MAM Round 2: Press Release

MAM Denver Press Release

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March Against Monsanto – Denver

https://www.facebook.com/MarchAgainstMonsanto.Denver

October 12, 2013 ‘March Against Monsanto’ planned for Denver, CO in solidarity with over 50 countries

DENVER, CO. (October 12, 2013) – On Oct. 12, thousands of activists in Denver and surrounding areas will converge at the State Capitol at 11:00 a.m. in solidarity with the millions of activists from around the world, who will once again March Against Monsanto, calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and other harmful agro-chemicals. Currently, marches will occur on six continents, in 52 countries, with events in over 400 cities. A comprehensive list of marches can be accessed at www.march-against-monsanto.com.

Speakers at the event are:

Gregg, The Bee Guru from Rocky Mountain Bee, operates the number one honeybee rescue operation in the country where they are dedicated to rescuing honeybees and relocating them to rescue sanctuaries along the Front Range.  He will be talking about the demise of the essential honey bees and the insecticides called neonicotinoids behind it.  Make sure to “bee” there to hear what he has to say…  http://www.rockymountainbee.com/

Dr. John Lloyd DC will be speaking on how GMO’s can destroy our health and environment.  A growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights. He will discuss the consequences of altering the natural growth cycle of our food and the staggering effect of doing so.  His philosophy is that the human body, when given the correct environment, has enormous potential to heal itself.  He holds degrees from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and Logan University of Health Sciences in St. Louis, Missouri, among other accreditations.  http://www.denverchiropracticdowntown.com/index.php?p=317254

Maximus Blesch has a business management degree and is a lifelong activist, having attended his first protest at age 12.  He learned early on the importance of activism.  He will discuss what Agent Orange is, when and how it was used, its lasting harmful effects and government compensation for exposed vets and their families.  He will also discuss Children of Vietnam Veterans Healthcare Alliance (COVVHA) and the link between Agent Orange and GMOs.

GMOs are not adequately monitored to ensure public safety. Long term, independent, peer reviewed studies were not conducted before GMOs were introduced for human or animal consumption. In the USA, the revolving door between Monsanto employees, government positions, and regulatory authorities has led to key Monsanto figures occupying positions of power at the FDA and EPA. Monsanto has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to obstruct all labeling attempts; they also suppress any research containing results not in their favor. The scientifically established health risks include, but are not limited to: organ damage, sterility, infant mortality, birth defects, auto-immune conditions, allergies and increased cancer risks. GMOs have been partially banned by 16 countries, and are currently labeled in 62 countries.

See the National ‘March Against Monsanto’ Press Release for more information about GMOs and Supporting links: http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/p/press-release.html

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Unnatural Selection:Part 5

Get educated and stand together

Guest Blogger : Brian Loma 

As the March Against Monsanto is close at hand, we are grateful to Colorado local KGNU has once again been gracious in bringing the community real news about what all the noise is about. Today KGNU is celebrating 35 years of public education. Come take a listen as Ellice Campbell spends time on Metro a locally produced news and public affairs talk show.  

Information begins with Micro RNA’s that impact all forms of life through active genetic modification of our human cells is discussed.  There is a danger in consuming the poisons used to deter weed growth and natural insects in over 80% of farms producing corn and soybeans.  These poisons are used with genetically modified plants that have had their genetics spliced with bacteria to survive the poisons used.  The food then carries parts of this poison in it as the crops leave the farm and head for factory.  These crops are processed and end up in most of the food available in grocery stores today.  While it has been proven that animals eating these crops have developed cancer, gone through phantom conception and delivered empty birthsacks and experienced all kinds of other diseases.   Additionally the The American Academy of Environmental Medicine advises their doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets as they have found GMO’s to cause reproductive, immune system, aging problems and so much more.  Education is the most important factor.  The impact of disease has impacted the human race as well.  This is because the primary company that has developed these crops, Monsanto – aware of these scientific facts has done everything to remove themselves from liability for the effects of their creation while they continue to pump out these crops.  80% of corn is GMO corn. High fructose corn syrup is in all the food you eat.  These crops are continued to be produced with the knowledge that the food created from it can kill.

This year a bill passed through congress called, Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013  which is often called the “Monsanto Protection Act” who’s purpose (in layman’s terms) is to indemnify Monsanto Corporation and other GMO producers from persecution when this becomes an epidemic. We believe this is a crime against humanity.  Many of us remember when poison stickers were something you put on chemicals in the house to warn children of their danger.  And now, we believe it is time to require food manufacturing companies to be required to label the food products they make when poisons #GMO’s are used in the production of our food.   It’s easy to agree that eating rotten, moldy or contaminated foods is not advised because people can get sick and die.  It’s time for us to stand together and make the same statement made to chemical companies, label your products so consumers know what they are purchasing.  It’s illogical that the healthy and safe food to eat be labeled and not the dangerous items. 

