“A little more than a year ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made the disastrous decision to deregulate Monsanto’s Roundup-Ready alfalfa, even though the agency’s sham of an environmental impact report failed to prove that GM alfalfa is at all safe or necessary. It has now come to light that Monsanto released GM alfalfa into the wild years before it was initially deregulated in 2005 — and the USDA was apparently fully aware of this, but did nothing about it.
Reporting for Activist Post, Cassandra Anderson and Anthony Gucciardi explain that a letter to the USDA dated April 5, 2007, from Cal/West Seeds, a California-based seed company, shows that Monsanto’s GM alfalfa had been in cultivation years before the first deregulation of the crop in 2005. That letter reveals that Monsanto’s GM traits were already turning up in conventional alfalfa seed in 2005, which means GM traits were in use at least two years before that in 2003.”
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“Thanks to massive pressure from the Center for Food Safety (CFS), a non-profit public advocacy group that is leading the charge in opposing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the public comment period on Agent Orange GM corn from February 27, 2012, to April 27, 2012. This means that now is the time to continue bombarding the Federal Register with comments of opposition to this deadly new Dow AgroSciences “Frankencrop.”
Back in December, it was made known to NaturalNews in an exclusive tip that Dow AgroSciences had quietly filed a petition with the USDA to deregulate a novel variety of GM corn resistant to the chemical 2,4-D, which represented half of the deadly Agent Orange herbicide formula used as a weapon during the Vietnam War to carpet-bomb Southeast Asia as part of Operation Ranch Hand. And if approved, this chemical weapon will soon be doused on millions of acres of American farmland to produce more toxic GM corn.”
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“After garnering nationwide attention for being secretly added to processed hamburgers and beef products, including those served in school lunchrooms, “lean finely textured beef,” aka “pink slime,” is reportedly on its way out from the menu offerings of McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Burger King. But according to Mother Jones, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to keep ordering this imitation, ammonia-laced product for use in its National School Lunch Program (NSLP), a taxpayer-funded government food program that serves low-income students.
Pink slime gained much notoriety after being featured in the acclaimed 2008 documentary Food Inc.. Robert Kenner, the film’s director, revealed an inside look into Beef Products International (BPI), a South Sioux City, Neb.-based processing plant that produces most of the nation’s supply of pink slime. The product, which is composed of bovine connective tissue and random beef scraps doused in ammonia and formed into a paste, is commonly used as a beef filler because it is low-cost and supposedly less risky compared to conventional ground beef.”
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“Despite being tasked to defend public health, the USDA instead continues to not only go against public interest, but recklessly endanger the public with unacceptable and outright ludicrous policies that threaten our health on a routine basis.
Perhaps most compelling is the fact that not only does the USDA allow for the widespread use of GMO crops, which have been pinpointed by scientific research as harmful to your health, but the USDA has now announced that they will be expediting the approval process for these genetically modified creations.
What’s more, the organization actually said that one major hurdle they had to face when speeding up the regulation process — which cuts in half the regulatory time period in which GMO crops are studied for safety — was public interest. Does this sound like an organization that actually cares about our health? Here are 4 examples demonstrating that the USDA cares more about securing corporate profits than our health”
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“It has recently been reported that certain research was suppressed concerning the bee decline which has been occurring over the past few years.
It seems that the large sum of money raked in by Bayer, a maker of pesticides, was enough to kick research under the carpet that linked the company’s pesticide to the massive bee decline.”
Via Activist Post
USDA has no authority to proceed under Title 5: Confidential Information Protection And Statistical Efficiency
” The agricultural survey sent out to glean voluntary information from unsuspecting small livestock owners and even smaller growers of personal use gardens contains a citation that is meant to imply that not only does USDA have the authority to conduct the survey, but also, that you are compelled to comply. Relying on Title 5: Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA) USDA is claiming this survey is compulsory. Unfortunately for USDA, they do not qualify as a federal agency as the underlying authority they are claiming, Title 7, Agriculture is non-positive code and therefore their very existence is not only unconstitutional, but any edict or supposed “law” regulation or rule coming from them is unenforceable. As there is no underlying provision in the Constitution for the USDA to even exist, it cannot claim some newer law or proviso as verification of its authority as these provisions and public laws can only be applied to lawfully constructed agencies. “
“On Friday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has signed an agreement with the Council on Foundations “to provide new sources of capital, new job opportunities, workforce investment strategies,” and, last on the list but the heart of it: “identification of additional resources.”
The group will work with Obama’s newly created Rural Council, which Vilsack also chairs, to implement UN Agenda 21 – a 300-page, 40-chapter, “soft-law” policy that came out of the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Brazil in 1992.”
“Eventually, the Dollarhites developed such a highly-respected reputation across Missouri that the popular Branson, Mo., theme park Silver Dollar City, and even a local pet store, Petland, began purchasing bunnies from the family in 2009. And according to John, individuals from both Silver Dollar City and Petland, as well as a rabbit competition judge, told him that the family’s bunnies were among the best they had ever seen — healthy, beautiful, and very well-cared for.
All seemed well until a USDA inspector showed up at the family’s home in the fall of 2009, and asked to do a “spot inspection” of the rabbitry. The inspector made no indication that anything was amiss, but only that she wished to see the facility. After meandering the premises, the inspector claimed that a few very insignificant aspects of the raising facility were in violation of USDA standards, even though the Dollarhites were not USDA certified, nor were they required to be. She then asked if the Dollarhites wished to be part of the voluntary USDA certification system, upon which they told her they would look into it.
After the inspector left, the Dollarhites heard nothing more from the USDA until January 2010 when a Kansas City-based USDA inspector called the family and said he needed to have a meeting with them because they sold more than $500 worth of rabbits in a single year. When the Dollarhites asked why this was a problem and what law this violated, the man refused to offer an explanation over the phone.”
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