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The Future of Food Documentary – Watch it For FREE Online

The Future of Food Documentary - Watch it For FREE Online

I just found out that there is a FREE online version of the very well-done documentary called The Future of Food, and I wanted to pass this information along ASAP. If you have never seen this movie, please watch it as it is extremely important. It gives a very detailed review of how GMO-food evolved […]

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I just found out that there is a FREE online version of the very well-done documentary called The Future of Food, and I wanted to pass this information along ASAP.

If you have never seen this movie, please watch it as it is extremely important. It gives a very detailed review of how GMO-food evolved in our country and the tremendous danger that it presents to consumers, farmers and our entire planet.

As I have said many times before, the argument that GMO-food is the only way to feed the world is one of the most flawed arguments that I have ever heard. This is propaganda that the biotech industry and BigAg wants us to believe but is simply not true.

Three things in the movie that I want to point out: Read more »


Destruction of GMO-Crops is on Hold – For Now

Destruction of GMO-Crops is on Hold - For Now

Last week, I wrote about how a federal judge ordered the destruction of GMO-crops for the first time ever. These genetically-modified sugar beets should have been uprooted already but that has been put on hold. To no one’s surprise, Monsanto was not going to just sit there and let this happen. So, the company appealed […]

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Last week, I wrote about how a federal judge ordered the destruction of GMO-crops for the first time ever. These genetically-modified sugar beets should have been uprooted already but that has been put on hold.

To no one’s surprise, Monsanto was not going to just sit there and let this happen. So, the company appealed this court decision and now the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a temporary stay, which will block the destruction of these crops until December 23rd.

It is possible that the December 23rd date will get pushed back even further but that is all we know as of now.

This issue of GM-sugar beets is a continuing saga between our government (policies that started with President Bush and continue with President Obama) and proponents of organic food.

I’ll keep you posted on any new developments.


Another Reason Against GMO – Food Waste

Another Reason Against GMO - Food Waste

If you listen to pro-GMO advocates, the number one reason they tell you why we need genetically-modified food is because there is no other way to feed the world. Not for one second do I believe this claim and as I have mentioned before, hunger is a political issue. For example, the people in North […]

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If you listen to pro-GMO advocates, the number one reason they tell you why we need genetically-modified food is because there is no other way to feed the world.

Not for one second do I believe this claim and as I have mentioned before, hunger is a political issue. For example, the people in North Korea are starving because their leader doesn’t want to feed them. It has absolutely nothing to do with a lack of food.

I went to a fascinating talk yesterday co-hosted by Eating Liberally-NYC and Kitchen Table Talks where I learned yet another argument against the need for GMO — food waste.

At the lecture, Jonathan Bloom, author of the book American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food, talked about the tremendous amount of food wasted in this country and the statistics are staggering.

1) 40% of all food grown and produced in the U.S. is wasted.

2) 150 billion pounds of food each year is wasted.

3) The amount of food wasted each year has a value of approximately $150 billion. Read more »


First Time Ever: Federal Judge Orders the Destruction of GMO-Crops

First Time Ever: Federal Judge Orders the Destruction of GMO-Crops

Does it make sense that we have to sue our government to get them to obey the law? No, of course not. But that is what we have to do these days. The USDA is so controlled by Big Ag, biotech and pro-GMO companies that it will completely ignore the law in order to placate […]

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Does it make sense that we have to sue our government to get them to obey the law? No, of course not.

But that is what we have to do these days. The USDA is so controlled by Big Ag, biotech and pro-GMO companies that it will completely ignore the law in order to placate its very powerful constituency.

Here’s what happened: In August, Federal District Judge Steven S. White (pictured) ruled that the USDA could not approve the planting of GE-sugar beets until an environmental review had been completed. Seeking to circumvent this ruling, the USDA’s Department of Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service gave the green light for GE-sugar beet seedlings to be planted just one month later, in September. Read more »


My Take on the NYT Op-Ed Piece by Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser

My Take on the NYT Op-Ed Piece by Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser

Tonight, the Food Safety Bill is supposed to be voted on in Congress, and I just came across this op-ed piece by influential organic food advocates Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser. Overall, I like what they have to say. The important Tester amendment appears to be in there and much to no one’s surprise, Big […]

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Tonight, the Food Safety Bill is supposed to be voted on in Congress, and I just came across this op-ed piece by influential organic food advocates Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser.

