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FDA considers approval of genetically modified babies

gm baby FDA considers approval of genetically modified babies

As mainstream society inches increasingly further away from the natural order of things, some scientists are busy hatching new methods of human reproduction that employ the same gene-altering techniques used by biotechnology companies like Monsanto. And according to new reports, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is fully on board with this brave new agenda, having recently met to discuss the future of what the mainstream media is now referring to as genetically modified (GM) human beings.
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A chilling report by The New York Times (NYT) explains that a special FDA advisory committee recently met to discuss the approval of “radical biological procedures” that involve splicing and dicing the genetic blueprint of the human form. Referred to by the FDA as “mitochondrial manipulation technologies,” this disturbing concept, which is already being pushed as a viable fertility option, involves reprogramming the natural process of fetal development to supposedly create healthier babies with lower disease risk.

“The procedures involve removing the nuclear material either from the egg or embryo of a woman with inheritable mitochondrial disease and inserting it into a healthy egg or embryo of a donor whose own nuclear material has been discarded,” writes Marcy Darnovsky in a recent NYT editorial. “Any offspring would carry genetic material from three people — the nuclear DNA of the mother and father, and the mitochondrial DNA of the donor.”

Long-term viability of GM babies completely unknown

The script is essentially the same as it is for GM crops — natural organisms are inherently flawed, and in desperate need of tinkering by Frankenscientists with God complexes who think they have the capacity to improve upon nature. In this case, the goal is to mix and match the “best” eggs with hand-selected nuclear DNA to achieve the most desirable human beings.

But like GM crops and other GM organisms, nobody truly knows the long-term adverse effects of such tampering. As real science continues to peel back the layers of GMO deception, particularly at the crop level, exposing a wake of disease and death caused by human pride and arrogance, faux science continues to push forward with this massive global experiment in reshaping life at the genetic level.

“[T]hese procedures are deeply problematic in terms of their medical risks and societal implications,” adds Darnovsky. “Will the child be born healthy, or will the cellular disruptions created by this eggs-as-Lego-pieces approach lead to problems later on? What about subsequent generations? And how far will we go in our efforts to engineer humans?”

‘High-tech eugenics’ behind push to create ‘perfect’ human race

Despite how little is actually known about the immediate and long-term consequences of re-mapping the human genome, genetic scientists are busily working to achieve what maniacal dictators like Adolph Hitler only dreamed of accomplishing in their ethnic cleansing endeavors. Except, today, this agenda is disguised as “science” for the betterment of humanity.

“If we go down the road of deciding which genes are appropriate and which aren’t, that will never end,” writes one USA Today commenter about the issue. “One day, somebody who supposedly knows better than you will decide that a gene which tends toward a belief in the supernatural [for instance] is inappropriate.”

“In the hands of those who believe they know what is best for the world, they will use this as a way to eradicate such ‘dangerous’ beliefs.”

You can view an FDA announcement about the meeting, which includes contact information for those involved with the decision-making process on this issue, by visiting:
http://www.fda.gov.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.nytimes.com

http://www.fda.gov

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

http://www.usatoday.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

ADHD development in children linked to use of acetaminophen during pregnancy

ADHD acetaminophen ADHD development in children linked to use of acetaminophen during pregnancy

Pregnant women who take the painkiller drug acetaminophen, known more popularly by the brand name Tylenol, are more likely than pregnant women not taking the popular pharmaceutical to bear children with severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), claims a new study out of Denmark recently published in JAMA Pediatrics.
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For the first time since acetaminophen was granted approval back in the 1950s, researchers have linked the drug, which is commonly used during pregnancy for pain management and fever reduction, to causing a class of behavioral disorders to which young people are increasingly succumbing. Also known as paracetamol, acetaminophen was recently found to obstruct normal hormone function in those that use it, which for unborn babies can mean improper brain development.

The preliminary study included data on more than 64,000 Danish children born between 1996 and 2002, the mothers of whom reportedly called in twice during their pregnancies and once six months after giving birth to disclose painkiller use. The team, from the University of Aarhus, then compiled this data and compared it to rates of hyperkinetic disorder, a severe form of ADHD, among all the children.

They found that children whose mothers took acetaminophen during pregnancy were 13 percent more likely than other children to demonstrate ADHD-like behavioral problems, including hyperactivity and poor behavior, and 37 percent more likely to be diagnosed with hyperkinetic disorder, or “high end” ADHD. Duly, acetaminophen babies were found to be nearly 30 percent more likely to be prescribed ADHD medications than non-drugged babies.

“We really should start looking at non-pharmaceutical ways to deal with pain,” stated Jeff Chapa, director of maternal fetal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, to USA Today regarding the findings. Chapa, who was not involved with the study, is concerned that some pregnant women will now turn to other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) that likewise can lead to developmental disorders.

Just because it’s available over the counter doesn’t mean it’s safe

A common presumption with drugs like acetaminophen and ibuprofen is that, because they are available over the counter without a prescription, they must be relatively safe. But as this study and numerous others in recent years show, some of the most pervasive and widely-available medicines on the market today are among the most damaging, with acetaminophen ranking high on that list.

Acetaminophen has also been linked to causing autism in so-called “genetically susceptible” children. A study conducted by Dr. William Shaw, Ph.D., that was published in the Journal of Restorative Medicine last fall found that the marked increase in acetaminophen use among pregnant women in recent years is directly associated with a corresponding rise in autism, asthma, ADHD and related behavioral disorders in children.

“Toxicity of acetaminophen may cause autism by overloading the defective sulfation pathway catalyzed by phenolsulfotransferase, which is deficient in autism, leading to overproduction of the toxic metabolite N-acetylp- benzoquinone imine (NAPQI),” explains Dr. Shaw in his study, noting that abundant epidemiological evidence supports this position. “The marked increases in the incidences of autism, asthma, and attention deficit disorder in the United States coincide with the replacement of aspirin by acetaminophen in the 1980s.”

For the full text of Dr. Shaw’s study, visit:
http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com.

Sources for this article include:

http://news.yahoo.com

http://www.usatoday.com

http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

 

 

 

Anti-fluoride activists put pressure on Austin City Council not to renew contract

Austin Fluoride Activists Anti fluoride activists put pressure on Austin City Council not to renew contract

On February 27, the Austin City Council addressed agenda item no. 19, an action to authorize and award an extending million-dollar contract with Mosaic Crop Nutrition, LLC, the city’s hydrofluorosilicic acid supplier.
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The Fla.-based company commends itself for being the world’s leading supplier of “potash,” an alkaline potassium compound, and phosphate, which is mined from nearly 2,000 acres of Mosaic-owned land in central Fla. The silicofluorides used to fluoridate the water are unprocessed industrial byproducts of the phosphate fertilizer industry.

The City of Austin, like many cities across the nation, spends millions of dollars on contracts with companies like Mosaic to fluoridate, or pollute, the region’s water supply based on a few inconclusive studies alleging that it protects children’s teeth from cavities. Not only is fluoride unnecessary to prevent tooth decay, but it’s been known to cause fluorosis in children, a condition that changes the appearance of tooth enamel, leaving permanent white stains.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes this condition; however, the agency justifies this side effect by referring to it as a “cosmetic” effect and not an adverse health effect.

The harmful consequences of fluoride became even more prominent after a recently released study conducted by Harvard University and published in July 2012 in Environmental Health Perspectives, a U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences journal, showed “children in high fluoride areas had significantly lower IQs than those who lived in low fluoride areas.”

Mosaic’s very own material safety data sheet reveals the horrendous dangers associated with flourosilicic acid, including being “[c]orrosive to the skin, eyes and mucous membranes through direct contact, inhalation or ingestion,” and it can cause “burns, which may not be immediately apparent.” Contact with the eye can instigate severe irritation, burns and permanent damage, and overexposure to fluoride can result in death.

Harvard’s recent study regarding the dangers of fluoride was so convincing that the EPA altered their recommended fluoride levels, lowering them from 1.2 to 0.7 ppm.

Several anti-fluoride organizations, including Healthy H2O AustinFluoride Free Austin, and Texans for Accountable Government (TAG) stood united before the Austin City Council arguing against medicating the water supply with a “one size fits all” dose.

Rae-Nadler Olenick, former Public Affairs Specialist for the School of Engineering at the University of Texas, has spent the last six years dedicated to fighting water fluoridation. In 2008, after branching off from TAG, she began leading the organization Fluoride Free Austin. Fellow activist Linda Green joined her in the fight a few months later.

Green, a United Airlines employee, spoke before the Austin City Council, opening her speech with a quote by Ghandi: “There is sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.”

