EPA has been ordered to take down information about the hazards of Chlorpyrifos, a highly toxic pesticide that causes birth defects in our children, robs them of a higher IQ, and causes slow development and autism. People are easier to control if you destroy their brain development and less likely to rebel. Read about information previously posted on the EPA website that was asking for comments. Everything was in place to phase out it's use until it was reversed by Trump.
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Pesticides are being sprayed in our neighborhoods. What should we do? We recommend to take action to stop it. When did you give permission for a government office to saturate your home and bodies with toxins that are know carcinogens?
After talking to these experts, there is no way I can support saturating our neighborhoods and exposing families and their homes to toxins as viable action to "protect the public from West Nile Virus." Being a Registered Dietitian with a Masters Degree in Public Health, these issues are directly related to health and disease risk, in other words what I'm all about, saving lives through smart lifestyle choices and safe environmental exposure.
Once most people get all the facts, it is easy to see why our families and neighborhoods need to be protected from these toxins forced on us by government agencies. We feel people need more information to protect our neighborhoods using public health measures instead of just going to a pesticide that has no proof it is effective in these situations and instead can be exposing us to something that also increase our risk for disease and illness.
There is one group that is also involved in a current lawsuit that claims spraying pesticides in our neighborhoods is like coming on to our property without a warrant or our permission and exposing our families and every other living thing to some of the most toxic pesticides available. In other words: trespassing on our land.
There is no doubt that pesticides are the #1 cause of birth defects, and stated by the Senior Scientist at Consumers Union, Dr. Michael Hansen, who claims to have read more research than anyone in the country on pesticides, and has been a guest on our Smart Health Talk Radio Show multiple times. The amount of pesticide that can fit on a pinhead will mutate, destroy, and kill cells in our body as that is what they are designed to do... kill.
To spray our neighborhoods forces everyone to be exposed not just during spraying, but after as well, as everything in our yards is coated, even our food for those growing a garden. Pets are also at high risk.
Pesticides have a dose to weight response and that's why children/pets are very susceptible to the damage they can cause. The short term research done by pesticide makers (gov't does NO research but depends on what makers claim in order to make decisions on safety and are usually only done for 3 month period) uses a model of an adult male. There is no testing for children or women.
These pesticides are killing predators that protect us 24-7 even though pesticides are like a long shot crap shoot. Like using gun to kill a fly that landed on your foot. The chances of actually killing a mosquito that has West Nile Virus is remote where frogs, fish, dragon flies, skimmers, bats, and other "good guys" that eat larvae everyday are wiped out when the pesticide is sprayed in the area. We have had a guest that has witnessed this first hand and watched each die off, with the frogs going first so all that is left is black flies that attack people and animals. Bees are active first thing in the morning so it is very likely that they will be killed since the residue sitting on leaves and flowers is still an active poison. Birds can also be susceptible to pesticide toxicity.
Even the Vector Department will admit that the true first line of defense is in fact eliminating the places where mosquitoes breed, such as standing water that collects in empty pools that could be at a house that is vacant, buckets or any kind of container that is sitting outside especially after a rain. Tires are another breeding ground.
We hear no educational information from the County Vector Departments on these preventative measures. Why with so many more choices, and a greater understanding of the health and environmental risks, why is there no plan in place to stop exposing the public, and instead move to a safer system that involves alternatives and public education on how to eliminate breeding grounds. There are a multitude of safer organic pesticides also now available that are screened before classified as organic by the OMNI group.
One non toxic example where you bring in one of the "good guys" is the use of a specific fish that can be added to larvae contaminated waters and will eliminate the threat by eating the larvae for food. Where is information about those options? Why do we use the most toxic pesticides of all instead of working to increase prevention and predators?
The County may post a notice on a telephone pole or on their website and claim they have "notified" residents when most are leading busy lives and don't have a clue. Then there is drift: neighborhoods within close proximity to "pesticide spray zones" that will also be exposed because the air can carry pesticides longer distances than most imagine. Those people were not notified in any way and ARE BEING EXPOSED TO TOXINS WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION.
A doctor that was also on our show as guest pointed out that many of the symptoms of West Nile Virus are the same as exposure to pesticides such as nausea, headaches, stomach aches, weakness; so how do people know whether or not pesticide exposure is not the cause of their symptoms?
Wouldn't implementation of these measures be safer to the masses and do a better job of protecting us all year, instead of fogging our neighborhoods with pesticides when the County identifies a mosquito that is carrying the virus in a trap hanging from a tree? Just how reliable is that test, and is it not a more sustainable option when the public is educated and utilized to help?
