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!

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!

Enter contest here!… Read More Name our Mascot Contest!

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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Bowerville (St. Cloud), Minnesota

Our group met already twice to share a GMO-free dinner. As usual, the food was abundant and healthy but we did have to ban a couple of items that came in the door! Not all members show up every time we meet, but we also have new faces, and there is great excitement about the plans we made. We decided we needed a name and, after brainstorming, we arrived at The Healthy Eating Network. … Read More Bowerville (St. Cloud), Minnesota

GMO-Free Florida: The Momentum is Rolling!

by Trish Sheldon

With co-leaders Mel and Atiya, I facilitate the Action Group for ‘GMO Free Florida’ and the ‘Millions Against Monsanto, Florida Chapter’.
We are working on multiple fronts:

– looking into several Florida (local & state) labeling initiatives and networking with our newly active Non-GMO groups across Florida;
– doing Outreach, Leafleting, Speaking, Film Screenings, Petition Signing, Letters to our Constituents and Direct Action.
– I also take clients shopping to show them how to ‘really’ read labels, advise on what to buy or avoid and I speak at Mommy & Me groups.
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GMO Free Idaho: World Food Day and How We are Moving Forward

by Jenny Easley

We had a great event on World Food Day, with 50 to 60 people attending notwithstanding pouring rain. Two news channels showed up as a result of our press release, and the event was featured the following evening. We suspect the station managers are not aware of the hornet’s nest they kicked by doing so–Monsanto, Forage, American Crystal Sugar and Syngenta are strong forces here in Idaho.

Besides Jenny and Leslie, we had guest speakers: Phil Geertson, a local alfalfa seed farmer who is currently the lead plaintiff in a suit against USDA and Monsanto. His case has been taken up by the Center for Food Safety. Phil spoke about the cross contamination of alfalfa and how it has severely impacted our seed exports. He also spoke about a study he paid for, during the first deregulation, to test feral alfalfa seed from three different counties in Oregon and Idaho: 9 out of 10 samples of feral alfalfa were positive for the GMO gene. … Read More GMO Free Idaho: World Food Day and How We are Moving Forward

Biotech’s Dirty Tricks Exposed in New Documentary Scientists Under Attack

Film by Bertram Verhaag and Denkmal Films. 60 minutes, Plus 30 minute bonus documentary: Monster Salmon.

“One question means one career.” This was the harsh warning of UC Berkeley Professor Ignacio Chapela for those daring to conduct independent research on genetically engineered foods and crops. “You ask one question, you get the answer and you might or might not be able to publish it; but that is the end of your career.” Both he and biologist Arpad Pusztai dared to asked questions and do the research. And then all hell broke lose.

Using stunning visuals filmed on three continents, veteran German filmmaker Bertram Verhaag tracks the fate of these two scientists at the hands of a multi-billion dollar industry that is desperate to hide the dangers of their genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

BR Online says of the film, “Belief in noble and incorrupt research and science is reduced to absurdity.” Arthouse says the “movie shows how purchased truth becomes the currency in the perfidious business between science and multinationals.” And GMWatch writes, “Original research showing problems with GM crops is buried under a deluge of smears and follow up studies are not done.”

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We the People: Announcing White House Petitions & How They Work

From the White House blog. Posted by Macon Phillips on September 01, 2011 at 07:00 AM EDT

Something exciting is coming to It’s called We the People and it will significantly change how the public — you! — engage with the White House online.

Our Constitution guarantees your right to petition our government. Now, with We the People, we’re offering a new way to submit an online petition on a range of issues — and get an official response.

We’re announcing We the People before it’s live to give folks time to think about what petitions they want to create, and how they are going to build the support to get a response.

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10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs

1. GMOs are unhealthy. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients. They cite animal studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Human studies show how genetically modified (GM) food can leave material behind inside us, possibly causing long-term problems. Genes… Read More 10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs