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Germany’s Top Court Upholds Restrictive GM Crop Law

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: AFP

Germany’s top court on Wednesday upheld a two-year-old law placing sharp restrictions on the use of genetically modified crops, saying it protected the public from the risks of the technology.

The Federal Constitutional Court said that 2008 legislation requiring buffer zones between GM and conventional crops were justified due to the risk of “contamination” between the plants and open questions about the technology.

“The legislative branch is pursuing legitimate public welfare objectives and must be given generous room to implement state regulation in order to realise these objectives against the backdrop of the broad social and scientific debate about the use of genetic engineering,” the court said.

The law mandates a 150-metre-wide (490-feet-wide) “protective zone” between GM crops and standard farmland and a 300-metre-wide gap next to organic crops.
GM fields must also be registered so any co-mingling can be traced back to the source and the responsible farmers can be held liable.

Hayden’s Note:

THIS is what Senate Bill 510 should be about if they claim to be “protecting the food supply.” 

The law had been challenged by the rural eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt even before it was passed....

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Urgent: Vote NO Against GMOs in this Significant Online Poll

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Natural News

A poll currently underway over at The Economist is asking people whether or not they believe biotechnology – which refers to the use of genetic engineering in agriculture – is compatible with sustainable agriculture. To cut to the chase, TruthisTreason.net is petitioning all readers to drum up a resounding NO to the poll statement that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are compatible with sustainable agriculture, and you can do this by going to the poll site immediately and voting against it.

You will find the full statement and poll voting page here:
http://preview-debates.economist.co…

The statement reads, “This house believes that biotechnology and sustainable agriculture are complementary, not contradictory.”

If you have followed the news here concerning GMOs, you probably already know that GMOs tend to cross-contaminate nearby conventional and organic crops (http://www.naturalnews.com/029869_G…). GMOs have also brought about “superweeds” that are resistant to pesticides and herbicides (http://www.naturalnews.com/027642_g…).

Studies have also shown that GMOs are harmful to health because the body does not recognize them the same way it does natural food. Earlier in the year, one study found that GMO corn causes organ damage in mammals (http://www.naturalnews.com/027931_G…)....

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Monsanto Candidates Win Elections

Posted on Nov 08, 2010 in Political Issues

Source: Natural News

Washington, D.C., is a hotbed of political lobbyists whose primary goal is to sway politicians to do their bidding. Multinational biotechnology giant Monsanto is one such lobbyist with a Political Action Committee (PAC) that spends hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to buy off candidates to support its agenda. And in the most recent U.S. election cycle, most of the company’s funded candidates won their races.

According to a recent report from the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), ten of the 15 Congressmen that Monsanto helped fund won their seats, including Senators Richard Burr of North Carolina and Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Monsanto even gave money to a number of candidates that were either retiring or not up for reelection, most likely as a “thank you” for previous political favors.

Based on information contained in disclosure reports, Monsanto spent over $470,000 on the overall mid-term election cycle, with just under $128,000 going to Congressional Democrats and over $121,000 going to Congressional Republicans. To see if your Congressmen accepted money from Monsanto, check out the OpenSecrets Monsanto contributions page:
http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pac…

Monsanto darling Bill Northey, who was just reelected as Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, also has a history of financial ties with Monsanto....

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What Exactly is a GMO?

Posted on Nov 03, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Kevin Hayden

TruthisTreason.net

What Exactly is a GMO?

Hayden’s Note: Most of the technology related information is outdated – from 2006-2007 – but still serves as a great foundation for understanding GMOs.  I published this over a year ago, but thought it was still prudent and informative.

A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process of taking genes from one species and inserting them into another in an attempt to obtain a desired trait or characteristic, hence they are also known as transgenic organisms. This process may be called either Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM); they are one and the same.

But haven’t growers been grafting trees, breeding animals, and hybridizing seeds for years?

Genetic engineering is completely different from traditional breeding and carries unique risks.

In traditional breeding it is possible to mate a pig with another pig to get a new variety, but is not possible to mate a pig with a potato or a mouse. Even when species that may seem to be closely related do succeed in breeding, the offspring are usually infertile—a horse, for example, can mate with a donkey, but the offspring (a mule) is sterile....

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Genetically Modified Soy Leads to Reproductive Changes

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: NewsWithView

Jeffrey Smith

If you’re still eating genetically modified (GM) soybeans and you plan on having kids, a Brazilian study may make you think again about what you put in your mouth. Female rats fed GM soy for 15 months showed significant changes in their uterus and reproductive cycle, compared to rats fed organic soy or those raised without soy. Published in The Anatomical Record in 2009, this finding adds to the mounting body of evidence suggesting that GM foods contribute to reproductive disorders (see summary at end).

Unlike women whose menstrual cycle starts automatically at puberty, female rats need to be “inspired.” Their (estrous) cycle conveniently kicks in only after being introduced to male rats. Since no males were present in this study, the females fed organic soy or no soy were appropriately untriggered (diestrus). For some odd reason, however, those fed GM soy appeared to have their ovulation cycle in full gear.

Although the researchers did not perform a check on the estrous cycle directly, their microscopic analysis of ovaries and uterus tissue showed that the hormone-induced changes (i.e....