Those that are diagnosed with the West Nile Virus most always have multiple sick conditions and compromised immune systems, and/or can be older which automatically puts them at higher risk for everything. The diagnosis for the virus is made with a throat swab and not a confirmed mosquito bite. There can be several viruses present including HIV when diagnosing a patient.
Is the risk worth exposing the masses to cancer causing, toxic pesticides? With proper testing and implementation of a program that educates people on how to eliminate breeding grounds while introducing more "predators" would think the sustainable, safe public health choice of NO TOXIC EXPOSURE FOR ALL will prove to be the best solution for the long term as well.
It is painful to watch commercials for Roundup, Monsanto, nutritionally empty food filled with pesticides, GMOs, and chemicals, along with pet products that are nothing more than pure poison such as flea collars that sit directly on skin and expose pets and our families to some of the most toxic pesticides. Those flea collars are so dangerous the National Resource and Defense Council has filed a lawsuit against the companies that make them. Lice products exist that are also pesticides. Why are we using them when people have successfully substituted coconut oil instead. Why risk permanent neurological damage to our children by allowing these products to be sold at all? To support pharmaceutical and pesticide corporations?
The wealth of these companies keeps growing and so does their power to control our lives. They take our dollars and in turn use them against us, infiltrate our government, pay lobbyists, and pump out commercial after commercial designed to brainwash consumers to disregard logic and believe the products to be safe.
Have heard many complaints on social media about politicians that have been bought off by these companies through campaign contributions. With all of their power, we have to also what it means for candidates to go against them. Agree the sell out is a travesty, but if we could realize and accept just how powerful our dollars and our purchases really are, and that it is really consumers that keep them in power, maybe we could stop feeding the beasts.
It is easy to blame others, but what if we could accept that all of the dollars we have given them when we accept what they tell us and buy their products, has made them into the mega corporations that we have today.
Somewhere along the line we started to think it was cool to buy the popular product and abandon supporting small and local businesses, which was really hurting ourselves as many lost jobs and their freedom, and were forced to work for big corporate instead. Many of those jobs provide no benefits, only offer part time employment, and eliminate the possibility of getting ahead by working harder. Instead you make the corporation more money. Some offer advancement, but can you reach the same level as having a successful business of your own? Bottom line big corporations don't want small business because take away profits.
It is hard being a smart consumer because we are up against some of the smartest trickery that can come from a human mind as outlined in the “Merchants of Doubt.” They are so good we have to wonder if we even stand a chance.
Perhaps recognizing we are playing a game, and work on see though the hype, and coming up with a strategy on how to not let them get over on us so we win could work. By choosing to support companies that deserve our dollars because they offer safe food and products even if they have to take a cut in profit such as those selling USDA Certified Organic is a perfect way to start. Logic should tell us it is best to buy from companies that have to be accountable for every ingredient and process. Organic companies are required to document every step along the way so each step and ingredient can be traced back to it’s origin. Non certified companies have no accountability.
No one is immune to the tactics used by the “Merchants of Doubt." Was recently a victim myself, and so was another person that I had talked to so didn’t feel so stupid. Here is a picture of the sign that fooled me. It hangs above plants sold outside in the home gardeners section at a Lowe’s down the the street from my house.
At first glance I thought it was saying that the plants on that shelf were organic. That was important to me as there was a big uproar on social media about plants sold at stores had already been sprayed with Roundup. That included herbs that you break off and put into food. Think that was what I wanted to believe, that Lowe’s had started doing the right thing and was offering organic plant choices for our gardens free of Roundup.
Those of us that have done the research and know how much damage Roundup can do, that it doubles as a registered “antibiotic” so destroys important gut bacteria too, and is basically a “killing machine" that destroys or mutates DNA of every cell it touches.
It wasn’t until I made a fool out of myself encouraging another couple shopping for plants there to choose the “organic” plants on the side with the sign that it became clear what it was really saying. Then realized there was nothing on the plant that identified it as “organic,” and the sign was really selling “organic fertilizer."
Got the idea to talk to the manager of Lowe’s after my interview with Estelle Foster the editor of “Going Organic Magazine.” She had been able to make a difference after talking to a local home improvement store manager and found myself inspired enough to try and see if I could do something. Had heard about the pallets of Roundup sitting by the entrances to their store, and had just talked to a nurse who reported seeing many children come in with pesticide poisoning. Thought maybe I could do something, just wasn’t sure what that would be exactly.
The nice young manager looked like he was in his early 30s and might have a family and young children at home. Was hoping could get him thinking about the big picture. By stopping the use of toxic pesticides we are not only protecting our families and children now, but changing the world we them and their children and so on.
