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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