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With worrying updates about the incident at Fukushima still making news headlines, the threat of radiation is fresh on many people’s minds.

There’s been so much whitewashing surrounding the tragedy that it can be hard to decipher fact from pro-nuclear propaganda. The general consensus in the alternative health community is that authorities haven’t told us the whole story about how much radioactive material was leaked, and is continuing to leak, into the environment.

One thing is clear, though: the presence of harmful radiation is a very real issue—one about which we would do well to educate ourselves, so that we can take the proper protective measures.

Fukushima resurrected memories of Chernobyl, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, and reminded us of the horrific effects that ionic radiation can heap upon the body.

But these recollections do offer a bit of hope.

While cancer and radiation disease rates increased precipitously following the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there were some people who seemed to be immune to the harmful effects of radiation!

One man’s story has is so astounding that it’s been covered by many news and radio outlets in the past. Tsutomu Yamaguchi was walking to work in Hiroshima when the first atomic bomb was dropped only a mile away. He was so close to the impact point that the blast threw him to the ground and inundated his body with ionic radiation. Nevertheless, he survived, only to travel to his hometown of Nagasaki…where he once again was caught in the blast radius of the second atomic bomb.

Despite this horrendous exposure to radiation, Yamaguchi experienced no radiation diseases, had children without any issue, and lived until the ripe age of 93.

This experience is echoed by that of Dr. Tatuichiro Akizuki, his 20 employees, and their 70 patients—all of whom were also in a hospital 1.4km from the Nagasaki bomb drop point. Again, none of them suffered from any acute radiation disease.

So what’s their secret?

Dr. Akizuki had a theory about why he, his colleagues, and his patients all managed to avoid the fate of radiation contamination that was suffered by so many others: all of them consumed generous portions of wakame miso soup every day.

The deeper researchers dig, the stronger the connection between miso consumption and “radiation immunity” seems to be. Now a number of studies have scientifically proven that miso—a food made from fermented soy beans, rice, and salt—is powerfully radioprotective.

One study published in the journal Toxicologic Pathology found that rats given miso before being exposed to ionic radiation were strongly protected from its effects. Their miso diet also suppressed the growth of cancerous tumors—and these radioprotective effects persisted for all but extremely high, acute doses of radiation.[1]

The researchers found that, while all types of miso are radioprotective, those that have been fermented for the longest period of time are the most radioprotective (they tested miso fermented for 3-4 days, for 120 days, and for 180 days, and the 180-day-fermented miso offered the greatest level of radioprotection).

This is an important finding, because it reveals that the key to miso’s incredible radioprotective effects is the bacteria produced during its fermentation. Beneficial bacteria are what make all probiotic foods so amazingly health-promoting—and miso boasts special benefits because it also contains compounds called soy isoflavones, which have also been shown to be radioprotective on their own.[2]

But wait a minute…isn’t soy bad for you?

It is true that soy is an estrogen-mimicking food that can cause worrying hormonal imbalances (especially for women) if consumed regularly. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that most soy is produced as a GMO crop, which ensures that it’s also contaminated with endocrine-disrupting pesticides and all sorts of other toxins.

But fermented soy (the main ingredient in miso) is entirely different. The fermentation process transforms soy into an anti-estrogenic food, which therefore actually balances hormones rather than throwing them out of whack.[3] The world of beneficial bacteria—which we’ve barely even begun to understand—works in wonderful and mysterious ways.

And while the benefits of miso may be a new finding in the world of laboratory science, this healing brew has a long history as a healing food. As we mentioned above, it saved many people in Japan from the deleterious effects of atomic radiation at the end of World War II, and it (along with other macrobiotic foods) was used as a radioprotective measure after the Chernobyl incident, as well.

New studies even suggest that miso and soy isoflavones are ideal for cancer patients undergoing radiation treatment, because they simultaneously protect healthy cells from radiation and increase the damage done to cancer cells.

It will probably be some time before conventional medical science is willing to admit that the intelligence of healing foods can actually trump medical technologies (such as chemotherapy and the corrupt industry that wields it). Nevertheless, you can take advantage of miso and its radioprotection now.

Just make sure to eat the right kind of miso

Before you head out to the closest restaurant that serves miso soup, though, note these words of caution. As we already discussed, the vast majority of soy is GMO. It can be very difficult to find miso that’s been produced only with organic, non-GMO soy, but anything else isn’t worth eating.

Make sure to do your research, and only purchase your miso from a coop, health food store, or trustworthy website that can verify the quality and source of their product.

Once you’ve gotten your ingredients, making miso soup is a cinch. Just mix organic miso powder with water and scallions, and bring the mixture to a boil. Some people like to add an egg, tofu, or seaweed to their soup. If you choose to do so, make sure to use organic eggs, to limit your overall tofu intake (which is almost always made from unfermented soy), and to use organic seaweed or kelp that isn’t sourced from a radiation-contaminated area of the world (many types of seaweed can sequester radioactive compounds, which then make their way into your body when you consume it).

As long as you’re careful with your sourcing, you can rest assured that your delicious, homemade miso soup will offer potent protection against radiation, without any of the negative effects of unfermented soy.


References

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3695331/

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3800250/

[3] http://www.naturalnews.com/049769_miso_radioprotective_effects_Hiroshima_survivors.html

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Industrial society has not been kind to our planet. The greed of capitalism, politics, and power dynamics have all but conquered the world, leaving a wake of environmental degradation, sickness, and suffering. The future doesn’t look very bright.

The ecological recklessness of our world’s corporatocracy is tragic, sick, and insupportable—but this doesn’t mean that every large commercial entity is willfully acting in an evil and malicious way. More often than not, ignorance and incompetence are to blame, more so than malevolent conspiracy.

But there ARE Companies for which greed-fueled, destructive decisions are the rule rather than the exception, and which seem to have nearly no redeeming qualities.

Perhaps the prominent example of this breed of company is Monsanto, an entity routinely referred to as “the world’s most evil corporation.”

In making this statement, it’s imperative that you look at the facts and make your own decisions. The rallying cry of natural health and earth-friendly communities everywhere is that Monsanto products should be boycotted without exception.

Read through this primer on the company’s history, and you’ll probably understand why.

A long line of profitable poisons

Monsanto is most well-known for its glyphosate-containing pesticide RoundUp—currently the most widely used pesticide in the world—as well as their genetically modified seeds and agricultural products. But the company’s foray into the world of GMO agribusiness is only its most recent controversial product line.

