How to Keep Monsanto Out of Your Home Garden

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The safest and most fool-proof way to consume pure, organic produce that is not tainted with modified genes or growth hormones is to grow your own food!

It is a growing trend in America to grow food from heirloom and organic seed. This gives the grower full knowledge of what the plant is and where it came from. What many gardeners and farmers don’t know is that Monsanto owns many of the organic and heirloom seed stock! In 2005, Monsanto bought the world’s largest seed company, Seminis. Seminis owns 40% of America’s conventional seed stock and 20% of the world’s.

Monsanto has bought up seeds everywhere, so it can be hard for the home gardener to grow a garden without supporting this evil company! But don’t fret, there are ways to completely avoid Monsanto from entering your garden.  Continue reading

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Quick Q and A on GMOs

ponderI was just asked a bunch of questions on GMOs by a student at Salt Lake Community College. Here’s the answers!

What is your name and field of business?

Michael Kinnaird, I’m a writer at http://habitguide.com/ (health).

How are you involved with the Genetically Modified Food issue? What inspired you to get involved?

I aim to raise awareness of GMOs in the food supply because most people don’t know what a GMO is. What motivated me to get involved was the horror I felt when I learned that DNA from one species was being fired from a gun into the DNA of another species—for example DNA from bacteria shot into corn DNA, or goat DNA modified to contain DNA from spiders so they produce spider web protein in their milk. When people become aware of GMOs they generally want to avoid them. They feel it’s not right on an instinctive and intuitive level as well as an intellectual level. Continue reading

Mom-Turned-Activist Launches National Movement to Boycott GMOs

by Katherine Paul

Diana Reeves was furious when her state legislators caved into threats by Monsanto to sue the state of Connecticut if it passed a GMO labeling law. Lawmakers effectively told Connecticut’s voters, who had clearly expressed overwhelming support for GMO labeling, “oh well.”

Unlike her gutless state legislators who rolled over, Reeves is determined to keep the fight for transparency in GMO ingredients alive — and she’s taking her fight national. She’s started a group called GMO Free USA which plans to pressure food manufacturers into revealing which of their products contain GMOs. The ultimate goal is to organize national boycotts of those companies that refuse to switch to non-GMO ingredients. Continue reading

10 reasons why we don’t need GM foods

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Genetically modified (GM) foods are often promoted as a way to feed the world. But this is little short of a confidence trick. Far from needing more GM foods, there are urgent reasons why we need to ban them altogether.

1. GM foods won’t solve the food crisis

A 2008 World Bank report concluded that increased biofuel production is the major cause of the increase in food prices.[1] Biofuels are crops grown for fuel rather than food. GM giant Monsanto has been at the heart of the lobbying for biofuels — while profiting enormously from the resulting food crisis and using it as a PR opportunity to promote GM foods!

“The climate crisis was used to boost biofuels, helping to create the food crisis; and now the food crisis is being used to revive the fortunes of the GM industry.” — Daniel Howden, Africa correspondent, The Independent (UK).[2]

“The cynic in me thinks that they’re just using the current food crisis and the fuel crisis as a springboard to push GM crops back on to the public agenda. I understand why they’re doing it, but the danger is that if they’re making these claims about GM crops solving the problem of drought or feeding the world, that’s bullshit.” – Prof Denis Murphy, head of biotechnology, University of Glamorgan, Wales.[3] Continue reading

How to protect your children in today’s health landscape — a plea to parents

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by Robyn O’Brien, founder, Allergy Kids Foundation.

The landscape of children’s health has changed. If you have any doubt whatsoever, ask your grandmother. Did she have friends juggling breast cancer and play dates? What about autism and allergies? ADHD and diabetes?

And while there were other things that they worried about, as parents today, we sit beside each other on the sidelines of soccer fields, in concert recitals or in the pews at church, and with few words spoken, we understand that things have changed.

Today, 46 kids are diagnosed with cancer every day. It is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of fifteen. Diabetes, obesity, asthma and food allergies are a tsunami of conditions raining down on the health of our children. And autism now impacts 1 in 88 American children.

Our grandmothers weren’t navigating these statistics. We know that it hasn’t always been this way. And we see firsthand how hard it can be, as we share the heartache of a friend, witness the grief of a sister or help a neighbor struggling with the cost of care. We say our prayers at night, grateful for the blessings we have received and mindful of how quickly things can change. Continue reading

What do you get if you cross a spider with a goat?

