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Palm Oil - Health: Blood Lipid & Cholesterol Effects The U.S. Center for Science in the Public Interest said Palm Oil promotes heart disease (high in saturated & low in polyunsaturated fat); Research went back to 1970; The National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, World Health Organization (WHO), & other Health Authorities urged reduced consumption of Palm Oil; WHO states that there is convincing evidence that palmitic acid consumption contributes to an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. A 2006 Study by the National Institute of Health & the USDA Agricultural Research Service concluded that it's not a safe substitute for partially hydrogenated fats (trans fats) in the Food Industry, as Palm Oil results in adverse changes in the blood concentrations of LDL Cholesterol & apolipoprotein B just as trans fat does.

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Palm Oil - Other uses Palm Oil became a highly sought-after commodity by British traders, for use as an industrial Lubricant for machinery during Britain's Industrial Revolution; the basis of Soap products, such as Lever Brothers' (now Unilever) "Sunlight Soap", & the American Palmolive brand; derivatives of palmitic acid were used with naphta during World WarII to produce Napalm; used to create Biodiesel.

1 year ago

Signed against Monsanto. First learned about this company in Janev Goodall's book Harvest for Hope.

1 year ago

When I heard about the arsenic in rice I was stunned.  I should not have been but I was.  Good lord soon we will have nothing safe to eat.

 

 

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3) New!! Pet.: Michelle Obama: Tell Barack to honor his campaign promise to label GMOs http://signon.org/sign/michelle-obama-tell-presiden?source=c.url&r_by=5382364 183,569 Signatures - Michelle Obama is a champion of better nutrition in school lunches & of ending childhood obesity. Which makes it all the more disappointing that her husband, President Obama, has failed to keep his campaign promise to support GMO labeling.

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4) New!! Pet.: Demand Whole Foods Stop Carrying Products Made with Genetically Modified Organisms http://forcechange.com/33111/demand-whole-foods-stop-carrying-products-made-with-genetically-modified-organisms/

Whole Foods is currently a leading purveyor of “healthy” food, carrying organic items, hormone-free meats, raw foods, etc. But Whole Foods is also carrying Genetically Modified Organisms, aka GMOs, without most of their consumers knowing it. Tell Whole Foods that customers do not want risky & artificial ingredients in our grocery stores. Opening the first Whole Foods Market on Sept., 1980, Whole Foods traditionally has strived to provide healthier food options & environmentally friendly products. That all came to a halt in May 2011 when Whole Foods acknowledged that it began carrying GMO products due to “realities of the marketplace forcing a shift in the company’s previous no-GMO’s policy”.

Source: Alicia M.

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5) New!! US only Pet.: Whole Foods: Respect Our Right to Know About GMOs! http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_24845.cfm  

 

Video: Operation: Whole Foods Hidden Camera GMO Sting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oR9H7NgOLBQ&feature=player_embedded This film shows why Whole Foods has given no money to Proposition 37, the California ballot initiative to label GMO. Whole Foods has sold unlabeled GMOs created by Monsanto for over a decade.

 

Nancy C.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3460465

 

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7) New!! Pet.: Limit Public Exposure to Arsenic in Rice & Rice Products http://forcechange.com/34221/limit-public-exposure-to-arsenic-in-rice-and-rice-products/?utm_source=ForceChange%20Newsletter

Target: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Goal: Enact strict regulations regarding the levels of arsenic found in the U.S. food supply

Kevin A.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/353427779/3460091


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8) New!! Pet.: Kellogg: Tell People What's in Their Food http://www.change.org/petitions/kellogg-tell-people-what-s-in-their-food?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11406&alert_id=qMqPsGVaVL_WAxnxYESPH#share

Kellogg has contributed $632,500 to date to pay for propaganda in California to defeat the upcoming vote on labeling GMOs. Kellogg's doesn't want Americans to know that their products contain genetically modified foods, like the EPA registered pesticide that is also known as GMO Bt Corn. This corn makes its own pesticides so that when corn worms bite into it, their stomachs explode. America wants you to make ALL Kellogg's products GMO Free. We want the same products you sell in Europe & Countries that require that GMOs be labeled. Please make your products GMO free in America, too!

Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3462358

 

while living here
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in san diego making sure everybody I meet is up to date on prop 37. most people actually are to my pleasured surprise.keep up the amazing work.Thanks Mic.

 

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9) New!! Pet.: Tell the FDA: Crushed beavers are not a "natural flavoring" http://act.watchdog.net/petitions/934?r=46681.522PQJ Stop allowing "Castoreum" - a fancy word for a compound from the crushed anal sacs of beavers - to be labeled as "natural flavor", require Food Cos. to LABEL it. Customers deserve to know what they are eating! Not only is this stuff disgusting & inhumane, it's kept totally secret. For yrs, the FDA allowed Cos. to use it to flavor ice cream & other foods, FDA normally just hears from Big Business Lobbyists, but we demand honest rules.

Sara: http://www.care2.com/news/member/189083939/3462664

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10) New!! Pet.: Tell the FDA: Crushed beavers are not a "natural flavoring" http://www.all-creatures.org/alert/alert-20120915.html Letter to FDA   Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3453185

Meet the man Monsanto & friends hired to lie to you
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Noted and commented. If I were Californian, I would never let Monsanto convince me. If they think money gives them the right to tell me what I may or may not eat, need I say they are wrong?

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16) New!! Pet.: The White House: STOP Monsanto from taking charge of the food supply in Africa http://www.change.org/petitions/the-white-house-stop-monsanto-from-taking-charge-of-the-food-supply-in-africa Farmers in Africa now practice sustainable agriculture & organic methods to produce their food. If Monsanto takes charge they'll flood the continent with Genetically Modified Seeds, which encourage the use of pesticides that will begin the decline of the family farms and their ecologically sound farming methods.
Nancy: http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3473535  
1 year ago

News: 19 Crops That Would Disappear Without Bees http://www.kitchendaily.com/read/19-crops-would-disappear-without-bees?icid=maing-grid10|htmlws-main-bb|dl12|sec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D207396 Bees have been disappearing at an alarming rate & continue to vanish without a trace. Honeybees, among other pollinators such as bats, birds, butterflies, & bumblebees, are responsible in one way or another for the pollination of approx.. 100 crops. More than $15 billion worth of crops are pollinated by bees each year just in the U.S. One of every 3 bites of food Americans consume comes from a plant visited by bees or other pollinators.

France, 1994: following the debut of a new type of pesticide by Bayer, dubbed Gaucho, which was first used on sunflower crops. Gaucho was part of a new class of pesticides known as systemic pesticides, or as Halter refers to them, Neonicotinoids. Bees collecting pollen from sunflowers treated with Gaucho exhibited confused & nervous behavior; the phenomenon was initially termed the "mad bee disease". Bees were literally "shaking to death", abandoned their hives, never to return, leaving only the queen behind. Following massive protests by farmers, the French Gov.t suspended the use of the pesticide.

USA: the phenomenon was first observed in 2006 by beekeepers Hackenberg & Mendes, who testified before Congress about a problem that had become widespread, as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Everyone was experiencing the same rapid, catastrophic declines in hive populations in 35 States. No one could explain why.

Europe: Neonicotinoids are starting to be banned. The NRDC successfully sued the EPA in New York State in Dec. 2009 over the questionable approval of a new systemic pesticide. Sales were halted nationwide in Jan. 2010 pending further investigation. Similar actions will help bee populations from declining further.

BarbCat: http://www.care2.com/news/member/798035529/3458034

 

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News: Meet the Man Monsanto & Friends Hired to Lie to You About Your Food http://www.alternet.org/food/meet-man-monsanto-and-friends-hired-lie-you-about-your-food  Oct.23,2012 You may have never heard of Henry I. Miller, but right now he is attempting to determine the future of food in this country. He has enormous financial backing. Mr. Miller is the primary face & voice of the “No on Prop 37” campaign in California. Monsanto & other pesticide Cos. are spending more than $1Million a day to convince California voters that it’s not in their best interest to know whether the food they eat is genetically engineered. Henry I. Miller is their guy. If you live in CA today, he’s hard to miss. You see him in TV ads, hear him in radio spots, & his face is all over the expensive fliers that keep showing up uninvited in your mail box. Initially, the ads presented Miller as a Stanford doctor. But he isn’t. He’s a research fellow at a conservative think tank (the Hoover Institute) that has offices on the Stanford campus. When this deceptive tactic came to light, the ads were pulled & then redone. But they still feature Miller trying to convince the public that Prop 37 “makes no sense,” & that it’s a “food-labeling scheme written by trial lawyers who hope for a windfall if it becomes law” Prop 37 makes all the sense in the world if you want to know what’s in the food you eat. It was written by public health advocates, & provides no economic incentives for filing lawsuits. Who, then, is Henry I. Miller, & why should we believe him when he tells us that genetically engineered foods are perfectly safe? Does it matter that this same Henry Miller is an ardent proponent of DDT & other toxic pesticides? Does it matter that the “No on Prop 37” ads are primarily funded by pesticide Cos., the very same companies that told us DDT & Agent Orange were safe? I find it hard to avoid the impression that Henry Miller is a premier Corporate flack. He was a founding member of the Philip Morris backed front group that tried to discredit the links between tobacco products & cancer.

Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3474379

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News: Why the Food Industry Is Spending $25 Million To Keep You in the Dark  http://www.rodale.com/gmo-labeling-california Donors range from the obvious biotech Cos. like Monsanto incl. a number of Food Cos. that market & sell organic foods (organic foods are prohibited from containing GM ingredients). Are your favorite food Cos. trying to hide what's in your food? More than 90% of Americans want genetically modified (GM) foods labeled & want to know if it's eating ingredients derived from lab-created plants genetically modified to resist (& sometime create their own) toxic pesticides, withstand drought, or produce higher yields. GM ingredients infiltrated more than 75% of processed foods: Food Cos. successfully defeated (or threatened to defeat) law after law that would have required these ingredients to be labeled. Once people know that a product contains GM ingredients, they won't buy it. This Nov., the war between food Cos. & food eaters is coming to a head in CA. For the 1st time, voters -not senators, repres., or Corporate Lobbyists- decide whether labels like "This product contains GMOs" or "Contains GMO Corn" will appear on food packages. Labeling advocates garnered more than 1Million sign. on a petition to get the CA Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act (also known as Prop 37) on the Nov. ballot. Food Cos. have been out in full force, funding ads against the measure. The "No on 37: Coalition Against the Deceptive Food Labeling Scheme" has been collecting donations to the tune of $25.6Million$ in an effort to defeat a law that, though local to CA, would affect food sold across the US, since roughly 10% of the US population lives in CA, laws there tend to impact sales everywhere.

Carrie B.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/827551733/3465553


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News: One Million Americans Demand Labeling for GMOs http://www.rodale.com/gmo-labeling

An unprecedented 1 million comments were sent to the FDA on a single issue.

The Supermarket Food Label You Need to Fight For http://www.rodale.com/what-are-gmo-foods 


If genetically engineered foods are so safe, why are Companies scared to label them? The campaign is different than previous food-safety appeals in that it isn’t calling for an all-out ban on genetically engineered ingredients; mandatory labeling would just allow shoppers to make the call.

GMO ingredients lurk in most grocery store foods. GMO labeling would make it easier for shoppers to avoid it.

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News: Poll: California Voters Overwhelmingly Support Ballot Initiative to Label GMO Foods http://truth-out.org/news/item/11837-poll-california-voters-overwhelmingly-support-ballot-initiative-to-label-gmo-foods

The ballot initiative, known as Proposition 37, is supported by 61% of registered voters & opposed by 25% of voters; an additional 14% were undecided or refused to answer. If Proposition 37 succeeds in November, California will become the 1st State to require manufacturers & retailers to label genetically engineered produce & food containing genetically engineered crops, or "genetically modified organisms" or GMOs. About 50 Countries require some kind of label on genetically engineered food. Proposition 37 enjoys bipartisan support, with 66% of Democrats favoring the initiative while 19% are opposed, & 49% of Republicans supporting it while 35% are opposed.

Kit B.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3461053

 

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News: Is Whole Foods Sincere About its Support for Labeling Genetically Modified Foods? http://www.alternet.org/food/whole-foods-sincere-about-its-support-labeling-genetically-modified-foods

 

Is it possible that Whole Foods wants to ride the GMO labeling popularity wave while it quietly works behind the scenes to prevent Prop 37, or any other GMO labeling law, from passing?

Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3464326 

1 year ago

News: Appetite for Profit http://www.appetiteforprofit.com/

 

Top 10 Lies Told by Monsanto on GMO Labeling in California http://www.appetiteforprofit.com/2012/08/21/top-10-lies-told-by-monsanto-on-gmo-labeling-in-california/

The battle in California over Proposition 37, which would require labeling of foods containing GMOs, is really heating up. Millions of dollars are already being poured into the opposition campaign, with much of it going to former Big Tobacco shills. Over at GMO HQ, Monsanto recently posted this missive called “Taking a Stand: Proposition 37, The California Labeling Proposal,” in which the Biotech Giant explains why it is opposing the measure

 

Nancy C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3457443

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News: Meet the Scientific “Experts” Who Are Saying GMO Foods are Safe http://organicconnectmag.com/wp/meet-the-scientific-experts-who-are-saying-gmo-foods-are-safe/#.UF9tR1HjVmp

When Corporations such as Philip Morris or Monsanto don’t have actual facts on their side, they have to resort to “third-party experts” to speak on their behalf. The American Medical Association called on the Food & Drug Admin. to require &ldquore-market systemic safety assessments of these foods as a preventive measure to ensure the health of the public.” Currently, there is no pre-market safety testing for Genetically Engineered Food.

Pediatrician promoting Coke & Burger King? Monsanto & friends didn’t stop there in promoting scientific experts with dubious credentials. On the No on 37 website are several video interviews with physicians, each one proclaiming the safety of GMO foods. But how much authority should we give a doctor who also  presents webinars for Coca-Cola on children’s health?

Big Tobacco Shills Trying to Stop GMO Labeling in California http://www.appetiteforprofit.com/2012/08/13/big-tobacco-shills-trying-to-stop-gmo-labeling-in-california/

 

 

Nancy C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3457441

1 year ago

Urgent!! HEALTHY Eating: Summary Petitions List:

1) https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/mailalert/889/stop-monsanto-soy

2) https://secure.consumersunion.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2689

3) http://signon.org/sign/michelle-obama-tell-presiden?source=c.url&r_by=5382364

4) http://forcechange.com/33111/demand-whole-foods-stop-carrying-products-made-with-genetically-modified-organisms/

5) http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_24845.cfm

6) http://www.rainforestportal.org/shared/alerts/sendsm.aspx?id=monsanto&msg=sweden_oldgrowth

7) http://forcechange.com/34221/limit-public-exposure-to-arsenic-in-rice-and-rice-products/?utm_source=ForceChange%20Newsletter

8) http://www.change.org/petitions/kellogg-tell-people-what-s-in-their-food?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11406&alert_id=qMqPsGVaVL_WAxnxYESPH#share

9) http://act.watchdog.net/petitions/934?r=46681.522PQJ

10) http://www.all-creatures.org/alert/alert-20120915.html

11) http://www.thepetitionsite.com/869/338/912/ban-dangerous-gm-corn-in-the-european-union/?z00m=20421473

12) http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/448/913/868/?z00m=20411632

13) http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/295/394/006/

14) CA: http://www.carighttoknow.org/volunteer?utm_campaign=phone_bank&recruiter_id=21804&utm_medium=email&utm_source=prop37  Not in CA: http://www.carighttoknow.org/phone_bank?utm_campaign=phone_bank_ask1&recruiter_id=1903&utm_medium=email&utm_source=prop37

15) http://www.change.org/petitions/boycott-the-9-organic-and-natural-traitor-brands-who-oppose-truth-stop-trying-to-block-prop-37

16) http://www.change.org/petitions/the-white-house-stop-monsanto-from-taking-charge-of-the-food-supply-in-africa

Poll: California voters overwhelmingly support ...
1 year ago

Of course, genetically engineered food should be labelled. The very fact that it's so di!fficult to obtain that shows the producers are well aware of the harm they do.

