Obesity in America Part 4, All About GMO’s


Aquaponics USA/World
July 2015 Newsletter
#19
Table of Contents
What Are GMO’s?
What is Monsanto?
The US House passed the DARK Act!
There are Traitors to our Food Freedom in the House!
How did our Food System get over taken?
What’s the Solution?
The relationship between Obesity and GMO’s

A Word from our Editor, Grace Sylke
Last Month, June 2015, I talked about how we bit off a big chunk when we started this Series on Obesity in America.
Well, we’re still chewing on it. This July Newsletter, which focuses exclusively on GMO’s, is a humdinger; and it took so long to write that we’re barely making our July deadline, which is this last day of the month.
This one was definitely worth the wait. Stay tuned, there’s a Part 5 on Obesity in America coming in August, hopefully not on the last day.

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Obesity in America Part 4
GMO’s, The Gift That Big Food Keeps On Giving (While We Keep Getting Bigger)
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Big Food has been putting toxins into their food products for years. The addition of MSG was motivated by Big Food’s perceived need to enhance the flavor of their products. Aspertame was birthed during the fat and sugar substitute food movement days; and the mistaken belief that GMO’s could feed the world brought that scourge onto the planet.
Our original idea for this Newsletter was to give you a detailed look into these three food horrors including Aspertame, MSG and GMO’s describing why they are harmful to the body, who created them and where they’re hiding in the food chain. But the GMO section was too big to share the stage so there’s going to be an Obesity in America Part 5 covering Aspertame and MSG coming in August.
NOTE: Much of the information about Monsanto and GMO’s that you see here has been reprinted from our Aquaponics World Page called “Aquaganic”.

 

What are GMO’s and from where do they come? 

The GMO story is a long convoluted one; and we can’t even begin to pretend to cover it all here; but we can give you an overview. GMO stands for genetically modified organisms; and if that isn’t enough to cause you pause, maybe the following will.
According to the Non GMO project, a consumer advocate group working to expose the dangers of GMOs, they “are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding methods. 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.” (Quote taken from the NON GMO Project website, GMO Facts)
In close to 50 countries, including Australia, Japan and all the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or even bans on the production and sale of GMOs. 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.
In a mind blowing review, “Food is Power”,  of William Engdahl’s book entitled  Seeds of Destruction, Stephen Lendman writes this about the beginnings of GMO plants. Most people believe GMOs started with Monsanto; but that is not the case. “Rockefeller Foundation funding was the Gene Revolution’s catalyst in 1985 with big aims-to learn if GMO plants were commercially feasible and if so spread them everywhere.” (To read the entire review go to theDandelion Salad Blog) Also, don’t miss William Engdahl’s book, Seeds of Destruction.

The GMO monster was actually born back in 1973 with the development of essential genetic engineering techniques.  GMO manipulation is “based on what’s called recombitant DNA (rDNA), and it works by genetically introducing foreign DNA into plants to create genetically modified organisms, but not without risks. London Institute of Science in Society chief biologist, Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, explained the dangers because the process is imprecise. ‘It is uncontrollable and unreliable, and typically ends up damaging and scrambling the host genome, with entirely unpredictable consequences’ that might unleash a deadly unrecallable Andromeda Strain'”. (Quote taken from “Food is Power”, a Review of Seeds of Destruction by Stephen Lendman)

But all that mattered to the GMO advocates were potentially huge profits. “One project was to map the rice genome. It launched a 17 year effort to spread GMO rice around the world with Rockefeller Foundation money behind it. It spent millions funding 46 worldwide science labs. It also financed the training of hundreds of graduate students and developed an ‘elite fraternity’ of top scientific researchers at Foundation-backed research institutes. It was a diabolical scheme aiming big-to control the staple food for 2.4 billion people and in the process destroy the biological diversity of over 140,000 developed varieties that can withstand droughts, pests and grow in every imaginable climate.” In other words, the goal of this GMO rice project was to replace all the natural rice that had been developed over hundreds, if not thousands of years, with GMO rice. (Quote taken from “Food is Power” a Review of Seeds of Destruction by Stephen Lendman)

Of course, Asia was the target continent and Engdahl’s book Seeds of Destruction exposes the “Philippines-based Foundation-funded institute (IRRI). “It had a gene bank with ‘every significant rice variety known’ that comprised one-fifth of them all. IRRI let agribusiness giants illegally use the seeds for exclusive patented genetic modification so they could introduce them in markets and dominate them by requiring farmers be licensed and forced to pay annual royalty fees.” (Quote taken from “Food is Power” a Review of Seeds of Destruction by Stephen Lendman)

