Vandana Shiva talks ‘fake cheap’ food (VIDEO)

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Just saw this video of Indian scholar and sustainable-agriculture advocate Vandana Shiva talking about the true cost of cheap food and three keys to ending what she calls “the final stages of a very deceitful system.”

(By the way, Shiva is on our list of 50 Global Changemakers, here.)

She makes some excellent points, and I thought you might enjoy the video as much as I did.

Some of my favorite quotes from the video:

  • “We are living the final stages of a very deceitful system that has made everything that is very costly for the planet, costly for the producer, look cheap for the consumer. So very high-cost production with GMOs and patents and royalties and fossil fuel is made to look like cheap food.”
  • “Every young person should recognize that working with their hands and their hearts and their minds—and they’re interconnected—is the highest evolution of our species. Working with our hands is not a degradation. It’s our real humanity.”
  • “We are not atomized producers and community. We are part of the earth family. We are part of the human family. We are part of a food community. Food connects us—everything is food.”

I also love the way she defines “true freedom” in the video: “Never be afraid of deceitful, dishonest, brutal power. That is true freedom.”

And hey, let me know what you think about her solutions to the problem of high-cost “cheap” food! What others would you add? Leave me a comment below. 🙂

 

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GMO! Gluten! Organic!

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GMO! Gluten! Organic! Free range and Grass fed! What are they? Why are they? Is it important? Some of the real questions we should be asking ourselves long before a trip to the grocery store. When I was a youngster non of these words were used. Not in mainstream conversation let alone as advertising buzz words. Today we are inundated with these words and catch phrases daily.

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The Global Ecosystem is Rapidly Collapsing… Insect Biomass Plummets 75% in One Generation… Scientists Warn of “Decimation”… humanity may not survive much longer

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Image: The global ecosystem is rapidly collapsing… insect biomass plummets 75% in one generation… scientists warn of “decimation”… humanity may not survive much longer

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(Natural News) For years, I’ve warned that humanity is a suicide cult which has engineered its own destruction by relentlessly poisoning the natural world with chemical pesticides, heavy metals and GMOs. Now, the collapse of living systems across the planet is accelerating like never before, with ocean fisheries collapsing by the day, topsoil vanishing by the inch, and wildlife populations being decimated by the accelerating destruction of habitat.

Humanity, it seems, has broken the planet, and the mass die-offs are now impossible to ignore. Adding even more weight to the horrifying realization that humanity is committing mass ecological suicide, a new study published in the science journal PLoS One has documented a 75 percent decline in insect biomass over rural Germany in just the last 27 years.

The study, authored by Caspar A. Hallmann and others, is entitled, “More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas.”

The abstract of the study, which should be screaming alarm bells over the devastating collapse of the food chain in Europe, reports rather mildly:

Our analysis estimates a seasonal decline of 76%, and mid-summer decline of 82% in flying insect biomass over the 27 years of study. We show that this decline is apparent regardless of habitat type, while changes in weather, land use, and habitat characteristics cannot explain this overall decline. This yet unrecognized loss of insect biomass must be taken into account in evaluating declines in abundance of species depending on insects as a food source, and ecosystem functioning in the European landscape.

Even more concerning is the fact that this insect decline was observed in “protected areas” that are supposed to preserve and protect wildlife. As the study authors explain in their conclusion:

The widespread insect biomass decline is alarming, ever more so as all traps were placed in protected areas that are meant to preserve ecosystem functions and biodiversity… our results illustrate an ongoing and rapid decline in total amount of airborne insects active in space and time.

The food web is now collapsing… insects are just the beginning

The stunning news of this insect biomass collapse is, of course, just the beginning of a series of events that will ultimately spell doom for humanity unless causative factors are quickly reversed. Insects are the pillars of the food web, providing protein and nutrients to bats, birds and reptiles, among other animals. When the insect population collapses, nutrient depletion cascades up the food chain, causing devastating declines in populations of larger animals upon which ecological diversity depends.

As the study authors explain:

[The insect biomass collapse] must have cascading effects across trophic levels and numerous other ecosystem effects. There is an urgent need to uncover the causes of this decline, its geographical extent, and to understand the ramifications of the decline for ecosystems and ecosystem services.

