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Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« on: August 27, 2012, 01:13:51 PM »


I had been thinking the other day, about what our American Distillers were using to make their aged spirits. What I found out was that the only two (2) major bourbon-makers that did not use GMO grain. They were Wild Turkey and Four Roses, amazing isn’t it. Your Scotches may/may not be, depending on whether they were a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society or not. Rum is made from sugar cane, so that is may/may not be safe either, vodka usually made from potatoes, tho’ not always…probably not a safe bet. Wines, Champagnes and Brandy’s would be from grapes, another not all together safe.

So, why should I be so concerned about GMO’s, most people have heard of them, but do you know why you should not be eating GMO’s? First of all, it is more widespread than you may know or believe and here is why…

Organic food has become one of the fastest growing segments of U.S. agriculture. In all probability, however, it will be virtually impossible to obtain any real organic food in the not-too-distant future.

Monsanto, a giant in agricultural biogenetics and holder of patents on several genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is working to corner the global market on Life. Their genetically modified (GM) crops — some complete with suicide genes which render their seeds infertile and others genetically resistant to herbicides — are intended to ultimately overrun all natural crops, making Monsanto quite literally the sole owner of all food crops on Earth.

These GM crops will ultimately be the only game in town and, therefore, every vegetable, fruit or grain you eat will be a genetically modified organism (GMO). The same will apply to every form of feed used for livestock, poultry and any creature whatsoever that is raised as a source of food for humans. It’s even quite certain that food animals themselves will be subjected to the same sort of genetic manipulation that is now being used on crops. In fact, genetically modified salmon could be available at a supermarket near you sooner than you think, if not already.

Here is a short list of what we want to watch out for in making our survival food stores -
It’s virtually impossible to provide a complete list of genetically modified food (GM food) in the United States because there aren’t any laws for genetically modified crops!
Some estimates say as many as 30,000 different products on grocery store shelves are “modified.” That’s largely because many processed foods contain soy. Half of North America’s soy crop is genetically engineered!

Rapeseed – Resistance to certain pesticides and improved rapeseed cultivars to be free of erucic acid and glucosinolates. Gluconsinolates, which were found in rapeseed meal leftover from pressing, are toxic and had prevented the use of the meal in animal feed. In Canada, where “double-zero” rapeseed was developed, the crop was renamed “canola” (Canadian oil) to differentiate it from non-edible rapeseed.

Honey – Honey can be produced from GM crops. Some Canadian honey comes from bees collecting nectar from GM canola plants. This has shut down exports of Canadian honey to Europe.

Cotton – Resistant to certain pesticides – considered a food because the oil can be consumed. The introduction of genetically engineered cotton plants has had an unexpectedly effect on Chinese agriculture. The so-called Bt cotton plants that produce a chemical that kills the cotton bollworm have not only reduced the incidence of the pest in cotton fields, but also in neighboring fields of corn, soybeans, and other crops.

Rice – Genetically modified to contain high amounts of Vitamin A. Rice containing human genes is to be grown in the US. Rather than end up on dinner plates, the rice will make human proteins useful for treating infant diarrhea in the developing world.

Soybean – Genetically modified to be resistant to herbicides – Soy foods including, soy beverages, tofu, soy oil, soy flour, and lecithin. Other products may include breads, pastries, snack foods, baked products, fried products, edible oil products and special purpose foods.

Sugar cane – Made resistant to certain pesticides. A large percentage of sweeteners used in processed food actually come from corn, not sugar cane or beets. Genetically modified sugar cane is regarded so badly by consumers at the present time that it could not be marketed successfully.

Tomatoes – Made for a longer shelf life and to prevent a substance that causes tomatoes to rot and degrade.

Corn – Resistant to certain pesticides – Corn oil, flour, sugar or syrup. May include snack foods, baked goods, fried foods, edible oil products, confectionery, special purpose foods, and soft drinks.

Sweet corn – genetically modified to produces its own insecticide. Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have said that thousands of tonnes of genetically engineered sweet corn have made their way into the human food supply chain, even though the produce has been approved only for use in animal feed. Recently Monsanto, a biotechnology food producer, said that about half of the USA’s sweet corn acreage has been planted with genetically modified seed this year.

Canola – Canola oil. May include edible oil products, fried foods, and baked products, snack foods.

Potatoes – (Atlantic, Russet Burbank, Russet Norkatah, and Shepody) – May include snack foods, processed potato products and other processed foods containing potatoes.

Flax – More and more food products contain flax oil and seed because of their excellent nutritional properties. No genetically modified flax is currently grown. Herbicide-resistant GM flax was introduced in 2001, but was soon taken off the market because European importers refused to buy it.

Papaya – The first virus resistant papayas were commercially grown in Hawaii in 1999.
Transgenic papayas now cover about one thousand hectares, or three quarters of the total Hawaiian papaya crop. Monsanto, donated technology to Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, for developing a papaya resistant to the ringspot virus in India.

Squash – (yellow crookneck) – Some zucchini and yellow crookneck squash are also GM but they are not popular with farmers.

Red-hearted chicory – (radicchio) – Chicory (Cichorium intybus var. foliosum) is popular in some regions as a salad green, especially in France and Belgium. Scientists developed a genetically modified line of chicory containing a gene that makes it male sterile, simply facilitating the production of hybrid cultivars. Today there is no genetically modified chicory on the market.

