Glyphosate v. Gluten: Which is the Problem?

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Your GLUTEN problem may actually be caused by GLYPHOSATE


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(NaturalNews) Do you consider yourself to be sensitive to gluten? Your problem with wheat, it turns out, may not be a problem with gluten at all. It may, in fact, be a problem with GLYPHOSATE.

Most people don't realize it, but even though wheat is not yet commercially grown as a genetically engineered crop, farmers saturate wheat crops with very high doses of glyphosate right before harvest, speeding the drying of the wheat stalks and accelerating harvest duration.

The result is that toxic, cancer-causing glyphosate herbicide is now found in many wheat products, including pasta, wheat bread, wheat flake breakfast cereals, donuts, bagels, cake mixes, snack crackers and much more.

Glyphosate is known to be toxic at parts per billion concentrations, meaning it only takes a very tiny amount to potentially impact your digestion and metabolism in a dangerous way.

What's the solution to glyphosate in wheat products? Buy ORGANIC wheat, which isn't legally allowed to be sprayed with glyphosate.

Once you switch to organic wheat, you may discover your "gluten" problems simply disappear... and that's because it wasn't a gluten problem to begin with. It was glyphosate poisoning!

Xanax Ingredients: Includes GMOs, Artificial Coloring and More

Xanax Ingredients:  Do We Need the Same "Due Diligence" of Investigating as We Do With Food?

Photo: ShannonMcDowell.com

​Would it surprise you to learn that the ingredients in Xanax includes GMOs or artificial coloring?

What happens when someone is sensitive to GMOs, artificial coloring and food dyes and other additives when they take prescribed medications?  What does the interaction between these "chemical additives" do when combined with prescribed drugs?  Does it set the person up for an allergic reaction?

​Xanax, a popular drug has many negative side effects.  For example, many of these mass shooters were taking Xanax at the time of their heinous acts.  http://www.naturalnews.com/045571_Xanax_mass_shootings_psychiatric_drugs.html.

We need to do more investigation and "rethink" how we take prescription drugs.  For example, should prescription drugs be the last resort instead of the first thing we do in treating a condition?

You might find this article published by Natural News thought provoking:

Xanax made with GMOs, allergens and artificial coloring chemicals
July 14, 2014 by Aurora Gelb of NaturalNews.com

Just like nearly every other drug, the anti-anxiety drug Xanax contains fillers and additives that are listed as "inactive" ingredients, but which actually can pose significant health risks. The only way to avoid ingesting those potentially dangerous chemicals and compounds is to avoid taking the medications.

But does that mean you have to suffer with anxiety and panic disorder? Not at all. There's an alternative treatment which can be just as effective as Xanax, but which has none of the potential side effects and risks associated with the drug and its active and inactive ingredients. First, let's look at the "inactive" ingredients in Xanax.

Although alprazolam is listed as the primary or active ingredient, Xanax is made with GMOs, allergens and other ingredients that can cause health problems and reactions in many people. Here's an overview of some of the "inactive" ingredients lurking in a Xanax tablet:

  • Lactose: About a third of the population is lactose intolerant, and many more have low levels of lactase, the enzyme needed to properly digest lactose. People who are lactose intolerant may experience intestinal gas, bloating, stomach pain and cramps, diarrhea and even vomiting. (1)
  • Corn starch: Almost 90 percent of corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified, injected with foreign DNA that helps plants tolerate higher levels of pesticides and herbicides, among other modifications. (2) Genetically modified crops are a relatively new invention, and therefore, their health risks have not been fully studied over a long period. Many scientists worry that the addition of new genetic material could cause health effects ranging from allergic reactions to more serious issues affecting the immune system, digestion or organ health. In addition, corn starch can become contaminated with gluten during manufacturing and production, increasing the risk of reaction among people with celiac disease and those with gluten sensitivity. (3)

Read more at: http://www.naturalnews.com/045998_Xanax_GMOs_ingredients.html#ixzz37gopHa5N

Public Health Alert: We Must Stop Agent Orange Corn From Entering Our Food Supply

The Traditional Grocery Store Just May Die if We Allow the Government to Approve Agent Orange Corn

Corn and its derivatives (i.e., part of a food processing chemical) is extensive throughout the traditional grocery store offerings.  For example, 14% of the food products in Walmart just contain one corn product, high fructose corn syrup.  Already 88% of the corn in your grocery store is genetically modified. This GM corn, which is not only made Round-up resistant, but has a natural insecticide added inside the seed, called BT, is linked to an array of health issues and conditions affecting our immune system, i.e., allergies, leaky gut syndrome, cancer and an array of other conditions.

