Barbara H. Peterson on June 22nd, 2014

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Rosemary Mason MB ChB FRCA

Compiled with information from a global network of beekeepers, independent scientists and environmentalists

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We Are What We Eat – The poisoning of our food supply

We now live in a world where it is considered beneficial and necessary to spray poison over all our food and to add more poison (dye, preservatives, flavor enhancers, etc) in processing our food. Then we take more poison to counteract the poisons. Beam me up Scotty, the inmates are insane.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Barbara H. Peterson on April 6th, 2014

 

This website is designed to provide comprehensive yet simple guidelines for each individual to approach their respective city council with tools on how to end GMO cultivation and toxic pesticides associated with them in their own city or county.

This has been done in San Juan County, Washington and other cities across the nation. Proactive citizens all across the country have taken a stance and made their voices heard, and have made a positive change in their cities by urgently requesting the end of GMO cultivation – this can be done and is being done on local levels, right now, in over 30 cities across the U.S. – but there are as many as 30,000 cities across the nation – we need your help! Read the rest of this entry »

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Barbara H. Peterson on August 31st, 2014

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Use a GMO contaminated bag of conventional seed, get sued for patent infringement. By the way, expect contamination.

It’s a setup, the game is rigged, the fix is in. Monsanto sues if its agents find the company’s patented gene in your crop, even if you never bought its genetically engineered (GMO) seeds. But does that mean diddley squat to Monsanto?

No. Here is a bit of logic, Monsanto style:

If the plant is found in your possession, then that means you have used the seed. If you have used the seed, then you have agreed to the technology use agreement, and owe Monsanto your crop, your seed and your profits. It doesn’t matter how the seed actually arrived in your possession.

Just ask Percy…

 

GMO transgenic contamination is so widespread that even most seed suppliers cannot guarantee that the seeds they sell to farmers are not contaminated up to at least 2%.

The amount of GMO contamination that might be present in conventional alfalfa is not known. But a December 2011 report by Stephanie Greene, a geneticist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, ARS, said that after Roundup Ready alfalfa was first deregulated in 2005 industry testing of conventional seed lots found levels of contamination as high as 2 percent.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/17/usa-alfalfa-gmo-idUSL2N0HD1SQ20130917

In fact, there is no guarantee whatsoever that levels even higher have not contaminated our seed supply.

The default standard for certification as GMO free has been taken to be zero in many cases, although experience shows that meeting such a standard will be difficult.There have been proposals for setting maximum allowable levels in the range of 1 to 3%, and it is likely that some tolerance level above zero will be accepted in the future.  

http://ohioline.osu.edu/agf-fact/0149.html

Anyone who has ever opened a bag of livestock feed knows about contamination. You cannot open a bag of oats or barley without finding a few pieces of corn. It happens regularly. It is commonplace. But now, the contamination is not simply a piece of corn or two, it is genetically engineered corn, or soy, or canola, or wheat, and it’s not just a grain or two. It’s widespread contamination that will only get worse the longer the genetically engineered monster is allowed to roam free.

Coexistence does not exist. This is a genetic takeover of the corporate kind. We need individual bans, folks. This issue is so urgent that I can’t even begin to express it. We know that the corporations pushing this stuff are big and mean and ugly. We also know that they survive off of our money.

Starve the beast before it starves us. And if you find GMOs trespassing on your property, demand that the company remove them. If it doesn’t, remove them yourself and send Monsanto the bill.

©2014 Barbara H. Peterson

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Barbara H. Peterson on August 29th, 2014

shame-on-youBarbara H. Peterson

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Here we go again, folks. Recently Natural News published an article titled “New, all-natural pesticide unveiled by scientists – and it won’t kill the bees!“

Good news on the honeybee front — a team of scientists in the UK have created a biopesticide made from spider venom and plant protein that may provide hope for the endangered pollinators.

A study published in the research journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B [PDF] states that the experimental, nontoxic biopesticide Hv1a/GNA is “unlikely to cause detrimental effects on honeybees.”

http://www.naturalnews.com/046450_natural_pesticide_bee_colony_collapse_neonicotinoids.html

Let’s just take a little peek at the source document – “Proceedings of the Royal Society B,” shall we?

Recombinant GNA, and the fusion protein Hv1a/GNA were produced in the yeast expression system…

Definition of “recombination:”

Re·com·bi·na·tion noun \ˌrē-ˌkäm-bə-ˈnā-shən\: the formation by the processes of crossing-over and independent assortment of new combinations of genes in progeny that did not occur in the parents.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recombination

What is a “fusion protein?”

