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#1432241 --- 01/10/14 07:32 PM GM food labeling petition
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If you agree with it, you'll want to click the link to sign the petition, as I did.

http://www.naturalnews.com/043469_GMA_GMO_labeling_evil_plan.html


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(NaturalNews) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is scheming to criminalize state-by-state GMO labeling laws in a deviously evil effort to keep consumers ignorant of what they're eating. Remember, the GMA is the same organization that got caught running an illegal money laundering scheme in Washington state, secretly funneling money from big food manufacturers into a campaign to defeat GMO labeling initiative I-522.

Now the GMA is pushing legislation at the federal level to not only outlaw GMO labeling laws at the state level, but also to get the FDA to declare GMOs as "natural" so that foods made with GMOs can claim "all natural" on their labels. A petition filed with the FDA by the GMA states, "GMA will be filing a Citizen Petition early in 2014 that asks the FDA to issue a regulation authorizing foods containing ingredients derived from biotechnology to be labeled 'natural.'" (SOURCE)

"Monsanto and giant food companies are scheming behind the scenes to introduce a bill in Congress that would kill mandatory state GMO labeling efforts and replace it with a gutted version of a bill to preempt states' rights and give the illusion of serious regulation," reports Food Democracy Now, which also calls the plan "devious" in nature.

How evil can they get?
With these anti-transparency, anti-consumer, anti-American actions, the GMA now firmly puts itself in the same evil camp as Monsanto itself. Because the right to know what we are eating is a fundamental human right, the GMA's actions clearly define it as an anti-human rights group. In the history of human rights violations, we've seen a long list of evil efforts to silence certain groups of people and keep them ignorant: Women were denied the right to vote, slaves were denied the right to "personhood," and in the Holocaust, Jews were denied the right to life itself. Now the GMA joins that haunting history of human rights violators by insidious working to deny all people the right to know what they are eating.

The GMA solely represents the profit interests of dishonest, deceptive food manufacturers who sell toxic poisons, not the interests of food consumers, and it has a long established history of using deceptive tactics to make sure its members can continue to hide their toxic poisons in their food products.

The GMA is, in essence, a "pro-poison" industry group that wants consumers to unknowingly eat more poisons in their food. The GMA should not merely be ashamed of itself; it should be publicly exposed as an evil food industry group whose actions, if successful, may result in hundreds of millions of Americans being harmed by unknowingly eating unlabeled poisons in their food.

Your help is needed to stop this group from achieving its truly evil aims in Washington. Here's what you can do to help:

Actions items to defeat the evil GMA
Sign this petition at Food Democracy Now:
http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop...
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#1432416 --- 01/13/14 12:17 AM Re: GM food labeling petition [Re: VM Smith]
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The link at the bottom of VMS's post isn't working. Try this:

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/...rd=1&t=1001
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#1435848 --- 02/08/14 11:55 PM Re: GM food labeling petition [Re: VM Smith]
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#1436749 --- 02/16/14 10:37 PM Re: GM food labeling petition [Re: VM Smith]
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Are you going to let the food industry (chemical companies) stop you from knowing what is in your food?

If you don't get involved, corporations will continue to control your government and your food.

Open a facebook account and follow NY politician's pages. Seneca County residents should have a lot to say to them.


TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress: Donít sponsor an industry-crafted federal GMO labeling bill that would preempt statesí rights to enact mandatory GMO labeling laws:

http://orgcns.org/1ezXILy
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#1436764 --- 02/17/14 06:48 AM Re: GM food labeling petition [Re: MissingArty]
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There is an easy fix to food labeling. Allow anyone that has non-GMO food and wants to label their food as non-GMO do so. No reason to make the other guy spend the money to do something they don't want to.


Chipotle Unnecessarily Tears Down Agriculture to Build a Brand

I have eaten at this fast food place once, I will never eat there again. Of course not sure why anyone would eat at a place who's main ingredient is Cilantro.
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#1436789 --- 02/17/14 10:42 AM Re: GM food labeling petition [Re: VM Smith]
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No, the fix is not easy. The junk food companies are spending millions of dollars telling you lies like:

That it will cost companies more to add the word "gmo" or "genetically modified" to the label. Which is bullshit and has been disputed by many organic manufacturers who say that they change their labels all the time.

The person doing the household food shopping knows this. Packaging is changed all the time.

More importantly, with your attitude, you are basically letting corporate America decide for you. Haven't we let corporate America do enough damage?

Chipotle wants real food for their restaurants because that is what their consumers want. They are hoping by the end of 2014 that will happen.

http://www.ora.tv/larrykingnow/gmos-part-1-0_67n9d1hiobfr
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#1437629 --- 02/23/14 06:17 AM Re: GM food labeling petition [Re: cwjga]
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It is disappointing when people believe marketing ploys over facts.

I found this wonderful piece, that I thought I would share.

