Jul 272015
 
House Passes Bill to Prohibit States From Labelling GMOs! Ask Your Senators to Oppose Any Bill That Prohibits Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods! Should You Decide If You Want to Eat GMOs? Ask Your Senators to Oppose Any Bill Prohibiting GMO Labels! http://act.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=65883&em_id=58581.0 The House of Representatives passed a bill last week that will prohibit states from labelling genetically engineered foods! Can you ask your Senators to oppose any bill that tries to take away labeling for genetically engineered foods? Why is this important? Well, in poll after poll, more than 90% of people want food to be labelled if it contains genetically engineered ingredients. Several states have already passed laws requiring labelling, including Vermont, which will require labels on all foods starting next summer,unless this terrible bill passes through Congress and is signed into law by President Obama. It’s really important that your Senators hear from you, so they’re not misled by the Big Food Corporations that want to prohibit GMO labeling. The lobbyists for Big Food have been busy on Capitol Hill, and it appears that many members of Congress may be confused by the language in the “Safe and Accurate Food Labelling Act.” It sounds good doesn’t it? We call it the Denying Americans the Right to Know Act (DARK Act). We get a lot of questions about why we need labelling for GMOs, even from staff of members of Congress! Our answers are below. We hope you’ll contact your Senators today, and give them the information below, so they can vote the right way and protect your right to know what’s in your food. Question: What is a genetically engineered food or GMO? Answer: A genetically engineered food is a plant or animal that has been changed by taking genes from one species and inserting them into the DNA of another species or altering the DNA in a way that could never happen through traditional cross-breeding or in nature. Question: Aren’t genetically engineered foods safe? Answer: The approval process for new GMO crops in the U.S. is extremely weak and relies solely on the safety tests done by the corporations that are creating these crops. Right now, most crops are approved by federal regulators under the “generally recognized as safe” provision, which means that if a GMO corn variety looks and “acts” like the non-GMO version of corn, it is approved. Question: But don’t farmers need genetically engineered foods to feed the (more…)
Jun 292015
 
Why is Monsanto a government agent?  We have campaigns to end bullying.  Stop Monsanto Bullying! The US is blackmailing Salvador, or trying to. Salvador just had an election June first, and the leaders who fought the oligarchy won.  These were the leaders of the campesinos. Those who defended the campesinos from the military repression, the FMLN, were now in power through a fair election. The appropriate action would be for the U.S. to apologize for funding the repression and to offer to pay reparations. A high level delegation should have been sent to recognize the new Salvadoran leadership, who embody the hopes and the dreams and the sacrifices of the poor. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to be on the side of justice and human rights? But rather than send a high level delegate, rather than offer reparations, rather than extend our hand in friendship to the new Salvadoran administration, the United States is actually trying to bully the Salvadorans. The U.S. is trying to force El Salvador to use Monsanto’s GMO seedsrather than their own indigenous seeds or risk losing nearly $300 million in aid. Read Full article     Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Apr 202015
 
Regulators Discover a Hidden Viral Gene in Commercial GMO Crops by Jonathan Latham and Allison Wilson How should a regulatory agency announce they have discovered something potentially very important about the safety of products they have been approving for over twenty years? In the course of analysis to identify potential allergens in GMO crops, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has belatedly discovered that the most common genetic regulatory sequence in commercial GMOs also encodes a significant fragment of a viral gene (Podevin and du Jardin 2012). This finding has serious ramifications for crop biotechnology and its regulation, but possibly even greater ones for consumers and farmers. This is because there are clear indications that this viral gene (called Gene VI) might not be safe for human consumption. It also may disturb the normal functioning of crops, including their natural pest resistance. Regulators Discover a Hidden Viral Gene in Commercial GMO Crops independentsciencenews.org Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Apr 252014
 
 Folks This Ain’t Normal It is true today of the corporate terrocrats in the food industry as it was in 2011.  Joel Salatin in his book and his videos is trying to tell everybody the corporation and the governments are trying to control what you eat and how you can distribute.  In Texas its against the law to distribute food to your neighbour.  Monsanto and the boys will take control any way they can. Ladies and gentlemen, behold, the food morons. Welcome to the land of “Moronica” where its against the law to know what you are eating and its against the law to eat “real food”. Our leaders in the food industry are notably stupid and lacking in good judgement. Joel explains the situation clearly and with humour.  Enjoy! Keep moving forward, no fear Mike Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms – Folks This Ain’t Normal [hdvideo playlistid=11] Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farms, author of Folks This Ain’t Normal (to be released October 10, 2011), activist and leading spokesperson for local, sustainable food system in movies such as Farmageddon, Food Inc., Fresh and American Meat, describes how this new book, published by Hachette Groups, will shake up the food rights movement and introduce the public to organizations such as Weston A. Price Foundation and the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farms, author of Folks This Ain’t Normal (to be released October 10, 2011), activist and leading spokesperson for local, sustainable food system in movies such as Farmageddon, Food Inc., Fresh and American Meat, describes how this new book, published by Hachette Groups, will shake up the food rights movement and introduce the public to organizations such as Weston A. Price Foundation and the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.   Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Apr 192014
 