Cotton seed oil – Cottonseed oil and linters. Products may include blended vegetable oils, fried foods, baked foods, snack foods, edible oil products, and small goods casings.

Tobacco -The company Vector has a GMO tobacco being sold under the brand of Quest® cigarettes in the U.S. It is engineered to produce low or no nicotine.

Meat – Meat and dairy products usually come from animals that have eaten GM feed.

Peas
– Genetically modified (GM) peas created immune responses in mice, suggesting that they may also create serious allergic reactions in people. The peas had been inserted with a gene from kidney beans, which creates a protein that acts as a pesticide.

Vegetable Oil – Most generic vegetable oils and margarines used in restaurants and in processed foods in North America are made from soy, corn, canola, or cottonseed. Unless these oils specifically say “Non-GMO” or “Organic,” it is probably genetically modified.

Sugarbeets – May include any processed foods containing sugar.

Dairy Products - About 22 percent of cows in the U.S. are injected with recombinant (genetically modified) bovine growth hormone (rbGH).

Vitamins – Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is often made from corn, vitamin E is usually made from soy. Vitamins A, B2, B6, and B12 may be derived from GMOs as well as vitamin D and vitamin K may have “carriers” derived from GM corn sources, such as starch, glucose, and maltodextrin.

As long as the driving force of our society is the quest for corporate profits above all, we will only continue the degradation of our total environment.

Try as you might, to stockpile a healthy food store and find out what you were counting on already poisoned ! Here is a longer, more in-depth (but, still incomplete) list, of products that have GMO ingredients…

http://opposingdigits.com/forums/post-62.html

Do you have any of these items in your food storage or do you presently eat these foods? Shocking, is it not how, pervasive these ingredients have crept into our lives and diets…

Is the production of genetically modified food a panacea for world hunger or a global poison for population control? I’m betting on the latter!

Links worth looking at:
http://www.anh-usa.org/genetically-engineered-food-alters-our-digestive-systems/
http://www.disabled-world.com/fitness/gm-foods.php
http://talesfromthelou.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/list-of-genetically-modified-foods-threat-to-human-survival/
http://opposingdigits.com/forums/post-62.html





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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2012, 05:27:59 AM »
You have started a very valuable Topic, Survival 101.
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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2012, 06:39:43 AM »
 Anyone who has facebook can go to this page...Like it share it help get the word out.

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2013, 08:05:27 AM »
http://www.naturalnews.com/039471_Vermont_GMO_labeling_food_regulations.html

Vermont may become first state with mandatory GMO food labeling laws
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) The state of Vermont is poised to become the first in the nation to mandate the labeling of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), following the recent passage of H.112 by the Vermont House Committee on Agriculture and Forest Products (HCAFP). In an historic eight to three vote, HCAFP voted in favor of the "GMO labeling bill," which would require producers to put labels on raw agricultural, processed, and packaged food products that contain genetically-modified (GM) ingredients.

As reported by Vermont Right to Know GMOs, a grassroots collaboration of farmers and citizen activists working towards honest food labeling in Vermont, HCAFP's affirmation of H.112 is just the first step in a potentially long journey toward full transparency in food labeling. But the committee's affirmative vote is "a very positive sign," according to the group, and one that indicates the ultimate goal of getting GMOs labeled is definitely within reach.

"It's a consumer bill," Rep. Will Stevens, an Independent from Shoreham and member of HCAFP that voted in favor of H.112, is quoted as saying to the Addison County Independent (ACI) about the bill. "It lets people have information that they wouldn't otherwise have access to."

Though similar versions of the bill introduced in both 2011 and 2012 were defeated, there appears to be broad and growing support among legislators for this year's version. According to ACI, 50 members of the Vermont House and 11 members of the Vermont Senate have already signed on as cosponsors to H.112, and many more could be swayed in the coming weeks to lend their support as well.

"Vermonters have a right to know what's in their food, and right now GMOs are a threat to the Vermont brand," says Dan Barlow, a lobbyist for the group Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, which openly supports H.112. "I think this move can only strengthen the Vermont brand going forward."

 
Vermonters urge Gov. Shumlin not to cave to pressures from Monsanto to oppose H.112
The next step for H.112 will be a review process by the House Judiciary Committee, according to ACI. If it survives this review, H.112 will then go to the floor for a vote, and eventually on to Governor Peter Shumlin who will have to sign it into law. But as reported by the Times Argus, Gov. Shumlin has already indicated his belief that the bill will "cause more harm than good," presumably referring to threats of lawsuits by Monsanto and others in the biotechnology industry.

But many Vermonters see things differently, including Roxbury resident Michael Feiner who recently wrote an open letter to Gov. Shumlin that was also published in the Times Argus. In his letter, Feiner calls Gov. Shumlin out for "hemming in the face of Monsanto," and urges him to stand strong and be a man.

"Monsanto wants to sue, bring it on!" says Feiner. "You want to show what kind of politician you can be, start by showing what kind of man you can be and tell Monsanto exactly what they can do with their GE experiments."

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http://www.addisonindependent.com

http://vtdigger.org

http://www.timesargus.com

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2013, 03:42:32 PM »
This has been contributed by: Moderator Endtimesgal_2012
 

Monsanto’s Dirty Dozen: The 12 Most Awful Products Made By Monsanto.....

http://fracturedparadigm.com/2013/04/15/monsantos-dirty-dozen-the-12-most-awful-products-made-by-monsanto/

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2013, 04:53:40 PM »
I saw on CNN today that there were massive protests against Mansanto in the past few days worldwide.  Millions participated!  Hopefully some changes will evolve to atleast force companies to label GMO when it is in the foods we consume!

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/350817

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reading-ingredients-tales-health-conscious-mom/2013/may/25/march-against-monsanto-gmo-protests-436-cities-wor/

(couldn't find the CNN link)  :D

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2013, 07:20:05 PM »
I saw on CNN today that there were massive protests against Mansanto in the past few days worldwide.  Millions participated!  Hopefully some changes will evolve to atleast force companies to label GMO when it is in the foods we consume!

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/350817

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reading-ingredients-tales-health-conscious-mom/2013/may/25/march-against-monsanto-gmo-protests-436-cities-wor/

(couldn't find the CNN link)  :D

I am so glad so many people showed up to protest!
 :)

Also - here is Monsanto’s Dirty Dozen: The 12 Most Awful Products Made By Monsanto

Yowbaeb Note: Info contributed by: Moderator Endtimesgal_2012
...
http://fracturedparadigm.com/2013/04/15/monsantos-dirty-dozen-the-12-most-awful-products-made-by-monsanto/
 
Monsanto’s Dirty Dozen: The 12 Most Awful Products Made By Monsanto
Here are twelve products that Monsanto has brought to market. See if you can spot the pattern…

#1 – Saccharin

Did you know Monsanto got started because of an artificial sweetener? John Francisco Queeny founded Monsanto Chemical Works in St. Louis, Missouri with the goal of producing saccharin[1] for Coca-Cola. In stark contrast to its sweet beginnings, studies performed during the early 1970s[2],* including a study by the National Cancer Institute in 1980[3], showed that saccharin caused cancer in test rats[4] and mice.

After mounting pressure from consumers, the Calorie Control Council[5], and manufacturers of artificial sweeteners and diet sodas, along with additional studies[6] (several conducted by the sugar and sweetener industry) that reported flaws in the 1970s studies, saccharin was delisted from the NIH’s Carcinogen List. A variety of letters from scientists advised against delisting[7]; the official document includes the following wording[8] to this day: “although it is impossible to absolutely conclude that it poses no threat to human health, sodium saccharin is not reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen under conditions of general usage as an artificial sweetener.” (*Read the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s History of Saccharin[9] here.)

#2 – PCBs

During the early 1920s, Monsanto began expanding their chemical production into polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) to produce coolant fluids for electrical transformers, capacitors, and electric motors. Fifty years later, toxicity tests[10] began reporting serious health effects[11] from PCBs in laboratory rats exposed to the chemical.

After another decade of studies, the truth could no longer be contained: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a report[12] citing PCBs as the cause of cancer in animals, with additional evidence that they can cause cancer in humans. Additional peer-reviewed health studies showed a causal link between exposure to PCBs and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a frequently fatal form of cancer.

In 1979, the United States Congress recognized PCBs as a significant environmental toxin and persistent organic pollutant, and banned its production in the U.S.  By then Monsanto already had manufacturing plants abroad, so they weren’t entirely stopped until the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants banned PCBs globally in 2001.

And that’s when Monsanto’s duplicity was uncovered: internal company memos[13] from 1956 surfaced, proving that Monsanto had known about dangers of PCBs from early on.

In 2003, Monsanto paid out over $600 million to residents of Anniston, Alabama, who experienced severe health problems including liver disease, neurological disorders and cancer[14] after being exposed to PCBs — more than double the payoff that was awarded in the case against Pacific Gas & Electric made famous by the movie “Erin Brockovich.”

And yet the damage persists: nearly 30 years after PCBs have been banned from the U.S., they are still showing up in the blood of pregnant women, as reported in a 2011 study[15] by the University of California San Francisco.

#3 – Polystyrene

In 1941, Monsanto began focusing on plastics and synthetic polystyrene, which is still widely used in food packaging and ranked 5th in the EPA’s 1980s listing of chemicals[16] whose production generates the most total hazardous waste.

#4 – Atom bomb and nuclear weapons

Shortly after acquiring Thomas and Hochwalt Laboratories, Monsanto turned this division into their Central Research Department[17]. Between 1943 to 1945, this department coordinated key production efforts of the Manhattan Project[18]—including plutonium purification and production and, as part of the Manhattan Project’s Dayton Project[19], techniques to refine chemicals used as triggers for atomic weapons (an era of U.S. history that sadly included the deadliest industrial accident[20]).

#5 – DDT

In 1944, Monsanto became one of the first manufacturers of the insecticide DDT to combat malaria-transmitting mosquitoes. Despite decades of Monsanto propaganda insisting that DDT was safe, the true effects of DDT’s toxicity were at last confirmed through outside research and in 1972, DDT was banned throughout the U.S.

#6 – Dioxin

In 1945, Monsanto began promoting the use of chemical pesticides in agriculture with the manufacture of the herbicide 2,4,5-T (one of the precursors to Agent Orange), containing dioxin. Dioxins are a group of chemically-related compounds that since become known as one of the “Dirty Dozen[21]” — persistent environmental pollutants that accumulate in the food chain, mainly in the fatty tissue of animals. In the decades since it was first developed, Monsanto has been accused of covering up or failing to report dioxin contamination in a wide range of its products.

