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Academic GMO shills exposed: Once-secret emails reveal gross collusion with Monsanto, academic fraud at the highest levels inside U.S. universities

By | 2017-10-29T15:39:37+00:00 September 9th, 2015|Gardening, Health News, Our Earth|

(From NaturalNews)

U.S. Right to Know (USRTK), a non-profit organization dedicated to exposing the fraud and corruption surrounding the food industry, launched an investigation into the intimate and unethical relationship between the biotech industry and university faculty and staff, which is used to manipulate public opinion about GMOs and to coerce the government into passing legislation supportive of Big Ag’s patented seeds and pesticides.

The investigation, which is still ongoing, reveals how biotech industry giants Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, Dow AgroSciences and others, buy academics employed by taxpayer-funded universities to push GMOs and lobby Congress to pass legislation favorable of their products, with one of the most high-profile examples including attempts to derail states’ rights to enact GMO-labeling laws.

The collusion between Big Food, its front groups and university staff has been exposed through thousands of emails and documents obtained through a USRTK Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which was meticulously filed over a six-month period.

USRTK: Public deserves to know about flow of money and level of coordination between Big Ag and public university scientists


The FOIA request sought to obtain emails and documents from 43 public university faculty and staff to learn more about the biotech industry’s public relations strategies. Records were requested from scientists, economists, law professors, extension specialists and communicators, all of whom are employed by taxpayer-funded public institutions and steadily promote GMO agriculture under the “independent” research.

Currently, USRTK has received thousands of documents in nine of their requests; however, much more information is expected to be released as FOIA requests continue to be answered.

The documents received thus far expose how the biotech industry funds expenses for university faculty to travel the globe promoting and defending GMOs and their associated pesticides, highlighting the shift that scientists have made from being researchers to being actors in Big Ag PR campaigns.

Named the “Biofortified boys” by Alicia Maluafiti, executive director of Hawaii Crop Improvement Association (HCIA), a biotech front group, the academics were awarded thousands, and in some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars in unrestricted grant money.

Dr. Kevin Folta, professor and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, Gainesville, is one of the biotech industry’s most cooperative “Biofortified boys.” Emails show that Folta was enlisted to travel to Hawaii and later to Pennsylvania to “testify to government bodies to oppose proposed mandatory genetically modified labeling measures.”

Folta has repeatedly denied ties to Monsanto or having accepted funds from them; however, newly released documents prove otherwise, exposing him as a bald-faced liar and attack dog for the biotech industry.

Sponsored and organized by the HCIA, which includes Monsanto, DuPont, Dow AgroSciences, Syngenta and BASF, Folta and others were recruited to meet with local business execs to lobby against Hawaii’s proposed GMO-labeling law.

HCIA’s Maluafiti writes:

So please know that you are part of our overall public education strategy and specifically – how do we use your valuable time wisely while you are here in Hawaii (besides hitting the beaches!) I’d love to hear your thoughts. Aloha!

A second email authored by Renee […]

Sexy Veggie Music Video

By | 2017-10-29T15:39:44+00:00 January 27th, 2015|Health News, Our Earth, Videos|

This is a parody of the “Sexy and I Know It” song. It is good for a laugh AND you may be inspired to eat organic!

We will let you decide if they really do make organic sexy but in any case, it is entertaining.

Check out this list of the foods that normally have the MOST pesticides and herbicides.

It’s called the Dirty Dozen!

Second-generation GMOs will increase herbicide usage and strengthen resistance in superweeds

By | 2017-10-29T15:39:54+00:00 October 16th, 2014|Health News, Nutrition, Our Earth|

(NaturalNews) Now that first-generation genetically modified (GM) crops have proven to be a complete failure, chemical companies are busy seeking regulatory approval for new varieties with resistance to multiple herbicides instead of just one. But according to WIRED, these second-generation GMOs will not only increase overall herbicide usage but also further promote the spread of chemical-resistant “superweeds” and “superbugs.”

As you may already be aware, the existing GMO model has created major problems for commercial farmers, many of whom are no longer able to control their crops and produce the same high yields they once did. This is due to ever-mutating pests and weeds that constantly seem to outsmart the binary chemical inputs originally developed by companies like Monsanto to keep them at bay.

The existing chemical arsenal, in other words, is no longer effective at controlling pests and killing weeds, and farmers are panicking. The biotech agriculture model has locked them into contracts with chemical companies that can no longer deliver on their promises. And rather than admit defeat, these same companies are adding to the problem by simply stacking on more resistance traits to address the problem, at least for now.

Proposals have been submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeking approval for new GM crops bearing resistance to 2,4-D, for instance, one of the primary active ingredients used in the U.S. government’s Agent Orange defoliant, manufactured primarily by Monsanto and Dow Chemical, during the Vietnam War. The industry is also seeking approval for other GMO varieties bearing resistance to three and four — and in one case, nine — different chemicals.

