Freedom SWAT-style raids upon small, family farms are being conducted
by the FDA, USDA, FBI, and other corporate/government organizations in the name
of protecting the public from the evils of sustainable
eco-agriculture as practiced by farmers who give a damn about the quality of
food they make and sell to willing consumers who covet their fresh, natural
products. The movie, Farmageddon, sheds some great insight on how freedom of
food is being replaced by food fascism as the Government-Big Food-Industrial
Agricultural complex works to stamp out the free-market competition from small,
sustainable, American farms.
COK Investigates: Cruelty Exposed at Iowa
Factory Farm and Hormel Supplier
Anti-whistleblowers laws promoted by agribusiness interests in the
U.S. makes the undercover videos showing animal cruelty in farming practices
illegal. These laws are designed to cover-up the abusive practices on factory
farms. They go as far as labeling those convicted under these laws as
In 2012, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) signed that
states ag-gag bill making whistleblowing exposes on factory farms like the the
video to the right illegal. The video shows the day-to-day miseries forced upon
thousands of female pigs. Piglets born at this Iowa factory farm will be
slaughtered at around six months of age, and some of the meat will be marketed
under the brand name Hormel.
I've got to admit that I've struggled with the factory farming
issue. I don't oppose these methods because I'm a vegetarian, in fact I love
eating meat and can't imagine giving it up. On one hand millions of people want
affordable food and large scale food production is clearly necessary to make
this happen. On the other hand, there has got to be a way to accomplish this
without abusing the animals.
Slaughterhouse Investigation: Cruel and Unhealthy
This video shows an investigation by the Humane Society of the
United States revealing one of the leading suppliers of the national school
lunch program permitting sick and injured dairy cows to enter the food supply.
In February 2013, the California state Assembly introduced the "Animal and
Ecological Terrorism Act" (AB343), sponsored by the California Cattlemen's
Association, the trade group representing ranchers and beef producers. The bill
was withdrawn "amid stiff and growing opposition", according to the Associated
Press. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the bill would have
"require[d] somebody recording a video at a farming operation to turn it over
to law officers within 24 hours in other words, before investigators
could document any illegal activity under federal food-handling and safety
laws. Fail to turn it in, and you pay a fine."
Modified Organisms (GMO) A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered
using genetic engineering techniques. These techniques, generally known as
recombinant DNA technology, use DNA molecules from different sources, which are
combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes. This DNA is then
transferred into an organism, giving it modified genes.
The GMO Threat
Using the principle of substantial equivalence, the
biotechnology industry has imposed it's bogus claims that GMO food is no
different than non-GMO food and therefore safe for the consumer to eat. Along
with it's millions of dollars in campaign contributions and revolving door of
executives of Monsanta becoming U.S. government regulators, politicians from
both parties have been influenced to protect the multinational bio industry
while the American public gets sicker and sicker.
Industry leader Monsanto has been at the forefront of this GMO
revolution and now owns nearly 90% of staple GMO crops such as corn, soy, and
cotton. Interestingly, Monsanto began a chemical company that brought the world
poisons like Agent Orange and Roundup. Today, Monsanto virtually owns the
Washington political and regulatory agencies.
doesnt even test the safety of GMO crops. Instead,
all GMO foods are assumed to be safe unless there is already evidence to the
contrary. In other words, the FDA relies on self-reported data from the
companies that manufacture the crops as to their safety.
Even worse, due
to legal and copyright restrictions surrounding GMO patents, independent
have to ask the biotech companies permission before
publishing research on their products. As a result, almost all of the long-term
animal feeding studies that have ever been conducted on GMOs have been carried
out by the biotech companies themselves, on their own rules and with their own
standards of reporting.
Obama Promises to Label GMOs
What few independent studies have been conducted on GMO products
have shown a range of adverse health effects from reduced fertility to immune
system dysfunction, liver failure, obesity and cancer. A Russian study has
concluded near-total sterility in GMO-soy-fed hamsters by the third generation;
and other animal studies have shown potentially pre-cancerous cell growth,
smaller brains, livers, and testicles, partially atrophied livers, and damaged
immune systems. According to a comprehensive article by Jeffrey M. Smith that
also highlights the process of intimidation that even well-regarded scientists
have been subjected to when publishing their research.
