GM soy and birth defects?

When Danish pig farmer lb Borup Pedersen replaced GM soy with non-GM soy in the feeding schedules on his farm, he immediately observed positive changes in the health of the sow herd.

In his discussions with GM-Free Cymru Mr Pedersen itemised the following effects:
◦Within 2 days diarrhoea virtually disappeared in the farrowing house, whereas before we had used 50-100 ml Borgal / day.
◦Since switching, we have not experienced death from bloat in sows or death by ulcers, as opposed to minimum 1 per month previously. (36 sows died due to stomach related sickness over the last two years before switching)
◦No sows have died through loss of appetite, whereas 2 sows died from this cause last year.
◦Even without washing between farrowings, diarrhoea does not now reappear. Previously when we failed to wash between sows, we noticed more diarrhoea.
◦Previously we have struggled with diarrhoea in first layer sows, we do not have this problem any more!
◦Two years ago when the diarrhoea was as its worst, we had months with nearly 30% dead in the farrowing house. At that time it was impossible to find sows that could nurse piglets.
◦Before it was unusual to have a sow with 13 piglets weaned. The average was about 10.5 per sow plus spare mothers. Now we are getting over 12 piglets on average weaned and 14 piglets weaned per sow is common. We have fewer nursing sows, simply because the sows are milking better and eating more.
◦Sows farrow better and we have 0.3 more live births per sow, of which 0.2 is gained from fewer stillborn. Now we have 14.9 liveborn and 1.6 stillborn, averaged over the past 7 months.
◦The piglets weaned are stronger and more evenly sized.
◦Man-hours are reduced by 20-30 hours per month, partly by washing less and because everything is easier.



Milk: Victory Against rbGH!

I know you’ll all find this shocking but Monsanto apparently “bullied” scientists into lying and hid the full evidence of how awful rbGH actually is.

Wow, no really, I’m, uh, shocked.

Since Monsanto actually owns rbGH and we already know how honest and caring Monsanto is about public health where their profits are concerned I’m actually shocked that this truth finally came to light at all.

Read this great piece from La Vida Locavore and boycott any Monsanto ANYTHING!

Big Victory Against rbGH!
by: Jill Richardson
Thu Sep 30, 2010 at 18:32:09 PM PDT

Remember way back when when several states tried to ban “rbGH-free” claims on dairy? This was a few years ago now. Monsanto, who owned rbGH at the time, helped found a group of rbGH-loving dairy farmers called AFACT. AFACT then pushed to ban any label claims telling consumers which milk came from cows that had not been treated with rbGH. Naturally, that sparked tons of consumer outrage, and ultimately AFACT was unsuccessful in most states where they tried this.
Save for Ohio. Ohio was the one last state where it looked like they might win. Ultimately the fight went to the courts. Today brought BIG news of a court decision in Ohio. The less significant news out of the court is that milk in Ohio can still say “rbGH-free” but it must also contain an FDA disclaimer saying “[t]he FDA has determined that no significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rbST-supplemented and non-rbST-supplemented cows.”

Now, here’s the BIG news. The court challenged the FDA’s finding that there is “no measurable compositional difference” between milk from rbGH-treated cows and milk from untreated cows. According to those who have worked on this issue for nearly two decades now (maybe more), the FDA’s claim that there was no compositional difference between milk from rbGH-treated and untreated cows was THE MAJOR roadblock to any good regulation. And the court finally struck it down, citing three reasons why the milk differs: 1. Increased levels of the hormone IGF-1, 2. A period of milk with lower nutritional quality during each lactation, and 3. Increased somatic cell counts (i.e. more pus in the milk). Below, you will find the exact language of the court’s ruling, as well as testimony submitted to the FDA’s Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee all the way back in 1993 by Michael Hansen, Senior Scientist at Consumers’ Union. Amazing how it only took 17 years to get the truth legally recognized.


Cellphones; This will surely end badly…

I know that it’s easy to get complacent about things that we see and hear about all the time, accepting of the common things in our life that later turn out to be, you know, really bad ideas (think the historical use of ARSENIC to treat syphillis and epilepsy, and more recently painting baby toys with LEAD paint, adding MERCURY to our fillings and vaccinations and stuffing our food sources full of Pesticides, Herbicides, Hormones and Chemicals) but today’s New York Times has an excellent piece on what might just prove to be the next really bad idea.

Whatever your personal views, it’s important to remember that the truth about EMFs, low grade radiation exposure and the effects of modern communication and energy technology on our bodies is not actually known yet…

Should You Be Snuggling With Your Cellphone?By RANDALL STROSS
WARNING: Holding a cellphone against your ear may be hazardous to your health. So may stuffing it in a pocket against your body.

I’m paraphrasing here. But the legal departments of cellphone manufacturers slip a warning about holding the phone against your head or body into the fine print of the little slip that you toss aside when unpacking your phone. Apple, for example, doesn’t want iPhones to come closer than 5/8 of an inch; Research In Motion, BlackBerry’s manufacturer, is still more cautious: keep a distance of about an inch.

The warnings may be missed by an awful lot of customers. The United States has 292 million wireless numbers in use, approaching one for every adult and child, according to C.T.I.A.-The Wireless Association, the cellphone industry’s primary trade group. It says that as of June, about a quarter of domestic households were wireless-only.

If health issues arise from ordinary use of this hardware, it would affect not just many customers but also a huge industry. Our voice calls — we chat on our cellphones 2.26 trillion minutes annually, according to the C.T.I.A. — generate $109 billion for the wireless carriers.

The cellphone instructions-cum-warnings were brought to my attention by Devra Davis, an epidemiologist who has worked for the University of Pittsburgh and has published a book about cellphone radiation, “Disconnect.” I had assumed that radiation specialists had long ago established that worries about low-energy radiation were unfounded. Her book, however, surveys the scientific investigations and concludes that the question is not yet settled.

Read the Article HERE:

On the Menu; More Pesticide Lies and Propaganda

From The Atlantic today, a truly SINISTER and disgusting ploy that was so successful it’ll likely be the start of a whole new wave of Eco Fraud.
Get mad about this people, get very, VERY mad…

The White House garden may be green and unsullied by agricultural chemicals, but Obama’s United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) just forked over $180,000 to fund an agribusiness-backed smear campaign against the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides,” which includes the “Dirty Dozen,” a list of the foods most commonly found to have pesticide residue.

In July, a website called was launched with the sole purpose of debunking the EWG’s guide. The website, with the headline, “The Real Dangers of the Dirty Dozen List,” was started by the Alliance for Food and Farming, a California-based group that bills itself as a non-profit organization made up of farmers and farm groups who want to “communicate their commitment to food safety and care for the land.”

The agriculture department is paying an industry group to raise questions about its own data. It’s more than a little baffling.In fact, the alliance is little more than a PR front whose directors include executives from corporate agricultural interests such as Sunkist, Western Growers, California Strawberry Commission, California Tomato Farmers, and the California Association of Pest Control Advisors. The alliance requested the federal dollars through the California Department of Food and Agriculture to “correct the misconception that some fresh produce items contain excessive amounts of pesticide residues,” according to the alliance’s grant application (PDF). “Claims by activist groups about unsafe levels of pesticides have been widely reported in the media for many years, but have largely gone uncontested.” Presumably, the money will enable the alliance to maintain the site.

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Pesticides you can’t wash off: The very scary truth about systemic pesticides

Ok, I’m really going to try and get serious here again. My first order of business is to say what the HELL are people doing posting ads for Wallgreens VACCINES right under my last post?!!

Not ok, not ok at all.

I suppose it was only a matter of time before any spare inch of virtual screen was up for sale but sheesh people, take a moment to look at what you’re doing before slapping something up here that just looks damn ridiculous!

