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Who really benefits from GMO labeling?

Would labeling do more harm than good?

I don't know, but this is disturbing. This guy really understands how the propaganda game is played.

It does seems to me that labeling is a pretty lame approach to this crisis.



YesOn37 Jon Rappoport's Blog



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Monsanto wanted to make the whole GMO issue about people who buy products. It wanted to frame the issue around that.



Why? Because that trivializes the whole situation. It isn’t about destruction of the natural food supply, it isn’t about the tonnage of poisonous pesticide sprayed on Roundup Ready GMO crops. It isn’t about nutrient-deficient GMO food. It isn’t about owning patents on the world’s food crops. It isn’t about the health dangers of eating GMO food. It isn’t about destroying the small farmer. It isn’t about all that. It’s really, you see, about the consumer’s right to know what’s in his food.



It’s about the buyer, the person who spends money at the check-out counter. It’s about consumers, and aren’t we all consumers? Aren’t we just people into whom are funneled all sorts of products? Isn’t that who we are? Aren’t we just the little creatures who buy stuff?


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Something else to worry about. A disturbing amount of plausibility. This blog is getting scary.

Obamacare Jon Rappoport's Blog



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At this late date, there are still people who don’t see the consequences of Obamacare. They cling to the notion that it’s simply a wonderful system that will allow more people to get vital medical care. That’s all they see or want to see.

They agree that medical treatment has an alarming toxic track record. But they don’t want to admit that Obamacare will spread that toxicity even further......

Therefore, the federal government (in collusion with pharmaceutical companies) will control, in great detail, the practice of medicine, and if that makes you feel warm and fuzzy, I have condos for sale on Pluto. You think the CDC and FDA are overbearing now? You haven’t seen anything yet.

Here’s a case of how this con game would function:

Let’s say a young boy suddenly develops rapid mood swings. He’s up, he’s down, he’s all over the place. He throws tantrums, then he sits in his room and won’t talk to anyone.

Unknown to him or his parents, the cause of all this bizarre behavior was GMO corn. The inserted genes in the corn provoked a massive inflammatory response, in which his immune system attacked the myelin insulation surrounding his nerves.

But the medical diagnosis, according to the Obamacare chart of allowable interpretations: Bipolar disease.

Now come the Bipolar drugs. Lithium, Valproate, with their highly destructive adverse effects—and the sanctity of GMO crops is protected.

And to take this a step further, the company that produces and sells GMO corn seeds knows all this. It knows that many people who are being diagnosed with Bipolar are actually suffering from an autoimmune reaction to the genes inserted in the corn.


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This is not sustainable. This environment is so toxic that nothing except gmo corn can live there. Eventually that will fail too.



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There were no bees. The air, the ground, seemed vacant. He found one ant "so small you couldn't pin it to a specimen board." A little later, crawling to a different row, he found one mushroom, "the size of an apple seed." (A relative of the one pictured below.) Then, later, a cobweb spider eating a crane fly (only one). A single red mite "the size of a dust mote hurrying across the barren earth," some grasshoppers, and that's it. Though he crawled and crawled, he found nothing else.

"It felt like another planet entirely," he said, a world denuded.

Yet, 100 years ago, these same fields, these prairies, were home to 300 species of plants, 60 mammals, 300 birds, hundreds and hundreds of insects. This soil was the richest, the loamiest in the state. And now, in these patches, there is almost literally nothing but one kind of living thing. We've erased everything else.

Cornstalks Everywhere But Nothing Else, Not Even A Bee : Krulwich Wonders... : NPR

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Got 3 gardening/seed catalogs in the mail recently. Glad to see that one company made a statement that none of their seeds contain GMO's


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The New EU Seed Law:

"On Monday May 6th a draconian new law was put before the European Commission, which creates new powers to classify and regulate all plant life anywhere in Europe.

The "Plant Reproductive Material Law" regulates all plants. It contains immediate restrictions on vegetables and woodland trees. (It also creates powers that can be used to restrict any other plants in the future, but the details of how this will work are left for later.)

Under the new law, it will immediately be illegal to grow, reproduce or trade any vegetable seed or tree that has not been tested and approved by a new "EU Plant Variety Agency", who will make a list of approved plants. Moreover, an annual fee must also be paid to the Agency to keep them on the list, and if not paid, they cannot be produced."

New EU Seed Law on Plant Reproductive Materials - what it means.



REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL
On the production and making available on the market of plant reproductive material
(plant reproductive material law)

https://ec.europa.eu/dgs/health_consumer/pressroom/docs/proposal_aphp_en.pdf

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GMO Wheat Found In Oregon Field. How Did It Get There? : The Salt : NPR

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he should sue Monsanto to cost of removing and future loss sale before they sue him for stealing trade secrete.

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according to this article, the Grocery Manufacturers association is laundering money for the GMO companies efforts to avoid labeling.

Grocery Manufacturers Association caught running money laundering slush fund for GMO food companies to conceal their identities in opposing I-522

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Yesterday, Food Democracy Now! received an urgent call from a concerned Congressional staffer about Monsanto's latest efforts to undermine our basic democratic rights.

As politicians in Washington DC discuss the "fiscal cliff", biotech lobbyists are desperate to slide provisions into any end of the year omnibus spending bill to make sure their new GMO crops can evade any serious scientific or regulatory review.

These riders, which we dubbed the "Monsanto Protection Act" earlier this year, would strip federal courts of their authority to halt the sale and planting of an illegal and potentially hazardous GMO crop.

Sadly I think "democratic rights" is a term for other countries.
I'm not clear on how these riders get in and why bills can't be clean, I guess it's part of the "democratic" USA process.

GMOs are a nightmare.
The big corps (food and drugs and doctors - yes I can them a corp) own the system.
GMO are bad for the environment your health and poor people.
GMOs are good for profits of the three amigos (food corps and drug corps and doctors).

All of the three amigos have a vested interested in seeing you sick - chronically sick.
They love GMOs.

They hate small organic farmers and people growing their own vegetables and working for a better healthier planet.

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There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be interested in signing it:

U.S. Congress: Stop the King Amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill

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Right now, a House and Senate conference committee is hashing out the details of the 2013 Farm Bill.

Within the House version of the bill is an amendment offered by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) that has the potential to wipe out states’ rights to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The amendment includes sweeping language about states’ rights to regulate food and farming, and could nullify a wide range of state and local measures regarding food safety, labeling, environmental requirements, humane treatment of farm animals, labor standards, and other important issues.

The amendment could also overturn current bans on dangerous agricultural chemicals like methyl iodide, and allow a flood of these pesticides into our food supply.

But there's still time to keep this dangerous amendment out of the final version of the Farm Bill. Please sign and share our petition today!

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PS Different states have been passing their Label GMO bills etc. Some of the states can't stand by themselves and need other states to pass the bill etc for it to start to go into effect.
People are finding out about GMO's and are getting laws passed etc.
We need to stand up for our individual rights and share this information with others so we can get the word out.
The government should represent it's people and not corporations which do not have our interests at heart.

I personally healed myself of a basal cell carcinoma and one of the things I did was remove all GMO's from my diet.
While going through the healing process by mistake I ate some catchup that had GMO canola oil in it and my basal cell carcinoma flared up.
Another time, by accident I ate some GMO corn and once again the basal cell carcinoma flared up.

I have meet a lot of people who are getting allergies, can't eat corn, getting immune diseases, can't get pregnant and people who are dying way to early in life from cancers and they happened to eat a lot of
GMO sugar etc. Cancer has been on the rise since GMO's came into the food supply. One out of every 2 people will come down with some form of cancer.
Please stand up and share this information with others, so we can stop this GMO experiment on US citizens!!!!

The idea is, enough people find out, stand up and they will stop buying GMO products and that will cause the tipping point where corporations like Kellog's will no longer use GMO corn etc.
It is starting to happen, we just need to get the word.
We are not expecting Corporations to do the right thing but will be motivated when they start loosing profits.
Kellog's make GMO free corn flakes for Europe but uses GMO corn for the US.
Herseys' uses GMO free sugar for Europe but GMO sugar for the US.
These Corporations can and know how to not use GMO's for Europe and once they see there profits decrease for GMO products, they can easily switch to non-GMO, heck they are already doing it for Europe!!!

I believe each individual can make a difference and GMO's should definately not be in our food supply!!!

Wishing you a GMO free and Happy Holidays,

Rachel

PSS Monsanto hercide is causing new diseases in the plant kingdom along with the rise of old diseases. Dr. Mercola interviewed this scientist for plant diseases and he stated it was alarming and contacted the head of the FDA Food and Safety division (who happens to be a Monsanto man, put in that department and created for him by Pres. Obama) and I do not think he has done anything about it. The thing is, there is a new plant disease that jumps from plant to human being that was developed or mutated from using Monsanto's Roundup!!! This has never existed before and now it is out there. We need to stop using Roundup, it is destroying our enviroment and could have huge problems for mankind in the near future. You can go to https://www.mercola.com/ and look at past interview videos on GMO's or go to https://www.organicconsumers.org/ and read articles about Monsanto's dirty dealings.

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It's pretty bad that we the people have to spend all our time fighting and petitioning to stop the govt from doing what it shouldn't do in the first place. They and the politicians make a mockery out of the word "democracy".

As you pointed out the laws are past for the corporations (who own the politicians and paid for their campaigns).

It would be nice if some lawyers sued them from trying to pass and/or passing laws that hurt people.

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See attached image.
Congrats to us all for making a difference.
BRAVO!!!

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Heard this on Bloomberg today and had to share it.
Cheerios is made by General Mills.
General Mills - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bloomberg said: they were taking GMO's out of Cheerios which was what we have been working and waiting for: the tipping point. It is starting to happen. The corporations will feel it in their pocket books and to boost profits, will remove GMO's from their products because we the customer's aren't going to buy GMO's.

That is the grass root method. Monsanto may have bought Washington but we the people, each and every single one of us, as a group can make a difference and we are starting to see it manifest!!!!

Hurray!!!!!

Our government might not have our best interests at heart but we can change that.
Corporations should not have the ability to get a foot hold in our governement, it is like having a wolf watching the hen house.
Government and Corporations should be separate, just as church and state are separate.