The BBC Horizon’s “Playing God” is a documentary about genetic engineering. Although it doesn’t cover all the horrendous stuff going on with our food, it does feature some other ways scientists are manipulating the genome for profit…

The spider-goat is one example. They’ve taken the gene that produces the spider web protein and inserted it into goats so that they produce this protein in their milk. The “benefit” is the production of incredibly strong web proteins that can be made into thread and have all sorts of potential applications…

Another disturbing development is using yeast to make diesel, yes that’s right. Instead of making alcohol from sugars the genetically modified yeast make diesel.

What is especially disturbing about genetic engineering as it plows forward unchecked, is the complete lack of ethical framework. Businesses can pretty much do whatever they like it seems and when profit is the sole motive, God help us… Continue reading

Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize

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I took the copy of “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize” to bed with me last night for some late night reading. It got me so wound up that I almost got out of bed to write this. However, I pulled in the reins and waited until today. If you want to read it and I suggest you do, click here.

This is such great research for the following reasons:

  • It was undertaken by individuals without conflicts of interest.
  • It was long-term. This was a life-long rat feeding study. The study was over a two year period.  Much of the GE (GMO, genetically engineered) research has been criticized for being so short term that it misses any chronic health problems that would occur from ingesting GE food. This study gives us a good idea of what happens when human beings eat GE food long-term.
  • They used the actual formulation of Roundup that is used in agricultural use. Most research takes the active ingredient out and studies only the active ingredient called glyphosate. Glyphosate (active ingredient in Roundup is only able to penetrate target plant organisms with the help of adjuvants that are included in various formulations on the market. So these researchers used the actual Roundup formulation available on the market with adjuvants so it would mimic what people actually get in their food or what has been found in tap water.

The corn

The type of GE maize researched was MON-00603-6, also known as NK603. This is a Roundup-tolerant variety of corn owned by Monsanto. They compared it with a control group that was fed the nearest isogenic, non-transgenic corn. (So basically they compared Monsanto’s genetically engineered corn to a non-genetically altered corn that has similar DNA structure. (Remember,  Monsanto claims their corn is theoretically genetically identical to this isogenic corn and they claim they should not have to study long term effects of their GE corn for this reason.) Thank goodness, these researchers did not agree with Monsanto. Continue reading

GMO Apathy

by Ed Dodge, MD, MPH

Danger due to apahy

I’ve given a lot of thought to GMOs and the relative public apathy about them in our country. Many of our readers say that nobody in their family will comment on anything they say or posts about it. I’m having a similar experience in that the GMO/awareness postings on my Facebook page generate no comment whatsoever from family or friends, though most other postings do get some kind of reaction.

I’ve commented before that I sense there is a public uneasiness about the whole subject of GMOs that makes most of the public almost fearful of taking any kind of action or position regarding GMOs. There is a basic uneasiness about the idea of genetically modified foods, but there is also a widespread perception that they are approved by the powers that be (the government represented by the USDA and FDA,) and so these foods must be at least passably OK. Even though there is also a growing uneasiness about governmental actions in many areas, this does not seem to translate into questioning by the public about governmental decisions regarding biotechnology and genetically modified foods in particular. Continue reading

The hidden cost of cheap food and how to “Be the change”

by Hala Flores

I used to be on the dark side; shopping for the cheapest groceries without any consideration for quality, source of food, etc…UNTIL…

I realized that cheap low quality Frankenstein poison sprayed food had a huge hidden cost on all levels that I was also paying for… paying for it with my health and the health of my children. Our health was terrible… we got sick very frequently, we had all types of allergies. What depressed me the most was the contradictions and hypocrisy I was living in… educated and a professional in environmental engineering, but unfortunately quickly realizing that my college education failed to show me how to protect my environment. Continue reading

The choices we make in the supermarket determine the future of food

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Lowest price most often wins

It’s consumers choosing lowest price that drives the economy of scale and high chemical using, genetically modified, toxic methods. If lowest price wins, it’s a vote for big agribusiness… system based, high chemical input, large scale agriculture.

In a highly competitive market, any chance to cut costs, to offer a lower price to wholesalers, retailers or increase profits for shareholders will be taken.

Unfair advantage for big agribusiness

The US government builds huge subsidies for big agribusiness into the national farm bill. That gives big agribusiness an enormous advantage over small organic farmers, who are not subsidized in any way. If all the external factors were truly priced into food, organic produce would be the most cost-effective foods on the market.

Many people in agriculture believe that if there was a level playing field in agribusiness, organic farming would quickly win the battle. However, the government subsidizes corn, soybean, canola, and cotton production to keep the prices of those commodities artificially low, so that people will feel grateful to the government for keeping their food prices down. Continue reading