Labeling is an Essential Element in Achieving Consumer Acceptance of Genetically Modified Foods

Just Label It! Oh yeah, that’s the ticket! Want GMOs (genetically modified / engineered organisms) out of your food supply? Like the UK – Just Label It!
In a pig’s eye! Pay close attention to item 15:
Memorandum by United Biscuits (UK) Limited
International food business operating in 21 countries. It has leading market positions in the UK, Continental Europe and is building its presence in Asia. It has 46 manufacturing sites world-wide and its products are available in over 90 countries. Over 20,000 are employed worldwide of which 16,000 are based in the UK.
15. As a food manufacturer UB has considerable interest in the regulation of labelling of GM foods. We believe that the provision of information to consumers, including appropriate product labelling, is an essential element in achieving consumer acceptance of genetically modified foods.
16. The fact that comprehensive EU labelling regulations were not agreed before genetically modified soya and maize appeared on the market is a major reason why these products – and indeed the whole principle of genetically modifying foods – have attracted extremely negative media coverage and increasing consumer hostility. The problems caused by the delays in agreeing these regulations, and before them the novel food regulations, should not be underestimated. Delays in implementation of regulations continue, neither a deminimus threshold nor list of exempt ingredients has been established and yet the regulation is to be law from 1 September 1998.

This post was published at FarmWars on Nov. 21, 2014.

Flashback: US Govt Injected Citizens With Uranium Under Secret Program

If you still think the United States government would never harm its own citizens for the benefit of federal agencies, then I would direct your attention to a formerly classified black ops program launched by the US government starting way back in 1945. With the goal of testing highly radioactive substances on overall healthy patients through secret injections administered by government agents, the program has still been widely ignored since being released to the public in recent years.
In the covert program that is now admitted to be true, the United States government injected unknowing human ‘participants’ with highly toxic substances like plutonium. It sounds like a bizarre torture scenario that you’d expect to see blamed on illegal terror organizations, but the individuals behind this crime are actually doctors working for the United States government. Disregarding the health of innocent citizens, the government testers were eager to see how unknowing participants suffered as a result of the injections.
That’s right, they were testing the lethal effects of radioactive isotope injection on citizens. And not that it would make it any more ethical, but they didn’t even choose terminally ill patients who were most likely going to pass away anyway. Instead, they chose patients who sometimes were only suffering from ailments like broken bones.
Injecting Unknowing Patients With Uranium

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on November 21st, 2014.

Obama Legalizes Illegals, Israel Palestinian Violence, California Drought

The following video was published by Greg Hunter on Nov 20, 2014
President Obama says he is within his power to make legal millions of illegals, while Republicans in the House and Senate say the Constitution clearly says it’s not. Expect another flood of illegal immigration on the southern border. Who is going to pay for all this welfare? What about the high unemployment rates among black youth already? I don’t think Obama or the Democrats care about these folks. The Democratic Party has such bad policies they do not want to change that they have resorted to importing millions of desperate future voters. This way, they can keep going with bad policies that most Americans do not like or want.
Violence has erupted again in Israel. This time, it is at a synagogue where five people, including some rabbis, were killed by gun and meat cleaver wielding Palestinians. The attackers were killed but the violence is far from over.
Finally, the drought in the Midwest is nonexistent. In fact, the farmers here complained there was too much rain, and that damaged some of the crops at harvest time. Still, farmers had a good year. Out west is a totally different story, particularly California. Everybody thinks of Hollywood and moving making in the Golden State, but agriculture is very big there. All parts of California are in some sort of drought level.

Global Warming Strikes Again

A Rare Freak Weather Event It really doesn’t happen very often at this time of the year (this is to say, so early in the cold season): in all 50 US States, temperatures below freezing have been recorded overnight on Monday. Yes, even in Hawaii.
Of course we are just making fun of the situation – inclement weather, of whatever sort, is not indicative of ‘climate change’, unless the inclement weather becomes a permanent feature (e.g., if there is snow all year round and the soil remains frozen, one would have good reason to suspect that the next ice age has begun).

