Obesity in America Part 4, All About GMO’s

Aquaponics USA/World
July 2015 Newsletter
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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April 2015 Newsletter
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A Word From Our Editor, Grace Sylke
Once again important and timely topics have usurped Part 2 of our new Series on “Obesity in America”. We promise, it’s coming soon.
We just had to acknowledge EARTH DAY and the FOOD REVOLUTION Summit, which are both happening this month.
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Here’s our March Newsletter in case it was missed.
This is an informative look at all of the Food related Programs that we are running in the U.S. including who these programs serve and the costs of those services.

Here’s ourFebruary Newsletter in case it was missed.
This Newsletter is all about our enclosed growing and fish raising areas, which include our Growroom and Fishroom featuring our latest evolution in Seed Germination, the SIT (Seed Incubation Table).

Here’s ourJanuary Newsletter in case it was missed.
This Newsletter features our latest change in the Greenhouse and it’s a real innovation. Our retired aerospace engineer turned Aquaponics Systems Designer, Oliver Duffy, just keeps improving his designs never being satisfied to settle for almost great and certainly never following the pack. See what he’s up to now in this informative Newsletter.

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Dear Subscriber:
This Revolution is being waged by a group of incredible Revolutionaries who are biting down on the greatest threat to the well being of our country that has ever surfaced. They are gritting their teeth and going into the fray with everything they’ve got because they see no other way to keep our once great nation and our tough, individualistic point of view alive and well.
We’ve just declared April to be FOOD REVOLUTION Month in honor of the FOOD REVOLUTION Summitthat goes from April 25- May 3, 2015.
We don’t like being the bearer of bad news; but the truth is WE ARE AT WAR! It’s a war for our right to eat healthy, nutritious food that is not laden with pesticides, petrochemicals and GMO’s. It’s a war for our health, our lives and the health and lives of our children and grandchildren. And the sad truth is, WE ARE LOSING; and this loss is measured in lost lives.
According to an article on the Mercola.com website, “One in Five American Deaths [are] Now Associated with Obesity”. The article goes on to say that:
  • Obesity-related deaths include those from type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, liver disease, cancer, dementia, and depression because nearly all have metabolic dysfunction as a common underlying factor
  • The only effective way to reverse these trends is to make changes in your diet and lifestyle; drugs are definitely not the answer
(Note: This is one statistic taken from Part 2 of the Series on Obesity in America, which is coming in May)


Here comes the 4th Annual FOOD REVOLUTION Summit sponsored by John and Ocean Robbins who are Co-Fouders of the FOOD REVOLUTION Network and the Annual Summit.
This On-Line Information packed Summit is absolutely FREE to Attend so don’t miss the interviews with three of the world’s top healthy food activists, Jeffrey Smith, Michael Pollan and Vandana Shiva. You can also hear from food savy doctors like Neal Barnard, MD, and Joel Fuhrman, MD; and don’t miss Tony Robbins  and Paul McCartney talk about how healthy eating works for them in their busy lives.
If you missed our own informative 4 Part Series on the FOOD REVOLUTION, you can read it now by clicking over to our December 2014 Newsletter with Links to all of our 2014 Newsletters.


Earth Day is almost here again (unless you’ve already made every day Earth Day), which is highly recommended. In honor of this Day, we decided to give you a little history about this special day of acknowledgement for our beautiful little blue home in the Milky Way Galazy.
Earth Day has grown up over the years since it was first inaugurated in the U.S. in 1970. Today, it has an entire Network of workers behind it called the Earth Day Network. Back in 1970, Earth Day was the brain child of a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, (June 1916-July 2005) who lived to be 89.
Gaylord Nelson conceived of the idea for Earth Day”after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a ‘national teach-in on the environment’ to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes, [an environmental activist] as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land. 

As a result, on the 22nd of April, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.


Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.


‘It was a gamble,’ Gaylord recalled, ‘but it worked.’ ” (Quote taken from the Earth Day Network website:History of a Movement)

To learn more about Gaylord and the Earth Day story go to Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day, the making of the modern environmental movement.


As mentioned above, Gaylord didn’t achieve this monumental feat alone. He teamed up with Denis Hayes, a young environmental activist, and together they launched that first 1970 Earth Day which became what is now the mother of many organizations and spin-off movements.

Together this dynamic duo along with a group of environmental leaders turned a U.S focused Earth Day into a worldwide event in 1990 “mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. Earth Day 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. It also prompted President Bill Clinton to award Senator Nelson the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1995) — the highest honor given to civilians in the United States — for his role as Earth Day founder”. (Quote taken from the Earth Day Network website: History of a Movement)

Denis Hayes went on to found the Earth Day Network and was named a Time magazine hero of the planet in 1999, shortly before he coordinated Earth Day 2000, the biggest Earth Day to that date. Hayes presently works at The Bullitt Foundation where he has served as President since 1992.


His newest book, COWED, was published this year, 2015, and is a treatise on “The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America’s Health, Economy, Politics, Culture and Environment”. It’s a must read.

