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by Wal on January 4, 2014 · 0 comments

Below you will find some health information news items I have found from around the web in the last few weeks. Some of these healthy news items make for fascinating reading, some maybe not so. But I will let you decide. Scroll down the page and pick out the headlines that most interest you. Topics include natural health news, news about GMO’s, and news affecting the health of the planet. Those of you who are familiar with my healing work will know I am passionate about healing the planet and eating healthy food. This means saying a huge NO! to eating Genetically Modified Food, which to many is a anti-humanitarian weapon of mass destruction disguised as food.

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(NaturalNews) Activists and concerned citizens in the state of Colorado have succeeded in having a proposal placed on the November ballot that, if approved by a majority of the general public, would make it mandatory to label genetically modified foods, according to a recent announcement... [...]
Tue, Sep 02, 2014
Source: Natural News
(NaturalNews) Over the last decade, larger amounts of pharmaceutical drugs have been detected in the public's water supply; although the concentrations are low, the long-term effects are unknown.Pharmaceuticals are entering the water system primarily through disposal via flushing... [...]
Tue, Sep 02, 2014
Source: Natural News
(NaturalNews) Strange things are happening in our world, and things seem to be getting more bizarre by the day. Here are five important stories unfolding right now that you need to be aware of.(Original sources are cited as appropriate.)Ebola mutating and exploding; may reach... [...]
Tue, Sep 02, 2014
Source: Natural News
(NaturalNews) It is still a mystery why a 55-gallon drum containing nuclear waste exploded in mid-February at the government's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico. But new reports indicate that, following the explosion, a large mass of what witnesses say looked like a... [...]
Tue, Sep 02, 2014
Source: Natural News
(NaturalNews) A single person's exposure to pesticides may affect not just the person exposed but also three or more generations of their descendents, according to a study conducted by researchers from Washington State University and published in the journal PLOS ONE.The study... [...]
Tue, Sep 02, 2014
Source: Natural News
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On Tuesday, Andy Hall is facing 8 years in prison and a $10m fine just for exposing multiple human and labour rights violations in a Thai pineapple factory. Dole can speak out, but it hasn’t yet. [...]
Sun, Aug 31, 2014
Source: Sum Of Us
Originally published by Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, Xerces Society August 26, 2014 Source article Genetically Engineered Crops Are Major Driver in Population Crash WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety as co-lead petitioners joined by the Xerces Society and renowned monarch scientist Dr. Lincoln Brower filed a legal petition today to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for monarch butterflies, which have declined by more than 90 percent in under 20 years. During the same period it is estimated that these once-common iconic orange and black butterflies may have lost more than 165 million acres of habitat — an area about the size of Texas — including nearly a third of their summer breeding grounds. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons/Tiago J. G. Fernandes. Photos are available for media use. “Monarchs are in a deadly free fall and the threats they face are now so large in scale that Endangered Species Act protection is needed sooner rather than later, while there is still time to reverse the severe decline in the heart of their range,” said Lincoln Brower, preeminent monarch researcher and conservationist, who has been studying the species since 1954. “We’re at risk of losing a symbolic backyard beauty that has been part of the childhood of every generation of Americans,” said Tierra Curry, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. “The 90 percent drop in the monarch’s population is a loss so staggering that in human-population terms it would be like losing every living person in the United States except those in Florida and Ohio.” The butterfly’s dramatic decline is being driven by the widespread planting of genetically engineered crops in the Midwest, where most monarchs are born. The vast majority of genetically engineered crops are made to be resistant to Monsanto’s [...]
