Thursday, April 11, 2013

What's for Dinner? GMO (updates)

This is not good, my personal experience with GMO Corn is in the training and working with Hunting Dogs for 30 years. Never in my life have I seen Fatty Tumors on a dog until after the inception of GMO Corn back in the mid-90s. Corn Meal or Soy is in their dry food, my last dog (Buck) started showing signs of Fatty Tumors and I was hearing the same from other owners so time to look into this. Being over weight or not the dogs had this bizarre growth going on. One Vet told me this is normal, well Doc once again this is the first I've seen of it, 30 years is a long time. OK at this point will figure out way later for Buck needs help, what to do? Surgery can coast $5 to $10 thousand dollars and the tumors can come back, diet did not help because once again read the ingredients on the bag or can of food. Today’s pet foods, even premium brands, can contain toxins, and bad bacteria. Almost all use “meat by-products”; that is an industry term for anything other than meat. Many of the other ingredients are fillers like corn, wheat and barley. Which are prime sources for allergies, skin problems and other more serious ailments. The regulation of these ingredients tends to be lax, which means they could end up being tainted with disease causing pathogens.

Recent studies have shown free radicals to be implicated as the cause of more than 50 diseases including heart disease, various forms of cancer, cataracts, and premature aging. Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that, according to research, can hit each cell in the body 10,000 times each day. As these free radicals constantly hit the cell membrane, it starts to break down and become weak. This weakness will eventually lead to cell mutation or death of the cell, thereby, attacking the healthy parts of the body and degrading the immune system. 

The cure, Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and enzymes that protect the body from the damaging effects of free radicals. Antioxidants, which have healing properties are found in certain vitamins and foods. The body manufactures a defense against free radicals in the form of antioxidants. I found a supplement diet for this and it's NuVet Plus, just after two weeks with inducing a double dose Buck's dam tumors were shrinking in size and even softening, I would have never believed it.  You can learn a lot from a dog, help your animals immune system against free radicals and toxins by supplementing their diet with NuVet Plus, the product that is formulated to be the most powerful antioxidants available. 

Hell, I might be taking this myself!  Thanks, Buck.

Alright, there's some help for you and your pet Pod, now back to the frickin corn.

Since the act’s passing, more than 250,000 people have signed a petition opposing the provision and a rally, consisting largely of farmers organized by the Food Democracy Now network, protested outside the White House Wednesday. Not only has anger been directed at the Monsanto Protection Act’s content, but the way in which the provision was passed through Congress without appropriate review by the Agricultural or Judiciary Committees. The biotech rider instead was introduced anonymously as the larger bill progressed — little wonder food activists are accusing lobbyists and Congress members of backroom dealings.

Reported from Aviva Shen of ThinkProgress:

Monsanto has spent decades picking the US Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency with its own members. The USDA has never denied a single application for Monsanto’s genetically engineered crops. USDA chief Tom Vilsack briefly considered limiting Monsanto’s alfalfa planting to protect organic crops from contamination, but deregulated it entirely instead. In another win for the company, their controversial growth hormone for cows was approved under Michael Taylor, a former Monsanto lobbyist-turned-USDA-administrator-turned-FDA Deputy Commissioner, even though it was banned in the European Union, Japan, Australia, and Canada over health concerns. 

Monsanto employee Margaret Miller oversaw a report on its safety, took a job at the FDA, and promptly approved her own report. Another Monsanto lobbyist, Islam Siddiqui, later wrote the USDA’s organic food standards, allowing irradiated and genetically modified foods to label themselves as organic. And Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a Monsanto lawyer, will help decide a challenge to Monsanto’s GMO patents this year.

Despite having the full force of the government behind them, Monsanto’s products aren't working. Their herbicide-resistant genes, the major selling point for their sugar beets, corn, soybean, and alfalfa crops, is actually breeding “super-weeds” and possibly “super-worms” that have evolved to overpower the chemicals. When these GM crops were first introduced, Monsanto argued that the gene would let farmers cut down on the use of toxic pesticides and herbicides on their crops. As it turns out, farmers have started applying even heavier doses of the chemicals to combat these new strains of pests. Though their products aren't working, Monsanto has reaped abundant benefits from its own failure. Last week, the company announced huge profits largely due to a 37 percent increase in herbicide sales. (stop report from ThinkProgress)

Well, I can help you with your pup but the thing to do here is like the UK ban all GMO seed and certainly, don't plant it. "Farmers are facing fewer choices and significantly higher prices in seed," says Kristina Hubbard, author of the Farmer to Farmer Campaign report. "Seed options narrow when a handful of companies dominate the marketplace." Iowa farmer George Naylor says he has trouble finding non-GMO soybean seeds: "Some seed companies don't offer any. 