Overall, I like what they have to say. The important Tester amendment appears to be in there and much to no one’s surprise, Big Ag thinks that small farmers should not get any exemption. As we all know, Big Ag and their factory farms are the true cause of all of our food problems — not the little guys.

The main issue I have with this legislation (and this op-ed piece) is that it gives the FDA a tremendous amount of power over food manufacturers. In theory, this makes a lot of sense. Having a government body oversee and monitor our food supply is very reasonable.

However, the FDA is so beholden to Big Ag and biotech that I don’t trust they will use their authority in the correct way. I see them cracking down on the little guys while the major food conglomerates remain unscathed. Even if small farmers are exempt from a lot of red tape, the FDA still will have power to harass them. And, that is what makes me nervous.

The FDA needs to prove that it can play fair and make rational decisions when it comes to organic food. Its first test will be to reject the ridiculous GE-salmon debacle that has been proposed. Yet, the FDA is acting in a very shady manner and everything I read makes me think that they are going to approve Franken-Fish.

Let’s hope they do the right thing and not allow GE-salmon. Only then will I have more faith that they will act appropriately in keeping our food supply safe.


Organic Food’s Worst Nightmare: J. Craig Venter

Organic Food's Worst Nightmare: J. Craig Venter

Last Sunday night, I watched a profile of J. Craig Venter on CBS’ 60 Minutes after my beloved New England Patriots took down Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. It went from bliss to horror very, very quickly. For those who don’t know, Venter is credited for decoding the human genome and is a huge […]

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Last Sunday night, I watched a profile of J. Craig Venter on CBS’ 60 Minutes after my beloved New England Patriots took down Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. It went from bliss to horror very, very quickly.

For those who don’t know, Venter is credited for decoding the human genome and is a huge name in the biotech world for his accomplishments. His latest project should have people very, very concerned.

This summer in his laboratory he created synthetic bacteria designed on a computer using man-made DNA. In short, he create new forms of life in his lab!!!

Aside from this having potentially horrible, horrible consequences, he made reference to this being the future of food because there were too many people to feed and no way to do it. Read more »


Harmony – The Movie is on Tonight on NBC

Harmony - The Movie is on Tonight on NBC

Sorry for the very late notice but I just got word of this. A movie called Harmony will be on NBC tonight at 10PM PST. This a movie that profiles Prince Charles of England, who has been a leading environmentalist and organic food advocate for several decades. Needless to say, he was well ahead of […]

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Sorry for the very late notice but I just got word of this.

A movie called Harmony will be on NBC tonight at 10PM PST. This a movie that profiles Prince Charles of England, who has been a leading environmentalist and organic food advocate for several decades. Needless to say, he was well ahead of his time.

Harmony chronicles his lifetime quest to lead environmental change in the world, features a segment on ForestEthics’ groundbreaking protection of the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada and exposes people to his tremendous dedication to and knowledge of organic agriculture.

Anthony Zolezzi, an Associate Producer of the film, told me that “Prince Charles was pioneering organic agriculture and growing methods over 30 years ago, and he created Duchy Originals, a huge line of organic products. The movie shows how authentic and true his commitment to the environment and organics is. I would definitely consider Prince Charles to be one of the world’s experts on organic agriculture and he can speak about the subject in a very, very detailed manner”

Zolezzi said that “the point of this is that he doesn’t have to do all of this work. He is doing it for one reason – because he truly cares.”

As I have written about many times before, organic food is not only healthier for people but it is healthier for the planet. GMOs and the chemicals used on these biotech crops pollute the water, kill the soil and accelerate global warming in numerous different ways.

The movie looks fantastic and will shed a very interesting light on Prince Charles, a man that few of us really know.