When I was growing up in the 1960’s and 70’s (yes, I am “dating” myself) a child or schoolmate having a food allergy was unheard of.  I can only remember one person who had a peanut allergy.

The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as of 2008 estimated that as many as 15 million Americans, including approximately 6 million children, have food allergies.  They believe that the actual number of food related allergies are underdiagnosed.

If you are concerned about Monsanto’s Round-up/BT GMO corn being linked to increased allergies, just wait until Dow Chemical’s “agent orange corn” starts infiltrating the food processing system.

Because Mother Nature has adapted to Round-up with superweeds that are taller than humans  (despite more and more herbicides being doused into the soil), just wait until the more powerful herbicides with Agent Orange infiltrate our environment and food supply.

The public has been fighting the USDA and the FDA on this issue for more than 2 years.  We can’t give up this fight unless we want the traditional grocery store, which is very ill, finally destroyed as a reliable, safe place for purchasing our products.

Now it looks like the USDA is going to green-light Dow’s “Agent Orange” corn and soybeans.

The time for petitioning has been extended until March 11th.  Please read the petition and consider signing it.

If this filters in look for an implosion of food allergies, chronic disease, cancer, etc.  Already over 2 million people are now allergic to corn alone.

If they keep on, those who value having good, healthy foods and selectively shop at supermarkets in trying to avoid the risk of the “agent orange” fallout, will be displaced to growing their own food, adopting aquaponics (not cheap), finding organic and non-gmo farms, etc., which is time consuming and more complicated for those residing in large urban areas.

Two years ago I did research on Dow Chemical, its legacy and the controversial “Agent Orange” corn.  What I wrote then is relevant today.  I ask that you consider it.

Dow Agent Orange Corn and Its Threat to Humanity

No-Name Attorney

(February, 2102)

 

We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.

Benjamin Franklin, at the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Introduction

Before talking to about the quality of our lives, our children’s lives and future generations’ well-being at risk by Dow Chemical wanting to introduce “Agent Orange” corn into our food supply, I want you share some history and the power of the American people.

Probably my favorite American statesman in history was Benjamin Franklin. He had such brilliance in science, history, politics, newspaper editor, and even wisdom.  He was far from a perfect person, with a special penchant towards sexual escapades, as it is said he had over 106 illegitimate children.  Despite his personal failures, he did have some great wisdom for the Colonies, or the newly formed United States of America.   His Poor Richard’s Almanac was famous for its wise and clever sayings to his countryman.

Ben is right on this one: together is better than separate. When people join together for a good cause or purpose, they’re much more powerful, almost creating an energy force greater than the sum. When we do our individual act, the “lone wolf” thing, we’re much easier to suppress and silence.

There is tremendous power in numbers, even when any “control” group tries to manipulate us. We allow others to control us many times by telling us that we can’t do things, we don’t have the power, etc. Think of the child that is browbeaten by a negative parent.  Does that child grow up in essence being tied up in an invisible straight jacket? And what happens when that child wants out of that straight jacket, wants to be set “free” of the “mental” bondage?

He soars!

We, Americans (and the rest of the world who will eventually be negatively impacted), need to soar.  Big corporate Dow (Chemical) agra is seeking permission from the FDA to create their version of GMO (genetically modified organisms) or GE (genetically engineered) corn. I hate to say it but it seems that this version of corn will be even more dangerous than Monsanto’s BT corn !! (Monsanto inserts glyphosate-Roundup-and Bacillus thuringiensis toxins into the seeds to make them purportedly more resistant to weeds, insects worms and pests.)

Here Comes Agent Orange” Corn Unless We Rise Up

Agent Orange was manufactured by Monsanto and Dow Chemical.

Do you remember the Agent Orange of Vietnam that poisoned the Vietnamese, Laotians, Cambodians and our soldiers?

According to Stars and Stripes (August 11, 2011) the devastation to our Vietnam veterans is growing with claims of over 84,000 for heart disease and B-Cell leukemia.  Another 74,000 claims were pending for “presumptive” Agent Orange conditions.

