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Do You Want to be Eating Genetically-Engineered Fish for Dinner — Forever? If not, Please Watch This Video

Do You Want to be Eating Genetically-Engineered Fish for Dinner -- Forever? If not, Please Watch This Video

For those of you who do not know, the FDA is very close to approving genetically-engineered salmon. If they do, this would be an absolute disaster. Watch the video above to see why. What is even more appalling is what The Center for Food Safety (CFS) recently discovered that FDA knowingly withheld a Federal Biological […]

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For those of you who do not know, the FDA is very close to approving genetically-engineered salmon. If they do, this would be an absolute disaster. Watch the video above to see why.

What is even more appalling is what The Center for Food Safety (CFS) recently discovered that FDA knowingly withheld a Federal Biological Opinion by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) prohibiting the use of transgenic salmon in open-water net pens pursuant to the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).

According to Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety, “This adds further evidence that in fact GE salmon pose a serious threat to marine environments and is another compelling reason for the FDA not to approve the fish for commercial use. While the FDA applauded the company’s choice of land-based containment as responsible, it never revealed that it is illegal in the U.S. to grow genetically engineered salmon in open-water net pens.” Read more »


USDA Ignores Federal Judge's Ruling Regarding GE-Sugar Beets

USDA Ignores Federal Judge's Ruling Regarding GE-Sugar Beets

Be clear about one thing: The current administration is about as “anti-organic” as you can get and don’t let Michelle Obama’s token organic garden (which wasn’t even organic since the soil was tested as very toxic) fool you. Recent developments in Washington D.C. are nothing short of infuriating and disheartening for people who love organic […]

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Be clear about one thing: The current administration is about as “anti-organic” as you can get and don’t let Michelle Obama’s token organic garden (which wasn’t even organic since the soil was tested as very toxic) fool you.

Recent developments in Washington D.C. are nothing short of infuriating and disheartening for people who love organic food.  Just within the past month, this has happened:

Evidence #1

The FDA declared genetically-engineered salmon to be safe, and approval of this fish appears to be imminent.

This is an absolute disaster. Why? Well, there are many reasons and expect the flood-gates to open to other genetically-engineered animals. Cattle and pigs are sure to be next.

In the U.S., genetically-modified food does not have to be labeled as such. So, when you go to a market and order salmon, you will have no idea if what you are buying has been manipulated in a laboratory or not.

PLEASE send in your email protesting this.

Evidence #2

On August 13, 2010, a federal judge ruled that the USDA could not approve the planting of genetically-engineered sugar beets after this specific date because the agency had failed to deliver an environmental review. The agency needs to prove that GE-sugar beets do not contaminate organic sugar beet farms and don’t cause superweeds.

Proving this will be very, very difficult because we know that GMO crops do cause superweeds and do contaminate similar organic crops. Read more »


Organic Strawberries are Found to be More Nutritious, Says Washington State University

Organic Strawberries are Found to be More Nutritious, Says Washington State University

I just love reading announcements like this. Researchers at Washington State University just released the results of their study of strawberries and concluded that organic is superior to conventional in several different categories. Not that this is any great surprise to me but having empirical evidence is always beneficial. The study, which was published in […]

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I just love reading announcements like this. Researchers at Washington State University just released the results of their study of strawberries and concluded that organic is superior to conventional in several different categories.

Not that this is any great surprise to me but having empirical evidence is always beneficial.

The study, which was published in PLoS One, came to the following conclusions about organic strawberries:

– Longer shelf life and greater dry matter.

– Higher antioxidant activity and concentrations of ascorbic acid and phenolic compounds.

– Sweeter taste, better flavor and appearance. Read more »


FDA Declares Genetically-Modified Salmon is Safe — Really?????

FDA Declares Genetically-Modified Salmon is Safe -- Really?????

Just when you thought it would be an uneventful time to go away on a holiday weekend, the FDA conveniently declared on Friday (when most people are not paying attention to the news) that genetically-modified salmon is safe and doesn’t pose an environmental risk. The timing in all of this was calculated to perfection and […]

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Source: AquaBounty

Just when you thought it would be an uneventful time to go away on a holiday weekend, the FDA conveniently declared on Friday (when most people are not paying attention to the news) that genetically-modified salmon is safe and doesn’t pose an environmental risk.

The timing in all of this was calculated to perfection and displays a real agenda within the government.  After all, with the naming of Islam Siddiqui to a key trade post and other high level nominations, should we be in the least bit surprised at this announcement?  I’m not.

The skinny: A company in Boston named AquaBounty Technologies has genetically altered a salmon so that it grows to its market size in 16 to 18 months instead of three years. They have been working with the FDA for nearly a decade to get approval and now a decision appears very close.