Here’s some examples of some of their other past (and current) projects.

Sweeteners (and military meddling)
Monsanto got their start manufacturing saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low) for Coca-Cola. Despite the fact that their own internal studies demonstrated that it’s massively toxic (and despite being sued by the government for covering up this information), they proceeded to saturate the market with this poisonous sweetener.[1]

The same goes for aspartame, a later “innovation” that actually was originally developed as a chemical weapon. And if that’s not bad enough, they introduced their new poison to the world in partnership with I. G. Farben, the infamous corporation that produced Zyklon-B for the gas chambers of World War II.

During WWII, they were also running the uranium research that was used to build the atomic bomb during the Manhattan Project.[2]

Home care products
Through another shady partnership with G. D. Searle (known for its falsified studies and deep political ties), Monsanto expanded into widespread distribution of a suite of toxic home care products that had been developed over decades—including detergents, soaps, and industrial cleaning products.

The environment is still suffering from the introduction of all these products into society, and we’re still struggling as a culture to break our addiction to these miracle home products of the past. Luckily, it’s just as easy to make your own non-toxic versions.

PCB’s
This era of the company’s history also saw the creation of PCB’s, which were hailed as “wonder chemicals” with “limited applications,” but which have now been banned after fifty years of use, and are widely considered “one of the greatest chemical threats on the planet.”[3]

It’s hard to deny the facts: there just seem to be no moral boundaries that Monsanto isn’t willing to cross in the pursuit of profits and power.

Pathological lies

It would be much easier to maintain a shred a trust in Monsanto if they admitted when research reveals toxicity with their products, or at least admitted wrongdoing (and showed remorse) for past products that have been proven beyond any shadow of doubt to be harmful.

But of course, Monsanto continues to claim that none of its current offerings are toxic—just like they did with all of their past monstrosities, including those that are now banned (like PCB’s and dioxin). They’ve routinely dodged investigations, denied allegations, and weaseled their way out of lawsuits throughout their entire history, never fessing up to any wrongdoing or oversight.

The Monsanto website even features a Myths about Monsanto section called “Just Plain False,” where representatives “debunk” all the horrible accusations leveled against the company. For example, they deny any evidence suggesting that GMO foods are unsafe, that Monsanto sells “terminator seeds” that become sterile after one generation, and even that the company has “undue” influence in government.[4]

Volumes could be written about each and every one of these claims—but suffice it to say that there’s ample evidence demonstrating that Monsanto is lying.

Because here’s the thing: the company has a long history of not only toxin production, but also propaganda and whitewashing. When they partnered with Disneyland in the 1950’s to build an exhibit called “The House of the Future,” they openly claimed that all the house’s materials were completely biodegradable, even though it was built entirely out of toxic and enduring plastics (which they knew very well are anything but biodegradable).

So what do you think?

Believe it or not, this primer still barely scratches the surface of Monsanto’s toxic endeavors over the years—and it accounts even less for the rampant cronyism and political maneuvering that the company uses to get whatever it wants, whenever it wants.

So should you boycott Monsanto products and projects? The choice is yours, but here’s our personal decision: to whatever degree possible, we’re steering clear of anything with which this frightening and powerful company has ever been involved. The world deserves better.

 


References

[1] http://www.naturalnews.com/054760_Monsanto_Dirty_Dozen_chemicals.html

[2] http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-complete-history-of-monsanto-the-worlds-most-evil-corporation/5387964

[3] Ibid.

[4] http://www.monsanto.com/newsviews/pages/myths-about-monsanto.aspx

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The world had high hopes for the COP21 (the “Conference of Parties” climate talks in Paris). The outcome of this ambitious gathering sounds promising enough on paper: the finalized “Paris Agreement” officially conveys the shared intention to keep the world’s temperature no more than 2 degrees Celsius warmer than pre-industrial times.

This declaration has been met with mixed reviews, though, mainly because the conference yielded few set-in-stone commitments from any of the countries in attendance, other than assurances that they would reduce carbon output “as soon as possible” and “do their best” to keep global warming at bay.

Luckily, though, the momentous event did serve as fertile ground for lots of grassroots organizing around a number of critical subjects. For example, a coalition of environmentalists, farmers, and sustainable food organizations banded together to address the relationship between climate change and unsustainable agricultural practices. In the center of their crosshairs is Monsanto, the agribusiness monstrosity which is the largest single perpetuator of unsustainable farming in the world.

The International Monsanto Tribunal—as the coalition calls itself—announced at the COP21 that it will hold a trial in October 2016, on World Food Day, to try Monsanto for crimes against humanity.

If you know even a fraction of Monsanto’s infamous history, you’ll know that this charge is quite fitting. The Tribunal rightly points out that Monsanto is one of the world’s leading contributors to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions in the world, and that their operations are directly linked to the depletion of natural resources, the pollution of ecosystems across the planet, the extinction of animal and plant species, and the resulting decline in worldwide biodiversity.

When they’re not denying these allegations outright, Monsanto likes to claim that their business practices are small sacrifices made for the good of the human race, whose sustenance and care is their first priority. But their conquest for world domination has been detrimental for human society too—millions of small farmers have been displaced, and countless of communities have been torn apart in their toxic wake.     

Is Monsanto really so bad?

If you’ve read our articles in the past about the ravages of glyphosate, the prevalence of critically depleted soils around the world, and the litany of risks associated with GMO foods, you probably already know the answer to this question.

Mainstream media likes to claim that Monsanto is unfairly used as a scapegoat by science-denying, progress-halting environmentalists, but let’s be honest: their whitewashed propaganda is getting harder and harder to swallow. Monsanto’s chemicals have been conclusively linked to a staggering array of conditions, including cancer, autism, kidney disease, and birth defects. [1] The World Health Organization considers glyphosate a “probable human carcinogen,” and a new study demonstrates that it’s 125 times more toxic than regulators claim it is[2]

For these reasons and many more, countries around the world are banning GMO foods and glyphosate-containing pesticides at an increasing pace. Nevertheless, the meddling of lobbyists and corporate control of our government keeps such measures tantalizingly out of reach for the United States.

This is exactly why movements like the International Monsanto Tribunal are so important: only by calling attention to the morally reprehensible nature of Monsanto’s business practices can we ever hope to banish their toxic products from our food supply.

