Expert Prepper's Family Survival Garden GMO Free In Less Space        
The Expert Prepper's Family Survival Garden GMO Free In Less Space Homepage OK, so today I’ll be reviewing Expert Prepper's Family Survival Garden GMO Free In Less Space. This will be mostly a look at all the info I’ve been able to gather about it. I haven’t actually used the product – instead I’ve done [...]
          Ministerstwo środowiska zajmie się GMO        
Ustawa o nasiennictwie czeka już tylko na podpis prezydenta, ale jej przyjęcie nie oznacza końca pracy nad zmianami w prawie dotyczącymi roślin genetycznie modyfikowanych. W resorcie środowiska leżą dwa inne projekty, w całości regulujące kwestię uprawy GMO w Polsce.
          Eclipse 05-07-2017 with DJ Deep Rawk        
Playlist:

Company Flow- End To End Burners - 12
DJ Mike Smooth Lord Finesse- Strictly For The Ladies - Funky Technician
Stezo- Gangsta Groove - 12
Company Flow- Blind - Funcrusher Plus
Street Smartz- Dont Trust Anyone Remix - 12
Kice Of Course- Competition - New Experience
Killer Mike- JoJos Chillin - RAP Music
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Company Flow- Simian D Aka Feeling Ignorant - 12
Large Professor- New Train Ole Route - ReLiving
Dj Eli Breeze Brewin And Subconscious- Bezerkowitz - 12
Micranots- Pitch Black Ark - Obelisk Movements
Company Flow- Krazy Kings - Funcrusher Plus
The Micranots- All Live - 12
Mr Len Jean Grae- Taco Day feat The Melon Bayside High Drama Club - Pity The Fool
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Queen Latifah- Inside Out - All Hail The Queen
Casual Tragedy Khadafy Rock Marciano Vordul Mega- Think Differently - Wutang Meets The Indie Culture
Artifacts- Art Of Facts - Thats Them
Pharoahe Monch- The Jungle - PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Ol Dirty Bastard- Pop Shots - WuBox The Cream Of The Clan WuTang Clan Family Album
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Lolita- Gravity feat Garey Kennebrew - Gravity feat Garey Kennebrew Single
2mx2- All Or Nothing feat Myke Charles Dr Pheel Good - Gmo Genetically Modified Oppression
Logic- Buried Alive - Under Pressure Deluxe Version
2Mx2- This Is For My Abuelita - 12
2Mx2- Love Us Til We Leave - 12


playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/101/playlistDate/2017-05-07
          Bees        
Europeanhoneybee I haven't posted much for a variety of reasons, but mainly I have been doing yard work and gardening. (This post was actually begun in early April.) We had a late frost and very long, cold winter here in socal- for us anyway - which led to a later start than in many previous years. Chores ranged from dead-heading frost damaged plants to prep work and actual planting of seeds and starter plants in the veggie garden, and potting up plants for the local garden club's plant sale. I sadly lost about half of my orchids as a result of a week or 2 with lows in the high teens, which made my yard work less satisfying.

One thing that had me very concerned was the lack of bees in my citrus trees. Years ago we had so many bumblebees that lived on the hillside behind us that collected pollen from our property, until a housing development had to go in. (I plant to attract insects and birds yearlong.) With six assorted citrus in bloom and nary a bee in sight, I was very worried. However, I noticed my apricot and plum trees has baby fruits, so I was hoping the bees would come again. Thankfully, after 2 weeks without seeing a single bee, the bees slowly arrived. It was too late to order bees for my area so I was very relieved! Believe me, when you have millions of heavenly citrus flowers perfuming the air and do not see even one bee, you get worried. Especially this year... (Subject reference books are listed at end of post.)

If you haven't heard about the sudden drastic decline in the honeybee population, it is a real crisis. There are many reasons why bees die ( A few reasons being diseases, pests, pesticides GMO crops, natural disasters, etc.) but in the last year or two colony collapse disorder is at the root of the current crisis. The bees seem to completely disappear from the face of the earth as if they have been abducted by aliens or pulled up to God in an insect version of the rapture. The problem is worldwide and no one seems to know why.

As "smart" as man believes he/she is, we rarely are when we try to improve on Mother Nature. Since the "Better Living Through Chemistry" campaign began, man has made many things worse as well as better.