This post was published at Acting-Man on November 20, 2014.

White House Climate Change Gravy Train Gets Moving

A Touch of Paranoia Can’t Hurt Following the G-20 commitment to ‘fight climate change’ (short-hand for: hike taxes and increase regulations, while exerting precisely zero influence on the climate – whereby this latter point may be the only good thing about it), the White House has come out with a tweet announcing its newest climate-related initiative. The tweet is informing us of the so-called ‘climate resilience toolkit’ as follows:
Worth sharing: Here’s a new toolkit to help communities respond to climate change We need a picture to go with that, don’t we? Well, here you are. The picture provided by the WH reminds one not just of ‘global warming’ – it looks more like ‘roasting in hell’:
Allow us to point out that the connection between modern-day forest fires and ‘climate change’ is essentially zero – although admittedly, forest fires were not as frequent during the last ice age. On the other hand, if we still were in said ice age, we wouldn’t have to worry about houses burning down, as there would be no human civilization to speak of. Instead a few ten thousand people would barely subside on hunting and gathering and hide out in caves. ‘Noble savages’ though they would possibly be, we actually prefer civilization, which in terms of the climate is a result of the warmer temperatures we enjoy today (we hereby confirm that this information is hiding out in various history books).
However, the picture they chose says a lot about the mindset informing modern climate propaganda – it is mainly a fear-based meme, not different from the campaigns of countless doomsayers of yore. For a fairly comprehensive overview of the history of professional prophets of doom see ‘The End is Nigh’. This is a well-worn profession people have always made money with – either provided by the gullible, or nowadays quite involuntarily by tax payers.

This post was published at Acting-Man on November 19, 2014.

3 Billion Gallons Of Fracking Wastewater Pumped Into Clean California Aquifiers: “Errors Were Made” State Admits

Dear California readers: if you drank tapwater this morning (or at any point in the past few weeks/months), you may be in luck as you no longer need to buy oil to lubricate your engine: just use your blood, and think of the cost-savings. That’s the good news.
Also, the bad news, because as the California’s Department of Conservation’s Chief Deputy Director, Jason Marshall, told NBC Bay Area, California state officials allowed oil and gas companies to pump up to 3 billion gallons (call it 70 million barrels) of oil fracking-contaminated waste water into formerly clean aquifiers, aquifiers which at least on paper are supposed to be off-limits to that kind of activity, and are protected by the government’s EPA – an agency which, it appears, was richly compensated by the same oil and gas companies to look elsewhere.
And the scariest words of admission one can ever hear from a government apparatchik: “In multiple different places of the permitting process an error could have been made.”
Because nothing short of a full-blown disaster prompts the use of the dreaded passive voice. And what was unsaid is that the “biggest error that was made” is that someone caught California regulators screwing over the taxpayers just so a few oil majors could save their shareholders a few billion dollars in overhead fees.
And now that one government agency has been caught flaunting the rules, the other government agencies, and certainly private citizens and businesses, start screaming: after all some faith in the well-greased, pardon the pun, government apparatus has to remain:
‘It’s inexcusable,’ said Hollin Kretzmann, at the Center for Biological Diversity in San Francisco. ‘At (a) time when California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in history, we’re allowing oil companies to contaminate what could otherwise be very useful ground water resources for irrigation and for drinking. It’s possible these aquifers are now contaminated irreparably.’
The process, for those confused, explained by NBC:
In ‘fracking’ or hydraulic fracturing operations, oil and gas companies use massive amounts of water to force the release of underground fossil fuels. The practice produces large amounts of waste water that must then be disposed of.
Marshall said that often times, oil and gas companies simply re-inject that waste water back deep underground where the oil extraction took place. But other times, Marshall said, the waste water is re-injected into aquifers closer to the surface. Those injections are supposed to go into aquifers that the EPA calls ‘exempt’ – in other words, not clean enough for humans to drink or use.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/17/2014.

