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New Genetically modified Rice now fights Allergies !!!
June 30, 2009, 11:48 am
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A team of scientists in Japan is now coming out with a new Genetically Modified form of Rice that will improve the health of humans… Given the track record so far of GM companies, I think we should be very skeptical when it comes to what they think will improve our health…

This new GM Rice is part of a new generation of transgenic crops that include vegetables and grains that will produce more nutrients but will also include medicines and even vaccines to fight allergies!!! I don’t know if it’s only me, but I want to know if I am going to be taing any kind of medicine…

When a lot of studies actually blame vaccines for the development of a lot of allergies, shouldn’t we worry that now the same medicine that a lot of people do not necessarily want to take might eventually be part of the vegetables and grains we will have no choice but to eat?

Once again, there are a lot of choices being made for us, the consumers, as to what we eat and whether or not we will soon even have a choice as to what we can choose to eat.

I find it extremely worrying that by hiding behind “making crops more resistant to pesticides” (which translated into making vegetables and grains we eat absorb those very pesticides) and now “making vegetables and grains more healthy to humans”, we might be put in an irreversible situation where one day (or is that day already here?), we might no longer have a choice to eat anything else but those new GM products or worse, will probably not know that we are eating them even if we do not want too.

It is dangerous and sad that behind the idea of wanting to improve people’s health and solve the nutrition problems of the poorest countries (very noble ideas), the exact opposite seems to be happening: a few companies are lobbying extremely hard to ensure that sometime soon, we might no longer have a choice but to eat their products. Too many things however seem to show that their only motive is to ensure the sale of their grains and of their pesticides well above the actual benefits to human health.

As many people have pointed out, we the consumer, hold one last and very powerful weapon: our ability to choose or not to choose to buy their products.

Education once again is key: make up your own mind as to whether you think GM food will truly save human kind or are products you want to end up in your plate. Act accordingly; let your friends, family, representative know if you don’t think so.

And let those companies know that you do not agree with it by hitting them where it only hurts them: by not purchasing their products. It is a lot easier than it seems.

For more information on this new GM Rice, check out this article on www.livescience.com

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Documentary on Industrial Agriculture Is “Must-see Viewing for Everyone Who Eats”
June 11, 2009, 11:06 pm
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On Friday, June 12, “Food, Inc.” the new documentary exposé of the safety hazards and corporate control of our current food system will open in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco, followed by the nationwide release on June 19th. The Center for Food Safety (CFS) provided the filmmakers with both expertise and critical information, and CFS founder and Executive Director Andrew Kimbrell urged all concerned with the food they eat to see the film.

“Food, Inc.” is must-see viewing for everyone who eats,” said the Center’s Kimbrell.  “I urge American consumers to make it a point to see this important and revealing film, which will, I hope, help to permanently change the way we all eat.”

In “Food, Inc.”, filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing unsafe and inhumane corporate practices that have been hidden from the American consumer.  The film further shows how the government’s regulatory agencies tasked with protecting our food and farmers – USDA and FDA – have instead acted complicitly with the corporations, causing the current food safety crisis.

Kimbrell and CFS have published groundbreaking books on our current unsustainable food production system, including Fatal Harvest; the Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture. “The message should be clear,” Kimbrell said, “There is not one American consumer who wants food made using industrial agricultural methods.  These practices benefit a handful of companies who profit greatly at the expense of our farmers’ way of life and the public’s health.”

As “Food, Inc.” demonstrates the corporate control of our food has given us new strain of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that cause illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually; widespread obesity, particularly among children; and an epidemic level of diabetes and heart disease among adults.  The film also describes the abusive persecutions and prosecution of farmers around the country by Monsanto as it attempts to push its genetically engineered crops.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) along with forward-thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface FarmsJoel Salatin, “Food, Inc.” reveals surprising, and often shocking, truths about the safety of what we eat, the often horrifying way it is produced, and the corporate powers that actually control our food supply.

After the film’s June 12 premiere, the documentary will open nationwide starting June 19.

See the trailer here



Monsanto & Cancer Milk: FOX NEWS KILLS STORY & FIRES Reporters.
June 8, 2009, 9:17 pm
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Pretty disturbing story about two US investigating reporters who got fired after putting together an investigation on the dangers of chemicals being found into Milk in the US and refusing to keep it quiet. Once again, the company behind it…. Monsanto.

You can watch the entire video here: