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Frankenfood info from Organic Bites

July 16th, 2009
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July 16, 2009
Organic Bytes #182: Frankenfoods, Natural Versus Organic, & Labor Rights…

Health, Justice and Sustainability News
from the Organic Consumers Association
In This Issue

Quote of the Week: New Study Reveals Major Health Problems Linked to Genetically Engineered Foods
Alert of the Week: Support the OCA’s National Organic Standards Board Endorsements
Alert Update of the Week: Tell Whole Foods and UNFI: Organic Means Respecting Workers’ Rights
Survey of the Week: Consumers Think ‘Natural’ is Greener Than ‘Organic’
Related Web Forum Posting of the Week: The Debate Over ‘Natural’ Versus Organic Products – Where Do You Stand On This Issue?
Good News of the Week: Administration Seeks to Restrict Antibiotics in Livestock
More Headlines of the Week

Quote of the Week
New Study Reveals Major Health Problems Linked to Genetically Engineered Foods
“We demand the systematic publication of the results of these tests, which we could only obtain on a case by case basis by taking legal action… It [the study] brings to light a significant underestimation of the initial signs of diseases like cancer and diseases of the hormonal, immune, nervous and reproductive systems, among others… The health crises may be more important than the international financial crisis because of the lack of transparency of the regulators.”
Source: An alarming study published in the Journal of Biological Science this week points toward serious health hazards from genetically engineered foods and pesticides. The research, conducted by scientists from France, Italy, New Zealand, U.K. and U.S., corroborates the decade-long criticism by public interest organizations such as the Organic Consumers Association, Greenpeace, and Friends of the Earth that European Food Safety bureaucrats and the U.S. FDA have used unreliable tests to assess the safety of food and products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). GMOs are now found in more than 80% of (non-organic) foods sold in conventional grocery stores in the U.S., as well as the majority of animal feed in the EU.
Learn more

Alert of the Week
Support the OCA’s National Organic Standards Board Endorsements
This year, Secretary Vilsack will make the Obama Administration’s first appointments to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), a non-governmental advisory and supervisory board comprised of representatives of the organic community who make formal recommendations on organic standards and allowed ingredients in organic production to the USDA National Organic Program (NOP).
Several important topics are now under deliberation by the NOSB and the NOP, including:
-Blatant violations of national organic standards in the organic dairy sector, where leading brands (including Horizon and Aurora) continue to unfairly undercut ethical brands by utilizing cheaper, but inhumane and less nutritious, intensive confinement feedlots where cows have limited or no access to required pasture.
-Misbranding in the personal care products sector where increasing numbers of products that are laced with synthetic chemicals and not certified as organic are nonetheless being labeled or advertised as “organic”.
-Standards for organic aquaculture (fish farms) that pose environmental and food safety concerns
-The continuing controversy over which minor ingredients may be synthetic or sourced in non-organic form.
The appointment of strong organic advocates to the NOSB will help to safeguard organic integrity, allow the organic movement to speak with one voice, and reassure consumers that “USDA Organic” is the “gold standard” for nutrition, safety, humane treatment of animals and environmental sustainability.
Learn more and take action

Alert Update of the Week
Tell Whole Foods and UNFI: Organic Means Respecting Workers’ Rights
In recent weeks, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) has urged the world’s largest organic and “natural” retailer and wholesaler, Whole Foods Market and United Natural Foods, Inc. respectively, to prioritize certified organic food and products, support farmers and manufacturers’ transition to organic production, and to stop advertising or promoting so-called “natural” products (greenwashed conventional products) as if they were “almost as good as”or”almost organic.”
Since our founding in 1998, OCA has fought to integrate organic and Fair Trade principles, to protect the rights of workers, both in the U.S. and abroad, throughout the natural and organic supply chain, from farm workers and food processing workers, to truck drivers, warehouse packers and retail clerks in grocery stores, coffee houses, and restaurants. OCA believes that Fair Trade, health, and sustainability are the inseparable components of an organic food and farming system and a green economy. This is why the OCA and our allies are challenging industry leaders, Whole Foods and UNFI, as well as the entire organic and green community, to implement a domestic Organic and Fair Trade code of conduct that assures workers’ rights are respected.
Take action today and send the Whole Foods and UNFI’s CEOs a message that organic means supporting workers’ rights!
Learn more and take action

