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How Bad GMO Is In US Agriculture and Food

Sept. 7, 2012 Most consumers know that eating pesticides cannot be a healthy choice, no matter how cheaply the product is made, fresh local foods grown in nearby farms are far more worth the price and actually saves money.

Most consumers do not know that GMO contains pesticides within the seeds that grow plants, the seeds have RoundUp inside so when the plant grows and is eaten pesticides will be swallowed. On top of that, pesticides are used on the exterior of plants, a double dose of pesticides both inside the plant and outside on the skin or surface.

WASHING DOES NOT REMOVE THE PESTICIDES WITHIN THE PLANT.

THIS IS WHY GMO IS SO DEADLY TO HUMANS, PETS AND ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN.

Big box stores like Costco, Walmart, Sam’s Club are selling GMO foods made with GMO ingredients that contain pesticides and more recently Agent Orange.

Today more states are requiring and passing legislation demanded by consumers to label GMO ingredients in foods so they can make an educated choice. According to current laws in the United States Dept of Agriculture no labels are required for GMO pesticide food.

USA Does Not Label GMO Foods

Unfortunately for most Americans, they don’t even know what they are eating due to the lack of labeling laws, and consumer standards that have gone out the window in the past 10 years.

Some countries like Russia have discontinued importing US foods for that reason alone as well as other allowed bacteria, chemicals and drugs in the American made food process.

Most other countries in the world have banned GMO altogether including, France, India, and some south american countries.

See: Examiner: What Countries have banned GMO Crops:

http://www.examiner.com/article/what-countries-have-banned-gmo-crops

As of June 18, 2012 These Countries Have Banned GMO Food

Africa, Algeria, Egypt

Asia: Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Japan, Phillipines

Europe: Norway, Austria, Germany, UK, Greece, France, Luxembourg, Portugal

Latin America: Brazil, Paraguay

Middle East: Saudi Arabia

In North America:

Maryland banned GMO fish

North Dakota and Montano: bans GE wheat

Burlington, Vermont: moratorium on GE foods

Boulder, Colorado: banns on GE crops

City of San Francisco: urges federal ban on GE food

The federal government and its agencies do not require labeling of GMO ingredients to be listed on products.

Pacific Rim Countries:

American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Fed. States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanatu, Australia, New Zealand.

Percentage of US food that now Contains GMO: These figures are estimates but the USDA will not reveal what the true percentage of GMO is growing on American factory farmers fields. The corn alone is at 90% by what some reported figures state. 

85% of US Soy is GMO

76% of US cotton is GMO

75% of US Canola is GMO

40% of US corn is GMO  – ( More like 80 to 90 percent GMO today)

50% of US grown Papaya is GMO

100 % of US tobacco is GMO

Unknown amounts of Zucchini and Yellow Squash is GMO

A good source of information on GMO Foods here

Facts and Figures from:Pure Zing

List of foods that contain GMO Toxins today:

Toxic Food Products

Body Products Cosmetics That Contain GMO

Consumers blindly are purchasing GMO pesticides when buying:

Milk, Meat, additives in drinks, Honey, vegetable oils, margarin, soy flower, soy milk, soy proteins, vegetable proteins, cornmeal, corn syrup, dextrose sugars,, fructose sugars, citric acid, lactic acid, partial and hydrogenated oils.

These fats in GMO oils contain high levels of trans fats that are causing an obese population to get even fatter. Trans fats are also poisonous to human life, slowing down metabolism and accounting for high cholesterol levels in people.  Allergies, MS, arthritis can also be caused by hydrogenated oils.

Foods with Hydrogenated Oils

Cake mixes, pancakes, cookies, pies, donuts, crackers, peanut butter, frozen processed foods, whipped toppings, frozen bakery products, waffles, pancakes, instant mash potatoes  the list goes on and on and on.

See here for:   More foods with Hydrogenated Oils with GMO

The United States agricultural system is infected with GMO pesticide foods, and Americans will pay the high price of diseases as a result.

