Monthly Archives: June 2013
Greetings! Happy Thursday my fellow revolutionaries!! It is so amazing to watch the number of subscribers for our blog, and the number of “likes” for our Facebook page increasing day after day. Getting our messages to as many people as we can is hwo we will be able to create the much needed changes that we have come together to create. But as great as all of that is, and as important as all of that is in helping to reach eyes and ears across the globe, there is still so much work that needs to be done. Over the past few days and week, we have been working tirelessly to introduce to you some serious problems that need to be addressed. You see my fellow revolutionaries, in addition to governments that continue to put the needs and safety of its people below profit and big business, we also are battling a handful of Bio. companies which we have simply nicknamed the Biomafia’s, who have for far too long been allowed to poison our soils through GE crops, our bodies through gmo filled foods and beverages, and our waters, as their chemicals and un-natural alterations of our food supply sink into the water we bathe in and drink. And this is not confined to the United States, no my fellow revolutionaries, this is being approved and allow in many countries across the globe. And thus far, they have been given the freedom to do so by those individuals who are directly responsible for ensuring our health, safety, and total wellness stay protected. They have failed us. Vote after vote, and lack of long-term health studies to prove the safety of such products, have not mattered as much to government organizations (such as the FDA, EPA, and USDA) as profit and higher crop yields. We must feed the masses save starving countries, that is the message they sing in so many words on their public pages, and to the press. I say nonsense!! Over the years, several GE crops have been shown to cause serious health problems in the animals they were using to test (of course that’s before the Biomafia companies sweeps in to run damage control, and harshly discredits any researcher and study that shows the any negative results of their products). Just the other day I told you how Syngenta (a large and powerful GE seed grower!) actually crossed the lines and hired detectives to dig up dirt now only a researcher who showed that Syngenta’s Atrazine made male frogs turn into female, but also on a judge who was overseeing a case against the Biomafia company!! (can you say blackmail!?) Meanwhile our number of chronic diseases continue to increase, as does the number of illnesses, food allergies, and weight problems. SOmething that I promise you, sooner or later, will be linked to the foods we have been eating. And still these companies are not being held responsible, and not being made to allow outside long term human health studies. Instead they are kept safe by our corrupt governments, in the name of the future……
So let’s address the future. In several poor countries, farmers who are racking up enormous debt from growng GE crops, are committing suicide at an alarming rate! Drowning in debt with no relief in sight is just too much from them. What about their future? If Ge crops were designed to save the world and solve the hunger problems across the globe, then we should all be healthy and well fed. But we aren’t. The diseases are increasing in numbers, deaths from poor nutrition and lack of food are increasing, our soils, bodies, and waters are all being poisoned, and people are still hungry!!! Ge crops and gmo foods are nothing less than a BS gimmick to sell their products, rake in high profits, keep people sick and dying so they have to rely on medications and doctors, and worse yet..the food industry continues to create the unhealthy gmo foods and beverages that leave you addicted to them and coming back for more. (Can we say weight control nightmare?!) So a solution they are not. Today the House did not pass the 2013 Farm Bill..normally I should be telling you to celebrate however the House did not agree to pass it because it did not strip away even more money from the government aid programs that ensure that all low-income individuals and low-income families can afford to put food in their bodies, while still paying for the roof they have over their heads, clothes on their backs, and medicine when they are sick. These the basic necessities that every human being should have to ensure they can thrive and function the same as the next person. But that’s not the case. The government’s and wealthy see this class of people as a burden to society, heck on Facebook today numerous comments were made referring to these men, women, and children as “losers,” “lazy.” and “leeches.” Clearly the people who feel this way have never felt real pains from being hungry, have never gone to bed hungry, or tried to go to school hungry. This has been an ongoing problem for far too long, and it’s time for it to stop. No more struggling, no more suffering, no more dying from diseases and illnesses that can be prevented. Since our governments, big businesses, and wealthy won’t do something, then my fellow revolutionaries…..it’s time for us to do our part and Feed the Future!!
The Food Revolution is about providing education, creating and implementing solutions, and helping to bring in the resources and support that low-income communities, and really everyone needs to make healthier food and diet choices, and spend less time being sick, overweight, and on medications. Do you want to bring the Biomafia companies and food industry to its knees? Do you want to help heal, feed, and give people who would much rather help themselves than have to go to anyone else to ask for help? The Food Revolution is your chance. A Revolution Garden is the answer, in addition to nutrition centers to teach proper nutrition, healthier cooking, growing your own food, making safer and healthier cleaners, and becoming more self-sufficient. Many areas have taken one or to of these things and put them in their communities without a problem, but they aren’t enough. Without the proper education and support you leave people to make the sme choices, and same purchases, that not only holds them back from ever truly being free from the government programs, but also continue to put money into the companies and food industry we want to bleed dry. We are the answer, and we can do it, with your help. We need teachers, lawyers, artists, writers, bloggers, web designers, gardeners, we need everyone and anyone who has any skills, as well as dreamers, activists, and anyone who wants to truly make a difference. We will at no point apply for any government funding, so donations and freebies are our only outlet, but together as a United people, we HAVE THE POWER to create and force this change. It is our goal to have a Revolution Garden in every community, in every state, across this and every country. People helping people, working and learning together as one..My Fellow Revolutionaries, dreams are wonderful, but projects that force change and take back the control that we have lost until now is far better. Join us fellow revolutionary brothers and sisters, and helps us to show those that we oppose, that we hold the key and power to a better and healthier tomorrow, and we will succeed in doing what for so many years the food industry and Biomafia companies have not. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!! IT’S TIME FOR A REVOLUTION!!!
