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Editorial: “We Aren’t Buying Monsanto’s Aggressive PR Spin, And Neither Should You”

One minute Bill Nye the Science Guy is all for proper independent testing and labeling of GMOs, the next minute he’s visiting Monsanto headquarters and changing his mind.

One minute Neil DeGrasse Tyson is keeping his eyes focused on the Cosmos, the next he’s speaking out why we shouldn’t even worry about unlabeled GMOs (and getting something very fundamentally wrong about the basic science at the same time).

What’s going on here, anyway?

As the world becomes more and more aware of the truth about GMOs and the damage cause by agrochemicals, more and more people are speaking out on social media and in protests like MAM.

This has caused Monsanto to respond by spending several millions in PR campaigns in deliberate attempts to mislead the public about the science behind their products, and much more.

monsanto pr

Monsanto has had a strong influence in the U.S. government and in the media due in large part to millions in PR spending.

Recently, Author Wenonah Hauter of Food Tank had the following editorial published in the Christian Science Monitor, which touches on Monsanto’s “aggressive PR campaign” and how it is working to obscure the myriad objections to the company’s products and GMOs.

An excerpt:

Corporations and their hired guns love confusing people about the science behind their questionable products to help shape favorable public opinion (in the case of GMOs, asserting there is scientific consensus where none actually exists). But we aren’t buying their spin, nor should you…”

To read the full editorial and find out why Hauter feels that way exactly, check out this link. Thanks for reading and we’ll see you at MAM on May 23!

Editorial: “We Aren’t Buying Monsanto’s Aggressive PR Spin, And Neither Should You”

One minute Bill Nye the Science Guy is all for proper independent testing and labeling of GMOs, the next minute he’s visiting Monsanto headquarters and changing his mind.

One minute Neil DeGrasse Tyson is keeping his eyes focused on the Cosmos, the next he’s speaking out why we shouldn’t even worry about unlabeled GMOs (and getting something very fundamentally wrong about the basic science at the same time).

What’s going on here, anyway?

As the world becomes more and more aware of the truth about GMOs and the damage cause by agrochemicals, more and more people are speaking out on social media and in protests like MAM.

This has caused Monsanto to respond by spending several millions in PR campaigns in deliberate attempts to mislead the public about the science behind their products, and much more.

monsanto pr

Monsanto has had a strong influence in the U.S. government and in the media due in large part to millions in PR spending.

Recently, Author Wenonah Hauter of Food Tank had the following editorial published in the Christian Science Monitor, which touches on Monsanto’s “aggressive PR campaign” and how it is working to obscure the myriad objections to the company’s products and GMOs.

An excerpt:

Corporations and their hired guns love confusing people about the science behind their questionable products to help shape favorable public opinion (in the case of GMOs, asserting there is scientific consensus where none actually exists). But we aren’t buying their spin, nor should you…”

To read the full editorial and find out why Hauter feels that way exactly, check out this link. Thanks for reading and we’ll see you at MAM on May 23!

‘Altered Genes, Twisted Truth:’ Jane Goodall Promotes Attorney’s New Book on the Fallacies of GMO “Safety”

Supporters of companies producing genetically modified foods like Monsanto, DuPont and the others claim that their products have been rigorously tested and that their safety has been proven.

But millions of activists across the globe remain skeptical of these claims, in large part because of government collusion with the aforementioned chemical and GMO companies.

Accusations of systematic scientific fraud and bias in favor of approving GMOs and maintaining the status quo have yet to be answered, and now a new book is once again pointing the finger at these companies over the safety of their products.

The book titled ‘Altered Genes, Twisted Truth,’ was recently launched at a press conference in London by author Steven M. Druker, and includes a foreword from renowned researcher Dr. Jane Goodall.

The book is available on Amazon and is currently ranked #1 in three separate categories on the shopping website.

In the book, Druker, an American public interest attorney who gained notoriety for initiating a lawsuit against the FDA forcing it reveal files on genetically modified foods, reveals his shocking findings and demonstrates the dangerous pattern of corruption and selective ignorance exhibited by the organization. 

Those files showed that GMOs were only allowed to make it to market in 1992 because the FDA ignored the warnings of its own scientists, violated a federal food safety law allowing them to be marketed without having been proven safe through standard testing, and lied about the facts surrounding them according to this article from the website Farm Wars.