Her opposition to water fluoridation included both a health and financial concern. Aside from the city’s half-million-dollar contract with the supplier, tax dollars are expended on distributing the chemical and also on maintenance and repairs. Green condemned the city for not monitoring public health in order to, at the very minimum, study the effects of fluoride; instead, the council relies on dated and arguably inconclusive research from the 1950s.

Ronnie Reeferseed, a well-known Austin activist, spoke vehemently against the fluoridation measure, insisting the public is “funding their own poisoning.”

He called the practice “psychopathic” on the city council’s part.

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Healthy H20 Austin, an organization created last year following a hunger strike carried out by two activists, Nicholas Lucier, 27, and Jason Needham, 25, made their presence known in front of the Austin City Council on Thursday.

After five years of presentations to the Austin City Council on fluoride dangers, Lucier felt the “natural progression of civil disobedience” would be to protest through a hunger strike.

Lucier, a student majoring in Government, and Needham, an established musician, orchestrated the hunger strike after Needham dreamt of his teeth falling out and awoke with a clear vision. Needham’s vision turned into a 14-day hunger strike that aimed at gaining the Austin City Council’s attention in order to bring the city’s water fluoridation to a halt.

We’re here to “[l]et Austin City Council know if they approve this, they’re going to be held accountable for their actions,” said Lucier.

“If they cannot uphold the oath of office, then they should not have taken it,” said Lucier.

Healthy H20 and their supporters put the city council on notice Thursday after the conference room roared with applause following the speeches of several group members.

Still, the city council members looked more lackadaisical than ever, and slightly annoyed while hearing the anti-fluoride arguments. This reaction is most likely based on strong political ties and under-the-table relationships that, if violated, would put them out of a job, or worse.

Some speculate the council’s blatant reluctance to discontinue their contract with Mosaic is based on grants the city receives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Despite the ruckus made by activists and concerned citizens, the Austin City Council voted unanimously to renew the contract 7-0.

However, Mayor Lee Leffingwell could be facing a possible lawsuit after he violated city code and federal law by limiting the speaking time on an agenda item from a legally protected hour and a half, to 45 minutes, cutting 15 people out of speaking time.

Healthy H2O plans to readdress the issue next November when the council members are replaced.

“This isn’t going to be a whitewash of the previous administration come November, we are definitely going to look into criminal charges, and we’re going to hold them accountable for the negligence they held in office,” said Lucier.

Sources:

http://www.ipni.net

http://fluoridealert.org

http://www.mosaicco.com

http://austintx.swagit.com

http://www.mosaicco.com

Harvard research links fluoridated water to ADHD, mental disorders

water or fluoride1 Harvard research links fluoridated water to ADHD, mental disorders

A leading cause of ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and autism in children could be the hidden chemicals lurking in the foods we eat, the water we drink and the products we consume, says a new study recently published in The Lancet.
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Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) found that, among other things, the fluoride chemicals added to many public water systems in North America directly contribute to both mental and behavioral disorders in children.

Building upon earlier research published in 2006 that dubbed fluoride as a “developmental neurotoxicant,” the new review included a meta-analysis of 27 additional studies on fluoride, most of which were from China, that linked the chemical to lowered IQ in children. After thorough analysis, it was determined that fluoride obstructs proper brain development and can lead to autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, ADHD and other health conditions, a “silent epidemic” that many mainstream health authorities continue to ignore.

According to the two main researchers involved in the study, Philippe Grandjean from HSPH and Philip Landrigan from ISMMS, incidences of chemical-related neurodevelopmental disorders have doubled over the past seven years from six to 12. The reason for this is that an increasing number of mostly untested chemicals are being approved for use without the public being told where and in what quantities such chemicals are being used.

“[S]ince 2006, the number of chemicals known to damage the human brain more generally, but that are not regulated to protect children’s health, had increased from 202 to 214,” writes Julia Medew for The Sydney Morning Herald. “The pair said this could be the tip of the iceberg because the vast majority of the more than 80,000 industrial chemicals widely used in the United States have never been tested for their toxic effects on the developing foetus or child.”

Fluoride must be immediately removed from public water supplies for child safety

While pesticides dominated the duo’s list as the most pervasive and damaging chemicals whose presence the public is largely unaware of, fluoride, which is intentionally added to public water supplies as a supposed protectant against tooth decay, is also highly problematic. It is also largely ignored by public health authorities as a possible factor in childhood development problems, even though the science is clear about its dangers.

