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Big Food Wants to Label GMO Foods ‘Natural’ in Outrageous Request

December 23, 2013 Comments off

onegreenplanet.org

As if the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA) didn’t do enough to help propagate the corruption of the U.S. food system this year (the GMA was recently accused of improperly collecting millions of dollars of funding against GMO labeling for the Washington state anti-GMO labeling campaign), it was reported last week that the organization will submit a petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting that genetically modified foods be labeled as “natural.”

Say, what?!

It was in a Dec. 5 letter that the GMA announced its charge and plans to petition the FDA by the end of the year. According to the FDA’s priority list, the agency will seek to create voluntary guidelines for the labeling of GMO food products at this time.

Use of the term “natural” has been a hotly-debated topic as of late; companies from Kellogg to Chobani to Naked Juice have faced lawsuits for their use of the term on its labels. And, according to a New York Times report, GMA has noted that there are 65 other pending class-action suits around the U.S.

Perhaps this has to do with the fact that the term “natural” has yet to be

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World’s First GMO Apple Easy to Spot … Or Not

December 20, 2013 Comments off

theepochtimes.com

Unlike conventional apples, the world’s first GMO apple won’t brown when bruised or sliced. (Photo courtesy of Okanagan Specialty Fruits)

In a few months regulators are poised to approve the first genetically modified apple. The new fruit is expected in grocery stores as early as 2014.

Made by Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), the Arctic Apple comes in Golden and Granny Smith varieties, with Fuji, Gala, and others to follow. Unlike conventional apples, Arctic does not brown when sliced or bruised.

The Arctic Apple differs from other genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in a very important way: consumers will be able to identify it.

All fresh fruit will be labeled with an Arctic sticker, and processed foods containing more than 5 percent of Arctic Apples will bear the Arctic logo. Only pasteurized products such as juice and sauce will not be labeled.

As big food manufacturers and bioengineering companies spend millions to squash campaigns aimed at identifying GMOs, Okanagan wants its product to stand out in the marketplace.

In a series of videos addressing questions of safety and science, OSF owner, orchardist, and bioresource engineer Neal Carter said that unlike other GMO crops that are designed with traits that only benefit the farmer such as built-in pest control or pesticide resistance, Arctic Apples are designed with the consumer in mind.

Flavr Savr a Failure

OSF is not the first to try this business model. The Flavr Savr tomato, introduced in 1994, was the first commercialized GMO. Initially Full Article Here

Backers say I-522 on GMO labeling would protect state economy

January 5, 2013 Comments off

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Credit djniks photo / Flickr
Wheat fields somewhere in the Palouse. Concern over the prospect of genetically-modified crops spoiling this picture and possibly preventing wheat exports has spurred some farmers to join the I-522 campaign, for labeling of GMO foods and seed.

Washington voters are in the avant-garde when it comes to policies on recreational marijuana and same-sex marriage. And now a grassroots campaign wants us to lead the country on food labeling.

Backers of legislative initiative 522 say they submitted 100,000 more signatures than needed for a measure that would require companies to clearly mark products containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

Tom Stahl is a fourth-generation Washington wheat farmer with about 2,000 acres outside Waterville, north of Wenatchee. A few years ago, he heard that the seed giant Monsanto was developing genetically modified wheat.

At the same time, he says, several of Washington’s key export markets, including Japan, South Korea Read more…

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Seven corporations lobbying against GMO labeling

September 6, 2012 Comments off

thisdishisvegetarian

On Nov. 6 of this year, California voters will have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 37, which would mandate the labeling of genetically-engineered foods. However, mega-corporations such as Monsanto, joined in the fight by several additional key players, are passionately battling this bid for transparency.

Those additional key players include familiar names such as:

1. Naked Juice — owned by PepsiCo — which has donated $1.7 million to Monsanto’s efforts

PepsiCo sodas rely heavily on an ingredient known as high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and considering the bulk of corn used in this process is GMO, PepsiCo’s interest in maintaining the status quo makes perfect sense (just imagine the blow to profits PepsiCo would suffer if every can of Pepsi came labeled with a GMO warning).

2. Honest Tea, Odwalla, and Simply Orange — owned by Coca-Coladonated another million dollars

3. Alexia and Lightlife — owned by ConAgradonated more than $1 million

4. Kashi, Gardenburger, and Morningstar Farms — owned by Kelloggdonated more than $600,000

When the Cornucopia Institute tested Kashi’s “Go Lean” cereal, they found that the added soy was 100 percent genetically Read more…

6 New GMO Crops, Tracking Chips Beings Used On Students, Russian Expert Predicts U.S. Martial Law

September 3, 2012 Comments off

Argentinian farmers suing Monsanto for ‘poisoning’

April 13, 2012 Comments off

digitaljournal.com

Monsanto is once again in the news. This time they and other corporations are being sued for allegedly “knowingly poisoning farmers” in Argentina.

Farmers from Argentina allege agri-giant Monsanto, together with Philip Morris and other U.S. tobacco companies, asked them to use chemicals on their crops. Said chemicals have allegedly caused “devastating birth defects.” The farmers say the corporations were aware of the implications but have failed to sufficiently warn farmers. The corporations thus were driven “by a desire for unwarranted economic gain and profit,” farmers say. The suit was filed this week at New Castle County Court, Delaware and Monsanto, Philip Morris Cos, Philip Morris USA, Carolina Leaf Tobacco, Universal Corporation and others are said to have “wrongfully caused the parental and infant plaintiffs to be exposed to those chemicals and substances which they both knew, or should have known, would cause the infant offspring of the parental plaintiffs to be born with devastating birth defects.” In a 55-page complaint filed with the court, it is alleged chemicals caused conditions to develop, including: “cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida, congenital heart defects, Down syndrome, missing fingers and blindness.”
The plaintiffs in the action are growers from Read more…

Monsanto: ‘There is no need for, or value in testing the safety of GM foods in humans’

January 24, 2012 2 comments

naturalnews.com

(NaturalNews) There is a growing body of scientific evidence which proves that genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) are inherently different from natural organisms, including the way the body processes them, as well as how the immune system responds to them. But Monsanto, the largest purveyor of GMOs in the world, believes that GMOs are no different than natural organisms, and that GMO testing is both needless and valueless.

In the Why aren’t you running human clinical trials on GM crops? section of Monsanto’s Food Safety page, the biotechnology giant explains its opinion that GMOs are “substantially equivalent” to natural organisms. According to Monsanto, since concentrations of proteins, carbohydrates, and other nutrient factors vary among natural crops, as well as among natural and GM crops, then these differences are automatically unimportant in light of GMO safety.

Furthermore, Monsanto claims that its injection of foreign Read more…

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