One groundbreaking study found that glyphosate, the active ingredient residing in the ever-so-popular Roundup product from Monsanto, is making its way into groundwater across the nation through widespread contamination of aquifers, wells, and springs. The explosive study that confirmed the contamination effect of Monsanto’s Roundup was published in the journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry in late 2011, where researchers discovered that 41% of the 140 groundwater samples taken from Catalonia Spain were actually above the limit of quantification.
The findings indicate that glyphosate actually doesn’t break down rapidly in the environment, and is continuously building up in concerning quantities. With glyphosate growing among the causes of water pollution, it is becoming more and more apparent that the chemical is polluting groundwater in alarming quantities, enough to pose a significant threat to the purity of drinking water wherever it is used.
How prevalent is this issue, really? One study conducted by a German university found very high concentrations of glyphosate in all urine samples tested. The amount of the chemical found in the urine was quite alarming, with each sample containing concentrations of 5 to 20-fold the limit established for drinking water. Unfortunately, the study doesn’t clearly say how many samples were tested for, and needs to be translated using one of the many translators available.
In addition, the issue of water contamination is only part of the pollution problem. Other findings, published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, came across glyphosate in 60-100% of all air and rain samples tested for. This shows that glyphosate is not only among causes of water pollution, but also resides in the air due to massive overuse.
More and more, we are seeing these news clips being reported by the main stream media. You can help by leaving your comments on these reports. Let everyone know that (COVVHA) Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance is fighting for justice! The slow burn genocide of Agent Orange, Monsanto, and GMO foods WILL NOT continue!!!
The infographic points fingers at popular items including the beloved Hershey’s Kiss, Snickers, Kit-Kat, Twix bar, Butterfinger, Mike & Ike, Reeses, M&Ms — and the list goes on. They say it includes pretty much every mainstream candy bar made in the U.S. According to the Green Halloween organization’s “Guide to a Non-GMO Halloween,” over 80 percent of the packaged food in America contains GMOs. And that includes candy.
What a lot of people are asking themselves is — if I have to get rid of these conventional candies, what can I replace them with?
A lot of advocates would argue that we should try and shift the cultural values away from one that prizes candy. EatRight.org says that when kids are presented with a choice between treats and toys, they prefer the toys.
Dr. Kevin Strong, founder and CEO of Dunk the Junk, a national organization to get kids to switch from soda and junk food to healthier options, suggests cool fruits such as clementines, starfruit, and ugli
fruit if your budget allows. However, when pressed on the issue of candy, he concedes that some choices are “healthier.” Those are candies containing nuts or coconut, which contain protein. Strong explains:
The protein in the nut will help offset the sugar crash as these nutrients have a longer metabolic life. One of the reasons the junk food epidemic has become so severe is the decline of protein and fat in many diets. We are lacking nutritional endurance — sugar blast, crash, sugar blast, crash, sugar blast, crash. Smooth out the ride with some more protein and your pancreas and liver will thank you dearly.
Personally, I’m glad to hear that there is a time, place and even a healthier way to consume candy. It’s not every day and it’s not all the time. When I select treats, I try and eat them after a balanced meal and to keep out the artificial ingredients, GMOs and other toxins in order to minimize the burden of what my body has to metabolize.
As for your choices? Either 1.) you can carry this ingredient list around with you and screen all candies before buying them, 2.) you can try to stick with organic items (which can’t guarantee non-GMO or better for you, but they should be a start), or 3.) you can carefully look for items that display the “Non-GMO Project” label.
Or, to make it super-easy for candy givers and candy eaters alike, just buy from this list that Veritey developed. (Full disclosure: I’m the founder and we source products for healthy living.) Goodbye, candy conundrum and hello, delicious and reasonably healthy treats!
1. Endangered Species individually-wrapped chocolates — in dark chocolate, rainforest mint, chocolate cashew and more. These chocolates are good-tasting (some even have nuts), individually-wrapped, and reasonably priced. The company donates 10 percent of net profits to supporting species, habitat and humanity.
2. Maple candies — the positive thing about these treats is that they’re 100 percent made from organic maple syrup, which has some potential health benefits, and is nutritionally better and less processed than refined sugar. However, it’s also still a very sweet sugar to your system. And these candies are not individually-wrapped, so you’ll have to save them for trick-or-treaters you know well.
3. Yummy Gummy Candies — this is a candy that’s free of common allergens like peanut, gluten and soy and is also free of dyes, corn syrup, GMOs and more.
4. Annie’s — gummy snacks or pretzels or cheddar crackers in snack-size packs for something savory. All Annie’s items are non-GMO.
5. Trader Joe’s Organic Pops — these are individually-wrapped lollipops that use natural food coloring from vegetable colors, specifically red cabbage, purple carrots, tumeric and annatto, to keep their candies real.
Just do me a favor and remember that candy consumption should be kept to a minimum. As the saying goes, “All things are good in moderation…”
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COVVHA has partnered with March Against Monsanto (MAM) to be their Official Agent Orange Educators. On May 25th, COVVHA Co-Founder Kelly L. Derricks spoke about Agent Orange at the Philadelphia Event and COVVHA Co-Founder Heather A. Bowser Spoke at the Akron Ohio Event. MAM has a vast event base from all over the country and Several in other countries Including the U.K. and Australia.
If you have been personally effected by agent orange and would like to tell your story at the October 12, 2013 Event, please check the cities below that have not been filled for Agent Orange Speaker requests. You are all being given a chance to participate in something that has never before been given. If your city is listed below, and you would like to speak, please email us at COVVHA@GMAIL.COM with your city and you will be added to a private group where you will be provided with the resources and tools to prepare for your speech. You will also be certified as one of our COVVHA speakers which will allow us to request you in the future for other Agent Orange related events. YOU DO NOT NEED PRIOR PUBLIC SPEAKING EXPERIENCE. COVVHA WILL WILL PROVIDE YOU TRAINING.
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Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM) of food involves the laboratory process of artificially inserting genes into the DNA of food crops or animals. The result is called a genetically modified organism or GMO. GMOs can be engineered with genes from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals, or even humans. Most Americans say they would not eat GMOs if labeled, but unlike most other industrialized countries, the U.S. does not require labeling.
This Non-GMO Shopping Guide is designed to help reclaim your right to know about the foods you are buying, and help you find and avoid GMO foods and ingredients.