Monsanto people should not be in the FDA, Congressmen should not when they leave office go work as a lobbiest for corporations because their votes are bought while in office, with the guarantee of becoming a lobbiest for corporations with huge big salaries. Congressmen should not get campaign funding from corporations etc. Our system is broken but having said that, we can make positive changes and we are seeing that today with Cheerios.
Other companies have also removed GMO's from their products but Cheerios is a big brand and this is the beginning of the domino's. I am waiting and looking forward to here from Kellogg's and Hersey etc.

As a trader, as we here more and more about GMO's leaving the grocery shelf, that will affect: Soy, Corn, Sugar and Canola Oil.

Cheerios ingredients: WHole Grain Oast, Corn Starch, Sugar, etc. SO the two GMO's are Corn Starch and Sugar.
The beginning of a nice trade in the future?

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This was posted in the Unexplained thread, thought I would put a link to it:

Scroll down to post 972.

Another YouTube video you might want to watch:

You can't get to this video, so do a search on Google for:
(GMO) F. William Engdahl Vatican lecture,
that will get you to it.

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OCA: Tell the FDA: No Watered-Down, Voluntary Federal GMO Labeling Rules!

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Last year in the USA, they tried to make it illegal to grow your own food.
People found out, called their representatives and congress people and we the people stopped it.
Now they are trying another way of stopping small farmers and individuals from growing their own food.
If this gets passed in Europe they will try and get America to sign up for it, saying it is needed because of international trade agreements etc.
Let's hope they do not pass that in Europe.
I can't imagine the European people allowing this to take hold because they are more informed and have resisted GMO's so strongly in the past.

European Commission To Ban Heirloom Seeds - Criminalize Plants Not Registered With Government | TheSleuthJournal

The thing I don't understand is, the elite eat organic food: Obama, Romney etc. How are they going to get their organic food? Will they be breaking the law?

Let's hope the above law doesn't get passed.

Note: Heirloom seeds are organic but also bring biodiversity to the mix, which we so need.

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Bill Gates, funds new vaccine made from nano genetically engineered proteins.
Is this another way of saying: GMO's?

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The Supreme Court won?t stop Monsanto from suing farmers - Salon.com

Watch Jon Stewart video: very right on.

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What the fck kind of bullsht is this....just another example of how this country is going to sht..supreme court is a sick joke.
I'm not even going to bring up the Obamacare thing.....

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Thought I'd share something positive:
this about chef Rick Bayless growing organic sustainable food and helping local organic farmers with funding.
This is an award winning famous chef and if you live in Chicago, check him out.

Rick's Rooftop - EarthBox - Homegrown Vegetables Without A Garden

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Monsanto?s BT-Toxins Found to Kill Human Embryo Cells | NationofChange\

Labeling is a lame and insufficient approach. These crops must be banned.

Do you really think that these toxic effects are totally unintended?

If anyone, even me, can find out about this, don't you think Monsanto, and the political elites who enable them, also know about it?

Why exactly is it that Monsanto is so highly politically connected, to the extent that they seem to dictate government policy? What is the hidden agenda here?



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New research from Canada show that BT toxins are showing up in pregnant women, and low and behold – they are killing human embryo cells. 2014 is the year of the horse, but we’re not through beating this one to death.

It’s called reproductive toxicology, and just like their suicide seeds, these Bt toxins are starting to kill our own unborn children. This is no exaggeration. Hopefully reading further will compel you to take action. It is time to put Monsanto to rest, bankrupt them, and let the world know their ‘secrets’ near and far.

Bt toxins are prominent in genetically altered crops such as corn, soy, wheat, and others, called Cry1Ab – and they can be lethal. Not only do these cry-toxins target the kidney cells of developing human fetuses, but when Cry1Ab and Cry1Ac are combined with RoundUp, they can delay apoptosis of human cancer cells. What’s worse, glyphosate, the main ingredient in RoundUp, also causes necrosis – i.e. the death of human tissue, and this happens even when the substance is found in much smaller amounts than what is currently being used on our agricultural crops. The stuff is still carcinogenic in the parts per trillion range.


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Thought I'd share something positive:
this about chef Rick Bayless growing organic sustainable food and helping local organic farmers with funding.
This is an award winning famous chef and if you live in Chicago, check him out.

Rick's Rooftop - EarthBox - Homegrown Vegetables Without A Garden

another proven project is from swiss urban farmers combining vegetable plus fish growing:
"Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (fish) and hydroponic cultivation of plants without soil. Aquaculture and hydroponics are both multi-billion dollar industries, but the combination of the two has remained unexplored commercially. Until now. Our technology is the secret sauce that brings together aquaculture and hydroponics into a closed loop aquaponics system, so we can grow food anywhere. And that means food production can move from the fields into the heart of the city."
https://www.ecf-farmsystems.com/technology/aquaponics/

plus a nice intro here: UrbanFarmers AG

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Dear Supporters,

Thanks to you, we won!

Iowa Republican Steve King's proposed Amendment to the 2014 Farm Bill had been stripped from the legislation after more than 72,000 of you signed our petition, and more than 12,000 of you made phone calls and blasted Congressional Facebook pages with opposition.

Thanks to you, animal welfare laws, GMO labeling laws, rules preventing dangerous chemicals in our food and harmful pesticides on our crops, and dozens of other important state laws designed to protect humans, animals, and the environment will remain intact.

In the coming days, we will continue to advocate for a strong, comprehensive Farm Bill that protects state's rights to protect their citizens from dangerous corporations and their bought-and-paid-for politicians. Please join us on Facebook to keep updated on future actions: https://www.facebook.com/SafeFoodNow

To victory!

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Even though it's -3 outside, the winter olympics are on and my garden is under a foot of snow, you cant help but think about the upcoming growing season.

My brother sent me this today, I always wondered about what seed companies were selling legit seeds:

SEED COMPANIES OWNED BY MONSANTO | Planet Infowars

Note* Earlier in this thread, I posted that the company I buy some seeds from has a non GMO disclaimer in their catalog (jung's) Jung's is on the list in the above link, so I called them. The company owned by Monsanto is Jung seed genetics, not the one I buy from.

I was going to link to both sites, but I just so happened to see the legal on the monsanto site, so not going to link to it. I do find it odd that the logo's are the same...hmmmmmm

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DNA From Genetically Modified Crops Are Transferred Into Humans Who Eat Them

"In a new study published in the peer reviewed Public Library of Science (PLOS), researchers emphasize that there is sufficient evidence that meal-derived DNA fragments carry complete genes that can enter into the human circulation system through an unknown mechanism. (0)

It’s interesting to ponder if the scientists at these biotech corporations have already identified this method? In one of the blood samples the relative concentration of plant DNA is higher than the human DNA. ...."

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"EU likely to authorise new GM crop despite rejection by most member states"

"The European Commission is expected to approve a new strain of genetically modified maize after member states were today unable to reach a decision for or against the move.

The issue was discussed during a tense meeting of European affairs ministers in Brussels today, at which 19 member states voted ‘No' to the authorisation request. Five member states voted ‘Yes' and four abstained.

However, there was no ‘qualified majority' of weighted member state votes, which take into account a country's size, for or against the proposal. Germany, which abstained, has by far the largest number of qualified votes. Under the EU's comitology rules, this will likely force the Commission to authorise the GM crop, DuPont Pioneer 1507.

There was increasing frustration in the room, with several countries, including Hungary and Luxembourg, saying that Germany's abstention was akin to a ‘Yes' vote.

Tonio Borg, the European commissioner for health, asked how he could explain to European citizens that the EU is about to authorise a genetically modified crop despite the opposition of the European Parliament and 19 of the 28 EU member states. Thierry Repentin, France's EU affairs minister, agreed, saying this will damage the EU's credibility ahead of the European elections in May. ...."

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"Despite 19 out of 28 EU member states opposing a genetically modified crop, it was authorized due to the bloc's voting system. Green MEP Bart Staes says the Commission would be ill-advised to go against the majority.

Bart Staes: All opinion polls, such as the Eurobarometer survey, show that the European public is rather reluctant towrad GMO products. This now is the third attempt to authorize a GMO product in a commercial way. First, we had the maize Monsanto 810, and then, a few years ago, we had the potato Amflora from BASF. And now, this Pioneer 1507 maize.

Quite a number of member states - 19 - explicitly said that they don't want this product to be authorized for various reasons. There was some concern about the impact of this Pioneer 1507 maize will have on animals, on biodiversity and on the environment in general. In January, the European Parliament also [passed] a resolution which asked the Commission to withdraw the request for authorization.

You should really take into account that it's a very strange message to the general public to now authorize GMO maize which is clearly not wanted by a majority of member states. The strange thing about it is that the Pioneer request dates to before the Lisbon treaty, so it's according to the old rules, the rules of decision-making before the Lisbon treaty of 2009 - and this means the qualified majority.

If it would have been a request according to the new procedures under the Lisbon treaty, then with the 19 member states we would have had enough votes in the council to block this authorization.

Four EU members including Belgium and Germany abstained from voting. German consumers are largely against GMO crops and Germany had previously opposed the practice. Why did the German government turn?

I do not understand the position of the German government. Indeed, the German public is very much against it. They didn't vote against it, they abstained. But in practice, if you need a qualified majority to counteract something, an abstention is a yes vote. So in fact the German government voted in favor of giving the commission the possibility to authorize this GMO crop.

Britain, for instance, has backed the practice by arguing that Europe risked becoming "the museum of world farming." Can GMO crops help European farmers compete on the global market?

The argument of the UK government is to say we need this technology to be competitive in the world. Or, often, they also say we need this technology to feed the world. It's complete nonsense.

When you start this kind of discussion, you have to start thinking over - what kind of agriculture do you want?..... "

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Hi Everyone,

Just watched this video (Farmed and Dangerous) on hulu and laughed so much.
GOD BLESS Chipotle for bringing this issue (GMO's) to the public with subtly and humor.
If you don't have hulu, the $7.00 is worth it, just to watch this series.

https://www.chipotle.com/en-US/default.aspx?type=default

Thank God there are some Corporations that have some intergrity and concept of the bigger picture.

