The GMO Danger On Your Dinner Plate

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Last year, if you’re like the average American, you ate more than your body weight of a group of foods you didn’t even know you were consuming. Foods that have never been proven safe to eat. Foods that are becoming more and more widespread in our food supply.

These foods consist of genetically modified organisms (GMO), plants that have been created in laboratories and then planted by farmers. The most frightening part about these foods is that they are unlike any other foods that humans have ever eaten before recent times. And they were probably on your dinner plate last night and almost certainly in your snack foods.

The Environmental Working Group, a consumer advocate organization, determined that Americans eat, on average, 193 pounds of GMO foods a year. And the group justifiably asks: “If you were planning on eating your body weight of anything in a year, wouldn’t you want to make sure it was safe to eat?”

But you don’t know if these foods are safe to eat, and nobody is planning any research to find out how risky they are. The government doesn’t require international corporations like Monsanto, which make tremendous profits off of these foods, to establish their safety. Other countries are more concerned about these foods than we are. As a matter of fact, the United States is just about alone in not requiring labeling of GMO foods or the performance of safety tests to see whether these bizarre, chemist-created foods are harmless. As a result, about 90 percent of the corn, soy and cotton now produced in the United States are GMO crops. When you eat processed foods like corn chips or breakfast cereal, 70 percent of what you take in has been made from GMO products.

Who stands to profit from this change in our eating habits? Primarily Monsanto, the biotech company that controls 90 percent of all GMO seeds that farmers plant. (For more on agricultural terrorism, go here.

A big reason Monsanto can get away with engineering this profitable threat to health stems from its gargantuan lobbying efforts in Washington. According to a report by Food and Water Watch, a nonprofit consumer organization, Monsanto and other huge food and agricultural biotechnology firms and trade associations lavished more than $540 million in campaign contributions and lobbying efforts on the elected class during the past decade. And their efforts are accelerating.

Food and Water Watch has determined that the annual spending on politicians by these corporations has doubled during that time. These companies employ more than 100 lobbying firms and also have in-house lobbyists who wine and dine politicians and government functionaries to get what they want.

In many cases, the same people who hold high-paying jobs at Monsanto eventually move into positions at the regulatory agencies that are supposed to be protecting us against their abuses of the food system.

Consider the case of Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for Foods for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the past, he has moved from a job at the FDA to a job at a law firm that represented Monsanto. Then he moved to a job at Monsanto, over to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, back to the law firm, over to Monsanto, to a position on a university, to a think tank and then back to the FDA. It’s a pretty cushy career path for Taylor, but a disaster for our protection from questionable food.

While Taylor was doing his second stint at the FDA, the agency adjusted its regulatory policies so GMOs could be introduced into our diet without being tested for toxic effects.

Aside from the possible danger of eating GMO foods that have had genetic material from other species added to their cells, the GMO crops that farmers grow often have been sprayed with unconscionable amounts of pesticides that contaminate our air and water. Residues of these chemicals may also contaminate foods made from these plants.

Many of these GMO crops are “Roundup®-ready.” That means they have been modified genetically to survive massive amounts of the herbicide called Roundup® (also provided by Monsanto). Glyphosate from Roundup® is now being detected in ground water far from the farms at which it is sprayed. Traces are even being found in the urine of city dwellers. It crosses the placental barrier and can be detected in the blood of unborn children.

This technology threatens you, me and the world around us. Roundup®-ready crops have led to the creation of “frankenweeds,” weeds impervious to herbicides. GMO seeds that produce their own pesticides are creating “frankenbugs” that withstand and even thrive on GMO plants.

But this toxic brew is killing off populations of beneficial insects like pollinating honeybees. It has led to what is called colony collapse disorder and a worldwide die-off of bees. GMO crops may also be wiping out monarch butterfly populations.

Right now, the only way for you to avoid GMO foods is to eat organic food. Any other food, even items marked “all-natural,” may contain GMO ingredients. You can get a free shopping guide to help you find non-GMO foods here.

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Original edited to correct typo.–BL

Personal Liberty

Bob Livingston

founder of Personal Liberty Digest™, is an ultra-conservative American author and editor of The Bob Livingston Letter™, in circulation since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • independent thinker

    “That means they have been modified genetically to survive massive amounts of the pesticide called Roundup®…”
    Mr Livingston Roundup is not a pesticide but rather an herbicide. Of course that doesn’t mean it is any less dangerous.

    • http://personalliberty.com/ Bob Livingston

      Dear independent thinker,

      Thank you. The error has been corrected.

      Best wishes,
      Bob

  • John Rambo

    There’s nothing wrong with GMOs, science has proven that GMOs are harmless, there are no side effects, and are actually healthy for you.

    You guys are being a bunch of paranoid conspiracy theoriests. No, Monsanto is not trying to take over the world.

    GMOs are perfectly safe. Stop with your fear-mongering…

  • laura merrone

    I live in Europe now and just buy their food since GMO’s are banned in Europe. Also, cook everything from scratch, eat no snack foods, only fruit and avoid harmful ingredients. I make my own granola from oatmeal and nuts to avoid boxed cereals. Its a little extra work, but you feel a lot healthier and actually like home cooked food better. I like to cook, anyway. And if I do eat a GMO once and awhile, I don’t worry about it…

    • Karolyn

      It’s nice that you don’t have to worry about gmos; however, you do have Codis Alimentarius. I don’t worry about it because it is unavoidable; but I will campaign against it as much as is possible for me. I’ve seen the lists of products using gmos. Just about every major food company in the US uses them.

