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August 23 2012

Dave Gutknecht -- Farmers Fight Monsanto's Threats and Intimidation

A major lawsuit against Monsanto was denied in at the district court and has been appealed. On July 5, 2012, seventy-five family farmers, seed businesses, and agricultural organizations representing over 300,000 individuals and 4,500 farms filed a brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., asking the appellate court to reverse a lower court's decision from February dismissing their protective legal action against agricultural giant Monsanto's patents on genetically engineered seed.

The plaintiffs brought the pre-emptive case against Monsanto in March 2011 in the Southern District of New York (Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al. v Monsanto) and specifically seek to defend themselves from nearly two dozen of Monsanto's most aggressively asserted patents on GMO seed. They were forced to act pre-emptively to protect themselves from Monsanto's abusive lawsuits, fearing that if GMO seed contaminates their property despite their efforts to prevent such contamination, Monsanto will sue them for patent infringement.

Lead plaintiff in the suit (and the main source for this report) is the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (www.osgata.org), a not-for-profit agricultural organization made up of organic farmers, seed growers, seed businesses and supporters. OSGATA is committed to developing and protecting organic seed and its growers in order to ensure the organic community has access to excellent quality organic seed – seed that is free of contaminants and adapted to the diverse needs of local organic agriculture.

Dangerous Drift

Seed and pollen can drift great distances, in some cases as far as 10-15 miles, increasing the likelihood of contamination of organic crops with genetics from Monsanto's laboratories. The latter seeds and crops are referred to as "transgenic," and have had DNA of foreign organisms inserted into their DNA through human engineered processes. The suit plaintiffs use and sell non-transgenic seed, more commonly referred to as heirloom, organic, or conventional seed.

Read more.. http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/445-farm-and-food-policy/13042-focus-farmers-fight-monsantos-threats-and-intimidation?tmpl=component&print=1&page=

Dave Gutknecht -- Farmers Fight Monsanto's Threats and Intimidation

A major lawsuit against Monsanto was denied in at the district court and has been appealed. On July 5, 2012, seventy-five family farmers, seed businesses, and agricultural organizations representing over 300,000 individuals and 4,500 farms filed a brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., asking the appellate court to reverse a lower court's decision from February dismissing their protective legal action against agricultural giant Monsanto's patents on genetically engineered seed.

The plaintiffs brought the pre-emptive case against Monsanto in March 2011 in the Southern District of New York (Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al. v Monsanto) and specifically seek to defend themselves from nearly two dozen of Monsanto's most aggressively asserted patents on GMO seed. They were forced to act pre-emptively to protect themselves from Monsanto's abusive lawsuits, fearing that if GMO seed contaminates their property despite their efforts to prevent such contamination, Monsanto will sue them for patent infringement.

Lead plaintiff in the suit (and the main source for this report) is the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (www.osgata.org), a not-for-profit agricultural organization made up of organic farmers, seed growers, seed businesses and supporters. OSGATA is committed to developing and protecting organic seed and its growers in order to ensure the organic community has access to excellent quality organic seed – seed that is free of contaminants and adapted to the diverse needs of local organic agriculture.

Dangerous Drift

Seed and pollen can drift great distances, in some cases as far as 10-15 miles, increasing the likelihood of contamination of organic crops with genetics from Monsanto's laboratories. The latter seeds and crops are referred to as "transgenic," and have had DNA of foreign organisms inserted into their DNA through human engineered processes. The suit plaintiffs use and sell non-transgenic seed, more commonly referred to as heirloom, organic, or conventional seed.

Read more.. http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/445-farm-and-food-policy/13042-focus-farmers-fight-monsantos-threats-and-intimidation?tmpl=component&print=1&page=

Dave Gutknecht -- Farmers Fight Monsanto's Threats and Intimidation

A major lawsuit against Monsanto was denied in at the district court and has been appealed. On July 5, 2012, seventy-five family farmers, seed businesses, and agricultural organizations representing over 300,000 individuals and 4,500 farms filed a brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., asking the appellate court to reverse a lower court's decision from February dismissing their protective legal action against agricultural giant Monsanto's patents on genetically engineered seed.

The plaintiffs brought the pre-emptive case against Monsanto in March 2011 in the Southern District of New York (Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al. v Monsanto) and specifically seek to defend themselves from nearly two dozen of Monsanto's most aggressively asserted patents on GMO seed. They were forced to act pre-emptively to protect themselves from Monsanto's abusive lawsuits, fearing that if GMO seed contaminates their property despite their efforts to prevent such contamination, Monsanto will sue them for patent infringement.