Please take the time to listen to the full audio piece from KGNU here :

http://www.kgnu.org/metro/5/22/2013

 

Experts discuss findings of GM Maize/ Roundup cancer trial

Join us May 25, 2013 @ noon~Colorado State Capitol-West Steps
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Unnatural Selection: Part 4


GMO Trilogy: Part 4This explosive exposé reveals what the biotech industry doesn’t want you to know – how industry manipulation and political collusion, not sound science, allow dangerous genetically engineered food into your daily diet. Company research is rigged, alarming evidence of health dangers is covered up, and intense political pressure applied. Chapters read like adventure stories and are hard to put down:

* Scientists were offered bribes or threatened. Evidence was stolen. Data was omitted or distorted.
* Government employees who complained were harassed, stripped of responsibilities, or fired.
* Laboratory rats fed a GM crop developed stomach lesions and seven of the forty died within two weeks. The crop was approved without further tests.
* The only independent in-depth feeding study ever conducted showed evidence of alarming health dangers. When the scientist tried to alert the public, he lost his job and was silenced with threats of a lawsuit.

Read the actual internal memos by FDA scientists, warning of toxins, allergies, and new diseases – all ignored by their superiors, including a former attorney for Monsanto. Learn why the FDA withheld information from Congress after a genetically modified supplement killed nearly a hundred people and disabled thousands. The GMO Trilogy’s was released in April 2006 in conjunction with Earth Day (April 22) and International GMOpposition Day (April 8)—a coordinated 30-nation campaign to raise awareness about genetically modified (GM) food.

Unnatural Selection: Part 3

Unnatural Selection: Part 2

GMO Trilogy Part 2

Published on Nov 4, 2012
This explosive exposé reveals what the biotech industry doesn’t want you to know – how industry manipulation and political collusion, not sound science, allow dangerous genetically engineered food into your daily diet. Company research is rigged, alarming evidence of health dangers is covered up, and intense political pressure applied. Chapters read like adventure stories and are hard to put down:* Scientists were offered bribes or threatened. Evidence was stolen. Data was omitted or distorted.
* Government employees who complained were harassed, stripped of responsibilities, or fired.
* Laboratory rats fed a GM crop developed stomach lesions and seven of the forty died within two weeks. The crop was approved without further tests.
* The only independent in-depth feeding study ever conducted showed evidence of alarming health dangers. When the scientist tried to alert the public, he lost his job and was silenced with threats of a lawsuit.

Read the actual internal memos by FDA scientists, warning of toxins, allergies, and new diseases – all ignored by their superiors, including a former attorney for Monsanto. Learn why the FDA withheld information from Congress after a genetically modified supplement killed nearly a hundred people and disabled thousands. The GMO Trilogy’s was released in April 2006 in conjunction with Earth Day (April 22) and International GMOpposition Day (April 8)—a coordinated 30-nation campaign to raise awareness about genetically modified (GM) food.

 

Unnatural Selection: Part 1

Tips to Just Say NO to GMOs

How to Say No to GMOs
Organic CertifiedTip #1: Buy Organic Certified organic products cannot intentionally include any GMO ingredients. Buy products labeled “100% organic,” “organic,” or “made with organic ingredients.” You can be doubly sure if the product also has a Non-GNon-GMOMO Project Verified Seal (below).
Tip #2: Look for Non-GMO Project Seals. Products that carry the Non-GMO Project Seal are independently verified to be in compliance with North America’s only third party standard for GMO avoidance, including testing of at-risk ingredients.
Tip #3: Avoid At-Risk ingredients. Even if it’s not labeled organic or verified non-GMO, you can still avoid products made with ingredients that are likely derived from GMOs. The eight most common GM food crops are:
  • Corn (as in corn oil, cornmeal, cornstarch, and other corn-based ingredients)
  • Soybeans (as in soybean oil, soy protein, soy lecithin, soy milk, tofu, and other soy-based ingredients)
  • Canola (as in canola oil)
  • Non-GMO Shopping GuideCottonseed (as in cottonseed oil)
  • Sugar beets (the “sugar” listed on food labels is almost always derived from sugar cane and GM sugar beets).
  • Most Hawaiian papaya
  • A small amount of zucchini and yellow squash.
  • Also, beware of dairy products, which may come from cows injected with GM bovine growth hormone, and meats from animals (including farmed fish) that have been fed GM foods. Look for dairy products labeled No rBGH or rBST, artificial hormone-free, or organic; wild-caught fish; and meat labeled organic or 100% grass-fed.
Tip #4: Use Non-GMO Shopping Guides Download either the new Non-GMO Shopping Tips brochure or Non-GMO Shopping Guide at nongmoshoppingguide.com to help identify and avoid GM foods and hidden GM ingredients on food labels. If you have an iPhone, download the ShopNoGMO guide for free from the iTunes store.

