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Here is a list of how hard poison companies (also known as biotech companies) and the food industry faught and spent not to have labels on genetically altered foods and other products. These products are different enough to be considered intellectual propety, have a patent and be defined as an industrial secret but at the same time the same companies  claim are not different from the real thing in nature and thus do not need labels. Something is deceptive all right and it's the failure to inform the public as to what is in these products. Our food must not be an industrial secret or go unlabeled when altered enough to become intellectual property.

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House approves Keystone pipeline

House approves Keystone pipeline | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The measures faces little hope in the Senate, as well as a presidential veto.
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Here's an update on the Keystone pipeline as of this week.

 

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Every Republican who attended voted in favor the bill except for Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), who voted present. They were joined by 19 Democrats, a smaller number than had supported previous pro-Keystone bills.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/house-passes-keystone-pipeline-bill-91792.html#ixzz2U6Au8PQh

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A March Against Monsanto is a March for Life and Freedom - 25th May 2013

March Against Monsanto Worldwide on 25th May 2013. Join a March near you: http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/p/blog-page.html ACT for Seed Freedom • Trans...
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Here is a message you may want to spread. From: Seed Freedom CALLING ALL TRANSLATORS! Help us to translate and share Vandana Shiva's March Against Monsanto video message - http://youtu.be/vdxrQit45iU - in as many languages as possible before Saturday. For more details please message us your email.
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Monsanto, Bayer seek answers to bee losses - NBC News.com

Monsanto, Bayer seek answers to bee losses - NBC News.com | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Monsanto is hosting a "Bee Summit." Bayer AG is breaking ground on a "Bee Care Center." And Sygenta AG is funding grants for research...
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"The companies say their pesticides are not the problem, but critics say science shows the opposite."

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5 Million Farmers Sue Monsanto for $7.7 Billion

5 Million Farmers Sue Monsanto for $7.7 Billion | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

Launching a lawsuit against the very company that is responsible for a farmer suicide every 30 minutes, 5 million farmers are now suing Monsanto for as much as 6.2 billion euros (around 7.7 billion US dollars). 

The reason? As with many other cases, such as the ones that led certain farming regions to be known as the ‘suicide belt’, Monsanto has been reportedly taxing the farmers to financial shambles with ridiculous royalty charges. 

The farmers state that Monsanto has been unfairly gathering exorbitant profits each year on a global scale from “renewal” seed harvests, which are crops planted using seed from the previous year’s harvest. - See more at: http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2013/03/5-million-farmers-sue-monsanto-for-7-billion.html#sthash.UWwAJOFK.dpuf

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Fine with me if Monsanto does not personally raise the children and negletes to feed water and harvest them ...They should not be allowed to claim any type of ownership after the seed is bought and cared for by farmers. Though I don't want these farmer's products and if they are there I want them all labeled. NO patents on life period! If it can breed you only own what breeds on your own land by your own hand.

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The Baltimore Lead Study | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

The Baltimore Lead Study | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
In the 1990s, a prominent research facility associated with Johns Hopkins University conducted an experiment that knowingly exposed children -- mostly African American, some as young as a year old -- to dangerous levels of lead, as part of a study...
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This is too sad and embarrassing to expand on.

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Marine who dumped toxins felt illness was payback

Marine who dumped toxins felt illness was payback | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Marine who dumped toxins onto the ground felt cancer was payback for contributing to the worst drinking water contamination in the country's history.
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An interesting sad story. This shows how things we don't know can hurt us. Today we have many ways to learn about things that weren't available even 30 years ago so there is little excuse for not trying to know what is going on in our world, work and environment. We do not have all the answers but we know alot and we will figure more things out if we put our heads, stories, observations and the massive technological data collection ability together to figure things out.

 

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Senator Targets Repeal Of Monsanto Secret Deal

Senator Targets Repeal Of Monsanto Secret Deal | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is planning to push an amendment to the upcoming farm bill that would repeal the secret provision known as the Monsanto Protection Act, a rider attached anonymously to a spending bill that sailed through...
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We have to pay attention to what these lobbist are dealing for in DC and in the State houses as well. Folks at least everyone needs to sign up for watchdog groups to alert them to major happening we might need to know.

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Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Reduces Children’s IQ

Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Reduces Children’s IQ | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A recently-published Harvard University meta-analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has concluded that children who live in areas with highly fluoridated water have "significantly lower" IQ scores than those who live in low...
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Got Babies or plan to have them soon? Something to think about here. This isn't a report from the National Inquiry, it is a Harvard Study.

