Petition: Stop GE Trees! 


Tree biotechnology company ArborGen is requesting an unprecedented USDA approval: a genetically engineered (GE) “freeze tolerant” eucalyptus. If approved, this will be the first-ever GE forest tree to be commercially grown in the U.S., allowing ArborGen to plant massive, unregulated GE tree farms that will wreak havoc on the environment by destroying natural forests, polluting and depleting water, and endangering biodiversity. Paper and biofuel companies are planning on growing these trees on intensively managed monoculture tree plantations. Unfortunately, the Trump USDA has now formally proposed the approval of these dangerous GE trees.

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Your support is much appreciated🙏🏼

Resource:  Excerpt from: Center For Food Safety

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Big Pharma: Bayer confirms $66bn Monsanto Takeover

Genetically modified crops, such as this corn, are big business in the US

“German chemicals giant Bayer has confirmed its record-breaking $66bn takeover of GM seeds business Monsanto – a deal that would create the world’s biggest seeds and pesticides company.” This doesn’t surprise me at all.  By the way, genetically modified seeds are killing us, if you didn’t know. Bayer purchased of Monsanto might propell them in the number one spot for the biggest and most profitable pharmaceutical company.  That just means more people will die from drugs and GMO products. Support the organic movement and buy organic and NonGMO foods. 

If you’re interested read more about it here

Food Revolution Day: Jamie Oliver 

 Jamie Oliver’s Food Foundation was founded in 2002 with a mission to “shape the health and wellbeing of current and future generations and contribute to a healthier world by providing better access to food education for everyone.”   Every year around this time, Jamie hosts Food Revolution Day, which is a day of action where thousands of people all over the world make a stand for the right to make healthy food and essential cooking skills mandatory.  This year’s Food Revolution Day falls on Friday, May 15th, and this time he’s making it all about the kids. 

“By educating children about food in a practical, fun and engaging way, we can provide them with the knowledge and skills they so urgently need to lead healthier, happier lives. We need to make practical food education a compulsory part of every school curriculum across the world, and that’s why I’ve launched a petition calling on all G20 countries to action this. With enough support from millions of people around the world, I truly believe that we can create a movement that’s powerful enough to make governments take action.” Jamie Oliver

  
Read more and sign his petition and support the Food Revolution


Why Organic? My Top 5 Reasons

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I choose to buy and eat organic foods based on countless of studies showing them to be safer and nutritionally healthier than conventionally grown foods. A recent review of 41 published studies by certified nutrition specialist by Virginia Worthington, found that the nutritional value of organically grown fruits, vegetables, and grains had significantly more nutrients than conventional foods.

These included:
27% more vitamin C
21.1% more iron
29.3% more magnesium
13.6% more phosphorus.

In addition, organic products had 15.1% less nitrates than their conventional counterparts. Virginia also noted that five servings of organic vegetables (lettuce, spinach, carrots, potatoes and cabbage) provided the recommended daily intake of vitamin C for men and women, while their conventional counterparts did not. She said the results are consistent with known soil dynamics and plant physiology.

My Top Five Reasons

1. Plant-based organic foods, especially raw or non-processed, have higher levels of vitamins and minerals. A study conducted by Charles M. Benbrook, Xin Zhao, Jaime Yáñez, Neal Davies and Preston Andrews confirmed organic plant-based foods are, on average, more nutritious.

2. Organic foods are produced without the use of Generically Modified Organisms (GMO’s). These genetically modified foods are laboratory-made, using technology that is totally different from natural breeding methods, and pose different risks from non-GM crops.

3. Organic foods are safe and free from the use of toxic pesticides, antibiotics, and growth hormones. More than 400 chemical pesticides are routinely used in conventional farming and residues remain on non-organic food even after washing.

4. Organic foods and farming are climate-friendly. When farming organically, the use of fossil fuel is far less. Twenty-four billion pounds of chemical fertilizers applied on non-organic farms in the U.S. every year not only pollute our drinking water and create enormous dead zones in the oceans; but also release enormous amounts of nitrous oxide, a super potent, climate-destabilizing greenhouse gas.

5. Organic animals aren’t given drugs. Organic farming standards prohibit the use of antibiotics, growth hormones and genetically modified vaccines in farm animals. Hormone-laced beef and dairy consumption is correlated with increased rates of breast, testis and prostate cancers.

I highly recommend eating organically. Just based on the research that’s out their, organic is the way to go. Eat organic because the food is nutritiously healthier and safer for the environment.

Socrates said, “The only good is knowledge, the only evil is ignorance”

Resources:
Fruit and Soil Quality of Organic and Conventional Strawberry Agroecosystems – Abstract
Organic Trade Assiciation – Food Safety
New York Times Article – USDA to Start Program to Support…
“Nutritional Quality of Organic Versus Conventional Fruits, Vegetables, and Grains,” by Virginia Worthington

Del Monte Gets Approval to Import GMO Pineapple

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Article by Dave on April 16, 2013

An international fruit company has won approval from the USDA to ship genetically engineered pineapple into the U.S.

The Del Monte Fresh Produce Co., based in the Cayman Islands, has developed a transgenic pineapple that has tissue of a “novel rose color.”

The company has altered the fruit to “overexpress” a gene derived from the tangerine and to suppress other genes, increasing accumulation of lycopene, a natural chemical, according to its submission to the USDA.

The plant’s flowering cycle has also been changed to provide for more uniform growth and quality.

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has found that the “Rosé” cultivar is a regulated transgenic crop but does not require a biotechnology permit to export the crop to the U.S.

The transgenic fruit “does not have the ability to propagate and persist in the environment once they have been harvested,” according to USDA APHIS.

To read the full article click here: STOP GM FOODS NOW

Sources:
Originally published: Capital Press.