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  • Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm

    07/11/2014 7:41:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 10, 2014 3:38 PM EDT | David A. Lieb
    In the nation’s agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion. Some powerful agriculture interests want to declare farming a right at the state level as part of a wider campaign to fortify the ag industry against crusades by animal-welfare activists and opponents of genetically modified crops. The emerging battle could have lasting repercussions for the nation’s food supply and for the millions of people worldwide who depend on U.S. agricultural exports. It’s also possible that...
  • Golden rice refusal kills millions

    06/10/2014 6:11:40 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 53 replies
    Western Farm Press ^ | May 6, 2014 | Don Curlee
    A University of California report has exposed the injustice that prohibits a genetically engineered additive to rice. Without it the death of millions of children has occurred, notably in Africa and India. The researcher opinion lays the blame for the international prohibition of producing golden rice through genetic engineering to powerful forces that hide behind environmentalism. California, of course, is one of the world’s major rice producers, ready to supply the vitamin enriched product, especially for export.
  • The Plight of the Monarch Butterflies

    06/09/2014 7:05:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 6/8/2014 | Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser
    The Monarch Butterflies are threatened, no doubt about that. Well-meaning groups, like LMF are grassroots efforts to encourage gardeners to grow milkweed plants, the monarchs predominant food source. The crucial question though has not been asked: why is the milkweed plant rapidly disappearing? Some Ideas Some people think the use of genetically modified (GM) corn that is the source of the problem. They think that herbicides applied to GM corn prevent the growth of errant milkweed plants in corn fields. I don’t think so. The milkweed rate of growth is much less than that of corn and the monarchs would...
  • Monarch butterfly decline linked to spread of GM crops

    06/09/2014 5:05:10 AM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 62 replies
    CBC ^ | 6/4/2014 | Emily Chung
    The main cause of the monarch butterfly's decline is the loss of milkweed — its food — in its U.S. breeding grounds, a new study has found. That all but confirms that the spread of genetically modified crops is indirectly killing the monarch.
  • Washington Post: Can we please cut it out with all of this anti-GMO asininity?

    06/03/2014 12:38:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Human beings have been using various agricultural techniques to genetically modify (i.e., breed for preferred traits in) their food for thousands of years, and the more recent and more rapidly innovative advent of genetically modified foods via laboratory has helped scientists and farmers to develop hardier, more nutritious, pest-and-weather-resistant crops that have the ability to feed more people while using up less space and fewer resources (which, I might mention, is a pretty great environmental development to boot).Despite their boundless potential for feeding the hungry and alleviate poverty the world over, genetically modified organisms have inspired a small but...
  • Virginia Livestock Farmer Abstains From GMOs and Antibiotics

    05/29/2014 6:03:11 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 9 replies
    Virginia Free Citizens ^ | May 20, 2014 | Shelby Mertens
    Continuing series on small farms in Virginia from Virginia Free Citizen: Photos/Video Karen Doyle, a small livestock farmer in White Stone, Va., made a conscious decision to keep her livestock free of GMOs and antibiotics when she started Georgiatown Farms almost five years ago. This requires Doyle to embark on a two and a half hour road trip to Maryland to buy the special feed from the Amish. She said most farmers aren’t willing to put in that much effort, but for her, it’s a matter of health safety and animal welfare. GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are genetically engineered...
  • Vermont governor signs GMO food labeling into law

    05/11/2014 12:01:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 200 replies
    CNN.com ^ | May 8, 2014 | Dana Ford and Lorenzo Ferrigno
    (CNN) -- Vermont's governor on Thursday signed a bill into law that will require the labeling of genetically modified foods -- hailing it as the first such law in the nation. Under the new law, food offered for retail sale that is entirely or partially produced with genetic engineering must be labeled as such by July 2016. "Vermonters take our food and how it is produced seriously, and we believe we have a right to know what's in the food we buy," said Gov. Peter Shumlin. "More than 60 countries have already restricted or labeled these foods, and now one...
  • Bracing For A Battle, Vermont Passes GMO Labeling Bill

