Monsanto and the GMO Industry Ashamed of Their Products

If someone offered you a pill for your headache but refused to tell you what it was even though it was perfectly safe, would you swallow it?

The GMO industry wants to force that pill down your throat against your will.

This November California voters will decide whether or not foods derived from Genetic Engineering also known as Genetically Modified Organisms must me labeled and identified as such when sold in California, Proposition 37.

Monsanto and other Big Ag companies are so embarrassed by their genetically engineered products that they are spending $25,000,000.00 or more in order to defeat the measure and prevent the public from knowing what Big Ag is selling to the public.

Kathy Fairbanks is the spokeswoman for The Coalition Against the Costly Food Labeling Proposition was interviewed by Curve Wire, Click Here for Interview:

Ms Fairbanks states that lawyers will reap tens of millions of dollars suing food companies, grocers, and farmers if they do not comply by labeling their Genetically Engineered foods.

Ms. Fairbanks, the lawyers will only make money if the farmers, food companies and grocers fail to comply with the legislation, should the farmers, food companies and grocers comply with the legislation then no lawyer will earn a dime from suing the food producers.

Ms. Fairbanks continues by citing the Legislative Analyst Office’s review of the ballot measure, “According to the measure, violation of the measure’s provisions could be prosecuted by state, local, or private parties. … In order to bring such action forward, the consumer would not be required to demonstrate any specific damage from the alleged violation.”

Ms Fairbanks and the LAO negligently leave out the entire context of the legislation which also includes:, “The failure to make any disclosure required by Section 110890, or the making of a statement prohibited by section 110809. 1, shall each be deemed to cause damage in at least the amount of the actual or offered retail price of each package or product alleged to be in violation.”  CLICK HERE: 

By enabling individuals to sue offenders, the legislation relieves the state and the tax payers of the financial burden of holding offenders accountable.  The LAO determined that the cost to the state to oversee that foods are properly labeled would be a few hundred thousand dollars to a million annually and negligible to the courts, a miniscule amount compared to the billions of dollars of food products sold in the state.

Courts are prickly when it comes to damages, thus in order for this initiative to have any teeth that will compel farmers, food companies and grocers to comply with its demands it is necessary to define a damage as the very act of failing to comply.  Without creating the offense as an actual damage offenders would essentially be free to violate the law without suffering any consequences, thus, the necessity of creating a damage.

Ms Fairbanks complains that the proposition excludes alcohol from the same requirements as orange juice.  Orange juice is a food that has Vitamin C and bioflavonoids which are good and healthy for the human body.  Alcohol is a poison to the body destroying the liver with every ounce.  Alcohol is illegal for people under 21 to consume.

The federal government requires strict labeling of alcoholic beverages that must state that alcohol may cause health problems and birth defects.  Alcohol is not even germane to the issue of food consumption for people generally don’t consume alcohol to nourish their body, but to numb their brains.

Ms. Faribanks states: “The biggest misconception is that GE foods are new and untested. In fact, genetic engineering of foods has been done for literally thousands of years”

Interesting, given that on her website it states “Biotechnology, also called genetic engineering (GE), has been used for nearly two decades….”

Well, which is it, thousands of years or twenty?

One Genetically Engineered crop is “BT-Corn.”    To create BT-Corn engineers merge genetic material from a bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis, into the genetic makeup of corn.  This genetic makeup is an endotoxin to insects that damage corn, specifically the European corn borer.  When the insects ingest the corn the endotoxin from the bacterium breaks down the gut wall enabling the normal gut bacteria to enter into the bloodstream resulting in Septicaemia and death of the insect.  The government and Big Ag claim that this endotoxin is harmless to humans.

I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to believe that scientists were creating Bactocorn and Bactobean via In vitro nucleic acid techniques a  hundred-fifty years ago let alone a couple of thousand.

Toxic pesticides that have been implanted into genetically modified crops have been found in the blood of pregnant women and their unborn children according to scientists from the University of Sherbrooke

      Hospital Centre in Quebec.  So much for claiming that the toxin does not enter the human body.