Even more worrisome, insects are the pollinators that keep 80% of wild plants aliveby facilitating pollination. When insect populations collapse, pollination of wild food sources — as well as many domesticated food sources such as almonds — also face imminent collapse. Without insects, in other words, human populations will also collapse within just a few years as the ripple effect of insect die-offs works its way up the food chain.

Continue reading at Natural News: The global ecosystem is rapidly collapsing… insect biomass plummets 75% in one generation… scientists warn of “decimation”… humanity may not survive much longer

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How To Make a Difference In Your Food Supply

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One online newsletter changed my food supply …

Most days, I’m on the Internet for work. I’m usually searching for information. There are a few online newsletters to which I subscribe in order to keep up with the issues of the day and general reports. I never thought my Internet searches would lead to my making a difference in my food supply.

It was through one of these online newsletters that I found a company who was canning high-quality beef and pork from a family farm. I checked out their website and looked for nutritional information.

It is always valuable, especially for someone like me who is sensitive to heavily salted foods. The nutrition information wasn’t available on their website, so I called.

The number seemed to be local to me, so I was intrigued. I like buying local.

However, the farm was located in Ohio. It turned out that one member of the family lived relatively close to me. I mentioned to him the missing nutrition information, and he promised to email it to me immediately.

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Is it really pasture-raised beef and pork?

I’ve purchased pastured beef through my local grocery stores for years. My next question to the son was about that. He confirmed that the beef and pork was raised on grass, but was finished on corn.

While I had him on the phone, I learned that it was a family farm. I inquired if the corn was organic. Most commercially grown corn is genetically modified (GMO).

The person I spoke with wasn’t certain, but promised to speak with his father to find out for sure.

Family farm becomes aware

Not too long after that phone call, I got a call from his father, the actual farmer!

We had a long conversation about his farm, the cows and pigs, and the corn that was used to finish the animals before slaughter. I was disappointed to discover that he didn’t know whether the corn was organic or GMO. He told me that it came from a silo that was filled by several of his neighbors, as well as his farm.

Alarm bells are ringing

I was especially concerned because it was very likely that the corn was GMO. I spoke with him about my concerns about food that is genetically modified. He was assured by the experts that GMOs were safe.

Rather than argue about it, I decided to praise all the things he told me that were sustainable: using cover crops, rotating pastures, and using manure for fertilizer. I could see that he was really trying to produce the best meat possible for his customers, and I told him as much.

We ended the call on a positive note, and I thought that was the end of it.

Have you read this article on Food Safety and Nutrition by Tasha Greer? Click here to read it.

The food supply changes

About a week later, I got an email from the farmer’s son.

Imagine my surprise and joy to read:

“I’d like to let you know that we have researched the GMO issue, and we have decided to switch our operation in Ohio to completely GMO-free grains and hay. We are starting the process next week and will keep our customers and potential customers in the loop as to when we are completely GMO-free!”

I really didn’t expect one phone call to make that big of a change!

The moral to the story is to communicate and ask questions!

Whether you get the same result that I did or not, every person who takes the time to look into a product and ask questions will cause the market to change … and hopefully improve it for others.

It is true that the food sold in the U.S. is changing. For those of us still dependent on grocery stores, more and more of them are selling organic produce, pasture-raised meats, dairy, and eggs.

If the largest distributors, like Wal-Mart are providing organic foods for their customers, organic and pasture-raised is a big deal.

According to the OTA (Organic Trade Association), Americans spend almost $50 billion on organic foods annually. (1)

Check out this chart by the Organic Trade Association: Organic: Big Results from Small Seeds

If there is a product you like, but it’s not organic—talk to the producer, especially a small farmer. Anyone who takes the time to do that is important to them. What these farmers realize is that one person represents potentially hundreds or thousands of their customers.

You can make a difference! Sometimes, it’s just a phone call away.

Have you made a difference in your food supply? Tell us your story in the comments below.

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  1. Organic Trade Association. [https://www.ota.com/resources/market-analysis]

 

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Monsanto’s Terrible Secrets Are Tumbling out as Company Faces Wave of Cancer Lawsuits

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In 2015 the World Health Organization declared that glyphosate, the world’s most popular herbicide, is probably carcinogenic. That declaration has since become a serious chink in the armor of Monsanto. It was one of the first times that a reputable institution suggested that maybe, Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide could be bad for human health. In fact, the company’s first response to that claim was that every other regulatory agency in the world had seen the same data as the WHO, and none of them thought that glyphosate was harmful.