    04/24/2014 10:39:01 AM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | 24 April 2014 | Eliza Barclay and Jeremy Bernfeld
    The Green Mountain State is poised to become the first to require food companies to label food products containing genetically modified ingredients.Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin tweeted he will sign a bill state lawmakers passed Wednesday mandating that foods with GMOs be labeled as having been produced with "genetic engineering." The bill would also make it illegal for foods with GMOs to be labeled "all natural" or "natural."While Maine and Connecticut have already passed GMO labeling bills, those bills contain clauses that keep them from going into effect until surrounding states pass similar rules. Vermont's bill would go into effect on...
  • HHS secretary nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell oversaw Gates Foundation’s population control efforts

    04/12/2014 7:10:19 PM PDT · by topher · 21 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Fri Apr 11, 2014 15:53 EST | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 11, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The woman who will oversee the Obama administration's implementation of the HHS mandate, requiring employers to give “free” contraception to all American women, spent a decade leading the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's population control efforts in the Third World.
  • Bill would have FDA decide on labeling genetically modified food

    04/10/2014 12:52:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    McClatchyDC.com ^ | April 9, 2014 | Chris Adams
    <p>WASHINGTON — Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo is pushing a bill in Congress that would shift responsibility for any labeling of genetically modified foods to the hands of the federal government, potentially stopping the efforts underway in many states to mandate labels on such foods.</p>
  • 8 Beers That You Should Stop Drinking Immediately

    04/07/2014 12:47:17 AM PDT · by kingattax · 61 replies
    Banoosh ^ | April 3, 2014 | Mr Z
    Many of us choose what we eat very carefully, or at least dedicate our minimum attention to it. But when it comes to drinks, especially alcoholic beverages, we do little to make the best decisions for our health. Which is a HUGE mistake. All the work for your body can be ruined in a weekend out. While foods and non alcoholic beverages are required to list their ingredients and are monitored by the FDA, beer does not belong in either. Alcohol industry had lobbied for years to avoid labeling its ingredients. Some to protect its recipes, but most – to...
  • 'One in 68 kids has Autism'

    03/27/2014 12:12:50 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 159 replies
    AFP (Agence France-Presse) ^ | Thursday, March 27, 2014 | Sergei Supinsky
    One in 68 children has autism, a 30 percent rise over the last estimate released in 2012, US health authorities said Thursday. The latest US data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the "proportion of children with autism and higher IQ (is) on the rise," said a CDC statement. Previously, as many as one in 88 US children were known to have autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, a developmental disorder that recent research suggests may originate in the womb. "This new estimate is roughly 30 percent higher than previous estimates reported in 2012 of 1 in...
  • You Can’t Wish Away the Fertility Gap: We ignore it at our peril.

    03/27/2014 7:07:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/27/2014 | Bonnie Ramthun
    Jill Knapp begs us to “Please Stop Asking Me When I’m Going to Have Children.” Being that I am still a newly-wed and have just moved to a new city, I am in no rush to have a kid. This is an unacceptable answer to a lot of people. The constant reminders that your clock is ticking and that you don’t want to be confused for your child’s grandparents when they grow up are not making us move any faster. Having children is a big responsibility. What Jill doesn’t understand is that her fertility is not subject to whim...
  • Green Revolution leader Norman Borlaug statue unveiled at U.S. Capitol

    03/26/2014 12:07:46 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 19 replies
    WASHINGTON — The father of the so-called Green Revolution has a permanent home in the U.S. Capitol. Lawmakers unveiled a statue of Norman Borlaug on Tuesday in a ceremony on what would have been his 100th birthday. The Iowa native and University of Minnesota graduate is credited with saving as many as 1 billion people from hunger by creating a type of wheat that was disease resistant and high-yielding. Borlaug, who died in 2009, won the 1970 Nobel Prize for his work and has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. His likeness will join...
  • Tech Heist: Seeds of Deceit (Chinese try to steal experimental GMO corn seed)

    03/23/2014 1:32:42 PM PDT · by dennisw · 30 replies
    agweb ^ | JANUARY 25, 2014 | Farm Journal Editors
    Unassuming from the road, this farmstead served as the headquarters for a ring of international thieves bent on embezzling U.S. seed. The FBI thwarts a ring of Chinese national thieves. Crouched on his hands and knees under an Iowa sky, Mo Hailong quickly dug in the rows of freshly planted seed corn. Just the day before, May 2, 2011, he and coworker Wang Lei, vice chairman of Kings Nower Seed of China, stopped at this same field near Tama, Iowa. The farmer told them he was planting seed corn. With each shovel, Hailong found pay dirt: DuPont Pioneer’s latest parent...
  • Hitler's Super Gauge Train