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Okay so maybe not cheap, since Syngenta (Another one of the lovely Biomafia companies in our country), has crossed the line in order to do damage control. That’s right my lovely fellow revolutionaries, in order to keep the truth about Atrazine from making it to your eyes and ears, they resorted to hiring detectives to dig up the dirt on not only on Tyrone Hayes (a scientist who conducted tests showing that Atrazine causes male frogs to become females), but also the judge who was working on the case against Syngenta (a water-management district in Illinois filed a lawsuit to force Syngenta to pay for the cost of removing atrazine from drinking water). The lawsuit was eventually settled out of court. During discovery, the court forced Syngenta to turn over mounds of document. Here’s a passage: “please don’t redistribute. I don’t think it would be helpful if it were generally known that we research SAP panel members. The real good stuff I have kept to myself. Tim, if you see a bill coming in from some detective agency, you could just sign it and pass it along. It protection from Janis on atrazine,” Basically, Syngenta hired detectives to dig up the dirt on members of the Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific advisory board (SAP). Numerous memos show that Syngenta funneled money to the American Council on Science and Health, to the Hudson Institute (where Alex Avery of the institute’s Center for Global Food Issues attacked Hayes to discredit him and his research), to Steven Milloy, publisher of junkscience.com and to president of Citizens for the Integrity of Science. In return, Syngenta got praising and supportive blog posts and fluffy warm editorials. Syngentas head of communication stated the folloing: “These are great clips for us because they get out some of our messages from someone who comes off sounding like an unbiased expert. Another strength is that the messages do not sound like they came from Syngenta,” Most people don’t even read scientific papers, because we rely on experts and journalists to help us make head and tails of what is being said. But none of this has anything to do with the science surrounding atrazine. In fact, the research that Hayes did, is the very same research that Syngenta conducted themselves. If they had gotten different results do you think they would have published them for all to see?? Of course not!!
But let me back up and explain what the big deal about atrazine is. Atrazine is a synthetic compound, used as an agricultural herbicide. Yes herbicide, meaning it’s sprayed on our food crops. Europe, as with most dangerous things these days, has banned the use of it. Atrazine is a widely used herbicide for control of broadleaf and grassy weeds that interfere with the growth of corn, sorghum, sugar cane and other crops. Atrazine is also used as a weed killer on golf courses as well as a variety of commercial and residential lawns. Atrazine was first registered for use in the United States in 1959. The herbicide has been banned in the European Union since 2004—individual countries in Europe banned Atrazine as early as 1991—but 80 million pounds of the stuff is used each year in the United States. So what’s the big deal? Atrazine may protect crops and lawns from certain types of nasty little weeds, but it is a serious problem for other species. The chemical is a strong endocrine disruptor that causes immunosuppression, hermaphroditism and even complete sex reversal in male frogs (Gasp, you mean Hayes’s research was correct?? Perish the thought!) at concentrations as low as 2.5 parts per billion (ppb)—well below the 3.0 ppb that the EPA says is safe. Amphibian populations across the globe have been declining at an unprecedented rates. Today, nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction. As if that wasn’t bad enough, atrazine has also been linked to reproductive defects in fish and prostate and breast cancer in laboratory rodents (Eek?). Epidemiological studies have also suggest that atrazine is a human carcinogen and leads to other human health issues. So let’s talk about the problems this powdery little substance has on us. Researchers have been finding an increasing number of links between atrazine and poor birth outcomes in humans. In fact, a 2009 study found a significant relationship between prenatal atrazine exposure (primarily from drinking water consumed by pregnant women) and reduced body weight in newborns. Low birth weight is associated with increased risk of illness in infants and conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes (which as you know is not good!). The public’s health in this issue is a growing concern. Atrazine is the most commonly detected pesticide in American groundwater! An extensive U.S. Geological Survey study found atrazine in approximately 75% of our stream water and about 40% percent of groundwater samples in the agricultural areas tested. Even more recent data shows atrazine present in 80% of drinking water samples taken from 153 public water systems. Yes that’s right my fellow revolutionaries, this nasty stuff has been found hanging out in our water system. So not only is our food being poisoned by these big bad Biomafia companies, but they actually have been silently poisoning us through our water as well. So how would you feel if I tell you that after 15 years of completely stopping the use of atrazine, France is still detecting its presence. Persistent must be it’s middle name!! Each year, more than half a million pounds of atrazine gets caught in the airstream during spraying, and falls back to Earth in rain and snow, before eventually making it’s way into our streams and groundwater. In 1006, our ever so dedicated and government agency we call the EPA, re-registered atrazine and deemed it safe. They claim that it posed no health risks for humans at all. The NRDC and other environmental organizations questioned that conclusion, and pointed out that the EPA’s monitoring systems was inadequate and weak, and regulations have allowed atrazine levels in watersheds and drinking water to reach extremely high concentrations, which certainly puts public health in question and possibly even at serious risk. But farmers love this stuff!! Well of course they do. WHy? Well first, it’s relatively cheap. Second, it doesn’t harm crops. Third, it increases yields, and finally it saves them money. And we all know that happy farmers, who make make good money, is always a good thing. Sadly, it’s stil a dangerous chemical, and regardless of whatever the benefits our farmers may see, the economic costs of continuing to use atrazine—both in treatment of our water and public health costs, could be significant when compared to the relatively small economic losses that banning this chemical would cause. WHy must we play with poisons in the name of higher crop yields??
Back to my earlier story. So here we have Mr. Hayes conducting research and publishing his findings that atrazine causes male frogs to become females, and Syngenta jumps to run damage control, much like what Monsanto does when it rushes to pay off journals and researchers to discredit any researcher and study that shows negative effects of any of it’s GE crops or products. So to read news like this, where yet another biomafia company plays dirty and puts the safety and well being of not just our health but that of our families as well, in danger…well it just sickens me. In agriculture, where the largest amount of money for research comes from big corporations that use steel fists to guide public opinion, maybe we need to start paying closer attention to independent reports from researchers like Tyrone Hayes. After all if these big bad companies are willing to drop so low such as hiring detectives, what does that tell us about he research they are trying to discredit? My fellow revolutionaries, that tells us that they are trying to hide the truth yet again from us, and yet again don’t give a rats ass about our health, but are more worried about their profits and public image.
