ROUNDUP LAWSUITS PILE UP AGAINST MONSANTO OVER CANCER CLAIMS “We can prove that Monsanto knew about the dangers of glyphosate”

Roundup Lawsuits Pile Up Against Monsanto Over Cancer Claims

Roundup Lawsuits Pile Up Against Monsanto Over Cancer Claims
by SPUTNIK | OCTOBER 16, 2015
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It’s become common in the US for farmers to develop cancer, and now lawyers claim that the mystery of why people in their profession experience higher overall death rates has been revealed: Monsanto is killing them off with the popular herbicide Roundup.

Personal injury lawyers throughout the US have introduced lawsuits against agrichemical giant Monsanto Co, accusing the company’s Roundup herbicide of providing a chemical which is “carcinogenic to humans”. Three law firms representing three farmers and homeworkers filed a complaint in Delaware’s Superior Court Wednesday.

This isn’t the first recent case against Monsanto, as last month both New York and California courts saw similar cases. The agricultural biotechnology company was excoriated for allegedly having known about the destructive effects of glyphosate, Roundup’s primary ingredient, for a long time.

Monsanto “led a prolonged campaign of misinformation to convince government agencies, farmers and the general population that Roundup was safe,” the lawsuit said.
The court’s case was supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), which classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Monsanto objected to the statement, saying the WHO report is a far cry from reality and that the chemical is one of the safest pesticides in the world.

“Glyphosate is not a carcinogen,” company spokeswoman Charla Lord responded in an email. “The most extensive worldwide human health databases ever compiled on an agricultural product contradict the claims in the suits,” Lord added.

Roundup, which is commonly used as toxic weed-killer, is used worldwide by farm workers and brought Monsanto $4.8 billion in revenue during the last fiscal year. The company has been embroiled in a scandal as the chemical’s impact on health has remained undermined for years.

Numerous studies have uncovered evidence that Roundup causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), argue the lawyers who are filing the suit against Monsanto. Attorneys have said that these claims will likely be pursued collaboratively as class-action lawsuits.

“We can prove that Monsanto knew about the dangers of glyphosate,” said lawyer Michael McDivitt, whose law firm in Colorado railed against the giant company, gathering cases for 50 individuals. “There are a lot of studies showing glyphosate causes these cancers.”

In order to find plaintiffs and sue the agricultural giant, the Baltimore firm Saiontz & Kirk advertised a “free Roundup lawsuit evaluation” on its website, encouraging other law firms such as the Washington, D.C. firm Schmidt & Clark and others in Texas, Colorado and California to follow its example.

Lawsuits Mount Against #Monsanto‘s ‘Cancer-Causing’ Weedkiller http://t.co/N8UwvAlTxO @food_democracy @nongmoreport pic.twitter.com/sT3AzLkCA8

— EcoWatch (@EcoWatch) October 16, 2015
Two of the plaintiffs, 24-year-old Joselin Barrera, a child of migrant farm workers, and Elias de la Garza, a former migrant farm worker, were both diagnosed with NHL, which they believe was the direct result of exposure to glyphosate.

A horticultural worker from Virginia became the third plaintiff in the case: Judi Fitzgerald, whose battle with leukemia has lasted three years, joined Barrera and de la Garza in the Delaware case after asking for the dismissal of a similar lawsuit she’d filed in a New York federal court.

BREAKING: @MonsantoCo announced that it will shed 2,600 jobs worldwide! http://t.co/2yA7BkGPbF #MonsantoMakesUsSick pic.twitter.com/AYVT82FrYT

— Organic Consumers (@OrganicConsumer) October 15, 2015
The Roundup case only is the latest of at least 700 lawsuits against Monsanto or Monsanto-related companies. Most of the plaintiffs are suing following their 1970’s era exposure to polychlorinated biphrenyls (PCBs), which the WHO classifies as cancer-causing element.

People who believe their non-Hodgkin lymphoma is stemming from PCBs that Monsanto suspended in the late 1970s have high hopes for Roundup’s removal.

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Starbucks. Easily one of the world’s most popular and widespread coffeehouse brands, Starbucks has paved the way for the modern mass coffeehouse industry with its promotion of its corporate social responsibility and consistently strong branding.

One area of improvement? Starbucks dairy milk.

While not genetically modified themselves, dairy products are not immune to the insidious impacts of GMOs. Cows living in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are fed a grain diet comprised almost entirely of genetically modified corn, soy, alfalfa, and cotton seed. These crops degrade the quality of our land and water, perpetuate corporate-controlled agriculture, and have potentially negative health impacts on livestock. Additionally, the overuse of antibiotics in industrialized farming is contributing to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, putting us all at risk.

With biotech giants Monsanto, Dow Chemical, and Syngenta lending power to industrialized agriculture, the future of our food system rests in the hands of profit-driven corporations, while people and the planet come last on the list of priorities.

Starbucks boasts nearly 20,000 retail stores in over 60 countries. With its global presence, Starbucks must prove its true dedication to sustainability and provide organic dairy milk at all of its locations to support a sustainable future for all.

Starbucks is already a leader in the coffee shop industry by serving rBGH-free dairy and using only USDA-certified organic soy milk. By setting the same organic standard for dairy milk, Starbucks can demonstrate a serious commitment to providing environmentally and socially conscious products.

Ask Starbucks to step up to the plate and commit to serving organic dairy milk at all of its locations »

* Instructions to post on Starbucks Facebook wall:

  1. Paste this URL into the status update bar on the Starbucks Facebook page: http://www.gmoinside.org/starbuckscroptocup/
  2. Along with the link, write your very own customized note to Starbucks.
    Ex. “Organic is better for people and the planet. Starbucks, please provide organic milk!” or “Starbucks, be a true leader in sustainability – please provide organic milk!”
  3. Click “Post”.

RECORD US FARMERS SWITCHING TO NON-GMO CROPS IN 2015

46f2b-alistofgmofreefoodcompanies“Non-GMO is More Profitable.”

This is the rising sentiment among farmers of the US as a confluence of factors urges them to become pro-organic. From falling GMO grain prices to a rising tide of public distrust of genetically modified ingredients, failing GMO traits, higher GMO seed prices, and the premium prices that people willingly pay for quality food over toxic junk, the conventional farmer is changing his tune when it comes to Big Ag practices.

Even if profit is the cornerstone on which this change is based, it is still telling. After all, experts project over $35 billion in sales for organic, non-GMO foods in 2015, and as GMO corn, soy and other GM grain prices rise, along with the costs to grow them (associated with more pesticide and herbicide use to control super weeds, for example) farmers are looking past the GMO propaganda which promised higher yields and more cash for farmers who grew their poison crops.
This phenomenon is explained clearly in “The Genetic Engineering of Food and the Failure of Science” (full text available for download here) published in The International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food.

Gilbert Hostetler, president of Illinois-based Prairie Hybrids commented:

“Our non-GMO seed sales are significantly higher than last year.”
Mac Ehrhardt, president of Minnesota-based Albert Lea Seed reports that he is selling more conventional (he describes conventional corn as non-GMO) corn seed by the end of November than he did all of last year. He says that farmers are turning to non-GMO to cut costs and to earn more money for their non-GMO yields.

Ehrhardt says:

“There is a continued increased demand for non-GMO.”
His observations are corroborated by Wayne Hoener, vice president of sales for eMerge, an Iowa-based seed company, as well as Tim Daley, an agronomist at Stonebridge, Ltd., an Iowa-based buyer of non-GMO soybeans who are also seeing a marked demand for non-GMO seed by farmers.

Daley says:

“Some companies have seen a 50 percent increase in sales of non GMO seed, and some have said they’ve sold more non-GMO seed this year than in the last five.”
Oddly, Morrie Bryant, senior marketing manager at Pioneer Hi-Bred, which sells non-GMO corn and soybean seeds but sells more GMO seeds says he doesn’t see a big difference.

“On (non-GMO) corn, we’ve got a slight increase on sales over last year,” he says. “Non-GMO has emerged as the new niche. It’s about 4-5 percent of total corn production.”
If consumer demand for organic is any indication, farmers would be smart to step up their organic seed purchasing, and ditch Monsanto, Dow and Syngenta seeds completely.

Non-GMO Economics

Farmers find non-GMO seed appealing this year for several reasons, but mostly economics. Grain prices are low with corn selling at about $4 per bushel and soybeans aren’t goin g for much higher at around $10. Conversely, a premium is being shelled out for non-GMO corn and soybeans.

“(Non-GMO) seed costs less, and there are premiums for non-GMO corn and soybeans in some areas,” Daley says.

“Some farmers don’t want to pay technology fees (for GMO seeds) and non-GMO gives them a marketing opportunity,” Bryant says.
Failing GMO Crops

Other farmers are considering the switch because they are tired of super-weeds. One corn breeder who preferred to remain anonymous for a recent interview stated:

“The insect and herbicide traits are losing effectiveness with increased resistant rootworm and weed species. Growers are tired of paying for input costs that are reduced in efficacy and funding additional forms of crop protection.”
Iowa State University weed specialist Bob Hartzler seconds that sentiment in an interview with Iowa Farmer Today.

“You have people questioning the value of the Roundup gene. How many are doing it (making the switch) because of that concern, I don’t know.”
Non-GMO Outperform GMO Seeds

Non-GMO seeds are also producing more competitive yields.

“The yield performance of non-GMO hybrids is similar to or greater than traited (GMO) hybrids,” says the corn breeder.
Is this why mega company, General Mills, purchased organic food company Annie’s Homegrown for nearly $1 billion. And other large food corporations are looking to swallow up smaller organic food companies?