    03/08/2014 9:28:41 AM PST · by varmintman · 73 replies
    On the off chance you might encounter people who don't understand why George Soros and Monsanto might want the Ukraine.... The official title of the tsars was "Tsar of all the Russias", meaning primarily 'Great Russia' (Russia), 'White Russia' (Belorus), and 'Little Russia' (Ukraine). That is the heart of the Slavic Orthodox world and Ukraine is the breadbasket of that world. The Ukraine could feed everybody from the Volga to the Atlantic and that in fact was Hitler's plan; the idea was to build a super-gauge train to haul foodstuffs from Ukraine to Europe and, as I read it at...
  • Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers [Obama wages war against farmers]

    02/22/2014 6:52:06 PM PST · by grundle · 32 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 22, 2014 | Evan Halper
    Now, farmers are discovering that the FDA's proposed rules would curtail many techniques that are common among organic growers, including spreading house-made fertilizers, tilling cropland with grazing animals, and irrigating from open creeks. Suddenly, from small family operations nestled in the foothills of Appalachia to the sophisticated organic-grower networks that serve Los Angeles and San Francisco, the farms that celebrity chefs and food-conscious consumers jostle to buy from are facing an unexpected adversary. They're fighting back. Even though full enforcement of the rules is still years away, they are warning customers that some farms would have to close. "They are...
  • Scientists develop GM potato that’s immune to Irish famine fungus, late blight

    02/17/2014 11:07:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 17 February 2014
    A potato genetically modified to resist the fungus which caused the devastating Irish potato famine of 1845 has been developed by British scientists. Late blight, caused by the organism Phytophthora infestans, remains the potato farmer’s greatest enemy to this day. Each year UK farmers spend around Ł60 million keeping the infection at bay with pesticides. In a bad year, losses and control measures combined can account for half the total cost of growing potatoes. …
  • The Fable of Hawaiian Frankencorn: The Aloha State’s dishonest anti-biotech campaign

    02/13/2014 10:16:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Reason ^ | February 2014 | Ronald Bailey
    "Anybody you see around here dressed in a Tyvek suit will be someone from Greenpeace," David Stoltzfus joked as we surveyed the thousands of carefully numbered corn plants growing in the stony rust-colored soil of a former sugar cane plantation just a few miles inland from the spectacular Wailea Beach. Stoltzfus, who heads Monsanto's Piilani seed production farm on Maui, was referring to the white disposable coveralls that protesters wear for the TV cameras when "decontaminating" biotech crop fields. Hawaii is the epicenter of a furious campaign to shut down production farms that yield genetically modified seed. It was September,...
  • Kicking Bill Gates Off The Board Is The Best Thing Microsoft Can Do

    01/31/2014 7:04:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/31/2014 | Julie Bort
    Microsoft is an insanely profitable company standing on the edge of disaster. It desperately needs new thinking. With word that 22-year Microsoft veteran Satya Nadella is likely the new CEO, attention turns to the leadership of the company's board of directors. It will have two former CEOs, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. So new thinking is unlikely to come from them. In fact, Gates has a track record of huge strategic errors that have cost the company years of progress in market share. Here's why he should be the one to go: 1. Gates' world was: Go slow. Microsoft needs...
  • Can You Be Good Without God?

    01/29/2014 4:37:11 PM PST · by NYer · 75 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | January 28, 2014 | Todd Aglialoro
    Atheists and agnostics like to claim that religion or belief in God isn’t necessary for living a moral life. “I can be a good person without God,” they say. Some go a step further and try to build a case for why they can be even better people without God. For example, they might claim that whereas theists are concerned about obeying religious commands that will get them into a heavenly afterlife, unbelievers are able to apply all their energies to making this world a better place.In a certain sense, it’s correct to say that one can be a...
  • Racist Al Gore Tells World Economic Forum They Have To Find Ways To Keep Africa’s Population Down

    01/29/2014 4:34:31 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 18 replies
    Al Gore pops his head up at Davos…say, how’d he get there? A fossil fueled flight?…to make a racist pronouncement (via Climate Depot). Stopping overpopulation is one way the dangers of climate change can be mitigated, according to two of the most prominent believers in global warming. Former Vice President Al Gore and Microsoft founder Bill Gates (how did Gates get to Davos? Anyone think he flew commercial?) said at the World Economic Forum in Davos that contraception is a key in controlling the proliferation of unusual weather they say is endangering the world. “Depressing the rate of child mortality,...
  • Al Gore once again suggests ‘fertility management’ to fight global warming