After sharing what had been said on our Smart Health Talk Radio Show such as how Dr. Michael Hansen, Senior Scientist Consumer Reports, who claims to have read more research on pesticides than anyone in the country warned that in three generations our children will be sterile, my mind was trying to figure out how we could make something positive happen right here at my community home improvement store that could have an impact at the corporate level as well. Thought if we could show that consumers want to get rid of pesticides and will use organic products if they better understood them, sales of organic products would increase. That's when I got an idea!
Lowe's, Home Depot and other home improvement companies offer free classes so people better understand how to use the products they sell so why not teach a class on how to transition away from pesticide use at home and teach customers what organic alternatives could work for them instead?
He said they had discussed the possibility and would be willing to work harder on making it happen. At that point my mind started thinking of the possibilities. If consumers showed interest and came to the class could this store become a role model for every other home improvement stores around the country? Could we really make an impact on how many pesticides are sprayed in people’s homes, schools, businesses, churches, parks, and more? Why just include my community? Why not propose for this effort to be duplicated now all over the country?
Have learned never to assume anything, and the only way to make sure this gets down is to stay on it. Plan to keep stopping by and asking how much longer until they will offer the class. Will work on putting some plans in place once they set a date to promote it to the local community.
Want to thank all that have read this post, and hope you will also be inspired to take action NOW. There is no time to waste when it comes to protecting our families from harm. Please listen to our interview with Estelle Foster because this incredible woman was my inspiration and perhaps you can find strength from her personal experience and words of encouragement. After listening to her, become confident a single person could make a huge difference.
Estelle Foster, Editor of Going Organic Magazine helped me believe a single person could make a big difference by finding the courage to just speak up and make a suggestion to someone like a store manager. Her actions inspired a whole community and started a chain reaction that helped reduce the amount of pesticides that were being used and protected thousands from exposure. Most important she proved we can ALL make a difference if we take that first step.
Visit Going Organic Magazine homepage for more great information
and articles you can trust from Editor Estelle Foster. Click HERE.
Click to listen to the rest of our interview with Estelle Foster as she explains why we all should be scared of inert ingredients. The sources for these substances included in pesticide mixture will SHOCK YOU!
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Leah Zerbe know exactly what it's like to be an organic farmer because her and her husband own a 100 year old farm in Pennsylvania and feed families every week with a share of their crop.
Rodale has been researching farming and food information since 1935. Smart Health Talk considers their publications and online presence the #1 place for information you can trust. They still do the research before reporting and sometimes that involves research done at their own facilities in Emmaus Pennsylvania where they have tested all forms of farming.
If you find information that contradicts what you hear from Rodale Institute or Rodale News, you probably want to seriously question your sources.
The Facts: Genetic modification is different from traditional breeding and presents its own set of unique risks.
• The term "genetic modification" really refers to the unnatural process of taking genes from ones species and using a special gun, viruses, or bacteria to inject it into another organism. This process could never occur naturally in nature. So the genetic modification we're talking about when it comes to seeds and genetically engineered ingredients in our food—we're talking about this completely unnatural process.
• Traditional breeding, known as selective breeding, has been around for thousands of years, where people can cross breed, for instance, tomato plants with favorable qualities, like great flavor, natural disease resistance, etc., with another tomato plant. This IS NOT what happens when we're talking about genetically modified seeds.
• Most GMOs in use now are created to withstand heavy herbicide sprayings. The company that creates the seed also sells the chemical you use on it. It's a package deal.
• Bonus Tip—Look for organic seeds from companies that take the Safe Seed Pledge. These companies go to great lengths to avoid purchasing seed from companies that promote GMOs.
GMO Myth #2: We need GMOs to control weeds and pests.
The Facts: In an ironic twist, GMO technology has actually made pest problems more severe.
• Most of the GMO seeds currently in use were genetically manipulated to either produce their own pesticides inside of the plant or to withstand heavy doses of chemical pesticides that would normally kill the plant.
• In 2012, there were 154 million acres of genetically modified soy, corn, alfalfa, cotton, canola, and sugar beets developed to withstand chemical herbicide dousing.
• About a third of that land now harbors superweeds, problem plants that won't die when sprayed with the GMO's intended weed-killing chemical.
• Most are designed to withstand high doses of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.
• Weeds quickly became resistant to glyphosate, meaning heavier—and more frequent applications—are required to try to combat weeds.
• Professor Chuck Benbrook, PhD, a research professor at Washington State University, recently found that between 1996 and 2011, GMO technology actually increased herbicide use by 527 million pounds—that's an 11 percent bump. (The study appeared recently in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe.)
