Tag Archives: GMOs

Roundup Linked to Infertility, Spontaneous Abortions and Other Animal Health Problems

The U.S. leads the world with more than 165 million acres of GMO crops, mostly Roundup Ready® crops around which are sprayed with 200 million pounds of Roundup. Monsanto owns patents on the genes of more than 93% of soybeans, 80% of corn, and 95% of sugar beets planted in the U.S., according to Food for Democracy Now. The combination of the herbicide and the genetically modified seeds and crops  attracts pests, creates superweeds and  resistant crop diseases that worsen each year. Cows, chickens and pigs fed these crops are getting strange diseases. These factors are affecting the entire food chain and human health. Indeed, truth is stranger than fiction. Tonight, we have an startling article by Laurie Neverman from Common Sense Homesteading written especially for the Journal that covers this topic well.–Augie

Roundup Linked to Infertility, Spontaneous Abortions and Other Health Problems

by Laurie Neverman

We have been told since its introduction in 1973 that the pesticide Roundup is a safe and effective way to control weeds.  With the introduction of Roundup Ready soybeans in 1996, and Roundup Ready Corn in 1998, Roundup use soared.  According to The New York Times, in 2010, Roundup Ready crops accounted for about 90% of the soybeans and 70 percent of the corn and cotton grown in the United States.

Now, we are finding that Roundup is anything but safe.  GMOs have been linked to organ disruption: Continue reading

War of the Words — Eating the Greens & Naturally Sustainable Organic Foods

War of the Words — Eating the Greens and Naturally Sustainable Organic Foods

I have referred to the War of the Words several times in my talks and conversations –and it seems to resonate, so I will expound here. There is some intended sarcasm also.– Augie

Scribble Scrabble Scramble

Make Up Your Own Words

Government, corporate and academia change-makers are  always defining and redefining our words for us. “Water” for example may have different meanings depending on the specific laws or regulations the word is set within. Redefinition is an age-old practice to manipulate people and take control. As soon as you understand one word defined, you can be sure its definition has already been changed. Attorneys love it.

Organic comes to mind. If you search the Journal you will not find me using the term– as I have a distaste for it– like organic CAFO-type factory farmed chickens and eggs. The word has caused so much confusion and frustration– I don’t like to use it. USDA stole the term from the grassroots and twisted it to where can mean a battery of concentration camps of 250,000 chickens or even a million–voila, most of your organic chickens and eggs at the supermarket. Funny, pesticides and herbicides are organic too.

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Empires of Food–Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

Empires of Food–Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

Kathryne Pirtle is a musician, author, nutrition educator and food activist. She is also a Chicago correspondent for the Journal and a Weston A. Price Foundation co-chapter leader. Kathryne just put out her review of a new book relating to the government control of land versus a land of liberty for  agriculture and food production–how it relates to prosperity versus destruction of a society.

For all of our new readers, I want to emphasize that the living food (true food as some call it) with its naturally optimal nutrient density is proportionately related to the soil fertility– including plants and animals. This comes in having the freedom to nurture the soil versus slowly destroying it through manufactured chemicals and toxic concentrated human, hospital,  industrial and factory-farm wastes all called green. Some extracts follow (not of the wastes, the book review!) and I hope you go to her blog to finish it. Someone famous said the wealth of a nation is in direct proportion to its soil fertility.

Before I take up more space than her in my diatribe, let’s hear Kathryne.–Augie

Book Review: Empires of Food–Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

by Kathryne Pirtle

Book by Evan D.G. Fraser and Andrew Rimas (Pub. by Free Press, 2010)

Empires of Food is a fascinating book that certainly reveals the old adage that “history repeats itself.” As we moved away from the hunter-gatherer paradigm to that of civilization, man has often been deceived by the pursuit of progress. From the Mayan,

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Greek and Roman empires to our present day society, many urban societies have mistakenly sought development through monoculture–an agricultural system that depends on limited crops like wheat, corn and soybeans.

