GMO Facts & News

Posted by on Apr 6, 2013 in Organic Benefits, organic grown food | 0 comments

GMO Facts & News

GMO Facts & News

 

Have you heard about the “Monsanto Protection Act” Yet?   Talk about political nonsense, listen to this!

Please try not to get too upset by this news.  You already know most politicians are self-serving fascists, so don’t be too judgmental about this guy, alright?

Senator Roy Blunt, who sponsored the bill and represents Missouri (where Monsanto is headquartered) is a strong ally of Monsanto. Here is his summary of the Monsanto Protection Act:

What it says is if you plant a crop that is legal to plant when you plant it, you get to harvest it, but it is only a one year protection in that bill. – Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
Prior to the passage of the bill, a farmer could be ordered not to harvest a GMO crop if its safety was being questioned in court. Senator Blunt is married to Abigail Perlman Blunt, who is currently a lobbyist for Kraft Foods (who spent almost $2 million to fight labeling of GMOs) and formerly a lobbyist for Philip Morris.
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Here’s The Facts About GMOs:

  • President Obama said he would “label genetically modified food because Americans have the right to know what is in their food.”  That was more than 4 years ago! However, President Obama did pass a law legalizing human consumption of horse meat, after being banned for decades, and he made sure the horse slaughterhouses were reopened – all within his first term. 
  • The Hawaii Senate recently heard the House proposal to require labels on genetically modified food produced outside the state, and then they voted to table the bill for the current legislative session, effectively killing the bill.
  • The House Bill (HB) 174 was considered dead after the Senate Agriculture Committee opted not to hear the proposal even though it passed the Hawaiian House by a 50 to 1 margin.
  • Hawaiian Island agricultural interests, including some Monsanto Co. employees, testified to the safety of GM foods and argued labeling requirements would impose unnecessary costs on the food and agricultural industries.
  • Since California’s Proposition 37, which would have mandated labeling of GM foods in that state, went down in defeat last November, numerous organic industry leaders have been trying to find a state that will adopt similar labeling requirements through the legislative process. NONE HAVE COME TO THEIR SENSES!

 

Why is every other country labeling GMO facts?

Here are the top 7 GMO facts:

  1. GMOs are now present in 75 to 80 percent of conventional processed food in the U.S., according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association.
  2. 58 percent of Americans are unfamiliar with the issue of GMOs in food, according to a 2006 Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology study.
  3. “Non-GMO” is the fastest-growing health and wellness claim on store-brand food labels, up 67 percent in 2009, according to Nielsen Co.
  4. 80 percent of Whole Foods Market shoppers surveyed said they would seek out non-GMO products with clear labeling, and would be willing to pay more for these products. Yet the grocery giant has been unwilling to adopt labeling changes.
  5. The FDA does not require food with GMOs to be labeled as such, so avoiding them is hard to do.
  6. GMOs are banned or significantly restricted in 30 other countries around the world, including Australia, Japan and all of the nations in the European Union.
  7. Unfortunately, due to cross-contamination and pollen drift, very few products in the U.S. are completely free of GMOs. The Non-GMO Project standard is a process-based standard that avoids the intentional use of GMO ingredients by providing suppliers with procedures and best practices for minimizing the presence of GMO ingredients.

It seems as though Democracy has failed us and the corporately owned media, fearing revenue loss refuses to help promote what is in the best interrest of the American People! Share your opinion on Earth Day: Monday, April 22, 2013.

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

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Recent GMO Facts & News:

The Organic & Non-GMO Report: Game Changer – April 2013

No GMOs Girl Scouts Cookie Petition Goes Viral– The Inquisitr, Apr 1, 2013

Agribusiness Update (radio) – Ag Information Network, Mar 8, 2013

Chew on this…or don’t. – Living Like Linds, Mar 5, 2013

Valentine’s Day Chocolate is Mostly Genetically Modified Corn, Soybeans, Synthetic Hormones– Opposing Views, Feb 14, 2013

