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Monsanto and Big Food Losing the GMO and ‘Natural’ Food Fight

Organic Consumers Association: After 20 years of battling Monsanto and corporate agribusiness, food and farm activists in Vermont, backed by a growing Movement across the country, are on the verge of a monumental victory—mandatory labels on genetically engineered foods and a ban on the routine industry practice of labeling GMO-tainted foods as “natural.” 

On April 16, 2014, the Vermont Senate passed H.112 by a vote of 28-2, following up on the passage of a similar bill in the Vermont House last year. The legislation, which requires all GMO foods sold in Vermont to be labeled by July 1, 2016, will now pass through a House/Senate conference committee before landing on Governor Peter Shumlin’s desk, for final approval. 

Strictly speaking, Vermont’s H.112 applies only to Vermont. But it will have the same impact on the marketplace as a federal law. Because national food and beverage companies and supermarkets will not likely risk the ire of their customers by admitting that many of the foods and brands they are selling in Vermont are genetically engineered, and deceptively labeled as “natural” or “all natural”; while simultaneously trying to conceal this fact in the other 49 states and North American markets. As a seed executive for Monsanto admitted 20 years ago, “If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it.”

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA’s Politics and Democracy page, our Millions Against Monsanto page and our Genetic Engineering page.

RoundUp Bamboozle

Posted: March 28, 2014 in -
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Like raising the standards for radiation exposure, they keep raising the permissible levels of other poisons.  The poisons their good friends and campaign contributors churn out…

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How “Extreme Levels” of Roundup in Food Became the Industry Norm

The legally acceptable level of glyphosate contamination in food and feed, i.e. the maximum residue level (MRL) has been increased by authorities in countries where Roundup-Ready GM crops are produced, or where such commodities are imported. In Brazil, the MRL in soybean was increased from 0.2 mg/kg to 10 mg/kg in 2004: a 50-fold increase, but only for GM-soy. The MRL for glyphosate in soybeans has been increased also in the US and Europe. In Europe, it was raised from 0.1 mg/kg to 20 mg/kg (a 200-fold increase) in 1999, and the same MRL of 20 mg/kg was adopted by the US. In all of these cases, MRL values appear to have been adjusted, not based on new scientific evidence, but pragmatically in response to actual observed increases in the content of residues in glyphosate-tolerant GM soybeans.

 

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Quite disgusted that The Simpsons let a glaring hit piece slip by, with Lisa Simpson leading the charge.  Not only do they attack the opposition by portraying anyone who opposes Monsanto as crazy and ignorant, but the knife in America’s back comes when Lisa S. pledges to go do some “real research.”

This alleged “real research” turns out to be straight-up Monsanto GMO propaganda.  No real research makes it into the program.  No concern over labeling or even being allowed to know what we’re eating.  No scientific study that brings up health concerns, such as those performed around the world where GMOs are tightly regulated — most of the civilized world.

In other words, FOX finally got to The Simpsons, and this episode is an utter disgrace and fraud.

The writers and performers should apologize to the nation and actually learn about what they are mocking.  This irresponsible corporate propaganda is dangerous, reckless and pretty much cancels the show as a source of satire and intelligent debate.  There was nothing approaching an intelligent approach to the issue in Season 25, episode 12.

-Ex-fan.

 

 

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JP Sottile investigates the international assault on Ukraine.  US corporate giants are deeply involved in the illegal coup there and the contorting of US foreign policy in their own private interests.  Does this surprise anyone on earth?

Corporate Interests Behind Ukraine Putsch

Among the luminaries working tirelessly and no doubt selflessly for a better, freer Ukraine are:

–Melissa Agustin, Director, International Government Affairs & Trade for Monsanto

–Brigitte Dias Ferreira, Counsel, International Affairs for John Deere

–Steven Nadherny, Director, Institutional Relations for agriculture equipment-maker CNH Industrial

–Jeff Rowe, Regional Director for DuPont Pioneer

–John F. Steele, Director, International Affairs for Eli Lilly & Company

And, of course, Cargill’s Van A. Yeutter. But Cargill isn’t alone in their warm feelings toward Ukraine. As Reuters reported in May 2013, Monsanto — the largest seed company in the world — plans to build a $140 million “non-GM (genetically modified) corn seed plant in Ukraine.”

