Grass-Fed Label For Meat—Gone!

Posted January 25, 2016
Last week, the USDA announced it would be withdrawing its standard for the grass-fed meat label. The agency is giving producers who used the grass-fed label thirty days to (1) convert the current “grass-fed” standard, in which 99% of the animal’s feed must be from grass or forage, into their own private standard; (2) use some other “recognized grass-fed standard,” or else (3) develop a new, voluntary, grass-fed standard—whatever the company decides is fine with the USDA.  Read more.

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US FDA Bans Imports of GM Salmon — for Now

Posted February 5, 2016
Genetically engineered salmon won’t be hitting U.S. dinner tables anytime soon. Two months after federal regulators approved the nation’s first genetically engineered salmon for human consumption, the Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued a ban on the import and sale of the fish until the agency can publish guidelines for how it should be labeled.  Read more.

How GMOs are Defended by Distorting the Facts

Posted February 5, 2016

A spirited discussion about genetically engineered foods was broadcast January 25, 2016 on The Agenda, the flagship current affairs programme of TVO, Ontario’s public television network. (These products are also called “genetically modified organisms” or GMOs.) I presented evidence-based reasons for regarding these foods as abnormally risky and the current regulatory system as deficient, while Robert Wager, a biologist at Vancouver Island University, defended the foods and the system. However, his arguments substantially relied on assertions that were either flat-out false or significantly misleading. Some of his most serious distortions are detailed below:  Read here.

Leading Almond Milk Brand Contains Only 2% Almonds in Recipe

Posted February 5, 2016
Tracy Albert and Dimitrios Malaxianis recently brought a lawsuit, claiming false advertising, against Blue Diamond Growers after a British Almond Breeze website revealed that almonds only accounted for 2 percent of its ingredients (the rest being water, sugar, carrageenan and sunflower lecithin), reported FoodNavigator-USA.   Read more.

Amazing 1930’s Pharmacist Map of ‘Herbal Cures’ Released to Public

Posted February 5, 2016
…we have a medical system which relies almost entirely on patented chemicals and/or biologicals that are far removed from anything resembling the ‘back yard farmacy’ of yesteryear. The FDA’s very definition of a drug now precludes the use of natural substances, and drug-based medicine has become a form of human sacrifice, on a scale that may exceed previous civilizations sacrifice of their population for ostensibly religious reasons.  Read more.

WTF Happened to Golden Rice?

Posted February 5, 2016
If golden rice is such a panacea, why does it flourish only in headlines, far from the farm fields where it’s intended to grow? The short answer is that the plant breeders have yet to concoct varieties of it that work as well in the field as existing rice strains. This is made all the more challenging in the face of debates over genetically modified crops and eternal disputes about how they should be regulated.  Read more.

Polysorbate 80: A Risky Vaccine Ingredient

Posted February 5, 2016
The recent public conversation about the safety of vaccine ingredients has centered primarily around mercury (thimerosal), aluminum and formaldehyde. However, there are other concerning ingredients in vaccines that are not talked about as often, one of which is Polysorbate 80—also known as Tween 80 and polyoxyethylene-sorbitan-20 mono-oleate.1  Read more.

Zika Outbreak Epicenter in Same Area Genetically-Modified Mosquitoes Released in 2015

Posted February 5, 2016

The World Health Organization announced it will convene an Emergency Committee under International Health Regulations on Monday, February 1, concerning the Zika virus ‘explosive’ spread throughout the Americas. The virus reportedly has the potential to reach pandemic proportions — possibly around the globe. But understandingwhy this outbreak happened is vital to curbing it.  Read more.

PBS Frontline Hit Piece on Vitamins and Supplements

Posted February 5, 2016
For many years now, an organized campaign has been waged against supplements, with the aim of regulating them as drugs rather than food, as is currently the case. Canadian Broadcast News (CBC) News, The New York Times, and PBS/Frontline all appear to be part of this campaign.5 If you thought PBS was above such shenanigans, think again. If you’ve been a regular viewer of PBS, you’ve likely noticed the increase in sponsored messages over the last few years, and among these “underwriters,” as they’re now called,6 you have Monsanto, Pfizer, and Merck, just to name a few.  Read more.