Group Tells Kellogg, General Mills: No GMOs! – Whole Foods, Feb 13, 2013

Campaign pushes Hershey’s, Mars to either label GMOs or drop them – Food Navigator USA, Feb 12, 2013

The Gift of (GMO-Free) Chocolate – State Food Safety, Feb 11, 2013

Will You Be My Non-GMO Valentine? – Holistically Haute, Feb 11, 2013

Want to avoid V-Day candy with GMOs? – The Green Divas, Feb 8, 2013

How to Have a GMO-Free Valentine’s Day – Groovy Green Livin’, Feb 7, 2013

GMO Inside calling for Hershey and Mars to label GMOs in chocolate – She Knows Miso Vegan, Feb 7, 2013

Kellogg and General Mills defend themselves against January anti-GMO campaign – FoodNavigator-USA, Jan 23, 2013

GMO Inside Calls for U.S. Cereal Giants to Remove GMOs or Label Products – Elevated Existence, Jan 23, 2013

Northwest Cook: Group urges consumers to demand GMO-free cereals – The Oregonian, Jan 22, 2013

The 2013 GMO Fight – Supermarket News, Jan 18, 2013

Are You Eating Shady Cereal? – Rodale, Jan 2013

Coalition wants bioengineered ingredients out of cereal – Food Business News, Jan 18, 2013 and Foodmate, January 21, 2013

National coalition asks cereal giants to ditch GMOs – New Hope 360, Jan 18, 2013

What’s Next for GMO Labeling? – Food Processing, Jan 18, 2013

Coalition wants bioengineered ingredients out of cereal – Baking Business, Jan 18, 2013

Coalition asks cereal companies to get the GMOs off the breakfast table – Examiner, Jan 17, 2013

Caring Causes: GMO Inside – Motherhood Mindfully, Jan 17, 2013

GMO Inside Calls on Kellogg’s & General Mills to Label GMOs or Cut Them Out – Vegan Magazine, Jan 17, 2013

GMO Inside needs our help getting GMOs properly labeled or completely out of our breakfast cereals – Foodfacts, Jan 17, 2013

Pro-GMO labeling group wants Kellogg’s, General Mills to label or remove modified ingredients – Food Engineering, Jan 17, 2013

GMO Inside: We Can Promote GMO Labeling – True Food Movement, Jan 9, 2013

6 Reasons GMO Labeling Will Pass in Washington State – AlterNet, Jan 3, 2013

US Consumers to Say “Cheerio” to GMOs at Breakfast – Citizens Concerned About GM, Jan 2013

Mandatory GMO Labeling and Regulation Efforts Not Giving Up – Organic Authority, Dec 29, 2012

General Mills Gets a Taste of the Backlash After it Spent Over $1.1 Million to Defeat GMO Labeling Initiative – Dr. Mercola, Dec 18, 2012

Cheerios Feels Impact Of Anti-GMO Activists – Naturally Savvy, Dec 18, 2012

Cheerios Facebook page bombarded by anti-GMO activists – Climate Connections, Dec 13, 2012

General Mills’ Cheerios Facebook Page Morphs into an Anti-GMO Campaign – TriplePundit, Dec 10, 2012

 

Recent GMO Headlines & GMO Facts

30 Years of genetically engineered plants – Consequences of commercial growing in the US– Health Impact News, Apr 3, 2013

Pests could chomp past double toxin – Futurity, Apr 2, 2013

Tea Party Patriots Criticize ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ – Huffington Post, Apr 2, 2013

Poor Gut Health And Autism Linked Through GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) – Health and Wellness Magazine, Apr 1, 2013

Tunis 2013: If we rely on corporate seed, we lose food sovereignty – La Via Campesina, Mar 31, 2013

 Seeds of suicide and slavery versus seeds of life and freedom – Al Jazeera, Mar 30, 2013

Mikulski Spokeswoman Statement on Provision in Agriculture Appropriations Bill – Senator Mikulski, Mar 29, 2013

Activist Blogger ‘Foodbabe’ Scores Big Win With Chipotle – Take Part, Mar 27, 2013