Contrary to the pronouncements of its proponents, the massive enterprise to reconfigure the genetic core of the world’s food supply is not based on sound science but on the systematic subversion of science – and it would collapse if subjected to an open airing of the facts,” Druker said.

Goodall had this to say about Druker’s book: “I shall urge everyone I know who cares about life on Earth, and the future of their children, and children’s children, to read it,” she said.

jane goodall gmo book

 

It will go a long way toward dispelling the confusion and delusion that has been created regarding the genetic engineering process and the foods it produces. . . . Steven Druker is a hero. He deserves at least a Nobel Prize.”

Druker issued a challenge to the Royal Society in Britain to confront and addressing the facts. culled from 15 years of research in the book, as well.

For more info, read the original article from BeyondGM here or check out the book on Amazon (it’s about 15 bucks).

‘Altered Genes, Twisted Truth:’ Jane Goodall Promotes Attorney’s New Book on the Fallacies of GMO “Safety”

Supporters of companies producing genetically modified foods like Monsanto, DuPont and the others claim that their products have been rigorously tested and that their safety has been proven.

But millions of activists across the globe remain skeptical of these claims, in large part because of government collusion with the aforementioned chemical and GMO companies.

Accusations of systematic scientific fraud and bias in favor of approving GMOs and maintaining the status quo have yet to be answered, and now a new book is once again pointing the finger at these companies over the safety of their products.

The book titled ‘Altered Genes, Twisted Truth,’ was recently launched at a press conference in London by author Steven M. Druker, and includes a foreword from renowned researcher Dr. Jane Goodall.

The book is available on Amazon and is currently ranked #1 in three separate categories on the shopping website.

In the book, Druker, an American public interest attorney who gained notoriety for initiating a lawsuit against the FDA forcing it reveal files on genetically modified foods, reveals his shocking findings and demonstrates the dangerous pattern of corruption and selective ignorance exhibited by the organization. 

Those files showed that GMOs were only allowed to make it to market in 1992 because the FDA ignored the warnings of its own scientists, violated a federal food safety law allowing them to be marketed without having been proven safe through standard testing, and lied about the facts surrounding them according to this article from the website Farm Wars.

Contrary to the pronouncements of its proponents, the massive enterprise to reconfigure the genetic core of the world’s food supply is not based on sound science but on the systematic subversion of science – and it would collapse if subjected to an open airing of the facts,” Druker said.

Goodall had this to say about Druker’s book: “I shall urge everyone I know who cares about life on Earth, and the future of their children, and children’s children, to read it,” she said.

jane goodall gmo book

 

It will go a long way toward dispelling the confusion and delusion that has been created regarding the genetic engineering process and the foods it produces. . . . Steven Druker is a hero. He deserves at least a Nobel Prize.”

Druker issued a challenge to the Royal Society in Britain to confront and addressing the facts. culled from 15 years of research in the book, as well.

For more info, read the original article from BeyondGM here or check out the book on Amazon (it’s about 15 bucks).

Do You Value Your DNA and Genetic Health? Stay Away from Monsanto Chemicals, Study Says

It’s no secret that farm chemicals are dangerous to the workers and wildlife that are exposed to them, but until recently we didn’t quite know the full extent of that damage.

Farm workers in the soybean industry are particularly at risk of being harmed by synthetic herbicides and pesticides (especially the ones manufactured by Monsanto) according to a study published in the journal ‘Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis,’ which included 127 people, most of whom were exposed to these chemicals during their work in the Brazilian soybean industry.

While the powers-that-be insist these chemicals are safe, the study casts a dark shadow on their safety especially in light of the importance of genetic health, both now and among future generations, to human health in general.

DNA damage has been recorded as a likely side effect of exposure to Monsanto farm chemicals including those in Roundup.

Damage to human DNA has been recorded as a likely effect of Monsanto chemicals including those in Roundup.

 

Monsanto Chemicals Linked to Genetic Damage

According to the study, released in 2013 but recently reported on by the news website RT, the soybean workers exposed to agricultural chemicals like glyphosate, which is included in Monsanto’s best-selling ‘Roundup’ herbicide, were recorded as having higher levels of DNA and cell damage.

Of the 127 people, 81 exposed to the chemicals were studied along with 46 who were not exposed. Those working with the chemicals showed a higher level of DNA damage as well as cellular apoptosis (programmed cell death, or suicide committed by damaged cells within the body).

“Our findings indicate the advisability of monitoring genetic toxicity in soybean farm workers exposed to pesticides,” the researchers said.

