Tag Archive: Poisons in our Food


Published on Jun 10, 2012 by

For over 20 years, Hawai’i has been the global center for the open-field testing of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s), including pharmaceutical crops. Over 5,000 experimental tests have been conducted by Monsanto, Dow, Dupont/Pioneer, Syngenta and BASF that spray chemicals on an almost daily basis on our most valuable lands. They are supported by tax-breaks, and beneficial relationships with landowners, regulators and politicians. We estimate GMO companies own or lease 40,000 — 60,000 acres that are sprayed with over 70 different chemicals.

A new vision for Hawai’i would promote small farms that grow chemical-free produce, employ our youth and restore the indigenous ahupua’a system. Hawai’i has less than 3,000 acres of certified organic farmland, which is 0.27% of Hawaiian farmland.

Kamehameha Schools is Hawaii’s largest private landowner. Despite Kamehameha’s public statements about sustainability and conservation, they lease substantial amounts of land to multi-national biotech firms, including Monsanto, Dow, Dupont/Pioneer and Syngenta for GMO open field tests and seed corn production.

Kamehameha is the only institution with the land, capital and resources to reduce our food imports, that are now over 90%, and ensure that Hawai’i does not run out of food in case of natural disasters or rising oil prices.
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Presented by Hawai’i GMO Justice Coalition with support from
Organic Consumers Association & Millions Against Monsanto

Music by K. Mcleod (Incompetech)

Select images from Cameron Brooks Photography

Mahalo:
Anthony Palazzolo
Dr. Hector Valenzuela
Kala Alexander
Makana
Poka Laenui
Cat Summers
Jay Hanamura
Anthony
Mike
Thanh & Xuan

 

 

 

 

For over 20 years, Hawai’i has been the global center for the open-field testing of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s), including pharmaceutical crops. Over 5,000 experimental tests have been conducted by Monsanto, Dow, Dupont/Pioneer, Syngenta and BASF that spray chemicals on an almost daily basis on our most valuable lands. They are supported by tax-breaks, and beneficial relationships with landowners, regulators and politicians. We estimate GMO companies own or lease 40,000 — 60,000 acres that are sprayed with over 70 different chemicals.

A new vision for Hawai’i would promote small farms that grow chemical-free produce, employ our youth and restore the indigenous ahupua’a system. Hawai’i has less than 3,000 acres of certified organic farmland, which is 0.27% of Hawaiian farmland.

Kamehameha Schools is Hawaii’s largest private landowner. Despite Kamehameha’s public statements about sustainability and conservation, they lease substantial amounts of land to multi-national biotech firms, including Monsanto, Dow, Dupont/Pioneer and Syngenta for GMO open field tests and seed corn production.

Kamehameha is the only institution with the land, capital and resources to reduce our food imports, that are now over 90%, and ensure that Hawai’i does not run out of food in case of natural disasters or rising oil prices.

Watch HI GMO Justice’s film, “Stop Monsanto From Poisoning Hawai’i: Genetic Engineering Chemical Warfare”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZgrOFjhzdg

 

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Food Safety

Health Advocates: Science on Antibiotic Resistance Is Clear

By Helena Bottemiller

Citing an increased incidence of foodborne illness outbreaks caused by antibiotic-resistant pathogens, public health advocates are again ratcheting up pressure on Congress to limit routine, subtherapeutic antibiotic use in agriculture. At back to back briefings on Capitol Hill late last…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/health-advocates-science-on-antibiotic-resistance-is-clear/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120313

 

55 Congress Members Ask FDA to Label Genetically Engineered Foods

By James Andrews

On Monday, 45 U.S. representatives and 10 U.S. senators signed a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg in support of a legal petition that asks the FDA to require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.The petition, filed by…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/55-congress-members-ask-fda-to-label-genetically-engineered-foods/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120313

 

‘The Lunch Tray’ Responds to Beef Industry Defenses of ‘Pink Slime’

By Bettina Elias Siegel

Lunch Tray readers following the astonishing progress of the Change.org petition launched here last week to get “Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings” (BLBT) out of school food (175,000 at present count) will hardly be surprised that the beef industry has started…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/the-lunch-tray-responds-to-beef-industry-defenses-of-pink-slime/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120313

 

USDA to Meet on Ground Beef Safety for Nutrition Programs

By News Desk

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) is set to hold a meeting via conference call to discuss food safety questions from the department’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/usda-to-meet-on-ground-beef-safety-for-nutrition-programs/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120313

 

UK Food Standards Agency Considers Revising Raw Milk Rules

By Dan Flynn

Growing concern about the potential risk of Internet and vending machine sales of unpasteurized milk has the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) thinking about revising the rules.The FSA Board will decide March 20 whether the agency should review its…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/uk-food-standards-agency-asked-to-re-work-raw-milk-rules/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120313

 

Health

 

CBO: Obama’s health law to cost less, cover fewer people than first thought

By Julian Pecquet

President Obama’s healthcare reform law coverage provisons will cost less but cover fewer people than first thought, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/215795-cbo-health-law-to-cost-less-cover-fewer-people-than-first-thought