Wishing you the best,

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Right now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has opened a comment period on the so called “co-existence” of organic, conventional and genetically engineered crops, but the problem is that misses the point. It calls for “farmer education” to prevent GE contamination rather than the need for USDA to establish-mandatory GE contamination prevention measures. As usual, the agency’s proposal reads like it was written by the biotech industry.

Center for Food Safety | Tell USDA: ?Co-Existence? Isn?t GE Contamination Prevention

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If Professor Guy McPherson, PhD, is correct, moving to Ecuador may get you a little bit of time, but not much. He will be doing a West Coast speaking tour and I hope to catch him at the Vancouver, WA Community library on Friday night, February 21.

https://ag.arizona.edu/~grm/



Nature Bats Last By Guy R. McPherson


Quoting 
The entire region, formerly abundant with a multitude of edible crops, currently is brimming with a single commodity: #2 corn. It's Roundup-ready, at that, just to throw a bucket of insulting acid into the face of reason. Roundup-resistant weeds are popping up throughout the region as we bring Farmageddon to the heartland and eventually to the world. Most of the corn, which is essentially inedible until it is processed (i.e., pummeled with inordinate quantities of fossil fuels), is watered with the last remaining drops of the Ogallala aquifer, brought to the surface with the same finite fluid used to power our trucks and cars. Verdant fields of ethanol dreams are interrupted occasionally by a field of soybeans; without rotations of legumes, the soil would be so depleted of nitrogen by king corn, it wouldn't support even the great corn desert.

Climate-change summary and update


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If you’re too busy to read the evidence presented below, here’s the bottom line: On a planet 4 C hotter than baseline, all we can prepare for is human extinction (from Oliver Tickell’s 2008 synthesis in the Guardian). Tickell is taking a conservative approach, considering humans have not been present at 3.5 C above baseline (i.e., the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, commonly accepted as 1750). According to the World Bank’s 2012 report, “Turn down the heat: why a 4°C warmer world must be avoided” and an informed assessment of “BP Energy Outlook 2030” put together by Barry Saxifrage for the Vancouver Observer, our path leads directly to the 4 C mark. The 19th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 19), held in November 2013 in Warsaw, Poland, was warned by professor of climatology Mark Maslin: “We are already planning for a 4°C world because that is where we are heading. I do not know of any scientists who do not believe that.”

Of course, it doesn't matter what so called "scientists" believe. The only thing that matters is what the High Priests of the FREE MARKET RELIGION believe. These are the GENIUSES who feel entitled to control our destiny, since they are the heirs to The Divine Right of Kings.

https://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/02/i-crashed-a-wall-street-secret-society.html

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https://nhrighttoknowgmo.org/BreakingNews/Glyphosate_II_Samsel-Seneff.pdf

Peer reviewed toxicology paper examining the relationship between Roundup and celiac disease.

Shouldn't eat wheat anyway, it just make you fat. But that is a separate issue.

Time to get lunch, maybe I will get some Hot Pockets®, the ones that were recalled due to containing filthy, contaminated meat. Don't worry, the recall only affects 8 million pounds of meat.

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Dear Supporters,

We've just made history by stopping the King Amendment from being passed as part of the 2014 Farm Bill. It would have made it illegal for states to individually require the labeling of food made with GMOs (genetically modified organisms).

Now it's time to make history once again.

In 2007, candidate Obama promised a federal mandate that would require all foods produced with GMOs to be labeled as such. We agree with candidate Obama that "Americans have a right to know what they are buying." - Now it's time to hold President Obama to his promise.

Please sign and share our petition widely: https://www.change.org/petitions/honor-your-pledge-to-require-labeling-of-genetically-modified-food?utm_source=supporter_message&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_message_notice

Together, we can make this happen!

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I have been watching ZS becoming familar with it, to start trading it again etc.
Doing some research and came across this Report and thought I would share it.

USDA report: genetically engineered crops don't measure up - Seattle GMO | Examiner.com

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I have been watching ZS becoming familar with it, to start trading it again etc.
Doing some research and came across this Report and thought I would share it.

USDA report: genetically engineered crops don't measure up - Seattle GMO | Examiner.com

Thanks Rachel.

I read this through and the author asked - if the earlier assumed benefits (such as) are there they why GMO?.

One of the evils of GMO is that that splice in genes for the plants to produce in massive quantities - compared with natural crops - the items that the plants produce naturally to help protect themselves against insects. At the high levels insects become immune to these defenses.

So one of the real reasons for GMO is to render ineffective techniques of natural farmers (organic farmers).

The pure evil of Mon(ey)- sat(an)-o and their ilk is to destroy the environment, poison the land and own all the seed and herbicide of "food"/poison production - no doubt with cross ownership of manufactured foods, manufactured diseases, and manufactured pharmaceutical dependance of cancer clients (oops "patients") on drugs.

A wise person once said
"You cannot serve two masters - Mammon and God"

I wonder what reception Mon(ey)- sat(an)-o will receive in the next life?

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"Farmed salmon show full reproductive potential to invade wild gene pools and should be sterilised – according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).
Read more at Farm salmon pose clear reproductive threat to wild gene pools | ScienceBlog.com

If genetically modified Atlantic salmon were to escape from captivity they could succeed in breeding and passing their genes into the wild, Canadian researchers have found. Their research, published in Evolutionary Applications, explores the potential reproductive implications of GM salmon as they are considered for commercial farming.

Read more at https://scienceblog.com/46229/danger-of-gm-salmon-escape-to-wild-gene-pool/

Probably not a good idea to eat any fish from the Pacific Ocean for the next two hundred years or so due to Cesium 137 contamination from Fukushima, a minor inconvenience made worthwhile by the enduring benefits of nuclear power generation.

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Found this in my researching ZS:

[yt]https://www.youtube.com/user/usda[/yt]

Vilsack is a Monsanto man put in that position by Obama.

Photo Gallery of Vilsack PR.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/sets/72157641521757394/

First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announce in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 proposed guidelines for local school wellness policies and roll out of breakfast and lunch programs for schools that serve low-income communities.

Are those lunches going to be non-GMO? I don't think so, with Vilsack around.

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Vilsack's pro comments:



The Farm Bill vs. America, con comments:


interesting to see how the government works.

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Toxic and dangerous
Dear Organic Consumer,


Dow Chemical calls its new “Enlist”-brand of 2,4-D-resistant GMO crops a “blockbuster.” Monsanto similarly touts its new, highly-volatile dicamba-resistant soybean.

We call them toxic and dangerous.

But unfortunately, the USDA, which is more committed to protecting Dow and Monsanto’s profits than it is to protecting your health, is set to approve these new “Agent Orange” and dicamba-resistant corn and soy crops any day now. And when the poisonous residues of these two super-toxic herbicides contaminate the human food supply, in literally thousands of non-organic processed foods and ingredients, they won’t be labeled.

We need your help to get GMO crops and foods labeled—and banned! So far, we’ve raised almost $47,000 toward our $200,000 goal. Can you help us raise another $153,000 by midnight, March 31? Click here for instructions on how to donate online, or by phone or email.

If we reach our goal, two of our allies—Mercola.com and Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps—will pitch in to match our $200,000 by donating $100,000 each. We’ll use that $400,000 to fight for state GMO labeling laws, and for county bans on GMO crops.

Dow’s Enlist-brand corn and soy are genetically engineered with 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), a toxic chemical that was part of the deadly Vietnam-era Agent Orange cocktail that has destroyed millions of lives. Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant soybeans are a close cousin of these Agent Orange crops.

2,4-D has been linked to liver damage, endocrine disruption, depressed thyroid hormone levels, infertility and cancer. 2,4-D-resistant crops will be able to withstand huge amounts of 2,4-D poison—poison that will eventually wind up not just on our food, but in our soil, water and air.

The Enlist brand is just one of many increasingly toxic GMO crops in Dow’s GMO pipeline. Dow is “spending millions of dollars and racking up hundreds of patents,” according to a recent article in the Indianapolis Business Journal, which also reported, “Dow has more seeds, herbicides and fungicides about to reach the market than it has at any time since 1989.”

The U.S. government and its regulatory agencies are not going to protect us from these escalating assaults on our health and our environment. It’s up to us to drive crops like Dow’s Agent Orange corn and soybeans, and Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant soy off the market.

The anti-GMO movement has come a long way in the past two years. We are poised for victory. But we must win the upcoming decisive battles of 2014 in the frontline states of Vermont and Oregon, and intensify the struggle in other states and counties.

Please help us win this fight. Every donation made by midnight, March 31, no matter how large or small, will bring us closer to our goal of $200,000—and that much closer to matching funds from Mercola.com and Dr. Bronner’s.

Thank you!



Ronnie Cummins
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Big Food has found its Biggest Fool. Politico announced this morning that Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) will introduce the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s bill to kill GMO labeling.

April fool’s joke? We wish.

But the joke may be on Pompeo, when consumers nationwide light up his phone lines and sign our petition with demands that he abandon plans to sell out consumers by helping Monsanto and Big Food pass a law to preempt state and federal GMO labeling laws.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Rep. Mike Pompeo: Don’t be a fool. Don’t support a bill that tramples the rights of states to pass GMO labeling laws, and the rights of consumers to know what’s in their food!
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After you take action, please call Rep. Pompeo (202-225-6216) and post on his Facebook page and let him know that you are one of the 90 percent of consumers that want a mandatory GMO labeling law. You can also let him know that a bill written by the food industry should not be used to deny states their constitutional right to pass laws governing food safety.

The GMA’s proposed legislation calls for a federal, voluntary GMO labeling scheme, which the FDA recently said it also supports.

Rep. Pompeo is just plain foolish if he thinks he will be reelected after he supports an industry-written law that goes against what 90 percent of consumers in this country want.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Rep. Mike Pompeo: Don’t be a fool. Don’t support a bill that tramples the rights of states to pass GMO labeling laws, and the rights of consumers to know what’s in their food!

Whether or not you live in Kansas, please help us flood Rep. Pompeo’s phone lines today!

- Katherine and the OCA team

PS Organic Consumer website is not loading, so either they are messing with people accessing their website or they are receiving too many hits. Anyway, please let's stop this foolish bill from being passed!

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Vermont will become the first state to enact a law requiring labels on foods with genetically modified ingredients after the governor signed the bill into law on Thursday afternoon. The bill will go into effect in July 2016.

"I am proud of Vermont for being the first state in the nation to ensure that Vermonters will know what is in their food. The Legislature has spoken loud and clear through its passage of this bill," Gov. Peter Shumlin (D-Vt.) said in a statement after the bill passed. "I wholeheartedly agree with them and look forward to signing this bill into law.”

The Leg. has spoken: #Vt'ers deserve to know what is in their food. I agree and look forward to signing the #GMO labeling bill into law.

However, the law may not withstand legal challenges from major food companies like Monsanto Co. and DuPont Co - the leading producers of GMO crops. They are widely expected to sue the state over the law. To defend the legislation, Vermont allocated a $1.5 million legal defense fund in the measure, to be paid for with settlements won by the state. However, even this amount might not be enough to cover the state’s legal bills.

As RT reported, Monsanto, DuPont, Kraft Foods Co. and others previously led the charge against the similar labeling legislation in California and Washington state, grossly outspending supporters of the measure that was eventually defeated in both states, with anti-labeling groups spending $22 million of the $28 million total spent on that campaign in Washington.

“There is no doubt that there are those who will work to derail this common-sense legislation,” Shumlin said. “But I believe this bill is the right thing to do and will gain momentum elsewhere after our action here in Vermont.”

The Center for Food Safety says there are currently 63 active genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling bills in 23 states, and 32 bills have been introduced since January, the Guardian reports. A bill that would require labels on food products containing ingredients from genetically modified crops passed a hurdle in the New York Assembly Thursday morning. Maine and Connecticut are the only US states that have passed GMO labeling laws, though their proposals would only go into effect if and when surrounding states also pass similar laws. GMO labeling is required in 64 countries, including the European Union.

"Companies shouldn't be able to do an end run by slapping a ‘natural’ label on a product that contains GMOs as, unfortunately, they are allowed to do today," Urvashi Rangan, executive director of the Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability Center, said according to the Guardian. "Leave it to the state of Vermont to pick up where the FDA has left off when it comes to defining natural."

Opponents of GMO labeling laws argue the labels would create a false perception that the foods are unhealthy, despite a lack of scientific evidence, Hillshire Brands Co. Chief Executive Officer Sean Connolly told Bloomberg in an interview. If the labeling is going to be required, he would prefer the regulations come from the federal government.

The Washington Post looked into ways the food industry might mount a legal challenge, and ways labeling proponents may counter those arguments:

The first argument is that requiring GMO labeling is a violation of commercial free speech rights under the First Amendment, and that states don’t have the ability to restrict commercial speech. Those that favor getting information on genetic engineering to consumers could argue the label conveys “purely factual information in support of a legitimate government interest,” according to a memo to the Post from Emord & Associates, a food and drug law firm. The state will have to prove that it meets four requirements to limit commercial speech. A labeling law will likely pass either test, the Post says.

GMO producers might argue that federal law trumps state law. In April, Congress introduced a bill that would ban states from implementing their own labeling laws when it comes to food containing genetically engineered ingredients. But that bill has not passed, and the Post’s legal analysis found that the bill is not preempted by federal law.

Monsanto and its fellow GMO proponents might also say the Vermont law interferes with interstate commerce. The courts would have to consider whether the bill explicitly favors commerce within the state over commerce between states, as well as whether any burden on interstate commerce - which the Post says the increased cost of GMO labeling would be - are fairly balanced with local benefits within the state. Labeling advocates point to the benefits of protecting public health and the environment.

But Connolly, the Hillshire CEO, disagrees that those benefits outweigh the increased cost burden. “If you put yourself in the shoes of a manufacturer, it’s not a practical concept,” he told Bloomberg. “You can’t have customized labels state by state. That would dramatically drive up the cost to consumers even higher, which is certainly not in their best interest when there’s nothing wrong with the ingredients to begin with.”

But not all food makers are against the idea. Ben & Jerry’s, the Vermont-based ice cream company with a history of supporting hormone-free and natural ingredients, supports the state’s law. “As the campaign to label food products made with GMO ingredients moves across the states, including Vermont, Ben & Jerry’s is proud to stand with the growing consumer movement for transparency and the right to know what’s in our food supply by supporting mandatory GMO labeling legislation,” their website says.

Transitioning ingredients to non-GMO is complex. We break it down using a pint of Phish Food. Our Stance on GMO | Ben & Jerry's pic.twitter.com/0SIuOBw87c

— Ben & Jerry's (@benandjerrys) April 30, 2014

The company gave away free ice cream at the bill signing.

.@GovPeterShumlin speaking at the signing ceremony for the Vermont #GMO labeling bill. We LOVE #VT ! pic.twitter.com/X8vmb7k5ea

— Ben & Jerry's (@benandjerrys) May 8, 2014

Despite the potential legal challenges, Vermont’s legislators overwhelmingly voted for GMO labeling. The state House of Representatives approved the bill by a vote of 114-30, while the state Senate passed the legislation by a vote of 28-2.

"I just don't have the scientific background to understand the complexity of the issue and don't really need to. I represent the people, and their will was made overwhelmingly clear," Democratic state Rep. Paul Ralston told the Guardian about why he voted for the bill. "It's a basic principle of the right to know. That's the primary reason."

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Beating Monsanto in the Food Fight: Oregon Counties Vote to Ban GMO Crops | The Nation

They must be banned, not labeled. A rare step in the direction of sanity.

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You won't believe what Monsanto is doing.

In May, Vermont passed the first-ever law requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods in the U.S. And now Monsanto's suing the state of Vermont to stop the law from ever going into effect.1

This fight is crucial for the whole country, not just Vermont, because dozens of other states are poised to require labeling too—they just want someone else to go first because of the inevitable legal fight.2

And that's why Monsanto is going to war to stop Vermont dead in its tracks.

A small, rural state like Vermont doesn't have the budget for a long, drawn-out legal fight against a multinational giant like Monsanto. So they've created a legal defense fund where people can donate to help defend the law in court.

With the help of MoveOn members, we're fighting back against Monsanto. We gave a grant to the state of Vermont's legal defense fund and we're supporting dozens of MoveOn member-led campaigns pushing for GMO labeling nationwide. Can you chip in $3 to help our GMO labeling campaign?

Yes, I can contribute $3 to stand up to Monsanto.
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Monsanto's argument is completely outrageous. They're saying that the GMO labeling law is somehow an unconstitutional violation of their right to free speech. They even want to be able to label genetically engineered foods as "all natural."3

And this Supreme Court believes corporations are people and money is speech, so you know it's going to be a tough fight.

Consumers have a right to know what's in the food we're eating—and in fact, genetically engineered foods are already labeled in 64 countries around the world, including England, Japan, and Australia. Even China and Russia have labeling.4

In this country, 92% of Americans support the labeling of genetically engineered foods.5 The only reason we don't have it is the power of Monsanto and the fear of a lawsuit.

If we can help Vermont win now, and make sure campaigns for GMO labeling in other states have the resources they need, we'll have a great shot at getting labeling in dozens of other states.

Can you contribute $3 to help MoveOn fight back against Monsanto?
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1. "Trade groups sue VT over GMO labeling law," Burlington Free-Press, June 13, 2014 ►

2. "Vermont, food industry begin court fight over GMO label law," The Christian Science Monitor, June 13, 2014 ►

3. "Vermont's landmark GMO-labelling law target of lawsuit by food trade groups," RT, June 13, 2014 ►

4. "Labeling Around the World," Just Label It!, accessed June 16, 2014 ►

5. "Polls & Surveys," Just Label It!, accessed June 16, 2014 ►

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Americans Are Too Stupid for GMO Labeling, Congressional Panel Says

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What do Monsanto and Coke have in common? They’ve both spent millions of dollars to keep you in the dark about the foods you buy.

In the past 2 years, executives at Coca-Cola have stood with Monsanto against the American public by donating more than $3.2 million to defeat GMO labeling ballot initiatives Prop 37 in California and I-522 in Washington State.

Last year alone, Coke secretly funneled more than $1.5 million dollars through the a secret slush fund in order to kill the I-522 initiative in Washington that would have required GMO labeling.

It’s time for consumers to put their money where their mouth is and join the Coke Boycott.

While you may not drink Coke or any of their popular sugary soda drinks, the company owns many brands that you might buy, including Honest Tea, Honest Kids, Zico Coconut Water, Odwalla, Powerade, Peace Tea, Vitamin Water and Simply Orange.

Tell Coke to dump Monsanto and stop spending millions of dollars to kill GMO labeling campaigns in America! Tell Coke it's time to Kiss Monsanto Goodbye!

Farmers need your voice today. Please spread the word.

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There is no logical reason for this, other than it's bad for business.

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Finally, the courts sided against Monsanto and are going to protect the birds and bees.

Huge news for the birds and the bees | Food Revolution Network

A victory in the courts finally, next a victory were the courts stand up for our rights and at least label GMO's, then the next step: remove GMO's from the environment.

A journey begins with one small step. Hurray!
A step in the right direction.

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Hillary Clinton is Just Plain Wrong on GMOs

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Hawaii's GMO Battle: Federal Judge Strikes Down Kauai's Pesticide Regulations

A federal judge in Hawaii has struck down a local ordinance that would have regulated pesticide use at farms on the island of Kauai, where four of the world's largest agrichemical companies take advantage of long growing seasons to develop genetically engineered crops seeds, also known as genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

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Lobbyists for Monsanto and Big Food spent $27 million in the first half of this year - nearly triple what they spent last year - to defeat state GMO labeling campaigns. And that doesn't include the millions they're spending on false advertising.

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The monarch is the canary in the cornfield, a harbinger of environmental change that we’ve brought about on such a broad scale that many species of pollinators are now at risk if we don’t take action to protect them,” said Brower, who has published hundreds of scientific studies on monarchs.

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What happens when weeds and insects evolve into superweeds and superbugs? And refuse to die when doused with Monsanto’s toxic poisons?

