Tagged: GMOs

Monsanto’s touring Britain to persuade us that the ‘science is settled’ on GMOs

by Lance D Johnson

Monsanto public relations are fighting an uphill battle as they try to convince the world that their genetically modified crops are beneficial and necessary. More than ever before, informed people are skeptical of the so-called safety of GMOs and agrochemicals. When the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared that glyphosate was a probable human carcinogen, public opinion on GMO safety quickly shifted.

Now Monsanto must employ a new strategy to promote GMOs, one that paints dissenters as “ideologically driven” and “anti-science.” In the United Kingdom, Monsanto headquarters appointed former World Bank communications strategists Vance Crowe to head up a new position called “Director of Millennial Engagement.” This position was created to convince skeptical young adults that their anti-GMO views are fueled by emotion, not logic. Crowe is scheduled to tour the UK in 2017 and convince millennials that the benefits of GMOs trump the fear surrounding public opinion. Continue reading

France threatens to pull out of TTIP

Following this weekend’s leak by Greenpeace, demonstrating not only that the TTIP is driven entirely by narrow corporate interests, but that Obama is openly willing to reneg on his pro-environment agenda just to pass the Transatlantic Treaty at any cost, the blowback arrived earlier today when France became the first major European nation which threatened to reject the huge free trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union, “it’s too friendly to U.S. business and probably doomed.”

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Canada’s NFU calls for halt in sale of GM alfalfa seeds

Saskatoon – The National Farmers Union (NFU) has written to Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay asking him to take immediate action to stop Monsanto licensee, Forage Genetics International, (FGI) from selling genetically modified (GM) alfalfa seed in Canada this spring. The NFU also asked the Minister to put border controls in place to prevent importation of contaminated conventional alfalfa seed from the USA. Continue reading

The Great GMO Food Labeling Fight: What Now?

Twenty-two years after the controversial introduction of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) into the U.S. food supply, with no independent safety testing nor labeling required, a critical mass of Americans1 have made it clear that they want to know whether the food they are eating contains genetically engineered (GE) ingredients.

Another significant segment, organic and natural health consumers, have made it clear that, given a choice, they will refuse to buy GMO-tainted foods, spending approximately $55 billion a year on foods labeled as “organic,” “non-GMO,” or “100 percent grass-fed.” Continue reading

Taiwan bans GMO food in its schools

Another country is taking action on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Taiwan has banned schools across the nation from serving GMOs to students, citing health and safety concerns. Taiwanese legislature passed amendments to the School Health Act a few weeks ago to stamp out raw genetically modified ingredients as well as processed food containing GMOs. Continue reading

TTIP will bring GM foods flooding into our shops, and they won’t be labelled

Currently, all food producers selling their products in the UK are legally required to list on the package label when it contains GM ingredients … but all that is set to change under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

When TTIP passes through Parliament into law here – I’m not saying ‘if’ because of how much MPs are being bribed to pass it – GM foods will come flooding into our supermarkets and the packets won’t be labelled. This is because there will no longer be any law to say they should be. The British public is already being mentally prepared by heavily-biased propaganda television programmes and as we speak, Monsanto is planning on moving to Britain, no doubt to be better placed to mop up all the tax-free breaks on this new windfall. Continue reading

Put it in your diary: Saturday May 23rd – Mums Say No GMOs March in London

Mums Say No To GMOs are marching in London on Saturday 23rd May  – meet at Richmond Terrace, London SW1 at 12 midday.

Mums Say No to GMOs is a new group of articulate, intelligent women in the UK speaking out against GMOs. It was founded in response to Beyond GM’s Letter from America campaign (www.theletterfromamerica.org) and inspired by the campaigning work of mums in the US. Continue reading

So-called ‘independent authors’ of ‘independent study’ on GMs for government, are funded by the GM companies

By Sean Poulter and Ben Spencer of the Daily Mail

  • Government advisory body presented an ‘independent’ report on Thursday
  • It was used to support a bid to speed up the use of GM food in the UK
  • But in fact all five authors have a vested interest in promoting GM crops

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Psychiatrists declare that those who eat natural healthy foods have some kind of psychological disorder…

by Jefferey Jaxen

In an attempt to curb the mass rush for food change and reform, psychiatry has green lighted a public relations push to spread awareness about their new buzzword “orthorexia nervosa,” defined as “a pathological obsession for biologically pure and healthy nutrition.” In other words, experts are saying that our demand for nutrient-dense, healthful food is a mental disorder that must be treated. Continue reading

Bill Gates condemned by scientists for using Iowa students as guinea pigs for GM bananas

by Ethan A Huff
At least 124 food and outreach organizations, as well as 26 individual scientists, have signed onto a letter sent to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation protesting ongoing human trials of genetically modified (GM), beta-carotene-enriched bananas intended for Africa.
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Altered Genes, Twisted Truth – The biggest scientific fraud of our age

The much-awaited Altered Genes, Twisted Truth will be published in few weeks time. Its author, Steven M Druker, has a highly credible record as a powerful activist within the GM debate. As the executive director of The Alliance for Bio-Integrity, he was coordinator and attorney of the lawsuit which is pushing for the US Federal Food and Drug Administration to be forced to carry out mandatory safety testing and labelling of GM foods.

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The wife of a GM grain farmer explains why she hates GMOs

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I’m a farm wife – of a grain farmer. A GMO grain farmer. There’s been a lot of heated debates about GMOs lately, as there should be, and it seems like I hear the same things repeated over and over in our agricultural community. If you’re against GMOs, you’re against farmers. If you’re against GMOs, you must be some yuppie woman from the city who drops her children off at their charter school, hits up her organic market, and goes back to her 7th floor flat to practice her internet activism against GMOs.

If you are that mom, no offense, and the movement can certainly use you, provided that you really do your research and don’t quote things from NaturalNews without first making sure they are entirely unbiased and true. Continue reading