      • laura merrone

        What is that ailment thing?
        Google

        • TheOriginalDaveH
          • laura merrone

            Oh, that! We get my supplements and herbs by people going back to “the States” and buying them and bringing them to us occasionally. Also, you can buy some supplement here either at the Commissary at the US military base and also at German pharmacies. The Germans actually have a large variety of homemade natural remedies that really do work including Elderberry juice. Elderberry juice will cut down a fever and shorten your cold symptoms naturally.

  • Dr. NLR

    GMO’s are very dangerous. Read SEEDS OF DECEPTION by Jeff Smith. He shows science behind the danger of GMO’s. The third generation of rats on GMO soy were all born sterile and had smaller organs as brains, livers, etc. These are dangerous foods and should be banned.

    • Alfred Croix

      Who is Jeff Smith? What makes him an expert on this subject? What makes his statements true? What axe is he grinding? “Silent Spring” has now been proven to be a big “Hatchet Job.” Sensation sells books, not truth.

      • TheOriginalDaveH

        That may be true, but the main issue here is that people have a right to know what they are purchasing so they can decide for themselves who to believe.

      • jenelle

        I’m a hater. I hate what Silent Spring is bringing to United States and has brought to Africa.

    • FreedomFighter

      Its about “Eugenics” and population control, to wipe out useless masses, the modern mechanized system no longer needs masses of workers or as they call us “useless eaters and zombies”

      Global Extermination Database Exposed
      http://www.infowars.com/eugenics-special-global-extermination-database-exposed/

      Laus DeoSemper FI

  • KG

    Now I see why I need to be a selfish, rich, basturd. I need to buy the expensive, overpriced ‘organic’ food. Well, I feel sorry for all of those ‘survivalists’ who are going to have to eat those dehydrated rations.

    For those of you who believe the earth is less than 6000 years old (Mr Livingston), why are these bugs and weeds becoming resistant to the chemicals?
    And for those of you who believe the earth is 4.5 billion years old, tell me one plant that is NOT organic?

    I remember seeing a film in school about the ‘revolution in agriculture’ that was going to end hunger through plants that were resistant to drought, disease, and insects. Maybe the ‘conspiracy’ is coming from the other direction. Because how many more ‘darkies’ do we want on the planet?

    • chocopot

      As usual, you spout off your left-wing nonsense without any basis in fact. Go crawl back under your rock, troll.

    • Karolyn

      For once, KG, we definitely disagree! This is something I am very passionate about. Have you done your research on gmos? Of course, I’m sure you must know that “organic” means raised without chemical fertilizers and pesticides? Our current methods of farming are killing the soil. That’s why so much fertilizer is being used (and leaching into the water supply for people to drink.) Do you ever stop to think why are so many more people affected with allergies, asthma and other illnesses these days – especially kids. When I was a kid, nobody had allergies.

      • KG

        When I was a kid, nobody went to the doctor unless you were sick. Thanks to HMO’s and their drive for profits for their shareholders, people who are perfectly healthy go to the doctor. So which is it? Are people actually MORE sick today, or are we so sensitive to every little ill that we have comforted ourselves by saying “…it THEIR fault!” Whoever “THEY” are.

        • TheOriginalDaveH

          Aren’t you a supporter of Obamacare? The law that allows people to seek medical attention on other peoples’ dime? Of course that allows the moral hazard of people seeking medical attention that they wouldn’t otherwise have sought if they were paying out of their own pockets.

          • smilee

            The nicest part of Obamcare is that we can use some of your money to support and knowing you can do nothing about it!!

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Thank you so much, Smilee, for revealing the true nature of Liberal Progressives. It is refreshing that you would admit it.

          • smilee

            Admit it, were proud to admit it!!

          • vicki

            Proud to admit that you are a thief? Sad really

          • smilee

            If that is the case we are both thieves as we are both using the services. It is really not an accurate portrayal but I’ll consider the source.

          • vicki

            You make the unfounded assumption that I am using the services.

          • smilee

            You made that assumption about me when you called me a thief and I just returned the favor to you.

          • vicki

            I made no assumption. You stated your intent.

          • vicki

            Proud that you are forcing someone to pay for your upkeep? Sad.

          • smilee

            You forget I am also paying for yours by the same force, difference being I do not recent doing so as I understand we are all in this together and I am not greedy

          • vicki

            Since you (claim) you are paying for mine by your consent there is no force. Nor am I forcing you to pay.

          • smilee

            I am not consenting I’m am just following the law which forces me to pay it just like you. I just do not complain like you do.

          • vicki

            That you are not complaining makes our point. Thanks.

          • KG

            That’s what happened with HMO’s – but the moral hazard was in the other direction. Doctors figured out that they could charge as much as they wanted so long as the HMO would pay for it. So, do we blame the sick people or those actually responsible for the inflated cost?

          • vicki

            supply/demand. Its the law.

          • KG

            fear/greed. It’s reality.

          • vicki

            doctors and HMOs are both greedy. That cancels out the greed. Fear has no meaning in this context.

        • Karolyn

          I would say both.

      • Chester

        Karolyn, “organic” means anything derived from a living source, or that is the same as something that can be derived from a living source. The opposite of “organic” is “inorganic”, meaning that which is strictly derived from chemicals that are not in any living organism, or from forms that are not produced by any living organism. Most of that definition has more to do with carbohydrates as opposed to hydrocarbons than with rock versus tree.

        • independent thinker

          I very rarely agree with anything Karolyn posts but this is one time that she is spot on with her comment.