‘Monsanto Protection Act’: 5 Terrifying Things To Know About The HR 933 Provision – International Business Times, Mar 27, 2013

H-E-B and others won’t sell modified salmon – My San Antonio, Mar 27, 2013

Agent G.M.O. (Vietnam) – International Herald Tribune, Mar 26, 2013

DuPont and Monsanto Agree to End Lawsuits – Bloomberg, Mar 26, 2013

U.S. Senate Passes Amendment in Favor of Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Fish – Center for Food Safety, Mar 22, 2013

Oregon bills to label GMOs and ban genetically modified fish introduced – Examiner.com, Mar 22, 2013

The Center for Food Safety Denounces Dangerous “Biotech” Earmark in Senate-passed Spending Bill – Center for Food Safety, Mar 20, 2013

Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s Say NO to GE Fish – Sustainable Business, Mar 20, 2013

Bay Area grocery stores pledge not to sell genetically modified fish – Mercury News, Mar 20, 2013

Extreme Weather And GMO Crops Devastate Monarch Butterfly Migration – Current, Mar 20, 2013

10 Reasons Why We Don’t Need GM Foods – Nation of Change, Mar 19, 2013

GMO Cotton Loses Its Natural Defenses As A Result Of Less Competition With Their Primary Natural Pests – Planetsave, Mar 15, 2013

How Monsanto outfoxed the Obama administration – Salon, Mar 15, 2013

1000 hectares of genetically modified maize grows in Egypt – Egypt Independent, Mar 14, 2013

Tester slams ‘corporate giveaways’ in government funding bill – Senator Tester, Mar 13, 2013

Labeling of Genetically Engineered Baby Food and Baby Formula – Food Democracy Now!, Mar 12, 2013

Leach introduces bill calling for labeling of genetically engineered foods in Pennsylvania – PennLive, Mar 12, 2013

Despite rain, hundreds march against GMOs – The Garden Island, Mar 10, 2013

Whole Foods Market© commits to full GMO transparency – Whole Foods Market, Mar 9, 2013

A diabetes epidemic and supermarkets who are pushers for an addictive drug called sugar – Mail Online, Mar 4, 2013

Chemical Cartel – PAN North America, March, 2013

GMO protestors voiced their concerns in Haleiwa – KHON2, Mar 2, 2013

House committee backs labeling law for genetically modified foods (Vermont) – VT Digger, Mar 1, 2013

Legislation to call for labeling of genetically engineered foods (Florida) – The Palm Beach Post, Mar 1, 2013

GMO and the Corporate Patenting of Living Organisms: Monsanto’s Patents on Life – Global Research, Mar 1, 2013

The Economic Argument Against GMOs: a Top Ten List – Inspired Economist, Feb 26, 2013

World’s GMO Crop Fields Could Cover the US 1.5 Times Over – Mother Jones, Feb 26, 2013

Coalition Launches Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods in New Jersey – Food and Water Watch, Feb 22, 2013

State House rejects labels for genetically engineered food (Colorado) – The Daily Sentinel, Feb 21, 2013

The Top 10 Breakfast Cereals Most Likely to Contain Monsanto’s GMO Corn – The Liberty Beacon, Feb 20, 2013

Alaska House passes resolution opposing “Frankenfish”  – KTOO, Feb 20, 2013

Growing GMOs banned by county initiative (San Juan, WA) – Capital Press, Feb 20, 2013

Bills to Label Genetically Engineered Foods Introduced in Illinois and Iowa – PRWatch, Feb 19, 2013

Rep. Jared Polis to introduce GMO-labeling bill tomorrow at Alfalfa’s, Boulder – Examiner, Feb 19, 2013

Namibia: We Eat Genetically Modified Maize Products – AllAfrica, Feb 19, 2013

India’s rice revolution – The Guardian, Feb 16, 2013

GMO fail: Monsanto foiled by feds, Supreme Court, and science – Grist, Feb 15, 2013

Who Owns Seeds? Monsanto Says Not You – CNBC, Feb 15, 2013

City councilor tackles issue of GMO crops, labels– Santa Fe New Mexican, Feb 12, 2013

Genetically Engineered Trees for Bioenergy Pose Major Threat to Southern Forests – Common Dreams, Feb 12, 2013

Begich Introduces Bills to Halt Approval of “Frankenfish” – Alaska Native News, Feb 11, 2013

Hawaii GMO Labeling Bill Advances– with Amendment – Moral Low Ground, Feb 8, 2013

Opponents of GMOs push for Connecticut food-labeling law – New Haven Register, Feb 7, 2013

US farmers may stop planting GMs after poor global yields – Farmers Weekly, Feb 6, 2013

Genetically Modified Corn Data Raises Serious Concerns #Greenpeace India – Youth Ki Awaaz, Feb 5, 2013

Bill aims to label all genetically modified food(Hawaii) – KHON2, Feb 4, 2013

Improved labeling is food for thought at Ledyard forum (Connecticut) – The Day, Feb 4, 2013

Councils considering restrictions on use of genetically modified organisms (New Zealand) – Scoop, Feb 4, 2013

Sit-in and Hunger-Strike in Mexico City Against GMO Corn Plantations – The International, Feb 4, 2013

New Mexico legislature blocks bioengineering labeling bill – Food Business News, Feb 1, 2013

GMO Giant Monsanto Joins Big Business Coalition for UN Agenda 21 – The New American, Feb 4, 2013

Genetic Changes to Food May Get Uniform Labeling – The New York Times, Jan 31, 2013

Expert Cautions against Importing Food Containing Genetically Modified Organisms(Nigeria) – ThisDay, Jan 30, 2013

BASF Gives Up Seeking Approval for GMO Potatoes in Europe – NASDAQ, Jan 29, 2013

GMO Salmon Concerns Scientists – The Epoch Times, Jan 27, 2013

Are Walmart and Big Food pushing for GMO labeling? – Grist, Jan 25, 2013

Peasant Leaders Stage Hunger Strike Against Genetically Modified Corn (Mexico) – Common Dreams, Jan 23, 2013

EU delays approval of genetically modified crops until 2014 – sort of – NYR Natural News, Jan 23, 2013

Bipartisan House resolution opposes the FDA’s findings regarding genetically engineered salmon (Alaska) – Associated Press, Jan 23, 2013

Missouri Senator Sponsors Bill To Label Genetically Modified Meat & Fish – KCUR, Jan 21, 2013

Costa Rica OKs genetically modified corn – Tico Times, Jan 21, 2013

Regulators Discover a Hidden Viral Gene in Commercial GMO Crops – Independent Science News, Jan 21, 2013

Bill would require labeling of genetically modified food – Las Cruces Sun-News, Jan 19, 2013

One month to stop Genetically Modified Salmon – Examiner, Jan 17, 2013

GMO labeling proposal headed to ballot in Washington state – Natural News, Jan 10, 2013

Maine farmers pleased with Thursday’s court bout with Monsanto – Bangor Daily News, Jan 10, 2013

Frankenfish: New Salmon Moves Closer to FDA Approval – Speak Up for Blue, Jan 9, 2013

New study finds antibiotic resistance from GMOs in microbes in rivers – GMWatch, Jan 7, 2013

Demand growing for non-GMO corn seed – The Organic & Non-GMO Report, Jan 4, 2013

GMOs Proposed on Washington State Ballot – Huffington Post, Jan 4, 2013

GMOs banned as cancer fears grow (Kenya) – Daily Nation, Nov 21,  2012

Ten Year Ban on Genetically Modified Seeds and Foods Takes Force Thursday (Peru) – Peruvian Times, Nov 17, 2012

How GMOs Unleashed a Pesticide Gusher – Mother Jones, Oct 3, 2012

GMO Timeline: A History of Genetically Modified Foods – Rosebud Magazine, Sept 13, 2012

 

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Organic Diets Are Healthier

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Organic Benefits | 0 comments

Organic Diets Are Healthier

Fruit flies fed organic diets are healthier than flies fed non-organic diets, study finds

Organic Diets Are Healthier

A new study looking at the potential health benefits of organic versus non-organic food found that organic diets are healthier. Fruit flies fed an organic diet recorded better health outcomes than flies fed a nonorganic diet. The study from the lab of SMU biologist Johannes H. Bauer, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, found that fruit flies raised on diets of organic foods performed better on several tests for general health.

“While these findings are certainly intriguing, what we now need to determine is why the flies on the organic diets did better, especially since not all the organic diets we tested provided the same positive health outcomes,” said Bauer, principal investigator for the study.

Fruit flies on organic diets showed improvements on the most significant measures of health, namely fertility and longevity, said high school student researcher Ria Chhabra.

organic diets are healthier

organic diets are healthier

“We don’t know why the flies on the organic diet did better. That will require further research. But this is a start toward understanding potential health benefits,” said Chhabra, a student at Clark High School in Plano, Texas, who led the experiment.

Chhabra sought to conduct the experiments after hearing her parents discuss whether it’s worth it to buy organic foods to achieve possible health benefits.

Bauer, an assistant professor in SMU’s Department of Biological Sciences, mentored Chhabra by helping guide and design her research experiments. The research focus of Bauer’s fruit fly lab is nutrition and its relationship to longevity, health and diabetes.

“It’s rare for a high school student to have such a prominent position in the lab. But Ria has tremendous energy and curiosity, and that convinced me to give this research project a try,” Bauer said.

The findings, “Organically grown food provides health benefits to Drosophila melanogaster,” have been published in the open access journal PLOS One. Buaer and Chhabra co-authored the paper with Santharam Kolli, a research associate at SMU.

Flies on organic food performed better on some health tests: 

Organic Diets Are Healthier

“The data demonstrated that flies raised on organic food extracts by-and-large performed better on the majority of health tests,” reported the researchers.

It remains unclear why organic diets delivered better health, the researchers said.

The Bauer lab results come at a time when the health effects of organic food are widely debated.

Prior studies by other researchers have found conflicting results when reviewing the scientific literature for data. While several studies have shown elevated nutrient content and lower pesticide contamination levels in organic food, a recent publication reporting a large-scale analysis of all available studies concluded no clear trend was apparent.

Fruit flies were fed extracts from produce purchased at a grocery store

In order to investigate whether organic foods are healthier for consumers, the lab utilized one of the most widely used model systems, the fruit flyDrosophila melanogaster. Because of the low costs associated with fly research and the fly’s short life cycle, researchers use fruit flies to study human diseases, from diabetes to heart function to Alzheimer’s disease.

The Bauer lab fruit flies were fed organic and non-organic produce purchased from a leading national grocery retailer of organic and conventional foods. The flies were fed extracts made from organic and conventional potatoes, soybeans, raisins and bananas. They were not fed any additional nutritional supplements. The researchers tested the effects of each food type independently and avoided any confounding effects of a mixed diet.

The health tests measured longevity, fertility, stress and starvation resistance and they prove organic diets are healthier.

Findings suggest beneficial health effects dependent on specific foods

Some negative or neutral results were obtained using diets prepared from organic raisins, which suggests the beneficial health effects of organic diets are dependent on the specific food item, Bauer said. That might explain some of the inconsistent results in the published studies in the scientific literature, he said, noting some studies suggest there is a nutritional benefit from organic food, while others suggest there is not.

“To our surprise, in the majority of our tests of flies on organic foods, the flies fed organic diets did much better on our health tests than the flies fed conventional food,” Bauer said. “Longevity and fertility are the two most important aspects of fly life. On both of these tests, flies fed organic diets performed much better than flies fed conventional diets. They lived longer, had higher fertility, and had a much higher lifetime reproductive output prving that organic diets are healthier than conventional food diets.”

Factors such as soil condition and latitude where the produce was grown weren’t considered, mimicking a typical grocery store shopping experience.

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USDA News – I Smell A Rat!

Posted by on Mar 16, 2013 in Organic Benefits | 0 comments

USDA News – I Smell A Rat!

USDA News:  No. 2 official quits!

