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!

Is Truvia Safe? It’s Great At Killing Fruit Flies and is Being Studied As a “Natural” Insecticide

Is Truvia Safe?  It’s Great At Killing Fruit Flies and is Being Studied As a “Natural” Insecticide

Editor’s Note:  Truvia is not “natural”.    Is Truvia safe?

It contains GMO.  (duh…what does that tell us?)  It also contains maltodextrin.  Whether the maltodextrin is genetically modified (most is) or non-GMO, maltodextrin is very unhealthy for diabetics.  It’s a highly glycemic!  If you want to control your diabetes, stay away from maltodextrin!

A big tipoff not to buy Truvia is that it is manufactured by Cargill, a big corporate farming/GMO pusher.

If Truvia kills off fruit flies prematurely, what do you think it’s doing to your gastrointestinal tract, which contains 80% of your immune system?

I’ve seen it in stores but never used it.  Hawked to those who are sugar conscious, diabetic and trying to lose weight, with it containing GMOs and reacting as a natural insecticide (which might be it’s true value), don’t you think the very thing you’re trying to prevent you actually increasing the chances that you will get it?  (i.e., advancing your diabetes, gaining more weight, etc.)

After the below study’s report, if you have been using Truvia, stop!  Please tell anyone you know to read this article!   Be on the lookout for a class action lawsuit.  Trust me, it’s coming!

 

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Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol

(NaturalNews) Truvia sweetener is made from about 99.5% erythritol (a sugar alcohol), and 0.5% rebiana, an extract from the stevia plant (but not at all the same thing as stevia). A shocking new study published in the journal PLOS ONE (1) has found that Truvia, an alternative sweetener manufactured by food giant Cargill, is a potent insecticide that kills fruit flies which consume it.

The study is titled, Erythritol, a Non-Nutritive Sugar Alcohol Sweetener and the Main Component of Truvia, Is a Palatable Ingested Insecticide.

The study found that while fruit flies normally live between 39 and 51 days, those that ate the Truvia ingredient erythritol died in less than a week.

Erythritol made from yeast fed genetically modified corn derivatives

Erythritol is often indirectly derived from genetically modified corn, by the way. Cargill was forced to settle a class action lawsuit last year (2) for labeling Truvia “natural” when it’s actually made from a fermentation process whereby yeast are fed GM corn maltodextrin.

Cargill plays word games with this process, insisting that “erythritol is not derived from corn or dextrose feedstock; it is derived from the yeast organism.”

Yeah, okay, but the yeast are fed GMOs. So they’re playing mind games with their explanations.

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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Dr. William Davis: The Modern Wheat Is the Perfect Chronic Poison

Dr. William Davis: The Modern Wheat Is the Perfect Chronic Poison

Look at this short video interview of Dr. William Davis about modern wheat.  He says it is actually more toxic to you than GMOs.  If that is true, things are really, really bad.

I’ve been avoiding wheat for a long time.  No crackers, bread, rolls, croutons, etc.  I try hard to buy gluten free foods.  The only time I get wheat is when I eat out a hamburger with friends or have an occasional piece of cake or brownies.  I guess now I will stop eating those too.

Do you realize that this could stop within one growing season if our food processing companies would demand wheat without gladin?  Why do we support these food processing companies, which apparently care more about their profits than their customers’ health?  Whether we like it or not, our purchases of food (and who we purchase from) either support our health or contribute to our illnesses.

Next time you go to the grocery store, read the labels and think before you purchase.–No Name Attorney

Natasha Longo, 5/22/2013

Modern Wheat Is The ‘Perfect Chronic Poison’ Says Expert

The world’s most popular grain is also the deadliest for the human metabolism. Modern wheat isn’t really wheat at all and is a “perfect, chronic poison,” according to Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist, author and leading expert on wheat.

Approximately 700 million tons of wheat are now cultivated worldwide   making it the second most-produced grain after  maize.  It is grown on   more land area than any other commerical crop and is considered a staple   food for humans.

At some point in our history, this ancient grain  was nutritious in some respects, however modern wheat really isn’t wheat at all.   Once  agribusiness took over to  develop a higher-yielding     crop,   wheat became hybridized to such an extent that it has been completely   transformed from it’s prehistorical genetic configuration. All nutrient   content of modern wheat depreciated more than 30% in its natural   unrefined state compared to its ancestral genetic line. The balance and   ratio that mother nature created for  wheat was also modified and  human   digestion and physiology could simply could not adapt quick enough to   the changes.

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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.

CDC Suicide Statistics: Suicide Is Now #1 Cause of Injury Death

CDC Suicide Statistics: Suicide Is Now #1 Cause of Injury Death

A cry for help. If you know someone that is suicidal, reach out. Don’t ignore it!

