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The Sneaky Way Congress Wants to Help 'Big Food' Manipulate GMO Labels

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Alana33
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Why shouldn't GMO's be labeled just like EVERYTHING ELSE?
A consumer has the right to know where what they wish to choose to purchase comes from and what's in a product.
EVERYTHING ELSE is labeled. What are GMO's so afraid of ?

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Topic starter Posted : April 28, 2015 10:41 pm
Spartygrad95
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GMO isn't an ingredient. It is a breeding process. Do grapefruits have a label saying their DNA is/was bombarded with radiation to achieve mutation?

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Posted : April 28, 2015 10:42 pm
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No but if it was, it should.

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Topic starter Posted : April 28, 2015 11:55 pm
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I am a big proponent of irradiated meat and buy it whenever I can. What most people don't know is that almost every spice you buy has been irradiated. No one ever mentions that!

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Posted : April 29, 2015 8:54 am
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http://www.labelgmos.org/the_science_genetically_modified_foods_gmo YT?

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Topic starter Posted : April 29, 2015 7:48 pm
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http://times.org/2014/06/16/kauai-cocktail/

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Topic starter Posted : April 30, 2015 11:11 am
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Doctors and Environmentalists Are Fighting for a Ban Against Monsanto

A big medical group joins the chorus calling for the company to be kicked out of Argentina.

APR 30, 201
Jason Best

Multinational ag giant Monsanto may seem like an unstoppable force—but don’t tell that to the growing coalition of environmentalists and public health advocates in Argentina. They are fighting toward one audacious goal: to kick the company out of their country.

This week, the movement to oust Monsanto was joined by Fesprosa, one of Argentina’s leading medical unions, which represents more than 30,000 of the country’s doctors and other health professionals. The coalition is calling on the Argentine federal government to ban Monsanto’s products following last month’s bombshell announcement from the World Health Organization that the key chemical component in Monsanto’s widely used herbicide Roundup “probably causes cancer."

That chemical, commonly known as glyphosate, has become dominant in both Argentina and the U.S. ever since Monsanto launched its line of genetically modified crops designed to withstand heavy application of the herbicide back in the mid-1990s.

At the time, Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” crops were touted as revolutionary: Because the crops could tolerate glyphosate, the company said, farmers would end up using less weed killer. And in any case, glyphosate was considered a much safer alternative than other chemical herbicides on the market.

Oh, what a difference a couple decades make. As a number of the weeds glyphosate was supposed to kill have developed their own chemical resistance, many farmers have been forced to dump ever-increasing amounts of the herbicide on their fields to combat a growing epidemic of “superweeds.”

As for glyphosate’s supposedly benign impact on human health, the WHO’s recent declaration that the chemical is probably carcinogenic has only added to what critics say is mounting evidence that overuse is wreaking havoc on the lives of those who live and work in agricultural communities.

A 2013 investigation by The Associated Press found cancer rates in Argentina’s Santa Fe province, the center of the country’s soy industry, were two to four times higher than the national average, while rates of birth defects in another growing region were four times higher. As one pediatrician and public health activist put it, “The changes in how agriculture is produced has brought, frankly, a change in the profile of diseases. We’ve gone from a pretty healthy population to one with a high rate of cancer, birth defects, and illnesses seldom seen before.”

For its part, Fesprosa issued a statement saying that glyphosate “not only causes cancer, it is also associated with increased spontaneous abortions, birth defects, skin diseases, and respiratory and neurological disease.”

To say that Argentina serves as a cautionary tale for the dangers of allowing a corporate giant like Monsanto to run amok seems like an understatement. While the introduction of Roundup Ready crops eventually catapulted Argentina to the world’s third-largest producer of soybeans, lax enforcement of spraying regulations has meant that entire communities have been doused in potent herbicides and other ag chemicals.

The growing movement against Monsanto in Argentina has attracted a number of NGOs, reports Telesur, including the environmental group Greenpeace Andino. As Franco Segesso, coordinator of the anti-Monsanto campaign for the organization, said in a statement: “We cannot allow the business interests of a North American multinational to be more important that the health of the people of our region. Governments should promote the technology and practices of organic farming to protects growers, consumers and the environment.”

Meanwhile, in the U.S., the menace of superweeds has spawned a chemical arms race among Big Ag companies as they try to outwit Mother Nature. Monsanto competitor Dow is eagerly rolling out its own line of GMO seed to be used with an even more powerful herbicide, Enlist Duo, a combination of glyphosate and the toxic chemical compound 2,4-D, which has been linked fertility problems, birth defects, and thyroid disorders.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently expanded its approval of the new chemical cocktail across 15 Midwestern states.

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Topic starter Posted : May 1, 2015 7:55 am
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DHMO: Toxic chemical compound found in almost all consumer products!

http://www.dhmo.org/facts.html

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Posted : May 1, 2015 8:40 am
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Here's a link that I posted previously.
Don't know if you got a chance to view it.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2013/03/201331313434142322.html

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Topic starter Posted : May 1, 2015 11:34 am
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DHMO: Toxic chemical compound found in almost all consumer products!

http://www.dhmo.org/facts.html/blockquote >

Lol
Perfect

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Posted : May 1, 2015 12:17 pm
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Which is really too bad!

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Topic starter Posted : May 1, 2015 1:52 pm
Pdmargie
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Which is really too bad!

Wait,....what is too bad???

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Posted : May 2, 2015 1:01 am
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Posted : May 3, 2015 1:41 pm
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Posted : May 4, 2015 7:48 am
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It just takes a ton of pesticides to grow them.

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Topic starter Posted : May 4, 2015 11:12 am
Spartygrad95
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Congenital farming without GMOs use more. Organic uses pesticides too. Whole Foods had the most recalls of any company in America. GMOs are just a new tool. The new GMO approved potato contains half the acrylamide as a conventional potato. A chemical called a "probable carcinogen" the same classification as Roundup. Are these not good things? Yet fear mongering could stop it.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/01/13/376184710/gmo-potatoes-have-arrived-but-will-anyone-buy-them

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Posted : May 4, 2015 9:20 pm
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Of course more glyphosate is sprayed but TOTAL pesticide usage is down

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Posted : May 4, 2015 11:38 pm
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GMO's should be labeled just like anything else, there is way too much pesticide usage, world wide (tho many European countries has been smart enough to ban some of them), we need crop diversity and to stop killing/harming our pollinators and other beneficial creatures.
Not to mention polluting our air, earth and waters with these toxic chemicals.

GMO companies manufacture pesticides.
They found a great way to increase their sales thru GMO crops.
They're making a killing. Literally.

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Topic starter Posted : May 6, 2015 12:31 am
Spartygrad95
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All the pesticides used on organic crops aren't labeled..

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Posted : May 6, 2015 1:04 am
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They should be.

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Topic starter Posted : May 6, 2015 1:25 am
Spartygrad95
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Those labels are going to be HUGE 🙂

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Posted : May 6, 2015 1:58 am
Alana33
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Too much pesticide use on our planet!

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Topic starter Posted : May 6, 2015 11:15 am
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