Category Archives: Food Safety – GM Food

GMO Crops Headed for Ban in Sonoma County | Election 2016 | KQED Science

I realize that secession is unlikely, but if the West Coast was to secede, I think I’d be moving!  As much as I love Arizona and especially the Joshua Tree desert, the many tourist and Muslim hating right wingers and the absence of any appreciation of “good” food in Mohave County is starting to frustrate me.  All our supervisors are Republicans, do-nothing corporate shills, supporting idiotic ideas like uranium mining and ruthless corporate farmers plundering our water and clearing the desert of established Joshua Tree forests with trees literally hundreds of years old.

No place is perfect, but it sure is good to see that there are still people who care in other parts of the country:

… Sonoma joins five other California counties that have already passed bans on transgenic crops: Mendocino, Marin, Trinity, Humboldt and Santa Cruz.

Proponents say the ban is necessary to protect the county’s organic fields from cross-pollination. …

Source: GMO Crops Headed for Ban in Sonoma County | Election 2016 | KQED Science

GMO corruption: Grocery Manufacturers Association fined $18 million for violating campaign finance laws

(Law360, Los Angeles (November 2, 2016, 10:45 PM EDT) — A Washington state judge slapped the Grocery Manufacturers Association with a record $18 million fine Wednesday for violating campaign finance laws while fighting a GMO labeling ballot initiative, levying what state prosecutors say is the highest campaign finance penalty in U.S. history.

The court previously found that the Grocery Manufacturers Association unlawfully hid the names of contributors to its account funding opposition to Initiative 522, a 2013 ballot measure requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods, and that the group failed to file required disclosure forms….

They got a slap on the wrist.

The Organic Trade Organization also sold out to the biotech industry and SUPPORTED the DARK Act. 

https://www.organicconsumers.org/press/60-groups-call-companies-withdraw-organic-trade-association

Sometimes I could cry.  It is so frustrating to see so much deceit.

Things aren’t getting better, but WORSE!

Tell Obama to VETO the DARK Act!

Last week our corrupt representatives in the Senate voted for death, disease and destruction.

You have to confirm your email address after you signed the petition – click on the link in the email you’ll receive after signing.

To get an official update from the White House within 60 days, we need 100,000 signatures within 30 days.

I rarely post a petition, although I sign many, but this is one petition that should get MILLIONS of signatures.

The money the protestors threw at the corrupt thugs in the Senate doesn’t compare to the many millions of dollars the industry donated to our “representatives” — obviously they’re NOT representing the people who elected them, but the corporations who PAID them.

President Obama LIED when he was campaigning in 2007 and 2008 and he promised GMO labeling:

We can’t make Obama finally do what he promised, but if he ignores a petition signed by hundreds of thousands (hopefully millions) and he refuses to VETO the DARK Act, I hope that many Americans get angry enough to take action to restore democracy, leave this corrupt system — do “something” to stop this madness!

It’s not only about Americans being able to avoid toxic food, but it’s about ending the destruction of farmers, soil and the environment.

I have glyphosate in my drinking water in the middle of the desert and we have never had any farms anywhere near our aquifer.  A few people spraying Roundup on weeds was enough to put small amounts of glyphosate in our drinking water and I am so sorry for the people who are poisoned with this “probably carcinogen” by America’s farmers.

GMO Labeling In Congress

You have to confirm your email address after you signed the petition – click on the link in the email you’ll receive after signing.

Thank you!

Wakimoto Farms corn is genetically modified

I was planning an outing to the Wakimoto Farms for the High Desert Gardening Club and had called earlier to confirm the hours posted at the website, but forgot to ask the million dollar question:

Is the corn GMO?

So I just called back and unfortunately was advised that the corn is genetically modified and that that’s what they’ve been growing for 25 years.  BUMMER!

The lady hung up when I asked why they don’t grow non GMO corn.

Obviously, we won’t be visiting the Wakimoto Farms.

I didn’t get to ask the lady at Wakimoto whether their alfalfa is also genetically modified.

LKH Farms (Kingman Farms, former Rhoades on Stockton Hill) alfalfa is supposed to be non GMO (that could well be a lie as I’m finding out that the people of Kingman are extremely gullible), but it’s sprayed with pesticides and/or herbicides, so I can’t use it for mulch.

Maybe I’ll order some corn seed from Native Seeds / SEARCH:

http://shop.nativeseeds.org/pages/seeds

With corn and also onions day-length requirements can be important:

Mountain Pima Yellow

Dulcillo del noroeste, a folkrace from western Chihuahua, Mexico at 5000′. Grow with summer rains in the low desert due to day-length requirements. Ears are 6 inches long with yellow kernels. Approx. 50 seeds (10 g).

High Mowing Seeds also has quite a few varieties of organic corn, both open pollinated and hybrids:

http://highmowingseeds.com/_search.php?page=1&q=corn

I’ve been very happy with the High Mowing seeds and there’s no minimum order for FREE shipping.
If you have any recommendations for late corn that does well in our area, please let me know!

In 16 years living in Mohave county I have never found non GMO corn cobs in any Kingman store and I haven’t had any corn on the cob in many years.