I accidentally came across an article that was saying suicide is now the number 1 cause of injury death, more than auto accidents.

It shocked me.  So I did some more research on this and discovered up to the latest year for which we have statistics, 2009, that this is true.  (see below WebMD article)

We all hear too often that someone within our church or community died of from injuries sustained in an auto accident.  But to think that people taking their own life now exceeds car deaths, honestly, it just floors me.

Something is going very, very wrong within our culture.

It makes you wonder how many of these deaths are connected to individuals taking SSRI and psychotropic drugs?  How many of these deaths might be connected to an adverse drug reaction (i.e., allergic to the drug, bad interaction with other drugs, etc.)?  Or what about people who are very depressed over loss of employment, interpersonal issues?  How much does our lack of quality diet contribute to depression?

How  much does the media hype and crisis mode helps contribute to these situations?

So be more sensitive to others around you.  Let’s all work on improving our diets, exercising more, getting more sleep so we are more resilient.  Let’s turn things over to God and look for direction from Him.  Research shows that prayer and mediation helps defuse things. 

This nation has never had a history before of having high suicide rates.  We need to stop this in its tracks.

Think about it! –NoNameAttorney

Suicide, Not Car Crashes, #1 Cause of Injury Death

By WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Louise  Chang, MD

Sept. 20, 2012 — Suicide has overtaken car crashes as the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the U.S.

While public health efforts have curbed the number of car fatalities by 25% over the last decade, a new study shows suicide deaths rose by 15% during the same period.

In addition, deaths from unintentional poisoning and falls have also increased dramatically in recent years.

Researchers found deaths caused by accidental poisoning and falls increased by 128% and 71%, respectively.

“Comprehensive and sustained traffic safety measures have apparently substantially diminished the motor vehicle traffic mortality rate, and similar attention and resources are needed to reduce the burden of other injury,” researcher Ian Rockett, PhD, MPH of West Virginia University and colleagues write in the American Journal of Public Health.

Causes of Death Evolving

In the study, researchers looked at cause of death data from the National Center for Health Statistics from 2000 to 2009.

“Contrasting with disease mortality, the injury mortality rate trended upward during most of that decade,” write the researchers.

The top five leading causes of injury-related deaths were:

1.  Suicide

2.  Motor vehicle crashes

3.  Poisoning

4.  Falls

5.  Homicide

Researchers say the findings demonstrate that suicide is now a global public health issue.

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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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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.

Learn to Read Food Labels

Major food companies import food from China.  Did you know many of the mandarin oranges are grown in China?  Research and you will find many issues with Chinese agricultural practices and government practices that condone or attempt to hide the issues. Dole Mandarin Oranges come from China.  Does that motivate you to go purchase this product?

 

This past weekend I gave a talk (with Q & A’s from the audience–love those! :)) about how to read food labels.  (BTW if your group would like me to speak about this issue, food politics, etc. just send me an email to thrive@northstate.net and we’ll discuss it.)

Unfortunately still too many people do not understand the issues about genetically modified (GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) foods, MSG, “hidden MSG”, aspartame or rbgh and rbst.

Just as important as those issues is the origin of the country where the foods are grown.  Let’s face it, some countries have better agricultural practices than others.  I know that I want to avoid as much as possible all imported foods from China or Southeast Asia.  Beyond their questionable agricultural practices, government corruption and history of contaminated food, I try my best to avoid buying products from China.  Our nation owes them too much money and some day we are going to get a much nastier boomerang than we are currently experiencing from this foreign trade imbalance.

I came across this article that has a basic explanation of the “organic” labeling program with some links for research.  I hope it conveys one reason why reading your food labels are important for your health and your purse!  –No Name Attorney

Organic Labels Come in Different Shapes and Sizes

Organic labels and their cousins abound. Here’s a look at some of the most  important labels consumers will see in grocery stores.

By Brian Clark Howard

Labeling may not seem like a particularly exciting topic, but it is extremely  important to those with nut allergies, diabetics and those busy people  everywhere who rely on labels to know what’s inside the foods they eat. Consider  the heated controversy over whether genetically engineered foods should be  explicitly labeled, or the ongoing fight over country-of-origin seals and how  that relates to recent scares over food imported from China.  When it comes to the much-touted word “organic,” there is much at stake. Not  only is the sector the fastest growing in the food industry, but also advocates  are positioning organics as a great hope in the battle to protect the  environment from the ravages of industrial agriculture and even oil-fueled  climate change. There are perhaps as many detailed definitions of “organic” as  there are farmers, chefs and consumers. But here are some of the most important  labels:

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