Thu, Aug 28, 2014
Source: GMO Inside
Originally published by All Africa By Agatha Ngotho 26 August 2014 Source article Improved soil health, embracing best farm practices and better access to fertilisers has helped million of farmers double and triple crop yields according to a new report. This is despite the steady drain of essential nutrients from African soils looming as a major threat to food security across the continent. The report released last week by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) states that over the last five years, 1.7 million African farmers in 13 countries have embraced farming practices that have rejuvenated 1.6 million hectares that has helped increase yields. Dr Bashir Jama, director of AGRA’s Soil Health programme said the report focuses on intensive efforts initiated five years ago to move aggressively to support smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, where a lack of agriculture extension services and a scarcity of basic soil supplements have contributed to severely depressed yields for crucial staples like maize, banana and cassava. He added that while farmers in many parts of the world regularly harvest up to five tons of maize per hectare (about 2.5 acres), African farmers typically harvest one ton. Overall, depleted soils cost African farmers US$4 billion each year in lost productivity. “We’ve shown that it’s possible to work on a very large scale to help smallholder farmers adopt sustainable and profitable approaches to crop production, with the proof there for all to see in the form of significantly larger yields,” said Jama. According to the AGRA analysis, unsustainable farming practices, like a failure to rotate crops or apply mineral or organic fertilizers, along with persistent soil erosion, are depriving croplands across sub-Saharan Africa of 30 to 80 kilos per hectare of essential plant nutrients like phosphorous and nitrogen. The report warns that such losses threaten to “kill Africa’s hopes for [...]
Thu, Aug 28, 2014
Source: GMO Inside
GoFundMe, the world’s #1 personal fundraising site, is raising money for the cop who brutally shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. And worse, the fundraiser is celebrating the teenager’s brutal death — and GoFundMe is profiting from it. [...]
Thu, Aug 28, 2014
Source: Sum Of Us
Something HUGE just happened: The SumOfUs community just reached a whopping five million people, and people are sending us their messages of what makes them hopeful as we keep growing. [...]
Wed, Aug 27, 2014
Source: Sum Of Us
Originally published by Associated Press on Huffington Post By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, AP 08/25/2014 Source article Paul Bradbury via Getty Images HONOLULU (AP) — A Kauai County law requiring companies to disclose their use of pesticides and genetically modified crops is invalid, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled in favor of four seed companies seeking to stop Kauai’s new law from going into effect in October. Syngenta Seeds, DuPont Pioneer, Agrigenetics Inc., doing business as Dow AgroSciences, and BASF Plant Sciences sued for a permanent injunction, arguing the ordinance unfairly targets their industry. Kurren’s ruling agrees that the ordinance is pre-empted by state law. The judge’s ruling stops the county from enforcing the ordinance. “I’m disappointed but that’s the judge’s option,” said Paul Achitoff, an Earthjustice attorney who helped defend the law on behalf of intervening community groups. “I think the consequences for the people of Kauai, in particular, and throughout the state are very unfortunate.” He said he’ll discuss options to appeal with his clients. Margery Bronster, an attorney representing two of the companies, said the judge’s ruling makes it clear that counties don’t have the authority to regulate agriculture as called for in the ordinance. “I’m very pleased because this is what we told the county when they were discussing it initially,” she said. “I think they wasted time, effort and money trying to fight for a law they had no right to pass in the first place.” The Kauai County Council passed the ordinance over the veto of Mayor Bernard Carvalho, who called the measure flawed. “We’re very thankful that the court has ruled in a timely manner and we’re happy to have a verified, legal analysis Ordinance 960, Carvalho told reporters in Honolulu Monday. He said Kauai County’s special counsel would be reviewing the ruling. Carvalho said he has always agreed with the [...]
Tue, Aug 26, 2014
Source: GMO Inside
Originally published by Ecologist Lawrence Woodward 24th August 2014 Source article Sharply increased levels of crop spraying in Argentina’s most intensively farmed areas have resulted in a public health disaster, writes Lawrence Woodward, with large increases in cancer incidence. And it’s all the result of the widespread use of GMO crops engineered for herbicide resistance. A report by the Ministry of Health in Córdoba, Argentina reveals that deaths from cancerous tumours are double the national average in areas where genetically engineered crops are grown and agro-chemicals are used. This comprehensive report documented five years of information on cancer cases in the province. It provides more evidence that, far from being the miracle it is claimed to be, industrial, GMO driven cropping is turning into a public health hell. The highest rate of death occurs in the ‘pampa gringa’ area, where most GMO crops are grown and most agrochemicals are used. The ‘pampa gringa’ makes up the whole of the east of Córdoba province and is its premier agricultural region. The provincial average for cancer deaths is 158 per 100,000 inhabitants but in four of the ‘pampa gringa’ departments the death rates are much higher – ranging from 216 to nearly 230. Other intensive agriculture regions in Córdoba also have cancer deaths well above the provincial and national average – ranging from 180-201 per 100,000 inhabitants. Cancer multiplying ‘as never before’ through pesticide link The ‘Report on Cancer in Córdoba 2004-2009‘ is the culmination of an official investigation and was prepared by the Provincial Tumour Registry and the Department of Statistics and Census. But its recent publication has reignited criticism from doctors and researchers about the government delays and unwillingness to take action. Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez of the University Network for Environment and Health (Reduas) said: “What we have complained about for years was confirmed and especially what doctors say about the sprayed towns and areas [...]