The far-reaching implications of the Tribunal (and how to get involved)

Mainstream media sources have criticized coverage of the Tribunal, stating that it’s not a “real” trial. It is true that the October 2016 event will be a citizen’s tribunal, but this doesn’t mean that it’s not an important and significant step in the right direction.

Those who criticize the actions of the Monsanto Tribunal misunderstand its true intentions. With their trial, the Tribunal seeks to encourage a rethinking of “crimes against humanity”—they intend to push for an official redefinition that includes “ecocide” (the ecological destruction of the planet), so that companies like Monsanto can finally be punished for their flagrant disregard for the planet’s health (and our health, for that matter). If we ever want to see Monsanto face a real international trial, we first need to evolve the way in which our society regards unsustainable business practices.

If you’d like to stay involved in this groundbreaking work, you can follow the progress of the Monsanto Tribunal (and donate to their cause) here. Also, be sure to sign this long-standing petition requesting that the Secretary-General of the United Nations bring real charges against Monsanto.

Together, we can create a food supply system that safeguards, not undermines, the certainty of our society’s future.  


 

References

[1] http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/12/07/monsanto-sued-for-crimes-against-humanity-at-international-criminal-court/

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3955666/

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The GMO saga continues.

The grassroots efforts of many organizers have ushered GMO’s into mainstream awareness—nearly everyone now has some opinion on the practice of genetic modification (a practice that, not so long ago, was barely known to the consumer world). And at last count, nine out of every ten support the labeling of GMO foods.[1]

That means 90% of the people want to see GMO foods labeled!

Despite this uncanny alignment of opinion the prevalence of GMO’s continues to increase. AND NOW, the first-ever genetically engineered animal—GMO farmed salmon—will soon be available in stores. The FDA recently approved this laboratory creation for sale and consumption, and they’ve decided that it does not need to carry a GMO label. This comes as great news for AquaBounty, the company that developed GMO salmon, and sad news for the 90% of us who oppose the unlabeled distribution of GMO goods.

This historic event marks a new low for the FDA’s integrity. By allowing the unchecked distribution of GMO salmon (and thus encouraging the genetic engineering of other species of “frankenfish”), they have clearly demonstrated that it’s not us they work for, and they have shirked their sworn responsibility to protect the American public.

The first genetically modified food animal

aThis constitutes the first genetically modified food animal — an Atlantic salmon that grows twice as fast as natural salmon, thanks to the insertion of genes from Chinook salmon and eelpout (an eel-like fish).

As a result, they carry three copies of each chromosome instead of two. But that’s not the only change. Their sex hormones will also undergo complicated manipulation to ensure they’re all female.

They’re also said to be sterile, as an added precaution should they manage to escape, but the sterilization process has been criticized as flawed, and not 100 percent guaranteed [2].

 

But how do we know that GMO salmon is unsafe?

We don’t.

This is precisely the argument that Monsanto has rested on regarding its GMO crops, and which AquaBounty is now using to justify the unlabeled sale of their salmon. Over the years, Monsanto and pro-GMO organizations have engineered a masterful propaganda campaign intended to slander what you could call “the treehugger bias”—that is, the belief that anything created through science is inherently inferior to anything created by nature.

For fear of being labeled illogical and emotional generalists, many mainstream media outlets have jumped on the bandwagon, perpetuating the argument that opposing GMO’s on principle is a stance that only the uneducated would take.

But here’s the thing: we also don’t know that GMO salmon is safe. Monsanto and AquaBounty would like you to think that their arguments are backed by hard science, but all the propaganda is just a distraction. The fact of the matter is that there is very little evidence to suggest that GMO foods are safe.

For example, the only studies on the safety of GMO salmon were conducted by AquaBounty—they used completely insignificant sample sizes (as few as six fish), and were so sloppy with their study protocols that even the FDA found them to be characterized by “technical flaws” and “insufficient data.” [3]

In short, we just don’t know what effect genetically modified fish has on human biology, because not enough people have consumed it. That means that the American public is essentially being used as guinea pigs.

If and when health problems arise, perhaps the product will be recalled (after AquaBounty has already made a bundle of cash). And this is the best case scenario—if Monsanto and its GMO crops serve as any precedent, GMO fish will remain in circulation long after its safety has been called into question.

And this entire line of thought doesn’t even touch upon the potentially detrimental effects that genetically engineered salmon could have upon wild salmon populations if they manage to escape their pens (which happens all the time with conventionally farmed salmon). Again, AquaBounty’s representatives claim that no harm would come to natural ecosystems, but no one knows for sure.

This is why the GMO labeling movement is so brilliant. It focuses not on whether GMO foods are safe or unsafe for consumers and the environment, but rather on the public’s simple right to know what kind of product they’re buying. Even if GMO salmon had been proven to be completely safe (which is most certainly not the case), we still deserve to know that we’re buying genetically modified fish (in the same way that we deserve to know all the ingredients a product contains, even if all of them have been proven to be safe).

This knowledge is especially important in light of the FDA’s recent actions—since they’ve made it apparent that they won’t safeguard our health, it’s up to us to show AquaBounty how we feel about their unlabeled creation.

The public fights back (you can too)

Luckily, the backlash against the release of AquaBounty’s product has been enormous. Millions of people have written to the FDA protesting their decision, and over sixty major food retailers have declined to carry AquaBounty’s GMO salmon, including Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Aldi, Costco, Target, Meijer, Giant Eagle, Marsh, H-E-B, and even the two largest grocers in the country, Kroger and Safeway.

The FDA has met this massive outcry with deaf ears, but the fight isn’t over yet. The Center for Food Safety is filing a lawsuit challenging the product approval, and they would love your support.

You can also write to your Congressman telling him to oppose H.R. 1599, which would outlaw the labeling of GMO foods if passed. And, of course, you can always vote with your dollar by refusing to buy GMO fish, and by refusing to shop at retailers that carry it. Together, we can hold food companies, food retailers, and regulatory agencies to a higher standard of civic and ecological responsibility.

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The #1 WORST food that causes you to AGE Faster

 


References

[1] http://consumerist.com/2015/12/02/poll-9-in-10-americans-support-gmo-labeling/

[2] http://www.outsideonline.com/1900276/genetically-engineered-salmon-could-soon-run-wild

[3] http://www.thealternativedaily.com/fda-approves-gmo-animal-salmon-sold-with-no-label/

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The debate over “healthy fats” vs. “unhealthy fats” has been raging on for some time.

