Stop the sneak attack on food labeling.
Organics at risk.
Your message to the US delegation:
I demand that the U.S. delegation to the Codex Committee on Food Labeling follow sound science and existing U.S. law and FDA policy. The delegation must drop its stated opposition to Codex provisions allowing the labeling of genetically engineered food. Further, the U.S. delegation should generally express positions consistent with current U.S. law and FDA policy which recognize a clear ‘difference’ between genetically engineered foods and other foods.
If the U.S. government has its way, a powerful intergovernmental group you’ve probably never heard of may soon prevent anyone anywhere from labeling genetically modified (GMO) food.
Operated by the United Nations, the Codex Alimentarius is a collection of guidelines, codes and recommendations regarding food safety and labeling standards used by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to settle international disputes regarding food and agricultural export agreements.
The U.S. Delegation to the Codex meeting is adopting a position that would make it virtually impossible to label foods as “GMO-free” anywhere in the world. Click here to automatically sign our petition asking them to change their stance.
According to draft language circulated by the FDA, the U.S. will oppose a proposal at an upcoming meeting of an important Codex committee that would allow the labeling of genetically engineered food. Consumers Union and more than 80 family farm, public health, environmental and organic food organizations have raised concerns that the U.S. position will create major problems for American producers who want to label their products as “GMO-free.”
Unfortunately, rather than taking a proactive stance on GMO labeling and standing up for the rights of American citizens, the Obama administration has incorporated pre-existing Bush administration positions stating that Codex should not “suggest or imply that GM/GE foods are in any way different from other foods.”
Leading national food policy experts believe this position directly contradicts USDA Organic standards, which prohibit the use of genetically engineered products. If adopted, the Obama administration’s proposal might weaken organic standards and could also lead to further genetic contamination of U.S. organic crops — the fastest growing and most profitable segment of agriculture today.
Even worse, the current U.S. draft position paper declares that mandatory labeling laws such as they have in Europe are “false, misleading or deceptive.” If the U.S. succeeds in writing these proposals into the Codex, any attempts here in the U.S. to label foods as genetically engineered, whether voluntary or by law, would become far more difficult.
This extreme position on genetically engineered food is unacceptable. Countries should be allowed to make their own decisions on the labeling of GMOs. Click here to automatically sign our petition.
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2010 with Shaman, Kiesha Crowther (1 of 2)
Around the world, wisdom keepers are saying that 2010 is the year we
need to “get it”. The time has come for us to wake up to who we really
are. This is Part 1 of a 2-part evening with Wisdom Keeper/Shaman,
Kiesha Crowther, “Little Grandmother”. …
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Subject: Toxic Chemicals and US – Need any other reasons to eat organic and detox?
Toxic Chemicals and US – Need any other reasons to eat organic and detox?
U.S. Government Facts: Children’s Chemical Exposure via Food Products
a. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Academy of Sciences, standard chemicals are up to ten times more toxic to children than to adults, depending on body weight. This is due to the fact that children take in more toxic chemicals relative to body weight than adults and have developing organ systems that are more vulnerable and less able to detoxify toxic chemicals. (ii,iii)
b. According to EPA’s “Guidelines for Carcinogen Risk Assessment,”
children receive 50% of their lifetime cancer risks in the first
two years of life. (v)
c. According to the Food and Drug Administration, half of produce
currently tested in grocery stores contains measurable residues
of pesticides. Laboratory tests of eight industry-leader baby
foods reveal the presence of 16 pesticides, including three carcinogens.
d. In blood samples of children aged 2 to 4, concentrations of pesticide residues are six times higher in children eating conventionally farmed fruits and vegetables compared with those eating organic food. (iv)
e. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services,
organophosphate pesticides (OP) are now found in the blood of
95% of Americans tested. OP levels are twice as high in blood
samples taken from children than in adults. Exposure to OPs is
linked to hyperactivity, behavior disorders, learning disabilities,
developmental delays and motor dysfunction. OPs account for
half of the insecticides used in the US. (vi, vii, xvi)
f. The US Centers for Disease Control reports that one of the main
sources of pesticide exposure for US children comes from the
food they eat. (vi)
g. The US Department of Agriculture strictly prohibits mixing different types of pesticides for disposal, due to the well known
process of the individual chemicals combining into new highly
toxic chemical compounds. There are no regulations regarding
pesticide mixture on a consumer product level, even though, in
a similar manner, those same individual pesticide residues interact
and mix together into new chemical compounds when conventional
multiple ingredient products are made. 62% of food
products tested contain a measurable mixture of residues of at
least three different pesticides. (xi,xii,xiii,xiv,xv)
h. Currently, over 400 chemicals can be regularly used in conventional farming as biocides to kill weeds and insects. For example, apples can be sprayed up to 16 times with 36 different pesticides. None of these chemicals are present in organic foods. (i)
i. Over 300 synthetic food additives are allowed by the FDA in conventional foods. None of these are allowed in foods that are
USDA certified organic.
U.S. Government Facts: Children’s Chemical Exposure via Food Products
i) MAFF (1998): Orchards and Fruit Stores in Great Britain 1996,
Pesticide Usage Survey Report 142, MAFF publications, London.
ii) US EPA, Office of the Administrator: Environmental
Health Threats to Children, EPA 175-F-96-001, September 1996.
iii) National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences:
Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children,
National Academy Press, Washington, DC, 1993: 184-185.
iv) CL Curl, RA Fenske, and K Elgethun (2003): Organophosphorus pesticide
exposure of urban and suburban pre-school children with organic and
conventional diets, Environmental Health Perspectives, 111 (3) 377–382.
v) US EPA, 2003: Draft Final Guidelines for Carcinogen Risk Assessment,
EPA/630/P-03/001A Washington, DC.
www.epa.gov/ncea/raf/cancer2003.htm (accessed July 9, 2004)
vi) Department of Health and Human Services: Centers for Disease
Control, National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental
Chemicals, March 2003, www.cdc.gov/exposurereport/2nd/
vii) Saulk Institute: Loss of neuropathy target esterase in mice linking organophosphate
exposure to hyperactivity. Journal Nature Genetics, March 03
viii) The Royal Society: Endocrine disrupting chemicals, June 2000
ix) Cook, Kenneth A., et al: Pesticides in the US Food Supply
(February 1995), www.ewg.org/reports/fruit/Contents.html
x) CFSAN FDA Office of Plant and Dairy Foods: FDA Pesticide Residue
Monitoring Program 1994-2002, http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/pesrpts.html
xi) Porter, et al (1993): Groundwater pesticides: interactive effects of low concentrations of carbamates aldicarb and methomyl and the triazine metribuzin on thyroxine and somatrophin levels in white rats, Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, (40) p. 15–34.
xii) Boyd, et al (1990): Behavioural and neurochemical changes associated with chronic exposure to low level concentrations of pesticide mixtures, Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, (30) p. 209–21. xiii) Porter, et al (1999): Endochrine immune and behavioural effects of aldicarb (carbamate), atrazine (triazine) and nitrate (fertiliser) mixtures at groundwater concentrations, Toxicology and Industrial health, (15) 133–150.
xiv) Thiruchelvam, M, et al (2000): The nigrostriatal dopaminergic system as a preferential target of repeated exposures to combined paraquat and maneb: implications for Parkinson’s Disease,
Journal of Neuroscience, 20 (24) p. 2907–9214.
xv) Pesticide Data Program (2000-2002), Baker, et al (2000):
Food Additives, Vol.19, No.5, 427-446
xvi) Environmental Protection Agency: America’s Children and the
Environment (March 2003) www.epa.gov/envirohealth/children/
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