Tuesday, January 12, 2016

GLOBAL AWAKENING & PARADIGM SHIFT: Embracing Of Mother Nature And Detaching From European Vampirism - Monsanto Announces Over 1,000 Job Cuts After First-Quarter Losses; "Monsanto Get Out" Protests Against Agro-Giant Held In Argentina; Taiwan Bans GMOs From School Lunches... Mandates GMO Labeling Nationwide... Throws Down Gauntlet On Toxic Foods From the United States And Monsanto; Campbell's Becomes The First Big Food Company To Disclose GMO Ingredients On Label!

January 12, 2016 - HEALTH - The movement of consumers avoiding unnatural genetically modified organisms (GMOs) hidden in foods is growing so swiftly and with such force, it’s becoming a revolution. Here are several of the latest developments in the struggle to ban GMOs.

Monsanto announces 1,000 job cuts after first-quarter losses 

Agrotech giant Monsanto said that it will eliminate 1,000 jobs as part of a bid to cut costs in the wake of lower profits. The cuts are the latest in a longer series of downsizing measures.

Monsanto said that its income has been been hurt by a drop in major crop prices that has curbed farmers’ incomes and subsequent spending, as well as its continued trouble with countries’ monetary policies internationally.

“Currency has become a much stronger headwind with the recent events in Argentina,” said Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant, referring to the country’s move in December to devalue its currency, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The company, which sells agricultural chemicals and genetically engineered seeds, says that the most recent planned cuts will generate between $1.1 billion and $1.2 billion, up from previous estimates of $850 million to $900 million.

This is only the latest push in the St. Louis-based company’s restructuring efforts, first unveiled in October. At the time, the company announced that it would eliminate 2,600 positions.

The push to streamline its business came as the US Department of Agriculture projected in November that farm income in the country would drop 38 percent in 2015 to the lowest level in over a decade, prompting farmers to scale back spending on farm supplies that Monsanto and other agriculture companies provide.

The job cuts came as Monsanto reported that revenues slumped to $253 million, or 56 cents per share in the quarter ending November 30, down from a $243 million loss last year, or 50 cents per share. Revenue over the same period dropped by 23 percent, falling short of Wall Street expectations.

Corn sales – Monsanto’s biggest source of profit – fell 20 percent to $745 million, but this was offset by soybean sales growing 11 percent to $438 million. Soybeans have become more popular with US farmers pursuing higher profits, and Monsanto has rolled out new varieties of Soybean seeds in North and South America.

Monsanto has been the leader in the genetically engineered seed industry for over a decade, and has begun to develop such products specifically for emerging markets in parts of Asia and South America. Genetically modified seeds are imbued with characteristics that help farmers attain better harvests.

However, the company has also drawn the ire of environmental lobbyists. In May 2015, March Against Monstanto protests were held in more than 400 cities across the globe. Activists accused the agrotech corporation of polluting water with its pesticides and contaminating neighboring farmers’ crops with its genetically modified pollen. The company also garnered criticism from anti-GMO activists for its lobbying against required labeling for food made from genetically modified organisms.

In September, Kenyans took to the streets to protest Monsanto, USAID and the Bill and the Melinda Gates Foundation putting pressure on their country to lift its GMO ban. - RT.

'Monsanto get out!' Protests against agro-giant held in Argentina

Crowds have taken to the streets of Buenos Aires, to rally against Monsanto and its activities in the rural town of Malvinas Argentinas, where the agro-industrial corporation has been planning to build the world’s biggest maize seed treatment plant.

Demonstrators in the Argentinian capital held banners reading "Monsanto get out", chanted and beat on drums. They wore gas masks symbolizing the dangers of Monsanto’s activities.Protests were also held in other cities across Argentina. Protesters marched in support of an activists’ camp, which is blocking the Monsanto-owned property in Malvinas Argentinas in the Cordoba region. The camp recently received an eviction notice from the authorities.

A labor appeals court in north-central Argentina ruled two years ago that the construction of a Monsanto plant was unconstitutional. Work on the site was halted.

WATCH: Thousands march against Monsanto in Argentina.

"Monsanto has for a long time been attempting to install itself in areas illegally, where court decisions have previously blocked the development plan, and has failed with all its political pressure to win a legal method to install its project," environmental lawyer Enrique Viale told RT.

The protesters also spoke out about the harm Monsanto’s activities inflict on the territory.

"In Argentina there are 23 million fields with transgenic soy, and hundreds of millions of liters of agrochemicals are used per year," Enrique Viale said.

Luis Zamora, a former candidate for Buenos Aires Mayor, who attended the rally, echoed Viale’s concerns.

