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Organic Spies Find Lies
#279, June 2, 2011
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Quote of the Week
The Canary Party
It's Time for an End to the Corruption that is Destroying the Health of Americans!
"American children are over-vaccinated and over-medicated, over-fed, undernourished and have record levels of chronic illness and developmental delay. As well, there is a direct toll of injured adults, especially those who serve in the military, subjected to an increased burden of inadequately tested, compulsory and even experimental vaccine exposures administered over a backdrop of multiple toxic exposures from prescription and over-the-counter medications, foods made from genetically modified organisms and laden with pesticides and preservatives, and tens of thousands of industrial compounds that did not exist a century ago. In simplest terms, the medical industrial complex has launched a massive and uncontrolled experiment on a generation of Americans."
The Canary Party
Alert OF THE WEEK
10 Reasons to Label GMOs Tell Your Friends, Food Companies, & Politicians!
World Food Day is October 16, 2011. That means there are only 4 months left to get 1,000,000 people to sign our petition to label GMO foods and organize 435 Millions Against Monsanto demonstrations nationwide.
Download the petition
Getting everyone you meet to join the Millions Against Monsanto campaign should be easy - upwards of 90% of the public already agrees that foods made with genetically modified organisms should be labeled - but if you need some ammunition and inspiration to inspire you to spread the word, look no further than these 10 scary reasons to label GMOs:
#1 Monsanto's Bt-toxin, in its Bt-producing GMO corn and cotton (used in food in the form of cottonseed oil), was found by Canadian doctors in the blood of 93% of pregnant women and 80% of the umbilical blood of their babies.
#2 The authors of the Canadian study conclude that the women and their babies were exposed to Monsanto's GMO Bt-toxin through a "normal" non-organic Canadian diet, including non-organic (so-called "natural" and "conventional") meat, egg, and dairy products from animals fed Bt corn.
#3 Monsanto's GMO "Bt" corn and cotton plants are engineered to produce a insecticide in every cell of the plant that kills insects by breaking open their stomachs.
#4 Mice fed Monsanto's Bt corn had elevated levels of immune system substances that are also higher in humans who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, cancer, allergies, Lou Gehrig's disease, autoimmune disease, and colitis.
#5 Young mice in the same study had elevated T-cells, which are increased in people with asthma, and in children with food allergies, juvenile arthritis, and connective tissue diseases.
#6 Monsanto's GMO Bt-toxin has properties of known allergens - it actually fails the World Health Organization's allergen screening tests.
#7 Monsanto's GMO Bt-toxin has been found to bind with the small intestines in mice and with intestinal tissue in rhesus monkeys.
#8 In addition to its GMO "Bt" crops which are engineered to produce insecticide, Monsanto also produces GMO "RoundUp Ready" crops, engineered with a bacterial DNA that allows it to survive otherwise deadly doses of its herbicide RoundUp.
#9 In the only human feeding study ever published on GMOs, Monsanto's GMO "RoundUp Ready" soybeans were found to transfer Monsanto's "RoundUp Ready" DNA to the bacteria living inside human intestines.
#10 According to Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology, the transfer of Monsanto's GMO Bt DNA to human digestive bacteria could create a "living pesticide factory" that could be responsible for the "increase in gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases, food allergies, and childhood learning disorders - since 1996 when Bt crops came on the market."
Tell the President, VP, Congress & FDA to label GMOs!
Tell your State Legislators to label GMOs!
Tell the top 6 US food retailers to label GMOs!
Tell Whole Foods Market to label GMOs!
Tell Trader Joe's to label GMOs!
Tell Kellogg's to label their GMO ingredients!
Tell Kraft to label their GMO ingredients!
Tell ice cream companies to label ingredients produced with GMO growth hormones!
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Video of the Week
Millions Against Monsanto Fundraising Appeal
Three hundred thousand have already signed up as participants and supporters in our Millions Against Monsanto Truth-in-Labeling Campaign. But we need money to print leaflets, to buy educational videos, to print up T-shirts and bumper stickers, and to pay our campaign staff. As you know, GMOs, Factory Farms, and deceptively labeled consumer products pose a mortal threat to public health, climate stability, and all living things. As we speak, organic crops are being contaminated with Monsanto's GMOs. We need your financial contributions to educate and mobilize consumers, to protect and maintain strict organic standards, and to pressure the entire food industry, including natural food stores and co-ops, to adopt Truth-in-Labeling practices.
Millions Against Monsanto
GMO Food Dumps! Join Ronnie Cummins in Chicago & Boulder!
Don't miss these two opportunities to meet OCA director Ronnie Cummins and replicate the dramatic "GMO Food Dump" actions in Chicago & Seattle that made the cause for GMO labels national news, as covered in the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Sacramento Bee, the Baltimore Sun, and the Atlantic.
Chicago: Discussion on Millions Against Monsanto Campaign with Ronnie Cummins, Saturday June 11 at 2 PM. RSVP here!
Boulder: Picket Line 12 Noon June 28 Tell the Natural Foods Industry: Stop Selling Unlabeled GMO-Tainted Foods--Millennium Harvest House (Hotel). RSVP Here!
Open Letter to the Organic Community: Why is the Organic Trade Association Controlled by Representatives of the "Natural" Products Industry?
How to Bring Down Monsanto: The California GMO Labeling Ballot Initiative
Worst Ever Carbon Emissions Leave Climate on the Brink
The Battle against Big Food is Fought One Meal at a Time
Study Found Toxin from GM Crops is Showing up in Human Blood
Rising Food Prices Increase Squeeze on Poor
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