What is the problem with GMO?

Here’s a good interview with Ken Roseboro who runs The Organic & Non-GMO Report.

Only 8 minutes long, and a good one to show to family and friends who maybe aren’t yet up to speed with what a GMO is and why we should avoid them.

Ken recently appeared in the documentary GMO OMG.

You can watch an interview with filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and see clips from the movie…

All the best,
Mike

 

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Monsanto Protection Act + more

Hi! Here’s the updates in the GMO world:

Monsanto Protection Act

Read more on GMO Inside: http://gmoinside.org/news/monsanto-protection-act-5-terrifying-things-to-know-about-the-hr-933-provision/

GMOs in 80% of processed food

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Did you know that over 80% of processed foods contain GMOs? Current GMO crops are: corn, soy, cottonseed, canola, sugar beets, papaya, zucchini and squash.

These crops show up in multiple forms- Click here to view a full GMO ingredient list.

The power of corporations

Do you think that in a flawed system, corporate success favors a psychopathic profile?

THE CORPORATION is a Canadian documentary film written by Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary examines the modern-day corporation, considering its legal status as a class of person and evaluating its behavior towards society and the world at large as a psychiatrist might evaluate an ordinary person. This is explored through specific examples. Bakan wrote the book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, during the filming of the documentary.

Habitat loss

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The loss of habitat is real in the corn belt, as are its potential effects on a host of grassland bird species, some hunted, some not.

A new study concludes that declines of such birds, from the ring-necked pheasant to the horned lark, are more the result of pesticide use than any other factor, including habitat decline.

Read more: http://bit.ly/179Zwen

What are the solutions to agriculture, health, and the environment?

What are the answers to the problems facing agriculture, health, bees, wildlife etc?

I think we need to localize not industrialize and we need to quit the “cides” and we need more farmers not less, and we need to value high-quality food, and we need to embrace an ecologically bio-diverse, higher perennial, lower grain food production model.

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What are your solutions?

How to avoid GMOs

Keep it simple silly?

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Wanting to avoid GMOs? Keep it simple silly…
More info: https://gmoawareness.org/buy-non-gmo/

That’s all for today! Hope you have a great day! ~ Mike

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

An awesome idea from a fellow supporter!

I’ve been tossing and turning over prob 37 since before the election. It didn’t come as a surprise that it hadn’t passed but really bothered me all the same. I kept thinking and thinking about what we could do and I think I’ve got an idea but need aggressive help in this campaign.

If each one of us individually used our twitter account and told these companies why we will not purchase their products, as well as sending these companies emails, and mailing a letter of promise to them, we might stand a change to open their eyes to not using GMOs in their products. 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

GMO ticking time bomb

The first in an upcoming series of mini-documentary videos about GMOs, this Gary Null production delves into the reality of GMO health risks. Gary Null calls it a “GMO ticking time bomb.”

This video reveals some of the health problems caused by GMOs, including infertility, accelerated aging, organ damage, immune malfunction and more.

New resources page!

Hiya. GMOs are a complex subject, and there’s a lots of “noise” out there that is very off-putting to someone who doesn’t even know what a GMO is. So as well as our 3 simple steps, which are always the best first exposure, I’ve compiled the best of the free resources to help you get the word out about GMOs. Thanks! ~ Mike.

Click here to view free resources.

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