September, 2011 | VIEW IN BROWSER

Jeffrey Smith

 


 

 

10 Reasons to Say No to GMOs

With help from the folks at the Institute's Facebook page, we've compiled 10 reasons to avoid GM foods.
[read the list]


GMOs to blame for problems in plants, animals

Scientists are seeing new, alarming patterns in plants and animals due to increased use of the herbicide Roundup, said Michael McNeill, an agronomist who owns Ag Advisory Ltd. in Algona, Iowa. McNeill cited Roundup-resistant superweeds and the herbicide's tendency to make important nutrients unavailable to plants, harming crops and making them vulnerable to disease. "When you spray glyphosate on a plant, it's like giving it AIDS," he said.

McNeill said he and his colleagues are seeing a higher incidence of infertility and early-term abortion in cattle and hogs that are fed on GM crops. He added that poultry fed on the suspect crops are showing reduced fertility rates. McNeill advises his farmer clients to rotate chemicals - or not use them at all.

The number of mainstream agricultural experts raising serious concerns over Monsanto's Roundup herbicide is growing all the time. These include Robert Kremer, a USDA microbiologist, and Don Huber, a plant pathologist and former Purdue University professor. [read the article]


Monsanto's GM sweetcorn will be sold unbranded and unlabeled

Monsanto will launch this fall a GM sweet corn seed for farmers to grow. The corn will then be sold in grocery stores in the US and Canada. While the sweetcorn is being hailed as a "consumer-oriented vegetable product," it has been genetically modified to contain an insecticide and to tolerate being sprayed with Roundup herbicide. Yum. (Note: There is already GM sweet corn on the market in small quantities, but this could increase its prevalence.) [read the article]


Dow launches multi-herbicide tolerant GM soy

Dow just submitted its new multi-herbicide tolerant GM soybean for US government approval. [read article] Designed as a solution to Roundup-resistant superweeds, the new soybean is not only engineered to tolerate Roundup, but also the herbicide glufosinate and 2,4-D - a component of Agent Orange. Farmers will be able to spray this cocktail of weedkillers on fields without killing the crop.

All these herbicides stand accused of causing serious harm. Roundup has been linked in studies to birth defects, cancer, and other serious toxic effects. [download report] Glufosinate is a neurotoxin and causes birth defects in laboratory animals. [download report] 2,4-D, an ingredient of Agent Orange, causes birth defects in laboratory animals, damages DNA, and is an endocrine disruptor. It is toxic to bees and fish. [read fact sheet on 2,4-D] During the first 13 years of GM crops, herbicide use increased by 10% or 383 million pounds. This new soybean could bring substantially more toxic herbicides to our environment and our food.


ConAgra sued over GMO "100% natural" cooking oil

Food giant ConAgra is being sued for labelling its Wesson brand cooking oil "100% natural" when it is actually made from GMOs. The complainant said the "labels are intended to evoke a natural, wholesome product" but are deceptive.

The case has far-reaching impacts because the "natural" claim, which has no legal definition, is widely used, and around 70% of processed foods in the US contain GMOs.

Ironically, the complaint cites a definition of GMOs by none other than Monsanto, the company most notorious for its promotion of the technology. According to Monsanto, GMOs are: "Plants or animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs." The complaint also quotes a GMO definition from the World Health Organization: "Organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally." We couldn't have put it better ourselves! [read the article]


Join a National Buying Club for Organic and Non-GMO Foods

Get healthier foods delivered to your door at up to 50% below retail. (And every purchase helps supports the Institute for Responsible Technology's campaign to end GMOs.)

We often get comments that organic or non-GMO foods may be more expensive or harder to find. The new national distribution service called Green Polka Dot Box (GPDB) offers a creative solution for you and your family to maintain an affordable healthy diet. With food priced 30-50% below retail and shipped to your home for free (on orders of $150 or more) this new national distribution club may save you money and time.

Visit www.greenpolkadotbox.com/irt to sign up. GPDB will begin distributing non-perishable goods, and offers three types of memberships. Later the buying club will also be offering frozen goods, and eventually fresh organic produce from regional warehouses.

This program is also being supported by Organic Consumers Association, NaturalNews, and Citizens for Health. It is not for everyone, but can certainly help bring non-GMO foods to people otherwise unable to access them. IRT also encourages buying local and supporting local natural food stores.


Join Jeffrey Smith and Dr. Don Huber for a Special Webinar Presentation

Join a 2-hour webinar with Roundup expert Dr. Don Huber, who will discuss the discovery of a new type of organism possibly linked to a rise in plant diseases in Roundup Ready corn and soybeans, and to infertility and spontaneous abortions in livestock. Dr. Huber will also describe how Roundup herbicide promotes plant diseases, causes nutrient deficiency, harms soil ecology, and creates profound and lasting damage to US agriculture.
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Pitch In for a Non-GMO Future

We loved the outpouring of help from last newsletter's request for donations, so here it is again. And thank you all so very much for your continued help.

