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    These Three Companies are Using GMOs in their Baby Formula





    It seems with the many reports of birth defects, organ failure, cancer, and other unsavory health conditions associated with GMO consumption, we should limit the use of GMO in baby products. After all, babies are very sensitive to the foods they consume, and we already know that pesticides found in mother’s milk can be damaging. Below you will learn of three companies which represent more than 90% of baby formula sales in the US that won’t consider removing GMOs from your baby’s food.

    Health-Damaging GMOs in Baby Formula

    Why would we knowingly feed our children GMOs before it has really been proven to be ‘safe’ as Monsanto, BASF, and other companies like Abbott Laboratories, Mead Johnson Nutrition, and Nestlé USA, the company who wants to own water rights, tout?

    If you feed your baby one of the following three infant formulas, you are perhaps, unknowingly, feeding them GMO corn, sugar beets, and soy, since they are often used these companies’ products:

    1. Similac

    One of the widest used brands and often given out for ‘free’ at hospitals, this baby formula is made by Abbott Laboratories. The company is selling you a can of baby formula for over $100 that is full of GMO poisons. You could contact the company to ask why it would include GMOs, or, you can just boycott it altogether. Shareholders are supposed to vote on whether the company is able to continue to use GMO in baby formulas. Abott Laboratories is one of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies – go figure.

    2. Enfamil

    Another baby formula often given out as ‘free’ samples to new mothers iis made by Mead Johnson Nutrition. Their website boasts, ‘Enfamil, scientifically designed to meet the nutritional needs of newborns and infants.’ The following Mead Johnson formulas are known to have GMO toxins:


    -Enfamil with Iron
    -Enfamil with low Iron
    -Enfamil Lacto Free
    -Enfamil 22
    -Enfamil Next Step (both soy and milk varieties)
    -Enfamil Nutramigen
    -Enfamil Pro-Soybee

    3. Gerber Good Start

    The GMO-riddled formula made by Nestlé USA is perhaps the most questionable since the company has knowingly tried to ‘patent’ water and make it a commodity though it is all part of life itself on this planet. Do we really want to trust a company who wants privatize water with feeding our children health foods? The company went GMO free in South Africa, according to Corporate Action Network, but continues to sell American families the contaminated GMO formula we feed our babies every day.


    Nestlé USA and Mead Johnson Nutrition have dismissed calls to remove genetically-modified organisms (GMO) from their infant formula products in the US – citing the approved use of GMOs by several national and global regulatory bodies.

    You can boycott all these companies and start making your own home-made, natural baby formula without toxic chemicals and pesticides and nasty GMOs. The assistant director of the FDA, Nick Duy, says we shouldn’t make our own baby formula, but why isn’t he ousting these companies for using questionable (at best) and health-damaging GMOs?


    Source: Natural Society

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    Whatever you do - don't eat beef from McDonald's. This Q&A is now on their website: "Does your beef contain added hormones?" McDonald's answer: "Most of the cattle we get our beef from are treated with added hormones, a common practice in the U.S. that ranchers use to promote growth." This growth hormone produced by Monsanto is banned in all of Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina, and Israel because usage often results in severe and unnecessary pain, suffering and distress for cows, associated with serious mastitis, foot disorders and some reproductive problems. Cow’s milk that is treated with growth hormone has higher levels of IGF-1. Studies in humans, animals, and cell cultures have indicated that elevated levels of IGF-1 in humans may increase the risk of cancer
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    There's a bogus "Snopes" article that is circulating trying to disprove my research into the ingredients in the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

    Here are the facts they conveniently ignored:

    Snopes Claim: "an available list of ingredients for the Pumpkin Spice Latte syrup can be found here".

    The Truth: This link goes to Starbucks online store, which I mentioned in my post. The list of ingredients here is just for the sauce, and doesn't include the whipped cream, milk (or soy milk), and spiced topping. This ingredient list shows "high fructose corn syrup" (HFCS) is an ingredient in this store-bought version.