Tips for avoiding GM crops
TIP #1: BUY ORGANIC: Certified organic products are not allowed to contain any GMOs. Therefore, when you purchase products labeled “100% organic,” “organic,” or “made with organic ingredients,” all ingredients in these products are not allowed to be produced from GMOs. For example, products labeled as “made with organic ingredients” only require 70% of the ingredients to be organic, but 100% must be non-GMO.
TIP #2: LOOK FOR“NON-GMO” LABELS: Companies may voluntarily label products as “non-GMO.” Some labels state “non-GMO” while others spell out “Made Without Genetically Modified Ingredients.” Some products limit their claim to only one particular “At-Risk” ingredient such as soy lecithin, listing it as “non-GMO.”
TIP #3: AVOID AT-RISK INGREDIENTS: Avoid products made with any of the crops that are GM. Most GM ingredients are products made from the “Big Four:” corn, soybeans, canola, and cottonseed, used in processed foods. Some of the most common genetically engineered Big Four ingredients in processed foods are:
Corn flour, meal, oil, starch, gluten, and syrup
Sweeteners such as fructose, dextrose, and glucose
Modified food starch*
Soy flour, lecithin, protein, isolate, and isoflavone
Vegetable oil* and vegetable protein*
Canola oil (also called rapeseed oil)
Anything not listed as 100% cane sugar
*May be derived from other sources
In addition, GM sugar beet sugar recently entered the food supply. Look for organic and non-GMO sweeteners, candy and chocolate products made with 100% cane sugar, evaporated cane juice or organic sugar, to avoid GM beet sugar.
TIP #4: BUY PRODUCTS LISTED IN THIS SHOPPING GUIDE Keep this Guide with you whenever you shop. Store it inside your reusable shopping bag, put it into your coupon holder or check book, or leave it in your car.
FRUITS & VEGETABLES
Very few fresh fruits and vegetables for sale in the U.S. are genetically modified. Novel products such as seedless watermelons are NOT genetically modified. Small amounts of zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, and sweet corn may be GM. The only commercialized GM fruit is papaya from Hawaii—about half of Hawaii’s papayas are GM.
MEAT, FISH & EGGS
No genetically modified fish, fowl, or livestock is yet approved for human consumption. However, plenty of non-organic foods are produced from animals raised on GM feed such as grains. Look for wild rather than farmed fish to avoid fish raised on genetically modified feed, and 100% grass-fed animals.
Meat and Fish: Non-GMOVital Choice
Organic PrairieEggs: Non-GMOEgg Innovations Organic
Eggland’s Best Organic
Land O’Lakes Organic
Nest Fresh Organic
Pete and Jerry’s Organic Eggs
Wilcox Farms Organic
ALTERNATIVE MEAT PRODUCTS
Many alternative meat products are processed and include ingredients that can be genetically engineered, so give the ingredient lists close attention to avoid the Big Four at-risk ingredients, especially soy.
Non-GMO365 Brand (Whole Foods)
The Simple Soyman
Milk or soy protein is the basis of most infant formulas. The secret ingredients in these products are often soy or milk from cows injected with rbGH. Many brands also add GMO-derived corn syrup, corn syrup solids, or soy lecithin.
(certified organic products)
Mom Made Meals
May contain GMO ingredientsBeech-Nut
DAIRY PRODUCTS & ALTERNATIVE DAIRY PRODUCTS
Some U.S. dairy farms inject the genetically engineered hormone rbGH, also called rbST, into their cows to boost milk production. Organic dairy products are rbGH-free and do use GM grains as feed. Products with a label that indicates cows free of rbGH or rbST may come from cows fed GM feed. Many alternative dairy products are made from soybeans and may
contain GM materials.
Dairy Products: Non-GMOCertified Organic
Alta Dena Organics
Harmony prHills Dairy
Natural by Nature
Safeway Organic Brand
Seven Stars Farm
Straus Family Creamery
Nancy’s OrganicsProduced Without rbGHNational
Nancy’s Natural Dairy
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
Brown Cow Farm
Crowley Cheese of Vermont
Franklin County Cheese
Grafton Village Cheese
Great Hill Dairy
Lifetime DairyWest Coast
Clover Stornetta Farms
Joseph Farms Cheese
Sunshine Dairy Foods
Wilcox Family FarmsMidwest and Gulf States
Chippewa Valley Cheese
Erivan Dairy Yogurt
Promised Land Dairy
Westby Cooperative CreameryEast Coast
Blythedale Farm Cheese
Derle Farms (milk with
“no rbST” label only)
Erivan Dairy Yogurt
Wilcox Dairy (rbST-free
dairy line only)Alternative Dairy Products: Non-GMOBelsoy
Imagine Foods/Soy Dream
Nancy’s Cultured Soy
Stonyfield Farm O’Soy
Yves The Good Slice
May contain GMO ingredientsColombo (General Mills)
Kemps (aside from
Land O’ Lakes
Yoplait (General Mills)May contain GMO ingredients8th Continent
GRAINS, BEANS & PASTA
Other than corn, no GM grains are sold on the market. Look for 100-percent wheat pasta, couscous, rice, quinoa, oats, barley, sorghum, and dried beans (except soybeans).
Prepared Meals: Non-GMOAnnie’s Natural Pasta
Bob’s Red Mill (organic line)
Eden certified organic grains
Lundberg Family Farms
Vita-Spelt pastaPackaged Meals: Non-GMO
Annie’s Homegrown certified
organic macaroni & cheese
Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods
Ian’s Natural Foods
Lundberg Farms Rice Sensations
Seeds of Change certified
organic boxed meals
May Contain GMO ingredients
Betty Crocker meals (General Mills)
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
Lipton meal packets (Unilever)
Near East (Quaker)
Pasta Roni and Rice-a-Roni meals (Quaker)
CEREALS AND BREAKFAST BARS
Cereals and breakfast bars are very likely to include GMO ingredients, because they are often made with corn and soy products.
Barbara’s (organic line)
Health Valley (organic line)
Lundberg® Purely Organic
Omega Smart Bars
Peace Cereal Organic
May Contain GMO IngredientsBetty Crocker meals
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese meals
Lipton meal packets (Unilever)
Near East (Quaker)
Pasta Roni and Rice-A-Roni
While baking ingredients such as wheat flour, rice, kamut, and oats are not genetically modified, many packaged breads and bakery items contain other GMO ingredients such as corn syrup.
Non-GMO:Arrowhead Mills (organic line)
Bakery on Main
Bob’s Red Mill (organic line)
Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods
Dr Oetker Organics
Natural Ovens Bakery
Rudi’s Organic Bakery
Rumford Baking Powder
Many soups and sauces are highly processed, so give the ingredient lists close attention to avoid the Big Four at-risk ingredients.
Walnut Acres certified organic Sauces/Salsas: Non-GMO Amy’s (organic line)
Emerald Valley Kitchen
Green Mountain Gringo &
Muir Glen Organic pasta sauce
Seeds of Change certi?ed-
organic pasta sauce
Walnut Acres certi?ed-organic
pasta sauce Canned Food: Non-GMO Amy’s
ShariAnn’s certified organic beans
Westbrae certified organic beans
Yves Veggie Cuisine (Hain Celestial)
May Contain GMO Ingredients Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice
Campbell’s products (including
Healthy Request, Chunky,
Simply Home, and Pepperidge
(General Mills)Sauces/Salsas: May Contain GMO IngredientsBertolli (Unilever)
Healthy Choice (ConAgra)
Old El Paso (General Mills)
Ragu (Unilever) May Contain GMO Ingredients Chef Boyardee
Dinty Moore, Stagg, Hormel
CONDIMENTS, OILS, DRESSINGS & SPREADS
Unless labeled explicitly, corn, soybean, cottonseed, and canola oils probably contain genetically modified products. Choose pure olive, coconut, sesame, sunflower, safflower, almond, grapeseed, and peanut oils. Also choose preserves, jams, and jellies with cane sugar, not corn syrup.
Bragg’s liquid amino
Carrington Farms Flax Seed
Drew’s salad dressing
Emerald Valley Kitchen
Follow Your Heart
Harvest Moon Mushrooms
Ian’s Natural Foods
I.M. Health SoyNut Butters
Maranatha Nut Butters
Muir Glen organic
Newmans Own Organic
Spectrum oils and dressings
SushiSonic Asian Condiments
The Simple Soyman
Vegan by Nature Buttery Spreads
May Contain GMO Ingredients Crisco (Smucker’s)
Kraft condiments and dressings
Peter Pan (ConAgra)
Smucker’s (except their “Simply
100% Fruit” line of preserves)
Look for snacks made from wheat, rice, or oats, and ones that use sunflower or safflower oils. There is no GM popcorn on the market, nor is there blue or white GM corn.
Snacks: Non-GMO Barbara’s (organic line)
Bearitos/Little Bear Organics
Garden of Eatin’
Hain Pure Snax/Hain Pure Foods
Ian’s Natural Foods
Late July Organic Snacks
Mary’s Gone Crackers
Nature’s Path Organic
Newman’s Own Organics
& Newman’s Own
(except salad dressing)
Sunridge Farms Energy Bars: Clif Bar
Optimum Energy Bar
Organic Food Bar
Weil by Nature’s Path Organic
Many sweeteners, and products like candy and chocolate that contain them, can come from GMO sources. Look for organic and non-GMO sweeteners, candy and chocolate products made with 100% cane sugar, evaporated cane juice or organic sugar to avoid GM beet sugar, and watch out for soy lecithin in chocolates and corn syrup in candies.
The sweetener aspartame is derived from GM microorganisms. It is also referred to as NutraSweet® and Equal® and is found in over 6,000 products, including soft drinks, gum, candy, desserts, yogurt, tabletop sweeteners, and some pharmaceuticals such as vitamins and sugar-free cough drops.
Chocolate: Non-GMO Chocolove
Endangered Species Chocolate
Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate
Nonuttin’ Candy: Non-GMO Jelly Belly
Pure Fun Confections
Reed’s Crystallized Ginger
candy (certified organic)St. Claire Organic
Sunridge Farms Sweeteners: Non-GMO Eden
Most juices are made from GMO-free fruit (avoid papaya though, as it could be GMO), but the prevalence of corn-based sweeteners—e.g. high-fructose corn syrup—in fruit juices is cause for concern. Many sodas are primarily comprised of water and corn syrup. Look for 100-percent juice blends.
Non-GMO After the Fall organic juices
Big Island Organics
Mixerz All Natural Cocktail Mixers
R.W. Knudsen organic juices
and spritzers (Smucker’s)
Santa Cruz Organic (Smucker’s)
Sea20 Organic Energy Drink
Teeccino Herbal Caffe
Walnut Acres Organic Juices
May Contain GMO Ingredients Coca-Cola (Fruitopia, Minute
Maid, Hi-C, NESTEA)
Hansen Beverage Company
(Procter and Gamble)
Kraft (Country Time, Kool-Aid,
Crystal Light, Capri Sun, Tang)
Pepsi (Tropicana, Frappuccino,
Gatorade, SoBe, Dole)
Sunny Delight (Procter and
Special Note: This guide was compiled based on company statements, not genetic testing. Any product labeled as Non-GMO indicates that its manufacturing process is designed to avoid GMOs, but consumers should be aware that GM contamination is possible due to natural pollen movement, weather events, seed contamination, or human error. Hence there is no guarantee such products are 100% free of GMOs.
INVISIBLE GM INGREDIENTS
Processed foods often have hidden GM sources (unless they are organic or declared non-GMO). The following are ingredients that may be made from GMOs.
What is more frightening than the thought of being intentionally poisoned by someone in authority over you? Perhaps, offspring being born with devastating birth defects, learning disorders, or rare illnesses? Maybe dying of horrible cancers, heart conditions, or complications of Parkinson’s Disorder? These are not merely frightening thoughts to those exposed to Agent Orange; it is reality, life and death.
Over the weekend, there were wide reports coming from Turkey that police were using Agent Orange on protesters as a form of crowd control. Social media, especially Twitter became ablaze with re-tweets calling foul to this form of force by Turkish police on people who were trying to protest unrest within Turkey. Social media accounts of the violence fueled more protesters to join the throng. Rampant reports of police using tear gas and high force water cannons to dissipate the crowd were coupled with images.
Agent Orange advocates and founders of (COVVHA) Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance INC. , Kelly L. Derricks & Heather A. Bowser, felt after researching media reports about the incident in Turkey, it was important keep the dialog about Agent Orange set in fact and not fiction. COVVHA is fighting for justice for all generational victims of Agent Orange. It is a difficult fight shrouded in denial, secrecy and lack of media support. It is coupled by the urgent needs of sick and dying offspring of those exposed.
Agent Orange has a notorious history in Vietnam from 1961-1971. The United States military used several chemical herbicides during the Vietnam War to “help” in the War effort. The military sited the thick jungle foliage of Vietnam, and the enemy’s access to food crops, as reason to spray an unfettered amount of chemicals onto South Vietnam, killing all the vegetation in its spray zone. The military deducted, if the enemy had no food and no place to hide, the U.S. and Allies would be victorious in Vietnam. In the end, they sprayed an estimated eighteen million gallons of Agent Orange, on a country the size of New Mexico.
Protesters in Turkey have stated the police were shooting orange liquid filled canisters at the crowd. Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War was colorless. It was called agent orange because of the orange stripe around the middle of the fifty five gallon barrel it was stored in. It was not orange. However, a Turkish protester seeing this substance being shot would think something is very wrong here. It is natural for them to question what police were shooting at them. If a protester was un-knowledgeable of the history of Monsanto, Dow, and the 5 other chemical company’s recipe for herbicide, it’s not a far leap for a protester to think the Turkish police, firing an orange substance at them could think they were using Agent Orange. At that point protesters believe it had gone well beyond crowd control. Instead the police were trying to kill protesters with chemical warfare.
Agent Orange wasn’t used as a crowd deterrent it was used to defoliate plant material. It was not sprayed directly on people as an act of chemical warfare. However, many were indirectly sprayed with Agent Orange during its use in Vietnam. Many U.S. and Vietnamese soldiers and Vietnamese civilians have recounted times when they were exposed by aerial spray. Others were exposed when handling the chemical with no protective gear, working or living in areas that had been defoliated, or drinking contaminated water or food. The U.S. Military has fought back against outrage that Agent Orange was used as chemical warfare. They state it was used strictly as vegetation control, an agricultural chemical. The problems with the herbicides used in Vietnam were they were toxic. They were contaminated with an industrial byproduct called dioxin. Dioxin is one of the deadliest known contaminants to man. Production of Agent Orange ended in the 1970’s.
The process of dying at the hands of Agent Orange is a long painful process, with the exception of Chloacne, which appears shortly after acute exposure; symptoms of exposure do not surface for years. Police are looking for quick responses in riot control situations.
A quick internet image search about the effects of Agent Orange on the children of Vietnam can leave a person horrified. Babies today are still being born in Vietnam with severe deformities, especially in areas where the deadly dioxin is still in high concentration in Vietnam’s soil. There are still twenty eight such places in South Vietnam today.
The plight of America’s Vietnam Veterans, Australian Veterans, and Vietnamese Veteran’s illnesses and battle to gain justice has been going on for over forty years. Children and grandchildren of all, who fought in the Vietnam War from around the globe, are currently pleading for those in power to recognize the birth defects and diseases they suffer from and believe are caused by their parent or grandparent’s exposure to Agent Orange. All of these groups cannot afford the reality of their life or death fight to be watered down or distracted from by Facebook and Twitter posts from Turkey.
So was this report from Turkey simply a misstep by a confused, uninformed protester, or was it something else? Could Turkish protesters have been trying to ride the impact of the fear associated with Agent Orange to gain more recognition for their county’s unrest? Or was it a simple mistake, which people perpetuated by not checking their facts? If the act by Turkish protesters was to gain international media exposure by claiming Agent Orange was used on them, it’s worked. The whole world did a double take when headlines read,” Turkish Riot Police, Starts Using Agent Orange,” all of the sudden the focus of the protest was lost.
There isn’t any evidence of Agent Orange being used in Turkey. Members of the media and activists must check the facts so disinformation is not spread. To be successful we must push ourselves to be knowledgeable before just clicking the share button.
The challenge is to stay focused to the matters at hand. Turkey is going through unrest. Agent Orange is continuing to kill people every day. Don’t confuse the two, and do not turn away, your attention matters.
“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” ~ Mark Twain
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March Against Monsanto 2013 season is here! Please read the following for important information.
Truth Teller 2013
On October 16, 2011, Kelly L. Derricks, also known as TRUTH TELLER traveled to New York City where she gave a public speech about Agent Orange after being invited by Millions Against Monsanto to participate in the rally event for World Food Day. Since then, the illness list she referenced reported by Children of Vietnam Veterans has grown to nearly 800 which are listed on the website of the Non-profit she Co-Founded, (COVVHA) Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance INC., with Heather A. Bowser.
Kelly has battled severe health issues since she was born that continue today. Some of her illnesses, presumed to be associated with the inter-generational effects of Agent Orange, include but are not limited to the following:
The health effects of a Roundup -tolerant genetically modiﬁed maize (from 11% in the diet), cultivatedwith or without Roundup, and Roundup alone (from 0.1ppb in water), were studied 2years in rats. Infemales, all treated groups died 2–3 times more than controls, and more rapidly. This difference was vis-ible in 3 male groups fed GMOs. All results were hormone and sex dependent, and the pathological pro-ﬁles were comparable. Females developed large mammary tumors almost always more often than andbefore controls, the pituitary was the second most disabled organ; the sex hormonal balance was mod-iﬁed by GMO and Roundup treatments. In treated males, liver congestions and necrosis were 2.5–5.5times higher. This pathology was conﬁrmed by optic and transmission electron microscopy. Markedandseverekidneynephropathieswerealsogenerally1.3–2.3greater.Malespresented4timesmorelargepalpable tumors than controls which occurred up to 600days earlier. Biochemistry data conﬁrmed verysigniﬁcant kidney chronic deﬁciencies; for all treatments and both sexes, 76% of the altered parameterswere kidney related. These results can be explained by the non linear endocrine-disrupting effects of Roundup, but also by the overexpression of the transgene in the GMO and its metabolic consequences.
All Legislation Endorsed and/or Opposed Has Been Approved and Reviewed by Kelly L. Derricks
It has never been easier to write your State Representative and share your position on current legislation.C.O.V.V.H.A. has been making it even easier for members, fans and followers!! The days of getting your pens and papers out to send your letters are over!!!
An “action page” link has been set up for the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act H.R.1699 & S.809 which takes you directly to the specific legislation as well as an area for your Name, Zip Code, and YOUR VOTE. That’s it!!! You hit enter and your information is sent directly to your State Representative in letter form which you will receive a copy of via email.
I personally casted both of my votes and included the following statement to the United States House and Senate: I support H.R. 1699 (“To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require that genetically engineered food”) because… GMO foods are engineered with health threatening compounds and chemicals and then sprayed with half of the chemical compound used in the production of AGENT ORANGE. The U.S. Gov’t killed my Father at the age of 37 after serving in the Vietnam War. Agent Orange/DIOXIN was passed through his sperm mutating my DNA. I have to fight for my life every single day with more than 30 diagnosed illnesses at the age of 38 and so do tens of thousands of other Children of Vietnam Veterans who were exposed. Now the gov’t doesn’t care that we are being DOUBLE EXPOSED. That’s Capital Murder if you ask me. You’ll see me standing in a court room bringing charges of Murder against the United States Govt before you see me standing down on GMO.
