SOS Kauai needs help

By Diana Reeves - GMO Free USA

Hello all,

I would be very grateful if you could help us get the word out about 2 actions we are currently doing in support of the issues on Kauai.
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GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS (GMOs) In Pet food

By Caroline O’Sullivan, DVM

In an ongoing effort to take better care of our four legged friends, deciding what is best to feed them is sometimes a challenge. There are standard dry and canned foods, then the specific diets for age, medical conditions, and weight loss. Next come RAW diets and home cooked diets. All of these choices have pros and cons. All of these choices have to be considered for your lifestyle, finances, and the needs of your four legged friend. There are always the physical and medical needs to be considered, as well. Many hours of questions, research, and label reading may go into this decision for the well- being of our friend. But, we have an additional piece of information to consider, GMO ingredients in our food choices.

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Former GMO Engineer Drops Biotech and Goes Organic

The “con­ver­sion” of for­mer anti-GMO activist Mark Lynas to GMO pro­moter has gar­nered huge media atten­tion, but Thierry Vrain, Ph.D., a for­mer genetic engi­neer who speaks out against the risks of genet­i­cally engi­neered foods, has far more credibility—and a far more impor­tant story to tell the public.

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GMO Evidence has released a new resource showing the harm that GMOs and Roundup have caused in countries worldwide.

Evidence of the harm caused by GMOs (+ Roundup) has until now been hidden deep in thousands of pages of information and the new GMO Evidence site has ploughed through them to create an easy-to-use database that was set up by the owners of Sustainable Pulse.

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Sugar beet industry converts to 100% GMO, disallows non-GMO option

The US sugar beet industry coordinated an industry-wide conversion to genetically modified sugar beets, thus eliminating a non-GMO alternative for food manufacturers and consumers. Meanwhile, production of GM sugar beet seed is likely to contaminate organic and conventional vegetable seed production in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

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Mom Asks the Makers of Similac for a Meeting

Mamavation is petitioning the makers of Similac to remove genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) from their infant formula.And we’ve been quite successful online garnering support.

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5 Good Reasons Not to Invest in Monsanto

With a market cap of $56 billion and a one year stock price growth of around 40%, Monsanto(NYSE: MON) looks like a wonderful investment.  Having squeezed most other agribusinesses out of the market, Monsanto also has no real competitors.  A cash position of $4.7 billion and a total quarterly revenue of over $3 billion makes this stock even more attractive.

So what's the buzz (all puns intended)? Why would a stock like this ever go down?  Besides the grand scale die-off of "our friend the honeybee," here are five good reasons why this Foolish blogger thinks this stock's growth rate is not sustainable, and why a Foolish investor should run the other way. 

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Monsanto Says GM Wheat `Isolated Incident,' But Lawyers Bet There Will Be More

Monsanto MON -3.13% today said it believes the outbreak of genetically modified wheat on a farm in Oregon was likely an “isolated incident” that can’t be explained by either stray seed or pollen flowing into the field.

Monsanto’s statements come a day after the company was hit with the first of will probably be multiple lawsuits accusing the company of negligence that helped trigger turmoil in global wheat markets. The lawsuit on behalf of a Kansas wheat farmer says Monsanto tested the wheat varieties engineered to be  resistant to Roundup weed-killer when it “knew there was a high risk that the genetically modified wheat could contaminate other varieties of wheat” on nearby farms.

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Launch of Greenwashed.com

 

New “Greenwashed” App to Track Environmentally Harmful Products Posing as “Green”

greenwashedlogo.pngThis Earth Day, a new website and app launches to expose “greenwashed” products, or products that are falsely marketed as natural or environmentally friendly. “'Greenwashed' is a pejorative term meant to describe products containing known carcinogens or otherwise environmentally harmful which use misleading terms or images to appeal to consumers with environmental concerns,” explains Stacy Malkan, one of the three GreenWashed.com co-founders and author of, "Not Just a Pretty Face:  The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry."

The app and website invite consumers to submit stories of greenwashed products and companies that are not living up to their marketing promises.  

“The project was inspired by the controversial decision at the annual Earth Day festival in San Francisco to allow sponsorship by Odwalla, owned by Coca Cola Company, and Naked Juice, owned by Pepsi Cola Company,” says MonaLisa Wallace, a San Francisco Earth Day organizer and Greenwashed.com founder.

Both companies contributed a substantial amount of money to oppose Proposition 37, the California Right to Know ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods, which narrowly lost in the November election. The labeling initiative was supported by the state’s major environmental groups.

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The Truth about Genetically Engineered Salmon

Urgent! Add your comment to the FDA webpage regarding FDA's pending approval of genetically engineered salmon for human consumption (without labeling): https://www.facebook.com/FDA.

Information from GMO Free World

The Truth about Genetically Engineered Salmon

On December 21st, while most of us were enjoying the holidays, the FDA took steps toward approving the first-ever Genetically Engineered animal to end up on our dinner plates. This “frankenfish” is created by scientists, in a laboratory by forcing foreign genes into the genetic code of the GE Salmon so they grow twice as fast as natural salmon.

What’s so fishy about GE salmon?

The approval of GE salmon is deliberately being classified as a “new animal drug” not a food additive and therefore subject to inadequate safety review.

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