By 2000, twenty-seven years after the 1973 development of essential genetic engineering techniques, a successful “Golden Rice” was developed that was Vitamin A enriched. It’s marketing scam promised the cure of Vitamin A deficiencies; but no one bothered to explain that 20 lbs. of this shyster rice had to be consumed to get the desired result. Quoting again from Stephen Lendman’s article: “Nonetheless, gene revolution backers were ready for their next move: “the consolidation of global control over humankind’s food supply” with a new tool to do it-the World Trade Organization (WTO). Corporate giants wrote its rules favoring them at the expense of developing nations shut out.”

We recently saw that a “Golden Rice 2” has been developed to solve the Vitamin A deficiency found in the original “Golden Rice”. Exploring the merits and problems with “Golden Rice 2” specifically is a task for another Newsletter.

By this time (2000), several of the world’s major chemical companies known unaffectionately as Big Chemi had gotten wind of the huge monetary windfall possible through GMOs. Monsanto was one of those companies, along with DuPont, Sangenta and Cargill. So let’s take a close look at the leader of the GMO product and propaganda group-Monsanto.

 

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.
Recently, it has been shown that “Round Up” is toxic to humans and it’s main ingredient, Glyphosate, causes cancer in humans. The French Environment and Energy Minister sent a clear message to Monsanto when she warned garden shops to stop selling it to their customers because it’s harmful to humans; and two Swiss supermarket chains announced that they are dropping the product due to health concerns. (See the Christina Sarich article entitled, ” French Minister Asks Stores To Stop Selling Round Up” and the Organic Consumers Association Article entitled, ” New Study Links Monsanto’s Roundup to Cancer“)
Unfortunately, us guinea pigs for the Bio-Tech Companies in the U.S. don’t get that kind of protection from our government. In fact we get the shaft (scroll down to section entitled U.S. House of Representatives Gives the People of America the SHAFT)
Now on with the Monsanto story because it gets even more horrifying. 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.” (Quote taken from Wikipedia, 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-that same Round Up other countries are now banning.
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.

A 2012 article published in the Ithika Journal“cites a study performed on average citizens of Berlin, testing whether or not people with no exposure to agriculture such as lawyers, doctors, and journalists had glyphosate in their systems.  Guess what, they did, and had no idea it was in what they had been eating.  Not only did they test positive, but they were found with between 5 and 20 times the “acceptable” limit.”

Current Roundup Ready crops include soy, corn, canola, alfalfa, cotton, and sorghum, with wheat under development. Roundup Ready crop seeds have become known as “terminator seeds.” This is because the crops now produced from Roundup Ready seeds are sterile. Each year, farmers must purchase the most recent strain of seed from Monsanto. This means that farmers cannot reuse their best seed. These franken seeds have been patented by Monsanto; and any cross pollination onto farmer’s fields who have not purchased Monsanto seeds gets met with high paid Monsanto lawyers filing lawsuits aimed to destroy the helpless farmer who refused to get with the program.

Again from the article, Food is Power: “After Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soybeans were licensed in 1996, ‘a once-productive national family farm-based agriculture system [in Argentina, the first guinea pig nation for GMOs] (was turned into) a neo-feudal state system dominated by a handful of powerful, wealthy owners to exploit for profit’. President Menem went along. In less than a decade, he allowed the nation’s corn, wheat and cattle diversity to be replaced by corporate-controlled monoculture. It was a Faustian sellout, and it helped Monsanto’s stock price hit an all-time high near year end 2007. Argentina had become the world’s largest uncontrolled experimental laboratory for GMO’s and its people unwitting lab rats.”   

The U.S. and it’s people are in even worse shape when it comes to GMOs. From 1996 to 2004, an astonishing 106 million acres of GMO crops were planted. This amounted to a staggering 2/3 of all GMO crops planted worldwide.

And we wonder why obesity, diabetes, cancer and infertility are on the rise??? The U.S. FDA is right now under the control of an ex-Monsanto Vice President, Michael Taylor, who was appointed our Food Safety (Czar) by President Obama. Do you really think our food is safe? Under Michael Taylor’s rule you can bet mandatory labeling of GMOs will never be instituted but a lot of raw milk producers are being raided and even jailed. Guess which area Mr. Taylor oversaw for Monsanto? It was non other than that company’s milk industry products specifically it’s genetically engineered bovine growth hormone, another one of their highly questionable products.