We here at the Food Revolution, salute you Mr Hayes. We hope that you continue your research ad that other researchers follow in your footsteps and put finding the truth about whatever it is that is being researched at the time, not just in the name of science but in the name of all of the people that might just be affected by whatever the results may show. Power to the people, it’s time for a revolution!!!
I’m a wanna-be hippie farmer. If I could live in any sort of time frame, it would be the days of farming, real farming. As well as being the free loving, peace making hippie. I’d like to think that I have a knack for gardening, let alone taking care an entire farm, but in reality, I am highly intimidated by it. I’m a city dweller and never really had much experience to ‘farming’ per se. My dad had houseplants of all kinds, indoors and out. At times he had his little patch in the backyard growing odd veggies (eggplant…. eh, I won’t forget those meals!). But to grow vegetables and plants to live off of, that’s another story altogether.
It’s been some years since I dug into the ground to plant something. My little take of ‘gardening’. I did well with what I had. A group of sunflowers that towered into the sky. A couple tomato plants that produced a few fruit, despite the rocky soil I had. And even a couple little strawberry plants. I wasn’t very prosper on the strawberries, but nevertheless, I was amazed when the plant popped out of the ground in the spring. Who knew?!
Moving and life in general hindered any further gardening. Sure, there are container gardens that people do, but that initial investment (pots, soil, etc.) just kind of deterred me. I didn’t have a proper patch of land to claim as ‘mine’.
So let’s move on to 2013. If I were living in a house that was entirely mine, I would tear up the front yard and pretend that I lived in the great countryside and farmed like my ancestors. I’d have goats, sheep and chickens running around like there is no tomorrow. But with city officials hassling city dwellers (Woman Faces Jail Time For Growing Vegetable Garden in Her Own Front Lawn) and maybe I’m not as much of a rebel as I thought, I decided to turn an area of the backyard into my little sanctuary. Since the moment I moved in, the area was taken over by discarded limbs, sticks and leaves. People too lazy to bundle it up and get rid of it. Including myself for the first couple of years.
Towards the end of winter each year, I’d tell myself, “that would be a great area for a garden!”. And then the thought and yearning would soon disappear. Except this year. I was determined to turn that ugly overgrown area into a nice pretty backyard garden.
Lots of hard work, breaking in muscles that have not been stretched in who knows how long. Hindered by rains that seemed to last forever and many thoughts of giving up, I finally finished step one. Success!
I have never really had that ‘green thumb’. I seem to have a hard time growing things from seeds. “Sunflowers are the easiest things to grow!” I was told. Leave it to me to kill them. Yes, I killed off all of my sunflower seedlings this spring. After that, I was really apprehensive to starting any sort of vegetable, fruit or herb by seed. Imagine all of that hard work: soil preparation, sprouting, fertilizing, watering, etc. And then poof! All I would have left is wilted dying seedlings. Oh the tragedy! I really am a city girl to the core.
So after the sunflower massacre, and with planting season about to commence, I decided to make a list of plants I would plant, continuing someone else’s hard work put forth during the winter months. I’ll continue their little plants and prosper that way! This city girl will be able to farm! Or rather, garden.
Picking plants from the local farmer’s market, I have ended up with 2 tomato plants, a pepper plant, cucumbers, zucchini and a bunch of onions. I’m nervous about half of the onions, I had started those in pots and then transplanted them. They looked good for a while, now I’m not so sure. The others I planted directly into the ground are looking okay. I’ll have to give them some time. The tomato plants are really taking off and fruit has already growing. I am patiently waiting for them to be ready to be picked! The cucumber and zucchini, I’m really nervous about. I built a trellis out of some limbs from the hideous debris pile and plan on training the cucumbers to climb up it. The zucchini.. yeah, I’ve seen how big those plants get! I plan on trying out someone’s idea of using tomato cages to keep those leaves up off of the ground. Now I’m hoping I didn’t plant them too close together.
“You act like they’re your babies.” It’s been a week since the last plant has been planted and I am now feeling a bit more confident. A lot of rain has deterred me from watering (a dreaded task) and they started to look a bit weepy, but have since bounced back and actually grew quite a bit. I had some sort of critter, squirrels or birds, that actually dug up a cucumber plant and a zucchini plant. How dare they! I have since barricaded the plants with bamboo stakes and a netting that I had kept from my last little garden.
I have to say, I am excited. I can’t wait for that accomplishment, to be able to pick the vegetable myself and eat it. My biggest fear are the bugs that may find my plants and destroy my babies. I must protect them!
Stay tuned, I’ll update my journey this summer. Follow us on Facebook where I’ll share photos of my babies!
Today at lunch I decided to stake claim in a shady area across the way from a place with golden arches. My intention was to relax, read a bit (Detroit: An American Autopsy) and enjoy the warmth and of the sun. Instead I was entranced by all the attention the small crowded in/out drive of the burger joint. Okay, not really a place I would call a “burger joint”. If I were to choose to indulge (a big IF) it certainly would not be at this establishment or any other 1-2 worded heart attack joints. Anyways, I was mesmerized by how quickly the cars pulled in, around the building and then back out. Hence, fast food. Next, what caught my attention was how quickly the line backed up, about quarter after noon. Most typical time for lunch anywhere. BUT the line of cars was so backed up, it was blocking the main drive to the neighboring grocery store as well as the main drive from the road. People honked their horns, impatiently waiting to get by those wanting their quick cheap fix. As they say, grease is cheap. It’s fast, it’s convenient and it’s suppose to satisfy that hunger, at least until the pizza is ready to be picked up on the way home.
