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Hog Wild: Factory Farms are Poisoning Iowa's Drinking Water. Hog Wild: Factory Farms are Poisoning Iowa's Drinking Water Millions of pigs are crammed into overcrowded barns all across the state, being fattened for slaughter while breeding superbugs—all to feed China's growing appetite for Spam.

Hog Wild: Factory Farms are Poisoning Iowa's Drinking Water

Before I even stepped from my truck onto the gravel outside the New Fashion Pork hog confinement facility, Emily Erickson, the company’s animal well-being and quality assurance manager, handed me a pair of stretchy white plastic footies to put over my shoes. It was a blustery day in September, the sky threatening snow—the first hint of winter, when cold, dry air stabilizes viruses and biosecurity becomes a topmost concern. All of the hogs inside the confinement near Jackson, Minnesota, just north of the Iowa state line and on the headwaters of the Des Moines River, would be sold to Hormel Foods. Hormel would soon post record profits on the strength of sales of Spam to Asian markets and the expansion of the company’s China operations. Behind Closed Doors: Who's Taking Meetings with FDA on Food Safety. Center for Food Safety Sues FDA Over Food Additives. National Organic Coalition Condemns Misguided USDA Advisory Committee's Biotechnology Report and Recommendations.

New USDA Announcement Undermines Organic Standards. Agrichemical Companies Outraise Consumers' Groups Nearly 4 to 1 in Fight to Label GMOs. GE Crop Ban Did Not Crimp Refuge Agriculture. Nearly Same Acreage Planted as Refuge Farmers Switched to Less Damaging, Non-GE Crops When a federal court ordered an end to planting of genetically engineered (GE) crops on all National Wildlife Refuges in the Southeastern U.S. last year, several refuge managers predicted that continued farming would be impossible.

GE Crop Ban Did Not Crimp Refuge Agriculture

A year later, however, farmers are planting nearly the same acreage in Southeastern refuges as the year before – all without GE crops, according to agency records assembled by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), which brought that successful lawsuit together with the Center for Food Safety (CFS). Although the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), which operates national wildlife refuges, has a “Biological Integrity” policy forbidding GE crops unless found “essential to accomplishing refuge purpose(s)”, their use is often approved.

Victory! CFS and Allies Defeat "Monsanto Protection Act" in Congress. USDA Refuses to Investigate Illegal GMO Contamination. FDA to Withdraw Approvals of Arsenic in Animal Feed. U.K. Parliamentary Commission Calls for Moratorium on Bee-Killing Pesticides. Shoppers-guide_final_24562.pdf. Why Organic Seed? Access to Genetic Diversity.

Why Organic Seed?

The consolidation of seed resources and massive loss of genetic diversity is counteracted by organic seed producers. Over the last century thousands of local varieties of seed have disappeared. The Food and Agricultural Organizations of the United Nations estimates that nearly 75% of genetic diversity has been lost during that time (www.ifoam.org). Organic Seed Alliance - Home. Horizon "Organic" Factory Farm Accused of Improprieties, Again. Selective Enforcement by USDA Alleged — Kid Glove Treatment for Dean Foods/WhiteWave In an open letter published today and addressed to USDA National Organic Program chief Miles McEvoy, The Cornucopia Institute accused the regulatory agency of abdicating its enforcement responsibilities.

Horizon "Organic" Factory Farm Accused of Improprieties, Again

Cornucopia, an organic industry watchdog, charged that the USDA had allowed Dean Foods and its WhiteWave subsidiary to, allegedly, operate a giant factory farm dairy that has been illegally disadvantaging the nation’s family-scale dairy producers. The Cornucopia Institute also filed, on February 11, its third formal legal complaint alleging Dean/WhiteWave’s giant industrial dairy, located in Paul, Idaho has continued to operate illegally. “We’re hoping that third time’s a charm,” said Cornucopia’s Senior Farm Policy Analyst, Mark Kastel. Who Owns Organic Now? New Info Graphic Tracks the Corporate Takeover of Organics… Prominent Info Graphic Decoding Corporate Ownership in Organics Updated (click on the poster image above to view a quick loading larger version, and then click on it again for even larger detail) Download High Resolution PDF for printing purposes In 1995 there were 81 independent organic processing companies in the United States.

Who Owns Organic Now? New Info Graphic Tracks the Corporate Takeover of Organics…

A decade later, Big Food had gobbled up all but 15 of them. Corporate consolidation of the food system has been largely hidden from consumers. Natural Detox to remove allergies, mercury, chemicals, GMOs, parasites. Share by: JB Bardot Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a naturally occurring rock made from the skeletons of fossilized diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae.

Natural Detox to remove allergies, mercury, chemicals, GMOs, parasites

When ground into a fine powder, diatomaceous earth works mechanically to destroy a wide range of pests, insects, parasites and pathogens by cutting through the exoskeleton, absorbing bodily fluids and causing them to die. Food grade diatomaceous earth is chemical-free and non toxic. Diatomaceous earth has many uses including detoxification of the body — inside and out; protecting pets and livestock from parasites and insect infestation; and keep your yard and garden pest-free. The Great American Genocide. We’ve reached the point that any person with critical thinking skills can no longer deny that we are being deliberately poisoned.

The Great American Genocide

Nearly everything that is reasonably priced to eat or drink is actually toxic. The glowing health claims and the stamps of approval from the EPA, the FDA, and USDA, are fraudulent smoke and mirrors – people are actually being deceived into spending money to purchase the substances that will lead to disease and demise. A chemical warfare has been declared on us. The battlefields are our homes, the grocery stores, the pharmacies.

Don't let Monsanto take this one away. Dear Organic Consumer, Last year this time, you were pouring your heart and soul into winning the GMO labeling battle in California.

Don't let Monsanto take this one away.

So was I. With three weeks to go before the election, victory was so close we could almost taste it. Frakenfood Revolution: World Protests Monsanto & GMO. Organic Consumers Fund: Grassroots Action and Lobbying for Health, Justice, and Sustainability. Ronnie Cummins on Turning the Tide Against Monsanto. By Dr.

Ronnie Cummins on Turning the Tide Against Monsanto

Mercola Between October 18 and November 5 the next big GMO-labeling vote will take place in the United States; this time in Washington State, where citizens will cast their votes for the people's initiative 522, "The People's Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. " Initiative 522 (I-522) will require seeds, raw agricultural commodities, and processed foods to be labeled if they’re produced using genetic engineering.1The success of this ballot initiative is dependent on public donations, and we’re up against industry giants with very deep pockets, so please, help us win this key GMO labeling battle and continue to build momentum for GMO labeling in other states by making a donation to the Organic Consumers Fund (OCF) today.

“We need to get these crops off the market or marginalized. Natural Detox to remove allergies, mercury, chemicals, GMOs, parasites. Top 10 House Plants that Clean the Air. Share by Dr.

Top 10 House Plants that Clean the Air

Akilah El – AllThingsHealing.com. GMO? Genetically Modified Organism. GMO? Genetically Modified Organism A GMO IS: the direct human manipulation of an organism’s DNA in a laboratory environment. A GMO IS NOT: Plants and animals that are traditionally bred to achieve specific characteristics such as breeding dogs or cross-pollination of plants. SCIENCE OF GMOS Genetic modification may include the ADDITION OF DNA from species that would NOT BREED in nature.

12 Fruits & Veggies With The Most Pesticides (2013 Dirty Dozen) 10 Things I Wish All Americans Knew About Toxins. There are currently 82,000 synthetic chemicals in the foods we eat, the toys our children touch, the products we use to clean our homes, the air we breathe, and the cosmetics we apply to our skin—and only a fraction have ever been tested for safety. What do we really know about how they affect our health? If so few have actually been tested, how can any company claim that their chemical-laden products are actually safe? 45 Uses For Lemons That Will Blow Your Socks Off. Most people are familiar with the traditional uses for lemons to soothe sore throats and add some citrus flavor to our foods. However the diversity of applications for lemons far exceeds general knowledge and once you read the following list, you’ll likely want to stock at least a few lemons in your kitchen 24-7. 1.

PLANTS. The Great American Genocide. A complete list of artificial ingredients. Scientists Link Monsanto’s Glyphosate To Birth Defects. By Arjun Walia Another credible study can be added to the list of research that shows how Monsanto’s glyphosate, otherwise known as ’roundup herbicide’ can be hazardous to human health.

This time, its been linked to birth defects. Roundup, also known as Glyphosate is a herbicide used to kill weeds. It started to be used en mass by farmers when they realized they could spray it without killing their crops. Of course these are herbicide resistant genetically modified (GMO) crops that have been designed to be resistant to the herbicide. Non-GMO Project. How to avoid GM foods. Just say no to those GMOs! A guide to avoiding genetically modified (GM) foods Why avoid GM foods? Hardly any research into the safety of GM foods has been published in the normal peer reviewed scientific literature in the last 15 years and these foods have had NO long term safety testing.

GM foods contain randomly inserted genes from foreign organisms. These often include genetic elements of viruses and bacteria. Bayer's aventis cropscience - public enemy no. 1 in the UK. Statements by scientists. Monsanto Losing Its Stranglehold on European Crops Thanks to Public Opposition, Moving Efforts to US Instead. The Great American Genocide. The 10 GMO Myths That Monsanto Wants You To Believe. Activist Post. US Military, Monsanto Targeting GMO Activists and Independent Scientists, New Investigation Alleges.

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