She promoted local food and small farms, and…,

The USDA news has shocked everyone! Kathleen Merrigan, who made promoting farmers markets and local foods a top priority, has resigned as deputy agriculture secretary, a job that put her in charge of day-to-day operations of the mammoth federal department from 2009. There was no immediate word on Friday on a successor on Friday. The post requires Senate confirmation. Merrigan, 53 announced her decision on Thursday evening with no word of her future plans or her departure date.

In 2010, Merrigan, who has a doctorate in environmental planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was listed among Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

Merrigan spearheaded the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to encourage local food production and marketing. Earlier, she had a leading role in developing national organic food-labeling rules.

Mainline farm groups have said the USDA’s promotion of small farms and local food production, and Merrigan’s prominent role in it, was a sign of hostility to the so-called production agriculture that produces most U.S. food.

Merrigan was director of a food and environment program at Tufts University before she was appointed deputy secretary. She headed the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service from 1999-2001 and as a Senate Agriculture Committee staff worker worked on the organic-food labeling law.USDA News

Usually in government the #1 official is mostly a politician appointed by, and changing with, every new administration.  The #2 official usually remains and carries on , or implements, policies and duties releative to offices purpose.

So, what really happened?  Is the GMO labeling initiative on track to get passed?

Merrigan will be “nearly impossible to replace, if the administration wants someone else like her.”

“The job is normally an invisible one, running USDA’s day-to-day operations, Merrigan’s knowledgeable and public advocacy of organic agriculture and locally grown foods gave those issues a profile they’ve never had before and appealed to foodies and a significant portion of Obama’s political base that is skeptical of conventional agriculture.

Kathleen Merrigan was sworn in as the United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture on April 8, 2009. She resigned from this position on March 14, 2013.

Here’s the USDA response: “USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan has helped USDA achieve record results over the past four years. She has played a vital role in the Department-wide focus on the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, as well as our efforts to achieve budget efficiencies and savings during an uncertain budget time. Deputy Secretary Merrigan has led USDA’s efforts to implement important regulations, and she has been an important advocate for a strong National Organic Program.”

Here’s her response: “It has been an ambitious first term,” wrote Merrigan. “From implementing the 2008 farm bill, improving school meals, expanding opportunities for American farmers, spending countless hours in the White House situation room, to shepherding USDA budgets through challenging times, it has been an honor to play a small part in history.”

“I hope that during my tenure, I was able to help open USDA’s doors a little wider, inviting new and discouraged constituencies to participate in USDA programs,” she added. “With Secretary Vilsack at the helm, aided by very talented and dedicated USDA employees, I am able to leave fully confident that, even in these difficult budget times, USDA will thrive and continue to improve its service to the American people.”

Merrigan and food safety USDA news

A year ago this month, Merrigan’s team at USDA launched a fancy new tool to help small and mid-sized farmers come up with food safety plans without needing to hire expensive consultants.

As Food Safety News reported last year, the tool, part of FamilyFarmed.org’s On-Farm Food Safety Project, is the first of its kind that has a broad range of input and expertise — from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to trade groups to ag extension specialists. It is aimed at helping small- and mid-sized farmers to achieve Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) harmonized standards and certification to help ensure fruits and vegetables are produced, handled and stored in the safest manner possible.

“It’s free to farmers,” said Merrigan at the launch. “So you can go on to the website… and it’ll ask you questions, kind of like TurboTax, if you’ve every used TurboTax in tax filing season. It asks you particular questions and at the end you hit print and you get your food safety plan.”

“We are doing a lot, I think, to help small farmers,” she said. “If you’re vending into a school or farm-to-institution situation, or even if you’re direct to farmer’s market, of course you want to have high levels of food safety. We’re trying to develop tools to help people out.”

While Merrigan’s depature will leave a hole at USDA, insiders are hopeful that the support for local and regional food systems work – inside and outside the department – is strong enough to keep all the programs Merrigan helped start going for years to come, to become a core part of USDA’s mission going forward.

USDA News – I Smell A Rat!

So What Is The Real Story With The USDA News?  Watch This Video!

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