          ” “organic” means raised without chemical fertilizers and pesticides? ”
          You will note Karolyn’s use of quotes around organic. that shows she is well aware of the more generic definition of organic which you are using to try and confuse the issue. Karolyn’s definition of organic as applied to food stuffs is correct and has been recoginized by the dept of Agriculture as the proper way to define food raised without chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

      • nc

        Karolyn, you say our CURRENT methods of farming are killing the soil. Farmers in the 1800’s before that was ever a chemical involved “killed the soil” with their methods of farming! No crop rotation or other methods of preservation turned vast fields into waste lands for years!
        More people are sick because there are more people! I don’t know where you live but I live in the south and I am 77 years old and some people have been crying like babies every pollen season since I have been around! We called them allergies when I was a kid!

        • smilee

          There is a big difference to depleting the soil as the did years ago and killing the soil with chemicals as we are doing today

        • Karolyn

          Where was that, nc? Are you talking about the dustbowl? That’s a whole different animal from the other farming areas of the country. Most small farmers I ever knew or heard about used crop rotation and planted things that repelled insects in with the crops, so they didn’t use herbicides and insecticides. Sure, when the “chemical age” got going, everybody was thrilled with being able to just put some chemicals on the crops to keep the bugs away. At that time, nobody cared what those chemicals would do to people. DDT was outlawed in 1972 and can still be found in peoples’ blood.

          I’m from the northeast, and when I was a kid I never knew a kid with allergies or asthma. They didn’t even get as many ear infections in those days. For one thing, we weren’t as germaphobic.

          • smilee

            I had the same experiences, I grew up on a farm in the Midwest in the forties and fifties before we used chemicals and we did things as you describe.

        • Karolyn

          I also want to mention that today’s mega-farms just keep dumping fertilizer on the fields, season after season; and the soil never gets a chance to rejuvenate. I have read studies indicating that the fruits and vegetables we eat have less and less nutrition than they used to because of soil depletion.

    • Bill

      Kg,
      You need to get back on your meds, you are rambling

  • Alfred Croix

    Where are all the dead people? No one applies “massive amounts” of Roundup to any crop. God, through natural mutations, has been “genetically modifying” plants (and animals, even humans) since creation. Monks discovered hybridization with peas centuries ago. Laboratories just speed this process up. No one has died from this. Many people eat because of it. Use your head, people.

    • Karolyn

      Use YOUR head and do some research before you post. We have no way of knowing how many people are being affected and exactly how – yet! Glyphosphate has been recently found in peoples’ blood. Why are so many other countries banning gmos and not the US? We are way behind due to the gov. being in Big Agra’s pocket – most specifically, Monsanto. Do you like the idea of one company holding patents on all the world’s seed? That is what it’s coming to.

      • smilee

        She is right on this too!!

        • Average_Joe56

          It’s scary when Liberals and Conservatives start agreeing….oh wait, It’s progress…and none
          too soon, I might add.
          Unity, what a novel concept….
          We better be careful with this….that’s how America became a nation…..people agreeing that their government may not have their best interests at heart…and that maybe an adjustment needed to be made to the situation…..
          Careful, liberty may be lurking just around the corner…
          ;)

      • independent thinker

        Glyphosphate and other supposedly short lived herbacides have been found in compost sold or given to gardners. This compost stunts and/or kills the plants of the home gardner and it takes several years for its toxicity to go away. So home gardners be aware of where you get your compost or make your own to avoid the problem. By the way the Glyphosphate can also be found in the manure of cattle that have grazed on or been given grain from treated plants.

  • KarenfromDallas

    John Rambo and James Boswell are the same person and is a paid pro GMO commentor. He is doing a copy and paste on his comments on GMO’s. If there’s an administrator on this page please block his isp.

  • Karolyn

    thank you Bob for addressing this disastrous situation. The more the word gets out there; the more support there is to curb Monsanto and others like it.

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      It’s not so much a matter of curbing Monsanto, as it is of quiting assisting Monsanto.

  • NC

    If people were dying in alarming numbers from eating GMO food or if people who are eating GMO food were not living longer than before GMO food this article would be a work of genius. Otherwise……..?

    • Karolyn

      NC – The fact is we just don’t know for sure. People are dying and having more illnesses than ever before. “Better living through chemistry.”

      • nc

        Karolyn, does the fact that “we just don’t know for sure” show up in Mr. Livingston’s article? I get the impression that he is dead certain as to what he claims and that we are fools for not being as “dead certain” as he is! The sheeple seem to join in as usual!
        SCIENCE here goes no further than water freezes!

        • smilee

          Karolyn is right on this!!!

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Yowser, it’s a first. One Liberal Progressive chastising another.
            Whether Karolyn is correct or not (I believe she is), isn’t the issue. The issue is a matter of fraud. That is, when companies are selling a product that is not represented truthfully.
            People have a right to know what they are buying. If it is a GMO product, it should be labeled as such.
            Government conveniently looks the other way because as always — Government is a collection of self-interested non-productive people whose main orientation is how best to feather their own nests and those of their Crony Capitalists.

          • smilee

            Wow I agree totally with what you say except the following part which is just an expression of your hate of government and as I said before a heart filled with hate blinds one to the truth

            YOUR WORDS: Government is a collection of self-interested non-productive people whose main orientation is how best to feather their own nests and those of their Crony Capitalists.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            You hate me, Smilee — waahh!

          • independent thinker


            YOUR WORDS: Government is a collection of self-interested non-productive people whose main orientation is how best to feather their own nests and those of their Crony Capitalists.”
            Thre only thing wrong with DaveH’s comment is he left out the qualifier “almost all of” between people and whose. There are a very few in government who truly try to do the wishes of those they represent within the limits of the Constitution. Unfortunately those do not last long, they either become part of the problem or the “party” sees to it they are defeated when they run for re-election.

          • smilee

            I just disagree with you and Dave I think was not only talking about elective employees but all employees

          • vicki

            We do not hate government anymore than we hate fire.

