Strong Support for Labeling Modified Foods
By Allison Kopicki, Published: July 27, 2013
Americans overwhelmingly support labeling foods that have been genetically modified or engineered, according to a New York Times poll conducted this year, with 93 percent of respondents saying that foods containing such ingredients should be identified.
Three-quarters of Americans expressed concern about genetically modified organisms in their food, with most of them worried about the effects on people’s health.
Thirty-seven percent of those worried about G.M.O.’s said they feared that such foods cause cancer or allergies, although scientific studies continue to show that there is no added risk.
via the Field Liberation Movement. Way to go, Belgians!
On May 29th 2011, hundreds of activists decontaminated a GM potato field trial in Wetteren (BE). They pulled up genetically modified potatoes and replaced them with organic varieties, which are naturally blight resistant.
The voluntary introduction of 108 genetically modified potatoes in the environment was carried out by the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology, University of Ghent, Higher Education Ghent, and the Flemish Agency for Agriculture and Fishery in cooperation with world’s largest chemical company BASF and the University of Wageningen.
The ‘Big Potato Swap’ was a public and nonviolent action of civil disobedience. The Catholic University of Leuven sacked researcher Barbara Van Dyck because of her participation in the ‘Big Potato Swap’ (read more about the dismissal here). The Belgian State is now prosecuting 11 of the activists for criminal gang!
more info HERE
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Rural Vermont – ACTION ALERT & Legislative Update
Now is the time for Citizen Action on Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods
PLEASE JOIN US AT A GRASSROOTS ACTION FORUM! Montpelier tonight, Burlington and Middlebury tomorrow.
With one week to go before the Legislature takes its annual break for Town Meeting Week, momentum is building for H.112, the bill which will require that genetically engineered food sold in Vermont be labeled.
The House Agriculture Committee has once again taken hours of testimony from a wide variety of witnesses and the Committee’s Chair, Rep. Carolyn Partridge, has indicated that the Committee will vote on the bill by the end of this week.
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Because that farmer is all alone out there facing a MEGA corporation with fangs.
In a front page story on Saturday, the Post writes up a case that might go to the Supreme Court about a farmer who planted surplus seed from a grain elevator and is being sued by Monsanto, because some of it was Roundup Ready.
As you may know, recent studies conducted in France have shown significant toxic effects from the use of Roundup. And particularly tumors in rats in feeding studies.
When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology.
After two decades, physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend. The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets that have been fed GM foods are now on the rise in the US population. And when people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their health improves.
This seminal documentary provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future.
Rock the Barn, put together by three friends, is a (non-funded) promotional bicycle tour for prop 37, the labeling of GMO ingredients in California, and for small organic farms in California. We’re going from San Francisco to Los Angeles on August 6 – 17. We’re bringing a guitar, saxophone, and hand drum. Our band is Becky White and the Secret Mission, www.beckywhitemusic.org. This ain’t our first rodeo, and we want it to be huge.
If you’re for prop 37, are against GMOs, or think Monsanto is an evil empire, then please support this tour. Continue Reading →
The Truth about GMOs
Plant Pathologist Don Huber Reveals the Risks
interview by Melinda Hemmelgarn for Natural Awakenings
At least 70 percent of processed foods in supermarkets contain genetically modified (GMO) ingredients, mainly from corn, soy, canola, sugar beets and cottonseed oil. Yet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require GMO food labeling, despite overwhelming consumer support for their “right to know.”
Genetic engineering goes beyond traditional plant breeding because it allows scientists to cross species barriers and insert a gene from one organism into another that would not normally occur. Examples include inserting bacterial DNA into a plant to effect traits such as pest or herbicide resistance. Plant Pathologist and Purdue University Professor Emeritus Don Huber, Ph.D., speaks out internationally about the risky business of biotechnology.
We are told we need GMOs to “feed the world,” but will GMOs provide affordable food for the masses, as Monsanto ads tell us?
There is nothing in the GMO process that has added any new yield potential to any crop. All of the yield increases achieved in the past 15 years have been through traditional breeding programs. Continue Reading →
First Super Weeds, Now Super Insects — Thanks to Monsanto
May 30, 2012 by Dr. Mercola
A new generation of insect larvae is eating the roots of genetically engineered corn intended to be resistant to such pests. The failure of Monsanto’s genetically modified Bt corn could be the most serious threat ever to a genetically modified crop in the U.S.
And the economic impact could be huge. Billions of dollars are at stake, as Bt corn accounts for 65 percent of all corn grown in the US.
The strain of corn, engineered to kill the larvae of beetles, such as the corn rootworm, contains a gene copied from an insect-killing bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt.
But even though a scientific advisory panel warned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the threat of insects developing resistance was high, Monsanto argued that the steps necessary to prevent such an occurrence — which would have entailed less of the corn being planted — were an unnecessary precaution, and the EPA naively agreed.
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The pro-biotech web site “Truth About Trade & Technology” published an article written by a farmer named Noel Kjesbo, who is a sugar beet producer in the Red River Valley (North Dakota and Minnesota – he doesn’t say specifically which state he farms). Noel was responding to the lawsuit brought by OSA and others against USDA-APHIS for the improper deregulation of a Roundup Ready sugar beet. Noel accused Organic Seed Alliance and the co-plaintiffs of being ”fraudulent”, “dishonest”, “selfish”, and of using “misleading names”. He believes that we are using “global terrorism and food scares” to cause anxiety around food safety, and specifically the safety of genetically modified foods.
The Label It Yourself (#LIY) campaign empowers people to make educated decisions about what is in their food, without waiting for government or corporations to do it for them.