FOOD REVOLUTION PART 3


 

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June 2014, Newsletter
Number 6
TABLE OF CONTENTS
A Word From Our Editor
The Battleground is our World
Factory Farms
Who’s Putting Unlabeled GMO’s On Our Plates?
What the Big Food Corporations and the Genetic Engineering and AgraChemical Companies Don’t Want YOU To Know!
Our Hero, Dr. Phil Howard

A Word From Our Editor, Grace Sylke
I really thought I was going to talk about the Food Revolution in one Newsletter. 
I’ve just completed our third Newsletter on the Series and am finding I still have more to share on this important subject. 
So look for the
FOOD REVOLUTION Part 4 in our
July Newsletter: 
           
         More Allies
 
     More About the #1    Adversary,  Monsanto            
 More Revolutionaries
         Where does                 Aquaponics fit in?
 
If you haven’t read Parts 1 or 2, you can access them at the top of our Quick Links.
 
Quick Links:
 
 
                       Animals
      The FOOD REVOLUTION
                         Part 3:
                The Battlegrounds
                  The Adversaries
                      The Allies
 
See our May Newsletter for Part 2:

                       What is it? Why is it? 

                Who Are The Revolutionaries?

 
See our  April Newsletter for Part 1: History
 
 
Dear Subscriber:
We are at war–it’s a FOOD REVOLUTION.
In some ways it’s a war just like any other war because it’s all about territory. The side that gets the most territory wins because food is raised and grown on our land.
But we don’t actually fight this battle with high tech weapons and rifles. We fight this war with our pocket books, our credit cards and our food stamp vouchers; and in that way WE, THE CONSUMER, can and are choosing the winner of this war. 
Every time we purchase a food item, we are fighting on one side of this war or the other. That’s why it’s important to know who are our Allies and who are our Adversaries because the battle lines have been blurred and are often not existent at all.

In truth, the Battleground is our entire world.

And the two main factions of the battle are the Genetic Engineers with their Big Food Allies versus the Naturalists with their small Family Farm Allies. So who are these two factions and what are the beliefs which fuel the fight.
 
Genetic Engineers: Genetic engineering, also called genetic modification, is the direct manipulation of an organism’s genome using biotechnology. New DNA may be inserted in the host genome by first isolating and copying the genetic material of interest using molecular cloning methods to generate a DNA sequence, or by synthesizing the DNA, and then inserting this construct into the host organism. 
 

An organism that is generated through genetic engineering is considered to be a genetically modified organism (GMO). How we got here is a long story. If you really want to know, read William Engdahl’s Book, Seeds of Destruction.

 

Most of us “commoners” have no clue what these Genetic Engineers who are messing with our food are up to; but all we really need to know and understand is they are changing the DNA of many species.

 

Did you know that “All species, from simple bacteria to human beings, use the same genetic code? It consists of four chemical units in DNA, sometimes called nucleotides or bases, that are usually represented by the letters A, C, G and T.” Recently, one group of researchers just added two more letters to the code because they believe that “if you have a language that has a certain number of letters, you want to add letters so you can write more words and tell more stories”. They’re talking about our DNA with this callous, arrogant analogy.

 
These scientists actually believe they can play God with our universal DNA without consequences; and the GE food engineers believe non labeled GMO Food should be fed to the people of the world without giving us a choice. (Quotes taken from New York Times Article, May 7, 2014 by Andrew Pollack, “Scientists Add Letters to DNA’s Alphabet, Raising Hope and Fear”) 

 

Naturalists: The Naturalists encompass overlapping groups that include the Organic Food, Raw Food, Local Food, Vegetarian, Aquaponic and Hydroponic food proponents along with various Animal Advocacy groups. For the most part, the Naturalists believe that food should be free of petro-chemicals, pesticides and, most certainly GMO’s; and that the food animals should be raised in humane environments and sacrificed in humane ways. Naturalists believe food should be as close to what mother nature intended as possible whether it be fruits, vegetables, dairy or meat. 

 

In the U.S., the term “Natural” on labels is not regulated and, therefore, is vague and rather meaningless. But the term “Organic” has an established legal definition in many countries, including the U.S. Aquaponic and Hydroponic food is hitting the food market in ever increasing numbers and is presently self identifying with a variety of individualized labels.

 

If you think we ought to be messing with the DNA, you’re on the side of the GE’s in this battle. If you believe that DNA is something that should not be messed with by man and is beyond our full ability to understand or comprehend, you’re on the side of the Naturalists. It’s good to know which side of the battle you’re on. 

 

Factory Farms have devastated the Family Farm

Not that long ago chickens were raised on family farms and allowed to roam freely around the farmyard. In the last 70 years, small family chicken farms, have been devastated and chicken farming has been taken over by five multinational giants we are citing as Adversaries in the Food Revolution. 
The five chicken meat producing companies include: Tyson, Gold Kist, Pilgrim’s Pride, ConAgra Poultry and Perdue Farms. “They produce chicken meat under ‘atrocious health and safety conditions.’ According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), these plants had ‘one of the highest rates of injury and illness of any industry’ ” (Quote taken from article by Stephen Lendman, Jan. 19, 2008 “Unleashing GMO Seeds: “Food is Power”)

 

Because poultry is the world’s most important source of meat protein, we can be sure the Genetic Engineers are already working on producing a GMO bird. Presently, they’re introducing a GMO Salmon as their first test of the market for a GMO food animal.
 
Cows, both dairy and meat cattle and pigs have also been taken over by large multi-Nationals among which Cargill, Sysco, JBS and Smithfieldare dominant. In the U.S. these animals have been fed GMO feed “since these crops were first introduced in 1996 and each of the top 6 GMO crops (soy, cotton, corn, canola, sugar beet, and alfalfa) are heavily utilized by the US and global animal feed market”. (Quote taken from article by Ryan Beville, July 16, 2013 and published on the GMOInside.org website “How Pervasive are GMOs in Animal Feed?”)
 
So even if you’re being careful not to purchase GMO foods, if you’re a meat eater, you’re getting a secondary dose of  GMO’s via the animal meats you’re ingesting. It’s kind of like breathing secondary smoke from smokers. 
 
And if you’re a milk drinker, there’s the whole awful subject of rBGH, which stands for recombinant bovine growth hormone, which causes dairy cows to produce 100 pounds of milk per cow per day, which is 10 times as much milk as a calf would need. This unnatural “milk production causes cows bones to become severely deficient in calcium. They become prone to fracture, and the result is a sharp increase in the number of downed cows, a general term for farm and food animals who collapse, unable to stand up again, and must be destroyed.” 
 
How did the idyllic family farm turn into a cruel, grotesque, bloated caricature of its former self? Farming got taken over by mega corporations. A corporation is incapable of feeling love or respect for the food animals they’re raising. These animals represent income and stock market indexes. They are simply figures on a balance sheet. There is no heart in the Factory Farms. One of the best documentaries out that describes this travesty is called “Food INC.”(Quote taken from article published on Britannica Advocacy for Animals website, June 11, 2007, linked below) 
 
Here are two Links to the Allies on the Naturalists’ side of the fray that appeared in this segment:
 

 

 

Who’s Putting GMO’s on our Plates without our knowledge and wants to continue doing so?
 
These are the Adversaries; and many of them are playing on both sides of the battlefield.

This section may surprise many of you because here is where the blurred lines get clearer; and you’ll see who the Adversaries really are. 
 
The up side of the losses of the ballot measures to label GMO’s in both California and Washington is that the Adversaries had to show themselves in order to cause these defeats. They had to come out of the trenches and stand in full view of the public they’ve been duping for over a decade. This unveiling came in the form of contributions to defeat the ballot measures. These companies were so determined to cause these defeats, that they were willing to reveal themselves to do so after a Washington state Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, filed a lawsuit that forced the issue, of course. So who are they? 
 
 cal-access.sos.ca.gov
 
Here are some of the big players: Read further at your own risk. You most likely will find some of the producers of your favorite products here. These companies were hiding behind the Grocery Manufacturers Association until they were forced to step into the light of day.
 
Pepsico (owners of Pepsi Cola)
Coca-Cola
Nestle
General Mills
ConAgra (you saw this name with the Meat Producers)
Campbell’s Soup Company
Kellogg Company
Land O’Lakes
Ocean Spray Cranberries
Cargill (you saw this name with the Meat Producers)
Dean Foods
Heinz
The Hershey Company
 
Then there’s the Genetic Engineering and AgriChemical Companies which include:
 
Monsanto
BayerCropScience (this is enough to cause headaches)
Dupont
 
But the truth gets even more painful, when you realize that many of your favorite organic and natural products, like Kashi, quite literally “sold out” to mega corporations.
  
 Here’s that painful list: 
 
 
Yes, Coca-Cola owns odwalla, vitamin water, Zico Coconut Water, Honest Tea and Simply Orange!

Coco-Cola spent $1.5 million to defeat the GMO labeling bill in Washington.n to 
 
 
Naked is owned by Pepsithe company that contributed $2.4 million to defeat the GMO labeling bill in Washington.
 
 
 
Gardenburger, Kashi and Fit are owned by Kellogg. We’re not sure how much Kellogg contributed to kill the labeling bills in California and Washington; but it was a monetary contributor.
 
 
Arrowhead Mills is owned by Hain-Celestial, which is partially owned by Heinz. In fact, between the time the Agriculture Department came up with its proposed regulations for organic food in 1997 and the time those rules were made law in 2002, hundreds of small, independent organic companies were purchased by the corporate giants.Heinz and it’s affiliate, Hain, bought 19 organic brands alone. 
 
“In 1995 there were 81 independent organic processing companies in the U.S. A decade later, Big Food had gobbled up all but 15 of them.” (Quote taken from article written by the Cornucopia Institute, “Who Owns Organic”)
 
“Now Big Food has assumed a powerful role in setting the standards for organic foods; and these major corporations are dominating the Board that sets these standards. If they want to use carrageenan, they’ll use carrageenan. As these Big Food companies started stacking the Board, the list of nonorganic materials approved for organic foods increased. It’s called the National List and it has grown from 77 items in 2002 to 250 nonorganic substances in 2012.” More about this sad development in the July Newsletter. (Quote taken from our Aquaponics World website’s Aquaganic page)
 

General Mills owns Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen and LaraBar. General Mills spent $869,000 to defeat the GMO labeling bill in Washington.
 

Horizon is owned by Dean Foods. We’re not sure how much Dead Foods contributed to kill the labeling bills in California and Washington; but they are part of the gang of GMO lovers.
 
 
Dean Foods also owns Silk, which they acquired when they bought White Wave in 2002. Then they changed the word “Organic” on the label to “Natural” but left the packaging the same. Thousands of unaware shoppers are buying “Silk” thinking it’s still organic.
 

What the Big Food Corporations Don’t Want YOU to Know!
Just click on the words, “Big Food Corps” to see this graph up close and uncomfortable.
These Big Food Corporations hide in the background of their organic company acquisitions because they don’t want us consumers to know what’s actually going on. They don’t want us to realize that our food system has been hijacked by less than 35 mega corporations.

 

So, which family owned organic food companies didn’t sell out to the mega giants?
 
Here’s that List: It’s short and sweet–too short; and we’ve most likely missed a few. 
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Eden Foods Inc.
 is the oldest independent organic food producer in the 
U.S. and the largest supplier of organic dry grocery items. We’re adding the owner of Eden Foods, Michael J. Potter, to our Revolutionaries List, which we published in our May Newsletter. We will be adding Mr. Potter to our List in our July Newsletter. Mr. Potter is deep in the trenches fighting for real food. See that story in July.
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Amy’s Kitchen is located in Petaluma, California and has remained a family owned organic, vegetarian food producing business since its inception in 1987. The company is now offering 110 Gluten-free options along with many frozen meals, but they also make a line of canned sous, chili, beans, pasta sauce and salsas. In 2011, Amy’s introduced several lines of products including Light and Lean, Gluten Free, and Light in Sodium for customers with special dietary needs.
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Nature’s Path is located in British Columbia, Canada and has remained a family owned organic food producing business since it’s inception in 1985. It’s product line consists of breakfast cereals, granolas, hot oatmeal, waffles, toaster pastries and snack bars. This company is North America’s largest organic cereal brand with products sold in 42 countries worldwide.
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Originating in Wisconsin, this Cooperative of Family Farms is demonstrating how small, family farmers can conpete wit the gega giants by becoming a large Cooperative. Today, Organic Valley comprises 1,834 farmer-owners located in 32 states and three Canadian provinces that specialize in sustainable, organic agriculture practices. Organic Valley has becoe the world’s largest independent cooperative of organic family farmers and one of the nation’s largest producers and distributors of organic produce, dairy, soy and eggs. It markets its line of beef, pork, turkey and chicken products under the Organic Prairie brand.
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A special Thanks to the WordPress Blog, Bliss Returned, for it’s excellent post entitled “Find Out Which Organic Companies Owned by Mega Corporations”.
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What the Genetic Engineering and AgraChemical Companies  Don’t Want YOU To Know!
Just Click above on the words, “Genetic Engineering and AgraChemical Companies” to see this graph.
 
The Independent Seed Industry is in even worse shape compared to the Independent Food Producers because, as you can see by this graph, there are only 8 Multi-National Companies in ownership of most of the seed companies; and 5 of them are on The Big Six List of mega giant Genetic Engineering Companies.

 

Here’s that List:
 
Monsanto has the largest market share of GE crops in the world.
Syngenta makes most of its money on pesticides but is working to
      to introduce new GE crops, like rice for Japan.
Dow Agrosciences is a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company.
Bayer Cropscience is a subsidiary of Bayer.
Pioneer Hi-Bred International is a subsidiary of DuPont.

 

So what do you think is happening to our seeds under the control of these companies? We’re talking about seeds that have taken thousands of years to adapt to specific climatic conditions in various parts of the world. 

 

“Many of today’s modern garden crops and fruit were first grown six thousand to seven thousand years ago by the Incas of Peru, the Maya of Central America and the Aztecs of Mexico. These cultures were the first to grow more than 150 species of plants such as corn, beans, certain varieties of squash, peanuts, peppers and tomatoes.”
(Quote taken from Native American Gardening by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac, Fulcrum Publishing, 1996).
 
The history of corn is a fascinating one as it took thousands of years of careful cultivation to transform maize from a wild grass called Teosinte that originally grew in Central America 7,000 years ago into the staple food we recognize as corn today.

 

It took the Genetic Engineers less than 25 years to turn 85% of the U.S. corn crop into GMO corn. Obviously, it takes a lot less time to destroy our natural food resources than it does to cultivate them.
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So Which Seed Companies Didn’t Sell Out To The Mega Giants?
 
Here’s that List: It, too, is short–real short. 
 
  
  
Introducing Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, also located in Petaluma, California, and their line up of available books, magazines and free Good Seeds catalog. Baker Creek caries one of the largest selections of seeds from the 19th century, including many Asian and European varieties. The company has become a tool to promote and preserve our agricultural and culinary heritage. All of their seeds are non-hybrid, non-GMO, non-treated and non-patented.
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Introducing Humble Seed, founded in 2009 by Jim and Kristen Mitchell, a husband and wife team devoted to top-quality garden seeds, the betterment of the environment and the well-being of people.
 
Humble Seed’s premium herb, fruit and vegetable seeds are packaged in re-sealable Mylar® bags. Then they are themed and bundled in FDA food-safe containers like the ones you see above. Their convenient garden seed kits inspire gardeners to venture beyond the produce section by growing their own varieties of fresh foods. 
 
Humble Seed is packed with care by their friends at the Marc Center. Marc Center provides opportunities for people with disabilities to be actively involved in determining where and how they live, learn, work and play. 
 
You can purchase Humble Seed direct or buy it on our Aquaponics USA website by clicking here. 
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And yet another company in the Petaluma, California area. It seems Petaluma is a hot spot for Naturalists. Introducing  The Natural Gardening Company
 
For 26 years, they’ve specialized in certified organic seedlings, organic vegetable, herb and flower seeds, drip irrigation, natural pest controls and fertilizers, and tools. Their catalog is a work of art.
 
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The family that owns this company is the real deal and has been passing heirloom seeds back and forth since the 1830’s.

 

The President is the famous Bill Heid who has been putting out the SURVIVAL SEED VAULT since the crash of 2008 and purporting the necessity of preparedness and food independence. His company,Heirloom Solutions is an off shoot of his popular Seed Vault offering many more varieties of heirloom seeds.
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This company got the premiere name, HEIRLOOM SEEDS and then attached a .com to it so they are often at the top of the Google search list. It doesn’t appear that they have a fancy catalog and their website is quite basic. Located in South Western Pennsylvania, they are a small, family run seed house that has been in the mail order business since 1988. When they started this business, their first priority was to offer old fashioned vegetables noted for their taste.  All of the varieties they offer are open pollinated (non hybrid) and have been grown by generations of backyard gardeners.
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Irish Eyes Garden Seeds has been going through some changes in the last couple of years. They recently absorbed Garden City Seeds and are a family company that is also related to Ronniger’s Potato Seed Company. They specialize in organic heirloom variety seeds, as well as organic pest control and garden supplies. They also do their own trials for taste & hardiness in cold climates. The catalog has very specific (and helpful) growing instructions, including companion crop listings and pest control hints.
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Our newly found HERO and a true Revolutionary in the FOOD REVOLUTION! To meet the other Revolutionaries Click over to our May Newsletter from our Quick Links Menu on the left. 