Without getting into the labor practices, the effects on the environment, animal welfare of the cows & chickens, and the influence on children, I’ll keep this post strictly to a few brief points regarding their food. There are numerous articles and stories that elaborate in detail, as well as lot of opinion and speculation. But maybe this will get you to think twice before eating out, and not only at the Arches, but really anywhere.
- How about some duck feathers or human hair (disguised as L-cysteine) in your fruit pie? Or how about sand (silicon dioxide) and wood (cellulose) in your burger? And don’t forget the soil fertilizer (ammonium sulfate) in the buns. And don’t get me started on the ‘pink slime’…
- Many individuals have done their own experiments to see how long it takes for a burger to decay. Long story short… a McDonald’s burger will take a long long long long long time to show any signs of rot or mold. How is this classified as REAL food?
- Don’t be fooled by the ordering the chicken. There’s a lot that goes into making and forming the ‘nuggets’. Synthetic chemicals and modified food starch (MSG!) to say the least.
- Salad may sound the best bet if you absolutely HAVE to stop and grab something quick… but I’ll save the calorie, fat and sodium talk for another time.
So, what did you have for lunch today?
On the evening before the massive and historic protest against Monsanto, 71 US senators voted against an amendment to the senate version of the 2013 farm bill that would have guaranteed states the right to enact mandatory GMO labeling laws. 71 senators voted against the 90% of consumers who want to exercise their right to know what is in their foods. Included in this 71 senators are 20 liberal Democrats and 43 Republicans (the very same who have fought so hard in the past to defend the rights of states!) Yep, it’s true my friends, these elected officials voted against your state’s constitutional right to protect the health safety and welfare of it’s local businesses and its citizens!!
We here at the Food Revolution feel you have the right to know who stands against health and wellness, and who were elected to represent your best interest and simply are not. We know you deserve the right to know who has no respect for your health and wellness, food safety, or for food sovereignty. In addition to listing the names of these individuals, we thought you’d like to read this:
The Corporate Takeover of Local Decision-Making
Arguing against the Sanders Amendment, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the chair of the Agriculture Committee, said that the amendment “ . . . would interfere with the FDA’s science-based process to determine what food labeling is necessary for consumers.” Stabenow’s statement shows either her ignorance of, or dismissal of, the existing scientific evidence that GE food has been linked to everything from allergies to kidney failure to cancer.
But Stabenow’s real argument was one of efficiency: “It’s also important to note that around the world now we are seeing genetically modified crops that have the ability to resist crop diseases and improve nutritional content and survive drought conditions in many developing countries. . . We see wonderful work being done by foundations like the Gates Foundation and others, that are using new techniques to be able to feed hungry people.”
Let’s forget for a moment that Stabenow took in $739,926 in campaign contributions from Big Ag in 2012. Or that Bill Gates is a Monsanto shareholder. Or that there’s plenty of evidence refuting the claim that GMO crops can solve world hunger, improve nutrition or survive drought. The focus on efficiency over health and safety, when we’re talking about our food, should be enough to set off alarm bells. Claiming efficiency, whether it’s a valid claim or not, as a reason to trample states’ rights to make their own decisions regarding food and agriculture, should have us thinking “slippery slope.”
In their book, Slow Democracy, Susan Clark and Woden Teachout write: “ What we have now is the McDonald’s of democracy. It isn’t necessarily a rapid process, any more than our processed foods – with slaughterhouses, processing plants, intercontinental transportation routes, and months in the freezer – are actually quick. But it’s fast in the sense that fast food is fast: It’s a centralized process based on the premise of efficiency, delivering a simple, easy-to-use product, but one that leaves citizens unnourished and unsatisfied. Like industrial agriculture, this ‘fast democracy’ has encroached on our communities in a silent and invisible way. And Americans, with a deep stake in the quality of these decisions, know we are losing out.”
Right, remind me exactly who it is that is losing out, when over 90% of the American just want to know what is in their food so they can make better health and diet choices, and so far that percent of people means nothing to the people elected to represent and fight for those same things. Shameful! We tend to agree with those that say the real losers are those of us who have come to the harsh reality that we have been lied to by the government and food industry for too long. That it is us who are the losers when when 71 Senators ignore such a large percent of their constituents. That is us who are the losers when 71 Senators ignore the science that says, at the least, GE food should be adequately tested and labeled and banned. And it is us who are losing out when these same 71 Senators are willing to walk all over the US Constitution that guarantees states’ their right to protect the health and safety of their citizens! Shame on you! And he rest of the world seems to agree with us!
The Food Revolution was created to educate, empower, encourage, inform, and offer support to those who have come to cruel awakening that we are being poisoned through the foods and beverages we have become so reliant on and addicted too. Tired of being guinea pig, as time after time the BioChem companies are allowed to flood our global food supply with GE crops and gmos with first having to have extensive research and testing being done, or without being held responsible for the environmental, wildlife, or human health and safety that is put at risk without extensive testing and research ever being done. Here my fellow Food Revolutionaries, is that list of names:
The 71 Senators Who Voted Against Your Right to Know
A quick guide to MONSANTO
A few fast facts:
- Established in 1901 by John Francis Queeney
- First product was saccharin, a sugar substitute (aka Sweet ‘N Low)
- 1982 – Monsanto became the first to genetically modify a plant cell.
- 1985 – Monsanto acquires GD Searle, which discovered and manufactured aspartame artificial sweetener. Creates subsidiary NutraSweet Company.
- 1996 – GE soybeans, canola and cotton, as well as corn and soybeans are introduced.
- 1998 – Roundup Ready corn is commercialized.
- 2011 – Drought-tolerant GE corn and GE soybean are approved by USDA.