Lead plaintiff in the suit (and the main source for this report) is the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (www.osgata.org), a not-for-profit agricultural organization made up of organic farmers, seed growers, seed businesses and supporters. OSGATA is committed to developing and protecting organic seed and its growers in order to ensure the organic community has access to excellent quality organic seed – seed that is free of contaminants and adapted to the diverse needs of local organic agriculture.

Dangerous Drift

Seed and pollen can drift great distances, in some cases as far as 10-15 miles, increasing the likelihood of contamination of organic crops with genetics from Monsanto's laboratories. The latter seeds and crops are referred to as "transgenic," and have had DNA of foreign organisms inserted into their DNA through human engineered processes. The suit plaintiffs use and sell non-transgenic seed, more commonly referred to as heirloom, organic, or conventional seed.

Read more.. http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/445-farm-and-food-policy/13042-focus-farmers-fight-monsantos-threats-and-intimidation?tmpl=component&print=1&page=

August 22 2012

Ed Bauman -- Studies Show Microwaves Drastically Reduce Nutrients In Food

I can remember the days growing up in the 1950's and 1960's, when we prepared foods without a microwave oven. Water was boiled on the stove. Chicken was baked in an oven. Vegetables were steamed, baked, or sautéed. Food was whole and fresh. Even a TV dinner was baked in the oven, which took about 15 minutes to warm. And then, modern science and technology brought us the microwave oven that could heat food rapidly, from 30 seconds to a couple of minutes.

The industry has claimed that microwave cooking protects the nutrient content of foods. Somehow, in tasting foods that came out of a microwave oven, the texture was changed as was the flavor. Foods cooked or reheated in microwave ovens became rubbery and lacked the savory smells and layered flavors that come from cooking foods slower and longer.

Nevertheless, people bought the convenience aspect, the speed, the simplicity of heating and eating prepared foods. The science, which has been supported by the food industry, has continued to claim the health benefits of microwave cooking. Recently, published data from reliable sources questions the health benefits of microwaved food.

Does this mean an occasional microwaved meal will be harmful? Not likely. But what about a steady diet of eating foods cooked at such a high heat? Do the sensitive compounds in food, such as amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and phytonutrients change? It appears so. Read on to follow the scientific literature surrounding the depletion of our soil, foods, and health as a result of modern farming, food processing, microwave cooking, and not eating enough fresh, natural, uncooked, organic whole foods.

  • Three recent studies of historical food composition have shown 5-40% declines in some of the minerals in fresh produce, and another study found a similar decline in our protein sources (1)
  • A 1999 Scandinavian study of the cooking of asparagus spears found that microwaving caused a reduction in vitamins (3)
  • In a study of garlic, as little as 60 seconds of microwave heating was enough to inactivate its allinase, garlic's principle active ingredient against cancer (5)
  • A study published in the November 2003 issue of The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that broccoli "zapped" in the microwave with a little water lost up to 97%of its beneficial antioxidants. By comparison, steamed broccoli lost 11% or fewer of its antioxidants. There were also reductions in phenolic compounds and glucosinolates, but mineral levels remained intact (6).
  • A recent Australian study showed that micro- waves cause a higher degree of "protein unfolding" than conventional heating (2)
  • Microwaving can destroy the essential disease-fighting agents in breast milk that offer protection for your baby. In 1992, Quan found that microwaved breast milk lost lysozyme activity, antibodies, and fostered the growth of more potentially pathogenic bacteria (4).

Quan stated that more damage was done to the milk by microwaving than by other methods of heating, concluding: "Microwaving appears to be contraindicated at high-temperatures, and questions regarding its safety exist even at low temperatures."

Read more.. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/studies-show-microwaves-drastically-reduce-nutrients-food

April 26 2012

Sucralose Causes Cancer Concern

Following the discovery in a new study that mice have a higher risk of developing cancer after eating the popular British-made low-calorie artificial sweetener sucralose, a leading cancer scientist calls for urgent research. 

Dr. Morando Soffritti, director of the Ramazzini Institute in Bologna, Italy will present the findings of the study for the first time at the Childhood Cancer 2012 conference in London.