#7 – Agent Orange

During the early 1960s, Monsanto was one of the two primary manufacturers of Agent Orange, an herbicide / defoliant used for chemical warfare during the Vietnam War. Except Monsanto’s formula had dioxin levels many times higher than the Agent Orange produced by Dow Chemicals, the other manufacturer (which is why Monsanto was the key defendant in the lawsuit brought by Vietnam War veterans in the United States).

(Pictured at left, Anh and Trang Nhan, with their father, when they first arrived at the Hoi An Orphanage; below are the same brothers shortly before Trang’s death. Source: Kianh Foundation Newsletter, Dec. 2011[22])

As a result of the use of Agent Orange, Vietnam estimates that over 400,000 people were killed or maimed, 500,000 children were born with birth defects, and up to 1 million people were disabled or suffered from health problems—not to mention the far-reaching impact it had on the health of over 3 million American troops and their offspring.

Internal Monsanto memos show that Monsanto knew of the problems of dioxin contamination of Agent Orange when it sold it to the U.S. government for use in Vietnam. Despite the widespread health impact, Monsanto and Dow were allowed to appeal for and receive financial protection from the U.S. government against veterans seeking compensation for their exposure to Agent Orange.

In 2012, a long 50 years after Agent Orange was deployed, the clean-up effort has finally begun[23]. Yet the legacy of Agent Orange, and successive generations of body deformities[24], will remain in orphanages[25] throughout VietNam for decades to come.

(Think that can’t happen here? Two crops were recently genetically engineered[26] to withstand a weedkiller made with one of the major components of Agent Orange, 2,4-D[27], in order to combat “super weeds” that evolved due to the excessive use of RoundUp.)

8 – Petroleum-Based Fertilizer

In 1955, Monsanto began manufacturing petroleum-based fertilizer after purchasing a major oil refinery. Petroleum-based fertilizers can kill beneficial soil micro-organisms[28], sterilizing the soil and creating a dependence, like an addiction, to the synthetic replacements. Not the best addiction to have, considering the rising cost and dwindling supply of oil…

#9 – RoundUp
During the early 1970s, Monsanto founded their Agricultural Chemicals division with a focus on herbicides, and one herbicide in particular: RoundUp (glyphosate). Because of its ability to eradicate weeds literally overnight, RoundUp was quickly adopted by farmers. Its use increased even more when Monsanto introduced “RoundUp Ready” (glyphosate-resistant) crops, enabling farmers to saturate the entire field with weedkiller without killing the crops.

While glyphosate has been approved by regulatory bodies worldwide and is widely used, concerns about its effects on humans and the environment persist. RoundUp has been found in samples of groundwater[29], as well as soil[30], and even in streams and air[31] throughout the Midwest U.S., and increasingly in food. It has been linked to butterfly[32] mortality, and the proliferation of superweeds[33]. Studies in rats have shown consistently negative health impacts ranging from tumors, altered organ function, and infertility, to cancer and premature death. Reference the above “GMO Risks[34]” page which includes countless references to support these statements.

#10 – Aspartame (NutraSweet / Equal)

An accidental discovery during research on gastrointestinal hormones resulted in a uniquely sweet chemical: aspartame. During the clinical trials conducted on 7 infant monkeys as part of aspartame’s application for FDA approval, 1 monkey died and 5 other monkeys had grand mal seizures—yet somehow aspartame was still approved by the FDA in 1974. In 1985, Monsanto acquired the company responsible for aspartame’s manufacture (G.D. Searle) and began marketing the product as NutraSweet. Twenty years later, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report listing 94 health issues[35] caused by aspartame.

#11 – Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH)

This genetically modified hormone was developed by Monsanto to be injected into dairy cows to produce more milk. Cows subjected to rBGH suffer excruciating pain due to swollen udders and mastitis[36], and the pus[37] from the resulting infection enters the milk supply[38] requiring the use of additional antibiotics. rBGH milk has been linked to breast cancer[39], colon cancer[40], and prostate cancer[41] in humans.

#12 – Genetically Modified Crops / GMOs

In the early 1990s, Monsanto began gene-splicing corn, cotton, soy, and canola with DNA from a foreign source to achieve one of two traits: an internally-generated pesticide, or an internal resistance to Monsanto’s weedkiller RoundUp. Despite decades of promises that genetically engineered crops would feed the world with more nutrients, drought resistance, or yield, the majority of Monsanto’s profits[42] are from seeds that are engineered to tolerate Monsanto’s RoundUp—an ever-rising, dual income stream as weeds continue to evolve resistance to RoundUp[43].

Most sobering however, is that the world is once again buying into Monsanto’s “safe” claims.

Just like the early days of PCBs, DDT, Agent Orange, Monsanto has successfully fooled the general public and regulatory agencies into believing that RoundUp, and the genetically modified crops that help sell RoundUp, are “safe.”

Except Monsanto has learned a thing or two in the past 100+ years of defending its dirty products: these days, when a new study proving the negative health or environmental impacts of GMOs emerges, Monsanto attacks the study and its scientist(s) by flooding the media with counter claims from “independent” organizations, scientists, industry associations, blogs, sponsored social media, and articles by “private” public relations firms—frequently founded, funded and maintained by Monsanto.

Unfortunately, few of us take the time to trace the members, founders, and relationships of these seemingly valid sources back to their little Monsanto secret.