  

Dr. Phil Howard, an expert on our broken Food System
Meet Dr. Phil Howard; and if we had anything to say about it, this man would be as famous as the other Dr. Phil.
 
Dr. Phil Howard, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State. He is responsible for the creation and updating of the Organic Food Producers Chart and the Seed Industry Structure Chart. These Charts were featured in this Newsletter above. He teaches in the University’s Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies program. 
 
Here’s some advice from Dr. Phil Howard:
 
“Consumers who want food companies that embody more of the original organic ideals would do well to seek out products from independent organic firms,” Howard advises. “Given the very uneven playing field they are competing in, independent organic processors are unlikely to survive without such support.”
 
Howard has created additional infographics and network animations on the wine, beer, soft drink and coffee industries, as well as on foodborne illnesses and the structure of the food system.   
 
Like we stated in our introduction, this is a REVOLUTION we will win or lose with our wallets.
 

Don’t Miss The Final Part of this 4 Part Series, called FOOD REVOLUTION, 
 
                                                              COMING IN JULY

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The #1 Adversary, Monsanto 
More Revolutionaries 
Where Aquaponics Fits in
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FOOD REVOLUTION PART 2


From: Aquaponics USA and Aquaponics World, LLC <urbanfarmer@aquaponicsusa.com>
Subject: May 2014 Newsletter
Reply: urbanfarmer@aquaponicsusa.com
This is a copy of our May Newsletter, which is Part 2 of a 4 Part Series on the FOOD REVOLUTION. Part 3, which is being posted shortly has Links to all three Parts of this important story about the FOOD REVOLUTION.
 
May Newsletter, 2014
Number 5
Table of Contents
Who is the Guinea Pig for the BioTechs? We The People Are
Let Them Eat Poison
Choose REAL FOOD
The Revolutionaries–Jeffrey Smith
The Documentaries–Genetic Roulette
The Revolutionaries–Dr. Dean Ornish
The Revolutionaries–Dr. Vandana Shiva
The Revolutionaries–Jamie Oliver
The Revolutionaries–John and Ocean Robbins
The Revolutionaries–Joel Salatin
The Revolutionaries–Alice Waters
The Revolutionaries–Mike Adams
The Revolutionaries–Dr. Gabriel Cousens
The Revolutionaries–David Wolfe
The Revolutionaries–Murray Hallam
National Geographic Magazine Cover–The New Food Revolution
What’s Coming in June–FOOD REVOLUTION Part 3

A Word from our Editor, Grace Sylke
It’s been touch and go; but here it is, our fifth consecutive Newsletter, which I thought was going to be a two-Part Series; but it just turned into a 3-Part Series.
You’re not going to want to miss Part 3 where we delineate the Battle Fields and talk about the Adversaries, which are legion.
Important Links
The FOOD REVOLUTION!
Part 2:
 
What is it?
Why is it?
Who are the Revolutionaries?
See our April Newsletter for Part 1: History
 
See our  June Newsletter for Part 3: The Battlegrounds and the Adversaries
 
Dear Subscriber:
 
The Food Revolution is a multi-faceted insurgency rebelling against the industrialization of  the World’s food production over the last 70 years. Those who are proponents of the Food Revolution are determined to reaffirm our right to eat healthy, nutritious, locally grown food that is not laden with chemicals, pesticides and GMO’s. 
 
Some of our mottos like: “Taking Our Food Back” in which the word “Taking” is an acronym for “The Assured Knowing It’s Naturally Grown”, “NO to GMO’s” in which the GMO’s stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, “Real Food” and “Right to Know” are slowly seeping into the mainstream consciousness.
 
It’s becoming widely known that food and health are intricately interconnected in spite of the embarrassing fact that in the 21st Century, doctors in the U.S. still get less than 25 hours of nutritional training as a prerequisite for receiving their licenses to diagnose and treat diseases in the human body. It’s also becoming widely known that Americans are the most unhealthy people on the planet. A recent study at the National Academy of Sciences found we die sooner than people in 16 other developed countries due to drug abuse, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and lung disease to name just a few of the causes of our early demise.

The U.S. Population has been designated as one of the Guinea Pigs for the BioTechs! Several nations have declined the offer.

These sad statistics are understandable once you realize the U.S. was the flash point for the industrialization of food, which  started on a grand scale after World War II. We were also one of the first populations to unknowingly ingest genetically modified organisms, which were brought into our food supply in the mid 1990’s without us having one word to say about whether or not we wanted to serve as the guinea pig for the grand GMO experiment.
GMO’s have been in our food for nearly 20 years, and we’re still fighting for the right to know which foods contain them so we can choose whether or not we want to eat them and remain on the biotech’s experimental treadmill.

Let Them Eat Any Damn Thing We Choose to Put in Their Food and Keep it a Secret! Because we’ve been given a pass by our U.S. Food Safety Czar, Michael Taylor, a former VP of Monsanto. That must mean Monsanto runs the FDA!

It’s our prediction that by 2020, given the success of the Food Revolutionaries, we’ll look back at the practice of medicine, the mass production of food, the use of GMO’s and the collusion between our enforcement agencies like the FDA and big corporations like Monsanto as the Dark Ages with Monsanto standing in for Marie Antoinette and her infamous line: “Let them eat Cake”.
In Monsanto’s case it’s “Let them eat Agent Orange”, OOPS, I mean “Glyphosate”, which is one of the toxic ingredients in Monsanto’s weed killer, Round Up.

 “. . .one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty [to Choose what’s in our food] and justice for all.” 
 
                         CHOOSE REAL FOOD!
                         The People of Vermont Did IT!
                          We Can All Do IT!

The Food Revolution has arisen for the same reasons every revolution arises–to bring drastic CHANGE. The word “Revolution” is from the Latin word, “Revolutio”, which mean “a turn around”. Revolutions trigger “a fundamental change in power or organizational structures that take place in a relatively short period of time.” (Wikipedia)
In the case of the Food Revolution, it’s about putting food production back in the hands of the people and taking it away from the mega corporations that have turned food into processed poisons that bolster their bottom lines.
The Food Revolutionaries are just plain sick and tired of being sick and tired; and they aren’t going to take it anymore.
We’re giving you a list of the Revolutionaries below; but you’ll need to do your homework to learn more about who they are and what they’re doing.

The Revolutionaries include:
#1 Mr. Jeffrey Smith

Meet Jeffrey Smith, a tireless Activist and “the leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices, Jeffrey Smith’s meticulous research documents how biotech companies continue to mislead legislators and safety officials to put the health of society at risk and the environment in peril. His work expertly summarizes why the safety assessments conducted by the FDA and regulators worldwide teeter on a foundation of outdated science and false assumptions, and why genetically engineered foods must urgently become our nation’s top food safety priority.” (From About Jeffrey)

Don’t miss Jeffrey Smith’s Award Winning Film, “Genetic Roulette, The Gamble of Our Lives”, it’s a Must See if you’re a budding Food Revolutionary!
And now you can purchase it at Whole Foods.
It’s received the 2012 Movie of the Year (Solari Report) and the Transformational Film of the Year (Aware Guide) Award.
Along with his Assistant Writer and Associate Producer, Samm Simpson, Jeffrey links genetically engineered food to toxic and allergic reactions, infertility, digestive disorders, and numerous problems that have been on the rise in the US population since genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were introduced. It’s a mind altering experience. It might even make you mad enough to join the movement.
Here’s the Trailer:

Genetic Roulette Movie Trailer
Genetic Roulette Movie Trailer

The Revolutionaries include:
#2 Dr. Dean Ornish 

“For over 35 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery.  Recently, Medicare agreed to provide coverage for this program, the first time that Medicare has covered a program of comprehensive lifestyle changes.  He directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer.  His current research showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, “turning on” disease-preventing genes and “turning off” genes that promote cancer and heart disease, as well as increasing telomerase, an enzyme that lengthens telomeres, the ends of our chromosomes which control aging (in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009).