Despite a mountain of evidence suggesting that properly chosen fats are a healthful and absolutely essential part of a balanced diet, they still have a pretty bad reputation.

Saturated fats get the worst rap—even prestigious organizations like the National Institute of Health (NIH) are still stuck on the old and tired belief that they make you fat and give you heart disease.[1]

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is that dietary fats are an integral part of your body’s vitamin absorption process, they’re an amazingly efficient source of energy, and they can actually help you lose weight and prevent heart disease.    

The enduring misinformation spread about fats leads people dangerously astray. Even when fats are lauded as heathful, it’s usually corn and canola oil that take the spotlight. These (and other) polyunsaturated fats are incredibly destructive to the body—they cause massive inflammation, free radical formation, weight gain, and cardiovascular issues.

These issues are exacerbated when people follow conventional “wisdom” by avoiding saturated fats. Some health experts recommend a diet comprised of 50-70% healthy saturated fats, without which the body is even more hard-pressed to fight systemic inflammation and imbalance.[2]

So why is this blatant lie about saturated fats still being told?

Old habits certainly die hard—years ago, someone put forward the hypothesis that saturated fats are bad for your heart, and now nobody wants to let go of it (even though it’s been conclusively disproved).

There’s a darker answer too, though: polyunsaturated fats are most likely glorified because they’re huge moneymakers for industrial agriculture. This means that many polyunsaturated oils are also GMO (especially soybean oil), which makes avoiding them even more important.

So which fats are the good ones?

As a general rule, you should avoid polyunsaturated fats, which include canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, or anything generically labeled as “vegetable oil.” Doing so is easier said than done—if you haven’t already noticed, these oils are used as ingredients in a staggering array of packaged products.

Here’s our top three healthful fats with which you should replace these health-sapping oils…

Coconut oil, which clocks in at 90% saturated fat, is a true health powerhouse. It contains a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) called lauric acid, which allows it to be processed much more quickly than fats which contain long-chain triglycerides.

MCT’s are processed by the liver and converted into energy with lightning-fast efficiency; this means they don’t easily get stored in fat reserves, and they create clean-burning, long-lasting energy that doesn’t result in a crash (unlike carbohydrates, which spike insulin, provide only short-term energy, and are easily stored as fat).

Coconut oil also has been shown to have antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, and it even boosts good cholesterol (HDL).

Always try to use virgin, unrefined coconut oil, which is highest in lauric acid and other beneficial components.

Macadamia nut oil boasts many of the same benefits of coconut oil, without the strong flavor that sometimes discourages people from using coconut oil for cooking (I personally think it tastes divine).

It also contains impressive levels of vitamins and essential fatty acids: magnesium (which relaxes blood vessels and regulates blood sugar),[3] vitamin E (which is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent) and omega-7 (which is one of the greatest natural skin moisturizers).

Olive oil is often presented by mainstream media as the “healthiest oil.” This is certainly a step in the right direction—olive oil is powerfully anti-inflammatory, packed with nutrients, and sustainably energizing.

One thing that’s misconstrued about olive oil, though, is its usability as a cooking oil. While pure olive oil (not virgin or extra virgin) can usually withstand medium heat without breaking down into free radicals, it still can’t withstand high heat cooking (only coconut oil and macadamia nut oil can serve this purpose). Whenever possible, save your olive oil for salad dressings and uncooked dishes.

Redefine your relationship with (healthy) fats

It’s time to stop listening to the mainstream medical pundits about saturated fats. All the facts suggest that a diet low in polyunsaturated fats and high in healthy saturated fats is the way to radiant health.

But don’t just take our word for it. Because of the universal availability of all the oils discussed above, it’s easy to integrate them into your life.

Once you experience the decreased inflammation, increased immune function, and sustainable energy that these healthy (and delicious) fats provide, you’ll be a believer.

 


References

[1] http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/Dec2011/Feature1

[2] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/12/28/what-you-dont-know-about-fats.aspx

[3] http://oilypedia.com/macadamia-nut-oil-health-benefits-that-you-didnt-know-about/

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Everyone seems to be talking about genetically modified organisms—GMO’s for short.

They’re also affectionately referred to as the fruit of a harmless, breakthrough agricultural innovation, or dangerously toxic “frankenfoods,” depending on who you ask.

Experts (all of whom, upon closer examination, seem to have some vested interests in the mainstream agricultural industry) maintain their argument that there’s nothing dangerous about GMO’s.

They hide behind corporate consortiums and well-funded propoganda, and they claim that numerous studies have failed to find anything wrong with GMO seeds and crops.

And to add insult to injury, they bolster their claim by stating that no conclusive studies have linked GMO’s to health problems in either animals or humans.

In light of this bold declaration, you might find the following study-backed facts about GMO’s and their attenuating dangers quite interesting…

GM soy can lead to hormone disruption and miscarriage, especially because of the dangers posed by glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide.

Glyphosate severely disrupts endocrine function, and interrupts the placenta’s ability to pass nutrients to the developing fetus.[1]

GM foods (especially soy) can cause infertility. In 2010, researchers at Russia’s Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Association for Gene Security found that hamsters who were fed GM soy for two generations completely lost the ability to have babies.[2]  

Another study showed a dramatic change in the reproductive system of rats who consumed GM soy for 15 months.[3] These findings led researchers to believe that GM soy can lead to an increased risk of severe hormonal disruptions, retrograde menstruation, and endometriosis (which can lead to infertility).

The pesticides used on GE crops can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, as well as other cancers.[4] Once again, the evidence is strongest for the dangers of glyphosate, but evidence is quickly mounting against other popular pesticides, as well.

In an isolated GE corn and soy farming community in Argentina, cancer rates are skyrocketing[5]and experts fear that they could reach catastrophic levels within the next 10-15 years.

GM crops lead to nutrient deficiency, in both the soil and your body. Dr. Don Huber has spent over 55 years studying the effects of GMO’s on the health of consumers and agricultural ecosystems, and his conclusion is less than rosy.

According to his work, glyphosate and other toxic byproducts of the GMO industry can reduce the nutrients in plants by up to 90%.[6]

GMO wheat has radically increased celiac disease. In this case, the issue is not so much the genetically modified crop itself, but rather the pesticide with which it’s routinely drenched.

Glyphosate has been shown to be incredibly destructive to gut flora, and it’s also a transporter of toxins like aluminum and arsenic.[7] Researchers strongly believe that these are the factors that have led to such a high correlation between wheat and celiac disease.