Survey of the Week
Consumers Think ‘Natural’ is Greener Than ‘Organic’
A new Shelton Group survey of U.S. consumers shows 31 percent of respondents believe ’100 percent natural’ is the most desirable eco-friendly product label claim, compared to 14 percent who chose ’100 percent organic’. According to Shelton, “Many consumers do not understand green terminology. They prefer the word ‘natural’ over the term ‘organic,’ thinking organic is more of an unregulated marketing buzzword that means the product is more expensive. In reality, the opposite is true: ‘Natural’ is the unregulated word. Organic foods must meet government standards to be certified as such.”
The survey suggests why bottom line companies like Horizon, Silk, and Peace Cereal are ditching organic ingredients, while UNFI and Whole Foods Market are failing to educate consumers and project a clear preference for certified organic goods. Instead UNFI, WFM, and others are giving prominent shelf space to so-called ‘natural’ product-lines which are cheaper and more profitable to produce and sell than “organic,” although so-called “natural” products are routinely contaminated with GMOs and synthetic chemicals, and derived from industrial agriculture and food processing practices that are polluting the environment, undermining biodiversity, destabilizing the climate, and exploiting farmers and workers.
Learn more

Related Web Forum Posting of the Week
The Debate Over ‘Natural’ vs. Organic:
Where Do You Stand On This Issue?
Letter from one of our readers: “I have relied on the Organic Consumers Association to be a significant force for alternatives to an industrial food system. You have had a significant impact on helping all of us interested in choices in the food marketplace. I really take issue with the stance that certified organic is the only legitimate alternative to an industrial/global/impersonal food system. The movement which is connecting more and more consumers to think about where their food comes from, how it is produced and who profits from their food expenditures has grown rapidly as a “big tent” movement. I acknowledge that some abuse of the “natural” label occurs, but I do not believe we who are interested in alternatives to the industrial/global/impersonal food system benefit from a position which asserts that the only alternative acceptable is “certified organic.”
Learn more and join the discussion

Donate to OCA & Receive Access to Yoga and Meditation Videos Online
The Organic Consumers Association is partnering with http://www.MyYogaOnline.com to provide OCA donors with a month’s worth of instructional web fitness videos at no cost with any size donation. Your donations help us continue to do the important work that you read about each week in Organic Bytes and each day on our website (http://www.organicconsumers.org). Just put “yoga offer” in the comments of your donation here:

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Headlines and Articles of the Week

1) Good News of the Week
Administration Seeks to Restrict Antibiotics in Livestock
“The Obama administration announced Monday that it would seek to ban many routine uses of antibiotics in farm animals in hopes of reducing the spread of dangerous bacteria in humans. In written testimony to the House Rules Committee, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, principal deputy commissioner of food and drugs, said feeding antibiotics to healthy chickens, pigs and cattle – done to encourage rapid growth – should cease. And Dr. Sharfstein said farmers should no longer be able to use antibiotics in animals without the supervision of a veterinarian…”
Learn more
2) Consumer Tip of the Week
“Localwashing:” Corporate America’s Latest Tactic to Co-opt Green-Minded Consumers
With Americans’ new focus on buying products made close to home, corporations are moving quickly to co-opt the term “local.” How do consumers determine what’s really local, and what is just a marketing show?
Learn more
3) Web Video of the Week:
“A Chemical Reaction,” a new documentary film on lawn chemicals, scheduled for release in 2009, tells the story of one of the most powerful and effective community grassroots initiatives in recent history.
Watch a preview
4) Environment News of the Week:
Dow Pitching New Toxic Pesticide That Aggravates Global Warming
“Public health and environmental advocates have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to deny a request from Dow AgroSciences for a permit allowing it to release large amounts of sulfuryl fluoride onto farm fields in four states. The chemical is a toxic pesticide whose global warming effects are thousands of times stronger than carbon dioxide…”
Learn more
5) Health News of the Week:
Nobody Knows What Nanoparticles Do – Yet They Are in Your Food, Cosmetics, and Toys
“Your sunscreen, energy drink and high-tech clothing may be among the 800-plus consumer products made with nanomaterials: those manufactured at the scale of atoms and molecules. Nanotechnology, a fast-growing global industry, is essentially unregulated. Advocates and independent scientists agree that we need to get ahead of the risks before it’s too late…”
Learn more

LOCAL HI NEWS OF THE WEEK
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Learn more about OCA related action alerts and other news in HI here.
Join HI discussion groups in our forum.
Post events in HI on our community calendar.

