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Vitamin Water – Not What You Think

The advertising claims it is healthy, the ingredients speak otherwise. Here are some of the facts coming from around the internet. Please click through the links and like the posts on the source blogs.

First, let me point out that this product contains NO juice. None. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s factor in that one bottle of Vitamin Water is 2.5 servings, therefore, nutrional information should be adjusted accordingly (unless you’re really only going to drink less than half of the bottle at at time). That makes one bottle of Vitamin Water contain 125 calories and 33 grams of sugar. (Remind me again why they try to call this a form of “water”?) That’s more calories and sugar than a 12 ounce serving of Coke (12 oz of coke equates 110 calories and 30 grams of sugar). Now, Coke contains high fructose corn syrup and is not fortified, but nutritionally, you’re still getting sugar and calories from both drinks.

Because vitamins are added to a beverage, does that make it healthy? Vitamins can’t undo the sugars and additives in a beverage, and you are much better off gaining these nutrients from your diet (or a multi vitamin if necessary). Of course adding vitamins to a drink doesn’t do any actual harm, but it confuses consumers into thinking that the beverage is a healthy choice.[1]The Truth About Vitamin Water, Healthy Eating, Naturally

A correction on the sugar content for Coke. A 12 ounce can contains 39 grams of sugar. 12 ounces of Vitamin Water is going to be 20 grams of sugar.


But the thing that mad me maddest about the Vitamin Water was not that it’s bad for you (most bottled drinks are) but that its advertising is so dishonest and devious. The drink isn’t “vitamins + water,” it’s a few vitamins + processed sugar + distilled water. And if ballerinas ran around drinking this stuff as if it were water, they’d have trouble fitting into their tutus.

It seems like people are buying this stuff because of the idea: a wonderful tasting drink that makes me think I’m hydrating and fueling my body! And the label tells me I’m smart and uses a really cute sans-serif font! At least Coke sells its soda on the idea that it’s fun to drink, not on false premises.[2]Vitamin Water: Just Plain Bad For You, Brood

Considered a “Toxic Drink”

The article at Living Traditionally [3]Vitamin Water: Perhaps One of the Most Toxic “Health” Drinks of the Century, Living Traditionally brings a critical eye to what the sugars and vitamins are:

Crystalline Fructose

Crystalline fructose is produced by allowing the fructose to crystallize from a fructose-enriched corn syrup. So basically, it is made from corn syrup, and not only corn syrup, but “fructose enriched” corn syrup. Crystalline Fructose contains 99.5% minimum of fructose assay, which is a greater higher percentage of fructose than what makes up high fructose corn syrup. Crystalline fructose may be contaminated with arsenic, lead, chloride and heavy metals. This type of fructose leads to increased belly fat, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome. Large amount of fructose can create a fatty liver and cirrhosis as it can not be processed completely in the liver. The fructose interferes and alters the metabolic process in our cells, which causes oxidative damage.

Synthetic Vitamins

Synthetic vitamins are useless in our bodies as they are often synthetic derivatives that aren’t readily broken down, absorbed and utilized by the body. Synthetic vitamins are super-processed. They are usually manufactured at high temperatures and contain artificial or toxic ingredients, such as dyes, preservatives, coal tars, sugars, starch, and other additives.

Organic Consumers warns people against these chemically produces vitamins as they can consist of petrochemical derivatives, nicotine and coal tars (by-products of coal). Additionally, some Vitamins such as A and E are not water soluble (that means that your body cannot flush out the excess). Thus, taking more than needed is very dangerous for your health. It leads to toxic built up and consequently to health problems. Synthetic Vitamins havebeen shown to leach nutrients like calcium and magnesium out of the bones.

Artificial Colors

Artificial food coloring is a serious problem both for children and adults. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, all of these contain potential cancer-causing chemicals and most of them can potentially cause severe allergic reactions.

Petition: Ban Toxic RoundUp on Federal Land – Save The Monarch Butterfly

America’s federal lands are some of the most pristine and beautiful parts of our country, yet the use of toxic herbicides on federal land by our own government is contributing to the steep decline in one of our nation’s most iconic species.

Monarch-MilkweedMonarch butterflies are on the brink of extinction due to the overuse of herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup that use the toxic chemical glyphosate. In just two decades of skyrocketing glyphosate use, monarch populations have plunged so low that we are in real danger of losing a true marvel of nature in our lifetimes: the annual monarch migration.