“There is continual and accelerating growth in organic,” he says. “There has been more conversion to organic by farmers recently than I’ve ever seen.”
This post originally appeared at Natural Society

IT’S OFFICIAL, MCDONALD’S AND MONSANTO ARE BOTH ‘LOSING MONEY FAST’ Public awakens to what’s really in their food

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by ANTHONY GUCCIARDI | NATURAL SOCIETY | FEBRUARY 22, 2015

In a series of headlines that would pass as virtually unbelievable several years ago, mainstream economists are sounding the alarm over the financial decline of both fast food giant McDonald’s and biotech juggernaut Monsanto.

CNN asks, ‘Is McDonald’s doomed?’ Business Insider declares that ‘McDonald’s Is Losing America’ as the company fires its own CEO. What’s happening? As it turns out, the world is starting to ask what they’re truly eating in their food — and the new conglomerate of natural grocers and restaurants are trailblazing the way into an entirely new economic environment. In other words: people are simply tired of shoveling garbage into their bodies, and they’re not going to put up with it anymore.

Here’s just a few of the ingredients you can find in many fast food meals:
– Dimethylpolysiloxane – A chemical known for its use in silicone breast implants, silly putty, and also… chicken nuggets

– Propylene glycol – A laxative chemical and electronic cigarette filler that even e-cigarette companies are beginning to phase out

– Azodicarbonamide – A chemical used in the creation of foamed plastic items like yoga mats

So are you surprised to find that many are turning away from fast food leaders like McDonald’s?

Nations around the world are already rejecting the ensemble of artificial ingredients included in many staple McDonald’s meal options. Back in 2013, their attempts to expand operations in Bolivia were completely shut down by the reality that the Bolivian citizens were not willing to purchase their fast food creations. As reported back in July of 2013:

“McDonald’s restaurants operated in Bolivia for 14 years, according to Hispanically Speaking. In 2002, they had to shutter their final remaining 8 stores because they simply couldn’t turn a profit—and if you know fast food companies, you know it’s not because they didn’t try.

The Golden Arches sunk plenty of money into marketing and campaigning—trying to get the food-loving Bolivians to warm to their French fries and burgers, but it simply wasn’t happening.”
And they’re absolutely still trying to become ‘relevant’ again in the United States, as natural food giants like Whole Foods are able to offer a medley of organic-based options for the same price of a Happy Meal with extra fries. Even CNN Money admits that with public knowledge expanding over these meal options, McDonald’s is fighting to stay relevant. Paul R. La Monica, reporting for the CNN Money column, writes:

“Are the meals no longer as happy for McDonald’s customers as they used to be? The fast food giant definitely seems worried.

McDonald’s (MCD) reported lackluster quarterly results last week. And company executives used the words “relevance,” “relevant” and “relevancy” a combined 20 times during its conference call with analysts. Translation: the leaders of the Golden Arches are very concerned about whether the company is still relevant.

If you look at the expected growth rates for Mickey D’s biggest burger rivals — as well as upstarts in the so-called fast casual restaurant chain industry — I’d be “Grimace”-ing too. (Sorry. But I miss that purple blob!)”
From Super Bowl commercials to mega marketing campaigns, McDonald’s is shoveling cash into their PR machine — something they have in common with GMO juggernaut Monsanto. Another company that is facing a financial loss amid increased awareness and international import issues. As the Associated Press article ‘Monsanto Loses $156 Million in Fiscal Fourth Quarter’ explains, the multinational corporation has entered a very unique loss period that spells out a lot about the future of its GMO technology:

“Monsanto Co. on Wednesday reported a loss of $156 million in its fiscal fourth quarter.

The St. Louis-based company said it had a loss of 31 cents per share. Losses, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to 27 cents per share.

The results missed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 24 cents per share.”
The news comes as Monsanto continues to spend millions in attempts to stop GMO labeling campaigns around the nation, funding opposition groups and ensuring that you don’t know what’s in your food. After all, there’s a reason that 96% of Monsanto shareholders absolutely do not want GMO labeling legislation to pass within the US — it could hurt business.

As information continues to spread on key issues like the prevalence of toxic substances within fast food meals and the reality behind GMOs and their secrecy, there is no doubt that these two companies (and many others) will experience the economic backlash. Will they change in order to meet the new economic shift?

Please enjoy this GMO-free food list and share it + Comprehensive list of GMO products & companies

22 Non-GMO Companies - GMO Free Food Companies

A List of GMO Free Food CompaniesThese brands, at the time of writing, source their ingredients from GMO-free supplies. If you’re concerned about the very real threat that genetically modified organisms pose to our food supply and ultimate health, please purchase from these companies and contact them to let them know that you support and value their decision to use non-gmo soy, corn, canola and other ingredients. Please enjoy this GMO-free food list and share it.

If you have a question about a certain product or brand that is not listed here, please call the company and ask or contact us.

Remember: one of the best ways to raise awareness among the food corporations is to voice your concerns directly to them and boycott companies who continue to source ingredients from genetically modified sources.

List Non-GMO Gluten free Brands - GMO FREE Food Companies

Arrowhead Mills: GMO-free providers of baking mixes and flours found in both natural health food stores and regular supermarkets.

Eden Foods: GMO-free providers of canned goods, noodles, tamari, miso, vinegar and Asian foodstuffs.

Natural Choice Foods: GMO-free roviders of frozen dessert products.

Purity Foods: GMO-free makers of spelt-based noodles, snacks and other goodies.

Rapunzel: My all-time favorite chocolate company. They also sell speciality oils. Spectrum Oils: GMO-free manufacturer of speciality oils, cooking oils, salad oils and natural shortening.

Genisoy: Uses only certified GMO-free soybeans for their many soy products.

Earth’s Best: Baby food manufacturer uses non-GMO ingredients.

Healthy Times: Baby food manufacturer uses non-gmo ingredients.

Bob’s Red Mill: GMO-free provider of baking mixes and specialty flours.

Pamela’s Products: Provider of luscious gluten-free baking mixes sources non-GMO ingredients.

Cascadian Farms: Provider of frozen entrees, juices, frozen vegetables and fruit, yogurt and other foods.

Imagine Foods: GMO-free provider of soy and rice milk as well as broth and other foods.

Muir Glen: Source of canned goods and vegetable juice uses gmo-free foods.

Thai Kitchen: Source for coconut milks and Asian ingredients sources gmo-free ingredients.

Amy’s Kitchen: GMO-free source of canned soups, chilies, boxed and frozen meals.

Nature’s Path: Manufacturer of cereals and snack bars made with ingredients sourced gmo-free.

Annie’s Naturals: Manufacturer of BBQ sauce, salad dressings and other condiments sourced from gmo-free ingredients.

San J: GMO-free manufacturer of soy sauce, shoyu and tamari. Tradition Miso: Manufacturer of miso pastes that are made from GMO-free ingredients.

Barbara’s Bakery: Manufacturer of cookies sources from gmo-free ingredients.

Lundberg Family Farms: GMO-free provider of rice and wild rice foods including raw rice, soups and convenience foods. Walkers: Provider of the best shortbread cookies ever as well as other sweet treats.

Fantastic Foods: Provider of hummus, falafel, risotto couscous, soup and other mixes with gmo-free ingredients.

Vitasoy: Manufacturer of soy-based foods sourced from gmo-free ingredients.

Clif: Manufacturer of energy bars sourced from gmo-free foods.

Kettle Chips: GMO-free manufacturer of potato and tortilla chips.

Que Pasa: Manufacturer of tortilla chips and other Mexican foods sourced from non-gmo ingredients.

Garden of Eatin: Manufacturer of chips, salsas and other snack foods.

French Meadow Bakery: Manufacturer of bread and baked goods using non-gmo ingredients.

White Wave: Manufacturer of soy products including tofu and tempeh using gmo-free soy.

Bearitos: Manufacturer of snack foods and dips using gmo-free foods.

Chaffin Family Orchards: Is committed to GMO-free foods and sells an assortment of goods including olive oil.

Cultures for Health: All starters and products sold at Cultures for Health are GMO-free.

Grindstone Bakery: GMO-free provider of wheat- and gluten-free bread.

Pure Indian Foods: GMO-free provider of grass-fed ghee.

To Your Health: Provider of gmo-free sprouted breads and sprouted flours.

Trader Joe’s: GMO-free provider on their personal products. All labels with Trader Joe’s, Jose’s, Ming’s, etc. are GMO-free.

US Wellness Meats: Provider of pasture- and grass-fed meats free of GMO supplemental feed.

Zukay: Provider of live cultured condiments and salsa free from GMO.

Wisconsin Healthy Grown Potatoes: GMO-free potatoes.

Source: Celestial Healing Related: Comprehensive List Of GMO Products and Companies USDA Forces Whole Foods To Accept Monsanto GMO Labeling Bill Voted Down In Senate 800 Scientists Demand Global GMO “Experiment” End 5 Million Farmers Sue Monsanto for $7.7 Billion China Incinerates 3 US Shipments of Genetically Modified Corn Peru joins the List of Countries Banning Monsanto and GMOs!

Read More: http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2013/06/a-list-of-gmo-free-food-companies.html

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Comprehensive list of GMO products & companies

Baby Food ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients Nabisco (Phillip Morris) -Arrowroot Teething Biscuits -Infant formula Carnation Infant Formulas(Nestle) -AlSoy -Good Start -Follow-Up -Follow-Up Soy Enfamil Infant Formulas (Mead Johnson) -Enfamil with Iron -Enfamil Low Iron -Enfamil A.R. -Enfamil Nutramigen -Enfamil Lacto Free -Enfamil 22 -Enfamil Next step (soy and milk-based varieties) -Enfamil Pro-Soybee Isomil Infant Formulas (Abbot Labs) -Isomil Soy -Isomil Soy for Diarrhea -Similac(Abbot Labs) -Similac Lactose Free -Similac with Iron -Similac Low Iron -Similac Alimentum Baking ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients Aunt Jemima (Quaker) -Complete Pancake & Waffle Mix -Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix -Cornbread Mix -Easy Mix Coffee Cake Betty Crocker (General Mills) -Pie Crust Mix -Original Pancake Mix -Complete Pancake Mix -Buttermilk Complete Pancake Mix -Muffin Mixes -Banana Nut -Lemon Poppy Seed -Blueberry -Wild Blueberry -Chocolate Chip -Apple Streusel -Quick Bread Mixes Banana -Cinnamon Streusel -Lemon Poppy Seed -Cranberry Orange -Gingerbread -Cookie Mixes Chocolate Chip -Double Chocolate Chunk -Sugar -Peanut Butter Bisquik (Betty Crocker/General Mills) -Original -Reduced Fat -Shake ‘n Pour Pancake Mix -Shake ‘n Pour Buttermilk Pancake Mix -Shake ‘n Pour Blueberry Pancake Mix Duncan Hines (Aurora Foods) -Muffin Mixes -Kellogg’s All-Bran Apple Cinnamon -Kellogg’s All-Bran Blueberry -Blueberry -Blueberry Crumb -Chocolate Chip Hungry Jack (Pillsbury) -Buttermilk Pancake Mix -Extra Light & Fluffy Pancake Mix (all varieties) -Jiffy -Corn Muffin Mix -Blueberry Muffin Mix -Raspberry Muffin Mix -Pie Crust Mix Mrs. Butterworths (Aurora Foods) -Complete Pancake Mix -Buttermilk Pancake Mix Pepperidge Farms (Campbell’s) -Buttermilk Pancake Mix -Pillsbury -Quick Bread & Muffin Mixes -Blueberry -Chocolate Chip -Banana -Cranberry -Lemon Poppyseed -Nut -Hot Roll Mix -Gingerbread Bakers (Kraft/Phillip Morris) -Unsweetened Chocolate -Semi-Sweet Chocolate -German Sweet Chocolate -White Chocolate -Hershey’s -Semi-Sweet Baking Chips -Milk Chocolate Chips -Mini Kisses -Nestle -Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips -Milk Chocolate Chips -White Chocolate -Butterscotch Chips -Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bars Bread ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients Holsum (Interstate Bakeries) -Holsum Thin Sliced -Roman Meal -12 Grain -Round Top -Home Pride -Buttertop White -Buttertop Wheat Pepperidge Farms (Campbell’s) -Cinnamon Swirl -Light Oatmeal -Light Wheat -100% Whole Wheat -Hearty Slices -7 Grain -9 Grain -Crunchy Oat -Whole Wheat -Light Side -Oatmeal -Wheat -7 Grain -Soft Dinner Rolls -Club Rolls -Sandwich Buns -Hoagie Rolls Thomas’ (Bestfoods) -English Muffins Original -Cinnamon Raisin -Honey Wheat -Oat Bran -Blueberry -Maple French Toast Toast-r-Cakes Blueberry Toast-r-Cakes Corn Muffins Wonder (Interstate Bakeries) -White Sandwich Bread -Country Grain -Buttermilk -Thin Sandwich -Light Wheat -100% Stoneground Wheat -Fat Free Multigrain -Premium Potato -Beefsteak Rye -Wonder Hamburger Buns Breakfast ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients Kellogg’s -Pop Tarts (all varieties) -Pop Tarts Snack Stix (all) -Nutri-Grain Bars (all) -Nutri-Grain Fruit Filled Squares (all) -Nutri-Grain Twists (all) -Fruit-Full Squares (all) Nabisco (Nabisco/Phillip Morris) -Fruit & Grain Bars (all varieties) -Nature Valley (General Mills) -Oats & Honey Granola Bars -Peanut Butter Granola Bars -Cinnamon Granola Bars Pillsbury (General Mills) -Toaster Scrambles & Strudels (all varieties) Quaker -Chewy Granola Bars (all varieties) -Fruit & Oatmeal Bars (all varieties) -Aunt Jemima Frozen Waffles -Buttermilk -Blueberry Eggo Frozen Waffles (Kellogg’s) -Homestyle -Buttermilk -Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat -Nutri-Grain Multi Grain -Cinnamon Toast -Blueberry -Strawberry -Apple Cinnamon -Banana Bread Hungry Jack Frozen Waffles (Pillsbury/General Mills) -Homestyle -Buttermilk Cereal ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients General Mills -Cheerios -Wheaties -Total -Corn Chex -Wheat Chex -Lucky Charms -Trix -Kix -Golden Grahams -Cinnamon Grahams -Count Chocula -Honey Nut Chex -Frosted Cheerios -Apple Cinnamon Cheerios -Multi-Grain Cheerios -Frosted Wheaties -Brown Sugar & Oat Total -Basic 4 -Reeses Puffs -French Toast Crunch Kellogg’s -Frosted Flakes -Corn Flakes -Special K -Raisin Bran -Rice Krispies -Corn Pops -Product 19 -Smacks -Froot Loops -Marshmallow Blasted Fruit Loops -Apple Jacks -Crispix -Smart Start -All-Bran -Complete Wheat Bran -Complete Oat Bran -Just Right Fruit & Nut -Honey Crunch Corn Flakes -Raisin Bran Crunch -Cracklin’ Oat Bran Country Inn Specialties (all varieties) -Mothers Cereals (Quaker) -Toasted Oat Bran -Peanut Butter Bumpers -Groovy Grahams -Harvest Oat Flakes -Harvest Oat Flakes w/Apples & Almonds -Honey Round Ups Post (Kraft-Phillip Morris) -Raisin Bran -Bran Flakes -Grape Nut Flakes -Grape Nut O’s -Fruit & Fibre date, raisin and walnut -Fruit & Fibre peach, raisin and almond -Honey Bunch of Oats -Honey Nut Shredded Wheat -Honey Comb -Golden Crisp -Waffle Crisp -Cocoa Pebbles -Cinna-Crunch Pebbles -Fruity Pebbles -Alpha-Bits -Post Selects Cranberry Almond -Post Selects Banana Nut Crunch -Post Selects Blueberry Morning -Post Selects Great Grains Quaker -Life -Cinnamon Life -100% Natural Granola -Toasted Oatmeal -Toasted Oatmeal Honey Nut -Oat Bran -Cap’n Crunch -Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch -Cap’n Crunch Crunchling Berries Chocolate ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients Cadbury (Cadbury/Hershey’s) -Mounds -Almond Joy -York Peppermint Patty -Dairy Milk -Roast Almond -Fruit & Nut -Hershey’s -Kit-Kat -Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups -Mr. Goodbar -Special Dark -Milk Chocolate -Kisses -Symphony Kraft (Kraft/Phillip Morris) -Toblerone (all varieties) -Mars -M&M (all varieties) -Snickers -Three Musketeers -Milky Way -Twix Nestle -Crunch -Milk Chocolate -Chunky -Butterfinger -100 Grand Carnation (Nestle) Hot Cocoa Mixes: -Rich Chocolate -Double Chocolate -Milk Chocolate -Marshmallow Madness -Mini Marshmallow -No Sugar Hershey’s -Chocolate Syrup -Special Dark Chocolate Syrup -Strawberry Syrup Nestle -Nesquik -Strawberry Nesquik Swiss Miss (ConAgra) -Chocolate Sensation -Milk Chocolate -Marshmallow Lovers -Marshmallow Lovers Fat Free -No Sugar Added Condiments ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients Del Monte (Nabisco/Phillip Morris) -Ketchup -Heinz -Ketchup (regular & no salt) -Chili Sauce -Cocktail Sauce -Heinz 57 Steak Sauce Hellman’s (Bestfoods) -Real Mayonnaise -Light Mayonnaise -Low-Fat Mayonnaise Hunt’s (ConAgra) -Ketchup (regular & no salt) -KC Masterpiece -Original BBQ sauce -Garlic & Herb Marinade -Honey Teriyaki Marinade Kraft (Kraft/Phillip Morris) -Miracle Whip (all varieties) -Kraft Mayonnaise (all) -Thick & Spicy BBQ sauces (all varieties) -Char Grill BBQ sauce -Honey Hickory BBQ sauce Nabisco (Nabiso/Phillip Morris) -A-1 Steak Sauce Open Pit (Vlasic/Campbells) -BBQ sauces (all) -Chi-Chi’s (Hormel) -Fiesta Salsa (all varieties) -Old El Paso (Pillsbury) -Thick & Chunky Salsa -Garden Pepper Salsa -Taco Sauce -Picante Sauce Ortega (Nestle) -Taco Sauce -Salsa Prima Homestyle -Salsa Prima Roasted Garlic -Salsa Prima 3 Bell Pepper -Thick & Chunky Salsa Pace (Campbells) -Chunky Salsa -Picante Sauce Tostitos Salsa (Frito-Lay/Pepsi) -All Natural -All Natural Thick & Chunky -Roasted Garlic -Restaurant Style Cookies ~Genetically Engineered Ingredients Delicious Brands (Parmalat) -Animal Crackers -Ginger Snaps -Fig Bars -Oatmeal -Sugar-Free Duplex -Honey Grahams -Cinnamon Grahams -Fat Free Vanilla Wafers -English Toffee Heath Cookies -Butterfinger Cookies -Skippy Peanut Butter Cookies Famous Amos (Keebler/Flowers Industries) -Chocolate Chip -Oatmeal Raisin -Chocolate Sandwich -Peanut Butter Sandwich -Vanilla Sandwich -Oatmeal Macaroon Sandwich Frookies (Delicious Brands/Parmalat) -Peanut Butter Chunk -Chocolate Chip -Double Chocolate -Frookwich Vanilla -Frookwich Chocolate -Frookwich Peanut Butter -Frookwich Lemon -Funky Monkeys Chocolate -Ginger Snaps -Lemon Wafers Keebler (Keebler/Flowers Industries) -Chips Deluxe -Sandies -E.L. Fudge -Soft Batch Chocolate Chip -Golden Vanilla Wafers -Droxies -Vienna Fingers -Fudge Shoppe Fudge Stripes -Fudge Shoppe Double Fudge & Caramel -Fudge Shoppe Fudge Stix -Fudge Shoppe Peanut Butter Fudge Stix -Country Style Oatmeal -Graham Originals -Graham Cinnamon Crisp -Graham Chocolate -Graham Honey Low Fat -Crème Filled Wafers -Chocolate Filled Wafers Nabisco (Nabisco/Phillip Morris) -Oreo,(all varieties) -Chips Ahoy!