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Is Genetically Modified Food Bad for Health?

Md Nasir Ahmed, a Noah Project reader, has written an informative and well-researched article about GMO’s   I’ve posted it below.  You can also find it at GreenMagz.info.

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism, basically it means food made in the laboratory which refers to crop plants created for human or animal consumption using the latest molecular biology techniques to enhance desired traits such as increased resistance to herbicide or improved nutritional content. For example, Plant geneticists can isolate a gene responsible for drought tolerance & insert that gene into a different plant. The new genetically-modified plant will gain drought tolerance as well. Not only can genes be transferred from one plant to another, but genes from non-plant organisms also can be used. The best known example of this is the use of B.T., or Bacillus thuringiensis genes in corn and other crops, enabling the corn to produce its own pesticides against insects such as the European corn borer. Continue reading


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Take a minute to listen to David Bronner’s impassioned plea for GMO labeling. And then say “thanks”!

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, a fifth-generation family-owned business, believes consumers should have the right to know if their food, or other products, contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). So the Bronner Family has donated $2 million so far to YES on I-522, the campaign to pass a GMO labeling initiative in Washington State.

Please go to the Organic Consumers blog to send a “Thank you!” to the Bronner Family for supporting I-522 and your Right to Know!

 


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Top Tofu Producer to Display Non-GMO Project Verification

Nasoya announces plan to display the Non-GMO Project Verification seal on pack in PR Newswire.

Nasoya, America’s #1 brand of tofu, today announced that all of its tofu products will soon display the Non-GMO Project Verification seal on pack.  Nasoya tofu has long been produced using Non-GMO ingredients, and the brand is proud to display the independent verification to help consumers make easy choices in order to avoid genetically modified organisms. The independent verification comes in time for October’s Non-GMO Month, and consumers will start to see the Non-GMO Project Verification seal on Nasoya tofu as early as November at grocers nationwide.
“Consumers overwhelmingly want to know what’s in their food with 92% reporting they want labeling on genetically modified foods1,” said Tim Kenny, VP of Marketing at Nasoya. “We’re proud to give tofu lovers what they want: a Non-GMO Project Verified option that’s available nationally. Both our core Nasoya tofu as well as our Tofu Plus will be Non-GMO Project verified.” Continue reading


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GMO Genewashing

Reposted from Dr. Frank Lipman’s Blog:

GMO Labeling

By Andrea Donsky

 You may be familiar with the term “greenwashing” –- a term describing the deceptive practice companies use to purposely give off the impression that their products or policies are environmentally friendly, when in fact they aren’t. Greenwashing was first coined in 1986 by an environmentalist named Jay Westerveld, and became popular when the green movement took North America by storm.

Now there’s a new form of deception on the market and Naturally Savvy has a term for it: GENEWASHING. That’s right, you heard it here first!

“Genewashing” is when a company deliberately tries to trick consumers into thinking their products are GMO-free, when in fact they aren’t.

The World Health Organization defines genetically modified foods as foods not occurring naturally. When you turn a corn seed into a pesticide, it’s not difficult to see that this is not something natural.

Unlike “organic,” the term “natural” in the U.S. and Canada is not regulated. This means companies can tell you a food is all-natural, which you’ll likely assume means no GMOs or artificial ingredients, when in fact there’s nothing from preventing the products from containing artificial or genetically modified ingredients.

This is highly misleading genewashing, and savvy consumers have taken several companies to court over use of the term “natural” on foods containing GMOs. Continue reading


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Saudi Arabian Food Chain Contaminated with GM Ingredients

Yet another reason to distrust assurances from the purveyors of genetically modified food.  RT News provides information about the contamination of the Saudi Arabian food chain with GM ingredients:

The Saudi Arabian food chain has been widely contaminated with GM ingredients, according to a new study. The findings include controversial StarLink maize banned for human consumption in the US over ten years ago.
The study published in the journal Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology earlier this month found that genetically modified StarLink maize, allowed for domestic animal feed only in the US, has been contaminating Saudi Arabian products. Continue reading


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Is extremism in defense of GM food a vice?

