Friday, November 30, 2012

Things You Might Want to Read More About

This is bad, but good to know about. Fracking Causes Cow's Tails to Fall Off: There is evidence of cows losing tails as well as dying due to  chemicals linked to fracking.  You or your animals may be ingesting some of the meat from these chemical laden animals in your food supply. You can read about it here.

The rest of these are positive and also good to know about.

Peru Bans GMOs: Peru last week approved a 10-year ban on importation, production and use of GMO foods in the country. Click Here.

Russia Bans Monsanto's GMO corn:  Russia has suspended imports of Monsanto’s genetically-modified corn in light of a French study which linked the crops to cancer. Click Here.

Bees Are Super Smart:  It seems bees have cognitive abilities. Read this fascinating article on bees and how smart they are. Click here. You have to sign up to see their articles, but it is free.

Monsanto Trying to Get Immunity From Fed Law in Ag Bill

A Monsanto rider, whose official name is the “farmers assurance provision" has been slipped into the multi-billion dollar 2013 Agricultural Appropriations bill, would require - not just allow, but require - the Secretary of Agriculture to grant a temporary permit for the planting or cultivation of a genetically engineered crop, even if a federal court has ordered the planting be halted until an Environmental Impact Statement is completed. 

All the farmer or the biotech producer has to do is ask, and the questionable crops could be released into the environment where they could potentially contaminate conventional or organic crops and, ultimately, the nation's food supply.

Unless the Senate or we consumers can stop them, the House of Representatives is likely to ram this dangerous rider through any day now. This is Monsantos's response to successful lawsuits brought by the Center for Food Safety on behalf of organic and non-GMO farmers and seed growers that have attempted to block planting of genetically engineered sugar beets and alfalfa while the USDA conducted a court-ordered review of the dangers of contamination.

Tell Your Representative to Strike Sec. 733 from the Agriculture Appropriations Bill!
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) has sponsored an amendment to kill the rider. But even if DeFazio’s amendment makes it through the House vote, it still has to survive the Senate. Tell you representatives to support DeFazios ammendment to throw out the “farmers assurance provision"  and that  you do not want the Ag bill to pass with the biotech protective “farmers assurance provision"  in place  and to vote down the Ag bill if they have to. You can easily do this at this site. or you can  look up your representative and send them a personal note at this site.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Boycott Companies Who Fight Our Right to Label GMOs