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Take action against Monsanto

July 14th, 2009

Subject: Tell Your Senators: Monsanto can’t feed the world
Dear Friend,
In a promising move, the G8 — a group of the world’s eight wealthiest nations — has just announced a shift away from providing direct food aid to developing countries and towards helping farmers abroad produce and distribute their own food.
That’s a laudable goal. But the Obama administration along with members of the U.S. Congress are using this singular moment to move their own agenda: propping up U.S. biotechnology companies like Monsanto. They hope to accomplish this by promoting genetically modified seeds and chemical inputs as tools to fight hunger, despite research that shows that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have little impact on crop yield and do not fare well in drought-prone regions that need the most help.
I just took action and signed a petition asking my senators to oppose the Casey-Lugar bill that would push GMOs on the world. I hope you will, too.
Please have a look and take action.

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/casey_lugar_gmo/?r_by=4956-900431-Hn4dg_x&rc=paste

Thanks! Marilyn

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Monsanto is at it again!

May 28th, 2009

 

 

Seems Vilsack ownes the patent on GURT !?!??!?

Subject: Monsanto‘s Terminator Making a Comeback? Enter the Zombie! | Farm Wars

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 6:07 PM

http://farmwars.info/?p=845

 

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Dr. Mercola on Monsanto’s dream bill HR 875

April 2nd, 2009

 

Congressional Bill HR 875 was introduced by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, whose husband Stanley Greenburg works for Monsanto.

 

The bill is essentially a giant gift package for Monsanto, mandating the criminalization of seed banking, prison terms and confiscatory fines for small farmers and 24 hour GPS tracking of their animals, and of “industrial” standards to independent farms.

 

The corporations want nothing less than full control of the land, the end of normal animals so they can substitute patented genetically engineered ones, and the end of normal seeds and thus of seed banking by farmers or individuals.

 

And now Monsanto wants its own employee, Michael Taylor (the man who forced genetically engineered rBGH on the country when the Clintons placed him over “food safety” in the 90’s) back in government, this time to act with massive police power as a “food safety tsar”.  HR 875 would give him immense power over what is done on every single farm in the country and massive police state power to wield over farmers.

 

Rosa DeLauro and Stanley Greenburg have a great deal to account for in attempting to force through a mislabeled “food safety” bill with hidden intent to wipe out farmers and harm everyone.

 

for links, go to http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/04/02/Monsantos-Dream-Bill–HR-875.aspx

Sources:

 

  Op Ed News March 9, 2009

 

  Cryptogon March 9, 2009

 

  Campaign for Liberty March 6, 2008

 

Dr. Mercola”s Comments Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

 

Although I’m not familiar enough with this bill in its entirety to make any definitive declarations about what it would mean for the future of small organic farms should it pass, I will say this: any law introduced by someone with ties to Monsanto is likely to be grossly tainted by industry bias.  

 

Who Does This Bill Benefit the Most? 

 

And Monsanto in particular – one of the most evil companies on the planet — is a powerful entity that has repeatedly proven its clout. Monsanto has already managed so many reprehensible acts, it boggles the mind. Including: 

 

    *

      Leading the world into a new age of potentially hazardous genetic modification of seeds.

    *

      Patenting not only their own GMO seeds, but also a huge number of crop seeds, patenting life forms for the first time — without a vote of the people or Congress.

    *

      Not allowing farmers to save their seeds to replant the next year – a practice that has been done for generations. Instead, they aggressively seek out and sue farmers they suspect of doing so.

    *

      Suing farmers who have not been able to prevent the inevitable drift of Monsanto’s GE pollen or seed onto their land for patent infringement!

    *

      Producing two of the most toxic substances ever known — polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs, and dioxin (Agent Orange).

 

Perhaps their biggest assault to your food supply already is what’s known as terminator technology. These are seeds that have been genetically modified to “self-destruct.” In other words, the seeds (and the forthcoming crops) are sterile, which means farmers must buy them again each year.

 

The implications that terminator seeds could have on the world’s food supply are disastrous: the traits from genetically engineered crops can get passed on to other crops. Once the terminator seeds are released into a region, the trait of seed sterility could be passed to other non-genetically-engineered crops, making most or all of the seeds in the region sterile.

 

If allowed to continue, every farmer in the world could come to rely on Monsanto for their seed supply!  

 

So, would it be safe to say that Monsanto stands to gain from H.R. 875?

 

Absolutely! With thousands of organic farmers driven out of business, they would be that much closer to dominating the food supply of the world, since organic farms don’t use Monsanto seeds or toxic products. 

 

Based on their history, I believe it’s prudent to question what the future of our small farms will hold, should a bill with such blatant ties to Monsanto be allowed to pass without further scrutiny. 

 

It is quite possible, perhaps even most probable, that the bill entitled H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is designed to halt the growing trend of small organic farms – not through a direct, frontal assault on organic farming, but rather by insidiously creating rules and laws that make it extremely difficult, and incredibly expensive, for small farms to comply.  

 

And in this case, the rules and regulations created by this proposed bill are mandatory, not voluntary, meaning they apply equally to a tiny farmer with half a dozen cows as it does to a massive factory farm. 

 

What are the Potential Hazards of HR 875? 

 

The stated purpose of H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is:

 

To establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.

 

As detailed in the articles above, some of the potential hazards of HR 875 include: 

 

    * It includes small farmers who just sell their fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets

    * Anyone engaged in food growing, or “holding food for consumption” in the U.S. would have to register annually, and create and maintain extensive records of the foods they grow and/or store

    * The definitions of who this law pertains to are so broad and loosely defined that they could potentially even include your personal backyard fruit or vegetable garden, even if you don’t sell anything but grow them for personal consumption

    * It appears it could dictate how all food growers would have to grow their food, including potentially the necessity to use certain pest control measures, for example

    * Authorities would have the ability to inspect any food production facility at random to make sure it’s operating in compliance with the food safety law, and again the definition of “food production facility” is so loosely defined it could apply to your personal orchard, vineyard, or vegetable garden, as long as it produces something edible

    * After the enactment of this Act, the Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture and representatives of State departments of agriculture will promulgate regulations to establish “science-based minimum standards for the safe production of food” by food production facilities. Meaning, no one even knows what the food production standards are yet, but whatever they turn out to be will have to be followed

    * It is prohibited to: fail to register; refuse to permit access to an inspector; refuse to allow copying of all records; fail to establish or maintain any record required under the law

    * Should you fail to comply with any of the rules and regulations, there are both civil and criminal penalties, going as high as $1 million per violation, something that could clearly wipe out any small farmer in a blink of an eye 

 

What Can You Do?

 

I believe everyone should take the time to look this bill over and decide for yourself — Do you, or do you not believe industry will use every loophole they can find to further their own interests over up-and-coming small, organic family farms?

 

If you believe this bill warrants further scrutiny before being blindly passed, here are a few ways you can get involved and make your voice heard:

 

   1. Contact your Congressional members at 202-224-3121 and ask them to oppose HR 875 and S 425.  

   2. Sign the Natural Solutions Foundation’s petition to Amend the Food Safety Modernization Act H.R. 875 [and Substitutes], by adding a “Natural and Family Food and Farming Exclusion Amendment”

   3. Find out who sits on your states agriculture and farming committee and contact them with your concerns.

   4. Contact your local elected officials and let them know your position on legislation and why.

   5. Attend a local Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) meeting, this is a good start to learning about what is going on in farming, as well as getting involved with local and state initiatives .  

   6. Support the Farmers Legal Defense Fund 

 

 

 

Related Links:

 

  Monsanto’s Many Attempts to Destroy All Seeds but Their Own

 

  This Company May Be the Biggest Threat to Your Future Health

 

  How Monsanto Manipulates the System to Poison Your Health

 

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Monsanto genetically engineered bill HR 875

March 26th, 2009

 

THIS IS REAL

From http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Find-Freedom.htm?EdNo=001&At=047058:

 

To begin reversing GM contamination will require ending the power biotech companies such as Monsanto exert over our government and through that, over our food.