He is the author of six books, all national bestsellers, including: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; Love & Survival; and his most recent book, The Spectrum.”

Watch his famous TED Talk below:

Dean Ornish: The world's killer diet
Dean Ornish: The world’s killer diet

The Revolutionaries include: 
#3 Dr. Vandana Shiva

Dr. Vandana Shiva has fought for changes in the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food. In the photo above, she is campaigning for California’s mandatory labeling of GMO’s Measure that was defeated in November 2012 after Monsanto, Dupont, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Kraft and the Grocery Manufacturers Association spent a combined 22 million to fool Californians into thinking the price of food was going to rise if mandatory labeling of GMO’s was passed.

Vandana Shiva  has assisted grassroots organizations of the Green movement in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland, and Austria with campaigns against genetic engineering.

In 1982, she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, which led to the creation of Navdanya in 1991, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, the promotion of organic farming and fair trade.

She has many talks posted on YouTube. Below is a link to one called:

Vandana Shiva on the Problem with Genetically-Modified Seeds
Vandana Shiva on the Problem with Genetically-Modified Seeds

The Revolutionaries include:
#4 Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver is fiery Brit who came to the U.S. to help us deal with our abysmal health challenges. He was the first one to coin the term “Food Revolution” in his ABC TV Series by that name that debuted on March 21, 2010.

The show, which was produced by English chef Jamie Oliver and Ryan Seacrest, followed Oliver as he attempted to reform the school lunch programs, help American society fight obesity and change their eating habits in order to live healthier and longer lives.

The series had its UK premiere on Channel 4 on September 13, 2010. The Greek premiere was on Fox Life Greece on November 2010. The premiere in Italy was on Raisat Gambero Rosso Channel in January 2011. The show was cancelled in the U.S. the summer of 2011 because a calcitrant school Board Member in the LA School District refused to cooperate with Jamie and his production team.

If you don’t watch anything else on TV, catch a few of the  episodes that were aired on this incredible reality TV show at:

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

You can also watch this reality series on YouTube. Here’s Part 1 of the first episode from YouTube.

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Episode 1 Part 1
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Episode 1 Part 1 Above

Jamie declared a Food Revolution Day for May 16, 2014 and is sponsoring a FREE Cooking Classroom in the San Diego Area from May 10-31, 2014. Sign up for the Cooking Classroom today.

The Revolutionaries Include:
#5 & #6 John and Ocean Robbins
John and his son, Ocean, Robbins founded The Food Revolution Network, which is an online-based education and advocacy-driven initiative committed to healthy, sustainable, humane and conscious food for all.
Guided by John and Ocean Robbins, with more than 100,000 members and with the collaboration of many of the top food revolutionary leaders of our times, the Food Revolution Network aims to empower individuals, build community, and transform food systems to support healthy people and a healthy planet.
Together, they have sponsored three annual Food Revolution Summits featuring an A-List of top people in the world of healthy food advocacy. If you really want to be up on who are the movers and the shakers among the Food Revolutionaries, go to the 2014 Food Revolution Summit Page and scroll to the bottom to get your empowerment package.

Watch the Video Introduction to The Food Revolution Network below:

A Welcome Message from John and Ocean Robbins
A Welcome Message from John and Ocean Robbins

The Revolutionaries Include:
#7 Joel Salatin

Joel F. Salatin is an American farmer, lecturer, and author whose books include “Folks, This Ain’t Normal”, “You Can Farm” and “Salad Bar Beef”.

Salatin raises livestock using holistic management methods of animal husbandry, free of potentially harmful chemicals, on his Polyface Farm in SwoopeVirginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. Meat from the farm is sold by direct-marketing to consumers and restaurants.

Joel’s Polyface Farms and his down home and straight-forward demeanor was first debuted in a beautiful documentary called “Fresh” that was made in 2009. From there, he spun off to become one of the most outspoken critics of factory farming and the use of drugs and harmful chemicals in modern day farming practices. One of his monikers is his use of phrases like:

“The chicken-ness of the chicken”

“The cow-ness of the cow”

To indicate the importance of feeding animals what they naturally eat not some concocted mixture of food and antibiotics that is not part of their natural diet.

 Below is the Trailer for “Fresh”

Fresh The Movie - Official Trailer
Fresh The Movie – Official Trailer
Joel Salatin Semester - Pastured Poultry Lesson
Joel Salatin Semester – Pastured Poultry Lesson
You’re going to love this guy.

The Revolutionaries include:
#8 Alice Waters

Here she is, Alice Waters, the mother of the movement with one of her best selling books, “The Art Of Simple Food”. “Alice Louise Waters is an American chef, restaurateur, activist, and author. She is the owner of Chez Panisse, a Berkeley, California restaurant famous for its organic, locally-grown ingredients and for pioneering California cuisine.

 

Waters opened the restaurant in 1971. It was consistently ranked among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants from 2002 to 2008. Waters has been cited as one of the most influential figures in food in the past 50 years, and has been called the mother of American food. She is currently one of the most visible supporters of the organic food movement, and has been a proponent of organics for over 40 years. Waters believes that eating organic foods, free from herbicides and pesticides, is essential for both taste and the health of the environment and local communities.” (Wikipedia)
Ms. Waters single handed spearheaded the School Garden Program, which she called the Edible Schoolyard program at the Martin Luther King Middle School in Berkeley, California. She serves as a public policy advocate on the national level for school lunch reform and universal access to healthy, organic foods, and the impact of her organic and healthy food revolution. Another one of her famous books is named after that program, “Edible Schoolyard”.
Below is the 60 Minutes Segment that focused on Alice Waters:
60 Minutes - Alice Waters
60 Minutes – Alice Waters

She’s a living legend.

The Revolutionaries include:
#9 Mike Adams, The Health Ranger

Mike Adams, known as The Health Ranger, is an outspoken Activist and Author. His website, Natural News, is dedicated to alternative medicine and various health concerns such as chemtrails, the dangers of fluoride in drinking water, monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame and health problems caused by “toxic” ingredients in vaccines.

He features guest authors such as anti-vaccinationists Joseph Mercola and and Jon Rappoport.

Mike works tirelessly to promote alternative medicine over pharmaceuticals and follows questionable activities perpetrated by the FDA swat teams that have been raiding raw milk farms and pig farms in the recent past under the guise of protecting Americans while GMO’s are allowed to flood the market unlabeled.

Watch his introduction YouTube Video for his new website called SCIENCE.naturalnews.com below:

SCIENCE.naturalnews.com announced by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
SCIENCE.naturalnews.com announced by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

The Revolutionaries include:
#10 Dr. Gabriel Cousens

Dr. Gabriel Cousens is an American physician M.D., homeopath, and spiritual writer who practices holistic medicine. Cousens advocates live foods therapy, a nutritional regimen which he says can cure diabetes, depression and other chronic degenerative diseases.

 

He is the founder of the “Essene Order of Light”, an offshoot of a New Age religion based upon modern interpretations of the Essenes, an ancient Jewish sect, teachings from the Jewish Kabbalah and the Torah, and Hindu beliefs. Essene Order of Light is taught by Cousens at “Tree of Life Foundation”, an organization directed by Cousens and headquartered at its “Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center” in Patagonia, Arizona.

 

Cousens has written books, made movies and tours internationally promoting his ideas on food and his spiritual beliefs.

Below is a YouTube Video of Gabriel discussing his movie, “Simply Raw:Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days”.

Green Lifestyle Film Festival
Green Lifestyle Film Festival “Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days”

Below is the Trailer for the documentary, “Simply Raw”.

Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days Trailer
Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days Trailer

The Revolutionaries include:
#11 David Wolfe
“David Wolfe is the rock star of the superfoods and longevity world, America’s TOP CEOs, Global Ambassadors, Hollywood celebrities, busy professionals, and even the most powerful buying influence in the nation-Moms-all look to David for expert advice in health, beauty, herbalism, nutrition and chocolate!

David is co-founder of TheBestDayEver.com online health magazine and is President of The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation with a mission to plant 18 billion fruit trees on planet Earth.

 

With over 20 years of dedicated experience and understanding of the inner workings of the human body, David is a true living master of what it means to “walk the talk” on the road to higher and higher levels of natural beauty, vibrant health, and peak-performance.

 

David is the author of many best-selling books including Eating for Beauty, The Sunfood Diet Success System, Naked Chocolate, Amazing Grace, Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future, and Chaga: King of the Medicinal Mushrooms. His latest book, Longevity Now, shares a multi-faceted approach to rejuvenation, beauty and radiant health. David empowers and inspires people to take charge of their own health because. After all, your health is your wealth!” (From davidwolfe.com/about)

 

Watch this YouTube Video by David Wolfe on the important subject of inflammation.