    Snopes Claim: "Starbucks has indicated that HFCS may be present in some drinks due to manufacturing variations. According to a Starbucks spokeswoman, Pumpkin Spice Latte drinks purchased at Starbucks outlets are sweetened with sugar, not HFCS. The flavoring syrup available for purchase in homemade beverages may contain HFCS, but that formula differs from the one used in Starbucks retail outlets".

    The Truth: In two different instances, Starbucks told me that the sauce sold in their online store is the same formula used in the restaurants. Yet, the ingredient list that I received via email included "sweetened condensed nonfat milk" as an ingredient instead of HFCS. When I inquired as to whether it was sweetened with sugar or HFCS, I received two different answers from Starbucks. Starbucks later confirmed that they use just “sugar” for drinks made by baristas and high fructose corn syrup for the store-bought pre-made mix.

    Snopes Claim: "Another aspect of the rumor that Pumpkin Spice Lattes are toxic stems from the inclusion of Caramel Color (class IV), another common food additive. FDA data states that Caramel Color (class IV) is generally considered safe."

    The Truth: Food safety and consumer watchdog groups (Consumers Union, CSPI) state that caramel coloring is not safe and that stronger regulations are needed because it contains 4-Mel, which is classified as a possible carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and National Toxicology Program. The FDA's Deputy Commissioner recently admitted, “We simply do not have the information to vouch for the safety of many of these chemicals... we do have questions about whether we can do what people expect of us". The FDA cannot regulate the cumulative consumption of caramel coloring because its added to an insurmountable number of foods without any post-market oversight. The FDA is actually reviewing its safety at this time.

    Also - Starbucks should remove this caramel coloring level IV (made from heating ammonia with corn sugar) from all of their flavored coffee and espresso drinks, including their Frappuccinos, not just the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Why are they adding a possible cancerous ingredient to color coffee more brown anyways? In many instances you can’t even see the drink in the classic sold white cup they use. The caramel coloring is used for cosmetic reasons only.

    After publishing my investigation into the Pumpkin Spice Latte on Monday, Starbucks told various reporters they are now planning to “phase out” caramel coloring. If they are really making this commitment, they need to provide a timeline to their customers and the public. Millions of people continue to drink Starbucks flavored coffee drinks laced with this substance and could be harming themselves.

    Keep the pressure on and keep spreading the news


    - FoodBabe

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    Genetically Modified Mutant Mosquitoes To Be Released Near Florida

    January 31st, 2015



    Odds are you have already heard of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), especially in relation to food crops such as corn, wheat and potatoes, and how individuals and countries are electing to avoid them. But now, British biotechnology company, Oxitec, is seeking Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approval to “field test” its genetically modified mosquito in the Florida Keys. Citing an increase in tropical diseases from climate change and globalization, companies like Oxitec seek to control disease-spreading mosquito populations.

    Certainly mosquitoes are an issue in the Florida Keys, where despite spraying insecticides continuously, the local mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti, continue to flourish and have even adapted to become resistant to four out of the six pesticides used. Aedes aegypti, also known as the yellow fever mosquito, can spread Dengue Fever and Chikungunya, two highly painful diseases for which there are no vaccines yet.

    According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there are only about 28 cases of Chikungunya per year in the United States, usually from individuals who had been traveling in the Caribbean or in Asia. On its website, the CDC states the last real outbreak of Dengue in the continental U.S. was in 2005, in Texas.

    Oxitec aims to reduce the mosquito population by introducing its genetically modified specimens. The company has developed a way of inserting fragments of genetic material from other organisms, such as coral and E. coli bacteria, into the male mosquitoes. The males are then released to mate with the females in the wild, and this genetic material passes from the males and essentially kills the larvae resulting from these couplings.