These companies (many who sell organic food as part of their brands they own) were the companies who paid to keep proposition 37  (The law in California to label GMOs) from becoming law.  We need to boycott them. We also need to contact them by calling and emailing to complain about their behavior as well as post our complaints on their facebook pages. I have listed some key facebook pages for you to link to and tell them how you feel.  Here is what I am putting on most facebook pages. Please feel free to use it. "I can no longer purchase your product since you do not support labeling of GMO food and your parent company (parent company name here) even paid money to fight such labeling in California. Why are you scared of us knowing there are GMOs in your product if you think it is safe?" 
Be careful ,this is not spam from the facebook criteria I read about, BUT one of the companies tagged me as spamming them and facebook blocked me from posting for 15 days. From what I can tell, it was Orville Redenbacher who tagged me as a spammer. So really boycott them as they fight dirty! I have not figured out a way to contact facebook to let them know, I was not spamming and the company simply did not like my view of them. Let me know if you know how to contact facebook about it.
If you find errors or want to add more facebook links below, please do. I spent a long time on this and I am sure there are omissions and errors. I would like to know about them.
These are the companies who Denied us the right to know if GMOs are in our food!
To make this easy for you, I have listed the company with an underline, their brand names in bold and then highlighted the ones I know are organic or they sell as "natural" or that I think you might buy in yellow, as well as listing key facebook links in blue highlight.  If you are in a hurry, just note the brands highlighted in yellow and do not buy them. If a restaurant is offering them, such as boca burger or garden burger, tell the restaurant you won't buy it and ask them to remove it from the menu.
Parent Company          Donation ($)          Brands/Products
Abbott Nutrition $3,918 Similac, Ensure, Glucerna, EAS, EleCare, Jevity, Metabolic, Nepro, Optimental, Osmolite, Oxepa, Pedialyte, PediaSure, Perative, Pivot, Polycose, ProMod, Promote, Pulmocare, Suplena, Survanta, TwoCal, ZonePerfect
BASF Plant Science $1,642,300.00
Bayer CropScience $1,618,400.00
Bimbo Bakeries USA $320,516.72 Sara Lee, Arnold, Entenmann’s, Thomas’, Ball Park (buns), Bimbo, Boboli, Brownberry, Francisco, Frienhoffer, Mrs. Bairds, Oroweat, Stroehamann, Tia Rosa
Bumble Bee Foods, LLC $270,426 King Oscar, Brunswick, Beachcliff
Bunge North America $5,193
Campbell Soup Company $179,545 Campbell soups, Pace, Pepperidge Farm, Prego, Swanson, V8
Cargill, Inc. $143,575.49 Truvia Natural Sweetener, Shady Brooks Farms turkey, Diamond Crystal Salt, Liza oils and dressings, Nature Fresh oil, Peter’s Chocolate, Wilbur Chocolate, Honeysuckle White turkey, Sterling silver premium, Rumba meats, Good Nature port
Coca-Cola North America $1,164,400 Dasani, Evian, Fuse Healthy Infusions, Smartwater, Dr. Pepper, Just Juice, Nestea, Monster, Vitaminenergy, Powerade, Minute Made Juices to go, Capri-Sun, Five Alive, Glaceau Smartwater, Glaceau Vitaminwater, Honest Tea, Odwalla, Simply juice
ConAgra Foods $1,076,600 Chef Boyardee, Banquet, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hunt’s, Snack Pack, Reddi-whip, Wesson, Pam, Hebrew National, David Seeds, Kid Cuisine, Marie Callender’s, Orville Redenbacher’s organic, Slim Jim, Alexia Foods, Lightlife, Hunts Organic
Croplife $5,000 Croplife
Dean Foods Company $66,143.16 Silk, Garelick, Horizon Organic, Lehigh Valley, Tuscan, Swiss, Shenandoah’s, Reiter, Meadow Gold, Robinson Dairy, Model Dairy, Alta Dena, Swiss Premium, TruMoo, Alpro,  Silk, White Wave (from what I can tell - Land O' Lakes is owned by Dean) Land O’ Lakes $59,321 Butter, Saute Express, cheese, spreads & margarine, eggs, half & half, whipping cream, cocoa & cappuccino mixes, sour cream, milk, Silk, Horizon Organic
Del Monte Foods Company $484,125 Del Monte brand canned foods
Dole Packaged Foods Company $125,681 Dole brand canned fruit
Dow Agrosciences LLC $1,184,800.00
Dupont - E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co. $4,025,200.00
General Mills, Inc.$519,400 (plus $388,798 from General Mills) Betty Crocker, Bisquick, Gold Medal, Good Earth, Haägen Daz, Pillsbury, Yoplait, Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fiber One, Lucky Charms,  Hamburger Helper, Cascadian Farm Organic, Muir Glen, Good Earth, Larabar, Liberte Greek yogurt, Nature Valley
Godiva Chocolatier, Inc. $30,666 Godiva chocolates
Heinz $10,444 Heinz, Classico, OreIda, SmartOnes, T.G.I.Friday’s, ABC, Golden Circle, Wattie’s, Lea & Perrins, Nurture
Hero North America $58,028 Hero brand nectars and fruit preserves
The Hershey Company $283,753.06 Almond Joy, Reese’s, Mounds, Kit Kat, York, Twizzlers
Hormel Foods Corporation $94,380.71 Farmer John, Valley Fresh, Spam, Not.So.Sloppy.Joe, Herbox, Saags, Lloyds, Jennie-O, Dinty Moore, Chi-Chi’s, Di-Lusso, Stagg Chili, World Food
House-Autry Mills, Inc. $1,077.27 House Autry sauces (cocktail, honey mustard, tartar, and “Bold & Zesty Dippin’ Sauce”); chicken, pork, and seafood breading; hushpuppy, biscuit, cornbread, and corn meal mixes; onion ring coating mix
Idahoan Foods $7,181 Instant mashed potatoes, hash browns, and casseroles
Inventure Foods, Inc. (SNAK) $10,846.39 Jamba Juice, Burger King, T.G.I.Friday’s, Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs, Rader Farms, Poore Brothers, Tato Skins, Braids Pretzels, Bob’s Texas Style
J.M. Smucker Company $367,604.16 Crisco, Dunkin’ Donuts, Folgers, Jif, Adam’s Peanut Butter, Café Bustelo, Crosse & Blackwell, Dickinson’s, Dutch Girl, Eagle Brand, Hungry Jack, Kava, Knott’s Berry Farm, Medaglia D’Oro, MillStone, None Such, Pillsbury, Smucker’s, Recharge, Red River, Smucker’s Toppings, Smucker’s Uncrustables, WhiteLily
Kellogg Company $632,500 Cheez-It, Famous Amos, Keebler, Special K, Pringles, Austin, Mother’s Cookies, Carr’s, Gardenburger, Worthington, Frosted Mini-Wheats, Rice Krispies, pop-tarts, Chips Deluxe Cookies, Eggo, All-Bran, Nutri-Grain, Frosted Flakes, Crunch Nut, Krave, Coco Pops, Fruit Loops, Corn Flakes, Corn Pops, TownHouse, Kashi, Bear Naked, Wholesome & Hearty (Gardenburger), Morningstar Farms / Natural Touch
Knouse Foods Cooperative $131,409.01 Lucky Leaf, Musselman’s, Apple Time, Lincoln, Knouse Food Service
Kraft Foods $34,404 A-1 Steak Sauce, Alpen Gold, Cadbury, Capri Sun, Cheeze Whiz, Chips Ahoy!, Cool Whip, Cracker Barrel, Crystal Light, Dentyne, General Foods, Gevalia, Honey Maid, Halls, Jell-O, Kraft, Kool-Aid, Oscar Mayer, Maxwell House, Miracle Whip, Nabisco, Newtons, Nilla, Nutter Butter, Oreo, Philadelphia, Planters, Ritz, Stove Top, Tang, Tolberone, Trident, Triscuit, Velveeta, Wheat Thins, Halls cough drops, Boca Burgers, Back to Nature