Fusion proteins or chimeric proteins (literally, made of parts from different sources) are proteins created through the joining of two or more genes that originally coded for separate proteins. Translation of this fusion gene results in a single or multiple polypeptides with functional properties derived from each of the original proteins. Recombinant fusion proteins are created artificially by recombinant DNA technology

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fusion_protein

Sounds like genetic engineering to me. But wait, there’s more… Read the rest of this entry »

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Barbara H. Peterson on August 28th, 2014

epigenetics definition

Dr. Eva Sirinathsinghji

Institute of Science in Society

Based on invited presentation at 1st Forum of Development and Environmental Safety, under the theme “Food Safety and Sustainable Agriculture 2014”, 25 – 26 July 2014, Beijing.

Genetic determinism has long dominated scientific thought, education and public understanding of evolution and biology in the West, misguiding philosophy, medicine, politics, public policies, and society at large.

The central dogma of molecular biology describes the linear flow of genetic information from DNA (deoxyribose nucleic acid) to RNA (ribosenucleic acid) to protein, with each protein performing a functional role in the organism [1]. The concept rules out the effects of the environment on the organisms’ function and heredity. It has provided motivation and justification for biotechnologies such as genetically modified crops, where the thinking is that insertion of one gene into a crop or animal will not have consequences for the rest of the genome, or the organism as a whole and those exposed to it.

Paradigm shift away from the central dogma to the fluid genome

Over the last few decades there has been accumulating evidence that the central dogma of molecular biology is outdated and overly simplified. There is a paradigm shift occurring in our understanding of our intricate and complex relationship with the environment, supported by mounting work in the field of epigenetics. A few out of many examples include work showing that the in utero environment can influence the development of off-spring as well as their heath prospects long into adulthood, including life-expectancy and stress-related illnesses [2], while malnutrition of either fathers at time of conception of mothers at certain points during pregnancy, can affect metabolism of grandchildren [3-5]. Learned behavioural traits are found to pass down the generations [6, 7]; and chemicals can have transgenerational effects [8, 9].  Read the rest of this entry »

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Barbara H. Peterson on August 26th, 2014

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Barbara H. Peterson on August 26th, 2014

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Recently I stopped by a feed store that I do not normally frequent and bought a 50 lb bag of alfalfa pellets. I failed to look at the bag when the man put it in the truck, and just assumed that it was the same brand that I had already verified to be GMO-Free. It was not. And then it began…

Not wanting to feed GMO to my critters, I began calling everyone I could think of and finally got to the bottom of whether or not I had inadvertently supported Monsanto et al or not.

I called the feed company, posted a message on their Facebook page, got the number of the manager of the manufacturing elevator that processes the hay into pellets, because that is where the list of growers is located, and found that each and every grower is going through GMO-Free verification.

A good day, indeed. Not only did I not support Monsanto, but raised awareness that customers want GMO-Free alfalfa, and not pesticide-soaked garbage that has been genetically engineered in a lab. Score a hit for the good guys.

You see, alfalfa is notoriously pesticide-free. The root mass is so thick that weeds simply have a hard time growing in it, so it doesn’t need to be sprayed. That is, unless you buy Round-up Ready alfalfa, in which case it is soaked with pesticides just like every other GMO crop, as well as genetically engineered in a lab.

Way to go, Monsanto! Take a naturally pesticide-free crop and turn it into a cash cow for the Glyphosate industry, all with a bit of PR hocus pocus and outright lies. Any farmer who actually buys Round-up Ready alfalfa is either ignorant or brainwashed or working for the GMO crowd. Period.

So, if you are in Oregon and want good quality GMO-Free alfalfa pellets, the Grange Co-op is your store.

 

grange1(http://www.grangecoop.com/store-locator/)

 

I know that it takes time to call around and ask questions, but in my opinion, that is what we need to do. Stores will stock what customers demand. If we demand GMO-Free feed, then they will stock GMO-Free feed. If we just plop whatever into our trucks and don’t ask what it is we are buying, we will get what we deserve – anything that they want to give us. It is up to us to be the change we want to see. Make sure that what you are getting is GMO-Free. Do the research, demand change, and follow through. We can do it, one customer at a time.

©2014 Barbara H. Peterson

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Barbara H. Peterson on August 14th, 2014

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What could Monsanto and the Ukrainian conflict possibly have in common? Let’s just take a look:

The stakes around Ukraine’s vast agricultural sector, the world’s third largest exporter of corn and fifth largest exporter of wheat, constitute a critical factor that has been overlooked. With ample fields of fertile black soil that allow for high production volumes of grains, Ukraine is the breadbasket of Europe.

http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/08/what-do-the-world-bank-and-imf-have-to-do-with-the-ukraine-conflict/

Ukraine is the breadbasket of Europe and it is GMO-Free, but not for long.

no gm crops approved

(http://en.biosafetyscanner.org/mappa_colture_autorizzate.php)

It appears that an alignment with the EU carries with it a mandate to implement genetic engineering into its farming practices. Read the rest of this entry »

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