            We know that government is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master.

            http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/g/georgewash118164.html

          • smilee

            Government is not like fire, it is the authority that keeps order and without order you have anarchy which can be like fire. Government should be respected as authority always should be. We had respect for government until Reagan convinced us otherwise by saying Government is not the solution Government is the problem and people flocked to that idea, giving us since a generation of decline because we believed it by assuming your attitude towards government rendering it ineffective and polarized.

          • vicki

            Government has one and only one job. Protect the people from force or fraud. When the government becomes the force stealing now about 50% of our income each year and 55% of our wealth upon our death, it has gone far far beyond mere authority.

          • smilee

            You do not know your Constitution as it permits or allows a lot more that. You do not have to like it but to lie about it? well, I will give you the benefit of the doubt you just do not know enough about it. Your ignorant. The taxes to pay for Obamacare was given to Congress in the orgininal Constitution in Article I. section 8, clause 1. Doubt it then read it and Roberts opinion and you should understand it if your capable. Your facts are not right either you do not pay estate tax on the first three million and there are huge deductibles on income taxes too

          • vicki

            Since the Constitution is a specific list of enumerated powers that the Federal Government is allowed to have, along with a specific list of rights that must NOT be infringed while exercising those powers I have to presume that you do not know our Constitution anywhere near as well as you attempt to claim.

            http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/historical-documents/united-states-constitution/thirty-enumerated-powers/#.UdxDiJzAFvo

            http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights.html

          • smilee

            Interesting you do not give a site that just has the whole constitution itself in it. Your first reference is Article I,, Section 8 that lists all the powers of Congress which includes cover for Obamacare as I cited above and I understand this and your other site, info from both I previously knew. You pointed out nothing that disputes what I said so what was the purpose of your response as it shows nothing to support your allegations that I do not understand the Constitution.

        • TheOriginalDaveH

          Bob Livingston says — “But you don’t know if these foods are safe to eat, and nobody is planning any research to find out how risky they are”.
          Maybe, NC, if you actually read the article instead of doing your usual Liberal Progressive knee-jerk thing, you would have known that.

          • NC

            DaveH, you need to read and ANALYZE Mr. Livingston’s article! Do you really not get the idea that Mr. Livingston is THOROUGHLY convinced that GMO foods are bad for YOU and YOU should not be eating them?? NO?? He is just being inquisitive about it??? BULLS**T !!!! You need to grow a set and man up to the message!!
            “But YOU don’t know if these foods are safe to eat”! But you CAN bet your butt that Mr. Bob “knows” for you!! RIGHT??? DO YOU REALLY GET THE FEELING THAT HE IS GUESSING ABOUT THIS??? REALLY???

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            It doesn’t matter what Bob is convinced of, NC. That wasn’t the issue. I showed that you were wrong in my above comment. Live with it.

        • WTS/JAY

          No clue asks; Karolyn, does the fact that “we just don’t know for sure” show up in Mr. Livingston’s article?

          Is that why barrack-hussein signed the Monsanto-protection-act, nc?

      • Chester

        Karolyn, did you ever stop to think that longer life might expose us to more chances for major illnesses? Seems we are living a lot longer now than we were a hundred years ago, and even fifty years ago. As far as people dying, seems life itself is a terminal disease. Funny thing, the same “chemistry” you are speaking so hard against when it comes to what might or might not be in our food is also providing cures for a number of cancers and other diseases that have been around since the beginning of man.

        • jenelle

          Do you think processed food which include artificial additives (like coloring) and fillers are harmful or neutral?

          • Chester

            Jenelle, I would be forced to say they are pretty much neutral. Most of the problem causing additives have been filtered out over the years, and a LOT more research and checking is done before anything is allowed to be added to our foods. Much as some will hate to hear it, that does include most of the gmo that so many scream is bad. In most cases, I have never seen one food added to another food create a problem, other than possibly in taste.

          • Karolyn

            You clearly have not been reading any of the other studies. If you only read one side, of course that is what you will believe.

          • Chester

            Karolyn, I HAVE read a number of those studies, then studied the people who did them as closely as I do the ones who do the others. When you get right down to it, when you go looking for something, especially when it comes to food, you WILL find it. It may not turn up exactly where you need it to be to make your point, so you use a different set of statistics so it will say what you want.

          • jenelle

            I would also wonder what effect even a non-toxic additive would have on one’s body such as wood cellulose which is not food.

          • Chester

            From personal experience, the body processes wood cellulose much as it does any other cellulose fiber, as indigestible fiber that passes straight on through the digestive tract. Too much of it will make a good laxative. The same is true for a lot of the other non food additives.

          • jenelle

            So you are saying it is fine to eat non-food items since your body will simply remove it and these non food items have no negative effect on one’s body. One report states the wood pulp becomes fat. Whether or not that is true, one must wonder the wisdom of eating non food and what unknown things it is doing to one’s body (even on the way out).

          • Karolyn

            BAD! Many of the chemical ingredients in our food have been found in some studies on rats to have carcinogenic properties. I work hard at staying away from foods with preservatives in them. I really don’t understand why companies still use them when some companies manufacture the same foods and have them available preservative free. The dies are not too healthy either.

            http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/02/24/are-you-or-your-family-eating-toxic-food-dyes.aspx

          • jenelle

            Dr. Mercola does have some important information to share.

            As to as why companies still use non food additives, the answer, I think, is that they are trying to keep food at a less than alarming price and/or trying to make a larger profit by using cheaper “ingredients.

          • Karolyn

            But the thing is many companies have started providing choices without preservatives at the same price. Why bother continuing to use them in their other
            products? It doesn’t make sense, especially with frozen foods.

