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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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Gates Foundation Invests in Monsanto Cont’d.

Here’s a revealing comment by Szophee in the thread to the Gates Foundation article:

Let’s see who’s behind this push for a new ‘Green revolution’ in Africa:
The whole project is being led by the US and UK governments (and paid for by their taxpayers), along with the rest of the G8. USAid is playing its usual role as “humanitarian” front group, “public” sector version, while Bill Gates and his “Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa” serve as its “private” counterpart. The corporate beneficiaries, who have signed “letters of intent” to join the ”investment” program (meaning they put up pennies to the taxpayer dollar, while being slated to extract 100% of the profits), include the GMO cartel led by Monsanto, Dupont, Syngenta, along with Norway’s Yara (earmarked to build a massive synthetic fertilizer factory), arch-commodifier Cargill, Unilever, Diageo, and others. Bono is reprising his role as useful idiot celebrity tinsel. An African fig leaf is provided in the form of the African Union’s Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Program (CAADP), which is the Stockholm Syndrome blueprint African governments developed in the wake of the West’s ”structural adjustment” assaults, meant to beg for “investment” on the corporations’ own terms. The New Alliance is certainly the fruition of this radical corporatization of Western investment. Six African governments – Ethiopia, Ghana, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast, Mozambique, and Tanzania – have already joined up, while the accession of four more – Benin, Malawi, Nigeria, and Senegal – is considered by the regime to be imminent. (But the US remains frustrated by the ambivalence of Kenya, which was supposed to be the crown jewel member by now.) 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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Symbio Vanilla is not Natural

synbio vanilla to replace real vanilla in natural products

In Eco Childs Play, Jennifer Lance warns of a new product, Synbio Vanilla, being labeled as “natural” that is anything but:

As a consumer, I do depend on the term “natural” to identify products I feel comfortable feeding my family. I do read labels. Even my kids read labels.  I trust in ingredients I can pronounce and have heard of before.  Vanilla, is obviously, one of those ingredients that gives me assurance over the synthetic, gluten containing vanillin.
Now, the FDA is poised to approve an “extreme” genetically engineered version of vanilla called Synbio that could be allowed in products labeled “natural”.
What is Synbio Vanilla? Continue reading

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Golden Rice: Spending Millions to Reinvent the Wheel

Beth Hoffman’s article in Forbes mirrors my sentiments exactly.  In response to a commenter, she asks:

The question is – after 30 years of research, how much has actually been spent creating a product like Golden Rice? How many billions of vitamin A supplements could have been purchased and passed out already – saving the millions who have gone blind while those in the lab funded their research.

Here’s the entire article.  I think many of you will agree wholeheartedly:

Recently the debate over genetically modified (GMO) foods has heated up again.  In just the past few weeks, articles about GMOs have appeared in Slate, the New York Times, and Grist.  And over the weekend New York Times writer Amy Harmon wrote again of the saving graces ofgenetically engineered foods, this time citing “Golden Rice” as a clear example of the life saving abilities of GMOs. 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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Chileans Protest Against the “Monsanto Law”

RT News provides video footage of protests in Chile against GMO’s and the “The Monsanto Law.”

Thousands of Chileans have rallied against a bill dubbed the “Monsanto law” that would let multinationals patent GMO seeds. Activists say it will not only compromise food sovereignty in Chile, but will also harm consumer health.
Mass protests were held in at least nine cities across the Latin American country to protest the bill that would allow for the development of genetically modified seeds. Activists carried banners emblazoned with slogans such as “Monsanto kills” and “Monsanto will patent your life.” 
Other protesters dressed up as bees and zombies to illustrate their fear that the new legislation could lead to the degradation of Chile’s biodiversity. 
 Photo from Twitter/@matiasasun
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Fishey Fleet Coast-to-Coast Tour Ends at Seattle HempFest

Yesterday, the Fishy Fleet coast-to-coast tour ended at the 22nd annual Seattle HempFest. East coast driver Shannon Spectra, wrote a song about GMOs on the 10 day trip. In this video, she sings, hoop dances and reads the Yes On 522 Dr Bronner’s label that will be available in stores nationwide next month.


Fishy Tomato: A genetically modified tomato, or transgenic tomato is a tomato that has had its genes modified, using genetic engineering. The first commercially available genetically modified food was a tomato engineered by Calgene to have a longer shelf life (the Flavr Savr). This product was a failure because no Americans wanted to buy a GMO tomato. Currently there are no genetically modified tomatoes available commercially, but scientists are developing tomatoes with new traits like increased resistance to pests or environmental stresses. In 1997 the Monsanto Company completed the purchase of Calgene. (Source: Fishy Tomato Webpage)


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Activist Farmers in Philippines Destroy Golden Rice Crops

Asingh at the Asian Pacific Post reports on a group of activist farmers in the Philippines who stormed a government research facility and destroyed an area of genetically modified rice crops the size of 10 football fields.
According to New Scientist, the farmers say that genetically modified organism (GMO) foods have not been established to be safe for consumption and that the real solution to world hunger isn’t biologically engineered plants, but a reduction in worldwide rates of poverty.
“The Golden Rice is a poison,” said Willy Marbella to New Scientist. Marbella is a farmer and deputy secretary general of a group of activists known as KMP — Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas or Peasant Movement of the Philippines. 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