6 Things Chipotle Doesnít Want You To Know

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Nicole Patterson_CommonGround
As a woman who grew up on a crop and hog farm, and as a woman who will be joining another crop and hog farm I consider myself to be a pretty lucky girl. I consider myself lucky because I know the truths about todayís farmers and the awesome job they are doing to provide quality products for our stomachs. When my crops and hogs get attacked, it gets personal. It get personal because I know whatís really going on because Iíve lived it for 20 years. It gets personal because itís attacking my familiesí way of life.
The Chipotle series called Farmed and Dangerous is using humor, and scary marketing ploys to scare consumers into buying organic and antibiotic free food. They are creating fear in food, not farmers. My family has been treating their hogs with antibiotics for years, and none of us has ever gotten sick from consuming our products. We consume the pork we grow, so itís in our best interest to use the best practices in our operation to get the best products on the market possible.


Six things Chipotle doesnít want you to know:
1. 96% of farms are family farms. Look at these awesome farm families that are working hard to put that food on your plate today! farmersfeedus.org

2. Antibiotics that are used in livestock production are out of the animals system before entering the market. Farmers have to follow strict regulations of withdrawal periods before sending their livestock to market. (Meaning, the antibiotics must have completely left the animals system) Click here for more information.

3. Organic producers still use certified chemicals on their crops, they are just derived from a natural source rather than a synthetic source. Donít believe this? Check it out from the EPA here. e

4. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) go through several tests and approximately 13 years of approvals before entering the market. The government also regulates this. Want to know more about GMOs? Check out this great source.

5. GMOs allow farmers to use less chemicals on their land, not more. (Ask a farmer, he/sheíll tell you!) Hereís another great source for your GMO questions.

6. Pork and poultry are not treated with hormones, because itís been tested to see there is no added benefit. Look at this great site to explain more on hormone use!

We as farmers have nothing to hide. We donít have any secret laboratories or facilities where we are concocting a new way to make money. In fact, I bet most farmers would be glad to have you out to their farm to talk about how they are growing the corn that is going into your corn flakes, or the beef that makes your juicy hamburgers, or how about the soybeans that are put into your Hersheyís chocolate? (Soy lecithin, an oil coming from soybeans to make your chocolate creamy and smooth)

Our farms are not top secret or restricted. Weíre not hiding anything behind our barn doors. Come take a peek as to whatís really going on, and I promise it isnít anything close to what Chipotle is insinuating.

Chipotle, Iím disappointed that you had to go so low as to put down a farmers way of life and use scare tactics in order for you to make more money. Is it getting too expensive for you to provide only organic, hormone and antibiotic free products for your customers that youíre begging for more business in the wrong way?



Nicole Patterson_Farming_Iowa
My name is Nicole Patterson and I am currently a student at Iowa State University pursuing a degree in Agricultural Education with a communications option. I am also a CommonGround volunteer. I grew up on a family farm in northern Iowa where we raised mostly all corn, some soybeans and had two hog production facilities. Over the years, I have found a passion and love for agriculture and have a strong desire to help farmers tell their stories of everyday farm life and the good things they are doing in agriculture today.
http://farmgirlfactsoflife.com/ - See more at: http://www.iowacornstalk.com/2014/02/6-things-chipotle-doesnt-want-you-to.html#sthash.ZNAB6vTj.dpuf


It would be quit simple to have those who use Non-GMO food label their food. No reason to force others to label, but then there would be no need for government and a lot of people would be out a lot of money.

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#1437711 --- 02/24/14 02:38 AM Re: GM food labeling petition [Re: VM Smith]
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What I find very interesting is that Monsanto, the Farm Bureau, the junk food companies and the gmo farmers don't seem to care what the consumer wants. They just keep trying to convince us that gmo foods are "substantially equivalent to food." LMFAO!!!

Fortunately, the food manufacturing companies are listening to the consumers. It's called the "tipping point."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Esc8se7FiC4&list=PLKpK7w40NKS6YC6S-7j5Sdh1zRs-wT3gz&index=5

Oh, I almost forgot Joe Biden's famous words, "The President believes and I believe, that those who use chemical weapons against defenseless men, women and children, should and must be held accountable."

But it's okay to poison Americans via corporate USDA, EPA, and FDA. Wake up Americans!
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#1437774 --- 02/24/14 12:12 PM Re: GM food labeling petition [Re: MissingArty]
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Fortunately, the food manufacturing companies are listening to the consumers. It's called the "tipping point."


There are the gullible, and the stupid, who will always believe what the government/corporate combine tells them to think, and there are those who just haven't figured it out yet, But yes, many are waking up, rapidly, and the market is starting to respond to buyer demand for non-toxic food. I have noticed the groundswell of anger about what's being done to consumers, and the resulting changes by producers and vendors. There is hope!

Hope on the legal front, too. Natural News, iirc, has an article about an Australian farmer who has been granted standing to sue for contamination of his crops by a neighbor's GM crops. As far as I know, it has previously always been the case that, if a farmer's crop has been contaminated by neighboring GM pollen or ingrowth (spreading), Monsanto has been allowed by courts to go after the 1st farmer to collect license payments and damages for "using" its patented GM material without payment, which is backwards to the point of being truly Orwellian.