- 2012 – Opposes Proposition 37 in California that would require labeling of foods with GE ingredients. Contributed $8.1 million as top donor in a $45 million campaign.
- Used by US military as chemical warfare during the Vietnam War from 1961-1971.
- Almost 19 million gallons of defoliant were sprayed to clear vegetation around military bases and to obliterate hiding places used by the Viet Cong.
- Estimates from Vietnam reported 400,000 people were killed or maimed and 500,000 children were born with birth defects.
- Veterans who served in the war have increased rates of at least 50 illnesses and diseases, including various cancers and nerve, digestive, skin and respiratory disorders. This does not include the children born to Vietnam Veterans.
- Approximately 99 percent of the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) used by U.S. industry were produced by Monsanto until it was banned by Congress in 1976.
- PCBs were found to be carcinogenic, and to cause detrimental effects to the liver, endocrine system, immune system, reproductive system, developmental system, skin, eye and brain.
- They continue to be illegally leaked or dumped and do not break down easily in the environment and continue to cycle through air, water and soil.
- Genetic engineering modifies the genetic material of crops to display specific traits. Most commercial biotech crops are developed to be either herbicide tolerant, allowing herbicides to kill weeds without harming crops, or insect resistant, which protects plants from destructive pests. Monsanto creates many of both types.
- They also use licensing agreements with other companies and distributors to spread its traits throughout the seed supply.
- Roughly 382 million acres in the United States are used for crop production, that means that Monsanto’s products constitute approximately 40 percent of all crop acres in the country.
- Throughout the 1990s, Monsanto rapidly acquired multiple seed and agricultural companies, shifting its identity from a chemical company to one that produced GE (genetically engineered) crops and linked agrochemicals.
- Monsanto’s most popular herbicide accounted for 27% of their total net sales in 2011.
- Monsanto engineers its GE seeds to resist Roundup and Roundup alone, so that the sale of the herbicide is absolutely necessary for those who buy Roundup Ready seeds.
Influence on Government
- Monsanto has a long history with former and current employees of the U.S. government, public universities and industry and trade groups.
- U.S. Government – EPA, Supreme Court, White House (Deputy Assistant), Social Security Administration, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Department of Commerce, U.S. Trade Representative, Dept. of Defense, Dept. of State, Food and Drug Administration.
- Companies – Procter & Gamble, DuPont, Microsoft, Cisco, Morgan Stanley, Sara Lee, McDonalds, amongst others.
- Universities – Arizona State U, U of Missouri, St. Louis U, Cornell U, South Dakota State U, Washington U in St. Louis
- Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), also called recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), is a drug that is injected into cows to increase milk production.
- In 1993, the FDA approved the first genetically engineered product.
- Studies have shown rBGH has caused reproductive problems in cows, including lower birth weight, infertility and an increased risk of cystic ovaries.
Monsanto vs. Farmer
- Monsanto is known for litigation against individual farmers for patent violation claims on GE seeds.
- Any farmer who buys Monsanto’s seed is bound to it (licensing agreement on every bag of GE seed), either by signing a contract or simply opening the bag, and it stipulates that farmers must not save any seed (a thousands-year-old tradition) and are responsible for following all procedures included in Monsanto’s Technology Use Guide.
- Monsanto goes to all lengths to defend its patent rights and stands behind the claim that it should be able to collect damages from anyone who violates them (thousands of dollars in damages and legal fees).
The Monsanto Protection Act
- Bill written by Monsanto and signed into law by President Obama, gives companies that deal with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds immunity to the federal courts.
- The bill states that even if future research shows that GMOs or GE seeds cause significant health problems, cancer, etc, anything, that the federal courts no longer have any power to stop their spread, use, or sales.
Videos to watch:
The Future of Food
The World According to Monsanto
We all are now well aware of the recent discovery of GE wheat growing unintended on a farm in Oregon. There are so many questions that come from this recent finding, and the answers we’re given leave even more. So let’s break it down as best we can. Monsanto stopped its development of genetically modified wheat in 2004. This happened as a result of growing concerns from American farmers who strongly felt that it would endanger exports to countries that ban these type products. With me so far? Great! Numerous countries do not accept imports of genetically modified foods. Since their first days of use, there has been an ongoing battle as to whether GE seeds, which were designed to resist insecticides and herbicides, add nutritional benefits, and improve crop yields to increase the global food supply, could also cause serious health conditions and harm the environment. As we told you in a previous post, part of the problem millions like us have with GE seeds and gmo foods, is the lack of outside research that would provide everyone with these answers. If you remember, just a few days ago, we told you why there hasn’t been such research conducted, and why even peer-reviewed journals are now being forced to provide you with articles that Monsanto allows to be published! (Monsanto is notorious for having its thugs run major damage control when you try to discredit the company, and prove that it has been lying to consumers for far too long!) Because of this monopolization and continuous refusal to allow unbiased and non-Monsanto funded research to prove that their claims has been valid, you have the opposition we have today. But back on track! The United States exports about half of its wheat crop to other countries. Since the announcement of the discovery of this genetically modified wheat in Oregon, Japan which is one of the largest export markets for the U.S. wheat growers, suspended numerous wheat imported shipments. South Korea was quick to follow, and said it would increase its inspections of U.S. wheat imports. The European Union has asked its 27 nations, to also conduct additional testing. As Monsanto stocks began to drop, we were still waiting for answers!! Oregon State University researchers get credit for discovering that the mysterious wheat had the genetic modification that Monsanto used in its field testing. *Gasp* But Monsanto hasn’t done wheat testing in many years!! Where did it come from!?!?!!?Monsanto, as it comes under heavy fire from all sides, swears that when the test fields were cleared in Oregon in 2001, the seed samples were sent to a USDA deep-storage facility in Colorado. Deep storage?? Monsanto’s research director, Claire Cajacob, claims that the company does keep some samples on hand, so that they can be able to test. The rest of the seed, however, is destroyed. Wait the seeds are sent to deep storage, they keep some to run tests on, but the rest are destroyed? Confused yet? We are!!! Cajacob states:”We’ve been very careful of how seed is stored and where it’s stored.” So now we really have some questions, because that makes no sense whatsoever! Are they storing the seeds in their deep-storage or did they destroy all of those seeds?
