Posts Tagged ‘food safety’

By Tim Frentz (NebraskGreenFuels.com Co-Founder)

I just got done watching a few GMO lectures and the constant lack of respect for mother nature upset me so greatly that I immediately began compiling this blog article to address “What questions to ask GMO supporters”.

Setting aside the never ending debate of nature vs. nurture, let me just say playing god and creator in chemistry and biology becomes unacceptable when we start applying changes outside a controlled environment.

Supporting the study and alterations of nature is acceptable within the realm of education but once we start applying these advancements into society we alter the DNA of life. The unaltered recipe has keep our earth alive for eternity but within the last 400 years our scientific duties to preserve life untouched by studying from a-far have been abandoned.

What we consider to be “improving” food and our health is actually destroying the balance of life. Pharmaceuticals and medical operations have altered nature beyond control. Population growth has exploded beyond sustainability causing a ripple effect placing stress on every aspect of life down the chain.

We do not need improved big ag crops because there are more people to feed. We need to restore a natural unaltered life cycle and grow our own food. We do not need life extending/saving procedures and pharmaceuticals. We need to let life takes it course to maintain natures balance and restore the worlds population.

Educate yourself further on the GMO agents:

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2013/02/11/food-companies-exploit-americans-with-ingredients-banned-in-other-countries/

http://www.oprah.com/health/Genetically-Modified-Foods-Affect-Health-and-Body

 

Lets cut through the minor arguments and get to the end game issue at hand. Most leading supporters of GMO are financed by GMO lab affiliates and pocket politicians who know this is the most effective way to slow down population growth. Placing a birth restraint on families would not pass into law in our democracy and leaves the obvious option of food injection. How do you feel ethically about the population control objective of GMO foods?

 

How do you respond to the multiple test results showing a direct relation between GMO ingredients and reproductive organ/systems failure? (Bacillus thuringiensis BHT, calcium disodium, hydrogenated oil, modified corn/starch,sugar, syrup and soy lecithin to name a few)

*This is one of the ways the government is using large business to control population. It is the easiest way to keep the US from reaching the problems CHINA has had to deal with. It is less aggressive and more accepting by the citizens then enacted Child birth limits on families.

http://spreadlibertynews.com/studies-show-gm-soy-causing-reproductive-problems-attack-of-the-gmos/

http://natural-fertility-info.com/gmo-infertility.html

When addressing a GMO supporter, start your rebuttal by reading off their accomplishments and then ask…

With all your education, how have you not concluded the obvious fact, that ALL the problems you are trying to solve with your work are caused by man made GMO products in the first place? (Our earliest creations created the modern problems for which you are trying to create new solutions. The creator created natural pests to maintain balance of life just as the creator created a predatorial presence to restrain those pests. Remove your unnatural presence from the equation and life will be restored in due time.)
Above all other arguments, how do you defend altering mother nature’s biology?

When supporting arguments cite GOLDEN rice potential to save lives…

http://www.gmwatch.org/gm-myths/11130-golden-rice-qcould-save-a-million-kids-a-yearq

1. Co-inventor Potrykus himself admits that the level of Vitamin A in the cooked product is too low to measure results.

2. Increased levels of beta-carotine include Vit A blocking compounds as well.

3. The storage life of nutrients has not been proven and results remain to be published for most all concerns.

4. It is more efficient to grow natural sources of Vitamin A that have been tested safe.

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How do you defend GMO use of agents that sterilize pollen resulting in honey bee genocide?

*Studies show Mites and paracites are not a significant cause of the Honey Bee decline! A quick search will show current studies in progress.

How do you defend gene Escape which spreads into neighboring vegitation spiraling beyond control?

How do you support companies that force neighboring growers into using a monopolistic product because largely of this gene escape and their brute force removing organic seeds from our local Coop seed sellers?

*Gene Escape is a primary cause of the death of small farms. Forcing them to sell or face giant legal expenses.