But it seems that was enough to turn up the heat on Monsanto. Two years later, 700 people across the US are now suing Monsanto because they believe glyphosate gave them non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It turns out these people were right to ignore the claims of all those regulatory agencies around the world, because these lawsuits have revealed evidence that may prove Monsanto has been colluding with government agencies, and manipulating scientific studies.

For instance, last week a judge in San Francisco unsealed documents that suggest Monsanto was scheming to ghostwrite scientific papers about glyphosate, and hire real scientists to publish them.

The debate over the safety of Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup has become more complicated, as newly released emails suggest the company had ghostwritten scientific research on glyphosate, the pesticide’s key ingredient.

Monsanto’s internal communications were unsealed Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria in California. Chhabria is presiding over litigation brought by farmers and other agricultural workers who claimed that exposure to glyphosate caused them to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

In one email, Monsanto executive William Heydens recommended company employees could write papers about glyphosate and hire scientists to publish studies under their names. He said that this had been done once before.

“We would be keeping the cost down by us doing the writing and they would just edit & sign their names so to speak,” Heydens wrote.

The court has also found evidence that may show that Monsanto was working with the EPA to shut down studies that questioned the health effects of glyphosate.

“If I can kill this I should get a medal,” Rowland told a Monsanto regulatory affairs manager who recounted the conversation in an email to his colleagues, according to a court filing made public Tuesday. The company was seeking Rowland’s help stopping an investigation of glyphosate by a separate office, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, that is part of the U.S. Health and Human Service Department, according to the filing.

A federal judge overseeing the glyphosate litigation in San Francisco said last month he’s inclined to order Rowland to submit to questioning by lawyers for the plaintiffs, who contend he had a “highly suspicious” relationship with Monsanto. Rowland oversaw a committee that found insufficient evidence to conclude glyphosate causes cancer and quit last year shortly after his report was leaked to the press.

It would suffice to say that Monsanto is probably in big legal trouble for the first time in a long time. If Monsanto is found guilty, the whole world is going to know that they’ve been lying to us, colluding with the government to cover that up, and they did so without any regard to the health of agricultural workers and consumers.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Your Suspicions About GMO Crops Were Just Confirmed By A NYT Report

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Your Suspicions About GMO Crops Were Just Confirmed By A NYT Report

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An analysis of data by The Times shows that crop yields did not increase and herbicide and insecticide use did not shrink in the 20 years since GMO seeds were introduced in North America. In fact, herbicide use has increased.

“An analysis by The Times using United Nations data showed that the United States and Canada have gained no discernible advantage in yields — food per acre — when measured against Western Europe, a region with comparably modernized agricultural producers like France and Germany,” an October 29 Times article stated.

Times researchers compared data from Europe, where genetic modification was rejected, with that from Canada and the United States, where they are widely used. The data goes back 20 years and indicates that GM technology did not deliver on some of the promises that its promoters made.

In fact, herbicide use has increased by 21 percent in the U.S. while it has decreased by 36 percent in France’s, Europe’s largest agriculture producer. GMO seeds have led to a decrease of about 33 percent in insecticide and fungicide use in the U.S., but France has seen an even larger decrease — 65 percent – without using genetically modified crops.

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“Currently available G.M. crops would not lead to major yield gains in Europe,” Matin Qaim, a researcher at Georg-August University in Gottingen, Germany, told The Times. “I don’t consider this to be the miracle type of technology that we couldn’t live without.”

David Bellinger, a professor at the Harvard University School of Public Health, has been highly critical of America’s use of pesticides.

“These chemicals are largely unknown,” Bellinger told The Times. “We do natural experiments on a population, and wait until it shows up as bad.”

Monsanto said The Times had cherry-picked data.

“Every farmer is a smart businessperson, and a farmer is not going to pay for a technology if they don’t think it provides a major benefit,” Monsanto’s Robert T. Fraley told the newspaper. “Biotech tools have clearly driven yield increases enormously.”