          • jenelle

            Are these companies taking out the GMO, other modified food ingredients, and non food ingredients like cellulose (wood pulp used sometimes as fiber and sometimes to make something creamy) also, leaving only whole food products?

          • Karolyn

            The ones I buy have only food products listed in their ingredients. Campbell’s soup healthy edition has no additives in it. if you read the ingredients on some frozen dinners, there are no additives. Frozen foods like Michelangelos Italian have never had extras in them. Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice (I believe) have no preservatives, and I don’t think they have extras in them either. The cheap dinners like Banquet are loaded with fake stuff.

          • jenelle

            Are you concerned about whether these products might have GMO ingredients in them?

          • Karolyn

            Unfortunately, most of the standard brands do use GMOs, and I cannot afford the brands that don’t use them (besides the fact that you can’t buy them where I live in the southern boondocks.). At my age I do what I can.

          • jenelle

            Could you stop buying pre-packaged food and put together your own meals using whole ingredients?

          • Karolyn

            I live alone and do not cook much. I do not each much either. Food is just not important to me anymore at my age, so I pretty much just eat enough to get by. Sometimes I just forget to eat and grab a sandwich or salad or something. I really don’t even eat that much in packaged foods anymore either.

          • jenelle

            Are you without many friends and family?

          • Karolyn

            I have two brothers – one in FL and one back home in NJ. I live in SC. I have two 3 good friends and a few good acquaintances. I do spend a lot of time alone with my dogs. I live in the boonies.

          • jenelle

            It is good to hear you are not totally alone, but isn’t is sad how families and friends are no longer physically around many times to help and encourage each other on a regular basis?

          • Karolyn

            We had a big family growing up, but gradually everybody started moving away. My brother moved away many years ago, and I moved to SC with my ex 8 years ago. I have never been really close with them. We all went our separate ways. However, they are always there if I need them. I’ve had severe financial difficulties over the past 8 years, and I can always count on them. I’m the big sis. Here in the south I’ve noticed that most of the people stay in the same area. Family is really big here.

          • jenelle

            Glad to hear your family is there when you need them – families these days willing to help each other seems to be becoming more rare. Visited NC and SC awhile back and noticed many instances of grandparents out with their grandchildren – I was impressed since I don’t see much of that in the north. Families here are mostly small with grandparents not having much involvement even if they are close by (which has become uncommon (since they are so busy working and vacationing etc.). I don’t believe in the phrases “nuclear” and “extended.” All relatives are part of one family. It is a shame to see them separated.

  • Sarah417

    Well, I do know that GMOs have been banned around the world except right here in the good ole US of A.
    If Obama can’t get us one way he’ll get us another.

    • Karolyn

      Although I agree with you on this issue, why do you have to bring Obama into it?

      • Sarah417

        Two reasons. He regulates everything else doesn’t he. I dislike the man intensely. The man who hopes to destroy America.

        • smilee

          Your opinion, facts do not support it, laws still mean something in this country. What has he done that would destroy America?????????

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            The shorter list would be “what hasn’t he done?”, smilee.
            Sarah, Karolyn is right in the sense that Obama is just the tip of the iceberg, so singling him out is a mistake. Our Government is riddled with the cancer of self-serving people and has been for more than 100 years.

          • smilee

            People whose hearts are filled with hate are blind to the truth

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            You hate me, smilee — waahh!

          • smilee

            AH! Please don’t cry davie LOL

          • jenelle

            Abhor that which is evil, cleave to that which is good.

          • Frank Kahn

            People, whose minds are filled with liberalism, are blind to everything.

          • smilee

            Interesting coming from a blind man

          • Frank Kahn

            Actually, I am only officially blind in one eye. The other one has 20/20 vision. Not sure what my disability has to do with my ability to reason though.

            Your personal hatred of normal human ethics and morals, causes you to be unable to reason in a proper manner. You despise everything that is treasured by people who love the law of nature. We don’t actually hate YOU, we pity YOU, we DESPISE the immoral and unnatural things that you push on others.

          • smilee

            Sorry, did not know you was actually blind. Your disability has nothing to do with it as the blindness I was referring to was your inability to recognize the truth making you blind to it.

            Your second paragraph is simply your opinion and again it shows your blindness to the truth as none of what you say has an iota of truth in it.

          • Frank Kahn

            I know, that ethics and morals are different for liberals. I understand that you are not capable of comprehending the absurdity and perfidy of your ideas. I can even sympathize with your lack of understanding of the language. However, your mental picture of what is real, natural, ethical and moral does not change the facts on which I based my statement.

            You said:

            “Your second paragraph is simply your opinion and again it shows your blindness to the truth as none of what you say has an iota of truth in it.”

            Well, lets take what I said, in my second paragraph, and see where there is opinion and where there are demonstrable facts to support them.

            “Your personal hatred”

            I have used your definition of hatred, being that if you are opposed to something it makes you a hater.

            “of normal human ethics and morals”

            Ethics is referencing what is right or wrong, it is also tightly linked to morals. The use of the word normal, is referring to what has been acceptable, by society, for most of history. Normal can also be determined by observing the truth about how nature works. Normal is not defined by fringe liberal ideas that go against the previously mentioned metrics.

            1. It is my opinion that Obamacare is not affordable and beneficial for everyone. When I gave the reason for it being neither affordable nor beneficial for me, you labelled me as a crybaby. My facts were valid, I have earned VA medical benefits, and therefor have no need for insurance. Being forced to pay for insurance is a multi-thousand dollar burden on me that I dont consider affordable. When another poster here objected to Obamacare, your response to him was “the best part is that we can force you to pay something for it, and there is nothing you can do about it”.

            Now, calling someone a crybaby, for objecting to being forced to pay for something they don’t need is not ethical. To praise the ability to force everyone to pay for something they don’t want is unethical. Neither one is what would be called normal ethics throughout history.

            Both of these cases, of your stated opinions, is factual, and therefor have more than just an iota of truth.

            Then we come to your opinion on rights. You consider there to be something called “gay rights”. That this is, somehow, a natural right given by nature? Regardless of what your liberal thinking tells you, there is no such thing. All humans have the exact same rights, and none of them are defined under the category of GAY. When determining the ethics of your opinion, we look to nature for a determination of what is right or wrong. Sexual intercourse has a primary function, that function is procreation. It is impossible for two members of the same gender to procreate so it is wrong. A persons decision to engage in this behavior does not eliminate their rights, but it does not give them any special ones either.

            Liberals, of which you are one, also claim that there is something called “reproductive rights” of women. Again, that this is somehow bestowed on them by nature. While, it is true, that there are certain rights, given to women by nature, abortion is not one of them. Or, I should say, clinical / medical / chemical abortion is not one of them. Nature will automatically abort a fetus, if it determines there is a problem. This is called miscarriage. To claim that a woman has the RIGHT to terminate (kill) the baby, just because it is inconvenient is wrong.

            “, causes you to be unable to reason in a proper manner. ”

            Reason is based on a determination of right and wrong, if your opinion is contrary to the historically accepted standards then you are not able to apply good reasoning.

            “You despise everything that is treasured by people who love the law of nature. ”

            The laws of nature are scientifically verifiable, they are not subject to emotional interpretation, nor are they defined by opinions. If you speak against the laws of nature, then it can be determined that you despise its tenets.

            “We don’t actually hate YOU, we pity YOU, ”

            Really hard for you to assert that this is a lie, since it is concerning our personal feelings, of which you have no control.

            “we DESPISE the immoral and unnatural things that you push on others.”

            The fact that you push your personal agenda, which includes the above mentioned items, you are attempting to force us to accept those unethical and immoral ideas.

          • smilee

            Ya, Lets “YOUR ACTUAL WORDS”

            Your personal hatred of normal human ethics and morals, causes you to be unable to reason in a proper manner. You despise everything that is treasured by people who love the law of nature. We don’t actually hate YOU, we pity YOU, we DESPISE the immoral and unnatural things that you push on others.

            SURE SOUNDS LIKE AN OPINION TO ME!! GO BACK AND REREAD MY POSTS AND SHOW ME WHERE I CALLED YOU A CRYBABY OR ANY OF THE OTHER BS CONTRIBUTED TO ME. YOU, AS OFTEN, WENT OFF ON A TANGENT AND ANSWERED YOUR OWN QUESTIONS YOUR RESPONSE IGNORES WHAT I REALLY SAID. YOUR PATHETIC!!

          • WTS/JAY

            Old smelly asks; What has he(obama) done that would destroy America?????????

            Obama Signs “Monsanto Protection Act,” Forces GMOs On Your Family

            http://www.offthegridnews.com/2013/04/08/obama-signs-monsanto-protection-act-forces-gmos-on-your-family/

          • vicki

            laws still mean something? Really? What about the law requiring proper warrants before search and seizure? What about the law requiring that you get a fair trial and not NDAA 2012ed.

          • smilee

            There still there but like I said you are ignorant of a lot of facts

          • vicki

            name 3

      • WTS/JAY

        This is why, Karolyn!

        Obama Signs “Monsanto Protection Act,” Forces GMOs On Your Family

        President Obama has become the best friend that agribusiness has ever had in the White House. He just signed a law that critics are already dubbing the “Monsanto Protection Act.” The lawmakes it illegal for a federal judge to issue a court order halting the sale, use, or distribution of genetically engineered seeds even if it is proven the seeds could be harmful. The law would also limit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ability to regulate the use of genetically engineered seeds.

        They call the measure the Monsanto Protection Act because it only benefits the makers of genetically engineered seeds, such as Monsanto. Congress was able to put this horrendous piece of legislation on the books by tacking it onto a funding act for the USDA and other agencies. If Obama hadn’t signed the law, the USDA would have had to cut back on food inspections.

        Why You Should Worry About The Monsanto Protection Act

        Instead of going into the well-documented dangers of genetically modified foods here, I’ll just raise one troubling point. Why would Monsanto and its operatives on Capitol Hill go out of their way to get this law passed if there wasn’t something wrong with genetically modified foods? What do those people know that we don’t? If GM foods were safe in the first place, they wouldn’t need this law.

        The frightening thing is that signing this law was in keeping with Obama’s whole agriculture policy. In spite of Michelle’s advocacy for organic food, the Obama administration has been squarely on the side of agribusiness since it took office. Tom Vilsack, who used to ride on Monsanto’s corporate jet when he was governor of Iowa, was both appointed and reappointed Secretary of Agriculture by Obama. Vilsack, a media darling, is also a likely choice for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

        To make matters worse, some observers, including organic food advocate Dr. Joseph Mercola, have alleged that the Department of Homeland Security and the USDA have plans to ban or severely restrict organic farming in the name of food safety. The idea is to prove that organic farming is at risk for terrorist attack but conventional farming is not. In other words, the Obama administration wants to force genetically engineered food on your family whether you want it or not…

        http://www.offthegridnews.com/2013/04/08/obama-signs-monsanto-protection-act-forces-gmos-on-your-family/

      • Native Blood

        I agree with you here Karolyn. The current president is powerless to do anything meaningful to ensure safeguards for the country’s food supply. In fact he has kept very few campaign promises except gay marriage, open gays in the military and comprehensive immigration reform.
        Not really mad about it, just sayin’ he’s not really worth mentioning as you asserted.