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I'm convinced. We never use pesticides in our garden and don't buy - ore hardly ever buy - genetically engineered foods.

1 year ago

All signed and caught up!

I'm still really pissed that my state didn't pass Prop 37.

1 year ago

On election night, not long after the polls closed in California, the  announcement came out: Prop 37 was losing. A little while later, it was all  over. 37 had gone down to defeat.
But is that the whole story?  No.
As of 2:30PM today, Thursday, November 8th, two days after the  election, many votes in California remain uncounted.
I tried to find out  how many.
It turns out that the Secretary of State of CA, responsible for  elections in the state, doesn't know.
I was told all counties in  California have been asked, not ordered, to report in with those figures. It's  voluntary.
So I picked out a few of the biggest counties and called their  voter registrar offices. Here are the boggling results:
Santa Clara  County: 180,000 votes remain uncounted.
Orange County: 241,336 votes  remain uncounted.
San Diego County: 475,000 votes remain  uncounted.
LA County: 782,658 votes remain uncounted.
In just  those four counties, 1.6 million votes remain uncounted.
The California  Secretary of State's website indicates that Prop 37 is behind by 559,776  votes.
So in the four counties I looked into, there are roughly three  times as many uncounted votes as the margin of Prop 37's defeat.
And as I  say, I checked the numbers in only four counties. There are 54 other counties in  the state. Who knows how many votes they still need to process?
So why is  anyone saying Prop 37 lost?
Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/037901_prop_37_vote_fraud_ballot_measure.html#ixzz2Bj8YDSdm

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So much important information. Thank you, Michela, for all the time and effort you put into keeping us updated.

1 year ago
News: Sushi kills your brain http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/121204/sushi-mercury-poisoning-seafood-tuna

Dec. 4, 2012 Too much tuna can be bad for your brain. Mercury contamination in big fish such as sharks, swordfish & certain types of tuna is on the rise, & smaller traces of the toxic metal may be enough to cause restricted brain development or other health problems for humans who eat them, according to data released Tuesday.

"Levels of exposure that are defined as safe by the official limits, are actually having adverse effects," said Dr. Edward Groth, author of one of two new reports published ahead of a United Nations conference on mercury pollution. Scientists have warned about the potential dangers of mercury in seafood since the 1950s when mercury-contaminated waste water was dumped in the sea from a factory in Minamata, Japan. Thousands suffered poisoning, which in extreme cases lead to insanity, deformation & death. Many children whose mothers had eaten contaminated fish were born with severe disabilities.

Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3495849

 

1 year ago

Yuck! Sushi is just one more good reason to forego meat. Thanks for sharing.

1 year ago

I stopped eating meat years ago.
I have a feeling I might as well forget fish as well!

1 year ago
News: Is Palm Oil One of the Healthy Oils to Consume? http://www.livestrong.com/article/428369-is-palm-oil-one-of-the-healthy-oils-to-consume/#ixzz1yP7yIbQ1

Palm Oil is extracted from the oil palm tree's fruit. This tree is originally from W. Africa, although Indonesia is currently the main world producer of P.Oil. Palm Oil is cheap & semi-solid, which makes it a popular alternative for foods commonly made with trans fat, commercial food producers are trying to steer away from trans fat. However, Palm Oil is not considered a healthy oil because it is very high in saturated fat.

Fat Composition: P.Oil contains an unhealthy composition of fat. It is comprised of 52% saturated fat, a type of fat that contributes to heart disease. The rest of Palm Oil is made up of 38% monounsaturated fat & 10% polyunsaturated fat. These unsaturated fats can reduce your risk of heart disease by improving your cholesterol, among other benefits. However, the amount of saturated fat is much higher than that in other oils.

Research: The food industry uses trans fat for foods like fast foods & baked goods, but trans fat causes negative effects on the heart, including increasing LDL, or "bad," cholesterol. A 2006 study supported by the USDA's Agricultural Research Service studied Palm Oil to see if it would be a healthier alternative to trans fat, that would at the same time maintain the integrity of the food. The study found that Palm Oil had similar consequences to trans fat in increasing LDL cholesterol when compared to soybean & canola oils.

Alternatives: Many other oils are healthier choices than Palm Oil. Healthier choices with a high smoke point are almond & sunflower oils. Sunflower oil has a composition of 79% monounsatured fat, 7% polyunsaturated fat & 14% saturated fat. Almond oil is 65% monounsaturated fat, 28% polyunsaturated fat & only 7% saturated fat. Canola & extra-virgin Olive Oils are very healthy & they have a medium-high smoke point. Extra virgin Olive Oil has 78% monounsaturated fat, 8% polyunsaturated fat & 14% saturated fat. Canola oil has 62% monounsaturated fat, 31% polyunsaturated fat & 7% saturated fat.

Smoke Point: The smoke point of an oil is the highest temperature it can go before it becomes unhealthy. If you heat an oil past its smoke point, it can create free radicals, which are thought to be responsible for cancer & other diseases. Palm Oil has a high smoke point, so you can use it at top heats for deep-frying, browning & searing. However, keep in mind that deep-frying is unhealthy.

 

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17) New!! Pet.: Stop Monsanto in Mexico http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_Monsanto_in_Mexico/?assdpbb&external
Mexico is home to thousands of varieties of scientifically identified corn. The Biotech Companies of Monsanto, Dow, & Dupont have petitioned Mexican Gov.t to plant an unprecedented 6,000,000 acres of GMO corn, with over 3,500,000 acres of this in Monsanto’s herbicide-tolerant maize —the same GMO variety that caused the horrific tumors in the recent peer-reviewed French study. Because Mexicans consume more corn in their diets than most any other culture, this would effectively make Mexican people the most imperiled group of GMO guinea pigs on Earth.
Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3510988

 

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18) New!! Pet.: Stand up: Family Farmers vs. Monsanto  http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/farmers_vs_monsanto/?akid=715.421592.cNCsWo&rd=1&t=5

On Jan. 10, family farmers will enter a courtroom in Washington DC to take part in the appeal of OSGATA vs Monsanto et al, a court case filed to protect farmers from genetic trespass by Monsanto’s GMO seed, which contaminates organic and non-GMO farmer’s crops and opens them up to abusive lawsuits. In the past two decades, Monsanto’s seed monopoly has grown so powerful that they control the genetics of nearly 90% of five major commodity crops including corn, soybeans, cotton, canola & sugar beets. In many cases farmers are forced to stop growing certain crops to avoid genetic contamination & potential lawsuits. Between 1997 & 2010, Monsanto admits to filing 144 lawsuits against America’s family farmers, while settling another 700 out of court for undisclosed amounts. Due to these aggressive lawsuits, Monsanto has created an atmosphere of fear in rural America & driven dozens of farmers into bankruptcy. Pls join us in standing up for family farmers everywhere against Monsanto's abusive seed monopoly.

Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3511510  

1 year ago
News: Is Genetically Engineered Salmon Safe? http://www.alternet.org/food/genetically-engineered-salmon-safe There are massively disturbing ethical, environmental, and health concerns that make the introduction of Frankenfish highly controversial.
Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3519778  

1 year ago
News: Today's Seafood Special: Pig Manure, Antibiotics, & Diarrhea Bugs http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/01/imported-seafood-shrimp-fda

Imported seafood is full of dirt and chemicals. So why is the FDA inspecting practically none of it?

Kit B.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3519604  

1 year ago
News: One-third of fish caught in Channel have plastic contamination http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jan/24/fish-channel-plastic-contamination


Fish were found to contain small pieces of plastic known as 'microbeads', from sources including sanitary products and carrier bags, in a study of 10 Species. Of 504 fish examined, more than one-third were found to contain small pieces of plastic less than 1mm in size, referred to by scientists as "microbeads". The fish – including popular species such as whiting, horse mackerel, John Dory & red gurnard – were collected from costal waters 10km south-west of Plymouth, at a depth of around 55 metres. Between one to 15 pieces of plastic were found in those 184 fish found to have synthetic polymers found in their gastrointestinal tract. A spectrometer was used to identify 351 items removed from the fish, the majority of which was rayon, a synthetic fibre used in clothing and sanitary products. Other plastics included those "from the breakdown of larger items such as bags and bottles' polyester".
Agnes N.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/739004526/3520434

1 year ago
News: Gatorade to remove controversial ingredient http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Gatorade-to-remove-controversial-ingredient-4223601.php#ixzz2J6rCDlCe   PepsiCo Inc. is removing a controversial ingredient from its Gatorade sports drink in response to customer complaints. A spokeswoman for the company, said that the removal of brominated vegetable oil was in the works over the past year after the company began "hearing rumblings" from consumers about the ingredient. She said it wasn't a reaction to a recent petition on Change.org by a Mississippi teenager. The ingredient is also used in other drinks, including some flavors of Powerade made by rival Coca-Cola Co. The Atlanta-based company did not say whether it would remove the ingredient from Powerade as well but noted that it takes customer concerns into account when looking for ways to improve its drinks. Ingredients in food & drinks have come under greater scrutiny in recent years, helped by the ability of consumers to mobilize online. The petition on Change.org noted that brominated vegetable oil has been patented as a flame retardant & is banned in Japan & the European Union. It had more than 200,000 supporters. For Gatorade, the ingredient is used as an "emulsifier," meaning it distributes flavoring evenly so that it doesn't collect at the surface. She said it was used only in select varieties including orange & "citrus cooler." Other drinks that use brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, include Coca-Cola's Fanta & PepsiCo's Mountain Dew. A spokesman for competitor Dr Pepper Snapple Group said Sun Drop & Squirt are among its drinks that have BVO. The ingredient is not banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration & PepsiCo's decision wasn't the result of any health or safety concerns, it was specifically a response to concerns expressed by Gatorade customers. The company's decision was first reported by the trade journal Beverage Digest. The move reflects the "shift in power we're seeing between businesses & their customers." Sarah Kavanagh, the 15-year-old who posted the petition in Nov., said she's "very, very happy" that Gatorade is making the change,  she used to drink Gatorade frequently before she checked the ingredients to see if it was in line with her vegan diet. When she looked up brominated vegetable oil online, she didn't like what she found. Now that the ingredient is being removed, she said she'll likely go back to drinking Gatorade. Kavanagh also taped a segment on the topic for The Dr. Oz Show this week. PepsiCo, based in Purchase, N.Y., is replacing the BVO in Gatorade with an ingredient called sucrose acetate isobutyrate, which Carter said will maintain the flavor & taste of the drinks. Although Americans have been drinking less soda since 1998, sports drinks have remained a growth area for PepsiCo & Coca-Cola. Gatorade remains the dominant player with about 69% of the market, while Powerade has 30%. Julie E.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/732469648/3521222
1 year ago
19) New!! Pet.: Boycott General Mills and Muir Glen! http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50865/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=9322 It came as no surprise that a company like General Mills donated $1.2 million to defeat Proposition 37, the California Right to Know ballot initiative to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs). But many consumers were surprised to learn that General Mills owns some of their favorite organic and "natural" brands, including Muir Glen, Cascadian Farm and Larabar. Tell General Mills & Muir Glen that you won’t be buying any of their products until General Mills, Muir Glen & Larabar support GMO labeling.
Nancy C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3523935  

1 year ago

From Dianne C.:  Health Effects of Palm Oil

I researched my own question about Palm Oil: Health departments in Governments should be concerned about it as far as I'm concerned.  Just as bad as trans fats!!!  

Palm oil is produced in tropical countries like Indonesia from a particular palm that makes big oily fruits that are pressed for the oil within. The oil is high in saturated fats just like bacon, cheddar cheese or cocoanut.

Palm oil contains five different saturated fats. Saturated fats will raise your blood cholesterol levels and can lead to heart disease. All oils have some saturated fat in them but palm oil is very high in saturated fat relative to corn, soy or olive oil.

If you have any concerns about heart health or about the health of your arteries, you should not be eating any palm oil. And, its easy to avoid if you chose better quality foods and avoid the highly processed foods found in run of the mill grocery stores. Find a natural food store near you and shop for cookies etc there (you need to read the ingredients to be sure).

Palm oil has become very popular among food processors because of the recent backlash against “trans fats” which are hydrogenated oils that pose a serious health threat in terms of heart disease, stroke and other circulation diseases. Palm oil replaced those trans fats in processed foods because it will remain solid at room temperature and not leach out of products. Unfortunately palm oil poses the same health risks as trans fats.

1 year ago
21) New!! Pet.: Support Polish farmers protest against sale of land for GM crops http://www.thepetitionsite.com/566/504/393/support-polish-farmers-protest-against-sale-of-land-for-gm-crops/   Polish farmers are currently blockading towns in NW Poland in order to stop the Gov.t selling off prime farmland to multinational Corporations to grow GM food on.  Land grabs like this are becoming more common around the world as multinational corporations look to establish themselves on foreign soils & exploit the resource base in order to increase their export opportunities. Genetically Modified food is firmly rejected by 75% of Polish citizens & approx.. 55% of UK citizens. The Polish Gov.t has recently passed a new Act which claims to ban planting of GM seeds, but in reality is allowing them in at the back door because it failed to ban "trading" of such seeds.
Jutta N.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/727863462/3527630
1 year ago
News: There's Flame Retardant in My Gatorade?! http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/01/26/theres-flame-retardant-my-gatorade//?cmpid=tpnews-eml-2013-1-28-gatorade According to Scientific American, the compound, also known as BVO, is patented as a flame retardant by chemical companies, and its use in food is banned in both the European Union & Japan—for compelling reasons. Studies show that it can build up in the human body. And it's been linked to some serious health issues, including impaired neurological development & altered thyroid hormones. However, in the U.S., the chemical is still approved for use in commercially packaged drinks; it acts as an emulsifier that keeps artificial flavoring evenly distributed. Critics say that the only reason BVO has retained its FDA approval is because the agency hasn't adequately tested its effects on human health.

Gatorade is among the commercially-sold drinks that contain brominated vegetable oil.


1 year ago
22) New!! Pet.: Pepsi joined Monsanto to Defeat GMO Labeling - Boycott Pepsi Now! http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/pepsi_betrays_democracy/?akid=738.302707.BQBy1p&rd=1&t=2

Several major food companies made a fatal brand error by betting against the American people. During the 2012 election, major food and pesticide companies donated more than $46 million to run a ruthlessly deceptive campaign to defeat Prop 37, a ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods in California. Coming in as the #3 top donor, behind pesticide and biotech giants Monsanto and DuPont, was PepsiCo, the conglomerate beverage and junk food company who dumped in a total of $2,485,400 to deny Americans their right to know what’s in their food.

Because of Pepsi’s significant financial support, Prop 37 and GMO labeling lost by a narrow margin of 48.6% to 51.4%. Pepsi’s contribution was a direct assault on the American ideals of openness, transparency and democracy. Now Pepsi wants to use the Super Bowl Halftime Show to whitewash their deceptive brand, hiding behind the celebrity and popularity of Beyoncé to cover up their betrayal of democracy. Take the pledge to boycott Pepsi's dishonest and deceptive brands, like Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Tropicana, Frito-Lays, Lays and Cheetos - and ask Beyoncé to end her celebrity endorsement of Pepsi's junk food empire.