 

What YOU Need to Know about Monsanto

English: Monsanto pesticide to be sprayed on f...
English: Monsanto pesticide to be sprayed on food crops.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
ROUNDUP
Roundup is the brand name of a systemic, broad-spectrum herbicide produced by the U.S. company Monsanto, and contains the active ingredient glyphosate. Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the USA, and Roundup has been the number one selling herbicide worldwide since at least 1980.
Roundup (glyphosate) has been found to cause the death of human embryonic, placental, and umbilical cells in vitro, even at low concentrations. Glyphosate is toxic to human skin cells, through causing oxidative damage.
Roundup is used widely here in the United States. Through farming applications, these chemicals are released into our air, and the runoff from its heavy use contaminates our streams, and groundwater.
GMO FOODS
Initially introduced to the market in 1996, genetically modified foods or biotech foods are foods derived from genetically modified organisms. Genetically modified organisms have had specific changes introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering techniques. Typically, genetically modified foods are transgenic plant products: soybean, corn, canola, rice, and cotton seed, but there are many, many more. A majority of the corn and sugar beets grown in Colorado are genetically altered. In fact, they are two of the largest crops in the state.
GMO products have been linked to organ failure, brain damage, autism, gene transfer, and have been banned in many countries including Japan, China, Hungary, Venezuela, France and Ecuador . Some of these countries have gone as far as banning ALL GMO products.
Monsanto has also developed a line of “Roundup Ready” products which go hand in hand with their herbicides, including Roundup Ready corn, Roundup Ready soybeans, Roundup Ready alfalfa, Roundup Ready sugar beets and Roundup Ready canola. These products are designed to make the plants resistant to Roundup, to keep up with the ever-increasing use of herbicides which contaminate our soil, air and water.
Almost all processed foods contain GMO products, usually in the form of corn (high-fructose corn syrup and modified corn starch being two prime examples). There is a growing movement across the U.S. to label foods containing GMO products, so consumers can at least have the knowledge of what they are purchasing.
MONSANTO INFLUENCES THE GOVERNMENT
Monsanto contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars every campaign cycle to politicians, from the federal down to the local level.  Monsanto lobbyists are also involved in the political process and are rumored to be the actual authors of the “Monsanto Protection Act”.
Former Monsanto employees are  involved in every level of government, from Obama’s recent appointment of Michael Taylor (former Monsanto vice-president of public policy) as Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (a former Monsanto executive).
This “revolving door” between Monsanto and the government leads to the easing of regulations and more Monsanto products being used both here and abroad.
MONSANTO INFLUENCES THE SCHOOL SYSTEM
Under the guise of supporting education, Monsanto contributes massive amounts of money to schools and universities, usually in the form of helping develop their agricultural programs.
Monsanto uses this monetary influence to help push their products and research into our school system, from school gardens using GMO seeds to genetic , agricultural, and chemical research at the university level.
MONSANTO HURTS LOCAL FARMERS
Monsanto has gone into countries all over the world and introduced their GMO products, leading to a huge drop in biodiversity through cross-pollination and the use of industrial farming techniques. Locally owned family farms have seen their livelihoods devastated, and the health of their people decline through spraying of Roundup and other pesticides and forcing them to buy processed, inorganic foods because all available farmland has been converted to these industrial farms.
MONSANTO KILLS BEES
Recent studies have shown a link between systemic pesticides such as Roundup and the growing problem of Colony Collapse Disorder, a malady that is resulting in the mass die-off of bees across the world. Pollen from GMO plants can also have ill effects on the bee community. Without bees to pollinate them, plants can not reproduce. Its that simple.
SO WHAT CAN WE DO?
In the face of a massive multinational corporation like Monsanto , its easy to feel disempowered and hopeless, but fear not!
EDUCATE, EDUCATE, EDUCATE! Raising awareness about Monsanto is step one. When you’re finished reading this, tell someone about it, get online and do your own research, pass it on to someone else! It all begins with just getting the word out to the community about what this company does and the fact that they’re doing it right here in Colorado!
There are groups here in Colorado and abroad that are actively working to expose and rein in this evil corporation. Check out GMO-Free Colorado and the March On Monsanto world event on May 25, 2013.
On an individual level, one of the most important things we can do to combat Monsanto is DON’T GIVE THEM YOUR MONEY! Boycott Roundup and other Monsanto products, try to avoid buying processed foods and commercially grown vegetables, start buying your produce at local farmers markets and organic food stores instead of the big chains.
 
RESISTANCE IS FERTILE! Instead of buying anything at all, grow your own veggies at home, or at a community garden.
SAVE YOUR SEEDS! When growing your own food, make sure to use organic, heirloom seeds that can re-germinate and be used over and over. One of the ways Monsanto has forced out small farmers is to genetically modify their seeds so they don’t reproduce, forcing farmers to buy new seed for every crop. By saving seeds and sharing them with other farmers and gardeners, we can make sure that we maintain the thriving biodiversity this world so desperately needs.