Connecticut First in the Nation to Pass GMO Labeling Bill

Tara Cook-Littman, an advocate who pushed for the bill celebrates her victory

A bill that would mandate labels on foods that contain genetically modified ingredients passed the House Monday, making Connecticut the first state in the nation to pass this type of legislation.

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“The bill was re-amended by the Senate on Saturday and was approved today by the House. The trigger is now four states and the population size was reduced. The biggest amendment the Senate made, and by far the most important, was the removal of the exemption for farmers making less than $1.5 million dollars which really challenged the integrity of the bill. This is a compromise, but one that strengthens the integrity of the bill now. This will truly help other states move forward which will assist us with the trigger.” ~ GMO Free CT

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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

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

Only 4 days to the BIG vote!

The vote in California to label GMOs — Prop 37 (Tuesday, 6th November), is going to make history. And over $1 million a day is being spent to try to make sure it doesn’t pass. What happens in California, affects all Americans. If the vote passes, it will send ripples all across America. The stakes are extremely high.

Where’s all this money coming from to stop you knowing your food is GMO? These people…

It doesn’t exactly give you the warm fuzzies does it? All that money is being spent on downright lies, lies and more lies. I just heard that the Justice Dept. is going to be investigating. Continue reading

How much deception can $35,000,000 buy?

How much deception can $35,000,000 buy? The latest poll on Proposition 37 (which affects ALL Americans, and even the whole world) shows that it’s not about what’s right, or a fair debate, but about how many votes can be bought. Before money was spent, 66% of Californians wanted labeling. Now look. And with the “No” budget 10 times the “Yes” budget, it’s going to take people power for justice to prevail.

Poll data: http://bit.ly/W8jEI8
Deceptive “No” campaign: http://bit.ly/RRYaNP
Who’s paying for your opinion: http://bit.ly/QUyfFv
Get involved: http://carighttoknow.org/

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

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

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