Nancy C.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3525623
1 year ago
25) New!! Pet.: Tell Hershey and Mars: There is nothing sweet about GMOs! http://action.greenamerica.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9525

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have never been proven safe for consumption, and a growing body of studies is raising concerns around the health effects of eating them. GMOs are also increasing the use of toxic herbicides and causing harm to farmers in the US and abroad. In Europe genetically modified ingredients are already required to be labeled, Hershey and Mars have had to adapt their recipes to formulate Kisses and M&Ms without GMOs. According to Confectionary News, Hershey products made for distribution in Europe will be formulated without GMO Ingredients, in order to meet the requirements of major retailers which ban the sale of products with genetically modified ingredients and to satisfy increasing consumer concern about the safety of GMOs.

Every year entire aisles at grocery stores and drug stores turn red with seasonally branded Valentine’s Day candy. After Halloween, Valentine’s Day is the single largest candy-consuming day all year in the USA. Almost as ubiquitous as the red and pink wrapped Valentine’s Day treats at this time are the genetically engineered ingredients within these products. Some of America’s favorite sweets, even dressed-up in their Valentine’s Day best, are still chock full of ingredients that are highly likely to be genetically engineered. Much of these treats are made by Hershey and Mars, the oldest and largest chocolate manufacturers in the US. Together they comprise nearly 70% of the US Chocolate Market, and they have another thing in common—their love affair with GMOs.

Nancy C.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3527958
1 year ago
26) New!! Pet.:  “I want to know what’s in my food, and how it was produced.” http://action.ciwf.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=18948&ea.tracking.id=05bb9ddb A recent UK scandal involved horse meat being found in items labelled as beef, pork, etc. Sign to get food labelled as to what it is and how it was produced to help end animal suffering and food mislabeling. Please SIGN!! Source: Sara W.

1 year ago
Video: GMO A Go Go! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkionqWPc-Q
This is a must see for anyone who eats food! Please contact your Government reps & take a stand to STOP THE MADNESS!
A humorous presentation of a serious problem…
Source: Ewoud K.
1 year ago

Signed, tx! Tx for the video. Last weekend, I broke my diet. I had Girl Scout cookies for the first time in years. After indulging, I read the ingredients. PALM OIL was one. Anybody feel like developing a petition to the GSA (Girl Scouts of America)?

1 year ago
29) New!! Pet.: Colorado Demands GMO Labeling http://signon.org/sign/colorado-demands-gmo?mailing_id=9283&source=s.em.cr&r_by=5305769

People have the right to know about significant risks to their health & to the environment- whether through exposures that they choose as consumers, or exposures that they are subjected to as a result of choices made for them....

Genetically engineered food is unlabeled, untested, & virtually everywhere. This means that consumers have no idea whether or not the food they are buying is genetically engineered.

Frans B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/774550352/3533960
Cal http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3534305  

1 year ago

The best we can do is to stop eating flesh of every animals,nor to buy such food.
About the other food like rice or candys I don't know,but trying with Bio candys.
I've found a shop in my city where I can 100% sure buying without chemicals or toxins inside.
Signed some but not all,because no resident of the US.
Thanks Michela

1 year ago
30) New!! Pet.: The science is clear. Tell the EPA to take swift action to protect all children from the harm of chlorpyrifos. http://action.ufw.org/page/s/chlorpyrifos213 This insecticide is so widely used that it shows up in most of our bodies--whether or not we live near fields where it's sprayed. And it's especially harmful to children's developing brains. Kevin A. http://www.care2.com/news/member/353427779/3537118
1 year ago
31) New!! Poll: Take the poll now to keep GM food off your plates!! http://www.greenpeace.org/india/en/What-We-Do/Sustainable-Agriculture/GE-campaign/no-genetic-modification/?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GE%20First%20Push%20-%20Non%20Signers%203%20%281%29&utm_content=

Inserting alien genes into food crops is not going to solve the problem of food shortage. It will only make food unsafe. We have to keep up the opposition against GM foods so that decision makers don't force potentially toxic food on us.

Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3535209

 

1 year ago
News: Organic Consumers Association: Is Your Organic Food Really Organic? http://www.naturalnews.com/039211_organic_food_natural_products_industry_secrets.html
If you buy organic foods with ingredients from China, it may not actually be "Organic". Mike Adams from Natural News explores the corrupt world of Chinese organics, & how some American companies turn a blind eye to the issue.
Mike S. http://www.care2.com/news/member/761699980/3537599 

1 year ago

I'm sorry, but until China stops producing potentially dangerous or dangerous products and starts realizing that animals also have feelings and stops with their animal testing and downright torture, I am boycotting everything from that country.

1 year ago
Palm Oil - in the Cooking Industry
A common cooking ingredient in Africa, SE Asia & parts of Brazil. Since Palm Oil is of a lower quality than Olive Oil, it remained rare outside West Africa. Its increasing use in the commercial Food Industry... because: 1) Palm Oil has the LOWEST Production COST of the major Oils, & 2) Products last more time in the Supermarket shelves!! for the high oxidative stability (saturation) of the refined product when used for frying. Many processed foods contain Palm Oil but it is NOT DECLARED on Labels!!! Or Label simply says: "Vegetable Oils"!! Try to read a Chips Packet Label,  just as an example!!  This is a real offence to all of us, but particularly to VEGANS & VEGETARIANS devoting their lifestyle not to hurt animals, while, like all customers, they are unwillingly & unconsciously contributing to the SLAUGHTER of Tigers, Elephants, Rhinos, Wildlife... & GENOCIDE of Orangutans, who share 98% DNA with us!!!

1 year ago
Video:  Avoid The 5 Biggest Vegetarian, Vegan & Raw Mistakes http://livinggreenmag.com/2013/03/01/video/avoid-the-5-biggest-vegetarian-vegan-raw-mistakes/

From 21 years of trial & error, you can learn how to avoid the 5 biggest mistakes that Vegetarian, Vegan & Raw food eaters make.

Frans B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/774550352/3540304

A Note from Michela: AVOID Palm Oil & ALL Products whose LABEL declares “Vegetable Oils” among the ingredients!!

I noticed that there are a LOT of VEGANS on Care2 who do not know that WHEN THEY BUY a whatsoever product whose LABEL STATESVEGETABLE OILS” AMONG THE INGREDIENTS, ACTUALLY THEY ARE UNWILLINGLY & UNCONSCIOUSLY  BUYING, EATING, or USING PALM OIL!!!!!! This means the DESTRUCTION of ORANGUTANS, SUMATRAN TIGERS, PIGMY ELEPHANTS, GIBBONS, SUN BEARS etc etc.!!!!

1 year ago

Thank you Michela and I'd like to add to be careful of vegetarian bouillon! Some of it contains palm oil. You just never know unless you read every label.

1 year ago

Well, China, thanks, as always. First, our dog food, now our organic food. How much money does America owe these guys?

1 year ago
32) New!! Pet.: Tell Bayer to stop killing Bees http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7449

Bayer, the global chemical company, is manufacturing a chemical that is killing off bees. 30% of our crops -- & 90% of wild plants -- rely on bees to thrive. Bayer has paid for biased research that "proves" its chemical isn't a problem. But now independent scientists in Europe have discovered that Bayer's chemical is a high risk to bees.

Nancy C.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3542720

1 year ago

Signed. Here is an example of why it is best to eat organic foods. I'm not nearly so worried about what I am doing to my body as I am about what all these pesticides are doing to the world.

1 year ago
News: Whole Foods announces GMO labeling http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/whole-foods-announces-gmo-labeling

The natural & organic chain of grocery stores promises full GMO transparency by 2018, but not everyone is excited about the announcement.

Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3546028

Video: Whole Foods Market® commits to full GMO transparency http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OMClLWQGSI&feature=player_embedded

1 year ago
33) New!! Pet.:  It's Time to Take Action on Seafood Fraud http://act.oceana.org/letter/l-safe-seafood/?rd=1&t=2&referring_akid=2698.441673.ICTUhX

Note: I’s a WORLDWIDE Petition!! even if it seems US ONLY!!! Seafood fraud is widespread across the USA. In our recent study, 1/3 of the more than 1,200 samples tested turned out to be something different than what was listed on the label or menu. Mislabeled seafood puts consumers at risk, potentially hiding toxins like mercury or other hidden health dangers. Mislabeled seafood can hide illegally-caught fish or unsustainable fishing, hurting conservation efforts. The SAFE Seafood Act will help protect consumers & the oceans from seafood fraud. By requiring traceability from bait to plate & strengthening enforcement against fraud, this bill will help ensure that the food on your plate is exactly what's on the menu while providing consumers with more information about the seafood they purchase.

Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3546570

1 year ago

34) New!! Pet.: Tell Kraft To Stop Using Dangerous Food Dyes in Our Mac & Cheese http://www.change.org/petitions/kraft-stop-using-dangerous-food-dyes-in-our-mac-cheese

Kraft Foods is the largest food company headquartered in the USA. If Kraft changes their Macaroni & Cheese, we know this could inspire other food companies across the US to finally eliminate dangerous artificial food dyes!

Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3548401

 

Video: Tell Kraft To Stop Using Dangerous Food Dyes in Our Mac & Cheese http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lWQFKbI0dg&feature=player_embedded

  

1 year ago

News: Whole Foods Makes Stunning Announcement About GMOs http://www.foodrevolution.org/blog/whole-foods-gmos/

Whole Foods Market, the grocery story chain, has made the stunning announcement that labeling of genetically engineered foods will be required on all products sold in the company’s 339 stores within five years. Making the historic declaration, Whole Foods Co-Chief Executive Walter Robb stated: “This is an issue whose time has come… With cases like horse meat discovered in the U.K., plastic in milk in China, the recalls of almond & peanut butter in the U.S., customers have a fundamental right to know what’s in their food.”

Nancy C.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3547394

1 year ago

News: Ben & Jerry’s Is Switching to Non-GMO Ingredients  http://organicconnectmag.com/wp/ben-jerrys-is-switching-to-non-gmo-ingredients/#.UUeNL1dIjwe

Several factors spurred Ben & Jerry's to go non-GMO, says Rob Michalak, the company's global director of social mission. First is a commitment to transparency & consumers' right to know.

Nancy C.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3547390

1 year ago
35) New!! Pet.: Corporate Power in Our Food System http://www.farmaid.org/site/c.qlI5IhNVJsE/b.8586841/k.382D/Corporate_Power_in_Agriculture/apps/ka/ct/contactus.asp?c=qlI5IhNVJsE&b=8586841&en=clKNK3NLJbJWJdMOLaKTJaPZImJQKaPWKmKXIdO4LvJdG&msource=mojo

The USDA & the DOJ have still not offered any satisfactory plan for next steps, but Farm Aid continues to inform eaters of the reality of our food system & organize farmers & eaters to democratize food production.

Nancy C.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3546630

     

1 year ago
36) New!! Pet.: Stop the Monsanto Protection Act! http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_the_monsanto_protection_act_today_senate/?akid=765.302707.l3pMj4&rd=1&t=4

Once again, Monsanto & the biotech industry are working behind closed doors to undermine your basic rights. This time they’ve gone too far! Biotech lobbyists have desperately snuck provisions into the spending bill to make sure their new GMO crops can evade any serious scientific or regulatory review.

In the past, legal advocates have successfully won in court the right to halt the sale & planting of unapproved GMO crops while the approval of those crops is under review by a federal judge. This dangerous provision, which we're calling the Monsanto Protection Act, would strip judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights & the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, consumers & the environment. Join us in putting a stop to the Monsanto Protection Act!

If approved, the Monsanto Protection Act would force the USDA to allow continued planting of any GMO crop under court review, essentially giving backdoor approval for any new genetically engineered crops that could be potentially harmful to human health.

Nancy C.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3546709

   

1 year ago

News: American Processed Foods in Colors to Dye For http://organicconnectmag.com/wp/american-processed-foods-in-colors-to-dye-for/#.UU5LM1dIjwd

There is a lot of discussion around the science of food dyes. Do artificial colors contribute to hyperactivity in kids? Are food dyes responsible for ADHD? Is it the Gov.t’s job to take these dyes out of our kids’ foods or is it ours?

Link between the introduction of GMOs into our food supply & the sudden epidemic we were seeing in the number of American kids with food allergies. Financial ties between doctors & agrichemical, food & pharmaceutical corporations can play a pretty important role in what these doctors are willing to say. So when people get heated up around the science of food dyes, I find myself asking the same questions: Who has funded the research? Since there are usually extensive financial ties between doctors and food & pharmaceutical corporations, it is often helpful to turn to the consumer marketplace & food companies themselves for answers because money talks. And interestingly, Kraft, Coca Cola & Wal-Mart have already removed these artificial food colors & dyes from the products that they distribute in other countries. They’ve reformulated their product lines in other countries & no longer include these food dyes, & they did it in response to consumer demand & an extraordinary study called the Southampton Study.

...Because Kraft, Coca Cola & Wal-mart are living proof that is possible for giant corporations to make & sell kid-friendly, family-friendly, & healthy processed foods so that we can give our kids some special treatslike the U.K. versions of Starburst & Skittles, for examplewithout necessarily exposing them to a chemical cocktail that might also give them brain tumors, or leukemia, or the symptoms of ADHD, as the Center for Science in the Public Interest recently highlighted in their report “Rainbow of Risks”.

Nancy C.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3552037    

1 year ago
37) New!! Pet.: Tell President Obama to veto the Monsanto Protection Act!  http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_the_monsanto_protection_act_seize_congress/?rd=1&t=8&referring_akid=782.302707.KZJIQ9

We regret to inform you, but today Congress succeeded in passing Section 735, aka the Monsanto Protection Act, in the Continuing Resolution spending bill. Once again, Monsanto & the biotech industry have used their lobbying power to undermine your basic rights. We need you to call President Obama & tell him to veto HR 933 & the Monsanto Protection Act. Then contact Congress & tell them you are outraged. With the Senate passage of the Monsanto Protection Act, biotech lobbyists are one step closer to making sure that their new GMO crops can evade any serious scientific or regulatory review.

This dangerous provision, which we're calling the Monsanto Protection Act, strips judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer & farmer rights & the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, citizens & the environment. We are asking that you take action here & then call President Obama & demand that he veto HR 933. Join us in putting a stop to the Monsanto Protection Act!

Nancy C.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3552001
1 year ago
News:   Monsanto's Death Patents http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/15267-monsantos-death-patents

Monsanto has yet another case pending in the court system, this time before the U.S. Supreme Court on the exclusivity of its genetically modified seed patents. Narrowly at issue is whether Monsanto retains patent rights on soybeans that have been replanted after showing up in generic stocks rather than being sold specifically as seeds, or whether those patent rights are “exhausted” after the initial planting. But more broadly the case also raises implications regarding control of the food supply & the patenting of life – questions that current patent laws are ill-equipped to meaningfully address.

Another opportunity for critical inquiry regarding the unprecedented & perverse level of control Monsanto is asserting over the food supply. 90% of the soybeans in the U.S. are genetically modified & thus subject to potential patents. A random handful of soybeans procured anywhere is likely to contain at least some Monsanto-altered beans. Such a near-monopoly effectively gives Monsanto the right to control access to a staple food item that is found in a wide range of consumer products. Monsanto wants the right to exert perpetual control, & with it the power to make decisions about who/what lives or dies. In addition to seed patents, their corporate creations include herbicides, pesticides, & biocides that toxify soils & poison waters. Genetically modified foods increasingly dominate the U.S. food supply (&supplies elsewhere, at least where they haven’t been explicitly banned) despite insufficient testing & concerns about their health impacts. The ability of corporations like Monsanto to continue plying such products with little oversight constitutes a de facto consumer beta test on a mass level, the full effects of which may not be known for decades, if ever.

David B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/132354293/3551979

Source: Robert S.

     

1 year ago
News: The “Monsanto rider” passes, disappointing at least 208,000 Americans  http://www.greenrightnow.com/welcome/2013/03/22/the-monsanto-rider-passed-disappointing-at-least-208000-americans/

Despite opposition from food groups & a petition on MoveOn.org signed by nearly 208,000 citizens, the “Monsanto Protection” act, also known as the “Monsanto rider” passed as part of the temporary federal budget approved by Congress yesterday. We bet you’re wondering what Monsanto needs protection from. Apparently, the giant Biotech firm fears that people will file lawsuits against it, asking for assurances that its genetically engineered seeds are safe. This could hold up Monsanto’s plans to sell new GE seeds & crops.

“. . . If a GMO crop approval was shown to violate the law & require further analysis of its harmful impacts (as several courts have concluded in recent years, for example with GMO alfalfa & GMO sugar beets) this provision would override any court-mandated caution & allow continued planting & commercialization while further review takes place.” In other words, Monsanto gets a pass.

Robert S.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/101693842/3552101   
1 year ago

Shame on Monsanto. When I see what happens in the states, I'm glad I live in Europe.

1 year ago

Palm Oil & Olive Oil


One of the BASIC Principles of the "Mediterranean Diet" is PURPOSELY Olive Oil, that contains also Vitamin E, i.e.: also antioxidant properties!!
My husband, English, went to the Hospital in Dorset, UK, where his Father had just been saved from a heart attack, undergoing an operation in which a triple Bypass had been placed.
Heart attack had been the same cause of death for my husband's two Uncles and his Grandmother; & his mother being saved with a Pace-maker.

After his father's operation, at the Hospital, the English Cardiologist,  ASKED my husband to immediately shift to a "Mediterranean Diet" & use Olive Oil, just for healthy living and in order to prevent Cardiovascular Diseases!!!

1 year ago

Thanks, Michela. I've heard of the wonders of olive oil and it's nice to get a personal testimony on it. Your father-in-law is in my thoughts and prayers and I hope that your husband enjoys the change and finds the benefits. He can single-handedly change his family history, eh? {re: group: noone recommends palm oil!}

1 year ago
News: Monsanto & the Seeds of Suicide http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/03/27-4

Monsanto PR (!!!): "Monsanto is an agricultural company. We apply innovation and technology to help farmers around the world produce more while conserving more." "Producing more, Conserving more, Improving farmers lives."..................

 

Kit B.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3554842

1 year ago

News: Walmart's Death Grip on Groceries Is Making Life Worse for Millions of People (Hard Times USA) http://www.alternet.org/food/walmarts-death-grip-groceries-making-life-worse-millions-people-hard-times-usa?akid=10246.136153.mdGIqC&rd=1&src=newsletter815950&t=4&paging=off

Walmart's growing control of our food system has been to intensify the rural & urban poverty that drives unhealthy food choices.

Kit B.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3554853 
1 year ago
Video: Save the Rainforest - Eat More Chocolate http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm6_S1k9FqI&feature=youtu.be

 

In moderation, chocolate is good for us. More important is that these plants might help save the Rainforest. Go ahead, have some chocolate & save the planet.

Listen to Sandra Champlain, owner of Kent Coffee & Chocolate Company & author of 'The Law of Chocolate' CD, as she explains chocolate's role in the rainforest.

Kit B.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3554896

 

1 year ago

News: How Food Companies Exploit Americans with Ingredients Banned in Other Countries http://foodbabe.com/2013/02/12/how-food-companies-exploit-americans-with-ingredients-banned-in-other-countries/

Thoughts of outrage, unfairness, disbelief, & ultimately grief consumed me while I was doing this investigation. A list of ingredients that are banned across the globe but still allowed for use here in the American food supply. While I have written about some of those ingredients before, this list inspired me to look a little deeper & find out how pervasive this issue is for us. Could these banned ingredients be contributing to the higher mortality & disease rates here in the U.S.?

Here is the breakdown for you:

- More than two thirds of United States citizens are overweight – 33% being obese.

- 32% of children are either obese or overweight.

- 43% of Americans are projected to be obese in 10 years.

- After smoking, obesity is America’s biggest cause of premature death & is linked to 70% of heart disease & 80% of diabetes cases.

- 41% of Americans are projected to get cancer in their lifetime!

These reports & statistics scream the word HELP!

The food industry is the one leading our conversation in this country about food & nutrition, educating the mass public about what to eat & what not to eat.

The Gov.t has their hands tied by Big Food Industry & Chemical Company Lobbyists that basically control what the FDA approves, deems safe for human consumption, & our overall food policy.

Kit B.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3560363

1 year ago

I caught up on all the news. I wish sometimes I didn't live here in the US. Money buys our Senators and their votes. Let Me be president for one day, I would change so many of these so called laws. ;(

1 year ago
38) New!! Pet.: Monsanto vs. Mother Earth http://www.avaaz.org/en/monsanto_vs_mother_earth_loc/?fp

SIGN & FORWARD as much as you can!!!! From Michela: I signed with all my & my family’s Emails!!!!! Target: the Gov.ts of Germany, France & the Netherlands & all contracting States of the European Patent Convention

It’s unbelievable, but Monsanto & Co. are at it again. These profit-hungry Biotech Companies have found a way to exclusively ‘own’ something that freely belongs to us all -- our food! They’re trying to patent away our everyday vegetables & fruits like cucumber, broccoli & melons, forcing growers to pay them & risk being sued if they don’t.
But we can stop them from buying up Mother Earth. Companies like Monsanto have found loopholes in European law to get away with this, so we just need to close them shut before they set a dangerous global precedent. And to do that, we need key countries like Germany, France & the Netherlands -- where opposition is already growing -- to call for a vote to stop Monsanto’s plans. The Avaaz community has shifted Gov.ts before, & we can do it again. Many farmers & politicians are already against this -- we just need to bring in people power to pressure these countries to keep Monsanto’s hands off our food. Sign now & share with everyone to help build the biggest food defense call ever!!

Source: SJ J.

1 year ago

39) New!! Pet.: Monsanto Company: Tell The Truth About Pesticide-Resistant "Superworms"! http://act.watchdog.net/petitions/1353?n=21939237.pqy7hI

An agricultural giant called the Monsanto Company has risen to the top of the corporate food chains thanks to their genetically modified corn & soybean sees, seeds bred to withstand & even produce their own herbicides & pesticides.

But in the decades since they’ve appeared on the scene, 2 more things have sprung up: a new crop of “superweeds” that have evolved to resist our chemicals, & root worms that have become insecticide-resistant “superworms” both of which are set to swarm the Midwest in the coming year.

Rather than come clean, Monsanto has been covering their tracks, working to market their corn as fresh produce & spending millions to kill California’s Prop 37 requirement to label their corn & soybeans as genetically modified products.

The FDA still doesn’t require safety studies for Monsanto’s new strains, they’re designing food to produce dangerous chemicals, & these same chemicals have been breeding superworms that will devastate the landscape in the decades to come.

Don’t stay silent. Please, join us in calling on Monsanto to stop fighting Prop 37 in California, & spread this information on the danger of genetically engineered crops to as many friends as you can. It’s time we knew what’s in the food we’re eating & the crops these companies are growing. Stop the superworm swarm: Join us in calling for greater transparency at the Monsanto Company!

Bettina G. http://www.care2.com/news/member/259318058/3562995

 

1 year ago

Thank you so much Michela!!! Signed all I can.

THIS PETITION ARE NOW CLOSED:

Michelle Obama: Tell Barack to honor his campaign promise to label GMOs

Resist Monsanto: Reassert Your Faith in Non-GMO Seeds &Properly Labeled Unnatural Foods

Ban Dangerous GM Corn in the European Union!

Boycott the 9 Organic and 'Natural' Traitor Brands Who Oppose Truth: Stop Trying To Block Prop 37

The White House: STOP Monsanto from taking charge of the food supply in Africa

1 year ago

News: What is the 'Monsanto Protection Act'? http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/politics/blogs/what-is-the-monsanto-protection-act

Anonymously added to a recent budget bill, the controversial rider would protect U.S. biotech companies from litigation if their GMO seeds turn out to be dangerous.

Anger over the "Monsanto Protection Act" is growing like an herbicide-resistant weed, fueled by news the rider was anonymously added to a U.S. budget bill in an apparent favor to biotech firms. The measure has made unlikely allies of Tea Party and environmental groups, inspired more than 250,000 people to sign a petition opposing it, and even prompted the head of the Senate Appropriations Committee to retroactively disavow it.

But what exactly is the Monsanto Protection Act? And why is it causing such an uproar?

Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3561484

 

1 year ago

40) New!! Pet.: GMOs Do Not Belong in Children's Food http://thehungersite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ths/petition/ChildrenGMOs

Tell the FDA to investigate into the harmful effects of genetically modified ingredients in our children's food!!

Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3566088

 

1 year ago

41) New!! Pet.: Tell the FDA No Way! NO to GMO Salmon http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_gmo_salmon_now/?akid=836.110197.br4MEg&rd=1&t=2

Right now President Obama & the Food and Drug Administration are preparing to approve Genetically Engineered salmon on the market. We have less than 24 hours to tell the Obama administration that you oppose the approval of the world's first genetically engineered, transgenic, animal.

Unfortunately, the company behind GMO salmon, AquaBounty Technologies, is already celebrating its pending approval.

Kit B.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3570358

 

1 year ago

Noted and signed, tx. Back from Sweden, eh, Michela? Good trip? Welcome back. Now I need to cruise all of these topics to be sure I'm up to date.

1 year ago

42) New!! Pet.: Tell FDA Not to Approve Genetically Engineered Salmon http://forcechange.com/48766/tell-fda-not-to-approve-genetically-engineered-salmon/

The United States Food and Drug Administration is about to approve the sale of genetically engineered salmon. This strange new salmon creation, dubbed "Frankenfish," must not be allowed to enter our food supply.

Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3568674

 

1 year ago

43) New!! Pet.: Genetically Engineered Food Needs to Be Labeled! Tell Congress to Pass the Right-to-Know Act http://www.takepart.com/actions/know-what-youre-feeding-your-family-tell-congress-ge-food-needs-be-labeled

It’s a Worldwide Petition!!! - Every American has a right to know what's in their food. Sign on to tell Congress to pass the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act.

Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3573859

 

1 year ago
44) New!! Pet.: Ban Monsanto’s Seed Patents in Europe http://forcechange.com/63848/ban-monsantos-seed-patents-in-europe/

Target: President of the European Patent Council - Goal: End Monsanto’s seed patents in Europe to protect farmers’ livelihoods, as well as people’s health

Monsanto is a publicly traded multinational corporation that manufactures genetically modified food. In the past, it manufactured the deadly insecticide DDT & the chemical warfare defoliant Agent Orange, which is estimated to have killed or maimed over 1 million people. At present, Monsanto owns over 90% of patents on genetically engineered seeds, which means it more or less controls the mainstream food supply. The vast majority of crops are genetically modified. In the USA, this includes 88% of corn & 93% of soybeans. The process of genetic modification usually involves adding genetic material to a plant’s genome. This process is meant to make the crops more resistant to disease, but the genetic material that prevents disease can also include RNA that causes other diseases. A Chinese study found that people who ate genetically modified rice had RNA in their bodies that binds to human liver cells & absorbs cholesterol from the blood. RNA is also known to lead to cancer, Alzheimer’s, & diabetes

Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3566684

 

1 year ago

News: Monsanto, the court and the seeds of dissent http://articles.latimes.com/2013/feb/19/opinion/la-oe-kimbrell-monsanto-supreme-court-seed-20130219

Should Monsanto, or any Corporation, have rights to a self-replicating natural product?

Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3567150

 

1 year ago

45) New!! Pet.: Hawaii, say NO to GMO http://www.signon.org/sign/hawaii-say-no-to-gmo?source=homepage

We MUST keep GMO out of the Hawaiian Islands. We have no where to 'go' when GMO crops infect our local food supply.

Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3567154

 

1 year ago

46) New!! Pet.: Bring Down Monsanto... http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/bring-down-monsanto-monopoly/

Target: The U.S. President, Senate, & House -
70% percent or more of our food contains genetically engineered food brought by the bio-tech giant: Monsanto. GMO is endangering people's health & our environment at an alarming rate.
Cross-contamination is irreversible & good, organic crops are being jeopardized. These seeds are incredibly expensive compared to the traditional ones & have been genetically modified to produce their own pesticide, to survive the spraying of the: "Roundup", a potent herbicide & to self terminate. This has lead our farmers to buy new GMO seeds each year & depend on Monsanto. As a result of this ruthless drive to use India as a testing ground for genetically modified crops, 125,000 farmers took their own lives. These people were driven to debt, to economic distress, homeless & landless. GMO has & is failing catastrophically.This company is persecuting, bullying & bringing farms to bankruptcy.
GMO was never adequately tested for safety, actually more & more research shows its dangers to the human/animal health, polluting our crops & our water.
Monsanto did use false advertising; Monsanto poisons the third world & privatizes water.

Source: Tamara H.

1 year ago

47) New!! Pet.: GMO Labelling http://elizabethmaymp.ca/get-involved/gmo-labelling/
A growing body of evidence is pointing to harmful effects of eating Gemetically Modified Foods.  With full scope of the hazards & risks of Genetically Modified Organisms are still unknown, coupled with an overburdened healthcare system, it’s important that consumers make informed choices in what they eat.
Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3576846

11 months ago

Action: March Against Monsanto: May 25, Everywhere http://occupy-monsanto.com/tag/march/ Activists around the world will unite to March Against Monsanto!! Chances are Monsanto contaminated the food you ate today with chemicals & unlabelled GMOs, Monsanto controls much of the world's food supply at the expense of food democracy worldwide. Why we March Against Monsanto: Voting with your $ by buying organic & boycotting Monsanto-owned cos. that use GMOs; Labelling of GMOs so that consumers can make informed decisions easier; Repealing relevant provisions of the US’s “Monsanto Protection Act”; Calling for further scientific research on the health effects of GMOs; Holding Monsanto executives&Monsanto-supporting politicians accountable through direct communication, grassroots journalism, social media; Continuing to inform the public about Monsanto’s secrets; Taking to the streets to show the world & Monsanto that we won’t take these injustices quietly.
Jeanne S.:
http://www.care2.com/news/member/984224062/3575688?cid=email_na
Video: March Against Monsanto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUzN9h0UXcQ&feature=player_embedded#!
Other Videos at the bottom: http://occupy-monsanto.com/tag/march/

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7 months ago

News: Monsanto, pesticide Companies have now spent more than $19 million to kill Prop. 37 http://www.naturalnews.com/037273_Proposition_37_Monsanto_corporations.html

The most evil corporation in the world, Monsanto, has forked over another $2.89 million to kill Proposition 37, the historic bill that, if passed, will require genetically-modified (GM) foods & food ingredients to be labeled at the retail level in California.
Combined with its other recent contributions of more than $4.2 million (http://www.naturalnews.com), Monsanto has now officially shelled out a total of more than $7.1 million to prevent consumers from knowing the truth about what is really contained in the foods they buy.
Along with Monsanto's latest contributions were similar contributions by the other five of the "Big Six" pesticide firms: DuPont, Bayer, Dow, BASF, & Syngenta -- which together gave more than $2.6 million to the No on 37 campaign as part of their most recent contributions. To date, the "Big Six" have collectively contributed nearly $20 million to keep Californians in the dark about GMOs.

