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IMPORTANT: Take Action to Protect Organic Food in the Very Important Farm Bill

IMPORTANT: Take Action to Protect Organic Food in the Very Important Farm Bill

Every five years, Congress votes on the Farm Bill, which dictates food and agriculture policy for many years to come. Unless we get involved and demand that our representatives pass pro-organic policies, they will continue to give large bailouts to agribusiness companies and the country’s largest industrial farms at the expense of consumers, family farms, […]

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Every five years, Congress votes on the Farm Bill, which dictates food and agriculture policy for many years to come.

Unless we get involved and demand that our representatives pass pro-organic policies, they will continue to give large bailouts to agribusiness companies and the country’s largest industrial farms at the expense of consumers, family farms, and the environment.

Needless to say, there is A LOT at stake here.

Yet, all that is required from you is signing an electronic form and making a few simple phone calls to your Senators in Washington D.C.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

A number of amendments to the Senate version of the 2013 Farm Bill have been offered that would support the labeling of genetically-engineered food, support organic farmers, repeal the “Monsanto Protection Act,” protect honey bees, and numerous others. Read more »


IMPORTANT Information About Non-GMO Food

IMPORTANT Information About Non-GMO Food

Before I begin this post, let me be clear about one thing. I am very, very against GMOs. I write about the tremendous health risks of GMOs, hold fundraisers to help get GMOs labeled, am a member of the Just Label It! campaign, participate in GMO Right to Know marches, and discuss how GMOs contribute […]

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Before I begin this post, let me be clear about one thing. I am very, very against GMOs.

I write about the tremendous health risks of GMOs, hold fundraisers to help get GMOs labeled, am a member of the Just Label It! campaign, participate in GMO Right to Know marches, and discuss how GMOs contribute to the toxicity of our water supply.

Most importantly, I do not consume GMOs nor purchase products that contain them.

GMOs are receiving a tremendous amount of attention these days, especially with Whole Foods’ recent announcement that all GMOs in their stores will be labeled by 2018.

All this being said, it is incredibly important that you understand one thing. Non-GMO is not the same, or as good, as organic. Read more »


Exclusive Interview with Whole Foods Co-CEO Walter Robb, President A.C. Gallo: “All GMOs will be Labeled in Our Stores by 2018”

Exclusive Interview with Whole Foods Co-CEO Walter Robb, President A.C. Gallo: "All GMOs will be Labeled in Ou

Yesterday at Natural Products Expo West, the biggest organic trade show of the year, Whole Foods made a HUGE announcement. The company said that by 2018, all products in its U.S. and Canadian stores must be labeled to indicate whether they contain genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). The importance of this announcement cannot be underestimated. Why?

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Yesterday at Natural Products Expo West, the biggest organic trade show of the year, Whole Foods made a HUGE announcement.

The company said that by 2018, all products in its U.S. and Canadian stores must be labeled to indicate whether they contain genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).

The importance of this announcement cannot be underestimated. Why? Read more »


Approval of Dow Chemical’s Very Controversial GMO-Corn to be Delayed

Approval of Dow Chemical's Very Controversial GMO-Corn to be Delayed

We just got a piece of good news that I wanted to share with you. Due to our tremendous protests and outcry, Dow Chemical’s genetically-modified crop that is resistant to 2,4-D has been put on hold until at least 2014. Given that President Obama and the USDA have been giving rubber-stamp approval to every single […]

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We just got a piece of good news that I wanted to share with you.

Due to our tremendous protests and outcry, Dow Chemical’s genetically-modified crop that is resistant to 2,4-D has been put on hold until at least 2014. Given that President Obama and the USDA have been giving rubber-stamp approval to every single GMO-crop that crosses their desks, this is a small victory.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this GMO-corn, it is a type of genetically-modified corn that has been developed to be resistant against an herbicide called 2,4-D. The idea is that you can spray 2,4-D (a toxic chemical) on the plant but it won’t damage the crop. It will kill the weeds around it, however.