One company's soybean seed lineup is all Monsanto's Roundup Ready2. The problem is similar with corn. In 2009, University of Illinois entomologist Michael Gray surveyed farmers in five areas of the state to ask if they had access to high-yielding non-GMO corn seed. He found nearly 40% said "no," while nearly half (46.6%) in Malta, IL said they did not have access to elite non-GMO corn hybrids. In Brazil, the Soja Livre or "Soy Free" program was launched by Embrapa, Brazil's leading agricultural research organization, along with several other groups. The program aims to breed non-GMO soybean varieties and "provide greater competitiveness to the production chain."

In India, the University of Agricultural Sciences Dharwad, bioRe India, Ltd., and Swiss-based Research Institute of Organic Agriculture launched a joint effort in 2011 "to re-establish the seed value chain for non-GM cotton." In South Africa, Visser also sees farmers returning to non-GMO seed because of insect resistance problems. "There seems to be a spark of interest from more and more farmers about non-GMO corn and soy seed," he said. "We've been yielding better in trials than most GMOs, and our products are more consistent. Our pricing is also much better than the GMO hybrids."

GM Watch  GM Watch is an independent organisation that seeks to counter the enormous corporate political power and propaganda of the biotech industry and its supporters. 

This just goes to show you, can't control everything and if your trying good frickin luck! Cash is king?  No research is!

Buying NoN GMO Corn

Spectrum NoN GMO Seed (Farming)

Midwest Organic Resource Directory

Non GMO Source Book

Midwest Shippers Association 

Bulk Food International

Crop Choice 

Dismantle The Matrix

12/12/13- Connecticut gov signs first GMO labeling law in US

The Connecticut bill requires at least four other Northeastern states with a combined population of no fewer than 20 million to approve similar acts before it can officially go on the books. And while so far proponents of a GMO labeling initiative have found allies in one adjacent state, it could very well be a long-time coming before the proper support is rallied.

Channel "RT TV"

12/16/13- Russian scientists urge 10-year ban on GMO

Russian scientists are calling for a 10-year moratorium on GMOs to thoroughly study their influence on human health, stressing that such examinations are vital.

"It is necessary to ban GMO, to impose moratorium [on it] for 10 years. While GMO will be prohibited, we can plan experiments, tests, or maybe even new methods of research could be developed,” vice president of Russia’s National Association for Genetic Safety, Irina Ermakova, told Interfax news agency.

Channel “RT TV”

1/9/14- Monsanto seed plant construction halted in Argentina

The three judge court ruled 2-1 in favor of the activists who filed a legal appeal against Monsanto’s GMO seed plant on environmental protection grounds in the municipality of Malvinas Argentinas, located in central Cordoba Province.

Channel "RT TV"

1/13/14- Supreme Court hands Monsanto Victory

The US Supreme Court upheld biotech giant Monsanto’s claims on genetically-engineered seed patents and the company’s ability to sue farmers whose fields are inadvertently contaminated with Monsanto materials.

The high court left intact Monday a federal appeals court decision that threw out a 2011 lawsuit from the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and over 80 other plaintiffs against Monsanto that sought to challenge the agrochemical company’s aggressive claims on patents of genetically-modified seeds.  The suit also aimed to curb Monsanto from suing anyone whose field is contaminated by such seeds.

Channel "RT TV"

2/3/14- Total ban on GM food production mulled in Russia

A group of Russian MPs have prepared a bill severely restricting imports of genetically modified agricultural produce, and completely banning its domestic production. The head of Russia’s Organic Farming Union, Yakov Lyubovedsky, holds that the passing of the bill would show if the Duma can defend the country’s independence and the interests of population. He also added that GMO was an experiment on humanity itself and that the industry could do very well without genetically-enhanced plants and animals.