The national Just Label It coalition applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation today to require food manufacturers to inform consumers when packaged food contains genetically engineered ingredients.
“Americans want to know more, not less, about their food,” said Katey Parker of Just Label It, which has more than 650 partner organizations. “More than 90 percent of Americans want the same rights as consumers in 64 countries around the world. It’s time to trust American consumers with information about genetically engineered ingredients so they can make the best choices for themselves and their families.”
More than 1 million Americans have petitioned FDA to require labeling on packaged food containing GE ingredients.
To view the Senate version of the bill, click here.
To view the House version of the bill, click here.
HO CHI MINH CITY — It’s 5 a.m. and the streets already are buzzing. People know that the best time to shop at open-air markets is before daybreak. And they know to ask for fresh, firm vegetables grown locally, rather than in China, where dangerous pesticides are routinely overused.
Soon they also might be asking whether their potatoes and soybeans are genetically modified. Not only is the Vietnamese government considering lifting the current ban on genetically modified organisms, it hopes to blanket as much as one-third of the country’s farmland with genetically engineered crops by 2020.
This is too much too soon. Vietnamese officials are reasonably worried about how to feed a country of 90 million. But the policy change is based on one-sided information from those who would profit from G.M.O. sales, and it displays little concern for consumer protection.
What’s more, Monsanto, the chemical company that would help bring biotechnology to Vietnam, is the one that brought it Agent Orange during the war four decades ago.
Advocates say genetically modified seeds produce greater yields, in part because they are resistant to insects, herbicides and drought. Opponents say the promise of higher productivity is a myth and warn of overdependence on single-crop agriculture, damage to the environment and for consumers.
These are the kinds of costs and benefits that a country should weigh for itself. But in Vietnam the issue is barely being discussed, even though the state has a knack for public-service announcements. When politicians make a push for motorcyclists to wear helmets or teenagers to abstain from drugs, they slather the streets with Soviet-style posters and the newspapers with editorials.
Jeffrey Smith, director of the Iowa-based Institute for Responsible Technology, told me that government officials he met in Hanoi in 2011seemed troubled by the dangers of genetic modification — and of their colleagues’ disregard for their concerns. The people Smith talked to, he said, worried that some members of the government “were basically taking dictation from Monsanto” and ignoring information that genetically modified foods are “potentially damaging to the economy and food sovereignty.”
Organic Farmers believe in the use of “renewable resources”. They protect the soil and water so we can keep our environment healthy. Since 1973, CCOF has been supporting organic farmers and ensuring the quality of organic foods. CCOF has produced this activity book to teach you about where organic food comes from.
Organic Farming is a way to produce healthy and delicious foods by using natural farming methods. Organic foods are grown and produced without the use of antibiotics, synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, sewer sludge or bioengineering. Today, many farmers are making the switch to organic (maybe even in your own city)!!
Organic food is good for the environment, local businesses, farms, and especially YOU! Organic food supports healthy people and a health planet.
This is a great resource to get your kids and even YOU involved in learning about Organics.
Spring is just around the corner, so check out this simple booklet and have some family fun!!!
Awarded Solari Best Film of the Year, 2012, Genetic Roulette has an opportunity to receive the AwareGuide Top Transformational Film, 2012! IRT is offering a free screening of GRM so you can watch and understand why this film certainly deserves the awarded for most transformational film, 2012!
If you have not yet seen this life changing film, Institute for Responsible Technology is offering a free screening.
When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology.
After two decades, physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend. The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets that have been fed GM foods are now on the rise in the US population. And when people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their health improves.
This seminal documentary provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future.
Genetically modified (GM) crops are promoted on the basis of a range of far-reaching claims from the GM crop industry and its supporters.
Based on the evidence presented in this report, there is no need to take risks with GM crops when effective, readily available, and sustainable solutions to the problems that GM technology is claimed to address already exist. Conventional plant breeding, in some cases helped by safe modern technologies like gene mapping and marker assisted selection, continues to outperform GM in producing high-yield, drought-tolerant, and pest- and disease-resistant crops that can meet our present and future food needs.
On October 16, 2011, Kelly L. Derricks (TRUTH TELLER)traveled to New York City where she gave a public speech about Agent Orange after being invited by Millions Against Monsanto to participate in the rally event for World Food Day. Below is the video recording of that speech.
Kelly has battled severe health issues since she was born that continue today. Some of her illnesses, presumed to be associated with the inter-generational effects of Agent Orange, include but are not limited to the following:
*Her complete list of illnesses staggers to 30 different things.
Kelly continues to fight for the Children of Vietnam Veterans as well as Vietnam Veterans and their families. In January of 2012 She Co-Founded The Non-Profit Organization (COVVHA) Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance INC
When there is a huge devastating storm heading towards you and there are only a few days with which you have to work with you have to be conscientious about what you do. Making plans are good and making sure that you follow them through is vastly important. Now what I am about to tell you are ideas and thoughts on how to survive in the aftermath of a storm such as hurricane sandy. There will be debris and people lost without the usual pace of life to move into.
The first thing I suggest is not to panic. Most people out there will be panicking. Stay calm and think for a moment.So long as you have access to a library or the internet then you should be able to find yourself information to help you survive. This is not the first disaster to strike and it will not be the last. The best way you can survive is to plan. Now I know that the first thing people usually do is turn
on the news to get some information. That is fine but know that the news is not always reliable. I personally do not trust the news one bit. But watch and see what they say. My advice is that their precautions should be enforced with your own. If they tell you that a certain area is safe do yourself a favor and consider that it is one step worse than what they are telling you and proceed with that in mind.
First thing you should purchase are hand winding flashlights and a radio. You do not know how long you will be without electricity so being able to power your own appliances is best. So wind up flashlight and radio. Those things will help you when the time comes. Also invest in some of those church candles. Then some emergency candles and some waterproof matches. These can save your life in
the long run. Secondly the things I suggest you buy are some of those emergency blankets. They are very thin and easily stored. They usually do not cost that much but having a store of blankets can save your life as well. If you look try to find waterproof containers and keep these few things stored in there along with some energy bars and a water purifier.
Such as http://eartheasy.com/lifestraw It is not expensive and can be used for up to two years. Rinse and reuse and it can assure you clean water that you need to have to live.