Even the Veteran’s Administration acknowledges (http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/index.asp) that vets exposed to Agent Orange are at risk for certain cancers and diseases from their exposure, including:

  • AL Amyloidosis
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Chronic B-cell Leukemias
  • Chloracne (or similar acneform disease)
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Acute and Subacute Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Respiratory Cancers (including lung cancer)
  • Soft Tissue Sarcomas (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma)

Unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg.  This toxin, like other toxins, changes the DNA of a person exposed.  This means that the “created” genetic breakdowns get passed on from generation to generation.  The VA acknowledges that Vietnam veterans’ children with congenital deformities and conditions came from their parent’s exposure, i.e., spinal bifida occulta.

For the Vietnamese, they have even a more tragic experience (if our soldiers’ experience was not enough).

By 1971 over 19,000,000 gallons of Agent Orange and other combined toxic herbicides were dumped in Vietnam, mainly in the middle region of the country.  These people are suffering from cancers, neurological conditions and birth defects some 40+ years later.

Today Vietnam has among the highest number of birth defects per capital in the world.”

Many babies are stillborn with serious malformations.  Look at this picture taken by STR New/Reuters and published by Time magazine on December 19, 2009

Agent orange deformed babies

From Time Magazine, December 19, 2009

Here are some photos of children who survived the birthing process, which should strike anyone’s conscience, are “mild” (yet considerable birth defects) compared to the Reuters/Time photo and the video footage I have seen on YouTube.

What the Vietnam experience shows is Agent Orange, and its dioxin, gets into the soil, the water, the fish, etc. and it seems to have a life of its own After 40 years it is still going strong.  In one of the reference videos below a Vietnamese scientist says he expects it will still be there for at least 100 years.

We already have issues with Roundup, where it is used, contaminating soil, lakes, drinking water supplies, etc.

Can you imagine what it will be like if this Dow GMO Agent Orange Corn gets approved and teams up with the Monsanto BT GMO corn? Independent of the health risks when we eat it (as with our experience with antibiotics) over time, resistance develops and so more of the herbicide will be required. Its a damaging, vicious, poisonous circle.

What Can I Do?

We have to get engaged. We need to sign petitions against Dow’s Agent Orange Corn seeking FDA approval.  The cut-off is February 27th for signing the petition.  After signing the petition, call at least 10 people and tell them that you are sending them information that might interest them. Forward to as many people you personally know the petition link, this email or write your own email.  You want them to be looking for it in case it ends up in the junk or spam folder. Encourage them to call and forward to 10 or more people. That’s the first step.

The Institute for Responsible Technology has a good petition drafted. I’ve already signed it. Here’s the link:

http://action.responsibletechnology.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9142

If you receive this after February 27th, 2012, then I still encourage you to voice your concern to the FDA’s Biotechnology Division (http://www.fda.gov/Food/Biotechnology/default.htm).  On their page they list the following contact information:

 Phone: (240)-402-1200

Fax: (301)-436-973

premarkt@fda.hhs/gov

Office of Food Additive Safety

 Additional Contact Information

 CFSAN

5100 Paint Branch Parkway

College Park, MD 20740-3835

 

Things like this happening (or being attempted) is why you need to know the source of your food.  Try to buy only organic and non-GMO foods. Grocery stores will not voluntarily label produce or cans that have GMO ingredients.  (If they did that I suspect the food would not sell or sales would be decreased.)

Grow your own garden.

Buy locally from farmers or farmers markets. Just because a vendor is selling at a farmers market does not mean you are safe from GMO produce.  (At my local farmers market all the vendors did not have organic produce. I do not have this option.)

Stay connected to internet websites that report on GMOs.  Some excellent sites are:

 www.responsibletechnology.org

www.naturalnews.com

www.greenmedinfo.com

Tell friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances about GMOs and their risks to our health and our environment.

These agra bio-tech companies are increasing their GMO activities, research and intensities.  This means you have to stay current and engaged.

Remember, companies like Monsanto, Dow Chemical want you to sit on the sidelines and not get involved.  Ask yourself:  Are you willing to give these companies in essence de facto control over you and your family’s lives?

 

Additional Video References and Resources:

Vietnam 35 Years Later:  Agent Orange.  (CBS5 Anchor).  (5 min. 1 sec.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkbnFfldsOc&context=C3e8a5e7ADOEg sToPDskLwMeYqKyrHCizm-Z9POO5n.