    Oxitec claims this same genetic material poses no threat to other organisms and will not interfere with humans at all, as only the male mosquitoes will be released and it is only the females who bite. Even if bitten, none of the genetically modified material would enter a human’s bloodstream, they claim. But others say the company has not done enough to prove these claims.

    “Why are we being used as the experiment, the guinea pigs, just to see what happens?” Marilyn Smith, a Key West resident wondered at a public meeting following a presentation by Oxitec, according to an Associated Press report.

    Oxitec released 3.3 million of these modified mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands over six months in 2012. Residents say there was an issue of informed consent, as no one was informed stray females from the lab could also escape into the wild population.

    “To say that there’s no genetically modified DNA that might get into a human, that’s kind of a gray matter,” Phil Lounibos, of the Florida Entomology Laboratory, told the AP.

    Oxitec is hoping to release its mosquitoes from its lab in Key West this spring. To date, it has released 70 million modified mosquitoes in countries around the world. A petition on Change.org has already garnered over 140 thousand signatures pleading for government agencies to refuse Oxitec’s plans for Florida. Theresa Eisenman, spokeswoman for the FDA, told the AP the FDA would not give Oxitec the go-ahead until the FDA has “thoroughly reviewed all the necessary information.”


    http://anonhq.com/mutant-mosquitoes-...d-near-florida


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    As if GMO food and GMO deadly pesticides on the food was not enough, now there are 70 million GMO mosquitoes flying around in several countries. Is this how they are spreading disease in the developing countries?! It is common practice for western countries to use developing nations as their test labs.
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    Monsanto's Toxic Chemical Glyphosate Found in Honey

    Glyphosate, an active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, has been found in honey.

    September 25, 2016

    For decades, neither the FDA nor the USDA have done studies to inspect how much glyphosate is in our food. Yet, the toxic chemical has been found in pregnant women, snacks, breakfast foods, urine, blood, breast milk, tampons, beer, vaccines, and even in stillborn piglets. In 2015, the World Health Organization's IARC declared that glyphosate is even a "probable human carcinogen" that can alter DNA in a very damaging way.

    It seems obvious to think that our food should be tested for this dangerous chemical. Recently, researchers declared that they found glyphosate residues in honey, soy sauce, and other foods and condiments.

    Normally, the FDA and USDA make an effort to help multinational corporations like Monsanto, but because of public pressure, the agencies decided to test certain foods.

    The FDA has found evidence that residues of the weed killer can even be found in food that is not produced with its use. All of the samples of honey tested by the FDA contained glyphosate residues, while some samples even showed residue levels that were double the limit allowed in the European Union. Sadly, there has yet to be a legal limit set for glyphosate in honey in the United States. Even organic honey can contain this toxic residue and the levels are worrisome and there is no way for beekeepers to control whether or not the chemical gets into the honey because they are not using it. It's farmers that use Roundup who are to blame.

    Hopefully soon the FDA will be pressured by scientists and health specialists to test for glyphosate regularly and put a limit to its use.



    http://www.realfarmacy.com/glyphosate-honey/



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    FDA Approves New GMO Pineapple WITHOUT Independent Safety Testing




    While more and more people are becoming educated about the true history of Monsanto and genetically engineered foods, most still don’t realize one extremely important piece of information: the FDA’s surprising lack of safety testing.


    In regards to GMOs, the FDA’s declaration of “substantial equivalence” means that there is no long-term, independent safety testing of new foods and crops that have been genetically engineered.



    When it comes to the forthcoming GMO pineapple, that is once again the case: the FDA has said that Del Monte’s proposed creation is “safe” based solely on information submitted by the company itself. There is a distinct lack of information on long-term potential health effects, however.


    The new GMO pineapple has been given a rubber stump, and it could be headed to store shelves. Here’s what you need to know about it.
    New “Pink” Pineapple To Be Grown in Costa Rica


    Costa Rica is one of the most diverse and natural paradises in the world, but now the country is expected to be the site of the latest GMO experiment: an “extra sweet pink flesh” pineapple.