    • smilee

      GMO’s were here long before Obama and he cannot change it unless Congress gives him a law to sign that does that. I guess facts are irrelevant to you just say any lie to get at Obama

  • George.

    Sugar and all products that contain sugar are more harmful then GMOS and that is facts, 35 million people world wide die in year from sugar and glycemic products.

    • jenelle

      Has research been done on the effects of GMO consumption?

  • ridge runner

    This GMO BS , is just another Holleyweird spook story. In the 60s , it was the crap about how eggs kills everyone off. As soon as the chicken production was completely vertically intergrated mega business, approved by the democrat controlled Cingress and Presidency. This company is supplying all the chicken and eggs raised under contract with growers. The growers can not purchase feed from any private feed companies, but have to use company feed. Also the contract growers can not watch or veiw the contract raised chickens When Now USA spineless bastards are selling Smithfeild pork slaughter houses and market is being bought out by the Communist Chinese, you know the same pukes who were scrap dead hog carcuses and putting this waste in human food production. The muscle growth chemicals has been in China’s meat production, and the last 3 years, the contract growers were using company feed that was laced with the same growth hormones and Onumnutts and his marxist smucks, didn’t say a word. Even though this chemical causes bladder cancer and kidney damage. Smithfeild stopped using the chemical 3 months a go, even though it is our food supply. So GMO has been going on way back in monastary by monks for centuries. Better get your heads out of your heads nesting spot and see what our elected pukes let slide by and dream up crap like global warming and and blame the USA.

    • Karolyn

      Sounds like you don’t even know what GMO is. It’s just too bad nobody can understand half of what you post.

  • Average_Joe56

    The only way to stop the proliferation of these GMO’s and the assault on our food is with our wallets.

    Here is a modest list of companies that use only certified Non-GMO ingredients.

    http://www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo/search-participating-products/browse-products-by-brand/

    Support their products and refuse to buy or eat any non-certified products. Let your local super markets know how you feel about the food you eat. As the stores lose business, they will in turn change vendors and products… to accommodate their customer base (even big box stores like Wal-Mart will change if enough of us stop buying the garbage). Read the labels…know what you are eating….most of it is garbage…and that garbage is killing us.

    If possible buy your produce from local producers. Do the same for your poultry, beef and pork…know where your food comes from and what it was fed. Food is medicine!

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      Good post, Joe.

    • TIME

      Dear AJ.

      Great post as per the norm.

      As you noted “BIG BOX” store’s, what are these really called?
      “CHAIN” stores, and who wears CHAINS again?
      Oh yea SLAVES do.

      My Good people support your local Farmers, Banks etc. stop eating at chain’s eat at local folks eatery’s – this will help grow small business in your home town.
      But keep a keen eye on your local political criminals, if they start to make it hard on small business get rid of them, ASAP.
      Peace and Love

      • Chester

        For many of us, those “Big Box Stores” are how we manage to get a sample of some of the foods everyone INSISTS we need to survive. In mid America, how many street corner vendors are going to have decent fresh ocean fish, or fish of any sort, for that matter. Even the local mom and pop grocery, if you can find one, won’t have that fresh out of area food at anything like an affordable price. I will use the farmer’s markets when they have something I want, at a price that doesn’t put it completely out of my reach. What I have found, the hard way, is that for what it costs me for two or three meals at the farmers market, I can have supplies to last most of a week, and sometimes even more, from my friendly neighborhood supermarket.

    • Karolyn

      Thanks Joe. Too bad Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are not on the list.

    • WTS/JAY

      Very sensible and sound advice, Joe!!!

  • rbrooks

    all of you conservative libertarian small govt folks. now demanding more govt regulations and enforcement. selectively applied of course.
    you sound like a bunch of socialist liberal progressives.

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      The one legitimate role of Government is to protect people from force and fraud.
      Not labeling GMO products as such is Fraud.
      I wouldn’t expect you to understand the need for people to be able to make their own informed choices, rbrooks.

      • rbrooks

        your definition of the legitimate function of govt is simply your opinion.

        by giving a definition, you have opened the door for anyone else to change that definition.

        you want to select which govt function will be applied to which entity.

        deregulate one business while demanding regulation of another.

        you will force all of us to pay for your definition(s).

        you are a hypocrite.

        a liberal progressive.

        you have found a great site to present your play.

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  • Motov

    GMO’s plus Obozocare, Looks like the stage is getting set for some really tough times for all.

  • WTS/JAY

    Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act Into Law After Promising (GMO LABELING IN 2007)

    President Obama has signed into law the notorious Monsanto Protection Act legislation hidden inside of the Continuing Resolution spending bill, which protects Monsanto and its genetically modified creations from federal courts.

    Passing up the chance to “veto” the bill in favor of stopping Monsanto’s increasing monopoly on the food supply, Obama pushed the bill through into a law in a move that reminds us of his failed 2007 promise to ‘immediately’ label GMOs upon his election.

    Contained in the rider (Farmer Assurance Provision, Sec. 735) of HR 933, Monsanto is now even protected (at least under this law) from the United States government.

    The Monsanto Protection Act’s success actually proves how corporations have more power than even the United States federal government. Monsanto’s lobbyists managed to slip the rider into the major bill, which — despite the rider — has virtually nothing to do with the topic.

    This is a typical and routinely practiced move by lobbyists to insert an incognito line of legislation into a bill generally viewed as favorable overall. One that has proven to be effective for Monsanto…

    http://intellihub.com/2013/03/28/obama-signs-monsanto-protection-act-into-law-after-promising-gmo-labeling-in-2007-2/

    If GMOs Are Safe, Why Indemnify Monsanto?