For food I suggest obtaining an appliance thermometer to gauge if your food is in the safe range of temperature to eat. This is anything you have left over in your refrigerator. Now for long term food I recommend oatmeal. Dry in the container. That soaked overnight can provide you with some amazing energy for the morning. Soak it and put some raisin’s on top of it with some sugar for energy that will help you. No it is not warm or cooked it soaks the water and softens it. I have had it and I personally say that when in a perilous situation best to have some food such as this that can help you. Dried raisins and fruit can be stored for months to keep you filled with nutrients and energy. A little goes a long way. Banana chips are fabulous energy and can keep for a long time as well. In case you are wondering about the shelf life of rolled oats, a 2005 study at Brigham Young University found that the quick cooking type rolled oats that had been stored for 28 years in sealed containers were rated “acceptable in an emergency” in taste and quality by 75 % of people involved in a taste test of the rolled oats. Keep food dry cool and in a dark place and in a waterproof container. They will keep for a long time if you just plan ahead.
I think knowing survival tips can save you and your family much trauma and heartache. It is something that you can do together to plan ahead and just in case your lives as a whole. Better safe than sorry is extremely important.
If kept in clean cool and dry containers that are
Oatmeal(dry) Quite a few years
Raisins 6 months to a year
Sugar Two years
If you have beans such as mung beans they store on the shelf for ages. If you put them in water overnight and then rinse them out and repeat rinsing them once or twice a day they will sprout providing you with quite a lot of energy in the long run and nutrients that your body needs. Peanut butter is always useful for energy for the body and that much needed fat that your body craves but not fat that will go rancid as fast as say dried meats, butter and so on.
Check your house for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage. Take pictures of damage for insurance purposes.Peco customers should call the emergency number (800-841-4141) to report power outages. The more reports, the more effectively Peco can dispatch crews to restore service.The company expects that it will take multiple days to restore power to the thousands who will likely lose it. You can access peco.com from a mobile device to report outages and check the system’s status.
I also suggest that you take pictures if you can of the property damages. Try to gather a list of your property that is missing or needs to be replaced. Do your best to contact your insurance company and let them know. IF you know a hurricane is coming and you can get out of the area then do so. IF not then make sure that you gather all personal sentimental items and place them in a watertight container if you can. Try and save all that you can it is hard and I understand that.
* American Red Cross Storm Aid: redcross.org
* Federal Assistance Information: disasterassistance.gov
* FEMA individual Assistance Tools: fema.gov
* Property-Casualty Insurers Association of America: pciaa.net
* FTC Storm Rebuilding/Charity Scam Alert: ftc.gov
Also please please be careful of people coming by your home to provide help in repairing your home. They could be scam artists. Be very wary of signing anything that they offer to you. Make sure that they are a legitimate business. I would suggest the better business bureau. These types of predators like to take advantage of peoples suffering and while I think it is a disgusting thing you must remain aware of it. They can appear very convincing and it is best for you to make sure. To protect your home and family.
Outside of avoiding these companies and doing your best to purchase organic produce that starts with the number 9 on the PLU code sticker (the sticker on fruits and vegetables), here are 10 foods that are the most likely to contain GMOs that you should avoid when not consuming an organic source:
5. Aspartame (yes, aspartame is genetically modified! It was revealed back in the 90s in a little-known report).
8. Yellow squash
9. Dairy (more than 1/3 of non-organic dairy products in the United States still contain Monsanto’s genetically engineered hormone known as rBGH. Made from cloned DNA, the hormone is currently banned in over 27 countries).
10. Cotton (in the form of cotton oil).
Until proper legislation is enacted to label or ban GMOs entirely, it’s important to protect yourself and your family on a daily basis from the effects of genetically altered food staples.
The battle in California over Proposition 37, which would require labeling of foods containing GMOs, is really heating up. Millions of dollars are already being poured into the opposition campaign, with much of it going to former Big Tobacco shills.
Over at GMO HQ, Monsanto recently posted thismissive called “Taking a Stand: Proposition 37, The California Labeling Proposal,” in which the biotech giant explains why it is opposing the measure (to thetune of $4.2 million so far).
Even for a corporation not exactly known for its honesty and transparency, this brief webpage is riddled with deception and outright falsehoods about the initiative and its proponents. Here are the 10 most blatant examples:
1) The law “would require a warning label on food products.”
No warning label would be required. Rather, the words “partially produced with genetic engineering” or ”may be partially produced with genetic engineering” would be required on the back of the package — similar to what is now required for ingredient or allergen labeling. For whole foods, like the sweet corn coming soon to a Walmart near you, a sign would be posted on the store shelf with the words “genetically engineered.” The aim is simply to offer consumers additional information about the contents of the foods they purchase.
2) “The safety and benefits of these ingredients are well established.”
Unfortunately, no long-term studies exist on either the safety or benefits of GMO ingredients, so Monsanto has no basis for making such a claim. Indeed, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not even require safety studies of genetically engineered foods. Meanwhile, someindependent studies raise questions about links to allergies and other potential health risks.
3) “The American Medical Association just re-affirmed that there is no scientific justification for special labeling of bioengineered foods.”
This statement, while true, is taken out of context and is misleading because the AMA also (for the first time) called for mandatory premarket safety studies of GMOs. As Consumers Union recently noted in its reaction to AMA’s announcement, labeling and testing logically go together:
The AMA’s stance on mandatory labeling isn’t consistent with its support for mandatory pre-market safety assessments. If unexpected adverse health effects, such as an allergic reaction, happen as a result of GE, then labeling could perhaps be the only way to determine that the GE process was linked to the adverse health effect.
4) Food companies “have had the choice” to use GM ingredients.
Choice is a good thing; however, consumers have never had the choice. Prop 37 will give consumers a long-overdue choice about eating genetically engineered food.
5) “FDA says that such labeling would be inherently misleading to consumers.”
Of course FDA refuses to require GMO labeling, thanks to Monsanto’s arm-twisting that began more than 20 years ago. Food Democracy Now’s Dave Murphy explained the FDA decision in May upon its 20-year anniversary, which came as a result of a broader deregulatory push by the first Bush administration:
Twenty years ago this week, then-Vice President Dan Quayle announced the FDA’s policy on genetically engineered food as part of his “regulatory relief initiative.” As Quayle explained in the 1992 press conference, the American biotechnology industry would reap huge profits “as long as we resist the spread of unnecessary regulations.”Dan Quayle’s 1992 policy announcement is premised on the notion that genetically engineered crops are “substantially equivalent” to regular crops and thus do not need to be labeled or safety tested. The policy was crafted by Michael Taylor, a former Monsanto lawyer who was hired by the Bush FDA to fill the newly created position of deputy commissioner of policy.
