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Win! FDA Denies Approval for Genetically Modified Salmon

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Natural News

 FDA panel says not enough evidence to verify safety of genetically modified salmon.

Following a review from a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel this past weekend, AquaBounty Technologies, a Mass.-based biotechnology company, has been denied approval for its genetically modified (GM) salmon “AquAdvantage” that grows twice as fast as natural salmon. The FDA panel said the available data on the fish is insufficient to prove it is safe, and that the decision will have to be made at a later date.

The announcement contrasts an earlier one from the FDA indicating that the “Frankenfish” is safe. It appeared that the FDA was poised to approve the fish, but backlash from farmers, consumer advocates and even ordinary citizens, who packed the hearing room on Monday to vehemently oppose the fish’s approval, seems to have changed the FDA’s mind — at least temporarily.

“The FDA is relying on company data from only a handful of fish,” explained Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food and Water Watch, an outspoken opponent of the GM fish. “Such flimsy science isn’t good enough to assure the public that this product is safe to eat.”

According to an ABC News report, the hearing lasted eight hours, and AquaBounty’s CEO Ron Stotish said an “enormous” amount of data was presented....

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Farmer, Consumer Outcry Helping to Stop Passage of Draconian ‘Food Safety’ Bill, SB 510

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Natural News

Advocates of Senate Bill 510 (S.510) — also known as the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act — are lamenting the delayed passage of the sweeping legislation that many say threatens American food freedom. According to reports, opposition from the public, local farmers and some members of Congress could delay a vote on the bill until November — and may even kill it completely.

Hayden’s Note:

SB 510 is the most highly searched-for term on this entire website and that correlates with this article, meaning we ARE getting the message out.  We ARE having an effect on Congress.  People are starting to wake up and realize the dangerous bills being passed that undermine our freedoms and ability to provide for ourselves.  Keep up the good work and stay educated!  – You can read the original article here, as it is in the Google top 5 search returns and is the most sought-after article on TruthisTreason.net!

According to a recent New York Times article in obvious favor of the legislation, the Senate calendar is filled with a multitude of other bills that need to be voted on before members leave for the campaign trail in October....

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FDA Rules Won’t Require Labeling of Genetically Modified Salmon

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Washington Post

As the Food and Drug Administration considers whether to approve genetically modified salmon, one thing seems certain: Shoppers staring at fillets in the seafood department will find it tough to pick out the conventional fish from the one created with genes from another species.

Despite a growing public demand for more information about how food is produced, that won’t happen with the salmon because of idiosyncracies embedded in federal regulations.

The FDA says it cannot require a label on the genetically modified food once it determines that the altered fish is not “materially” different from other salmon – something agency scientists have said is true.

Perhaps more surprising, conventional food makers say the FDA has made it difficult for them to boast that their products do not contain genetically modified ingredients.

The labeling question has emerged as the FDA determines whether to approve the fish, an Atlantic salmon known as AquAdvantage that grows twice as fast as its natural counterpart. The decision carries great weight because, while genetically modified agriculture has been permitted for years and engineered crops are widely used in processed foods, this would be the first modified animal allowed for human consumption in the United States.The AquAdvantage salmon has been given a gene from the ocean pout, an eel-like fish, and a growth hormone from a Chinook salmon....

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FDA Comm. Advises Use of Antibiotics in Livestock is a Major Threat

Posted on Sep 08, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Natural News

Writing in the New York Times, former FDA Commissioner Donald Kennedy warns that the widespread use of antibiotics in livestock is a major threat to human health.

“More than 30 years ago … we proposed eliminating the use of penicillin and two other antibiotics to promote growth in animals raised for food,” Kennedy writes. “When agribusiness interests persuaded Congress not to approve that regulation, we saw firsthand how strong politics can trump wise policy and good science.”

Already in the 1980s, Kennedy notes, scientists knew that the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics to prevent infection in healthy animals and make them grow faster was leading to the evolution of drug-resistant bacteria. To make matters worse, the antibiotics used in animals are largely the same as those used in humans, meaning that when these livestock-produced superbugs infect humans, doctors have few ways to deal with them.

An estimated 90,000 people die from hospital-acquired infections in the United States every year. Seventy percent of these infections are antibiotic resistant.

The livestock industry insists that it needs to use antibiotics to keep its animals healthy....

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‘Frankensalmon’ Ruled Safe to Eat: Fast-growing GMO Fish Approved by Scientists

Posted on Sep 06, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: DailyMail.co.uk

Genetically modified salmon, which grows at a superfast rate, is safe to be farmed and eaten, American scientists have declared.

Hayden’s Note:

…..hahahahaha.  Scientists.  Riiiiight.  I’m curious how much money members of the FDA were paid by Aqua Bounty to “approve” this GMO food.

The move by experts advising U.S. watchdogs will clear the way for the first GM creature to be sold as food.