(all varieties) -Fig Newtons (and all Newtons varities) -Lorna Doone -Nutter Butters -Barnum Animal Crackers -Nilla Wafers -Nilla Chocolate Wafers -Pecanz Shortbread -Family Favorites Oatmeal -Famous Wafers -Fudge Covered Mystic Sticks -Honey Maid Graham Crackers -Honey Maid Cinnamon Grahams -Honey Maid Chocolate Grahams -Honey Maid Oatmeal Crunch -Teddy Grahams -Teddy Grahams Cinnamon -Teddy Grahams Chocolate -Teddy Grahams Chocolate Chips -Café Cremes Vanilla -Café Crème Cappuccino Pepperidge Farm (Campbell’s) -Milano -Mint Milano -Chessmen -Bordeaux -Brussels -Geneva -Chocolate Chip -Lemon Nut -Shortbread -Sugar -Ginger Men -Raspberry Chantilly -Strawberry Verona -Chocolate Mocha Salzburg -Chocolate Chunk Chesapeake -Chocolate Chunk Nantucket -Chocolate Chunk Sausalito -Oatmeal Raisin Soft Baked Sesame Street (Keebler) -Cookie Monster -Chocolate Chip -Chocolate Sandwich -Vanilla Sandwich -Cookie Pals -Honey Grahams -Cinnamon Grahams -Frosted Grahams Snack Wells (Nabisco/Phillip Morris) -Devil’s Food -Golden Devil’s Food -Mint Crème -Coconut Crème -Chocolate Sandwich -Chocolate Chip -Peanut Butter Chip -Double Chocolate Chip Crackers ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients Keebler (Keebler/Flowers Industries) -Town House -Club -Munch ‘Ems (all varieties) -Wheatables -Zesta Saltines -Toasteds (Wheat, Onion, Sesame & Butter Crisps) -Snax Stix (Wheat, Cheddar & original) -Harvest Bakery (Multigrain, Butter, Corn Bread) Nabisco (Nabisco/Phillip Morris) -Ritz (all varieties) -Wheat Thins (all) -Wheatsworth -Triscuits -Waverly -Sociables -Better Cheddars -Premium Saltines (all) -Ritz Snack Mix (all) -Vegetable Flavor Crisps -Swiss Cheese Flavor Crisps -Cheese Nips (all) -Uneeda Biscuits Pepperidge Farm (Campbell’s) -Butter Thins -Hearty Wheat -Cracker Trio -Cracker Quartet -Three Cheese Snack Stix -Sesame Snack Stix -Pumpernickel Snack Stix -Goldfish (original, cheddar, parmesan, pizza, pretzel) -Goldfish Snack Mix (all) Red Oval Farms (Nabisco/Phillip Morris) -Stoned Wheat Thin (all varieties) -Crisp ‘N Light Sourdough Rye -Crisp ‘N Light Wheat Sunshine (Flowers Industries) -Cheeze-It (original & reduced fat) -Cheeze-It White Cheddar -Cheeze-It Party Mix -Krispy Original Saltines Frozen Dinners ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients Banquet (ConAgra) -Pot Pies (all varieties) -Fried Chicken -Salisbury Steak -Chicken Nugget Meal -Pepperoni Pizza Meal Budget Gourmet (Heinz) -Roast Beef Supreme -Beef Stroganoff -Three Cheese Lasagne -Chicken Oriental & Vegeatble -Fettuccini Primavera Green Giant (Pillsbury) -Rice Pilaf with Chicken Flavored Sauce -Rice Medley with Beef Flavored Sauce -Primavera Pasta -Pasta Accents Creamy Cheddar -Create-a-Meals Parmesan Herb Chicken -Cheesy Pasta and Vegetable -Beef Noodle -Sweet & Sour -Mushroom Wine Chicken Healthy Choice (ConAgra) -Stuffed Pasta Shells -Chicken Parmagiana -Country Breaded Chicken -Roast Chicken Breast -Beef Pot Roast -Chicken & Corn Bread -Cheese & Chicken Tortellini -Lemon Pepper Fish -Shrimp & Vegetable -Macaroni & Cheese Kid Cuisine (ConAgra) -Chicken Nugget Meal -Fried Chicken -Taco Roll Up -Corn Dog -Cheese Pizza -Fish Stix -Macaroni & Cheese Lean Cuisine (Stouffer’s/Nestle) -Skillet Sensations Chicken & Vegetable -Broccoli & Beef -Homestyle Beef -Teriyaki Chicken -Chicken Alfredo -Garlic Chicken -Roast Turkey -Hearty Portions Chicken Florentine -Beef Stroganoff -Cheese & Spinach Manicotti -Salisbury Steak -Café Classics Baked Fish -Baked Chicken -Chicken a L’Orange -Chicken Parmesan -Meatloaf with Whipped Potatoes -Everyday Favorites Chicken Fettuccini -Chicken Pie -Angel Hair Pasta -Three Bean Chili with Rice -Macaroni & Cheese Marie Callenders (ConAgra) -Chicken Pot Pie -Lasagna & Meat Sauce -Turkey & Gravy -Meat Loaf & Gravy -Country Fried Chicken & Gravy -Fettuccini with Broccoli & Cheddar -Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes -Country Fried Pork Chop with Gravy -Chicken Cordon Bleu Ore-Ida Frozen Potatoes (Heinz) -Fast Fries -Steak fries -Zesties -Shoestrings -Hash Browns -Tater Tots -Potato Wedges -Crispy Crunchies Rosetto Frozen Pasta (Heinz) -Cheese Ravioli -Beef Ravioli -Italian Sausage Ravioli -Eight Cheese Stuffed Shells -Eight Cheese Broccoli Stuffed Shells Stouffer’s (Nestle) -Family Style Favorites Macaroni & Cheese -Stuffed Peppers -Broccoli au Gratin -Meat Loaf in Gravy -Green Bean & Mushroom Casserole -Homestyle Meatloaf -Salisbury Steak -Chicken Breast in Gravy -Hearty Portions Salisbury Steak -Chicken Fettucini -Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes -Chicken Pot Pie Swanson (Vlasic/Campbells) -Meat Loaf -Fish & Chips -Salisbury Steak -Chicken Nuggets -Hungry Man Fried Chicken -Roast Chicken -Fisherman’s Platter -Pork Rib Voila! (Bird’s Eye/Agri-Link Foods) -Chicken Voila! Alfredo -Chicken Voila! Garlic -Chicken Voila! Pesto -Chicken Voila! Three Cheese -Steak Voila! Beef Sirloin -Shrimp Voila! Garlic Weight Watchers (Heinz) -Smart Ones Fiesta Chicken -Basil Chicken -Ravioli Florentine -Fajita Chicken -Roasted Vegetable Primavera Energy Bars & Drinks ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients Power Bars Power Bar (Nestle) -Oatmeal Raisin -Apple Cinnamon -Peanut Butter -Vanilla Crisp -Chocolate Peanut Butter -Mocha -Banana -Wild Berry -Harvest Bars Apple Crisp -Blueberry -Chocolate Fudge Brownie -Strawberry -Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Drink Mixes Carnation Instant Breakfast Mix (Nestle) -Creamy Milk Chocolate -Classic Chocolate -French Vanilla -Strawberry -Café Mocha Heat & Serve Meals ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients Chef Boyardee (ConAgra) -Beefaroni -Macaroni & Cheese -Mini Ravioli -ABC’s & 123′s Dinty Moore (Hormel) -Beef Stew -Turkey Stew -Chicken & Dumplings -Hormel -Chili with Beans -Chili No Beans -Vegetarian Chili with Beans Kids’ Kitchen (Hormel) -Spaghetti Rings with Meatballs -Macaroni & Cheese -Pizza Wedges with 3 Cheese Franco-American (Campbell’s) -Spaghetti O’s -Mini Ravioli -Power Rangers Pasta in Sauce Meat & Dairy Alternatives ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients Loma Linda(Worthington/Kellogg’s*) -Meatless Chik Nuggest Morningstar (Worthington/Kellogg’s*) -Harvest Burger -Better ‘n Burgers -Garden Veggie Patties -Grillers Burgers -Black Bean Burger -Chicken Patties Natural Touch (Worthington/Kellogg’s*) -Garden Vegetable Pattie -Black Bean Burger -Okra Pattie -Lentil Rice Loaf -Nine Bean Loaf Worthington (Worthington/Kellogg’s*) -Vegetarian Burger -Savory Slices Dairy Alternatives Nutra Blend Soy Beverage(Bestfoods) -Original -Vanilla -Apple -Orange *A company letter states that they are in the process of converting to non-genetically modified “proteins” in all products. Meal Mixes & Sauce Packets ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients Betty Crocker (General Mills) -Garden Vegetable Pilaf -Creamy Herb Risotto -Garlic Alfredo Fettuccini -Bowl Appetit Cheddar Broccoli -Macaroni & Cheese -Pasta Alfredo Knorr (Bestfoods) -Mushroom Risotto Italian Rice -Broccoli au Gratin Risotto -Vegetable Primavera Risotto -Risotto Milanese -Original Pilf -Chicken Pilaf -Rotini with 4 Cheese -Bow Tie Pasta with Chicken & Vegetable -Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato -Fettuccini with Alfredo -Classic Sauce Packets Hollandaise Béarnaise -White -Brown -Lemon Herb -Mushroom Brown -Onion -Roasted Chicken -Roasted Pork -Roasted Turkey Pasta Sauce Packets Alfredo -Four Cheese -Carbonara -Pesto -Garlic Herb Lipton (Unilever) -Rice & Sauce Packets Chicken Broccoli -Cheddar Broccoli -Beef Flavor -Spanish -Chicken Flavor -Creamy Chicken -Mushroom -Sizzle & Stir Skillet Supers Lemon Garlic Chicken & Rice -Spanish Chicken & Rice -Herb Chicken & Bowties -Cheddar Chicken & Shells Near East (Quaker) -Spicy Tomato Pasta Mix -Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil Pasta Mix -Falafel Mix -Lentil Pilaf -Couscous -Tomato Lentil -Parmesan -Toasted Pinenut -Herb Chicken -Broccoli & Cheese -Curry Pasta Roni (Quaker) -Fettuccini Alfredo -Garlic Alfredo -Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs -Angel Hair Pasta with Parmesan Cheese -Angel Hair Pasta with Tomato Parmesan -Angel Hair Pasta Primavera -Garlic & Olive Oil with Vermicelli Rice-a-Roni (Quaker) -Rice Pilaf -Beef -Chicken -Fried Rice -Chicken & Broccoli -Long Grain & Wild Rice -Broccoli au Gratin Uncle Ben’s (Mars) -Long Grain & Wild Rice (Original & with Garlic) -Brown & Wild Rice Mushroom -Country Inn Mexican Fiesta -Country Inn Oriental Fried Rice -Country Inn Chicken & Vegetable -Country Inn Chicken & Broccoli -Natural Select Chicken & Herb -Natural Select Tomato & Basil -Chef’s Recipe Chicken & Vegetable Pilaf -Chef’s Recipe Beans & Rice -Chef’s Recipe Broccoli Rice Frozen Pizza ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients Celeste (Aurora Foods) -Supreme -Pepperoni -Vegetable -Four Cheese -Deluxe -Cheese Tombstone (Kraft/Phillip Morris) -Pepperoni -Supreme -Sausage & Pepperoni -Extra Cheese -Stuffed Crust -Three Cheese Totino’s (Pillsbury) -Crisp Crust -Pepperoni -Combination Snack Foods ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients Act II Microwave Popcorn (ConAgra) -Butter -Extreme Butter -Corn on the Cob Frito-Lay* (PepsiCo) -Lays Potato Chips (all varieties) -Ruffles Potato Chips (all) -Doritos Corn Chips (all) -Tostitos Corn Chips (all) -Fritos Corn Chips (all) -Cheetos (all) -Rold Gold Pretzels (all) -Cracker Jack Popcorn Healthy Choice Microwave Popcorn (ConAgra) -Organic Corn (soy/canola oils) Mothers Corn Cakes (Quaker) -Butter Pop Orville Redenbacher Microwave Popcorn (ConAgra) -Original -Homestyle -Butter -Smart Pop -Pour Over -Orville Redenbacher Popcorn Cakes -Chocolate -Caramel -Orville Redenbacher Mini Popcorn Cakes -Butter -Peanut Caramel -Chocolate Peanut Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn (Betty Crocker/General Mills) -Natural -Homestyle -Jumbo Pop -Extra Butter -Light -94% Fat Free Butter Pringles (Procter & Gamble) -Original -Low Fat -Pizza-licious -Sour Cream & Onion -Salt & Vinegar -Cheezeums -Quaker Rice Cakes -Peanut Butter -Chocolate Crunch -Cinnamon Streusel -Mini -Chocolate -Ranch -Sour Cream & Onion -Apple Cinnamon -Caramel Corn -Quaker Corn Cakes -White Cheddar -Caramel Corn -Strawberry Crunch -Caramel Chocolate Chip *Frito has informed its corn and potato suppliers that the company wishes to avoid GE crops, but acknowledges that canola or other oils and ingredients in its products may be from GE sources. Soda & Juice Drinks ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients Coca Cola (Coca Cola) Sprite Cherry Coke Barq’s Root Beer Minute Maid Orange Minute Maid Grape Surge Ultra PepsiCo Pepsi Slice Wild Cherry Pepsi Mug Root Beer Mountain Dew Cadbury/Schweppes 7-Up Dr. Pepper A & W Root Beer Sunkist Orange Schweppes Ginger Ale Capri Sun juices (Kraft/Phillip Morris) -Red Berry -Surfer Cooler -Splash Cooler -Wild Cherry -Strawberry Kiwi -Fruit Punch -Pacific Cooler -Strawberry -Orange -Grape Fruitopia (Coca Cola) -Grape Beyond -Berry Lemonade -Fruit Integration -Kiwiberry Ruckus -Strawberry Passion -Tremendously Tangerine Fruit Works (PepsiCo) -Strawberry Melon -Peach Papaya -Pink Lemonade -Apple Raspberry Gatorade (Quaker) -Lemon Lime -Orange -Fruitpunch -Fierce Grape -Frost Riptide Rush Hawaiian Punch (Procter & Gamble) -Tropical Fruit -Grape Geyser -Fruit Juicy Red -Strawberry Surfin Hi-C (Coca Cola) -Pink Lemonade -Watermelon Rapids -Boppin’ Berry -Tropical Punch -Smashin’ Wildberry -Blue Cooler -Blue Moon Berry -Orange -Cherry Kool Aid (Kraft/Phillip Morris) -Blastin’ Berry Cherry -Bluemoon Berry -Kickin’ Kiwi Lime -Tropical Punch -Wild Berry Tea -Ocean Spray -Cranberry Juice Cocktail -Cranapple -CranGrape -CranRaspberry -CranStrawberry -CranMango Squeeze It (Betty Crocker/General Mills) -Rockin’ Red Puncher -Chucklin’ Cherry -Mystery 2000 Sunny Delight (Procter & Gamble) -Sunny Delight Original -Sunny Delight With Calcium Citrus Punch -Sunny Delight California Style Citrus Punch Tang juices (Kraft/Phillip Morris) -Orange Uproar -Fruit Frenzy -Berry Panic Tropicana Twisters (PepsiCo) -Grape Berry -Apple Raspberry Blackberry -Cherry Berry -Cranberry Raspberry Strawberry -Pink Grapefruit -Tropical Strawberry -Orange Cranberry -Orange Strawberry Banana V-8 (Campbells) -V8 Tomato Juices (all varieties) -Strawberry Kiwi -Strawberry Banana -Fruit Medley -Berry Blend -Citrus Blend -Apple Medley -Tropical Blend -Island Blend Soup ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients Campbell’s -Tomato -Chicken Noodle -Cream of Chicken -Cream of Mushroom -Cream of Celery -Cream of Broccoli -Cheddar Cheese -Green Pea -Healthy Request Chicken Noodle -Cream of Chicken -Cream of Mushroom -Cream of Celery -Campbell’s Select Roasted Chicken with Rice -Grilled Chicken with Sundried Tomatoes -Chicken Rice -Vegetable Beef -Chunky Beef with Rice -Hearty Chicken & Vegetable -Pepper Steak -Baked Potato with Steak & Cheese -New England Clam Chowder -Soup to Go Chicken Noodle -Chicken Rice -Garden Vegetable -Vegetable Beef & Rice Simply Home Chicken Noodle Chicken Rice Garden Vegetable Vegetable Beef with Pasta Healthy Choice (ConAgra) -Country Vegetable -Fiesta Chicken -Bean & Pasta -Chicken Noodle -Chicken with Rice -Minestrone Pepperidge Farms (Campbell’s) -Corn Chowder -Lobster Bisque -Chicken & Wild Rice -New England Clam Chowder -Crab Soup Progresso (Pillsbury) -Tomato Basil -Chicken Noodle -Chicken & Wild Rice -Chicken Barley -Lentil -New England Clam Chowder -Zesty Herb Tomato -Roasted Chicken with Rotini -Fat Free Minestrone -Fat Free Chicken Noodle -Fat Free Lentil -Fat Free Roast Chicken Tomatoes & Sauces ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients Del Monte (Nabisco/Phillip Morris) -Tomato Sauce Five Brothers Pasta Sauces (Lipton/Unilever) -Summer Vegetable -Five Cheese -Roasted Garlic & Onion -Tomato & Basil Healthy Choice Pasta Sauces (ConAgra) -Traditional -Garlic & Herb -Sun-Dried Tomato & Herb Hunts (ConAgra) -Traditional Spaghetti Sauce -Four Cheese Spaghetti Sauce -Tomato Sauce -Tomato Paste Prego Pasta Sauces (Campbells) -Tomato, Basil & Garlic -Fresh Mushroom -Ricotta Parmesan -Meat Flavored -Roasted Garlic & Herb -Three Cheese -Mini-Meatball -Chicken with Parmesan Ragu Sauces (Lipton/Unilever) -Old World Traditional -Old World with Meat -Old World Marinara -Old World with Mushrooms -Ragu Robusto Parmesan & Romano -Ragu Robusto Roasted Garlic -Ragu Robusto Sweet Italian Sausage -Ragu Robusto Six Cheese -Ragu Robusto Tomato, Olive Oil & Garlic -Ragu Robusto Classic Italian Meat -Chunky Garden Style Super Garlic -Chunky Garden Style Garden Combo -Chunky Garden Style Tomato, Garlic & Onion -Chunky Garden Style Tomato, Basil & Italian Cheese -Pizza Quick Traditional In addition, should you want more info concerning GMO products and the companies producing them, please take a look at this excellent list put together by Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper on Facebook. Source: Shift Frequency Related: A List of GMO Free Food Companies GMO Labeling Bill Voted Down In Senate USDA Forces Whole Foods To Accept Monsanto 5 Million Farmers Sue Monsanto for $7.7 Billion 800 Scientists Demand Global GMO “Experiment” End China Incinerates 3 US Shipments of Genetically Modified Corn Peru joins the List of Countries Banning Monsanto and GMOs! Read More: http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2013/06/comprehensive-list-of-gmo-products-and-companies.html