Since I don’t want to wait for the corn I might grow, I checked on stores in Vegas / Henderson:

I called Trader Joe’s in Henderson and they have some non GMO corn cobs left today, will get several cases tomorrow and the next day and they’ll even set some aside for you when you call so you don’t make the 2 hour trip for nothing.

Next I called Sprouts at and the produce guy told me that there’s no such thing as non GMO corn. I’ve read that all corn has been contaminated and that’s why Bob’s Red Mill would not advertise their corn products as GMO free — a few years ago.   But as I just looked for that info, Bob’s Red Mill CHANGED their approach:

Our Sourced Non-GMO Pledge

Sweet corn was not nearly as contaminated as corn flour, but Monsanto is hard at work:

http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/sweetcorn/

I don’t know why Sprouts won’t at least make an effort to source corn that’s non GMO.

It’s so important that we vote with our wallets — the only votes that count!

Every day I receive numerous emails about the DARK Act and evil companies like WHOLE FOODS (notice I did not call them — will NOT shop there again!) supporting Monsanto in its effort to preempt state law just as the Vermont labeling law goes into effect.  Our corrupt legislators (McCain and Flake in AZ) vote for death and disease because they’re bought and paid for by the industry and they have no morals whatsoever.  Even in our “pristine” Meadview aquifer — no industry or farming EVER — we have traces of glyphosate in our drinking water, probably because ignorant residents use Roundup on weeds.

I’ll be damned if I knowingly buy toxic food and pay Wakimoto Farms or anyone else to destroy the planet.

Shame on Wakimoto Farms!

Emailed to wakimotofarm1@gmail.com:

Request for comments regarding my post about Wakimoto GMO corn

Hi,

I’ll greatly appreciate your comments for publication at
http://highdesertpermaculture.org/blog/2016/06/30/wakimoto-farms-corn-is-genetically-modified/  — preferably AFTER you read the studies linked at the end of my post.

Sincerely,

Christine Baker

I also requested comments from Sprouts at https://sprouts.service-now.com/contact_us.do and will update here with any comments from Wakimoto or Sprouts.

FYI, if you don’t think that glyphosate kills, please read the studies.

UPDATE 11/20/16:  The Wakimoto GMO corn was sold at the Kingman Farmers Market on 11/19/16.

Shame on the Kingman Farmers Market! 

I just found out that the Kingman Farmers Market management DELIBERATELY decided to allow the sale of GMO corn because they don’t have a source of non GMO corn.

The kicker:  They did not even disclose to the customers that the corn is GMO!

I truly regret that I have supported and promoted the Kingman Farmers Market and quite likely some of my readers even bought and ate that GMO corn.  I am so sorry!

And I promise that I will do whatever I can to get GMOs out of the Kingman Farmers Market.

Kettle Brand NON GMO chips contain MSG

I’ve been buying the Kettle Brand potato chips for quite some time because they claim to be GMO and MSG free.

So the other day we took a bag to friends and they informed us that “yeast extract” is MSG.   I found that hard to believe, but unfortunately they were right.  Yeast extract is MSG!

Kettle Brands has the NERVE to state on the package that it does not contain MSG. However, they ADMIT at their FAQ at http://www.kettlebrand.com/our_products/faqs/:

Do you use MSG in your products?

No, we do not use MSG in any of our products or in any of the ingredients in our products. Some ingredients we use, like tomato powder and yeast extract, are naturally high in amino acids including naturally occurring glutamic acid which is a component of MSG. People who have severe sensitivities to MSG may want to consider moderation in eating food with these ingredients. [emphasis added]

Talk about DECEPTION!

Obviously, I will NEVER buy another bag of Kettle Brand chips again as they won’t be removing this crap just because I don’t like it.

I submitted a copy of this post with this URL at the Kettle Brand site. 

They sure do NOT want to hear your concerns and make it extremely difficult to submit a message, REQUIRING your mailing address, the product UPS code, “best before date” and “Production Code”.  Since Kettle Brand products are no longer in our house, I had to switch to “other comments and concerns.”  And once again I had to retype ALL my info.  Talk about a company with nothing but contempt for their customers.  They do NOT want to hear from anybody!

Of course I will update with their response, if any.

And we’ll stick to corn chips, as it’s apparently impossible to get crap free potato chips.  I’m way too busy to spend hours reading labels, but if you have any recommendations for crap free potato chips, please let me know!

10/18/15 Update:  I received this response:

Hello Christine:
Thank you for taking the time to contact us. Your comments will be shared with the staff.
Cassy Frank

Consumer Affairs Manager

2/28/17 Update:  Great news, I saw a bag of the salt and pepper chips a couple months ago and it did NOT say “no MSG” anymore!   I think it still has the yeast extract, but I’m happy that they stopped the misleading claims.

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one complaining and it goes to show that if you make enough noise, you might just be heard.

Study Concludes FDA GMO Approval Process is Flawed, Outdated, and Unscientific

Finally!