Yet still, for some reason Obamas Food Czar
Michael Taylor refuses to make FDA testing of GMO safety
mandatory I wonder if its because he used to be the Vice President
for Public Policy at Monsanto? Hired in the Bush era, Taylor was largely
responsible for the deregulation of the biotech industry and inclusion of the
substantial equivalence policies in effect today. President Obama appointed
Taylor the Deputy Commissioner of Foods in 2009 and Taylor currently overseas
all food safety policy for the federal government and continues to keep GMOs
from rigorous independent scientific testing and off of US consumer food
Monsanto shill, Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of
Agriculture since 2009, influences US agriculture and food safety. Vilsack has
repeatedly demonstrated a preference for large industrial farms and genetically
modified crops. As Iowa state governor, he originated the seed pre-emption bill
in 2005, effectively blocking local communities from regulating where
genetically engineered crops would be grown. On March 28, 2012, Vilsack came
out publicly defending the use of "pink slime" added in ground beef.
In this study from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and
the journal Entropy in 2013, Glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide
around the world, was found to be highly toxic to mammals and residues have
been found in the main components of the western diet, such sugar, corn,
soybean, and wheat. It inhibits enzymes that play a crucial role in the proper
functioning of organisms and interferes in the synthesis of amino acids in the
intestine, causing several diseases ranging from gastrointestinal problems,
obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, and infertility to cancer
and Alzheimer's disease.
The Word Health Organization (WHO)
report on glyphosate in 2015 confirmed the worlds
most used herbicide probably causes cancer.
Documents from 1991 show how the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) themselves were fully aware of glyphosates
One of the worlds leading experts on
cancer risk, Dr. Christopher Portier, told an international conference in
London that he is certain that glyphosate, the weed killer most commonly used
with genetically engineered crops or GMOs, can damage human DNA in
ways that could lead to cancer. Glyphosate is definitely genotoxic,
said Portier. There is no doubt in my mind. A genotoxic substance
is one that can lead to mutations or other genetic changes in DNA that could
cause cancer. [Monsantos GMO Weed Killer Damages DNA]
GMOs are largely banned in the European Union due to what
activists say are uncertain effects on health and the environment. In 2012,
Germanys BASF SE -- fed up with public hostility to GM crops -- halted
research on them in Europe and moved remaining operations to the U.S., where
they are in wide use.
In 2013, Mexico became a GM maize-free territory, when a Federal
Judge issued the precautionary measure that suspended authorizations to plant
any genetically modified corn. Monsanto had claimed that its transgenic
technology reduces the use of pesticides and increases the productivity of
crops for the benefit of farmers.
5 GMO Myths Busted
The truth is that GMOs do not have higher yields and, regarding
the use and abuse of chemical pesticides, Monsanto's cure is worse than the
disease. Contrary to what corporate propaganda claims, GM crops have increased
the application of toxic agricultural chemicals. This has led to an
unprecedented rise in the use of increasingly more toxic herbicides and
insecticides, creating serious problems for the environment and public
President Barack Obama signed a spending bill, HR 933, dubbed
the Monsanto Protection Act to avoid a government shutdown in 2013. The Act
effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of
controversial genetically modified (aka GMO) or genetically engineered (GE)
seeds, no matter what health issues may arise concerning GMOs in the
Both parties are corrupt and many of the politicians have sold
out to corporate interests funded by the Agra-Industrial-Complex. Sen. Roy
Blunt, Republican of Missouri, actually worked with Monsanto on a provision in
HR 933 that in effect allows them to keep selling seeds, which can then go on
to be planted, even if it is found to be harmful to consumers. In this
hidden backroom deal, Sen. [Barbara] Mikulski turned her back on consumer,
environmental and farmer protection in favor of corporate welfare for biotech
companies such as Monsanto, Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the
Center for Food Safety, said in a statement. This abuse of power is not
the kind of leadership the public has come to expect from Sen. Mikulski or the
Democrat Majority in the Senate.
European Patent Office (EPO) is about to grant 30 patents on plants derived
from conventional breeding to Monsanto and its affiliated companies. The Swiss
company Syngenta can expect to receive around a dozen patents very
soon. Many of the patents claim vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers,
cauliflower, carrots and lettuce.
The US Supreme Courts 1980
Diamond v. Chakrabarty held that a live, man-made
microorganism is patentable subject matter under Section 101 of the US Patent
Act. The biotechnology industry has literally exploded in the 25 years since
Chakrabarty. The number of patent applications and issued patents on
biotechnology-related inventions also has risen dramatically since Chakrabarty.
Data complied by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, based in Washington,
DC, shows that the number of biotechnology patents granted by the PTO rose from
2,160 in 1989 to 7,763 in 2002. Since 1998, that total has averaged over 7,000
patents each year.
The agricultural biotech industry is controlled by
six multinational corporations (Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont, Dow AgroSciences,
Bayer, and BASF) that hold the monopoly on seeds by means of patent protection
on the most important crops for humanity.
