Category Archives: Genetically Engineered Food

GMO bans expand in Russia/Putin halts all production and imports

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Russia has adopted a new law that prohibits all GMO crop cultivation and GMO animal breeding in the Russian Federation. Putin and Tkachev believe that the new law will aid Russia in becoming the world’s largest supplier of healthy, environmentally friendly and high-quality clean food – especially since the global demand for organic products is rising quickly.

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New England Journal of Medicine: GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health

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Excerpt: 

The vast majority of the corn and soybeans grown in the United States are now genetically engineered. Foods produced from GM crops have become ubiquitous. And unlike regulatory bodies in 64 other countries, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require labeling of GM foods.

Two recent developments are dramatically changing the GMO landscape. First, there have been sharp increases in the amounts and numbers of chemical herbicides applied to GM crops, and still further increases — the largest in a generation — are scheduled to occur in the next few years. Second, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified glyphosate, the herbicide most widely used on GM crops, as a “probable human carcinogen”1 and classified a second herbicide, 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), as a “possible human carcinogen.”2

TOXIC AGRICULTURE: WE STILL USE “ATRAZINE”, hormonal disruptor

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May 6, 2016

Biologist, Tyrone Hayes is a soft-spoken professor at the University of California with a big message. One of the most commonly used pesticides in agriculture, atrazine, is responsible for feminizing amphibians, according to his research. More importantly, the chemical is effectively eliminating male chromosomes at an alarming rate, ate levels which are three times lower than what are currently appearing in our drinking water. It isn’t just lead and fluoride we need to be concerned about, but a known endocrine disruptor, created by Syngenta, that is utterly changing our gene pool. READ MORE…

 

VLA comment:  Wonder why we have so many gender issues today?

Putin on Vaccines, pharmacueticals, and GMO food

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“When your children are barely human, psychologically-altered bots, their nerve cells and synapses failing to connect, and their neurodevelopmental processes dulled to the point of restricting them to sub-human level repetitive grunts and gormless stares, what are you going to do then?”

The report says that President Putin believes the next stage of human evolution is currently in “grave risk” and that Western and global powers are “intentionally decelerating the process for their personal gain.”

“We as a species have the choice to continue to develop our bodies and brains in a healthy upward trajectory, or we can follow the Western example of recent decades and intentionally poison our population with genetically altered food, pharmaceuticals, vaccinations, and fast food that should be classified as a dangerous, addictive drug.”

Describing the average government-controlled Westerner as an “intensively vaccinated borderline autistic fat man slumped in front of a screen battling a high-fructose corn syrup comedown,” the report states that such tactics used by governments to subjugate their citizens are not only “dark/evil” but “counter-productive in the medium to long term.”

“We must fight this. A physically and intellectually disabled population is not in our interests,” the report states. Read more…

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Russian President Putin Signs GMO Labeling Liability Law (Jan. 2015)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the Russian Federation Code of Administrative Offences into law, including a new article establishing liability for the violation of mandatory requirements for the labeling of food products that contain GMOs.

Confirmation

Philippines: Permanent ban on GMO crop temporary halt to GMO imports

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The Supreme Court of the Philippines has ordered a permanent ban on field trials of GMO eggplant and a temporary halt on approving applications for the “contained use, import, commercialization and propagation” of GMO crops, including the import of GMO products.

The court ruled in favor of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, as well as several Filipino activists, academics and politicians, in a major victory for Filipino farmers and activists around the world.

AN HISTORIC RULING:  The court is also the first in the world to adopt the precautionary principle—which holds that it is best to err on the side of caution in the absence of scientific consensus—regarding GMO products in its decision.

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Hawaiian coffee growers sue Monsanto over glyphosate’s dangerous side effects

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From 1995 to 2004, Christine Sheppard used Roundup on her commercial coffee farm in Hawaii. In 2003 she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and was forced to sell her farm to pay for expensive cancer treatments.

Still alive, Christine and her husband Kenneth are now going after Monsanto Co., accusing the agribusiness of falsely concealing the risks of glyphosate that ultimately led to her cancer. The civil suit states that Monsanto “knew or had reason to know that its Roundup products were defective and were inherently dangerous and unsafe when used in the manner instructed and provided by defendant.