Interestingly, it now appears that this super corn has inadvertently created super worms that are resistant to the BT-Corn and are enjoying it like never before due to the recent droughts.

 

Bruce Potter a pest management specialist from the University of Minnesota who has been investigating the problem has found that the genetically modified corn is basically backfiring.  “Instead of making things easier, we’ve just made corn rootworm management harder and a heck of a lot more expensive,” Potter said.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the crops that have been Genetically Engineered to tolerate the herbicide of “Roundup” have resulted in weeds that are now resistant to the herbicide

When you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Professor Don M. Huber from Purdue University claims that there may be a link between Roundup resistant crops and a new pathogen which infects plants causing sudden-death-syndrome and animals resulting in miscarriages and infertility.

Mr. Huber states in an open letter to Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack:       This new animal pathogen in Roundup Ready crops, and its association with plant and animal diseases that are reaching epidemic proportions, we request USDA’s participation in a multi-agency investigation, and an immediate moratorium on the deregulation of RR crops until the causal/predisposing relationship with glyphosate and/or RR plants can be ruled out as a threat to crop and animal production and human health.  I believe the threat we are facing from this pathogen is unique and of a high risk status….it should be treated as an emergency.

Two Genetically Modified (GM) foods whose commercialization was stopped because of negative test results of give a chilling example of what may be getting through.  Rats fed GM potatoes had potentially precancerous cell growth in the stomach and intestines, less developed brains, livers, and testicles, partial atrophy of the liver, and damaged immune systems.   GM peas provoked an inflammatory response in mice, suggesting that the peas might trigger a deadly anaphylactic shock in allergic humans.

Opponents to Prop 37 claim that it will be too costly for the State to regulate yet they themselves have already amassed a minimum of $25,000,000 to spend on defeating Prop-37, that’s enough money to regulate the labeling for 25 years.

Additionally critics claim that the measure will force a billion dollar expense upon farmers and food companies due to re-labeling their  products, an expense that will be passed on to consumers.

First off, every food product sold in grocery stores is labeled.  Manufacturers are constantly re-labeling their products with newer and livelier labels in order to entice consumers to purchase their specific products, thus the argument of adding a couple of words “Genetically Engineered” to existing labels is somehow expensive or burdensome is a ludicrous straw man.  Secondarily, Prop 37 does not require that food producers use higher cost ingredients.

In her interview with  Curvewire  Ms. Fairbanks goes  even further by stating, “A flaw in the measure also prohibits processed foods from being labeled as natural, even if they contain no GE ingredients.”

Hmmm, does Ms. Fairbanks understand what she is saying?

If something has been quote, “processed,” unquote, then it is NOT “natural.”  If it is not “natural,” then companies should not be labeling their product as “natural” in order to mislead the public.

The flaw is not with Prop 37, the flaw is with Ms. Fairbanks and the entities that wish to mislead the public about their products through deceptive and false advertising.

Anybody who is on the side of secrecy is openly at war with honesty.  Anybody who is not honest is not trustworthy.

If  Ms. Fairbanks, Monsanto, Cargill, Dupont Pioneer and the others truly believe that their genetically modified organisms, herbicides and pesticides are harmless to humans and the environment and are a panacea for the world’s food needs then they would want to plaster the Label, GMO, Genetically Engineered, all over their products.

The organic food industry is proud of their products wants to inform consumers what their products are by accurately and boldly labeling what they are and where they come from without hiding information about them.  On the other hand you have the genetically engineered food industry that is so ashamed of their products they do everything in their power to conceal what their products are to the point of actually refusing to identify the true identify of their products and where they come from.

The campaign to defeat Prop 37 is about to blitz the airways with their biased view of GMOs.  If you truly want to have a grasp of the opposing side to make an informed decision you should check out the book, “Seeds of Deception.”