Mars Food North America $5,773 Wrigley’s, Uncle Ben’s, Flavia, Klix, Aterra Coffee Roasters, Bright Tea Co., CocoaVia, Seramis, Wisdom Panel, Dolmio, Ebly, MasterFoods, Raris, Royco, Suzi Wan, Winterfresh, Starburst, Skittles, Orbit, LifeSavers, Eclipse, Altoids, Dove, 3 Musketeers, Combos, M&M’s, MilkyWay, Twix, Snickers, Kudos, Galax, Pedigree dog food, Whiskas cat food, SEEDS OF CHANGE (AN ALL ORGNIC SEED COMPANY- DON'T BUY THEIR SEEDS!)
McCain Foods USA, Inc. $50,592.94 Anchor, Babycakes, Brew City, Chef Sensations, Flavorlasts, Golden Crip, Harvest Splendor, Moore’s, Ovations, Redstone Canyon, Smiles, Sweet Classics, Taste Travelers
McCormick & Company, Inc. $64,645.53 McCormick herbs and spices, seasonsing mixes (i.e., McCormick fajita seasoning), extrats and food colors, Grill Mates, seafood breading, batters, sauces, and rubs
Monsanto Company $4,208,000.00 
Morton Salt $14,879.01 Morton seasonings (e.g., Season-All), meat curing, sea salts, and Rust Raze products
Nestlé USA $1,169,400 Carnation, DiGiorno, Hot Pockets, Lean Cuisine, Abuelita, Nestle Toll House, La Lechera, Libby’s Pumpkin, 100 Grand, Baby Ruth, Bottle Caps, Butterfinger, Skinny Cow, Crunch, Wonka, Nips, Nescafe, Coffee-mate, Taster’s Choice, JuicyJuice, Nesquik, Dreyer’s, Drumstick, Edy’s, Haagen-Dazs, Push-up, Buitoni, California Pizza Kitchen, DiGiorno, Lean Pockets, Stouffer’s, Tombstone, Gerber Organics, Perrier, Poland Spring, S. Pellegrino, PowerBar, Tribe Mediterranean Foods
Ocean Spray $60,546 Juices, juice drinks, Craisins, cranberry sauce, fruit snacks
PepsiCo, Inc. $1,716,300 Frito Lay, Tropicana, Quaker, Gatorade, Izze, Mountain Dew, AMP Energy, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Tazo iced teas, SoBe, Aquafina, Brisk, Lipton, Propel Zero, Miss Vickie’s, Sabra hummus, Sunchips, Tazo, IZZE Sparkling Juice, Naked Juice, Naked Juice Coconut Water, Mother's Cereals, Nut Harvest Nuts, Sabra Hummus, Stacy's Pita and Bagel Chips, Aquafina, Tostitos Organic, Tropicana Organic
 PepsiCo (Donated $2.5M): Naked Juice, Tostito’s Organic, Tropicana Organic
Pinnacle Food Groups, LLC $69,307.71 Bird’s Eye, Armour, Duncan Hines, Aunt Jemima, Mrs. Butterworth’s, Vlasic, Voila!, Celeste, Mrs. Butterworth’s, Hungry-Man, Aunt Jemima, Lender’s, Snyder’s, Husman’s
Reily Foods Co. $13,214 Blue Plate, Bonus Blend, Carroll Shelby’s Chili, CDM, French Market, JFG, La Martinique, Luzianne, Old Dutch Dressing, Presto, Swans Down, Try Me Sauces, Wick Fowler’s Chili
Safeway (Member of Grocery Manufacturers Association, which donated $2M)“O” Organics
Sara Lee Corporation $246,766 Sara Lee desserts, Sunbeam, Hillshire Farms, Ball Park Franks, Jimmy Dean, Deli d’Italia, Deli Perfect, Galileo, Hornimans, Java Coast, Kahn’s, Mr. Turkey, Natreen, Pizza d’Oro, Pickwick, Sara Lee deli, Steamers, Sunbeam
Smithfield $14,286 Smoked hams, fresh pork, bacon, sausage, lunchmeat, Lean Generation, Recipe Ready
Smucker’s Donated $555k R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organic
Sunny Delight Beverages Company $93,795.90 SunnyD, BlenDs, EnchanceD, LimiteD
Syngenta Corporation $821,300.00
Unilever $467k Ben & Jerry’s

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Future of Food

Another movie on genetically engineered food called  "The Future of Food." You need to watch it if you have not seen it in the past.  Free to watch until November 5th. See it here! Send it to others also.