Five years earlier, then-Vice President George H.W. Bush visited a Monsanto lab for a photo op with the developers of Roundup Ready crops. According to a video report of the meeting, when Monsanto executives worried about the approval process for their new crops, Bush laughed and told them, “Call me. We’re in the dereg businesses. Maybe we can help.”
Call they did. It’s typical for corporations to get their policy agenda approved through back-channel lobbying and revolving door appointments and then point to the magical policy outcome as evidence of scientific decision-making.
Bob Tuskin reports live from the University of Florida Campus as activists present Monsanto with a lawsuit from ‘We the People.’
Monsanto burst onto the scene in 1901 with the artificial sweetener saccharin, which it sold to Coca-Cola and canned food companies as a sugar replacement.
But as early as 1907, the health effects of the sweetener were being questioned by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists.
“Everyone who ate that sweet [canned] corn was deceived,” said Harvey Wiley, the first commissioner of the FDA. “He thought he was eating sugar, when in point of fact he was eating a coal tar product totally devoid of food value and extremely injurious to health.”
After enjoying decades of unfettered consumption, the sweetener was slapped with a warning label in the ’70s when it was found to cause cancer in lab rats.
A subsequent three-decade effort by Monsanto to reverse the decision finally won out in 2001.
By the ’40s, Monsanto had moved on to oil-based plastics, including polystyrene foam (also known as styrofoam).
As most of us are aware by now, polystyrene foam is an environmental disaster. Not only is there nothing out there that biodegrades it, it breaks off into tiny pieces that choke animals, harm marine life, and release cancer-causing benzene into the environment for a thousand years or more.
“Polystyrene foam products rely on nonrenewable sources for production, are nearly indestructible and leave a legacy of pollution on our urban and natural environments,” said San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin in 2007. “If McDonald’s could see the light and phase out polystyrene foam more than a decade ago, it’s about time San Francisco got with the program.”
Described by Yale biologist Arthur Galston as “perhaps the most toxic molecule ever synthesized by man“
First developed as an herbicide and defoliant, Agent Orange was used infamously as a military weapon by the U.S. Army during Vietnam to remove the dense foliage of the jungle canopy.
In the process, they dumped over 12 million gallons of the potent chemical cocktail—described by Yale biologist Arthur Galston as “perhaps the most toxic molecule ever synthesized by man”—over towns, farms, and water supplies during a nine-year period.
“When [military scientists] initiated the herbicide program in the 1960s, we were aware of the potential for damage due to dioxin contamination in the herbicide. . .,” said Dr. James R. Clary, a former government scientist with the Chemical Weapons Branch. ”However, because the material was to be used on the ‘enemy,’ none of us were overly concerned.”
According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that lack of concern led to 4.8 million exposures to the herbicide, along with 400,000 deaths and disfigurements and 500,000 babies born with birth defects.
Did you know the United States is the only developed nation that permits the sale of milk from cows given artificial growth hormones?
With the lone exception of Brazil, the rest of the developed world—including all 27 countries of the European Union, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia—has banned growth hormone use in milk destined for human consumption.
“The milk we drink today is quite unlike the milk our ancestors were drinking without apparent harm for 2,000 years,” said Harvard scientist Ganmaa Davaasambuu. “The milk we drink today may not be nature’s perfect food.”
According to the Center for Food Safety, thanks to increased consumer demand (and certain movies), approximately 60 percent of milk in the U.S. is rBST-free today.
Not content to do mere incidental damage to the environment, Monsanto decided to get to the root of the matter in the ’80s: seeds.
But with much fuss being made over the company’s aggressive scare tacticsand rampant mass-patenting, the biotech giant has, true to form, fought back with a multimillion-dollar marketing and advertising campaign featuring smiling children and making outlandish claims that “biotech foods could help end world hunger.”
“Unless I’m missing something,” wrote Michael Pollan in The New York Times Magazine, “the aim of this audacious new advertising campaign is to impale people like me—well-off first-worlders dubious about genetically engineered food—on the horns of a moral dilemma…If we don’t get over our queasiness about eating genetically modified food, kids in the Third World will go blind.”
“By peddling suicide seeds, the biotechnology multinationals will lock the world’s poorest farmers into a new form of genetic serfdom,” says Emma Must of the World Development Movement. “Currently 80 percent of crops in developing countries are grown using farm-saved seed.”
Moms and food activists have been fighting genetically modified foods for years. Now, they have a new ally.
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) sent a letter to President Obama just before Memorial Day asking for his assistance in delaying approval of a new breed of corn that’s genetically modified to resist heavy applications of the herbicide 2,4-D, one of the two active ingredients in the infamous Vietnam-era defoliant Agent Orange.
The corn and 2,4-D are both being manufactured by Dow Agro Science, which has named its new corn “Enlist,” a name the veterans said in the letter was “a slap at all Vietnam veterans.” Multinational seed company Monsanto also manufactures 2,4-D.
Most of the health problems caused by Agent Orange during the Vietnam War have been attributed to unintended dioxin contamination of the two active ingredients, 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T. Dioxin builds up in the fatty tissue of humans and animals and can cause damage for years after exposure. The government continues to add to the known health conditions related to Agent Orange’s dioxin poisoning, but currently they include diabetes, neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, liver dysfunction, numerous cancers, and birth defects in the children of exposed soldiers and Vietnam residents. Studies in recent years have found that 2,4-D is just as likely to be contaminated with dioxin when used alone as it was when used in combination with 2,4,5-T.
Adding to that danger, 2,4-D itself has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, cell damage, hormonal disruption, and reproductive problems, according to the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier this year in an effort to ban the substance permanently. The EPA denied the NRDC’s petition.
“Although there is a lot that science has learned about the effects of dioxin on the human organism, there is still a lot that science has yet to learn,” writes VVA. “Now, Dow and Monsanto wish to release genetically modified corn that has increased resistance to 2,4-D. What will this mean to Vietnam vets, who have already been exposed to this chemical through our military service? To our progeny?”
The group’s letter went on to state that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) conclusion that 2,4-D–resistant corn would have no “significant” impact on the environment was inaccurate and “raises more questions than it answers.” The vets are asking President Obama to push for more research by independent scientists, not those affiliated with Dow Agro Sciences.