 

New Finding: Consuming Trans Fats Linked To Aggression

In the first human study of its kind researchers have linked trans fatty acid consumption to increased aggression. Published in the Public Library of Science’s own journal, PLoS, March 5th 2012, researchers at the Dept. of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, reported: ?

http://www.activistpost.com/2012/03/new-finding-consuming-trans-fats-linked.html

 

Pennsylvania Lake Water Sickened 18 Last Summer

By News Desk

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 last August, traced to a lake at Cowan’s Gap State Park in Pennsylvania, sickened at least 18 people and may have sickened as many as 42, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reports in the…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/pennsylvania-lake-water-sickened-18-last-summer/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120313

 

Red meat is blamed for one in 10 early

The Department of Health was last night urged to review its guidance on red meat after a study found that eating almost half the daily recommended amount can significantly increase the risk of dying early from cancer and heart disease.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9138230/Red-meat-is-blamed-for-one-in-10-early-deaths.html

 

Holistic Health

 

The “Safe” Garden Product that Can Destroy Your DNA

By Dr. Mercola

Have you ever used Roundup to kill weeds in your lawn or garden? As the most widely used herbicide in the United States, there’s a good chance you have.

In fact, millions of pounds are used every year on U.S. gardens, lawns and, extensively on farms growing genetically modified (GM) “Roundup Ready” crops.

You may forget about the herbicide soon after you spray it — and may never give it a second thought when consuming corn chips or countless processed foods that contain GM Roundup Ready corn and soy — but it doesn’t just magically disappear.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/13/active-ingredient-glyphosate-in-roundup-herbicides-found-in-peoples-urine.aspx?e_cid=20120313_DNL_art_1

 

Allergen Allerts

 

Allergen Alert: Sulfites in Macaroon Cookie Mix

By Julia Thomas

Farmer John’s Herbs is recalling its “Mud Pie” Macaroon Cookie Mix due to undeclared sulfite allergens.The recalled cookie mix was sold in 400 g packages labeled “Mud Pie” Macaroon Cookie Mix with UPC 7 73353 60077 6 in stores in Alberta,…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/allergen-alert-sulfites-in-macaroon-cookie-mix/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120313

 

Allergen Alert: Stew Seasoning Packaging Error

By Olivia Marler

McCormick & Company has notified Publix Super Markets that it is recalling a single lot code of Publix Beef Stew Seasoning Mix because it may have been packaged in error with brown gravy and may contain undeclared milk.People with an…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/allergen-alert-beef-stew-seasoning-with-milk/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120313

 

 

Health

Drugmakers Have Paid $8 Billion in Fraud Fines

By Kelly Kennedy

The nation’s largest drugmakers have paid at least $8 billion in fines for repeatedly defrauding Medicare and Medicaid over the past decade, but they remain in business.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30775.htm

LSD ‘helps alcoholics to give up drinking’

One dose of the hallucinogenic drug LSD could help alcoholics give up drinking, according to an analysis of studies performed in the 1960s.

A study, presented in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, looked at data from six trials and more than 500 patients.

It said there was a “significant beneficial effect” on alcohol abuse, which lasted several months after the drug was taken.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17297714

South Africa apologies to Nigeria over yellow fever row

South Africa has apologised for the deportation last week of 125 Nigerians over suspicions that their yellow fever certificates were fake.

The action quickly turned into a diplomatic spat – with Nigeria refusing South Africans entry and the foreign minister branding Pretoria xenophobic.

South Africa has rejected that claim – and promised new procedures to avoid a repeat of the “regrettable incident”.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17299326

Religious TV host Pat Robertson wants pot legalised

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson has expressed support for the legalisation of marijuana in the US, citing failure in the nation’s war on drugs.

In an interview with the New York Times, Mr Robertson said the US should “treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol”.

He says he has never smoked marijuana, but objects to the cost of imprisoning people for possession of the drug.

Measures to repeal marijuana laws are on the ballot in two states this year.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17303859

Alzheimer’s patients ‘should stay on drugs for longer’

Thousands of patients with advanced Alzheimer’s disease could benefit from drugs, research suggests.

A study in the the New England Journal of Medicine found that patients who stayed on the dementia drug Aricept had a slower decline in their memory.

The drug tends not to be prescribed once sufferers progress beyond moderate symptoms.

Medicines regulator NICE said its guidelines supported continuing treatment where there were benefits.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17275807

Feds stop funding Texas women’s health program over abortion dispute

AUSTIN, Texas — The federal government will withdraw funding for a Texas program providing more than 100,000 poor women with birth control and other health services because Planned Parenthood clinics are not allowed to participate, a U.S. Health and Human Services spokeswoman said on Friday.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the decision in Houston on Friday, prompting a furious response from Texas Governor Rick Perry, who called it an “egregious federal overreach.”

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/10/10630430-feds-stop-funding-texas-womens-health-program-over-abortion-dispute

Infant dies after contracting herpes during Jewish circumcision ritual at hospital

By Ethan A. Huff,

(NaturalNews) A two-week old boy died recently at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, after undergoing a rarely-practiced, and highly controversial, Jewish circumcision ritual known as metzitzah b’peh. According to the New York Daily News (NYDN), the unidentified young boy contracted herpes simplex virus Type 1 from the Rockland County rabbi that performed the ritual on him, and died shortly thereafter. The practice, which involves a rabbi literally sucking the blood from the circumcised…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035192_circumcision_herpes_Jewish_ritual.html

Holistic Health

Coenzyme Q10 can prevent and treat heart disease by attacking multiple metabolic pathways

By John Phillip,

(NaturalNews) Coenzyme Q 10 (CoQ10) is well known as a critical compound required by the body to facilitate normal breakdown of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) within cells into energy we need for metabolism and life itself. It should come as no surprise that this vital natural enzyme complex may hold the key to theprevention and reversal of many potentially life-threatening forms of cardiovascular disease. Several research studies reveal that CoQ10 works at a cellular level to protect delicate DNA…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035189_CoQ10_heart_disease_cellular_energy.html

Foods rich in antioxidants proven to reduce stroke risk levels in women

By Michelle Bosmier,

(NaturalNews) Health related to heart disease continues to be at the forefront of women’s issues, and some studies reveal that prevention is a measure that is not necessarily guided by the pharmaceutical industry, but rather by what can be found in the fridge. An expansive Swedish survey that was coordinated among women at Karolinska Institute led to a conclusion that diets that are comprised with foods rich in antioxidants result in lower risk levels of stroke. Women who have been diagnosed with…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035191_antioxidants_foods_stroke_risk.html

8 natural remedies to overcome erectile dysfunction and impotence

By JB Bardot,

(NaturalNews) The pharmaceutical industry thought they were on to something really big when they developed drugs like Viagra to overcome erectile dysfunction. However,the truth is that holistic healthcare practitioners like homeopaths, herbalists and acupuncturists have been successfully treating impotence in men with natural remedies for thousands of years. Conventional drugs carry a long list of unpleasant side effects whereas alternative approaches are often less likely to cause any — such as…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035193_erectile_dysfunction_impotence_natural_remedies.html

Aspartame danger – urgent warning about tumors and seizures

By Aurora Geib, March 9 2012
(NaturalNews) The laws governing the sale of drugs and food additives require substances be safe for human consumption. The artificial sweetener aspartame primarily consumed in beverages and as a popular sugar substitute has consistently been found to cause tumors and brain seizures in animal subjects. In 2005, a European Cancer Research Center, the Ramazzini Foundation, called for an urgent re-examination of aspartame in food and beverages to protect children. This call is made in the face of the…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035195_aspartame_brain_tumors_seizures.html

Ventura county District Attorney’s office wages campaign of personal revenge against raw milk farmers; resorts to tactics resembling North Korea

By Mike Adams,

(NaturalNews) NaturalNews can now report that James Stewart and Sharon Palmer are victims of an outrageous, almost unprecedented campaign of government terrorism against private citizens that’s playing out across two counties today: Ventura County and Los Angeles County. There, officials have secretly made a pact to “destroy” James and Sharon, regardless of what laws and rights have to be broken in the process. As you will see below, the DA’s offices in these two counties now harbor rogue, criminal…

http://www.naturalnews.com/035197_James_Stewart_Sharon_Palmer_Ventura_County.html

Recalls

Infant Formula Recalled Due to ‘Off Odor’

by Julia Thomas

Some Gerber Good Start Gentle powdered infant formula is being recalled, not because it poses a health or safety risk according to the Gerber Products Company, but because it might have an unpleasant odor.

The company says it has received complaints that the product’s “off odor” has caused infants to spit up or have gastrointestinal issues.

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/infant-formula-recalled-due-to-off-odor-1/

Salmonella Concerns Prompt Curry Recall

By Julia Thomas

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and G. Dion Foods are warning the public not to consume certain Dion brand curry powder because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.There have been no illnesses reported.G. Dion Foods of Saint-Jerome, Quebec, is recalling…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/salmonella-concerns-prompt-curry-recall/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120310

Goat Feed Recalled for Labeling Error

By Julia Thomas

Cargill Animal Nutrition is recalling 50 lb. bags of Nutrena NatureWise Goat Pellets distributed in 5 states because of an error in labeling.The recalled bags of goat feed should have indicated that the feed included Decoquinate, a medicated article for…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/goat-feed-recalled-for-labeling-error/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120310

Food Safety

Jimmy John’s Sprouts Sicken 25 in 8 States

By Mary Rothschild

Eleven more cases of E. coli O26 infection have been confirmed in the outbreak linked to raw clover sprouts served at Jimmy John’s sandwich restaurants. The newly reported cases raise the outbreak toll to 25 in 8 states.In an investigation…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/25-sick-in-8-states-in-jimmy-johns-sprouts-outbreak/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120309

