Non-GMO Month: Understanding Natural, Non-GMO & Certified Organic

Another area where people seem to get confused is differentiating between the terms “Certified Organic” and “Non-GMO”. It’s important to note that all organic products are Non-GMO, however, the opposite is not true: Non-GMO products are not organic. That’s not to say that Non-GMO products are bad, it’s a matter of you choosing what you’d rather eat and feed your family because a product that’s not Certified Organic but is Non-GMO is grown with pesticides and chemical fertilizers. If you want food free from toxic chemicals and GMO’s, organic is your choice.

Bulgaria Prohibits Advertising of ‘Unhealthy’ GMO Foods to Children

Advertisers in Bulgaria will now be stopped from targeting children in promotional material on TV and in print for foods deemed unhealthy, including those containing GMOs. The unique law also prohibits children from taking part in commercials promoting unhealthy foods.

The importance of regulating advertisements on the internet and other remote sales of food was included in the law.

IRT: Monsanto Is Poisoning the Whole Population

According to a just released study published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers at the University of California, San Diego, confirmed that the amount of glyphosate in our bodies is 13 X more than it was before GMOs were introduced in the mid-90s. That is no surprise because most GMOs are engineered to be sprayed with Roundup. (Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup.) Use of glyphosate has risen 15 X since the introduction of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops. Even tiny amounts are linked to serious disease and chronic health conditions in other research.

Read more about the study HERE.

Exposure to Glyphosate, Chemical Found in Weed Killers, Increased Over 23 Years

“What we saw was that prior to the introduction of genetically modified foods, very few people had detectable levels of glyphosate,” said Mills. “As of 2016, 70 percent of the study cohort had detectable levels.”

IRT: Monsanto Caught Red-Handed

This is one of the best summary articles of how Monsanto was caught red-handed. Published Oct 24th in Der Spiegel, the widely read German news publication, the story adds explosive details of Monsanto’s deceit and deception just as the European Commission must decide about re-licensing of glyphosate. Permission to sell the chemical in the European Union expires on December 15th.

Monsanto’s lies began to unravel with the court-ordered release of internal emails and documents as part of an on-going class-action suit in California. The plaintiffs in that suit claim Monsanto's Roundup has caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of lymph node cancer, in them or members of their family.

"The Monsanto Papers tell an alarming story of ghostwriting, scientific manipulation and the withholding of information," says Michael Baum, a partner in the law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, which is bringing one of the US class actions. According to Baum, Monsanto used the same strategies as the tobacco industry: "creating doubt, attacking people, doing ghostwriting."

Seneff: “It would be so sweet if glyphosate falls and then glufosinate falls right behind it. Both of them probably derive much of their toxicity from the fact that they are amino acids. Glyphosate is a SYNTHETIC amino acid analogue of glycine, and glufosinate is a NATURAL amino acid analogue of glutamate. Amino acid analogues can get copied into proteins by mistake in place of the coding amino acid that they resemble, and I have come to believe that this is the source of the insidious cumulative toxicity of these molecules.”

France Withdraws License for Bayer’s Glufosinate Herbicide after Health Review

French health and environment regulator ANSES said on Thursday it had withdrawn the license for Bayer’s Basta F1 weedkiller made with glufosinate-ammonium, citing uncertainty over its effect on health following a review.

The product, which is used to spray vineyards, fruit orchards and vegetables, was the only weedkiller containing glufosinate authorized in France, ANSES said in a statement, reported by Reuters.

Glufosinate is an alternative to glyphosate, the world’s most popular weedkiller substance which is currently the subject of fierce debate in the European Union over whether its license should be extended.

On Wednesday an initial round of votes on the proposed 10 year re-license for glyphosate by European Union (EU) member states failed to reach a majority and has thus forced the European Commission (EC) to consider a phase out or shorter license for the world”s most used herbicide. France was one of the leading countries to vote against the re-license.

On Tuesday, MEPs at the European Parliament voted to ban the use of glyphosate in Europe, 244 out of 355 MEPs voted to ban glyphosate completely in 2022 and to refuse the 10 year re-license for glyphosate, with restrictions on use from 2018.

Costco develops new safer chemicals policy

Costco made its announcement on its website stating:

“Costco’s Chemical Management Policy goes beyond the boundaries of regulatory compliance in an effort to reduce potential chemical harm to humans and to the environment from the product manufacturing process and from consumer use and disposal.”