“Outrageous! That’s what you’ll say over and over again when you read how the biotechnology companies have manipulated the government, our food, and the media, and put an entire generation at risk.”  Ben Cohen (of Ben and Jerry’s)

“The revelations in this book are being made public at a pivotal time in the global GM debate, and could tip the scales against the biotech industry. The evidence in the book refutes U.S. science and safety claims, and undermines the basis of their WTO challenge.”
—Andrew Kimbrell, director of the Center for Food Safety

Ultimately this article is not about the safety or harmful effects of genetically modified organisms and the herbicides and insecticides related to their implementation.  Genetically Engineered foods could be everything that Ms. Fairbanks and Monsanto claim them to be.  This article is about cutting through the morass and exposing the naked truth that something is wrong when a business entity, an industry, that wants to hide the ingredients of its products from the public especially when those ingredients end up in the majority of food products consumed by the unaware public.

It boils down to choice.  If a person chooses not to eat genetically modified organisms and is subjected to those organisms without his knowledge as a result of not being informed what is in his food, his right to choose has been taken from him.

Typically, Genetically Modified Organisms are the result of fabricating two or more separate ingredients into one product such as combining Corn and Bacillus thuringiensis.

As originally enacted in 1938, section 403(i) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act required that the label of a food that is fabricated from two or more ingredients declare each ingredient by its common or usual name….

According to federal law, if we took corn and the Bacteria ingredient, Bacillus thuringiensis and combined them together placing them in a package to sell for human consumption in the marketplace we would have to list the ingredients on the label of the product.

Ingredients:  Corn and Bacillus thuringiensis

I don’t think that too many people would be ingesting tortilla chips which can cause Septicaemia and death to certain insects.

The Organic industry wants you to know what you are putting into your body.

The GMO industry and Ms. Fairbanks do not want you to know what you are putting into your body.

If someone offered you a pill for your headache but refused to tell you what it was even though it was perfectly safe, would you swallow it?

ESPN/AT&T Tailgate Party for Stanford Football

We wanted to give Palo Alto Free Press and the surrounding communities a heads up on a big event coming up this Friday.

As you know, Stanford football fever continues to build in Palo Alto, Silicon Valley and across the Bay Area.

That’s why on the eve of the team’s showdown with the University of Washington, ESPN and AT&T are inviting Cardinal football fans to come support the team at a serious tailgate party.

In addition to food, drinks, games and big giveaways, fans will have the incredible opportunity to meet and take photos with Stanford legend and NFL Hall-of-Famer, James Lofton.

With all the interest in Stanford’s undefeated team, I think many of your readers will be excited about the opportunity to meet James Lofton and be part of a great ESPN party on the eve of another big game in Palo Alto.

It should be a great community event that brings a lot of people from different background and communities together.

MEDIA ADVISORY

What:

Hosted by ESPN & AT&T, the Touchdown in Paradise Tailgate Party will celebrate Stanford’s amazing season and rally fans for the upcoming showdown against Washington.   The party will feature food drinks, games, giveaways and more.  Plus, Stanford great and NFL Hall of Famer James Lofton will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and take photos.   Entry is FREE!

Who:

Festivities are being hosted by ESPN and AT&T U-Verse, with Stanford legend James Lofton and others on hand to rally with fans.

When:  Friday, October 21st from 5-8pm.

Where:  2805 El Camino Real  (Parking Lot)

Palo Alto, Ca 9430

Genetically Modified Organisms, (Foods). GMOs Harmful or Harmless?

GMO

Ask yourself this question. When you do a job or complete a project are you willing to put your name on it? Are you proud of it and want people to know that you are the creator?

Imagine an Orange farmer who doesn’t want anyone to know that the Oranges he is selling to the public are his. Why would any reputable Orange farmer not want the public to know that the Oranges he is selling to them are his? This is what the corporations that are selling Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs) are trying to do.

If you’re not doing anything wrong, then you should have nothing to hide. Whether you believe GMOs are safe or not, most people would believe that GMOs should be labeled just like the amounts of sugar, sodium and fat are required to be labeled on food packages.

http://labelgmos.org/ is a website created by an earnest and caring group of people attempting to place an initiative on the 2012 ballot requiring that all GMO foods be labeled.