The first GM salmon could be on American dinner tables within two to three years, and possibly on British plates soon after that, paving the way for the genetic modification of other fish and food animals into what critics are calling ‘Frankenfood’. 

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Shares in the company behind the technology leapt by 26 per cent on the London Stock Exchange on Friday, providing evidence that analysts see GM as the future of fish production.

However, the science is highly controversial and consumers will have questions about the impact on human health and the environment.

Critics of GM food fear the technology leads to the creation of mutant misshapen fish and could harm wild fish populations if they escape....

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FDA Ignored Evidence That CT Scans are Killing 14,000 Americans a Year from Cancer

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Natural News

FDA administrators sought to brush aside evidence that CT scans may be killing thousands of patients a year, say agency scientists.

“I was first ignored, then pressured to change my scientific opinion, and when I refused to do that, I was intimidated and ultimately terminated,” said gastroenterologist and former FDA consultant Julian Nicholas.

The controversy stems from a still-pending application by General Electric (GE) for the approval of CT (computed tomography) scans as tests for colon cancer. GE made the request because although the practice of screening healthy patients with CT scans has become increasingly common, many insurers remains reluctant to pay for it.

When the FDA moved to approve the request with minimum fuss, agency scientists objected that the increased cancer risk from the radiation involved in CT scans would outweigh any potential benefit.

Approval would “expose a number of Americans to a risk of radiation that is unwarranted and may lead to instances of solid organ abdominal cancer,” Nicholas wrote in an email to the agency.

“The increased radiation exposure to the population could be substantial and would raise a serious public health/public policy issue,” agreed FDA medical officer Robert Smith of Yale and Cornell Universities....

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Food and Depopulation: Monsanto’s Monopoly

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Cassandra Anderson

(Part 2 of 4)

A monopoly is exclusive control of a commodity or service that makes it possible to manipulate prices.  This is accomplished through governmental regulations used to enforce the monopoly.  The way to break a monopoly is to remove those laws.  This is simple, but not easy in the case of Monsanto, because the roots extend to international, federal, state, and local government regulations.  Monopoly owners corner a market by taking control of the resource AND preventing others from using the resource.

The famous robber baron JD Rockefeller refined this method of monopolization with Standard Oil; he created a cartel (an agreement between companies to avoid competition) with the companies he could not buy or force out of business through extraordinarily corrupt business practices.  Competition creates a free market; JD Rockefeller is famous for saying, “Competition is a sin.”  Of course, the Rockefellers have an enormous stake in biotechnology and the Rockefeller Foundation funded the biology centers and research that led to the creation of GMOs;  F.  William Engdahl’s book, “Seeds of Destruction”, is highly recommended for the complete details....

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State Agencies Crack Down on Raw Milk Sales

Posted on Jun 04, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: WKOW News (W-Kow… Milk story.)

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection — DATCP — is cracking down on raw milk operations.

Agency inspectors searched a Sauk County farm outside of Loganville Wednesday.

DATCP spokesperson Lee Sensenbrenner confirms the agency carried out a special inspection warrant to see if the Grazin’ Acres Farm was operating a dairy without a license.

Owner Vernon Hershberger said he got a rude awakening, when DATCP inspectors showed up with a contingent of Sauk County Sheriff’s deputies armed with a warrant to search his property.

“They just entered the building and did their thing, which took five or six hours,” he said.

Hershberger says inspectors poured over his family’s raw milk business, taking inventory of every refrigerator.

“At the end they tied everything up so they know what’s on every shelf, so if it’s moved they know it,” he said.

The products — which include raw milk, yogurt, cheese, butter and cream — are off limits, yellow tagged by DATCP. The products can not be sold or moved.

Hershberger says 100 families purchase his unpasteurized products — essentials, he says, the count on....

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Congressman Waxman Sneaks Anti-Vitamin Amendment into Wall Street Reform Bill

Posted on May 05, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Natural News

via BlackListed News

Hayden’s Note:

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a million more times –

When Congress is voting on something such as “Wall Street Reform,” there should not be any other single piece of legislation included.  No piggy-backs, no earmarks, no projects, nothing that is not specifically and unequivocally related to the topic at hand and in line with the title of the bill.  If the Dishonorable Henry Waxman feels the need to create a bill pertaining to vitamins and healthcare, then he needs to author it under his name as a stand-alone bill to be debated on it’s actual merits, not the merits of the Goldman Sachs case.

Of all the sneaky tactics practiced in Washington D.C., this recent action by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) is one of the most insidious: While no one was looking, he injected amendment language into the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (H.R. 4173) that would expand the powers of the FTC (not the FDA, but the FTC) to terrorize nutritional supplement companies by allowing the FTC to make its own laws that target dietary supplement companies....