Just to make sure you get the whole picture. When GMOs hit the U.S. market, the FDA, under the influence of Monsanto lobbyists, declared them safe and not materially different from non-genetically modified versions of the same crops. There was no outside testing or scientific research required past what Monsanto and the other GMO pushers claim in their in-house so called scientific research. These products were unleashed into the U.S. and world market place with no required labeling either. So we don’t really know when we’re eating genetically modified products. Given the sad fact that 88 percent of corn and 94 percent of soybeans grown in America are genetically modified and many processed and packaged foods have these ingredients in them, you can bet you’re eating GMOs by the mouth full.

The House of Representatives takes away our right to demand GMO Labels, which is another way of saying they just gave us the shaft.

Never mind the hand shaped like a gun to our heads. The Government is working hard on killing our 2nd Amendment Rights, too.

I’m feeling about as speechless as the little blond woman in my above cartoon. I had to create a cartoon out of this situation because what happened in our House of Representatives last Thursday, July 23, 2015 was historic, horrific and so sad that I had to bring some levity to it.
Our U.S. House of Representatives actually voted to deny our States the right to place Demand GMO Labeling Bills on their ballots. What happened to States Rights? What happened to the 10th Amendment that states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”?
What happened to the 275 Representatives who voted for HR1599 on that sad day? The real truth is they aren’t our Representatives-they really Represent Big Food and the Big Bio-Tech companies like Monsanto, DuPont, Cargill and Sangenta. That’s who really pays them. That’s where the money comes from to put them in office and that’s how they stay in office. It costs a lot to run a campaign in the new millenium.
So if you want to know “Who Was Really Paid to Bury GMO Labeling via the DARK Act?” just read the linked article by that name on the Food Democracy Now! website. According to their research, “house members who voted to keep the public from knowing what is in their food in the latest land-slide win for Big Food supporters of The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 (known to its critics as the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know Act)) were paid three times as much as representatives who voted to give us the right to label or ban GMO foods.”
 
Those traitors to our Food Freedom voted against the will of the people and they know it because we’ve told them we want our GMO food labeled. “The Center for Food safety says that 93% of Americans want their food labeled if it contains GM ingredients. And that is just one of many surveys showing similar results”. (Quote taken from Food Democracy Now article, “Who Was Really Paid to Bury GMO Labeling via the DARK  Act?”

There are Traitors to our Food Freedom in this Room!  Keep reading if you want to know who they are.

According to opensecrets.org, this is where the money trail leads:
  • …the campaigns of Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), Rodney Davis(R-Ill.), Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), all cosponsors of the legislation (most of whom also sit on the House Agriculture Committee), received six-figure dollar amounts from providers of agricultural services and products – one segment of the agribusiness sector – during the 2014 election cycle. That put them high among the top 20 recipients of funds from the industry.
  • Co-sponsors such as Reps. David Valadao (R-Calif.), Steve Fincher (R-Tenn.), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) aren’t on the Agriculture Committee, but nevertheless pulled in six-figure dollar amounts from the crop production and basic processing industry (another part of agribusiness; think Cargill Inc. and the National Corn Growers Association) during the midterm cycle – landing them among the 20 members who received the most from that industry.
  • Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), two original sponsors of the legislation, were the top two current House members receiving the most money from the Grocery Manufacturers Association in 2014. The grocery manufacturers – who have spent $4.1 million lobbying on all issues so far this year, almost as much as they spent in all of 2014 – have lobbied on the bill more than any other organization, mentioning the measure on 14 lobbying reports this year.
If you want to get the entire List of who voted AYE and who voted NO, go to GovTrack.US. If your Representative voted AYE, he/she just chose the wishes of Big Food over yours. To read the Text of the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015” go toGovTrack.US.
We knew there was a lot of special interest politics going on in our government; but this revelation just blew the lid off of it. We really aren’t a Republic of the people when it comes to food legislation. We’re a Fascist State ruled by Big Food in collusion with Government.
What’s so ironic about this is we’re the ones buying the products that these Big Food Businesses make. We are allowing them to turn us into sick, fat, sheeple who are being fed GMO’s just like the food animals they raise. The animals can’t speak for themselves; and now, if our House of Representatives has anything to say about it, neither will we. Big Food is not only turning us into mutants with their GMO concoctions, they are making us mute with their DARK Act.
If this bill passes the Senate, we won’t be able to demand labeling via our State elections, and all of the products that now carry Non-GMO Labels will have those labels ripped off until the USDA gets around to issuing its rules and regulations that define, verify and certify what’s Non-GMO. The last time the USDA was tasked with this kind of project, regarding Organic Food, it took them a decade to get it done. So DARK is absolutely the appropriate name for this Act because the whole issue of GMO’s in our grocery stores will be delegated to a complete black out.