Enter Monsanto’s dump “More On” Strategy.

More herbicides. More insecticides. Each one more toxic than the next.

I have always believed that consumers hold the key to ending Monsanto’s “Moron Strategy.”

We do it by forcing states to pass mandatory GMO labeling laws. Which in turn will force Big Food to replace GMO ingredients with non-GMO alternatives.

Can you help us raise another $165,000 by September 15, to support critical GMO labeling campaigns in November in Oregon, Colorado and other states? Details on how to donate online, by phone or by email here.

It isn’t just Monsanto that’s escalating the “Moron Strategy.”

Dow’s new GMO corn and soy varieties are engineered to withstand massive amounts of a new herbicide concocted from a combination of glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, and 2,4-D, one of the chemicals used in the deadly Vietnam-era “Agent Orange” herbicide.

The EPA has already approved the new “Deadly Duo” herbicide. And the USDA—over the objections of more than 50 members of Congress and hundreds of thousands of citizens—is expected any day now to approve the crops it will be sprayed on.

Why approve this new “Deadly Duo?” Because the millions of pounds of glyphosate and 2,4-D herbicides already being sprayed on GMO crops aren’t working anymore.

It would be great if the FDA and USDA would protect consumers from the madness of Monsanto’s “Moron” Strategy.

But instead, our government agencies are intent on protecting only one thing: corporate profits.

In fact last year, the FDA actually raised the limit of glyphosate residue allowed on your fruits and vegetables—despite several new studies exposing glyphosate’s toxicity.

According to one of those studies, glyphosate is “insidious and manifests slowly over time, as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body… it may in fact be the most biologically disruptive chemical in our environment.”

Only a moron would want to use more, not less, of the “most biologically disruptive chemical in our environment,” right?


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Sue them.
sue their ass-off.
Sue them bankrupt
sue the FDA

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United Nations Calls for an End to Industrialized Farming

In 2013, the United Nations announced that the world's agricultural needs can be met with localized organic farms. That's right, we do not need giant monocultures that pour, spray and coat our produce with massive amounts of poisons, only to create mutant pests and weeds while decimating pollinators and harming human health. Don't believe the hype: We do not need genetically modified foods "to feed the world."

The above article: takes us to TTIP, secret negotiations for trade between countries and what it would allow:
https://aseed.net/en/ttip-infographic-2/

Government has gotten too big and we need to become more local, so the needs of the people are meet and not those of corporations, looking only for profit.

Look into the history of Monsanto and see the crimes against humanity, they have committed.
Why are their Monsanto corporate men, in the FDA, in the Supreme Court etc.
There is too much conflict of interest in our government, which serves the corporations, instead of it's citizen's.

Vote, with each dollar you spend, do not buy GMO anything.

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There is an Oxford-style debate on GMOs hosted by Intelligence Squared in NYC, December 3rd, 2014. It will be live-streamed online. The reception starts at 5:45 PM PST and the debate is from 6:45-8:30 PM PST (with audience voting before and after the debate).

You can cast your initial vote here:
https://www.intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/upcoming-debates/item/1161-genetically-modify-food

Robert Fraley (Monsanto EVP) and Alison Van Eenennaam (Researcher, UC Davis) are arguing in support of GMOs, and Charles Benbrook (Ctr for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources) and Margaret Mellon (Union of Concerned Scientists) are arguing against the motion.

Aside from watching here's a very important component to the debate: AUDIENCE VOTING.

That's right, YOU can voice your opinion about GMOs by voting and you can cast your first vote now!

The debate polls both the online and the in-studio audience before and after the debate. The winning side of the debate is the side that has changed the mind of the greatest percent of the audience.

For example, if Side A starts the debate with 30% support and Side B starts the debate with 55% support (15% undecided), and at the conclusion of the debate, Side A now has 40% support and Side B has 60% support, Side A is the winner. Although Side B has a greater % of support overall, Side A has increased their % by a greater amount and thus wins.

NOTE ON STRATEGY - The audience polling is extremely important to the outcome of the debate, as the audience polls are recorded online and presented alongside an archived copy of the debate.

It's possible to purposely skew the debate results by appearing to be on one side and then throwing support behind one side or the other at the debate's conclusion, so it's essential that we get as many non-GMO supporters to watch and participate as possible to hold results accountable.

We hope you will watch the debate and vote!

You can read more and watch the debate here

In this together!

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Starts at 6:45-8:30 PM EST.
You can watch the debate:
Genetically Modify Food ? IQ2 Debates

Voting is taking place before and after the debate.
Genetically Modify Food ? IQ2 Debates

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A new study, published in the Journal of Organic Systems, concludes (not for the first time, we might add), that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, is likely to have something to do with the fact that over the past 20 years, we’ve seen “an alarming” increase in serious illnesses in the U.S. Not to mention a marked decrease in life expectancy.

The authors of the study, who include Andre Leu, president of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), point out the direct correlation between the introduction of Roundup and increases in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, strokes, neurological diseases, obesity, asthma, behavior and learning problems, and chronic disease in children and young adults.

Coincidence? The scientists are clear that correlation does not necessarily equate with causation. But at the very least, they say, we should be taking a long, hard look at whether or not Roundup is making us sick.

Why isn’t that happening, despite this new study and the many that have come before it?

One reporter summed it up this way: “And as a scientist unconnected with Dr Swanson and her co-authors told GMWatch, if the issue of GM crops and their associated pesticides were not such a political and economic 'hot potato', such a rapid escalation in disease in a population would be investigated as an emergency priority.”

Article: Glyphosate and deterioration of America's health
Glyphosate and the deterioration of America's health

You can read the Paper in Journal of Organic Systems
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Technically, we lost. By about 800 votes. A fraction of a percentage point.

But we’ll never really know. Because this week, a judge in Oregon ruled against a lawsuit filed this week by our YES on 92 Campaign. The suit would have required the state to count the 4600 votes that election officials threw out—because they said the signatures on the ballot envelopes didn’t match the signatures on the voters’ registration cards.

Monsanto and Big Food will claim victory.

What they won’t say is that it took a record-breaking $20.7 million of advertising, intended to misinform and confuse voters, for them to buy this “victory.”

On the very day the judge denied voters in Oregon the right to have their votes counted, the pesticide and junk food makers were buying up seats on Capitol Hill, to make the case that no state should be allowed to pass a law requiring mandatory labeling of GMOs.

They are doing everything in their power to hide the truth about the toxic food they are producing, and the poisons they are unleashing into our environment.

Just as we will continue to do everything in our power to expose their dirty, toxic secrets.

The fact is, they are losing. Vermont has passed a solid, enforceable GMO labeling law. Sales of organics continue to outpace sales of their GMO junk food. Companies like Coca-Cola and General Mills are struggling. Last week Hershey's announced it will remove genetically engineered high fructose corn syrup from its brand-name products. The United Nations has declared that small farmers, not Monsanto, will feed the world.

Thank you to everyone who helped fight this battle in Oregon. Let the boycotts of those companies that continue to fund anti-labeling, pro-GMO campaigns, continue!

Read the official campaign statement: https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/uncounted-votes-sink-measure-92

Read the lawsuit: https://www.politicopro.com/login/

Judge Declines to Halt Oregon GMO Ballot Measure Certification: https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/judge-declines-halt-oregon-gmo-ballot-measure-certification-0

My 2 cents: I am going to voice the obvious, trying to get GMO's labeled, is bringing this issue, to the American people.
People will and are voting with their purchasing power and we will eventually win because GMO's are not sustainable, they create super weeds, need more pesticides and create health issues. As the people become more informed and stop buying products with GMO's, they will influence the corporations as they see their profits decline and then they will stop using GMO's. We see this happening already.

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"New research from Canada show that BT toxins are showing up in pregnant women, and low and behold - they are killing human embryo cells."

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Bogus study by individuals working for biotech firm
"Biotech Study Claims GMOs Completely Safe for Mammals" by
Jonathan Benson

Biotech study claims GMOs completely safe for mammals - study took place over the course of just three months - NaturalNews.com

and

GM Food Causes Deadly Bacteria to grow in your gut (p16)
by Sayer Ji
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Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Coming to Florida
Genetically engineered mosquitoes may be released in the Florida Keys in the next month or two. Oxitec, a British biotech company, plans to release an experimental mosquito population genetically engineered to combat dengue fever.
This is especially unnecessary since there have been no cases of dengue fever reported in the Florida Keys since 2010. The company has been preparing for FDA approval to use Key West as a test population, which is expected to happen within the first two months of 2015.

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This is outrageous.
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U.S. Media Blackout: Italian Courts Rule Vaccines Cause Autism - See more at: U.S. Media Blackout: Italian Courts Rule Vaccines Cause Autism

https://healthimpactnews.com/2015/healthy-people-who-were-vaccinated-for-the-flu-continue-to-die/
Posting this because: when I took my mom to the chemo doctor (she had lung cancer), they had a poster that said: If you are a senior citizen or you think you have cancer, DO NOT GET a FLU SHOT.
The reason is, flu shots stimulate or bring on Cancer growth.
My Mom, went and got her flu shot and immediately got sick with the flu. She was a sick for a month, unable to do anything. Also, the MD's office couldn't give her an appointment to see her MD, for 3 months!!!!
(We don't have enough Doctor's in the US).
We finally got her in to see a Doctor, who sent her to another Doctor and then another Doctor, to finally find out she had Lung Cancer. We talked to the MD about her symptoms and when we mentioned she went
and got her flu shot and she got sick, the Doctor said: Yes, that sounds typical etc.
So, if you think you have cancer or you have or are a senior citizen, consider: not getting a flu shot.
Better, to look into boosting your immune system with a healthy diet, more Vitamin C etc.

https://healthimpactnews.com/2014/top-12-best-foods-and-antioxidants-to-fight-a-cold-or-the-flu/

https://healthimpactnews.com/2014/doctors-against-vaccines-the-other-side-of-the-story-is-not-being-told/

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Dramatic Increase in Kidney Disease in the US and Abroad Linked To Roundup (Glyphosate) ?Weedkiller?