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US Geological Survey:

“Glyphosate and its degradation product, AMPA, were detected in ≥75% of air and rain samples in 2007…”

Glyphosate, Hard Water and Nephrotoxic Metals: Are They the Culprits Behind the Epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology in Sri Lanka?
Study Connects Monsanto’s Roundup to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic

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Interdisciplinary Toxicology:
Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance
ABSTRACT
Celiac disease, and, more generally, gluten intolerance, is a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe, where an estimated 5% of the population now suffers from it. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes, macrocytic anemia and depression. It is a multifactorial disease associated with numerous nutritional deficiencies as well as reproductive issues and increased risk to thyroid disease, kidney failure and cancer. Here, we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup®, is the most important causal factor in this epidemic. Fish exposed to glyphosate develop digestive problems that are reminiscent of celiac disease. Celiac disease is associated with imbalances in gut bacteria that can be fully explained by the known effects of glyphosate on gut bacteria. Characteristics of celiac disease point to impairment in many cytochrome P450 enzymes, which are involved with detoxifying environmental toxins, activating vitamin D3, catabolizing vitamin A, and maintaining bile acid production and sulfate supplies to the gut. Glyphosate is known to inhibit cytochrome P450 enzymes. Deficiencies in iron, cobalt, molybdenum, copper and
other rare metals associated with celiac disease can be attributed to glyphosate’s strong ability to chelate these elements. Deficienciesin tryptophan, tyrosine, methionine and selenomethionine associated with celiac disease match glyphosate’s known depletion of
these amino acids. Celiac disease patients have an increased risk to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which has also been implicated in glyphosate exposure. Reproductive issues associated with celiac disease, such as infertility, miscarriages, and birth defects, can also be explained by glyphosate. Glyphosate residues in wheat and other crops are likely increasing recently due to the growing practice of crop desiccation just prior to the harvest. We argue that the practice of “ripening” sugar cane with glyphosate may explain the recent surge in kidney failure among agricultural workers in Central America. We conclude with a plea to governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods.

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Short presentation about the lies of Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta et. al.  Pass it on.

 

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This  asshole, Kevin O’Leary, tries to steer the conversation away from what’s going on with GMOs to the happy vision propaganda of the GMO companies.  He also lies about government testing, and she calls him on it.  He tries to paint her as an extremist for demanding labeling on what she is eating.  His repeated ad hominems and straw men bounce off of her.   He’s Canada’s version of the asshole, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, blustering white man.

Young Rachel Parent responds to all his diversions and makes her case against genetic experimentation on humans.

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Obama Rewrites His Hypocritical History, M.I.C. Fraud, Monsanto & US Army Spying on Activists, Banks Seizing Wrong Homes

 

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The slide toward kakistocracy is very real.

“Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.”
-Benito Mussolini

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The US military is involved in partnership with Monsanto in CYBER WAR against GMO protesters and independent scientists studying these malignant inventions sold as “food.”

“As revealed yesterday by Sustainable Pulse, on July 13th the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung detailed information on how the US Government “advances the interests of their corporations,” focusing on Monsanto as a prime example.
The report titled, “The Sinister Monsanto Group: ‘Agent Orange’ to Genetically Modified Corn
,” described a ‘new fangled cyber war’ being waged against both eco-activists and independent scientists by supporters and former employees of Monsanto, who are described as “operationally powerful assistants” and who have taken up sometimes high-ranking posts in the US administration, regulatory authorities, and some of whom have connections deep within the military industrial establishment, including the CIA.
Monsanto contacts are known to the notorious former secret service agent Joseph Cofer Black, who helped formulate the law of the jungle in the fight against terrorists and other enemies. He is a specialist on dirty work, a total hardliner. He worked for the CIA for almost three decades, among other things as the head of anti-terroism. He later became vice president of the private security company Blackwater, which sent tens of thousands of soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan under US government orders.
Thanks to Snowden and Wikileaks, the world has a new idea of how these friends and partners operate where power and money are concerned. The whistle-blowing platform published embassy dispatches two years ago, which also included details about Monsanto and genetic engineering.”

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Can anyone argue that we are not now living in a fascist empire?

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Seems we have a deluded Obamite stooge hanging about.  Apparently the response to scientific facts one finds politically detrimental is more of the same propaganda from the same liars, as if words are more important than deeds.  Yes the living standard is plummeting precipitously here: any correlation?

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EPA Raising Limits on Toxic Monsanto Roundup

NYT Oped: The Criminal N.S.A.

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