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Syngenta mixed GMOs into US crops to force the world to accept untested biotechnology, lawsuit claims

 

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(NaturalNews) Agri- and biotech giant Syngenta is being sued by hundreds of farmers in at least 20 states for shocking business practices, including using the American people as GMO guinea pigs.

According to Arkansas Business, one of the lawsuits against the Swiss seed manufacturer, which has been filed on behalf of two Newport-area farms, alleges that Syngenta “has engaged in a criminal conspiracy to contaminate the U.S. corn crop to force China (and) other nations that buy U.S. corn and U.S. farmers to accept” GMO corn.

The publication further reported in online editions:

The suit, field by the Emerson Poynter law firm, which has offices in Little Rock and Houston, alleges that Syngenta violated the Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, which is usually used to fight organized crime.

The firm filed the class-action suit in January on behalf of Eagle Lake Farms and Kenny Falwell, both operating farms in the Newport area. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. At least eight other suits have also been filed against the seed maker, the news report said.

In all, there are hundreds of pending suits against Syngenta that have been filed by American farmers since last fall. The suits claim that Syngenta caused financial losses of between $1 billion and $2.9 billion to U.S. corn farmers after selling them GMO corn that China had yet to approve for use. China is a major (and growing) importer of American corn and maize-related byproducts.

Drop in value

In particular, the suits identified the Agrisure Viptera seed, also known as MIR 162. The suits say the seeds have been genetically altered to resist corn pests including earworms and cutworms. The seed was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2010.

In November 2013, China began banning shipments of U.S. corn after its scientists detected the GMO trait, leading to a dramatic decrease in the price and value of U.S. corn. The suits allege that even farmers who did not use the GMO corn suffered economic losses as well.

Farmers in 20 states have filed suit. Together, they represent 86 percent of all corn planted in the United States last year, plaintiffs’ lawyers said.

Arkansas Business further reported:

China went on to approve Viptera in December, but plaintiffs’ lawyers say the development has little, if any, effect on their case. Scott Powell of Hare Wynn Newell & Newton of Birmingham, Alabama, is one of those lawyers.

China, with its rapidly expanding middle class, has “a voracious appetite for corn,” Powell said, and when it stopped buying U.S. corn, it found other vendors, like Brazil. And once a country finds a substitute vendor for a product, it rarely switches back.

It’s not just farmers lining up to sue Syngenta for its shady practice. Other agri-business giants are suing as well.

‘We don’t mess with China’

For example ADM, one of the world’s largest processors of corn, filed suit against the Swiss company in November. “Syngenta chose to sell a corn seed product with traits that were not approved in all major export markets, without undertaking reasonable stewardship practices to prevent the resulting crop from commingling with or otherwise tainting the rest of the U.S. corn supply,” an ADM spokeswoman told Arkansas Business.

For it’s part, Syngenta says the suits are baseless, saying it “believes that the lawsuits are without merit and strongly upholds the right of growers to have access to approved new technologies that can increase both their productivity and their profitability,” as reported by AgWeb.com.

The company added that it “commercialized the trait in full compliance with regulatory and legal requirements,” “obtained import approval from major corn importing countries,” and “has been fully transparent in commercializing the trait over the last four years.”

U.S. farmers take China’s business seriously.

“We don’t mess with China,” Deb Volnek, a Nebraska farmer involved in the suit against Syngenta, told Reuters. “When China buys something, the markets go up. When they don’t, the markets go down.”

Sources:

http://www.arkansasbusiness.com

http://www.agweb.com

http://www.reuters.com

 

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Elizabeth Renter

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June 22nd, 2013

childrens vitamin gmo 263x164 Warning: Toxins, GMOs Fill Highly Popular Children’s VitaminsNearly as soon as our children are able to chew, we begin teaching them that they can depend on lab-created solutions for proper nutrition. And while there is a place for supplements, that place may not be in the fruity, chalky flavors of popular children’s multivitamins. As a matter of fact, the very vitamins that so many parents feed their children could be doing them more harm than good.

“82% of kids aren’t getting all of their veggies,” says the product page for Bayer Health Science’s Flinstone vitamins, one of the top-selling children’s vitamins on the market. “Without enough vegetables, kids may not be getting all of the nutrients they need.”

With this statement, and the massive amount of money spent on marketing children’s synthetic vitamins, parents are led to believe a tiny chewable will solve their child’s nutritional deficiencies, that somehow adding more vegetables (the simple, common sense answer) is far too difficult.

But the sad fact is, many parents aren’t looking closely at these vitamins. If they did, they’d probably be surprised. And as Anthony Gucciardi has detailed in the past, synthetic vitamins hiding in your favorite supplements come with a serious host of concerning health consequences.

According to a report by GreenMedInfo, Flinstone’s Vitamins contain a whole laundry list of unhealthy ingredients—things many parents already try to avoid. These include: aspartame, sorbitol, zinc oxide, ferrous fumarate, artificial colors, GMO corn, hydrogenated soybean oil, and cupric oxide.