"Biodiversity is affected negatively when 15 million inhabitants of the country use hundreds of millions of liters of glyphosate, which is the pesticide Monsanto manufactures to protect soybeans," Zamora said. - RT.

Taiwan bans GMOs from school lunches... mandates GMO labeling nationwide... throws down gauntlet on toxic foods from USA and Monsanto

Even as the fascist, corrupt U.S. government and its regulators (FDA and USDA) actively conspire with the biotech industry to poison Americans with genetically modified foods, Taiwan has already passed and implemented a nationwide law to protect its citizens from GMOs.

Nearly a full year ago, Taiwan passed Food Act Amendments that achieve remarkable food safety milestones the U.S. government refuses to implement, placing Taiwan far ahead of the United States on food safety. These milestones include:

1) Requiring the mandatory labeling of GMOs on all food products that contain 3 percent or more GMOs. Foods that use no GMOs may be labeled "non-GMO" ... and many already are, causing their sales to skyrocket across Taiwan. Just last year, imports of non-GMO soybeans to Taiwan grew nearly 300% to 58,000 tons.

2) Limiting the use of food additives to just 799 compounds approved by the Taiwan FDA. The FDA of the United States, by comparison, allows tens of thousands of chemicals to be used as additives, even when they are well known to cause cancer.

3) All GMO ingredients are required to be registered with the Taiwan government, and food manufacturers that use GMOs are required to establish an origins tracking system to identify where those GMOs originated.

4) All the soy milk, tofu, miso and other soy-derived products sold everywhere across the country -- including at cafes and street food vendors -- must be clearly labeled as GMOs if they use genetically modified soy.

5) Food products made using genetically modified soy as a processing agent or blended ingredient must also label their final food products as GMO, even if the soybean oil is not, itself, the final product.

6) Fines for violating these food safety provisions have been set at NT$50 million.

USA food safety lags far behind the rest of the world

This shows yet again just how far behind the United States is on food safety compared to the rest of the world. Instead of promoting actual food safety, the FDA gives a free pass to GMOs, heavy metals, artificial additives and other toxic chemicals, focusing almost exclusively on bacteriological contamination issues such as e.coli and salmonella.

That's why the USA lags far behind the rest of the world on the banning of artificial additives and preservative chemicals, most of which have already been banned across the EU. The U.S. government continues to allow extremely toxic pesticides and herbicides to be used across the agricultural industry (including California's strawberry operations), and as the news in this article shows, the USA now lags far behind Taiwan on the issue of GMO labeling and banning GMOs from school lunches.

Increasingly, U.S. food safety looks like a third world nation being run by a cartel of imperialistic food corporations that dictate government policy. Public health has NOTHING to do with government regulatory policy at this point. It's all about appeasing Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont, Kellogg's, PepsiCo and all the other poison-pushing food and beverage companies that continue to poison a nation of food victims into epidemics of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's.

Taiwan bans GMOs from school menus

In yet another milestone for food safety, Taiwan has banned GMOs from school lunches.

"The latest amendments to the School Health Act are aimed at all school meal providers, to ban genetically modified raw ingredients and any processed foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from school menus," reports the China Post. The Post also reports:

Legislator Lin Shu-fen, an advocate for passing the bill, said that studies abroad have shown a high connection between the consumption of GM foods and the prevalence of allergies, autism and rare diseases.

"Soy is a major ingredient in Taiwan's school lunches," said Lin. "Genetically modified soy has been shown to contains toxic residue from pesticides."

You almost never hear such statements from the sellout politicians in America, nearly all of whom have been bribed and bought off by the biotech industry. Making matters even worse, poison-pushing U.S. publishers like Forbes.com -- named the single most evil news publication of 2015 by EVIL.news -- carry deceptive propaganda articles by sleazebag industry scientists like Henry Miller who ridiculously claims that herbicides are harmless and GMOs pose no health risks whatsoever.

Entire world revolting against U.S. agricultural imperialism and fascist, corporate-dictated government policy

The rest of the world, however, isn't buying the U.S. propaganda. In fact, the rest of the world is revolting against U.S. agricultural imperialism where prostituted U.S. lawmakers and regulators are bought off by industry to shove GMOs down the throats of all the other countries under so-called "fair trade" regulations such as the TPP.

Taiwan's pig farmers, for example, are also organizing a massive, nationwide protest over the U.S. pork industry's continued usage of ractopamine, a toxic drug fed to pigs to cause rapid weight gain. The Taiwan government is under imperialistic pressure from U.S. trade representatives to lift its ban on the import of U.S. pork grown with the drug. If the ban is lifted, it would flood the Taiwan market with cheap, low-grade pork that's been artificially multiplied with the use of a toxic drugs that isn't used at all in the Taiwan pork industry, reports Asia News Network.

