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**COMING SOON** Genetically Modified Bananas

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By Dave Mihalovic

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) had previously signed an agreement with India’s department of biotechnology to invest in a four-year project to develop GMO iron-rich bananas. Now, a researcher at the QUT has led ascientific effort to create GMO bananas with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The world’s first human trial of pro-vitamin A-enriched banana is underway in the United States.

The QUT project, led by Professor James Dale and backed with close to $10 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is claimed to be one of the most prominent biofortification projects in the world today.

“Human trial is a significant milestone for this project which started in 2005 and should see pro-vitamin A-enriched banana varieties being grown by Ugandan farmers around 2020,” Professor James Dale said.

Somewhere in Iowa, volunteers are earning $900 apiece by providing blood samples after eating bits of a banana kissed with a curious tinge of orange.

The researchers inserted the new genes at their laboratory in Brisbane, grew the trees at a field station on the northeastern coast of Australia, then harvested the fruit, froze them and flew them to Iowa. Because they are genetically modified, the bananas required special permits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to enter the country.

If the experience of similar “biofortified” crops is any guide, this banana faces a path strewn with obstacles and uncertainty.

More than a decade ago, for instance, researchers created a kind of “golden rice” with high levels of beta carotene — and immediately found themselves in the middle of controversy. In the Philippines, anti-biotech activists destroyed a test plot of the genetically engineered grain. When researchers carried out a feeding trial of golden rice in China, using children as subjects, it turned into a national scandal. The researchers were denounced for not disclosing, in all cases, the fact that the new rice was genetically engineered. No government has approved widespread cultivation of golden rice.

The trial in Iowa is not likely to stir up similar controversy. Yet Wendy White, the researcher at Iowa State University who is carrying it out, is reluctant to discuss it. In an e-mail to NPR, she wrote that disclosing details about the study “could preclude me from publishing our findings in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.”

Even if, as expected, the Iowa experiment confirms that beta carotene in the bananas does boost vitamin A levels in the volunteers’ blood samples, this doesn’t mean that the “super banana” really is a solution to the problem of vitamin A deficiency in Uganda.

Many regulatory and practical obstacles remain. For the banana to have any impact at all, governments would have to approve it, farmers would have to grow it, and ordinary people would have to be persuaded to eat orange-tinted bananas.

Several studies also point out to the need for further, detailed investigations. It is ironical that the scientists promoting GMOs do not want to look at specific research and deliberately try to avoid discussions on scientific footing. They should understand that they will drive a nation into a deep and irreversible crisis related to food and farming if they continue this blinkered approach.

It is a much broader and deeper issue which the industry and GM proponents want to circumscribe in the name of science. In that context there is enough evidence against this technology.

 

About the author:

Dave Mihalovic is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in vaccine research, cancer prevention and a natural approach to treatment. Original article can be found on PreventDisease.com

The Video Monsanto Does NOT Want You to See!

What is a GMO, and how do GMOs effect you and your family?

The same corporations that said DDT and Agent Orange were safe have now put millions of dollars into the campaign against our right to know what’s in our food. In November, Californians will vote on the most important issue to ever effect our food supply. As Goes California, So Goes the Nation.

Vote YES ON 37 Because We Have The Right To Know What’s In Our Food!

Monsanto – How and Why We Must Take Them Down!

By Dr Akilah El

Monsanto is one of the most dangerous and evil businesses in the world because it is responsible for poisoning people, wildlife, farm animals and the environment at large.

Monsanto is a global bio-engineering company that alters the very building blocks of life. Monsanto is the creator of genetically-engineered crops which produce GMO foods. These crops have genetic material that conquers and kills crops made by “The Most High”. These seeds are mutated and take on a totally different life form. This is why it’s known as “Frankenscience”. Foods containing genetically-modified ingredients (GMO), such as modified maize or soya, is known as “Frankenfood.”

This type of food was forced upon us and we (the consumer) was not given an option. We were not asked do we want GM ingredients in our food but we got them anyway. Big companies like Heinz, for example started using genetically-modified ingredients. For a list of other companies who use GMO ingredients click here!