I posted the links to a press release and article about the study as well as the published study at http://highdesertfood.org/index.php/forum/gmos-roundup-and-other-toxins/gmo-soy-accumulates-formaldehyde-disrupts-plant-metabolism/

… The study, led by Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, Ph.D., an MIT-trained systems biologist, utilizes his latest invention, CytoSolve, a 21st century systems biology method to integrate 6,497 in vitro and in vivo laboratory experiments, from 184 scientific institutions, across 23 countries, to discover the accumulation of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and a dramatic depletion of glutathione, an anti-oxidant necessary for cellular detoxification, in GMO soy, indicating that formaldehyde and glutathione are likely critical criteria for distinguishing the GMO from its non-GMO counterpart. …

I hope that regulators and legislators will take notice!

Not only should GMOs be labeled, but they should be prohibited.

Monsanto CTO Robb Fraley insults Neil Young

Robb Fraley - CTO Monsanto
   Robb Fraley   CTO Monsanto

I hate nothing more than being lied to.  Monsanto’s officers and employees are expert liars.  In response to Neil Young’s recent album “The Monsanto Years”, Monsanto CTO Robb Fraley  compiled a number of Monsanto’s biggest lies:

Neil Young: We’re More Like You than You Think

I almost threw up reading Mr. Fraley’s ridiculous lies.

My response to Mr. Fraley:

Just because you repeat these incredible lies doesn’t make them true.  To tell Neil Young that you’re like him is the ultimate insult.

I try not to be a hateful person, but I sincerely hope that if there is a hell, Mr. Fraley, his Monsanto cronies and all the politicians who accepted the Monsanto bribes will fry in hell for a LONG time.

Here are just a few reasons not to eat Monsanto GM poisons:

http://highdesertfood.org/index.php/forum/gmos-roundup-and-other-toxins/

VIDEO by Organic Spies: Operation Monsanto Stock Plunge and Panic

Operation: Monsanto Stock Plunge and Panic

From Organic Spies launches Operation Monsanto Stock Plunge: See the video, sell the stock

Operation Monsanto Stock Plunge targets Fidelity, Vanguard and State Street

Operation Monsanto Stock Plunge was designed to make people aware that they may inadvertently own Monsanto stock through the mutual funds they hold.

Fidelity, Vanguard and State Street mutual funds own and control enormous volumes of Monsanto stock. As is common in Wall Street investing, this is all done with total disregard for anything resembling ethics, respect for life, concern for the ecosystem, compassion for human health, etc. These mutual funds aren’t interested in doing what’s right; they’re interested in doing what’s profitable!

That’s why Organic Spies says it’s time for everyone to sell these mutual funds and encourage institutions to do the same. Click here to watch the Operation Monsanto Stock Plunge video on YouTube.

Retirement fund managers often have enormous discretion to decide where to invest their money. If they are made aware that many people want to divest from Monsanto, they may decide to sell Fidelity, Vanguard or State Street funds and move their investments to other funds that don’t hold Monsanto.

A petition on the Food Democracy Now page reminds us all that Monsanto is the corporation that manufactures Agent Orange, DDT and PCBs, adding “Monsanto’s corporate executives intentionally ignored the warning of their own scientists for decades regarding the harmful and even deadly effects these products had on their workers, communities where the chemicals were manufactured and even America’s veterans.”

Unfortunately, we don’t have any investments, but I sure hope that the people who are so fortunate will vote with their money!

Ted video: 11-year old knows more about food than most adults

Home schooled and obviously influenced by his parents instead of corporation funded public schools, this kid rocks:

Dr. Mercola recently wrote an enlightening article about the bio tech industry influence on kids:

Is Monsanto Using 4-H to Brainwash Your Children About GMOs?

Why am I not surprised …

STOP the use of antibiotics on healthy animals

I stopped buying supermarket eggs when I learned that even organic and free range eggs don’t come from happy chickens and that free ranging means that a chicken could go outside 15 minutes per day.

From How drugs pumped into supermarket chickens pose a terrifying threat to our health

Every second of every day, somewhere in the world the same scene unfolds.

A batch of several hundred eggs, precisely arranged in uniform rows, moves along a conveyor belt, coming to a halt beneath a machine linked to a jumble of tubes.

Once in position, the machine robotically lowers itself and then simultaneously punctures each egg with a rack of hypodermic needles.

Danger: Drugs being pumped into supermarket chickens are posing a threat to our health
Danger: Drugs being pumped into supermarket chickens are posing a threat to our health

Through these needles, a mix of vaccines and antibiotics is injected into the egg — and so into the unborn chick inside, which three days later will hatch out. If the scene sounds like something from a science-fiction film, then that is hardly a surprise. Today, large-scale poultry production has precious little to do with green fields and ruddy-cheeked farmers.

Every year, more than 40 billion chickens are slaughtered worldwide for meat, the vast majority of them intensively factory-farmed. The bottom line is profit. All that matters is the volume in which these animals, bred to hit their genetically-modified slaughter weights within 35 days of hatching, can be churned out.

… Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2388444/How-drugs-pumped-supermarket-chickens-pose-terrifying-threat-health.html#ixzz2l9gysAqL

I was surprised to read this because European countries generally have much better food safety and animal protection laws.

So I just signed the Consumers Union petition: Continue Reading