Like lead, certain industrial solvents and crop chemicals, fluoride is known to accumulate in the human bloodstream, where it eventually deposits into bones and other bodily tissues. In pregnant women, this also includes passing through the bloodstream into the placenta, where it then accumulates in the bones and brain tissue of developing babies. The effects of this are, of course, perpetually damaging, and something that regulatory authorities need to take more seriously.

“The problem is international in scope, and the solution must therefore also be international,” stated Grandjean in a press release, calling for improved regulatory standards for common chemicals. “We have the methods in place to test industrial chemicals for harmful effects on children’s brain development — now is the time to make that testing mandatory.”

To learn more about the dangers of fluoride and the science behind why it is harmful and anything but beneficial for teeth, be sure to visit the Fluoride Action Network’s website.

You can also check out the abstract of the new study, entitled “Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity,” here:
http://www.thelancet.com.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.smh.com.au

http://www.medicaldaily.com

http://www.thelancet.com

http://fluoridealert.org

http://science.naturalnews.com

GMO crops may cause major environmental risks, USDA admits

GMO crops may cause major environmental risks USDA admits GMO crops may cause major environmental risks, USDA admits

A new report published by the United States Department of Agriculture demonstrates that the vast majority of corn and soybean crops grown in America are genetically-engineered variants made to withstand certain conditions and chemicals.
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But while GMO seeds have been sowed on US soil for 15 years now, the latest USDA report reveals that Americans still have concerns about consuming custom-made, laboratory-created products, albeit nowhere near as much as in Europe.

The report was released by the USDA’s Economic Research Service and published on their website Feb. 20. And though the paper takes into consideration the trends that have shaped how scientists and agriculturists have approached genetically-modified organisms since they were first introduced in the US a decade-and-a-half ago, the consensus seems to be that no one is certain just yet about what toll the surge in GMOs will truly have.

Between 1984 and 2002, the study’s authors wrote, the number of GMO varieties approved by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS, grew exponentially. Today GMO crops are found in most of America’s biggest farms, they continued, and scientists have in the last several years discovered groundbreaking new ways to make situation-specific seeds that have traits more desirable than traditional crops.

“As of September 2013, about 7,800 releases were approved for GE corn, more than 2,200 for GE soybeans, more than 1,100 for GE cotton and about 900 for GE potatoes,” the USDA affirmed.

Just last year, the agency added, GMO crops were planted on about 169 million acres of land in the US — or about half of all farmland from coast-to-coast.

Around 93 percent of all soybean crops planted in the US last year involved GMO, herbicide-tolerant (HT) variants, the USDA acknowledged, and HT corn and HT cotton constituted about 85 and 82 percent of total acreage, respectively.

“HT crops are able to tolerate certain highly effective herbicides, such as glyphosate, allowing adopters of these varieties to control pervasive weeds more effectively,” reads an excerpt from the USDA report.

As those weed-killers are dumped into more and more fields containing HT crops, however, USDA experts say it could have a major, as-yet-uncertain impact on the environment.

“Because glyphosate is significantly less toxic and less persistent than traditional herbicides,” a portion of the report reads, “…the net impact of HT crop adoption is an improvement in environmental quality and a reduction in the health risks associated with herbicide use (even if there are slight increases in the total pounds of herbicide applied). However, glyphosate resistance among weed populations in recent years may have induced farmers to raise application rates .Thus, weed resistance may be offsetting some of the economic and environmental advantages of HT crop adoption regarding herbicide use. Moreover, herbicide toxicity may soon be negatively affected (compared to glyphosate) by the introduction (estimated for 2014) of crops tolerant to the herbicides dicamba and 2,4-D.”

That chemical, as RT has reported on in the past, is a component in Agent Orange and has been linked to health risks. Should the USDA give the go-ahead for GMO companies to manufacture 2,4-D-resistant crops, then that agent could appear in alarming numbers across America’s farmland. But while anti-GMO advocates consider that just one of the reasons they oppose the influx of man-made crops being grown in exponentially large numbers across the county, the USDA said activism along those lines has been comparatively small in the US.

“Some consumers, including those in the European Union, have indicated a reluctance to consume GE products. In other countries, including the United States, expression of consumer concern is less widespread,” the report reads.