 

HR 875, was introduced by Rosa DeLauro whose husband Stanley Greenburg works for Monsanto.

 

The bill is monstrous on level after level – the power it would give to Monsanto, the criminalization of seed banking, the prison terms and confiscatory fines for farmers, the 24 hours GPS tracking of their animals, the easements on their property to allow for warrantless government entry, the stripping away of their property rights, the imposition by the filthy, greedy industrial side of anti-farming international “industrial” standards to independent farms – the only part of our food system that still works, the planned elimination of farmers through all these means.

 

The corporations want the land, they want more intensive industrialization, they want the end of normal animals so they can substitute patented genetically engineered ones they own, they want the end of normal seeds and thus of seed banking by farmers or individuals. They want control over all seeds, animals, water, and land.

 

Lots more information here: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h875/show

 

This is REAL folks. This bill has 39 sponsors, (all democrats for the few people out there that think democrats are going to save us all) so it should move fast. 2 of the bills sponsors are from AZGabrielle Giffords (CD-8) and Raul Grijalva (CD-7). If you live in these districts, it’s time to get active, get these representatives to realize what they are doing, and get them to rescind support.

 

All of this permaculture will be for naught if the federal gestapo comes and hauls you off to jail so you can eat prison food.

 

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Can’t grow organic veggies?!

March 26th, 2009

Please forward to everyone…..

US House and Senate are about (in a week and a half) to vote on bill that
will OUTLAW ORGANIC FARMING (bill HR 875). There is an enormous rush to get
this into law within the next 2 weeks before people realize what is
happening.

Main backer and lobbyist is Monsanto  – chemical and genetic engineering
giant corporation (and Cargill, ADM, and about 35 other related
agri-giants). This bill will require organic farms to use specific
fertilizers and poisonous insect sprays dictated by the newly formed agency
to “make sure there is no danger to the public food supply”. This will
include backyard gardens that grow food only for a family and not for sales.

If this passes then NO more heirloom clean seeds
but only Monsanto genetically altered seeds that are now showing up with
unexpected diseases in humans.

There is a video on the subject.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epXNJNjYBvw&feature=related <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epXNJNjYBvw&amp;feature=related>

And another one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeWVkTU1s1E

The name on this outrageous food plan is:
Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (bill HR 875).

THIS IS REAL, FOLKS! PASS THIS ALONG TO ALL CONCERNED ON YOUR
MAILING LISTS & CALL YOUR SENATE REPRESENTETIVES TODAY!
Get on that phone and burn up the wires. Get anyone else you can to do the same thing.
The House and Senate WILL pass this if they are not massively threatened with loss
of their position…. They only fear your voice and your vote.
The best thing to do is go to www.house.gov/writerep <http://www.house.gov/writerep>  all you have to do is
put in your zip and it will give you your congressperson and how to get in
touch with them.  When you call their office someone will answer the phone,
just tell them (politely) that you are calling to express your views on HR 875.  
Tell them your views, they’ll take your name and address and pass your
comments along to the congressperson.  

The following link is a list of the U.S. senators and their contact info:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm


Mahalo Nui Loa and Thank you for your time <3


 
 

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Stop Monsanto nominee for Secretary of Agrigulture

December 30th, 2008

 

 Friends,

 

    In spite of 20,00 e-mails from organic consumers and, in apparent contradiction to his announcement that he wants an organic garden at the White House, Obama has chosen Tom Vilsack,  a strong bio-tech proponent supporting genetically engineered crops, cloned animals, etc., to run the Department of Agriculture.

    As you will see below, Vilsack is truly Monsanto‘s boy.  He pre-empted the local votes of towns and counties who had voted to disallow GE seeds! 

 

    It’s still possible to block Vilsack’s confirmation with a massive support of the petition  drafted by the Organic Consumer Association. It’s easy to sign on at this link:

 

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/642/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=1783 

 

    or from the  Organic Consumer Association website http://www.organicconsumers.org/

    

Your email will be sent to your Senators and the President-Elect‘s office.

