In industrial agriculture the knowledge of living systems is totally missing since industrial agriculture was externally driven by using war chemicals as inputs for agriculture. Soil was defined as an empty container for holding synthetic fertilizers, plants were defined as machines running on external inputs. This meant substituting the ecological functions and services that nature and farmers can provide through renewal of soil fertility, pest and weed control, and seed improvement. But it also implied ignorance of the destruction of the functions by the toxic chemicals applied to agriculture.
In this particular musical initiative, Neil is taking on Starbucks, another company people are slowly coming to dislike, especially because of their puzzling potential involvement with Monsanto. Why would anyone ever buy outrageously overpriced coffee beverages from a business that tried to force race relation talks on their customers?
Since when does the mainstream media, in a country that worships at the altar of capitalism and the free market, launch a coordinated attack against a company for selling a product consumers want? When that company dares to cross the powerful biotech industry. How else to explain the unprecedented negative coverage aimed at Chipotle’s, merely because the successful restaurant chain will eliminate GMO foods from its menu?
The third annual ‘March against Monsanto’ protest took place yesterday in cities around the world. Activists protested the monopoly the GMO giant has in controlling food supply. Protesters say Monsanto controls 90 percent of the seed market in the US.
Dr. Mercola: Currently, Americans are standing at a crossroads: one way leads to certain labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods across the country; the other will lead toward the elimination of that possibility. If you’ve never taken action on this issue before, I urge you to do so now. We need every single American who cares about this issue to make their opinion known very clearly to their federal representatives.
In an unprecedented move, a non-profit organization has set up an independent lab that all people can access in order to test for glyphosate.
Some have said that India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, arrived at the nation’s pro-GMO position with the help of generous campaign funding from a GMO lobby, but that hasn’t stopped thousands of Indian farmers from demonstrating against Monsanto and their biotech cronies in a massive grassroots movement that shuns anti-farmer practices and genetically modified crop farming.
Marking the first such announcement by one of the nation’s largest restaurant chains, Chipotle Mexican Grill has stated that it has successfully phased out GMOs from its food. This is a move that will undoubtedly continue to push Chipotle into higher profits as many fast food chains continue to lose profits.
On April 15, Federal Judge Susan Oki Mollway dropped a bomb in [the case of] Monsanto vs. Maui. She ruled that the case cannot go to Hawaii State Court, but will remain under her federal jurisdiction. The federal government’s support for Monsanto is even greater than the State Government of Hawaii’s. And the will of Maui County voters—to put a temporary block on Monsanto’s toxic, local, GMO/pesticide experiments—is now diluted at a new remote level. Maui County can’t enforce the vote, and neither can the State of Hawaii. Now a federal court will decide whether to nullify the will of Maui voters. This is dictatorship.
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Lab tests have confirmed that Gerber’s Lil’ Crunchies snacks are full of Roundup Ready, insecticidal GMO ingredients. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a policy statement recommending that children’s exposure to pesticides be reduced. How can this company put them in a snack that little ones are meant to munch on?
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a new analysis on Tuesday debunking the myth that genetically engineered crops (often called GMOs) will be crucial to “feeding the world” as the population soars. My report takes a hard look at recent research and concludes that so far, GE crops have done nothing to improve global food security – and there’s little reason to think that they will any time soon.
Urban farming, particularly with vertical systems, speaks to (and can possibly resolve) issues like food accessibility, scale and affordability. “We need to improve our distribution, eat higher quality food, and make sure that the hungriest, poorest people have access to the highest quality food. It doesn’t make any sense to not provide people with nutritious food, because you end up paying for it on the back end with medical costs and a host of other things,” said Josh Lee, a.k.a. “Farmer Josh,” the co-founder of Green Top Farms: A Queens-based urban farming company that grows and distributes salad greens to New Yorkers.
The Food and Drug Administration recently approved some genetically modified varieties of apples and potatoes that do not bruise or brown. The agency says they are “as safe and nutritious as their [non-GMO] conventional counterparts,” yet is shockingly considering a label for the creations. But if history tells us anything, it’s that these products will not get a GMO label – so how will you know if you’re eating it?