How do you support companies that kill our historic farming culture by using tactics which help them take over small farms, bulldoze their historic buildings and increase their own land holdings?

How do you defend the practice of creating seeds that only germinate when mixed with the same companies fertilizer and insecticide? Yet again supporting in itself the definition of a monopoly.

How do you defend the unethical use of terminator seeds which rob farmers of their natural right to harvest seed?

The increased expense in un-neccessary purchase of seed, additives, treatments and transportation expenses far out weigh your arguement in favor of increased yield profit margins.

How do you defend the use of pesticides that kill natural pest removers like garden snakes, spiders and lady bugs but yet spare the Asian beetle?

GM Maize Starlink is for animal feed. It has been found in human products.
How do you stand behind a technology that has already shown no respect for human consumption safety laws.

How do you defend the use of Antibiotic resistant marker genes which cause alterations with consumer and antibiotic medicines?

Side notes on Processed foods:

*Flame Retardent in Citrus flavored Mountain Dew banned in UK/Japan is Brominated Veggie Oil

BIBLE Retractions:

Isaiah 7:15
He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good.

Proverbs 30:8
Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me

Ecclesiastes 5:10
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.

1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Proverbs 22:16
Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty

Leviticus 23:22
“And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.”

Movies

Food Inc.

http://www.foodincmovie.com/

Seafood Since the Gulf Coast Oil SPILLS

Whole Foods Market Reports

http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2010/09/new-wild-caught-seafood-sustainability-ratings/?utm_source=Responsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=09_15_10_Specials

Processed Foods are Massive Rip-Offs

While trying to list every single food that’s a complete rip-off would result in a very thick book, I firmly believe it’s safe to say that virtually all processed snacks and the majority of processed, pre-packaged meals are a massive waste of money. These types of foods consist mainly of fillers and additives, and very few actual nutrients. So while Funyuns made it onto Yahoo Health’s list of rip-offs, I can’t think of a single chip or puffed snack that doesn’t belong on that list.

The same goes for virtually all breakfast cereals, whether they have cartoons on the box or not. Most cereals are frightfully high in sugar, and any nutrients they boast are in the form of suboptimal synthetic additives, or worse.

For example, iron fortified cereals can contain actual iron filings, which is a far cry from the bioavailable iron you get from iron-rich vegetables like spinach. If you haven’t seen this eye-opening demonstration of what’s really in that fortified breakfast cereal, take a look now—you’ll probably never buy another box of cereal again, and rightfully so.

Organic Rip-Offs

I do agree with the contention that some organic foods are rip-offs, when their conventional counterparts are already grown using low amounts of pesticides and the food in question must be peeled anyway, such as bananas.

The Environmental Working Group is a reliable source when trying to decide on what to buy organic. According to their latest 2010 pesticide review, the following 12 foods rank as the most pesticide-free produce, even when conventionally-grown, so you can save a few bucks by opting for the conventionally-grown version of these:

Onions Avocados Watermelon
Pineapple Mango Frozen sweet peas
Asparagus Kiwi Cabbage
Eggplant Cantaloupe

Frozen sweet corn was on the list above but I’ve removed it to avoid confusion. I do NOT recommend consuming non-organic corn and even organic corn should be consumed sparingly.

The foods you want to splurge on by buying organic are foods that have permeable or edible skins, and/or that are conventionally grown with higher amounts of pesticides. Based on the EWG’s report, the top 12 foods to buy organic include:

Grapes Potatoes Kale / Collard greens
Cherries Spinach Sweet bell peppers
Nectarines Blueberries Apples
Strawberries Peaches Celery

For the whole list of produce, ranked from best to worst in terms of pesticide load, please see the EWG’s listing.

Another major organic rip-off is organic milk. Because while organic milk must come from a cow that hasn’t been fed artificial growth hormones or pesticide-laden feed, they’re not necessarily pastured, or grass-fed cows. And worst of all organic milk (unless RAW) is still pasteurized, which destroys vital nutrients.