David Wolfe on Inflammation
David Wolfe on Inflammation

 

The Revolutionaries include:
#12 Murray Hallam

Murray Hallam is the Founder and Director of Practical Aquaponics, an all-around Aquaponics company working out of Australia and offering Kits, System Plans and DVD’s. For many, he is regarded as the father of Aquaponics and has mentored a growing bevy of up and coming Aquaponics entrepreneurs including our own system designer, Oliver Duffy.
Murray himself has become an international image and influence in the field of Aquaponics through his consulting services, his seminars, workshops and popular DVD’s on the subject.
Watch this 60 Minutes Australia segment about Aquaponics featuring Murray and his company Practical Aquaponics:
60 Minutes Australia - Food Security - Aquaponics
60 Minutes Australia – Food Security – Aquaponics

We’re not the only folks talking about the Food Revolution this Month. Be sure to check out the National Geographic May Issue entitled: THE NEW FOOD REVOLUTION.
The article inside poses this question:
Where will we find enough food for 9 billion?
 
It goes on to propose that “It doesn’t have to be industrial farms versus small, organic ones. There’s another way and lists the “Five-Step Plan to Feed the World”.
Those steps include:
1. Freeze agriculture’s footprint
2. Grow more on farms we’ve got
3. Use resources more efficiently
4. Shift diets
5. Reduce waste
We recommend you check out this article and see if you agree with the Five-Step Plan. We have mixed feelings.
The good news, National Geographic is addressing the most important topic on the planet–our FOOD.

Look for FOOD REVOLUTION Part 3 in our June Newsletter
 
You’ll learn:
 
1. About The Battlefields  
2. About the Adversaries Fighting Against our Revolutionaries. 
In every war there are at least two sides and sometimes more. This war is no different. The FOOD REVOLUTION is a War for the right of the people to be SOVEREIGN EATERS of SAFE Food. This is a serious FOOD FIGHT. We are fighting for our rights to have clean, safe, nutritious food in a clean, safe environment; and we’re determined to TAKE BACK OUR FOOD!
Be sure to watch for our June Newsletter, which will continue this look at the FOOD REVOLUTION!
This time it’s We the People of the World!
This time we’re ALL Fighting for 
FOOD FREEDOM!

We have featured 12 Revolutionaries in the FOOD REVOLUTION; and we’re sorry we can’t keep going because we’re leaving out many. Do your Home Work, find out who the others are and start supporting ALL of them.
These Heros and Heroines are the ones standing between the rest of us eating fake food filled with more and more toxins as we line the coffers of the Big Agra, Big Chema and Big Pharma companies who have taken over our food supply while we stand around the coffins of our fallen loved ones who are dying from chronic diseases that could have been prevented with proper education and “REAL FOOD”.
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FOOD REVOLUTION


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AWorld Food Revolution 8x10The Revolution is here. Are YOU IN?

Less than a hundred years ago, there were no supermarkets; and many families grew their own food, milked their own cows and butchered their own beef, rabbits and chickens. They made sure their vegetables were in the ground in early Spring, weather permitting, and harvested in Fall to make way for the late season crops. The excess food was canned and stored; and anything that could be preserved in cold cellars and basements was stowed away for the winter.
We were food self sufficient and everyone ate organic food. All of the milk was whole and unpasteurized because that’s how it came right out of the cow; and the vegetables came right out of the soil–fresh, nutritious and free of pesticides and petrochemicals. The words GMO’s, Bovine Growth Hormones and Irradiated were unheard of and obesity and diabetes were rare, little known ailments.
What happened? This Newsletter gives a brief account from a historical perspective of what spawned the ongoing FOOD REVOLUTION.

The Industrial Revolution spawned an Agricultural Revolution!

Spanning a mere 100 years from 1800 to 1900, the Industrial Revolution turned primarily agrarian, rural societies into industrialized urban ones. Industrialization marked a shift to powered, special-purpose machinery, factories and mass production. It wasn’t long before the U.S. and other countries challenged themselves to make agriculture more efficient and the principles, strategies and technologies of industrialization were applied to farming. Since then three and one half million family farms in the U.S. have vanished while large corporate farms have replaced them. The goal of these Big Agra Farms–to be the supermarket for the world.
In 1923, the International Harvester Farmall tractor replaced the first draft horse with a machine. The rest is history. Since then, there have been many work and time saving machines designed and used in modern farming. As more machinery came onto the farm, more family farmers gave up the way of life that was becoming a costly business investment in order to remain competitive. They moved their families to the cities to pursue other occupations and join the growing numbers of people who purchased their food from the stores and supermarkets that were springing up everywhere.
After World War II, the use of synthetic fertilizers containing the essential plant growth ingredients of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus (NPK) increased considerably allowing farmers to grow more, faster. With this vast increase of crops, there came the need for a way to eradicate the increasing pest problem; and the first synthetic pesticide was discovered by a Swiss chemist named Paul Muller. This miracle solution to the farmers pest problems was non other than DDT, a toxic stew that was banned in the US in 1972 ten years after the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson’s infamous book, “Silent Spring”, in which she pointed out the collateral damage of DDT to birds, mammals, including humans, and the environment. But that didn’t stop the discovery and use of new, so-called “safer pesticides”, known as POPs, which stands for Persistant Organic (meaning carbon based) Pollutants known for their ability to persist in the environment, being capable of long-range transport, bioaccumulation in human and animal tissue and biomagnification in the food chain.
Unless we understand the past, we’re destined to repeat it. We’ve been repeating it and outdoing ourselves with even more toxic pesticide brews that are necessary to keep vast fields of single crop species alive. Our modern day animal husbandry methods have become criminally insensitive to the basic rights of these beloved animals that live to feed us.
The FOOD REVOLUTION is about stopping that madness, valuing small, local family farms, lessoning the miles food travels from farm to plate, improving the conditions under which food animals are raised, appreciating real food, growing our own food again, returning to the age-old method of food preservation called canning and, in short, taking several steps backwards into our agrarian past to reclaim our right to wholesome, healthy, nutritious food and our right to be the loving caretakers of the land and the animals that give their lives for our sustenance.
In Part 2, you’ll meet an activist farmer who has that very attitude about his animals and his farm, Joel Salatin.

Big Agra and Big Chemi Companies got into the FOOD Business and are taking industrialization to the extreme! Below are three books that tell that sad tale.

Back in the decade between 1962 and 1972, it took only one book, “Silent Spring” and ten years to get DDT banned in the U.S. It’s taking many times as many books and a little longer these days as one of the world’s heros and a leading activists against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s), Jeffrey Smith, wrote his first book, “Seeds of Deception” in 2003. It was followed by his second book on the same subject entitled “Genetic Roulette” in 2007 as was F. William Engdahl’s book, “Seeds of Destruction”. Many other books on the GMO subject are out in the market.
So we’re now 11 years out since Jeffrey Smith published his first book, “Seeds of Deception”, and  in late April of 2014, Vermont put itself on the map as the first state in the U.S. to pass a GMO mandatory labeling bill so their residents will know if GMO products are in their food. Both Maine and Connecticut passed GMO labeling bills before Vermont, but their bills take effect only if neighboring states also pass similar bills. Vermont is the forerunner of what is about to become a mass rejection of GMO’s in the U.S. Finally, as we’re behind the curve compared to many other countries. More on that in Part 2.

But wait. We’ve gotten ahead of ourselves. 
What are GMO’s and where did they come from?

A recent study out of France showing huge tumors growing on rats fed GMO corn for their lifetime, which in the case of the females, is a much shorter one, caused both Russia and France to ban GMO corn. Corn grown in the U.S. is almost exclusively GMO corn; and almost every manufactured snack food is loaded with high fructose CORN syrup. Snack foods are delivery methods for GMO’s.
According to the Non GMO project, a consumer advocate group working to expose the dangers of GMOs, they “are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. We even have lambs that glow in the dark because they have genes taken from jellyfish.
Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit. Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.”

Who is MONSANTO?

The illustration above by the famous artist, Dees, is just one of many examples of the growing movement against the Monsanto Corporation, which is largely responsible for putting GMO’s into our delicate food chain.

Monsanto was established in 1901 and it’s first product was saccharin. By 1955, Monsanto branched out into the petroleum business and acquired Lion Oil. With this acquisition, it was introduced to the fertilizer business. From there it moved into the agricultural chemical business with one of its leading products, a weed killer called Round Up, which is known worldwide.

