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  • Obesity? Heart Disease? Diabetes? Cancer? Maybe it’s not your genes–it’s your lifestyle
    For so long, we’ve been conditioned to think our genes are rigid and unchangeable; and they alone define our health and longevity. We expect chronic disease to be treated like the common cold. Take a pill and go back to… The post Obesity? Heart Disease? Diabetes? Cancer? Maybe it’s not your genes–it’s your lifestyle appeared […]
  • Your Immune System Needs Support Too
    The human body is a very vulnerable organism, except for the very strong line of defense that the immune system has thrown around it. Without the natural defense system provided by the immune system, the bacteria, microbes, viruses, toxins, parasites,… The post Your Immune System Needs Support Too appeared first on NaturalNews Blogs.
  • Military diet – the best way to lose weight fast
    The Military Diet is designed to prepare you for the wedding season and the up-coming summer nearly upon you. It states that the food combinations are made to help you boost your metabolism and burn fat smoothly, which will make… The post Military diet – the best way to lose weight fast appeared first on […]
  • What to eat, what to eat?
    Despite all the facts and figures regarding the diets that humans should partake in, the tongue’s conditioned sense gratification for the particular taste of flesh and blood has overwhelmed the body’s intelligence. So, please allow me to present some facts… The post What to eat, what to eat? appeared first on NaturalNews Blogs.
  • What Acne Reveal About Your Health
    According to Chinese Ancient Medicine, the place on your face where acne appears is connected to a certain health problem you may be facing without knowing. Different parts on your face correspond to different organs in your body. Learn what… The post What Acne Reveal About Your Health appeared first on NaturalNews Blogs.
  • Losing Weight Is Just The First Part Of Your Fitness Journey. The Second Leg Starts Now
    There’s no greater feeling than finally shedding all those excess pounds. For many people, however, losing the weight is the easy part—keeping it off is the real challenge. The key here is to avoid being too complacent with your achievements,… The post Losing Weight Is Just The First Part Of Your Fitness Journey. The Second […]
  • Stop Joint Pain Naturally
    You see drug commercials for every disease and every symptom these days, but no drug is advertised on TV more than pain-pills. More than 3 million new cases of arthritis every year here and nothing is made available to medical… The post Stop Joint Pain Naturally appeared first on NaturalNews Blogs.
  • 6 Effective Tips on Choosing the Best Pediatrician for Your Child
    First-time parenthood brings lots of excitements as well as tensions to the parents. Having no practical experiment, they often find raising their first child quite difficult. Finding a reliable baby pediatrician is perhaps the most daunting task for them. Often,… The post 6 Effective Tips on Choosing the Best Pediatrician for Your Child appeared first […]
  • Eradicate Basal Cell Skin Cancer with These Inexpensive Topical Remedies
    Basal cell carcinoma is one of the most common, and thankfully treatable, forms of skin cancer. Most people see this type of skin cancer form on their face. The forehead, nose and other spots that are consistently exposed to sunlight… The post Eradicate Basal Cell Skin Cancer with These Inexpensive Topical Remedies appeared first on […]
  • Eat what you want but don’t say you were never warned
    By now, most of us are aware of the GMO problem and the political corruption akin to it. Monsanto claims that GMOs are safe. This was the same comment made by the tobacco companies back in the 40s and early… The post Eat what you want but don’t say you were never warned appeared first […]

What are GMOs?

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A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Organisms that have been genetically modified include micro-organisms such as bacteria and yeast, insects, plants, fish, and mammals. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce goods other than food. The term GMO is very close to the technical legal term, ‘living modified organism’ defined in the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which regulates international trade in living GMOs (specifically, “any living organism that possesses a novel combination of genetic material obtained through the use of modern biotechnology”).

This article focuses on what organisms have been genetically engineered, and for what purposes. The article on genetic engineering focuses on the history and methods of genetic engineering, and on applications of genetic engineering and of GMOs. Both articles cover much of the same ground but with different organizations (sorted by organism in this article; sorted by application in the other). There are separate articles on genetically modified crops, genetically modified food, regulation of the release of genetic modified organisms, and controversies. Learn more.

Here is a partial list of varieties of maize that have been modified

GET Involved Locally!

There is an Asheville/WNC group working to educate the public about GMOs and the efforts to label all foods containing genetically modified ingredients! And there’s a whole lot of info being shared HERE

The Fight to Label GMOs

With the growing evidence that GMOs are negatively impacting our food security and safety the efforts from a wide variety of citizen activist groups are growing to label all foods containing GMO ingredients. Here is a partial list of these groups, networks, and information on the actions and outcomes of GMO labeling:

 

Just Label It!

We have a right to know about food we eat and feed our families, but under current regulations, we don’t have that ability when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) foods. – Learn more.

Center for Food Safety

In 2011, Center for Food Safety submitted a formal legal petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on behalf of over 650 companies and organizations demanding that FDA require the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. Since it was filed, 55 members of Congress and over 1.4 million people have submitted comments in support of the petition; yet, FDA has failed to take action to require the labeling of GE foods. Learn more.

Right To Know – GMO

Click here to explore what is happening in your state! Clicking on each state will provide you state specific information involving GMO labeling efforts.

FOOD DEMOCRACY NOW! Labeling GMOs: America’s Right to Know

For the past 20 years, Americans have been denied the right to know what’s in their food. Help make this the Change We Can Believe In: Label GMOs! Learn More…. Get Involved

Watch: The World According to Monsanto

There’s nothing they are leaving untouched: the mustard, the okra, the bringe oil, the rice, the cauliflower. Once they have established the norm: that seed can be owned as their property, royalties can be collected. We will depend on them for every seed we grow of every crop we grow. If they control seed, they control food, they know it — it’s strategic. It’s more powerful than bombs. It’s more powerful than guns. This is the best way to control the populations of the world. The story starts in the White House, where Monsanto often got its way by exerting disproportionate influence over policymakers via the “revolving door”. One example is Michael Taylor, who worked for Monsanto as an attorney before being appointed as deputy commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991. While at the FDA, the authority that deals with all US food approvals, Taylor made crucial decisions that led to the approval of GE foods and crops. Then he returned to Monsanto, becoming the company’s vice president for public policy.

Thanks to these intimate links between Monsanto and government agencies, the US adopted GE foods and crops without proper testing, without consumer labeling and in spite of serious questions hanging over their safety. Not coincidentally, Monsanto supplies 90 percent of the GE seeds used by the US market. Monsanto’s long arm stretched so far that, in the early nineties, the US Food and Drugs Agency even ignored warnings of their own scientists, who were cautioning that GE crops could cause negative health effects. Other tactics the company uses to stifle concerns about their products include misleading advertising, bribery and concealing scientific evidence.

organic

Organic foods are produced using methods of organic farming. Currently, the European Union, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and many other countries require producers to obtain special certification in order to market food as organic within their borders. In the context of these regulations, organic food is food produced in a way that complies with organic standards set by national governments and international organizations. Organic food production is a heavily regulated industry, distinct from private gardening.

While the “organic” standard is defined differently in different jurisdictions, in general organic farming responds to site-specific farming and crop conditions by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers are not allowed, although certain organically approved pesticides may be used under limited conditions. In general, organic foods are also not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.[

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10 Things YOU can do to SAVE the BEES!

1   Stop using insecticides

2   Plant Bee-friendly plants

3   Create natural habitat gardens

4   Find out more about bees

5   Support your local beekeepers

6   Make you own ‘Wild bee’ house

7   Become a beekeeper

8   Lobby your local MP or MEP

9   Sign petitions banning pesticides

10 Encourage your local authority to do more to help bees

 

 

GREENPEACE: Bees in Decline

Insecticides in particular pose the most direct risk to pollinators

As their name indicates, these are chemicals designed to kill insects, and they are widely applied in the environment, mostly around cropland areas.

The main reasons for global bees-decline are industrial agriculture, parasites/pathogens and climate change. The loss of biodiversity, destruction of habitat and lack of forage due to monocultures and bee-killing pesticides are particular threats for honeybees and wild pollinators. It is becoming increasingly evident that some insecticides, at concentrations applied routinely in the current chemical-intensive agriculture system, exert clear, negative effects on the health of pollinators – both individually and at the colony level. The observed, sub-lethal, low-dose effects of insecticides on bees are various and diverse. Learn MORE!