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PREPPER SUPPLIES: Growing Your Own Food

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PREPPER SUPPLIES: Growing Your Own Food Bobby Akart “Prepping For Tomorrow” Audio in player below! The process of gardening is the result of more than tilling, planting,  weeding and harvesting. It is also the result of preparedness to overcome challenges such as location, pests and other unforeseen complications like unusual weather. Imagine the pressure a prepper will … Continue reading PREPPER SUPPLIES: Growing Your Own Food

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Non-Organic Crops Are About to Become Much More Toxic

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corn crop gmo toxicWhen Monsanto first released their Roundup Ready crops, which are seeds that have been engineered to withstand the company’s trademark pesticide, most farmers rejoiced. After all, this meant that they could eliminate weeds without having to worry about damaging their crops. And as an added bonus, it was thought at the time that these GMOs would reduce pesticide use; a notion that is laughable in retrospect.

The application of glyphosate around the world has increased 15 fold since these Roundup Ready crops were first introduced in the 1990s. These days US farmers are applying 300 million pounds of glyphosate to their crops every year, which is staggering when you consider that they were only using 11 million pounds per year in the 1980’s. However, this usage rate as less to do with popularity and more to do with necessity.

Roundup Ready crops have created a problem in agriculture that is similar to the problems caused by antibiotics, whose overuse has bred highly resistant strains of superbugs. The overuse of glyphosate has bred superweeds, which are resistant to the pesticide. And the more resistant they become, the more pesticides that farmers have to apply. It’s an endless cycle that farmers have no idea how to break out of. The problem just keeps getting worse and worse as the years go by. There are now 100 million acres of crops in the United States that contain superweeds.

So if Monsanto caused this problem, do they have a solution? Yep, and it’s the kind of horrifying solution that only Monsanto could come up with.

Monsanto’s own solution to this escalating problem would seem as laughably predictable as a bad Hollywood sequel if it weren’t all too real: Let’s roll out more GMO crops designed to withstand being doused with even more weed killer. Monsanto calls its next-generation line of GMO soybeans “Xtend,” and these are capable of not only surviving heavy applications of glyphosate but an older, more potent herbicide known as dicamba.

Federal regulators have yet to approve the new dicamba-based weed killer Monsanto formulated to pair with its dicamba-resistant GMO soybeans. But that apparently hasn’t stopped some desperate farmers from spraying dicamba anyway. And because the chemical has a nasty tendency to drift to neighboring fields, Monsanto’s new GMO crops aren’t only upending the natural order, they appear to being upending the social order in tight-knit farming communities too: Neighbors are accusing neighbors of illegally spraying dicamba and killing off crops that haven’t been engineered to tolerate the chemical. Dozens and dozens of complaints have been filed in Missouri and in Arkansas, but that may only be the beginning in the next chapter of the Monsanto saga. If the company’s new herbicide wins federal approval and certain farmers start spraying it, surrounding farmers might have no choice but to plant Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant GMO crops too—or risk their own crops dying from herbicide drift.

As one crop scientist at the University of Arkansas tells NPR: “[These farmers are] afraid they’re not going to be able to grow what they want to grow. They’re afraid that they’re going to be forced to go with that technology.”

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out where this is going. There’s going to be more pesticides on more crops, more superweeds, and a hell of a lot more money for Monsanto. As for the company’s new dicambe based pesticide, it hasn’t shown any potential to cause health problems in humans, but there also hasn’t been nearly as many studies on the chemical. When Roundup first came out for instance, everyone thought it was safe. Now it’s becoming more acceptable in the scientific community to admit that this stuff is super toxic. Until dicambe is used on a wider scale, we won’t really know what it’s capable of.

If you haven’t switched to organic food, consider this a wake-up call. America’s food supply is probably about to become more toxic than any of us could have imagined.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Obama Signs Anti-GMO Labeling Bill Backed By Monsanto

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Obama Signs Anti-GMO Labeling Law Backed By Monsanto

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WASHINGTON – President Obama signed a bill into law over the weekend that supporters are calling a GMO labeling bill but that opponents charge is exactly the opposite.

In fact, the new law was supported by Monsanto. It passed the House, 306-17, and the Senate, 63-30.

The new law overturns a landmark Vermont law that would have required the text on GMO foods to say “produced with genetic engineering. While the Vermont law made it easy for consumers to understand what is in their foods, the new federal law only adds confusion, opponents say.

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The new law gives America’s largest food companies three options to label their products that contain GMO ingredients: a label on the package, a symbol on the package, or an electronic QR code that must be scanned with a smartphone to find out what is in the food. Smaller food companies would have the option of listing a website or telephone number.