The implications of this
With their vast capacity for lobbying and corrupting
governments, the agicultureal biotech industry are privatizing biodiversity in
widening the scope of patents to cover living beings (such as seeds) and not
only the technological processes.
Farmers are prevented from saving seeds from one harvest to the
next. Instead, they are required to repurchase seeds for each year's crop. The
adoption of seed that has to be purchased at the start of each cropping cycle
paying royalties to the patent owner, creates dependence and increases
Neighboring farmers not growing with GMO seeds are sued by
Monsanto when GMO crops contaminate non-GMO crops.
As mentioned earlier, researchers are prevented from using
Monsanto owned GMO seeds in their research.
Monsanto recently made a bid to take over European agrichemical
giant Syngenta, the world's largest pesticide producer. The $45 billion bid was
rejected, but there's still a chance for a merger between these two chemical
technology giants forming a singular agribusiness behemoth, a company that
controls a third of both the globe's seed and pesticides markets.
Monsanto and Syngenta continue to be working with their investment
banks Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs respectively on a deal. [Reuters] Monsanto has countered saying it plans to divest
Syngenta Ag's seeds and genetic traits businesses as well as some overlapping
chemistry assets to win regulatory approval for a takeover of Syngenta. If
Monsanto takes over Syngenta, it would gain a broad portfolio of fungicides,
insecticides and other herbicides.
world's second-largest crop chemicals provider after Syngenta, is seen as a
potential buyer of assets that could be sold as part of a takeover of Syngenta
14 year old girl picks fight with bully TV host - and
Labels It seems to me that as consumers, we should have the right to
know what is in our food. Yet, the Agri-controlled lawmakers in Washington seem
more concerned about protecting Monsanto than protecting the health of
Consumer Reports, consumers want to know more than ever
about their food, including whats in it, where its from, who made
it and how its produced. According to recent polls done by the Organic
Consumers Association (OCA), over 90 percent of the public definitely wants to
know what's in their food. Yet, Congress seeks to block the consumers right to
know with GMO labeling.
Representatives Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and G. K. Butterfield
(D-N.C.) introduced federal legislation ("Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act
of 2015") dubbed the Deny Americans the Right-to-Know Act (DARK
Act) which passed passed the House of Representatives and will be introduced in
the Senate soon. This legislation does not promote "safety" or "accurate food
labels." The Act states, a food can be labeled as non-GMO even if it is
produced with a GMO processing aid or enzyme or derived from animals fed GMO
feed or given GMO drugs. How's that for accuracy?
Now get this... the
act would "require the developer of a bioengineered organism intended as food
to submit a premarket biotechnology notification to the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA)." That's Monsanto, for example. "The premarket
notification must include the developers determination that food from,
containing, or consisting of the GMO (GMO food) is as safe as a comparable
non-GMO food" (substantial equivalence). In other words, Monsanto get's to
decide if it's products are as safe as a comparable non-GMO food. How do you
think the wolf will decide when he's in charge of the hen house?
Preempt states from requiring labeling of GMO food.
Virtually eliminate FDAs ability to craft a national GMO
Codify the current, broken voluntary labeling system.
Create a GMO safety review system based on industry
A bill recently introduced to the U.S.
Senate, the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010 (S. 3002), by Senators John
McCain and Byron Dorgan is possibly the most direct assault on natural health
freedom we have seen for some time. If passed into law, this bill would require
all dietary supplement manufacturers, distributors, and holders all the way
down to the retail store level to be comprehensively registered. It would also
allow for the arbitrary banning of nutritional supplements by the FDA and the
introduction of deceitful reporting of adverse events related to
The Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010 would require
registration of any business or operation engaged in manufacturing,
packaging, holding, distributing, labeling, or licensing a dietary supplement
for consumption in the United States, definitions which could possibly
include even retail stores that sell herbal and nutritional products. (DSSA
p.2) Currently, under the Dietary Supplements and Non-Prescription Consumer
Protection Act, small retailers are not required to register. This, however,
will change with the passage of McCain-Dorgans bill. (NHF)
the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010 is an egregious attack on
Americans freedom of choice, it is also a symptom of an even larger
problem. The McCain-Dorgan bill is not just another silly attempt by corrupt
politicians to demonstrate that they still have some value to their
constituents, but an attempt to implement
Codex Alimentarius at the
national level and move the United States away from our Common Law heritage.
The European Union has already passed similar legislation in the European Union
Food Supplements Directive which has decimated open access to natural dietary
supplements. Canada has passed laws to the same effect in recent weeks as
finally admits chicken meat contains cancer-causing arsenic -
Natural News Canada Moves One Step Closer to
Outlawing Natural Health Products -
National Post UN body sets global maximum melamine
levels in food -