Mainly due to the fact that President Obama has hired a former Monsanto lawyer to be the head of the US Dept of Agriculture, Mr. Tom Vilsack.

Until this corporate corruption is removed from our government, Monsanto will control the US food supply continuing to contaminate the public’s food.

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USDA Continues to Push Pink Slime as Hamburger Meat

USDA Continues to Push Pink Slime as Hamburger Meat

What we’ve been reporting for over two years is the nightmare that American families are waking up to who now know, they’ve been sold Pink Slime without knowing it.

Pink Slime is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to GMO, antibiotics, bovine hormones, vaccines, drugs and more processing of American livestock and fake food sold as “real” food. There is a big difference between selling fake food at the same price as real food, and a whale of a difference in nutritional value which is nil with pink slime.

This includes: chicken, beef, pork and lamb that is chemically treated to appear “healthy” but is actually dangerous to human life.

US Food Standards Take a Nose Dive

By now, the whole world knows how bad US Food really is in terms of quality standards, the USDA has in the past ten years continuously degraded food for human consumption to garbage. Russia refuses to buy US meat, since recent tests found H1N1 Viruses in the meat, and they just refuse to buy US food.  This not only hurts jobs, but the economy in reducing exports because of the filth in US food manufacturing today. Last year it was 500 million eggs with salmonella, beef recalls, vegetable recalls, processed food recalls and even dog food recalls.

The Cost of Pink Slime

To a large food manufacturing company pink slime costs nothing, and it terms of what consumers are paying for: they are paying for hamburger meat but not receiving hamburger meat. Instead, slaughter house refuse, that would normally go into the garbage is being repackaged to “look like hamburger meat” but its not meat.

In terms of garbage, this food is usually thrown in the garbage by American families because it just doesn’t taste like meat. In terms of adding to the garbage problem this pink slime ends up where it belongs and that is in the trash.

Pink Slime is made by Beef Products Inc., and sold to grocery stores as well the USDA purchased 7 million pounds for school lunches which is fed to your kids.

You can’t tell the difference, your government won’t tell you by labeling Pink Slime but your paying for slaughter house refuse- as if it were real meat.  The FTC should be investigating these “fake garbage” products and put a stop to this for beef product producers like BPI.

If it wasn’t for the whistle blowers, we the public would have kept eating ammonia treated refuse as hamburger and paying the price.

 

Curated News:

Whistleblower to Maker of Pink Slime- Quite Harassing Me

Beef Products Inc. Harasses WhistleBlower -

Quote from Appetite for Profit

What made Foshee’s talk so remarkable was its content – he spoke in great detail about BPI’s ammoniated beef process – but also his bravery at confronting his former employers, who just happened to be in the room.

A few minutes into his talk, as Foshee was pointing out the absurdity of BPI’s food safety awards on their website, he dramatically turned to his left to the BPI attorneys and asked if they were there to protect whistleblowers and to support the Food Safety Modernization Act, like the rest of us were?

I stopped taking notes and looked over, as everyone else in the room did. I can’t recall ever being at a conference hearing a whistleblower speak, let alone one that was confronting the company that fired him. The tension in the room was palpable but Foshee plowed ahead, with some nervousness in his voice.

He answered for the BPI reps, who weren’t interested in dialogue:

No, I am going to tell you right now, they’re not here to protect whistleblowers. This is about me. They’re here with their tape recorder because they are going to find a way to shut me up. They’ve got sealed documents, that if I say anything about, they’re going to persecute me. So we’re going to stick with the publicly available information, from their website, to stay safe.

 The beef manufacturing company continues to report their pink slime fake food is safe and good for you and you the taxpayer are making these people rich through the USDA’s head corporate friend,  Tom Vilsack.

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Organic or Factory Foods

Sept 7, 2010 Organic or factory foods-what would you prefer to eat these days?

Well if you are speaking of the wealthy class, or Michelle Obama or politicians they would consume the organic food before anything you buy at your grocery store.