Mon, Aug 25, 2014
Source: GMO Inside
Originally published by 9 News Allison Sylte August 20, 2014 Source article KUSA – A ballot measure aimed at labelling genetically modified food has gotten enough signatures to appear on the November ballot, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced Wednesday. The initiative received 145.06 percent of the signatures necessary to make the ballot. Barring a successful protest, the initiative will be numbered Proposition 105, according to Gessler’s office. Ballot Proposition 105 would amend Colorado statutes to: -Require foods that are genetically modified or produced with genetic engineering to include the words “Produced With Genetic Engineering” on the label or container, with certain exceptions -Apply existing food mislabeling penalties in state law to a food manufacturer, distributor, or retailer for failing to comply with the labeling requirements -Prohibit a person from bringing legal action against a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer for failing to comply with the labeling requirements -Require the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to develop regulations and oversee the labeling requirements. FDA rules already state that genetically engineered foods must meet the same safety requirements as other foods. For more information about Proposition 105, visit: http://bit.ly/1tqaXIf The post GMO labeling to appear on November ballot – Colorado (9 News) appeared first on GMO Inside. [...]
Wed, Aug 20, 2014
Source: GMO Inside
Facebook is forcing users to install a new app that allows it to access your phone camera and record audio, call and send messages without your permission, identify details about you and all your contacts, and send that info on to third parties. [...]
Sun, Aug 17, 2014
Source: Sum Of Us
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Joyce de Brevannes comes to the Non-GMO Project with decades of experience in marketing  and communications for both the non-profit and for profit sectors. She began her career in  the entertainment industry, working for  DreamWorks, Paramount and Warner Bros. Believing that she should be of service, she  began looking for jobs with purpose and served as Creative Director and Marketing/Communications Manager for two  non-profits; in addition, she started two businesses of her own. Joyce has always been a passionate advocate for food sustainability, accessibility and transparency issues. But it was her experience in Marketing and Community Outreach for Whole Foods Market that really brought her concerns regarding GMO issues to the forefront. In fact, she drove over 1,200 miles to join our team in Bellingham! Joyce is incredibly excited to begin her work with the Non-GMO Project. Her new role will encompass building upon existing programs, retailer relations, consumer outreach and expanding awareness of the Project’s mission. In her spare time, you will find Joyce hiking, biking, exploring farmer’s markets and finding any excuse to hang out with dogs. What interests you about working with the Non-GMO Project, and what about this opportunity caught your attention? I’ve been blogging about food issues since 2004 and deeply believe that food should be just that … food. The Non-GMO Project is the preeminent verification program and one that has helped customers navigate store aisles and make informed choices for themselves and their families. I’ve not only seen it firsthand in stores, but in the many conversations I have had in communities. It’s an exciting time in the food sector as more people are becoming engaged and looking at where their food comes from and the impact it has on their health. The Non-GMO Project is an industry leader in this conversation, and it has become [...]
Fri, Aug 15, 2014
Source: Non GMO
24 workers at a key iPhone supplier were fired for refusing to work public holidays. You can tell Apple to step in and right this wrong. [...]
Wed, Aug 13, 2014
Source: Sum Of Us
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Orchard Valley Harvest has announced that all of their products are now Non-GMO Project Verified – ensuring healthier snacking and baking options for consumers. In addition to providing consumers with quality products containing no artificial ingredients, Orchard Valley Harvest is taking steps to provide transparent information on the ingredients used in its products. The company is updating its packaging to include the Non-GMO Project Verified seal, as well as its commitment to no artificial ingredients. “We have always been committed to providing consumers with good tasting closer to the earth products,” said Howard Brandeisky, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Customer Solutions at John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., the manufacturer and distributor of Orchard Valley Harvest products. “The new Non-GMO Project verification allows us to provide information to help consumers make informed decisions when shopping for snacking and baking products.” A brand dedicated to offering products with great quality and taste, Orchard Valley Harvest starts with ingredients that are pure and simple. The nuts used are picked at their peak, minimally processed and have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Orchard Valley Harvest products can be found in the produce section of retail stores among fruits, vegetables and other products that help promote a healthier lifestyle. For additional information, visit www.orchardvalleyharvest.com. About John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.  John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., (NASDAQ: JBSS), founded in 1922, is a leading processor, marketer and distributor of baking nuts, snack nuts and nut-based products that are sold in multiple distribution channels. Our products can be found under the Fisher Nuts, Orchard Valley Harvest and Sunshine Country brand names and a variety of private brands. *** Media Contact Riva Budowsky Blue Chip Marketing 847-418-8091 rbudowsky@bluechipww.com [...]
Tue, Aug 12, 2014
Source: Non GMO
First poachers and now, coal? Over 1,000 rhino were killed for their horn in 2013. Poachers have killed nearly 500 rhino in South Africa in 2014 alone. Plans for an open cast coal mine on the border of South Africa's Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park are controversial. The park is home to the largest population of the white rhino in the world. For mine developers, it's about jobs and economic development. But mine opponents are concerned about worsening air and water quality and increased poaching and crime. Jeff Barbee reports from South Africa. [...]
Fri, Aug 08, 2014
Source: Earth Healing
The promise of jobs from a proposed uranium mill has an economically devastated mining community in Colorado hopeful for the first time in decades. When environmentalists step in to stop the mill, pro-mill advocates are enraged. A debate ensues, pitting jobs against health and the environment. Uranium Drive In, a new film by Suzan Beraza, looks at who decides the future of rural America. [...]
Thu, Aug 07, 2014
Source: Earth Healing
It may be considered a heresy for a Republican member of Congress to say climate change is real and that we should do something about it. But that's what Bob Ingliss (R-SC) did. He was a member of the House Science Committee and a Ranking Member of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee. Since leaving Congress in 2011, he devoted himself to convincing conservatives to support a revenue neutral carbon tax. He also founded the Energy and Enterprise Initiative. He explains what factors helped shape his views on climate change. Excerpts from his keynote address to the Citizens Climate Lobby, June 23, 2014. Washington, DC. [...]
Wed, Aug 06, 2014
Source: Earth Healing
Public Demand for Non-GMO Choices Drives Growth in Program Administration With more than 20,000 Non-GMO Project Verified products representing well over $7 Billion in annual sales, demand for the iconic butterfly label continues to surpass projections. In response, the Non-GMO Project has trained additional certification bodies to serve as Technical Administrators for its Product Verification Program. The role of Technical Administrators is to oversee the verification process and to issue evaluation decisions based on a product’s compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard. This is comparable to the role organic certifiers play in overseeing the National Organic Program. “We currently have more than 2,200 participating brands, and are receiving an average of 70-80 new verification inquiries every week,” says Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project. “By offering multiple technical service providers for verification, we’re ensuring that every company seeking Non-GMO Project Verification has options and gets the support they need.” The Non-GMO Project’s original Technical Administrator was FoodChain ID. FoodChain is part of the Global ID Group, an international company with unsurpassed expertise gained from over 20 years of offering non-GMO verification and testing services. In addition to FoodChain, the Project is steadily onboarding new certifiers to administrate its program. The first new certification body to complete the training process was NSF International, a global public health organization with 70 years of food certification and auditing expertise and a network of hundreds of expert auditors worldwide. Companies can now choose to work with either FoodChain or NSF in order to achieve Non-GMO Project Verification. In addition, Where Food Comes From is currently in a pilot program for livestock product verification, and the company is on track to be fully operational by later this year. Where Food Comes From houses the expertise of both International Certification Services (ICS) and IMI Global, a leading verifier for the [...]