High-Value Foods

Unpasteurized (raw) grass-fed milk — Raw organic milk from grass-fed cows contains both beneficial fats, bacteria that boost your immune system, and a number of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Although raw milk availability is limited in the US, depending on where you live, you can locate the source closest to you at RealMilk.com.

Whey protein — Even if you don’t have access to raw milk, you can use a high-quality whey protein derived from the milk of grass-fed cows to receive much of the same health benefits. Whey protein contains beta-glucans and immunoglobulins, which protect your immune system and support your body’s natural detoxification processes.

Fermented foods — One of the most healthful fermented foods is kefir — an ancient cultured, enzyme-rich food full of friendly microorganisms that balance your “inner ecosystem” and strengthen immunity. Besides kefir, other good fermented foods include natto, kimchee, miso, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut, and olives.

Raw organic eggs from pastured chickens – Raw, free-range eggs are an inexpensive and amazing source of high-quality nutrients that many people are deficient in, especially high-quality protein and fat. To find free-range pasture farms, try your local health food store, or go to http://www.eatwild.com or http://www.localharvest.org.

Grass-fed beef or organ meats – Grass-fed beef is very high in vitamins A, B12 and E, omega-3 fats, beta carotene, zinc and the potent immune system enhancer CLA (conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid). But don’t confuse “organic” with grass-fed, since many organically raised cows are still fed organic corn, which you don’t want. However, most grass-fed cows are raised organically.

Coconut oil — Besides being excellent for your thyroid and your metabolism, coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which converts in your body to monolaurin – a compound also found in breast milk that strengthens a baby’s immunity.

Its medium chain fatty acids, or triglycerides (MCT’s) also impart a number of health benefits, including raising your body’s metabolism and fighting off pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and fungi. Make sure you choose an organic coconut oil that is unrefined, unbleached, made without heat processing or chemicals, and does not contain GM ingredients.

Berries Blueberries and raspberries rate very high in antioxidant capacity compared to other fruits and vegetables. They are also lower in fructose than many other fruits.

Broccoli – Broccoli contains the highest amount of isothiocyanates, a cancer-fighting compound, of all the crunchy vegetables. Studies have shown that just 10 spears a week (5 servings) can make a difference in your health.

Chlorella –This single-cell freshwater algae acts as an efficient detoxification agent by binding to toxins (most of which promote chronic inflammation), such as mercury, and carrying them out of your system. The chlorophyll in the chlorella helps you process more oxygen, cleanses your blood and promotes the growth and repair of your tissues. (For more information, please see my interview with expert, Ginny Banks.)

Tea – As for beverages, clean pure water is a must for optimal health, but if you want another beverage, a good choice with added health benefits is high quality herbal teas.

Matcha tea is the most nutrient-rich green tea and comes in the form of a stone-ground powder, completely unfermented. The best Matcha comes from Japan and has up to 17 times the antioxidants of wild blueberries, and seven times more than dark chocolate. Tulsi is another tea loaded with antioxidants and other micronutrients that support immune function and heart health.

Krill Oil—Krill oil is the only dietary supplement that makes it to this list, and that’s only because the ideal food source for these essential omega-3 fats has been destroyed by widespread pollution. The dangers of eating fish simply outweigh the benefits due to the toxic mercury levels they now contain, with very few exceptions.

Antarctic krill oil is a pure marine oil loaded with powerful antioxidants and omega-3 oils, with NO heavy metal contamination.

I hope you’ll find these suggestions helpful in making the most of your food budget in these economically challenging times.

Sources:
Yahoo Health March 4, 2011
Menshealth.com 2010

I am writing a lot this month before traveling again and here is a quick list of links to all the networks I am writing for to raise money for our causes in need. This list will be updated every 2 days.

 

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https://freehelpinghands.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/making-money-online-in-2011/

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