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Unnatural Selection – Seeds of Deception

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 in Featured Articles

Kevin Hayden

TruthisTreason.net

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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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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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Only Two Companies in US Confirm Using BPA-Free Cans

Posted on Sep 08, 2010 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: Natural News

Hayden’s Note:

It should be noted that BPA has now been confirmed to cause reproductive problems and erectile dysfunction in men.  BPA is a synthetic form of estrogen developed in the 1930’s.  Is it any wonder why men are being feminized at such an alarming rate these days?  The sheer amount of BPA consumed by the average American is staggering.  It is detected in relatively large amounts in 93% of American citizens.  With the large amount of GMO food we’re consuming, you’ll get sterile offspring, neurological disorders, liver damage and cancer on top of the cancer, reproductive issues and mental disorders associated with BPA that it’s packaged in!  Eat wisely.  Here are a few suggestions – grow your own food, carefully research and investigate the food companies and brands you purchase, or buy from Farmer’s Markets, local farmers or organic shops.  Even with this precaution, carefully inspect what you’re actually getting and more importantly, what type of container it is in!

Given these uncertain times, it makes sense to have a reserve food supply. Canned food not only provides long term storage and survives external contamination, but also provides a back up in the event of a food shortage....

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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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Sugar Beets- Monsanto Wins Again

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Cassandra Anderson

Sugar Beets- Monsanto Wins Again

farmer3_dees-1Last Friday a federal judge imposed a nationwide ban on GMO sugar beets and it was overturned the next business day. Sugar beets comprise 50% of the sugar used in US food, and 95% of the sugar beets grown in the US are GMO. It is the jurisdiction of the US Department of Agriculture to determine whether plants are environmentally safe; this case is about whether the plants can cross pollinate (by wind, insects, etc) and contaminate other plants. This could have cost Monsanto billions of dollars.

Less than 2 weeks ago, wild growing canola in North Dakota was discovered to be 86% GMO. Because GMO crops are crossed with herbicide resistant plants (usually weeds), they grow like weeds and contaminate natural plants. Alarmingly, two of the canola samples collected by scientists showed that multiple genes from different species of GMO canola plants cross pollinated without cultivation, and probably for several generations. The implication of this is that GMO seeds can readily contaminate natural seeds and become out of control.

The GMO alfalfa ban lawsuit about contamination was the first GMO case ever heard by the Supreme Court, despite countless lawsuits from farmers whose fields have been polluted by GMOs....

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Food: The Ultimate Secret Exposed

Posted on Jul 31, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: YouTube and InfoWars

Hayden’s Note:

I rarely post anything from Alex Jones as I’m not a fan of the way he hypes his headlines for more exposure.  But occasionally, he hits the nail on the head.  When it comes to GMO foods and chemically engineered ingredients, there can be NO exaggeration.

Genetically modified food is killing us.  The thousands of chemicals we ingest everyday are killing us.  They are making us sterile.  They are promoting organ failure, brain tumors, cancers and altered behavior.

If you are not familiar with Monsanto and the terrible, terrible things they are doing to our food, see here, here and even here.  These are just a few of the Monsanto and GMO stories I’ve published on Truth is Treason.  Hit the search bar at the top right to find more!

In a special video, Alex Jones addresses one of the darkest modes of power the globalists have used to control the population– food. The adulteration of the planet’s staple crops, genetically-altered species and intentionally-altered water, food and air all amount to a Eugenics operation to weaken the masses and achieve full spectrum domination....

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Monsanto Seed Ban Overturned by Supreme Court

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

Source: BBC

The bio-tech company Monsanto can sell genetically modified seeds before safety tests on them are completed, the US Supreme Court has ruled.

A lower court had barred the sale of the modified alfalfa seeds until an environmental impact study could be carried out.

But seven of the nine Supreme Court Justices decided that ruling was unconstitutional.

Hayden’s Note:

I’m no lawyer, but let’s see here… My neighbor is doing something that effects not only my health, but my ability to earn an income and produce Crop XYZ.  Once I ask Neighbor Joe to stop doing whatever it is he’s doing that has literally ruined, cursed and poisoned my land and crops, and he continues, I believe he has encroached on my Constitutional Rights.  Whatever happened to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?  I was under the impression that when my neighbor prevents me from seeking those things, he has plainly diminished my rights.

Hmmmm.  Once again, 9 people decide the fate of us all.  GMOs have been shown and proven to cause 2nd and 3rd generation sterility, cancer, liver failure, organ damage and is such a pervasive pest, that it cross-pollinates into neighboring fields, rendering those crops useless the next year. ...

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Starting a Farmers’ Market the Right Way

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

Source: Rodale Institute

By Andy King     

If you are trying to start or turn around a farmers’ market, it’s easy to get distracted by all the possibilities of signage and events and promotions. Before you order your banners, though, make sure you’ve mastered the basics. Each step should set the foundation for the next to make sure things unfold as planned on opening day—and finish strong at the closing.

The following are the basics to start or save your farmers’ market:

1. Every business needs a business plan, and that includes your market. You should write your bylaws and vendor application as soon as your plan is complete. Review all three documents to make sure there are no conflicts. Remember the bylaws are the rules you use to achieve the goals set out in your business plan.

2. Find a minimum of eight qualified venders (producers who can make a living selling their products).

3. Offer a broad spectrum of products (honey, baked goods, fruit, flowers, meat, eggs, milk, cheese and produce).

4. Try to balance the number of vendors with the anticipated number of customers....

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