GM corn trigger unnatural immune responses. Despite assurances from Monsanto and the EPA that the Bt-toxin contained within GM corn would never end up in the human body, one sampling found it in the blood of an average of 80% of all tested groups.[8]

This toxin elevates the body’s levels of IgE and IgG antibodies, cytokines, and T-cells—states which have been linked to a wide array of health problems, including allergies, infections, inflammatory bowel disease, MS, cancer, asthma, and arthritis[9].

I could go on, but you probably get the point.

The growing mountain of evidence against the GMO food industry is making it more and more difficult to consider it a safe and sane strategy for the future of our food supply. GMO’s are already being stringently regulated in the European Union, as well as other countries.

Even China is beginning to fight against GMO’s

China is one of the largest consumers of GMO food crops in the world. They import more than 50 million tons of GMO soybeans every year (and that’s just one crop), and have been outspoken in their support of the GMO industry.

And yet, even they’re starting to think twice about them.

A couple years ago, they began imposing stricter regulations on GMO food imports from the United States. Unlike the old Chinese government (which may have just looked the other way in the interest of commerce), they even destroyed three whole shipments of GM corn.

And last year, China also banned GMO’s from their army food supply—making them the first military force in history to do so.[10] In support of their decision, they cited a government report that GMO soybeans have caused birth defects, infertility, depression, and all sorts of other nasty effects in the Chinese population.

When the facade of rabidly pro-GMO countries like China begins to crack, you can’t help but wonder if the world is finally waking up to the reality of this monstrous industry.

The debate rages on

While China’s growing reluctance could be a step in the right direction, it doesn’t appear that the argument over GMO’s is going to end anytime soon. In the mean time, you’ll need to make your own educated evaluation of them.

You can learn more about GMO’s here, here, and here…and then you can decide for yourself whether you think they’re worth avoiding.

If you decide to steer clear of them, you’ll be joining an increasing number of health enthusiasts and activists all around the world, who simply want a transparent, sustainable, and wholesome food supply system.

 


 

References

[1] http://www.panap.net/en/p/post/pesticides-info-database/115

[2] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-smith/genetically-modified-soy_b_544575.html

[3] http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Safety/gmo/genetically_modified_soy_diets_0910100128.html

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24762670

[5] http://bigstory.ap.org/article/argentines-link-health-problems-agrochemicals-2

[6] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/12/10/dr-don-huber-interview-part-1.aspx

[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3945755/

[8] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/07/29/organic-food-healthier.aspx

[9] Ibid.

[10] http://www.naturalnews.com/045443_gmos_china_food_supply.html

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These days, it’s hard to keep track of all the “latest and greatest” miracle foods. As the knowledge base of the natural health world exponentially expands, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we live in a world that is abundantly rich in wildly healthful edibles.

More and more people are turning from the questionable integrity of laboratory-created frankenfoods back to the original goodies that Mother Nature has offered all along.

Smart choice—after all, nature has had a lot more practice creating foods that are good for both us and the planet.

And there’s certainly no shortage of goodies. The number of health-packed foods that are available to us is so staggering that the modern health seeker risks information overload when trying to sift through them all.

But here’s one health powerhouse of which you’ve undoubtedly heard: the ancient and illustrious pomegranate.

A time-honored healing fruit

The pomegranate is one of the world’s oldest known fruits, and is prominently featured in the healing modalities, mythologies, and religions of the ancient world.

They symbolized prosperity, fruitfulness, abundance, and ambition for cultures and groups as varied as that of the Egyptians, Israelites, Muslims, Chinese, and Indians. Perhaps this was why their image was used on some ancient Greek coins.

I haven’t even begun listing all the pomegranate’s physiological benefits… but even so, doesn’t consuming a food so closely associated with overflowing abundance and good fortune just seem like a good idea?

And it gets better.

The Egyptians and ancient Indian practitioners of Ayurveda used pomegranates as a powerful healing tool for infections, a tonic for the heart and throat, and a tonifying and strengthening agent for the skin and blood.

Modern medicine has confirmed all of these healing properties that the ancients intuitively discerned—and it’s uncovered many more of the pomegranate’s tricks too.

Let’s take a look at a few of the characteristics that make them so amazing. You should probably consider becoming better friends with pomegranates if…

…you value longevity and overall wellness

One of the things that makes pomegranates such healthful allies is their incredible antioxidant profile. Pomegranate is a king among antioxidant-rich fruits. It even has a “crown” (which is the name given to the protruding blossom at one of its ends).

All puns aside, the statistics behind the pomegranate’s antioxidant powers are pretty impressive.

In fact, a 2008 study found that pomegranate juice outshined the polyphenol potency of nine other healthful beverages (and by a large margin of 20%).[1] Grapes, blueberries, and acai (all of which are known to be potent sources of antioxidants) fell short.

This antioxidant activity comes particularly from the pomegranate’s high levels of compounds known as punicalagins and punicalins, as well as its vitamin C content.

And these essential micronutrients can do some amazing things. They help your body’s cells protect themselves from attack, which translates to fewer illnesses, slower aging, and greater vitality.

They’ve even been shown to inhibit breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and leukemia.[2]

…you’d like to protect and revitalize your heart

The natural compounds contained in pomegranates are also excellent for your heart health. Studies have found that punicalagin in particular can lower systolic blood pressure, slow (and even reverse) plaque formation in arteries, and clear heart blockages caused by atherosclerosis. [3]

One study even demonstrated that drinking an ounce of pomegranate juice each day for a year decreased atherosclerotic plaque by 30% (while participants who didn’t drink their juice experienced a 9% increase). [4]

Lastly, these same potent antioxidants were found to reduce platelet aggregation, a process of blood cell clumping that can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. [5]

…you’d like to improve your memory and cognitive function

As mentioned above, pomegranates are excellent anti-aging tools. Their healing and tonifying qualities even extend to the brain—the rapid (and seemingly inevitable) decline of which is nearly always linked directly to the aging process.

Nevertheless, people who consume pomegranates daily are found to perform better on memory tests (when measured against a placebo), and their brains show increased activity when analyzed by an fMRI. [6]

Some of the phytochemicals in pomegranates also stimulate serotonin and estrogen receptors, [7] which help balance and regulate the emotional aspect of cognitive health by ameliorating the symptoms of depression and related conditions.

…you suffer from pain or other afflictions of inflammation

Antioxidants are excellent for reducing inflammation. This means that pomegranates are capable of delivering benefits you can really feel, because they can alleviate the pain caused by inflammation and other symptoms of arthritis.

One study found that, by reducing inflammation and targeting the enzyme that destroys cartilage in those with arthritis, pomegranate extract saves cartilage and reduces overall stiffness and pain. [8]

Integrating pomegranates into your diet

As you can see, there’s all sorts of good reasons why you should have more pomegranate in your life.

Though many of the studies cited above involved pomegranate juice, you can get the same benefits from whole fruit or pomegranate extract. In both cases, you’ll avoid the excess sugar (unbound by fiber) that comes along with pomegranate juice (and all fruit juices, for that matter). Pomegranates seeds (called arils) are delicious in cereals, salads, smoothies, or all by themselves.

And don’t be scared away by their tough skin and strange structure…figuring out a routine for preparing them is well worth it. Sure, you can’t just bite into them like an apple, but eating them still isn’t as difficult as you’d think.

Besides, it’s rather nice when food requires some creative preparation work before it yields its treasures. This process allows us to be more present and mindful when we nourish ourselves. It allows eating to be its own kind of meditation.

To prepare a pomegranate, simply cut off the crown (without piercing the seeds within), score the fruit’s skin into quarters, soak it in water for 5 minutes, and then separate the seed bunch from the skin with your fingers. Some people also like to cut pomegranates in half and separate the seed by pounding on the back of each half with a large spoon.

If that still sounds too complicated, check out this this nifty pomegranate deseeder tool. You know a fruit has some clout when there’s a preparation tool custom-made for it!

Whatever you do, just be sure you take advantage of how delicious medicine can be when it comes in form of healing foods like pomegranates.

 


References

[1] http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf073035s

[2] Kim ND, Mehta R, Yu W, et al. Chemopreventive and adjuvant therapeutic potential of pomegranate (Punica granatum) for human breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2002;71(3):203-17.

[3] http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/pomegranate

[4] Aviram M, Rosenblat M, Gaitini D, et al. Pomegranate juice consumption for 3 years by patients with carotid artery stenosis reduces common carotid intima-media thickness, blood pressure and LDL oxidation. Clin Nutr 2004;23(3):423-33.

[5] Aviram M, Dornfeld L, Rosenblat M, et al. Pomegranate juice consumption reduces oxidative stress, atherogenic modifications to LDL, and platelet aggregation:studies in humans and in atherosclerotic apolipoprotein E-deficient mice. Am J Clin Nutr 2000;71(5):1062-76.

[6] Bookheimer SY, Renner BA, Ekstrom A, et al: Pomegranate juice augments memory and FMRI activity in middle-aged and older adults with mild memory complaints. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2013, 2013:946298.

[7] Mori-Okamoto J, Otawara-Hamamoto Y, Yamato H, Yoshimura H. Pomegranate extract improves a depressive state and bone properties in menopausal syndrome model ovariectomized mice. J Ethnopharmacol 2004;92(1):93-101.

[8] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16140882

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GMO’s are sweeping across the food industry like a plague.

Despite a public outcry against GMO food—as well as a mountain of evidence suggesting that it’s extremely detrimental to our health—its prevalence in our food system continues to increase. Current estimates that 70% of the food in grocery stores is genetically modified.[1]

Recent initiatives in Colorado and Oregon put forth a ballot measure that would have required the labeling of all GMO foods.

Even though 85% of the participants in a recent survey say that they’re concerned about GMO’s,[2] the measures were defeated in both states. You can bet that had something to do with the $21 million pro-GMO propaganda campaign launched by a coalition comprised of the usual suspects, including Monsanto, DuPont, and Coco-Cola.

It was agonizingly close in Oregon (a mere 0.3% margin, and ballots were even recounted), which speaks to the growing awareness around GMO foods.

For the time being, though, our food supply is still being polluted with mutant products that undermine health and decrease life expectancy. Animal studies have even demonstrated that just a 33% GMO diet can cause life-threatening diseases, with 50% of males dying prematurely and 70% of females dying prematurely.[3]

If you can’t beat them, avoid them

Because GMO foods aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, we simply need to learn how to avoid them.

Doing so is just a matter of knowing which products are most suspect, learning the secret code of industrial food ingredients, and paying close attention to everything we purchase.

Here’s the top 10 GMO offenders that you should banish from your life and your dinner plate…

Corn is the #1 GMO offender. GMO corn is literally designed to release bug-fighting toxins all the time—which is an excellent trick for warding off insects, but it also happens to be terrible for your health.

It’s also drenched in enough pesticides to kill regular corn, and withstands the chemical malaise only because it’s been modified to be pesticide-resistant. But, in case you were wondering, your body was not designed for the regular consumption of insect-killing chemicals.

And I’m not just talking about corn-on-the-cob. Anything made from corn poses the same dangers: high-fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin, tortilla chips, and even meat from animals fed with GMO corn.

Your only safe bet is to purchase only organic corn products (and only organic, grass-finished meat).

Soy is another highly dangerous GMO food that’s in everything. Even organic soy has phytoestrogens that can be harmful to the body, so it’s generally a good idea to avoid soy altogether.

If a product contains soy in any form, just don’t buy it!

Sugar is another favorite of GMO food manufacturers. As though sugar wasn’t already a strong enough health destroyer, GMO sugar beets were introduced into the market in 2009, thus taking the health-sapping potential of sugar to another level entirely.

Sugars should be avoided in general, but if you simply must have sweeteners, try to use raw honey instead. And remember: a staggering array of packaged products contain sugar, so always read ingredient lists.

Aspartame is a GMO sweetener that’s used in many diet sodas and other “zero-calorie” products. Representatives of companies that use aspartame in their products often argue that it’s a simple and “natural” amino branch chain that is completely safe for human consumption.

You could technically call it natural…but here’s the reality behind their claims: much of the aspartame on the market is now made by growing it on the feces of GMO bacteria.

It doesn’t get much grosser than that!

That description—even without the GMO warning—should be enough to convince you to avoid this synthetic abomination. In case you need some more convincing, though, just know that aspartame is a powerful neurotoxin that wreaks havoc on the entire neurological system and central nervous system.[4]

And by the way, it also converts into formaldehyde when exposed to temperatures over 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

Here’s a great way to ensure that you avoid aspartame (or whatever other toxic laboratory creation that Monsanto would love for you to buy): just avoid all artificial sweeteners.

Canola oil is a toxic, polyunsaturated fat that is manufactured from rapeseed, nearly all of which is GMO.

Unfortunately, canola oil is one of the cheapest on the market, so it is ubiquitous in restaurants and the food industry. If possible, ask restaurants what kind of oils they use.

At home, use organic, unrefined coconut oil and grapeseed oil for high-heat cooking and olive oil for low-heat cooking.

Cotton oil is largely a Chinese import, and is almost always genetically modified. While cottonseed oil isn’t widely used for cooking, it still manages to work its way into every nook and cranny of the food industry (it’s in everything from animal feed to cosmetic products).

And while we’re on the subject, it’s worth mentioning that much of the US’s non-organic cotton is also GMO—a whopping 94%, according to the USDA.[5]

With an increasing number of studies linking GMO’s to cancer, neurological damage, infertility, behavioral issues, hormonal imbalance, and nutrient deficiencies,[6] do you really want GMO cotton that close to your skin, day after day? Better to stick to organic cotton.

Dairy. Bovine growth hormone is a GMO that is in 30% of milk in the US. This is most likely why milk has been linked to a rise in ovarian cancer and reproductive issues, and why it leads to massive hormonal imbalances in children.[7]

While more and more health experts are recommending against milk in general (especially non-organic), raw milk is still a healthful (but hard-to-acquire) dairy product.

Perhaps what’s best is to make your own milk alternatives from almonds or cashews—it’s absolutely delicious, and it’s one of the only ways to ensure that you know exactly where your milk came from.

If you’d rather purchase your milk alternative, always choose organic, and make sure that it hasn’t been irradiated.

Papaya. An increasing percentage of papaya, along with some other exotic fruits, are GMO. Genetic modification—as well as other harmful practices like irradiation—increase shelf-life and thus allow these far-flung fruits to be more easily and profitably transported to market.

Once again, just make sure that you always buy certified organic fruit, and you’ll be just fine.

Zucchini and yellow squash are sometimes sometimes modified to resist certain viruses. A relatively low percentage of zucchini and yellow squash on the market are currently GMO, but it seems that this percentage will continue to trend upwards.

The same rules apply: always buy organic produce.

Fighting against GMO’s

Becoming more conscious about what ends up in your own grocery basket is the first step toward playing an active role in the fight against GMO’s.

Here’s how else you can help: support local farmers, farmer’s markets, and coops, grow your own produce, and vote YES on all GMO labeling measures in your state.

Let’s regain control of our food system, so that it once again can serve as a provider of health and vitality, rather than an engine of profit and greed.

 


References

[1] http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/11/19/mixed_results_for_gmo_ballot_measures_346144.html

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11890465

[3] Ibid.

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1474447/

[5] http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm352067.htm

[6] https://www.realfoodgirlunmodified.com/what-is-gmo-3/gmo-free-living/

[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15531686

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You may already be familiar with glyphosate, the pesticide constituent with which Monsanto and the agricultural industry is poisoning our entire planet. Not long ago, concerns about the usage of this noxious chemical on our nation’s crops were shrugged off as conspiracy paranoia—but now even the World Health Organization officially considers it a probable human carcinogen.

New study data is emerging all the time, and findings point to a simple but frightening fact: the toxicity of glyphosate has been grossly underestimated.

Glyphosate triggers massive inflammation, taxes the body with oxidative stress, throws your hormones out of whack, and destroys your microbiome (many experts attribute Celiac disease and grain intolerance to this damage). That pretty much covers the root causes that lead to nearly all major health conditions, so it’s no wonder that glyphosate has now been linked with immune dysfunction, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, obesity, depression and other mood disorders, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, infertility, reproductive issues, developmental deformities, and ALS.[1]

One study demonstrated that even glyphosate levels in the parts-per-trillion range cause breast cancer proliferation and extreme estrogen imbalance—and researchers fear that similarly miniscule amounts of the chemical can lead to the other conditions listed above.[2] For this reason and many others, some scientists believe that glyphosate is the most dangerous and toxic chemical ever approved for commercial use.

Amidst all of this overwhelming evidence, Monsanto continues to deny all toxicity claims. The corporation has employed a ludicrous array of tactics to undermine the information reported the WHO: attacking the professional credibility of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the division of the WHO that published its report on glyphosate, downplaying any and all negative evidence against their beloved chemical, and funding propaganda campaigns to drown out legitimate research.

Monsanto has even stooped to laughable word games, claiming that labeling their pesticides as “carcinogenic” doesn’t actually link the chemical to cancer. I’m sure that it’s hardly necessary for us to point out the absurdity in this statement.

The point is that, despite loud public outcry, Monsanto has shown its commitment to continually growing their multi-billion-dollar agricultural empire—regardless of what effect it may have on the health of you and the planet. And the larger their operations grow, the more widespread glyphosate contamination becomes.

A groundbreaking U.S. Geological Survey found glyphosate (as well as its toxic degradation product, AMPA) in 59% of sampled surface water sites, 8.4% of sampled groundwater sites, and over 50% of soil and sediment samples. Even 10% of water in wastewater treatment plants was found to contain glyphosate (and a whopping 80% contained AMPA).[3]

But at least organic food is safe…right?

In light of this increasingly grave situation, those wishing to protect themselves from the negative health effects of glyphosate have retreated into the perceived safety of organic food. But recently, a tirelessly health-conscious company, Tropical Traditions, has revealed that organic food is not as safe as we think it is.

They recently tested commercial organic grains grown in Montana, North Dakota, and Canada, and found them to contain levels of glyphosate that were nearly as high as in conventional, non-GMO grains (between 0.03-0.06 mg/kg, compared to 0.07-0.09 mg/kg found in conventional produce). While GMO grains contain much higher levels yet (between 3.3-5.7 mg/kg), this presence of glyphosate in organic products is deeply distressing—particularly given the chemical’s uncanny abilities to trigger health problems at shockingly low doses.

All organic grains they examined failed the glyphosate test, with the exception of organic rye and organic millet, as well as organic wheat from small-scale farmers in Wisconsin.

How can this be happening?

It’s human nature to want a well-defined culprit at whom we can point our fingers—especially when it comes to industrial, health-destroying schemes. For better or worse, though, the perpetrator is hard to identify in this case, as the problem extends through every level of the agricultural system.