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Genetically engineered mosquitoes may be released in the Florida Keys in the next month or two. Oxitec, a British biotech company, plans to release an experimental mosquito population genetically engineered to combat dengue fever.
This is especially unnecessary since there have been no cases of dengue fever reported in the Florida Keys since 2010. The company has been preparing for FDA approval to use Key West as a test population, which is expected to happen within the first two months of 2015.

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Yes. The world needs more blood suckers. FFS...

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Breaking news....
Hershey announced its Kisses and Milk Chocolate Bars will transition to non-GMO sugar by the end of 2015!

Over the last two years, GMO Inside has invited tens of thousands of consumers to post on Facebook, send emails, and make calls pushing Hershey to go non-GMO. Thank you for taking action with us to make this VICTORY happen!

This is a monumental first step from a company that uses a huge amount of GMO sugar. We thank Hershey for stepping up.

The US citizen's have influenced a major corporation, through their bottom line!

There are more corporations, like Starbucks, Pepsi etc to switch but this is a major victory.

Note: Hershey's used non-GMO sugar for countries outside the USA, so we are happy to see, make this change for USA!

If you would like to support their action, you may consider a donation or sign up for the email:
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Monsanto Lobbyist Swears Herbicide Safe Enough

To Drink…Until Journalist Offers Him A Glass

MARCH 26, 2015

by JAMESON PARKER

Lobbyists are known for talking a big game, and none have that reputation more than the ones who work for embattled chemical company Monsanto. But what happens when a journalist asks one to put his money where his mouth is? Cringeworthy results.

Monsanto has recently made headlines once again when a World Health Organization report found that the ingredient glyphosate was likely posing considerable risk to people.

According to the Des Moines Register:

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said in a report Friday that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic” to humans. The agency said the chemical, used in more than 750 products made by Monsanto and other companies, has been found in water, air and food during spraying. But WHO said use of the weed killer is often low in areas where most of the public would face the greatest risk of exposure.

In the United States, Monsanto seems intent to keep exposure low, despite insisting that it’s harmless. In other countries, particularly in undeveloped countries with lax regulations, the herbicide is used liberally and the health effects are beginning to become extremely worrying. A recent study found cases of cancer having doubled in a short time, just as the use of crop dusting and industrial-scale use of herbicides has skyrocketed. Sri Lankans have experienced similar problems. According to a study done by Rajarata University and the California State University, glyphosate was linked to a spike in kidney problems, as well as a host of other ailments.

In the fallout, Monsanto has gone on the offensive, issuing press releases and rallying their army of well-paid lobbyists in the hopes of killing the story.

In a clip released in anticipation of an upcoming French TV documentary about Monsanto, a flack hired by Monsanto to argue that the active ingredient in its Roundup weed killer products is harmless towards people is put on the spot. After towing the official line that Roundup is not raising the cancer rates in areas where it is used heavily, one such lobbyist Dr. Patrick Moore swore that Roundup was so safe that he would drink it and nothing would happen, leading to an amazing exchange between the interviewer and an increasingly frantic Moore.


“You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you.”

“You want to drink some? We have some here.”

“I’d be happy to, actually.”

Within seconds of accepting, and perhaps realizing that the interviewer was dead serious, Moore has a crisis of conviction and backs away. “Not really,” he demurs. “But I know it wouldn’t hurt me.”

The interviewer presses on. “If you say [it’s safe], I have some.”

“I’m not stupid,” Moore answers.

According to Moore, people try to commit suicide with his products all the time but fail. (Not exactly a great sales pitch.) However, each time he is offered a glass of the “harmless” chemical, Moore panics. Sensing he is losing control of the narrative (and looking like a hypocrite), Moore gets angry and walks out of the interview, with a final comment that the interviewer was “a complete jerk.”


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Furthermore, glyphosate chelates manganese. Dr. Seneff believes that just the absence of appropriate amounts of manganese can help to cause autism. Glyphosate also promotes aluminum uptake into our tissues, and interrupts an important path for amino acid uptake called the shikimate pathway, into our guts.

... scientists were mistaken about a human shikimate pathway, and we rely upon it for many important functions in our body, including ridding our body of poisons like RoundUp as well as other herbicides and pesticides.

“The problem is that bacteria DO have a shikimate pathway and we have millions of good bacteria in our guts – our ‘gut flora.’ These bacteria are essential to our health. Our gut isn’t just responsible for digestion, but also for our immune system. When glyphosate gets in our systems, it wrecks our gut and as a result our immune system.”

She says:

“The effects are insidious. You won’t notice when you eat a food that contains glyphosate, but over time you will enter an old-age state before you should.”

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This is great news but the fight continues.

I have been listening to speakers from the Food Summit and they interviewed an attorney, who has been fighting
in the trenches to label GMO's.
He mentioned, that they have come up with a new GMO or testicide that is going to be brought to market, that is even
more threatening. Once it has landed on the crop and is dry, it then goes air-born and travel's even further.
He mentioned, this could have horrible results in the next 15 years. He did not paint a very pretty picture.

The same day, Jeffrey Smith spoke and ended his talk on the positive side: that we are almost at the tipping point.
The knowledge is getting out to the public and they are voting with their dollars and are not buying GMO foods.

Example: Hershey's recently said: their Hershey Kisses, will not be made with GMO sugar in America.
This is a big victory because Hershey's has been making Chocolate without GMO sugar for Europe but for America:
made chocolate with GMO's. This is a big thing: deciding not to use GMO sugar in their USA Hershey's Chocolate.
The corporations, see which way the wind is blowing and decide to take action before it hit's their pocket book etc.
This is the beginning of the tipping point.

The above link, is available to make a contribution in the continued fight for GMO labeling and protecting the new GMO labeling laws.

Hope some of you where able to listen to the Food Summit lectures, which where also helpful in sharing information on
how to stay healthy and what the negative health outcomes are for those who eat GMO's etc.


They had over 160,000 listening to their free presentations, in one day they gathered over 30,000 new listeners.

Here is a link: to recent replays, which are available for 24 hours after a live presentation:
https://www.foodrevolutionsummit.org/

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Glyphosate Residues in Food May Also Be a Significant Health Threat

Americans in particular also have to contend with the fact that a vast majority of our processed foods contain unlabeled genetically engineered ingredients that tend to be heavily contaminated with the toxic herbicide glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup). Experts like Dr. Don Huber strongly believe that glyphosate is actually more toxic than DDT, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently reclassified glyphosate as a class 2 A carcinogen.20,21,22

The US EPA has now announced that US regulators may start testing for glyphosate residues on food in the near future to quell consumer concerns. But while that's good news, it's also worth noting that the EPA raised the allowable limits for glyphosate in food in 2013, and the allowable levels may now be too high to protect human health, based on mounting research.

Where to Find the Most Wholesome Food

Organic foods are generally preferable, as this also cuts down on your pesticide and GMO exposure. If you're unsure of where to find wholesome local food, the following organizations can help:

https://www.localharvest.org/-- This Web site will help you find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.

Eat Wild - Find Your State With more than 1,400 pasture-based farms, Eatwild's Directory of Farms is one of the most comprehensive sources for grass-fed meat and dairy products in the United States and Canada.

Agricultural Marketing Service - Farmers Markets and Local Food Marketing -- A national listing of farmers' markets.

Eat Well Guide :: Home: Wholesome Food from Healthy Animals -- The Eat Well Guide is a free online directory of sustainably raised meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs from farms, stores, restaurants, inns, and hotels, and online outlets in the United States and Canada. (Note: Dr. Campbell recommends keeping animal products below 20% of your diet, to prevent turning on the cancer gene; which he proved in his research)

https://girlcooksworld.com/-- The FoodRoutes "Find Good Food" map can help you connect with local farmers to find the freshest, tastiest food possible. On their interactive map, you can find a listing for local farmers, CSAs, and markets near you.

Information is from Dr. Mercola's recent newsletter

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Monsanto Doesn't Want You to Know What's in Your Food
Call 866-772-3843 and Tell Your U.S. Rep:
Vote NO on Monsanto's Dream Bill — H.R. 1599!

We all deserve the right to know what's in the food we eat and feed our families.

Update: More than 2,000 calls have gone into members of Congress, but we need more! We are expecting the House of Representatives to vote on Monsanto's Dream Bill this week. Here are some ways you can help stop this terrible pro-Monsanto bill before the vote:

-- There's still time to make a call (or to make another one!) Call 866-772-3843 and you'll be connected to a staffer in your Rep's office. Use the script below to tell your Rep to vote NO on H.R. 1599.

Simply tell the staffer your name, where you're from and say:

"I'm a constituent and I care about my right to know what's in the food I eat. I want my representative to vote NO on H.R. 1599 and to support legislation to require mandatory GMO labeling (H.R. 913)."

-- Forward the email below to your network, or share on social media. Companies like Monsanto are lobbying hard for this bill, so we need many more people contacting Congress to protect our right to know what's in our food.

-- Send a personalized message to Congress. Form emails show our strength in numbers, but we know that members of Congress pay close attention to personal messages. Add a few lines about why this issue is important to you to make your message stand out.

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Expert's Opinion on GMO, Herbicides and Public Health

The promoters and purveyors of GMOs have spent hundreds of millions of dollars portraying anyone who questions the safety of their products as ignorant, alarmist and “anti-science.”

So they’re no doubt stewing over an article written last week—by a medical doctor and a scientist—outlining in detail why these experts are so concerned about the GMO foods and ingredients that now permeate our food system.

In an article published August 20, in the New England Journal of Medicine, Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., and Charles Benbrook, Ph.D., present rational and reasoned, science-based evidence supporting their recommendations that 1), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not allow the use of Dow’s Enlist Duo, a toxic combo of glyphosate and 2-4,D until further study, and 2), that GMOs be labeled.