We must act now to urge the U.S. government to cease using glyphosate-containing herbicides, like Monsanto’s Roundup, that are completely destroying monarch habitat on federal land.

That’s why I started my own campaign on CREDOMobilize.com, which allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition, which is to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, says the following:

The unchecked spraying of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, has contributed to an alarming decline in the monarch butterfly population in just two decades. We urge you to ban the use of glyphosate and encourage the planting of milkweed and other native prairie plants on federal lands.

Tell the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture:
Ban glyphosate use on federal land now.
Click here to sign the petition.

Monarchs migrate every year from Canada to Mexico and back. In 1996, an estimated 1 billion monarch butterflies migrating to forests in central Mexico covered nearly 50 acres. But in 2013, they only covered the area about the size of a football field.

This dramatic decrease in monarch populations is due to the loss of their primary breeding habitat and food source: milkweed. 5cdcd28292b65af09f6465c03235d44fThese plants that are so crucial to the monarchs’ survival have been nearly eradicated on their migration path. It is estimated that as much as 165 million acres of habitat has been lost since the 1990s. Like many other plants, milkweed has been destroyed in great numbers in the Midwest due to the widespread use of glyphosate on corn and soy fields.

Recovering monarch butterflies before they vanish completely is an achievable goal, and one that future generations should expect of us. We must immediately take steps to stop this extinction by restricting the use of glyphosate and working to bring back milkweed before it’s too late.

Will you join me and add your name to my petition urging the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture to ban the use of toxic glyphosate herbicides on federal land?

Thank you for your support.
Rep. Chellie Pingree

Monsanto’s Contribution

On March 31, 2015, Monsanto announced that it would contribute $400,000 “to partner with and support the efforts of experts working to benefit monarch butterflies.”[4]Monsanto Announces Multi-Year Commitment to Help Monarch Butterflies Additionally…

Monsanto will match the initial $1.2 million pledge from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the nfwf-logoNational Fish and Wildlife Foundation Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund and provide $2.4 million additional funding to match commitments from federal agencies over the next three years. This support will be targeted to provide habitat restoration, education and outreach and milkweed seed and plant production.

The $3.6 million as matched funding it requires follow-through on pledges from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and future funding from other federal agencies — carrying through on their pledges for support. Considering how US Congress has balanced the budget in recent years, would you feel confident that these pledges now and in the future are followed through on? It will require the public to request and maintain vigilance over allocations now and in the next three years. At present $1.2 million is pledged by NFWF, there is no agency plan to pledge another $2.4 to find matching funds.

“Through its investment in the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund, Monsanto will provide resources that will enable tens of thousands of Americans to participate in efforts to preserve this amazing species for generations to come,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and chief executive officer of NFWF. “Our congressional charter directs us to build partnerships between the public and private sectors in order to increase funding available for on-the-ground conservation efforts. This partnership between Monsanto and NFWF continues our work of bringing all parties to the table to support vital wildlife conservation efforts.”[5]National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Monsanto Announce Commitment to Help Monarch Butterflies

What About Federal Lands?

usda-featureAt present there are no provisions to prevent use of glyphosate on federal lands. Signing the petition would remove the threat not only on behalf of the monarch butterfly, but to protect all wildlife and humans from encountering glyphosate on federal lands. 

FWS – Save The Monarch 

Learn more about how to personally be involved in assisting the survival of Monarch Butterflies. The US Fish & Wildlife Service has a number of resources online at the Save The Monarch page.

 

Monarch Joint Venture

 

 

 

GMOs in Breast Milk – WHO Reporting Increases

stockvault-woman-breastfeeding-baby132389The World Health Organization (WHO) has been receiving a rash of notices from breastfeeding mothers the past two years. In prior years there were 3-4 requests for testing annually.

Continue reading GMOs in Breast Milk – WHO Reporting Increases

Wishing You A Healthy #NoGMO #MothersDay

Mother’s Day 2015 is coming to a close. It started for some of us with watching a television segment of Let It Rip on WJBK Fox 2 discussing breastfeeding in public and GMO foods. The show encouraged viewers to use the Twitter hashtag #LetItRip on commentary about the topic for the show hosts to review and share.

Fox 2 News Headlines

The @MAMdetroit twitter messages for an hour after the show continued using the #LetItRip tag. We’re very interested in getting word out about the March coming up May 23. Look on Twitter for the #MarchMay23 tag to find content from around the world.