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Taxpayer Dollars Are Helping Monsanto Sell Seeds Abroad

Taxpayer Dollars Are Helping Monsanto Sell Seeds Abroad | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A new analysis of leaked diplomatic cables reveals a State Department working tirelessly to promote Big Ag.
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I don't want this stuff here except in a lab environment, and I sure don't want us held accountable for forcing it on the rest of the world the way these companies are serving us and our livestock an unlabled Mickey Finn. One thing depends and affects another in life and these scientist are far from having all the peices of life's puzzle working together the right way. They could make a very dangerous plan not using all the interdependent pieces and making sure they work as they should.

 

Then there is always the question about nature does this all for free so why would we pay some few people to play with this, and maybe even damage the balance irreversibly for many species and we might be one of those?

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New non-GM technology platform for genetic improvement of sunflower oilseed crop

New non-GM technology platform for genetic improvement of sunflower oilseed crop | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed techniques for the genetic improvement of sunflowers using a non-GMO based approach.
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Yes there is new non-GMO research and here is some of the good news!

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How Monsanto Is Using Cronies in Congress to Take Away States' Rights to Label Genetically Modified Foods

How Monsanto Is Using Cronies in Congress to Take Away States' Rights to Label Genetically Modified Foods | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Sources report that Monsanto has begun secretly lobbying its Congressional allies to attach amendments to the Farm Bill that would preempt or prohibit states from requiring labels on GE foods.
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Time to get on board if you want States/us locals, to hold on to the power to know what's in our food and make well informed diet and environmental decisions for ourselves. Call your officails and let them know you are watching to decide how well they are looking out for your interest VS the interest of big ag businesses and others.

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African leaders must emulate Chinese celebrities to save elephants - The Guardian

African leaders must emulate Chinese celebrities to save elephants - The Guardian | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
African leaders must emulate Chinese celebrities to save elephants
The Guardian
The world can no longer ignore the reality that elephants may be gone within decades, unless something drastic happens to stop the slaughter.
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Crushing the criminal cartels in Africa is only half of the challenge, demand in consumer countries must also be choked. The demand for ivory in the Far East is unprecedented and China alone consumes over 50% of the illegal ivory coming out of Africa.

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Monsanto, DuPont Spending Millions to Oppose California's GMO Labeling Law

Monsanto, DuPont Spending Millions to Oppose California's GMO Labeling Law | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Big companies are spending millions to defeat GMO labeling in California for fear it could spread to the rest of the country.
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Here's an older event that shows how far these companies are willing to go and spend to keep citizen/consumers from making informed choice in shopping and in what they injest through food or allow in the environment.

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GMO Labeling Laws Take Center Stage

GMO Labeling Laws Take Center Stage | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The battle over whether to label genetically modified foods (GMOs) in the U.S. rages at the state and federal level.
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The labeling of genetically modified food is ground zero in the controversy over GMOs made by companies like Monsanto (NYSE:MON) and Dupont (NYSE:DD), and the issue is likely to grow even more divisive as food safety groups butt heads with Congress and Big Ag over the right to know what's on our plates.

 

Among the states making major strides toward passing GMO-labeling legislation are Oregon, Connecticut and Vermont, whose House of Representatives passed such a bill earlier this year. Vermont’s legislature has two-year sessions, so if the state Senate passes it next year, and Gov. Peter Shumlin signs it, it will become state law.

 

The lead sponsor of the bill, known as H 112, is state Rep. Kate Webb, a Democrat who argues that the public should have access to as much information as possible about the food they eat.

 
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Ant engineering seen in slow motion

Ant engineering seen in slow motion | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Detailed slow-motion footage showing how ants tunnel their way through confined spaces could aid the design of search and rescue robots, say scientists.
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Wasn't sure which section to place this under...technology or nature. The ant's nature seems to trump and lead the tech design so I placed it under the environmental/nature topic. How amazing it is that there are endless, inter-connected lessons to learn from nature through science that places those lessons in odd finite feeling boxes. The biggest lesson to learn is that we need to protect the infinite teacher the most.

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Fractured Land (trailer) | Watch Now

Fractured Land (trailer) | Watch Now | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A modern Indigenous warrior. A Goliath industry. A new way forward. -- Filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis document the journey of Caleb Behn to protect the health of his land and people...
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Looks like a interesting documentary. We'll have to keepour eyes open and try to view the whole film.

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Diet Soda, Aspartame Shown to Destroy Kidney Function

Diet Soda, Aspartame Shown to Destroy Kidney Function | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

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In an 11-year study by scientists at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, there was a strong positive correlation found between degeneration of kidney function and consumption of aspartame-containing diet soda.

Published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, the study followed 3,318 women for a number of years as they consumed diet soda containing artificial sweeteners like Aspartame. 

Scientists took into account each participant’s age, blood pressure, smoking habits (when applicable), and pre-existing conditions like heart disease or diabetes, and administered food frequency questionnaires in 1984, 1986, 1990, 1994, and 1998. Two or more diet drinks daily, it was found, led to a doubled risk in fast-paced kidney decline.
- See more at: http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2013/04/diet-soda-aspartame-shown-to-destroy-kidney-function.html#sthash.RXziELE0.dpuf

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I'm glad I've nearly stopped drinking these things!

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Moyers Moment (2001): David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz on Manipulating Science | Moyers Moments, Moyers Moments, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

Moyers Moment (2001): David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz on Manipulating Science | Moyers Moments, Moyers Moments, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Two public health historians tell how the vinyl chloride industry published misleading research to keep employees from knowing they were being poisoned.
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Now we know for sure this was a health and environmental risk and there seems to be evidence the companies knew for decades and tried hard to make sure the general public did ot know.

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Egberto Willies speaks

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This may not be Egberto's best ever frozen face pic but what he has to say is worth 10 minute time to listen. 

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Organic Consumers Association Calls on Congress to Reject King Amendment and Any Other Farm Bill Riders That Would Preempt State GMO Labeling Laws - eNews Park Forest

Organic Consumers Association Calls on Congress to Reject King Amendment and Any Other Farm Bill Riders That Would Preempt State GMO Labeling Laws - eNews Park Forest | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
“If Monsanto can’t stop states from passing laws, then the next step is a national preemptive measure,” Cummins said. “And all signs point to just such a power grab.” Organic Consumers Association (OCA) today called on all members of Congress to reject the King Amendment and any other amendments or riders to the 2013 Farm Bill that would take away states’ rights to enact laws requiring the labeling of foods...
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“If the King Amendment survives, and is included in the 2013 Farm Bill, it will wipe out more than 150 state laws governing agriculture, food and food safety,” said Ronnie Cummins, National Director of the OCA. “The biotech industry knows that it’s only a matter of time before Washington State, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut and other states pass GMO labeling laws. Rather than fight this battle in every state, Monsanto is trying to manipulate Congress to pass a Farm Bill that will wipe out citizens’ rights to state laws intended to protect their health and safety.”

 

The King Amendment, inserted into the Farm Bill under the guise of protecting interstate commerce, passed out of the House Agricultural Committee on Wednesday, May 15. IThe amendment was proposed by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), largely in response to a California law stating that by 2015, California will allow only eggs to be sold from hens housed in cages specified by California. But policy analysts emphasize that the amendment, broadly and ambiguously written, could be used to prohibit or preempt any state GMO labeling or food safety law.

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GMO Crop Sabotage on the Rise: French citizens destroy trial vineyard

GMO Crop Sabotage on the Rise: French citizens destroy trial vineyard | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
By Rady Ananda Food Freedom Early Sunday morning, French police stood helpless as sixty people, locked inside an open-air field of genetically modified grapevines, uprooted all the plants.  In Spai...
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This is what happens when people feel they have been lied, manipulated and forced to do something they did not choose to do and they feel is both unethical and immoral.

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Ignoring the cost of climate change is bad business - The Globe and Mail

Ignoring the cost of climate change is bad business - The Globe and Mail | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
How can we ignore the cause, effects, and the cost of #ClimateChange? Look at the lives, #homes & #environment lost. http://t.co/5hXXmxLnVd
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"Pick any city, any industry, any business, any government and you will find that most of the spending on climate change comes after the disaster, not in anticipation of it. The U.S. Congress authorized more than $60-billion to pay for Hurricane Sandy’s damage last year. In other words, there is no hedging for volatility.

 

Take agriculture. Farmers are well aware that climate change is turning their growing and harvesting seasons into crap shoots because of the alarming frequency of droughts, floods and extreme cold and heat. The drought of 2012 in the United States, one of the worst on record, slaughtered corn and soybean yields in the Midwest. Suppose that were to happen again, choking off agricultural exports. Food shortages could develop in some countries or regions, including Canada, if the drought were severe north of the border.
 

 
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Freenet

Freenet | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A collaborative doc about the future of Internet freedom / Documental colaborativo sobre el futuro de la libertad en la red
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This could become true sooner than you know! Much sooner than you think. Are you ready for the change....Sit back and do nothing and then you can wait and pick your "PLAN".

 

Do not except the content companies or others for profit major players to come to our aid unless we force them to listen.

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United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
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Hear it for yourself!

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