You're no doubt aware of recent, further rejections of some parts of the GM juggernaut by the EU.
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#1437830 --- 02/24/14 07:22 PM Re: GM food labeling petition [Re: VM Smith]
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This is absolutely insane, isn't it?

"Hope on the legal front, too. Natural News, iirc, has an article about an Australian farmer who has been granted standing to sue for contamination of his crops by a neighbor's GM crops. As far as I know, it has previously always been the case that, if a farmer's crop has been contaminated by neighboring GM pollen or ingrowth (spreading), Monsanto has been allowed by courts to go after the 1st farmer to collect license payments and damages for "using" its patented GM material without payment, which is backwards to the point of being truly Orwellian."
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#1438080 --- 02/26/14 09:13 PM Re: GM food labeling petition [Re: VM Smith]
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Yes, insane, crazy. You tell someone about it and they look at you like your freakin nuts. It doesn't matter what side of the fence you are on everyone should have the right to know what is in their food.

FYI:

Please email Michael Simanowitz simanowitzm@assembly.state.ny.us:
Dear Assemblymember Simanowitz: I am writing to ask that you support bill A.3525, sponsored by Ass. Linda Rosenthal, in favor of gmo food labeling, so that all New Yorkers have the information they need to make informed choices when they buy their food. Thank you for your support. Name, etc.

The Institute for Responsible Technology would like you to help spread the word about gmo's by liking their page. IRT founder Jeffrey Smith produced the film, Genetic Routelle and is currently traveling the US and abroad giving talks about gmo's. If you look down on his page, there is a short video from one of his conferences of a conversation he had with a local doctor who started advising his patients to go off of gmo food. (There is gmo education and leadership training materials available on the IRT website.)

The Organic Consumers Association is working with Friends of the Earth and other allies to convince retailers like Home Depot and Loweís to stop selling bee-killing pesticides and plants coated in neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder. If you have time, visit Home Depot, Lowe's, Wal-Mart, etc. pages and ask them to stop selling these bee-killing plants and sign the petition:
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50865/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13161

Want to verify that the product you are buying has no gmo ingredients? http://www.nongmoproject.org/

Have you heard about Robyn O'Brien, former food industry analyst? http://eatlocalgrown.com/video/11895-kids-food-allergies-gmos.html

Recent info I've learned (links below): Phizer owns Monsanto and Monsanto recently bought The Climate Corporation. Canada recently approved gmo salmon, the first gmo food animal and they expect that the US FDA will approve it soon. The consequences if these gmo fish were to escape into the wild are unknown. Tyrone Hayes, is one of my newest heros for standing up to the chemical company, Syngenta (link below). The American Farm Bureau is concerned about their right to grow gmo food for international customers. Adolescent boys will be the next class of people forced to have Big Pharma's poison injected into them. New York State newest gmo apple, Ruby Frost, is now in your supermarket. Dow's Agent Orange corn is coming next and last, they just have to contaminate everything; Scott's will be selling Monsanto's gmo grass seed. Please visit Scott's facebook page.

http://www.livingoceans.org/media/releas...ure-genetically
http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/21/silencing_the_scientist_tyrone_hayes_on
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/02/10/140210fa_fact_aviv?mbid=social_retweet
http://www.morningagclips.com/index.php?cID=6120#.Uw6mEY2Yb3j
http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/Fe...a---Battle.aspx
http://dow-watch.org/
https://www.facebook.com/scottslawn
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#1438225 --- 02/27/14 02:30 PM Re: GM food labeling petition [Re: Norbert]
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Good post thanks. Spent some time going through all the info.

Found that there is a group working toward labeling of Non-GMO food. Same thing that happened when there was a push to have non-organic food labeled.

Looks like the problem will be solved without government intervention. Looks like the market works.


Edited by cwjga (02/27/14 02:32 PM)
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#1438288 --- 02/28/14 03:15 AM Re: GM food labeling petition [Re: VM Smith]
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Facebook: GMO Free NY

"Speaking today about the FDA's proposed nutrition labeling revamp for serving size information, First Lady Michelle Obama said, "We have a right to understand what's in the food we're feeding our families. You as a parent and as a consumer should be able to walk into a grocery store, pick an item off the shelf, and tell whether it's good for your family."

What about about GMOs, Michelle?? Do we have a right to know when they're in our food?!?"

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-new...l-revamp-n39431
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#1439085 --- 03/05/14 11:36 PM Re: GM food labeling petition [Re: VM Smith]
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On February 7, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered yet another pesticide known to be toxic to honeybeesóover the objections of citizens and environmentalists, and despite research suggesting it was a bad idea Will it take an Act of Congress to protect the pollinators that are critical to our food supply? Fortunately, the Saving Americaís Pollinators Act (H.R. 2692) has been introduced. Unfortunately, itís still languishing in committee, where it was sent in August 2013. Tell Your Representative: Please Support the Saving Americaís Pollinators Act (H.R. 2692) - See more at: http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50865/p/di...h.amUjopqu.dpuf
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