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4 months ago
News: New farm bill gives Monsanto carte blanche - Massive public outcry necessary to stop the legislation from passing into law http://www.naturalnews.com/038779_farm_bill_Monsanto_public_outcry.html Imagine judicial review for protecting consumer rights & the environment going up in a puff of smoke & biotech corporations like Monsanto having complete immunity to plant whatever they want, whenever they want -- without testing. This is exactly what a small amendment in the proposed new farm bill guarantees.

Kevin A.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/353427779/3519330

 

11 months ago
7 months ago
News: Prop 37 Defeated: California Voters Reject Mandatory GMO-Labeling http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/07/prop-37-defeated-californ_n_2088402.html California voters rejected Prop 37, which would have required retailers & food companies to label products made with genetically modified ingredients. Companies like Monsanto &The Hershey Co. contributed to what was eventually a $44 million windfall for "No on Prop 37" while proponents were only able to raise $7.3 million.

Still, despite the lopsided campaign funding power, voting on Prop 37 was relatively close. As of this story's publish time (98.5% of precincts reporting), Prop 37 was able to gain 47% of California's vote.

Opponents of Prop 37 blitzed California with campaign ads on a variety of different reasons GMO labeling would be costly for consumers & punitive to businesses like small farms & mom-&-pop stores. The anti-Prop 37 movement also gained endorsements from prominent publications like the Los Angeles Times & the San Francisco Chronicle -- not because the newspapers were against GMO labeling, but because of the way the ballot initiative was written.

Nancy: http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3481814  

11 months ago
7 months ago
Video: Trust Us – We are GMO – Trust Us! http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/1f058dd7c3/trust-us A funny little video about the California Prop 37 that needs your support. Trust them or label food?
Kit B.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3477317  

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7 months ago
Source Jeanne S.: GMO Food

Monsanto's actions are designed to maximize its corporate profits, not to serve the people. Its entire seed-and-herbicide business model is designed to trap farmers in a system of economic dependence... to turn farmers into indentured servants who can never return to traditional farming after their soil has been destroyed with Roundup.

Death over life
Monsanto's products cause death. They compromise and violate life. Monsanto's GM corn grown a toxic chemical right inside each and every corn kernel. This corn is what is subsequently eaten by humans.


In the below link you can see the horrible facts what GMO does with rats.

http://www.naturalnews.com/037289_Monsanto_corporations_ethics.html

A shocking 70 percent of female rats died prematurely when fed GMOs. 50 percent of males died early. Almost all of them died from cancer tumors.
Read more about the link between GMOs & cancer tumors at:
http://www.naturalnews.com/037249_GMO_study_cancer_tumors_organ_damag...

11 months ago

Thank you Michelle I stand with ya ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!! Thank you for protecting, fighting, educating people like me, standing up to the poisons, lies, deceit that are destroying our planet earth and innocent animals. God bless you for ALL work your doing Michelle thank you so much!!!!!!

11 months ago

News: Concerns associated with GMs (Sydney March Against Monsanto fb page):
Environmental Risks – There has been inadequate testing of the effect that GM crops can have on the other species due to crossing of genes between kingdoms. Basically, GM crops can contaminate the ecology. If that happens the product is cannot be recalled.
Health Risks – There is still uncertainty regarding the safety of GM foods & consumers are cautious about eating them. The Australian regulatory framework (OGTR & FSANZ) does not do independent health testing instead they rely on the GM industry to provide information regarding the effects on health. This is a major conflict of interests.
Farmers Misled – The benefits fail to live up to what's promised for example GM canola has been performing below average.
Coexistence Impossible – Non-GM farmers are expected to prevent GM contaminatation, otherwise they run the risk of being sued for growing a patented crop &/or breaking contractual agreements if crops are contaminatated.
Marketing – Many export & domestic markets don't want to buy GM or GM contaminatated crops. Farmers have a right & responsibility to provide non-GM crops. Furthermore, costs to supply the non-GM market are higher than GM partly due to management & testing against contaminatation.
Legislation – No adequate Federal legislation exist to address concerns presented by farmers. The GM industry dominates plans for preparedness & coexistence. This is a clear conflicts of interest.
Patents – GM crops patented by agribusiness are unique. They undermine the independence & rights of farmers leading to a dependency on a small number of agribusiness corporations. Contaminatation of non-GM crops can result in farmers being forced to pay patent royalties.
Herbicide Resistance – Many GM crops are developed to be herbicide resistant. Weeds have developed resistance to the herbicide which has lead to an increased use of herbicide that GM proponents want to solve by using more toxic herbicides. The increase use of herbicides reduce surrounding biodiversity leading to increase in use of insecticides.
Source:
Jenny C.

11 months ago

48) New!! Pet.: Label genetically engineered foods! http://action.ewg.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=2024&tag=201305FBGEAmendFull&utm_source=201305fbgeamendfull&utm_medium=email&utm_content=image&utm_campaign=food
Every American has a right to know what's in our food - including whether it contains genetically engineered ingredients. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., introduced an amendment to the 2013 farm bill that would show support for what more than 90% of Americans want: labeling foods with genetically engineered ingredients. Tell your senators today that you want them to support this right-to-know amendment before the Senate votes on farm bill amendments.
Beverly M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/904222254/3583690

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49) New!! Pet.: Tell the EPA You Want Lower, Not Higher, Limits on Monsanto's Roundup! http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50865/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=10886
When does 1 plus 1 not equal 2? When mounting evidence says glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide, does more damage to our health & environment than we thought.  And the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) responds by approving higher, not lower, allowable limits of the pesticide residue.
Beverly M.
http://www.care2.com/news/member/904222254/3582280

Video: The Alarming Truths About GMO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS_8OJa0vUM&feature=player_embedded

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50) New!! Pet.: Take Action For A Fair Food & Farm Bill http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=10982
Notice: It’s a Worldwide Petition!!! If not US: State: set Other. The Senate has begun debate this week on amendments to the Farm Bill. Tell Congress to Repeal the "Monsanto Protection Act" & Support Pro-Farmer, Pro-Environment, & Pro-Consumer Amendments!
Beverly M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/904222254/3586348

11 months ago

Petitions signed. Those poor rats. They subject these poor little animals to this horrible lab testing, which is totally immoral and then when they see the results, they still want to grow this garbage and feed it to us. Share, share, share this info far and wide!

11 months ago

News: Millions rally around the world in March Against Monsanto http://www.naturalnews.com/040483_March_Against_Monsanto_rally_photos.html
Millions around the world rallied against Monsanto today, marching in person in nearly 300 cities & spreading the message of food freedom across websites, Facebook & Twitter.
In Austin, Texas, at least a thousand people took part in an upbeat, passionate celebration of food freedom, farm freedom & labeling or eliminating GMOs from the food supply. Although the day was rainy (which is rare for Austin), people & families showed up in huge numbers to support the message of protecting our food supply from Monsanto & the biotech industry.

11 months ago

News: Exclusive: Facebook censors pictures of children rallying against GMOs during global March Against Monsanto  http://www.naturalnews.com/040484_Facebook_censorship_children_Monsanto_rally.html
In one of the most devastating acts of destruction of its own credibility, Facebook engaged in yet more censorship of Free Speech with the suspending of an account that posted a photo of children rallying against Monsanto during today's global March Against Monsanto.

Source: Jeanne S.

Evelyn J. http://www.care2.com/news/member/610629693/3586020?cid=email_na

 

11 months ago

FaceBook Disabled my Account in May2010!!! On FB I had recruited more than 3,500 to my Animal/Environmental Causes (OrangutanOutreach, OrangutanLandTrust, Don't Palm Us Off, JaneGoodall Inst., TheCove, Rapes in Congo, etc) I had 3,500 Friends & made Donations for $635. I LOST EVERYTHING when FB Disabled my Account (Entered the Care2 Community thereafter: in June2010). FB Disabled my ACCOUNT because I was posting my Link to “my” Petition for Orangutans, Tigers, Elephants, Wildlife, Biodiversity, Rainforests, “Label PalmOil" for which I worked hard, even 10 hrs/day, since when my UK friend Ryno Nel wrote it & I signed it for 3rd. FB considered it as a SPAM declaring I violated their rules!! Isn’t it more probable that the "PalmOil"/Oil/Logging/FastFood Lobby(Corporations) defend their Money/Greed Interests?? In the same days: FB blocked also the Petition Against BP(the Gulf Disaster)!! Even if they DISABLED me: my Orangutan Petition reached Total 6,455 Signatures!!! Afterwards it was awaiting decisions by the EUParliament. If I disappear also from Care2 you know why....

Tell Sharkey & Malloy Connecticut Supports GMO Labeling!
11 months ago

Last week the Connecticut Senate passed a heroic GMO labeling bill by a vote to 35 to 1. Tragically, in response, Governor Malloy (D-CT) and Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden) intentionally forced a weak amendment on a House version of the bill that gutted any serious labeling of GMOs in the state. It's outrageous that for the second year in a row that Gov. Malloy and Speaker Sharkey have worked together to stop serious efforts to get a strong GMO labeling bill passed in Connecticut.

PLEASE SIGN!

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/gmo_labeling_in_CT_under_assault/?akid=881.859154.ZBykOe&rd=1&t=6

Japan halts imports of U.S. wheat after USDA's shock finding of genetic pollution from GMOs
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 wheat

 

It has already begun: Japan has just cancelled a large contract to purchase  U.S. wheat. "We will refrain from buying western white and feed wheat effective  today," Toru Hisadome, a Japanese farm ministry official in charge of wheat  trading, told  Reuters.
Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/040572_Japan_GE_wheat_genetic_pollution.html#ixzz2UtGNVnKL

11 months ago

News: US Tax Dollars Promote Monsanto's GMO Crops Overseas http://www.moneynews.com/Companies/tax-dollars-monsanto-crops/2013/05/14/id/504379?s=al&promo_code=137EC-1
U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill for overseas lobbying that promotes controversial biotech crops developed by U.S.-based Monsanto Co. & other seed makers.
"It really goes beyond promoting the U.S.'s biotech industry & agriculture," "It really gets down to twisting the arms of countries & working to undermine local democratic movements that may be opposed to biotech crops, & pressuring foreign governments to also reduce the oversight of biotech crops."
Lynn Price http://www.care2.com/news/member/521141541/3580917

11 months ago

News: 10 Ways to Starve a Multi-National GMO Conglomerate http://www.theorganicprepper.ca/10-ways-to-starve-a-multi-national-gmo-conglomerate-05302013 (Terms in blue: See the original Text Links)

1.   Stop shopping at grocery stores. With farmer’s markets, roadside stands in the country, vegetable gardens, privately owned butcher shops, & mail order sources for bulk purchases of organic grains, there is no reason you need to ever set foot in another chilly, fluorescent-lit, chemical warfare zone again!

2.   Eat seasonally. Seasonal eating has a host of benefits: it’s healthier, cheaper, far easier to find in-season foods locally grown.

3.   Join a CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. When you join a CSA, you are buying shares in the harvest. This is a great way to support local farmers. You pay in advance & then as the harvest comes in, it is divided among shareholders. Each CSA is different – some divvy up only produce, while others share eggs & dairy products as well.

4.   Make the farmer’s market a weekly destination. Grab the kids

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& some reusable bags & head out to your local farmer’s market. Not only can you shop for vibrant, fresh-picked fruits & veggies, but many markets also offer home-baked goods, jams & jellies, & local meats. Be sure that you are buying directly from farmers. Some vendors buy from the same markets that the grocery stores do. Talk to the vendor & learn about the origin of the offerings.

5.   Buy directly from the farm. If you live in a more rural area, shopping locally can be as easy as visiting a neighboring farm. Some set up roadside stands, others rely on the honor system, & others have small shops with their freshly harvested offerings.

6.   Visit a pick-your-own farm. A great outing for the whole family is a pick-your-own farm. Even better, the price for fresh berries or apples is often lower when you provide your own labor. A morning spent in the field picking strawberries is both educational & a fun way to bond with your children. You can find a PYO farm in your area HERE.

7.   Learn to preserve food. Many of us live in a climate doesn’t allow for fresh harvests year-round. You can acquire fresh produce in large quantities (like bushel baskets) for a far better price than a weekly supply. Canning, freezing, & dehydrating are 3 great ways to preserve that fresh picked goodness to enjoy in the middle of winter, while still avoiding the grocery store & it’s Monsanto-filled shelves.

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8.   Join a food co-0p. Localharvest.org: “Food cooperatives are worker or customer owned businesses that provide grocery items of the highest quality & best value to their members. Coops can take the shape of retail stores or buying clubs. All food coops are committed to consumer education,product quality, & member control, & usually support their local communities by selling produce grown locally by family farms.” Food co-ops can be found HERE & HERE.

9.   Support restaurants that buy locally. The locavore movement is catching on. If you choose to go out to dinner, opt for restaurants that have seasonal menus based on local harvests. You can find a list of such eateries HERE.

10.  Educate friends, family, & the local community. Extend the activism beyond your own kitchen by helping to promote the local options. Lots of people have no idea what to do with swiss chard or rutabagas. Volunteer to teach a cooking class that focuses on seasonal foods. Write up flyers to be inserted with co-op or CSA baskets with instructions on how to prepare that months’ harvest. Submit seasonal recipes to your local paper. Educate, educate, educate, on the benefits & importance of locally grown, non-GMO food.

Grass roots activism like Occupy Monsanto & the March Against Monsanto built a tidal wave of momentum against the GMO contaminating our supplies. We, everyday, ordinary people, can keep the movement going by remembering that the real votes are counted at the cash register.

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above News: 10 Ways to Starve a Multi-National GMO Conglomerate


Elderberry C.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/752401167/3588596


11 months ago

I'm torn between 'Ay yi yi' and 'Oy veh'! Seriously, this hits me as hard as whatever the heck is going on in America's Congress?!?! I guess it all comes down to money talking. It's simply SHAMEFUL! God, help us! And thanks to Michela and Jeanne and everyone in the group!

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52) New!! Pet.: Tell Sharkey & Malloy Connecticut Supports GMO Labeling! http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/gmo_labeling_in_CT_under_assault/?akid=881.859154.ZBykOe&rd=1&t=6
Last week the Connecticut Senate passed a heroic GMO labeling bill by a vote to 35 to 1. Tragically, in response, Governor Malloy (D-CT) & Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden) intentionally forced a weak amendment on a House version of the bill that gutted any serious labeling of GMOs in the state. It's outrageous that for the second year in a row that Gov. Malloy & Speaker Sharkey have worked together to stop serious efforts to get a strong GMO labeling bill passed in Connecticut. We need your help today to make sure we can win GMO labeling this year! With only a few weeks left, we need you to act today! Join us to help make GMO labeling a reality in Connecticut!
Source: Jeanne S.
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53) New!! Pet.: NDTV dump Monsanto! http://www.greenpeacex.in/petitions/ndtv-dump-monsanto-1
-NDTV in it's new TV series talks about democracy & improving peoples lives.Then why is it partnering with a corporation like Monsanto known for using unscrupulous means to propagate its trade.
-NDTV is a reputed news organisation & pioneer in Indian TV news space. It aims to provide accurate news. So why partner with a liar like Monsanto?
- Monsanto is a controversial corporation hated by people all over the world. Monsanto uses unethical practices & evil money to further its agenda. GMOs are banned in so many countries. There is a lot of resistance to it in India as well.
- Monsanto is known for its agenda to control food & farming as seen in the case of Bt cotton in India. Cotton was once used by Mahatma Gandhi in the fight for India’s independence, now 93% of our cotton is owned by American company Monsanto’s proprietary technology known as Bt cotton.
Source: Jaya S.