In the 1960’s and 1970’s, Monsanto gained the esteemed reputation of being a leading producer of Agent Orange, which contained the toxic chemical called dioxin. They produced this chemical for the U.S. Military in Vietnam. By the end of that war, “72 million liters of Agent Orange were sprayed on over one million Vietnam civilians and over 100,000 U.S. troops. Within ten years of the end of the war, 9,170 veterans had filed claims for disabilities believed to be caused by Agent Orange.”

And now, as a result no doubt of their sterling reputation, Monsanto’s goal is to produce GMO food for the world. This company realized that they could create GMO seeds that grew plants that were resistant to their weed killer, Round Up. Farmers could buy these GMO seeds and use copious amounts of Round Up to kill their weeds without affecting their plants. Round Up is a Glyphosate. A Glyphosate is a poison, which is extremely deadly for most plants and quite toxic for people especially over time. It not only can get in the human bloodstream; but it can cross the blood barrier and reach our unborn children. Current Roundup Ready crops include soy, corn, canola, alfalfa, cotton, and sorghum, with wheat under development. We could write a book on Monsanto and are only giving you a bird’s eye view of how and why they got into the GMO food and seed business, which, by the way is motivating them to buy as many seed companies as they possibly can. It’s an attempt to control our FOOD worldwide.

We all have Monsanto to thank for the FOOD REVOLUTION that is taking place worldwide.
 
             THANK YOU,

Mother Theresa once said, “I will never attend an anti-war rally; if you have a peace rally, invite me”. Likewise, we are actually suggesting here that we all quit fighting against Monsanto and start thanking that company for being the progenitor of the FOOD REVOLUTION. By the way, this is a peaceful REVOLUTION that we fight with our wallets.
What’s the reasoning behind this theory? We had all become quite complacent about pesticides, herbicides and irradiated food. We certainly weren’t demanding to have those foods labeled or identified because we all know that every fresh vegetable that isn’t labeled organic has been sprayed with pesticides; and we’ve been consuming them for years now. The irradiated subject is much more mysterious; and we explain it in some detail below.

 

If Monsanto hadn’t been hell bent on putting out GMO’s in great abundance worldwide and keeping us from knowing which foods contain them, we’d still be complacently buying all kinds of toxic and unhealthy foods manufactured by the large food producing corporations. The advent of GMO’s caused us all to take a good look at the entire corporate takeover of our food production and the annihilation of the once prolific family farm. This corporate food production oligarchy dominated by a few giant corporations pays much less attention to the well being of the produce and animals that they raise and the humans they feed than to their profit and loss statements. The obesity epidemic measured by the size of our bottoms means nothing to these mega giants that are much more concerned about the well being and size of their bottom lines.
To get the details about “Irradiated Foods” scroll down to the next orange article block.

What’s Coming in Part 2?

We actually thought this was going to be one Newsletter but are now realizing that it’s at least two Newsletters.
What’s coming in Part 2 is the real Nitty Gritty of the FOOD REVOLUTION. Who are the major players? What are they doing and why? What books to read and much more. 
So stay tuned. In the meantime, read your labels, do your best to stay away from GMO’s, stay healthy and don’t miss the FREE 2014 FOOD REVOLUTION SUMMIT. Get the details below.

Don’t miss the Free 2014 FOOD REVOLUTION SUMMIT. You can learn all about how to participate by clicking here so hurry because it starts tomorrow on April 26th.

John and his son, Ocean, Robbins weren’t the first ones to coin the term FOOD REVOLUTION; but they’re running with it. Actually, a vivacious young chef from Great Britain brought the concept of a FOOD REVOLUTION to the U.S. with his fantastic TV Series called “Jamie Oliver’s FOOD REVOLUTION”. We’ll talk more about that in Part 2.
John and Ocean Robbins, of the famous Baskin and Robbins Ice Cream Brand, have turned away from their family legacy and fortune to become advocates of healthy eating and real food. This is the second FOOD REVOLUTION SUMMIT they’ve produced.
It’s FREE and offers Worldwide access. So don’t miss it. Once it streams, you can purchase the entire Summit on CD’s and share it with friends and family.

See you at the FOOD REVOLUTION SUMMIT April 26-May 4, 2014.

 
What is Irradiated Food?

If you haven’t heard of this industrialized method for messing with nature’s bounty, don’t feel bad. You’re among good company. We even had to look it up to get a grasp on it. Here’s Wikipedia’s definition:
“Food irradiation is the process of exposing foodstuffs to a source of energy capable of stripping electrons from individual atoms in the targeted material known as ionizing radiation. The radiation can be emitted by a radioactive substance or generated by high-energy accelerators including X-ray converters. Irradiated food does not become radioactive”; but, folks, it’s far from normal.
“Irradiation damages food by breaking up molecules and creating free radicals. The free radicals kill some bacteria, but they also bounce around in the food, damage vitamins and enzymes, and combine with existing chemicals (like pesticides) in the food to form new chemicals, called unique radiolytic products (URPs). Some of these URPs are known toxins (benzene, formaldehyde, lipid peroxides) and some are unique to irradiated foods. Scientists have not studied the long-term effect of these new chemicals in our diet. Therefore, we cannot assume they are safe.” But the ugly truth is they are being assumed to be safe and are prolific in our supermarkets. From Organic Consumers article entitled “What’s Wrong With Food Irradiation?
So why and when is our food being irradiated? Again from Wikipedia, “This treatment is used to preserve food, reduce the risk of food borne illness, prevent the spread of invasive pests, delay or eliminate sprouting or ripening, increase juice yield and improve re-hydration. It is permitted by over 50 countries, with 500,000 metric tons of foodstuffs annually processed worldwide.”
In the U.S., fresh tropical fruit from Hawaii, Florida, Mexico, some Asian countries, India and Pakistan, dehydrated spices, spinach and ground meat products are all irradiated before they hit your grocery store shelves. In fact, Mexico has become the largest exporter of irradiated produce to the U.S. Varieties of produce include Mangos, Sweet citrus, Manzano Peppers, Starfruit and Guava.” Beware, if it’s produce coming from Mexico, it’s been irradiated.

Watch the Video Interview by Jeffrey Smith of the heroes who pushed through the mandatory labeling bill in Vermont.

When it’s finally over; and all of the states in the U.S. have passed mandatory GMO labeling bills, there will be lots of heroes who gave their time and energy to get this done. But for now, two of them are being honored in this Video.

Vermont becomes first state to pass GMO Labeling Laws
Vermont becomes first state to pass GMO Labeling Laws

Jeffrey Smith  teaches about the dangers of GMO’s in Las Vegas on April 29th!

Don’t miss this event. It’s an Eye-Opener. Jeffrey Smith will be at his best with the Vermont WIN beneath his wings.
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What’s a Prepper??? Hint: It isn’t a soda.


On the local front, sadly us Californians rejected the proposition that would label bodily destructive GMO’s. On the national front, a man in Orlando is fighting to keep his vegetable garden that is against city ordinance because it’s in his front yard. Ironically, the FEMA office on Staten Island closed due to weather on November 7th while, overall, more than 139,000 Staten Island households were affected by hurricane Sandy.There were 80,000 New York-area customers still lacking power Tuesday night, November 6th, more than a week after Sandy hit that coastal area according to Con Edison, New York City’s largest utility company.

Meanwhile way down south in Argentina, the power went out for an extended period of time due to the opposite weather conditions–it was too hot and high demand caused two high voltage lines to fail. Even the Congress building and presidential palace went dark.

What’s wrong with this broad stroke picture? Everything.

What’s coming that can correct this wrong course for our country and the world? A movement of huge proportions. It’s called the Prepper Movement.

And it’s taking the US, in particular, by storm.The Prepper Movement is a truly grassroots movement that is uniting people of all countries, ages, ethnic groups and religions into one ever growing mass of people who have come to realize they cannot depend on their Governments. They know that they can’t rely on government to protect the country’s food integrity from unscrupulous corporate greed or save them in a time of crisis. They have also come to believe they need to be able to feed themselves and fend for themselves when faced with an interruption to their modern way of life no matter what the cause. They understand our newly acquired civilized existence is too dependent on forces beyond their own autonomy and ingenuity.

Why am I saying it is newly acquired? Because homes in U.S. cities have only had electricity since 1930, and only 10% of the people in rural communities had it at that early date. Although Supermarkets started in the U.S. in the 20’s and 30’s, they didn’t become dominant until after World War II in the 1950’s. Why are supermarkets vulnerable? Because Supermarkets depend completely on a functioning trucking industry, which, in turn, depends completely on plenty of economical fuel; and that depends on a fully functioning electrical power grid.

