Posts Tagged ‘consumers’

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I feel better about eating there Saturday. Tasty stuff, not too expensive. This is good news.

NYTimes:

In a first for a major restaurant chain,Chipotle Mexican Grill on Monday will begin serving only food that is free of genetically engineered ingredients.

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Obama’s wet dream effectively puts multinational corporations above state, local and the federal government. Any regulations that corporations don’t like can be cause to “sue” the USA and have the matter decided outside our borders. This is a knife in the back and must fail.

Now We Know Why Huge TPP Trade Deal Is Kept Secret From The Public

“Under the [TPP] companies and investors would be empowered to challenge regulations, rules, government actions and court rulings — federal, state or local — before tribunals organized under the World Bank or the United Nations.”

GMO Activism

Posted: February 19, 2015 in -
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Consumer Self-Defense: 12 Ways to Drive GMOs and Roundup off the Market

A 12-point agenda for driving GMOs off the market

The anti-GMO and organic Movement has come a long way in the past two decades. But given the dangers posed by GMOs and Roundup, it’s time to move aggressively forward. Here are a dozen crucial steps we need to take in 2015 to drive GMOs and Roundup off the market.

  1. Stop Congress from passing the Pompeo bill (HR #4432) in 2015, which would take away states rights to pass mandatory GMO food labeling bills, and make it legal for unscrupulous food and beverage companies to continue mislabeling GMO-tainted foods as “natural” or “all natural.”
  2. Stop Congress from “fast-tracking” and passing secretly negotiated “Free Trade” agreements (the TPP-Trans-Pacific Partnership, and TTIP-Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) that would weaken consumer and states rights to label and safety test GMO and factory-farmed foods.
  3. Pass more state laws requiring mandatory labels on GMOs.
  4. Pass more bans on GMOs, neonicotinoids and pesticides at the township, city, and county levels.
  5. Support Vermont, Maui (Hawaii), Jackson and Josephine counties (Oregon) in their federal and state legal battles to uphold their laws requiring labels and/or bans on GMOs.
  6. Educate the public on the dangers and cruelty of GMO-fed, factory-farmed meat, dairy and egg products, and organize a “Great Boycott” of all factory-farmed foods.
  7. Support mandatory state legislation to label dairy products and chain restaurant food coming from factory farms or CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations).
  8. Pressure retail natural food stores and coops to follow the lead of Whole Foods Market and the Natural Grocer to label and/or ban all GMO-derived foods, including meat and animal products and deli foods, from their stores.
  9. Pressure restaurants to follow the lead of organic/grass fed restaurants and ban, or at least label, all GMO ingredients.
  10.  Support consumer efforts to test for Roundup/glyphosate contamination in drinking water, human urine, breast milk, and in non-GMO food products such as wheat, potatoes, oats, peas, lentils and dry beans that are currently sprayed with Roundup before harvest.
  11. Educate the public on the positive health, environmental, ethical and climate-friendly (greenhouse gas sequestering) attributes of organic, grass-fed, and pasture-raised food and farming.
  12. Boycott the “Traitor Brand” products of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, International Dairy Foods Association, and the Snack Food Association.

– See more at: http://disinfo.com/2015/02/consumer-self-defense-12-ways-drive-gmos-roundup-off-market/#sthash.MDT3qXst.dpuf

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Right wing talking point is bullshit.

McPocalypse?

Posted: December 8, 2014 in -
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Not lovin’ it: McDonald’s sales in US plummet

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The calculations showed that the biggest culprit, by far, is beef. That was no surprise, say Milo and Shepon. The surprise was in the size of the gap: In total, eating beef is more costly to the environment by an order of magnitude – about ten times on average – than other animal-derived foods, including pork and poultry. Cattle require on average 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water, are responsible for releasing 5 times more greenhouse gases, and consume 6 times as much nitrogen, as eggs or poultry. Poultry, pork, eggs and dairy all came out fairly similar. That was also surprising, because dairy production is often thought to be relatively environmentally benign. But the research shows that the price of irrigating and fertilizing the crops fed to milk cows – as well as the relative inefficiency of cows in comparison to other livestock – jacks up the cost significantly.

Real price of steak: Comparing environmental costs of livestock-based foods

 

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What the hell are you feeding your family?

In America the citizens are treated a lot like the livestock, kept dumb and fattened up enough so that they won’t revolt, and can be led off to any sorts of metaphorical slaughters the powers that be can concoct.  They are shoveled tainted agriculture, tainted energy supplies, tainted meats and fish as well — let’s not forget all that ocean pollution, including Fukushima’s ongoing radiation leaks.

 

Why 160 Countries Say No to US Meats

“Just a few months ago, Russia had joined the rest of the world in banning the importation of American meat. 159 countries took their stance against the meat products that are said to contain drugs which stimulate growth. This issue is about the health dangers of ractopamine that might be the cause of increasing number of Russians dying from cardiovascular disease every year.”

 

Russia to Ban U.S. Meat Over Ractopamine Residues 

“Russia will ban U.S. pork and beef imports starting this month over concerns about ractopamine, a veterinary drug commonly used in North America to boost growth and leanness that is increasingly controversial overseas, according to Russian media reports.”

 

American Beef: Why is it Banned in Europe?

“More than a decade ago, Roy Hertz, then director of endocrinology at the National Cancer Institute and a leading authority on hormonal cancers, warned of the carcinogenic risks of estrogenic additives which can cause imbalances and increases in natural hormone levels. Hertz warned against the uncontrolled use of these potent carcinogens. No dietary levels of hormones are safe and a dime-sized piece of meat contains-billions of millions of molecules.”

I haven’t even touched on MAD COW DISEASE, which is not tested here by law.  If you read Howard Lyman’s book, you probably won’t eat any meat for a few years, and then maybe organic grass fed only.

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