Reno News and Review covers the 2013 Monsanto protest

The organic food lie – What’s up with this liberal war on science?

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Monsanto protest in Reno Nevada complete with chemtrails in the sky

Monsanto protest in Reno Nevada complete with chemtrails in the sky

The crowd stretched entirely around the front of the downtown Reno federal building. Protest signs attacked transgenic food. “Your food—brought to you by the makers of AGENT ORANGE.” “It’s a SAD day when ’NORMAL’ food is hard to find!” “HELL NO GMOS.” There were also angrier signs attacking Monsanto, and for other causes—Native American, veterans, the National Defense Authorization Act.

It would have been easy to assume this was a group of flat earthers, and I suspect they were being characterized that way by plenty of observers on this day of coast-to-coast anti-transgenic food protests. But I knew some of these people as smart and sensible. Like a lot of science-oriented people, I didn’t understand why some of them were present. This was another sortie in what scientists have begun calling “The Liberal War on Science.” Many in this crowd cite the fact that there’s no known instance in history of death caused by marijuana but endless deaths caused by booze and tobacco. But they reject the fact that no one is known to have ever died from transgenic foods but plenty of people in history have died from natural, organic foods through salmonella, E. coli., etc. “Transgenic” is the scientific term for what activists call genetically modified food or organisms—GMOs.

Many of those present are frustrated by the refusal of climate change critics to accept the findings of a scientific panel that has examined all the science and found that climate change is real and mostly caused by human activity. But most of them ignore the findings of a similar panel that upheld the safety and usefulness of transgenic foods (www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=10977#toc). Scientist Grant Cramer is a biochemist at the University of Nevada, Reno. He began his work on the campus studying cold tolerance of plants. At some point he got into grapes. “Some years we’ve had a little trouble because it’s cold, but for most years we’ve grown them and made grapes and made wine from them,” he said. “That’s the feasible part. Then, with time, we’ve started to realize that we were giving them too much water.

That was part of the problem. So we started reducing the water and found out that … we can get by with 12 times less water and produce better quality grapes than alfalfa requires. So from a point of view of using our water wisely in a state where water is a critical issue, it’s an ideal crop to grow.” Now he consults with Nevada vineyards to help them with their crops. It’s a small contribution to economic development in Nevada. He doesn’t use genetic modification. “In my laboratory we can genetically modify plants,” he said. “We don’t do it, for the most part. Sometimes we do it just to understand the function of a gene. But our goal is not to go out there and create a new grape.” But he doesn’t want modification removed from his tool chest, either, pointing out that while there are now new procedures for doing it, the practice itself goes back centuries. “We’ve been genetically modifying plants for 10,000 years, from the very first farmers who selected. If you go and look at the old wild corn, the Native Americans were selecting for bigger and bigger cobs. So they were modifying or crossing plants. We’ve done that with every crop we have today.” Some wine purists are not crazy about fiddling with grapes. “That may change in the future when they get a disease that is a problem,” Cramer said. That, in fact, was what happened with the papaya. For a long time, Papaya ringspot virus (PRSV), was minor in its impact. Then it began to mutate into a much more damaging form. During the late 20th century the industry was nearly wiped out. Science came to the rescue. Transgenic PRSV-resistant varieties were developed (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18705869).

The industry is back. The new technology, according to Cramer, allows the process to be better controlled by scientists, making it better than cross breeding in the field. “If anything, breeding is much more dangerous than genetic engineering. You’re crossing thousands upon thousands of genes with another species or organisms and you don’t know what you’re going to get out of that. You could be producing some new compounds in that new plant. … You didn’t know if you had an allergy for it, you didn’t know if it had this or that. Nowadays, everything’s tested, tested, tested, tested.” All of this is basic in the scientific community. The only places it’s being debated are outside that community. Scientists have moved on.

