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Monsanto / Labeling

GMO foods - dont have to tell you


Sign the petition:  Unless you are actively seeking information, you seldom hear about congressional bills that are often (maybe usually) not in your best interests.  As a consumer it seems obvious that we should have the right to know what is in our foods.  We could then make intelligent decisions whether or not we want to consume that food.  Believe it or not, many in congress disagree.  A current example is the “dangerous anti-GMO labeling bill dubbed the ‘DARK Act‘ – Denying Americans the Right to Know Act – (which) has hit a roadblock in the U.S. Senate.”  The Republicans have virtually sold out to Monsanto on this one, so the only hope is “if Democratic Senators stand up to Big Food.”  If it is not stopped, it would be devastating.  “If signed into law, the DARK Act would block all state laws requiring mandatory GMO labeling, prevent the FDA from establishing a national mandatory GMO labeling program, block all state and local efforts to protect rural communities and farmers from the impacts of GMO crops, and prevent claims by food companies that non-GMO foods are better than GMO ones.” Read the short explanation on the link below that was put together by Credo Action, and then please sign the petition.  We need to protect human rights as consumers, not the unlimited rights of fictitious persons (corporations).


https://act.credoaction.com/sign/senate_dark_act?t=1&akid=15954.8347606.oJRZPV

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Helping Bees – Step 2, True Value and Ace Hardware

 Bees taking us with them  Sign the petition:  In case you haven’t read posts concerning bees, here’s a recap recently put out by Kaytee Ray-Riek of SumOfUs.org.  “Its just not bees — evidence is mounting that butterflies, moths, and birds are all affected by neonics. Without pollinators like bees and butterflies, many of our most important crops simply can’t grow, putting our food supply in danger.”  Progress has been made with Lowes and Home Depot.  Now the focus is on True Value and Ace Hardware chains.  As Kaytee says, “In spite of the overwhelming evidence that neonics are killing the bees, major corporations from Bayer to Syngenta continue to manufacture and sell them. Why? Because for these companies, profits trump saving our environment and food supply.”  This petition focuses on getting the retailers to stop selling these products.


http://action.sumofus.org/a/bee-victory/?akid=12018.8876146.nGEDq8&rd=1&sub=fwd&t=1

 

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What Really Makes Meat Eaters Tick

 Meat Eaters - Proteim  Read this:  As a vegetarian, I often wonder why do so many people who seem to care about rampant use of antibotics, cruelty to animals and the effect of the meat industry on the environment still unblushingly defend their love of eating meat.  The article below from Mother Jones Magazine, By Gabrielle Canon takes a quick look at this seeming dichotomy in the minds of somewhat liberal meat eaters.  What makes them tick, and what are the most common justifications, the “four Ns” for their dietary decisions.  “Though researchers found that ‘necessary’ and ‘nice’ were the most strongly voiced defenses and might be most difficult to overturn, Americans are eating much less meat than they used to, and cultural movements like Meatless Monday have made it clear that people can at least be convinced to cut back.”

http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/06/meat-excuses

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Tiny Plastic Beads That Never Go Away

 News  Read this: It is becoming a full-time job to try to keep from consuming petroleum based products in one form or another.  When I read this I actually said out loud “my toothpaste too”.  Yes, among other places, “microbeads” are manifest in the cosmetic industry, including of all things, our toothpastes.  California is the latest state thinking about changes.  “There are other concerns about ingesting microbeads—both from products like toothpaste and from eating fish containing the plastic bits. The Environmental Working Group notes that the plastics that make up some microbeads are suspected to be hormone disruptors, so ‘eating them at your fish fry would not only lend an unpleasant texture to your beer-battered fish but could also add an unhealthy dose of estrogen-mimicking chemicals’.”

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/05/microbeads-exfoliators-plastic-face-scrub-toothpaste

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Bee Killing Pesticides Still Sold At True Value and Ace

 Bees taking us with them
Sign the petition:  This bee issue is one that truly flies under the radar.  Yet it is such a foundation component of our agriculture and basic life.  It is something we need to speak out about.  As the article, by Sierra Rise, in the link below states: “A recent study showed that 51 percent of plants purchased at large home improvement and garden centers contained pesticides at levels that could harm or even kill bees.  There’s too much at stake. Let the CEOs of True Value and Ace Hardware know its time for them to make a commitment to protect bees. Sign the petition now!”  Please sign the petition.
 

 

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Hate Pipelines, Well Here’s One That Might Makes Some Sense.

 California Drought - Map W US
Read this:  As California and the majority of its’ agriculture are increasingly jeopardized by drought, other options, previously ignored become feasible possibilities. Who knows, they may become the norm.  “The boon of Canada’s freshwater reserves has made some worried that it will soon be bullied into spreading the good fortune around. It may only be a matter of time before the situation puts ‘new pressure on Canada to export water,’ wrote Globe and Mail columnist Gary Mason a year ago. ‘Once that tap is turned on, there may be no stopping it.’”  The logistics of this are beyond me but there is definitely and need the rest can be worked out.  I sure like this better than oil pipelines with inevitable spills and increasing CO2 levels.
 

 

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The number of monarch butterflies has decreased by 90%. 

 Monarch Butterfly
Sign the petition:  Last week Sierra Club launched “AddUp”, an all-new, one-stop website for effective environmental activism.  The monarch population is down drastically in the last 20 years.  Studies show as much as a “90% drop”.  “Herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup and genetically manipulated Roundup Ready crops have destroyed the milkweed plants monarchs rely on to eat and lay their eggs.”  Help save them.  Sign the petition to “Get the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide protection for monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act”.
 

 

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GMOs, A Shocking Video About the Worldwide MONSANTO Plague

 GMO - No Thanks
Watch this and become angry:  The chemical company Monsanto is actively spreading (legally forcing) the use of its’ favorite chemical glyphosate everywhere it can.  In an article on http://www.addictinginfo.org/ by Jameson Parker, reports that Monsanto “recently made headlines once again when a World Health Organization report found that the ingredient glyphosate was likely posing considerable risk to people.”  The legal methods by which it is able to force itself on people in the United States is unbelievable, but what it is able to do in less developed countries should make us all outraged.  This film gives you an overall feel for legal corporate monstrosities running amuck worldwide.  Watch and listen to experts in many fields who have been fighting Monsanto and other companies often to their own dismay.
 

 

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