Listen below to hear Dr. Charles (Chuck) Benbrook's warnings on risks and losses associated with GMO/pesticide use. Go to his profile. Follow Benbrook's Blog.
• In fact, for every fewer pound of insecticide used, 4 pounds of herbicides are used. GMOs are not living up to the promise. It's that simple.
GMO Myth #3: GMOs reduce farmers' dependence on more older, more toxic pesticides.
The Facts: Dow Agrosciences is currently asking the United States Department of Agriculture to approve a new generation of GMO corn and soy crops designed to withstand heavy doses of 2,4-D, an old, toxic weedkiller because current GMOs are failing.
•There's been an explosion of superweeds that are no longer killed with glyphosate. 21 weed species are now resistant.
• Millions of acres of farmland are now abandoned due to the GMO/superweed problem; some farmers are paying up to $150 an acre per hour for hand weeding.
• Due to the superweed crisis, the USDA may approve 2,4-D resistant crops in the coming weeks. Penn State University weed scientists Dave Mortensen, PhD, ran the numbers and predicts this will quadruple chemical pesticide use.
GMO Myth #4: GMO ingredients are safe to eat.
The Facts: GMO ingredients have never been adequately tested for long-term impacts on public health despite hitting the market in 1996.
• There are about 600 studies focusing on the composition of genetically engineered foods, looking at things like calories, protein, fat, and vitamins.
• These mostly industry-funded studies are generally performed to show the Food and Drug Administration that the food is nutritionally comparable to non-GE foods, or to convince livestock farmers that GE feed is on par with non-GE feed.
• Both types of studies have next-to-nothing to do with human health and safety, Benbrook warns.
• Some of the very few studies looking at shorter-term health impacts suggest cause for concern. A carefully designed meta-analaysis of 19 longer-term published studies looking at mammals found those fed genetically engineered corn or soybeans experienced kidney, liver, and bone marrow damage, potential indicators for chronic disease.
• GMOs are also implicated in skyrocketing food allergies rates.
• Roundup, the chemical often sprayed on GMOs, has been linked to certain cancers, DNA damage, premature births, and ADHD.
• Warren Porter, PhD, professor of environmental toxicity and zoology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, analyzed government data on glyphosate in the environment and found cause for concern. The levels could lead to accumulated levels that could:
o Alter endocrine-mediated pathways, leading to obesity, heart problems, circulation issues, and diabetes.
o Low level glyphosate levels have also been linked to immune system damage, birth defects, cell death, and learning disabilities.
• It's not good for animals, either. In a recent study published in the Journal of Organic Systems, Australian and U.S. researchers found pigs fed genetically engineered feed were much more likely to suffer from severe stomach inflammation and heavier uteri, a condition that could signal endometrial cancer, endometriosis, abnormal thickening, or gynecological polyps, all things that could affect fertility.
GMO Myth #6: GMOs are safe for the environment.
The Facts: GMOs are crushing biodiversity and are implicated in the collapse of several species.
• The catastrophic drop in Monarch butterflies is attributed greatly to glyphosate, the chemical of choice for GMO crops. Glyphosate annihilates milkweed plants, in and near fields and roadways; Monarchs need milkweed to reproduce—their babies need to eat the leaves to live.
• All GMOs designed to be sprayed with weed-killing chemicals are also coated in neonicotinoid insecticides. Neonicotinoids move through the plant and wind up in the pollen, where it's believed to cause neurological problems in bees.
• Farmers use so much Roundup the active ingredient has actually been detected in streams, the air, and even the rain at levels that could harm humans.
GMO Myth #7: GMO technology is an exact science.
The Facts: Although improving, GMO technology is still young and not very reliable.
• When inserting a foreign gene into a plant, there's a 1 in a 100 trillion chance of getting the insertion into the same place twice, according to farmer and GMO researcher Howard Vlieger.
• The desired characteristic inserted into the plant could have other traits, including ones we haven't even discovered yet. We don't know how that could impact human health, but GMOs are already implicated in skyrocketing rates of food allergies.
• Since biotechnoligists only know a sliver of what there's to be known about the genome of any crop species and about the genetic, biochemical, and cellular functioning, even inserting genes at a site deemed to be "safe" could cause a crop to become toxic or feature reduced nutritional value, or reduce it's ability to resist disease, pests, drought, or other stresses, according to an Earth Open Source report.
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Phthalates hidden in your home and in products that
come in direct contact with our bodies that may be turning our hormone switches on and off.