Vietnam Soldiers Still Suffer From Agent Orange.  (CBS5 Anchor) (4 min. 50 sec.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65KFpyxK0Ho&feature=context&context=C3e8a5e7ADOEgsToPDskLwMeYqKyrHCizm-Z9POO5n.

In Vietnam, 30 Years After the War, Agent Orange. (France 24 Reporters) (11 min. 8 sec.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCqok_UvwY0.

 

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Monsanto in Europe: Consumers Won This Battle in the War

Monsanto in Europe:  Consumers Won This Battle in the War

This weekend at an expo I was talking with a customer about the Monsanto problem.  He thought that GMOs would remain because of the greed and power of Monsanto.
 
I politely disagreed with him.  Monsanto and minions may have won the battle in California but they will lose this war.
 
All it takes is people voting with their dollars on their health at the traditional grocery store rejecting any product with a GMO ingredient.
 
Grocery stores had better wake up because approximately 80% of their food products contain one or more genetically modified ingredients.
 
As customers learn more about which plants are potentially GMO and read the labels, they will start rejecting foods with those items unless they have been non-GMO verified or organic.
 
The surrender of Europe by Monsanto is just the first wall to fall.  Monsanto is saving its resources for the next battle and trying to reduce the wrath they’ve stirred in Europe.
 
So keep voting on your health with your dollars by avoiding GMO foods.  Probably in 10 years or less if we stay persistent consumers will win this war and regain control over their food.
 
Think about it!  It’s exciting!–No Name Attorney
 
 

Lobbying And GMO Giant Monsanto Buckles In Europe

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 6:49PM

The “March Against Monsanto” in 52 countries, an unapproved strain of its genetically modified wheat growing on its own in Oregon, cancelled wheat export orders…. A rough week for Monsanto.

But now it threw in the towel in Europe – where its genetically modified seeds have faced stiff resistance at every twist and turn. Even its deep corporate pockets and mastery of lobbying have failed: “It’s counterproductive to fight against windmills,” its spokesman told the Tageszeitung.

The propitious week started last Saturday with the “March Against Monsanto,” when people in over 400 cities in 52 countries protested against the company, its influence over governments, and its GMO seeds. Much of it was focused on the mundane issue of labeling. Protesters wanted GMO ingredients in food to show up on the label, just like fat or protein. A simple solution to the controversy: let consumers decide.

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GMO Wheat: Unapproved GMO Wheat Found in Oregon, Other States Possible

GMO Wheat:  Unapproved GMO Wheat Found in Oregon, Other States Possible

If you’re a farmer or know one that grows wheat, you need to have your crops tested as to whether they’ve been cross-contaminated.  If you have some of your seed left from planting this year’s crop, have it tested.

Monsanto bullies farmers who experience cross contamination, when Monsanto patented seeds spread to non-GMO crops, with litigation.  They are the legal bully of all bullies.  For more see Seed Giants v. U. S. Farmers report.

If Monsanto or its agents come to you asking you (or threatening you if you don’t) to plant their seeds and use their Round-up (glyophosate) at low costs (remember this is initially but is not long term), do not sign that agreement without getting skilled, independent counsel, who is knowledgable in agricultural law and litigation.

Why?  Because these seeds apparently were not government approved but were experiments.  As such it may turn out Monsanto violated the law.  Also, Monsanto appears negligent in containing their experiment.  They are responsible for the cross-contamination unless the government exempted them from liability (which is unlikely with an experiment). 

Wheat farmers are going to take a financial beating for this cross-contamination this year as contaminated exports are already starting to get rejected.

If a farmer signs any Monsanto agreement on seeds, etc., trust me, in that agreement you will waive your rights to sue for damages plus that agreement will shift the litigation damages and expenses to you.   The later is standard protoccol in their patented seed agreements.

Instead, farmers should see whether their crops have been contaminated, and if so, document their damages, and get legal counsel.

Farmers might want to contact the Center For Food Safety’s in-house counsel and Executive Director, Andrew Kimball, for a referral to an independent, seasoned agricultural law attorney.  The Center for Food Safety’s phone number is (202) 547-9359.

I suspect a mother of all class action lawsuits awaits Monsanto.  This is one the farmers should address in the courts so they can be fairly compensated.