To learn more about the history of Earth Day and one of its coordinators, Denis Hayes, go to an article by theDaily Kos.
If you happened to attend or witness Earth Day Celebrations over the weekend of April 18th and 19th, then you realize that it’s often celebrated on the weekend before or after the officially designated day, which is April 22nd. Some communities even celebrate all of April as Earth Month. This is a Day that has become so important it appears to have been placed on a sliding scale for celebratory purposes. There’s even a term called “Earth Overshoot Day” describing events happening after the official Earth Day.
And now there are a number of spin-off Movements associated with and promoted by The Earth Day Network including:
A BILLION ACTS OF GREEN: This is an International movement to protect the Planet and secure a sustainable future; and it’s being accomplished by ordinary people doing simple things like showering together to save water or by supporting and joining the many Sub-projects, Petitions, Pledges and Actions under The Billion Acts of Green umbrella including:
The Canopy Project: “The Canopy Project plants trees that help communities – especially the world’s impoverished communities – sustain themselves and their local economies. Trees reverse the impacts of land degradation and provide food, energy and income, helping communities to achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability. Trees also filter the air and help stave off the effects of climate change.” (Quote taken from the above Link)
The Climate Petition To Save The Planet: You can join the largest Climate Petition to save the world right here.
Support Environmental Education: “As of right now, the 2015 budget includes no funding for the National Environmental Education Act; important EPA grants; the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s) Bay-Watershed Edu-cation and Training Program and Environmental Literacy Grants; or the University Sustainability Program, among others.” There’s an easy form to fill out on this page to send this important message to your members of Congress. (Quote taken from above Link)
Use Less Energy: Save Money and the Environment! Did you know “the average American household spends more on home energy bills and gasoline than health care or property taxes”? Go to this page to “receive tailored tips for reducing your home energy use and see if you’re a good candidate for solar without having to call a solar installer”. (Quotes taken from the above Link)
Art and our Ecological Footprint: A Call for Submissions to “Footing the Bill”: “This is an invitational crowd-sourced exhibition of artwork addressing the urgent need to live sustainably within the Earth’s finite resources. Art Works For Change, along with Earth Day Network and Global Footprint Network, invite you to join the conversation on ecological overshoot. Submit a digital image of your original artwork (all visual mediums are welcome) for an opportunity to be featured in our online exhibition, which will open on Earth Overshoot Day 2015  in August.” (Quote taken from above Link)
More Actions and Pledges: This page lists a number of other Actions and Pledges you can take to become a part of The Billion Acts Of Green Movement.


Here’s one more project under the A BILLION ACTS OF GREEN Umbrella-it’s the Meatless Mondays Movement. Did you know that “producing one calorie of meat requires nearly twenty times the amount of energy as one plant calorie?” (Quote taken from below Link)
Join the millions who have taken the pledge to not eat meat one day a week and become a part of the Meatless Mondays Movement!

Grow Your Own Veggies in an Aquaponics USA Food Forever Growing System.

If you’re going to start eating less meat and more veggies, why not grow your own in an Aquaponics Food Growing System?
These Food Forever Growing Systems will grow food in enclosed areas using Grow Lights or in Greenhouses using the sun. This is one of our five tanks in our enclosed Fishroom where we’re raising about 150 Tilapia. These incredibly easy to raise food fish are fertilizing our 30’x8′ Greenhouse and our 30’x8′ Growroom where we are growing major amounts of lettuce, tomatoes, basil and other veggies.
Above is our Greenhouse growing 3 kinds of Lettuce. We’ve shown this photo before; but it’s worth repeating. Below is our Growroom growing lettuce underInduction Lights.
Sitting on the fish tank in the first image above is ourAutomatic Fish Feeder, which is the single most important item that makes raising our fish so easy and almost maintenance free.

Looking for a Geodesic Dome Greenhouse for your AP System? Introducing 

Kenny Garvin Jr. is the Owner/Operator of this growing Art of Backyard Growing Company that features custom built Geodesic Dome Greenhouses in a range of sizes. He also offers some of the most durable, wind resistant Hoop Houses you will ever see.
We recently had the pleasure of spending a few hours with him and his family at his company’s pristine location up in the White Mountains of Arizona where he showed us his nearly complete Demo Model of a 32′ Geodesic Dome Greenhouse sitting next to a 10′ Model.
Kenny uses an amazing new Greenhouse Plastic Film that has been popular in Europe for years; but has just become available in the U.S.
It’s called Polydress SolaWrap (with bubbles). “Known in Europe as LP Keder or Polydress, Polydress SolaWrap is now available in  U. S markets.  It’s an insulated film that withstands the most extreme climates.  SolaWrap has a track record for over 40 years of testing in the Swiss Alps, the Middle East, and across Europe. SolaWrap provides an insulating effect that retains up to 95% of heat radiation while providing an R-value of 1.7. This energy savings is significant!” (Quote taken from the above page)
This picture shows the massive amount of space available in his Geodesic Domes that range from  10′ up to 44′. Aquaponics Farmers would definitely want to take full advantage of the Vertical space in the larger models. These Domes are all custom built by a builder who has over 20 years of customer service experience.
His Hoop Houses are about as sturdy, steadfast and durable as a Hoop House could ever be. In his location, winds get up to 60 miles an hour on a regular basis so he had to design a Hoop House that was going to stay put and intact.
And that’s exactly what this Hoop House will do. There is nothing flimsy about this reinforced iron, foam wrapped Hoop House design.
Here Oliver, Kenny and little Kenny are testing out the sturdiness of this amazing Hoop House; and it doesn’t budge.
Kenny’s goal is to provide the people he serves with a healthier more self sufficient lifestyle while making them happy, life-long customers.
To Order your custom built Geodesic Dome or Made For the Wind Hoop House, just give Kenny at Garvin’s Greens a call: 928-2400-421or email him at:
Tell him Grace & Oliver sent you.

Watch the BBC Documentary, Planet Earth Episode 1 From Pole to Pole 

Planet Earth Episode 1 From Pole to Pole - BBC Documentary
Planet Earth Episode 1 From Pole to Pole – BBC Documentary
In honor of our up-coming Earth Day, we wanted to share this incredible documentary from 2006. This is the first of 11 Episodes of awesome beauty. Five years in the making, it was the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC and also the first to be filmed in  high definition. To see more Episodes, just go to Planet Earth on You Tube.
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