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TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress Not to Hijack the Regulatory Process for Genetically-Engineered Crops

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress Not to Hijack the Regulatory Process for Genetically-Engineered Crops

Sorry to give you GMO-related stories two days in a row (I do my best to space them out), but there is important news that I needed to share with you as soon as possible. As you probably know, Congress is now debating, drafting and cutting backroom deals regarding the Farm Bill. Since this massive […]

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Sorry to give you GMO-related stories two days in a row (I do my best to space them out), but there is important news that I needed to share with you as soon as possible.

As you probably know, Congress is now debating, drafting and cutting backroom deals regarding the Farm Bill. Since this massive policy initiative and spending bill is only passed once every four years, the stakes are enormous.

Through their massive lobbying efforts, chemical companies have inserted dangerous riders into the House version of the Farm Bill that would hijack the federal regulatory process for new genetically-engineered crops.

If the provisions pass, new GE-crops could be fast-tracked to the marketplace without evaluation by federal agencies. It is essential that federal agencies thoroughly assess the safety of GE-crops before they’re introduced to store shelves and our homes.

The proposed riders in the Farm Bill include: Read more »


URGENT – TAKE ACTION: Please Support The Farm Bill Amendment Regarding the Labeling of Genetically-Engineered Foods

URGENT - TAKE ACTION: Please Support The Farm Bill Amendment Regarding the Labeling of Genetically-Engineered

I just got word from The Center for Food Safety that an amendment has been added to the Farm Bill regarding the labeling of genetically-engineered foods. Senators Sanders and Boxer have introduced amendment #2310 (Consumers Right to Know About Genetically Engineered Food Act) that clarifies the existing authority that states have to require the labeling […]

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I just got word from The Center for Food Safety that an amendment has been added to the Farm Bill regarding the labeling of genetically-engineered foods.

Senators Sanders and Boxer have introduced amendment #2310 (Consumers Right to Know About Genetically Engineered Food Act) that clarifies the existing authority that states have to require the labeling of genetically-engineered foods.

As I have written about many times before, the U.S. is the only developed country in the world that does not require genetically-engineered foods to be labeled and this must change.

Please contact your Senators today to ask for their support of Amendment #2310.  And it is important to do so as quickly as possible because the Farm Bill is being voted on as we speak. Read more »


CBS Morning Show Spotlights “Agent Orange Corn”, The Toxic Corn That Our Government Might Be Approving

CBS Morning Show Spotlights "Agent Orange Corn", The Toxic Corn That Our Government Might Be Approving

This morning on the CBS Morning Show, a segment ran on “Agent Orange Corn”, the genetically-engineered corn that is resistant to 2,4-D. In case you are new to this specific genetically-engineered corn, here is a quick recap of what it is and why you should be very, very alarmed that our government is close to […]

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This morning on the CBS Morning Show, a segment ran on “Agent Orange Corn”, the genetically-engineered corn that is resistant to 2,4-D.

In case you are new to this specific genetically-engineered corn, here is a quick recap of what it is and why you should be very, very alarmed that our government is close to approving it.

Genetically-modified food not only poses very serious health risks, pollutes our water supply, and presents an existential threat to organic food, but it has created a monster called superweeds. Read more »


Another Reason to Eat Organic – Toxic Flame Retardants Found in Conventional Food

Another Reason to Eat Organic - Toxic Flame Retardants Found in Conventional Food

I almost fell over in my chair the other day when I read this one in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. In nearly half of the samples tested, researchers found traces of hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in peanut butter, cold cuts, turkey, beef, and other fatty foods. So what is HBCD exactly? It is a flame retardant […]

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I almost fell over in my chair the other day when I read this one in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

In nearly half of the samples tested, researchers found traces of hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in peanut butter, cold cuts, turkey, beef, and other fatty foods.

So what is HBCD exactly?

It is a flame retardant commonly used in the foam insulation of building walls, upholstered furniture, automobile interior textiles, car cushions and electronic equipment.

How toxic is it and who is concerned about it? Read more »


Nuclear Radiation from Fukushima is Found in Bluefin Tuna Near California

Nuclear Radiation from Fukushima is Found in Bluefin Tuna Near California

This has not been a particularly good few days for fish. Or for the citizens of our planet, for that matter. Last week, the Senate gave into pressure from the biotech industry and voted that further environmental testing on the safety of genetically-engineered salmon is not necessary. (In case you are new to this whole […]

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This has not been a particularly good few days for fish. Or for the citizens of our planet, for that matter.

Last week, the Senate gave into pressure from the biotech industry and voted that further environmental testing on the safety of genetically-engineered salmon is not necessary.

(In case you are new to this whole GE-salmon issue, here is an excellent video about it.)

Our government seems incredibly intent on making sure that this horrible technology gets into the environment and ruins the ocean’s ecosystem forever. It even went so far as to give the company that owns this technology, AquaBounty, a $500,000 grant last fall as it teetered on the brink of bankruptcy. Read more »


Vietnam Veterans and Prominent D.C. Chefs Join the Fight Against GMOs, Urge President Obama Not to Hastily Approve 2,4-D Corn

Vietnam Veterans and Prominent D.C. Chefs Join the Fight Against GMOs, Urge President Obama Not to Hastily App

Genetically-modified food not only poses very serious health risks, pollutes our water supply, and presents an existential threat to organic food, but it has created a monster called superweeds. Superweeds, as profiled in the New York Times, are weeds that have become resistant to the ubiquitous herbicide RoundUp, grow uncontrollably, and now infect 13 million […]

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Genetically-modified food not only poses very serious health risks, pollutes our water supply, and presents an existential threat to organic food, but it has created a monster called superweeds.

Superweeds, as profiled in the New York Times, are weeds that have become resistant to the ubiquitous herbicide RoundUp, grow uncontrollably, and now infect 13 million acres of land throughout the U.S.

How to deal with this?

The chemical and biotech industries say that the only solution to kill the superweeds is to throw more toxic chemicals at the problem. So, what they have proposed is a genetically-engineered corn that is resistant to 2,4-D. (They’ll plant this genetically-engineered corn and spray it with 2,4-D, with the goal of killing the weeds that grow around the corn but not kill the corn itself.)

2,4-D was the primary ingredient in Agent Orange, the herbicide warfare program in Vietnam that killed an estimated 400,000 people and caused 500,000 kids to be born with birth defects.

Advocacy groups, such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, have cited numerous studies linking 2,4-D exposure to serious illnesses and cancers, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Read more »


Cornucopia Institute Goes Public with Charges of Regulatory Abuse and Violations of Federal Law in the Organic Industry

Cornucopia Institute Goes Public with Charges of Regulatory Abuse and Violations of Federal Law in the Organic

In what may be the most scathing report the organic industry has ever seen, The Cornucopia Institute, the leading organic farming watchdog organization, has just released a white-paper called The Organic Watergate. The Organic Watergate (PDF File) details an incredibly close relationship between the USDA and corporate agribusiness, which has not only undermined the integrity […]

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In what may be the most scathing report the organic industry has ever seen, The Cornucopia Institute, the leading organic farming watchdog organization, has just released a white-paper called The Organic Watergate.

The Organic Watergate (PDF File) details an incredibly close relationship between the USDA and corporate agribusiness, which has not only undermined the integrity of the organic industry but has allowed for very questionable and potentially dangerous ingredients to be approved for use in organic food products.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REPORT

In its report, Cornucopia details violations of federal law and ignoring congressional intent, both of which have created a climate of regulatory abuse and corporate exploitation. Examples include: Read more »