“Despite the rapid increase in adoption rates for GE corn, soybean, and cotton varieties by US farmers, some continue to raise questions regarding the potential benefits and risks of GE crops.”

But even if the jury is still out with regards to the risks of GE crops, the USDA said they are being grown in record numbers, the likes of which has prompted herbicide manufactures to experience a surge as well. Whether that’s’ good or bad, however, has yet to be determined.

“We are not characterizing them (GMO crops) as bad or good. We are just providing information,” Michael Livingston, a government agricultural economist and one of the authors of the report, told Reuters.

According to the report, herbicide use on GMO corn increased from around 1.5 pounds per planted acre in 2001 to more than 2.0 pounds per planted acre in 2010.

Source: RT

H1N1 virus reaches epidemic levels in the US

H1N1 virus reaches epidemic levels in the US 2 H1N1 virus reaches epidemic levels in the US

Six weeks into the flu season, the H1N1 virus is still killing young adults and middle-aged Americans at epidemic levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Although the death toll isn’t nearly as bad as the 2009 influenza epidemic that swept across the United States, that same H1N1 virus has seen a resurgence this year, infecting more than 6,600 Americans since October and resulting in deaths beyond epidemic levels since mid-January.

The CDC’s weekly flu report found that during the week ending February 8, influenza was responsible for 8.4 percent of all deaths in the 122 cities that report such statistics.

In order to be considered an epidemic, influenza- and pneumonia-related fatalities must top 7.3 percent of all fatalities. Considering that not every city reports on this data, the death rate could be even higher than it already is.

Notably, this flu season has diverged from typical trends. While those over 65 years of age are still the most likely to be hospitalized, the H1N1 virus has the ability to disproportionally affect young and middle aged adults when compared to other strains. The CDC’s numbers pin 60 percent of all hospitalizations among those between 18 and 64 years of age.

“These severe flu outcomes are a reminder that flu can be a very serious disease for anyone, including young, previously health adults,” CDC spokesman Jason McDonald said to the Washington Post.

H1N1 virus reaches epidemic levels in the US H1N1 virus reaches epidemic levels in the US

Some states in particular, like North Carolina, are looking at a potential record number of deaths. Already, the state has reported 64 fatalities due to the illness — a considerable jump from last year, which saw 59 deaths total.

Although numerous states have reported widespread influenza cases, California has been hit with especially severe consequences. According to the San Jose Mercury News, 243 deaths this season have been pinned on the flu. Another 41 were reported last week, though they have yet to be confirmed.

As noted by the CDC, influenza cases are starting to decline overall, but the levels remain high enough to be concerning.

“The downward trend in the number of influenza cases is a good sign, but the season is far from over,” Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health, told the Mercury News.“Unfortunately, this influenza season is still severe and the number of influenza related deaths continues to rise.”

Citing Chapman, the newspaper added that most of the patients who died “had underlying medical conditions that rendered them more susceptible to the illness, and that most of them died from the H1N1 strain.”

Perhaps just as concerning as the high death tolls in the United States is the discovery of even more infectious strains of the flu in Asia. As noted by the Post, the World Health Organization is keeping an eye on more than 300 cases involving a new strain of avian flu called H7N9, primarily found in China, which has killed about 25 percent of the people it’s infected.

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On top of that, Chinese officials also discovered another strain dubbed H10N8. This virus took its first known victim in February: a 73-year-old woman believed to have come in contact with the strain in a local poultry market.

Neither of these viruses have been shown to regularly spread between humans – in the case of H10N8, it’s not clear if it can be transmitted at all – but scientists stated that they could be exceptionally dangerous if they do gain that ability.

Source: RT

Children exposed to more brain-damaging chemicals than scientists thought

Children exposed to more brain damaging chemicals than scientists thought Children exposed to more brain damaging chemicals than scientists thought

A troubling new study has found that the number of chemicals capable of impairing child development worldwide is more than double what was previously believed, according to a new story by Time Magazine.
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Back in 2006, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai pinpointed five industrial chemicals that they linked to brain disorders such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), reduced IQ, and more.

These chemicals were lead, methlymercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (a coolant fluid in motors), arsenic (found naturally and also in pesticides), and toluene (in paint thinner, nail polish, and more).

In a review of their 2006 study, though, the same scientists have now discovered brain development in children could be negatively disrupted by another six chemicals. These chemicals are: chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, fluoride, manganese, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, tetrachloroethylene.

