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Did you know that ‘natural’ foods can still contain GMOs? The main difference between ‘organic’ and ‘natural’

via: NaturalNews
Thursday, July 26, 2012
By: Ben

[NaturalNews] Have you ever wondered what “natural” and “organic” mean on labels? If so, you’re not alone. Food labels today are filled with a number of ingredients that are barely pronounceable, let alone common enough to know what they actually are. The good news is that with more and more people looking for healthier options to choose from at supermarkets, there are a lot more options today than there were. However, with the variety of products on shelves, it makes it difficult to know what the best choices truly are.

When it comes to “natural” and “organic,” there is a main difference you need to be aware of. One is strictly regulated and the other label can mean, well just about anything.

An organic label means that the product is strictly regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This is good news for all you “organic” shoppers, it means that organic products are regulated from start to finish, assuring that it doesn’t contain certain ingredients found in non-organic foods and products. The USDA says that organic food has to be grown without toxic, synthetic pesticides and herbicides, GMOs, and antibiotics or artificial growth hormones. It also helps that organic farms do not add chemicals to the air, water, and soil. There have been studies that show organic farming also helps produce more nutrient-dense crops.

As far as “natural,” it is a bit more open ended. In fact, it is all the way open ended. The “natural” labels are not strictly defined or regulated. It could mean that the food doesn’t contain preservatives, or that it is minimally processed, and it could mean none of those things. It is important to know that “natural” foods could even contain toxic chemicals and GMOs as they are not regulated like “organic” foods. Hence, it becomes that much more important to know how to read labels and understand what is being put in the products you purchase.

Natural and organic have two different definitions, and it is important to know the difference. Many companies are finding that just by adding “natural” to a label makes it more appealing to the consumer; however, it may not be more beneficial to your health. The bottom line is that organic food is the best choice for your health with its heavily regulated requirements and guidelines.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.motherjones.com

http://www.dietsinreview.com

http://www.jsonline.com

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USDA green-lights field trials of Monsanto drought-resistant corn after admitting it performs no better than natural corn

Natural News
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
By: Ethan A. Huff

[NaturalNews] The U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) does not even pretend to legitimately evaluate genetically-modified organisms (GMO) before approving them anymore, having recently green-lighted approval for a new variety of “drought-resistant” GM corn produced by Monsanto that admittedly grows no better under drought conditions than natural varieties do.

According to the Washington Post,  APHIS fast-tracked the corn, known as MON87460, without ever conducting an appropriate environmental risk analysis on the crop’s efficacy, which includes determining whether or not the crop is even safe for humans or the environment. In fact, in accordance with the Obama Administration’s new hands-off approach to regulating GMOs, APHIS decided to actually approve MON87460 even after a cursory evaluation of the data exposed it as a complete failure.

“The reduced yield [trait] does not exceed the natural variation observed in regionally-adapted varieties of conventional corn,” wrote the USDA in an earlier report on the crop published last fall. “Equally comparable varieties produced through conventional breeding techniques are readily available in irrigated corn production regions” (http://www.naturalnews.com/032453_GM_corn_USDA.html).

MON87460 is the first GMO to be approved with resistance to drought, as opposed to a pesticide or herbicide. And even though many drought-adaptive varieties of natural or hybrid corn already exist, Monsanto is pushing MON87460 on farmers all across the Midwest, and primarily in the Western plains where drought conditions are still severe, with promises that it will translate into increased yields.

Based on its initial findings, however, as well as the fact that GM crops are known to contaminate nearby conventional and organic crops, APHIS should have wholly rejected MON87460 and told Monsanto to hit the road. Instead, thanks to embedded special interests throughout the USDA and the highest levels of the federal government, this former regulatory body has become nothing more than a bureaucratic rubber stamp for the biotechnology industry.

“[Bio]technology has been spectacularly unsuccessful at delivering complex traits such as drought tolerance, which involve multiple genes and complex interaction with the plant’s environment,” wrote Dr. Helen Wallace, director of GeneWatch U.K. , in a piece last year on so-called drought-tolerant GM crops. “Meanwhile, conventional breeding and new techniques such as marker-assisted selection — which uses knowledge of the plant’s genome to inform breeding, without engineering the plant, have produced a long string of successes.”

Source: NaturalNews.com

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New Film Exposes the Blueprint of Madness Unleashed by the New World Order

COMING TO PRISONPLANET.TV: Alex Jones’ latest documentary turns the tables on fear: Government, not terrorism, poses the real threat.

