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thousands of citizens on the street in vienna against ACTA
Tausende Menschen gehen in Wien, gegen ACTA auf die Straße

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Originally posted on Black Box Journal's Blog:

I remember the first time I had an American food awakening. I was in Prague after a month traveling through Scandinavia and England. I needed American food. We stopped at a TGIF’s. Oh the beauty of globalization! I had never actually eaten at one in the states, but I wanted a cheeseburger. At last my post-communist server put the plate in front of me, there was no “cheery” smile to go with it, after all they have no concept of the word “tip”. The awkward closeness and silence was deafening. “Sorry you have been oppressed for hundreds of years, sorry my country is now forcing you into the shiny plastic capitalism that comes complete with happy meals made in  China”, I meant to say, but somehow fell silent, deadlocked into those icy cold eyes. My cheeseburger arrived a pathetic ghost of the picture on the menu. White cheese dripped down the side of the plate. What? Where…

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Originally posted on Grist:

Monsanto is getting a taste of its own medicine; the company is being taken to court.

In this corner, we have a corporate biotech giant with a tighter grasp on the agricultural Monopoly board than your over-enthusiastic little sister on game night. (Their patented genes are in more than 80 percent of the soybeans, corn, cotton, sugar beets, and canola seeds grown in the U.S.) And in this corner, 83 scrappy plaintiffs representing non-GMO seed producers, farmers, and agricultural organizations who say they want the biotech company to stop suing and threatening them. While most are organic, not all of them are.

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Originally posted on Under The LobsterScope:

From sumofus.org:

Do you or anyone you know buy food at Wal-Mart? If you do, you could soon be eating MonsantoGMOcorn — unmarked, unlabeled, and untested on humans — with toxins built right into the plant’s DNA.

Monsanto has released their first direct-to-consumer product, a genetically-modified (GM) sweet corn containing Bt toxin, designed to protect the plant by rupturing the stomach of any insect that feeds on it. Monsanto claims the toxin will break down before the corn makes it to your dinner table, but rats fed with the GM corn showed organ failure, and the toxin has been detected in the bodies of pregnant women.

Want to avoid this toxic product?  Too bad – it will arrive on shelves unlabeled and untested on humans, starting with this years’ corn crop.

Consumers are fighting back.  Thanks to consumer pressure, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and General…

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Neotame the next aspartame? FDA doesn’t require labeling of latest chemical sweetener from Monsanto <<naturalnews.com

Thursday, February 09, 2012 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer

(NaturalNews) It could be lurking in the foods you eat every single day, including U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified organic foods, and you would never even know it. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declared that one of Monsanto’s latest creations, a synthetic sweetener chemical known as neotame, does not have to be labeled in food products, including even in organic food products.

A modified version of aspartame with even more added toxicity, neotame received quiet and unassuming FDA approval back in 2002, even though no safety studies have ever been conducted on the chemical (http://www.neotame.com/pdf/neotame_fda_US.pdf). In fact, an investigation conducted by Feingold.org found only four studies relating to neotame in the MEDLINE database.

Two of these “studies” were not studies at all, and the other two were actually one duplicate study conducted by NutraSweet, the company that produces and sells neotame.

So just like with aspartame, the FDA has once again approved for use a dangerous sweetener chemical that metabolizes into formaldehyde when consumed. Except this time, the chemical contains added 3-dimethylbutyl, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has listed as one of the most hazardous known chemicals, and it does not have to be labeled on any of the products to which it is added.

“Neotame has similar structure to aspartame — except that, from it’s structure, appears to be even more toxic than aspartame,” writes HolisticMed.com on its page about neotame. “Like aspartame, some of the concerns include gradual neurotoxic and immunotoxic damage from the combination of the formaldehyde metabolite (which is toxic at extremely low doses) and the excitotoxic amino acid” (http://www.holisticmed.com/neotame/toxin.html).

The FDA, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), and the World Health Organization (WHO) all consider neotame to be safe for use, despite the fact that WHO actually published a paper seeking to establish acceptable daily intake levels for neotame. If neotame is so safe that it does not even have to be labeled, according to the FDA, then why do acceptable daily intake levels have to be established? And what is the point of establishing them in the first place?

This dog and pony show of special interest regulatory corruption is a travesty that will have global negative health consequences. Like most other toxins added to foods, neotame will most likely cause chronic damage over a long period of time, which means mainstream health authorities will get away with never having to admit that neotame is a dangerous toxin.

Sources for this article include:

http://articlesofhealth.blogspot.com

http://www.gaia-health.com

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/034915_neotame_Monsanto_sweeteners.html#ixzz1m5PJlF1T

Originally posted on Not The Mainstream News:

Source: Caroline Jacobsson
GreenPeace

There’s a story doing the rounds again, about how Monsanto, one of the world’s largest profiteers of genetically engineered (GE) food, banned GE food from its own corporate canteens!

Monsanto had its pants pulled down by Friends of the Earth in 1999, who revealed that the company was refusing to serve to its own staff the very same GE food that it incessantly foists upon impoverished nations on the premise that it will save populations from starvation. Although it has never been proved, Monsanto constantly claims that GE food is harmless – so why wasn’t it serving it in its own office?

In one canteen, run by external provider, Sutcliffe Catering, a notice read that a decision has been taken to remove, as far as practicable, GE soya and maize from all food products served in the canteen. “We have taken the above steps to…

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Originally posted on ACGR's "News with Attitude":

Anthony Gucciardi, The Intel Hub
2/10/2012

The stated mission of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to protect and promote public health through the regulation of everything from food products to pharmaceutical drugs.