BPI Ground Beef Gets Support From Food Safety Leaders

By Dan Flynn

As Beef Products Inc. was being “slimed” this week — from the blogosphere to network television — David M. Theno was feeling unusually helpless watching from Tampa where he was keynoting the 2012 Annual Beef Industry Safety Summit, along with…

***** OK, I don’t know about you , but there is a very distinct difference with the beef trimmings a housewife removes from her beef in her own kitchen and what BPI is doing. First off it does not end up on her child’s lunch plate as the “pink slime” the government has recently purchased for the school lunch programs stated in earlier food safety articles. So, I say NO I do not agree and there is a very distinct and marked difference. The comparison is ludicrous to say the least. Once these items are approved for human consumption it will be incorporated into everything from fast foods to processed foods on the grocery store shelves. I or one do not want that in my food, much less in my child’s lunch at school!**

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/beef-products-inc-gets-support-from-food-safety-leaders/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120309

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/31/us/31meat.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&th&emc=th

Salmonella Illnesses on Decline in Europe
By Mary Rothschild

For six consecutive years, cases of Salmonella infection fell in Europe, while campylobacteriosis remained the most reported foodborne illness, with the number of cases increasing over the five years ending in 2010.E. coli infections also rose, but there was progress…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/salmonella-illnesses-on-decline-in-europe/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120309

House Panel Debates New Poultry Inspection Rule

By Helena Bottemiller

A proposal to reform poultry inspection that would shift quality and deflect oversight away from U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors toward the companies processing the birds has come under heavy criticism by Washington, DC-based Food & Water Watch. On Thursday,…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/house-panel-debates-merits-of-new-poultry-inspection-rule/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120309

Health

HIV Infection Rate for African-American Women Five Times Higher Than Average in Some U.S. Cities

Amanda Peterson Beadle, News Report:

That’s five times higher than the Centers for Disease Control’s previous estimate for African-American women. And the rate for African-American women surprised researchers in a field that focuses more on African-American and gay men. The study showed that the annual rate of infection was 24 per 10,000 African-American women in six cities: Baltimore; Atlanta; Newark, New Jersey; New York City; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; and Washington, D.C. Nationally, African-American women’s rate is 5 per 10,000. In the Congo, it is 28 per 10,000

http://www.nationofchange.org/hiv-infection-rate-african-american-women-five-times-higher-average-some-us-cities-1331311598

Vermont Legislature: Keep the Vaccine Philosophical Exemption

By Alan Phillips, J.D., March 8 2012
(NaturalNews) March 7, 2012, To: The Vermont Legislature Re: SB 199, An Act Relating to Immunization Exemptions and the Immunization Pilot Program Honorable Vermont Legislators and Concerned Others: SB 199 seeks to eliminate the Great State of Vermont’s vaccine philosophical exemption. This goal is problematic for many reasons. By way of brief introduction: I. Philosophical exemptions address a human rights issue. Vaccines cause permanent disability and death.[1] Doctors cannot tell in…

Wyoming kidney failure outbreak linked to designer ‘blueberry spice’ drug, aka ‘legal marijuana’

By Ethan A. Huff, March 8 2012
(NaturalNews) The U.S. government’s needless prohibition of all-natural marijuana has driven some users to seek out legal alternatives like “Spice” or “K2,” two synthetic, chemical-laden varieties of “legal marijuana” that contain chemical copycats of the active ingredient in real marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But these imitators are highly toxic, as was made apparent in a recent illness outbreak in Wyoming where more than a dozen young people required hospitalization for organ damage and…

Anti-diabetes drugs may cause diabetes

By D Holt, March 8 2012
(NaturalNews) Statin drugs are prescribed to lower cholesterol in the UK for obese patients, and also to those who have type-2 diabetes. But according to the Food and Drug Administration in the USA there is a risk of developing diabetes if you take statins — so much so that the FDA has demanded that warnings of the risk of the development of diabetes on put the labels of statin drugs distributed within the US. In the UK, however,there has been a reluctance to include a labelling policy as it would…

Australian children to be sterilized without parental consent under new eugenics law

By Ethan A. Huff, March 8 2012
(NaturalNews) If you have ever seen the famous 1975 movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, you likely recall several disturbing scenes in which mental health patients are given frontal-lobe lobotomies, or the iconic scene where actor Jack Nicholson’s character undergoes electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Today, these horrific forms of so-called mental health treatment are considered to be cruel relics of the past, but a new bill in Australia proposes that young children be given these treatments without…

Holistic Health

Is This Fruit Extract 10,000 Times Better Than Chemo?

CURATOR: BARRACUDA. Over a quarter of a century ago a study was performed on the seeds of the Soursop fruit, also known as graviola, which at that time demonstrated such amazing cancer-fighting potential, that those exposed to it…

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1865/094/NL/

Adding prebiotic, probiotic ingredients to infant formula helps boost babies’ immunities

By Jonathan Benson, March 8 2012
(NaturalNews) Mothers who feed their babies formula rather than natural breast milk are doing their children a major disservice in terms of their immune development and overall health. But baby formula can at least be somewhat enhanced through the addition of prebiotic foods and probiotic bacteria, which two recent University of Illinois (UI) studies found mimics, at least in a small way, the nutritional profile of natural breast milk in promoting proper intestinal development of young babies. For…

Chlorella and cilantro for amazing daily detox and maintenance

By Paul Fassa, March 8 2012
(NaturalNews) The more you read NaturalNews and other health sites that are truthful, real, and don’t pull punches, the more you’re probably realizing that we are all under siege with toxins — especially heavy metals — in our air, water, and food. Heavy or toxic metals, such as cadmium, lead, mercury, and aluminum degenerate the body’s immune system, leading to poor health and disease. If you have dental amalgams (mercury fillings) for example, you are inadvertently releasing mercury vapors…

The legalized killing of every person on earth (with pesticides)

By Jonathan Landsman, March 8 2012
(NaturalNews) Can you imagine making a profit by killing or maiming millions of innocent men, women and children – everyday? Companies like, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont and Monsanto produce some of the deadliest pesticides on the planet. These pesticides are slowly killing people (everyday) and damaging our environment for generations to come. Don’t become a victim of ignorance. Learn how to protect you and your family from the toxic effect of chemicals within our environment by listening…

Rawesome Foods’ Sharon Palmer innocent of all charges, District Attorney staging public theater, declares attorney

By Mike Adams, March 8 2012
(NaturalNews) The following statement was issued today by the Bromund Law Group in Ventura, California, which represents Sharon Palmer. She was recently ambushed in a court hearing and slapped with a $2 million warrant, marched away in handcuffs and then kept as a prisoner of the state. A whopping 38 felony charges have been leveled against her and James Stewart by the state, which NaturalNews now knows is on a punitive terrorizing rampage against the entire raw milk industry. (More evidence on that…

Pet Health

Dogs Fall Ill As Owners, Vets and Lawmakers Blame Treats from China

By James Andrews

When Maria Higginbotham couldn’t find the usual dog treats she buys at her local Target store back in early January, she decided to instead buy some brand-name chicken jerky dog treats for Bandit, her 3-year-old rat terrier. Four days later, Bandit…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/as-dogs-continue-to-fall-ill-owners-vets-and-congressmen-point-to-treats-from-china/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120309

Allergen Alerts

Allergen Alert: Spring Rolls With Fish and Soy

By Julia Thomas

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Gold Phoenix Asian Food are warning people with allergies to fish or soy not to eat certain Gold Phoenix Asian Food brand Spring Rolls and Sauce products distributed in British Columbia.The recalled products…

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/allergen-alert-spring-rolls-with-fish-and-soy/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120309

Hackers affiliated with Anonymous go after the biotech giant, stating, “Your continued attack on the worlds food supply…has earned you our full attention.”

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57389119-83/antisec-dumps-monsanto-data-on-the-web/#ixzz1nzZRvk32

(Credit: Screenshot by CNET)

Anonymous continued its ongoing attack on agricultural biotech giant Monsanto today by publishing an outdated database of the company’s material. This is the newest in a barrage of strikes from hackers aligned with Anonymous who operate under the “AntiSec” banner.

In a statement posted with the database on a Pastebin site, the hacktivist group wrote it was aware that exposing the database would not do much harm to Monsanto but warned it would continue to target the company for what it sees as wrong.

“Your continued attack on the worlds food supply, as well as the health of those who eat it, has earned you our full attention,” wrote AntiSec. “Your crimes against humanity are too many to name on one page.”

Anonymous’ battle with Monsanto began last July when the hackers disrupted the company’s Web site and then released data on about 2,500 individuals involved in the agriculture industry. According to Monsanto, 10 percent of this information was related to current and former Monsanto employees.

Monsanto was one of seven companies that supplied the U.S. military with Agent Orange during the Vietnam War and for a while made bovine growth hormones. Now it focuses on making genetically engineered seeds and pesticides.

AntiSec says the reason for the attacks is to protest the company’s lawsuits against organic dairy farmers for stating on labels that their products don’t contain growth hormones.”You have put over 9000 small-time farmers out of business by using your enormous legal team to bury them with your malicious patent lawsuits,” AntiSec wrote in its statement today. “You have continually introduced harmful, even deadly products into our food supply without warning, without care, all for your own profit.”Besides going after Monsanto, AntiSec has also recently claimed responsibility for attacks on U.S. law enforcement agencies, Vanguard Defense Industries, and private prisoncompanies. In these assaults, the hackers deface the companies’ Web sites as well as release documents, e-mails, and other files.

Four years ago, undercover video recorded workers on forklifts forcing “downer” cows into slaughter at the Hallmark and Westland meat plant in Chino, CA, which at the time was a top supplier to the USDA
The sting, by the Humane Society of the United States, put Hallmark and Westland out of business. When USDA saw the undercover video, it demanded the largest beef recall in U.S. history and it immediately cut off Hallmark and Westland from the lucrative school lunch business.
The damaged meat going to the National School Lunch program was also the subject of a $150 million lawsuit against Hallmark and Westland.
Other animal rights organizations have pulled off their own stings since the big one at Chino.   These undercover investigations usually involve sending someone in to get a job with the company being targeted.
Until now, whenever one of these undercover videos was released, it usually meant whoever owned the animal facility where abuses were filmed was in big trouble.
But not any more in Iowa. Within a few hours on Wednesday, the Iowa Senate took up an “ag-gag” bill, made some amendments, and passed it on a 40-10 vote. The House then immediately took up the Senate changes and approved them without debate on a 69-28 vote.
The bill, House File 589, now on Iowa House File 589‘s desk, is all but certain to be signed into law, and it will be the first “ag-gag” law in America, says Nathan Runkle, executive director of Chicago-based Mercy for Animals (MFA), an animal rights group that has been active in Iowa.
The new law, if it passes constitutional muster, could turn the tables on animal rights groups doing these undercover investigations. It gives Iowa’s county sheriffs a long list of possible violations to charge once it is disclosed that any filming or recording was done without the permission of the animal facility owner.
If the Iowa law had been in effect in California in 2008, Hallmark and Westland would have been able to go to court claiming status as victims of “animal facility tampering” for an “amount equaling three times all the actual and consequential damages” against “the person causing the damages.”
“This flawed and misdirected legislation could set a dangerous precedent nationwide by throwing shut the doors to industrial factory farms and allowing animal abuse, environmental violations, and food contamination issues to flourish undetected, unchallenged and unaddressed,” says Runkle.  “This bill is bad for consumers, who want more, not less, transparency in production of their food.”
Some of the more likely unconstitutional language was removed from the bill, but Runkle told Food Safety News the intent of the legislation remains exactly the same – “to shield animal abusers from public scrutiny and prosecute investigators who dare to expose animal cruelty, environmental violations, dangerous working conditions or food safety concerns.”
Animal rights organizations like HSUS and MFA – working with investigators to expose violations – could themselves be prosecuted under the new Iowa law.  And, the law does not just apply to animal facilities but also any “crop operation.”
Recent investigations by MFA in Iowa are certainly among those getting the attention of lawmakers. In 2011, the Chicago animal rights group turned its cameras on a large Iowa egg farm owned by Sparboe, and an Iowa Select Farms pig operation.
It found over-crowding in battery cages, some containing dead hens, on the egg farm, and at the pig operation sows being penned in confinement cages and testicles being removed from piglets without painkillers.
 And in 2009, MFA exposed the Iowa-based Hy-Line Hatchery’s practice of throwing more than 150,000 live male chicks into grinding machines every day.
Runkle says passage of the  “ag-gag” law proves Iowa agriculture “has a lot to hide.”
“This law is un-American and a broad government overreach. It seeks to shield animal abusers from public scrutiny and prosecute the brave whistleblowers who dare to speak out against animal cruelty, environmental pollution and corporate corruption.”
The new law shields animal abusers from public scrutiny, makes criminals out of those who dare to expose cruelty to farm animals and threatens the consumers’ right to know, according to the MFA.
Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive of HSUS, has written Gov. Branstad, urging the Republican governor to veto HF 589.
 “The intent of this bill is simple: shield animal agribusiness from public scrutiny by punishing whistleblowers and protecting animal abusers,” wrote Pacelle. “By signing this bill into law, animal agribusiness will have unbridled and unchecked power over worker safety, public health and animal welfare.”
Pacelle said the Iowa Senate and House rushed the bill through at a speed rarely found in the legislative process. Normally, he said, deliberations of such consequence take weeks, or at least several days.
Iowa’s sudden passage of an “ag-gag” law has brought together opposition to these state measures by a broad spectrum of national organizations, including animal rights, civil liberties, public health, food safety, public health, environmental and other groups.
Many see HF589 as an unconstitutional infringement on First Amendment rights.
Ag-gag bills were introduced in four states last year, including Iowa. None of those passed.  This year, ag-gag bills have been introduced in Utah, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Florida and New York.
The Florida bill was defeated.  Except for Iowa, the others are pending.
The Wednesday night passage of the Iowa ag-gag bill came with support from some of the state’s most powerful agricultural lobbyists including: The Institute for Cooperatives, The Agribusiness Association of Iowa, Iowa Select Farms, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Dairy Association, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Corn Growers Association and Monsanto Co.
Under the new law, anyone making “a false statement or representation” as part of an application of employment at an animal facility could, after a first conviction, be charged with a class D felony.
To produce a record of image or sound without the owner’s permission is defined as the new crime of “animal facility interference.”

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/iowa-approves-nations-first-ag-gag-law/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120301

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In this episode, Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, discuss pirating Repo Man and jack-booted accountants here to help you. In the second half of the show, Max talks to J.S. Kim of SmartKnowledgeU.com about silver, gold and market manipulation.