U.S. has long pushed tobacco products and other toxic chemicals onto Taiwan via international trade pressure. GMOs are also being aggressively shoved down the throats of the world's children by the U.S. federal government, which is widely food as a "food bully" across the globe.

Perhaps that's why countries like Taiwan are working so diligently to protect their own children from U.S. food policies that push poison for corporate (Monsanto) profits. "The passing of this bill not only means our children will be eating more safely, but it also indicates a heightened understanding of food safety in our society," said legislator Lu Shiow-yen in the China Post article linked above. - Natural News.

Campbell’s is the first big food company to disclose GMO ingredients on label

You spoke and Campbell’s food company listened. Previously, Campbell’s unveiled plans to run toward the health-conscious organic and non-GMO market dollar. Now, they have dropped one of the biggest publicity bombs ever by announcing their intention to voluntarily label their GMO ingredients.

Part of their previous plans for change included launching several lines of organic kids soups, and removing MSG from all their kids soups, creating organic wheat versions of cracker products, increasing organics across other food lines, removing artificial colors and flavors from nearly all North American products in the next three years, removing high fructose corn syrup from Pepperidge Farm fresh breads, and increasing the transparency of their ingredients, including the launch of a new website; What’s in My Food.

In the first week of January 2016, however, the mammoth company turned heads by “switching sides” and now openly advocating for the national standard of labeling genetically modified ingredients. They will no longer expend funds or energy on blocking the effort to have GM food labeled. Campbell’s might actually become the first major food company to list its GMO ingredients.

NPR reports:
The Campbell Soup Co., after years of staunch opposition to mandatory labels, now says that it “will advocate for federal legislation that would require all foods and beverages regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to be clearly and simply labeled for GMOs.”

In a letter to the company’s employees, posted on Campbell’s website, Campbell’s CEO Denise Morrison wrote that the company was responding to the desires of consumers, but it also wanted to avoid multiple and conflicting demands for GMO labeling by individual states. “Printing a clear and simple statement on the label is the best solution for consumers and for Campbell,” Morrison wrote.
“The company continues to oppose a patchwork of state-by-state labeling laws, which it believes are incomplete, impractical and create unnecessary confusion for consumers,” they said.
They added:
Campbell is optimistic a federal solution can be established in a reasonable amount of time if all the interested stakeholders cooperate. However, if that is not the case, Campbell is prepared to label all of its U.S. products for the presence of ingredients that were derived from GMOs, not just those required by pending legislation in Vermont. The company would seek guidance from the FDA and approval by USDA.

With 92 percent of Americans supporting the labeling of GMO foods, Campbell believes now is the time for the federal government to act quickly to implement a federal solution.

In another statement, they wrote:
Vermont passed legislation that will require food companies including Campbell to label products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that may contain ingredients made from GMO crops.  However, this legislation does not include products with meat or poultry, because they are regulated by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The question is – what is the federal solution? The federal stance is to keep labeling as it is with consumers in the dark about whether they are eating genetically modified ingredients or not.
Here is a mock-up of the label via MMS Businesswire:

It is the FDA that is actually disappointed with the move, claiming that that GMOs are safe and nutritionally identical to ingredients made from conventionally raised crops. They take on the biotech industry line that labeling consumer food is akin to a warning that will cause unnecessary fear. Campbell’s still supports GMOs and believes them to be safe – they direct consumers to their “What’s In My Food” site which tries to coax consumers that there is no difference and no disparity in safety between GMO ingredients and conventional. It’s clear to see where their true beliefs lie, but they have “broken rank” with the rest of Big Food companies and perhaps will create a domino effect that will support consumer choice.

Campbell’s has expanded the reason for their change of heart, citing a “consumer first” attitude. The expansion also reiterates their belief that GMOs are safe to eat, but they also express that they want consumers to feel good about their choices. Unfortunately, Campbell’s is misleading consumers with these claims as the effects of engineered organisms in the human body were not tested for long-term safety and even minute amounts of glyphosate pesticide have devastating health effects such as breast cancer risks in parts per trillion. See: GMO Myths and Truths

On the other hand, imagine that Big Food starts changing over all the ingredients in their products to benevolent sources. Suddenly, preschoolers, hospital patients, students, the elderly and SNAP users aren’t forced to compromise their health simply because that’s all the companies will provide.

- Natural Blaze.

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