; ie proteins that control the expression of many other genes. Thus there is no way that these two transcription factor genes would have just turned on the target genes for anthocyanin synthesis and not interfered with the function of others. The data they present looking at gene expression profiles is inconclusive in this respect using a somewhat outdated, crude method compared to what can be done now. The tomato genome sequence has now been determined and so state-of-the-art methods such as gene-chip microarrays or better still total mRNA (transcriptome) analysis by high throughput sequencing can now be used to properly assess what the GM process has actually resulted in.
4. These tomatoes CANNOT be called substantially equivalent to the non-GM parent as they have a substantially different chemistry and composition compared to the non-GM parent.
5. No generic toxicity testing, either short- or long-term, of these tomatoes has been published and we must assume it has not been done. The only additional work published with these GM purple tomatoes is to show that high anthocyanin in the skin extends shelf life. No work has been done to see if nutrient content is preserved during the time of extended shelf life. If the nutrient content is not preserved, then it’s a rip-off in terms of what the consumer is getting.
6. The whole idea of GM “nutritionally enhanced” foods starts with two major conceptual flaws; (i) there is something wrong with the diversity of foods we have already and (ii) that high levels of a single nutrient is going to result in significantly improved health status – in this case, warding off cancer. This is nonsense on both counts.
So in allowing these GM tomatoes to be grown on their territory, the Canadian authorities, rather than being more “enlightened”, as Martin claims, appear to have been “endarkened” by pro-GM propaganda.
For those who are fixated on a purple tomato-related answer to cancer, a peer-reviewed study found that extracts of the fruit of non-GM anthocyanin-rich tomatoes inhibited two human cancer cell lines in a dose dependent manner.
GM Purple Tomatoes Set for EU Legal Problems over Human Testing - Sustainable Pulse

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