What makes 2,4-D so fearsome is that it was the primary ingredient in Agent Orange. And as you may remember, Agent Orange was the code name for one of the chemicals used in Vietnam as part of a broad herbicidal warfare program.

Vietnam estimates 400,000 people were killed or maimed, and 500,000 children were born with birth defects as a result of this lethal strategy. Read more »


USDA Gives $500,000 Grant for Genetically-Engineered Pig Development

USDA Gives $500,000 Grant for Genetically-Engineered Pig Development

Several days ago when I wrote about the imminent approval of genetically-engineered salmon, I also said something else: this will pave the way for genetically-engineered animals and cloned animals. Well, the USDA recently announced that it would be giving $500,000 to Recombinetics, a Minnesota-based company for “TALEN-mediated chromosome targeting for monosexing and genetic containment in […]

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Several days ago when I wrote about the imminent approval of genetically-engineered salmon, I also said something else: this will pave the way for genetically-engineered animals and cloned animals.

Well, the USDA recently announced that it would be giving $500,000 to Recombinetics, a Minnesota-based company for “TALEN-mediated chromosome targeting for monosexing and genetic containment in livestock.”

Translation: money for the company to help introduce genetically-engineered animals (pigs) into the food and biomedical marketplace.

Make no mistake about it. The USDA is very, very pro-biotech.

The grant that Recombinetics received came from the USDA’s Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants (BRAG) program, which was established in 1992. Read more »


Approval of Genetically-Engineered Salmon Appears Imminent, Tell the FDA “No”

Approval of Genetically-Engineered Salmon Appears Imminent, Tell the FDA "No"

For several years, the FDA has been considering whether to approve genetically-engineered salmon and it just released (right before a major holiday) an Environmental Assessment as to whether it is safe or not. (If you are not familiar with this whole genetically-engineered salmon issue, please see the video at the bottom of this post which […]

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For several years, the FDA has been considering whether to approve genetically-engineered salmon and it just released (right before a major holiday) an Environmental Assessment as to whether it is safe or not.

(If you are not familiar with this whole genetically-engineered salmon issue, please see the video at the bottom of this post which gives a great explanation.)

Continuing the Obama administration’s pandering to the biotech industry, the Environmental Assessment (EA) said GE-salmon is safe and poses no real risks, and this report paves the way for approval in 2013.

Needless to say, this is horrible news.

The public backlash against this “FrankenFish” has been very clear, yet it has fallen on completely deaf ears.

– Over 400,000 comments were submitted demanding that this GE-salmon be rejected.

– More than 300 environmental, consumer, health and animal welfare organizations, salmon and fishing groups and associations, food companies, chefs, and restaurants filed joint statements with FDA opposing approval. Read more »


TAKE ACTION: Protect Organic, Tell Congress “NO” to the Monsanto Rider

TAKE ACTION: Protect Organic, Tell Congress "NO" to the Monsanto Rider

With Monsanto having carefully orchestrated the defeat of Proposition 37 in California, they are now at it again. However, this time it is in Washington D.C. and the potential ramifications are much, much more serious. With Congress back in session and trying to figure out how to fund the government for the coming year, a […]

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With Monsanto having carefully orchestrated the defeat of Proposition 37 in California, they are now at it again.

However, this time it is in Washington D.C. and the potential ramifications are much, much more serious.

With Congress back in session and trying to figure out how to fund the government for the coming year, a very treacherous “Monsanto” rider is still on the table for the 2013 Appropriations bill. And we can’t let this get approved.

So, what exactly is this “Monsanto” rider?

Cloaked in “farmer-friendly” language, this Farmer Assurance Provision (Section 733) is nothing more than a ploy by the biotech industry to plant genetically-modified crops (GMOs), even when the courts have told them that they cannot do so.

Not only will this provision allow biotech companies to plant these potentially dangerous crops while legal appeals are being filed, but it will render useless the judicial process and the USDA’s authority to oversee GMOs. Read more »