Go to Leah's report.
The problem is not just about GMOs and pesticides, but stopping the global mess they've gotten us into, climate change because the carbon in the air at 400 ppm last happened millions of years ago and the ocean was 85 feet higher.
Micoorganisms in soil are key to the process, but conventional farming kills them off every time the field is sprayed.
Organic no till farming gives micoorganisms the perfect place to live. We are just starting to learn about all of the ways they help and protect us.
Earthworms Have Highly Evolved Intestinal Tracts
Reasons why soil full of earthworms and microorganisms busy at work, could be delivering another level of nutrition that is right there for us all, but not if we kill them!
There is no denying the increase of carbon in our air. The last time the air had 400 ppm carbon was millions of years ago. Catastrophic weather events are not if, but when and how bad. Director of the Rodale Research Institute has a plan and the research to back it up. Go here.
We vote with our dollars every time we buy products. Some companies abuse profits by using them against their customers rights for labeling transparency. There are other great organic companies that we can support and many times can be cheaper. Farmers markets are a great place to save because farmer direct. More here.
Watch the video and hear what researchers have to say along with the original published article that Monsanto was able to get unpublished, but after further peer review, was republished in another magazine because no reason to not trust the research or results. Read the full study report. Click here.
Is this what we want the future of our food supply to be?
Putting animal and plant genes together, cloning animals and people, and much more weird lab experiments happening right now is exactly why we all have to work together to stop corporate take over of our food and resources. The most powerful weapon we have requires nothing more than feeding our bodies and our family food without their chemical and genetically modified adulterations. Corporate created poisons are designed to kill and are successful almost every time we eat them. They play with us, turning things on and off, messing with DNA or mutating cells. Increasing odds something will go wrong and then sickness. We are told the answer to illness is genetically modified drugs. Think about the fear added to our lives since we’ve allowed food companies to add 80,000 chemicals to food, limit diversity of real foods, and replace our calories with processed foods carrying higher doses of what they’re delivering. Control what is necessary for our existence, eliminate choices by controlling what we’re allowed to buy, and they have us. We’re giving them permission to go inside our body the most sacred place of all where only the purest of foods should be allowed above all. The foods we eat can influence our thoughts and how we feel and therefore actions. It’s easy to conceive a more extensive science of controlling our body and brain in this way. Have always been a rebel and a fighter and when it comes to my body and the health of my family is when I fight the hardest. When you think about it, they have the perfect system as the very thing these corporations make money from weakens the fight in body and mind, but something we have that cannot be created in a lab or manufactured is the human spirit and desire to survive. They will never tell us the whole truth, we know that, so why do we deny the obvious? We must fight for the health of our bodies and our way of life on this planet. Never assume choices will continue. While we have a choice, choose organic.
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Orange Juice May Soon Contain Pig Genes
August 11, 2013 at 8:43 am
by Eric Zielinksi – Naturalhealth365.com
The future of orange crops are at risk and pig genes may be considered part of the solution. (I’m not kidding)
On July 27, the New York Times (NYT) officially staked its flag into Big Ag’s garden and into the soil of the GMO camp with its wildly controversial piece, “A Race to Save the Orange by Altering Its DNA.
”The feature highlights the story of a highly influential orange grower and his undying quest to stave off Asian jumping lice and the bacteria that they carry, which has been devastating Florida’s orange crop since 2005.
Committed to engineering the world’s first genetically modified orange tree, the article centers on Ricke Kress, the president of Southern Gardens Citrus who is in charge of two and a half million orange trees and a factory that squeezes juice for Tropicana and Florida’s Best. According to NYT, Kress’s GMO savior would fight C. liberibacter and citrus psyllids through whatever means science determines necessary. As for public acceptance, Kress told his industry colleagues, “We can’t think about that right now.
”Rick Kress’ mission to save oranges by whatever means necessary.
Kress’ crusade has led him along a path, the past several years, widely out of public view. His work has tested potential DNA donors from two vegetables, a virus, a pig, and a synthetic gene manufactured in a laboratory. Unbeknownst to the world, the NYT reports that later this summer Kress “will plant several hundred more young trees with the spinach gene, in a new house.
In two years, if he wins regulatory approval, they will be ready to go into the ground. The trees could be the first to produce juice for sale in five years or so.
”According to the NYT, whether it is his transgenic tree or someone else’s, Kress insists, “Florida growers will soon have trees that could produce juice without fear of its being sour, or in short supply.
”What is the danger of the “Greening” disease?