Dr. Don Huber:
Speaking recently with Health Impact News, Dr. Don Huber talked about his experiences consulting with agricultural workers in El Salvador. “I spent some time consulting in Guatemala, and just across the border in El Salvador, we find that one out of four sugar cane workers has end stage kidney failure [because of glyphosate exposure]. These are young men. This is a death sentence for them. We see the same type of kidney disease here in the US [because of glyphosate from Roundup], but we just have more access to kidney dialysis and kidney transplants. Then you see the situation in Washington State with anencephaly (babies being born without brains) and the large number of stillbirths. Human fertility [in the United States] dropped another 25 to 30 percent in just the last 5 years.”

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Zika virus 2016 Pandemic? Genetically engineered mosquito backfires

The World Health Organization announced it will convene an Emergency Committee under International Health Regulations on Monday, February 1, concerning the Zika virus ‘explosive’ spread throughout the Americas. The virus reportedly has the potential to reach pandemic proportions.  Oxitec first unveiled its large-scale, genetically-modified mosquito farm in Brazil in July 2012, Nature finds a way — and the effort to control dengue, zika, and other viruses, appears to have backfired dramatically.

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Half of the workforce of the artisanal mining sector is comprised of children. Without viable economic alternatives, most children must join their parents in rudimentary mining pits. Children as young as two years transport, wash, and crush minerals to earn half a dollar a day.

Zika seemingly exploded out of nowhere. Though it was first discovered in 1947, cases only sporadically occurred throughout Africa and southern Asia. In 2007, the first case was reported in the Pacific. In 2013, a smattering of small outbreaks and individual cases were officially documented in Africa and the western Pacific. They also began showing up in the Americas. In May 2015, Brazil reported its first case of Zika virus — and the situation changed dramatically.

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Is the dreaded Zika virus another giant scam?

Is the dreaded Zika virus another giant scam? by Jon Rappoport January 28, 2016 (To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Power Outside The Matrix , click here .) Hysteria sells and… It’s hysteria time again.

“Okay, boys, here’s what we do.  We’ve got this old virus called Zika.  It’s been around for 60 years that we know of.  It never caused anything serious.  A real dud.  But we’ve got to explain all these babies born with small heads and brain damage.  We’ve got to protect some important people and shield them from heavy blame.  So let’s bring back Zika.  Even though very few mothers who give birth to babies with defects have the dud-virus, we can finesse that.  People are idiots.  So let’s build up Zika into a terrifying killer.  Get our PR folks moving.  Spread some money around.  You know, the usual.  And we make out on the back-end with a Zika vaccine.”  READ MORE…

BREAKING NEWS: FDA Approval -Genetically Modified Salmon Is Safe to Eat and Can Be Sold In U.S

No labeling needed on Genetically Engineered Salmon

Companies can voluntarily label the salmon as genetically modified, or GM, but they don’t have to, the Food and Drug Administration said.

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New York Times article

The AquAdvantage salmon, as it is known, is an Atlantic salmon.  It was developed by AquaBounty Technologies, which is now majority-owned by the Intrexon Corporation.The agency indicated that labeling would not be mandatory, a decision that is consistent with its position on foods made from genetically engineered crops, which is that genetic engineering in and of itself does not necessarily make a material change in the food.

The fish are supposed to be raised indoor to lessen the chances (emphasis added) that they will escape into the wild.

The approval could help other efforts to develop genetically modified animals. Scientists and biotechnology industry executives have complained that the long, unexplained delay in approving the salmon was a deterrent to the field. Several other attempts to develop genetically engineered animals for consumption, like a pig whose manure would be less polluting, have fallen by the wayside.

Now, however, there has been a surge of interest in developing new genetically altered farm animals and pets because new techniques, including one known as Crispr-Cas9, allow scientists to edit animal genomes rather than add genes from other species. That has made it far easier to create altered animals.

VLA Comment:  Years ago, I, the founder of VLA, approached the Kosher Rabbis in Chicago about Genetically Engineered food.  Questions I had…say, if a potato is genetically engineered with the gene of a chicken and sour cream was put on it…would it be Kosher?  The answer was that as long as you don’t see it with the “naked eye”…it is okay.  I said that I understand that the spirit of the law would indicate “innocence”.  But today we have microscopes and technology that allows us to know what the condition of the food is.  To no avail…the Kosher Rabbis stick to the letter of the law, not the Spirit.

Naming it Atlantic Salmon without labeling that it is GMO will have the buyers and customers confused.  They will charge a lower cost than “wild” Atlantic Salmon.  When the customer asks for Atlantic Salmon…will they get this one?  I hope they don’t call it wild Atlantic salmon because its parent is a wild salmon.

There is no such thing as “organic farm raised”.  Watch this video: