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Stop the GMO Apple

The USDA is poised to approve the first genetically modified apple.

We need your help today, right now, to tell the USDA to say no to GMO apples.

If approved, these genetically engineered apples could end up everywhere from school lunches to grocery stores, posing risks to our health, our environment and apple farmers across the United States.

This new GMO Arctic Apple® was engineered for purely cosmetic reasons — it lacks the enzymes that cause apples to brown when cut. However, browning in apples can be prevented naturally by applying lemon juice or another source of vitamin C, making this new risky genetically engineered apple unnecessary.

Thanks to the help of thousands of people like you, McDonald’s and Gerber recently confirmed to Friends of the Earth that they have no plans to sell the GMO Arctic Apple® — wisely siding with consumers and apple growers that are rejecting this risky, unnecessary, unlabeled apple.

But the USDA is not yet convinced and wants to know whether you want this GMO apple on the market. We need your voice now. Tell the USDA that the GMO Arctic Apple® should not be approved.

The GMO Arctic Apple® is a problem masquerading as a solution. Without natural browning, apples may look fresh when they are actually decaying. Scientists believe apples’ natural browning enzyme may help to fight diseases and pests, meaning that famers may have to increase their pesticide use on these new GMO apples. Apples already carry some of the highest levels of toxic pesticide residues, many of them linked to hormone disruption, reproductive harm and even ADHD.

Like other GMOs, it won’t be labeled and won’t have undergone independent safety testing — regulators will rely on the company’s sole assessment that the apple is safe for human consumption.

Worse yet, this GMO apple was genetically engineered via a new, virtually untested experimental technique called RNA interference, which many scientists are concerned may have negative, unintended impacts on human health and the environment.

But it’s not too late to keep GMO apples off our plates — we have until December 8th to tell the USDA to say no to this rotten idea.

Standing with you,
Dana Perls & Lisa Archer,
Food and Technology team,
Friends of the Earth

http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14649

[Nogallery]


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How did Barack Obama become Monsanto’s man in Washington?

I am disappointed to post this article, but my intention to share information, to find and share the truth-even when it does NOT agree with me, over-rides my unwillingness to look at it. Like all Obama supporters, I WANT it to not be true-but like all political activists in America I KNOW in my heart that politics here is RIGGED far more than we may want to know about, and NO one gets into that office without being vetted by the elites and their agendas.

I had hoped he was playing along until he could make real changes, but my hope is fading as the second term moves along. Perhaps he too thought he could do so-and found out it was not as easy to defy them as it was for Kennedy (he DID accomplish some important changes before they shot him)

If we want to see change, then WE have to make our voices and the pressure from the PEOPLE louder, stronger and harder to ignore than the very real pressure Monsanto and the rest of the 1% are bringing to bear on our President and our other elected officials. Nixon founded the EPA-because of pressure from below, Bush I signed ADA-because of pressure from the People.

First we face the truth that our beliefs and hopes are not what we believed and hoped-THEN we MAKE THEM HAPPEN ANYWAY! Whether Obama works for them or us-he is ONE man. We are 350 MILLION (give or take based on the foolish division of the moment)

(with thanks to Thomas for sharing this with me)
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By Jon Rappoport

April 29, 2013

www.nomorefakenews.com

And when are anti-GMO activist groups going to stop saying they’re “shocked and disappointed” by the president?

Shocked and disappointed is polite-speak and politically correct reaction. It’s baloney.

Don’t you get it? Obama has never been on your side. He never deserved your trust.

Disappointment implies he was your buddy and then unaccountably walked away.

The man is a politician. He’s a liar. Different pols have different styles of lying. Some pretend they’re your friend before they screw you over and leave you in the dust.

I’ve previously published Obama’s track record as Monsanto’s number-one political supporter in America.

Meet Monsanto’s prime lobbyist, Barack Obama:

After his victory in the 2008 election, Obama filled key posts with Monsanto people, in federal agencies that wield tremendous force in food issues, the USDA and the FDA:

At the USDA, as the director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger Beachy, former director of the Monsanto Danforth Center.

As deputy commissioner of the FDA, the new food-safety-issues czar, the infamous Michael Taylor, former vice-president for public policy for Monsanto. Taylor had been instrumental in getting approval for Monsanto’s genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.

As commissioner of the USDA, Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack. Vilsack had set up a national group, the Governors’ Biotechnology Partnership, and had been given a Governor of the Year Award by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, whose members include Monsanto.