So how did our food system get controlled by Big Food the Bio-Techs and the Government in the first place?

There’s a revolving door between Big Food, the Bio-Techs and Government–a door that should be SHUT forever. Take Michael Taylor for instance. Michael Taylor has been playing musical doors between Monsanto, the USDA and the FDA for years. After working as Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto, our President brought him into the FDA to be our Food Czar. A new and formal title was created just for him; and on January 13, 2010, he became Deputy Commissioner for Foods.

What’s the Solution? 
The following is a list of the Activist Food Sites:

Get in on the FOOD REVOLUTION and join the FOOD FIGHT! There are several Food Freedom sites that have grown up over the past five to ten years. This isn’t a new fight; but if it’s new for you, start paying attention. This is our health and the health of our children, our grandchildren and our environment that we’re fighting for.
Go to the Food Democracy Now! website and SIGN the Petition to STOP H.R. 1599! Our lives depend on it.
The Activist Post activates about a lot of things; but onepost Eric Blair wrote in 2010 about a hotly contested Food Bill, Senate Bill S. 510, the “Food Safety Modernization Act” tells the story of what’s really happening regarding food legislation in the U.S.
WARNING! That Bill passed both houses of Congress and became LAW! It also had the word, “Safe” in its title just like the “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015”. 
 
Oh, and please take note that S.510 was slipped into another Bill (that was guaranteed to pass) in the dead of night during the Christmas season on Sunday, December 19, 2010.
The Food Freedom USA website is taking a stand against the movement in our country to negate our Food Freedom. Their Home page states the following: ” It is the Natural Right of the people to be well nourished and consume nutrient dense, GMO free, whole, raw, fresh, unprocessed, locally raised foods and beverages, including water; the right  to save seeds, to grow food, to keep livestock, to access to grazing for cattle, to store water, to use natural medical alternatives, to raise hemp, to make butter, to make cheese, render lard, and the right to consume the foods of our choices according to the traditions of our ancestors.”
Dr. Rima Laibow, MD and Major General Albert N. Stubblebine III (U.S. Army Retired) have been a hard working duo in the world of Food Freedom for over a decade. Their Natural Solutions Foundation Who We Are page says this: “The Natural Solutions Foundation is predicated on the belief that people own this Republic of ours. Decisions that impact the lives of people must be made through a democratic process in which their voices are heard and counted and, in so far as possible, should be left to the individual to make for him/herself. That is the United States left to us by our Founding Fathers, the United States we believe in and the United States we participate in. We do not warm to the prospect of a United States of America controlled and run through the lies by huge multi-national corporations and deceptive special interests.”
The Organic Consumers Association is a real Take Action site. They have several ways you can join the Food Fight! Go to their website and start making a difference today.

Food First has been operating for 40 years to “support communities and social movements fighting for food justice and food sovereignty around the world. Food First gives you the tools to understand our global food system, and to build your local food movement from the ground up.”

If you’ve been so activated by what our U.S. House of Representatives just did to our Food Freedom, this is the place to go to get your local food movement off the ground.
The Institute for Responsible Technology is the home of the premiere food activist focusing on GMO’s, Jeffrey Smith. Mr. Smith wrote one of the most influential books about GMO’s way back in 2003. It’s a classic today and was one of the first books to expose the dangers of GMO’s to our bodies and our world.
Get informed. Read Jeffrey Smith’s book. Check out the Take Action section on the IRT website.
The Seed Freedom website is spreading a counter message to the Monsanto practice of denying their farmer participants from saving their seeds. Here’s a quote from the About page on this website: “We are seed savers and seed defenders, farmers and gardeners, practioners of ecological agriculture and participants in fair trade. Our right to save and exchange our open pollinated, non GMO, non patented seed is non alienable. Farmers rights are non negotiable. We will resist every law and technology that attempts to undermine our freedoms, and the freedom of the seed, which is intimately linked to the freedom of Mother Earth. We are committed to preventing Monsanto and other chemical corporations which are seeking to control our Seed Supply through GMOs, patents, and Intellectual Property Rights.”

The famous food activist, Vandana Shiva is the center piece and originator of Seed Freedom. She travels the world sharing her views about the importance of preserving diversity and fighting against the take over of our seeds and crops by Monsanto and friends.

