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ACTION ALERT! The USDA is accepting comments until July 17th on what #GMOlabeling should look like. They don't expect to hear from YOU! Please click here to send a quick message and be heard.

We’ve fought for years for labeling of genetically engineered (GE or GMO) food. Now might be our chance to finally get it. As you may remember, a “compromise” bill on GMO labeling was passed last year, but a lot of the decisions about what foods would be labeled, and how they would be labeled, were…
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This should be interesting! It seems that only NGOs like US Right To Know will "drain the swamp" and root out corruption in federal agencies like the CDC:

U.S. Right to Know Sues CDC for Documents about Its Ties to Coca-Cola Print Email Share Tweet Posted on February 21, 2018 by Gary Ruskin News Release For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 For More Information Contact: Gary Ruskin (415) 944-7350 U.S. Right to Know sued the Centers for D...
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House Republicans on the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology are working with Monsanto to discredit research showing that glyphosate is carcinogenic.

There is a link in Marion Nestle's post below that leads to a pdf of the Minority Staff (Democrats) Report that is long but details a mind-blowing history of Monsanto's multiple nefarious efforts to keep glyphosate products on the market:

"Spinning Science & Silencing Scientists: A Case Study in...
How the Chemical Industry Attempts to Influence Science"

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What do we know about the carcinogenicity of glyphosate? The International Agency on Research on Cancer (IARC) said it was “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Monsanto, the maker of Roun…
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The USDA's "American Harvest Box" for SNAP recipients was evidently proposed by bureaucrats who don't shop or cook for themselves.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/…/gSITN3SxlSuet7xua…/story.html…

When half of benefits are spent on shelf-stable ingredients, the results don’t look much like dinner.
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This how low Monsanto will go regarding those of us who have signed petitions to place a moratorium on or ban glyphosate:

Please donate to Avaaz so that it can hire competent attorneys to fight Monsanto's lawsuit.

http://gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/18131

Agribiz giant hits Avaaz with giant subpoena for details of everyone who signed its anti-glyphosate petition
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One relatively inexpensive way to filter glyphosate (and many other chemicals) out of your tap water is to use a Brita faucet filter.

A light flashes red when it's time to change the filter and Brita will pay to ship the used filters to a recycling facility: https://www.brita.com/faucet-system-support/#faq800

Here a users guide that spells out the types of chemicals the faucet filter will remove: https://www.brita.com/…/19329000.019_BRT_CBI_FF-100_UsersGu…

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Glyphosate isn't specifically mentioned, but research has shown that activated charcoal filters do remove glyphosate in most cases: https://ascelibrary.org/…/%28ASCE%290733-9372%281993%29119%…

https://www.brita.com/faucet-systems/

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Keep healthier, great-tasting water on tap with Brita's water filter faucet systems for your home. They're a breeze to install and reduce lead and chlorine.
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With nearly 2/3 of Chileans overweight or obese, Chile is taking several steps to stop the marketing of sugary junk foods to kids.

We clearly need to do the same, since nearly 2/3 of Americans are also overweight or obese.

https://www.nytimes.com/…/obesity-chile-sugar-regulations.h…

New regulations, which corporate interests delayed for almost a decade, require explicit labeling and limit the marketing of sugary foods to children.
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"The proposal by the agrochemical giant Syngenta to dramatically escalate use of the harmful neonicotinoid pesticide came last Friday, on the same day the EPA released new assessments of the extensive dangers posed by neonicotinoids, including thiamethoxam."

https://www.ecowatch.com/syngenta-neonicotinoids-2518688773…

The application, if approved, would allow the highly toxic pesticide to be sprayed directly on 165 million acres of wheat, barley, corn, sorghum, alfalfa, rice and potato.
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The U.S. limit for gylphosate residues in wheat was .1 ppm but is now 30 ppm. The European limit for drinking water is 0.1 *ppb* or .0001 ppm.

