Loc: Waterloo, NY
If you are just hearing about gmo food, glyphosate and glyphosate in vaccines, and want to understand what it is, watch “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives.” Glyphosate was only just found in vaccines in late 2016, so it is not covered in this film.
A food system dependent on chemicals is not a food system, it’s a chemical system.
Farmers Can Now Receive Grants to Move to Organic Farming (Wow, $1,000.00! While gmo farmers get payments of hundreds of thousands of dollars.)
Two Midwestern states in the U.S. are offering farmers three years of support to move to organic crop production. Farmers would ditch GMOs along with their toxic pesticides and herbicides. The aim is to boost acreage of organically-grown crops in the U.S. once the upper Midwest is well on its way to sustainable farming.
North Dakota and Minnesota have both started grant programs. Minnesota led the way in 2013 and North Dakota began its program this year. The grants, ranging from $750 to $1000, help farmers to transition to organic crops. The money can be used for everything from soil testing to education on how to grow food in a sustainable way.
Seneff: “If you are a farmer, and you haven't yet switched to organic, now is the time to do it! Remarkable growth in organic farming just in the past year. This is GREAT news!! The consumer demand for organic is growing fast!”
2016 Count of Certified Organic Operations Shows Continued Growth in U.S. Market
The 2016 count of U.S. certified organic farms and businesses reflects a 13 percent increase between the end of 2015 and 2016, continuing the trend of double digit growth in the organic sector. The number of certified operations has increased since the count began in 2002 and this is the highest growth rate since 2008.
The complete list of certified organic farms and business is available through the Organic Integrity Database of certified operations maintained by USDA-accredited certifying agents. Launched in 2015, the database discourages fraud by providing more accurate and timely information about operations certified to use the USDA organic seal. The database also supports supply chain connections between buyers and sellers of organic goods.
I highly recommend Autumn’s Harvest Farm in Romulus, and Felenz Family Farm in Phelps.
From Soil to Sustainability
"By the 1980s, our soil had visibly improved—it was more porous, and earthworms and other soil life had dramatically increased. Then, in 1988 we experienced the first dramatic, practical result of this improved soil health. That year we experienced the worst drought in the history of south-central North Dakota. Our neighbors, who farmed with conventional synthetic inputs, never pulled a combine out of the shed that summer since all of their crops dried up and died from lack of moisture by the time they grew to roughly 7 or 8 inches tall. Remarkably, by contrast, our fields produced wheat yields that averaged 17 bushels per acre, despite the severe drought. That result could only be explained by the increased moisture absorption and storage capacity of our healthier soils."
Monsanto Long Term Studies Buried by EPA Revealed! Dr. Stephanie Seneff Explains - 2015
Seneff and host Elaine McFadden, MPH, RD go through disturbing research information uncovered in the 10,000 pages of Monsanto long term studies done decades ago before it was buried by the EPA. A colleague of Dr. Seneff repeatedly petitioned the EPA for the information. Monsanto did long term studies back then, and it is frightening that the cumulative and destructive results of those studies did not stop the government from approving its use, but instead choose to hide the information from the public. Monsanto learned that if they did studies longer than 3 months the truth starts to reveal itself. Seralini did not start to see the abnormalities until after 4 months and then large tumors after two years:
“This doesn't necessarily map directly to your total glyphosate burden, because there's a large percentage of the glyphosate you're exposed to daily that washes out through the kidneys over probably a two-week period, but there's another small percentage that insidiously accumulates in your bone marrow and elsewhere in your tissues and this part is not easy to measure! It's that part that accumulates that continues to cause disease long after you were first exposed to it.”
Scientist’s ground-breaking research uncovers new risks of GMOs, glyphosate - 2016
What are your thoughts about genetic engineering of foods?