However, these agricultural systems have always suffered grave consequences:

“These societies, these food empires, can only exist if three things happen: Farmers need to grow more food than they eat; they need a means of trading it to willing buyers; they need a way to store it so it doesn’t turn to sludge before reaching its economic apotheosis. When these three premises are met, urban life flourishes. Which is, in itself, the seed of the problem…When a food empire fails, mobs tear apart the marketplace, angry over the cost of bread. Governments raise armies to conquer greener, more fertile valleys. People uproot. Forest creeps back over old fences. Arable land falls into disuse, and society contracts. It happens again and again. And it’s happening now…..”

Read the entire review at Kathryne’s Performance Without Pain blog.

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Two Declarations for Farm and Food Freedom

Two international figures came out last week to make serious statements about farm and food freedom. Sir Julian Rose and the ICPPC Manifesto and Michael Schmidt with his  Edmonton Declaration. Michael sent me his and Julian sent his to Kimberly Hartke. I thought it appropriate to tie these two together–Augie

The International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside (ICPPC) held their Anniversary conference this past weekend. The Manifesto for 21st Century Food and Farming “Farming for the People with the People”was circulated there and was submitted to Hartke is Online! by their co-director, Sir Julian Rose.

Sir Rose, a strong advocate/activists for real farming and raw milk, gives the Manifesto which states:

Continuing to adhere to the present corporate and state controlled food and farming regimes means that:

  • Farmer’s time honoured right to save their seeds and to cultivate, distribute and trade the produce resulting from these seeds will continue to be subverted, curtailed and stolen.
  • People’s right to perpetuate the biodiversity of locally adapted native plants, herbs and animals for culinary, medicinal and general environmental health will be denied.
  • People’s rights to gain lawful access to unused or barren land for the purpose of growing food for their own consumption in ways that do not harm the environment will be blocked.
  • People’s time honoured right to carry on the daily operations of good farming practice unhindered by state and corporate power structures, will be denied.

We call for a people led and people owned  renaissance of agriculture. One which will liberate the creativity and ingenuity of man and draw inspiration from the time honoured peasant and family farming practices that still form the foundation of self sufficient, sustainable and ecological agricultural production throughout the world.

Read the brief  Manifesto submitted at Hartke is Online!

The Edmonton Declaration by Michael Schmidt

The following document was presented at Michael Schmidt’s news conference on the steps of the Alberta Legislature recently:

Photo– Courtesy of The Bovine
 

“Agriculture has been the backbone of Canada. History has taught us that a healthy Agri-culture is able to feed all the people and therefore creates a healthy and socially stable environment.

At the turn of the last century 70% of our Canadian population was actively involved in farming.

Today we have only 2% of the population left working on farms.

80% of them have to have another job to keep their farm going.

The average age of today’s farmers is 56 and hardly any young farmer can afford to start farming.

Corporate farming has taken over food production and multi national corporations control most of the farming inputs, food processing and distribution.

Food safety regulations and production standards are passed based on intensive lobby powers by those who control the current food chain.

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David vs Goliath: Sustainable Farmer/Soil Scientist Against Big Ag Money in Iowa Race for Secretary of Agriculture

“Iowa is the Corn State, and its about time that farmers quit growing Corn and start raising Cain.”–Augie

Francis, Susan and Rodney-- Sustainable Dairy Farmers, Raw Milk Lovers and with your help can be Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture

UPDATE: I was informed last night that an anonymous donor to the Francis Thicke campaign from Fairfield, Iowa will MATCH every new dollar donated UP TO $25,000 to pay for the beautiful billboards to be erected on Iowa highways and the boss TV commercials. Continue reading

Genetic Engineering: The World’s Greatest Scam?

There are so darn many slick scams out there it is hard to say which one is the world’s greatest. Vaccinations, water fluoridation, man-made climate change and ozone depletion, federal reserve and public education come to mind to name a few. There are so many one might think there is some sort of contest going on.

My post on Superbugs in Factory-farmed Meats yesterday featured a farmer in Frankenstein, Missouri. The story did not cover the genetically modified organisms (GMOs) fed to the animals. This leads us to the seed monopoly and omnipresent frankenfoods featured in today’s thriller video: Genetic Engineering: The World’s Greatest Scam?

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DISCLAIMER: I have never been a particular fan of GreenPeace for some of their extreme environmentalism, but their educational efforts with this high-quality video on GMOs should be commended.