The "honeybee" is not native to many places in the world, but everywhere with flowering plants has its native bees. We have seen fit to eliminate, or almost decimate, many of the native species through one means or another. These same native species may have to be our saviours if colony collapse disorder continues to near extinction.

An excellent natural remedy to boost native bees can be read in the "San Francisco Chronicle: Time for a new approach to crop pollination by Deborah K. Rich, Special to The Chronicle, Saturday, May 21, 2005

Recognizing the very real threat of crop failure that our dependence upon a single species of bee poses, researchers are coaching pollinator understudies. The blue orchard bee (also known as the orchard mason bee) is proving a cooperative pollinator of some early blooming orchard crops, and the bumble bee is helping to pollinate hot-house tomatoes.

Still, it may be time -- while there still is time -- for another approach entirely. The United States is home to 4,000 bee species, of which 1, 500 are found in California, to say nothing of the many moth, fly, wasp and butterfly species that also assist with pollination."

Everyone who gardens can help. How-tos can be found at The Xerxes Society's Pollinator Conservation Program pages and at the USDA.

For those of you who wish to read more on bees, the following books can be found at your local independent bookstore or on the net from a worldwide indie by searching by author and/or title at Bookfinder or ADDALL.
Honey Bee Pests, Predators and Diseases by Roger A. Morse
Letters from the Hive: An Intimate History of Bees, Honey, and Humankind by Stephen Buchmann
Bees In America: How The Honey Bee Shaped A Nation by Tammy Horn
Bee diseases: Cause and Treatment by Eugene E Killion
The Queen Must Die and Other Affairs of Bees and Men by William Longgood
The Life and Times of the Honeybee by Charles Micucci (children's)
The Honey Makers by Gail Gibbons (children's)
Langstroth's Hive and the Honey-Bee: The Classic Beekeeper's Manual by L. L. Langstroth
The ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture: An Encyclopedia of Beekeeping by Roger Morse (a classic!)
Bees & Honey: From Flower to Jar by Michael Weiler
Fifty Years Among the Bees by C. C. Miller (another classic)
The Dance, Language, and Orientation of Bees by Karl von Frisch
          Eclipse 04-06-2014 with Dj Cavem, Dj Rsquare, Dj Deep Rawk        
Playlist:

DJ Cavem Moetavation- We Are Because They Were feat Panama Soweto Molina Speaks Tajai Speech - The Produce Section The Harvest
Various Artists- Burning Spear Marcus Garvey - This Is Reggae Music Golden Era 19601975
Earth Amplfied- Food Fight - Earth Amplfied
DJ Cavem Moetavation- Home Cooking feat Antique Neambe - The Produce Section The Harvest
Fred Wesley The JBs- Damn Right I Am Somebody Pts 1 2 - James Browns Funky People
Supa Nova Slum- Energy - Supa Nova Slum
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Afrika Bambaataa The Soul Sonic Force- Planet Rock - Planet Rock EP
SaRoc- Endustry Industry - Journey Of The Starseed
The Reminders- If Only I Could Fly - Recollect
DJ Cavem Moetavation- Wheat Grass - The Teachers Lounge
Men In Burka- Tears 4 Haditha Street Mix - Lyari Nights
2mx2- Hold Tight feat The Reminders - Gmo Genetically Modified Oppression
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2mx2- Go Home feat Ze Of The Diamond Boiz - Gmo Genetically Modified Oppression
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2mx2- The Cure For Cancer - Gmo Genetically Modified Oppression
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playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/101/playlistDate/2014-04-06
          Kauai Council is Climate Change        
SUBHEAD: The County Council turns down $100,000 in private donations to fund climate action plan.

By Nathan Eagle on 3 august 2017 for Civil Beat -
(http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/08/kauai-council-says-no-thanks-to-100k-to-fight-climate-change/)


Image above: Kauai County Council members 2016-2018 -  Mason Chock, Arthur Brun, Chair Mel Rapozo, JoAnn Yukimura, Ross Kagawa, Derek Kawakami and Arryl Kaneshiro. From original article.

Opponents of taking the money question whether the county needs its own plan. One said the work should be left to the federal government.

Kauai County Council members have rejected $100,000 in private donations to fund a climate action plan for their rural island, which is particularly susceptible to rising sea levels, stronger storms and other effects of climate change.

In a 4-3 vote last week, Council Chair Mel Rapozo and members Arryl Kaneshiro, Ross Kagawa and Arthur Brun opposed a request from Mayor Bernard Carvalho’s administration to accept $50,000 from the Hawaii Community Foundation and a matching $50,000 from the nonprofit Partners for Places.

They expressed skepticism about the need for a county climate plan, saying they didn’t want to duplicate the state’s efforts. They also felt the county economic development director’s explanation of the potential funding was insufficient.

“You don’t need a plan to tell you that you help the environment if you walk more, if you bike more, catch the bus more,” Kagawa said. “If the federal government is working on it, let them do it.”

Councilwoman JoAnn Yukimura, who along with Councilmen Derek Kawakami and Mason Chock supported accepting the money, pointed out at the meeting that the United States is no longer leading on climate change.

“Under President Trump, we’re withdrawing from it and really losing face in the world,” Yukimura said, referring to Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

The Paris agreement, signed by 195 nations in 2015, established a goal of limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and laid out plans for countries to work together to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change.

“That’s why the cities now are rising to address it and saying we’re going to do it because it’s affecting the lives of our citizens, it’s affecting the planet and I think this county needs to join in and do that,” Yukimura said.

The council’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee took up the matter again Wednesday, but the deadline had passed Monday to use the foundation’s grant to apply for the matching funds from Partners for Places.

George Costa, director of Kauai’s Office of Economic Development, said Wednesday that he had been reluctant to disclose Monday’s grant deadline at last week’s meeting because of the way council members had reacted the previous time the administration came before them with a last-minute request to apply for a Transportation Alternatives Program grant.

At least one council member said the additional information provided Wednesday by the county’s energy and sustainability manager, Ben Sullivan, who was unable to attend their meeting last week, would have changed their vote.

“Had we had this information last week, this would have passed,” Rapozo said.

Costa said the administration tries to give the council as much notice as possible, but in this case was uncertain whether the private funding would be available until July — although the county started talking to the Hawaii Community Foundation in January.

“A lot of these opportunities do come at the last minute,” Costa said.

Still, Yukimura questioned during Wednesday’s meeting why the county would not want to have the council accept the foundation’s funding, since there was ample time to use it to meet the next deadline in January to apply for a matching grant from Partners for Places.

Sullivan said there’s still a chance the administration will come back to the council to ask for such approval, but he noted that the foundation is now looking for a nonprofit or other third party to receive the funds. He was not sure if new recipients had been determined.

“We’re kind of strategizing and rethinking,” Sullivan said.

‘Defining Issue Of Our Lives’
Kagawa said at last week’s meeting that the idea of a county climate action plan reminded him of Kauai’s efforts to address “all this fear” over genetically modified organisms.

The county passed a bill in 2013 to require GMO companies to disclose more information about the pesticides they use and abide by setbacks for spraying. A federal court later overturned the law.

“I don’t think it necessarily makes sense that the county is getting into the business of telling people on Kauai what to do to help this problem,” he said. “It needs to be done nationwide.”

Kaneshiro had his own fears over what a climate action plan might obligate the county to do.

“Is it going to say airplanes are causing a lot of carbon emissions so we should reduce the amount of airplanes coming to Kauai?” he asked. “Or, you know, vehicles are a main cause of carbon emissions so reduce the amount of miles people can drive on Kauai?”

Yukimura said the plan would not obligate the county to do anything, but instead would provide data and possible strategies.

Sullivan said the county’s climate action plan would add a greater level of detail to the data the state Department of Health is collecting about greenhouse gas emissions, for instance.

Better Communication Needed
The council members, even those supporting accepting the funding, said they did not get the information they needed from Costa last week. Even Yukimura later called his answers “weak.” But those in favor said it still made sense to accept the money and then work out the details for the plan.

Kawakami, who was concerned about the message last week’s vote would send to future potential donors, said he wants a plan that produces results.

“At what point do we get some tangible recommendations on what we need to do with our wastewater facilities, with our county roads and state highways being impacted by sea level rise, and when do we get some sort of tangible to-do list instead of studying this thing?” Kawakami said. “If we study this thing to death then by the time we come out with any real action plan it’s going to be too late.”