Tue, Aug 05, 2014
Source: Non GMO
(Earth Focus: Episode 66) Oceans support life, yet they are overfished, polluted, and, with global climate change, are becoming increasingly acidic. The XPrize Ocean Initiative seeks to solve some of these critical threats by bringing in teams from around the world for high-profile competitions to find the best new technologies and stimulate investment in research and development. After the massive Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Wendy Schmidt Oil Clean up XCHALLENGE in 2011 awarded $1.4 million to a team that demonstrated an oil recovery cleanup rate four times greater than the industry's previous best recovery rate. A second $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE is spurring innovators to develop accurate and affordable pH sensors to deepen our understanding of ocean acidification, which threatens the growth of shellfish and coral reefs. [...]
Tue, Aug 05, 2014
Source: Earth Healing
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Hemp Oil Canada (HOCI) is proud to announce that many of their products have received Verification by the Non-GMO Project. This official Non-GMO Project Verified label allows manufacturers, bulk wholesalers, distributors and businesses to purchase hemp foods and ingredients with confidence in avoiding GMOs. As of today, Hemp Oil Canada’s (HOCI) products that have received Non-GMO Project Verified status include: Hemp Seed Oil Hulled Hemp Seed Milled Hemp Hulls Organic Hemp Seed Oil Organic Hulled Hemp Seed Organic Sterilized Hemp Seeds Roasted Hemp Coffee Sterilized Hemp Seeds Hemp Oil Canada’s organic and natural hemp foods and ingredients join the more than 20,000 products verified by the Non-GMO Project since 2010.  More products are to receive verification in the next few months and can also be found listed on the Non-GMO Project online directory. Barry Tomiski, Hemp Oil Canada’s COO, explains that the company shares the Non-GMO Project’s conviction that consumers deserve to know exactly what is in their food. GMOs have not been proven safe for human consumption. Some GMO crops have been modified to withstand large doses of pesticides, which are harmful to the environment and humans. Consumers who are concerned with social justice issues also have objections to the business practices of some companies who produce GMOs. More than 60 countries worldwide have banned or restricted the use of GMOs. The United States has no such restrictions. GMOs are now present in 80% of America’s conventional processed food, so consumers who want to avoid GMOs must rely on independent verification from the Non-GMO Project. The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s ONLY independent verification for products made according to rigorous best practices for GMO (genetically modified organisms) avoidance. Their verification proves that Hemp Oil Canada’s Verified products are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard—that means ongoing testing of all GMO risk ingredients, facility inspections and an annual audit to ensure we’re meeting the highest [...]
Tue, Aug 05, 2014
Source: Non GMO
Nadamoo
Austin-based NadaMoo! coconut milk ice cream is now officially Non-GMO Project Verified, meaning that products are in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard. Since the inception of the Non-GMO Project, this verification has been a priority for the company, as NadaMoo! was founded with a mission to make the world happier and healthier, one scoop at a time. NadaMoo! ensures a better product by using organic, kosher, Fair Trade Certified and gluten-free ingredients whenever possible in support of a fair, sustainable and non-GMO food chain. “Becoming Non-GMO Project Verified is a trustworthy and rigorous process, but worth it for our consumers’ health,” said NadaMoo! CEO Daniel Nicholson. “With GMOs now present in more than 80 percent of conventionally processed foods, we at NadaMoo! feel that consumers should be informed when buying products for themselves and their family. We are proud to carry the Non-GMO Project Verification on our products.” Seven delicious NadaMoo! coconut milk ice cream flavors are now Non-GMO Project Verified, including Lotta Mint Chip, Gotta Do Chocolate, Vanilla…ahhh!, mmm…Maple Pecan, Creamy Coconut, Chocolate Almond Chip and Java Crunch. The newest NadaMoo! flavors, Vanilla Cha Cha Chai, Bananas for PB & Chocolate and Sweet Cherry Lime are in the process of Non-GMO Project Verification. NadaMoo! is available across the United States, Western Canada, and in Mexico at select Whole Foods Markets, Vitamin Cottage/Natural Grocers, H-E-B,  Albertson’s and other natural, conventional, specialty and co-op grocery stores. To find NadaMoo! in your area, visit www.nadamoo.com. ABOUT NADAMOO! NadaMoo! is a dairy-free, zero cholesterol, gluten-free, lower calorie and lower carb coconut milk ice cream. Established in Austin, Texas in 2004, NadaMoo! was founded with a mission to make the world happier and healthier, one scoop at a time. Since NadaMoo! is made with the cream of the coconut, each pint retains the same saturated-fat mouth-feel of ice cream [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
Source: Non GMO
Is climate change igniting turmoil around the world? Is it contributing to unrest in the Middle East and North Africa? Will it affect our capacity to respond to crises at home? Rear Admiral (Ret.) David W. Titley speaks to Earth Focus about how climate change impacts national security. Dr. Titley served as Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and as Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy. He initiated and led the U.S. Navy's Task Force on Climate Change. He is presently Director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State University. [...]