Part 2 – Panel Discussion GMO Crops, Glyphosate and The Deterioration of Health in the USA

Panel Discussion Playlist: Watch complete 2 hour online session Panel: Kathleen Hallal, Moderator Dr. Stephanie Seneff, MIT Senior Research Scientist Dr. Nancy Swanson, Retired United States Navy staff scientist, author Dr. Anthony Samsel, Retired Science Consultant Dr. Don M. Huber, Professor Emeritus, Purdue University Jack Olmsted, Producer
A huge increase in the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases has been reported in the United States (US) over the last 20 years. Similar increases have been seen globally.

This post was published at FarmWars on November 16th, 2014.

Panel Discussion – GMO Crops, Glyphosate and The Deterioration of Health in the USA (Part 1)

Panel: Kathleen Hallal, Moderator Dr. Stephanie Seneff, MIT Senior Research Scientist Dr. Nancy Swanson, Retired United States Navy staff scientist, author Dr. Anthony Samsel, Retired Science Consultant Dr. Don M. Huber, Professor Emeritus, Purdue University Jack Olmsted, Producer
A huge increase in the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases has been reported in the United States (US) over the last 20 years. Similar increases have been seen globally.

This post was published at FarmWars on November 15 , 2014.

Historic Hype Over Global Warming Agreement With China; CO2 vs. Death-by-Pollution

On Tuesday, China and US Struck Deal on Carbon Cuts in Push for Global Climate Pact.
In a New York Times Op-Ed, Secretary of State John Kerry reflected on Our Historic Agreement With China on Climate Change.
Agreement Summation
President Obama pledged to cut US carbon emissions by 26-28% of 2005 levels by 2025 China agreed to cap its emissions by 2030 (earlier if possible, but no guarantees) China will expand zero-emission sources to 20% by 2030. Is this a good deal? For whom?
Here is a little perspective on the agreement.
Carbon Emissions by Country

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on November 12, 2014.

Fukushima Radiation Detected 100 Miles Off California Coast

While no US Federal Agency sees fit to monitor ocean radioactivity in coastal waters, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) has taken on the task of keeping the information flowing in a world of ‘promises’ that everything will be ok. As WHOI reports this week, scientists have detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident 100 miles (150 km) due west of Eureka, California.
As WHOI reports,
Since the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown in 2011, the radioactive plume has traveled west across the Pacific, propelled largely by ocean currents and being diluted along the way. For now, the levels of Fukushima radiation hitting the West Coast is below where one might expect any measurable risk to human health or marine life, according to international health agencies. The findings confirm data earlier this year showing cesium-134 traveled across the Pacific to the coast of Canada.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/11/2014.

Veterans Affairs Keeps Buying Bogus and Counterfeit Medical Equipment

Freedom Outpost www. November 9th, 2014
Internal correspondence between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and a major supplier of medical devices reveals that the VA has been buying bogus and counterfeit medical equipment, The Washington Times reports.
The equipment comes from the so-called gray market and threatens to endanger patient’s lives. Johnson & Johnson brought the matter to the VA’s attention and placed the blame on procurement rules.
‘The product being sold may not have been stored properly (high temperature, high humidity, no pest control, etc.), which could create patient risk,’ Paul B. Smith, government account director for the company, told the VA.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on November 9th, 2014.

Big Food and biotech spend $37M to defeat GMO labeling in Oregon and Colorado

The corporate food system has once again pulled the wool over the eyes of low-information American voters with the recent defeat of GMO-labeling bills in Colorado and Oregon. Just like in California and Washington, the factory food industry, drug companies and GMO kingpins like Monsanto poured tens of millions of dollars into crafty campaigns that deceived voters into rejecting their inherent right to know what’s in the foods that they eat.
Colorado’s Proposition 105 reportedly failed by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, according to the Denver Post, with just under 66 percent of voters somehow rationalizing in their minds that honest food labeling just isn’t for them. And in Oregon, Ballot Measure 92 has also been declared defeated.
As of this writing, the Oregon proposal has 49.66 percent support from voters, with the other 50.34 percent reportedly in opposition to GMO labeling. However, many of the votes in Multnomah County, where Portland is located and where a majority of registered voters have been shown in polls to support GMO labeling, still need to be counted. Once the official vote count is released, we will report it here for our readers.
Majority of voters in both states supported GMO labeling prior to propaganda blitz Interestingly, before Big Food and Big Biotech poured an astounding $37 million into defeating the two GMO-labeling efforts, a vast majority of voters in both states were apparently in support of the effort. Support for GMO labeling in Oregon was at 77 percent back in July, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting, but later dropped to below 50 percent following a misinformation blitz by the opposition.

