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  • 5 Natural Remedies For The Worst Symptoms Of Menopause
    All wоmеn аrе dіffеrеnt and аѕ a rеѕult, may display mеnораuѕаl symptoms over a relatively ѕhоrt tіmе ѕраn, or fоr ten years оr mоrе. Aѕ a general rulе оf thumb, ѕоmе have suggested that a woman’s mоthеr саn bе a… The post 5 Natural Remedies For The Worst Symptoms Of Menopause appeared first on NaturalNewsBlogs.
  • Peppermint and Ginger Are Wonderful Healing Herbs For Self-Care
    Peppermint and ginger are two of my favorite healing herbs. I discovered peppermint when I was 10 years old and I have used it all my life for treating all my ailments, especially indigestion. I discovered ginger 20 years ago… The post Peppermint and Ginger Are Wonderful Healing Herbs For Self-Care appeared first on NaturalNewsBlogs.
  • Bad health relates to big profits
    Today we know more about vitamins, minerals and nutrition in general then ever before, but at the same time there are various elements of the media and medical community that want to keep everyone in the dark about the true… The post Bad health relates to big profits appeared first on NaturalNewsBlogs.
  • Could a study published in 1911 hold the key to the successful treatment of cancer?
    Cancer has been successfully treated with enzymes for many decades. Enzyme therapy is not new. In fact, it dates back to at least the 1700’s when Jean Senebier discovered that gastric juices could be applied to wounds to prevent infections… The post Could a study published in 1911 hold the key to the successful treatment […]
  • Staghorn Sumac – It Is Not Poison, It Is Therapeutic
    Perhaps you have heard of poison sumac, but you likely have not heard of the Red Sumac Berry (particularly Staghorn Sumac). These red berries grow all over my home state of Pennsylvania but could be found all over the world.… The post Staghorn Sumac – It Is Not Poison, It Is Therapeutic appeared first on […]
  • Epigenetics and Breast Cancer: How YOU Can Influence Your Cancer Risk 
    The term “epigenetics” is a buzzword these days in health circles. This is a good thing since the term calls into question the age-old conventional that “your DNA is your destiny.” But what exactly is epigenetics and, more importantly, how… The post Epigenetics and Breast Cancer: How YOU Can Influence Your Cancer Risk  appeared first […]
  • Material life breaks you down but spiritual life builds you up
    What is a breakdown? It’s not a disease, as some materialists would like people to think. It’s not a physical ailment like a broken leg or something. A breakdown happens when a person cannot handle the burden, anxieties and pressure… The post Material life breaks you down but spiritual life builds you up appeared first […]
  • Furniture Polish in My Gelato
    Okay, true confession, every now and then I don’t read the labels and I bring home a special “treat” from the grocery store.  We eat very clean and I think it’s okay to relax a bit every now and then.… The post Furniture Polish in My Gelato appeared first on NaturalNewsBlogs.
  • Do You Have All the Facts About Oral Contraceptive and Breast Cancer?
    Oral contraception is one of the most widely used form of birth control worldwide. In fact, an article published a little over 20 years ago in the popular magazine The Economist called the pill one of the inventions “that defined… The post Do You Have All the Facts About Oral Contraceptive and Breast Cancer? appeared […]
  • Hipocrites in the name of God
    In life we all relate to God in different ways although His names usually contribute to the path we walk down. His names are innumerable. Some relate to Him as Jehovah, which means The All Mighty one. And as all… The post Hipocrites in the name of God appeared first on NaturalNewsBlogs.

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!