The Institute for Responsible Technology is a victim of our own successes, now struggling to keep up with the huge new level of non-GMO opportunities, requests, and offers. The GMO buzz in America is rising fast and we desperately need more staff time to handle it all.

We literally have thousands of people ready and waiting to be organized into national outreach groups, targeting parents, healthcare practitioners, campuses, chefs, religious groups, etc. We have a growing list of organizations offering to distribute our materials to their members and readers. We have dozens of hours of outstanding footage ready to be converted into short and medium videos. What we don't have is enough hours to harvest all this low-hanging non-GMO fruit.

Please help by making a contribution today. Every single dollar is highly leveraged into more and more successes. Let's do this together.

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Action Alerts

Non-GMO Project launches Website for Non-GMO Month

The Non-GMO Project has lauched a new website, www.nongmomonth.org, which helps coordinate this burgeoning movement by encouraging the public to celebrate their right to choose non-GMO. The site features an open interface that allows all users to create and participate in non-GMO events during the month of October. In addition to an events calendar, the new website includes a listing of retailers participating in Non-GMO Month and a Daily Giveaway calendar where visitors can win prizes throughout October. [list your event]


Get trained to be an Expert on GMOs!

Jeffrey Smith is holding speaker trainings this fall in California to educate people on the best methods to communicate the complex issue of GMOs. Upcoming trainings will be held in Petaluma CA, Los Angeles and San Francisco. [learn more] You can also take the course as four-part webinar at any time by contacting us at info@responsibletechnology.org. To view a complete listing of Jeffrey's lectures and events [here].

Calling all Parents!

We are getting ready to launch our first National Parent Group, and want to hear from all those of you who have a keen interest in feeding our kids healthy, non-GMO foods! If you have not already signed on to the Parent Outreach Group on the Tipping Point Network on our website, don't miss the opportunity to network with other parents, locally and nationally, to ensure non-GMO food for kids. [Join us!]

IRT will be present at the Natural Living Conference in Irvine, California on October 1 with a table full of educational materials! The conference, sponsored by the Holistic Moms Network, focuses on holistic parenting and parents' challenges in raising healthy kids in a toxic world. Stop by and visit us! Keynote Speakers include: actress and Holistic Mom Mayim Bialik, and food activist, author, and mother Robyn O'Brien, author of The Unhealthy Truth. To register, go to [http://register.holisticmoms.org/]


Get Ready for World Food Day!

IRT is partnering with OCA and the proponents of the March to encourage everyone to get involved during Non-GMO Month - October - and World Food Day, October 16! Do something! Please go to the Millions Against Monsanto map on OCA's website and connect with others near you. Post to IRT's Facebook page a blurb and a photo of what you will be doing! Get Involved in World Food Day Rallies, Marches, Recruiting Drives, Film Screenings, Potlucks and House Parties

This World Food Day, October 16, 2011, is going to be the largest day of action for labels on genetically engineered food in U.S. history. Learn more about Millions Against Monsanto's plans for World Food Day. With your help and participation, there will be hundreds of events across the USA. Find out what's cooking for World Food Day around the country.


 





 

 

 

 

 

NEWS FROM THE NETWORK OF NON-GMO ACTIVISTS

GMO Free Project of Tucson

The GMO Tipping Point Network of Tucson, a chapter of the Institute for Responsible Technology's national Tipping Point Network, has joined forces with the GMO Free Project of Tucson, an already established non-profit group, to more efficiently hold events, use social media, educate people, and lead the non-GMO movement in Tucson, especially before and during Non-GMO Month this October. Numerous public events, including public showings in September of two different movies – "Deconstructing Supper" and "The Future of Food" – will be held, as well as our main event online, an Eat GMO Free Challenge (to be found on the Facebook page of GMO Free Project of Tucson during October).

Mascha Miedaner is the founder and Executive Director of the GMO Free Project of Tucson. Mario Raso, the coordinator for both the GMO Tipping Point Network of Tucson and District 8 Organic Consumers Association Millions Against Monsanto campaign, is the new Director of Outreach. Melissa Diane Smith, an IRT-trained Non-GMO speaker and author of Going Against the Grain, is the new Director of Education.

For the event schedule through October's Non-GMO Month, please check the GMO Free Project of Tucson website (www.gmofreeprojectoftucson.org) or Facebook page.


In The News

Just what we need for a better society - GM humans with bulletproof skin via spider genes
 Daily Mail

GM crops still won't feed the world - in spite of Nina Federoff's rant in the New York Times
 Civil Eats

Monsanto to be prosecuted for biopiracy in India over GM eggplant
 India Today

Multi-herbicide resistant canola weeds found in US
 Univ. of Arkansas

GM contamination rampant at GM canola spill site in Australia
 GeneEthics

Public pressure halts Spain's trials of GM pharma rice with human genes
 Friends of the Earth

US push for GM wheat in Australia
 GM Watch

Law firm takes up case of Aussie farmer who lost organic certification after GM contamination
 GM Watch

Polish president vetoes bill that would allow GM planting
 Poland.pl



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