Roundup ready

There are many problems with these GE crops. There are those that are “Roundup ready,” meaning they contain a gene that makes the plants resistant to the Roundup (glyphosate) herbicide. Unfortunately many weeds are becoming resistant to the weed killers and are now labeled “superweeds”

Despite Monsanto’s assurances that it is safe for wildlife, many studies have shown it is anything but and it is one reason many amphibians are becoming endangered or extinct. It has been shown too that in America where pollen of genetically-modified crops has blown onto nearby Milkweed that Monarch butterfly caterpillars eating this die.

The use of Roundup also kills so many plants that are the food of countless insect species which in turn are the food of birds and other animals. In the UK Roundup is often sprayed on Nettles to kill them but they are the only food source of the Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and Peacock butterflies.

Monsanto have also engineered crops to have a “suicide” or “terminator gene,” which means that they cannot produce seed for future generations. This means that farmers are compelled to buy more new seed from Monsanto. The old traditional way of harvesting seed from your crops has been destroyed by Monsanto.

In India, not only did these new crops fail but the farmers were too poor to afford the Monsanto prices and thousands have been driven to commit suicide. These farmers were conned and lied to. This is one of many examples of how Monsanto is directly responsible for causing the deaths of people in other countries.

Conservationists and botanists are worried about the possibility of these artificially created pollens crossing with wild species and weakening or destroying other plant types.

Monsanto also brought us the poisonous artificial sweetener originally marketed as Nutrasweet but now more commonly known as aspartame. This stuff is responsible for all types of serious illnesses and yet it is added to an increasing number of food and drink products.

In the past, Monsanto created Agent Orange, a herbicide used in the Vietman war which had a terrible after-effect on many of the soldiers that were exposed to it because it contains dioxin, one of the most dangerous poisons known, which can cause everything from severe birth defects,cancer, neurological disorders and/or death. Monsanto has been successful in blocking any motion towards compensating Vietnam veterans and civilians who were exposed to the company’s Agent Orange.

They have also been responsible for making rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone), which was marketed as POSILAC and has been shown to make cows suffer many illnesses including mastitis, foot problems and reproductive disorders.

Monsanto ultimate goal is take over all food crops and replace the natural ones with their genetically-modified frankenseeds. I believe that this company is planning to kill off as many of us as possible by using food shortage, poisoned foods and water as part of their weapons against humanity, whilst at the same time making sure they have healthy and natural seeds to plant after they have succeeded.  BUT THEY WON’T!!!!!

Here is how we can stop them! Watch this video to learn how.

 

 

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11 Steps for GMO Eradication: Help Grow the “GEM”

By Jack Adam Weber

Dear Fellow Sane Human Beings,

Greetings. It’s a pleasure to write to you again.

By now you likely have plenty of information and encouragement for why not to purchase GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). What we need now is to band together and take action. So below I have outlined “How” to do this.

If you need more information on GMOs or GM Foods, please search this site for “GMO” or see my articles.

GEM stands for “GMO Eradication Movement.” It of course also refers to our beautiful planet. So to “Grow the GEM” means eradicating GMOs to beautify our world. The 11 Steps for Growing the GEM are divided among three levels of participation. An overview of the three levels for being a GEM (GMO Eradication Mover) are:

Level I: Learning how to identify GMO products and not to buy them.

Level II: Includes Level I knowledge and action and shares it with others: friends, businesses, restaurants, grocery stores, etc.

Level III: Includes Level I & II, and implements public outreach to masses of people, and puts their hands in the soil.

I have also set up a GEM Facebook Page. This will be a crucial resource for us as we go forward, and your participation will help us all. So please join us here to meet and join forces.

As we learn more, the list below will be amended and updated. Please help us “Grow the GEM” by passing on this information. We absolutely need all of us now workingtogether. Time is urgent. We cannot procrastinate.

Feel free to copy and share the 11 Steps and please cite the source provided at the end of the list.

These Steps are the heart of GMO Eradication. Please consider them carefully and implement them as soon as possible. We all have to get down to business and be disciplined about this if we hope to win this thing. We have to do it together; please be a leader.

 

LEVEL I (ELIMINATE)

1) Learn which foods are GMO and do not buy them (unless organic). The current GM food crops are:

  • Corn (includes “sweet corn”)
  • Soy  (includes lecithin)
  • Sugar beets
  • Honey (via GMO crops’ pollen)
  • Cotton (including cottonseed oil)
  • Canola (including canola oil)
  • Alfalfa
  • Hawaiian papaya
  • Tobacco
  • Yellow crookneck and zucchini squash,
  • Dairy Products (tainted with rBGH and from animals fed GM food)
  • Meat (all kinds, from animals fed GM food)
  • Salmon (the actual animal is slated to be GMO)
  • (Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein), TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein), xanthan gum, vanillin, sucrose, lactose, dextrose, lactic acid, maltodextrin, Vitamins A, B2, B6, B12, C, D, E, K may be from GMO.

2) Print out the list and carry it with you; memorize it if you can.

3) Check food labels for GMO ingredients; if they are not listed as organic, they are likely GMO. Don’t buy it. Exceptions are products that bear the “NON GMO Project” label.

a) Example 1: Canola is a GMO crop. If a product contains canola oil and does not specify it is organic, it is likely GMO. Don’t buy it.

b) Example 2: Soy is a GMO crop. Tofu, tempeh, and soy yogurt are all made from soy. Also check for soy in veggie burgers and veggie sausages. If it is not organic don’t buy it.

4) Buy as little commercially farmed processed food and as much organic food as possible. Processed foods are more likely to have GMOs as well as hidden GMO ingredients.

a) Example 1: Corn is a GMO crop. Corn syrup, vitamin E, citric acid, polysorbate 80 and sodium citrate all can be derived from corn, and likely from GMO corn.

b) Example 2: Commercial beef, chicken, and turkey are almost always fed GM food. Only buy organic meat. “Free Range” meat is not necessarily organic.

5) Avoid commercial restaurants. Restaurants that are not specifically organic (far and few between), often use cheap food, which is often GMO and non-organic.

 

 LEVEL II (OUTREACH)

6) Share information about the dangers of GMO foods with everyone you can. Share with them any of my articles, Jeffrey Smith’s video(s), or just Google it.

7) Ask grocery stores and restaurants, family and friends, not to deal in GM foods. Talk to your children’s’ food director/organizer at school. Everywhere you go, let food-related organizations and people know: NO GMO.

8.) Call or email food companies that do not specify suspect ingredients as GMO and ask if they are GMO.

a) Example 1: Soy lecithin is often GMO. Call companies that make foods with soy lecithin and ask if it is from GMO soybeans. As them to send you verification in writing by email.

b) Example 2: If a label says “sugar” it may come from sugar beets, which are a GMO crop. Call the label’s company and proceed as with lecithin example.

c) Example 3: I recently called Twinlab, Kal, and Lessaffre (makers of Red Star Yeast) companies, all manufacturers of nutritional yeast products. Only one, Kal Brand, told me they guarantee both the yeast and the culture medium for the yeast (often corn and beet, both GMO crops) to be non-GMO. I told the others I would not buy their products until they guarantee non-GMO on the label.

9) Encourage anyone you know not to use Roundup because it is integral to GM food production, much more toxic than once suspected, and buying it supports Monsanto

 

LEVEL III (COMMUNITY)

10) Organize rallies, protests, donate to and support organic groups, create and circulate petitions, set up information booths, and begin a public outreach to masses of people to denounce GMOs and support organics.

Additional actions: pass out GMO warning flyers, write articles, post notes at work, go to protests, Google GMO articles and videos. Host movie nights.

11) Plant that organic garden already! And get your family and community involved.

Source: GMO Eradication Movement – GEM (Facebook Page)

 

EXTRA TIPS/REMINDERS

In sum, the overall safest, healthiest, and most economical way to empower our GMO Eradication Movement is to buy whole organic foods, grow you own, prepare your own meals, and buy from as many local organic farmers as possible.

If a food is organic it is not GMO. Knowing GM food crops will tell you which foods to look out for in their non-organic form. If not organic, a food may still be non-GMO, but this is becoming more and more unlikely. For example, sugar beets come organic, GMO, and conventionally grown (often grown with pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, but not necessarily GMO). Organic sugar beets are non-GMO. Conventionally grown sugar beets might be GMO (you have to ask), but best to avoid because they are likely laden with pesticides.

If a food ingredient contains “sugar,” it is likely GMO because a lot of sugar comes from GMO sugar beets! If the label reads “cane sugar” it likely has pesticide residues but at this point in time is not GMO. Health tip: stay away from “sugar” for good physical and emotional health and to be a GEM!

VITAMIN SURPRISES:

* Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can be made from GMO corn

* Vitamin D and vitamin K may have “carriers” derived from GMO corn (such as   glucose, sugar, starch, and maltodextrin)

* Vitamin E is often made from soy

* Vitamins A, B2, B6, and B12 may be derived from GMO sources

Remember “All Natural” and “Natural” labels don’t mean squat. These foods can still be GMO.

Thank you for becoming a GEM, not a GMO! The 11 Steps can be downloaded here on one convenient page, though without the “examples” mentioned in the 11 steps above. Please share the 11 Steps everywhere you can and join us on Facebook.

In Solidarity,

Jack

 

 

 

 

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Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning in France

By NaturalRoad.com

According to Reuters, a French court on Monday, February 13, 2012 proclaimed U. S. biotech giant Monsanto is responsible of the chemical poisoning of a French farmer in a judgment that could give weight to additional health claims brought against pesticides in other countries.

In the first such case heard in a legal court in France, grain farmer Paul Francois claims he sustained neurological difficulties such as memory loss, headaches and stammering following inhaling Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller in 2004.

His claim encompassed around the fact that Monsanto did not providing adequate warnings on the product label.

The ruling was given by a court in Lyon, southeast France, that ordered an professional opinion of Francois’s losses to determine the sum of damages.

This decision is landmark because previous health cases from farmers have lost traction simply because of the difficulties of establishing obvious links between health problems and direct exposure to pesticides.

“I am alive today, but part of the farming population is going to be sacrificed and is going to die because of this, ” Francois, 47, told Reuters.

Francois and other farmers enduring from illness established an association in 2011 to help make a case that their health problems must be linked to their use of crop protection products.

The agricultural department of the French social security system says that since 1996, it has accumulated farmers’ reports of health issues potentially connected to pesticides, with about two hundred alerts a year.

But only approximately 47 cases have been recognized as due to pesticides in the past 10 years. Francois, who suffers from neurological problems, acquired work invalidity status only after a court appeal.

The Francois case goes back to a period of intense use of crop-protection chemicals in the European Union. The EU and its member countries have long since banned a large number of chemicals considered hazardous.

Monsanto’s Lasso was banned in France in 2007 following an EU directive after the product had already been withdrawn in some other countries.

France, the EU’s largest agricultural producer, is now targetting a 50 percent reduction in pesticide use between 2008 and 2018, with initial results showing a 4 percent cut in farm and non-farm use in 2008-2010.

The Francois claim may be easier to argue than others because he can identify a particular incident – inhaling the Lasso when maintaining the tank of his crop sprayer – whereas fellow farmers are trying to show accumulated effects from various products.

“It’s like lying on a bed of thorns and trying to say which one cut you, ” said a farmer, who has recovered from prostate cancer and asked not to be named.

The French association of crop protection companies, UIPP, says pesticides are all subject to screening and that any evidence of a cancer risk in humans leads to withdrawal of products from the market.

“I think if we had a major health problem with pesticides, we would have already known about it, ” Jean-Charles Bocquet, UIPP’s managing director, said.

The social security’s farming branch this year is due to add Parkinson’s disease to its list of conditions linked to pesticide use after previously identifying some cases of blood cancers and bladder and respiratory complications.

France’s health and environment safety agency (ANSES), in the mean time, is performing a study on farmers’ health, with results anticipated in 2013.

SOURCE http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/02/13/france-pesticides-monsanto-idINDEE81C0FQ20120213

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