“Stacking up tolerance traits may delay the appearance of resistant weeds, but probably not for long,” concluded a recent editorial published in the journal Nature, highlighting the never-ending cycle of resistance brought about by this agriculture model.

EPA claims Agent Orange compound can be applied to all corn and soy crops with no risk to humans
The EPA is accepting public comments on the proposals through June 30. But reports indicate that both the EPA and the USDA already appear to favor the new crops, ignoring their obvious threat to both crops and human sustenance. 2,4-D, in fact, doesn’t even seem to be on the agencies’ radars, considering the EPA’s recent admission that it doesn’t see the poison as being at all harmful.

“We’re at a crossroads here,” stated Bill Freese, a science policy analyst at the advocacy group Center for Food Safety, to WIRED. His group and 143 others recently signed onto a joint letter to the USDA urging further scrutiny of the proposals, which will only make the resistance problem worse.

“With these [proposals], we’re dramatically increasing farmer dependence on herbicides,” he added, supporting the letter’s belief that the entire thing is nothing more than a “chemical arms race with weeds.”

One of the most significant factors in the spread of superweeds throughout the past decade is glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. Glyphosate has helped spur the emergence of superweeds on […]

Plastic Ocean

By | 2017-10-29T15:40:06+00:00 April 17th, 2014|Our Earth|

I love the Ocean. I am at the beach every day, with very rare absences.  If I could, I would live at the beach, and listen to the lullaby of the waves morning and night.

One of the greatest threats to the health of the Ocean is plastic. Every week, there is more and more evidence about the toxicity of plastic – not just BPA, but many other compounds as well. Plastic is petroleum-based, and we are still learning about its harmful effects. We are turning our magnificent Ocean into a toxic sewer of plastic and other trash.

There are many negative effects of plastic in the Ocean, but the one I want to focus on, the one that we can do something about every day, is the way that plastic degrades in the Ocean (which is where much of our plastic ends up), referred to as photodegradation. Plastic does not just swirl around the five gyres in a big clump. It is broken down by the sun into smaller and smaller particles, small enough to be ingested by zooplankton, the very base of the Ocean food chain. This means that all Ocean life is negatively affected by plastic. Which means that all of us are affected. ocean plastic

According the the National Geographic News, some of the toxins introduced into the Ocean ecosystem are Bisphenol-A (BPA), styrene trimer (a polystyrene by-product) and other derivatives of polystyrene.

If you care about life on the planet, you must become an activist, in whatever way you are able, and educate yourself and those around you about this horrific problem.

Over the past twenty years or so, many common household products that were once made of glass or metal, such as shampoo bottles, vitamin bottles, etc., are now made of toxic plastic. Walk into a Costco, and you will see the naked truth about how much plastic we consume. Plastic products packaged in plastic, on pallets that are completely wrapped in plastic. Caution tape is plastic. When I order a drink at my favorite restaurant, it comes with a plastic straw and a plastic spear through the lime slice. We are inundated with plastic. It is a modern – human-created – plague.gulls on beach paul jimerson

What can you do about plastic in the Ocean (even if you are a landlubber)?

  •  Buy less products made of plastic.
  • Bring your own cup or mug. I carry a glass with me everywhere for my iced tea.
  • Equip your car or purse with re-usable flatware.
  • Always have reusable bags handy.
  • Pick up plastic and other trash. Do some research.
  • Give to Ocean conservation groups. Google “Ocean plastic.”
  • Buy your kids toys made of natural materials.

These steps take a little effort, but do you really want to sacrifice the Ocean because you desire a little convenience? I certainly don’t. Begin to notice the objects around you that are made of plastic. Get creative. Think of alternatives.

Just because you don’t live near […]

Stop The Environment Guilt! Easy Solutions For Earth Day

By | 2015-10-25T12:37:10+00:00 April 2nd, 2014|Our Earth|

Earth Day often comes guilt about how YOU affect the environment. You are probably genuine in your desire to make a positive difference, yet it can be overwhelming when the changes you are to make include buying a hybrid car or riding a bike to work.

You don’t have to change your whole way of living to make a big impact. I’m going to talk about products for cleaning your home.  You may already know you can use simple solutions like vinegar and water. I’d like to share “state of the art” science solutions that are easy and save you money. First let’s look at why it’s important to make these simple changes.

There are 1,000’s of chemicals in home cleaning products we use today.

Every day the United States produces or imports 42 billion pounds of chemicals, with 90% procured from non-renewable fossil fuels. This is the equivalent of 623,000 gasoline tanker trucks each carrying 8,000 gallons.

  • ·       Scientific research links exposure to toxic chemicals to many diseases that plague humans.
  • Under North America’s current approach to toxic chemicals management, the majority of chemicals on the market has never been, and never will be, assessed for their potential effects on human health.”
  • ·       Illnesses linked to chemical exposure include several forms of cancer, reproductive problems and birth defects, respiratory illnesses such as asthma, and other disorders such as ADHD.
  • There is no legislation designating what is ‘green’ or ‘natural’ so even when you think you are buying non-toxic it’s difficult to know for sure. In 2007, Terrachoice (the company that runs Environment Canada’s certification program) surveyed products in six leading big box stores. Of the 1,018 products bearing environmental claims, a whopping 99% were guilty of some sort of greenwashing sin.

Your Home Safe Cleaning Supply List:

  • Reusable Microfiber cloths for all purpose cleaning of surfaces, counter tops, showers, tubs, windows and all you need is water. “Created by Scientists in early 1990’s to combat superbugs”. Be sure to purchase good quality ones, some have silver in the fibers that destroy bacteria.
  • Reusable Microfiber mops for your floors and walls.
  • A steamer is a great eco-friendly way to clean with water and you can add that vinegar if you so desire. These are great for hard to clean corners in showers, baseboards, toilets, sink edges and stoves.
  • Enzyme cleaners come in odour eliminators, carpet cleaners, oven cleaners, oil cleaners. (see more about enzymes below). They usually come in handy spray bottles and are easy to use.
  • A tip from Preventcancernow.ca says replace any cleaning product with the skull and crossbones with baking soda, vinegar and water.
  • Replace disposable products in your home with reusable ones. Every time you use a disposable wipe in your home it is money going down the drain or into the landfill.

So where do you find these products?

Microfiber cloths can be purchased in grocery and hardware stores. The higher quality ones can be purchased through home based businesses and on line.

  • Steamers are available at most hardware stores. I use the handheld Succinct model but there are many good quality […]

Is The Future Of Our Food Safe? Infographic

By | 2017-10-29T15:40:08+00:00 February 27th, 2014|Health News, Our Earth|

Is the future of our food supply safe?  Unfortunately the short answer is NO!

Luckily, there ARE steps we can all take to maintain safe food for everyone.

food securitySomething is wrong with our food system when almost 1 billion people in the world are undernourished and more than 1.4 billion adults are overweight!

Something is even more wrong when we turn around and waste 1/3 of all our food.

It then starts to get scary when you realize the world’s need for food is rapidly increasing while climate change is endangering food production.

I am not an economist advising world leaders on policy.

I am a consumer and advocate, all I can do is control my own little world and encourage others to do the same.

These are the steps I take to insure my own food safety and those of our children. Do you practice any other food safety steps?  Before reading on, check out the infographic  above and below for some startling facts about food production and what that means for us globally.

1.  I don’t eat any junk or processed food in packages.

 

2.  I grow or pick my own food in season and buy locally whenever possible.

  • Much of the food we import for our grocery stores comes from countries where people are starving.
  • Food transportation uses up valuable resources.
  • Buy local from Farmer’s Markets. They are healthy for the world and joyful!
  • Everyone has experienced how much better local food tastes and many more nutrients it gives.

3.  I eat organic and NON GMO

Large commercial and high tech solutions from companies like Monsanto have been promising higher food production for decades but many of these strategies have:

  • Ruined the health of the land.
  • Eroded our rights to freedom of choice.
  • Left us with uncertain personal health futures.

4. I Promote A Plant Based Diet – Less Meat Consumption

From the graph you will see that meet usage in rapidly increasing when ideally, it should be decreasing.

  • Meat production displaces trees, grasses and other year-round plants which absorb CO2 and capture carbon – exactly what the world needs. Read Nice Cow – Baaad Cow Effects
  • Meat production uses up and pollutes tremendous amounts of water, a scarce and diminishing resource – up to 1,500 gallons for one pound of beef.

5.  […]

Did You Know That Tap Water is Full of Unregulated Chemicals?

By | 2017-11-01T17:14:33+00:00 December 10th, 2013|Health News, Our Earth|

Federal scientists analyzed the water in 25 U.S. water facilities. In nine of the facilities, they found traces of 21 chemicals in the water.  Of those 21 there were 18  unregulated chemicals which included solvents.

Your Food – Our Work

By | 2017-10-29T15:40:31+00:00 September 4th, 2013|Health News, Home Page, Our Earth|

Food production crisis.

Your food: you just go to the supermarket and pick it up, right? Maybe you’re having to be careful with your budget so you have to forego a few items you’d otherwise love to buy. Or maybe you’re concerned about what’s healthy or ethical, so you take care in choosing products: free range eggs, as few additives as possible? But food is just there isn’t it?

Most of us take it for granted that it will always be there. […]

How to Grow Strawberries

By | 2017-10-29T15:40:40+00:00 July 22nd, 2013|Gardening, Our Earth|

 hwo to grwo strawberries

Every June and July when strawberries appear in the gardens and farmers markets where I live in Canada, I am reminded of growing a large patch in England.  One year I picked 30 pounds.  Now, I have a little strawberry patch in my garden that I have been eating strawberries every day for 2 weeks. […]

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