Despite problems with superweeds, Obama and USDA firmly support GMOs
Superweeds, a side-effect of growing Roundup-Ready genetically modified (GM) crops, are a growing problem. Roundup-Ready crops, engineered to tolerate weedkiller, are the most popular variety of GM crop today. However, many native weeds have evolved their own defense to weedkiller and now occupy 10 million acres of US farmland. Despite this issue being a direct result of growing GM crops, the Obama administration and USDA recently made it clear, they firmly stand beside biotechnology.
Food Integrity Now – E17 – Lono Kahuna Kupua Ho’ala
Think you know what’s in your drinking water? The truth may surprise you. Lono Kahuna Kupua Ho’ala, water expert and author of Don’t Drink the Water, joins us on the show to discuss one of the most vital substances needed for life.
Corn Refiners Association hired “trusted moms” to promote high-fructose corn syrup as “natural”
High-fructose corn syrup has been under siege lately and the Corn Refiners Association is desperate to do something about it. Companies have been advertising their products with the statement “high fructose corn syrup-free” and the CRA recently lobbied the FDA to allow a name change. In a desperate move that will only reflect badly on all parties involved, the Corn Refiners Association hired Mom Central and a few dozen mom bloggers to assist in rebuilding the tarnished name.
A Biotech Backlash? Farmers beginning to question the GMO path
There are so many aspects of the GMO debate, one might find oneself at a loss for where to start. There are studies indicating GMOs cause organ damage and infertility. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine released a paper showing more than a causal association between GMOs and adverse health effects.
According to the AAEM,
several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food consumption including infertility, immune dysregulation, accelerated aging, dysregulation of genes associated with cholesterol synthesis, insulin regulation, cell signaling, and protein formation, and changes in the liver, kidney, spleen and gastrointestinal system.
Then there is the issue of GM crops contaminating neighboring farmer’s fields through cross-pollination. These are all issues that the biotech giants want to sweep under the rug while cheerfully touting that their seeds will save the world. Biotech has had a good run over the past ten years, it promised farmers an easy way to grow crops with higher yields. It did deliver, for a time, but now farmers are beginning to see the promise of a quick fix was not without repercussions.
Pink goo on it’s way to a fast-food joint near you
Food Integrity Now – E16 – T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., author of The China Study
T. Colin Campbell joins us on the show to discuss his bestselling book, The China Study. His work examines the relationship between the consumption of animal products and disease such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and macular degeneration. Campbell, in detailing the correlation between diet and disease, along with his recommendation of a plant-based diet, has shaken up industry giants who have profited off of the traditional American fare of meat, milk and potatoes.
In this show, we get Dr. Campbell’s viewpoints on the widespread and controversial field of genetic engineering, discuss the response of the medical, meat and dairy industries, and find out what projects he has coming up next.
Food Integrity Now – E15 – Amy Kalafa of Two Angry Moms
Amy Kalafa, award-winning documentary filmmaker and creator of Two Angry Moms, joins Carol on the show to discuss her new film that is waking up moms across the U.S. as to what “food” their kids are eating at school and what they can do about it. The film peers onto the lunch trays of schools across the country, examining what needs to change in most and giving examples of what that change can be in others.
Monsanto hired Blackwater to infiltrate activist groups
In a startling story featured in The Nation, investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill revealed that in 2008, Monsanto hired a Blackwater subsidiary to spy on activist groups who conflicted with company interests. Blackwater, the controversial private military company now operating under the name Xe, is the largest of the U.S. State Department’s three private security contractors. Monsanto, the company that brought you rBGH, PCBs, DDT and Agent Orange, also produces 90% of the world’s genetically-engineered seeds.
Food Integrity Now – E14 – SF Supervisor Eric Mar squares off with fast food companies over toy incentives
Supervisor Eric Mar of San Francisco joined us on the show Wednesday to discuss the bill he authored that would prohibit restaurants from including toys with meals that do not meet nutritional guidelines. This recently introduced bill is similar to that which went into effect in Santa Clara County in August. Mar’s reasoning for this bill is to promote healthy eating habits and to address the growing issue of childhood obesity in this country.
The debate over genetically-engineered salmon sizzles, FDA to decide on Monday
The internet was on fire these past two days after the FDA deemed AquaBounty’s genetically-engineered salmon safe for human consumption this past Tuesday. Bloggers and opinion columnist on both sides of the issue gave their best shots at influencing their readers and arguments raged in the comments. A call-in campaign started by The Center for Food Safety resulted in a flooding of the White House’s phone comment lines as people voiced their concerns over this genetically-engineered organism making it their plates. The FDA will hold a public hearing on this issue in Maryland on September 19 and 20th, after which it will decide the fate of this laboratory-born fish.