For continued edification, readers will want to watch the 7-minute video on the worldwide Health Effects of Genetically Modified Food . As a bonus, you can have a free non-GMO Shopping Guide that lists 200 GM foods to avoid at the supermarket.

Genetic Engineering: The World's Greatest Scam?

There are so darn many slick scams out there it is hard to say which one is the world’s greatest. Vaccinations, water fluoridation, man-made climate change and ozone depletion, federal reserve and public education come to mind to name a few. There are so many one might think there is some sort of contest going on.

My post on Superbugs in Factory-farmed Meats yesterday featured a farmer in Frankenstein, Missouri. The story did not cover the genetically modified organisms (GMOs) fed to the animals. This leads us to the seed monopoly and omnipresent frankenfoods featured in today’s thriller video: Genetic Engineering: The World’s Greatest Scam?

Vodpod videos no longer available.

DISCLAIMER: I have never been a particular fan of GreenPeace for some of their extreme environmentalism, but their educational efforts with this high-quality video on GMOs should be commended.

For continued edification, readers will want to watch the 7-minute video on the worldwide Health Effects of Genetically Modified Food . As a bonus, you can have a free non-GMO Shopping Guide that lists 200 GM foods to avoid at the supermarket.

Soy Formula Unsafe for Babies: Myths and Truths About Soy

Avoid Soy Products-- Especially Baby Formula

Avoid Soy Products-- Especially Baby Formula

I don’t know about you, but I like most Myths and Truths articles. They are easy to read and sets things in contrast to what we have been told. I just hope the attorneys at the ADM corporation does not sic their PR staff on me. I don’t think the nasty soy cartel will appreciate this article, especially the part that soy formula for babies is not safe.Oh. I almost forgot. Most soy beans are genetically modified.

Myths & Truths About Soy

NOTE: These Myths & Truths as well as our summary of soy dangers are provided on our Soy Alert! trifold brochure (PDF). You may print this at home or at a copy store for mass distribution. If you wish, you can order quantities of professionally printed two-color trifold brochures for 25 cents each by using the Order Form.

Myth: Use of soy as a food dates back many thousands of years.

Truth: Soy was first used as a food during the late Chou dynasty (1134-246 BC), only after the Chinese learned to ferment soy beans to make foods like tempeh, natto and tamari.

Myth: Asians consume large amounts of soy foods.

Truth: Average consumption of soy foods in Japan and China is 10 grams (about 2 teaspoons) per day. Asians consume soy foods in small amounts as a condiment, and not as a replacement for animal foods.

Myth: Modern soy foods confer the same health benefits as traditionally fermented soy foods.

Truth: Most modern soy foods are not fermented to neutralize toxins in soybeans, and are processed in a way that denatures proteins and increases levels of carcinogens.

Myth: Soy foods provide complete protein.

Truth: Like all legumes, soy beans are deficient in sulfur-containing amino acids methionine and cystine. In addition, modern processing denatures fragile lysine.

Myth: Fermented soy foods can provide vitamin B12 in vegetarian diets.

Truth: The compound that resembles vitamin B12 in soy cannot be used by the human body; in fact, soy foods cause the body to require more B12

Myth: Soy formula is safe for infants.

Truth: Soy foods contain trypsin inhibitors that inhibit protein digestion and affect pancreatic function. In test animals, diets high in trypsin inhibitors led to stunted growth and pancreatic disorders. Soy foods increase the body’s requirement for vitamin D, needed for strong bones and normal growth. Phytic acid in soy foods results in reduced bioavailabilty of iron and zinc which are required for the health and development of the brain and nervous system. Soy also lacks cholesterol, likewise essential for the development of the brain and nervous system. Megadoses of phytoestrogens in soy formula have been implicated in the current trend toward increasingly premature sexual development in girls and delayed or retarded sexual development in boys.