Hundreds of millions of people all around the world consume artificial sweeteners, which can be found in a large variety of foods and drinks, including soft drinks, cakes and foods for diabetics, as well as medicines. The increasing problem of obesity in developed countries, which started in the 70's in Europe and the U.S., has led to increasing demands for reduced-calorie foods and drinks. However, the expansion of the artificial sweetener market has also led to rising concerns amongst consumers in terms of safety and potential long-term health effects, especially with regard to the potential cancer risks.

Read More:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/244603.php

April 25 2012

Christine Dell'Amore - Synthetic DNA Created, Evolves on Its Own

Step aside, DNA—new synthetic compounds called XNAs can also store and copy genetic information, a new study says. And, in a "big advancement," these artificial compounds can also be made to evolve in the lab, according to study co-author John Chaputof the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. (See "Evolution vs. Intelligent Design: 6 Bones of Contention.")

Nucleotides, the building blocks of DNA are composed of four bases—A, G, C, and T. Attached to the bases are sugars and phosphates. First, researchers made XNA building blocks to six different genetic systems by replacing the natural sugar component of DNA with one of six different polymers, synthetic chemical compounds.

The team—led by Vitor Pinheiro of the U.K.'s Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology—then evolved enzymes, called polymerases, that can make XNA from DNA, and others that can change XNA back into DNA.

This copying and translating ability allowed for genetic sequences to be copied and passed down again and again—artificial heredity. Last, the team determined that HNA, one of the six XNA polymers, could respond to selective pressure in a test tube.

Read More:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/04/120419-xna-synthetic-dna-evolution-genetics-life-science/#

April 24 2012

S.D. Wells - Enjoy the Hunger Games? We're all playing the Nutrition Games in real life

Ready, set, go! You have just been released into the wild, a survive-by-any-means world, where nearly all food and medicine is toxic, doctors and dentists prescribe cancer causing medication and radiation, you have no rights to speak adversely about your government, and you can be imprisoned with no rights to a lawyer or phone call, for simply being "suspected" of terrorist acts. Go now, fend for yourself, don't ask questions, and try not to end up in a hospital, where you'll be force fed more toxins and most likely won't get out alive.

That's right, rather than heading to the movie theatre to sit back with your popcorn, candy and a soda to "virtually" engage in the not-so-far-away, post-apocalyptic, dystopian future of America (around the year 2080), just head to the local grocery store and start haphazardly grabbing items off the shelves, then go home, turn on the boob tube, eat your food, watch the news, and "hope" it all gets better.

Welcome to the Jungle 

Welcome to the jungle, we've got "fun and games," where food is full of toxins disguised with natural names. But today in America, instead of having your skull cracked by a "kill-or-be-killed" teenager, and then having your brain devoured by poisonous creatures, you get your skull sawed open by a surgeon, while your brain and internal organs are eaten alive slowly by chemotherapy and radiation, and your only weapons consist of organic food and organic supplements, which may soon be illegal, or converted to GMO, but still labeled as organic.

Read More:

http://www.naturalnews.com/035659_Hunger_Games_nutrition_life.html

S.D. Wells - Enjoy the Hunger Games? We're all playing the Nutrition Games in real life

Ready, set, go! You have just been released into the wild, a survive-by-any-means world, where nearly all food and medicine is toxic, doctors and dentists prescribe cancer causing medication and radiation, you have no rights to speak adversely about your government, and you can be imprisoned with no rights to a lawyer or phone call, for simply being "suspected" of terrorist acts. Go now, fend for yourself, don't ask questions, and try not to end up in a hospital, where you'll be force fed more toxins and most likely won't get out alive.

That's right, rather than heading to the movie theatre to sit back with your popcorn, candy and a soda to "virtually" engage in the not-so-far-away, post-apocalyptic, dystopian future of America (around the year 2080), just head to the local grocery store and start haphazardly grabbing items off the shelves, then go home, turn on the boob tube, eat your food, watch the news, and "hope" it all gets better.

Welcome to the Jungle 

Welcome to the jungle, we've got "fun and games," where food is full of toxins disguised with natural names. But today in America, instead of having your skull cracked by a "kill-or-be-killed" teenager, and then having your brain devoured by poisonous creatures, you get your skull sawed open by a surgeon, while your brain and internal organs are eaten alive slowly by chemotherapy and radiation, and your only weapons consist of organic food and organic supplements, which may soon be illegal, or converted to GMO, but still labeled as organic.