Now, most of the world is dependent on outside sources for both food and energy. Those outside sources aren’t providing healthy, nutritious food or reliable energy. It’s a very vulnerable interlocking network that is subject to all kinds of natural or manmade disasters including solar flares or terrorist attacks on the grid. Ask the folks in New Jersey, New York and Virginia about how that inter-dependent network is working out right about now; as gas stations closed due to power outages causing lines that are five hours long in the few remaining open stations.

There are three major areas where Preppers (which is an abbreviation of the word Preparing) are becoming self sufficient. The most important factors for sustaining life are Food, Water and Energy, and that’s where Preppers are focusing their time, effort and money. Besides online networks, like the ones pictured and linked above, Preppers are flocking to EXPOS that are popping up across the U.S.

Our next Blog post will feature one of those venues, the Self Reliance EXPO. Here, upcoming entrepreneurs and savy customers networked together in this new marketplace that is launching out of the box and off the grid products. These products offer healthy alternatives, convenience, safety and peace of mind to the growing number of people who know the really big crash is still coming. This coming crash tsunami threatens the power grid, food security and food safety, which has already been violated by the emergence and full acceptance of GMO’s by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

But before we get specific, let’s go wide with a list of all the Prepper/Survivalist Expos out there including: Arizona Survivalist/Prepper, Get Prepared Expo, Prepare & Survive EXPO, The Home Safety Prep Tour, Kansas Prepper EXPO, Sustainable  Preparedness, The Great Utah Emergency Preparedness Expo, National Preppers & Survivalists EXPO, and the Self Reliance Expo.

There wouldn’t be a growing list of EXPO’s like the ones above if there weren’t a growing list of Preppers to attend the EXPO’s and growing interest in the subject of prepping. There also wouldn’t be two new TV series out on the national networks including National Geographic’s “Doomsday Preppers”,  a reality show focused on Preppers across the nation and the fictional NBC hit, “Revolution” about a U.S. without a power grid where rebels fight for the flag.

Every time there’s a national disaster like hurricane Sandy or another GMO crop becomes approved by the U.S. Food Czar and ex-Monsanto Lawyer, Michael Taylor, the Preppers population grows exponentially. Thousands will be added to the Prepper roles in the near future compliments of Sandy alone.

Check back with us soon for the post featuring the Self Reliance Expo that happened in late October in Mesa, AZ. We’ll introduce you to some of the up-coming businesses that are being launched by Preppers for Preppers, which, by the way, includes Aquaponics USA. These businesses won’t be the ones going bust in 2013. They will be the ones growing as this gigantic wave of American entrepreneurism coupled with the Prepper Movement comes to shore. See you again soon.

The Continuing Case of the Mystery Vegetable? Actually, it’s turned into two Mystery Vegetables!


A few days ago, I wrote a post asking for help identifying a mystery vegetable that grew like a weed in one of our Greenhouse Grow Beds, tasted delicious in salads, worked great steamed and in stir fries. One thoughtful person answered our call for help; and just like I had already done, she identified this vegetable to be Turnip Greens. With that one piece of back up evidence, I felt pretty confident we had Turnip Greens in our Grow Bed; but now I’m thinking we were wrong.

Today, I went over to my local Home Depot to do a search in the seed section of their Garden Dept; and I was successful as a seed package came up with a picture on it that looks exactly like the vegetable in our Grow Bed. Now, even though Turnip Greens were quite foreign to me, I had at least heard of them before. This vegetable is a complete unknown to me; and I have never even heard its name. Our helper, Fred, said he’d planted cabbage; and it turns out he’s still right. It’s Chinese Cabbage; and it’s called Michihli. Here’s that seed package.Chinese Cabbage, Michihli

You can go back two posts to see Michihli growing in one of our Grow Beds. According to the package, it grows easily and loves cool weather, which explains why it grew so well in our Greenhouse when it was in winter mode and night temperatures were in the 30’s F outside sometimes while the Greenhouse stayed  around 60 degrees F. As of today, I’m feeling like Michihli is the mystery vegetable.

Now, I have to share another confession, the same thoughtful person who identified the mystery plant as Turnip Greens also told us in a comment that she didn’t think the Spinach on the other side of the same Grow Bed was actually Spinach. This vegetable was also planted by our helper, Fred, and he couldn’t remember the name of that plant either. I cooked some of that Spinach-like plant up; and I have to admit it doesn’t taste like Spinach because it’s much milder. So, now, we have another mystery plant on our hands; and the package that describes that plant didn’t come up today. Our helpful reader thought the un-Spinish side of the Grow Bed might be Broccoli before it actually grows the Broccoli stocks. But there is no sign of Broccoli stocks on this new mystery plant.

So once again we’re asking for help in identifying a plant that grew like crazy in cool temperatures and looks a lot like Spinach. The picture of that plant is one post back. I was feeling like a real dufus in regard to this Grow Bed that got away from us until I found this interesting Image.food-variety-tree

The numbers on this Giff Image are telling you how many different species of vegetables existed in each vegetable category in 1903 (the top thicker bars) and then in 1983 (the bottom skinny bars). When you look at the green colored Cabbage Family bar in 1903, you see it was the largest vegetable family in the sample list of ten crops with 544 different species of Cabbage in it. So when I first looked at this Image, I thought no wonder I don’t know all the species of Cabbage because there are so many.

But that’s actually not the case; and I’m back to being a dufus. Because this Image shockingly shows that by 1983, those 544 species of Cabbage became a mere 28 species. What’s happening to the diversity of our vegetables? One of the things that is happening (and it’s been happening at greater and greater speeds since the mid nineties) is there has been a consolidation of seed companies leading to a corporate domination of our food supply. And the one corporation that has been buying up more seed companies than all the others put together is non other than Monsanto. This pdf, “Seed Industry Structure 1996-2008”  shows eye-opening proof of that statement.

As you most likely already know, Monsanto is one of the main corporations behind the proliferation of GMO’s, which is about genetically modifying seeds and then placing a patent on those seeds followed by a pay-to-play business model. Farmers who use Monsanto’s seeds are forbidden to harvest the seeds they already purchased from Monsanto and must re-purchase new seeds every season.

It appears that in buying up as many seed companies as they can, Monsanto is trying to create a monopoly in which eventually only their patented GMO seeds are available on the seed market. Before they pull the plug on all the natural seeds they now control, Monsanto can pretend to be the good guys who are also interested in marketing natural non-GMO seeds. I’m not buying it; and I’m not buying any seeds from a Monsanto controlled company either.

The seed packet above of the Chinese Cabbage, Michihli, is by a company called FERRY-MORSE; and as I trace the ownership, I find FERRY-MORSE is owned by a French company called Limagrain. FERRY-MORSE does not appear in the already mentioned “Seed Industry Structure Map”; but there is a place where there is a crossover between Limagrain and Monsanto. That’s enough to stop me from buying another package of FERRY-MORSE seeds. I guess you could say I’m personally boycotting any seed company connected to Monsanto.

We are presently buying our seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Paramount Seeds and Humble Seed. All three of these companies are, or originated from, family owned US based businesses that emphasize quality, nutrition, health and above all, non-GMO natural seeds. We are actually featuring and selling Humble Seed right on our Aquaponics USA website. Just go to our “Aquaponics and Gardening SEEDS” page to check out these great seeds packaged in long-term unique packaging that maintains the seeds life force.

Hopefully, someone will come forward and help us identify the mystery Grow Bed as both veggies in that bed are still in question. We’ve definitely learned our lesson about the importance of identifying our vegetables. It’s always good to know what you’re eating and from where it’s originating.

Hope this post has been helpful and informative. Until next time, GET GROWING!

A SNAFU Brews around S.510


SNAFU Brews Around S.510

The Dead (I mean Lame) Duck Session Didn't Quite Get It Right!

On Tuesday, the Senate thought they had successfully passed S.510. But the crippled and gasping for breath stork (also known as a Lame Duck) delivered the new baby, S.510, to the eagerly awaiting co-parents in the House DOA (Dead On Arrival).

S.510 was hyped to be the savior of the American people (in keeping with the season) by protecting them from food-born illnesses. It was cleverly titled “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act” and was touted to be the greatest achievement in over forty years for bringing a safety net into the food production business in the US. But the baby fell through a big hole in the net and landed squarely on its noggin.