 

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Jeffrey Smith’s GMO update, July 2012 – covers latest research, GMO labeling and more

Published on Jul 2, 2012 by

The Health Ranger interviews Jeffrey Smith with the latest breaking news on GMOs, GMO labeling and more.

Food Safety

FDA Warning Letters

By News Desk

From the U.S. and Food and Drug Administration warning letters posted since our March 20, 2012 update:- J.M. Smucker of Orrville, OH, was warned that a January 2012 inspection of the company’s Ripon, WI facility determined that the firm was…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/fda-warning-letters-march-27-2012-update/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120328

Alabama McDonald’s Customers Possibly Exposed to Hepatitis A

By News Desk

Customers who ate at a McDonald’s in Northport, AL between February 28 and March 14 may have been exposed to hepatitis A through an infected employee, according to the Alabama Department of Health. In a news alert, state health officials advised…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/alabama-mcdonalds-customers-possibly-exposed-to-hepatitis-a/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120328

Governors and USDA Officials Join Together to Defend BPI

By James Andrews

In response to the dramatic public reaction to recent media stories on Beef Products Inc.’s lean finely textured beef (LFTB) — the ground beef supplement often referred to as “pink slime” — leaders in government are coming to the defense…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/governors-and-usda-officials-join-together-to-defend-bpi/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120329

Food Safety Is Top Priority for London 2012 Games

By Dan Flynn

Transportation, terrorism and tickets have been among the top concerns for planners of London 2012, the summer Olympic Games that begin in just 120 days.But now they are turning their attention to a new problem—what to do about food safety..

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/food-safety-is-top-priority-at-london-2012-games/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120329

Advisory Committee Discusses New School Ground Beef Safety Criteria

By News Desk

The National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF), an interagency committee with outside experts, held a meeting Wednesday (via conference call) to discuss ground beef purchasing requirements for federal food and nutrition assistance programs — and unanimously accepted…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/advisory-committee-approves-new-school-ground-beef-safety-criteria/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120329

FSIS Issues New Trim Sampling Requirements

By News Desk

The USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a notice last week that gives its inspection personnel specific instructions on how to randomly select the beef trimmings to be tested under the MT50 project code, which includes E. coli…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/fsis-issues-new-trim-sampling-requirements/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120329

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Health

Bedrock of vaccination theory crumbles as science reveals antibodies not necessary to fight viruses

By Ethan A. Huff

(NaturalNews) While the medical, pharmaceutical, and vaccine industries are busy pushing new vaccines for practically every condition under the sun, a new study published in the journal Immunity completely deconstructs the entire vaccination theory. It turns out that the body’s natural immune systems, comprised of both innate and adaptive components, work together to ward off disease without the need for antibody-producing vaccines. The theory behind vaccines is that they mimic infection by spurring…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035371_vaccine_theory_antibodies_viruses.html

Unraveling the myth of ‘bad’ chloresterol

By J. D. Heyes,

(NaturalNews) Scratch what you think you know about the supposed ill effects of cholesterol. Turns out, it’s not the villain it’s been made out to be, says one notable expert. Writing for the online medical journal PreventDisease.com, Dr. Ron Rosedale, M.D., a noted international authority on nutrition and metabolic medicine, says that despite the common belief that cholesterol is the primary culprit behind cardiovascular disease and “despite dozens of studies, cholesterol has not been shown to…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035375_cholesterol_myths_heart_disease.html

More aspartame side effects revealed – headaches, blurred vision, neurological symptoms and more

By Aurora Geib,

(NaturalNews) For a great majority of Americans who consume processed food, food additives are an ever-present component of the menu and one with serious health effects. In the United States as well as in Canada, aspartame – an artificial low-calorie sweetener – has been used as a food additive as early as 1981 after it was approved for use in dry goods. It was approved again in the US in 1983 for carbonated drinks. This approval came in the face of much opposition which has not seen any respite…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035382_aspartame_side_effects_headaches.html

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Holistic Health

Eating This Fatty Snack Can Protect Your Heart and More

By Dr. Mercola

If you’re looking for a nutritious, quick snack, nuts (raw, organic and in moderation) are a near perfect option.

With healthy fats, fiber, plant sterols and many vitamins and minerals, nuts pack a powerful nutritional punch, all wrapped up in a tiny bite-sized package.

In fact, a recent epidemiologic study revealed that nuts offer many benefits for your health, even reducing your risk of serious chronic disease.

Nuts Support Heart Health, Lower Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome Risk

There have not been many epidemiologic studies undertaken to assess the effect of nut consumption on health risks, but a recent study involving more than 13,000 people, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, set out to do just that.

Those who ate nuts gained numerous benefits compared to non-nut eaters, including:…..

