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Are GMO's Bad News?

Jan 14, 2009
Why GMO’s are Bad News:
   It's about the current state of affairs regarding Genetically modified organisms, their development and regulatory approval, and how we are made intrinsically…we are all born with a selfish streak.
1.  In spite of our fallibility and mistakes, we overestimate how smart we are. Because of our accomplishments, we believe that our intellect and reasoning ability will eventually solve all the worlds problems and make this place a paradise.
2.  We bristle when our wills and agendas our limited in any way, at any time and often possess  a sense of entitlement.
3.  When called to sacrifice for others we often become indignant.
4.  We think that the next incremental gain of money or power will finally satisfy us. The more wealth and power we have the more we tend to lord it over others instead of serving them.
5.  We can get attached to transitory material things and can be bought.
6.  When something is benefiting us we do not like to entertain the notion that it could be unjust or against the common good. When is the last time you saw proponents of GMOs lead the charge in discussing the subject with opponents on national TV or any other forum for that matter?
7.  We are attracted to expediency and are masters at  rationalization  and self –justification.
8.  Those of us in government when called to do the right thing, take leadership, establish right order, and the ascendancy of the common good often succumb to laziness or fear.
9. Our bodies, the human cell, our immune system are extremely complex, and will never be completely understood. The effects of our dietary patterns stay hidden for years
    We have been tinkering with our food for over 50 years for efficiency and marketing sake. Goods like food  wholesomeness ,the environment ,animal welfare, widespread ownership of property aren’t talked about much. We now have mad cow disease, autism coming out of nowhere, super bugs in hospitals, trans fats causing heart disease, cancer cases set to double in 20 years (KMPH news Fresno 12-16-08) to name a few.
  The public agencies in charge of protecting us (FDA, SEC you name it) have morphed into fox guarding the hen house travesties, with moneyed interests stacking the deck for themselves
Suggestions for farmers and farm organizations:
A.  Support a moratorium on GMOs We can get new varieties from our universities without gene insertion or silencing
B.  Quit standing behind the FDA, like it is just and thorough. This is dishonest. Thinking about our upcoming appointment with the real owner who is infinite truth should make doing this easy.
C.  Support anti-trust enforcement against the major corporations that buy our commodities and supply our inputs.
D.  Support reform that gets the corrupting influence of these companies and their money out of our government and academia to protect the public
E.  Give activists more eloquent than me like Mark Kastel Cornucopia Institute, Jeffrey Smith Institute for Responsible Technology, Dr Arpad Pusztai or any one else speaking the truth the time of day.

John Coelho
Terra Linda Farms
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Avoid GMOs for 30-Days
The Institute for Responsible Technology’s (IRT) 30-Day Healthier Eating Challenge helps consumers eliminate genetically modified foods (GMOs) to achieve a healthier body in 2009. Their free Non-GMO Shopping Guide, available now, makes selecting healthier groceries quick and easy.

Executive Director, Jeffrey Smith says, “Download the Guide at and carry it with you down the aisles of your supermarket, or natural food store, to start swapping your brand choices for non-GMO items. If a product on the shelf is not listed in the guide, you can figure out yourself if it is likely GMO or not. First see that it says organic or non-GMO on the label. If not, then compare its ingredients to the list of GMO derivatives in the back of our guide. If there is a match, put the brand back on the shelf, at least for 30-days.”

The four main GMO sources are soy, corn, cottonseed, and canola. This means everything from vegetable oil to bread likely contains some level of GMOs. There is also GM Hawaiian papaya, and a little zucchini and yellow crook neck squash. The first US GM sugar beet harvest is underway, which means thousands of products in the U.S. will be produced using GM sugar.

International GMO health-risk expert Jeffrey Smith’s top three travel tips for avoiding GMOs when eating at restaurants :

1. Choose restaurants that prepare at least some entrees from scratch, as opposed to fast food places with highly processed pre-cooked ingredients.
2. Avoid certain types of menu entrees.
3. Ask what types of oils are used to prepare your meal.

Challenge Tip - You can help restaurateurs realize how many GMOs are on their menu by leaving an extra Non-GMO Shopping Guide with them.

The 30-Day Challenge experts also suggest consumers prepare their cupboards before traveling to the store. “Consumers are often shocked to find out that about 70% of processed foods in their pantry have some level of GMO toxins which carry documented health risks,” says IRT’s Managing Director, Charles Burkam.

The 30-Day Challenge urges consumers to take this simple first step now, and add non-GMO products to their diet regularly, even if they don’t go 100% Non-GMO right away.

Help make 2009 the Year of the Non-GMO Tipping Point!

Please join us by taking the Non-GMO Challenge and using this 30-Day Activist Checklist:

For those of you wanting to make friends with your inner activist, going non-GMO for a month may not be enough. Join the Non-GMO Challenge to make the Year of the Non-GMO Tipping Point. Together, let’s inspire enough US consumers to reject GMOs, so that using GMOs becomes a marketing liability as it has in other countries around the world. Based on world history, we think as little as 5% of consumers—15 million people—conscientiously avoiding GMOs will be more than enough to purge GMOs from our U.S. food supply.

• Hand out at least 30 Non-GMO Shopping Guides and GMO Health Risk Brochures. The brochures explain why to avoid GMOs, the Guide tells how.

• Forward this 30-Day Healthier Eating Non-GMO Challenge to your email list.

• Send custom emails with links to view non-GMO audios and videos:

Sponsor public showings of the blockbuster documentary, The World According to Monsanto

Get your local natural food store to stock Non-GMO Shopping Guides and GMO Health Risk brochures for free! Although we offer bundles of 50 Shopping Guides and GMO Health Risk brochures on our website (priced just above cost), you can get them free of charge through your local natural foods store. If they don’t yet carry them, ask them to order the materials for free from United Natural Foods, or Select Nutrition. The store can set aside a bunch for you and make them available for customers as well. It’s activism that saves you money. Download our store handout which tells them how to order, and which also invites them to install our Non-GMO Education Center, download our Retailer Campaign Kit.

The Institute for Responsible Technology’s Campaign for Healthier Eating in America mobilizes citizens, organizations, businesses, and the media, to achieve the tipping point of consumer rejection of genetically modified foods.

The Institute educates people about the documented health risks of GMOs and provides them with healthier non-GMO product choices.

The Institute also informs policy makers and the public around the world about the impacts of GMOs on health, environment, the economy, and agriculture, and the problems associated with current research, regulation, corporate practices, and reporting.

10:21 AM Jan 15th
"We now have mad cow disease, autism coming out of nowhere..."
And still we now have life expectancies that exceed those of previous generations by far! When having to choose between dying as a child due to numerous (nowadays preventable) reasons or dying in old age of cancer (which one day may also be better treatable), most people would probably choose progress over reactionary luddism... (This is not to say that FDA may benefit from some better oversight or that oligopolies are bad - whether in agriculture, the software industry or aeronautics...)
11:20 AM Jan 14th


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