Fooling the FDA[44] required a slightly different approach: click on the below chart compiled by Millions Against Monsanto[45] to see how many former Monsanto VPs and legal counsel are now holding positions with the FDA. And don’t forget Clarence Thomas, former Monsanto attorney who is now a Supreme Court Justice, ruling in favor of Monsanto in every case brought before him.


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A Baker’s Dozen: #13 – Terminator Seeds

In the late 1990s, Monsanto developed the technology to produce sterile grains unable to germinate. These “Terminator Seeds[46]” would force farmers to buy new seeds from Monsanto year after year, rather than save and reuse the seeds from their harvest as they’ve been doing throughout centuries. Fortunately this technology never came to market. Instead, Monsanto chose to require farmers to sign a contract agreeing that they will not save or sell seeds from year to year, which forces them to buy new seeds and preempts the need for a “terminator gene.” Lucky for us… since the terminator seeds were capable of cross-pollination and could have contaminated local non-sterile crops.

What’s the Result of our Monsanto Legacy?

Between 75% to 80% of the processed food[47] you consume every day has GMOs inside, and residues of Monsanto’s RoundUp herbicide outside. But it’s not just processed food—fresh fruit and vegetables are next: genetically engineered sweet corn[48] is already being sold at your local grocer, with apples and a host of other “natural” produce currently in field trials.

How is it that Monsanto is allowed to manipulate our food after such a dark product history? How is it they are allowed to cause such detrimental impact to our environment and our health?

According to the Organic Consumers Association[49], “There is a direct correlation between our genetically engineered food supply and the $2 trillion the U.S. spends annually on medical care, namely an epidemic of diet-related chronic diseases.

Instead of healthy fruits, vegetables, grains, and grass-fed animal products, U.S. factory farms and food processors produce a glut of genetically engineered junk foods that generate heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer—backed by farm subsidies[50]—while organic farmers receive no such subsidies.

Monsanto’s history reflects a consistent pattern of toxic chemicals, lawsuits, and manipulated science. Is this the kind of company we want controlling our world’s food supply?

P.S. Monsanto’s not alone. Other companies in the “Big Six” include Pioneer Hi-Bred International[51] (a subsidiary of DuPont), Syngenta AG[52], Dow Agrosciences[53] (a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, BASF[54] (which is primarily a chemical company that is rapidly expanding their biotechnology division, and Bayer Cropscience[55] (a subsidiary of Bayer).
 
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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2013, 12:36:56 PM »
     According to this; pigs fed a diet of GMO products had a higher incidence of stomach inflammation.
 
 
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2013/06/12/3779903.htm?site=science&topic=latest
 
Ancient Prophecy appears to be fulfilled in the Nightly News.

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2013, 11:49:17 PM »
The rate of IBS in children is now way higher now that they are fed a diet high in GM foods.
I will post the link when I find it again,
(irritable bowel syndrome.) 
cabbage will soon be mixed with scorpion poison...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Androctonus_australis Toxicity

Androctonus australis has a very potent venom, equivalent to a black mamba snake,[4] making it one of the world's most dangerous scorpions. It claims several lives each year.[3]


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http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_27811.cfm   Organic Consumers

GM Cabbage with Scorpion Poison Coming Soon     Originally published on Gaia Health.

By Heidi Stevenson
GreenMedInfo, June 29, 2013
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For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Genetic Engineering page and our Millions Against Monsanto page.

Agribusiness is in a mad rush to take over the earth, and seems willing to stop at nothing. Coming soon is cabbage with scorpion poison engineered in every cell. Of course, they claim it's safe and will result in less pesticide use, but history and logic say otherwise. Who will wake from the insane mating between Agribiz and GMOs?

Get ready for genetically engineered cabbages that come complete with their own scorpion poison, just for you to eat. It's touted as requiring less pesticide use and being, of course, completely safe. Close investigation, though, indicates that neither claim is likely true.

A pesticide made with scorpion poison genetically engineered into a virus was first tested back in 1994. Interestingly, the scientists who sprayed the test field wore full body suits to protect them from this "harmless" poison. One must wonder at just how safe it could be when the developers themselves don't trust it more than that! Of course, the head of the trial, Professor David Bishop, insisted that the trial was safe—though he himself opted to take a vacation, rather than be there for it.

In the newer incarnation of scorpion poison genetic engineering, genes from the scorpion, Androctonus australus hector, for production of poison are being genetically engineered into cabbages. The goal is to produce them for public consumption. With the FDA's history of rubberstamp approvals for genetically modified crops, it seems unlikely that anything will interfere with their production and entry into a supermarket near you.

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2013, 02:11:13 PM »
Yowbarb Note:  The problem with GM foods is twofold:  Deleterious effects of GM foods upon the human body and the effects of the toxic pesticides (Monsanto, etc.)
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http://www.sciencedirect.com/

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S138357181300003X

Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis

Volume 752, Issues 1–2, 15 April 2013, Pages 28–33

Genetic damage in soybean workers exposed to pesticides: Evaluation ......

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2013, 04:34:47 PM »
Some GOOD NEWS for a change!
This was shared to Facebook by GMO - Free Project of Tucson
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http://naturalsociety.com/target-to-remove-gmos-from-major-food-brand/?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+naturalsocietyblog+%28Natural+Society%29

Target to Remove GMOs from Major Food Brand
 

by Elizabeth Renter
June 17th, 2013
Updated 06/17/2013 at 1:52 pm

Super store giant, Target, has announced they will be adding a new brand to their shelves—one that is made with natural health in mind. Called Simply Balanced, the brand will be on shelves soon and will phase out genetically modified ingredients by the end of 2014.

