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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 »


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.


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 »


Federal Court Overturns Ohio Ban on rBGH Milk Labels, A Win for Organics and Consumers

Federal Court Overturns Ohio Ban on rBGH Milk Labels, A Win for Organics and Consumers

Until recently, the State of Ohio had a ban on all milk labels which contained statements saying that the milk inside did not contain bovine growth hormones. So, a milk that did not have growth hormones COULD NOT SAY that it did not have growth hormones. That was completely illegal. More precisely, the phrases “rbGH […]

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Until recently, the State of Ohio had a ban on all milk labels which contained statements saying that the milk inside did not contain bovine growth hormones. So, a milk that did not have growth hormones COULD NOT SAY that it did not have growth hormones. That was completely illegal.

More precisely, the phrases “rbGH Free,” “rbST Free” and “artificial hormone free” were banned.

rBGH and rBST are commonly known as recombinant bovine growth hormones.  Approved by the FDA in 1993, they are given to cows to make the animals grow faster and produce more milk.

rGBH elevates the levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), a naturally-occurring hormone that in high levels is linked to several types of cancers, among other things. European nations and Canada have banned rGBH milk because of the dangerous side effects of IGF-1. As I have written about before, organic milk is absolutely essential.

Fortunately, a federal court recently overturned a district court’s ruling, which said the labels could not be used. The district court concluded that consumers would somehow be misled and consumers would get confused.

The only thing consumers would get confused about was how and why the growth hormones were in there in the first place. Read more »


Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) Delays Food Safety Bill — Thankfully

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) Delays Food Safety Bill -- Thankfully

While I am all for improved food safety in this country, especially with the recent egg salmonella scare , the current food safety bill that has been working its way through Congress is a step in the wrong direction. Why? – It has the potential to kill organic, local and community food production. The rules […]

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While I am all for improved food safety in this country, especially with the recent egg salmonella scare , the current food safety bill that has been working its way through Congress is a step in the wrong direction.

Why?

– It has the potential to kill organic, local and community food production. The rules and bureaucracy would make it impossible for the little guys to compete.

As it is now, many small organic farmers choose to avoid or unable to afford the certification process because of the cost and red tape.

– It is endorsed by “industry”.  Anything that is endorsed by industry is something that I am very wary of. After you watch the movie Food, Inc., you’ll see that the industry is the problem.

– There is a section of the bill that allows the Secretary to keep provisions of the bill secret. Yes, secret! This is due to national security reasons.

– After the debacle with genetically-engineered salmon, I don’t trust the FDA to do the right thing when it comes to protecting the integrity of organic. Read more »