“This law is a sham and a shame, a rushed backroom deal that discriminates against low-income, rural, minority and elderly populations,” said Andy Kimbrell, executive director at the Center for Food Safety. “The law also represents a major assault on the democratic decision making of several states and erases their laws with a vague multi-year bureaucratic process specifically designed to provide less transparency to consumers.”

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BREAKING: Anti-GMO Labeling Bill, Backed By Monsanto, Goes To Obama

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BREAKING: Anti-GMO Labeling Bill, Backed By Monsanto, Goes To Obama

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives sent a bill to President Obama Thursday that would overturn a landmark Vermont law requiring the labeling of GMO foods.

The bill, which was backed by Monsanto and passed the House by a vote of 306-117, would give America’s largest food companies three options to label their products that contain GMO ingredients: a label on the package, a symbol on the package, or an electronic QR code that must be scanned with a smartphone to find out what is in the food.

Opponents of the bill blasted Congress for not only overturning the Vermont law but also for passing a bill that doesn’t give consumers clear information. Smaller food companies would have the option of listing a website or telephone number.

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Vermont’s law was simple and would have required foods to say: “produced with genetic engineering.”

(Listen to Off The Grid Radio’s special episode on GMO foods here.)

“If there is an acknowledgement about the right of a consumer to have access to information, why not give them the information in plain and simple English?” Rep. Peter Welch, a Democrat from Vermont, said on the House floor, according to the Burlington Free Press. “This is a win for Monsanto and big food producers.

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“It guts Vermont’s labeling law and makes a mockery out of consumers’ right to know. Absurdly, rather than requiring a simple, plain English GMO label, it allows a producer to require shoppers to call a toll free number or look up a website on their smartphones to figure out what’s in the food they’re buying. Let’s get real. This is not a compromise. It’s a thinly disguised effort to block the right of consumers to know what’s in the food they eat.”

Obama is expected to sign the bill, although the Center for Food Safety is urging consumers to call the White House (202-456-1111) and urge him to veto it. The Bill is S. 564.

“When President Obama was running for office in 2008, he promised he’d label GMOs as President,” the Center said in an email. “This is President Obama’s last chance to get GMO labeling right – by vetoing this sham labeling bill and supporting mandatory words on the package.”

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BREAKING: Congress Rushing To Ban GMO Labeling, Protect Monsanto And Overturn Vermont Law

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BREAKING: Congress Rushing To Ban GMO Labeling, Overturn Vermont Law

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Big Food and its allies in the US Senate have launched a sneaky new effort to kill GMO labeling. Senators are rushing to pass a bill designed to stop Vermont from requiring labels identifying genetically modified ingredients in food.

Vermont’s law went into effect Friday, although the state’s attorney general says he won’t enforce it until 2017.

The Senate could vote as early as next.

“Unless we act now, Vermont law denigrating biotechnology and causing confusion in the marketplace is the law of the land,” said US Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), the chairman of the agriculture committee. “Our marketplace – both consumers and producers – needs a national biotechnology standard to avoid chaos in interstate commerce.”

(Listen to Off The Grid Radio’s special episode on GMO foods here.)

Roberts and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) are co-sponsoring Senate Bill (SB) 764, which would impose a set of national standards to block Vermont’s GMO (genetically modified organisms) labeling efforts. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure next week.

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No other state has passed such a law that went into effect.

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“[The Senate bill] is not a labeling bill; it is a non-labeling bill,” Andrew Kimbrell, the executive director of the Center for Food Safety, said of SB 764. “Clear, on-package GE (genetically engineered) food labeling should be mandatory to ensure all Americans have equal access to product information.”

The Vermont law requires GMO labels on the product. The Senate bill, though, gives food companies three options:

  • A label on the package.
  • An electronic label, such as a QR code, to be used with smart phones.
  • A symbol.

Additionally, small food companies would have the option of simply giving customers websites or telephone numbers where the information can be obtained.

Significantly, the Senate bill — which has the support of Monsanto and other biotech companies — also exempts foods where meat, poultry and egg products are the main ingredient. Those foods would not be required to have any information about GMOs.

The Center for Food Safety, in an email alert, said the Senate bill would infringe on state sovereignty. It also said the bill discriminates against low-income people and the elderly.

“The bill anticipates that GMO labeling will be done primarily through QR codes (‘digital’ labeling),” the organization said. “Because of their lack of access to smart phones, more than 50 percent of rural and low income populations, and more that 65 percent of the elderly, will have no access to these labels. This impact will fall disproportionately on minority communities.

“Millions more that do have smart phones may not be able to access these QR codes because they cannot afford to maintain their data service or their neighborhoods do not have adequate network coverage.”

This is the second time that Congress has tried to ban GMO labeling in the past year. The House of Representatives passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 (HR 1599), but it died in the Senate.

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Agriculture, keeping up!

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Agriculture, keeping up!
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Agriculture, keeping upOn this episode of Makers on Acres Tech. Build and Grow show we are discussing modern agriculture and how our modern way of producing food will not be able to keep up with the population booms and how it will affect its own ability to produce.

3-19-16 Irrigation1The modern agricultural system is where it is because of need (demand). In order for our large population to be fed, people had to start innovating to find ways to produce more food, cheaper and more efficiently. The modern agricultural system is though, a threat to itself, us and our futures. Many farmers rely on GMO crops for large enough harvests to pay the bills and keep the farm going. Most modern agriculture relies on chemical fertilizers to feed the depleted soils, to then feed the plants.

3-19-16 abstract-21769_960_720Acres upon acres of farm land are dry, dusty, organic matter deprived waste lands that have no nutritional value to the plant they play home to. Farmers rely on Agro scientists and chemists to find ways to keep the crops fed and growing so that they can feed their families, but what they don’t realize is that they are slowly sending their farms into the grave.

Although the modern system can sustain the population, the expected population booms in the future and the ever changing land health is a threat to food supply and incomes of thousands of families and communities.

So what is the solution?

Listen in to hear my discussion on how I believe that the current food system will crash and no longer be able to sustain the future additional billions of residents on this earth. We all mostly depend on the food that appears on grocery store shelves. What will happen when the day comes that it’s not there on a regular basis?
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BREAKING: Supporters Of GMO Labeling Just Defeated Monsanto In The U.S. Senate

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Supporters Of GMO Labeling Just Defeated Monsanto In The U.S. Senate

Foes of GMO foods won a huge victory this week when the US Senate blocked legislation that would have prevented states from requiring labeling on GMO products.

The Biotech Labeling Solutions Act, better known by opponents as the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act, failed to obtain the 60 votes needed to “invoke cloture” and force a debate and final vote. The vote was 48 votes in favor of cloture, 49 against.

The bill would have overturned a GMO labeling law in Vermont that takes effect July 1.

“It’s not only a states’ rights issue but I think the American people ought to know what’s in their food,” US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) said. “We’re not banning food in Vermont. All we’re saying is if you’re going to buy food know what’s in it.”

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After the vote, the act’s sponsor, Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), withdrew the legislation and vowed to keep fighting for its passage.

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“That’s a great sign for Vermont and we should work together to make sure that they’re not back at this again next week,” Vermont’s Democratic Governor, Peter Shumlin, told National Public Radio.

Shumlin and other supporters of GMO labeling have their work cut for them. The Environmental Working Group reported that food and biotech companies spent $100 million on efforts to kill GMO labeling in the past year. Corporations fighting against GMO labeling include Kellogg, PepsiCo Inc., Monsanto and Dow Chemical Co.

The Center for Food Safety said the vote effectively defeated the bill. The group opposes the bill.

“The defeat of the DARK Act is a major victory for the food movement and America’s right to know,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety. “It also is an important victory for Democracy over the attempt of corporate interests to keep Americans in the Dark about the foods they buy and feed their families.”

The bill is Senate Bill 764.

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Monsanto’s Big Loss In Federal Court

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Quietly across the nation, organic farmers are making progress in their battle to raise organic, GMO-free crops without the threat of cross-contamination from genetically modified fields.

And, perhaps most surprisingly, a federal court has sided with the farmers.

That’s the subject of today’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as organic farmer Elise Higley tells us the latest news out of Jackson County, Oregon, where voters approved and a federal judge recently upheld a new law that prohibits the growing of GMO crops – handing biotech companies such as Monsanto and Syngenta a big loss.