Mon, Jul 14, 2014
Source: Earth Healing
Russia will not import GMO products, the country’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, adding that the nation has enough space and resources to produce organic food. Moscow has no reason to encourage the production of genetically modified products or import them into the country, Medvedev told a congress of deputies from rural settlements on Saturday. “If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then. We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food,” he said. The prime minister said he ordered widespread monitoring of the agricultural sector. He added that despite rather strict restrictions, a certain amount of GMO products and seeds have made it to the Russian market. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speaks at a meeting of United Russia deputies from Russian rural villages in Volgograd on April 5, 2014. (RIA Novosti / Ekaterina Shtukina) Earlier, agriculture minister Nikolay Fyodorov also stated that Russia should remain free of genetically modified products. At the end of February, the Russian parliament asked the government to impose a temporary ban on all genetically altered products in Russia. The State Duma’s Agriculture Committee supported a ban on the registration and trade of genetically modified organisms. It was suggested that until specialists develop a working system of control over the effects of GMOs on humans and the natural environment, the government should impose a moratorium on the breeding and growth of genetically modified plants, animals, and microorganisms. Earlier this month, MPs of the parliamentary majority United Russia party, together with the ‘For Sovereignty’ parliamentary group, suggested an amendment of the existing law On Safety and Quality of Alimentary Products, with a norm set for the maximum allowed content of transgenic and genetically modified components. There is currently no limitation on the trade or production of GMO-containing food in Russia. However, when the [...]
Mon, Apr 14, 2014
Source: Jeffrey Smith
by Shicana Allen On March 13, 2014, the nonprofit Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a lawsuit against the USDA, demanding the release of nearly 1200 federal documents from its Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The official pages would detail the agency’s decision-making process in a very puzzling change of heart on genetically engineered alfalfa. For several years, the Center has sought to uncover the true reasons for the USDA’s abrupt, unexplained abandonment of its negative position regarding this fourth most widely grown crop in the United States, third in terms of value, and key feedstock for the dairy industry. Alfalfa is also widely used in nutritional and herbal supplements and medicines for humans. Back in January 2011, APHIS suddenly granted biotech giant Monsanto a full unrestricted approval to sell Roundup Ready seeds. Although CFS originally filed a Freedom of Information Act request that same month for release of said documents, the government agency has for years now ignored and illegally withheld the printed pages from public view, without explanation. The recent filing acts as yet another attempt to compel APHIS to fulfill its court-ordered obligation. Although the USDA originally granted permission for Monsanto’s alfalfa in 2005, a vocal coalition of public interest groups and farmers challenged the agency’s approval in court, and won. The crop’s planting, sale and use was halted, and APHIS was ordered to prepare a robust analysis of its impact on farmers and the environment. The report acknowledged that transgenic alfalfa posed significant economic, agricultural, and ecological dangers, including genetic drift, and recommended the placement of severe restrictions to minimize this potential contamination. Just one month after this initial determination of extreme risk, the USDA turned on its heels and unexpectedly went in the complete opposite direction. Even members of the media questioned the puzzling reversal. [...]
