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Is Your Food Being 'Poisoned'?
Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2013 | Chuck Norris

Posted on 06/11/2013 3:59:23 AM PDT by Kaslin

The Oxford English Dictionary defines "poison" as "a substance that is capable of causing the illness or death of a living organism when introduced or absorbed."

The legal definition of the term is "any product or substance that can harm someone if it is used in the wrong way, by the wrong person, or in the wrong amount."

The medical condition of poisoning is even broader: It can be caused by substances that are not even legally required to carry the label "poison."

Therefore, can food become poisonous? Of course it can if it is infected, tampered with or altered in any way that causes it to become detrimental to its consumer. In fact, that's what we call "food poisoning."

But what about the genetic engineering, tampering or alteration of our food supply? If it causes bodily harm, even over the long haul, could that be considered poisoning?

I call again to the stand Dr. George Wald, a Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine and one of the first scientists to speak out about the dangers of genetically engineered foods. He explained: "Recombinant DNA technology (genetic engineering) faces our society with problems unprecedented, not only in the history of science, but of life on the Earth. ... Now whole new proteins will be transposed overnight into wholly new associations, with consequences no one can foretell, either for the host organism or their neighbors. ... For going ahead in this direction may not only be unwise but dangerous. Potentially, it could breed new animal and plant diseases, new sources of cancer, novel epidemics."

Last week, I discussed the dangers of genetic engineering to crop seeds and other foods. As a response, one of the readers of "C-Force," my weekly health and fitness column, asked, "What do you think are the best ways to avoid GMOs when they aren't even labeled on food ingredients?"

Let me tell you how I responded.

First, contact your governmental officials, and ask them to endorse or support legislation that requires food companies to start listing whether their products use GMOs.

At least 14 states have introduced legislation on genetically modified ingredient labeling, but most face government gridlock. So take action, and keep foods safe (non-genetically engineered) by contacting your state and federal representatives -- as well as the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- and tell them to legislate that genetically modified ingredients be labeled on every package.

Ask your federal representatives to support the new federal labeling bill, the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, which would require the food industry to label all genetically engineered foods and ingredients. In addition, tell your representatives that corn and cotton must not be deregulated, because without strict controls, genetically engineered crops will encroach on non-genetically engineered crops, contaminating them and rendering the organic crops as nonorganic.

The biggest question is: How can we best avoid genetically modified ingredients in our food and elsewhere?

Here are the best ways that I've discovered from GMO and nutrition specialists and resources:

--Educate yourself and your loved ones about GMOs from credible articles, books or videos, such as those mentioned on the websites below or YouTube's "Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) -- Myths and Truths."

--Keep up-to-date about anti-GMO trends, legislation and action items by frequenting websites such as the one for the Center for Food Safety, another great GMO watchdog organization (http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org).

--Download the "ShopNoGMO" smartphone app at http://NonGMOShoppingGuide.com or visit http://NonGMOproject.org to help you locate and avoid genetically engineered ingredients wherever you shop.

--Buy certified-organic and local foods. USDA organic and Non-GMO Project Verified products cannot intentionally include GMO ingredients.

The USDA explains: "The use of genetic engineering, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is prohibited in organic products. This means an organic farmer can't plant GMO seeds, an organic cow can't eat GMO alfalfa or corn, and an organic soup producer can't use any GMO ingredients. To meet the USDA organic regulations, farmers and processors must show they aren't using GMOs and that they are protecting their products from contact with prohibited substances, such as GMOs, from farm to table."

The "Non-GMO Project Verified" label is the only third-party non-GMO verification program in North America. Its website (http://NonGMOproject.org) explains, "Since its incorporation in 2007, the Project has grown into a collaboration of manufacturers, retailers, processors, distributors, farmers, seed companies and consumers."

--Avoid at-risk ingredients that are now largely (roughly 90 percent) produced using GMOs, including soybeans, canola, cottonseed, corn and sugar from sugar beets. Unless sugar is labeled as organic or pure cane, it likely contains sugar from genetically modified sugar beets.

The Chicago Tribune reported, "These crops (mentioned above) often are added to processed foods as oils, sweeteners and soy proteins but also can be part of amino acids, aspartame, ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate, vitamin C, citric acid, sodium citrate, ethanol, flavorings (natural and artificial), hydrolyzed vegetable protein, lactic acid, maltodextrins, microbial growth media, molasses, monosodium glutamate, sucrose, textured vegetable protein, xantham gum, vitamins and yeast products, according to the Non-GMO Project."

