Fish: Food & Water Watch Gives You the Facts Fish Farming Many fish-lovers would be horrified to learn that huge quantities of fish and shrimp are now being grown in giant nets, cages, and ponds where antibiotics, hormones and pesticides mingle with disease and waste. These industrialized aquaculture facilities are rapidly replacing natural methods of fishing that have been used to catch fresh, wild seafood for millennia. Fair Fish & Catch Shares Many large fishing operations are getting more than their fair share of fishing opportunities. If this continues, the results are likely to include: depletion of wild seafood, environmental damage to our oceans and the collapse of coastal communities. Fact Sheet: Catch Shares vs. Catch limits are protective caps on the number of fish that can be caught in a fishing year. Seafood One out of four Americans experiences a foodborne illness each year. Genetically Engineered Salmon
U.S. plans to hike allowed glyphosate levels in food supply Natural Food Certifiers in the US has announced that any food product that contains GMOs is no longer eligible to be certified as kosher. This story emerged back in April this year. EXCERPT: “Recent studies show that GMOs may cause various kinds of health problems from digestive disturbances to food allergies, and that GMOs require more herbicides, which is really the opposite reason why GMOs were touted to be so environmentally helpful in the first place,” Rabbi Flamer [said]. “For all of the many reasons that GMOs raise a red flag, consumers simply don’t want them in their foods, and our clients want to accommodate their customers.” One group after another is denouncing the genetically modified poison on grocery store shelves, adding to the chorus of voices demanding real untainted food. Natural Food Certifiers has announced today that any food product that contains GMOs is no longer eligible to be certified as kosher under their “Apple K” kosher certification program.
Information services GENET-news Below you find the postings of the last seven days. 2014-04-17 | permalink USA: Vermont Senate Approves GMO Labeling The Vermont Senate voted 26-2 vote earlier this week, approving a bill to require labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, the Burlington Free Press reports, speculating that Vermont could be the nation’s first state to enact such a law. 2014-04-16 | permalink USA: President Obama provides clear endorsement of agricultural biotechnology The dedication of Dr. AgriPulse (16.04.2014): USA: President Obama provides clear endorsement of agricultural biotechnology 2014-04-16 | permalink UK: Owen Paterson refused Freedom of Information request about 'Frankenfood' talks Ministers are trying to cover up secret briefings with GM companies hoping to push ‘Frankenfood’ on to dinner tables. Mail Online (16.04.2014): UK: Owen Paterson refused Freedom of Information request about 'Frankenfood' talks 2014-04-16 | permalink 2014-04-16 | permalink Overview News email.
Occupy Monsanto 5 GMO Myths Busted Monsanto Losing Its Stranglehold on European Crops Thanks to Public Opposition, Moving Efforts to US Instead Just one week after Italy told Monsanto exactly where they can plant their GM maize, Monsanto has come out with a statement saying they will no longer appeal to the European market for GM crop approval. Monsanto, will instead, invest "several hundred million dollars" in Europe over the next 10 years to expand conventional seed production and breeding. Just last year the Agribusiness giant, BASF also halted its GM crop development in Europe and moved its plant research headquarters to the US. Numerous types of GM crop applications will be withdrawn from Europe according to Monsanto, including: · 6 types of GM corn · several soybean varieties · and modified sugar beets “We will no longer be pursuing approvals for cultivation of new biotech crops in Europe. Europe is not just basing bans on public opposition, but also on the real, non-Monsanto funded science that points to GM crops being less than safe.
MONSANTO'S WEB OF DECEIT Monsanto's World Wide Web of Deceit Index "Think of the internet as a weapon on the table. Either you pick it up or your competitor does, but somebody is going to get killed" The following articles detail a Monsanto dirty tricks campaign waged against the company's scientific and environmental critics. In one instance, Monsanto and its PR proxies ran a covert campaign of character assassination against two University of California, Berkeley scientists after they published research in the science journal Nature demonstrating GM contamination of Mexican maize. In another instance, Monsanto's poison pen campaign triggered a libel case that reached the High Court in London. THE COVERT BIOTECH WARThe battle to put a corporate GM padlock on our foodchain is being fought on the net - The Guardian, 19 November 2002 MONSANTO PR FIRM'S ADMISSIONThe Bivings Group says e-mail was sent by someone "working for Bivings" or "clients using our services"
Occupy Monsanto FIX FOOD | Fix GMOs Info Graphic Genetically Engineered Food Facts Corn and Soybeans, the two most widely planted crops in America and ingredients in many processed foods and animal feeds, are predominantly genetically engineered (GE). For more information visit: www.ers.usda.gov Our Partner Just Label It! The Just Label It: We Have the Right to Know campaign is dedicated to the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. Record-breaking One Million Americans Tell FDA: We Have a Right to Know What’s in Our Food The Just Label It (JLI) Campaign announced today that a record-breaking one million Americans of all political persuasions have called on the FDA to label genetically engineered (GE) foods.