This post was published at Natural News on Sunday, November 09, 2014.

EPA gives more credibility to industry-funded studies than peer-reviewed science when approving pesticide use

A memo from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) highlights the way that this agency gives more weight to poorly conducted, industry-funded studies than to the overwhelming body of evidence showing that pesticides are harmful.
The memo concerns an insecticide named chlorpyrifos (trade name Lorsban), manufactured by Dow Chemical. Until 2000, the chlorpyrifos was widely used in household bug sprays such as Raid. But due to strong evidence that the chemical was poisonous, especially to children, the EPA struck an agreement with Dow that the chemical could continue to be used for agriculture if it were banned from indoor use.
“These data do suggest that inhalation or dermal exposure can lead to life-threatening effects,” the EPA said at the time.
Still harming children’s brains Dow has been on the defensive about chlorpyrifos for years. Even before restricting the chemical’s use, the EPA fined Dow $876,000 for 327 separate counts of violating the Federal Insecticide, Rodenticide, and Fungicide Act (FIRFA) with regard to chlorpyrifos. FIRFA requires pesticide manufacturers to report all complaints about pesticide poisoning within 30 days.
In 2004, the New York Attorney General’s office fined Dow $2 million for falsely claiming, for decades, that the chemical was safe, even after it was proven otherwise.

This post was published at Natural News on Sunday, November 09, 2014.

Newest pro-GMO study falls short of scientific standards; industry latches on to generalized conclusions claiming GMO safety

Proponents of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are trumpeting the results of a recent massive meta-analysis published in the Journal of Animal Science, claiming that it conclusively proves the safety of GMO foods. Yet, this supposedly conclusive study fails to meet basic scientific standards and is therefore unable to inform our knowledge about the safety of GMO foods.
According to Forbes columnist Jon Entine, the study by Alison Van Eenennaam (a former Monstanto employee) and Amy E. Young “reviewed 29 years of livestock productivity and health data… [representing] more than 100 billion animals covering a period before 1996 when animal feed was 100% non-GMO, and after its introduction when it jumped to 90% and more.”
Yet, according to Claire Robinson of GMWatch, the analysis is flawed for the following reasons:
1. Failure to use proper controls Eenennaam and Young combine numerous studies into one massive data set, which they then exhibit in a table of livestock production statistics from 1983 to 2011. This supposedly shows that, over that time, animals’ milk yields and weights at slaughter increased, and the percentage of animals condemned as unfit at slaughterhouses (due to illness) decreased.

This post was published at Natural News on Friday, November 07, 2014.

The Madness of the EU’s Energy Policy

The stakes couldn’t be higher. Vladimir Putin has launched a devastating plan to turn Russia into an energy powerhouse. And Europe, dependent on Russian natural gas and oil for a third of its fuel needs, has fallen right into his hands: Putin can bend the EU to his will simply by twisting the valve shut.
Considering how precarious Europe’s economic security is, one would have thought that now would be a good time for the EU to reassess its energy policy and address the effect crippling energy costs are having on its struggling economy.
But the EU is never going to agree to a rational reappraisal of its policies, because eco-loons like its new energy commissioner, Violetta Bulc, have taken over the asylum.
A practicing fire walker and a shaman, she’s the sort of airy-fairy Goddard College type who only believes in the power of ‘positive energy.’ What will guide us in this frightening new era is, according to her blog, the spirit of the White Lions:
The Legend says that White Lions are star beings, uniting star energy within earth form of Lions. The native ancestors were convinced that they are children of the Sun God, thus embodying Solar Logos and legends say that they came down to Earth to help save humanity at a time of crisis. There is no doubt that this time is right now.
With the European Commission stuffed with green anti-capitalist zealots, it’s not surprising that the EU’s response to the challenges of a resurgent Russia is a complete break with reality.
The EU has come up with an aggressive climate plan – just like Obama’s. In defiance of all logic – if not Putin – it’s agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% and make clean energy, like wind and solar, 27% of overall energy use by 2030.
Instead of guaranteeing the ‘survival of mankind,’ this would cause the extinction of Europe’s industry – unless there’s a secret plan to massively expand nuclear power.