Costa said $10,000 of the grant would have gone to a greenhouse gas study that looked at emission levels from various sectors, such as electricity, the landfill and transportation.

He said $40,000 would have gone to community engagement, $10,000 would have been for contingencies and the rest would have been used to contract with the University of Hawaii’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning to drive the plan.

Rapozo said at last week’s meeting that community engagement could be part of a county plan to address climate change, but he questioned spending the money on that, even it wasn’t from Kauai taxpayers.

“I don’t understand how you can get information on a plan with community engagement,” he said. “When you’re doing a plan, I think you’ve got to use scientific data.”

This was the third time the council has rejected funding a climate action plan. Last year, the Hawaii Community Foundation said it would provide $75,000 if the county chipped in $30,000, Costa said.

Kagawa said last week at the meeting that he still did not trust the administration when it comes to addressing climate change.

“I don’t believe they’ll have the plan with the silver bullet to solve the problem,” he said. “That’s just my gut.”

Yukimura, in an email trying to rally her constituents after the vote, called climate change the “defining issue of our lives.” She said Kauai’s fragile and unique environment in particular has a great challenge ahead that demands leadership, community involvement and consensus on a course of action.

In April 2016, Sullivan tried to convey the urgency of coming up with a plan to address climate change while encouraging the council to support the mayor’s $30,000 budget request.

“It’s past time for us to champion this,” he told The Garden Island newspaper at the time.

On Wednesday, Sullivan said in an email that the mayor is committed to developing and implementing a climate action plan and the Hawaii Community Foundation has been “extremely supportive.”

“Despite some communications challenges, today’s meeting seemed to illustrate that our County Council, and quite a few people in our community are also in full support of this effort, so I am confident that we will find a way forward with this work,” he said.

Darcy Yukimura, the foundation’s senior philanthropic officer on Kauai, said the island still has the opportunity to be a leader in the state.

Read more about the administration’s plan below.
(http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3912056-Council-OED-7-31-17-C-2017-168-Development-of-a.html?embed=true&responsive=false&sidebar=false




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          FDA approves world's first GMO fish: fast-growing Atlantic Salmon        

atlantic salmon

In a landmark decision more than two decades in the making, the US Food and Drug Administration announced its approval of a genetically modified Atlantic Salmon variant on Thursday. The AquAdvantage salmon, which was initially developed back in 1989 and submitted for approval in 1995, grows far faster than its conventionally bred brethren. The FDA has deemed it safe for human consumption, equally nutritious as other salmon varieties and not dangerous to the environment. And since the GMO salmon is considered nutritionally equivalent to regular salmon supermarkets will be able to carry the fish without having to label them being GMO.

Via: Mother Jones, Ars Technica

Source: US FDA


          Raw Organic Cocoa Beans DIY Chocolate Non-Gmo        
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Learn about your food - where it comes from, how it's made, and the history of how and why we started to eat what we eat - with some of these informative documentaries.

This film shows how human desires are an essential, intricate part of natural history by exploring the natural history of four plants -the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato - and the corresponding human desires - sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control. This two-hour documentary begins in Michael Pollan's garden, and roams the world, from the fields of Iowa to the apple forests of Kazakhstan, from a medical marijuana hot house to the tulip markets of Amsterdam.

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of food journalist Pollan's thesis. Humans used to know how to eat well, he argues, but the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not "real." Indeed, plain old eating is being replaced by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. Pollan's advice is: "Don't eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food."

Discusses the enduring appeal of soul food, and presents an overview of its history, covering its roots in Western Africa, its incarnation in the American South, and the role it plays in the health crisis in the African American community.

In-depth investigation into unlabeled genetically-modified foods which have become increasingly prevalent in grocery stores. Unravels the complex web of market and political forces that are changing the nature of what we eat.

Also available in: e-video

The drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Take an enthralling journey into the human relationship to food as you travel the world discovering fascinating food lore and culture of all regions and eras-as an eye-opening lesson in history as well as a unique window on what we eat today.

Also available in: e-video

Explores how large corporations and government agencies control agriculture and food processing, and how those practices affect human, environmental, and economic health.

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American food is in a state of crisis. Obesity and diabetes are on the rise, food costs are skyrocketing, family farms are in decline, and our agricultural environment is in jeopardy. Explore a thriving local food movement as our world becomes a more flavorless, disconnected, and dangerous place to eat.