“We are not calling for a complete ban of this new product at this time,” the group writes. “We are simply not willing to be lied to or withheld information from again. Vietnam veterans were lied to about our exposure to chemicals which claimed many lives long after our troops left Southeast Asia.”
The VVA isn’t alone in its attempts to get Obama’s attention. Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance, another group made up of veterans’ children who were impacted by dioxin poisoning and Agent Orange, is endorsing the California ballot initiative that would require labeling of genetically modified ingredients. That initiative will be voted on in the November 2012 election.
The USDA has closed the public comment period on Dow’s 2,4-D–resistant corn, but the nonprofit Center for Food Safety continues to pressure the EPA to ban 2,4-D altogether. Take a minute to sign the center’s petition and to protect your family from the potential for more toxic pesticide exposure.
Follow Up On AMA’s Position Regarding The labeling Of GMO
This post originally appeared on Food Politics, an Atlantic partner site.
The AMA says that policies on GM foods:
should continue to be science-based and guided by the characteristics of the plant or animal, its intended use, and the environment into which it is to be introduced, not by the method used to produce it, in order to facilitate comprehensive, efficient regulatory review.
And it says,
there is no scientific justification for special labeling of bioengineered foods, as a class, and that voluntary labeling is without value unless it is accompanied by focused consumer education.
Mestel quotes a statement e-mailed to her from AMA board member Dr. Patrice Harris:
The science-based labeling policies of the FDA do not support special product labeling without evidence of material differences between bioengineered foods and their traditional counterparts. The AMA adopted policy supporting this science-based approach, recognizing that there currently is no evidence that there are material differences or safety concerns in available bioengineered foods.
Seeds of Freedomcharts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity-rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolise the global food system.
The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified (GM) seeds in particular, has impacted on the enormous agro-biodiversity evolved by farmers and communities around the world, since the beginning of agriculture. Seeds of Freedom seeks to challenge the mantra, promoted by the pro-GM lobby, that large-scale, industrial agriculture is the only means by which we can feed the world. In tracking the story of seed it becomes clear how the corporate agenda has driven the take over of seed in order to make vast profit and control of the global food system.
Through interviews with leading international experts such as Dr Vandana Shiva and Henk Hobbelink, and through the voices of a number of African farmers, the film highlights how the loss of indigenous seed goes hand in hand with loss of biodiversity and related knowledge; the loss of cultural traditions and practices; the loss of livelihoods; and the loss of food sovereignty. The pressure from agribusiness interests is growing and threatens to replace the diverse, nutritional, locally adapted and resilient seed crops which have been bred by small-scale farmers for millenia, by monocultures of GMseed.
The story of seed has become one of loss, control, dependence and debt. It’s been written by those who want to make vast profit from our food system, no matter what the true cost. It’s time to change the story.
LabelGMOs is now gathering endorsements for the November 2012 election so we can:
A. Have the organizations post on our website to show community support.
B.Understand the demographics (veterans rights groups, churches) for the media campaign coming up. And,
C. Allow supporters to align themselves with like minded businesses/groups for mutual support. Our money is tight so we want to really get the message to people who care what goes into their bodies. We met with Pamm Larry, who started the initiative, and she outlined for us what the next few months will take. We have excellent campaign managers, lawyers, and marketing support, but it is people who vote. People who have a decision to make will look toward groups they respect and identify with.
Required labeling of GMO’s is extremely important for the health of humans, animals, and the environment. Genetically modified organisms were quietly put into the food supply without warning, and without testing, over fifteen years ago. The consequences are starting to reveal themselves: skyrocketing allergies, auto immune illnesses, irritable bowels, acid reflux, degenerative diseases… the list goes on and on. The inserted genes for pesticides, such as Bt toxin in corn, are found in the umbilical cord-blood of newborn babies. The genes inserted into these altered “foods” come from viruses, soil bacteria, across all species barriers. The EPA does not regulate Bt corn as a pesticide because the pesticide is in every cell of the pant we eat: not just sprayed on the outside.
I am requesting that you post this link with your group, and share it with other groups or organizations, we believe people should have the option to eat it or not as they see fit. Due to a lack of labeling, there is no informed consent and no way to avoid the risks of genetically engineered foods without buying costly organic foods. Many people are completely unaware that there has been a change to food, so don’t know to make a choice. This is truely the best kept secret of the century. Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta, are again doing what they have a long history of; chemically damaging living things to create a profit. Monsanto alone has 2,4-D (an ingredient in Agent Orange), DDT and PCB’s as part of its track record.
Organic Farmer Nervous About GMOsFrom NBC 5 Newshttp://www.kobi5.com/component/zoo/item/organic-farmer-nervous-about-gmos.html
As I sat and prepared this article for posting, I began thinking to myself, this is just another typical story in the “Food Fight Of Our Lives”. I hit the publish button, copied the link, and clicked on Facebook to share, but I stopped.
I realized that this article was not in fact just another typical story, but something much bigger. This article was originally published as a MAIN STREAM MEDIA NEWS STORY.
And that my friends just made a typical day into something EXTRAORDINARY.
Organic farmer Steven Gidley said he loves his job.
“It is one of the best lives you could have,” said Gidley.
However, he’s worried his organic crops could be contaminated and destroyed by pollen carried by air from genetically modified plants also known as GMOs.
“You absolutely couldn’t sell your seed as organic,” began Gidley.
“I would go from having the potential of a couple thousand dollars in seed to zero,” he continued.
He said he suspects his plants are contaminated because just last week a man with Syngenta — a GMO seed manufacturer approached him.
“If there was no chance of cross contamination I would see no reason why Syngenta would be coming to my place,” said Gidley.
He continued, “He was asking if I would sell it to him and I said I could, but ethically not in this lifetime”
NBC 5 contacted a spokesman from Syngenta, he said the company often checks areas around GMO farms to try and lessen the possibility of cross-contamination.
“If this farmer’s crop was say within the prescribed distance which I believe is four miles, then it’s customary [...] in some cases what we will do is offer to buy a crop from a farmer,” said Paul Minehart, Head of Corporate Communications in North America for Syngenta.
He said the company has been growing genetically modified plants in Jackson County since the 1970s.
“Our goal is to make sure our crops remain pure to also make sure anyone elses crop remains pure [...] so we’re happy to be there, we intende to be there for a long time,” said Minehart.
Meantime, organic farmer Gidley says he’ll continue to refuse any offers.
Gidley said he believes it’s Syngenta’s responsibility to move their crops.
Minehart from Syngenta said they’ve contacted the USDA to make sure all guidelines are being met.