    Here’s how the new pineapple was created according to the FDA:


    “Del Monte’s new pineapple has been genetically engineered to produce lower levels of the enzymes already in conventional pineapple that convert the pink pigment lycopene to the yellow pigment beta carotene. Lycopene is the pigment that makes tomatoes red and watermelons pink, so it is commonly and safely consumed.”


    According to the company’s information the product is “safe,” but the process itself has many questioning it, wondering if perhaps any unintended consequences will come from “playing God” with such a widely consumed food.



    While genetic engineering can be explained simply in a surface way, it also can create unseen changes at a cellular level that the everyday person is not aware of, critics say. When GMOs were originally approved, the FDA ignored its own scientists’ warnings about potential allergens and long-term health concerns.


    The FDA and GMO companies disagree with critics on the need for long-term independent safety testing, however.


    “(Del Monte) submitted information to the agency to demonstrate that the pink flesh pineapple is as safe and nutritious as its conventional counterparts,” the FDA said according to this report from NBC News.


    According to the NBC report, the pineapple will simply be labeled “extra sweet pink flesh pineapple,” suggesting that no special labels showing that it is genetically engineered will be required.


    For more on the pineapple, check out the full NBC News report by clicking here.


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    Brazil About to Refuse ALL Imports of U.S.- Grown Genetically-Modified Crops


    01.2017

    Brazil — The list of countries refusing Monsanto’s genetically-modified crops continues to grow. Highlighting the world divide on the issue, Brazil recently refused all U.S.-grown GM crops. While we are continually force-fed genetically modified foods — since they are in approximately 80 percent of all packaged, conventional foods in grocery stores in America — other countries are refusing to import them, grow them, or sell them within their borders.


    As more nations pass laws that impose trade regulations on genetically modified goods, despite World Trade Organization back room deals, Monsanto and their cut-outs opt for ever-more devious strategies to insinuate their wares onto the world.


    Despite this, as a Bloomberg article points out, “In recent years, some of the largest commodity trading companies have refused to take certain GMO crops from farmers because the seeds used hadn’t received a full array of global approvals, something that can lead to holdups at ports or even the rejection of entire cargoes.”

    For example, Brazil.


    In this instance, it is Brazil’s chicken farmers who won’t feed their birds GM corn; but there are other countries opting out of GM crops, too.
    Ironically, Brazil is the the second largest producer of GM crops in the world after the U.S., and grows 29 varieties of GM corn, so they are likely pulling rank for trade rather than hoping to save their population’s health — but at least the chicken farmers see the detriment from using GM corn.

    This doesn’t mean that a resistance in Brazil isn’t growing as well. Female Members of the Landless Worker’s Movement (MST) broke into a São Paulo State lab and destroyed millions of samples of GM prototypes not long ago that contained a carcinogenic pesticide.


    There is a good reason for banning GM crops, even if they are only meant for livestock to consume. A new Seralini study says that the very first GM crop, introduced way back in 1996, was highly toxic to farm animals over the long-term.


    Seralini highlights problems such as partial paralysis (paresis) accompanied by great fatigue, and problems in the kidneys and mucosal membranes in the animals, followed by death in 10% of cases,”all from feeding the animals GM crops like corn, soy, and alfalfa. Not surprisingly, he finds that GM maize (like Monsanto’s highly touted Bt variety) are the most toxic of all.


    You can imagine what we’ve done to these animals’ health since the 1990s — and to ourselves in the years that have followed.

    Fortunately, Brazil’s farmers join a growing, international resistance against cultivating GM seed. Russia recently banned all U.S. corn and soy imports due to possible GM contamination. Nineteen additional countries in the E.U. also banned all GM crops, and dozens more have banned GM crops for import or growth in their country.

    http://www.healthy-holistic-living.c...ps.html?t=JERF


 

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