How do they get it to grow so fast? In the cold weather, salmon normally turn off their growth hormone. So, AquaBounty has inserted a growth hormone from a Chinook salmon as well as a genetic on-switch from the ocean pout, a distant relative of the salmon. As a result, the salmon never stops growing.

The company says that the chances of mixing with wild fish and contaminating real fish is close to nothing because it will only be grown inland on fish farms.  Read more »


Organic Food is a Must for Pregnant Women

Organic Food is a Must for Pregnant Women

According to research recently published in the Environment Health Perspectives, pregnant women who are exposed to organophosphate pesticides have a very, very high probability of having kids who suffer from ADHD. The study tracked Mexican-American women in Salinas Valley, CA who were exposed to high levels of pesticides and then diagnosed their kids when they […]

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According to research recently published in the Environment Health Perspectives, pregnant women who are exposed to organophosphate pesticides have a very, very high probability of having kids who suffer from ADHD.

The study tracked Mexican-American women in Salinas Valley, CA who were exposed to high levels of pesticides and then diagnosed their kids when they were between 3 and 5 years old. The results were not good and also not in the least bit surprising.

A few notes on this.

1) Just because you don’t work on a farm doesn’t mean that you won’t get exposed to pesticides. Conventional food is full of them, as Kellogg’s can attest to with its claim that GMO food is safe.

The reason Monsanto and others design GMO seeds/food is so that they can sell farmers the corresponding pesticides.

2) It is very important to give young kids organic food as well. Their bodies are not developed yet and cannot produce the enzyme that detoxifies organophosphate pesticides.

We must continue to fight the politicians, USDA and multinational companies who insist on feeding us chemical-laden food that is harming us. And, the fact that this administration has put into office people like Islam Siddiqui shows that we must continue to push this cause every single day.

One of the best way to do it is to vote with your wallet.


Kellogg's Says That Its GMO Products are Safe — Really?????

Kellogg's Says That Its GMO Products are Safe -- Really?????

One of the reasons that I am so passionate about organic food is because I don’t believe chemicals or genetically-modified food should be anywhere near our plates. Furthermore, it is intellectually dishonest to say that pesticides or food manipulated by biotechnology can be safe or good for us. Multi-national food conglomerates, who have serious financial […]

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One of the reasons that I am so passionate about organic food is because I don’t believe chemicals or genetically-modified food should be anywhere near our plates. Furthermore, it is intellectually dishonest to say that pesticides or food manipulated by biotechnology can be safe or good for us.

Multi-national food conglomerates, who have serious financial interests at stake, like to spin it the other way.

In a recent letter to consumers, Christina Calleros, the Consumer Affairs Specialist at Kellogg’s, had this to say:

“Biotech ingredients are safe and have become common in the open market. Sixty to seventy percent of packaged foods in the U.S. include biotechnology crops.”

While I agree with her that they have become common in the open market, I just shudder at her claim that they are safe.

They are not safe for humans.

They are not safe for animal and human health.

They are not safe for the workers who are exposed to toxic chemicals.

They are not safe for the environment. I am reading a fantastic book now by Anna Lappe called Diet for a Hot Planet, which goes into this in great detail.

So, the next time you are in the supermarket and see these brands — Kashi, Bear Naked and Morningstar Farms — know that these are made by Kellogg’s and also contain GMO.

If you want to get more involved in this issue, the Organic Consumers Association is waging a campaign against Kellogg’s and is always looking for more support. I’ve sent my email in.


Federal Court Rules Against USDA, Denies Approval of Genetically-Engineered Sugar Beets

Federal Court Rules Against USDA, Denies Approval of Genetically-Engineered Sugar Beets

Only several weeks ago, the Supreme Court ruled against Monsanto in a very important case against genetically-engineered alfalfa. On Friday, the organic movement secured another victory when a federal court ruled against the USDA in a case involving genetically-engineered sugar beets. Despite the fact that GMO food wreaks havoc on the environment, the USDA has […]

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Only several weeks ago, the Supreme Court ruled against Monsanto in a very important case against genetically-engineered alfalfa.

On Friday, the organic movement secured another victory when a federal court ruled against the USDA in a case involving genetically-engineered sugar beets.

Despite the fact that GMO food wreaks havoc on the environment, the USDA has had no qualms about giving Monsanto approval to sell its Roundup Ready sugar beet seeds prior to an environmental study ever being completed.

When farmers buy Roundup Ready sugar beet seeds, they also must buy the Roundup Ready herbicide, the toxic chemical sprayed on the crops. Other Roundup Ready crops have led to increased use of herbicides, a  proliferation of herbicide resistant weeds, and contamination of conventional and organic crops. Furthermore, the chemicals pollute the local water supply and destroy the soil.

The USDA’s behavior is totally reckless. Yet, it continues to cater to the needs of major agribusiness in this country and disregard what is best for the citizens it is supposed to protect. Read more »