Based on the agency’s actions (or perhaps their severe lack of real action) however, it is quite apparent that this government organization has a blatant disregard for your health and is most certainly not in the business of ‘promoting’ health.

Here are 4 ways in which the FDA has gone against public health and safety.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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Originally posted on NZ Food Security:


Share widely – urgent – make this go viral please

Make an all-rights-reserved “Submission” on the Natural Health Products Bill, the Food Bill’s essential Codex Alimentarius counterpart, to attack the Food Bill and Codex Alimentarius by proxy and to oppose the NHP Bill itself (it sucks completely anyway, as you will discover).

The closing date for submissions is 24 February 2012.

This page shows you how to do this, why, and provides a suggested template at bottom for the text of your “submission” / notification, which you can post online to the Select Committee. The process takes no more than a few minutes. The Government has refused to reopen submissions on the Food Bill. Use this process to have your say about the Food Bill, the NHP Bill and above all, about Codex Alimentarius – and to give notice that you retain all your rights at the same time.

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Obst und Gemüse im eigenen Garten demnächst genehmigungspflichtig? <<das-wilde-gartenblog.de

Claudia am 9. Februar 2012

Neuseeland ist zwar weit weg, aber in einer globalisierten Welt kann das, was dort passiert, morgen schon Gesetzesvorlage in der EU sein. Deshalb ist höchste Wachsamkeit (und auch gern VORAUSEILENDER PROTEST!) angesagt:

Kein Lebensmittel soll wachsen, das nicht uns gehört – MONSANTOAuf Betreiben zahlreicher Lobbyverbände u.a. aus den USA (z.B. US FDA = Monsanto & Co.) wurde weitgehend unbemerkt von der Öffentlichkeit (!) ein Gesetz verabschiedet, das den Anbau eigener Nahrungsmittel GENEHMIGUNGSPFLICHTIG macht!!! Und das ist noch lange nicht alles! Überwacht werden soll der genehmigungspflichtige Anbau von Lebensmittelkontrolleuren, die auch von der Industrie gestellt werden können. Sie sollen die Gärten ohne Durchsuchungsbefehl, ja sogar “mit Waffengewalt” durchsuchen dürfen!
Selbstanbau kontrollieren, Artenvielfalt beschränken

Über GooglePlus und das Blog Greenexpress.de haben mich diese obermiesen Nachrichten erreicht. Man muss nicht lange grübeln, um darauf zu kommen, worum es diesen Konzernen geht, die immer ein paar willfährige Politiker für die “legale” Umsetzung ihrer üblen Machenschaften finden. Greenexpress listet die wichtigsten Auswirkungen des Gesetzes auf:

Zusammenfassung der wichtigten Auswirkungen des neuseeländigen Gesetzes für Nahrungsmittel (NZ Government Food Bill 160-2):

  • das natürliche Recht des eigenen Nahrungsmittelanbaus wird zum gesetzlichen Priveleg;
  • der Selbstvertrieb (Hofverkauf, etc.) wird gesetzlich kontrolliert und kann somit auch verboten werden;
  • der Begriff Nahrungsmittel wird auch auf die Vorprodukte (Saatgut), Getränke (auch Wasser) ausgedehnt und somit der Kontrolle unterworfen;
  • die zunehmende Kontrolle des Saatgutes durch einige wenige Konzerne wird dadurch gefördert und somit auch die Abhängigkeit der Abnehmer bis hin zu den Konsumenten;
  • die Pflanzendiversität ist in Gefahr, besonders für landwirtschaftliche Nutzpflanzen, weil Neuzüchtungen die alten Sorten vom Markt verdrängen;
  • kleine und mittelständische Unternehmen verlieren Marktanteile und Marktzugang zugunsten großen multinationalen Konzernen;

Link für weitere Informationen:  www.nzfoodsecurity.org (engl. Website);
New food bill in New Zealand takes away human right to grow food

Was hier vorgeht, sollte uns allen klar machen: Profitorientierte Weltkonzerne wollen und werden uns JEDES RECHT nehmen, das wir nicht verteidigen – auch das bisher so natürlich und selbstverständliche Recht, eigenes Obst und Gemüse anzubauen. Sie wollen alles überwachen und sämtliche Gärtner zwingen, keine eigenen Samen mehr zu ziehen, sondern jährlich bei ihnen die wenigen Arten zu kaufen, die noch übrig bleiben, wenn sie weltweit den Durchmarsch gemacht haben!

Keine Samen mehr weiter geben, nichts mehr tauschen, jede neue Nutzpflanze genehmigen lassen, unangemeldete Kontrollen – ja, da ist es dann nicht mehr weit bis zu den alles überwachenden Kameras, die ja bereits die öffentlichen Räume erobern.
Das Recht auf Selbstanbau verteidigen!

Liebe Gartenfreunde, gegen diese Bedrohung sind unsere Problemchen mit dem “Drittel kleingärtnerischer Nutzung”, mit Heckenhöhen und Baumschnittfragen, Totholzhaufen-Akzeptanz und nachbarlichem Hickhack völlig belanglos. Diese Konzerne beschränken ihre Aktivitäten nicht auf Neuseeland – ich wette mal, die Lobbyisten stehen auch den Europa-Funktionären schon auf den Zehen! Natürlich alles im Namen der “Lebensmittelsicherheit”….

Mir fällt jetzt auf die Schnelle auch nicht gleich ein Programm dagegen ein. Erstmal sollte diese Bedrohung auf jeden Fall allgemein bekannt werden!!! Bloggt und teilt und mailt es also bitte weiter – und erzählt es auch dem Garten-Nachbarn, der nicht online ist.

Wir bleiben dran am Thema!

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