Read More:

http://www.naturalnews.com/035659_Hunger_Games_nutrition_life.html

March 23 2012

Food Police? Mayor Bloomberg Bans Food Donations to Homeless Shelters

Apparently going without is more nutritious than having food that is not nutritionally perfect. At least in Michael Bloomberg's eyes it is. I will admit I will savor chips, cocktail weenies and sugary punches when I wandered the streets as I lacked cooking facilities to make proper food. I also dumpster dived to supplement my intake as I found those food choices lacking for the carbo and protein burning rigors of sleeping outdoors and carrying everything I owned on my back. Homeless and hungry tip-Trader Joe's has awesome noms from the dumpster.

The Bloomberg administration is now taking the term “food police” to new depths, blocking food donations to all government-run facilities that serve the city’s homeless.

In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans...

...They’ve brought freshly cooked, nutrient-rich surplus foods from synagogue events to homeless facilities in the neighborhood. (Disclosure: I know the food is so tasty because I’ve eaten it — I’m an OZ member.) The practice of donating such surplus food to homeless shelters is common among houses of worship in the city.

Read More:

http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/864964/food_police_mayor_bloomberg_bans_food_donations_to_homeless_shelters/

 

March 14 2012

Today's Gary Null Show: The American Way of Eating

Information about today's Gary Null Show:

The American Way of Eating

Tracie McMillan is a former investigative reporter from New York who has focused on poverty and welfare issues.  She has written for publications such as the New York Times, Harpers, Saveur and Slate and was the managing editor of City Limits magazine and has been recognized for her work by World Hunger Year and the James Beard Foundation.

Her most recent work has been an important first hand investigation into food access in America and the relationship between food and social and economic status.  Her recent “The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebees, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table” recounts her year of diving into the trenches of migrant labor on farms, working in fast food kitchens and as an employee at Walmart, all the while trying to survive on the same the salaries and work conditions as the subjects of her book.

Listen to the podcast at http://prn.fm/2012/03/14/podcast-the-gary-null-show-031412/

February 29 2012

7 Reasons Why You Should Never Eat Genetically Modified Foods

7 Reasons Why You Should Never Eat Genetically Modified Foods 1. Numerous studies have linked GM foods with several types of cancer, toxicity to human cells, allergies, autoimmune diseases, viral and bacterial illness and infectious diseases.

7 Reasons Why You Should Never Eat Genetically Modified Foods

7 Reasons Why You Should Never Eat Genetically Modified Foods 1. Numerous studies have linked GM foods with several types of cancer, toxicity to human cells, allergies, autoimmune diseases, viral and bacterial illness and infectious diseases.

7 Reasons Why You Should Never Eat Genetically Modified Foods

7 Reasons Why You Should Never Eat Genetically Modified Foods 1. Numerous studies have linked GM foods with several types of cancer, toxicity to human cells, allergies, autoimmune diseases, viral and bacterial illness and infectious diseases.

7 Reasons Why You Should Never Eat Genetically Modified Foods

7 Reasons Why You Should Never Eat Genetically Modified Foods 1. Numerous studies have linked GM foods with several types of cancer, toxicity to human cells, allergies, autoimmune diseases, viral and bacterial illness and infectious diseases.

December 30 2011

raw-food-health.net - Nutrition Requirements On A Raw Food Diet

This information came from: http://www.raw-food-health.net/Nutrition-Requirements.html#ixzz1hqUVFFmh 
http://www.raw-food-health.net/ 

When they adopt raw food diets, many people start caring about their nutrition requirements due to concerns over inadequacy. What's the RDA for calcium? Am I getting enough zinc? What about protein? 

Knowing what recommendations to follow can be a bit tricky, as different bodies of experts suggest different things. There's also no assurance their recommendations even apply to you because good raw food diets are so radically different than what most people eat, and require different standards.

For most nutrients my diet meets - and in many cases exceeds by large factor - the standard RDA suggestions, but in some areas I'm "deficient," by the SAD nutrition requirements proposed by the usual bodies of experts. Yet in following this diet since 2005, my health has been near perfect, with not so much as a head cold in sight. So can I really be deficient?



 

We have to look at why the RDAs are set where they are to understand that a healthy intake of some nutrients can be much lower than the official suggestion.  

December 15 2011

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