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Hawaii and Vermont File Bills on Mandatory GMO Labeling

Hawaii and Vermont File Bills on Mandatory GMO Labeling  

April 19, 2012  Two women in both the States of Hawaii and Vermon filed bills requiring mandatory labeling of GMO ingredients in all products sold in both States.

In the USA, 90% of consumers demand GMO ingredients be labeled to ensure they have choices in buying food for their families.

The public is increasingly demanding required labeling of GMO in their food, before they purchase said foods in grocery stores.  

Ellen Cochran a Maui Councilor and Kate Webb representing the State of Vermont are heading up bills in response to the public demands.

In any given grocery store today, over 85% of food products are hiding GMO ingredients and these are not labeled for a consumer’s choice  to make, that right is taken away by government agencies, both the FDA and USDA who have failed to provide accurate information on food products. ie) Pink Slime ie) Arsenic in Apple juice, fungicides in orange juice, and the list goes on and on.  

There is a massive take over of the food industry by corporations such as factory farms and chemical seed companies such as Monsanto, Dupont and Bayer. Recently the USDA approved Agent Orange to be used in food production, a pesticide to be consumed by American families.

The uproar is growing and consumers feel helpless to stop the contamination of the food supply by government and large corporations who are partners in profits before safety.

Monsanto to Sue the State of Vermont for GMO Labeling Legislation

Threatened by exposure to their deadly pesticides in food, Monsanto issued a statement that it will “sue the State of Vermont” for passing such a bill requiring the identification of their pesticides in US foods.

The Island of Oahu Votes Against Mandatory Labeling

Even though the state of Hawaii voted for a GMO Labeling bill the island of Oahu has voted against it, since it has been conducting research for Monsanto for fifty years and no doubt corporate money is at play with legislators through influence peddling.  

Elle Cochran points out that local farmers and citizens do not support Monsanto’s GMO produce

There are many studies of Genetically Modified Organisms that have been linked to development damage to babies, and GMO pesticide foods are in baby foods, infant formula which not only damages the babies chances at a healthy life but also is damaging adults and elderly persons.

Curated News:

Hawaii Political Info- Monsanto Threatens to Sue Vermont over Labeling GMO

NON GMO Project- The Right To Know Effort

Browse Products That Contain GMO Ingredients

Action for Retailers- See Which Retailers Are Committed to Non-GMO In Food

Find NON_GMO Choices in Foods

Mother Earth News- Is Monsanto the World’s Most Evil Corporation?

Natural News- Is Vermont’s Government Surrendering to Monsanto?

Quote:

“Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has less than two weeks to either stand with the 90% of his constituents who support a mandatory labeling bill for genetically engineered foods — or cave in to Monsanto’s threat to sue the state if legislatiors pass H.722″. However Mr. Shumlin has already said that this bill would not stand up in court, indicating he is bending to Monsanto’s orders, against his own voters.

Organic farmers, seed farmers, consumers, and parents are all on the side of labeling and consumers still have favored “organic” foods not GMO foods. Strong scientific evidence again has proven pesticide GMO foods are damaging health, costing taxpayers billions and contaminating the food supply of Vermont farms.

The fight for consumer choice continues.

America’s Declining Food – Arsenic in Chicken?

Good Food hard to come by in the United States, that is if your looking for any food that is not tainted with chemicals such as: Arsenic, Antibiotics, Ammonia, Prozac, Tylenol and GMO.

American's Declining Food - Aresenic in Chicken?

Today, comes a report in the NY Times from Nicholas D. Kristof of two new food studies conducted by John Hopkins University that found US poultry fctor farms feed chickens:

Tylenol, Benadryl, banned antibiotics and arsenic.

The studies conducted by Keeve E. Nachman found the results “unbelievable” and the public is still reeling from the Pink Slime in ground hamburger for the past few weeks.

What is happening to our food? A good question for consumers are becoming aware that the government is not protecting the public from contamination of their daily foods.