According to a press release on the Target official website, the initial roll-out will include a selection of foods that are 40% organic and the majority of them will not contain GMOs. GMOs will be completely absent from the ingredients within the next year and a half.

This, they say, is in an effort to align with the “increasing demand for healthy food products at a great price.” The Simply Balanced brand will also exclude other harmful ingredients while striving to provide consumers with a natural and affordable store-brand option.

The Simply Balanced collection is crafted to be free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives, and avoids high fructose corn syrup. The collection never uses trans fats, is mindful about the amount of sodium in each product, and forty percent of the products are organic – giving guests more of the simple, recognizable ingredients they know and want – and a food label they can understand.

As a wellness brand built on purity and simplicity, Simply Balanced products exclude 105 common food additive ingredients, and the vast majority of the items within the collection are made without GMOs. As part of Target’s commitment to wellness, the Simply Balanced collection will eliminate all GMOs by the end of 2014. 

In all, there will be nearly 250 products carrying the brand name, ranging in price from $1 for water to $14.99 for seafood products. Snacks, pasta, drinks, dairy, cereal, and frozen seafood will all be included in the lineup.

This brand is replacing two subsets of the current store-brand Archer Farms: Archer Farms Simply Balanced and Archer Farms Organic. The store will begin rolling out the new products this month.

As consumers continue to voice their opinions with the almighty dollar, corporations have no choice but to respond accordingly. Continue supporting businesses that provide organic, local, and GMO-free products and urge local stores to carry more of these options.

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/target-to-remove-gmos-from-major-food-brand/#ixzz2ZFpasy2C
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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2013, 05:02:59 PM »
Your Target sells food?  Amazing.

Target in Australia is only clothes, homewares, gifts, shoes, toys, etc.  Only food is chocolates and lollies.

GMO isn't a big thing here yet, I would guess 99% of the population have never even heard of GMOs.  Sad really, as I see GMO sneaking in here in different states.

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2013, 10:00:45 AM »
Your Target sells food?  Amazing.

Target in Australia is only clothes, homewares, gifts, shoes, toys, etc.  Only food is chocolates and lollies.

GMO isn't a big thing here yet, I would guess 99% of the population have never even heard of GMOs.  Sad really, as I see GMO sneaking in here in different states.

Hi Col and thanks for your reply. That is a wonderful thing that GMO is not prevalent there. :)
I hadn't given it any thought...somehow I thought all Targets sold groceries...I have tended to live in big population centers...maybe that's why.
I just looked it up. Basically the transition to selling food is happening...


http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_Target_stores_sell_groceries    How many Target stores sell groceries...

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Target is now beginning to sell groceries, but not as much as a supermarket would. The transition is still taking place, so not all Targets may be selling groceries right now.  However, most should be selling food soon.

Yowbarb Note: It is a good thing Target is beginning to incorporate some non-GMO choices.
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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2013, 10:20:11 AM »
Your Target sells food?  Amazing.

Target in Australia is only clothes, homewares, gifts, shoes, toys, etc.  Only food is chocolates and lollies.

GMO isn't a big thing here yet, I would guess 99% of the population have never even heard of GMOs.  Sad really, as I see GMO sneaking in here in different states.

Col, PS. RE-reading your post I am thinking that was not so hopeful. It (stinks) that GMO is going into any of the states there.. That is a bad thing...
Good Luck in helping get the word out on preventing them from taking much of a hold.
I just found this petition, signed it and will share it on Facebook today...
- Barb Townsend
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Guests and Members SEE Video and petition on this page:

http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/australian-health-ministers-food-regulators-fsanz-apvma-investigate-expose-stop-gmo-foods-in-australia

Petitioning Australian Health Ministers & Food Regulators FSANZ & APBMA 2
Australian Health Ministers & Food Regulators FSANZ & APVMA: Investigate, Expose & Stop GMO Foods In Australia

Petition by Jack O'Neil  Australia
Gary Null releases 'GMO Ticking Time Bomb' mini-documentary: Watch it here http://www.naturalnews.com/037438_GMO_time_bomb_Gary_Null.html#ixzz28lraUUjW

What people are saying about Genetic Roulette, by Jeffrey M. Smith:
This book, prepared in collaboration with a team of international scientists, is for anyone wanting to understand GM technology, to learn how to protect themselves, or to share their concerns with others. Genetic Roulette offers fully referenced text, describing both research studies and theoretical risks. As the world's most complete reference on the health risks of GM foods, Genetic Roulette is also ideal for schools and libraries.

"Jeffrey Smith raises serious questions concerning the production of genetically modified foods. Based on meticulous research, Genetic Roulette offers a chilling reminder that the effects of GM foods on human health are largely untested. And, whilst we cannot assume that all such foods are dangerous, nor can we assume that they are all safe, especially in the long term.