Here’s where it really gets our attention! Cajacob also claims that the company conducted follow-ups with any entity that possessed the seed with the so-called Roundup Ready gene and confirmed that they shipped it to Colorado or destroyed it.” What?!?!?!? So several entities that remain un-named for whatever reason they will come up with soon and tell us, have possession of the seeds that we were just told were sitting in deep-storage, and if we hear her words correctly, destroyed? At least now we know that at some point these seeds were shipped to Colorado. Doing some research, we learned that testing in Oregon ended in 2001, which is just four years before testing ended nationally. Monsanto representatives claim that the average wheat seed only stays viable for one to two years in a harsh climate like Eastern Oregon’s. Mmhmmm. So altering the DNA of seed doesn’t give it new traits or qualities that weren’t necessarily intended? Pfft!! It happens!! So here we have this mysterious growth of Monsanto wheat. This wheat popped up in a rotational field that was supposed to be fallow in 2013. None of this gives us any answers. Til now. Now we get Monsanto’s reaction and statements. On Wednesday, Monsanto made the claim that the Oregon field where the wheat was found last week, was in fact contaminated with Monsanto’s unapproved GM wheat, but that it was an “isolated” incident, and that it was very likely either the result of an accident or “sabotage.” Oh come on!!! Seriously?!?! We’re supposed to believe that while your stories regarding your GE wheat seed are so full of holes and make no sense, that you actually believe someone at some point went out ino a farmers field, planted those seeds, all as a means to disrupt the trade system between Monsanto and other countries?! Sorry Monsanto, we here at the Food Revolution say BS!!!And it seems that we aren’t the only ones. On Thursday, scientists warned that the biotech giant’s denial was full of many holes. Monsanto claims that it has tested 31,200 seed samples in both Oregon and Washington and found no evidence of contamination, and insists that there is no cause for concern in the world market. BUT….researchers this week argue that Monsanto’s tests are misleading and that the genetically modified gene used, which is not yet approved for use in the U.S., will very likely continue to be found in wheat seeds!! Carol Mallory-Smith, Oregon State Universities weed science professor who tested the initial wheat plants and determined they were the unapproved Monsanto seed said “We don’t know where in the whole chain it is.” Unh hu. She then goes on to add the following: “I don’t know how Monsanto can declare anything. We obviously had these plants in the field. You introduce something into the environment, and genes move around in the environment, whether transgenic or not.” Thank you!! Once these seeds are no longer in the safety of a controlled lab, things just can happen. And it does, and clearly it did! David Andow, a professor of entomology at the University of Minnesota, said in an interview with Bloomberg that “these claims are misleading,” and “the tests cited by Monsanto this week, which displayed clean wheat in the state of Washington, are shortsighted.” Monsanto fails to be honest yet again and we are to believe that their claim of safety in regards to GE seeds and gmos are safe for human consumption? Not buying it!! Andow also stated in his interview “Sure they tested it, but that doesn’t mean it’s all clean, it just means it’s not so widespread that it could be detected easily.” Now that makes perfect sense! Doug Gurian-Sherman, senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, says “This is not the first time Monsanto has been less than forthcoming on the extent of its seed contamination: “In previous cases, such as during the outbreak of herbicide-resistant weeds in recent years, Monsanto has initially played down the risks. The reality is that nobody knows what happened until extensive testing is done.” Shame on you Monsanto!! But wait there’s more!! Bloomberg reported recently that even if Monsanto’s claims about this specific wheat strain were proven true, they (Monsanto) has resumed trials of other and very similar GM wheat seeds. This of course is according to information which was posted in a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) database. Monsanto planted 150 acres of GM wheat in Hawaii last year and 300 acres of GM wheat in North Dakota this year. This, my fellow Food Revolutionists, means the risk of genetic pollution from unapproved Monsanto wheat is even greater than most people are aware of! Unacceptable!! And we here at the Food Revolution, refuse to allow such important information to be kept from making it to your eyes and ears.
Monsanto, you and the other biotech companies continue to put the health and wellness of consumers beneath profit and higher profit yields. You are the reason we eat, drink, and breathe ways to educate, empower, and inform people across the globe and get them back on track with eating and growing healthier and cleaner foods. Your lies will soon fall on deaf ears, as an informed public is your worst nightmare.
Anti gmo and pro gmo activists demand the same thing when it comes gmo’s….research..undeniable and concrete proof. For consumers today to put their trust and belief in anything that could have a major impact on their health, we want proof. Makes perfect sense doesn’t it? So why is it that from the day that gmo’s were first allowed into the food supply, through today, there have been no human health long term studies? Well my darling readers here’s the truth, and it is truly blood boiling! GMO agribusiness companies like Monsanto, BASF, Pioneer, Syngenta and numerous others prohibit independent research. Surprised? You shouldn’t be! In 2009, an editorial in the well respected American scientific monthly magazine, revealed this shocking bit of information. There are no independent scientific studies published in any reputable scientific journal in the world for one reason and one reason only. It is impossible to independently verify that GMO crops like Monsanto Roundup Ready Soybeans or MON8110 GMO maize perform as the company claims they do, or that that they have no harmful side effects because the GMO companies absolutely forbid such tests from ever being performed!!
