Loc: Waterloo, NY
Dr Vandana Shiva lecture for Cornell
From the GMO WTF organizer: "Thank you all! Just wanted to offer a quick note. The GMO course is OVER as of yesterday. The remaining lectures are coming soon, but I didn't want to keep Vandana Shiva's message from you all!
I can't think of a better final capstone for this project than a message from Vandana. What a powerful voice in this movement! Thank you so much Vandana, for this message, and your entire life's work. You are an inspiration to us all.
This project helped me to grow in tremendous ways, and I'm excited that this is merely the beginning.
I'm headed to California for some GMO activism-related stuff, and to spend some time with my family! I should get plenty of editing done, and get the remaining content up over the next few weeks. I should be able to catch up on all the email and messages too, thanks everyone for being patient!. Thanks to each and every one of you for supporting this project by being on this list. I'm inspired by the global community supporting higher education reform.
A huge thanks to everyone that contributed donations during this series. It means more than I can express. Without your support, this would have never happened!
Stay tuned, I've amassed a ton of great content that should keep us busy for the rest of this year. We have BIG plans for our series next semester. Please be in touch if you have any ideas or contributions!
Cheers everyone, this is just the beginning. Thank you for all the love over the weeks. Stay in touch! Robert"
Federal judge rules Hawaii counties can’t enact GMO bans
A federal judge has ruled that three Hawaii counties can’t enact their own bans or regulations on genetically modified crops and pesticides, handing a victory to the major agriculture companies that fought the regulations.
National Health Billboard Campaign Continues by Moms Across America
Los Angeles - Moms Across America has launched the fourth edition of a series for their national billboard campaign to promote organic food.
The messages are currently appearing on 195 digital billboards in 25 cities nationwide. The campaign is expected to achieve 54 million impressions during the months of November and December. Thanks to the reach of Adams + Fairway Outdoor Advertising, Moms Across America is able to reach the general public with a message that could alter the health of America over the holidays.
Moms Across America’s Executive Director states, “Many people have been convinced by conventional and GMO food manufacturers that organic food is simply a marketing tactic, that there is no difference except a higher price, and does not impact health. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The truth is that ALL food used to be organic. Only in the past twenty years has food been changed, genetically modified to withstand repeated spraying of chemicals known to be linked to neurotoxicity, cell damage and death, reproductive changes and even cancer. We see our loved ones get better when they eat organic. What better time than over the holidays, at family gatherings, to bring and serve organic food and start a conversation which can lead to improved health.”
US EPA capitulates to Big Ag, removes epidemiologist from glyphosate review
The US EPA has announced new dates for its glyphosate cancer review meetings: 13-16 December.
The EPA has capitulated to CropLife (a Monsanto- and industry-funded group) and removed the epidemiologist Dr Peter Infante from the review panel. CropLife had specifically demanded that EPA remove Dr Infante.
CropLife said it wanted Dr Infante off glyphosate cancer review panel in part because he might favour independent research over industry-funded studies.
The background to the EPA’s shameful action is below.
University academic persecuted for denouncing GMOs and agrochemicals
Dr Damián Verzeñassi spoke at the Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague about the health impacts of GMOs and associated pesticides in Argentina. For his pains, his office was chained shut and his fellow researchers were removed from their posts.
Tribes Revive Indigenous Crops, And The Food Traditions That Go With Them
Keen wants to reclaim those farming roots with a project called Sacred Seed. With help from students and some urban farmers in Omaha, he's raising indigenous crops on about a dozen plots around the city. The goal is to preserve these native vegetable varieties and revive the traditions around growing and eating them.
NOSB Meets This Week, as Hydroponic Farmers Seek Formal Allowance to Use Organic Seal
(Beyond Pesticides, November 17, 2016) This week, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is meeting in St. Louis to hear public comments on organic agricultural issues that will ultimately influence standards and processes. One major issue before the board is a motion on whether hydroponic and aquaponics operations can be certified organic. Farmers that practice hydroponic growing techniques are hoping to get the attention of the NOSB as they make an argument for their place in the certified organic industry, while others will be there to reject these arguments and uphold organic as soil-based agriculture. Despite a 2010 recommendation from the NOSB to prohibit allowing hydroponic production to quality as organic, USDA’s National Organic Program allowed organic labeling of the sector, which has experienced rapid growth in recent years. Typically, consumers have no way of knowing that the organic labeled products they are buying were grown organically.
At the current time, there are genetically modified agricultural crops (GMOs) in some Girl Scout Cookies. For the Girl Scout cookie consumers who prefer an alternative, our Girl Scout S’mores™ sandwich cookies are made with verified non-GMO ingredients. In response to the changing desires of cookie customers, our Girl Scout S’mores™ are made with natural flavors, no artificial coloring, no high fructose corn syrup, no preservatives, no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils and verified non-GMO ingredients.
What’s Organic? A Debate Over Dirt May Boil Down to Turf
“Soil has always been the basis of organic production,” said Steve Sprinkel, an organic farmer in Ojai, Calif. “The soil is alive and releasing micronutrients to plants that use their roots to scavenge and forage those things, and so taking care of the soil is the bedrock of organic farming.”
Seneff: “Bummer! Pretty shocking that they don't even have a methodology worked out for how to test for glyphosate. And they're not testing for 2,4-D either - it's usage is going up now that there are so many problems with glyphosate-resistant weeds.”
FDA Suspends Testing for Glyphosate Residues in Food
You Could Be On Your Own If Ethanol Messes up Your Engine
Beyond the numerous safety, environmental and health issues around E15, automobile companies have been wary of the higher blend because of its potentially damaging effects on both new and older vehicles. Reflecting the confusion and uncertainty surrounding E15, no carmaker provided very detailed or confident answers to EWG’s questions, but four said clearly that using E15 would void their warranties if engine problems were caused by using the higher ethanol blend. Other companies recommended contacting a local dealer for answers or checking back later, or just suggested using a high-octane (and more expensive) blend.
We got the best answer we could from whatever employee took our call, and here’s what we were told:
Monsanto Is Scrambling To Bury This Breaking Story
Just to give you an idea of how outrageous these amounts are, independent research shows that probable harm to human health begins at really low levels of exposure – at only 0.1 ppb of glyphosate. Many foods were found to have over 1,000 times this amount! Well above what regulators throughout the world consider “safe”.
General Mills Teams Up With The Largest Organic Farmer-Owned Cooperative
General Mills on Monday announced a new sourcing partnership with Organic Valley, America’s largest organic farmer-owned cooperative, which will help 20 dairy farms add nearly 3,000 acres to organic dairy farming capacity over the next three years.
General Mills has been on a mission to double the organic acreage from which it sources its ingredients by 2019, and this new partnership will help the maker of products like Haagen-Dazs and Cheerios reach that goal in time. The partnership will also provide resources and support to help more dairy farmers get their farmland approved as organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
With demand outpacing supply of organic food, big producers like General Mills and Organic Valley get creative
General Mills signed a multiyear agreement that ensures it access to milk from Organic Valley farmers. As part of the arrangement, General Mills will help build the supply with financial support to farmers transitioning from conventional to organic methods. This will add 3,000 acres of organic production to General Mills’ source pool over the next three years.