When  most  people think  about  Monsanto  they think  about commercial  agriculture and not  their  small  backyard gardens.  Well,  you  may  not  be  buying  GMO, but  you  still may  be putting money  in the  coffers of  this   Evil Giant.

Few  people  know  that  Monsanto has  been a  very  busy little troll  gathering up as  many  seed  companies  as they  can acquire.  Can you  be so  sure  those tomatoes  seeds  or  tomato plants you  bought  at  your local  garden  center is not  owned  by Monsanto?

Well,  while  we  cannot  be  100% sure of  just  how  many they  have  acquired or  will acquire in the near  future.  We  can  at  least get the  word  out  about  what  we  do  know.  Below  I  have  compiled a  list  with it’s  corresponding  links  to  the  information  available  and  just  what  Monsanto  owns  and  exactly  how  far the  GMO poison  has  reached.  As  well as  some of the  companies  that  are  not  owned by  Monsanto and  do  not  carry  GMO seeds.

Government  may  no  longer  be  listening  to  us,  we may  have limited influence on  what happens  in legislation, however they  still need us  to  purchase.  In  our  purchasing power is  our  ability  to  make a  difference.  Educate  yourself  , become  aware, becoming an informed  consumer is the  best  weapon against  this  travesty.  Hitting where it  hurts  them most ,in their  wallets!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto

The Monsanto Company (NYSEMON) is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation. It is the world’s leading producer of the herbicide glyphosate, marketed in the Roundup brand of herbicides, and in other brands. Monsanto is also the leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed; it provides the technology in 90% of the genetically engineered seeds used in the US market.[2] It is headquartered in Creve Coeur, Missouri.[3]

Agracetus, owned by Monsanto, exclusively produces Roundup Ready soybean seed for the commercial market. In 2005, it finalized the purchase of Seminis Inc, making it the world’s largest conventional seed company.

Monsanto’s development and marketing of genetically engineered seed and bovine growth hormone, as well as its aggressive litigation, political lobbying practices, seed commercialization practices and “strong-arming” of the seed industry[4] have made the company controversial around the world and a primary target of the alter-globalization movement and environmental activists. In 2009 Monsanto came under scrutiny from the U.S. Justice Department, investigating whether its activities in the soya-bean markets were breaking anti-trust rules.[4][5]

Through a series of transactions, the Monsanto that existed from 1901 to 2000 and the current Monsanto are legally two distinct corporations. Although they share the same name and corporate headquarters, many of the same executives and other employees, and responsibility for liabilities arising out of activities in the industrial chemical business, the agricultural chemicals business is the only segment carried forward from the pre-1997 Monsanto Company to the current Monsanto Company. This was accomplished beginning in the 1980s:

  • 1985: Monsanto purchases G. D. Searle & Company. In this merger, Searle’s aspartame business becomes a separate Monsanto subsidiary, the NutraSweet Company. CEO of NutraSweet, Robert B. Shapiro, goes on to become CEO of Monsanto from 1995 to 2000.
  • 1996: Acquires 49.9% of Calgene, creators of the Flavr Savr tomato in April and another ~5% in November. Monsanto first entered the maize seed business when it purchased 40% of DEKALB Genetics Corporation in 1996. It purchased the remainder of the corporation in 1998.[17]
  • 1997: Monsanto spins off its industrial chemical and fiber divisions into Solutia Inc. This transfers the financial liability related to the production and contamination with PCBs at the Illinois and Alabama plants. In January, Monsanto announces the purchase of Holden’s Foundations Seeds, a privately held seed business owned by the Holden family, along with its sister sales organization, Corn States Hybrid Service, of Williamsburg and Des Moines, Iowa, respectively. The combined purchase price totals $925 million. Also, in April, Monsanto purchases the remaining shares of Calgene.
  • 1999: Monsanto sells off NutraSweet Co. and two other companies.
  • 2000 (spring): Monsanto merges with Pharmacia and Upjohn, and the agricultural division becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of the “new” Pharmacia; the medical research divisions, which includes products such as Celebrex, remain in Pharmacia.
  • 2000 (October): Pharmacia spins off its Monsanto subsidiary into a new company, the “new Monsanto.” [18] As part of the deal, Monsanto agrees to indemnify Pharmacia against any liabilities that might be incurred from judgments against Solutia. As a result, the new Monsanto continues to be a party to numerous lawsuits that relate to operations of the old Monsanto.
  • 2005: Monsanto purchases Seminis, a leading global vegetable and fruit seed company, for $1.4 billion.[19]
  • 2007: In June, Monsanto completes its purchase of Delta and Pine Land Company, a major cotton seed breeder, for $1.5 billion.[20] Monsanto exits the pig breeding business by selling Monsanto Choice Genetics to Newsham Genetics LC in November, divesting itself of “any and all swine-related patents, patent applications, and all other intellectual property.”[21][22]
  • 2008: Monsanto purchases the Dutch seed company De Ruiter Seeds for €546 million,[23] and sells its POSILAC bovine somatotropin brand and related business to Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company in August for $300 million plus “additional contingent consideration”.[24]