–No Name Attorney

GMO genetic pollution alert: Genetically engineered wheat escapes experimental  fields planted across 16 states

Mike Adams

(NaturalNews) The genetic apocalypse we’ve been warning about for years may have  already begun. The USDA just announced they found a significant amount of genetically engineered wheat growing in farm fields in Oregon. As the USDA  announced yesterday, “…test results of plant samples from an Oregon farm  indicate the presence of genetically engineered (GE) glyphosate-resistant wheat  plants.”Why is this a big deal? Because GE wheat has never been approved  for commercialization or sale. These strains of GE wheat escaped from GMO  field experiments conducted across 16 states by Monsanto from 1998 to 2005.  As the USDA states, “Further testing by USDA laboratories indicates the presence  of the same GE glyphosate-resistant wheat variety that Monsanto was authorized  to field test in 16 states from 1998 to 2005.”And that means genetic  pollution is already out of control. The GE wheat for which Monsanto claims  patent ownership is now invading farms that never planted GE wheat.

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Increase Loss of Crops: Will Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Increase?

Increase Loss of Crops:  Will Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Increase?

I appreciate Anthony’s article.  He is one to follow at his Natural Society website.

If our bee population keeps decreasing from Colony Collapse Disorder, how will our edible plants we grow that need pollination are going to grow?  And what about our supply of honey?

You have to wonder  why our government would approve this with the Colony Collapse Disorder problems we are having with bees?   How well was this researched before approving this? 

Don’t you think that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conduct extensive studies on Roundup (glyophosphate) and other pesticides?  Once the genie is out of the bottle, how difficult is it to put it back in?

Think about it!–No Name Attorney

 

Insanity:  US Approves Bee Death Pesticide as EU Bans It

Corporate politics is business as usual inside the United States, as I am  once again shocked to report the EPA has  sided with industry lobbyists over public health in approving a  highly dangerous pesticide that the European Union recently decided to ban over  fears of environmental devastation. Not only have neonicotinoid  pesticides been linked repeatedly to mass bee deaths, also known as Colony  Collapse Disorder (CCD), but the  continued use of such pesticides threatens other aspects of nature (and humans)  as well.

What’s even more amazing is that the decision not only comes after  the EU publicly  discussed the major dangers surrounding the use of the pesticides, but after  the USDA released a report surrounding the continued honeybee deaths and the  related effects — a report in which they detailed pesticides to be a  contributing factor. Just the impact on the honeybees alone, and we now know  that these pesticides are killing  aquatic life and subsequently the birds that feed upon them, amounts to a  potential $200 billion in global damages per year. We’re  talking about the devastation of over 100 crops, from apples to  avocados and plums.

And there’s countless scientists and a large number of environmental science  groups speaking out on this. The EPA has no  lack of information the subject. And sure, there are other contributing factors  to bee deaths, there’s no question about that. We have an environment right now  being hit with Monsanto’s Roundup even in residential areas, we have chemical  rain, we have insane amounts of EMF — but it’s pretty clear  that neonicotinoid pesticides are at least a major contributing factor. And  beyond that, they have no place in the food supply to begin with.

The Pesticide Action Network (PAN)  details the EU ban that came right before the EPA acceptance of the death-linked   pesticide:

“The EU vote comes after significant findings by the European Food Safety  Agency that these pesticides pose an unacceptable risk to bees and their use  should be restricted. Along with habitat loss and pathogens, a growing body of  science points to neonicotinoid pesticides as a key factor in drastically  declining bee populations.”

So why are they approving this pesticide to now pollute the United States in  what potentially amounts to an even larger capacity than the EU? A move that  will ultimately escalate the price of food worldwide due to the likely nature of  continued bee deaths and subsequent crop impact? That’s the power of phony  corporate science.

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Imported Foods Alert: Hidden GMOs

Imported Foods Alert:  Hidden GMOs

By NoName Atttorney

If you want to buy non-GMO food products in the US all you have to do is be careful which basic foods–whole, processed or ingredient form–you buy.  The GMO crops in U.S. agriculture are:  soybeans, corn, canola (or rapeseed), sugar beets (sugar), cotton (cottonseed oil), Hawaiian papaya, zucchini and yellow crooknecked squash.  But what about imported foods?  What do you do about them?