 

    The article below gives further details.

 

    Thanks!

 

    Gerhard Bedding

 

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Secretary of Agriculture Appointment–important action

December 15th, 2008

Dear Friends:

 Obama is soon to select the Secretary of Agriculture.  This is a vitally important office. The fate of organic foods and the impact of Genetically Modified Foods, and the state of our soil and hence our future, depends on this.

The Organic Consumers Assn. says, “The Secretary of Agriculture is responsible for directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its $90 billion annual budget, including the National Organic Program, food stamp and nutrition programs, and agriculture subsidies. Through the Organic Consumers Association web portal, you can now directly communicate with the President-Elect about your choice for Secretary of Agriculture and your vision for our nation‘s food system.”
 
Please consider voting for Fred Kirshenmann, a long-time Bioneer and man of integrity (see below). Please go to this link and vote.
http://organicconsumers.org/obama.htm

Thanks,
JOY

If you don’t want to receive emails of this nature, please just Reply with “No Politics” in the Subject Window.

Joy Gardner
Vibrational Healing Program
600 S. Churton St. #6
Hillsborough, NC 27278
808 345-5838 •
joyus@copper.net
http://www.highvibrations.net



This is extremely important – please forward widely!
 
“Fred Kirshenmann has been the director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture since 2000. He is president of Kirschenmann Family Farms, a 3,500-acre certified organic farm in Windsor, North Dakota, where he also was president (1990-1999) of Farm Verified Organic, a private organic certification agency. He is a leader of the organic/sustainable agriculture movement, and has served on many boards and advisory committees of such organizations. He has completed a five-year term on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Standards Board, and has chaired the administrative council for the USDA’s North Central Region’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. He recently completed work for the North Dakota Commission on the Future of Agriculture, and was a charter member of the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society in 1979. He has been a member of the board of directors for the Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture since 1994, and was president in 1997. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles and book chapters dealing with ethics and agriculture.”
 
http://organicconsumers.org/obama.htm

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Dorisse
 
  
 
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No GMO!

October 23rd, 2008

Rep. Mayor, Harry Kim is intending to veto this bill banning GMO on taro and coffee on the Big Island.

 

Thanks to Richard Daimond and his Kauai Museletter:

 Ban on GMO-Taro & Coffee Passed!

 

Mahalo from the heart! Ban on GMO-Taro & Coffee Passed!

 

following is a summary: please go to this link to read more:

 

[http://kahea.wordpress.com/2008/10/10/historic-vote-hawaii-island-says-no-thanks-to-gmo-taro-and-coffee/]

http://kahea.wordpress.com/2008/10/10/historic-vote-hawaii-island-says-no-thanks-to-gmo-taro-and-coffee/

Mahalo a nui loa !

 

Lokahi a lanakila. – Through unity comes victory.

 

Thanks to broad, resounding public support, Bill 361–to ban the growing

of genetically modified taro and coffee on the Big

Island–[http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=C6suexstNMbdn95ipSatK7e4JTzSZqLw]

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY at the Hawaii County Council meeting on Wednesday,

October 8th!!!!

 

1,000 people wrote on behalf of protecting these important heritage

plants, and over 100 testified in person.

Growers are Heard: We DO NOT WANT GMOs! 

Strong-arm Tactics by Biotech Continue.

 

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What this GMO Ban Does

This bill effectively places a ban on the testing, propagation,

cultivation. introduction and release of genetically modified taro and

coffee on the island of Hawaii.  The penalty for violating this ban is a

$1,000 fine.

 

What is a GMO?

GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) are patented plant mutants created

by inserting genes from one species into another unrelated species using

virus & bacteria to transfer the genes.  For example, forcing wheat genes

into taro, or bacteria genes into corn.  Organic food growers have rejected

GMO, and GMO foods cannot be certified as organic.  GMO food safety has

never been proven on humans. This experimental technique is crude and

imprecise, unsafe, unnatural and rejected by the governments of most

nations and the majority of the world’s population.

Natural kope & kalo are just fine, thank you. 

Together, our good work makes a difference, as has been shown with this

monumental victory on the Island of Hawai’i.

 

Thank you to all who support and continue to be vigilant in protecting

our aina.

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