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Nicotine & Heroin; the Government Monopoly

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 in Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Kevin Hayden

TruthisTreason.net

Another prime example of how the Government says it’s protecting me and watching out for my best interests; banning any and all “herbal cigarettes.”  This includes those herbal smokes that are made from cloves, lotus petals or other wild flowers and natural herbs.  The Government has described this act as being done “for the children” and to keep novelty cigarettes out of the market so that youngsters don’t take up the habit.  Many of these clove or herbal cigarettes are flavored and are marketed at the occassional smoker who is not addicted to nicotine. 

While nicotine is obviously less potent than heroin, it’s addicting qualities are far greater.  And Big Tobacco has spent the last several decades perfecting this deadly concoction.  I never gave it much thought because I have always been a dedicated customer of Big Tobacco.  But now, in my attempt to wrangle free from their grasp, I find it mildly amusing at how difficult the Federal Government and FDA have made my escape attempt.

Over the years, I have tried to stop smoking several times, mostly without much willpower or real effort behind the attempt. ...

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Toxic Beef, Rejected by Mexico, Sold in U.S.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: USA Today

via Cryptogon

Beef containing harmful pesticides, veterinary antibiotics and heavy metals is being sold to the public because federal agencies have failed to set limits for the contaminants or adequately test for them, a federal audit finds.

A program set up to test beef for chemical residues “is not accomplishing its mission of monitoring the food supply for … dangerous substances, which has resulted in meat with these substances being distributed in commerce,” says the audit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General.

The health effects on people who eat such meat are a “growing concern,” the audit adds.

The testing program for cattle is run by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which also tests meat for such pathogens as salmonella and certain dangerous strains of E. coli. But the residue program relies on assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency, which sets tolerance levels for human exposure to pesticides and other pollutants, and the Food and Drug Administration, which does the same for antibiotics and other medicines.

Limits have not been set by the EPA and FDA “for many potentially harmful substances, which can impair FSIS’ enforcement activities,” the audit found....

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Rotarix Rotavirus Vaccine Contaminated with Pig Virus

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: CNN

Federal health authorities recommended Monday that doctors suspend using Rotarix, one of two vaccines licensed in the United States against rotavirus, saying the vaccine is contaminated with material from a pig virus.

“There is no evidence at this time that this material poses a safety risk,” Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told reporters in a conference call.

About 1 million children in the United States and about 30 million worldwide have gotten Rotarix vaccine, she said.

Rotavirus disease kills more than 500,000 infants around the world each year, primarily in low- and middle-income countries, she said. Before rotavirus vaccine became available, the disease was blamed for more than 50,000 hospitalizations and several dozen deaths per year in the United States, she said.

The FDA learned about the contamination after an academic research team using a novel technique to look for viruses in a range of vaccines found the material in GlaxoSmithKline’s product and told the company, Hamburg said. The drug maker confirmed its presence in both the cell bank and the seed from which the vaccine is derived, suggesting its presence from the early stages of vaccine development, she said....

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The False Pandemic: Drug Firms Reaped Billions from H1N1 Flu Scare (Fear Mongering Bailout)

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 in Featured Articles

Source: Daily Mail

[Hayden’s Note: I hate to say, “I told you so.” – but, I told you so.  Big Pharma has reaped in hundreds of billions of dollars and euros over a pandemic that never was.  From the very beginning, I knew and stated that this was a classic con.  Big Pharma not only gained an insane amount of money, but stop and think for a minute; what else did they gain?  The “emergency” suspension of laws and regulations that prohibit squalene and Thimerasol (mercury additives, more or less) from being added to vaccines.  Not only did they drug hundreds of millions, but they’ve dumped an  abnormally unsafe amount of mercury into the general population’s blood and did so for half the cost AND the approval of the World Health Organization, the FDA, and every other major country’s health organization.  They continue to hold ‘pizza parties’ for school aged children if enough of the classroom gets vaccinated; we continue to see massive lines for flu vaccines being administered by dental assistants, EMTs and even low level CNAs at WalGreens and make-shift clinics. ...

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Bisphenol A (Toxin) Found in 90% of Newborns

Posted on Dec 03, 2009 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: JSOnline

A study released Wednesday which found that nine of 10 babies tested were born with bisphenol A in their systems has renewed calls for the chemical to be banned.

In the study commissioned by the Environmental Working Group, scientists found the chemical in nine of 10 randomly selected samples of umbilical cord blood.

Previous studies have found BPA in the urine of 93% of Americans tested. But Wednesday’s study is the first to find it in the cord blood of U.S. newborns.

“It’s alarming,” Janet Gray, director of the Environmental Risks and Breast Cancer project at Vassar College, said of the study results. “What more evidence do we need to act?”

More than 6 billion pounds of BPA are used each year to make polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. The chemical is used in thousands of common products, including the lining of nearly all food and beverage cans and as coating for carbonless paper receipts.

BPA, which was developed as a synthetic estrogen, has been linked to breast and prostate cancer, cognitive and behavioral problems, reproductive failures, heart disease, diabetes, asthma and obesity....

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