Processed food manufacturers just list the ingredients.  It is not the industry practice to tell  you what the country of origin is for each individual ingredient.   The FDA does not require this disclosure.  Moreover, too many processors will say “packed in the U.S.”  This is not the same as “grown in the U.S.”  If that processed food has additives or preservatives, i.e., maltodextrin, even if the individual fruits, vegetables, grains, etc. came from the US that does not mean the additive, a creation, was “grown” in the US.

The percentage of our food supply that is imported is increasing. Some food sources are more likely to be imported than others as this graph from the FDA illustrates with the latest data.

US Food Imports

Source: FDA

Since 20% of our food is imported, one needs to know which countries grow GMO foods and the type of GMOs grown.  The top 6 countries that grow GM crops are the U.S., Brazil, Argentina, India, Canada and China  They account for approximately  92% of the GM world crops. Common GMO crops grown among the top 6 countries are cotton,  corn, soybean, sugar beets, papaya and canola.  China is unique in growing GMO tomatoes and sweet peppers (as well as Poplar trees).

gmo MAPS WITH CROPS

It is important to know which country your vegetables were grown as well as which nations are growing GMO crops.  Without knowing the country of origin and whether that nation allows GMO crops, and if so, which ones, all our efforts to avoid GMO foods are substantially undercut.

When in doubt as to the country origin of food, only buy organic or non-GMO labeled foods.

Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act: Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows

Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act: Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows

Does this really surprise you? 

If you go back and do your homework both Republican and Democrat administrations have had several former Monsanto minions in key government positions.

Obama campaigned that he would support national food labeling of whether GMOs were in the food product.  Has that occurred?  One of the most telling actions by Obama was appointing Michael Taylor, former Monsanto attorney and VP of Public Relations again to the FDA.  It was Michael Taylor, when Bill Clinton appointed him to the FDA, who gave us GMOs without proper studies.  Just take your pen, do some editing by using the “like or similar” language so his former boss could bystep the traditional testing process.

With this growing merger between state and mega corporations being in the same bed, never listen to a politican’s words.  Look at his or her track record. 

Every Senator or Congressman who supported the Monsanto Protection Act should be voted out of office, regardless of their track record on other issues.  If Monsanto can influence them, then how can you trust them to support consumers on any issue?

Think about it!–No Name Attorney

Obama signs ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ written by Monsanto-sponsored senator

 RT, March 28,2013                                                                    

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President Barack Obama (AFP Photo / Brendan Smialowsky)

 United States President Barack Obama has signed a bill into law that was written in part by the very billion-dollar corporation that will benefit directly from the legislation.

On Tuesday, Pres. Obama inked his name to H.R. 933, a continuing resolution spending bill approved in Congress days earlier. Buried 78 pages within the bill exists a provision that grossly protects biotech corporations such as the California-based Monsanto Company from litigation.

With the president’s signature, agriculture giants that deal with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds are given the go-ahead to continue to plant and sell man-made crops, even as questions remain largely unanswered about the health risks these types of products pose to consumers.

In light of approval from the House and Senate, more than 250,000 people signed a petition asking the president to veto the spending bill over the biotech rider tacked on, an item that has since been widely referred to as the “Monsanto Protection Act.”

“But Obama ignored [the petition],” IB Times’ Connor Sheets writes, “instead choosing to sign a bill that effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of GMO or GE crops and seeds, no matter what health consequences from the consumption of these products may come to light in the future.”

James Brumley, a reporter for Investor Place, explains a little more thoroughly just how dangerous the rider is now that biotech companies are allowed to bypass judicial scrutiny. Up until it was signed, he writes, “the USDA [US Department of Agriculture] oversaw and approved (or denied) the testing of genetically modified seeds, while the federal courts retained the authority to halt the testing or sale of these plants if it felt that public health was being jeopardized. With HR 933 now a law, however, the court system no longer has the right to step in and protect the consumer.”

If the president’s signature isn’t all that surprising, though, consider the genesis of the bill itself. According to an article published Monday in the New York Daily News, US Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) “worked with Monsanto to craft the language in the bill.”

 Sen. Blunt defended his bill to the News, shrugging off suggestions that it set a startling precedent that will affect all US agriculture by firing back, “What it says is if you plant a crop that is legal to plant when you plant it, you get to harvest it. But it is only a one-year protection in that bill.”