By Nathanael Johnson: Grist
When a study came out in 2012 associating gruesomely lumpy rats with genetically modified food, critics trashed it so thoroughly that a group of researchers and advocates called foul. This went beyond legitimate scientific critique, they wrote. It was evidence that “those with a vested interest attempt to sow unreasonable doubt around inconvenient results.”More recently, a long-term GM feeding trial of pigs received a similar (though milder) treatment. Tom Laskawy here at Grist made the point that, though this study had flaws, the dismissals seemed knee-jerk — ideological rather than thoughtful.So is there an echelon of corporate Pinkertons pouncing on any scientist who dares to dissent from the GM consensus? Are researchers who raise doubts about GMOs unfairly punished? It’s hard to assess while smoke billows and rhetorical bullets fly. It’s much easier to judge with the clarity of hindsight. The historical picture is sharper and simpler, and I think it really does show that scientists who step out of line on this issue are savaged in a manner that’s out of all proportion to their errors. These errors are real, but they should be exposed in the spirit of collaboration rather than castigation. Continue reading


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Anti-GMO Movement Flourishing

Lots of news today on the anti-GMO front. NASDAQ notes that the right-to-choose movement is gaining strength and may be negatively impacting Big Food Stocks:

Companies like Monsanto — the dominant producer of most genetically modified corn, soybean, and cotton seeds — see its revenues tied to extreme weather conditions that affect crop yields, not consumer sentiment. In fact, analysts predict a rise in corn seed pricing in fiscal 2014, which will likely lead to higher Monsanto revenues. Yet when Monsanto slipped below its 200-day moving day average of $97.94 in late May, following the announcement of this fall’s “March Against Monsanto,” scheduled for October 12, 2013 in 250 cities and 36 countries, some analysts said that the drop was a result of the extreme negative sentiment. Others pointed to the fact that it was also a time when the market as a whole was weak. Either way, the stock never recovered and is currently trading at around $95.10 as of August 15. Some predict that momentum has weakened in the face of negative press, which continues to escalate. The company is also subject to a court ruling against it in Brazil where it stands accused of overcollecting royalties. Currently the decision is under appeal, but if it fails, the case could result in a $2 billion payout due for restitution.  Continue reading


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Organic Groceries Delivered to Your Door

Ever thought about trying Green PolkaDot Box, the national door-to-door discount distribution service for organic and non-GMO foods, but just weren’t ready to commit to a full membership? Now’s your chance to take Green PolkaDot Box for a spin. For a limited time, Green PolkaDot Box is offering a $10 Trial Membership. To take advantage of this limited-time offer go to the website and begin shopping. Select the items you want and add them to your shopping cart. Then click on the checkout button and fill in your zip code. When you check out you’ll be able to see the savings on your order calculated as if you were a member, so you can compare the difference with or without membership. You’ll then have the option to purchase a membership and receive the difference in cost benefits. After you receive a Green PolkaDot Box and evaluate the convenience, quality and savings on your first “trial” order, you can decide to become a member. If you do, you can apply your $10 towards the $50 annual membership fee.

Green PolkaDot Box is one of the few, if not the only, online merchants that refuses to carry any genetically modified foods and ingredients. 

 


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Agrochemical Companies and their stockholders the only ones who need genetically engineered crops

In the opinion section of Pambazuka News, Ali Masmadi Jehu Appiah, a Chairperson for Food Sovereignty Ghana, asserts, “The only people who need genetically engineered crops are the foreign seed and agrochemical companies and their stockholders.”  He provides a compelling argument for why Ghana should reject genetically engineered Bt cotton:

After several years of apparent short-term success in Burkina Faso of Bt cotton in increasing yields, and improving profits of small scale cotton farmers, authorities in Ghana have decided to go down the same road.
Ghana’s National Biosafety Committee (NBC) has just approved field tests of GE rice in the Ashanti Region, and GE cotton field tests at 6 different locations in the Northern Region. Bt is bacillus thuringiensis, a pesticide used to control bollworms in cotton, and stem borers in rice.
Why is Ghana looking only to the short-term gains of Burkina? Why not also look at the much longer-term experience of Bt cotton in India, China, the USA, and Indonesia? In all of these countries, there is evidence of huge problems arising from Bt crops after the first few years. Continue reading


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List of Common GMO Products

Many of us would like to have a list of GMO foods in order to make better informed choices at the supermarket. Rayshell Clapper at redOrbit.com compiled a list of some of the most common GMO foods to help discerning shoppers:

1. Corn Corn is perhaps the most controversial on the list of GMO foods because corn is so ubiquitous in the American diet. From corn syrup to corn starch to corn oil and just plain old corn and corn meal, Americans ingest an enormous amount of corn every year. For just that reason, there is growing concern this produce is a GMO food. According to Natural Society, “Monsanto’s GMO corn has been tied to numerous health issues, including weight gain and organ disruption.” Continue reading