11 months ago

54) New!! Pet.: Stop Peddling Genetically Modified Crops Abroad http://forcechange.com/65870/stop-peddling-genetically-modified-crops-abroad/
Target: Secretary of State John Kerry; Goal: Stop promoting genetically engineered foods abroad
American taxpayer's dollars are being spent to aggressively push genetically engineered & genetically modified crops onto foreign countries, despite the objections of citizens of those countries. The State Dept. is directly involved in this practice, which means that agrochemical companies (mainly Monsanto) have our Gov.t eating out of their hand.
Frans B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/774550352/3588842

11 months ago

55) New!! Pet.: Tell @Sainsburys and @Waitrose: No Monsanto products in UK Supermarkets! https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/tell-sainsburys-and-waitrose-no-monsanto-products-in-uk-supermarkets
We are concerned that you sell Bellaverde® broccoli. This is a flagship Monsanto food product. Monsanto is the world's largest GMO company & has been voted "The Worst Company of 2011" by Natural Society.
Elderberry C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/752401167/3587211
Source: Alicia M.

11 months ago

57) New!! Pet.: Coke and Pepsi: We won’t drink your GMOs! http://action.greenamerica.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9797
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have made it clear that they would like to keep these dangers hidden from those who purchase their products. These corporations, two of the most well-known and successful food and beverage providers in the world, are doing their best to deny consumers in America the right to know what is in the food they eat. In November of 2012, the two corporations spent more than $4.1 million combined to oppose GMO labeling, with PepsiCo spending $2,485,400 and Coca-Cola spending $1,700,50.
Nancy C.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3581951

 

11 months ago

51) New!! Pet.: Tell Congress: Don't Pass a Farm Bill that Lets Monsanto Wipe Out State GMO Labeling Laws! http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/congress-dont-pass-a?source=c.url&r_by=5382364  (Worldwide Petition) Monsanto has been poisoning our food&environment for nearly 20yrs. Consumers are fighting back, by demanding labels on GMO foods. Will Monsanto try to take away our right to pass state GMO labeling laws? Monsanto already slipped a rider into the emergency Continuing Resol., giving the biotech giant immunity from federal law. There is talk of an amendment or rider to the 2013 FarmBill that could take away states' rights to pass GMO labeling laws. Monsanto hoped that by pouring $46million into defeating CA’s ballot initiative to label GMOs last year, other states would be discouraged from launching similar campaigns. But GMO labeling laws advanced in Vermont, Connecticut & Maine. WA State voters will decide the issue in Nov., at the ballot box. Rather than try to defeat one state campaign after another, is the Biotech Bully looking to Congress for another handout? In the form of a sweeping ruling that would preempt states’ rights to label GMOs? On May 15, the House Ag Committee passed the King Amendment, a measure that if survives to the final version of the farm bill, could take away states’ rights to label GMOs. The jury’s still out on whether or not the King Amendment could be interpreted that broadly. When it comes to Monsanto & its willingness to bend the law for its own purposes, the verdict is guilty. Source: Ellen J.

 

11 months ago

58) New!! Pet.: Tell the USDA: No More Field Trials of Unapproved GMO Crops! http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50865/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=11113
An Oregon farmer found an unapproved, illegal variety of wheat, genetically engineered by Monsanto to withstand the company's toxic RoundUp herbicide, growing on his property. The rogue GMO wheat was discovered a full 8 years after Monsanto’s last known field trials in the state. It’s proof that GMO crops, legal or otherwise, have the potential to contaminate conventional non-GMO & organic crops. How many other unknown instances of contamination have occurred but have not yet been discovered? with Monsanto conducting hundreds of field trials of GMO crops in the US? D
emand an immediate moratorium on all field trials of genetically engineered crops, incl. wheat. The variety of illegal wheat discovered in Oregon was field-tested in 16 States, from 1998to2005. Monsanto is still doing field tests of GMO wheat today, in N.Dakota & Hawaii, though the Co. has tried to portray its wheat program as closed out 9yrs ago. Once Monsanto's wheat is under control, USDA should turn his attention to the hundreds of other GMO field trials, any one of which could create the next contamination crisis. USDA's biotechnology database: hundreds of GMO field trials in every region of the country. USDA is testing GMO grapefruits&oranges in FL. Cornell Univ. in CA is testing GMO grapes. Monsanto is testing dicamba-tolerant GMO soybeans in AL, AR, AZ, CO, DE, GA, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NY, OH, PuertoRico, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA & WI. Why would Monsanto need to test a single variety of GE soybeans in 30 states? Before it’s been approved for human consumption? Could the biotech giant be trying to contaminate the food supply with unapproved GMOs? Intentional contamination occurred in Paraguay, before GMOs were approved. Paraguay's Dep Agriculture Ministry, admits: "It’s possible that [Monsanto], promoted its varieties & its seeds" before they were approved. "We had to authorize GMO seeds because they had already entered our country in an unorthodox way."


11 months ago

I don't understand what happened in this Topic!!! Everything before 3 weeks ago has abruptly DISAPPEARED!!!!!!! ????!!!!!

11 months ago

Hi Michela,

We are looking into a database issue.  Hang in there and sorry for the troubles. 

By the way, an awesome, truly awesome group going here!!  Thanks everyone!!!

11 months ago

I've been off the computer for a week due to something akin to carpal tunnel, and I was so sorry to hear of the 'disappearance'!!!! Waiting, with all of you, to see what happens. Don't give up, Michela. After Facebook, surely care2 can't destroy all of your hard work!! Can't type much more, but'll check the most recent petitions on the Monsanto topic.

I can say that Connecticut has stopped Monsanto and I read the Europe is now resisting any attempts at mis- or non-labelling, so there's good news out there, I'm happy to say.

11 months ago

All the CONTENTS of ALL the Topics in the Billboard previous than 2 weeks ago have DISAPPEARED (this means back to 2010): Petitions, Pictures, News, Info!!!!!!!!

This means that my work, until 4:30 - 5:00 a.m., was LOST!!

I SINCERELY HOPE that the contents will be restored!!!

This Group is the ONLY reason why I'm on Care2!!!!

9 months ago

60) New!! Pet.: Tell the EPA to Keep Glyphosate off Your Plate! http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/tell_the_epa_to_keep_glyphosate_off_your_plate/?akid=907.421592.NraAQQ&rd=1&t=2  For 20 plus years Monsanto has said that its proprietary weedkiller Roundup & its main chemical ingredient glyphosate were safe. But in the past several years a host of studies have linked Roundup & glyphosate to an alarming number of diseases threatening animal & human health, incl. obesity, infertility, cancer & Alzheimer’s. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3603690

9 months ago

61) New!! Pet.: Monsanto: Stop ignoring Roundup's dangers http://action.sumofus.org/a/monsanto-roundup-dangers/4/2/?akid=1814.1084930.ZJbNL7&rd=1&sub=fwd&t=1  Tell Monsanto: Stop ignoring the deadly effects of your top herbicide. Provide more information about the real effects of Roundup. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3596865

9 months ago

62) New!! Pet.: Tell Congress to pass the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-know Act  http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/07/29/just-almost-everyone-wants-gmo-labeling?cmpid=tpfood-eml-2013-08-03-GMOs  Americans are speaking out en masse—but will legislators & corporations listen? Jeanne S. http://www.care2.com/news/member/984224062/3621060?cid=email_na#
Rallies in May against Monsanto in cities across the globe showed what numerous polls have revealed: that Americans are concerned about genetically modified ingredients & want GMO labeling on their food.


9 months ago

News: Monsanto, Big Agribusiness to Spend Millions on GMO Propaganda http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/312-16/18763-monsanto-big-agribusiness-to-spend-millions-on-gmo-propaganda Polls show it will take a lot more than new public relations tricks to convince consumers.- Can industry front groups and slick public relations firms convince us that the products they're peddling are not only safe, but good for us? Will the millions they spend on websites & advertorials pay off? We're guessing not, given the latest New York Times pollstating that 93% of Americans want labels on foods containing GMOs.!! Kit B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3622212


8 months ago

Another problem of HONESTLY LABELLING an ingredient that
WE UNWILLINGLY & UNCONSCIOUSLY HAVE EATEN, EAT, & ARE GOING TO EAT!!!!!!!!!!
just as:

PALM OIL, labelled as "VEGETABLE OILS"(???),
&
GMO, NOT BEING LABELLED AT ALL!!!!!
WE HAVE THE FULL RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT WE ARE EATING!!!

BUT usually big CORPORATIONS DO NOT WANT US TO KNOW!!! because they KNOW that WE ARE NOT GOING TO CHOOSE, PICK from the Supermarket shelves & BUY "THAT" PRODUCT!!!! THIS IS DONE PURPOSELY = for their MONEY & GREED...

8 months ago

Video: Flush Monsanto's TPP! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRxr4tDfouc&feature=player_embedded  Once upon a time in India there was this very dangerous man named Gandhi, & he said "Truth never damages a cause that is just." Corporate citizens, however, won't allow truth to damage a cause that is just for them. Monsanto will assure it. Source Mike M.; Dandelion http://www.care2.com/news/member/901507364/3633521

Video: Obama Signs The Monsanto Protection Act - Seeds Of Death- Full Movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_XtCcMeWrw&feature=player_embedded#t=1780 Every single independent study conducted on the impact of genetically modified food shows that it damages organs, it causes infertility, it causes immune system failure, it causes holes in the GI tract, & it causes multiple organ system failure. Source Mike M.; Dandelion http://www.care2.com/news/member/901507364/3633506

8 months ago

64) New!! Pet.: Tell the FDA to label Genetically Engineered food http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5452 In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices & making informed decisions. Under current FDA regulations, we don't have that choice when it comes to Genetically Engineered (GE) ingredients in the foods we purchase & feed our families. GE foods are required to be labeled in the 15 European Union nations, Russia, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, & many other countries around the world. A poll released by ABC News found that 93% of the American public wants the federal Gov.t to require mandatory labeling of GE foods. Yet the U.S. is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling. Source Mike M.

8 months ago

65) New!! Pet.: Tell the FDA to label Genetically Engineered foods! http://action.ewg.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1948  Genetically engineered foods are appearing on supermarket shelves with increasing frequency. While the scientific debate about the benefits & risks of genetically engineered crops is vigorous & unlikely to reach a consensus anytime soon, you have a right to know what you are eating now. Stand with EWG & the Just Label It campaign today & sign our petition to the FDA demanding that genetically engineered foods are labeled! Source Mike M.

Video: Dining In The Dark
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz-Lve6xJsE

8 months ago

66) New!! Pet.: Say NO to GMO Apples http://www.change.org/petitions/say-no-to-gmo-apples  Target: USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHI and FDA Source Mike M.  

8 months ago

67) New!! Pet.: 1 Million Canadians Say No to GMOs http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/1-million-canadians-say-no-to-gmos  As a citizen concerned about the health, environmental, ethical, & socio-economic hazards of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), I feel strongly that consumers have an inalienable right to say no to GMOs. Source Mike M

8 months ago

Video: Monsanto & Santos are destroying Colombian Families http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQoClamUuO4&feature=player_embedded  Colombia native seeds have entered the privatization process in the framework of the FTA with the USA & has penalized its traditional use, putting fragile food sovereignty, culture & the Megadiversity in danger. Claudia A.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/846052047/3633809

 

8 months ago

68) New!! Pet.: Tell Gerber: no GMO apples in Baby Food http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14237  Baby Food Cos. are one of the most significant purchasers of apples & Gerber is one of the world's largest Baby Food Cos., it won't be labeled & won't have undergone independent safety testing. Jeanne S. http://www.care2.com/news/member/984224062/3638853?cid=email_na#

7 months ago

Palm Oil - Health: Blood Lipid and Cholesterol Effects
The U.S. Center for Science in the Public Interest said Palm Oil  promotes heart disease (high in saturated and low in polyunsaturated fat); Report cited Research going back to 1970; also said that The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, World Health Organization (WHO), and other Health Authorities urged reduced consumption of Palm Oil; WHO states that there is convincing evidence that palmitic acid consumption contributes to an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. A 2006 Study by the National Institute of Health and the USDA Agricultural Research Service concluded that it's not a safe substitute for partially hydrogenated fats (trans fats) in the Food Industry, as Palm Oil results in adverse changes in the blood concentrations of LDL Cholesterol and apolipoprotein B  just as trans fat does.

Palm Oil - in the Cooking Industry
A common cooking ingredient in Africa, Southeast Asia and parts of Brazil. Since Palm Oil is of a lower quality than Olive Oil, it remained rare outside West Africa. Its increasing use in the commercial Food Industry...  because: 1) Palm Oil has the LOWEST Production COST of the major Oils, and 2) Products last more time in the Supermarket shelves!! for the high oxidative stability (saturation) of the refined product when used for frying. Many processed foods contain Palm Oil but it is NOT DECLARED on Labels!!! Or Label simply says: "Vegetable Oils"!! Try to read a Chips Packet Label,  just as an example!!  This is a real offence to all of us, but particularly to VEGANS and VEGETARIANS devoting their lifestyle not to hurt animals, while, like all customers, they are unwillingly and unconsciously contributing to the SLAUGHTER of Tigers, Elephants, Rhinos, Wildlife... and GENOCIDE of Orangutans, who share 97% DNA with us!!!

7 months ago

69) New!! Pet.: Tell Congress to Repeal the Monsanto Protection Act Permanently! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/506/065/205/  Tell Congress to oppose the Monsanto Protection Act, no matter what bill it's in! Warn them that if they don't, they'll have a media & grassroots firestorm on their hands once again. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3646873    

6 months ago

70) New!! Pet.: Tell the World Food Prize Foundation not to reward Monsanto and bee-killer Syngenta’s outrageous practices http://action.sumofus.org/a/world-food-prize-monsanto-syngenta/?sub=mtl In an obscene development, a Monsanto executive is winning this year’s “Nobel Prize of agriculture”, the prestigious World Food Prize, for creating GMOs. Receiving it legitimizes the sort of rampant genetic modification Monsanto pioneered, & helps validate a ruthless business model that impoverishes farmers & monopolizes our food. If that wasn't baffling enough, the founder of Syngenta, the same biotech giant joining Bayer in suing Europe to keep selling bee-killing pesticides, will also win the prize & a share of the $250,000 prize money. We cannot allow this prize to legitimize frankenfoods & bee killers. The ceremony is in less than 2 weeks, we need to act now. Tell the World Food Prize Foundation not to reward Monsanto & bee-killer Syngenta’s outrageous practices. Winning this prize will encourage the wider use of GMO & be a huge obstacle to those fighting to investigate the long-term effects of its frankenseeds, which is exactly what Monsanto wants. In 2008, Monsanto made a $5 million pledge to the World Food Prize Foundation, part of its plan to buy the credibility it can’t legitimately earn. By handing its benefactor this award, the Foundation risks undermining the credibility of the most respected prize in agriculture. In protest, 81 Councilors of the World Future Council have penned a statement blasting the World Food Prize Foundation for betraying its purpose: “GMO seeds reinforce a model of farming that undermines sustainability of cash-poor farmers, who make up most of the world's hungry… The most dramatic impact of such dependency is in India, where 270,000 farmers, many trapped in debt for buying seeds & chemicals, committed suicide between 1995&2012.” Source: Kathleen R.; Cal M.

6 months ago

71) New!! Pet.: Commend Senator for Putting Monsanto in its Place http://forcechange.com/83407/commend-senator-for-putting-monsanto-in-its-place/#.UlPaoo3Qcns.care2 The Monsanto Protection Act gave Monsanto leeway to bypass federal court decisions that would have protected consumer health. Now that it has been crushed, the USDA will have the ability to protect the public from illegal Genetically Engineered crops. Commend Senator Barbara Mikulski for helping to protect our country’s food. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3654309 

6 months ago

73) New!! Pet.: And the award goes to…Monsanto? http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12218  This year’s World Food Prize-a prize dedicated to furthering a “nutritious & sustainable food supply”-will be awarded to top executives at Monsanto & Syngenta for creating GE crops. GE crops are about feeding the profits of biotech giants, not the world’s hungry. Sign Petition to the World Food Prize Foundation! Jeanne S. http://www.care2.com/news/member/984224062/3656463

6 months ago

News: Biotechnology or Agroecology? The Monsanto Debate from Both Sides  http://www.greenerideal.com/business/1016-monsanto-debate-from-both-sides/ October 12 marked the 2nd March Against Monsanto this year, with actions planned in 52 countries & over 400 cities. Monsanto, which owns 90% of the world’s Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s), is perhaps most famous for its production & supplying of Agent Orange to the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Agent Orange, which contained a toxic dioxin compound, killed approx. 400,000 people & caused approx. 500,000 cases of birth defects. Other notable products include DDT, banned in the U.S. in 1972, & Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH), controversial for its effects on dairy cows & humans. With a growing public awareness of GM food risks, biotechnology, mono-cultures & food (in)security, Monsanto faces a public relations crisis. Along with Walmart, BP, Apple, et al, it is a Corporation people love to hate. Discussion about: Monsanto Causes Farmer Suicides; Monsanto Uses “Terminator Technology”; Monsanto Suppresses GMO Labelling & Research; Monsanto & Bureaucrats are Co-Conspirators Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3658760 

6 months ago

News: Italy Bans Monsanto Maize http://www.greenerideal.com/politics/0725-italy-bans-monsanto-maize/ Three Italian ministries are attempting to ban Monsanto’s MON810 strain of maize, one of 2 GM crops currently grown & sold in Europe. Citing the crop’s negative impacts on local biodiversity, Italy’s agricultural ministry is leading the country’s charge against the corporate giant. The temporary ban would prevent farmers from using this strain for a period of up to 18 months.“Our agriculture is based on biodiversity, on quality, & these we must continue to aim for, without games that even from an economic point of view would not make us competitive”. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3615978

6 months ago

News: Political & Corporate elite shun GM food on their own plate http://www.naturalnews.com/037466_GM_food_global_elite_organic_gardens.html
With a sad twist of irony, Corporate & Gov.t elite dine on safe, organic food while the masses, those very people who are supposedly represented & protected by their Gov.ts, are poisoned by hidden genetically modified organisms, pesticides & dangerous contaminants. The presidential family demands organic food in their kitchen, yet behind closed doors, shake hands with the Biotech Industry. China's top brass is fed by an exclusive, gated organic garden while the rest of the population consumes GM food, steroid contaminated meat & dairy laced with melamine. Even Monsanto's own employee's command non-genetically modified food in their canteen. Access to clean, organic & healthy food is not a given right anymore -- it has become a political battleground with the average citizen suffering the loss.

Elderberry C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/752401167/3594007

6 months ago

News: 50 Countries Label Genetically Engineered Foods – When Will Americans have the Right to Know & Choose? http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/27/genetically-engineered-foods-labeling.aspx

Nov. 6 Ballot Label GMOs vote Yes!!!! If you live in Calidornia, & spread the word!!!

 
Watch Video!! Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) - Myths & Truths
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_ztZGbLEJ0&feature=player_embedded
Watch out for the Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) myths & truths which provide educational materials concerning GM foods & health risks. The information is based on the new report "GMO Myths & Truths" by EarthOpenSource.org. More info: http://earthopensource.org/?forwardOutdatedBrowser=1 http://earthopensource.org/index.php/executive-summary 

6 months ago

News: Monsanto’s deception game on GMO in Europe http://rt.com/op-edge/monsanto-deception-game-europe-gmo-261/
On May 31 world media headlines read "Monsanto backing away from GMO crops in Europe." But before the world opens the champagne to celebrate the death of GMO, it is worthwhile to look more closely at what was officially said & what not. Elderberry C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/752401167/3592655

6 months ago

74) New!! Pet. No GMOs, Cheerios! http://action.greenamerica.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9239 While General Mills promotes the health benefits of Cheerios for their whole grain oats, it is silent about the fact that many of the other ingredients in Cheerios sold in the US are at high risk for containing GMOs. While concealing its use of GMOs in the US & Canada, General Mills offers non-GMO Cheerios to consumers in Europe. Most industrialized countries have required GMO labeling for years. In Europe, General Mills manufactures Cheerios without GMOs, or if it sells Cheerios in Europe that are manufactured in North America, the product is labeled as “likely containing GMOs.” Adding insult to injury, General Mills spent $1.1 million to oppose GMO labeling legislation in CA, thus perpetuating consumer deception. Jeanne S. http://www.care2.com/news/member/984224062/3658722

6 months ago

75) New!! Pet.: Protect Monarch Butterflies from Monsanto http://www.thepetitionsite.com/196/686/492/protect-monarch-butterflies-from-monsanto/  We ask the EPA to restict the use of the herbicide, Roundup, & consider current reseach to protect the monarch butterfly. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3659228

6 months ago

76) Actions: US only, New!!: Help the GMO Labeling Movement - Volunteer for Yes on 522 http://yeson522.com/volunteer-for-yes-on-522/ Washington State will vote soon on labeling GMOs in food. Pls help the Yes On 522 Campaign & make phone calls in the upcoming weeks. You can call from home, in any State, thru their website. Let’s make a stand against Monsanto & get our power back!!! Source: Ronda R.; Elizabeth R. http://www.care2.com/news/member/535004536/3660454

6 months ago

77) New!! Pet.: Commend Banning of Genetically Modified Corn http://forcechange.com/88351/commend-banning-of-genetically-modified-corn/  Genetically engineered corn is now banned in Mexico, thanks to Judge Jaime Eduardo Verdugo of Mexico City. Biotech Industrial Cos. will no longer be able to plant or sell their strains of corn within the country's borders, effective immediately. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3660931 

6 months ago

News: Decoding Food Labels http://www.greenlivingonline.com/article/decoding-food-labels What do food buzzwords like "organic" & "free-range" really mean? Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3661346 

5 months ago

News: The Unhealthiest Restaurant Chain in America http://www.alternet.org/food/unhealthiest-restaurant-chain-america The Cheesecake Factory's Pasta Carbonara will saddle you with a heaving, gut-busting 2,500 calories & 85 grams of saturated fat. That's the fat equivalent of four days of heavy-duty meals. Robert S. http://www.care2.com/news/member/101693842/3670900

5 months ago

78) Action: Want to Stop Monsanto? Stop Using Its Best Seller: Round Up http://www.nationofchange.org/want-stop-monsanto-stop-using-it-s-best-seller-round-1384441308 This toxic (to say the least) crap should not be used by anyone, but it is. This should stop. Round Up: Monsanto’s best selling agricultural product – ever. More than $3 billion in sales annually, on the market since the 1970s as glyphosate or N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine, & named Round Up in the last few years, but the sales of the toxic chemical have almost quadrupled since its inception. Some farmers say the overuse of this herbicide has put them ‘back 20 years’ forcing the hand-pulling of weeds & the consideration of more drastic options for weed management. This leads to higher food prices, lower crop yields, & rising costs to farmers, as well as greater pollution of land & water. Robert S. http://www.care2.com/news/member/101693842/3672594   

5 months ago

79) New!! Pet.: Corporate interests won in Washington State, but we can win in Washington, D.C.! http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12401 In what became a disappointing replay of last year’s vote on California’s GE labeling bill (Prop 37), big Food & Chemical Corporations dumped millions of $ into defeating the initiative, with a carefully coordinated smear campaign to mislead voters. These out of state Corporations poured an outrageous $22 million $ into the “No” campaign in Washington, & a shocking $45 million into the “No” campaign in California last year. Tell Obama & the FDA it’s time to label GE foods nationwide! Robert S. http://www.care2.com/news/member/101693842/3672920

5 months ago

81) New!! Pet.: Protect Consumers from Dangerous Chemical http://forcechange.com/92283/protect-consumers-from-dangerous-chemical/  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued yet another warning about a potentially dangerous chemical in many food products. The chemical is acrylamide, & it is found in foods such as potatoes, crackers, cereals, breads & several others. Cher C.http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3675014

5 months ago

82) New!! Pet.: Support Organic Farmers and Pollinators http://forcechange.com/67325/support-organic-farmers-and-pollinators/#gf_15  The House of Representatives is currently debating a variety of amendments to the new Farm Bill. Up for discussion are 2 important topics that include organic farming & pollinators, including Honey Bees. These are both important to the future of healthy, sustainable agriculture. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3675946

4 months ago

News: Why MONSANTO and TRANS-PACIFIC Partnership EQUAL GLOBAL FOOD DOMINANCE http://www.occupy.com/article/why-monsanto-and-trans-pacific-partnership-equal-global-food-dominance?utm_source=Website+%27Join+Us%27&utm_campaign=d1c257ed2b-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_77fe4a462d-d1c257ed2b-31639141 Global food control has nearly been achieved, by reducing seed diversity with GMO (genetically modified) seeds that are distributed by only a few transnational Corporations. But this agenda has been implemented at grave cost to our health; & if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) passes, control over not just our Food but our Health, our Environment & our Financial System will be in the hands of transnational Corporations: Profits Before Populations. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3679927

4 months ago

83) New!! Pet.: Stand up to Monsanto's lobbyists: Let's label GMOs now! age=UserAction&id=12521&autologin=true&s_src=413MSRFNA1_NSRSR&s_subsrc=v1c" rel="nofollow" >https://secure.sierraclub.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&ampage=UserAction&id=12521&autologin=true&s_src=413MSRFNA1_NSRSR&s_subsrc=v1c It's easy to see why Monsanto was voted the world's most evil corporation for 2013. In Nov., 20 environmental activists were brutally assaulted for protesting the biotech giant in Argentina -- & in the fall elections, the Big Ag Corp. & maker of Agent Orange broke spending records to defeat a ballot initiative in Washington State that would simply label genetically engineered food (GMOs). Let's send 75,000 letters reminding our Gov.t to listen to we the people, not them the Corporations & PR firms, & label GMOs now! Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3683214

4 months ago

84) New!! Pet.: Powerade: If Gatorade can take crazy chemical BVO out of sports drinks, so can you http://www.change.org/petitions/powerade-if-gatorade-can-take-crazy-chemical-bvo-out-of-sports-drinks-so-can-you ”A couple months ago, I found out that one of my favorite drinks, Gatorade’s Orange, contained brominated vegetable oil (BVO). According to Scientific American & other news reports, BVO is patented as a flame retardant, banned in Europe & Japan. So I started a Change.org Petition asking Gatorade to stop using it. More than 200,000 people signed my petition on Change.org & we won! But I learned that BVO is also in other drinks, like Powerade’s red fruit punch that is actually sold in my school!Source: Krish S.

4 months ago

85) New!! Pet.: Coca-Cola: Stop funding anti GMO labeling campaigns https://www.change.org/petitions/coca-cola-stop-funding-anti-gmo-labeling-campaigns Coca-Cola secretly contributed more than a million dollars to campaign against the labeling of genetically modified organisms(GMOs). The Co. owns also many brands marketed as healthier alternatives, incl. HonestTea, Powerade, Odwalla, VitaminWater, SimplyOrange. Coca-Cola’s CEO: “We have provided a tremendous amount of choice to people” but when it comes to your right to know how your food was produced, Coca-Cola joined Biotech giant Monsanto in trying to keep you in the dark! Source: Krish S.

4 months ago

86) News/Pet.: NDTV dump Monsanto! http://www.greenpeacex.in/petitions/ndtv-dump-monsanto-1 A few days after we delivered signatures to NDTV, activist Anantha Sayanan got a response that NDTV has stopped their campaign with Monsanto & the TV series “Inspiring lives” has been stalled & would not be aired. Monsanto is a controversial Corporation hated by people all over the world, uses unethical practices & evil money to further its agenda. GMOs are banned in many countries. Monsanto is known for its agenda to control food & farming as seen in the case of Bt cotton in India. Cotton was once used by Mahatma Gandhi in the fight for India’s independence, now 93% of our cotton is owned by American Corporation Monsanto’s proprietary technology known as Bt cotton. NDTV is a reputed news organisation & pioneer in Indian TV, it aims to provide accurate news. So why partner with a liar like Monsanto? Monsanto guilty as charged for crimes against nature, against the right of farmers to grow, & consumers to eat, GE-free crops & food. NDTV is misleading the nation by partnering with Monsanto. Source Krish S.

4 months ago

Throw These Cooking Oils in the Trash http://www.care2.com/greenliving/urgent-throw-these-cooking-oils-in-the-trash.html?page=1 “If they have to put the word ‘natural’ on a box to convince you, it probably isn’t.” But this doesn’t stop countless processed food manufacturers from boldly labeling their products as 100% natural in the hopes of appealing to health-minded shoppers like you. After all, products labeled as “natural” or “sustainable” account for $50 billion in sales annually, or 8% of total retail grocery sales, & the numbers are likely growing. When you see a supposedly “natural” product, like ConAgra’s Wesson brand vegetable oils claim to be, you would probably assume they contain no genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which by definition are not found in nature. But Wesson oils, specifically the Canola Oil, Vegetable Oil, Corn Oil, & Best Blend, do in fact contain GMOs, prompting a class-action lawsuit over their misleading “100% natural” label claim. Any GM Product is, by Definition, NOT Natural. Source: Ruth R.

4 months ago

87) New!! Pet.: Don't allow the commercialization of GOLDEN RICE! http://www.change.org/petitions/don-t-allow-the-commercialization-of-golden-rice It will kill the livelihood of the millions of poor farmers, contaminate our food system & the environment, & could very likely result to illnesses & unpredictable side effects on humans. Read the reasons why Golden Rice should not be allowed for commercialization. Source: Ruth R.

4 months ago

88) New!! Pet.: SEARICE and its network partners: Stop the commercialization of Golden Rice and other GMOs https://www.change.org/ph/mga-petisyon/searice-and-its-network-partners-stop-the-commercialization-of-golden-rice-and-other-gmos 2013 has been declared the National Year of Rice in the Philippines. This is in line with the Nat.l Gov.t's desire to achieve rice self-sufficiency for the country. While this may be good on the surface, we at SEARICE find it quite alarming that part of the efforts to achieve rice self-sufficiency involves the commercialization of Golden Rice, a genetically modified rice variety that is said to be vitamin A enriched. Source: Ruth R.