Vermont Lawmakers Pass Country’s First No-Strings-Attached GMO Labeling Law Organic Consumers Association, April 16, 2014 For related articles and more information, please visit OCA’s Millions Against Monsanto and our Genetic Engineering page. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 16, 2014 CONTACT: Organic Consumers Association, Katherine Paul, 207.653.3090 FINLAND, Minn. – Today, by a vote of 28-2, the Vermont state Senate passed H.112, a bill to require mandatory labeling of foods sold in Vermont that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The bill also makes it illegal to call any food product containing GMOs “natural” or “all natural.” Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require four or five other states to pass GMO labelling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont’s law contains no “trigger” clauses, making it the first “clean” GMO labelling law in the country. The bill now goes back to the House which is expected to agree to the Senate’s amendments, then to Gov. Peter Shumlin who is expected to sign it. Ronnie Cummins, national director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), issued the following statement: Today’s victory in Vermont has been 20 years in the making. Ever since genetically modified crops and foods entered the U.S. food supply in the early 1990s, without adequate independent pre-market safety testing and without labels, U.S. consumers have fought to require the labeling of foods containing GMOs. Consumer demand for mandatory labeling of GMOs spawned a national grassroots movement that has persevered despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent by the biotech and food industries to lobby state lawmakers in Vermont, and to fund anti-labeling campaigns in California (2012) and Washington State (2013). Today, consumers and a number of principled legislators in Vermont made it clear to Monsanto, Coca-Cola and other opponents of consumers’ right to know: We will not back down. This movement is here to stay. We expect that Monsanto will sue the state of Vermont in order to prevent enactment of H.112. We also expect that Monsanto will lose, and the law will go into effect on schedule, on July 1, 2016. We expect that the Grocery Manufacturers Association, a multi-billion lobbying group representing more than 300 food, pesticide and drug makers, will try to pass their “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014,” introduced last week by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), intended to strip Vermont, and all other states, of their right to pass GMO (more…)
Dec 212013
 
From The Editor: This is a short video sharing the truth about GMO. I fully support this research and disclosure. The opinions of the websites associated with this production, are left to your own discernment. This video shares very important aspects of how Monsanto and most corporate giants deal with information about them and their products. The methodology of dis-information exemplified in this video is to be studied carefully.   Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
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Aug 072013
 
was invited to write the editorial to accompany a study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine looking at the highly conflicted process used to decide whether food additives are Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS). Here’s the study. Here’s my editorial. I know this sounds completely crazy, but here’s what the study found: Manufacturers get to decide whether food additives are safe or not. Manufacturers get to decide whether to bother to tell the FDA the additives are in the food supply. And if they do volunteer to inform the FDA (and many do), Manufacturers get to decide who sits on the panels that review the evidence for safety. In reading the study, it seemed to me that: As long as not too many people roll over dead after eating foods with new additives, nobody will ever have a clue whether the additive is safe. The regulatory gap has spawned an entire enterprise of GRAS consultants and GRAS consulting firms who are in the business—presumably lucrative—of providing the scientific documentation the FDA needs to determine additive safety. Some of the consultants need to do a better job.  The FDA raises enough questions that about 15% (my estimate) of the requests would be denied. The good news: If the FDA sees the safety documentation, it does its job. But what happens to the rejected additives?  Or the ones that don’t get voluntarily sent to FDA? Nobody really knows (think: caffeine in alcohol drinks–the FDA had no idea). We need a better food safety system in this country and conflicts of interests in GRAS additive approvals are a good place to start. Here’s what USA Today has to say about this (I’m quoted). Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
May 302013
 