Any contamination in foods consumed by the public is unacceptable including pharmaceutical drugs, antibiotic overuse and using slaughter house refuse in food production. (BPI)

Originally, the study was conducted to find antibiotics only, but a compete study of what was in chicken was then produced with the alarming findings. As Kirstoff points out: arsenic is added to make pork look “pink” a coloring agent which is an unnecessary additive for appearances.

Feather Meal Reveals Banned Antibiotics  

Feathers from a chicken reveal what the chicken ate or what drugs were administered to the poultry before slaughter.  Feather meal is a by product of factor farms made out of chicken feathers which was also examined.

The Feather meal showed banned antibiotics, called Fluoroquinolones which are illegal, and contained pharmaceutical drugs Tylenol, Benadryl and Prozac. Why are factory farms giving pharma drugs to chickens especially prozac?

The reason is that a stressed out chicken, living in factory conditions gets tougher meat, and grow slowly. Therefore, Prozac and Benadryl offsets these two facts to produce a drugged up meat for human consumption and for profits. Most chicken farmers do not even know what is in the feed they are giving chickens today.

An outrageous system of USDA approved chemicals reveal their support of corporate profits of big agriculture and a complete ignorance of safe food production. 

Further Reading: Nicholas D. Kristof -Arsenic in our Chicken? in the NY Times

 Mother Nature Network MNN- Was Your Chicken Fed Caffeine, Arsenic, Prozac or Banned Antibiotics?

Consumer Tip:  Eat organic grown chickens at your local farms, support local farmers and avoid buying chicken at grocery stores that carry this type of product.

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.


FDA Raids Organic Store with Guns Drawn

FDA Raids Organic store with Guns Draw -Updated Monday August 8, 2011 

Originally posted: August 22, 2o1o  The FDA has been very busy protecting the American public health by raiding an organic store in Venice, California with guns drawn and police artillery. The assault was all over organic milk sold at the store and the Los Angeles Times broke the story to the media but not one TV network reported the incident. The silence is deafening.

The police with guns drawn and pointing at the owner raided the Rawsome Foods co-op food store searching for real food and the big agra giants must be very threatened by organic farmers.

Earlier this year the FDA raided an Amish Farm in Pennsylvania

The action of the police is raising a firestorm on the internet and people are enraged at these actions on what is a grocery store that sells real food that is raw vegetables, fruits and wholesome beverages without chemicals. This was under the local police and district attorney but had the blessings of FDA new laws on not allowing organic farms to exist.

Big agriculture and corporate farms are controlling the FDA by forcing politicians to give them no competition from organic farmers. Through huge corporate money buying up a politician is quite easy and politicians like John McCain, Hoe Liberman who wants to control the internet and the FDA’s Margaret Hamburger from Obama’s Chicago group all have corporate interests in their blackened by greed hearts.


WATCH THE VIDEO NEWS REPORT

Some comments on the video liken these actions to a fascist state government that outlaws real foods and there is a definite assault on organic produce in America.

George Hemminger the Founder of Survive and Thrive TV points out that corporate America truly control the government and organic foods are outlawed for consumers.  The plastic foods that come in shiny boxes, the salmonella eggs and the tainted beef at Sam’s Club is perfectly healthy for you and your family but you are not allowed to grow, eat or sell your own food crops to others.  Is this Nazi Germany all over again?

Examples are the John McCain bill that outlawed vitamins and supplements a few months ago and in the old man’s madness he thought that vitamins were a threat to America’s security. But then again John McCain would like the US to be in a war for the next 100 years. Hopefully he will not be alive much longer to enjoy those two states of mind he has in his obvious senility.

Meanwhile back in Iowa 550 million + plus eggs are recalled with salmonella poisoning of over 1,000 people across the US and untold numbers since the FDA is not releasing the real scary numbers.

From down in the Gulf we are getting reports that the FDA has declared seafood is safe to eat, the oil had no effect on sea mammals, the fishing areas are open again and restaurants are serving gulf shrimp and oil filled oysters again all tidy and neat the scare is over.