Mon, Apr 14, 2014
Source: Jeffrey Smith
by Shicana Allen Genetic drift, or the spread of genetically modified DNA into the environment, is now reaching near epidemic proportions. In addition, the advent of herbicide-resistant plants like Roundup Ready soy and corn has guaranteed that there are also multiple amounts of poisons to go around, as chemical drift from conventional GMO crops to neighboring organic fields is also spreading by leaps and bounds. From the start, contamination of organic and non-transgenic crops has been of utmost concern, hence the sentiment that the unpredictable offspring of biotechnology—once released—cannot be recalled into the laboratory.  Now these fears are being realized. According to a new survey and subsequent report (conducted by Food & Water Watch and OFARM, the Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing): One-third of organic farmers in the United States have been adversely impacted, experiencing problems in their fields due to the nearby use of genetically modified crops. Consequently, more than half of these growers have experienced loads of grain being rejected due to unwitting contamination. Of those who participated in the survey, 80% of farmers expressed concern over the situation, with 60% admitting they were “very concerned.” What’s more, nearly 50% of farmers polled stated they did not believe it was possible for GM and non-GM crops to coexist. Two-thirds denied that “good stewardship” was sufficient to address the issue of contamination. The lengths that organic growers must go to in order to avoid genetic contamination are both extensive and expensive. In practice, substantial outlays of both time and money are necessary to safeguard their crops, with virtually no corresponding responsibility on the part of farmers utilizing GM seeds. Rarely are these significant costs considered or acknowledged when biotech advocates are promoting its so-called economic benefits. Farmers answering the survey reported suffering between $2,500 to $20,000 per year in lost income due to the required safety “buffer [...]
Mon, Apr 14, 2014
Source: Jeffrey Smith
by Shicana Allen AquaAdvantage salmon, the new genetically engineered fish developed by Canadian company AquaBounty, is poised to become the first biotech animal allowed for human consumption. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is still weighing whether to offer its official approval, the nation’s two largest grocery chains—Kroger and Safeway—have already made up their minds not to carry it.  This pair joins 9,000 other food suppliers countrywide—including Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Meijer, and Aldi— who have reportedly made similar pledges to shun the “Frankenfish,” as it has been dubbed by vocal GMO opponents. What influenced this decision by mainstream retailers?  Fierce consumer opposition. During an open comment period in 2013, the FDA received over one million letters from concerned Americans calling for the agency to reject the AquaAdvantage swimmers. It seems that producing a genetically engineered animal is more troubling to many than imposing the very same technology on plants. In any case, the dissenting voices of consumers have been heard loud and clear by many retailers and restaurants. One could argue that rejecting GMO salmon allows supermarket chains to capitalize on anti-GMO sentiment, while continuing to carry many more common foods (soy, sugar beets, corn) chock full of dangerous biotech ingredients. Should the FDA green-light AquaAdvantage, scores of no-GMO activists and organizations aim to block the salmon’s channels to the market. The Kroger/Safeway announcement indicates a major win for both consumers and several organizations working to stop the salmon, including the Institute for Responsible Technology, which initiated the petitions to supermarkets and contacts with their executives. It is critical that the FDA deny the current application for transgenic salmon in order to set a precedent, thereby preventing other genetically modified animals from entering the global food marketplace, including at least 35 other species of GMO fish currently under development. Shicana Allen has been [...]
Mon, Apr 14, 2014
Source: Jeffrey Smith
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Hello GMO-Free Fighters, We need you on Twitter tonight! Thursday, 02.06.2014, from 6-7PM PST/8-9PM CST/9-10PM EST. #IamSteveMarsh Steve is an Australian organic farmer who is taking on the agrichemical industry for all of us who choose to grow and eat organic or non-GMO. Steve lost his organic certification when his neighbor’s GMO canola contaminated his land. There are no protections for farmers who experience GMO contamination, so Steve is suing his neighbor in the first-of-its-kind court battle in the world. The agrichemical companies are paying the legal fees for the GMO farmer. Steve only has us. This monumental case has global impact. Join us for our last Twitter Storm tonight before Steve’s trial begins on February 10th. Help us raise awareness and share this email with your family and friends. If you are able to donate to this cause in any amount, please do so. Steve Marsh is one person, but Steve Marsh is EVERYONE. TWEETS available here: http://tinyurl.com/k3rof5e LEARN MORE & DONATE at the Safe Food Foundation website. The Safe Food Foundation is the organization coordinating Steve’s campaign: http://safefoodfoundation.org/helpthisfarmer/ And help us get the word out on social media too. Please like and share our post on Facebook HERE. THANK YOU!!______________________________________________________________________ The GMO Free USA Team ______________________________________________________________________ [...]
Thu, Feb 06, 2014
Source: GMO Free USA

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