Yet in the US there is no labeling, so these products sneak into households in many different foods. If you care about your health and that of your children, buy this book, become aware of the potential problems, and take action."

http://myfamilyhealth.webs.com/apps/videos/channels/show/1834379-gmo-food

10 Irrefutable Evidence That GMO Can Harm You

1. There have been numerous cases where animals have died or became serious ill and were put down in order to avoid mass contamination or to calm down the panic that would have caused even more damage to the food industry. In Hesse, Germany many cows died suddenly when they were fed with Syngenta’s genetically engineered maize cow food and as a result of this incident the authorities in Germany decided to slaughter the rest of the cows to avoid having the mysterious disease to get out and contaminate other cattle houses. Syngenta did admit that the protein used for the cow food maize is also used for human genetically engineered foods. Oh dear, why has Syngenta now withdrawn this protein from human genetically engineered foods? Let’s ask TGA.

2. Why should you be concerned that cows eating GMO foods died and/or got contaminated with a mysterious disease? Because, if you eat meat or chicken that is contaminated as a result of a GMO with re-engineered DNA that is contaminated with a pathogen, then the DNA genes contaminate your cells and are also harmful to you. These DNA genes can be INSERTED into your own genes.

3. Roundup Ready Soy was given to mother rats as food during a study and it was discovered that 53% of the babies born died within a couple of weeks, about 10 times worse than normal. The biochemical form and structure of rats are very similar to human which is why they are used so often for studies to protect humans against various diseases. So the study should be of a major concern to FDA and other authorities that are concerned with health impediments of GMO’s. What should be even more concerning to FDA is that the GMO soy beans given to these rats caused serious disturbances to the liver by changing the cellular function of the liver and the cell nucleus, which may cause serious changes to the way our body operates at the biological level. Who knows how far this may go – may be in a few years of nucleus changes, men will even get pregnant since some already are growing breasts due to consumption of hormones.

4. If you don’t eat beef or don’t much care about rats, then do you like lamb? When was the last time you had lamb kobabs or lamps cutlets? Nearly 2,000 sheep have died after grazing on GMO cotton crops and were found to have server toxicity and inflammation of intestines and the same toxin exists in GMO foods intended for future release to people, starting in Asia and Africa.

5. In United States gastrointestinal diseases (chronic and acute) have increased dramatically since mid 90s and this has been linked to GMO foods given to sheep. In Sweden, where no GMO foods are allowed for humans or cattle, there has been no change whatsoever. Scientists are still researching the inflammation causes to the intestine and the study will take another 2 years to complete, while GMO foods are still being given to sheep in US.

6. In UK, GMO soy was put through a thorough test on a group of students at Sheffield University, half on GMO soy and the other on non-GMO soy and the research was conducted with all other parameters being equal, e.g. water consumption, diet size, environmental factors, etc. By the end of the research the GMO soy fed subjects were experiencing some allergies with 50% of them experiencing long term allergies – compared to no GMO soy fed subjects.

7. In laboratory tests, again and again, animals avoided GMO foods compared to non-GMO equivalent. Should we trust the instincts of animals that live based on their instincts?

8. Argentina has been one of the first countries to convert half of their arable land to GMO food production and are now the country with a major serious agricultural nightmare which has resulted in more than 20,000 farmers losing their land and livelihoods to superweeds that have destroyed the soil and is now a major agricultural crises in the world.

9. Scientists and Genetic Engineers themselves (if not coerced nor threatened with unemployment – or worse) tell us that GMO as used in crop development is not precise or predictable and has not been shown to be safe. The technique can result in the unexpected production of toxins or allergens in food that are unlikely to be spotted in current regulatory checks.

10. The scariest of them all – the authorities (FDA and others) as well as food corporations protest profusely to any kind of labeling of GMO foods. I don’t know about you, but that certainly concerns me that they would be so adamantly against labeling and so vehemently fighting against it – as if they have nothing better to do.

Why are they so much against it? What is wrong with labeling or essentially saying, “… some foods are GMO and we (FDA) as well as our partners (Food Companies) don’t think there is anything wrong with them, but for the informed consumers’ choice and for fairness, we decided to include it in the labeling”.

The fact that they assume that they know best and that they are the informed, logical, and trustworthy entity and us the people, who want labeling, are ignorant, fearful, and paranoid – tells me that they are hiding something. Why not be open and truthful and let people decide if they want GMO in their food or not? In a free country, should we not have the choice to eat GMO-free foods if we want?
http://www.seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-foods/gmo-harms-dangers/

To:  Australian Health Ministers & Food Regulators FSANZ & APBMA

Investigate, Expose & Stop GMO Foods In Australia
Gary Null releases 'GMO Ticking Time Bomb' mini-documentary: Watch it here http://www.naturalnews.com/037438_GMO_time_bomb_Gary_Null.html#ixzz28lraUUjW

What people are saying about Genetic Roulette, by Jeffrey M. Smith:
This book, prepared in collaboration with a team of international scientists, is for anyone wanting to understand GM technology,...
to learn how to protect themselves, or to share their concerns with others. Genetic Roulette offers fully referenced text, describing both research studies and theoretical risks. As the world's most complete reference on the health risks of GM foods, Genetic Roulette is also ideal for schools and libraries.

"Jeffrey Smith raises serious questions concerning the production of genetically modified foods. Based on meticulous research, Genetic Roulette offers a chilling reminder that the effects of GM foods on human health are largely untested. And, whilst we cannot assume that all such foods are dangerous, nor can we assume that they are all safe, especially in the long term.

Yet in the US there is no labeling, so these products sneak into households in many different foods. If you care about your health and that of your children, buy this book, become aware of the potential problems, and take action."

http://myfamilyhealth.webs.com/apps/videos/channels/show/1834379-gmo-food

10 Irrefutable Evidence That GMO Can Harm You

1. There have been numerous cases where animals have died or became serious ill and were put down in order to avoid mass contamination or to calm down the panic that would have caused even more damage to the food industry. In Hesse, Germany many cows died suddenly when they were fed with Syngenta’s genetically engineered maize cow food and as a result of this incident the authorities in Germany decided to slaughter the rest of the cows to avoid having the mysterious disease to get out and contaminate other cattle houses. Syngenta did admit that the protein used for the cow food maize is also used for human genetically engineered foods. Oh dear, why has Syngenta now withdrawn this protein from human genetically engineered foods? Let’s ask TGA.

2. Why should you be concerned that cows eating GMO foods died and/or got contaminated with a mysterious disease? Because, if you eat meat or chicken that is contaminated as a result of a GMO with re-engineered DNA that is contaminated with a pathogen, then the DNA genes contaminate your cells and are also harmful to you. These DNA genes can be INSERTED into your own genes.

3. Roundup Ready Soy was given to mother rats as food during a study and it was discovered that 53% of the babies born died within a couple of weeks, about 10 times worse than normal. The biochemical form and structure of rats are very similar to human which is why they are used so often for studies to protect humans against various diseases. So the study should be of a major concern to FDA and other authorities that are concerned with health impediments of GMO’s. What should be even more concerning to FDA is that the GMO soy beans given to these rats caused serious disturbances to the liver by changing the cellular function of the liver and the cell nucleus, which may cause serious changes to the way our body operates at the biological level. Who knows how far this may go – may be in a few years of nucleus changes, men will even get pregnant since some already are growing breasts due to consumption of hormones.

4. If you don’t eat beef or don’t much care about rats, then do you like lamb? When was the last time you had lamb kobabs or lamps cutlets? Nearly 2,000 sheep have died after grazing on GMO cotton crops and were found to have server toxicity and inflammation of intestines and the same toxin exists in GMO foods intended for future release to people, starting in Asia and Africa.

5. In United States gastrointestinal diseases (chronic and acute) have increased dramatically since mid 90s and this has been linked to GMO foods given to sheep. In Sweden, where no GMO foods are allowed for humans or cattle, there has been no change whatsoever. Scientists are still researching the inflammation causes to the intestine and the study will take another 2 years to complete, while GMO foods are still being given to sheep in US.

6. In UK, GMO soy was put through a thorough test on a group of students at Sheffield University, half on GMO soy and the other on non-GMO soy and the research was conducted with all other parameters being equal, e.g. water consumption, diet size, environmental factors, etc. By the end of the research the GMO soy fed subjects were experiencing some allergies with 50% of them experiencing long term allergies – compared to no GMO soy fed subjects.

7. In laboratory tests, again and again, animals avoided GMO foods compared to non-GMO equivalent. Should we trust the instincts of animals that live based on their instincts?

8. Argentina has been one of the first countries to convert half of their arable land to GMO food production and are now the country with a major serious agricultural nightmare which has resulted in more than 20,000 farmers losing their land and livelihoods to superweeds that have destroyed the soil and is now a major agricultural crises in the world.

9. Scientists and Genetic Engineers themselves (if not coerced nor threatened with unemployment – or worse) tell us that GMO as used in crop development is not precise or predictable and has not been shown to be safe. The technique can result in the unexpected production of toxins or allergens in food that are unlikely to be spotted in current regulatory checks.

10. The scariest of them all – the authorities (FDA and others) as well as food corporations protest profusely to any kind of labeling of GMO foods. I don’t know about you, but that certainly concerns me that they would be so adamantly against labeling and so vehemently fighting against it – as if they have nothing better to do.

Why are they so much against it? What is wrong with labeling or essentially saying, “… some foods are GMO and we (FDA) as well as our partners (Food Companies) don’t think there is anything wrong with them, but for the informed consumers’ choice and for fairness, we decided to include it in the labeling”.

The fact that they assume that they know best and that they are the informed, logical, and trustworthy entity and us the people, who want labeling, are ignorant, fearful, and paranoid – tells me that they are hiding something. Why not be open and truthful and let people decide if they want GMO in their food or not? In a free country, should we not have the choice to eat GMO-free foods if we want?
http://www.seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-foods/gmo-harms-dangers/


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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2013, 06:11:29 PM »
Your Target sells food?  Amazing.

Target in Australia is only clothes, homewares, gifts, shoes, toys, etc.  Only food is chocolates and lollies.

GMO isn't a big thing here yet, I would guess 99% of the population have never even heard of GMOs.  Sad really, as I see GMO sneaking in here in different states.

Col, PS. RE-reading your post I am thinking that was not so hopeful. It (stinks) that GMO is going into any of the states there.. That is a bad thing...
Good Luck in helping get the word out on preventing them from taking much of a hold.
I just found this petition, signed it and will share it on Facebook today...
- Barb Townsend
...
Guests and Members SEE Video and petition on this page:

http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/australian-health-ministers-food-regulators-fsanz-apvma-investigate-expose-stop-gmo-foods-in-australia


Thanks Barb.  I also signed the petition.   I shared it on Facebook too.  A very difficult thing for me to do, as I am very wary of FB and hate putting my name on anything.  In fact, I loathe FB.