You would have to be a lunatic to believe anything the FDA is selling today including Cymbalta an anti-psychotic drugs now labeled for pain relief is safe.

More from the Corporate Interest Groups Dictating Food Policy to the U.S. Government

There is more.  Bill S510 has passed in the government this year that makes it illegal to grow, share, trade or sell home grown foods.  This bill will make food growing under the US government and creating a monopoly for big corporate farms and collecting rain water is illegal in most states.   The bill takes away your human rights to buy the foods you wish and corporations are cashing in on your legal authority.  There are no more rights left.

The Rights You have already Lost and are About to Lose.  Bill S510 Is called the  Food Safety Modernization Act.

This act legally gives the government control over what vegetables you grow, eat, consume or give to your family. Indeed it is an act of war against consumers to take away their rights to even feed themselves home grown foods.

Read more :

Official Summary but you can read the whole bill at Open Congress

12/18/2009–Reported to Senate amended. FDA Food Safety Modernization Act – Title I: Improving Capacity to Prevent Food Safety Problems -

(Sec. 101)

Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to expand the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to inspect records related to food, including to:
(1) allow the inspection of records of food that the Secretary reasonably believes is likely to be affected in a similar manner as an adulterated food; and
(2) require that each person (excluding farms and restaurants) who manufactures, processes, packs, distributes, receives, holds, or imports an article of food permit inspection of his or her records if the Secretary believes that there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to such food will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.

(Sec. 102)

Authorizes the Secretary to suspend the registration of a food facility if the food manufactured, processed, packed, or held by a facility has a reasonable probability of causing serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals.

Police Raid an Organic Store over Milk Being Sold


(Sec. 103)

Requires each owner, operator, or agent in charge of a food facility to:
(1) evaluate the hazards that could affect food;
(2) identify and implement preventive controls;
(3) monitor the performance of those controls; and
(4) maintain records of such monitoring. Deems facilities required to comply with certain food-specific standards to be in compliance with this section. Requires the Secretary to promulgate regulations to establish science-based minimum standards for conducting a hazard analysis, documenting hazards, implementing preventive controls, and documenting such implementation. Prohibits the operation of a facility that manufactures, processes, packs, or holds food for sale in the United States if the owner, operator, or agent in charge of such facility is not in compliance with this section. Delays implementation of this section for small businesses.

(Sec. 104)

F

Directs the Secretary to:


(1) review and evaluate relevant health data and other information to determine the most significant foodborne contaminants; and
(2) issue contaminant-specific and science-based guidance documents, action levels, or regulations.

These laws and regulations are not aimed at corporate farms such as the Wright Egg Farm that produced 550 million salmonella laced eggs.  These laws are aimed at eliminating organic farming, organic stores and organic produce off the shelves in the United States.

Truly the US government has lost their collective mind if they believe this will be passed and accepted by Americans.  There will be blood shed before this bill is completely implemented by the Obama administration.

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FDA Declares Salmonella Safe for Humans

August 22, 2010   The news from a USA Today report indicates at least 1,300 people have been sickened from salmonella in eggs they consumed and thought were safe.

The only eggs that are safe are organically grown eggs on smaller farms and not the produce from large commercial farms that re on most large grocery store shelves.

The media stories of the past few days call it : Salmonella enteritidis however the more accurate term is salmonella poisoning which depicts what it does to the human body if consumed in a food product.

FDA Mis-Conceptions of Salmonella Poisoning

The FDA however believes otherwise which is astonishing how low the regulations can deteriorate in the United States.  The FDA and the CDC claim that salmonella bacteria is killed off if you cook the eggs. However, this is not true and misleads the public into thinking cooking tainted eggs makes them safe.  If the FDA had done a more thorough investigation they would have found that was not the case for Tanja Dzinovic who ate a cobb salad at a Galt restaurant in June, 2010 which was 3 months ago.

Tanja ate boiled eggs that were cooked and she was hospitalized with salmonella poisoning which could have caused her death. Imagine eating at a restaurant which are supposedly inspected by state health officials regularly and then being taken to the hospital with food poisoning from your meal.  It is a fact that sickness from consuming any food these days even in your own home can lead to a trip to the hospital.