In order to buy their seeds, whether to be planted for crops or to use in research study, Monsanto and the gene giant companies require an End User Agreement to be signed with the company. For the past decade,which is the period of time when the greatest number of GMO seeds in agriculture has taken place, Monsanto, Pioneer (DuPont) and Syngenta require anyone buying their GMO seeds to sign an agreement that explicitly forbids the seeds from being used for any independent research. Scientists are strictly prohibited from testing a seed to explore the circumstances that causes the seed to flourish or fails. Comparing any characteristics of the GMO seed with any other GMO or non-GMO seeds from another company. is also strictly forbidden. (Go figure!!) And even more alarming, is how they prohibit seed examination to determine whether genetically modified crops lead to unintended negative side-effects in the environment, animals, or humans. But don’t get me wrong, let’s give them some credit. (that was pure sarcasm in case you didn’t catch it!) Some research is allowed. Mmmhmm, it’s true. Only pre-approved research by Monsanto and the other GMO companies is permitted to be published in reputable scientific peer-reviewed journals. Hmmm, isit just me, or does that sound rather GE fishy?
Thanks to the amazing proclamation by former President George H.W. Bush in 1992, on request of course by Monsanto, no special Government tests of safety for GMO seeds would need to be conducted because GMO seeds were deemed to be “substantially equivalent” to non-GMO seeds by Mr. Bush (Is it just me, or does this scream corruption on the special interest level!). Let’s continue. Former attorneys for Monsanto were also appointed in governing positions in both the EPA and FDA , which allows them to oversee the rules governing GE crops (Yep I can see no bias here, pfft.). There have been NO Government tests of GMO seed safety to this date. So where does the support that GE seeds and crops are safe coem from? All tests are provided to the US Government on GMO safety or performance by the companies who created these seeds in the first place!! Well that explains a lot! It’s no wonder that so many people want to argue that these seeds and crops are so safe for humans, in addition to be the amazing solution to “World Hunger” But what choice do they have? After all, certainly if the company that creates the seeds used to create the crops, which are then used to feed millions of people across the globe, are deemed safe by those who created it in the first place they should be really safe right? C’mon people, think about it. Monsanto did the same thing for it’s Agent Orange creation, telling the world over and over and over how safe it was and yet is directly responsible for thousands upon thousands of deaths and illnesses directly stemming from this poison we now refuse to accept as safe! Better yet, look at your vehicle. You rely on it to get you to and from your home each and every day, and it has been tested and retested by outside sources numerous times (which is how the rating system was developed and gets determined!) to ensure that that vehicle is inf act safe for you and your family to ride in. But when it comes to one of the basic necessities in life, like food, we aren’t allowed to have the same testing by outside and unbiased researchers.
So let’s review. Monsanto and Gmo supporters demand the same proof that those of us who are against them are demanding. Monsanto and the other Bio headaches continue to stand to deny outside research to be conducted on their seeds, and even require persons who want to purchase their seeds to sign an agreement that in so many terms states that they will not in fact conduct any of the tests these companies have defined as not allowed. When research actually has been approved, the companies get to decide what gets to be said and published, before that research can be published. I don’t know about you, but there is sure a ton of hush hush and restrictions on a product that is now inside over 75-85% of our food supply. You would think that since GE crops are now a major part of our food supply, proving that their Franken-creations are for certain safe for consumers to consume over such long periods of time wouldn’t be at the front of their To Do list. But that’s clearly not the case.
So the next time you find yourself facing an individual who clearly supports and defends GE crops and gmo foods, or even while your sharing information online, nicely remind them that you can’t give them any additional research because the companies he/she supports consistently refuses to allow it, and when they do, they get to decide what gets said and what doesn’t!!
THE FOOD REVOLUTION IS COMING!!!! ARE YOU WITH US????
My inbox lately has been full of concerned people wanting to know why there’s so much focus on Monsanto and not on helping people to make better and healthier choices. I’ve asked the same question for quite some time now. Monsanto is just one of the problems we have in the Biochemical GE crop world. And as much as I’d love to sit and argue with those who say if we take down Monsanto the rest will give in, that’s just one senile thought I cannot support. Monsanto is a problem not just to our global food supply, but to our environment, animals and wildlife as well. The photos and stories about species of butterflies on the verge of extinction, and let’s not forget our precious bees! But as we sign those petitions, protest the companies that carry GE products, and take to the streets in peaceful marches against this one monster entity…we end up going home, turning off our electronic devices, and slip back into our lives. If you already grow your own food, shop locally and support organic and local farmers, then you have nothing to worry about. But there are far too many individuals aren’t to that point yet, and are looking for the information, resources, suggestions and ideas on how to get to that point. We’re focusing so much on one piece of the puzzle, that we’re failing to help fix the problem in the first place. I’ve already posted in a previous post, that Monsanto is just one of many Bio headaches that we have to deal with in this world, so I won’t bore you again with that story. My email box, however, has reminded me why I chose to do what I do with my life, and how much work we really have to do if we want to change things. The Food Revolution stands for exactly that…change. So we are going to stay focused on providing our readers, followers, and supporters with the tools, resources, information, and ideas that will help them to make the change in their lives.
The questions that need to be answered is this: How do I get my family eating healthier, we’re so used to the foods we eat now? How can my family make a difference? How can I get my community involved? These are questions that should be our greatest focus, after all, it is consumer buying habits and money that gives the organizations and companies like Monsanto, the fortunes that are used to buy off special interest groups, politicians, etc. Think about, what good are you doing to protest Gmos when you go to the grocery store on payday and buy food and beverages that contain gmos!? The other question I get asked is: what exactly are we left to eat when you take everything else away? So on this dreary Sunday afternoon, I’m going to try and give you some answers to each question. It’s time for a Food Revolution Q & A session!