    01/28/2014 4:53:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 27, 2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Former Vice President Al Gore raised eyebrows last week when he suggested that “fertility management” was the key to fighting global warming and promoting economic development in poor countries. Gore’s comments drew criticism from free-marketeers who said his remarks amount to “eco-imperialism.” “Gore’s agenda for saving the world from global warming has always included population control,” Myron Ebell, director of global warming and international environmental policy at the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Advocating population control specifically for Africa is just another form of imperialism. Gore’s eco-imperialism is uncomfortably close to the original racist goals...
  • The Men Who Made Us Fat ''Episode 1-3''

    01/25/2014 7:15:40 PM PST · by restornu · 64 replies
    NewsmaxHealth ^ | Published on Aug 23, 2012 | Dr. Russell Blaylock
    Around the world, obesity levels are rising. More people are now overweight than undernourished. Two thirds of British adults are overweight and one in four of us is classified as obese. In the first of this three-part series, Jacques Peretti traces those responsible for revolutionising our eating habits, to find out how decisions made in America 40 years ago influence the way we eat now. Peretti travels to America to investigate the story of high-fructose corn syrup. The sweetener was championed in the US in the 1970s by Richard Nixon's agriculture secretary Earl Butz to make use of the excess...
  • Original Cheerios to go GMO-free

    01/02/2014 5:16:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 2, 2014 8:10 PM EST | Candice Choi
    General Mills says some Cheerios made without genetically modified ingredients will start appearing on shelves soon. The Minneapolis-based company said Thursday that it has been manufacturing its original-flavor Cheerios without GMOs for the past several weeks in response to consumer demand. It did not specify exactly when those boxes would be on sale. Original Cheerios will now be labeled as “Not Made With Genetically Modified Ingredients,” although that it is not an official certification. The labels will also note that trace amounts of GMO ingredients could be present due to contamination during the manufacturing process, said Mike Siemienas, a company...
  • China rejects shipments of genetically modified corn

    12/27/2013 4:12:27 PM PST · by gooblah · 53 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 27 2013 | Ricardo Lopez
    China rejected two shipments -- almost 546,000 tons -- of U.S. dried distillers' grain, a corn byproduct, because it contained genetically modified material, state media reported Friday.
  • Food-tech startups aim to replace eggs and chicken

    12/09/2013 1:39:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 2013 2:19 AM EST | Terence Chea
    The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco’s tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn’t like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile phone apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs. Inside, research chefs bake cookies and cakes, whip up batches of flavored mayonnaise and pan-fry omelets and French toast—all without eggs. Funded by prominent Silicon Valley investors and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Hampton Creek Foods seeks to disrupt a global egg industry that backers say wastes energy, pollutes the environment, causes disease outbreaks and confines chickens to tiny spaces....
  • Clashes outside Monsanto plant in Argentina

    11/28/2013 1:16:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 28, 2013 4:08 PM EST
    Argentine union members on Thursday clashed with environmentalists protesting the construction of a plant by U.S.-based seed giant Monsanto. … Construction of the corn-processing plant was halted in October when environmentalists began disrupting entry of supplies. Activists oppose the use of genetically modified crops, which Monsanto produces and (environmentalist Vanina) Barboza says they’ll continue to block roads and access to the plant. …
  • The New Food Fight: Big Food Vs. Big Organic: Have the elite hijacked healthy eating?

    11/26/2013 6:20:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    Reader's Digest ^ | Published in Reader's Digest Magazine October 2013 | By David H. Freedman The Atlantic
    Late last year, in a small health-food eatery called Cafe Sprouts in Oberlin, Ohio, I had what may well have been the most wholesome beverage of my life. The friendly server guided me to an apple-blueberry-kale-carrot smoothie-juice combination, which she spent the next several minutes preparing, mostly by shepherding farm-fresh produce into machinery. The result was tasty. But at 300 calories (by my rough calculation) for a 16-ounce cup, it was more than my diet could regularly absorb without consequences. Nor was I about to make a habit of $9 shakes, healthy or not. Inspired by the experience nonetheless, I...
  • Obama’s Secret Treaty Which Will Merge America More Deeply Into The One World Economic System

    11/14/2013 6:31:11 AM PST · by IbJensen · 27 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 11/14/2013 | Michael Snyder
    Did you know that the Obama administration is negotiating a super secret “trade agreement” that is so sensitive that he isn’t even allowing members of Congress to see it? The Trans-Pacific Partnership is being called the “NAFTA of the Pacific” and “NAFTA on steroids”, but the truth is that it is so much more than just a trade agreement. This treaty has 29 chapters, but only 5 of them have to do with trade. Most Americans don’t realize this, but this treaty will fundamentally change our laws regarding Internet freedom, health care, the trading of derivatives, copyright issues, food...
  • Labeling of genetically engineered food trailing in initial returns

    11/05/2013 9:02:04 PM PST · by djwright · 62 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 11/5/2013 | Sandi Doughton
    UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: With 20 counties reporting– including King, Pierce, Spokane and Thurston — the initiative that would label genetically engineered food was trailing 47 percent to 53 percent. More results are coming.
  • Genetic Literacy Project Infographic: Is labeling GMOs really about our “Right to Know”?

    11/01/2013 3:26:45 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 194 replies
    Genetic Literacy Project ^ | October 31, 2013 | Jon Entine
    If one believes the backers of Washington State Initiative 522, Tuesday’s vote is simple commonsense: It’s about the “right to know” what’s in our food... “To be clear the Just Label campaign is not an anti-GMO effort,” says Gary Hirshberg, founder of organic food maker Stonyfield Organic, and head of Just Label It... But in less guarded moments, Hirshberg makes it clear that the labeling movement has nothing at all to do with science, information and discourse—it is exclusively an anti-GMO effort...
  • Powder People: Could It Possibly Be Healthy to Eat Nothing But the Food-Substitute Soylent?

    10/29/2013 5:11:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    As a tech-obsessed child growing up in the nineties, Rob Rhinehart was always puzzled by food. Here he was, eagerly embracing the wonders of the information era, and he had to gnaw on seared chunks of meat and raw vegetables. “I remember when I was very young, eating lettuce and thinking it was very weird to be eating leaves, sitting in this nice house with all of these electronics around us,” he says now. These days, Rhinehart doesn’t eat much lettuce or anything else recognizable as food. Instead, the 25-year-old gets most of his nutrition from a water bottle filled...
  • Greenpeace and others are preventing millions of children from being saved from death and blindness

    10/28/2013 4:51:58 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 40 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | Oct 28, 2013 | Brian Wang
    A 2009 study concluded that golden rice is effectively converted into vitamin A in humans. A 2012 study that fed 68 children ages 6 to 8 concluded that golden rice was as good as vitamin A supplements and better than the natural beta-carotene in spinach. Recently, scientists gathered evidence from Mozambique and Uganda that vitamin A enhanced sweet potatoes are, in fact, improving people's lives. Children who are eating them do have more vitamin A in their blood. Based on other studies of the effects of vitamin A, nutritionistsare confident that the boost is big enough to improve the health...
  • Have a Coke and a … GMO?

    10/28/2013 1:46:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | 28 Oct 2013 | Bill Tomson
    The Coca-Cola Company isn’t smiling about the latest effort to force labels on foods and beverages that contain genetically modified organisms – this time in Washington State. It’s on a long list of manufacturers that sell products using ingredients derived from either corn or soy, both of which are nearly impossible to source in the United States without using genetically modified crops. In fact, should Washington pass its ballot initiative 522 next week, good luck finding any processed foods or beverages in an Evergreen State grocery store that don’t have GMO warning labels. Coca-Cola and PepsiCo both are on a...
  • Argumentum Ad Monsantum: Bill Maher and The Lure of a Liberal Logical Fallacy

    10/16/2013 8:17:26 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Scientific American ^ | October 16, 2013 | Kyle Hill
    Let’s get real. It doesn’t matter if you think Monsanto is evil. Genetically modified  food is safe—no matter what logical fallacies will lead liberals like Bill Maher to believe. If Monsanto has anything to do with it, it must be evil. That seems to be the prevailing opinion on the monolithic biotech company. Following that logic, if they produce corn or soybeans or another crop that has been genetically modified (GM), those too must be evil. That’s Bill Maher’s reasoning at least—reasoning that lures liberals away from science and towards denial. Making the leap from Monsanto’s business practices—whatever you may...
  • Should We Live Shorter to Save the Planet?

    10/11/2013 7:45:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The National Review's Human Exceptionalism ^ | October 10, 2013 | Wesley J. Smith
    Humans are the enemy! A new study published in Ecology and Society claims that longer life expectancy for us is bad news for the planet. From the study by Aaron Lotz and Craig R. Allen: We found a positive relationship between life expectancy and the percentage of endangered and invasive species in a country…The overall trend in high-income countries with improvements to the Human Development Index, which includes human life expectancy as one of its variables, is toward a disproportionately larger negative impact on a country’s ecological footprint. However, some lower-income countries have a high level of development without a...
  • US adults are dumber than the average human

    10/08/2013 4:11:22 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 99 replies
    New York Post ^ | 10/08/13 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either. In math, reading and problem-solving using technology – all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength – American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.
  • USDA will not take action in case of GMO alfalfa contamination

    09/23/2013 8:17:27 AM PDT · by opentalk · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 17, 2013 | Carey Gillam
    The detection of a small amount of genetically modified material in a Washington state farmer's non-GMO alfalfa crop constitutes a "commercial issue" only and does not warrant any government action, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. The Washington state farmer had complained in late August to state agricultural officials that his alfalfa hay had been rejected for export sale because of the presence of a genetically modified trait that makes the crop resistant to herbicide. The event triggered a wave of concern from consumer and agricultural groups who have fought the government for nearly a decade to keep...
  • Leftist Hysteria Over Monsanto

    09/23/2013 5:34:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 100 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    The left is in a frenzy over the American agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto and other agribusinesses that tinker with crop genetics. Is there any truth to their scare stories asserting that we’re being poisoned with “Frankenfood,” breeding new strains of superbugs and superpests? Genetically modified crops, known as GMOs (genetically modified organisms), have been used by American farmers since the mid-1990s in order to increase crop yields and reduce the use of pesticides. The FDA has approved their use. Today, 70-80 percent of grocery products in the U.S. include genetically engineered ingredients. In contrast, only 5 percent of the food...
  • Golden Rice, Green Idiocy

    08/28/2013 9:57:18 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 14 replies
    The American Interest ^ | August 26, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    On August 8th, 400 protesters ripped out seedlings of a new genetically modified plant called golden rice at a testing ground in the Philippines. Genes from bacteria and corn have been added to the rice to make it a source of vitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to blindness and weakens the immune system, contributing to 2 million deaths every year. (Golden rice is being developed by a non-profit organization, not Monsanto.) As the Philippine government prepares to rule on whether or not to allow farmers to grow the wonder-crop, the anti-GMO movement is digging itself in for...
  • US Military Caught Manipulating Social Media, Running Mass Propaganda Accounts

    08/14/2013 4:52:09 AM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 20 replies
    StoryLeak ^ | August 9, 2013 | Anthony Gucciardi
    has been common knowledge to anyone paying attention within the alternative news community for years, but once again the media is now admitting that the US military and intelligence agencies are indeed running massive propaganda campaigns that cover a vast array of online networks.  US military soldier on social media. How many times now has such ‘conspiracy nonsense’ now been reported years later by the mega media as undeniable fact? In the case of the US intelligence propaganda machine that even the New York Times has covered in an article entitled ‘The Real War on Reality‘, we are seeing just...
  • Monsanto drops GM crop plan in EU

    07/20/2013 1:07:52 PM PDT · by opentalk · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | July 18, 2013
    Biotechnology giant Monsanto is scrapping plans to win approval to grow new types of genetically modified crops in the European Union. It says the move is due to the lack of prospects for cultivation in the EU... It comes just days after the EU began talks with the US on a wide-ranging trade deal, with agriculture likely to be one of the toughest issues. The company said it would now concentrate on growing its conventional seeds business in Europe. It will also look to get EU approval to import its genetically modified crop varieties from the US and South America...
  • Bacterial molecules may prevent inflammatory bowel disease