Hillary Clinton FAILING March Against Monsanto Approval

HillaryYesToGMOS-2016campaignMany have watched and learned in horror that Hillary Clinton has been in lock-step approval of Monsanto’s agenda for world dominance of food. During her time with the US State Department the company was ushered in with solutions for problems they identified. Food and Water Watch provided a white paper reviewing this practice – Biotech Ambassadors: Diplomacy or Food Marketing?

The State Department’s efforts impose the policy objectives of the largest biotech seed companies on often skeptical or resistant governments and their citizens, and exemplifies thinly veiled corporate diplomacy. Of the 926 diplomatic cables analyzed, 7 percent mention specific biotech companies and 6 percent mention Monsanto specifically. The State Department promoted the commercialization of specific seeds, acted to quash public criticism of particular companies and facilitated negotiations between foreign governments and seed companies like Monsanto over issues like patents and intellectual property. This corporate diplomacy was nearly twice as common as diplomatic efforts on food aid, which was mentioned in only 4 percent of the cables.

“It’s not surprising that Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer and Dow want to maintain and expand their control of the $15 billion global biotech seed market, but it’s appalling that the State Department is complicit in supporting their goals despite public and government opposition in several countries,” said Ronnie Cummins, executive director of Organic Consumers Association. “American taxpayer’s money should not be spent advancing the goals of a few giant biotech companies.

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Dominance of Monsanto in the Food Industry

From World Watch

Monsanto exemplifies the growing influence of GM agribusinesses and seed companies: its GM crop traits are found in more than 85 percent of global GM crop hectares, and the company controls 23 percent of the global proprietary seed market.[6]Worldwatch calculations based on Monsanto, “Biotechnology Trait Acreage: Fiscal Years 1996–2008F,” information sheet (St. Louis, MO: 25 June 2008), and on James, op. cit. note 1, p. 3; percent of seed market from ETC Group, Who Owns Nature? Corporate Power and the Final Frontier in the Commodification of Life (Ottawa, Canada: November 2008), p. 11. Monsanto has been a leading proponent of prohibiting farmers from saving seeds to plant as future crops, increasing the dependence of farmers on seed companies.[7]Center for Food Safety, Monsanto vs. U.S. Farmers: November 2007 Update (Washington, DC: 2007). The company has collected tens of millions of dollars from farmers charged with illegally saving GM seed, even in cases where accidental contamination was the likely culprit.[8]Ibid.; Bernard Simon, “Monsanto Wins Patent Case on Plant Genes,” New York Times, 22 May 2004; Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, “Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear,” Vanity Fair, May 2008.

Imagine having access to developing countries and assisting them … not with methods they understand – but by implanting our corporate influence, and our government structures upon them.

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Is the United States truly out to conquer the world and have it eating from the palm of its hand? Know the candidates and where they stand on issues that affect your health and life. Please get out and Vote each time you are invited to do so.

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Eating and Drinking The Poisons in GMO foods

If we consider why that uneasy feeling is in our gut, then look at what we’ve been eating and you’ll likely find corn and wheat are in what was recently consumed.

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this image is from Lisa of Shades at bananapoop.com

monsanto-icon-hornedEven soda pop has corn in it!  You know… corn syrup, as a sweetener. Plus there might be some other chemical sweeteners, likely produced by the largest biotechnology company in the world – Monsanto.

Herbicides and Insecticides in Food

In 1996 the USDA approved Monsanto’s first genetically engineered seed for use. Biotechnology firms had figured out they can infuse the food we eat with genetic strings that kill insects and prevent invasive weeds. So the genetic substance of the food eaten has been modified, hence we have Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), sometimes known as Genetically Engineered (GE).

From Food Integrity Now:

If you haven’t been paying attention to your food lately, biotechnology giants such as Monsanto thank you for that. Because behind your back, they’ve succeeded in replacing 93% of US corn with their patented insecticide-producing “frankencorn”.

The industry name for this is “Bt corn” and the insecticide is actually produced inside the plant, so it is impossible to wash it off. This is accomplished by inserting genes from the bacteria Bacillus Thuringiensis into the corn.

Up until now, scientists and multinational corporations such as Monsanto and DuPont have spent billions in lobbying, campaign donations and “testing” in an attempt to convince world governments that GMOs are safe. In the case of Bt corn, they stated the insecticide produced within the corn posed no danger to human health because it was broken down in the digestive system.