This post was published at GoldSeek on 7 November 2014.

Labeling is a Bandaid – Ban GMOs Now!

I have watched while the GMO labeling movement got on its knees and begged and pleaded for the government to label GMOs, all the while proclaiming that labeling is the key to success. I have watched while ballot measures to label them were watered down to ensure that most GMOs would not even be impacted, and still a majority of the voting public has indicated that it really doesn’t give a rodent’s patoot about what we put in our mouths.
Measure 92 , the Oregon GMO labeling measure, lost by 1%. This was a measure to label only a portion of the 2% of GMOs that actually go into 85% of processed foods. It was the least we could do. And it failed.

But mark my words, the labeling crowd will still declare victory because the vote was so close. They will declare victory because they have to keep up appearances. They have to keep up the ‘fight’ while raking in the dough. We’re in it for the long haul, they will say. Next time it will be different. More people will be aware. Hogwash. By the time we get through with this labeling dance, we will be eyeballs deep in genetically engineered everything. How ya gonna label that?
If you were truly in it for the long haul, you would be advocating a ban on the planting and growing of 100% of the GMOs on the planet and not be concentrating on less than 2%. You would be amping up the real threat, which is the wholesale contamination of our entire food supply by GMOs. You would be like the people of Maui:
They got into Monsanto’s face. They accused Monsanto/Dow of spreading poison.
They didn’t say, ‘You have a right to know what’s in your food and we’re all nice people, and reasonable people have a right to disagree.’
They hit it hard.

This post was published at FarmWars on Nov. 5, 2014.

JC Juncker: Leader of a Gang of Bureaucrats?

EU Disharmony on the Upswing The bureaucracy in Brussels finds itself more and more often in rows with prominent European politicians. This decline in political harmony is actually fairly typical for a period of secular economic decline. It is indirect confirmation that said decline is far from over.
It can be observed throughout history that common projects involving large disparate communities tend to splinter when economic boom times are giving way to sizable busts. As people tend to become more and more exclusionary in hard times, entire empires can break apart. Large, diverse groups and their common undertakings increasingly lose support, as it is ‘every man for himself’.
This is a socionomic observation, which can be confirmed empirically. There are both advantages and disadvantages to this kind of development. Among the worst potential disadvantages is a rising probability of all sorts of war, from trade wars to ‘cold wars’ and ultimately ‘hot’ wars.
Nowadays, a few noteworthy potential advantages must be considered as well. For instance, the trend to introduce economically extremely damaging ‘anti climate change’ legislation should be expected to be on the retreat in future. Since climate change is a non-problem that is barely influenced by human conduct, the costly fight against it is apt to produce sizable setbacks in terms of economic progress, while producing zero net benefit for society at large. This is not to say that no-one is benefiting of course. Sufficient closeness to government’s climate gravy train ensures quite sizable benefits for a number of people – alas, to the detriment of everybody else.
Similarly, the perverted modern-day idea of the EU, the goal of which seems to be to create a socialistic super-state is likely to be challenged more and more often. Note that the EU’s founders were actually mainly concerned with bringing back the liberal Europe of pre-war times, restoring free trade and free movement of capital and people, combined with strong subsidiarity. They had no interest in creating a kind of ‘USSR light’ (for more details on this see ‘The European Idea’).

This post was published at Acting-Man on November 6, 2014.