Tag Archives: GMO

What is GMO?

What is a Genetically Modified Organism, who should care about it and what does it have to do with a cosmetic site?

From the cosmetic perspective, plants are a significant contributor to natural cosmetics. Fruits, herbs, trees and seeds are only a few examples of the many parts of a plant used in natural cosmetics, for thousands of years now.

Have a quick browse at some natural cosmetic recipes to see for yourself.

Genetically modified organisms have been around for a few decades already and has been quietly moving into our lives without much attention. Bacteria’s, yeasts, insects, plants, fish and mammals have all been genetically modified.

This engineering principle of playing in unknown territory has been traditionally limited to scientific research and producing goods, and only in the last few years has the industry realised the financial benefits of using GMO in food production.

Because of this “new product” in the GMO portfolio, it has become the centre of a lot of controversy and it is important to have a clear understanding of both sides so that you can make an educated decision and get on with your life without having to be sucked into this controversy.

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GMO Types

There are 3 main GMO types for seed:

  • (1) Pest resistant GMO’s (also called Bt – there is reference to this in the video mentioned further down in the page)

The gene of a soil bacteria (that is toxic to some insects) is inserted or engineered into the seed

  • (2) Herbicide tolerant GMO’s

The seeds are engineered to withstand herbicides. When applied, the herbicide kills the weeds but not the crop.

  • (3) Stacked GMO’s

These seeds include pest resistant and herbicide tolerant genes. There can be between 2 and 8 extra genes engineered into the seed to provide these “stacked” characteristics

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Pasta Spats: Canadian Wheat Exports to Italy Slump over Glyphosate

The world’s largest pasta maker says it has had to cutback Canadian imports of durum wheat – a key ingredient in pasta – because of ongoing consumer concerns about the use of a popular weed killer – glyphosate.

Barilla’s purchasing director Emilio Ferrari told grain groups in Toronto last week the company has cut back their Canadian wheat imports by 35 per cent, despite the fact Canadian durum wheat is of exceptional quality. No contracts for Canadian durum are being signed right now, he said.

The reason is that some Italian consumers are fearful Canadian wheat has been “poisoned” because it tested positive for traces of the popular and widely-used herbicide glyphosate, he said………..

…..However, glyphosate has come under intense public scrutiny in Europe, with Italy banning the use of the chemical as a pre-harvest treatment in 2016. “We never use it but they banned the usage, because we don’t need it,” Ferrari said. He told attendees at the Canadian Global Crops Symposium his company is currently unwilling to accept shipments with glyphosate tracings above 10 parts per billion.

Concerns about glyphosate will continue to be an issue, he said – urging Canadian producers to find an alternative. However, Canadian producers argue the current limits set by Italy are simply too low to meet because glyphosate is commonly used within acceptable limits and traces of the herbicide are found throughout this country’s bulk handling grain system. The majority of Canadian durum wheat is not treated with glyphosate pre-harvest.

Italy’s decision followed a review of the herbicide by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) in 2015 that listed the herbicide as a Group 2a carcinogen, meaning it probably causes cancer in people…….

….Canada and Italy have been embattled in a simmering trade dispute over durum wheat exports for several years, stemming from a “Made in Italy” country of origin label.

Under the policy, which was set to take effect in mid-February, processors are required to identify where their durum wheat was grown and milled into the semolina flour used to make pasta. Similarly, rice packaging must identify where the rice was grown, treated and processed.

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Dr. Stephanie Seneff Lecture: Glyphosate, Sulfate Deficiency & Degenerative Diseases

We are so excited to share this with you! Friends of the late John Balatinecz and Dr. Shiv Chopra have collaborated to bring Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist, MIT Computer Science and AI Laboratory to Toronto, ON, Canada once again for a special lecture. This event is to honor their memory and mission to help educate the public on the many health risks from dangerous toxins in our environment and in our food from the use of RoundUp.

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Since you attended Dr. Seneff’s last lecture on April 28, 2016 we thought you would be interested in the opportunity to see her again and be one of the first to hear about her latest research and insights on this controversial subject. You will learn about a mineral deficiency (that no one talks about yet) that appears to be a result of these toxins which affect some very important functions in our body, how we function (or struggle) daily and disease development. Read more about the subject of Dr. Seneff’s talk here.

NEW EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSION:

New this year to the event is an expert panel discussion with some alternative health and environmental experts. What questions will you have? How can we get changes in regulation to happen? See the Event page for all the details and who is on our expert panel. You have to be there to participate in this discussion!

There is no charge for tickets once again, thanks to our amazing sponsors (see below) who are supporting this initiative and some attendees who have kindly sent us donations. This is a “pay what you can” event, and cash donations may be made at the door.

This year, our event will be at Glenview Presbyterian Church, just south of Yonge & Lawrence. To reserve your ticket to the live event in Toronto, sign up on the Eventbrite link at the bottom of the event web page here. (Map and directions on Eventbrite.) Save your seat now!!

We are excited to see you at this very important lecture on March 27! Doors open at 10:30 am, lecture will begin at 11:00 am! Come early and meet our sponsors who will have important information and opportunities for you.

Please share this information with friends, family, your colleagues and patients! Everyone you care about needs to hear this.

NEW VIEWER OPPORTUNITY ONLINE:

For your friends who are not in Toronto and fortunate enough to attend in person, we will have a LIVE online streaming available via Zoom. A registration link for this is on the Event page near the bottom. Be sure they register in advance for their Zoom link! A replay will be available after the lecture for a limited time. Facebook live is also part of the plan, but to be sure to find it please register for Zoom.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me with a reply to this email.

Junk Planet: Is Earth the Largest Garbage Dump in the Universe?

February 22nd, 2018

Commentary on pollution of our air, ocean, water, soil, antibiotic,  GMO,  nano-particles, space junk, military waste.

As noted by Baher Kamal in his commentary on this study: ‘Though some forms of pollution have been reduced as technologies and management strategies have advanced, approximately 19 million premature deaths are estimated to occur annually as a result of the way societies use natural resources and impact the environment to support production and consumption.’ See ‘Desperate Need to Halt “World’s Largest Killer” – Pollution’ and ‘Once Upon a Time a Planet… First part. Pollution, the world’s largest killer’.

And that is just the cost in human lives.

So what are the main types of pollution and where do they end up?

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The GMO Agenda Takes a Menacing Leap Forward with EPA’s Silent Approval of Monsanto/Dow’s RNAi Corn

Without much more than a whisper from the mainstream media, Monsanto’s newest Frankenfood has received full EPA approval and will be arriving on dinner plates by the end of the decade. The implications of this are harrowing, to say the least. 

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/gmo-agenda-takes-menacing-leap-forward-epa-s-silent-approval-monsantodow-s-rnai-0