Dr. Antoniou: I’ve maintained all along that when you take a look at the GMO transformation process—whether inserting genes or using newer methods, such as gene editing—and place these methods in the context of new genetics, which tells us that no gene or its protein product works in isolation, then you can expect problems from these genetic engineering procedures. Genes and their protein products work together in a highly complex, interactive, and integrated network. From the holistic perspective of gene organization, control, and function, the GMO transformation process is technically and conceptually flawed. It’s inevitable that there will be problems; it’s just a matter of degree. This is what basic science tells us.
And when GMOs are added to their associated pesticide residues, as a package, they become a potentially very harmful product.
Technologies like genetic engineering in agriculture must be re-evaluated for safety as the science shifts. If, as we do this, we find that it is not a predictable and safe technology, we need to have the courage to say “no” and look at different ways to achieve our goals because what we are doing is clearly disruptive.
But regardless of what agency ultimately is charged with writing the rules for this new area of food technology, there is reason for concern. We’ve got to take a step back and recognize that the foods we consume are far more complex than their metrics of caloric content, percentage saturated fat, vitamin content, and so on. The foods that we consume actually influence the expression of our DNA – a process called epigenetics. And so far, much like with currently available GMO foods, no one seems to be looking at how these new lab-made meats will affect the expression of our DNA – our very life code.
Glyphosate Causes Changes to DNA Function Resulting in Chronic Disease, According to Study
(Beyond Pesticides July 18, 2016) A review of the scientific literature links glyphosate, one of the most popular weed killers in the U.S. and the active ingredient in Roundup, to a wide range of diseases through a mechanism that modifies DNA functioning, adding a new even more troubling dimension to the herbicide cancer classification by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. According to the most recent review, Glyphosate pathways to modern disease V: Amino acid analogue of glycine in diverse proteins, conducted by independent scientists Anthony Samsel, Ph.D. and Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., a scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), glyphosate acts as a glycine analogue that incorporates into peptides during protein synthesis. In this process, it alters a number of proteins that depend on conserved glycine for proper function. According to the authors, glyphosate substitution for glycine correlates with several diseases, including diabetes, obesity, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Parkinson’s disease, among others.
Tribunal judges: Monsanto isn't feeding the world - it's undermining food security
"A rise in organic agricultural practices in many places illustrates that farming with less, or without, pesticides, herbicides, and other dangerous chemicals is feasible. Studies have indicated that agroecology is capable of delivering sufficient yields to feed the entire world population and ensure that people are adequately nourished."
Burkina Faso Sees Cotton Output Rising 20% in 2017-18 Season
The return to conventional seeds last season made it possible to eliminate almost all short fibers, Yameogo said. The West African nation decided last year to halt the production of genetically modified cotton, a variety introduced by Monsanto Co., because the short fiber was hurting its reputation and cutting revenue.
1st farmer lawsuit on deck against Syngenta over China trade
The first of tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits is about to go to trial against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its decision to introduce a genetically engineered corn seed variety to the U.S. market before China had approved it for imports.
The lawsuits allege that Syngenta's move wrecked an increasingly important export market for U.S. corn, and that the resulting price drops hurt all producers. Court filings show that Syngenta aggressively marketed the seeds even when it knew that Chinese approval was going to be a problem.
Small Company Fights to Keep Cannabis Out Of Monsanto’s Greedy Hands!
However, an independent startup based in Portland is working to make marijuana’s genome publicly available to lessen the impact of patents and to protect the plant from corporate greed. Phylos Bioscience has launched an online interactive guide that not only maps the marijuana genome, but also its genetic evolution.
Gene editing opens doors to seedless fruit with no need for bees
Now Keishi Osakabe at Tokushima University in Japan and his colleagues have used the CRISPR gene-editing technique to deliberately introduce a mutation that makes tomatoes seedless. The mutation increases levels of a hormone called auxin, which stimulates fruits to develop even though no seeds have begun to form.
Jeffrey Smith Challenge to Neil deGrasse Tyson Part 1 and 2 - 2014
Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, and popularizer of science, was caught on tape telling us to “chill out!” about GMOs because all food is genetically modified by artificial breeding. Watch Jeffrey explain to Neil why traditional breeding is completely different from genetic engineering.