The policy outlines the steps the company is taking with suppliers including:

Seneff: “A vet speaks out about the damage glyphosate is doing to his livestock. The chat room is quite entertaining!”

Poisoned Fields - Glyphosate, the underrated risk?

J. Denning: “This is excellent coverage of the glyphosate poison coverup. If you can only watch a minute, watch at 40 minutes, for 2 minutes. Moms Across America founder Zen Honeycutt, reports that Moms Across America testing reported found 166 parts/billion of glyphosate (weed poison Roundup) in breast milk, which is 1600 times higher in the breast milk than is allowed in European water.

Zen asks: "Why is a mom having to do this testing? Why isn't our government doing it? Why isn't the chemical manufacturer who manufactured this chemical doing this? Why aren't the food companies doing this? Why aren't the baby formula companies doing this?"

European Member States Continue Great Glyphosate Rebellion with 10 Year License Refusal

An initial round of votes Wednesday on the proposed 10 year re-license for glyphosate by European Union (EU) member states has failed to reach a majority and has thus forced the European Commission (EC) to consider a phase out or shorter license for the world”s most used herbicide.

Million-dollar grant to fund corn breeding efforts

The University of Illinois is set to start an organic corn breeding initiative using grant money.

WAND-TV’s partners at The News-Gazette report the campus will claim $2 million from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Farmers will work with researchers and buyers to see what products they can make through corn breeding. The process will use seeds and tissues stored at the U of I campus.

The News-Gazette says consumers will grade the products farmers create with the organic corn parts.

Rep. Rodney Davis, who announced the grant, says the money will help farmers in Illinois create the “highest quality products”. He believes farmers will be able to produce more foods and make more money through breeding.

Organic farming advocates examine ways to combat fraud

Following the discovery of the phony organic imports, the OTA formed an Anti-Fraud Task Force dedicated to seeking foreign and domestic compliance with USDA organic standards by developing a best-practices guide to use in managing and verifying supply chain integrity. The guide will include a vulnerability assessment and an alert reporting system.

Stop the Monsanto-Bayer mega-merger

Bayer and Monsanto filed their merger for approval -- and European regulators could approve it by early 2018.

With your help, we can convince European regulators to stop this merger.

Moms Across America: “OUTRAGEOUS! FDA is having two meetings to ask how they should spend the $3M allotted them to do a Monsanto PR campaign for GMOs. One is in San Francisco on Nov 14. Can anyone go? And get others there?”

FDA Announces Two Public Meetings on Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach

The U.S Food and Drug Administration is announcing public meetings to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, and San Francisco, California, regarding its Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative. Congress appropriated $3 million to fund this initiative, which calls upon the FDA to work with USDA to provide education and outreach to the public on agricultural biotechnology and food and animal feed ingredients derived from biotechnology.

Docs Show How Monsanto Crushes Dissent with Thousands of Paid Trolls

“Monsanto even started the aptly-named ‘Let Nothing Go’ program to leave nothing, not even Facebook comments, unanswered; through a series of third parties, it employs individuals who appear to have no connection to the industry, who in turn post positive comments on news articles and Facebook posts, defending Monsanto, its chemicals, and GMOs.”

It isn’t as if this is really news to any of us, but it is darned satisfying to see that the truth always comes out.

This time a California court might be holding Monsanto to the fire not only for causing wide spread cancer, but proving that they used Orwellian mind control tactics to sway the public’s acceptance of their own poisoning.

Goodbye to Golden Rice? GM Trait Leads to Drastic Yield Loss and “Metabolic Meltdown”

“What the Indian researchers show is that the Golden Rice transgenes given to them by Syngenta caused a metabolic meltdown,” says Jonathan Latham, Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project. “The classic criticisms of genetic engineering as a plant breeding tool have always been, first, that introduced DNA will disrupt native gene sequences and, second, that unpredictable disruption of normal metabolism may result from introducing new functions. Golden Rice exemplifies these flaws to perfection.”

Heritage Apples Making A Comeback

“We are always looking for old varieties, especially if they originated in the upper Midwest,” says Bussey. “Let us know if you have an old tree. We would love to hear about it. We may take scion wood from it or know someone who would.”
Arty turns 11 this summer.