On the issue of 2,4-D, Dr. Landigran and Dr. Benbrook write:

In our view, the science and the risk assessment supporting the Enlist Duo decision are flawed. The science consisted solely of toxicologic studies commissioned by the herbicide manufacturers in the 1980s and 1990s and never published, not an uncommon practice in U.S. pesticide regulation. These studies predated current knowledge of low-dose, endocrine-mediated, and epigenetic effects and were not designed to detect them. The risk assessment gave little consideration to potential health effects in infants and children, thus contravening federal pesticide law. It failed to consider ecologic impact, such as effects on the monarch butterfly and other pollinators. It considered only pure glyphosate, despite studies showing that formulated glyphosate that contains surfactants and adjuvants is more toxic than the pure compound.

And on labels?

[Labeling]is essential for tracking emergence of novel food allergies and assessing effects of chemical herbicides applied to GM crops.

Exactly.

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Fortunately:

Monsanto finally did not eat Syngenta
..for 47 Billion worth today
The project seams dead as for now...

Could not come better!
Stock price of Syngenta fell 18 percent
on this announcement of Monsanto today
but came back to original price before
Monsanto offer.

Glad to hear it - as being close to Syngenta.

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NOT to THINK about what Monsanto would
have initiated with that power against the world!

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Vote NO on Monsanto's Dream Bill — H.R. 1599!

We all deserve the right to know what's in the food we eat and feed our families.

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-- There's still time to make a call (or to make another one!) Call 866-772-3843 and you'll be connected to a staffer in your Rep's office. Use the script below to tell your Rep to vote NO on H.R. 1599.

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"I'm a constituent and I care about my right to know what's in the food I eat. I want my representative to vote NO on H.R. 1599 and to support legislation to require mandatory GMO labeling (H.R. 913)."

-- Forward the email below to your network, or share on social media. Companies like Monsanto are lobbying hard for this bill, so we need many more people contacting Congress to protect our right to know what's in our food.

-- Send a personalized message to Congress. Form emails show our strength in numbers, but we know that members of Congress pay close attention to personal messages. Add a few lines about why this issue is important to you to make your message stand out.

@Rachel,
Thank you for alerting us of this bill. Do you know the status? I am moving to Virginia from Europe and I am looking forward to emailing my US representative though it will take a couple of months.

JohnS

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Hi,

There is still time to make a difference.
Here is a link, to keep on top, of what is going on with HR 1599 and Monsanto:
https://www.organicconsumers.org/campaigns/millions-against-monsanto

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There is still time to make a difference.
Here is a link, to keep on top, of what is going on with HR 1599 and Monsanto:
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Thanks @Rachel,
I found the link to congress so that I can track the bill and read the text. It is not good making the labeling of products with GMOs not mandatory.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1599

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There is still time to make a difference.
Here is a link, to keep on top, of what is going on with HR 1599 and Monsanto:
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Ok, just wrote my Senators to vote no.

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That could be big! a substantial piece of domestic seed is 'RoundUp Ready", which is also the source of a lot of complaints, because RR seed is also sterile, requiring farmers to buy seed every year instead of cultivating their own. I dont have a personal stance on GMO, but i do love to hate bully corporations like IBM and MSFT in the 90s and Monsanto in 2000.

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/bethhoffman/2013/07/02/gmo-crops-mean-more-herbicide-not-less/


According to the USDA, in 2012 more than 93 percent of soy planted was “herbicide tolerant,” engineered to withstand herbicides (sold by the same companies who patent and sell the seeds). Likewise, 73 percent of all corn now is also genetically modified to withstand chemicals produced to kill competing weeds.

>One of the main arguments behind creating these engineered crops is that farmers then need to use less herbicide and pesticide.

>But a new study released by Food & Water Watch yesterday finds the goal of reduced chemical use has not panned out as planned. In fact, according to the USDA and EPA data used in the report, the quick adoption of genetically engineered crops by farmers has increased herbicide use over the past 9 years in the U.S.

>It turns out that spraying a pesticide repeatedly selects for weeds which also resist the chemical. Ever more resistant weeds are then bred, able to withstand increasing amounts – and often different forms – of herbicide

>Food & Water Watch found that the “total volume of glyphosate applied to the three biggest GE crops — corn, cotton and soybeans — increased 10-fold from 15 million pounds in 1996 to 159 million pounds in 2012.”

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The Monsanto public relations machine has done a stellar job in recent years of reducing the GMO debate to one that pits “pro-science advocates” against “anti-science climate-denier types”—with Monsanto portrayed as being squarely planted in the pro-science camp.

But that well-oiled machine may be starting to sputter.

Turns out that a Monsanto executive solicited pro-GMO articles from university researchers, and passed the “research” off as independent science which the biotech giant then used to prop up its image and further its agenda.

We know this, thanks to thousands of pages of emails obtained by US Right to Know, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). And because a host of news outlets—including the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Bloomberg, the StarPhoenix and others—are now running with the story.

You can read the rest of the article here:
https://www.organicconsumers.org/essays/emperor-has-no-clothes-and-neither-do-monsanto%e2%80%99s-%e2%80%98scientists%e2%80%99

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Soybean futures are mostly a nickel higher so far this morning, after closing Friday 4.5 cents higher. NASS cut the soybean acreage figure by 1.1 million acres, and raised the national average yield by a tenth of a bushel to 47.2 bpa. That makes US production 3.888 bbu and was about 23 mbu smaller than the average trade estimate. It was down 47 mbu from the September figure. USDA raised the crush estimate 10 mbu, and cut the 15/16 export figure by 50 mbu from last month due to slow export sales. New crop ending stocks thus tightened 25 mbu, which was in line with the average trade guess. Projected new crop Brazilian production jumped 3MMT from last month to 100 MMT. CFTC on Friday afternoon showed the spec funds still net short soybeans as of October 6, but trimming their net bearish position to -19156 contracts.

Note: Spec funds still net short Soybeans as of Oct 6th!
Are people just not buying GMO soy beans as much?

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Below is a cut and paste from an article written by Dr. Mercola about a newly report by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), which represents OB-GYNs in 125 countries, chemical exposures represent a major threat to human health.

"Monsanto Sued Over Carcinogenic Herbicide

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's best-selling herbicide Roundup, is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world. An estimated one billion pounds a year is sprayed on our food crops, resulting in the average American eating several hundred pounds of glyphosate-contaminated food every year. In March, glyphosate was reclassified as a Class 2 A “probable carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The California’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also issued a notice of intent14 to label glyphosate as “known to cause cancer.” Six months after the IARC’s report became public, Enrique Rubio, a farm worker, and Judi Fitzgerald, an horticultural assistant, sued Monsanto claiming Roundup caused their cancers, and that the company falsified safety data, intentionally mislead regulators about Roundup’s dangers, and failed to properly warn users about its carcinogenic potential.

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“Attorney Robin Greenwald, one of the attorneys who brought Rubio’s case, said on Tuesday that she expects more lawsuits to follow because Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the world and the WHO cancer classification gives credence to long-held concerns about the chemical. ‘I believe there will be hundreds of lawsuits brought over time,’ said Greenwald. Monsanto spokeswoman Charla Lord said that the claims are without merit and that glyphosate is safe for humans when used as labeled.”

More Legal Troubles for Monsanto

Monsanto’s legal troubles over its toxic products don’t end there. A French appeals court recently upheld a guilty ruling against Monsanto in the chemical poisoning case of a French farmer who used Roundup. The company is also tying up the courts in St. Louis, Missouri, where several residents have sued Monsanto claiming they developed lymphohematopoietic cancer as a result of PCB exposure.16

Monsanto was the primary manufacturer of PCBs in the US from 1929 until about 1977, and a number of lawsuits over PCB pollution has been brought since the ban on PCBs took effect. In 2002, Monsanto was found guilty of decades of "outrageous acts of pollution" in the town of Anniston, Alabama. Residents accused the company of dumping PCBs into the local river and a landfill. Court records showed Monsanto was aware of the toxic effects of PCB for at least three decades, but that the company refused to take corrective action due to cost.

All of Monsanto’s products are rooted in chemicals, and there’s nothing “green” about that. Earlier this year, San Diego sued Monsanto for polluting the Coronado Bay with PCBs. Monsanto always has been, and still is, a chemical company.

Moreover, Monsanto has made a habit out of marketing its chemicals as exceptionally safe and beneficial, only to decades later be revealed to be exceptionally toxic. In recent years, it has tried to greenwash its image, claiming it is now an agricultural company. But let’s face it, its main bread and butter are:

Roundup, a carcinogen and promoter of antibiotic resistance
Genetically engineered Roundup resistant seeds, which by their design end up being more heavily contaminated with this toxin
Genetically engineered Bt plants, which are actually registered with the EPA as a pesticide,17 since the entire plant is designed to produce Bt toxin internally"

When I was healing from a Basal Cell Carcinoma, besides eating organic foods, I had to remove a lot of toxic chemicals from my environment and only use natural products without chemicals. Had to use a reverse osmosis water purifier, air purifier, reduce and lower EMF exposure etc.

Living in today's world of chemicals, we should all work to lower our exposure to them.

Wishing you the best,

Rachel

PS Do not wait for our government or it's agencies, to protect you.

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Just received a newsletter from: Institute for Responsible Technology | The Most Comprehensive Source of GMO Health Information on the Web

What happens when kids get great-tasting, healthy food at school?

The first-in-the-nation 100% organic, non-GMO school lunch program began in Sausalito Marin City School District in 2013. It has been a blazing success in its first two years of operation. Teachers and admininstrators report:

increased leadership qualities exhibited by students;
improved academic performance;
67% decrease in disciplinary cases;
increased attendance.

Teachers have also observed students treating one another with respect, improved manners, and more open communication.

Steve Van Zant, Superintendent of Sausalito Marin City School District, is clearly pleased with the result. "Food service is one of those things as a superintendent, you say, 'I can't lose money on this.'" But after talking to Conscious Kitchen founder, Judi Shils, Van Zant was convinced he had an opportunity to do something special. As it turned out, the results were not only positive for the budget, it created a whole new school culture.

The cafeteria became a place people wanted to be. "The employees are very happy to be working there; it is probably one of the happiest kitchens you'll ever find," continues Van Zant. "They're not just heating and serving, they're actually making food that they're proud of. . . The teachers sit down and eat with the children every day. It builds a community."

We all have a stake in our community schools. Such success in transforming the school culture reflects far beyond the school walls. To find out more about the Conscious Kitchen program and how your school can get involved, you can download the Conscious Kitchen Story pdf HERE.

To learn more,watch the one-hour webinar with Conscious Kitchen founder, Judi Shils, Sausalito Marin City School District Superintendent, Steve Van Zant, and the team members.

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Monsanto Lobbyist Swears Herbicide Safe Enough

To Drink…Until Journalist Offers Him A Glass

MARCH 26, 2015

by JAMESON PARKER

Lobbyists are known for talking a big game, and none have that reputation more than the ones who work for embattled chemical company Monsanto. But what happens when a journalist asks one to put his money where his mouth is? Cringeworthy results.

Monsanto has recently made headlines once again when a World Health Organization report found that the ingredient glyphosate was likely posing considerable risk to people.

According to the Des Moines Register:

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said in a report Friday that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic” to humans. The agency said the chemical, used in more than 750 products made by Monsanto and other companies, has been found in water, air and food during spraying. But WHO said use of the weed killer is often low in areas where most of the public would face the greatest risk of exposure.

In the United States, Monsanto seems intent to keep exposure low, despite insisting that it’s harmless. In other countries, particularly in undeveloped countries with lax regulations, the herbicide is used liberally and the health effects are beginning to become extremely worrying. A recent study found cases of cancer having doubled in a short time, just as the use of crop dusting and industrial-scale use of herbicides has skyrocketed. Sri Lankans have experienced similar problems. According to a study done by Rajarata University and the California State University, glyphosate was linked to a spike in kidney problems, as well as a host of other ailments.

In the fallout, Monsanto has gone on the offensive, issuing press releases and rallying their army of well-paid lobbyists in the hopes of killing the story.

In a clip released in anticipation of an upcoming French TV documentary about Monsanto, a flack hired by Monsanto to argue that the active ingredient in its Roundup weed killer products is harmless towards people is put on the spot. After towing the official line that Roundup is not raising the cancer rates in areas where it is used heavily, one such lobbyist Dr. Patrick Moore swore that Roundup was so safe that he would drink it and nothing would happen, leading to an amazing exchange between the interviewer and an increasingly frantic Moore.


“You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you.”

“You want to drink some? We have some here.”

“I’d be happy to, actually.”

Within seconds of accepting, and perhaps realizing that the interviewer was dead serious, Moore has a crisis of conviction and backs away. “Not really,” he demurs. “But I know it wouldn’t hurt me.”

The interviewer presses on. “If you say [it’s safe], I have some.”

“I’m not stupid,” Moore answers.

According to Moore, people try to commit suicide with his products all the time but fail. (Not exactly a great sales pitch.) However, each time he is offered a glass of the “harmless” chemical, Moore panics. Sensing he is losing control of the narrative (and looking like a hypocrite), Moore gets angry and walks out of the interview, with a final comment that the interviewer was “a complete jerk.”


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Today I received an email, to watch our government in action: as the Senate listened to testimony basically against our right to have GMO's labeled.
I will post the email after, these comments.
As I listened to these people answer the question: Do you think GMO's are safe? Yes, one after the other, I heard them say and I was taken back at how corrupt our government has become. They talked about the consumer, as they would a confused 6 year old!!! Deep in my consciousness, I was sickened.
I called my senator and gave my opinion to vote agaisnt, the dark act, that would not label GMO's.
I have heard legitimate scientist, state that we will see the affects of GMO's etc. by the 3rd generation: mutations etc.

The lady who works in my local bank, knew nothing of GMO's and ate, like the typical American and her bady was born with digestive problems and had to stay in the hospital for about 30 days, before she could bring him home. Must the human DNA be destroyed by corporate Greed!!!
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TODAY: Watch DARK Act Hearings Live, then Call Your Senators!

Dear Rachel,

In July, Monsanto’s dream bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote of 275-150.

Today, the bill—H.R. 1599—gets its first hearing in the U.S. Senate, before members of the Senate Agriculture Committee. The list of pro-GMO, anti-labeling witnesses at the hearing virtually guarantees a one-sided hearing.

Click here to watch today’s Senate DARK Act hearing, beginning at 10:00 a.m. EDT.

Then call your Senators and ask them to reject H.R. 1599, and to respect states’ rights to label GMOs!
Monsanto is desperate to convince Congress to pass H.R. 1599, better known as the DARK—Deny Americans the Right to Know—Act before Vermont’s GMO labeling law (Act 120) goes into effect on July 1, 2016.

H.R. 1599 is Monsanto’s dream bill. If it passes, GMOs will never be labeled, safety-tested or regulated to protect human health, the environment, or organic and non-GMO crops from contamination.
The Organic Consumers Association was not invited to testify at today’s hearing. Who did receive invitations?

Michael Gregoire, associate administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Gregoire helped Monsanto by cutting in half the time it takes for the USDA to rubber-stamp a new GMO crop.

William Jordan, deputy director, Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Jordan oversaw the EPA’s reaction to the infamous StarLink GMO contamination scandal in 2000. The StarLink corn variety, engineered to produce a Bt toxin, was supposed to be limited to animal feed and industrial use out of fear it might cause severe allergic reactions. But it turned up in taco shells, and people started getting sick. Jordan refused to punish StarLink producer Aventis with even so much as a fine.

Susan Mayne, director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA

Mayne leads the FDA division that has the power to require labeling of genetically engineered foods (as long as the DARK Act doesn’t pass), but we don’t know where she stands on consumers’ right to know. Mayne came to the FDA just this year from the Yale Cancer Center. As the associate director of the Yale Cancer Center, Mayne was critical of research showing an 87-percent higher pancreatic cancer risk among regular soda drinkers. Mayne published her own research that disputed links between soda consumption and esophageal cancer. Most soda contains high fructose corn syrup made from GMO corn.

Joanna Lidback, producer, The Farm at Wheeler Mountain, Barton, Vt.

Lidback is a graduate of the American Farm Bureau’s Monsanto-funded Partners in Agricultural Leadership program. Lidback has an MBA and works full-time as a business consultant to Yankee Farm Credit. She is the first vice president of the Orleans County Farm Bureau. She’s on the board of directors of the Truth About Trade & Technology. Lidback also represents Agri-Mark, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, and the National Milk Producers Federation, as a dairy farmer producing milk for Cabot Cheese. Vermont’s GMO labeling law won’t impact Lidback’s farm because it doesn’t cover the products of animals fed genetically engineered feed, but Lidback is expected to falsely claim that the law will put her farm out of business.

Daryl E. Thomas, senior vice president, Herr Foods, Inc., Nottingham, Pa.

Herr Foods represents the typical food company that wants to make money from the market for non-GMO foods, while keeping consumers in the dark about which foods contain GMO ingredients. On Herr’s website, the company explains its twisted position this way: “We know that food safety is paramount to everyone. So while we continue to explore opportunities to offer the latest developments in non-GMO ingredients, we remain committed to delivering to you the safest and best tasting snacks possible.” Herr’s recently began marketing a non-GMO popcorn called Go-Lite! Herr’s has been lobbying against mandatory GMO labels with the Snack Foods Association.

Gary Hirshberg, chairman and co-founder, Stonyfield Farm Inc., Concord, N.H.

Hirshberg is the only witness from “our side.” (he was the only one, that didn't answer the question with a yes but that more research needed to be made, he said. It was a weak representation for labeling and he should be ashamed of himself. He should have stood up and spoke what he really thought, since his company carries Organic products.)

Gregory Jaffe, project director, Biotechnology, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)

CSPI opposes GMO labels and safety testing. CSPI supports legislation introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in 2004 which was intended to permanently change the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act so that it “does not subject most genetically engineered foods to the lengthy food additive approval process.” Sen. Durbin’s bill is a tacit acknowledgement that GMOs are supposed to go through the food additive approval process, and an admission that in order to exempt Monsanto from that requirement, the law must change. As Steven Druker explains in his book, “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth,” in 1992, the FDA illegally exempted GMOs from the food additive approval process which requires new additives to food be demonstrated safe before they are marketed to the public. H.R. 1599 would enshrine in permanent law the FDA’s 1992 Guidance to Industry for Foods Derived from New Plant Varieties, which allows companies to go through a consultation process that the agency admits doesn’t determine the safety of new GMOs.

Ronald E. Kleinman, physician in chief, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Boston, Mass.

Michele Simon exposed Kleinman in 2012 when he worked for the GMO junk food industry during the Prop 37 campaign to label GMOs in California. Kleinman presents webinars on children’s health, for Coca-Cola. Among the “most common misperceptions among parents” Dr. Kleinman promises to clear up on behalf of the soda giant are “the safety … of sugar, artificial colors and nonnutritive sweeteners in children’s diets.” His bio on the Massachusetts General Hospital webpage says he consults for the Grain Food Foundation, Beech Nut, Burger King, and General Mills. According to CSPI, (which is good on everything but GMOs), Kleinman served as a paid expert witness for Gerber when the company was sued for deceptive advertising, and he contributed to a children’s brochure entitled “Variety’s Mountain” produced by the Sugar Association.

Clearly, the deck is stacked against consumers at today’s hearing. That’s why OCA signed on to this letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry expressing concern that consumers' interests will not be represented at the hearing.

And that's why it’s so important that your Senators hear from you today.

Click here to watch today’s Senate DARK Act hearing, beginning at 10:00 a.m. EDT.

Then call your Senators and ask them to reject H.R. 1599, and to respect states’ rights to label GMOs!

Thanks!

Alexis for the OCA Team

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I wrote my senator today to tell him to oppose the bill.

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I am pasting a copy of Organic Consumer's email, I received today.
They are discussing the Senate Hearing on Labeling GMO's as a Puppet Show.

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I wrote my senator today to tell him to oppose the bill.

Here is the reply. Senator Kaine seems to be sitting on the fence.
Labeling GMO's-reply-senator-kaine.pdf

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Monsanto Hid Evidence of Roundup and Cancer - Institute for Responsible Technology

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Global Food, Farming and Environmental Justice Groups to Put Monsanto on Trial for Crimes Against Human Health and the Environment in the International People’s Court in The Hague

Do I hear a short coming for Monsanto and Soy?

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