Alarmingly, the researchers discovered that manganese and fluoride, both of which are present in drinking water, can lead to poorer performance in school, lower math scores, and increased hyperactivity. High levels of fluoride, in particular, are potentially capable of lowering a child’s IQ by seven points.

Chlorpyrifos, meanwhile, is a common pesticide that is still used in public areas and in agriculture despite the fact that the Environmental Protection Agency banned it from residential areas in 2001. According to a report by CNN in 2012, even low levels of chlorpyrifos could result in disrupted brain development.

“It’s out there and we do not know what the longer term impact is of lower levels,” Virginia Rauh, professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, told CNN. “But it does seem to be associated with cognitive damage and structural changes in brain.”

As RT reported this week, some health experts believe the increased rate of severe birth defects in rural Washington state could possibly be linked to prolonged exposure to pesticides, though officials have been unable to determine the precise cause.

Despite the researchers’ claim that these new chemicals can contribute to brain disorders, they admitted they could not prove a direct causal link between a chemical and any one health issue. Still, they are pushing for increased public awareness considering the potential risks.

“The consequence of such brain damage is impaired [central nervous system] function that lasts a lifetime and might result in reduced intelligence, as expressed in terms of lost IQ points, or disruption in behavior,”the study reads, cited by Time and published in the Lancet Neurology journal.

In terms of defending children from exposure, the scientists said one roadblock is the fact that regulatory agencies require a vast amount of proof in order to place restrictions on chemicals. In some cases, the EPA has even raised the level of pesticides permitted on crops grown in the United States.

“Our very great concern is that children worldwide are being exposed to unrecognized toxic chemicals that are silently eroding intelligence, disrupting behaviors, truncating future achievements and damaging societies, perhaps most seriously in developing countries,” the authors of the study wrote. “A new framework of action is needed.”

Source: RT

Kraft removes sorbic acid preservative from some ‘Singles’ products, replaces it with GMOs and an unnamed, proprietary stabilizer

Kraft removes sorbic acid preservative fromsome Singles products replaces it with GMOs and an unnamed proprietary stabilizer Kraft removes sorbic acid preservative from some Singles products, replaces it with GMOs and an unnamed, proprietary stabilizer

In the wake of announcements made by both General Mills and Post about the removal of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from some of their products, at least one major processed food manufacturer has oddly decided to take the opposite approach.
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Kraft Foods recently announced that it will phase out the use of the chemical preservative sorbic acid in some of its “Singles” products, only to replace it with a GMO-derived anti-fungal agent in combination with an unnamed, proprietary stabilizing compound.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Kraft plans to phase out sorbic acid just from its “American” and “White American” varieties of Kraft Singles, a highly processed, cheese-like food product that does not mold, in an apparent attempt to appeal to changing consumer tastes. Instead of sorbic acid, these two products will soon contain a blend of natamycin, a chemical preservative derived from GM bacteria, and some other mystery compound that the company disturbingly refuses to disclose.

Somehow, replacing one chemical preservative with another — and a GMO at that! — is considered an improvement at Kraft, the second-largest food and beverage company in the world. Kraft also apparently believes that consumers want to know less about what they are eating, hence its decision to include an additional secret ingredient.

“We know families today want convenient foods that have no artificial preservatives and a simpler, more recognizable ingredient list,” declared Brian Gelb, a senior associate brand manager for Kraft Foods, in a recent statement intended to be taken seriously. “Kraft is working to deliver more of these options for some of our most beloved brands.”

Kraft Singles not even cheese; sorbic acid probably safer than replacements

This marketing sleight of hand might be funny if it did not illustrate how utterly degenerate these major food companies are when it comes to deceiving their customers. The executive leadership at Kraft must have come completely unhinged to think it was a good idea to swap a mostly benign preservative with a questionable GM one alongside a mystery ingredient, and call it “natural.”

The major irony in all this is that Kraft Singles are not even real cheese, and yet Kraft is busy fussing about a preservative that it thinks might be a turn-off to the kinds of people that purchase Kraft Singles in the first place. If we had to make an educated guess, it is probably safe to say that most Kraft Singles customers are probably unaware of what they are actually eating, let alone concerned about the type of chemical used to preserve it.

It should also be noted here that natamycin is technically a drug. Not only is it used in eye drops and other medical applications as an antibiotic, but it is also used to treat cuts and other abrasions in the skin. In other words, Kraft Singles will now contain genetically engineered antibiotic drugs in addition to unlabeled additives – bon appetit!