Regarding most fruits and vegetables, the Non-GMO Shopping Guide further explains: "Very few fresh fruits and vegetables for sale in the U.S. are genetically modified. Novel products such as seedless watermelons are NOT genetically modified. Small amounts of zucchini, yellow crookneck squash and sweet corn may be GM. The only commercialized GM fruit is papaya from Hawaii -- about half of Hawaii's papayas are GM. Even if the fruit or vegetable is non-GMO, if it is packaged, frozen or canned, there may be GM additives."

--Buy only dairy products labeled "certified organic," "No rBGH or rBST" or "artificial hormone-free," because some source cows are fed genetically modified feed or injected with genetically modified bovine growth hormone.

--Support and patronize grocers (and commend their management) that offer lines of organic products and eliminate GMO ingredients from their product shelves. For example, Target, H-E-B, Giant Eagle and Meijer recently joined more than 55 other food retailers -- including Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Aldi, Marsh and Hy-Vee -- in agreeing not to sell genetically engineered fish in their stores. Whole Foods and Trader Joe's claim that all their store-brand items originate from non-GMO ingredients.


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To: UCANSEE2
We dont’ want GMO’s but we do insist on ‘artificial’ sweeteners.,

I agree but look up Monsanto in Wikipedia and you will find the following:

The company's first product was the artificial sweetener saccharin

1985: Monsanto purchased G. D. Searle & Company for $2.7 billion in cash. In this merger, Searle's aspartame business became a separate Monsanto subsidiary, the NutraSweet Company. CEO of NutraSweet, Robert B. Shapiro, became CEO of Monsanto from 1995 to 2000.
51 posted on 06/12/2013 1:25:48 PM PDT by drinktheobamakoolaid (If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: sphinx

OK GMO have tests and score 100. Perfect score. Great!

GMO is an amazing process. So what is the problem with labeling a food that uses ingredients made with this amazing process? The companies should be proud of this process and should say so.

Maybe I don’t want to drink milk made from cows that have been given rBGH. One of the local chains has “rBGH” free on all of their milk cartons. That is what I buy. Am I a bad person for doing this?

What if the maker of Advil thought “You know we don’t need to be put the actual ingredient on the package of Advil. We know more about pain relief than the common folk do.”

Can we not compare the same argument to GMO made food to those examples listed above? I may not want GMO’s in my body. Shouldn’t I have the right to pick Non-GMO over GMO products? I hope the answer to this question is “Yes” And if the answer is “Yes” why does Monsanto and other companies
not want people to know if a product contains GMO ingredients.


52 posted on 06/12/2013 1:53:23 PM PDT by drinktheobamakoolaid (If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: drinktheobamakoolaid

Thanks for the response and info.

The REAL PROBLEM is that the public is mostly ignorant of the true facts. In the U.S. all food is ‘genetically modified’.

All ‘seedstock’ that was not ‘modified’ is locked away in a huge vault in the Arctic Wastelands.

Take potatoes , for instance.(referencing the picture of McDonald’s fries at the beginning of the thread).

Potatoes were not ‘white’ originally. They were not even round and smooth.


53 posted on 06/12/2013 3:49:17 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: freedumb2003

Just how is modifying God’s creation considered pro-life?

You don’t trust God enough?

I simply don’t want to eat that crap.

Just because some smelly hippy faggots oppose GMOs, doesn’t mean others who oppose it are stupid.


54 posted on 06/12/2013 3:58:20 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

So what is your problem? You are perfectly free to buy organic-labeled foods. You will pay a premium, often a fairly high one, but that is your prerogative.


55 posted on 06/12/2013 6:39:19 PM PDT by sphinx
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To: All

this looks like this summer’s enemy.. evillllll “big agra”.. I see the unemployed college student lining up to protest in marijuana friendly states before the end of the month.

GMOs are like death man.. they’re made for profit which is evil man... (inhale)... (exhale).. it’s not real man.. hey, pass the nachos and don’t bogart the spliff..


56 posted on 06/12/2013 6:43:52 PM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: drinktheobamakoolaid
We require health and safety labels when there is an identified risk. We should not force manufacturers of safe products to attach a label in order to assist corrupt and dishonest smear artists in attempting to create the imputation of risk.

If we could find a way to impose a serious penalty on the luddite imbeciles who specialize in false charges, most of this nonsense would go away. GM products are tested before they are commercialized. They are safe.

This problem is not limited to GMO's. It is often observed that if penicillin were just being developed today, it could never get to market. We are deep in chasing the ghost territory on product safety, and the problem is getting worse, not better.

57 posted on 06/12/2013 6:56:19 PM PDT by sphinx
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To: sphinx

What if you self-appointed brain trusts create something we cannot get rid of?

You don’t ever consider the long term implications, only the next quarter’s profit. Like I really trust some of the things coming out of our wonderfully conservative universities? I’ve been there too, so don’t think your talking to someone who doesn’t know anything about recombinant DNA, I did a lot of bioweapon research...

Secondly, it is not my responsibility to feed the filthy third world who hates me anyway because I am white...

I simply don’t trust anything the government says is “safe.”

And to tell you a little more... The rural county one of the HOMES I OWN had a group of people wanting to get a county ban on GMO crops, they were farmers, church people, nasty smelly hippies, a broad cross section... The big corporate money people rolled in and squashed it, they rolled in Mr. Steroid pro WWF wrestler on a million dollar tour bus - - and that told me everything I needed to know... bunch of lying scums...


58 posted on 06/12/2013 11:18:07 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: freedumb2003
Last time I looked, GMAs look just like their unaltered brethren under a microscope.

Just what kind of microscope would that be? (Type, not brand...)

59 posted on 06/12/2013 11:24:40 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: rellimpank

So, do you trust Chuck Norris or some steroid pumped pro wrestler on the other side who can’t really fight for shit...

I’ll put twenty thousand on Chuck, 2 to 1 odds, if Goldberg doesn’t chicken out...


60 posted on 06/12/2013 11:27:42 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

>>Just how is modifying God’s creation considered pro-life?<<

Keeping people from starving by feeding them is quite pro-life. The genetic modifications make the crops easier (and thus cheaper) to grow.

You don’t trust God enough?<<

So we should not breed strains of crops, animals, etc? Just let ‘em grow the way God intended? That was also genetic tampering, just slower.

God gave me some genetic issues that I need to take Rx for — I should just go away and die rather than use what God provided through my fellow man?

>>Just because some smelly hippy faggots oppose GMOs, doesn’t mean others who oppose it are stupid.<<

I didn’t say people who oppose GMOs are stupid because they are in league with smelly hippies. There are many other reasons opposition to GMOs is stupid. First and foremost are the millions of unnecessary dead people who could have lived.


61 posted on 06/13/2013 5:11:36 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (To attempt to have intercourse with a hornet's nest is a very bad idea)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

Almost nothing you eat is “God’s Creation”

All food is the result of genetic manipulation by men dedicated to the task of producing more and better things to eat


62 posted on 06/13/2013 5:16:25 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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To: bert

Human manipulation of recombinant DNA is something entirely different...

You could educate yourself, of course that would mean some effort.


63 posted on 06/13/2013 6:16:57 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: freedumb2003
...the millions of unnecessary dead people who could have lived.

"You like 'em, you save 'em..." (from a movie)

I simply don't want genetic neurotoxins in my food (allele variants implanted on selected chromosomes), and I don't want them contaminating crops other people are growing.

Genetic disorders and other neurological diseases are a serious issue to me... you can try your stuff out in Zimbabwe for all I care, I'm sure Mugabe would be happy to help white farmers teach Eric Holder's people how to farm...

64 posted on 06/13/2013 6:25:18 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: drinktheobamakoolaid
... why does Monsanto and other companies not want people to know if a product contains GMO ingredients ?

That is the 16 trillion dollar question.

The Golden Calf has grown up to be a hollow Bronze Bull.

(Think about: multiple sclerosis, ebola, aids, autism spectrum genetic disorder, ecrotizing fasciitis, etc...)

65 posted on 06/13/2013 6:35:40 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

Neurotoxins? You have a fertile imagination.


66 posted on 06/13/2013 7:05:08 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Toddsterpatriot

You have a mental problem.


67 posted on 06/13/2013 7:06:24 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: My hearts in London - Everett
All I’ve seen reported is that there are studies showing GMO is dangerous. There have been no studies showing are safe that I know of.

EVERYTHING is dangerous.

NOTHING is "safe".

There is no such thing as "safe". "Safety" is relative, hazards can be mitigated but never eliminated.

68 posted on 06/13/2013 7:10:58 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

Look out, GMO food. Run away! LOL!


69 posted on 06/13/2013 7:11:21 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Toddsterpatriot

I don’t care if you like to eat feces... none of my business...

What I choose to eat is likewise, none of your business.

But you can’t be satisfied with other people making an informed choice.

You need more low information voters.


70 posted on 06/13/2013 7:15:39 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: ArrogantBustard

(99.99% of all auto accidents occur when someone is in a car...)

What is the problem with labeling the stuff if that is what people vote at the polls to do?

I don’t want to eat that shit.


71 posted on 06/13/2013 7:19:38 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

And then there are bad information voters, but enough about you.


72 posted on 06/13/2013 7:20:21 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood
What is the problem with labeling

Take that argument up with someone who is interested in it.

I am not.

73 posted on 06/13/2013 7:21:19 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

And if you lose the vote at the ballot box?


74 posted on 06/13/2013 7:21:56 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Toddsterpatriot

Bad information?

What is the problem with labeling?


75 posted on 06/13/2013 7:22:34 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood
Again: I am not interested in that particular topic. I have advanced no argument one way or the other on that topic.

If that's what you want to talk about, find someone else.

Thank you.

76 posted on 06/13/2013 7:23:27 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

What info do you want on the label?

What do you hope to accomplish?


77 posted on 06/13/2013 7:24:45 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

If you’re not interested, you are free to go somewhere else... asshoole...


78 posted on 06/13/2013 7:24:46 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Toddsterpatriot

Does it matter, if that is what we vote for in a free country?


79 posted on 06/13/2013 7:25:38 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

Yes, it matters.


80 posted on 06/13/2013 7:26:11 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood
Thank you for confirming my opinion of you.

Have a lovely day!!!

81 posted on 06/13/2013 7:26:15 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

F-you very much...


82 posted on 06/13/2013 7:27:59 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Toddsterpatriot

Well, then you can vote anyway you like!

That is why you lose elections.


83 posted on 06/13/2013 7:29:07 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

You really are a low information voter.


84 posted on 06/13/2013 7:31:12 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Kaslin

bookmark


85 posted on 06/13/2013 7:33:21 AM PDT by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: Toddsterpatriot

No, I voted for Bullwinkle over McCain or Obama...

I can always just stay home, but I’m not a fat lazy sop who watches television.


86 posted on 06/13/2013 7:34:30 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

You forgot to add your love of feelings over facts.


87 posted on 06/13/2013 7:35:51 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Kaslin

It is called “slow kill”.


88 posted on 06/13/2013 7:39:24 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

You are picking pepper from the bird seed.

Man selectively bred and grew our food


89 posted on 06/13/2013 7:55:59 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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To: bert

Recombinant DNA manipulation is something different than selective breeding.

You are picking your brains from your butt.


90 posted on 06/13/2013 8:02:29 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Toddsterpatriot

You don’t even know what a fact is...


91 posted on 06/13/2013 8:03:01 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

Don’t cry....


92 posted on 06/13/2013 8:54:50 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Toddsterpatriot

Go fork yourself...


93 posted on 06/13/2013 9:18:12 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: sphinx

OK, I agree. I hope I don’t fall under the category of “Ludite” I have been to counseling for that... ;-) And I personally am not going to start a campaign against GMO’s.

But just as food is marked Kosher, could the GMO label be applied.

Aluminum has been known to possibly cause Alzheimer’s. So I personally use Stainless Steel cookware. So if I am buying cookware, I look for stainless steel. It costs more, but it is my choice. My family takes care of an Alzheimer’s patient. I will avoid it like the plague.


94 posted on 06/13/2013 10:39:14 AM PDT by drinktheobamakoolaid (If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: drinktheobamakoolaid

“Kosher,” like “halal” and “organic,” is a label voluntarily attached by a food producer as a branding strategy. It gets slightly complicated because producer groups can and do disagree about, for example, the meaning of “organic.” So they scamper off to an outside authority such as a religious body or government seeking an authoritative ruling on the meaning of the word. But the primary point to make is that this is voluntary, affirmative labelling affixed as a marketing device targeted at a niche buyer to whom that particular quality matters. There is nothing wrong with this.

Bottom line, if you don’t like the idea of GMO’s, you have a simple remedy. Look for the organic label.


95 posted on 06/13/2013 11:41:14 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

Relax Francis.


96 posted on 06/13/2013 11:49:34 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Toddsterpatriot

yawn...


97 posted on 06/13/2013 2:54:47 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: sphinx
...if you don’t like the idea of GMO’s, you have a simple remedy. Look for the organic label.

OR, PUT IT ON THE BALLOT!

98 posted on 06/13/2013 2:56:16 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: sphinx

Fair enough about Kosher, halal, etc.

Let me use a different example:
Now, let say you have a passion of not buying products made in countries other than America or ones that have no child labor laws. However the label showing that the product was “Made in China” is not required (The product was made prior to The Textile Fiber Products Identification Act). You want to buy only American made items. Let’s say for the sake of the argument that Nike has some, but not all of their products, made in China. You go in to buy some Nikes. And you buy the shoes thinking they were made in the US. True, you will never know. But by having a product that is made in China, American jobs are lost and child labor may have been used to make this product. Don’t you, as a consumer, have the right to know where a product was made?

Another example:
I have a neighbor who was going to hire a landscaping company. He called the company and asked, “Do you employ illegal aliens?” The foreman said, “Yes, we do” He thanked the man and politely hung up. You see he wanted to hire a company that hired US citizens. Was he wrong for asking where the employees were from?


99 posted on 06/13/2013 3:32:29 PM PDT by drinktheobamakoolaid (If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

Feelings,not facts/sfd


100 posted on 06/13/2013 4:40:04 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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