This Bill was going to crack down on companies both domestic and foreign carelessly producing food that harmed, maimed and killed innocent eaters. How was this to be accomplished? By giving more power to the FDA, Food and Drug Administration, and also extending the already out of control powers of, guess what agency, Homeland Security. All these new powers were to be solely at the discretion of the FDA who would decide which evil food manufacturers were to be targeted and prosecuted and stripped of their rights to produce food based on whether or not the Secretary of Health and Human Services “believed there was a reasonable probability” that a violation of the new endless litany of food safety standards was taking place. In other words, yet another bureaucrat was going to decide which food producing businesses were to live or die a horrible death of relentless harassment.

While the Dead (I mean Lame) Duck Congress kept reiterating that this bill was not controversial, not well known and of secondary importance, literally millions of emails and thousands of phone calls protesting it were pouring into Congress spearheaded by Health Advocates. Some of those Health Advocates include:

Health Freedom USA
Natural News
Alliance for Natural Health

My S.510 RANT!


Think About It!

The FDA has been SOOO Co-Opted!

My S.510 RANT:

I’ve been putting this off for weeks, reporting on S.510, but my time is up and so is our country’s time to be free of it, as it is about to be voted on when the Senate returns after the Thanksgiving Holiday. What do you think the odds are they save this one for the big Christmas surprise, just like they did with the Health Care Bill last year. The situation does not look good for those of us who see S.510 as another expensive POWER GRAB by Government.

To get a bird’s eye view as to how terribly stacked the deck is in regard to S.510 just click over here http://www.libertynewsonline.com/article_301_29693.php to see what Senators received from Special Interest Groups to either support or oppose S.510 – The FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act. The author of this post has listed the names of the Senators, the Party and State, and the amount of Special Interest campaign contributions that they received to support it or not support it.

I’m not a lawyer or legal assistant or anything like that. I’m just a citizen who is very interested and concerned about our FOOD FREEDOM; and I am against S.510, so I’ll tell you right now this post is biased against the Bill.

Here’s what my reading of the Bill has determined from my biased point of view:

S.510 is divided into four TITLES as follows:
TITLE I is called “Improving Capacity to Prevent Food Safety Problems”
TITLE II is called “Improving Capacity to Detect and Respond to Food Safety Problems”
TITLE III is called “Improving the Safety of Imported Food
TITLE IV is called “Miscellaneous Provisions”

Now, before I start talking about TITLE I, let me explain my prejudice against this Bill, which I have fully declared here. Preceding TITLE I, is a page that announces the Act’s (also known as a Bill) short title, which is ‘FDA Food Safety Modernization Act’. It also lists its Table of Contents and defines the purpose of the Bill. The purpose of the Bill is defined like this:

“Purpose: In the nature of a substitute” S.510 To amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply.”

So here’s my first argument:
There is already a perfectly good Act in place, which is about protecting our Food, Drugs and Cosmetics. It was put in place in the early sixties and is administered, regulated and controlled by the Food and Drug Administration, the FDA, which is the same agency that would be administering, regulating and controlling the FDA Food safety Modernization Act presently tagged S.510.

Now, is there anyone in this audience who doesn’t know the FDA is co-opted up to its ears by the Big Agri, Big Pharma and Big Chemi Companies with Monsanto, the creator of GMO seeds on the top of the list? Here are some articles to bring you up to speed should you wish to see the truth about that statement:

http://www.psrast.org/ecologmons.htm
http://www.cptech.org/ip/health/politics/revolvingdoor.html
http://www.mindfully.org/GE/Revolving-Door.htm

This next resource is so loaded I’m quoting the first paragraph here just to give you an idea of what is really going on with the new Food Safety Modernization Act:

The FDA’s Revolving Door Swings Again
Posted July 13th, 2009
By Christine White
“Announced this past week, former Monsanto director Michael Taylor has joined the FDA as ‘senior advisor to the commissioner’. In accepting this position, Taylor takes on the role as what critics have claimed ‘a kind of food czar of the Food and Drug Administration’. His FDA appointment includes the following responsibilities:
– Assess current food program challenges and opportunities
- Identify capacity needs and regulatory priorities

- Develop plans for allocating fiscal year 2010 resources
- Develop the FDA’s budget request for fiscal year 2011
- Plan implementation of new food safety legislation.”
Read the entire article here: http://www.foodfirst.org/en/node/2490

Yes, you read the above quote correctly. The former Monsanto Director, Michael Taylor, has joined the FDA and is making a plan to implement the new food safety legislation. Excuse me a moment while I go puke.

Okay, I’m a little on the grey side but I can still write. So now we’ve got the big bad wolf, Michael Taylor, right in the hen house implementing plans on how to keep the sheep (I mean hens) safe. If you don’t know what Monsanto is and has been up to for decades, check out these interesting resources:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1082559/The-GM-genocide-Thousands-Indian-farmers-committing-suicide-using-genetically-modified-crops.html
http://survivingthemiddleclasscrash.wordpress.com/2009/02/05/the-multiple-ways-monsanto-is-putting-normal-seeds-out-of-reach
http://www.rense.com/general38/saver.htm
http://www.ethicalinvesting.com/monsanto/news/10040.htm

Our FDA has been under Monsanto’s influence for a long time, which is why GMO’s were approved based on Monsanto’s word they were safe with no testing or oversite whatsoever. In fact the FDA declared GMO’s to be so like natural foods that no oversite was necessary. Here are more resources if you really want to know the truth about how much our FDA cares about our safety.

http://www.psrast.org/fdalawstmore.htm
http://www.consumersunion.org/pub/core_food_safety/006531.html
http://www.seedsofdeception.com/Public/Home/index.cfm

Now, the original Bill, the one that’s being modernized by Monsanto (I mean Michael Taylor), covers Food, Drugs and Cosmetics. Well, as far as the cosmetics are concerned, there’s another big discrepancy between what the FDA says its mandate is, keeping the citizens of the US safe, and what it’s actually doing.

US Cosmetics are carrying dangerous Nanoparticles, thanks to the BIO-Tech Companies that are also in bed with the FDA. This Nano-Technology is causing a devastating illness called Morgellons disease and is having other harmful effects on the body.

Every woman reading this post needs to print the following pdf and read every word of it because Nanoparticles are everywhere in your Cosmetics and the FDA is doing nothing to protect you. Here’s a quote from that pdf:
“Many types of nanoparticles have proveno be toxic to human tissue and cell cultures, resulting in increased oxidative stress, inflammatory cytokine production, DNA mutation and even cell death.” PLEASE READ THIS REPORT!
http://www.foeeurope.org/activities/nanotechnology/nanocosmetics.pdf
And then look at these sites which talk about Morgellons:
http://www.morgellonsexposed.com/
http://www.morgellons.org

Now, do you see why I simply don’t believe the FDA really cares about our food safety. If it did, there would be no GMO’s in our food, no aspertame in our food, no fluoride in our water and no Nanoparticles in our cosmetics. So if it isn’t about safety, what is S.510 about?

More on that tomorrow:

I’m Drowning in the Red Tape! Gulp. . . Gasp!. . .Give me Air!


And I'm only on page 54 of 225!

I'm Drowning!

The next time I decide to comment on a Congressional Bill, will someone shoot me. I had no idea what I was getting myself into (and I don’t even have a following on this Blog yet.) So why am I spending so much time swimming through this ocean of RED TAPE? The number one reason is because I said I was going to do it; and now I’ve committed in public (small as it may be). It’s going to take me days to complete the read and take the notes to describe what I’m reading as this Bill, S510, is 225 pages long and not an easy or enjoyable read, believe me. Right now, I’m on page 54 (that’s less than one quarter of the way through it). Thank goodness, I didn’t say I was going to comment on the Health Care Bill. I will complete this and give a report; so if you’re out there, hang on. It just so happens I’m a good swimmer; so once I clear my lungs, I’ll start swimming again.

The Work Begins on S510


There’s been a lot written about this Bill. If you google S510 you get tons of posts about it’s horrors, many of them repeating the same things: “S510Makes it illegal to Grow, Share, Trade or Sell Homegrown Food!” When I declared I was going to write (actually, I said “RANT”) about S510, my intention was to do some internet research and put it into my own words. I did not intend to read the Bill. After all, if our representatives in Congress don’t read their Bills, why should I? WRONG THINKING! I’m doing an about face. I just went to the Government Tracking Site (I’ll give you the url later) and copied and printed S510. My next trick is to sit down (actually I’ll probably lay down as I believe what’s coming is something I’ll need to be laying down to take) and read it. Then I’ll be qualified to talk about it. So here goes.

I'm at the First Stage of my S520 RANT--Reading the Bill. What a concept.

About to read the 50+ page S510 Bill. What fun.