(BTW the U.S. limit for glyphosate in drinking water is 700 ppb or seven *thousand* times the European limit).

Demand that any food company from which you buy non-organic food report glyphosate testing results for their products (and if they don't, we'll help you find someone else to test them)...

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The herbicide glyphosate is ending up in our food, thanks to the growing practice of using it to dry crops in preparation for harvest.
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The EPA has fined Amazon $1.2 million for selling pesticides that are illegal to sell in the U.S.and could result in harmful exposures for users.

https://www.zawya.com/…/Amazon_to_pay_12mln_in_settlement_…/

Amazon agreed to closely monitor and remove illegal pesticide products from its website
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We must make sure these pre-sliced GMO apples are labeled as genetically engineered so that consumers who want to avoid GMO can.

The reason no one was able to find these GMO apple slices in supermarkets is because they were test marketed in only *six* Midwest stores (and likely not for very long). Reading the Arctic Apple's developer's hype about the test marketing leads us to believe that they were not just on shelves, but were actively promoted by salespeople (aka product demonstrators) situated in these stores who emphasized their non-browning aspect but never mentioned that they were produced by genetic engineering.

http://www.cbc.ca/…/arctic-apple-test-run-expansion-1.45360…

The company behind the non-browning Arctic apple created in Summerland, B.C., is making aggressive expansion plans following a successful U.S. test run. But the apples won't be sold in Canada for at least two more years.
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Food safety issues also extend to the food we feed our pets. In this case the contaminant was pentobarbitol, a euthanizing drug.

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/…/gravy-train-ol-roy-other-…/…

The J.M. Smucker Co. has voluntarily withdrawn certain shipments of 27 different pet food products following media reports of pentobarbital contamination in some of its Gravy Train dog food. Pentobarbital is a tranquilizer that is often used as a euthanizing agent to put down sick or fatally injured...
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What we've all suspected is finally being validated. "Super-processed food" make look like food, but it really isn't food.

https://www.theguardian.com/…/ultra-processed-foods-may-be-…

Findings suggest increased consumption of ultra-processed foods tied to rise in cancers, but scientists say more research is needed
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The United Nations is leading the charge against the industrial agriculture model by challenging its faulty talking points:

https://www.theguardian.com/…/un-experts-denounce-myth-pest…

Report warns of catastrophic consequences and blames manufacturers for ‘systematic denial of harms’ and ‘unethical marketing tactics’
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Trump administration proposes no fresh fruits or vegetables for SNAP recipients and no choice regarding the foods they receive.

What lamebrain thought this up?

https://www.npr.org/…/trump-administration-wants-to-decide-…

The proposed changes to food stamps, now called SNAP, would be drastic: About half the benefits would be boxed-up, nonperishable foods. Recipients would lose a lot of their ability to pick their food.
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This is one example of many revealing what Trump's EPA is doing:

http://www.civilbeat.org/…/epa-settles-syngenta-pesticide-…/

The GMO company will pay $150,000 instead of the $4.8 million that had been sought for exposing Kauai workers to pesticides.
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In this recent video Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini discusses his latest research on the toxicity of glyphosate and the inert ingredients used with it.

His presentation upends much of what Monsanto has claimed about how glyphosate-based herbicides work. As you will see, one so-called "inert" ingredient -- POEA -- is much more potent than glyphosate in killing plants and thus is actually a very active ingredient, not an "inert" one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VEcU-E9Fsk&feature=share

Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini, the leading expert on the toxicity of Roundup and it's ingredients, discusses his latest research on the toxicity of glyphosa...
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Time to boycott more fruits and vegetables grown in California using toxic oil industry wastewater:

http://www.sustainablebrands.com/…/35k_californians_boycott…

Over 35,600 people have signed a Courage Campaign pledge to boycott several popular California produce companies after news that they may be using contaminated oil industry wastewater to grow their crops. A Mother Jones article exposed Sunview, Halos mandarins, Trinchero Family Estates, and Bee Swee...
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