As the new Agriculture Trade Representative, who would push GMOs for export, Islam Siddiqui, a former Monsanto lobbyist.

As the new counsel for the USDA, Ramona Romero, who had been corporate counsel for another biotech giant, DuPont.

As the new head of the USAID, Rajiv Shah, who had previously worked in key positions for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a major funder of GMO agriculture research.

We should also remember that Obama’s secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, once worked for the Rose law firm. That firm was counsel to Monsanto.

Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the US Supreme Court. Kagan, as federal solicitor general, had previously argued for Monsanto in the Monsanto v. Geertson seed case before the Supreme Court.

The deck was stacked. Obama hadn’t simply made honest mistakes. Obama hadn’t just failed to exercise proper oversight in selecting appointees. He was staking out territory on behalf of Monsanto and other GMO corporate giants.

And now let us look at what key Obama appointees have wrought for their true bosses. Let’s see what GMO crops have walked through the open door of the Obama presidency.

Monsanto GMO alfalfa.

Monsanto GMO sugar beets.

Monsanto GMO Bt soybean.

Coming soon: Monsanto’s GMO sweet corn.

Syngenta GMO corn for ethanol.

Syngenta GMO stacked corn.

Pioneer GMO soybean.

Syngenta GMO Bt cotton.

Bayer GMO cotton.

ATryn, an anti-clotting agent from the milk of transgenic goats.

A GMO papaya strain.

And soon, genetically engineered salmon and apples.

This is an extraordinary parade.

Obama was, all along, a stealth operative on behalf of Monsanto, biotech, GMOs, and corporate control of the future of agriculture.

He didn’t make that many key political appointments and allow that many new GMO crops to enter the food chain through a lack of oversight.

Nor is it coincidental that two of the Obama’s biggest supporters, Bill Gates and George Soros, purchased 900,000 and 500,000 shares of Monsanto, respectively, in 2010.

Records don’t show Monsanto or other biotech giants pouring a landslide of (visible) campaign cash down on Obama, relative to other large donors.

Goldman Sachs was Obama’s number-one $$ donor, and Goldman touts GM-crop commodity contracts, for both buys and sells; but Goldman has its fingers in every significant money pot from Nome to Tierra Del Fuego.

The “Obama riddle” is as plain as the nose on the face of Globalism. Monsanto’s agenda, to monopolize the world’s food supply, is essential to the Globalist blueprint. That blueprint ultimately aims for redistribution of food to the world from a point of Central Planning

As president, Obama has a sworn obligation to Globalism. His oath isn’t to protect the Constitution. Are you kidding?

Every recent president has had an overriding loyalty to Globalism.

Obama’s signing of the Monsanto Protection Act, making that corporation senior in power to the US court system, wasn’t an accident. It was taken in keen awareness of his duty to his Globalist betters.

You won’t, of course, see this disclosed on the evening news.

Here is a president who, like Bush, has no plans for a better world. Obama’s notion of “better” is tied up in the Globalist agenda:

An elite-run bureaucracy, promoting equality and justice, reduces all populations to a lowest common denominator, squashing freedom and prosperity.

Obama’s supporters will never learn the truth, because they’re blinded by the light, which they project on to the persona of the president.

Obama is aware of the con, since he triggered it, and he leverages it.

He’s all nudge-and-wink. “Yes, we’ll help you and you and you. Of course we will.”

He might help you if you make a declaration of dependence. Sacrifice yourself on an altar of despair and then you might earn the right to be fed.

Obama, while on the campaign trail in 2008, was promising transparency in government, was claiming that every person has the right to know what’s in his food (GMO labeling). But clearly, that was all cover and fluff. He was lying through his teeth and he knew it. He’d been vetted for the presidency, and he knew the job entailed joining Monsanto and the larger Globalist agenda as a front man.

He hasn’t changed over the past four years. He’s been a covert agent since the beginning.

Imposter. Charlatan. These words fit Obama. He’s pretended, like Clinton, to care, but he doesn’t. He doesn’t care that GMO food is taking over the country and the world. He wants it to happen. He’s always wanted it to happen.

The sitting president of the United States, Monsanto, DuPont, and Dow, among others, are prepared to do whatever is necessary to make GMO food dominate America.

They intend, through Monsanto-gene drift among millions of plants in ag fields, through increased planting of GMO crops, and through introduction of still more GMO crops, to wrap up the USA in genetically engineered food.

Obama is on board. He’s always been on board.

He is the GMO president.