Pesticide manufacturers are obviously the instigators of the whole problem—if companies like Monsanto would stop pushing their toxic products into the hands of farmers, our world could begin to heal the damages caused by glyphosate. Farmers may be to blame, as well, though—it’s suspected that many “organic” farmers use glyphosate to kill late-season weeds that grow in between crops, and even that they “dessicate” their crops with glyphosate (this kills the crop early, ensuring that they’re able to harvest it before early snowstorms come).

When it comes time for the USDA to give these contaminated crops the organic seal of approval, they too drop the ball—their “acceptable” pesticide levels are far too high, and if farmers demonstrate that glyphosate hasn’t been directly applied to the crop during its growing season, farmers are even given 5% of wiggle room. These numbers are based on standards set by the EPA, which recently raised the allowable limit for pesticides in food by a worrying degree.

And lastly, some glyphosate contamination is simply out of everyone’s control. Some scientists fear that glyphosate is reaching organic crops through rainwater and irrigation, and that contaminated water supplied could make it increasingly difficult to produce truly glyphosate-free food.

How to protect yourself (and our entire food system)

Luckily, companies like Tropical Traditions are leading the charge to offer officially tested, glyphosate-free food. In order for them to succeed, we must all vote with our dollars by supporting their products instead of those contaminated by Monsanto’s poisons.

Whenever possible, research products to see if they’ve been tested for glyphosate content (chances are that “glyphosate-free” will enter mainstream health food nomenclature before long). Source your food from small-scale companies and farmers, and be willing to ask tough questions about how it was grown. As long as consumers remain ambivalent about issues like glyphosate contamination, GMO labeling, and insufficient government regulation, the toxic agricultural industry will carry on with business as usual.

By only supporting companies and products that you know are committed to ridding the world of glyphosate, you can play your part in protecting the future of our food and water supply—as well as the future of your personal health and well-being.

 


References

[1] http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/alert-certified-organic-food-grown-us-found-contaminated-glyphosate-herbicide?page=1

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23756170

[3] http://toxics.usgs.gov/highlights/2014-04-23-glyphosate_2014.html

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The movement to make the labeling of all GMO products mandatory is growing steadily. March Against Monsanto, Millions Against Monsanto, Right to Know GMO, and dozens of other organizations are working feverishly to raise awareness about GMO’s.

Their message is simple: everyone has a right to know when they’re eating GMO foods.  

Regardless of what you think about GMO’s (the debate over their effects on human health is a furious one), you can’t really deny that people have a right to know what’s in their food.

This brilliant tactic sidesteps the controversy over GMO’s effects on human health and the environment. Monsanto and its cronies have an endless budget for propaganda and biased research, so most credible information about the dangers of GMO end up being marginalized, ridiculed, and discredited by the mainstream.

It’s a bit harder, however, to deny people’s “right to know.” Monsanto’s representatives are livid about GMO labeling proposals, and claim that such labeling would erroneously give a bad name to their “harmless” products.

In many cases, this retort has actually made more people suspicious of GMO’s. If their product really is so harmless, then why are they so afraid to have it labeled?

The GMO industry has effectively backed itself into a corner…and it’s losing supporters quickly.

But Monsanto has other tricks up its sleeve…

Seeing that its public support is slipping away, the GMO industry is changing its tactics— they’ve funded and molded a legislative bill that anti-GMO organizations are calling The Mother of All Monsanto Protection Acts.

H.R. 1599, which is misleadingly entitled “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” has already made it in front of Congress. If passed, the bill would prevent all food manufacturers from labeling GMO products, and would supercede states’ rights to pass GMO labeling laws and GMO crop bans.

It would also crush any hope of having any pre-market GMO safety standards developed by the FDA or the USDA—because such standards would be considered an “inaccurate” and unfair bias against GMO products.

For the same reason, this insidious legislation would even strip local farmers of their right to establish GMO-free farming zones—so GMO contamination would be rampant.

For these reasons and more, the bill is being referred to by the anti-GMO movement as the DARK Act (Deny Americans the Right to Know).

This isn’t the first bill introduced that gives industrial agriculture companies like Monsanto exactly what they want—but it’s certainly a decisive one. If passed, the DARK Act will make it extremely difficult for the GMO labeling movement to keep its current momentum.

Don’t let them take away your rights!

Luckily, each and every one of us can help. Agribusiness may have oodles of money and power, but we still have strength in numbers. And while the state of our “democracy” arguably isn’t what it used to be, there’s still checks and balances in place to stop entities like Monsanto from tyrannically achieving its goals.

Here’s the bottom line: if Congress doesn’t pass H.R. 1599, Monsanto loses this battle. Most members of Congress haven’t yet committed to a position on the bill, which means that they’re still open to being persuaded one way or the other.

If enough of us contact our Congressmen and convey exactly why they should vote against this horrendous bill, there’s still great hope.

Remember to do your homework first: find out if your Congressman has already declared a position or not, so that you have a frame of reference when reaching out to them.

Give specific reasons why you believe that they should vote down the DARK Act (remember to refer to it as H.R. 1599). For example, here’s one that they’ll love: a whopping 86% of voters are in favor of GMO labeling. Members of Congress are always looking for ways to align themselves with their constituency, so make it clear that this one is a slam dunk for them. Can you think of any other public issue that has such a high percentage of voters committed to one side of the fence?

You can also remind them that GMO’s are not proven to be safe, because—as per the preferences of agribusiness—no safety tests or standards are allowable. Companies like Monsanto deny these tests, and then claim that their products are “proven” to be safe. They can’t have it both ways!

Mike Pompeo, the House Rep. who introduced the bill, stated that “there exists no evidence that genetically engineered foods posed a health or safety risk to humans.”[1] Tell your Congressman that this is blatantly untrue. GM products have been definitively linked with tumors, gastric lesions, organ failure, nutrient deficiency, allergic reactions, liver damage, kidney damage, and more.[2]

We’re at a critical juncture: more than two dozen states are on the verge of passing GMO labeling laws. The scales are finally tipping—but the passing of the DARK Act could bring us all the way back to square one.

Please take action by urging your Congressman to vote against this bill. The future of our food supply chain, our personal health, and our planet’s biosphere depend on it.

 


References

[1] http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2014/04/new-federal-bill-aims-to-squash-state-gmo-labeling-efforts/#.VZ2dmpOaa0Z

[2] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/08/06/genetic-modification.aspx

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