Also available in: e-video

Every year in America we throw away 96 billion pounds of food - 263 million pounds a day. Inspired by a curiosity about society's careless habit of sending good, edible food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary DIVE! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles' supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food - resulting in an eye-opening documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action.

Also available in: e-video

From rooftop farmers to backyard beekeepers, Americans are growing food like never before. Growing Cities goes coast to coast to tell the stories of these intrepid urban farmers, activists, and everyday city-dwellers who are challenging the way this country feeds itself. From those growing in backyards to make ends meet to educators teaching kids to eat healthier, viewers find that urban farming is about much more than simply good food.

Also available in: e-video

Examines the possibility of eliminating diseases like heart disease and diabetes through a plant-based diet.

This chronicles what director Lathe Poland learned after he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. He sought to find out why he got sick, because he didn't fit the classic picture of an adult onset diabetes sufferer. He quickly learned that much of what he knew about healthy eating was based on myths or fifty-year-old science. He searches out why Americas modern food culture is killing us. The upside? There is a lot that can be done!.

An A-to-Z encyclopedia of Raw Food, perfect for beginners and Raw Food enthusiasts.

How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? These and other questions take director Seifert on a journey from his family's table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what's on your plate?

Looks at some of the scientific aspects of food, including the chemistry involved in cooking a turkey, the nutritional benefits of cooking, and how taste works.

When a marketing executive for a huge burger chain finds a nasty secret ingredient in their burger recipe, he goes to the ranches and slaughterhouses of Colorado to investigate and finds that the truth is sometimes difficult to swallow.

Also available in: e-video

Americans' right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.

Narrated by Katie Couric, the film blows the lid off everything that was known about food and exercise, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public. Exposing the hidden truths contributing to one of the largest health epidemics in history, it follows a group of families battling to lead healthier lives and reveals why the conventional wisdom of 'exercise and eat right' is not ringing true for millions of people.

Frontline investigates the dangerous pathogens in meat, particularly in chicken.


          Civil Society Organizations to Urge RIO+20 for Ban of GMO Seeds        
By Andualem Sisay The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in Rio de Janeiro in 2012 has to ban the use of Genetically Modified foods (GMO), which will cost poor farmers billions of dollars every year for purchasing GMO seeds, urges civil society organizations (CSOs). Ethiopia needs to invest 66 million US dollars every […]
          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 10-20-2015 with Barry Roark        
Playlist:

Various Artists- Your Beat Kicks Back Like Death - SC100 Secretly Canadians 100th Release
Various Artists- Soft Evenigs - SC100 Secretly Canadians 100th Release
King Tubby- A Murderous Dub - From The Palace Of Dub
Van Morrison- Sweet Thing - The Essential Van Morrison
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Tricky- We Dont Die - False Idols
Dengue Fever- Still Waters Run Deep - The Deepest Lake
Alaska In Winter- Staring At The Sun - Dance Party In The Balkans
Dubchek- Puppy Train - Down Memory Gap Lane
Sprechen Sie Deutsch- Police And Thieves - Reno 911 Miami
A Tribe Called Red- Electric Intertrival Feat Smoke Trail Ojibway - Nation II Nation
Modest Mouse- Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes - The Moon Antarctica
They Might Be Giants- Glean - Glean
R- Ravens Rub Mix - Poor Leno
Happy Mondays- Bobs Yer Uncle - Loads
Quitapenas- Guayabo - Quitapenas
Heavyweight Dub Champion- Blessed Is The Seed - Survival Guide For The End Of Time
Delicate Steve Dustin Wong- Flyin High - Wondervisions
Various Artists- King Crimson Three Of A Perfect Pair - Sometimes God Smiles
Bruce Cockburn- Maybe The Poet - Stealing Fire Deluxe Edition
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Various Artists- - The Complete Death Of Cool Parts 1 2
Dub Spencer Trance Hill- Smoke On The Water Deep Purple - Riding Strange Horses
JJ DOOM- Gmo - Key To The Kuffs
Adrian Younge- Turn Down The Sound feat Loren Oden - Linear Labs Los Angeles
Greensky Bluegrass- Worried About The Weather - If Sorrows Swim
The Wolfgang Press- People Say - Funky Little Demons
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Fly Ashtray- Barrys Time Machine - Tone Sensations Of The Wondermen
Various Artists- Magnus Buchan feat Community Recordings - Natural Selection Vol 1
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Trevor Jones- The Glade Pt II - The Last Of The Mohicans Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Bjrk- Stonemilker - Vulnicura
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The Domestics- What A Life - The Domestics
Pest- Ogres - All Out Fall Out
A Night Of Serious Drinking- Shades Of Another Color - One After Another
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Tommi Eckhart- Casino Solid State Remix - Run Lola Run Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2015-10-20
          Comment on The Young Turks get the science wrong on GM food by James Bacon        
GMO is not cross breeding. That is called Hybridizing. Genetically modifying is splicing and adding different genes. Monsanto isn't out farming and cross breeding or hybridizing foods. They are in a lab splicing and adding or taking away genes of a particular organism. It is actually pretty clear cut as to what the definition is. Look at the horrible history of monsanto and tell me if you trust any of the Monsanto funded science. The last thing I'm going to do is eat a tomato with fish DNA. I'll play it safe and eat what mother nature has provided us for the last few million years. It's sad to see TYT get this so wrong. :(
          GMO vs Organic Food        
GMO vs. Organic food, there is more you need to know to make the right choices. The debate over consuming GMO or Organic foods has been going on for years. GMO or Genetically Modified Organisms are foods that have undergone genetic modification while organic products have not. These genetic modifications have been made for various […]
          Food Storage: Are Thrive Foods GMO Free?        
  My family has really made a conscious effort to make the switch to organic and GMO free foods. That can be tricky with the labeling process so unclear (and so many companies outright fighting against labeling GMO foods). While an emergency situation may be a different ballgame — you eat what you need to [...]
        

          Veestro Vegan Frozen Dinners        
Veestro is a company that delivers frozen Vegan meals to you home. I didn't realize there was such a service until Mark, the co-owner, contacted me about reviewing some of Veestro's products. Of course I said yes! About a week later I got this huge box full of goodies. There was quite a variety, with all kinds of Vegan goodness. Everything from soups, entrees, salads and even cookies. Best yet, every meal is Organic and GMO-free!     

Savory Croquettes with Veggie Hash. Probably my favorite meal of the bunch! Yummy tofu croquettes, veggies and sauce.  

Mediterranean Skillet. Loved the bacon tempeh on this one. And plenty of veggies to keep you feeling healthy.

Red Curry with Tofu and Vegetables. I'm not a big fan of curry, but I was loving this tofu curry! I also dug the rounds of brown rice.

Enchilada Casserole. Not the prettiest frozen dinner I've ever seen, but the great flavor makes up for it.

Risotto with Butternut Squash and Kale. You don't typically see risotto in a frozen dinner. Not bad!

Roasted Beet & Kale Salad. The yummy dressing came on the side, not pictured here. A well rounded salad.

Soba Noodles with Peanut Sauce. This was pretty gingery. All I had to do was microwave the noodles, sauce and throw it all together.

Tortilla Soup. This soup came in a packet that you microwave, and poof, Spicy Tortilla Soup!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. I was loving these cookies! And I didn't have to do anything, just had to thaw them out.

Overall, I was very impressed with the quality and the flavors or Veestro's food. Looking at their prices, they do cost more than your typical frozen dinner. But with that said, the premium is more than worth it. The meals are chef-created using the highest quality Organic non-GMO ingredients. Give 'em a try and let me know what you think! You can buy any of these items individually, by pack or build your own pack. Bon appetit!


          To Grow Or Not To Grow GMO Crops        

“I  want to grow genetically modified organisms (GMOs) because I want to feed my family with biotech products. In no way do I want to eat biological food because I think it’s not so healthy or nutritious.” This is how Giorgio Fidenato, Italian farmer and President of Agricoltori Federati (Federated Farmers), explained to IPS the […]

The post To Grow Or Not To Grow GMO Crops appeared first on Inter Press Service.


          The Pseudoscientists Episode 127: Lactic Acid Shakes        

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Jack is joined by returning guest Upulie Divisekera to freak out about electric bacteria and why they might be able to turn us into cyborgs, how an anti-GMO activist royally screwed up, and the essentiality of respiration.
          3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About GMOs        

Non-GMO claims on the rise – what you should know to be an educated consumer. 