If tomorrow, the Globalist Rockefellers of this world decided that all food grown in the US should be injected with Prozac, Obama would find a way to help.

Stop making excuses for the man. He’s not a victim of evil forces surrounding his presidency. He signed up for this trip with eyes wide open.

Sources:

http://redgreenandblue.org/2012/02/02/monsanto-employees-in-the-halls-of-government-part-2/

http://redgreenandblue.org/2011/02/09/monsanto-employees-in-the-halls-of-government/

http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2011/10/fda-labeling-gmo-genetically-modified-foods

http://fooddemocracynow.org/blog/2011/feb/15/update-obama-goes-rogue-gmos-tell-him-say-no-monsa/

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/food/genetically-engineered-foods/

http://news.yahoo.com/not-altruistic-truth-behind-obamas-global-food-security-174700462.html

Jon Rappoport

The author of two explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED and EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world.

www.nomorefakenews.com


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How Monsanto Went From Selling Aspirin to Controlling Our Food Supply

How Monsanto Went From Selling Aspirin to Controlling Our Food Supply

Sunday, 21 April 2013 09:28 By Jill Richardson, AlterNet | Report

Monsanto researchers in Stonington, Ill., are working to develop new soybean varieties that will be tolerant to agricultural herbicide and have greater yields in July 2006. (Photo: Monsanto via The New York Times)Monsanto researchers in Stonington, Ill., are working to develop new soybean varieties that will be tolerant to agricultural herbicide and have greater yields in July 2006. (Photo: Monsanto via The New York Times) Monsanto controls our food, poisons our land, and influences all three branches of government.

This article was published in partnership with GlobalPossibilities.org.

Forty percent of the crops grown in the United States contain their genes. They produce the worlds top selling herbicide. Several of their factories are now toxic Superfund sites. They spend millions lobbying the government each year. Its time we take a closer look at whos controlling our food, poisoning our land, and influencing all three branches of government. To do that, the watchdog group Food and Water Watch recently published a corporate profile of Monsanto.

Patty Lovera, Food and Water Watch assistant director, says they decided to focus on Monsanto because they felt a need to put together a piece where people can see all of the aspects of this company.

It really strikes us when we talk about how clear it is that this is a chemical company that wanted to expand its reach, she says. A chemical company that started buying up seed companies. She feels its important for food activists to understand all of the ties between the seeds and the chemicals.

(this is only the intro!Please click the link below to read the article on Truthout-

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/15856-how-monsanto-went-from-selling-aspirin-to-controlling-our-food-supply )


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“Genetic Roulette” Watch on demand thru 4/30 FREE. World Cafe to follow

from USF St Petersburg’s Office of Research
April 2013, “The Politics of Food: Rethinking Local Systems

GENETIC ROULETTE: The Gamble of Our Lives

Watch it on demand at no cost to you!
Offer ends April 30, 2013

If you’re concerned about genetically modified food & seeds –
for health, the environment, economies or all of the above…

don’t miss this opportunity to watch the film at times that work for you

Click to view USFSP’s webpage for the Genetic Roulette Film

Stream it online now, later with friends, organizations or classroom

ACT NOW!

If you’d like to join others who’ve seen the film, to share, explore and imagine next steps,
please consider organizing a gathering in your neighborhood
We’ll provide the World Cafe facilitator

“Genetic Roulette”
World Cafe
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
10 AM – Noon
USFSP Coquina Club (off First St S near pool)
view USFSP map below

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7 Things You Need to Know about GMOs | Rodale News

7 Things You Need to Know about GMOs

The new GMO OMG documentary aims to disclose what labels try to hide.

By Leah Zerbe

Eating GMO corn, soy, and canola is like being involved in a scientific experiment.

Eating GMO corn, soy, and canola is like being involved in a scientific experiment.

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The average person may not know what the term GMO means but is certainly eating GMOs, and probably at every meal. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are created when scientists take DNA from one species and insert it into another in a way that would never occur naturally. It’s a complicated process, but award-winning filmmaker Jeremy Seibert aims to explain how chemical companies have quietly overtaken our food system, flooding it with unlabeled GMO ingredients, in the new GMO OMG documentary. It debuts this week at the Yale Environmental Film Festival.

Here are 7 takeaway messages from the film:

#1. GMOs are everywhere.
Almost all of the corn, soy, cotton, canola, and sugar beets grown in this country are genetically engineered to either produce a pesticide within the plant or survive being drenched in weed-killing chemicals. (Usually the weed killers would kill the plant, but by tinkering with the plant’s natural DNA and inserting foreign genes, plants can withstand chemicals like Roundup.)

About 165 million American acres have been planted with GMO crops that likely wind up in everything from 80 percent of the processed food on store shelves to the sweetener you add to your morning coffee. You wouldn’t know it, though, because in America GMOs aren’t labeled. (The only certain exception is organic foods; organic standards ban the use of GMOs.)

GMO OMG Trailer from Compeller Pictures on Vimeo.

#2. America’s keeping secrets.
China, Russia, and about 60 other countries require labeling if a food contains GMO ingredients. Despite efforts on state and federal levels to require labeling in the U.S., at present GMOs do not have to be labeled here. And that leaves most U.S. consumers in the dark.

During the 2012 election, the megacorporations that produce both the GMO seeds and the chemicals used on GMO crops spent $45 million to defeat a labeling law in California. If GMOs are so safe, as the corporations say they are, then what’s there to hide?

#3. GMOs have never been properly tested for long-term health impacts.
If GMO products are allowed on store shelves, they must be safe, right? Not the case.

The studies used for government approval of GMO crops are conducted by the very same corporations that create the seeds. Can you say conflict of interest? These studies generally are short-term and aren’t reviewed by other scientists. The raw data used for approval generally isn’t shared with the public. There are no independent, long-term studies investigating how this new genetic experiment affects human health, although some emerging research suggests the genetically altered foods could cause organ damage and food allergies.

#4. Chemical companies control what’s on your plate.
Three corporationsMonsanto, Dupont, and Syngentacontrol 53 percent of the proprietary seed market. They also create the chemicals used on the seeds, a huge moneymaker. Since their biotech seeds are used to grow food for most of the cows, chickens, and pigs in the U.S., these corporations control most of the food Americans eat.

#5. GMO technology can’t outsmart nature.
Using billions of gallons of pesticides a year has created “superbugs” and “superweeds,” pests and plants that have outsmarted GMO technology. (The same type of thing happens when we overuse antibiotics; hard-to-kill superbug infections occur.) In short, a technology that promised to help farmers is now causing never-before-seen pest problems, and ones that call for even greater chemical use. There are now more than 500 species of bugs resistant to pesticides, and global pesticide use has increased from 200 million pounds in 1945 to 5.1 billion pounds today.

#6. GMOs aren’t necessary to feed the world.
While biotech companies are making a fortune selling the GMO seed-chemical package, they’re focused on greenwashing the technology as the only possible means to feed the world. That theory’s been debunked by numerous studies and reports, including ones from the United Nations. The Rodale Institute’s 30-year farming systems trial found that while GMO crops may produce increased yields during the first few years under perfect conditions, organic methods produce similar yields over the long haul. In fact, during years of drought, organic outperformed chemical agriculture.

In actuality, GMOs threaten food security. As more farmers turn to the same variety of seed to grow, other traditional (also called “heirloom” or “heritage”) seeds are going extinct. These seeds hold the genetic diversity that could offer traits to ward off diseases and better adapt to climate change in the future.

#7. Haiti would rather burn GMOs than plant them.
Did you know Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, chose to burn tons of GMO seeds donated by Monsanto after the earthquake rather than plant them for food? To the Haitians, the GMO seeds were a threat to their very existence as farmers. GMO seeds are patented, so farmers aren’t allowed to save seed from their harvest to replant the next year, something that’s been the cornerstone of farming for centuries. Once you buy into the GMO way of farming, you’re bound to buy the chemicals and the seeds every year. In the GMO OMG documentary, farmers called it a “capitalistic enterprise,” adding that Monsanto doesn’t protect the environment, improve the quality of food, or protect life.

Eating organic is the best way to avoid GMOs because the certification makes it illegal to use GMO seeds or chemical pesticides. For more ways to keep GMOs off the menu at your house, read How to Avoid GMOs.

http://www.rodale.com/gmo-omg-documentary?cm_mmc=TheDailyFixNL-_-1258626-_-7_Things_You_Need_Know_about_GMOs_text


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Avoiding Monsanto

I just got this from a friend and thought it might be useful to all. Monsanto are pushing GMO’s using every legal, illegal and corrupt tactic they can find. Many of these companies are the very top of the corrupt heap themselves, so scanning labels for these names can help you avoid eating toxic(or at best untested and with unknown effects) foods, and also avoid giving your money to the people trying to kill you, or again at best, profit by not caring what harm comes to you.

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