Now the really depressing news. Say buh bye to those days when you figured it’d be ok to buy those Factory apples if you just washed them really well. Because now, thanks to the chemical tinkering of geniuses beyond my or your simple comprehension, they’ve just starting putting all the poison INSIDE the food.

 Read this cringe-inducing piece from the awesome Mother Earth News:

Systemic Pesticides: Chemicals You Can’t Wash Off

By Barbara Pleasant

In conventional food production systems, not all pesticides remain on a plant’s exterior. Systemic pesticides are chemicals that are actually absorbed by a plant when applied to seeds, soil or leaves. The chemicals then circulate through the plant’s tissues, killing the insects that feed on them. Use of these pesticides on food crops began in 1998, and has steadily increased during the past 10 years. Unlike with traditional insecticides, you can’t wash or peel off systemic pesticide residues because they’re in the plant’s tissues, not on their exteriors.

The four main systemics used on food crops (listed below) are members of the nitroguanidine/ neonicotinoid group of chemicals, which has been implicated in the mysterious colony collapse disorder that has killed millions of bees. (See our article Colony Collapse: Are Potent Pesticides Killing Honeybees?.)

Imidacloprid can be applied to many vegetables (including tomatoes and leafy greens) right up to the day they’re harvested.

Thiamethoxam was first approved as a seed treatment for corn in 2002, and thiamethoxam products that are applied to the soil have since been approved for use on most vegetable and fruit crops. See a photo of seed corn treated with this chemical.

Clothianidin is used as a seed treatment on canola, cereals, corn and sugar beets, and as a soil treatment for potatoes.

Dinotefuran can be applied to soil or sprayed on leafy greens, potatoes and cucumber family crops.

When the Pesticide Action Network reviewed the results of pesticide residue tests conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1999 to 2007, numerous samples contained residues of these systemic pesticides. For example, 74 percent of conventionally grown fresh lettuce and 70 percent of broccoli samples showed imidacloprid residues. Clothianidin was found in potatoes, thiamethoxam showed up in strawberries and sweet peppers, and some collard green samples were laced with dinotefuran.

click here for the full article:

Twins die moments after Vaccine

GHAZIABAD: Police have sealed Shastri Nagar’s well-known Divya Hospital after nine-month-old twins died there after getting measles vaccination.

Police have also registered a case of culpable homicide against the owner of the hospital, Dr Satvir, who is an Ayurvedic physician. Senior superintendent of Ghaziabad police, Raghubir Lal, said, “We have recovered some documents where Dr Satvir has claimed he is an MBBS degree holder.”

Chief medical officer, Dr R K Dhaon, said, “We have constituted a medical committee to examine the causes of the twins’ death. We can not make any comments until the committee comes to a conclusion. We have sent the viscera of both the babies for forensic examination and a central government team is also examining the case.”

“Dr Satvir vaccinated Chandni even after Charu had already adversely reacted to the vaccination. Besides, he took the twins to another hospital after vaccinating them, and disappeared from there with the vaccination cards,” Lal added.

According to Sunil Sharma, father of the twins and a resident of Swarna Jayanti Puram, the twins were their only children. “Around 6.30pm on Wednesday, we took our twins to Divya Hospital. Dr Satvir vaccinated Charu around 7.30pm, after which she started vomiting. He pushed me out of the cubicle, saying she was fine and gave the shot to Chandni also. When both of them fell sick, Dr Satvir took us to a hospital in Kavi Nagar and disappeared from there. The twins fell unconscious, we got scared and took them to Ganesh Hospital instead. By then it was too late, and the doctors declared them dead,” Sunil explained.

Dr Satvir has been absconding.

SOURCE: The Times of India

I’m BACK!!

Hi all, it’s been so long, I know, do forgive me.
After years of talking about big life changes, and making many of them myself, I’ve gone ahead and made one of the biggest; getting OUT of the office and back into the world, working for myself!
It took long hours and a lot of chaos which kept me from being here, but I’ve missed it and am back with renewed energy and insight. I hope you’ll join me in this new season, new adventure and new life!