“So, we are replacing a man made mold inhibitor, with a man made antibiotic that will cause more problems for people”? questioned one rhetorical Houston Chronicle commenter regarding the announcement.

Another commenter over at the Chicago Tribune, also concerned about the addition of antibiotics in cheese, explains that “sorbic acid is about as benign as you can get.” In his view, the switch will “backfire on Kraft.”

So as not to generate too much ruckus, Kraft is planning to keep using sorbic acid in its 2% and non-fat Singles varieties until further notice.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.chicagotribune.com

http://www.gmo-compass.org

http://www.chron.com

http://www.kraftrecipes.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

EPA claims ‘no harm will result’ from any levels of BT residue on GM soybeans

gmo soy EPA claims no harm will result from any levels of BT residue on GM soybeans

According to the Cornucopia Institute, “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule on February 12 creating an exemption for residue tolerance levels in soy foods and feed for the biological pesticide BT used in GMO crops. Similar exemptions have already been approved for corn and cotton food and products.”
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Bacillus Thuringiensis, the bacterium commonly called Bt, naturally produces a toxin that kills certain insects. Because of this trait, scientists have spliced Bt genes from the bacterium into GMO crops to make them more resistant to pests.

“EPA concludes that there is a reasonable certainty that no harm will result to the U.S. population, including infants and children, from aggregate exposure to residues of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1F protein,” the agency wrote.

There have been a multitude of studies showing that GM foods can cause harm. “Authors of a recent study using the Bt toxins concluded that these proteins can cause harm to humans and livestock, and the risk increases with long-term exposure and with higher levels of toxins in our food,” reported Cornucopia.

You can view and comment on the EPA’s final rule at FederalRegister.gov. Objections to the final rule and requests for a hearing must be filed by April 14.

Source: http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/02/epa-approves-exemption-bt-residues-soy-foods-gmo-crops/

Obamacare’s 30-hour employment rule will lead to more layoffs

Side effects of obamacare Obamacares 30 hour employment rule will lead to more layoffs

I thought reform was a good word, but the National Retail Federation says the current 30-hour employment rule is causing businesses to “cut employee hours to avoid offering them health insurance.” The new definition, or delineation so to speak, for working full time (or not) depends on the government’s interpretation of “reform” and affordable (highly profitable) healthcare.

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Retail and restaurant businesses are blasting the new mandated “definition” of full-time. Reform by mandate, folks, it’s what’s good for you, right? You voted for it 55%. America – home of the free, land of the brave – is trying to stand up for itself too little, too late. The Supreme Court decision is in. The IRS already hired 16,000 “collectors” to make sure that anyone who is young and healthy is paying costly insurance in order to “fund” the new CARE ACT, the established tyrannical labor policy. So, what ARE the unintended consequences of the 30-hour rule? (http://thehill.com)

Common sense is leading employers to switch full-timers to part-time schedules so they don’t have to provide them with insurance or “match” skyrocketing premiums. This is the cost (the end result) of a government that feeds the masses toxic food and then gives them symptom-cover-up medication for years. The young, the health, and the MIDDLE CLASS must pay for all of this haphazardness. They get their hours cut or they get fired due to downsizing of small- and medium-sized businesses. Then they go apply for the entry-level jobs for which they are overqualified. This takes away jobs from the “lower” class and college students (including graduate school) who work part-time, and the kids straight out of high school looking for technical and trade work; they all lose out. I guess the groovy Democrats and their great “orator” might not have the “younger” vote next election, much less the middle class. This could get ugly.

That’s forced sick care for ya! They tell you what you get, how much you’re going to pay for it and that, if you don’t pay for it, you get a tax lien on your record, collectible by the IRS. If you’re a banker, a lawyer, a doctor, a dentist, an orthodontist, a surgeon or an oncologist, you’re not too worried about it. You may take a hit but not like single mothers working restaurant jobs and construction workers who have to hop from contract to contract instead of having steady work with a company and decent insurance. This was a strategy from the Obama Administration that was sewn into the fabric long ago. You think that they didn’t know all this? The GOP knew. This subject will be one of their weapons of conversation over the months to come in Congress.

