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Whole Foods, et al, Grant Blessing of GMO Alfalfa to Monsanto

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I’d say this is the straw that broke the camel’s back…but I dare not, because I know this is only the beginning. Whole Foods, leader of natural grocery stores nationwide, and other industry leaders in “organic” foods Organic Valley and Stonyfield Farm relented under mounting pressure from all angles Thursday, and gave their approval for the USDA to use genetically-modified alfalfa seed in crops – proving once again that in this world, commodity-driven, profits-based monopoly models are what drive all decisions made in political and legal realms.

And sold the future of real organics and sustainability down the river.

Of course it’s not just the fact that those seeds will eventually contaminate everything in the environment (and that’s pretty bad as it is). In addition, anyone practicing any other type of farming will lose sales and be be left high and dry if any trace of genetic engineering is found in their crops. And cross-pollination is more than just a possibility when fields containing genetically-modified seeds are nearby. Exports of non-organic but non-engineered crops to certain countries can be jeopardized if genetically engineered material is detected in significant amounts. Farmers can actually be held libel if these substances turn up on their land – even if they don’t want it there in the first place.

Tell me, does this even make sense?

What’s going on here is not concerned with ethics, morals, the health of human beings, animals, the environment, or anything that’s inherently good for the planet. And this type of thing has been going on for decades. Look at any of our major laws and regulations (and many minor ones too) – all dominated by big industry and crooked government decisions…but this has sunken to a new level of corruption and deceit. Especially when large, hypocritical “organic” companies agree to something like this. When that happens, it’s evident that right and wrong simply don’t matter.

GMOs cause many health issues

This should go without saying, but here’s some information from the Institute for Responsible Technology:

In 2009, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) stated that, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM has asked physicians to advise all patients to avoid GM foods.

GMOs cause allergies, infertility, liver problems, infant mortality, sterility, widespread disease…and death.  From the Institute’s web site: “Unlike safety evaluations for drugs, there are no human clinical trials of GM foods. The only published human feeding experiment revealed that the genetic material inserted into GM soy transfers into bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function.  This means that long after we stop eating GM foods, we may still have their GM proteins produced continuously inside us.”

Yikes! Still think GMOs are perfectly safe?

This type of organism is also thought to be something that will contribute to yet even more anti-biotic resistant strains of bacteria, as if we need more instances of those in the world.

From the Democratic Underground:

Top executives from these companies have publicly admitted that they no longer oppose the mass commercialization of GE crops, such as Monsanto’s controversial Roundup Ready alfalfa, and are prepared to sit down and cut a deal for “coexistence” with Monsanto and USDA biotech cheerleader Tom Vilsack.

In a cleverly worded, but profoundly misleading email sent to its customers last week, Whole Foods Market, while proclaiming their support for organics and “seed purity,” gave the green light to USDA bureaucrats to approve the “conditional deregulation” of Monsanto’s genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant alfalfa.”

Apparently, Mr. Vilsack persists in the delusion that somehow these genetic seeds will be able to peacefully co-exist with all other forms of crops. Although laughable, this horribly frightening notion is reflected in his quote from the NY Times: “We want to expand and preserve choice for farmers,” he told reporters. “We think the decision reached today is a reflection of our commitment to choice and trust.”

This nail in the coffin will essentially provide a no-holds barred ticket to Monsanto to commit their long-awaited, hostile takeover of the planet. I’m not even sure if it’s possible to really grow organic anymore and call it organic. Some of these other inept corporate heads like George Siemon of Organic Valley are pushing for “more federal oversight” to keep genetically-modified material out of organic crops. Keep dreamin’ George.

But it’s not over yet.

Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety, Andrew Kimbrell, the advocacy group that organized the lawsuit against the Agriculture Department, stated that his organization would be making a request in the near future to the judge to find that the environmental impact statement remains unanswered in terms of what effects will be had on human health and the environment.

“It’s clear that Vilsack caved to pressure from the biotech industry and Monsanto,” he said. “We’ll be back in court seeking to vacate this approval, as we have done in the past.”

What can you do about genetically-modified alfalfa in our food supply?

Guess what folks, it’s way past time for us to stand up for what’s moral and ethical. It’s time for us to understand that each time we buy something from these companies, we are supporting their efforts to continue to poison our food supply, the environment and take away our rights to eat real, honest food – all under the guise of “feeding the world”. I’m sorry, but what a bunch of bullshit!

It’s time for us to take a stand for ourselves, our children, and grandchildren, and refuse to lay down in the road and be run over by these corporations. They have gone too far, and in the name of all that is good, decent, and right, they should not be allowed to continue. We must make an effort to support real, sustainable growers and start growing our own food whenever we can. We can also continue to make our voices loud and clear to decision-makers. With these three actions, we could potentially defeat these criminals who have been allotted free-rein of our food supply, and gambling with the sustainability of our future.

Demand that President Obama reverse this dastardly decision!

Make your voice heard and send your message today!!!

This post is part of Food Renegade’s Fight Back Friday Carnival.

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What is Fluoride Doing To Your Health?

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Ever since I was a child fluoride has been heralded as the  messiah to save teeth from cavities and decay. 

In the 70s, I remember my parents taking me to get fluoride treatments at the dentist. And several times at the elementary school I attended, a dental hygienist visited who required us to chew red pills to show where we weren’t brushing, and gave us fluoride treatments. I don’t recall my parents ever objecting to this, but maybe they would have if they’d known about the dangers.

Why children are given fluoride treatments in school is beyond me. Isn’t it the parent’s job to decide whether to take children to have some medical or dental service done? Apparently not. This brings about the issue of having no choice in something that should definitely be a choice. In fact, you will not find any other example where a drug is added without the consent of the people taking it.

And despite how many fluoride treatments I took, how much fluoridated water I consumed, or how much I brushed and flossed, I still had numerous cavities and dental work done when I was a child and young adult.

Fluoride – hazardous waste as a “health treatment”

What do you do when you have toxic waste that’s expensive to dispose of? Sell it to the municipal water agencies under the guise of “protecting dental health”. Besides a short-lived experiment where iodine was added to water many years ago, this practice has never been done anywhere else, with any other substance like this that is considered a drug (and hazardous waste). Another important thing to consider is that there have been no real scientific, conclusive studies supporting the effectiveness of putting fluoride in the water supply to combat tooth decay.

The fact is, the fluoride going into our water systems is not a safe or natural substance to consume, and fluoride toxicity is well-documented. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a naturally-occurring substance, nor is it even pharmaceutical grade. The fluoride put in our water is actually hazardous industrial waste from the phosphate fertilizer industry.

These substances are recognized as toxic by The Environmental Protection Agency and other regulatory entities, and it is illegal to dump it in the ocean or inland water bodies, and yet policy-makers see no problem with its use in our water supply. Many European countries have banned fluoride use in municipal water systems. So what is the U.S. ‘s problem? This program receives zero oversight from the FDA, and the Environmental protection Agency (which declares the substance toxic) shows no accountability for fluoride being added to the water supply. What’s more, the Center for Disease Control and The American Dental Association continue to mandate statewide water fluoridation practices.

Please watch these important video interviews from Dr. Joe Mercola with Dr. Paul Connett, the leading expert in the world and a chemist who specializes in environmental chemistry. He is the co-author of The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up In Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It There from Chelsea Green Publishing. Please be sure to pick up a copy of this well-researched book which blows the lid on the theory that fluoride is necessary for dental or any other aspect of health.

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Fluoride affects bone health (causes brittle bones, osteoporosis), thyroid, energy levels, and the pineal gland in the brain (the pineal gland is an endocrine organ which regulates seratonin, melatonin which affect wake/sleep patterns). Read some scientific research documenting the numerous health studies showing all different health issues that result from using fluoride.

According to Dr. Mercola and Dr. Connett, there are many other sources from which you can ingest fluoride distiller or reverse-osmosis filters are required to remove fluoride from water. It is also found in many bottled beverages including soft drinks, energy drinks, teas, juices, infant formula, processed foods like cereal, tea, wine, seafood, teflon pans, salt, commercially-raised poultry, anaesthetics (Enflurane, Isoflurane & Sevoflurane -used in surgery to put you to sleep), and cigarettes – just to name a few.

This harmful chemical is also added to most toothpastes on the market, and many other dental products like rinses. If you look at the label, there is a clear warning which reads something to this effect: “contact poison control center if you swallow more than necessary for brushing”. That amount is equivalent to one glass of water. So if you are drinking tap water everyday, just imagine how much fluoride you are ingesting every day of your life!


Want more information about the health dangers of fluoride?

Read The Cellulite Investigation’s Fluoride Content of Farm-Fresh Thanksgiving Turkey

A Better Alternative to Toothpaste – Healthy Home Economist

More from Agriculture Society:Dental crowding, cavities, and health problems – what’s the connection?


Fluoride in the water – does it really help prevent cavities?

For more information about the risks and dangers of fluoride use, visit the Fluoride Action Network.

This post is part of Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesdays Carnival.