The bill will be submitted to the lower house in two weeks’ time and its authors claim that its chances of passing are very high.

Channel "RT TV"

3/26/14- Right to Know Colorado GMO

An effort to put a ballot initiative in front of Colorado voters regarding the labeling of genetically modified foods was allowed to proceed after the state Supreme Court dismissed a challenge by biotech and food industry outfits.

For Initiative #48 to make it on the November ballot, supporters must now gather 86,105 petition signatures and turn them into the state by early August, according to Right to Know Colorado GMO. The grassroots group, which is responsible for the initiative, is made up of local farmers, organic food retailers, consumer advocates, and citizens concerned with the “basic right to know what is in our food and what we are feeding our families.”

"We are pleased that the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of the GMO labeling ballot title, and we look forward to bringing a GMO labeling initiative before the voters of Colorado this fall," said Larry Cooper of Right to Know.

Channel "RT TV"

3/27/14- Monsanto's Roundup may be linked to fatal kidney disease

The glyphosate molecule was patented as a herbicide by Monsanto in the early 1970s. The company soon brought glyphosate to market under the name “Roundup,” which is now the most commonly used herbicide in the world.

Glyphosate, Hard Water and Nephrotoxic Metals

4/12/14- US corn exports to China drop 85 percent after ban on GMO strains

China’s rejection of shipments of US corn containing traces of unapproved genetically modified maize has caused a significant drop in exports. According to a new report, US traders have lost $427 million in sales.
Overall, China has barred nearly 1.45 million tons of corn shipments since last year, the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), an American industry association, said Friday.

Channel "RT TV"

5/9/14- Vermont first state to require GMO labeling

Vermont will be the first state in the nation to require food manufacturers to label products containing genetically modified ingredients. It will also likely be the first state to defend the GMO labeling law in court, state officials say.

The fight ahead did not cloud a festive bill-signing on the Statehouse steps Thursday afternoon where more than 100 pro-labeling public health advocates, lawmakers and residents cheered in support of the landmark policy.

“Vermonters have spoken loud and clear: They want to know what’s in their food,” Gov. Peter Shumlin said. “We are pro-choice. We are pro-information. Vermont gets it right with this bill.”

The law requires food manufacturers selling in Vermont to label products containing genetically engineered ingredients starting July 1, 2016. These products can also no longer be labeled “natural” or “naturally made.”

VT Digger

5/16/14- Deputies GMO producers equate terrorists

From Russia:
First deputy chairman of the Agricultural Committee of the State Duma Kirill Cherkasov and a group of deputies of the LDPR made to Parliament a package of amendments - proposed to criminalize the dissemination of GMOs and to equate the activities related to GMOs and endanger the lives of people as a terrorist attack.

Degree criminal punishment MPs suggest determined using art. 205 of the Criminal Code "terrorist act" appropriately adding the third part of this article. Ie activities related to GMOs, which creates the danger of loss of life, can be equated with terrorism if it is proved that the perpetrators committed the offense intentionally. Such offenses are punishable by imprisonment for a term of 15 to 20 years or life imprisonment.

Izvestia news

10/6/14- GM Corn Ruined Sales to China, Classes Claim

Seed giant Syngenta faces billion-dollar class actions in three states, claiming China is rejecting U.S. corn shipments because Syngenta released a genetically altered variety before the crop was approved for export to China.

Courthouse News Service

3/25/15- Jesse Ventura: WTF Monsanto?

Jesse Ventura shares an MIT study that states half of all children will be autistic by 2025.  The alleged culprit? An herbicide used by agrochemical giant, Monsanto, called Roundup.

Jesse Ventura

Sept 14, 2016 Entirely new name' for 'Monsanto'

The deal is the largest corporate takeover in almost two decades for a German company.
German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer has agreed to buy American GMO company Monsanto for $128 a share. The acquisition values Monsanto’s equity at about $56 billion, but including debt, the deal is worth nearly $66 billion.
The acquisition of the leading GMO maker will make Bayer the world’s biggest seed and pesticide producer.
Robert Verkerk and Peter Oliver talk to RT on the matter.


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