PrisonPlanet.tv
February 29, 2012

A new documentary from Alex Jones definitively declares war against the attempts to control the population through a fear of false dangers. The facts are in– terrorism as a mass threat is a hoax. It is government, and the elite who control it, that pose the real threat to humanity. This new film will serve as evidence to the fact that government is history’s greatest killer– with various regimes claiming more than 262,000,000 unnatural deaths in the 20th Century alone. Now, a 21st century technocratic global corporate tyranny seeks to kill not mere millions but billions– through their superweapons, central banking warfare model and eugenics mindset.

New World Order: Blueprint of Madmen, which premiered to sold out audiences at the ‘Blueprint to Defeat the New World Order‘ twin events that took place in Dallas and Orlando this past week, will be available to PrisonPlanet.tv subscribers within hours and will later be available to the public, in hopes that it will serve as a warning.

Watch this preview of the film:

New World Order: Blueprint of Madmen (TRAILER) 

The film begins with a humorous intro, mocking the false sense of power carried by those who serve the system in the name of spotting a terrorist. Alex Jones portrays an everyday citizen snitch in the service of government, reporting on potential terrorists who pay for coffee with cash or use the Internet in a cafe. He’s part of the “federal family” that “Big Sis” Janet Napolitano speaks of– part of a self-feeding paranoia that assumes anyone can be a terrorist anywhere, anytime. The FBI’s recent Communities Against Terrorism campaign embodies this, by continuing to paint a broad brush nationwide that demonizes ordinary citizens,returning veterans and political activists as potential terrorists and domestic extremists.

Forget the fear. Routine activities in life pose more danger than the Pentagon’s shadow puppet al Qaeda.

Instead, Alex reveals a host of statistics from ordinary life that have proven much more deadly. In short, these statistics make clear that terrorism is a complete hoax. It was deliberately created as a false alarm to secure funds for national security contractors building a Stasi state built to control the population through the power of “fear itself.”

But what are the REAL threats our society faces?

Alex turns the tables on the constant propaganda about a projected enemy. He documents proven academic research in Democide, or Death by Government, demonstrating that the real killers throughout history have always been in government. From Mao in Communist China, Stalin in the U.S.S.R., Hitler in Nazi Germany, Pol Pot under the Khmer Rouge and so many others, governments have killed more than 260 million people in just the last one hundred years.

Through this important documentary, you will understand how history’s mega-killers are now poised to kill not millions but billions in a new age of dominance under world government. The elite psychopathic rulers, along with their technocratic Renfield minions, are pursuing a transhumanist vision where they seek to become gods while the masses of humanity are sacrificed in the name of saving the earth, all while risking our very planet in their destructive experimentation.

The existing danger of government has been heightened by the designs of an elite trying to legitimize their corporate-driven world government system– launched in part to carry out the forcible reduction of the population.

Hidden behind another hoax, the very billionaires hailed as saints for their philanthropy havemet in secret to ‘solve’ the overpopulation problem by pushing trojan horse vaccines, GMOs and other soft kill weapons on a global scale.

Bunkered down with Arctic seed vaults, endless wealth and private organic food supplies, the elite have in reality waged a war by siege, using food as a weapon to depopulate the earth. Studies confirm that pesticide-producing GMOs are linked to organ failure, sterility and other dangers, yet testing and even labeling of these engineered foods has been blocked by government regulators bought & paid for by Big Agra and Monsanto, putting the general public in harm’s way.

Yet privately, these same elite have been caught in a revealing hypocrisy: From David Rockefeller, to the Queen of EnglandBill Gates and China’s ruling class or Monsanto’s own employees and research scientists, the very people pushing GMO refuse to eat it. The same is true for vaccines– as in the case where German politicians received a “clean” flu vaccine while exposing the public to the experimental live virus cocktail jab. This elite knows well the genocidal potential of these dangerous policies, as well as the effects of hundreds of other chemicals that have been spiked into our modern lifestyles. From fluoride, to BPA, aspartame and more, reducing fertility and inducing cancer has been underway for decades by design.

But covert poisoning of the population is only the beginning of the power elites’ megadeath design. The 21st Century happened upon us only after extensive testing and experimentation had long ago risked opening Pandora’s Box. Unlocking the codes to atomic energy, chemical and biological warfare, genetic engineering, etc., has already risked total existence of life on earth. Scientists theorized and tried the explosion of the atmosphere in the fifties. Today CERN’s super hadron collider and other high technology refuses to yield to the possibilities of a black hole and other phenomena while nanotech, genetic engineering and an unfolding age of viral warfare, including race-specific bioweapons, have again threatened to wipe out entire peoples. The “big prize” for these eugenicists is a 90-95% total population reduction, as called for repeatedly in their thoroughly documented Endgame strategy.

Yet they have been so reckless and destructive that not even the elite are safe. Full of hubris, they believe they are gods, but in fact are not. Like failed rulers before, their downfall will come from their arrogance. There is no way to truly contain many of the contagions that have already been released, or are waiting ready for deployment.