EPA to Increase Allowable Glyphosate (Chemical in Monsanto’s Herbicides) in US Food Crops With names like the Environmental Protection Agency or the Food and Drug Administration, it would be nice to think these regulatory agencies had our best interests in mind—that they existed to help protect the people and the earth all at once. But, they are arms of the U.S. Government and they are just as easily bought and sold as your local politician. Case in point: the EPA’s recent decision to allow even more of Monsanto’s dangerous pesticide glyphosate in your food. The new rule allowing for even greater use of this damaging ingredient would take existing limits on glyphosate and dwarf them with new, higher ones. These limits would truly only work to benefit the interests of one, and it’s not the American people, but Monsanto – the giant corporation who is making millions off of genetically modified crops and the destruction of agriculture and human health. The EPA made this announcement on May 1 and gave until July 1 for people to weigh in with objections and requests for hearings.
Say No To GMOs! - September 2006 GM Food: A Guide for the Confused Our thanks to UK campaigner and lecturer Luke Anderson, geneticist Dr Michael Antoniou, and Prof Joe Cummins, Professor Emeritus of Genetics at the University of Western Ontario, for helping us through the maze. Q: What are genes? A: Genes are the inherited blueprints for the thousands of proteins that form the building blocks of all life, from bacteria to humans. Q: What is genetic engineering? A: Genetic engineering involves taking genes from one species and inserting them into another. Q: Is genetic engineering precise? A: No. Q: Isn't GM just an extension of traditional breeding practices? A: No - GM bears no resemblance to traditional breeding techniques. Traditional breeding techniques operate within established natural boundaries which allow reproduction to take place only between closely related forms. Q: Could this be dangerous? A: Potentially, yes. A: Dr Cunningham is talking about the concept of "substantial equivalence". Q: Which foods are not GM?
Seed contamination Foreign seeds can be caught anywhere, including these harvested flax seeds Seed contamination is the mixing of seeds used for agriculture with other seeds which are not desirable or soil (which may carry seeds). An example would be mixing corn seed with weed seed. These contaminant seeds can be either common weeds or other crop seeds. In genetic engineering, seed contamination may refer to unwanted genes found in a seed, or pieces of DNA from other genetically engineered seeds. Contamination in genetic engineering Contamination in this area is most likely caused by other genetically engineered seeds cross pollinating with unchanged seeds. Prevention Preventing seed contamination in agriculture is fairly difficult, almost impossible. Machines, such as this tractor, help gather seeds. Preventing seed contamination in genetic engineering is simply a matter of separating "pure" seeds from contaminated ones. References
Genetically Modified Foods Position Paper:: The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) According to the World Health Organization, Genetically Modified Organisms(GMOs) are "organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in such a way that does not occur naturally."1 This technology is also referred to as "genetic engineering", "biotechnology" or "recombinant DNA technology" and consists of randomly inserting genetic fragments of DNA from one organism to another, usually from a different species. For example, an artificial combination of genes that includes a gene to produce the pesticide Cry1Ab protein (commonly known as Bt toxin), originally found in Bacillus thuringiensis, is inserted in to the DNA of corn randomly. Both the location of the transferred gene sequence in the corn DNA and the consequences of the insertion differ with each insertion. The plant cells that have taken up the inserted gene are then grown in a lab using tissue culture and/or nutrient medium that allows them to develop into plants that are used to grow GM food crops.2
bayer's aventis cropscience - public enemy no. 1 in the UK undefined "In the future, only a few companies will be able to shape the developments in this industry - Aventis CropScience… will be one of them" So said Jurgen Dormann, Aventis CEO when Aventis (formerly AgrEvo) was created in December 1999 by the merger of Germany's Hoechst (AgrEvo was their joint company with Schering) and France's Rhone-Poulenc's Agro. However, following a series of fiascos, marked by a continuing failure on Aventis' part to either play by the rules or to tell the truth (see the Aventis' Pants on Fire Award), Aventis agreed in October 2001 to sell off its agricultural biotech sector Aventis CropScience to German chemical and pharmaceutical giant Bayer. The principal goal of Aventis CropScience has been the global take-up of GM crops. Who are Bayer? Bayer named as 1 of the 10 worst corporations Bayer/Aventis/AgrEvo NEWS Protesters disrupt Bayer shareholders meeting (April 2002) GM protesters blockade Bayer GM safety tests 'flawed' [on Bayer/Aventis GM crop] Who are BAYER?