“An initiative that would have made Washington state the first to require the labeling of genetically modified (GMO) food appears headed for defeat, a stunning turnaround for a proposal that led in polls by double digits just a month ago.
Initiative 522 trailed 55-45 percent and faced a 100,000 vote deficit according to the secretary of state’s website, although the final results might not be known for several days because of the state’s vote-by-mail election. Voters could place ballots in the mail even on Election Day, and as many as 300,000 votes in King County – which I-522 supporters counted as a stronghold – had yet to be counted.
Opponents of I-522 said they had won, but supporters of I-522 said it was still too close to call.
“Thank you to everyone who voted, volunteered, donated, and supported this effort,” Delana Jones, campaign manager for Yes on 522, said in a statement. “Due to Washington State’s vote-by-mail system, we don’t have a final tally of the votes tonight.””
Swedes develop drug to combat bee deaths – why don’t they stop spreading all the herbicides,pesticides and planting GMOs instead?
Swedes develop drug to combat bee deaths
“A team of microbiologists at Lund University have patented the treatment, known as SymBeeotic — made from lactic acid bacteria from the stomachs of healthy bees — which they described as a major “boost” to bees’ immune system and are hopeful that it could slow down the rate at which bees are dying.
“The bacteria in this product is active against both American and European foulbrood disease,” Dr Alejandra Vasquez, who co-developed the product, told
AFP. Foulbrood is the fatal bacterial disease which threatens bees.
“We hope that beekeepers will see this as a good preventative medicine so that they can avoid using antibiotics.”
The researchers, who worked on the medicine for nearly ten years, planned
to launch it at an annual conference of beekeepers in Russia on Saturday.”
Via The Local
Golden rice exposed as fraud: Genetically engineered crop nothing more than biotech battering ram to crush GMO regulations
“Everywhere you turn in the media, GMO propagandists are invoking so-called “Golden rice” as part of a false narrative that claims GMOs will save the world. Golden rice will save a million lives, blared the cover of TIME Magazine. Golden rice will give poor people critical nutrition and end suffering, we’re told. In fact, Golden rice will even make all the poor children eating it no longer care that they have no clean water, no sustainable agriculture and no economic future, it seems.
There’s a problem with all this, of course: the golden rice hoopla is pure hokum. Quackery. Charlatanism. There is no evidence whatsoever that golden rice can treat, prevent or cure any medical condition. And since when did pro-GMO people ever care about nutrition in the first place? Aren’t they in agreement with the FDA that there is no vitamin, no mineral and no herb that has any ability whatsoever to prevent, treat or cure any disease?”
Via Natural News
“Golden rice is being touted by GMO advocates as a miracle cure for blindness and death. It is claimed that golden rice is genetically engineered to produce higher levels of beta carotene which the body converts to vitamin A, preventing blindness and death. These claims, however, have no basis in fact and are utterly unsupported by any scientific evidence whatsoever. In fact, those pushing golden rice are doing so as a matter of intense faith rather than science. This is especially noteworthy because those pushing it are staunch enemies of “faith” and claim to be operating solely based on science.
That’s why I’ve assembled a list of ten glaring contradictions in the arguments of golden rice advocates, nearly all of whom have financial ties to the GMO biotech industry.”
Via Natural News
“New monster varieties of weeds are taking over fields across the globe, as the use of ever greater amounts of pesticides to cultivate herbicide-resistant genetically modified crops has unleashed a monster.
Experts in weed management are sounding the alarm and looking for new ways to handle the problem after fifteen years of agriculture based largely around Monsanto’s flagship Roundup herbicide, during which “extensive and sustained use of glyphosate as a sole weed control mechanism” has now forced many farmers to pull weeds by hand or return to a costly mechanical tilling of the soil.
The rise of herbicide-resistant superweeds has become such a widespread issue that coping mechanisms and mitigation strategies were a dominant topic at the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest science and industry society, when it held its 246th National Meeting & Exposition.”
Via Natural News
“Very quietly, and without a peep from the mainstream media, the United States has made it possible for chicken to be processed in China and then sold to you here in America – without a label identifying it as “processed in China.”
This past spring, the US Department of Agriculture conducted inspections in several Chinese processing plants with the goal of making it possible to allow foreign producers to send processed chicken to American markets for sale. Then, just days ago in early September, the green light was given to four processing plants to begin processing and exporting chicken to America, without USDA inspectors on site.
At first, China will only be able to process chicken that’s been slaughtered in the United States or in other equally certified countries. So, that chicken nugget you’re about to feed your children? It very well could have once been a chicken that lived and was slaughtered here in the United States, but was sent around the world for processing – crossing the Pacific Ocean twice.”
“A Washington farmer who had intended to grow non-GMO alfalfa recently had his crop rejected because it was found to contain evidence of genetically engineered pesticide resistance.
Iowa Farmer Today reports:”
Brokers test alfalfa for a number of reasons…including the protein content for a crop that serves to feed livestock. That’s when the broker discovered the alfalfa was genetically modified.
The farmer contacted the Agriculture Department in late August, and tests began after Labor Day. The department has not identified the farmer. Pesticide-resistant alfalfa was developed by Monsanto Co. and has been licensed to several companies.
Via Activist Post
“What the public doesn’t know won’t hurt them.
At least, that’s the thinking behind the Scientific American’s recent editorial, “Labels for GMO Food Are a Bad Idea.” It argues, “Instead of providing people with useful information, mandatory GMO labels would only intensify the misconception that so-called Frankenfoods endanger people’s health.”
For the Scientific American, this would only increase consumer costs, declaring that “such labels have limited people’s options” in Europe, where it concedes that companies dropped GM ingredients after consumers avoided them, bemoaning that “today it is virtually impossible to find GMOs in European supermarkets.”
Public health lawyer Michele Simon, one of several critics who spoke out against the “unscientific” editorial, noted the “familiar ring” to positions used by GM seed corporations when opposing Prop 37, which would have mandated labeling in California.”
Via Natural News