Elsewhere across the U.S., organic farmers are pushing for “GMO-free” zones within counties, whereby organic farmers can grow their crops without fear of contamination from non-traditional crops.

Higley, who also is executive director of the Our Family Farms Coalition, an advocacy group for family farms and traditional seeds crops, tells us:

  • How cross-contamination could ruin a family’s entire organic crop – and result in it literally being owned by biotech companies.
  • What will happen to GMO crops in Jackson County now that such plants are banned.
  • Why she believes organic farmers could lose millions of dollars in domestic and international markets if a solution isn’t found to prevent cross-contamination.
  • How the livelihoods of even non-organic family farmers are being threatened by Monsanto and GMO crops.

Finally, Higley tells us how supporters of organic and traditional farmers can join the fight to protect the rights of small farms. If you like inspiring stories of modern-day Davids defeating Goliath, then this show is for you!

You Won’t Believe What Foods The FDA May Label ‘Natural’

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You Won’t Believe What Foods The FDA May Label ‘Natural’

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants your help in determining what a natural food is, and critics are concerned such a definition eventually will include such things as genetically modified foods and high fructose corn syrup.

The FDA says it has received three petitions from citizens demanding that it address the usage of the word “natural” on food labels, an FDA press release said. The agency also received a petition asking it to ban the use of the world “natural” in food labeling.

“We also note that some Federal courts, as a result of litigation between private parties, have requested administrative determinations from the FDA regarding whether food products containing ingredients produced using genetic engineering or foods containing high fructose corn syrup may be labeled as ‘natural,’” the FDA said.

As it stands now, some foods with decidedly unnatural ingredients — including high fructose corn syrup and GMO ingredients – are often labeled “natural” by manufacturers. Large food companies are officially asking the FDA to call GMO ingredients “natural.”

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“It has become, for many, a somewhat meaningless term,” Mark Kastel of the Cornucopia Institute, a farm advocacy group, said in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel interview.

fda organic farmersCritics like Kastel say the word “natural” is nothing but a marketing gimmick.

“We go through great expense and great lengths to produce a product that is truly all-natural, but there’s no (federal) standard of identity or acceptable definition,” Edward Smolyansky, the chief financial officer of Lifeway Foods Inc., which makes organic kefir, complained to The Journal-Sentinel.

“There are lots of small companies abusing that term all-natural, and they’re getting away with it,” Smolyansky said. “They’re using cheap, unnatural ingredients from China and Mexico. They’re cutting down the quality of the products and fooling the customer.”

A number of big food makers have been sued over the term “natural.” PepsiCo removed the word “natural” from its Naked juices because they contained synthetic fibers and genetically modified ingredients. Kellogg took the terms “all natural” and “nothing artificial” off some Kashi cereals after they were found to contain GMOs.

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The Grocery Manufacturers Association says GMO ingredients, and high fructose corn syrup, should be labeled “natural,” The Journal-Sentinel reported.

“Corn is corn regardless of the plant breeding technique,” the GMA said in a petition.

The same petition said, “FDA has consistently recognized that biotechnology does not change the essential nature of a food.”

The FDA will take comments from the public until February 10. To submit a comment, visit the FDA website.

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Big Food Makes Big Move On GMO Labeling, But Is It Enough?

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Big Food is finally giving in to consumers on GMO labeling — sort of. By the end of 2017 a new app will tell you if up to 30,000 products from some of the world’s biggest food and beverage brands contain genetically modified ingredients, commonly knowns as GMOs.

Consumers would us a smartphone to scan a QR code, which would provide detailed nutritional information about the food, Time reported. The app then would tell the consumer if the food is non-GMO.

Additionally, that information will also be available on the web, a SmartLabel fact sheet indicates. Information will also be displayed at SmartLabel.org and from customer service desks.

SmartLabel’s website is still under construction. According to the site and a press release, SmartLabel will offer the following information:

  • Nutrition
  • Allergens
  • Advisories
  • Brand information
  • Ingredients including GMO.

Significantly, the labels themselves will not disclose GMO information.

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Time reported that the following companies have agreed to participate in the SmartLabel effort, although the list is growing

  • Pepsi, which also owns Frito-Lay.
  • ConAgra Foods
  • Hormel
  • Campbell Soup
  • Land O’Lakes
  • Coca-Cola.
  • Nestle
  • Hershey
  • General Foods

Major grocers are also participating in SmartLabel, which is sponsored by the trade group Grocery Manufacturers Association.

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Supporters of GMO labeling were skeptical about the app, which they fear could be an effort to block labeling law. Scott Faber, the executive director of a group called Just Label It, said the information about GMO could be hidden in the app.

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“There’s no wording to tell you to scan this for GMO information, and the information will not be easily available to consumers without a smartphone,” Faber complained.

“This is not a proposal about giving consumers information,” Faber told Time. “This is about providing cover to preempt mandatory labeling.”

Such information should be listed on the container itself, said Greg Jaffe, the director of biotechnology at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Where You Can Find GMO Information Right Now

Currently, those who want to know if products contain GMOs often visit the website of the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit organization that has verified thousands of products as non-GMO. But those products actually are labeled in the store with a “Non-GMO” ID so that consumers can easily find them.

Unlike SmartLabel, the Non-GMO Project is not associated with trade organizations, although it does work with a number of large companies, including Pepsi and some of its brands. The project’s website contains a guide to Non-GMO products with a long list of brands.

The Non-GMO Project has also created its own shopping app.

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How your local farmer NOT growing GMO corn got hurt

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80 million. That is the number of corn acres in the United States. 85% That’s how much of it is GMO. If you are a farmer, please leave a comment with any corrections or opinions you may have to shed light on this subject. I write any of this at all in an attempt to…

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Senate Close To Protecting Monsanto, Banning GMO Labeling

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Senate Close To Passing Bill Banning GMO Labeling, Protecting MonsantoThe United States Senate may go against the wishes of 93 percent of Americans and ban labelling that tells customers if foods contain GMO (genetically modified organism) ingredients.

The Senate’s Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry heard testimony on a bill this week that would bar states from requiring GMO labelling.

The US House of Representatives passed similar legislation in July, and critics labeled that law the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or DARK Act. Among other things, the legislation would overturn state laws mandating GMO labelling. (Listen to Off The Grid Radio’s in-depth report on the bill here.)

Farm-state senators – both Republican and Democrats — want such a law passed by the end of the year, Politico reported.

“I share the concern about the difficulty in doing business across our country if 50 different states have 50 different standards and requirements and frankly, it won’t work,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from Michigan who backs the bill.

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Said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota, “I believe the science is so strong in this area — that these are products that will not have an adverse effect in any way on health, in fact can improve health by making food more available worldwide.

It is not know if President Obama would sign the bill, although he has sided with Monsanto and biotech companies in the past.

Opponents of the bill said passage would infringe on consumer rights.

vermont gmo labeling“Our position is simple: consumers have the right to know what is in their food and how it is grown — the same right held by citizens in 64 nations,” Gary Hirshberg, the chairman of organic company Stonyfield Farm, told the committee.

Hirshberg’s company supports Just Label It, a coalition opposed to the legislation.

Big Food Supports the Bill

Corporate interests, including the trade group Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), support the bill.

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“We are confident that Congress will act on this issue this year given that members of both Houses and both parties have repeatedly told us that a 50-state patchwork of laws is not sustainable,” GMA spokesman Brian Kennedy said in a press release.

One reason why manufacturers support the law is that it would nullify Vermont’s GMO labeling requirements and prevent other states from enacting such laws. Food companies do not want the hassle of making special labels for different states.

The vast majority of Americans favor GMO labelling on food. A 2013 New York Times poll found that 93 percent of Americans surveyed supported the concept. The same survey discovered that three-quarters of Americans are suspicious of genetically engineered ingredients in food.

“Recent polling and consumer data tell us that nine out of ten Americans – regardless of age, income, race or party affiliation – want the right to know whether the food they eat and purchase for their families contains GMOs,” Hirshberg told the committee.

Hirshberg, a 32-year veteran of the food industry, also took issue with the idea that labeling would hurt food sales. He disputed claims that GMO labeling would increase food prices.

“Actual experience shows that food prices have not increased in the 64 countries that have adopted GMO labels, nor do consumers in these countries view GMO disclosures as warnings,” Hirshberg said. “At the same time that GMO disclosures have been adopted around the globe, GMO crop acreage has steadily increased – from 27 million acres in 1997, when the first GMO label was introduced, to 448 million acres in 2014.”

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