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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. 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. Blog | Behind Closed Doors: Who's Taking Meetings with FDA on Food Safety. News Room | Center for Food Safety Sues FDA Over Food Additives. News Room | National Organic Coalition Condemns Misguided USDA Advisory Committee's Biotechnology Report and Recommendations. News Room | New USDA Announcement Undermines Organic Standards. News Room | Agrichemical Companies Outraise Consumers' Groups Nearly 4 to 1 in Fight to Label GMOs. News Room | 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. 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. The principal justification FWS relies upon is that non-GE seeds are not available.

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

The consolidation of the US seed industry continues at an alarming rate with much of the seed industry controlled by 6 big companies. We need to maintain a healthy, vibrant organic seed industry to offer growers and consumers a choice. Stronger Seed, Stronger Crops. Conventional Seed Farming Uses More Chemicals. 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.

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. Meanwhile, a select group of “fresh, high producing cows,” being milked four times a day, were being entirely confined until their production levels dropped.

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. 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. That’s changing, thanks to tools such as Philip H. Howard’s widely circulated “Who Owns Organic?”

The Cornucopia Institute has been proud to feature Dr. Dr. Major changes since the last version (May 2013) include WhiteWave’s December 2013 acquisition of Earthbound Farm, the nation’s largest organic produce supplier, for $600 million, said Howard, an associate professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State. 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. 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.

Detoxing Add diatomaceous earth to your diet to detox parasites that can contribute to food intolerance, nausea, bowel discomfort, pain, itching, asthma, sinus infections, Morgellon’s disease, and a host of other allergic-type reactions. To consume DE orally, start with half a teaspoon and work up to two heaping tablespoons. Protect grains and dry goods Yard and garden. 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. 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. This is genocide, and we are the intended victims. As early as 1974 food became the top weapon of the United Nations in a stealthy war waged on the citizens of the world. Turning on the tap in many places releases a toxic stream into your glass or your shower. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Chlorine: According to Dr. Ammonia: Fluoride: The grocery store is little more than a gauntlet. GMOs: Artificial Sweeteners: Pesticides:

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. So was I. With three weeks to go before the election, victory was so close we could almost taste it. Then Monsanto snatched it away. Please make a generous donation today to help us win this year’s key GMO labeling battle in Washington State. Twelve months later, here we are again. But we’re facing the same enemy. We are ahead in the polls in Washington State. We need to run more ads. Tomorrow, the ballots will be mailed. Once again, victory is so close we can taste it. But our experts in Washington State are clear: I-522 is not in the bag. This has always been a David versus Goliath battle. We need to win this one. Thank you! Ronnie Cummins National Director, Organic Consumers Association and Organic Consumers Fund P.S. 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. 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.

That’s what worries Monsanto and the rest of the food industry. Last November, they came close to a disaster when the California ballot initiative Proposition 37 nearly passed. Opt for REAL Food. Natural Detox to remove allergies, mercury, chemicals, GMOs, parasites. Top 10 House Plants that Clean the Air. Share by Dr. Akilah El – AllThingsHealing.com Here’s 10 plants that help purify the air in your home. Selection is based on ease of growth and maintenance, resistance to pests, efficiency at removing chemical vapors, and transpiration rates. Areca Palm Also known as yellow palm or butterfly palm, the areca palm is one of the most popular and graceful palms. Raphis Palm This large palm has fans six to 12 inch wide with four and 10 thick, shiny leaves. Bamboo Palm Easy to care for and a popular variety.

Rubber Plant Bred for toughness, it will tolerate dim light and cool temperatures, making it an excellent house plant. Dracaena “Janet Craig” The dark-green leaves of dracaena “Janet Craig” make it an attractive plant. English Ivy English Ivy is often used as ground cover in public atriums or lobbies. Pothos One of the primary reasons Pothos is popular is it can tolerate lower light, lower humidity and cooler temperatures than many other plants. Ficus Alii Boston Fern Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) 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. Genetic modification may also involve REMOVING SPECIFIC STRANDS OF DNA.

Cross-species – or transgenic – genetic manipulation has gone so far as to COMBINE FISH DNA WITH STRAWBERRIES and tomatoes. + = GMO foods have only existed in groceries since the late 1990’s. PREVALENCE OF GMOS Your probably eat GMOs EVERY DAY. 30,000 Different GMOs exist on grocery store shelves (largely because of how many processed foods contain soy.)

PERCENT OF GMOS IN TOTAL CROP PRODUCTION 2011 (USA) Soybeans 94% Cotton 90% Corn 88% STUDIES OF GMOS NO LONG-TERM TESTING. 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? If some chemical levels are considered “acceptable,” what happens when these chemicals react to each other inside of us? Finding answers can be overwhelming.

Here are 10 things I wish every American knew about toxic chemicals… and what we can do about it: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. What can we do? We are all in this together. Many amazing organizations are working every day to help us in this challenge: There are also many companies already making organic or nontoxic products.

Americans have an amazing track record of facing and overcoming problems. 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. Freshen the Fridge Remove refrigerator odors with ease. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45.

. * If you do consume lemon peel, stick to organic lemons to reduce your pesticide exposure. Source: Prevent Disease Eddie (2133 Posts) Eddie L. is the founder and owner of WorldTruth.TV. PLANTS. The Great American Genocide | A complete list of artificial ingredients. | Wake Up and Unite. 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. A group of scientists put together a comprehensive review of existing data that shows how European regulators have known that Monsanto’s glyphosate causes a number of birth malformations since at least 2002. Regulators misled the public about glyphosate’s safety, and in Germany the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety told the European Commission that there was no evidence to suggest that glyphosate causes birth defects(3).

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. In some cases an antibiotic resistant gene is also included. In the case of the biggest GM food crop, Monsanto's GM soya there are genes from a virus, a soil bacterium and a petunia, none of which have been in human food before. These foods may have unpredictable side efffects including allergenic or toxic properties. According to geneticist Dr Mae-Wan Ho, “The soil bacterium [in GM soya], Agrobacterium sp.

For more information on the safety concerns about GM foods see the statements on food safety made by scientists. What can you tell from the labels? • hydrolysed vegetable protein. 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. Ag-gag in Action: National Geographic Photographer Arrested After Aerial Photos.

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