GMO

  1. GMO chemical could get banned in Europe

    The dangerous chemical hiding in your dinner

    I'd like to think that anything France can do, we can do better... but it might be about to speed ahead of us in one very important way.

    France could soon become the leading voice of sanity and reason when it comes to keeping DEADLY chemicals out of your food.

    Everyone should want that, right?

    Yet while the United States government caves to the agricultural industry and expands the use of one of the worst-of-the-worst chemicals found in food, France is working toward the opposite goal.

    The country is getting close to launching a flat-out BAN on glyphosate, the dangerous cancer-linked weed killer that's dumped onto genetically modified crops.

    The food industry has claimed it's impossible to quit now, saying it's too late to change course. And it's also insisted that there's just no way to feed a hungry nation -- and a hungry planet -- without the convenience of dumping tons of glyphosate onto millions of acres of franken-foods that have been genetically altered to withstand the chemical.

    France is getting ready to prove them wrong.

    The country just signaled that it may vote against extending the approval for glyphosate -- not only for its own farms, but across the entire European Union.

    The plan is up for an EU vote by the end of the year, and, if approved, it would lead to a phase-out that could take effect in as little as five years.

    These moves come as European leaders are increasingly concerned by the science showing persistent links between glyphosate and cancer. The World Health Organization's cancer agency has even listed glyphosate as a "probable carcinogen."

    Here in the United States, the state of California may be adding cancer warning labels to glyphosate containers, often sold in stores as Roundup.

    But my adopted home state has been the exception so far.

    Big Agriculture has crushed any moves to limit the use of this dangerous chemical, and it's starting to have real consequences.

    Some 80 percent of the U.S. food supply now has at least some detectable level of glyphosate, and nearly every American -- 93 percent of us, to be exact -- has trace levels of this chemical in their urine.

    Cross-contamination has become such a huge problem that glyphosate is now found in everything from honey to ice cream, including products that are supposed to contain non-GMO ingredients.

    Once upon a time, you could avoid this stuff entirely by going organic. These days, it's even been found in some organics (likely due to that same cross-contamination), but it's still the best way to minimize your exposure and slash your risk.

  2. GMO study panel was full of industry conflicts

    The truth about that big GMO study

    Genetically-modified crops... safe???

    Don't stock up on that corn just yet, my friend -- because if you dig into the fine print of the new report on genetically-modified crops, you won't find any rock-solid proof of safety in there.

    You'll just find more question marks!

    The researchers behind the new report certainly sound confident enough... at first. They claim to have found no link between GMO crops such as corn and soy and major diseases including cancer, celiac disease, diabetes, and food allergies.

    But they also admit there could be long-term risks that they haven't been able to pick up on just yet.

    So, they say, scientists should continue to study the situation.

    Yet despite that confession... despite coming out and admitting there could still be risks... despite acknowledging that the report is far from the final word on the topic... the team behind the study has been using it to push an anti-consumer agenda.

    They claim the study "proves" that genetically engineered-foods shouldn't get warning labels.

    Why make that claim if the jury's still out?

    I did some digging, and I found evidence of a hidden agenda -- because this report is hardly the unbiased, impartial, and independent review it's been made out to be.

    In fact, it's quite the opposite.

    The study was carried out by the National Research Council, part of the National Academy of Sciences -- an organization that has a revolving door with the very industry it claims to be studying.

    According to Food and Water Watch -- a public interest organization without corporate or government influence -- 12 of the 22 members of the National Research Council's committee had ties to either the agricultural industry or pro-GMO organizations.

    The NRC even takes cash from some of those same companies and groups!

    "The organization has taken millions of dollars from companies like Monsanto and DuPont and allowed corporate representatives from these and other companies to sit on high-level governing boards overseeing NRC projects," Food and Water Watch said in its report.

    You can read the full report right here. It's an eye-opener.

    So let me cut through the fluff and tell you what you won't hear from industry hacks: GMOs have been studied so poorly in humans that there's no way anyone can say for certain that they're safe.

    And I don't want to put anything in my body unless I'm 100 PERCENT sure it's safe.

    What we know so far from animal studies is highly concerning, as research links GMOs to cancer and other chronic disease. In addition, glyphosate -- the weedkiller used on genetically-modified corn and soy -- has even been declared a "probable carcinogen" by the World Health Organization's cancer agency.

    That's why GMO labeling is such a common-sense option. It allows people to make a choice about what's best for them and their families -- and if the industry were truly confident that they had proven these foods are safe, they would support it too.

    In the meantime, the best way to avoid GMOs and the chemicals dumped on them is to go organic.

  3. Studies find new risks to genetically engineered food

    Genetically engineered foods can damage cellular systems and cause disease, according to the latest research. There's also a new push for labeling laws.
  4. Organics are worth the extra money -- here's why

    Some claim a new study finds organic foods are no better than conventional. But that's not quite the whole story. Get the truth about the new study here.
  5. Learn which foods use genetically modified ingredients

    Food manufacturers are fighting tooth and nail to keep you from learning, which foods use genetically modified ingredients. Here's your chance to fight back.

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