New and Improved Salmonello's - Photo Courtesy of The Onion


The eggs were shipped to 17 States and consumers are getting sick from this tainted egg scandal no matter how much the government attempts to cover it up.  More brands of eggs, more farms and more eggs are being added every day and the count is now up to 500 million eggs, almost half a billion tainted eggs on the market were prepared to be sold at grocery stores.

-Albertsons
-Bayview
-Boomsma’s
-Dutch Farms
-Farm Fresh
-Hillandale
-Kemps
-Lucerne
-Lund
-Mountain Dairy
-Mountain
-Nulaid
-Ralph’s
-Shoreland
-Sunshine
-Sun Valley
-Trafficanda

A comment from one of our readers brings up the point that Decoster was allowed to cross state lines after he sold his egg farm in Maine after a number of violations of state and federal laws and continued in Galt Iowa to conduct business as usual.

” How is it possible that this guy continues to prosper, start new businesses move from place to place? Shouldn’t we question the judges, the EPA, the USDA and the many organizations that–with our tax dollars–are supposed to regulate and offer some degree of protection. “

” Obviously Mr. DeCoster knows what to buy from whom and how to access the permits and set up shop wherever he chooses.
Amen- until we treat these type of crimes with jail time and serious fines these disgusting individuals will continue their abusive practices- repeat offenders should be jailed and barred from ever again opening new operations.

In March 2010 the FDA declared that salmonella wasn’t really all that bad for you and calls it “perfectly safe for the most part”.  Salmonella the FDA says is ” not as fatal as we previously thought”.  Quoted from The Onion

The FDA through its rigorous tests, exhaustive studies, peer group reviews and clinical trials determineds that salmonella poisoning is safe for Americans to consume.  This is the enterobacteria salmonella whihc they have changed the name of to confuse more consumers.  Any bacteria of this type is deadly howver we have FDA approval that it is fit for human consumption.

Therefore it is perfectly acceptable for a waitress to ask you if ” You want a little salmonella with that order” and legally they are safe from lawsuits because it is FDA Approved.

The real reason however is the fact that the FDA has failed to contain salmonella in the food supply and in an attempt to rationalize the state does not have enough manpower to police each and every factory food farm.  There are state health departments, city health departments and federal health agencies but they cannot track down the presence of salmonella in 500 million eggs!

Twenty years ago there was not a problem discovering a bad strain of bacteria from a farm however the FDA continues to be given millions of dollars in operating budgets to ensure safety the money is wasted on giving drug company’s clearance to hock their snake oil  drugs instead.

You could say that the FDA stands for : FEDERAL DRUG ADDICTS since they are sloppy on the food part of the Food and Drug Administration and it is clear they are all on drugs provided by their friendly pharma associates.


500 Million Eggs Later……


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Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Friday March 26, 2010 Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution hits Oprah.  Oprah’s interview with Jamie Oliver who tells people to think for themselves, don’t accept garbage food for your children. Oliver thinks the American diet constitutes child abuse.

Jamie Oliver Pioneers The Food Revolution

The chemical additives in processed foods and your government will not protect your food supply and that is evident. Go into any grocery store today and you can take away over 90 percent of what is on the shelf and throw it in the garbage.

Jamie Oliver’s Series called The Food Revolution starts on Friday March 26, 2010 on the ABC network.
These plastic foods are all cooked, have no nutrition and giving pizza to kids for breakfast is a crime.

Adding more to this equation is the fact that today’s diet will lead to higher incidents of Cancer, Diabetes, Liver Damage, Kidney Damage, and in general will make a whole generation die young.

When you add to the mix the US government program of vaccines, drugs and more allowed chemicals in the food supply it is unlikely the children of today will live very long. A sick child multiplied by millions and millions will cost more that the US budget can afford. The cost in lives is immeasurable.

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Oprah supports The Food Revolution