Protester I wanted to find out what motivated folks who are supporters of science to reject transgenic foods, so I called one I saw at the federal building protest. Jan Gilbert is very smart and tough—a skillful, knowledgeable lobbyist until retiring a couple of years ago. The White House website calls her a “Champion of Change.” She told me she went to the protest in part to support a friend who is an anti-transgenic activist. “I went in some ways to support her and the work she is doing,” Gilbert said. “I think there are some real problems with modified food, and I think we need to have them labeled. That was the main point of that rally, and I don’t think that’s a difficult thing to do. I just think it’s a matter of information, that we should know what we’re buying.” I get the part about supporting a friend. Relying on allies is basic to politics. Gilbert emphasized the information issue. There have been efforts to require labeling of transgenic foods in legislatures—Assembly Bill 330 at last year’s Nevada Legislature—though the motives of the movement are not exactly pure. It wants labeling in order to stigmatize transgenics, and cherry-picks the modified foods it wants included—only foods modified by certain procedures, not all modified foods. This goes back to its claim that there’s a difference between foods modified in the field and in the lab. Nevertheless, there is a case to be made for labeling. “Monsanto and the grocers are just paying million of dollars to keep it from happening, so you have to wonder why they won’t do it to have this information in our homes,” Gilbert said. Indeed, there really is no reason not to have labeling, and it’s in the interest of the corporations. If they simply started doing the labeling themselves, and included all modified foods, not just lab-modified, the public would quickly understand that most of the food we already eat has been genetically modified. Gilbert is also suspicious of corporate money that can taint studies of the safety of transgenics. “The subsidies of scientific studies can be compromising,” she said. I suspect trust has a lot to do with the problems transgenic foods have. It requires trust in science and scientists, the kind of trust the nation had in the eras of vaccine discoveries. Today, however, we are in an age when trust is not easy to come by, particularly trust in large institutions. To the events of the last half century that fundamentally undermined public faith—U-2, Vietnam, Watergate, Iran-Contra, WMDs—must be added the ability of the corporate community and malefactors of great wealth to pay skilled opinion manipulators to employ public relations techniques that make falsehood and deception credible, as in the case of climate change. Monsanto is a gigantic entity, and an arrogant one. Its lobbying and use of patent law and abuse of farmers is hard to get down. Moreover, the industry has had its own scandals. Archer Daniels Midland was involved in scandals bigger than Watergate in the 1990s, but news of its activities was deemphasized on both commercial and public television that took ADM money—making journalism harder to trust. No state knows better than Nevada how difficult trust in science can be. The Atomic Energy Commission’s rent-a-scientists assured the state of the safety of Nevada nuclear testing when they knew otherwise. Gilbert knows that history.
Safety and nutrition When Athens executed Socrates, it gave him natural, organic food—hemlock. Some 2,400 years later, American Spirit markets its cigarettes with slogans like “made with organic tobacco grown on American soil” and “Natural tastes better.” There’s nothing magic about natural food. It ranges from healthy to lethal. There is something magic about genetically engineered food. So far, at least, all of it is safe. Traditional farmers use synthetic fertilizers. Organic farmers use manure. Think about that for a moment in the light of simple common sense. What would be more likely to produce pathogens—chemicals or manure? In fact, a study of produce from organic and traditional farms found E. coli five times more often in the organic samples (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15151224). As for pesticides, while some critics call pesticides unnatural, that’s hard to support in view of the fact that plants themselves produce pesticides—and that organic farmers use pesticides. “Plants produce pesticides of their own, poisons to prevent the infection from attacking,” Cramer said. “So when an insect starts chewing on the leaf, it tells the plant it’s under attack. What does it do? It starts producing more of the poison. So a plant that’s attacked by insects is more poisonous than a plant that’s not attacked by insects. So what they did was a study of a comparison of the poisonous chemicals in the non-transgenic normal corn with the transgenic and they found out that the transgenic corn produced less of the poisonous chemicals to defend itself than the non-transgenic … So in fact, the transgenic corn was healthier for a human.” Both traditional and organic farmers use pesticides, but those used by organic farmers can be health risks. Organic pesticides are produced from natural sources with less processing. Biologist Christie Wilcox wrote in Scientific American that it “turns out that there are over 20 chemicals commonly used in the growing and processing of organic crops that are approved by the US Organic Standards. … [M]any organic pesticides that are also used by conventional farmers are used more intensively than synthetic ones due to their lower levels of effectiveness. According to the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy, the top two organic fungicides, copper and sulfur, were used at a rate of 4 and 34 pounds per acre in 1971. In contrast, the synthetic fungicides only required a rate of 1.6 lbs per acre, less than half the amount of the organic alternatives.” Some natural pesticides are health risks.
(http://toxicology.usu.edu/endnote/Rodent-carcinogens-setting-priorities.pdf). One of them, Rotonone, is so toxic that it was taken off the market for a time. It was Rotonone that the state of California used in its 1997 effort to poison the unwanted northern pike in Davis Lake 55 miles northwest of Reno. As for nutrition, first of all, it’s kind of a so-what issue. People in the United States are not short on nutrients. But for those concerned about it, here it is: In 2012, a study was released of the available research on nutrition in foods. A team of Stanford researchers examined 17 studies of the effect of organic and non-organic grown foods on humans and 223 other studies solely of the nutritional and contaminant contents of foods (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleID=1355685). This was not a contest of organics versus transgenics, or even of processed foods. Rather, it examined nutrient and contaminant content based on how the foods (meat and eggs, fruits and vegetables, etc.) were grown—organically grown food compared to traditionally grown food. In a prepared statement, senior author of the final report Dena Bravata said, “There isn’t much difference between organic and conventional foods, if you’re an adult and making a decision based solely on your health.” The team “did not find strong evidence that organic foods are more nutritious or carry fewer health risks than conventional alternatives, though consumption of organic foods can reduce the risk of pesticide exposure,” according to a Stanford release at the time the study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. There were findings in favor of organics. Some of the studies reviewed by the team, for instance, did find lower pesticide presence in humans, though there was no evidence of any clinical consequence to the small difference. Organic food supporters were nevertheless outraged by the findings. A similar review by six British scientists of 12 studies (http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/92/1/203.full.pdf+html) found “no evidence of differences in nutrition-related health outcomes that result from exposure to organic or conventionally produced foodstuffs.” It did find that organic foods were higher in fats, but not much higher. One of the best bits of evidence that transgenic food is safe is that virtually everyone eats it with no ill effects. Grocery stores, after all, are loaded with it. Environment Organic foods benefit from the perception that they are better for the environment, but the evidence suggests otherwise. Traditional farming is very efficient and becoming more so all the time, getting more foodstuffs from each square foot of land, which can shield some land—including wilderness—from being used for farmland. Organic food accounts for only a tiny percentage of agricultural markets. If it ever became a major economic force, it could be environmentally ruinous. Most organic farming produces a fourth fewer crops on average than traditional farming, according to a study in the journal Nature (www.nature.com/news/organic-farming-is-rarely-enough-1.10519). “Feeding the world with organic food would require vast new tracts of farmland,” according to New Yorker science writer Michael Specter. “Without ripping out the rainforests, there just isn’t enough of it left.” University of California, Davis scientist Pamela Ronald goes further.
Writing in the journal Genetics (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21546547), she argues that millions of lives depend on genetically improved seed because arable land is limited, urbanization, salinization and other forms of environmental damage have ruined much land, and water supplies are under greater pressure from overpopulation and pollution. Humankind must get more crops from less land. “[I]t is no longer possible to simply open up more undeveloped land for cultivation to meet production needs. … Thus, increased food production must largely take place on the same land area while using less water.” Indeed, she wrote, transgenics have been a lifesaver to the environment. “Without the development of high yielding crop varieties over recent decades, two to four times more land would have been needed in the United States, China and India to produce the same amount of food.”
Fighting back There was the time genetically modified food saved the world. In 1968, biologist Paul Ehrlich wrote in his book The Population Bomb, “In the 1970s, hundreds of millions of people will starve to death. … India couldn’t possibly feed two hundred million more people by 1980.” Food riots began in India even before the book got into print. And there was no certainty the famine would stop with the subcontinent. But mass famine didn’t happen, even in India. Why? Because science came to the rescue with genetically modified food—dwarf wheat, developed by Norman Borlaug, who received the Nobel Prize for saving huge swaths of humankind. His disease resistant wheats produced larger harvests—the “green revolution.” Interestingly, scientists and other experts who support transgenic foods are almost uniformly supportive of organic foods, too. But many, many organic food supporters oppose transgenic foods with a fierceness and emotion that is sometimes vicious, and has even spilled over into violence on the edges of the movement. Transgenic critics call Borlaug’s achievement a mistake. Blogger Jill Richardson called his work “unsustainable” in an essay posted on the liberal Common Dreams website. One “healthy living” website calls Borlaug’s wheat “Another Arrow in the Backs of Americans.” After the Stanford study was released, Rosie Mestel of the Los Angeles Times reported that the reaction of transgenic critics to the study was to “start a petition to have the study retracted, and to accuse the researchers of bias and being in the pay of nefarious industry concerns.” Organic advocates have been chillingly effective in spreading false information about transgenic foods, with the result that those foods are stigmatized throughout Europe and Africa. Legal restrictions have been imposed in country after country—Kenya outlawed them outright—and what law has not done, the stigma has. What is particularly disturbing about the hostility to transgenic foods on the left is that it hurts those who liberals normally try to help. “Every, year, 500,000 children become blind as a result of vitamin A deficiency and 70 percent die within a year of losing their sight,” Hoover Institution scientist Henry Miller has written, describing the maladies golden rice was created to prevent (www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/immpact/micronutrient_facts.htm). Golden rice was invented by German cell biologist Peter Beyer and Swiss plant biologist Ingo Potrykus. It incorporates beta-carotene, a vitamin A precursor, into rice grains. Potrykus, in a gesture akin to Jonas Salk’s refusal to patent the polio vaccine, has allowed golden rice to be provided free to subsistence farmers, and it can be licensed free to developing nations. In August 2000, Monsanto announced it would give away patent rights to golden rice, a godsend to malnourished children around the world. In the Philippines, golden rice test fields have been damaged by anti-transgenic vandals (http://bicol.da.gov.ph/News/2013/Aug10a.html). But in part because of the stigma surrounding transgenic foods, golden rice has become bogged down in approval bureaucracy. In some countries, golden rice has taken longer in the regulatory pipeline than it took to develop in the lab (nine years). Some advocates are fighting back. Canadian ecologist Patrick Moore, former president of Greenpeace Canada, has been holding anti-Greenpeace protests in Europe and Canada to demand that the wraps be taken off golden rice and to highlight Greenpeace’s role in opposing golden rice foods. “Eight million children have died unnecessarily since golden rice was invented,” he said in a prepared statement. “How many more million can Greenpeace carry on its conscience?” But most scientists prefer to let their work speak for them, which leaves the field to critics—which is how the stigma was created in the first place.

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Posted 02/15/2014 12:38PM by Anonymous
The writer proves in the last few paragraphs that some scientists are doing more harm than good. 500,00o children a year were dying from the Vitamin A deficiency before the modified grain and millions afterward. Come on, do the math.

Posted 02/16/2014 8:50PM by DennisMyers
I don’t normally reply to reader comments, figuring that readers should have the same unchallenged posts I get. But the claim by “Anonymous” is so far off the mark and so malicious that it demands comment. Modified golden rice has killed NO children for the simple reason that transgenic food critics have succeeded in preventing its use to aid children around the world. How can a product that has not entered the marketplace kill anyone?… MORE

Posted 02/17/2014 8:08PM by Tom C.
Organic Lie This article is an example of a journalist trying to push buttons. The word “Lie” is used here to incite. In addition this journalist is attempting to present an issue as political that isn’t. There are so many problems with this article I don’t know where to start. Mr. Myers didn’t bother to explain genetically modified organisms (GMO) and the processes in which they are made but, instead chose to confuse the reader… MORE

Posted 02/19/2014 12:57PM by Anonymous
I am not a “liberal” and have read plenty of articles and studies which are put out by scientists which show that there is harm being done to humanity on multiple levels. Where are the supporting references to the information given in this article, and who financed the studies? Tom C. is correct when he states that this is not a political issue. This article is nothing more than an opinion stated by Dennis Myers… MORE

Posted 02/21/2014 7:17PM by justjoel
I agree with Tom C. and at least the second Anonymous. The article is just as biased on the side for GMOs as someone fighting against them might be. It doesn’t have the ring of reporting – it’s more like opinion yet toned down a bit so as not to totally trash those against the current crop of GMOs. See most of us against them do actually believe in science, which is the biggest part… MORE

Posted 02/23/2014 5:40PM by reno394
Re “The Organic Food Lie” (Feature story, Feb 13): I was hoping more would write letters in response to this obviously pro-frankenfoods piece passing for an objective article, but after looking at the published letters in the Feb 20 issue I realized few had made print. One of the published letters, “Vertical Integration” wasn’t even on topic! To begin with, the tone of this article smacks of the same “scientific” arrogance that propped-up the people… MORE

Posted 02/23/2014 7:13PM by Anonymous
I just can’t believe that RN& R would post this erroneous article let alone on THE FRONT PAGE! In response to reno394 everything you say is true. I think maybe there aren’t more posts because people don’t want to “Join” in order to respond. Or they just find so many things WRONG about the article they don’t know where to start to comment. Also, there may have been a lot of comments attacking the author… MORE

Posted 02/25/2014 3:25PM by bluelyon
This is one of the few times you and I are on the same side. I’ve posted your article on on my FB wall and am bracing myself for the first “. . . but MONSANTO!!!” You may also be interested in listening to this podcast put out by the Center for Inquiry: https://medium.com/inquiring-minds/e3029ef8c9b9 “No GMO Foods Won’t Harm Your Health.” Interview is with Dr. Steve Novella a leader within the skeptical movement who takes… MORE

Posted 04/02/2014 4:09PM by Anonymous
Thank you for a well-written article. While it may be extreme to call it an “organic lie”, this article does a good job of pointing out that genetic modification is not related to “organic”. Organic is a misnomer, actually meaning C/H/O/N/P containing compounds. A GMO plant can be more environmentally-friendly, or “organic”, than a non-GMO, because it can be engineered to be more fit in whatever environment lives. To reject GMO’s universally is baseless, as… MORE

Posted 04/02/2014 6:12PM by Anonymous
It would have been extremely appropriate to define the difference between TRANSGENIC genetic modification versus using cis genes in genetic modification. It is not simply a question of GMO or non-GMO. To treat the question so basically is apathetic.