Most of the billionaires that make money on shares and investments in factory corporate farms like Warren Buffet or Bill Gates actually only eat organic clean foods sold in specialty stores.  As shocking as this may appear their chefs do not shop at Wal-Mart for food.

Factory Farm Food Production Line-Unsafe & Unregulated.

Which leads you to believe that the factory food coming out of larger corporate farming methods are for those who cannot afford better. The poor, the elderly, youths, kids, adults who are unemployed and the vast majority of Americans who do not care to find out how their food is manufactured and grown.

Seeds for Growing Food

Seeds for growing food have been manipulated, genetically modified with anything from fish genes to pesticides built into the seed kernel. You may see that the mega-corporation Monsanto has great control over the world’s seed supply and they are quickly buying up or putting seed farmers out of business to control the seeds of the food available commercially. Control equals power and he who holds the seeds has the power.

Monsanto money is spread far and wide on both Republican and Democratic politicians and in return they get to dictate legislation. Monsanto puts pesticides into seeds which has been implicated with lower sperm counts in men, which makes them infertile. This is especially a critical negative with young couples trying to conceive a baby.

That is how we see corruption in politics today as influence peddlers have won greater control over the government in the name of greed, power and more greed.

Organic Farms

Organic farms are being invaded including the poor Amish farmers like Dan Allgyer of Pennsylvania who grow their own food, sell their produce including raw milk. Over 100 years ago before pasteurization, farmers and their families drank wholesome milk and were healthy. Only when a cow is infected with some man made virus is this not possible but sick cows are hardly seen on an Amish farm as they take care of their livestock. The commercialization of food and especially the processes such as pasteurization strips milk of its vitamins and health benefits and also affects taste and quality.

Factory Farms

The FDA standards are low enough to allow a certain amount of salmonella in eggs and other food products for consumers. In fact after the Wright County egg farm was found to be the cuplrit in the egg scandal, the FDA approved of cooking the eggs so they could still be used in liquid form for the baking industry. Again favoring corporate farm profits and putting the public at considerable risk, this was a pro-corporate position not intended for food safety.  The process of pasteurizing eggs does not prove them 100 percent safe but the FDA is not following safety procedures and their actions reduced the financial losses of 880 million eggs.

Furthermore the FDA decided that vaccinating chickens for human consumption is safe and will prevent salmonella which does not work when the farm is operated like Wright County Egg. Rather than inspect factory farms which is their job they would rather put more chemicals and viruses in the food you eat every day.


Factory farms today grow livestock like chickens, pigs and cows by the millions at one location where you could hardly consider the livestock to be healthy. Often times they are held in confined quarters, made to eat cheap food are injected with drugs and they produce a very sick product. The meat at processing plants are then injected with colored dyes to make them look healthier in the grocery store. The public is a greater risk of food poisoning from corporate farms than ever before in history and yet this government has failed to ensure safety in our very food. The FDA does not inspect food from China and allows rat feces, melamine and other debris in foreign foods sold in the big box stores like Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club. It is enough to churn your stomach up and angry enough to take you back to purchasing from local suppliers. Wal-Mart buys 99 % of its foods from China and is considered is China’s biggest distribution center in the USA.

In contrast organic farms take good care of their livestock and chickens, pigs and cows roam freely to eat a variety of grasses and plants that are not sprayed with chemicals. The animals are feed good grains, clean water and are cared for by landowners from generation to generation. Organic farms are cleaner and highly efficiently managed because they concentrate on the quality of food not quantity and profits for shareholders and CEO’s.

Organic farms do not use pesticides but rather use old methods of farming that reduce insects and use natural sprays to keep bugs away so they can get a good yield. Organic farms reduce waste, clean refuse and do not pollute nearby lakes, rivers and streams with chemicals or manure that should be treated and turned into fertilizer.

The difference is huge in terms of quality, nutrition and a healthy population. The difference in taste is large especially in GMO foods (genetically modified). A tomato genetically modified with fish genes will not taste the same as an organic tomato and there is no comparison in flavor. You don’t really see the difference in a grocery store unless you purchase your produce at the farmers market or straight off a farm. The European Union has banned GMO foods for their population and more countries are banning Monsanto from growing genetically altered foods that renders food unsavory and unhealthy.

Today in 2010 your children and family are being robbed blind by high food prices for lower quality degraded produce at the store. As far back as 20 or 30 years ago factory farms were just in their infancy until they grew into monster farms that produce millions of tons of food products.

There is a time when people have had enough of the games that politicians play on us year after year, conning us just before elections, while being seduced by corporate campaign dollars and then turning on us after they win only to stab us in the heart at our dinner table.  There are literally millions of Americans getting sick by simply eating food and this is all FDA approved foods that contain salmonella poisoning. After the egg recall there was a beef recall mostly meat sold to Sam’s Club stores in many US states. Again it was a factory farm at fault for the e. coli in the beef which can cause death. How many people have actually died of food poisoning in America that were unreported?

In 2009 the H1N1 virus was released at a factory farm in Mexico owned by Smithfield Farms which had 1 million pigs at their farm in Mexico. The pigs were never destroyed and no alarm was sounded by the FDA and no inspections of those farms was conducted.

These larger corporate food manufacturers donate millions to both parties for fewer regulations, fewer inspections, tax breaks and the corrupt capitalist society continues to infest America. Even without campaign bribery corporate farms like the Wright County Egg farm go about their business unchecked, without inspections and virtually unregulated and they are the largest producers of food in America. Where was the FDA, USDA, NIH and the EPA during all this time but sitting on their backsides in their offices due to a lack of staffing.

Bill S510 – The Future of Organic Farming

When you consider there is a bill in the Senate now S510 that gives the FDA authority more on organic farms, vitamins, supplements, herbs and plants mainly organics. It is not the organic farms that need regulating -it is the corporate farming methods that are polluting the food supply.

By passing this bill, Congress is practically shutting down organic farming as you know it. Margaret Hamburg the administrator head of the FDA would have you believe that eggs from an organic farm are harmful, need regulating, need inspecting and need to be stamped out. If a farmer gives a chicken better feed or enriched feed that would be illegal.

Bill S510 is not about giving the FDA more power but it actually makes it “ILLEGAL” to grow your own food in your own backyard. The absurdity of this bill is beyond belief and is sponsored by Congressman Dingell and democrat Richard Durbin from Illinois and includes 68 sponsors with 384 co-sponsors of the bill.  It gives the FDA and government agencies total control of you and food you eat rather than regulate the factor farmers who are the criminal operators such as Jack DeCoster. In China they execute people like Jack on the spot as in the babies milk  melamine case last year a practice we should adopt here.

Illegal to Sell, Grow, Trade, Share Homegrown Food

The sponsors of Bill S510 : include both Republicans and Democrats that will take away your right to grow vegetables in your back yard!


Rep. John Dingell [D-MI15]
Cosponsors:
Diana DeGette [D-CO1]
Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
Bart Stupak [D-MI1]
Betty Sutton [D-OH13]
Henry Waxman [D-CA30]

“If accepted [S 510] would preclude the public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes. It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one’s choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God.” ~Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower “

The bill has far more negative policies than meets the eye and should not be passed. The FDA would be well served to do their job and inspect the illegal production practices that violate health and safety standards. Besides the fact that the FDA is too incompetent to approve of or endorse a bill that gives the agency more power to prohibit vitamins, supplements and continue to allow dangerous foods and drugs on the US market.

The whole proposal is absurdly a power grab for the FDA to shut down organic farms due to the fact that they are highly sought after by the consumer and this cuts into corporate profits. People should contact their senators, congressmen and representatives and denounce this bill completely. The government should be doing their job on regulations already on the books, not criminalize organic farming, or Michelle Obama would be thrown in jail.