4 months ago

89) New!! Pet.: Federal Government of Australia: Demand ALL foods containing Genetically Modified Organisms be labelled! http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/federal-government-of-australia-demand-all-foods-containing-genetically-modified-organisms-be-labelled Californian citizens have narrowly lost the fight for the right to have all foods that are genetically altered labelled. This is in spite of dirty tricks with Monsanto & Dow spending millions every day to fight this proposed new law. These Cos. are the producers of NOW PROVEN lethal glyphosate herbicides like Ready Roundup & the RR resistant genetically altered corn, canola, cotton etc seeds that now contaminate the crops of non-genetic growers because BEES CAN FLY. We in Australia also demand the right to know what is in the food we choose to buy for our families, our pets, & our stock! Source: Ruth R.

4 months ago

90) New!! Pet.: Tell former Senator Blanche Lincoln, Please Stop Influence Peddling for Monsanto & the Rest! http://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/ex-senator-blanche-lincoln-please-stop-influence-peddling-for-monsanto-and-the-rest?akid=9571.7491361.hjkrxD&rd=1&suppress_one_click=true&t=3 Cashing in on public service by lobbying for unethical corporations is offensive to the American people. Senator Lincoln: Stop lobbying for Monsanto. Source:Sylvie C.

4 months ago

91) New!! Pet.: Become One of the Millions Against Monsanto! http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50865/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8967 Sign Organic Consumers Association's Truth-in-Labeling Petition: As a citizen concerned about the health, environmental, ethical, & socio-economic hazards of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) & industrial-scale factory farms or CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations), I feel strongly that consumers have an inalienable right to know whether the food we are purchasing likely contains GM ingredients or comes from animals confined in CAFOs. Krish S. http://www.care2.com/news/member/632688960/3683707

4 months ago

92) URGENT!!! New!! Pet.: Before Monsanto uncorks the champagne http://www.avaaz.org/en/no_champagne_for_monsanto_loc/?slideshow Monsanto's about to celebrate their biggest coup ever, but we've got until the weekend to stop them!! The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a huge, ultra-secret deal among 12 major Countries that would give Corporations unprecedented power - allowing them to use new global tribunals to sue our Gov.ts for passing laws that protect us, but reduce their profits! This could apply to everything from labeling GMO foods to protecting internet freedom!! I signed with all my & my family mails!! Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3683321

3 months ago

News: GMO-Free Cheerios and the Impact of Social Media http://www.enn.com/business/article/46855 After 40,000 Facebook posts on General Mills Facebook page demanding GM-free Cheerios, the company announces - 'original' Cheerios contain no GM ingredients. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3695640

3 months ago

94) New!! Pet.: STOP Monsanto’s Gen-Industry (in German) https://secure.avaaz.org/de/stop_monsanto_in_argentina_global_/?bZUDhbb&v=32874  1,010,365 Signatures Source Waltraud U.

3 months ago

95) New!! Pet.: Fight Deregulation of Genetically Engineered Crops http://forcechange.com/99291/fight-deregulation-of-genetically-engineered-crops/#.Us0yUn5u-d0.care2 The USDA is trying to assure the public that 2,4-D is safe, however scientists & medical professionals know better. This herbicide was used as a key ingredient in “Agent Orange” during the Vietnam War, & it has been linked to increased risk of cancer, non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, & Parkinson’s Disease. Fight the deregulation of genetically engineered corn & soybeans because of health & environmental hazards!! Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3697308

3 months ago

Dear Michela M, Since news broke about General Mills' decision to remove GMOs from Cheerios last week, our story has gone viral. Thanks to all of your work, we've gotten over 200 media stories in major publications including: NY Times, Al Jazeera, LA Times, NPR, CNN, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Bloomberg, PBS, Voice of America, and more. Read all about it at the GMO Inside news page.
Cheerios: Next Steps
What's next? Third-party verification of Cheerios' non-GMO status, of course. While we're off investigating Cheerios' ingredients and planning our next targets, join us in thanking General Mills for taking this first step!
96) New!! Click here to share our Thank You on Facebook, and to ask GM for independent non-GMO verification.

3 months ago

97) New!! Pet.: Tell Kellogg's: No more GMOs age=UserAction&id=12597&autologin=true&s_src=414ASRFNA1_NSRSR&s_subsrc=V1L" rel="nofollow" >https://secure.sierraclub.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&ampage=UserAction&id=12597&autologin=true&s_src=414ASRFNA1_NSRSR&s_subsrc=V1L This is a big deal: Thanks to the hard work of the GMO-free movement & activists like you, Cheerios is going GMO-free in 2014! Now it's Kellogg's turn. If Monsanto's risky genetically modified foods aren't good enough for Cheerios -- or Kellogg's own Kashi brand & European markets -- why should they be in Frosted Flakes or Raisin Bran? Tell Kellogg's to ban GMOs from their products, too! They'll take note if 50,000 potential customers tell them we noticed & care about what Cheerios did.

3 months ago

98) New!! Pet.: Tell EPC Member States: Don't Let Monsanto Buy Up Mother Earth! http://act.watchdog.net/petitions/2739?ls=Rw6d3XampiI Monsanto isn't satisfied with just selling us herbicides & pesticides for coating our crops. Now they're using a European legal loophole to patent away varieties of cucumber, broccoli, melons & conventional ways of breeding fruits & veggies abroad -- forcing growers to pay them for the very seeds they're planting! Don't let Monsanto keep buying up Mother Earth. If we can reach out to countries like Germany, France & the Netherlands where opposition to Monsanto is growing, we can force a vote among the state of the European Patent Convention to stop the biotech giant in its tracks. We have a chance to stop Monsanto from setting a dangerous precedent & help fix the European patent laws for good. Will you join us? We urge you to call on the EPO Administrative Council to close the loopholes that allow Corporations like Monsanto to patent plants & conventional breeding methods today. Source: Artur B

3 months ago

News: Confirmed: DNA From Genetically Modified Crops Can Be Transferred Into Humans Who Eat Them In a new study, researchers emphasize that there is sufficient evidence that meal-derived DNA fragments carry complete genes that can enter into the human circulation system through an unknown mechanism. It’s also pretty clear that DNA from food can & does end up in animal tissues & the milk products that people eat. Victoria O. http://www.care2.com/news/member/271353204/3698637

3 months ago

News: Monsanto, the TPP, and Global Food Dominance A ban on GMO & glyphosate use might go far toward improving the health of Americans. Interesting article incl. info. on glyphosate-based herbicides (plant-killing chemicals) & the major negative impact on human health, other Species & the Environment from this poison. Victoria O. http://www.care2.com/news/member/271353204/3690047
3 months ago

News: Growing Scientific Consensus on GMO Safety Fears Scientists, physicians and legal experts around the world have signed the new group statement, "No scientific consensus on GMO safety", which is a "thorough, thoughtful & professional statement". The article contains quotes about their safety concerns. Victoria O. http://www.care2.com/news/member/271353204/3689706

3 months ago

News: Why I'm Still Skeptical of GMOs Use of 2,4-D--the less toxic half of the infamous Vietnam-era defoliant Agent Orange--had been dwindling for years, but the rise of Roundup-resistant superweeds has revived it. Nancy C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3697350

3 months ago

99) New!! Pet.: Stop Monsanto's Secret Plan to Kill GMO Labeling http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_Monsantos_secret_plan_to_kill_GMO_labeling/?akid=1124.302707.PieQLG&rd=1&t=3 This is a blatant power grab to deny Americans their basic right to mandatory GMO labeling & protect flawed GMO products - & we can't allow them to get away with it. We need your help today. Every voice counts! Nancy C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3698329

3 months ago

Terrible News: USDA Moves to Approve "Agent Orange" GMO Seeds http://truth-out.org/news/item/21069-usda-moves-to-approve-agent-orange-gmo-seeds Food safety activists & environmental activists call the GMO seeds "Agent Orange crops" because 2,4-D was a component of the notorious herbicide used by American forces during the Vietnam War that caused serious illnesses among veterans & the Vietnamese population. 2,4-D has continued to be used in the USA & across the world. Pesticide critics point to studies that have linked 2,4-D to health problems such as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a type of cancer. “Any increase in the use of 2,4-D with Enlist corn & soybeans will hit rural communities especially hard, as numerous medical studies have linked 2,4-D & related herbicides to increased rates of cancer & Parkinson’s disease as well as low sperm counts in farmers & to birth anomalies in their children”. Denmark, Sweden, Norway & parts of Canada have banned 2,4-D in light of such research, but the EPA considers the chemical to be relatively safe. In 2012, the EPA denied a petition from environmental groups to cancel the chemical's legal registration. Kit B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3697458
Jody Herr, who believes his tomato field has been poisoned by 2,4-D, the powerful herbicide that was an ingredient in Agent Orange, the Vietnam War defoliant, in a field that he farms in Lowell, IN

3 months ago

News: No GMO: UK to Conduct Absolutely No GMO Trials in 2014 Though GM wheat & potatoes have been trialed in the UK in recent years, 2014 will mark the 1st year that no GMO trials will occur in places like Norfolk & Cambridgeshire. Jelena R. http://www.care2.com/news/member/248178102/3700443

3 months ago

Good News: Tasmania Extends Ban on GM Crops Indefinitely In a victory for the GMO Free movement in Australia the Tasmanian Gov.t announced Thursday that it has extended the state's ban on genetically modified crops and animals indefinitely. Rose http://www.care2.com/news/member/616982338/3700968

3 months ago

100) New!! Pet.: Tell the USDA to Stop Dow Chemical’s "Agent Orange" Crops http://takeaction.takepart.com/actions/tell-the-usda-to-stop-dow-chemical-s-agent-orange-crops Dow Chemical, the Co. that brought us Dursban, Napalm, & Agent Orange, is now in the Food Business. They are pushing for an unprecedented Gov.t approval of genetically engineered (GE) corn & soybeans designed to survive repeated dousing with a chemical called 2,4-D. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3702191; Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3702773

3 months ago

101) New!! Pet.: Reject Agent Orange-Resistant GMO Crops http://therainforestsite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/trs/petition/EarthJustice-GMOCrops Do you want to eat crops that have been doused with a component of Agent Orange? 2,4-D is a toxic herbicide associated with serious health risks. These GMO crops will also, like their predecessors, lead to much greater use of even more dangerous chemicals, the development of more herbicide-resistant weeds, destruction & genetic contamination of neighboring crops, & severe economic impacts on other farmers. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3702792

3 months ago

102) New!! Pet.: Croatian Government: stop Monsanto in Croatia https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/croatian_government_stop_monsanto_in_croatia Health Issue!!Source: Ana Marija R.

3 months ago

New Study Renews Roundup 'Weedkiller' Toxicity Concern A new study raises concern that the world's most popular herbicide glyphosate 'Roundup' used primarily in the production of GM food, represents a serious human health threat with toxicity causing the cell death of 2 different proteins. An important biosafety issue when it comes to the widespread use of glyphosate-based agrichemicals in our food & environment, namely, an ingredient like glyphosate may not reveal its inherent toxicity in isolation, & that toxicological risk assessments performed on these chemicals do not take into account the reality of synergistic toxicity, i.e. the total adverse effects often far exceed the sum of the individual components being evaluated. Victoria O. http://www.care2.com/news/member/271353204/3703949

3 months ago

103) New!! Pet.: Urgent Vote to Support GMO labeling in NH! http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/urgent_support_gmo_labeling_in_NH_2014_now/
Red Alert http://fooddemocracynow.org/blog/2014/jan/20/red_alert_to_kill_GMO_labeling_in_NH_update/
Right now Monsanto & big Food Lobbyists are trying to stop labeling of GM foods. Victoria O. http://www.care2.com/news/member/271353204/3703910

3 months ago

93) URGENT!!! Pet.: NEW DEADLINE JANUARY 30: Tell the USDA You Don’t Want a GMO Apple! http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50865/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12512 Unless the USDA heeds consumers, environmentalists & apple growers who are speaking out against deregulation of the Arctic Apple, the first GMO apple could soon turn up in fast-food restaurants, school cafeterias—even baby food. With no labels to warn consumers!!!. The Arctic Apple poses a risk to human health, a risk to the environment & a risk to conventional & non-organic apple growers. Pls Tell the USDA to reject biotech’s non-browning Frankenapple! Source: Sylvie C.

3 months ago

104) New!! Pet.: Stop Biotech's new GMO Apple http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_the_kiss_of_death_GMO_apple/?akid=1151.959581.SI1SLD&rd=1&t=2 Tragically, a Canadian firm has created a new GMO apple, using a new “gene silencing” technique that could interfere with the expression of genes in humans, even silencing vital human genes, potentially causing serious health problems. Right now, the Obama Admin. is considering the approval of the world’s 1st genetically engineered apple, known as the ArcticApple®, which has been engineered to silence the natural browning enzyme that may help apples fight disease & pests. If approved, this GMO apple will appear on shelves unlabeled & without proper regulation!! Source: Artur B.

2 months ago

105) New!! Pet.: Fighting for people over profits http://action.sumofus.org/a/tpp-lawsuits/?sub=homepage Giant Philip Morris suing Australia for billionsDollars in lost profits as the Gov.t took action to reduce teenage smoking. Pharma Giant Eli Lilly suing Canada for $500Million, as Canada has laws to keep essential drugs affordable. Cases happening in secret Int.l courts where only Corporations access. Details leaking of 2 global trade pacts (TPP&TTIP) to expand the power of Corp.s to sue our Gov.ts. Fom US to Australia & from EU to Canada negotiating & some could be just days from signing up. Thousands of Corp. lobbyists writing these secret pacts: the public isn't allowed to see them. Gov.ts know that the public won't like these Corporate power grabs, they're hoping to keep them under the radar until it's too late to stop them. Let’s raise our voices. Our Gov.ts are meeting to lock a deal. Demand they reject any secret treaties that increase the power of Corporations in our democracies. Source: Artur B

2 months ago

Monsanto’s BT-Toxins Found to Kill Human Embryo Cells Bt- toxins found in GMOs are starting to kill unborn children. Bt-toxins are showing up in pregnant women, & are killing human embryo cells. GMOs & toxins must be scrapped. Important article. Reproductive toxicology: new research from Canada. Victoria O. http://www.care2.com/news/member/271353204/3706961

2 months ago

106) New!! Pet.: Congress: don't betray Democracy. No "Fast Track" for the TPP! http://cms.fightforthefuture.org/stopfasttrack-email/ Congress is pushing legislation right now that would "Fast Track" the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- a secretive agreement negotiated behind closed doors by Gov.t bureaucrats & more than 600 Corporate Lobbyists. It threatens everything you care about: Democracy, Jobs, the Environment, & the Internet.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - What It Really Means The TPP & consequences of the biggest - yet secret - trade deal the world has ever known. The Environment, other Species & We WILL suffer unless we say no to a fast track while there is still time. Victoria O. http://www.care2.com/news/member/271353204/3707016

2 months ago

107) New!! Pet.: Tell Monsanto: It's Time to Label GMOs! http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/tell_Monsanto_shareholders_2_Label_GMOs/?akid=1137.959581.PjhMG0&rd=1&t=4 Help us stand up to Monsanto & demand that they support GMO labeling. We can't let them get away with denying this basic right any longer! The movement to label GMOs has already spread to more than 27 States this year, help us spread the word! Share this message with your family & friends on social media, wherever you can! Every voice counts! Source: Artur B.; Nancy C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3708703

2 months ago

108) New!! Pet.: Fructose: The healthier choice? http://action.sumofus.org/a/eu-fructose/?akid=2610.1581387.mGVgI5&rd=1&sub=fwd&t=2 Would you call a can of Coke a ‘healthier’ option? Well Cos. like Coke will be able to claim their products are 'healthier' thanks to a new EU regulation on using fructose. There’s only one small problem -- high levels of fructose is a leading cause of obesity around the world. Source: Waltraud U.