“One of the biggest threats we face is the fact that these eugenicists who run our governments have produced literally hundreds of superweapons, and are just waiting until they have their police state grid in place to release them,” Alex Jones states in the documentary.

Yes, they are poised and waiting to use the powers they’ve long built up. As a hand fits into a glove, the elite have wielded science and laboratory research, built up national security & emergency powers, conditioned us that humanity is a menace, and have prepared the masses to cling to government in a disaster, while toying always with destruction. Whether or not we stop these madmen will determine our future, our destiny as a species. What happens is up to you.

But this documentary is another powerful tool in exposing the false threats used by the elite to control us– powerful because it casts an even greater light on their own dangerous megalomaniacal quest for total power. It’s time to see through the propaganda and face the real threats to humanity.

Source: InfoWars.com

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Organic Farmers to Monsanto: We Don’t Want Your Seeds Anyway!

Via: IndianCountryTodayMediaNetwork
By: ICTMN Staff
February 22, 2012

In a lawsuit against lawsuits, a coalition of organic farmers and farms are trying to curtail a giant agribusiness’s practice of suing them for patent violations that the farmers claim are completely unintentional.

According to the farmers, genetically-modified crops—corn, for example—can find their way into the organic farms’ crops. For the farmers, this is a contamination—after all, the selling point of their product is that it is not a genetically modified organism, or GMO, and the presence of genetic modification can threaten its organic status.

“We consider the threat of contamination from GMO crops to be significant,” Jim Gerritsen, an organic seed farmer in Maine and president of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA), told the Los Angeles Times. “And the reality is that the organic market will not tolerate anything that has GMO content, either by design or by contamination.”

Here, though, is the kicker: Monsanto has been known to sue these organic farmers for patent infringement. According to the L.A. Times article, it has sued more than 100 farmers for infringement, and these suits may be responsible for the drastic changes in the composition of the farming industry. A report at RT.com says that “Unable to afford a proper defense, competing small farms have been bought out by the company in droves. As a result, Monsanto saw their profits increase by the hundreds of millions over the last few.”

Farmers say that the Monsanto seeds find their way into their crops due to wind, cross pollination, or transfer by animals. Monsanto argues that it does not pursue farmers who inadvertently acquire Monsanto seeds, but according to the L.A. Times article, the operating definition of “inadvertent” gives the benefit of the doubt—and then some—to Monsanto: “In other words, it’s the responsibility of the non-GMO farmer to keep the GMO off his farm.”

The litigation is already underway, with Judge Naomi Buchwald hearing oral arguments in OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto on Jan. 31 in federal district court in New York City. The plaintiffs are a group of 83 farmers and groups, accounting for as much as 25% of the nation’s organic farmers. Buchwald said she intends to deliver her judgment by the end of March.

Source: m.IndianCountryTodayMediaNetwork.com

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France pushes to ban Monsanto’s GMO corn across the entire EU

Via: RedGreenAndBlue.org
By: Jeremy Bloom
February 21, 2012

Monsanto’s battle to get its genetically modified (GMO) corn into the European Union suffered a setback as the French Environment Ministry pushed the EU to implement a full ban, despite some agencies attempts to overrule it.

Last November France’s high administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat, had ordered the ban lifted on one product, Monsanto’s MON 810 seed corn (trade name “YieldGard”), following on the heels of a September ruling by the European Court of Justice which ruled that only a European-wide ban could be imposed, and France couldn’t act unilaterally.

So now France is pushing for just that ban, which could be final (or as final as anything can be when the Obama Administration continues to push GMOs everywhere, and  the US trade representative is a former Monsanto associate). (See: Monsanto employees in the halls of government.)

The Environment Ministry released a statement saying they had done studies showing the GMO corn posed ”significant risks for the environment”. Funny thing… Monsanto has consistently denied that any such studies exist, and whenever their new products are approved here in the US, it’s based on that notion. (See: The trouble with GMO: Dr. David Suzuki spells it out and Monsanto blocks research on GMO safety.)

Agence France Press reports (via):

The ministry pointed to a recent study by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that raised concerns with another form of GM crop, BT11, that it said could also be applied to MON 810.

“If the European Union does not act, we can invoke the safeguard clause” which allows EU nations to independently restrict or prohibit the sales of products, it said.

France has been in the forefront of the fight to prevent a GMO takeover of European farming, which just goes to show conservatives don’t have to side with big business. What could be more conservative than protecting farming, agriculture, and farmers? (See: Monsanto Guilty! France convicts big ag firm of chemical poisoning.)

Source: Red Green & Blue

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