C. liberibacter, the bacterium that has all but annihilated Florida’s citrus crop, chokes off the flow of nutrients and are spread by Asian citrus psyllids that can carry the germ a mile without stopping, and the females can lay up to 800 eggs in their one-month life. It was first detected more than a century ago in China and has earned a place, along with anthrax and the Ebola virus, on the Agriculture Department’s list of potential agents of bioterrorism.
When it first hit, Florida growers attempted to subdue the contagion known as “Greening” by chopping down hundreds of thousands of infected trees and by spraying a broad spectrum of pesticides on the lice that carries it. However, the disease could not be contained. It has thus been determined by University of Florida agricultural analysts that the Asian bug and bacteria has cost Florida $4.5 billion and 8,000 jobs between 2006 and 2012.
Presently, there is no known cure for Greening disease. “In all of cultivated citrus, there is no evidence of immunity,” the plant pathologist heading a National Research Council task force on the disease said.
Does the New York Times really care about the health of its readers?
Although our hearts break for the thousands of people who have lost their jobs and for the unknown impact this orange crop devastation will have on the world as it continues to spread, our tempers boil against the New York Times for their highly biased representation of GMOs to their readers, of whom many are ignorant to the harmful realities related to GMOs.
Astoundingly, the NYT attempts to compare genetically modifying oranges to ancient breeding practices, something that they call “genetic merging.”
Because oranges themselves are hybrids and most seeds are clones of the mother, new varieties cannot easily be produced by crossbreeding – unlike, say, apples, which breeders have remixed into favorites like Fuji and Gala. But the vast majority of oranges in commercial groves are the product of a type of genetic merging that predates the Romans, in which a slender shoot of a favored fruit variety is grafted onto the sturdier roots of other species: lemon, for instance, or sour orange. And a seedless midseason orange recently adopted by Florida growers emerged after breeders bombarded a seedy variety with radiation to disrupt its DNA, a technique for accelerating evolution that has yielded new varieties in dozens of crops, including barley and rice.
Completely ignoring the inherent dangers of GMOs and confusing the process with conventional crossbreeding, the NYT states.
Even in the heyday of frozen concentrate, the popularity of orange juice rested largely on its image as the ultimate natural beverage, fresh-squeezed from a primordial fruit. But the reality is that human intervention has modified the orange for millenniums, as it has almost everything people eat.
In addition, the NYT times argues that, “Even conventional crossbreeding has occasionally produced toxic varieties of some vegetables.” The famed news source even insists that,Oranges are not the only crop that might benefit from genetically engineered resistance to diseases for which standard treatments have proven elusive. And advocates of the technology say it could also help provide food for a fast-growing population on a warming planet by endowing crops with more nutrients, or the ability to thrive in drought, or to resist pests. Leading scientific organizations have concluded that shuttling DNA between species carries no intrinsic risk to human health or the environment, and that such alterations can be reliably tested.
A nation divided
Supposedly, the scientific consensus holds that genetic engineering is the only solution to defeating Greening. “People are either going to drink transgenic orange juice or they’re going to drink apple juice,” one University of Florida scientist told Kress.
“And,” according to the NYT, “If the presence of a new gene in citrus trees prevented juice from becoming scarcer and more expensive, Kress believed, the American public would embrace it. ‘The consumer will support us if it’s the only way,’ Kress assured his boss.
”However is this true? Will the American consumer embrace the GM orange and feed GM juice to their children in the quantities that they are now?
According to the NYT,
If various polls were to be believed, a third to half of Americans would refuse to eat any transgenic crop. One study’s respondents would accept only certain types: two-thirds said they would eat a fruit modified with another plant gene, but few would accept one with DNA from an animal. Fewer still would knowingly eat produce that contained a gene from a virus.
Orange growers are still divided
Kress’s boss worried about damaging the image of juice long promoted as “100 percent natural.” “Do we really want to do this?” he demanded in a 2008 meeting at the company’s headquarters on the northern rim of the Everglades.
“The public will never drink G.M.O. orange juice,” one grower said at a contentious 2008 meeting. “It’s a waste of our money.
”“The public is already eating tons of G.M.O.’s,” countered Peter McClure, a big grower.“
This isn’t like a bag of Doritos,” snapped another. “We’re talking about a raw product, the essence of orange.”
Tags: GMO, monsanto, orange juice, pig genes
Author Lisa Leak and Elaine McFadden, MPH, RD
We thought the 14 Steps that Lisa Leak put together where great and might be the perfect road map for someone looking for one new eating, cooking, or shopping skill they could try and practice and incorporate into their daily routine that could make a big difference in helping to eliminate the kind of foods that could contribute to chronic disease or obesity. Master any or all of the skills below and you will see major changes in your body and energy level. With all the money you will save on fast food, high priced beverages, and more food than you really need, you can instead buy high quality real foods that you prepare into easy, simple meals that have more flavor, and even store longer to save money on spoilage.