Continue reading: There are more doozies at http://westonaprice.org/mythstruths/mtsoy.html

VIDEO—Vaccine Nation: Mass Vax Here

UPDATE: NY Schools attorney David Cohen cross examines New York parents about their belief in God; the couple applied for a waiver to refuse vaccines. This is just 9 min of a total of 90 in this second session that meets all the definitions of child and adult abuse. This undercover video is so controversial it was taken off youtube three times affecting at least 100 website links. However, it was saved by this site where you can see it: http://www.mykidsmychoice.blogspot.com/

Intense vaxPsychological Interrogation of Personal Religious Beliefs in NY Public Schools over Vaccinations

The video below proves it, to receive an exemption from vaccinations in New York schools requires parents to attend private “interview sessions” which is the sanitized word for lengthy psychological torment sessions to examine their religious convictions.

NY School attorney David Cohen does New York. My, my: and we have every justification to question the brand and basis of his religion and convictions, bless his heart.

The startling New York show has already received the 2009 Orwellian Award offered annually by our own Kimberly Hartke at HartkeisOnline. The Award winner recognizes those who exemplify the characters and government depicted by George Orwell’s reality-based novel 1984 and Animal House (or is it Animal Planet).

Caught on video, the severe interrogations of parents in New York public schools over vaccine immunizations is enough alone to make one sick. This verbal and mental abuse of parents paid for and sponsored by schools doesn’t surprise me one bit. The schools have had decades of practice with the legal child abuse, although it is a softer form: a gradual and deliberate dumbing down to create obedient units of production. (thanks to the U.S. Department of Education and their friends at United Nations UNESCO unit. By the way, just ask and join the Home School Legal Defense Fund, as you wisely move your children into the Home School or Montersorri mode, or into the some of the charter schools.)

At first I thought the Cohen was a screaming jerk bordering on institutionalization. But I got real thankful for his presentation, and the courageous parents, as he most eloquently brings the nation’s attention to the severity of punishments parents receive when they act on their right to refuse vaccinations. The parents do this in order to avoid the high rate of neurological damage which is, of course, known throughout the health care system and the watchdog agencies.

Before you roll this flick, I want to point out other news. Nearly half the nurses and doctors providing flu shots also refuse to take them. The study was published in January by the Journal of Infectious Disease Control. Continue reading

Bad Seed: Gov't/Corporate Takeover of U.S. Food Supply?

3-32--The Parable of the Sower and the Mustard Seed

Matthew 13:3-32--The Parable of the Sower and the Mustard Seed

Readers will want to watch the 7-minute video on the worldwide Health Effects of Genetically Modified Food before reading this article. A free non-GMO Shopping Guide lists 200 GM foods to avoid.

GMOs: More Than Just the Health Effects

With a little reading and a little common sense, one might think the U.S. food supply, from seed to table, is being rapidly taken over by the Corporate/Government partnership. If true, it is yet another brilliantly sinister and silent scheme going unnoticed by consumers. The story is worth checking out. It could be that our seeds and their produce are contaminated from being handled by dirty hands.  This idea escapes the most educated, being riddled with advanced scientific jargon and the usual spin.

What is stirring up the mustard? It is about genetically engineered (GE) or genetically modified (GM foods) seeds, plants and produce. These fall under the all new and widely available plant and animal species called genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Questions concerning the health effects of GM food are beyond the scope of this article.

I suspect the creators of these mutant strains and seeds believe their life forms and offspring will be better than those made in the garden of Eden. This includes those folks who are innoculating day-old chicks and even eggs with GMO antiviruses– the human DNA varieties and brands could be at a store near you soon– as if they could lead us to everlasting life and health.

After reading a brilliant article by Linn Cohen-Cole on the history, politics and money behind the pasteurization of all milk, I was quite delighted she  wanted to talk with me the other night on the telephone.

Linn told me about Steve Hixon, down in central Illinois– near my old stomping grounds and the home of the world-famous White Squirrel. His business was recently raided by over 20 law enforcers in an investigation concerning genetically modified seeds (its in the public records). Fingers point to a set up by Monsanto over in St. Louis, according to the story.

Hixon is (or was) a very successful seed cleaner– he takes the chaff and dirt out of seeds after harvest or when he picks up the mess when trucks overturn and spills corn or beans all over the road. The alleged crime? Some form of patent infringement: he was suspected that he might not have proof that the seeds he cleans were genetically modified seeds or not. (Then, how could he?– he doesn’t have the million dollar instrument to tell.) He is awaiting charges. Continue reading