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/29/raw-nuts-health-benefits.aspx?e_cid=20120329_DNL_art_3

Using your thoughts to better your reality

By Kim Evans,

(NaturalNews) There’s something to be said for focusing on the positive. Actually, metaphysicians and personal life coaches will tell you that focusing on the positive is everything. They’ll tell you that and they’ll tell you that your subconscious mind drives the reality around you. So if you’re subconsciously, or consciously, focused on the negative, your subconscious mind will steer you right there. Metaphysicians will also tell you that we create all, or most of the problems in our lives,…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035374_thinking_positive_reality_mental_focus.html

Beets help prevent cancer and prevent cancer

By Paul Fassa,

(NaturalNews)It figures: one of the least tasty vegetables turns out to be among the healthiest – beets. Fortunately, raw beets work well for juicing. Beets mixed with juiced fresh carrots, some apple and some greens thrown in then topped off with a freshly squeezed lemon provides a tasty vegetable juice. Beets lose a lot of their nutritional value if cooked more than 15 minutes. This means the the most delicious beet entree offered, beet soup with a couple of dollops of sour cream, won’t support…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035377_beets_cancer_cardiovascular_disease.html

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Pet Health

Enzyme Replacement Therapy for EPI

Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) is a condition in which an animal’s body can’t produce enough digestive enzymes to properly break down food. Because the food isn’t broken down, the animal is unable to absorb the nutrients, and it passes through the body undigested. This is why the disease is sometimes called maldigestion syndrome.

The affected cat or dog is essentially starving to death, even though he or she is eating voraciously. The animal will pass foul-smelling, loose, light-colored stools and lose weight rapidly. The stool may sometimes contain blood in cats with EPI. The body deteriorates rapidly (atrophy) and the haircoat becomes dull and thin.

Cause and Diagnosis of EPI…..

http://www.petmd.com/dog/wellness/evr_multi_ezyme_replacement_therapy_for_epi#.T3U0ZbRZfe8

Feeding Dogs with EPI

Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), also known as maldigestion syndrome, causes an animal to be unable to break down the nutrients in food. This in turn causes the nutrients in the food to pass through the body undigested. Basically, a cat or dog with EPI is starving to death, even as it develops a voracious appetite.

EPI is due to a defect in the pancreas which prohibits the organ’s ability to produce the necessary digestive enzymes. The pancreas, though small, produces and stores the enzymes necessary for breaking down protein, starch, and fats in the food the animal eats. If the food is not broken down so that the body can absorb the nutrients, the animal cannot survive. Your pet will also have foul-smelling, loose, light-colored stools and become emaciated quickly…..

http://www.petmd.com/dog/care/evr_multi_feeding_dogs_with_epi#.T3U1CrRZfe8

Exercising with Your Dog 101

Do you feel guilty that your pet doesn’t get enough time with you? It’s a trap that happens to most of us, but one that can be easily remedied. Here are some guidelines for enriching your pet’s life and health through exercise.

Why Exercising Your Dog Makes Sense

Big or small, young or old, dogs need to exercise daily. While some breeds have special needs that have to be taken into account, and dogs do slow down as they age, they still need to take part in some form of daily physical activity. Without activity, your dog will become bored, frustrated and unhealthy. Exercise tones the muscles, helps the body and metabolic system to function properly, and engages the mind. Anyone who has had a dog that suffers from lack of physical activity and mental stimulation will tell you that they will often turn to destructive behaviors — behaviors that magically disappear once the dog is getting out everyday.

Physically, dogs will also become obese if they are not allowed to burn off the calories they take in during the day. This is especially true if they are being given a lot of treats in compensation for lack of attention…..

http://www.petmd.com/dog/wellness/evr_dg_exercising_with_your_dog101#.T3U0rLRZfe8

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Recalls

Salsa Recalled Over Jalapeno Salmonella Concerns

By Julia Thomas

Club Chef is recalling certain salsas because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.The potential for contamination was noted after a random test by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in a store in Ohio revealed the presence of Salmonella in a…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/salsa-recalled/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120329

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Misc

Massive public protests spur France to ban plantings of Monsanto’s MON810 GMO corn

By Jonathan Benson,

(NaturalNews) On the heels of ongoing, massive protests against genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), French agricultural officials have announced that plantings of Monsanto’s MON810 GM corn, which contains built-in Bt toxin, will no longer be permitted within France. Reports explain that the moratorium is only temporary, but since there is no indication that opposition to the “Frankencorn” will cease anytime soon, the ban could last indefinitely. Last November, French authorities lifted a longtime…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035379_France_GM_corn_Monsanto.html

EPA tramples personal property rights, orders couple to fork over $75,000 a day for phony ‘violations’

By Ethan A. Huff,

(NaturalNews) An Idaho couple that was ordered recently by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop building a house on their own property and pay fines of up to $75,000 a day until the property was returned back to its original condition, has been granted due process and a hearing by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling is a first as it now allows property owners to challenge the EPA’s violation allegations prior to, rather than after, enforcement actions are taken. In 2005, Mike and Chantell…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035381_EPA_property_rights_violations.html