Try and add one new "food skill" per week and practice it each day.
Lisa's original recommendations in black and Smart Health Talk comments in red.
Week 1: Two fruits and/or vegetables per meal– Eat a minimum of two different fruits or vegetables (preferably organic) with every breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal. Fruits can have twice the calories as vegetables so always great when vegetables are the top choice and save fruit for when you get a strong craving for sweets. Add more vegetables to meals that you already make. For example even if you went for a can of Amy's Spicy Organic Chili, you could pump it up by adding onions, tomatoes, bell pepper, corn, and even another can of beans which is much cheaper than the chili and increases the volume 3X. You can even find canned organic beans at the 99 cent store. With vegetables at 25 calories a half cup, you can eat more and feel satisfied.
Week 2: “Real” beverages – Beverages will be limited to coffee, tea, water, and milk (only naturally sweetened with a little honey or 100% pure maple syrup). One cup of juice will be allowed throughout the week, and wine (preferably red) will be allowed in moderation (an average of one drink per day).
Milk can have GMOs and raised using industrial inhumane conditions, so buy organic. Consider using raw milk for the highest quality of nutrition and to prevent and even heal from allergies.
Week 3: Meat – All meat consumed this week will be locally raised (within 100-miles of your hometown). Meat consumption will also be limited to 3 – 4 servings this week, and when it is eaten meat will not be presented as the “focal point” of the meal. Instead meat will be treated as a side item or simply used to help flavor a dish. Conventional meat grown on industrial farms is fed GMOs, expired junk food, chicken feathers, daily doses of antibiotics, and treated inhumanely. Grassfed beef is allowed to roam, is far superior and contains Omega 3s and CLA a special fatty acid that is good for your heart and controlling inflammation. It can also help protect you from cancer, control blood pressure and blood sugar. Non organic chickens are not only fed antibiotics daily but arsenic too. The chickens live in terrible conditions with the antibiotics helping fatten them up in a short unnatural amount of time just like they fatten us up too. Conventional processed meats are full of cancer causing nitrates. Don't buy processed meats and NEVER buy farmed salmon. Dirty operations that are destroying entire eco systems. Farmed fish sold in stores has been diagnosed with viruses that have spread to wild salmon and are responsible for killing millions of wild salmon before they can even spawn. Genetically engineered salmon gives you a double whammy of being infected with viruses, cross bred with an eel, three times as big and turns into a cannibal when food is low and will eat another wild salmon. Will eat all the food and wipe out our wild populations and when gets out (they do everyday) will cross contaminate other fish and can never take it back.
Week 4: No fast food or deep-fried foods – No fast food or any foods that have been deep-fried in oil. The oil used for cooking fast food is probably GMO and rancid which is cancer causing. Fat is 100 calories a tablespoon and vegetables only 25 calories for a half cup. Eat baked not fried.
Week 5: Try two new whole foods – Try a minimum of two new whole foods that you’ve never had before. This "exploration exercise" can be fun and a chance to get the kids involved. Let them help pick the new food to try, figure out what recipe to use to cook it, and then help prepare. Chances are after they have helped with all of that they will eat it. Try a theme night to highlight your new food such as picking a country, a food from that country, and can decorate and even dress up to go with the theme. Use EatLocalGrown.com to find a farmers market in your area and go looking for something new and exciting to try from the market. Many times the farmer can give you some preparation ideas or go and visit us on Pinterest and find some great weight loss, vegan, raw, or paleo recipe choices.
Week 6: No low-fat, lite or nonfat food products – Do not eat any food products that are labeled as “low-fat,” “lite,” “light,” “reduced fat,” or “nonfat.” Never buy these types of products because when they take the fat out they have to replace it with something and it is probably sugar or something manmade or worse such as transfats which are fats that have been modified to stay a solid at room temperature even though they don't start off as a solid. When you see "artificial flavor" on the label it could be hiding another 50 chemicals that it took to make that fake flavor.
Week 7: 100% Whole grain – All grains consumed must be 100% whole-grain. Agree you should always choose whole grain, but would like to add to be very careful about the grains and how much you are eating. Have to recommend that you stay away from wheat as much as possible. The wheat has been so altered that our bodies don't even recognize the protein anymore. Only organic sprouted wheat and try and keep that intake low. Only eat organic brown rice if possible. Also oats, buckwheat, quinoa, and Salba Chia which is our #1 top pick as a grain. The Salba chia expands sixteen times it 's size and has super fiber and a slew of nutrients and Omega 3s. If you add it to any carbohydrate food it will keeps blood sugar from spiking.