By Katherine Paul Organic Consumers Association, May 30, 2013 For related articles and more information, please visit OCA’s Genetic Engineering page and our Millions Against Monsanto page. On the eve (May 24, 2013) of a worldwide protest  against Monsanto, 71 U.S. senators (listed below) voted against an amendment to the Senate version of the 2013 Farm Bill  that would have guaranteed states the right to enact mandatory GMO (genetically modified organism) labeling laws. Seventy-one Senators voted against you, the 90 percent of consumers who have said  that you want labels on foods containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients. Seventy-one Senators – including 28 so-called liberal Democrats and 43 Republican so-called defenders of states’ rights – voted against your state’s Constitutional Tenth Amendment right to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens and local businesses. We know who those Senators are. And we plan to make certain that everyone who cares about food safety and food sovereignty knows who they are, too. We’ll make sure that every consumer, citizen, voter knows that last year Monsanto donated almost $6 million , more than any other company, to the agriculture lobby. And that almost $1 million of that money went directly to political candidates, including some of the 71 Senators who voted against states’ rights to label GMOs. And we will make sure that every one of those Senators knows that if they support any amendment or rider to the Farm Bill that would preempt state labeling laws, that if they fight labeling laws in any of their home states, we’ll support efforts to recall them where possible, or oppose them if recall isn’t an option. The Sanders Amendment: What and Why The Sanders amendment (S.AMDT.965) was introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt). Co-sponsored by Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the amendment was intended to definitively establish that states have the right to require labeling of GE ingredients. In fact, states already have the right to enact mandatory GMO labeling laws, just as they’ve passed nearly 200 other state laws governing food safety and agriculture. State GMO labeling, and other food safety and food labeling laws, are guaranteed under the Constitution. Federal law, upheld for decades by federal court legal decisions, allows states to pass laws relating food safety or food labels when the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has no prior regulations or prohibitions in place. There is currently no federal law or FDA (more…)
Jul 122011
 
Tuesday 12 July 2011 by: Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report Joel Mbithi (left), farm manager of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute’s Kiboko Research Station, and Yoseph Beyene, CIMMYT maize breeder, discuss experimental plots. They are developing drought tolerant top-cross hybrids as part of the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project. This is run by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) in partnership with Monsanto and CIMMYT, which supplies germplasm and expertise. (Photo: Anne Wangalachi/CIMMYT. [3]) “The World According to Monsanto,” a groundbreaking documentary on this insidious company’s massive influence, was a recent Truthout Progressive Pick of the Week. Get the DVD by making a donation of $30 or more to Truthout! [4] Skimming the Agricultural Development section of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation web site [5] is a feel-good experience: African farmers smile in a bright slide show of images amid descriptions of the foundation’s fight against poverty and hunger. But biosafety activists in South Africa are calling a program funded by the Gates Foundation a “Trojan horse” to open the door for private agribusiness and genetically engineered (GE) seeds, including a drought-resistant corn that Monsanto hopes to have approved in the United States and abroad. The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) program [6]  was launched in 2008 with a $47 million grant from mega-rich philanthropists Warrant Buffet [7] and Bill Gates. The program is supposed to help farmers in several African countries increase their yields with drought- and heat-tolerant corn varieties, but a report released last month by the African Centre for Biosafety [8] claims WEMA is threatening Africa’s food sovereignty and opening new markets for agribusiness giants like Monsanto. The Gates Foundation claims that biotechnology, GE crops and Western agricultural methods are needed to feed the world’s growing population and programs like WEMA will help end poverty and hunger in the developing world. Critics say the foundation is using its billions to shape the global food agenda and the motivations behind WEMA were recently called into question when activists discovered [9] the Gates foundation had spent $27.6 million on 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock between April and June 2010. Water shortages in parts of Africa and beyond have created a market for “climate ready” crops worth an estimated $2.7 billion. Leading biotech companies like Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer and Dow are currently racing to develop crops that will grow in drought conditions caused by climate change, and by participating in the WEMA program, Monsanto is gaining (more…)
Jun 262011
 
by edricthegreat May 3, 2010 If you live in the United States long enough, most of the carbon atoms in your body will be derived from corn, as demonstrated in the first scene of this clip. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDurZc5Yr6c As University of Virginia professor, Steve Macko explains, this carbon doesn’t come from eating corn-on-the-cob, it’s mostly from the many chemically-engineered, corn-based additives in the US food supply, such as High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). This is a segment from the ‘King Corn’ independent documentary film, where two recent college graduates embark on a mission to see where America’s food comes from–by growing it. In the rural town of Greene, Iowa, the two friends plant a single acre of the nation’s most powerful crop, and then set out to follow it, from a seed to the dinner plate. For more information: www.pbs.org/independentlens/kingcorn/ Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)