Posted 04/02/2014 7:09PM by Marc Bertrando
The main issue I have is the lax requirements for testing of transgenic foods. While it’s true that some of these crops may be safe, we don’t really know. BT corn was tested on animals for 90 days and deemed safe, yet there is a french study led by Gilles-Eric Séralini showing that there is likely an increase in the rate of cancerous tumors in GMO fed rats (the study contained too small of a… MORE

Posted 04/02/2014 7:22PM by JordanZ
It is refreshing to find a GMO related article that is simply bashing the biotech industry for funding such a “disastrous” series of products for human consumption. Since the induction of genetic modifications to increase produce yields, and to protect crops from environmental stresses,GMO foods have saved millions of people from starvation. While the ecological effects that GMO products may have (i.e. driving selection in insect populations, etc.) I do not see the danger that… MORE

Posted 04/02/2014 7:30PM by JordanZ
It is refreshing to find a GMO related article that isn’t simply bashing the biotech industry for funding such a “disastrous” series of products for human consumption. Since the induction of genetic modifications to increase produce yields, and to protect crops from environmental stresses,GMO foods have saved millions of people from starvation. While the ecological effects that GMO products may have (i.e. driving selection in insect populations, etc.)are unknown, I do not see the danger… MORE

Posted 04/02/2014 10:28PM by JMorehouse
The recent press and protest of GMO food has created a mad scientist craze that is frustrating. The majority of people seem to be operating off of a gut reaction of fear instead of thought. I like having the larger and tastier fruits and vegetables that have been produced. I think that food should be labeled so that consumers can make informed choices. I also believe that careful studies, peer review and education programs could… MORE

Posted 04/03/2014 11:59AM by Anonymous
I agree with the protestors in that the labeling of GMO’s is something that can, and possibly should, happen. The biggest issue in my opinion, is who and how this would go about being controlled. I believe that this may be used and abused similarly to the way the term “organic” is used. As someone above me has already stated, this term is a huge misnomer with strange connotations somehow attached to it. I see… MORE

Posted 04/03/2014 3:45PM by TYoe
This is a really tough topic to discuss, especially when you have a scientific background and you’re trying to explain how GMOs are beneficial in a global scale to people who are only looking at the political and economic side of the issue. It’s true that many corporations made a bad name for GMOs but the science of it is still pretty remarkable. We are residing in a country where the topics such as labeling… MORE

Posted 04/03/2014 7:25PM by John_O
In my opinion almost every type of vegetable and fruit we eat is already a genetically modified organism (GMO). Farmers have been selecting and breading the fruits and vegetables that produce the biggest yield, so we have already been driving selection for certain genotypes and phenotypes. GMO foods save millions of lives per year, and if people have a problem with them they can always buy organic. I think some are so opposed to GMO’s… MORE

Posted 04/03/2014 8:03PM by Kyle R
Genetically modified fruit is a necessity in modern day society because of the growing population. If all types of food was left to be organic then the world would run into a food shortage sooner rather than later. The people who oppose the move to genetically modified food are most likely unclear with how the biology of genetics works.

Posted 04/03/2014 8:03PM by Jonbaste
Instead of opposing GMOs solely based on opinion, Greenpeace and these larger activist groups ought to put their time and effort researching reasons why these GMOs would be harmful in the first place. Without a solid argument and scientific proof to back it up, they have nothing to fight against the GMO research that has saved countless populations from starvation, vitamin deficiency issues etc. I’m not saying that GMOs are entirely safe, because I don’t… MORE

Posted 04/04/2014 4:33PM by Joe_L
While I agree that GMO’s should certainly continue to be tested, many of the critics of GMO’s seem to have taken their position too far. The opposition to golden rice is an example of this. Taking a position against GMO’s within rich, developed countries (like demanding labeling, etc.) is perfectly acceptable; however, preventing the growth of food that could save countless children is not. Even if there are long term side effects, it could save… MORE

Posted 04/05/2014 3:34PM by Gabi A
I think genetically modified food is a wonderful contribution and necessity for our society, to an extent. There is a vast amount of food that is genetically modified, however it has the ability to cause many illnesses. Although, with the growing population there is a need for more resources and genetically modifying our food source can help build those resources.

Posted 04/08/2014 5:00PM by Mollie L
This protest that took place was done by protestors that do not have all the information to protest. I understand their concerns with applying food labels to items that can be bought at the grocery stores; however, if this were the case, all food in the stores would have GMO tags or stickers applied. Like Cramer explained, “we’ve been genetically modifying plants for 10,000 years,” so why would we start identifying them in stores now… MORE

Posted 04/08/2014 11:44PM by Kayla H
I think that a very key point made in this article is the importance of labeling. As Jan Gilbert states. “I think it’s a matter of information, that we should know what we’re buying.” We all have the right to know exactly what we are purchasing, however, as the consumer it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on the matter at hand.

Posted 04/10/2014 7:10PM by George F
Genetic Modified Organisms like everything contains it Pros and Cons. It has the potential to pose unforeseen risks in the future, but also has the ability to save the lives of individuals in starving countries. Overall, I agree with Gilbert that there should be a push for labeling of transgenic food in legislature. This in turn will raise more awareness about the use of transgenic food and will allow those who oppose them to eat… MORE

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Worldwide and Nevada ‘March Against Monsanto’ Protests Planned for May 25th 2013

March Against Monsanto

See Pictures and video of the Reno, NV March Against Monsanto protest here:

https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/pictures-and-videos-over-1000-people-protest-monsanto-in-reno-nevada/

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monsatanSee Pictures and video of the Reno, NV March Against Monsanto protest here:

https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/pictures-and-videos-over-1000-people-protest-monsanto-in-reno-nevada/

Nevada ANTI Corruption will march in Reno, NV on May25th. The protest info is listed below:

For Nevada protests see : https://www.facebook.com/MarchAgainstMonstanto and http://occupy-monsanto.com/march-against-monsanto-may-25-2013/

United States Nevada Las Vegas http://on.fb.me/10n8pfm

Label GMO Nevada will take part in the March Against Monsanto in Reno on May 25. Label GMO Nevada founder Kiki Corbin said in a statement, “We’re pleased to sponsor this important event in our community. We encourage people of all ages to participate in this peaceful march. Bring signs, wear costumes or a green shirt.”

The Reno event will start at the Liberty Street side of the Bruce Thompson Federal Building at 400 S. Virginia St. at 10 am. At 11am — the same time events will take place all over the country — marchers will then proceed to the Reno City Plaza at First Street and Virginia Street to hear several brief speeches and partake in a rally for labeling GMOs.

Countless individuals will soon assemble in small and large groups around the nation and the globe alike in protest against Monsanto’s genetic manipulation of the food supply. Organized under the May 25th movement known as the ‘March on Monsanto’, the massive new rally reveals how the grassroots public has truly had enough of Monsanto’s monopoly on the many staple crops that have quickly been sucked into Monsanto’s genetically modified tycoon.monantoland

It’s virtually impossible these days to enter a grocery store, even one bearing the title of ‘natural’, and not encounter at least a few items that contain genetically modified ingredients. And for quite some time, this fact was not even known to the large majority of the United States public. Many simply did not even know what a GMO was, or what it could potentially do to their bodies (or the bodies of the children who they were feeding with genetically engineered processed food).

This, of course, stems from the fact that the FDA and Monsanto have decided that you aren’t allowed to know if your food contains GMOs. Even despite the fact that peer-reviewed research has pegged Monsanto’s best selling herbicide Roundup (which is a key part of Monsanto’s Roundup-ready GMO crops) to around 37 associated diseases, the FDA says it’s perfectly safe. So safe that it’s not even necessary to label in your food. So very safe that the only study that ever examined how Roundup and GMOs affect rats throughout their lifetime found that the rats developed tumors so large that it impacted their very ability to move.

gmogeneticallymodifiedorganism_4e9c7babad9bb-1It’s madness that has been identified for a long time by alternative news writers and readers, but thanks to the success of Prop 37 and other initiatives it has now hit the general public — and they’re not happy.

The Grassroots Will End Monsanto

Now enter campaigns like the March on Monsanto, which is slated to happen around the world on May 25th. It’s a grassroots event that has turned into a major organized movement thanks to countless local activists. The event is going on in major cities like San Diego and New York City, to small towns and even rural areas. It’s all being organized online via an open Google Document, where you can find the protest nearest to you and be a part of it. There’s also many open slots for organizers and speakers, so if you’re interested in that be sure to check that out as well.

“Monsanto and government merge into one”

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