    07/13/2013 5:53:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 34 replies
    Science News ^ | July 9, 2013 | Jessica Shugart
    Common compounds produced by gut microbes quench colitis in mice Common molecules made by bacteria in the gut may act as chill pills for the immune system. Molecules secreted by intestinal bacteria work to prevent misplaced immune attacks in inflammatory bowel diseases like colitis, a new study finds. “It is a huge advance,” says Sarkis Mazmanian of Caltech. “This opens up the notion that a very easy and potentially very safe therapy for inflammatory bowel disease could exist.” Decades of research have hinted that microbes play a role in immune-related diseases such as obesity, allergy, inflammatory bowel disease and colon...
  • Farmers falling back on chemical pesticides as GMO seeds falter

    07/10/2013 6:55:25 AM PDT · by opentalk · 23 replies
    RT ^ | July 10, 2013
    Though biotech companies like Monsanto spent many millions creating and inserting genes that would make corn plants poisonous to the corn rootworm but harmless to other creatures, the pest has begun to develop an immunity. Though the use of chemical pesticides has always been a source of contention, the advent of corn hybrid plants by biotech companies like Monsanto allowed farmers to cut back on their use. These new hybrids had been specifically designed using genes from a bacteria called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which provided a formidable defense against corn rootworm. Throughout parts of the midwest, however, farmers are now...
  • Lucky Charms Goes Gay

    07/01/2013 12:25:42 PM PDT · by YourAdHere · 106 replies
    Lucky Charms won’t just be at the end of the rainbow anymore. It’ll be right up in front, toeing the line for gay activists and their agenda. According to The Huffington Post, General Mills just announced that Lucky Charms – with little rainbow marshmallows – will be the face for a new gay pride campaign, called #LuckyToBe. “General Mills has come out in support of the gay community for Pride,” wrote HuffPo’s Christopher Rudolph, “and what better way to show their love than with the Lucky Charms marshmallow rainbow?” The new gay-agenda campaign “encourages people with Pride to tweet and...
  • GM food off the menu in Parliament's restaurants- ministers telling public to drop their opposition

    06/30/2013 2:03:25 PM PDT · by opentalk · 27 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 21, 2013 | Sean Poulter
    GM foods are banned from restaurants in the Houses of Parliament despite government claims it is ‘probably safer’ than other meals. Government ministers are demanding that ordinary families should abandon their reluctance to eat genetically modified food, however they are banned from MPs’ plates. This week the food and farming secretary, Owen Paterson, launched an extraordinary propaganda campaign to encourage the nation to accept GM crops and farming. He bolstered his campaign with claims that some seven million children in the Far East could have been saved from blindness or death in the last 15 years if only people had...
  • UPDATE Monsanto unapproved GMO wheat stored in Colorado through '11

    06/29/2013 8:19:45 AM PDT · by opentalk · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 28, 2013 | Cary Gillman
    Monsanto Co's unapproved, experimental genetically engineered wheat, which is feared to have potentially contaminated U.S. wheat supplies after it was found growing in an Oregon field this spring, was kept in a U.S. government storage facility until at least late 2011, according to documents obtained by Reuters. The revelation that the seed for the controversial genetically engineered wheat was kept viable in a Colorado storage facility as recently as a year and a half ago comes as the U.S. government is investigating how the strain of experimental wheat wound up growing in an Oregon field this spring. The probe by...
  • Reid pressures House to pass farm bill

    06/25/2013 2:22:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 24, 2013 6:00 PM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says his chamber won’t pass an extension of farm policy this year and is pressuring the House to figure out how to pass a farm bill. The House rejected its version of a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill last week, with 62 Republicans voting no after Speaker John Boehner urged support. The Senate passed its farm bill earlier this month with support from two-thirds of the chamber. Reid on Monday urged Boehner take up the Senate farm bill before current policy expires Sept. 30. … Both bills expand farm subsidies while saving money overall and making...
  • Monsanto Executive Is Among World Food Prize Winners

    06/19/2013 4:41:28 PM PDT · by Toddsterpatriot · 67 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 19, 2013 | ANDREW POLLACK
    For the first time in its 27-year history, a prestigious award for enhancing the global food supply has gone to a creator of genetically modified crops, a top scientist at Monsanto. The choice is likely to add more heat to an intense debate about the role biotechnology can play in combating world hunger. Robert T. Fraley, Monsanto’s executive vice president and chief technology officer, will share the $250,000 World Food Prize with two other scientists who helped devise how to insert foreign genes into plants: Marc Van Montagu of Belgium and Mary-Dell Chilton of the United States. The announcement was...