Avoid Eating Genetically Engineered Foods

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Whole Foods Market GMO Labeling Announcement Reverberating Through Industry

wholefoods I am at Expo West in Anaheim, the annual pilgrimage of more than 60,000 members of the natural foods industry. In a surprise announcement yesterday, Whole Foods Market said that by 2018 they would require labeling of genetically engineered foods sold in their store for products that were not either organic or verified by the Non-GMO Project. The statement was met with huge cheers from the filled auditorium, and soon resounded around the world with coverage in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, CBS News, etc.

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Genetic Roulette Free Screening

GRM DVD Genetic Roulette—The Gamble of Our Lives was just awarded the Top Transformational Film of 2012 by AwareGuide! More than 15,000 people from 50 countries voted for 30 films, including three on this year’s Academy Award shortlist. But Genetic Roulette was the “clear winner” by a wide margin.

This honor is the second award for Genetic Roulette, which also won 2012 Movie of the Year by the Solari Report. In celebration of all those who voted (and whose lives were transformed by the movie), we are extending the free screening through February 10th.

Take advantage of this opportunity to forward this important film to all of your close personal friends, share with others on Facebook, Tweet and other social media forums.

,Watch Genetic Roulette here

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Join the Non-GMO Click and Send Revolutionary Army

social media We’re looking to assemble a huge Non-GMO Click and Send Revolutionary Army. If you enlist, your job is simple. Several times a week until the election we will send you an email/post. Immediately pass it on, post it, tweet it, watch the clip, download the podcast, keep the message circulating in all the social media ways you know how.

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New Benbrook data blow away claims of pesticide reduction due to GM crops

Data presented at a conference by Dr Charles Benbrook analyse pesticide use on GM and non-GM equivalent crops over the first 16 years of use, from 1996 to 2011. The analysis is based on widely accepted USDA data.

Crops considered are herbicide-tolerant corn, soy, and cotton; Bt corn varieties engineered to resist corn rootworm and European corn borer pests; and Bt cotton.

Benbrook’s new data challenge “conventional wisdom” on GM crops and pesticide use. Dozens of papers in peer-reviewed journals assert GM crops reduce pesticide use, either based on no data or proprietary surveys of “representative fields”. Scientists repeat the claim in professional meetings and policy venues and lack of independent analyses by government or university experts allows the claim to go unchallenged, despite growing evidence to the contrary.

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GM Soy linked to health damage in pigs — a Danish Dossier

A Danish farming newspaper has caused quite a stir by devoting a sizeable part of its 13 April edition to the discoveries by pig farmer lb Borup Pedersen that GM soy has a damaging effect both on his animals and on his farming profitability. On the front page of the paper there was a lead story under the headline “Pig farmer reaps gains from GMO-free soy”. On a sidebar the paper referred to Mr Pedersen’s contention that DDT and Thalidomide were minor problems when set alongside GMOs and Glyphosate. In an Editorial Comment on page 2, the paper argued that it would be grossly irresponsible for the authorities to ignore or ridicule the discoveries made by the farmer in his pig farming operations, and it congratulated the authorities for commissioning a new study designed to determine whether stomach lesions and other effects might be associated with GM soy; in the study 100 animals will be fed with non-GM soy and 100 with GM soy in their diets.
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Name our Mascot Contest!

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The Institute for Responsible Technology needs your help in creating a name for our GMO free mascot for our soon to be added website healthyeating.org!

If your name is selected for our mascot you will have the choice in awards between $50 in cash or two of Jeffrey Smith’s award winning books Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette, as well as the DVD Scientists Under Attack!

All you have to do is sign up using the URL below! The contest will end April 30th at 11:59PM MT and the winner will be announced shortly after!

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Food Integrity: Welcome to A Better World by Frederick Ravid

April 2012: Spring is the season of renewal and resurrection that speaks
straight to the power of CHOICE. Nature’s prolific symphony of growth and
blossoms delightfully lead us to Pass Over from Slavery to Freedom.
We join the singing birds and we dance to an ancient rhythm; we boldly chart
a new course. Choice expresses everything noble in life itself.,
Choice is inseparable from life itself: without Choice there IS no life.
Only Choice cascades benefits. Choice is a Universal Constant and its power
to bring renewal is a Universal Law. When choices abound, health and
happiness are not far behind; neither is love, and money.
Self-determination, the First Principal of the American Republic, is Choice.
Choice, at the root, flowers as the inalienable rights expressed in the
Declaration of Independence. Every person, family, tribe, faction, of
movement – every nation, every brave voyage across the vast seas of history
completely agrees: Freedom of Choice is KEY. The only disagreement EVER is
about the nature or control of: Choice.… Read More Food Integrity: Welcome to A Better World by Frederick Ravid

CT-N OnDemand with Jeffrey Smith about GMOs and Labeling Bill

This is a detailed video from Jeffrey Smith visit to Connecticut in early March Rep. Roy held a news conference/public forum on GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms). The news conference featured information and legislation (HB 5117) aimed at labeling foods that contain GMO’s. After the news conference, the legislative forum featured Jeffrey Smith, a leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices.
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Jeffrey Smith’s Powerful New Film, and a Matching Grant to Make It Happen

Not sure your child should eat those corn chips? You’ll want to think twice if they’re produced from GMO corn.

In fact, you’ll probably think twice about most of the common foods our children put in their mouths once you see our upcoming film on GMO health risks and their impact on our most precious resource, our children-“told from the perspective of healthcare practitioners. And we need your help to make this film a reality. Donate Here!Read More Jeffrey Smith’s Powerful New Film, and a Matching Grant to Make It Happen

Inspiring story shows shortcut to end GMOs

Read this inspiring story below to find out what is possible with your financial support. I think it’s a real eye opener for those who think ending GMOs is a long, drawn out, and difficult process.


11 minutes

It took the audience just 11 minutes – 11 minutes to give up food brands they had grown up with and to commit to seek healthier non-GMO food. Of course this group had already been against genetically modified organisms as a concept. This was Greenfest after all; and in San Francisco no less. But when I asked them to honestly rate themselves on a scale of 1-100 how vigilant they had been at avoiding GMOs, the largest number of hands went up for lowest category – 1-20. That’s typical of most US audiences. And so is what happened next…Read More Inspiring story shows shortcut to end GMOs

175 Days on the Road, 2011

I talked to pioneers at Bioneers, birders at Audubon,
Gardeners at the Seed Fest, and greenies at the Greenfest.

To children at a charter school, purchasers at hospitals,
and managers of campus dining halls.

To mothers in Marin, farmers in Minnesota, and Amish in Ohio.
To meditators in Manhattan, protesters in Seattle, and agitators in San Francisco.

To practitioners of naturopathy, integrative allopathy, and traditional iridology.

To Chico Weston Pricers, Fairfield raw foodists,
To vegans in LA, steak eaters in Texas

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