Forewarned is Forearmed: Veggies Owned by Monsanto

How to Avoid GMO/Monsanto

http://www.garden-of-eatin.com/how-to-avoid-monsanto/

Monsanto Owned Seed companies

http://rivenfae-wolfwoods.blogspot.com/2011/02/monsanto-owned-seed-companies.html

Monsanto buys ‘Terminator’   Seeds Company

http://www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net/GMO/Monsanto/monsanto.html

“And We Have the Seeds”
Monsanto Purchases World’s Largest Vegetable Seed Company

http://www.seedalliance.org/Seed_News/SeminisMonsanto/

Burpee, GMO And Monsanto Rumors Put To Rest

By George Ball – Burpee Chairman and CEO

http://www.burpee.com/gardening/content/gygg/burpee-gmo-and-monsanto-rumors-put-to-rest/about-burpee-seeds.html

The Gardening Game

Do you know  where  your  seeds come  from?

You  may  be  surprised…  By  Jerri Cook

                                                             Wisconsin

http://www.countrysidemag.com/issues/90/90-2/Jerri_Cook.html

Monsanto Seed Patents

http://www.pubpat.org/monsanto-seed-patents.htm

Monsanto in Your Garden: Why You Need to Buy Organic Seeds

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_21049.cfm

Who, Where, How Much?

http://www.corporatewatch.org.uk/?lid=208


How Far Have  The  Tendrils  of  Monsanto Reached  Within The  U.S. Government?

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WikiLeaks: US targets EU over GM crops

US embassy cable recommends drawing up list of countries for ‘retaliation’ over opposition to genetic modification

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/03/wikileaks-us-eu-gm-crops

Junkscience.com: Run by Monsanto lobbyist, shills for Monsanto

http://www.ourstolenfuture.org/Commentary/Opinion/junkportal.htm

Monsanto Company v. Percy Schmeiser

http://www.historycommons.org/timeline.jsp?timeline=seeds_tmln&seeds_legal_actions=seeds_legalMonsantoVSchmeiser

THE IDIOT CYCLE – MONSANTO

http://www.japanesepopsongs.com/idiotcycle/monsanto_company.html

Genetically Modfied Seeds: Monsanto is Putting Normal Seeds Out of Reach

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=12309

Consolidation of seed companies leading to corporate domination of world food supply

http://www.naturalnews.com/033148_seed_companies_Monsanto.html#ixzz1nXvPZ800

Dupont follows Monsanto in new move to consolidate South African seed market

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/687653/dupont_follows_monsanto_in_new_move_to_consolidate_south_african_seed_market.html

Monsanto buys company researching death of bees

Soon to be whistleblower who worked for Monsanto will be releasing documents detailing how Monsanto planned to kill off bee colonies in order to introduce a “new and improved” species of bee that will only pollinate Monsanto crops

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1669/347/Whistleblower:_Monsanto_Wants_to_Kill_The_Bees_To_Make_Way_For_Its_Super-Bee.html

Why is the Head of FDA Food Safety Tied to Monsanto?

http://blogs.mercola.com/sites/vitalvotes/archive/2012/02/23/why-is-the-head-of-fda-food-safety-tied-to-monsanto.aspx

Why Will Genetically Modified Crops Get Approved Faster With New Rule?

http://blogs.mercola.com/sites/vitalvotes/archive/2012/02/23/why-will-genetically-modified-crops-get-approved-faster-with-new-rule.aspx

 

 

***And it  goes on  and on and  on …………….

The  very  organizations  that have  been  put into  place to  protect  our food  supply  are  selling  us  out to the  chemical companies that  lobby them.  The  very  same   executives  that  once  sat  on the  Bards  and   held high  ranking  positions within Monsanto  are now in positions of  power  within  the  FDA.  How  do  you think they  will  decide  when  it  comes  to  your safety over  the  companies  profits?

Are  you  even  aware  of  what testing has  been  done  and  what  testing  has  never  been  performed  on the food  that is  being   give to  livestock that end  up in  our  food  supply?  Or  what  scientists have  to  say  about the   dangers  and   risks  to our  DNA from  these  same  GMO  foods?  Did  you  know  that the  GMO  foods  are no  longer  just  fed  to  livestock?  Think  corn  syrup,  corn  oil,  canola  oil and  all the  processed  food  products  in which they are used.  Simply  pick up a  package  and  start  reading.  Chances  are  if  it does not  contain  corn  syrup  it  will  contain the  poison  Aspartame.  DO  you  have  any  idea  what these  chemicals  do   once they  enter  your  bodies and  the potential damage they  can  do ?

Knowledge is power  and here  I  am  giving  you  the opportunity  to  understand  just  what  is being  done  to us in the  name  of  Food  Safety and  Corporate  profits.  Don;t  take  my  word  for it  ,  watch the  videos  do the research  inform  yourselves.  If  not  for  you then for  your  children who are  victims  of  these poisons.

Poisons in Our Food Supply

Millions Against Monsanto

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