These are just a few of the many food freedom websites that have sprung up over the years. Join them and Take Action with them. There’s still hope that together, we can save our food, our lives and our world.
One last resource is a reference book on food. It’s The People Power Food Superbook Book 1 by Tony Kelbrat. Mr. Kelbrat has written an entire cadre of these reference books on various topics. This one has a Section on Food Activist Websites. Granted, Mr. Kelbrat, uses a rather broad definition of Food Activist because Monsanto is actually on his list, and when we think of Food Activists we think of folks who are activating against Monsanto but nevertheless, this is a valuable resource.

More About Monsanto and the relationship between Obesity and GMO’s.

The U.S. House of Representatives in passing the HR1599 Bill, just gave producers of products containing GMO’s the right to put “Natural” on their labels; and Monsanto is actually claiming that their GMO seeds are organic because they only splice organic seeds. How long will it take for the NOSB (National Organic Standards Board) to be hijacked by this corporate giant and declare along with Monsanto that GMOs are organic. That will be the death knoll for the USA Certified Organic Label.
But what is the relationship between the obesity epidemic and GMO’s? If you refer back to our May 2015 Newsletter, which is all about High Fructose Corn Syrup and its contribution to obesity, you’ll see that the culprit in HFCS is CORN.
Here are the sad statistics regarding how far the GMO takeover of our crops has gone. This information is coming right out of the USDA where they use a new word to describe GMO crops. They are calling them HT (Herbicide Tolerant) these days. Do you think it’s an accident that just when the heat against GMO’s gets to boiling, the USDA simply changes the offending name. And guess which Herbicide the crops are tolerant of. Why it’s Monsanto’s Round Up, of course, that same herbicide that’s being banned in France and other countries because researchers have shown it causes cancer and can built up in the human body. But it’s not being banned in the U.S. because Monsanto has a strangle hold on our Government Agency with one of their own, Michael Taylor, sitting in the seat of our Food Safety Czar. Are you ready for the scary news? Here it is:
“Based on USDA survey data, HT [read GMO] soybeans went from 17 percent of U.S. soybean acreage in 1997 to 68 percent in 2001 and 94 percent in 2014 and in 2015. Plantings of HT [read GMO] cotton expanded from about 10 percent of U.S. acreage in 1997 to 56 percent in 2001, 91 percent in 2014, but declined to 89 percent in 2015. The adoption of HT [read GMO] corn, which had been slower in previous years, has accelerated, reaching 89 percent of U.S. corn acreage in 2014 and in 2015.” (Quote taken from USDA Article entitled “Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S.”)
 
Now where do you think the corn in all of that High Fructose Corn Syrup is coming from? It’s coming from those GMO corn fields that now represent nearly 90% of our corn crop. So YES, GMO corn is contributing to obesity, big time. It isn’t an accident that just as GMO’s came into our food system in the mid nineties, the obesity epidemic began to take off; and once HFCS took over for sugar cane, the obesity epidemic got worse. Here’s the chart to prove it.
Graphic accessed from Garma On Health.com
Since the innocent fifties, when family farmers were our food growers and our waistlines were much narrower, the American Food System has experienced a hostile take over by Big Agri, Big Food, Big Chemical and Big Government. With a nod from the government, these companies are allowed to treat the animals they raise and the people they feed, the American people, with ruthless disregard.
The recent passage of HR1599 by the House of Representatives is exemplary of that. We, the American people will have nothing to say about the GMO’s in our food if the Senate follows suit. We are being treated no differently than the poor, pitiful animals that have nothing to say about the deplorable lives they are having to endure under the highly questionable husbandry standards of the Big Agri companies.
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Coming in August! Part 5 of Obesity in America.
Don’t miss Part 5 of the Series, Obesity in America. This is the longest Series we’ve written. Part 5 is all about how Aspertame and MSG came into being, what they are, where they are and how terrible they are for our health. See you in August.
There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of things to bring to the light of day out of our grossly mismanaged American Food System.
It really is time for a FOOD REVOLUTION in America; and learning Aquaponics is a big part of taking a stand for REAL Food. You can go to our Aquaponics USA website and access a 7-Part Tutorial on Aquaponics complete with Quizzes and a Certificate of Completion all for Free if you really want to learn how to be an Aquaponics farmer.
Please alert your colleagues, friends and family who need to become aware of the dangers of GMO’s. We can’t make the changes we need to make without first understanding why the changes are so important. We can save lives with this information.
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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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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”.
Thank You for joining us in this look at the
FOOD REVOLUTION
We hope to see you again in June for Part 3
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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.