    Protesters have descended on Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House this week, enraged at a potentially health-hazardous provision they allege lawmakers inserted surreptitiously into a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the government through the remainder of the fiscal year. The bill sailed through the Capitol on Friday; President Obama signed it into law on Tuesday.

    Opponents have termed the language in question the “Monsanto Protection Act,” a nod to the major agricultural biotech corporation and other like firms geared at producing genetically modified organisms (GMO) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds and crops. The provision protects genetically modified seeds from litigation suits over health risks posed by the crops’ consumption.

    Food safety advocacy groups like Food Democracy Now, which collected more than 250,000 signatures on a petition calling for the president to veto the CR, argue not enough studies have been conducted into the possible health risks of GMO and GE seeds. Eliminating judicial power to halt the selling or planting of them essentially cuts off their course to ensuring consumer safety should health risks emerge…

    http://www.omsj.org/corruption/gmo-monsanto29mar

  • WTS/JAY

    Monsanto Wrote Monsanto Protection Act

    It should come as no surprise to many of you to find out that Monsanto actually authored the wording of its own Monsanto Protection Act hidden in the recently passed and signed Continuing Resolution spending bill. How could a major corporation write its own laws and regulations, you ask?

    Quite frankly I think it’s important to understand that the entire Senate passed the bill containing the Protection Act, but the politician who actually gave Monsanto the pen in order to write their very own legislation is no others than Roy Blunt – a Republican Senator from Missouri. As the latest IB Times article reveals, the Missouri politician worked with Monsanto to write the Monsanto Protection Act. This was confirmed by a New York news report I will get to shortly.

    As you probably know I do not play the political clown game of left verses right, and instead highlight corruption and wrongdoing wherever it is found – regardless of party affiliation. In the case of Senator Blunt, he admits to colluding with Monsanto, a corporation that has literally been caughtrunning ‘slave-like’ working conditions in which workers are unable to leave or eat (among many worse misdeeds).

    This is one of the most blatant offenses against the citizens of the United States I’ve seen in a long time. A population that Blunt swore to serve. It’s not for the United States public at all, and it’s a serious matter that I don’t think is properly understood. The passing of this bill into law means thatMonsanto is now immune from federal courts regarding any suspension or action on their crops that have been deemed to be dangerous to the people (or the environment)…

    http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/448-farm-and-food-policy/16689-focus-monsanto-wrote-monsanto-protection-act

    • vicki

      To be slave like working conditions the workers would have to be confined in some manner against their will. If that is so then the DA for that County can file charges of kidnapping and / or false imprisonment. Absent any such condition I suspect that “slave-like’ is merely rhetoric to try and demonize Monsanto so that we would believe stories of them being evil.

      Rather than falling for that alinsky type speech we should try and point out what they really ARE doing that is bad.

      • Vash the Stampede

        have you investigated Monsanto’s practice’s in other countries some of the things I saw would be considered slavery or indentured servants.

  • WTS/JAY
    • Karolyn

      Interesting, but coconut oil is probably better and has gotten a bad rap over the years.

  • WTS/JAY

    Ninety Percent of U.S. Tobacco is GMO…

    http://worldtruth.tv/ninety-percent-of-u-s-tobacco-is-gmo/

  • Don in Ohio

    Bob,

    I usually agree with you but have to point out some flaws in your point of view on this one.

    What GMO foods have been proven to be harmful?

    If any, are they still being sold?

    In the 50’s, my dad raised corn, he bought hybrid corn seed because it produced much better than purebred seeds.While hybrid may be a little different than GMO, it’s the same principle; improved production, resistance to disease, etc. I just don’t buy the scare tactics.

    I do agree that allowing a single company to control most of the seed business is not good. So, if Monsanto is so bad, where’s the competition?

    I read a story about how the “Organic” farmers in Europe had pretty much gotten the GMO crops outlawed. The reason, the Organic products sold for 2 or 3 times the price!

    See, it’s “all about the money!”

    Your quote; “That means they have been modified genetically to survive massive amounts of the herbicide called Roundup®”.

    Roundup is a herbicide, which kill plants, so why would anyone use a massive amount of it???

  • WTS/JAY

    Over $30M spent last year on lobbying to keep GMOs hidden in foods…

    Guess who spends the most money lobbying on agricultural lobbying? If you answered, “Monsanto,” you’re correct. Most of their efforts, of course, are focused on lobbying for GMOs — to keep them legal and keep them hidden in foods.

    Do you know how much money Monsanto spent on lobbying in 2012? The answer is nearly $6 million!

    And in a close second, the American Farm Bureau spent $5.7 million on lobbying in 2012.

    The Natural News infographic shown below reveals even more details about who’s spending the most money lobbying for GMOs and other conventional agriculture “favors” from Washington…

    http://www.naturalnews.com/040977_biotech_lobbying_GMOs_infographics.html

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  • chrisnj

    I’m not convinced. In fact the vilification of Monsanto make me suspicious that there are other agendas in play by the usual “anti-capitalist” suspects.

    Seems to me we’ve been “genetically modifying” plant species for millennia. It traditionally is done through cross-pollination and breeding for desired traits. Those techniques have long been attacked by the more luddistic as being likely to create monstrous results as well.

    Not that new things shouldn’t be examined and studied. I do not agree that a government is the best one to enforce this.

    Seems to me the alleged problems with Monsonto would be best alleviated by reducing the power of the central government to restrict competition, and not coincidentally the appeal of those heavy lobbying efforts by large companies such as GE and Monsanto.

    Monopoly cannot survive without the support and interference of government. Government IS a monopoly.

    • Karolyn

      Natural cross-pollination is one thing. Injecting foreign substances into plants is another.