Week 8: Stop eating when you feel full – Listen to your internal cues and stop eating when you feel full. Have to add to that to not eat if you are not hungry either. Some people do well with several small meals throughout the day, but others may do better with just one meal that has some from all groups with a focus on vegetables and a good quality protein and maybe just some almonds or Salba Chia mixed in water. Organic eggs are the best protein bargain in the store, or better yet buy them right from a local organic farmer. See what the eggs we get each week look like below. Think about stopping before you are full, say about 80% full to keep from feeling miserable a little while later.
Week 9: No refined sweeteners – No refined or artificial sweeteners including (but not limited to): white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, sucanat, splenda, stevia, agave, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, brown rice syrup, and cane juice. Foods and beverages can only be sweetened with a moderate amount of honey or maple syrup. Organic raw honey is the gold standard when it comes to sweetener. Don't buy regular, filtered honey. Why? All the good stuff is gone. Most all corn based sweeteners and artificial sweeteners are GMO. Don't use them EVER. Organic maple syrup has special nutritional value as well. Remember that honey/syrup is 100 calories a tablespoon. Can add up quick.
Week 10: No refined oils – No refined or hydrogenated oils including (but not limited to): vegetable oil, organic vegetable oil, soybean oil, corn oil, canola oil, organic canola oil, margarine, and grape seed oil. NEVER BUY OR EAT HYDROGENATED OILS. Don't depend on "Nutrition Facts" to tell you if there are transfats in the product. If 0.5 grams or less they don't have to list, but if you look at ingredients and see "hydrogenated" oil, you will know that there are transfats. Any soybean, canola, or corn oil is GMO SO DON'T EVER BUY IT UNLESS ORGANIC. Personally never buy margarine. Organic grassfed butter, organic olive oil, grapeseed oil, sesame, and peanut oils are our top choices.
Week 11: Eat local foods – Eat at least 1 locally grown or raised food at each meal. This includes, but is not limited to: fruits, vegetables, eggs, grains, nuts, meats, and sweeteners like honey. Use EatLocalGrown.com and find a farmer's market or CSA (Community Sustainable Agriculture) that is a local farmer and grows weekly shares of food for local families. You get a box of organic food fresh picked each week. Sometimes they will deliver to your door. Could be a local farmer or big organic home delivery operation like Farm Fresh to You. Recommend both. Like your birthday each week with a special surprise on what you will get.
Week 12: No sweeteners – Avoid all added sweeteners including, but not limited to: white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, honey, maple syrup, date sugar, maple sugar, sucanat, splenda, stevia, agave, fruit juice concentrate, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, brown rice syrup, and cane juice. This is taking it one step further with sugar. You should eliminate anything with high frutose corn syrup, and try living without sugar even for just one day. Have gotten it down to just my cup of coffee in the morning and with my tea. Most all other foods don't have added sugar.
Week 13: Nothing artificial – Avoid all artificial ingredients including, but not limited to: sweeteners, flavors and colors. The government has approved over 80,000 chemicals to be used in foods. Some were never tested for safety and were introduced before testing. They were allowed because they had been used for awhile and didn't seem like they were causing any harm so we really don't know about those because there never was scientific testing. Other chemicals that have been approved are all based on what the manufacturer reports, the government does not test products for safety, but just accepts the word of the company making it. The maker may be able to test the chemical in a way that makes it look safe, but we don't really know about the interaction between chemicals in our body, and as we mentioned earlier when you see "artificial flavor" it can be hiding 50+ chemicals needed to make a fake flavor. Those 50 chemicals you will never have heard of before, maybe not even if you are a chemist. Many artificial flavors are recommended to NEVER EAT OR EAT WITH CAUTION.
Why risk it?
Week 14: No more than 5-ingredients – Avoid any and all packaged food products that contain more than five ingredients no matter what ingredients. Try and choose products with organic, whole food ingredients for the most nutrition bang for your buck.
Know Where Your Food Comes From Whenever possible, please support local growers by shopping at a farmers market! Getting to know the people that actually grow your food is a great experience and you'll be supporting your local community at the same time.
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Elaine McFadden, MPH, RD, is the host for "Smart Health Talk Radio Show, Thursdays, 4:00-5:00, on KCAA Radio 1050 AM in Southern California. Elaine is a dietitian dedicated to bringing consumers information that can improve their life and save them money.
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