The effect for the insects is their stomachs explode when they ingest the plants. The entire plant is an insecticide.

How Much Genetically Engineered is Planted?

Here are some charts from the USDA tracking GE crops since the introduction in 1996.

Adoption of all biotech corn accounted for 93 percent of corn acreage in 2014.

Source: USDA
Source: USDA

Its not just corn! As you can see from this chart other US crops are affected. If you can imagine this is what is happening around the world – the entire world’s food supply is affected.

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What is Michigan Producing?

These charts were created from the data available for Michigan on Corn and Soybean crops.

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GE corn produced in Michigan
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GE Soybean produced in Michigan

What is Eating Our Bees Alive – Varroa Mites

A worker bee carries a Varroa mite, visible in this close-up view. Photo: Scott Bauer / USDA via AP

 

Varroa mite parasites are endangering host pollinators. Get to know more about “ZomBees”.

Varroa mites are external honeybee parasites that attack both the adults and the brood, with a distinct preference for drone brood. They suck the blood from both the adults and the developing brood, weakening and shortening the life span of the ones on which they feed. Emerging brood may be deformed with missing legs or wings. Untreated infestations of varroa mites that are allowed to increase will kill honeybee colonies. Losses due to these parasitic mites are often confused with causes such as winter mortality and queenlessness if the colonies are not examined for mites. — University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture

Apistan® is probably the best and simplest defence against the varroa mite. Since the 1980s it has been the benchmark treatment and is now registered for use in more than 40 countries. — Vita-Europe product page for Apistan®

The relatively low toxicity of tau-fluvalinate [active ingredient in Apistan]…to honey bees has allowed its successful use as an acaricide applied inside hives to control parasitic varroa mites. — Ask Nature, Enzymes Break Down Pesticides: Honey Bee

Currently, the only registered treatment for small hive beetle in Canada is through the use of CheckMite+®. Although this treatment may reduce the numbers of small hive beetles in a honey bee colony, it may not completely eliminate the infestation. CheckMite+® is relatively toxic to bees and humans; appropriate care is required in application — Bayer product page for CheckMite+®

Are you using the right miticide? Are your mites resistant to Apistan® or CheckMite+? Use this test BEFORE treating your bees. — USDA, Agricultural Research Service

Sadly our honeybee hosts for these killer parasites could be called “ZomBees”.

EVENT THEME ANNOUNCEMENT:

zom-bee using liquid latex and toilet paper by Cecile VossMarch Against Monsanto Detroit is considering working on a ZomBee Apocalypse theme for October events, which we would like to call a Swarm for Sweetest DayFacebook event link.


Monsanto Stepping in to “Save the Bees”

Of course biotech giant Monsanto has defined a role since it is reeling from backlash for neonicotoid pesticides weakening honeybee health. It has been busy with BioDirect and Beelogic.

BioDirect™

BioDirect technology uses molecules found in nature that we expect to develop for use in topically applied crop protection and other products. BioDirect technology may enable specific and effective products with a wide range of applications – including weed, insect and virus control. — Monsanto product page for BioDirect

Beeologics

In 2011 Monsanto, the maker of herbicides and genetically engineered seeds, bought an Israeli company called Beeologics, which had developed an RNA interference technology that can be fed to bees through sugar water. The idea is that when a nurse bee spits this sugar water into each cell of a honeycomb where a queen bee has laid an egg, the resulting larvae will consume the RNA interference treatment. With the right sequence in the interfering RNA, the treatment will be harmless to the larvae, but when a mite feeds on it, the pest will ingest its own self-destruct signal.

The RNA interference technology would not be carried from generation to generation. “It’s a transient effect; it’s not a genetically modified organism,” says Bowman.

Monsanto says it has identified a few self-destruct triggers to explore by looking at genes that are fundamental to the biology of the mite. “Something in reproduction or egg laying or even just basic housekeeping genes can be a good target provided they have enough difference from the honeybee sequence,” says Greg Heck, a researcher at Monsanto.

The beauty of RNA interference, says Bowman, is its specificity—the nucleotides in the double-stranded RNA treatment must exactly match a portion of the gene product that it targets for the silencing to work. Researchers have sequenced the whole genome of the honeybee and portions of the mite genome, so the task of finding ideal targets should not be difficult, says Heck. — Technology Review, Monsanto and others look to RNA interference to fight widespread bee-killing mites.