For more info, read the full text of the study here.

Nick Meyer writes for the website AltHealthWORKS.com, you can like their Facebook page by clicking here

 

Rhode Island Consumers Get Two New GMO Labeling Bills Each with Different Conditions

New GMO labeling bills have caught on across the Northeast part of the United States, and now Rhode Island is next in line to decide on a bill that would help consumers make more informed choices about the foods they buy every day.

A bill was recently introduced in the state’s legislature that would require the labeling of any foods with genetically modified ingredients.

Two nearly identical bills with different conditions for passing were just introduced by State Sen. Donna Nesselbush. The first one, Senate Bill 549, would go immediately into effect on January 1, 2017 if successful.

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The Rhode Island state House building in Providence.

 

The second bill, Senate Bill 557, requires four states outside of Rhode Island including one adjacent state with combined populations of over 20 million people to pass similar legislation.

Foods would also be subject to regulations disallowing the use of the word “natural” if they contain GMOs under the measure.

Over $100 million in spending against GMO labeling bills nationwide have so far derailed bills in several states including Oregon and California that would have required GMO labeling, a right afforded to consumers in over 60 countries.

For more information on the Rhode Island bill read the original articles here from the Boston Globe and RT.

Rhode Island Consumers Get Two New GMO Labeling Bills Each with Different Conditions

New GMO labeling bills have caught on across the Northeast part of the United States, and now Rhode Island is next in line to decide on a bill that would help consumers make more informed choices about the foods they buy every day.

A bill was recently introduced in the state’s legislature that would require the labeling of any foods with genetically modified ingredients.

Two nearly identical bills with different conditions for passing were just introduced by State Sen. Donna Nesselbush. The first one, Senate Bill 549, would go immediately into effect on January 1, 2017 if successful.

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The Rhode Island state House building in Providence.

 

The second bill, Senate Bill 557, requires four states outside of Rhode Island including one adjacent state with combined populations of over 20 million people to pass similar legislation.

Foods would also be subject to regulations disallowing the use of the word “natural” if they contain GMOs under the measure.

Over $100 million in spending against GMO labeling bills nationwide have so far derailed bills in several states including Oregon and California that would have required GMO labeling, a right afforded to consumers in over 60 countries.

For more information on the Rhode Island bill read the original articles here from the Boston Globe and RT.

National GMO Labeling Bill Reintroduced as U.S. Reps, Citizens Demand the Right to Know

A new bipartisan bill that would give Americans more information about what’s in their food was reintroduced on Thursday, Feb. 12 in both the U.S. Senate and House, as announced on the Center for Food Safety’s website.

The bill, introduced by Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, would require that food manufacturers label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.

“We cannot continue to keep Americans in the dark about the food they eat,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio.

“More than sixty other countries make it easy for consumers to choose. Why should the U.S. be any different? If food manufacturers stand by their product and the technology they use to make it, they should have no problem disclosing that information to consumers.” 

Chef Tom Colicchio also joined them to add his voice to the discussion.

“The public wants more information about the food they are buying and how it’s grown,” said Colicchio, owner of Craft Restaurants and co-founder of Food Policy Action. “I applaud Senators Boxer and Blumenthal and Representative DeFazio for their leadership and urge their colleagues to join them in standing up for the 93 percent of Americans who want to know whether their food has been genetically modified.”

In total, over 1.4 million signatures have been collected on behalf of people demanding their right to know whether their food contains GMOs, a right which is afforded to residents in over 60 countries.

“The industry promise that planting GMO crops would reduce the need for harmful weed killers has been broken,”  said Mary Ellen Kustin, EWG senior policy analyst. 

“We’ve run the first 20 years of the GMO experiment and now know that in fact GMOs require more herbicides over time. With even more toxic compounds like 2,4-D and dicamba being approved for use on GMO crops, consumers should be able to make informed decisions about what food they’re buying.” 

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As noted by the Center, Labeling opponents are pushing a bill that would pre-empt GMO labeling laws already in effect in Vermont, Maine and Connecticut, as well as pending legislation in more than 20 other states.

The legislation pushed by the opposition is known much-maligned (and misleading) “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” which has been dubbed by activists as the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act.

The DARK Act was actually introduced by a powerful pro-GMO food lobby (learn more about it here along with how you can help stop it).  

Nick Meyer writes for March Against Monsanto and the website AltHealthWORKS.com.