One year could be all it takes to cause catastrophic damage to the environment by allowing laboratory-produced organisms to be planted into the earth without oversight. Under the Monsanto Protection Act, health concerns that arise in the immediate future involving the planting of GMO crops won’t be able to be heard by a judge. Blunt, a junior senator that has held elected office since the late ‘90s, has good reason to whitewash the very bill he helped craft. The Center for Responsive Politics notes that Sen. Blunt received $64,250 from Monsanto to go towards his campaign committee between 2008 and 2012. The Money Monocle website adds that Blunt has been the largest Republican Party recipient of Monsanto funding as of late.

On the lawmaker’s official website, a statement explains a little more as to why he favored HR 933 and the rider within it.

“As the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, Senator Blunt played a vital role in writing the fiscal year 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill. This legislation maintained vital support for research and extension at land grant universities, capacity building grants for non-land grant colleges of agriculture, and competitive funding under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). The bill also included funding for conservation activities, housing and business loan programs for rural communities, domestic and international nutrition programs.”

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Monsanto Bullies Small Farmers Over Planting Harvested GMO Seeds

Monsanto Bullies Small Farmers Over Planting Harvested GMO Seeds

by Puck Lo, CorpWatch Blog March 26th, 2013

“Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers.” New report by Center for Food Safety.

Does Monsanto own all future generations of genetically modified seeds that it sells? The Missouri-based agribusiness giant wants farmers to pay a royalty to plant any seed that descended from a patented original. The legal decision has ramifications for other patented “inventions” that reproduce themselves like strands of DNA.


The U.S. Supreme Court appeared to side with Monsanto in oral arguments heard this past February in a lawsuit that the world’s largest seed company has brought against Vernon Hugh Bowman, a 75 year old farmer in Indiana, who grows corn, soybeans and wheat on a small farm of 600 acres (242 hectares).

The impending court decision, which will probably come this June, has sparked alarm among consumer advocates.


“Judges don’t understand agriculture,” says Bill Freese, science policy analyst for the Center for Food Safety, a Washington DC based watchdog group. “The Monsantos of the world have everyone convinced through a massive misinformation campaigns that biotech crops are essential to feed the world, and patents are necessary for biotech crops. So there’s this patina of virtuous innovation when in fact what biotechnology is really used for primarily is to develop pesticide-promoting crops.”


The crop in question is Roundup Ready soybeans, which are genetically-altered to be resistant to glyphosate, the main chemical in Roundup, a pesticide also manufactured by Monsanto.


Bowman first fought back when Monsanto sued him in 2007 for patent infringement. At the time, Bowman was a regular Monsanto customer. Like the 275,000 other U.S. farmers who buy “Roundup Ready” seeds, Bowman bought his seeds from Monsanto and signed a contract stating that he would not save Roundup seeds to replant. He didn’t.


But from 1999 to 2007, in addition to his usual order of Roundup Ready soybeans for seed, Bowman purchased commodity-grade soybeans, called “commodity grain,” from a local grain elevator where farmers like himself sell their crops. Typically, commodity grain is used for animal feed. Bowman, however, decided to use the commodity grain – a mix comprising of many different varieties of soybeans including some Roundup Ready seeds – to plant a second, lower yield soybean harvest later in the season.


What I wanted was a cheap source of seed,” Bowman told National Public Radio, a U.S. network.


Roundup Ready was first marketed in 1996, and it was a hit with farmers in the U.S., the largest producer of genetically modified food in the world. These days, more than 90 percent of U.S.-grown soybeans are Roundup Ready, Monsanto said in court documents. As a result, organic farmers say, it’s getting harder to find diverse strains of traditional, heirloom soybeans.


Therefore, it’s no surprise that some of the soybeans Bowman took home from the grain elevator contained Monsanto’s patented soybeans. For eight years, Bowman planted the commodity-grade soybeans for his second harvest, sprayed Roundup on them, harvested the plants that grew and kept the seeds they produced to plant later. It’s these “third generation” seeds that are at the heart of the Supreme Court case now.


Bowman saw nothing wrong with what he was doing. “All through history we have always been allowed to go to an elevator and buy commodity grain and plant it,” he told the New York Times.


Not any more, if companies like Monsanto who control most of the global commercial seed market, have their way. The big seed companies use a strategy to attack seed savers that consists of three stages: “investigations; coerced settlements; and, if that fails, litigation,” says the Center for Food Safety.