Detailed information about GMOs can be found at their website as well as:
https://acrobat.com/#d=vRv-Zb1HilpTxDbbvboPbQ

Fact: There were no human trials conducted before Genetically Modified crops were introduced into the U.S. food supply. The health effects of most GM food products have never been fully tested.
http://labelgmos.org/learn/the-science-genetically-modified-foods-gmo/

Regarding the book, “Genetically Modified Foods: Debating Biotechnology (Contemporary Issues Series)” put out by editors Michael Ruse and David Castle, Khuffling writes, “Since this book has “debating” in the title you would think that it would provide a balance of both pro and con viewpoints on the subject of genetically modified foods. I did not find this to be the case.

The majority of essays in this book are pro genetically modified foods. Also, several of the pro GMO authors have ties to companies with an economic stake in GMO foods, like Monsanto, that are not disclosed. This significantly damages these authors’ credibility. I would not recommend this book if you are looking for a well-rounded exploration of this subject.” http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A2JJO86KBXF3UK/ref=cm_cr_rdp_pdp

Author Jeffery Smith reveals in his latest book “Seeds of Deception,” how industry manipulation and political collusion-not sound science-allow dangerous genetically engineered food into your daily diet.

Company research is rigged, alarming evidence of health dangers is covered up, and intense political pressure applied.
Scientists were offered bribes or threatened. Evidence was stolen. Data was omitted or distorted. Government employees who complained were harassed, stripped of responsibilities, or fired.

Laboratory rats fed a GM crop developed stomach lesions and seven of the 40 died within two weeks. The crop was approved without further tests. When a top scientist tried to alert the public about his alarming discoveries, he lost his job and was silenced with threats of a lawsuit.

Read the actual internal memos by FDA scientists, warning of toxins, allergies, and new diseases-all ignored by their superiors, including a former attorney for Monsanto. Discover how industry studies are designed to avoid finding problems. Learn why the FDA withheld information from Congress after a genetically modified supplement killed nearly a hundred people and disabled thousands.

Eating such experimental food is gambling with your health. Find out how you can protect yourself and your family.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVeS1yIA7x0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnN6FFjZBZQ&feature=player_embedded#!

Sunscreens – Biohazard: Treat as Hazardous Waste

Sunscreens Biohazard

Wear a big hat.  

According to the research in the book link above, SunScreen does not protect the skin.  Sunscreen (Sun Tan lotion) actually increases the chances of cancer.

Do the drug, chemical and cosmetic companies really have our best interests at heart ?    Does the FDA really test all the chemicals, drugs and chemicals that it approves ?   No.  It only reviews the testing done by Corporations seeking its approval.

The book in the link above asserts that SunScreen does not work.  In fact, by suppressing the sunburn redness, sunscreen creates the illusion that you can stay in the sun longer.  The longer exposure to InfraRed, UltraViolet A,B,C  results in all kinds of bad news, aging, drying, moles, general skin damage and cancer.

Best advice, wear a hat and long sleeves, limit sun exposure, avoid burns altogether and don’t put sunscreen on.  The chemicals from sunscreen are toxic to you and especially to the environment, the sea, fish, coral.   Sunscreen contains well known Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals leading to hormonal, metabolism and sexual organ dysfunction in mammals and fish.

Forget the sunscreen.  Wear a big hat.  

Sunscreens – Biohazard: Treat as Hazardous Waste

How to Make Guacamole

Some like it hot, some do not! Add as much chili pepper as you wish. Remember, the white veins and seeds are what pack a punch, so scrape them out to lower the heat.

Ingredients:

4 large ripe avocados, removed from skin and coarsely chopped
1/3 cup finely diced white onion
1/3 cup finely diced red onion
2-4 Serrano chilies (or jalapenos), finely chopped (seeds removed or left depending on how hot you like your guac.)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
2 TBL fresh squeezed lime juice
Fresh ground black pepper
Directions: Mix onions, serrano chilies, garlic and salt in a medium-sized glass bowl. Add the avocados and gently stir. Pour in the lime juice and toss. Gently stir in 1/4 cup of the pomegranate seeds if desired. Season with some black pepper to taste and that’s it! Yep – it’s that easy. Serve with chips, veggies or spread on a sandwich!

This recipe for GREAT GUACAMOLE is from the GREAT FOLKS AT Sigona’s Farmer’s Market located at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, CA.