1.) How do I get my family eating healthier, we’re so used to the foods we eat now? Answer: Every little thing we do to improve our diets, homes, lives, communities, etc makes a huge difference. I always tell people I speak to, to start with little changes. As creatures of habit, we find change difficult. Especially when it comes to food. Food manufacturers intentionally make their processed foods addictive on purpose. They know we’re driven by our taste buds, and those sugary, salty, and fried foods pull us in and wrap us in a blanket of unhealthy comfort. For many, when we try to step away from conventional and over-processed foods, we find ourselves running right back to them. Score!! For the food manufacturers that is. The cost of these foods, the way they are displayed in your stores, and the millions spent on marketing these products to you and your children are all part of the food game. You, of course, are the playing piece. My family found it easiest to change out one meal each week with a healthier version or brand new healthy dish. The best way to make sure that your fruits and vegetables are chemical free, is to grow them yourself. If that’s just not an option, then shopping your local farmers market, buying local produce (talk to your local farmers and ask questions about their growing practices!), and sticking to 100% Certified Organic is the way to go. Adding a bigger percentage of fresh vegetables and fruits to the diet of you and your family, is the most important thing. For low income families, that gets more difficult, and with the number of us falling into that category rapidly growing, sometimes buying the more expensive produce and foods isn’t an option, no matter how hard we try. This is where community gardens are and could be such an asset. For communities that don’t have them yet, maybe now is the time to see if you can rally some troops together and start one!! Another thing to remember is moderation. Even eating too much of a good thing isn’t healthy, something that many of us don’t realize. Increase your water intake, eliminate carbonated and sugary beverages, learn how to read labels properly, and above all get up and move!! Spend time in the fresh air, and laugh even if for no reason other than to laugh 🙂
2.) How can my family make a difference? Answer: All of us on this earth can make an amazing difference, in so many ways! Learn as much you can about gmo’s, start and participate in seed exchanges, learn how to garden if you don’t yet have one, start a community garden, share with your friends and neighbors what you learn and even share extra vegetables. By teaching others what you know your helping more than you know. Write your local, state, and federal representatives and tell them you want safer and cleaner food production practices, subsidies to be given to organic farmers, tighter restrictions on additives and labeling on the food products being marketed, and that you want to know whats in your food! Participate in protests, join online and offline groups and organizations dedicated to supporting organics, and fighting the companies poisoning our food, water, and environments. Every time you plant a seed, buy organic, and share what you learn you are working on making a big difference.
3.) How can I get my community involved? Answer: Get out and talk to people, go to town meetings, special events, pass out flyers and brochures, talk to friends and neighbors. Start up a seed exchange program, or even a community garden! There are so many people in the world who need safer and healthier food to eat, that working on a solution as a community, not only gets your community involved but also works on solving a problem. How about that! If every community across the globe did its part on making a difference, solving the nutrition and hunger problems we have, can you imagine what a world we would have!!
Finally, let’s talk about what foods there are to eat, when everyone is telling you that you can’t eat this and that. First of all, food today is not like it first started out to be. All too often I hear people complaining that their grandparents didn’t have organics to eat and are healthy and fine today. The fact is, that how food was made back in those good old days, is nothing like the fast paced food production plants we have today. There wasn’t a need to worry about industrial fertilizers, killer pesticides, or additives that cause more harm than good. Today’s food is over-processed, fatty, greasy, salty, sugary and highly addictive. That’s right, the fast fatty foods, and convenient and cheaper conventional foods are specifically designed to make you completely addicted to their taste, texture, and smell. We can’t help but crave a sugary treat or salty snack when we’re having a bad day. Put healthy foods up against the conventional foods, and there’s no doubt the unhealthier food choices will always win. Millions upon millions are spent on marketing ads focused not just at you, but even more shocking, marketed directly at your children! And age is not discriminated against! Have you ever noticed those cute little baby bottles and bibs with the Coke and Pepsi logos on them!?!? Magazine ads, tv commercials, and in store sales all work together in a viscous food cycle to get you to want and need those foods! Back to the answer your looking for. What can you eat. Eat a diet that is rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, whole foods, nuts, legumes, and whole grains. Steer clear from the carbonated and sugary drinks, processed foods, fast foods, and of course fried foods!! Contrary to what our evil critics say, we are not trying to convert everyone to vegetarianism or veganism!! What we want is you to replace your unhealthy diets with a diet that will not only detox your body and begin to let it heal, but once it figures out how to function on its own again, help you to feel lighter and so much healthier again. Go ahead and eat meat if you do, but instead of buying the over-processed glued together meat you usually do, buy free-range and organic meat. This is the most amazing tasting meat you will ever eat!! In the course of over-processing and additives, I think most of us have forgotten how a real piece of meat tastes. I just had a friend bite into an free-range hamburger for the first time last month and immediately noticed a huge difference. She said not only was it lighter tasting and not greasy, but the meat actually tasted much better!! Go figure! Meat that is farmed by farmers who love their livestock and take pride in raising grass fed, free roaming animals will always taste better than that other stuff you can grab for a buck off the dollar menu.
Change how you look at food, how you get your food, and how you eat your food. Eat healthier, grow what you can, get fresh air, and be good to everyone around you. You’ll be glad you did!
Many would like ot thik that by defeating Monsanto our Ge problems are solved. I’m sorry my friends to inform you that is not the case. While it is true that Monsanto is the mother of our Bio-tech headaches they are not thr only ones to be after. No friends, there are 6 grand corporations heavily researching and working in this field, Monsanto is just the supreme entity of them all. Here are your big 6 Biotech headaches: BASF, Bayer, Dupont, Dow Chemical Company, Syngenta, and Monsanto. Taking out one, will only allow the others to pick up where the previous left off, and so begins our fight to be GE free. We need to remind ourselves of that with every post that we post, and make sure we let all of the companies know we no longer want to be their guinea pigs, not just Monsanto.
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