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Activists Criticize Gates Foundation Links to Monsanto
August 30, 2010, 6:40 pm
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News-media reports last week on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s $27.6-million investment in the agribusiness giant Monsanto have emboldened food activists critical of the philanthropy’s technology-driven farm programs in Africa, writes The Seattle Times.

The Community Alliance for Global Justice, in Seattle, has kept close tabs on the Gates Foundation’s Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. With the news that the foundation bought 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock earlier this year, Heather Day, the alliance’s director, said her group is teaming up with bigger advocacy outfits to organize “on a national scale” against the Gates involvement with the firm.

The alliance has raised questions about whether the Seattle foundation’s Africa work will be used to create new markets for Monsanto and promote industrial agriculture and genetic engineering of crops.

A Gates foundation spokeswoman said the organization does not discuss specific investments but that it has met with representatives of the alliance and other groups to collect “a broad range of views about agriculture in the developing world.”


Boycott Kellogg’s Monsanto-Made Frankenfoods!
August 19, 2010, 8:18 pm
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If you recently joined Organic Consumers Association’s Kellogg’s boycott, you probably received this letter from Christina, their “Consumer Specialist”:

Thank you for your comments regarding the use of biotechnology ingredients. Like you, we want only the best ingredients to go into our products.

Biotech ingredients are safe and have become common in the open market. Sixty to seventy percent of packaged foods in the U.S. include biotechnology crops. Even organic ingredients can contain biotech ingredients due to cross-pollination.

We use biotech ingredients based on the backing of groups including the World Health Organization, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the American Medical Association that confirm there are no safety concerns.

You have placed trust in us to provide healthy, nutritious, and safe food. We will continue to evaluate our ingredients, suppliers and product formulas to give you the best products possible. Please be assured your concerns will be shared with our nutritionist and food developers here at Kellogg.


Christina Calleros
Consumer Specialist
Consumer Affairs, Kellogg’s

Please take a moment to write to Calleros. Tell her that genetically engineered foods are not safe! Scientists reviewing Monsanto’s own studies “have proven that genetically engineered foods are neither sufficiently healthy or proper to be commercialized.” Genetically engineered crops and foods damage animal and human health, require vast amounts of toxic and climate-destabilizing herbicides and chemical fertilizers, generate superweeds that require deadly herbicides like 2,4-D for eradication, and spread genetic pollution into adjoining crops and plant relatives. Let her know that organic consumers don’t appreciate Kellogg’s “so-what” attitude toward the genetic contamination of organic crops! The Supreme Court recently ruled that the potential of genetically engineered crops to pollute organic varieties is a reason to hold back Monsanto’s Frankencrops – not promote them!

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Trader Joe: please say it ain’t so….
August 7, 2010, 11:26 pm
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I am a big fan of Trader Joe’s. It is close to my house and supposedly one of three chains in the US GMO Free.

From the Trader Joe’s web site:

“3. Trader Joe’s Products are Sourced from Non-GMO Ingredients

Our customers can be assured that all products in Trader Joe’s private label are sourced from non-genetically modified ingredients. Our efforts began in 2001, when we determined that, given a choice, our customers would prefer to eat foods and beverages made without the use of genetically engineered ingredients. Our process has been to identify any product containing ingredients that could potentially be derived from genetically engineered crops and work with our suppliers to replace offending ingredients with acceptable alternatives.

Or so I thought.

I was preparing breakfast for my kids and was pouring my youngest one a bowl of “Joe’s O’s” and started reading the label when I was shocked to see that it was made with “Modified Corn Starch”… I will be contacting their Customer Service hot line…

Please, oh please Joe…. tell me it ain’t so….

Modified Corn Starch....

Small Victory for Opponents of hydrofracking today
August 6, 2010, 5:01 pm
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Following my post of June 29th on the movie Gasland, some temporary good news for opponents of hydrofracking:

Opponent of hydrofracking to mine natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations are thrilled that the State Senate has approved an 11 month moratorium on drilling.

Supporters were disappointed with the vote, saying the Senate let down New Yorkers.

One of the groups involved in the drive for the moratorium, Catskill Mountainkeeper, wants to keep the heat on the issue. Program Director Wes Gillingham there are a number of reasons for the delay.

“It only makes logical sense; we need to answer some of the fundamental questions about gas drilling that are still hanging out there over our heads,” he said.

Ulster County Legislator Susan Zimet, who has been in the forefront of the moratorium effort, notes that the Assembly must still pass the bill and then it must be signed into law by Governor Paterson.  She plans to continue to lobby the Assembly to explain why she believes a moratorium on drilling is needed.

“Why New York needs to take this slow and really understand it so we don’t find ourselves like people in Pennsylvania and all across the country have found themselves with water that you can put a match to when it comes out of their faucet and it basically explodes into flames,” she said.

The Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York, meanwhile, expressed “extreme disappointment” at the Senate’s passage of the bill.

“Reason, science, logic and economic opportunity has lost out to a calculated campaign of misinformation and ignorance,” said association Executive Director Brad Gill. “On the very same night the legislature passed a budget that includes $1.6 billion in new taxes, fees and assessments, the Senate turned its back on an industry that would have safely explored for natural gas and provided a large part of the solution to New York’s economic despair.”