Big Pharma wants payback

Look, Big Pharma is heavily invested in this affordable care “act,” and they want their investment and their dividends, and they want them starting now. Obama won his second term, and that meant paying back Big Pharma and Wall Street. Those guys know exactly which stocks to buy or dump, which companies to buy, which companies to run or run from and who to suppress in the process if they don’t get paid. The game is on. Big Pharma wants everyone on drugs, on chronic care at doctor’s offices and hospitals, and they want everyone getting vaccines and flu shots, taking aspirin daily and not being able to figure out WHY their hours got cut from full-time with benefits to seven hours a day, four days a week, with no insurance.

Put it this way, if you think Obamacare and Healthcare.broken.gov is fixed like Vegas, you’re right. Las Vegas doesn’t have those tall shiny buildings made of glass because everyone wins on roulette and blackjack. The U.S. financial system as a whole has been transformed into the “largest casino on the entire planet.”

Big Banks are behaving like the “Wolf of Wall Street.” The central bank has us fighting in unnecessary wars, and the military-industrial complex is funding the medical-industrial complex. Thousands of businesses and jobs are being “exported” overseas for cheap labor and contaminated products. Is this what YOU voted for? Is this what you cheered for or vehemently opposed last year or even five years ago? It’s an Obama-nation. How’s that blind faith workin’ out?

• 100 million working-age Americans do not have a job right now, up 25 million just since 9/11/2001.

• Poverty is spreading. You see more and more able bodies in cities at busy intersections with words written on a piece of cardboard begging for food and work.

• Nearly every other American receives some kind of monthly benefit from the U.S. government (nanny state) right now.

• The NSA is recording 2 billion emails and phone calls every day, so the government can know if you are going crazy or planning/doing something that they don’t like.

• Public and private debt levels around the globe are much higher than they were during the financial “tsunami” of 2008. Don’t let the mainstream media lie to you and tell you that we’ve recovered from it or are even close.

• World Bank Report says U.S. debt to China has grown almost three-fold since 2008.

• JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are growing fast.

• “Too big to fail” means government bailouts, huge CEO bonuses, triple salaries and planned bankruptcies so “players” can switch companies and do it again.

• Last November, 2013, about 365,000 Americans had signed up (but probably not actually secured) Obamacare insurance, while 4 million had lost their current plan BECAUSE of Obamacare. How’s that for the big launch of a new product that’s mandatory? Guess who starts incurring IRS fines this April? How big will they be next year? Will that go up without regulation?

• Mandatory war bonds could be a reality in the near future.

• Projections are that 100 MILLION MORE Americans could get their health insurance policies canceled when Obamacare is fully applicable to the masses, that is, if the website ever works. (http://www.thefallingdarkness.com)

Genetically modified food, MSG, aspartame, fluoridated tap water and pesticide-laden gluten are all part of the healthcare scheme. It’s a huge Ponzi scheme to get young, healthy people to invest in a multilevel marketing hoax. There is no real healthcare here, just chemicals that add to the chaos of bad health that stems from eating food that grows from seeds which contain pesticide, insecticide and herbicide. A lot of people need to wake up and smell the coffee.

The “falling darkness” comes this way

Do you have a black cloud hanging over your head? Is there a dark storm on the radar? What is all this fuss about mandatory healthcare? Does it mean an outrageous premium for chronic SICK care? You bet it does. It’s all about control. It’s all about eliminating the middle class of America and making things so hard on everyone that we all rely on government handouts to keep us alive and safe from “evil doers.” Yes, Obama pushes the “evil doers” campaign of fear and big business better than George W. Bush did. The Patriot Act was just the beginning of the tsunami of personal privacy invasion, NON-TRANSPARENCY of Government in the U.S. and a tyrannical regime that enforces useless chemical-driven massive healthcare expenses on those who can least afford it, seniors and college graduates.

Meanwhile, GMO food is pushed as a staple diet in the cafeterias of every school in the nation, while Obama and his family eat 100% organic. Pay attention to the layoffs and the company downsizings over the next year or two. Pay attention to the people who used to be full time and now work less than 30 hours a week. This is the earthquake out at sea that causes the tidal wave. Don’t venture out at low tide, folks! For every person who signs up for Obamacare, ten lose their current policy. Great 30-hour rule, Barrack! Thanks a lot for all that “healthcare” reform. I’d hate to see what “forced” food reform and war reform look like.

Sources for this article include:

http://thehill.com

http://www.thefallingdarkness.com

http://www.theverge.com