To date, in the U.S., Monsanto has sued 410 farmers and 56 small farm businesses for alleged seed patent violation. Monsanto has won every single case. The company was awarded nearly $24 million from just 72 of those judgments, the Center for Food Safety found.


Additionally, Freese estimates that as many as 4,500 small farmers who could not afford legal representation have been forced to accept out-of-court settlements. He estimates, based on Monsanto’s documents, that those farmers paid Monsanto between $85 and $160 million in out-of-court settlements.


“As early as 2003, Monsanto had a department of 75 employees with a budget of $10 million for  the sole purpose of pursuing farmers for patent infringement,” the Center for Food Safety stated in a new report, “Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers.” “Agrichemical companies earn billions of dollars each year, and farmers cannot possibly compete against such resources.”

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Time to Call Senators: Speak Out Against Monsanto Protection Act

Time to Call Senators:  Speak Out Against Monsanto Protection Act

The Monsanto Protection Act is in both houses of Congress.  Monsanto supporters put the provision as a rider on pending Appropriations legislation.  This rider, which could become legislation with a positive vote, puts Monsanto above the law.  The judicial system would lose its power to question or rule on their activities when they violate regulatory provisions or statutes in introducing new GMOs into the marketplace.

You and I have to obey traffic laws, criminal laws, civil laws, etc. or we face penalties, judgments or possibly incarceration.  Can you explain to me why a special sub-segment of an industry should not face what we face?  Is that fairness or justice?

Apparently the vote in the Senate for what’s been labeled the Monsanto Protection Act will happen on next Wednesday, March 27, 2013.  Please contact your two Senators and tell them you want them to support the Tester Amendment 74 regarding the Monsanto Rider.

If you think your phone call is a waste of time, you’re wrong!  In the early portion of my career I worked in two Congressmen’s offices.  Congressional staff members collect number of phone calls on pending legislation (support or against) and report them to their boss.

Here is a list of all U. S. Senators, their state and phone numbers:  U.S. Senator Phone Directory.  If you want to be effective, then only call the Senators from your state.  Even if you can get though to the staff of the other Senators, they probably will count your call in their talley.  –No Name Attorney

 

Action Alert:  We Have 1 Week Or Less to Stop Genetically Engineered Foods and Destruction of the Separation of Powers

Posted on March 20, 2013 by WashingtonsBlog

 Do We Have a Right to Know If Our Food Has Been Genetically Modified?Painting by Anthony Freda: www.AnthonyFreda.com.

Bill Would Strip Courts of Power … And Push Genetically Modified Foods Onto Our Plates

America has been decimated by the breakdown of the separation of powers between different branches of government. For example, the executive branch is negotiating laws in secret – and grabbing powers – without telling Congress.And life-and-death decisions about who the government labels an “enemy combatant” and assassinates are being kept away from the judges altogether.At the same time, government agencies like the FDA go to great lengths to cover up the potential health damage from genetically modified foods, and to keep the consumer in the dark about what they’re really eating.

Remember, genetically engineered foods have been linked to obesity, cancer, liver failure, infertility and all sorts of other diseases (brief, must-watch videos here and here).Things are about to get a lot worse within the next week … unless we stand up and say “NO!”Specifically, a law has been snuck into the Agriculture Appropriations bill – which will be approved by March 27th – which would destroy the separation of powers by stripping courts of the power to challenge genetically modified foods.How?The “Monsanto Rider” (section 735) uses “farmer-friendly” happy talk, but is an iron-fisted ploy to allow GMO crops to be planted even if a court has ruled that planting them is illegal.If the United States Department of Agriculture – which suffered “regulatory capture” by the big food companies decades ago – approves a genetically modified food without any testing, a court can enjoin (i.e. halt) production of that food until testing occurs.Yet the Monsanto Rider would strip the courts of power, and would allow GMO crops to be planted and put in our food … no matter what a judge has ruled.As the Weston Price Foundation notes:

If a GMO crop approval was shown to violate the law and require further analysis of its harmful impacts (as several courts have concluded in recent years, for example with GMO alfalfa and GMO sugar beets) this provision would override any court-mandated caution and allow continued planting and commercialization while further review takes place.Here’s a good summary of the bill.