The post 3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About GMOs appeared first on Axis Seed.


          Sesame King Tahini® Receives Non-GMO Verification for its Roasted and Light Roasted Pasteurized Tahini        

Sesame King Tahini Offers Retailers Seven Delicious Flavors of 100% Pure Pasteurized Ground Sesame Seed Tahini

(PRWeb March 30, 2016)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/03/prweb13299859.htm


          Garcinia Extract: Better Shape Offers a Reliable Way to Slim Down Efficiently        

New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/02/2014 -- Better Shape offers popular Garcinia extract that has proven to be effective for weight loss, along with multiple other benefits. It is a great dietary supplement that suppresses appetite and turns body fat into energy, making the process of slimming down possible for everyone.

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          Goderich Festival of Arts & Crafts: Day Two Discoveries        
This morning was definitely a busy day on the Square. What with the Festival of Arts & Crafts completely taking over downtown, the Farmer's Market had to move to North Street. Not that I'm complaining, though. An Art Market AND Farmer's Market? At the same time? Within walking distance from each other? Yes, please. It really was a perfect day and such wonderful weather, as well, with the cool breeze coming off of Lake Huron. I came home with a few new fresh artists in mind that I wanted to tell you about, as well as some fresh veggies for my belly. Can't go wrong with that.

Jeelee Joolery created by Jen McKee of Toronto, Ontario will definitely catch your eye with her bold and colourful creations. The sun shining overhead really made these handmade necklaces, rings, and brooches really shine with their hard-candy glass beads and wrapped silver wire. I loved how chunky and lively her pieces were - they really were wonderfully unique and I stood there for a good fifteen minutes just taking in all the stunning colours and textures of each piece. Big and small beads formed these colourful clusters that remind you an awful lot of something Willy Wonka would make, and each bead is individually wrapped and connected with neighbouring beads to create a striking focal piece. You can't miss her booth. Really - you can't, it would be impossible not to see all those spectacular colours sparkling in the sunlight.

I was greeted at the Nature's Aura booth by two very kind and cheerful ladies from London, Ontario, eager to tell me about their natural candles. They asked me if I knew much about regular candles. Did you know that paraffin wax, used to make candles, is a petroleum product? It was news to me, which made a whole lot of sense considering that black ring of soot you tend to see on regular candles - chemicals and toxins burnt off from the paraffin wax. Their candles are made from GMO free soy bean oil and use a woven cotton wick instead of traditional wicks containing lead. One of the first things I noticed about their candles was the lack of bright colours. All their candles are a translucent white in hue, simply because they see no need for unnatural colours and unneeded chemicals. The smells were subtle and not overpowering - some candles tend to be real heavy on the scent, which was definitely a nice surprise. Sandalwood, Sugar Cookies, Cucumber Melon, and Creme Brulee were among some of the scents. Their candles are in recyclable square glass jars with handmade lids that double as a coaster and make it look pretty when they aren't in use. They'll even give you a discount off your next candle if you bring back the glass jar from a spent candle. By the way, you'll get a good 80 hours out of each candle, which is pretty remarkable for their size. Since they're made out of soy wax, they burn down a little more slowly and at a lower temperature. Check out their booth, this weekend! These ladies and their wonderful scented candles will definitely make you feel welcome.

I've got a real soft spot for natural soap makers. Soap making isn't an easy process to master, especially when you start getting into cold process soaps, which is more of a chemical experiment than anything; it truly is an art. The Elora Soap Company came to the Festival of Arts & Crafts from Paisley, Ontario, and the very pleasant Sierra was there to tell you about their lovely handmade wares. Their soaps are vegan, full of olive oil for a nice rich, soft lather. Most soap companies tend to use some sort of additives, natural or not, and mica powders to colour their soaps, but these guys only use herbs and spices. Take their Rainbow Soap, for example - it is coloured with sea algae, paprika, and calendula. Sierra was nice enough to share their Flowers & Leaves Ointment with me, which is a great healing cream for dry and cracked skin - some people even use it for their psoriasis and eczema. After wandering around the Festival and Market for almost two hours, my shoulders were red and burnt (curse my pale skin). A little of that ointment really soothed them, and the subtle smell of beeswax was a rather nice treat.

The Goderich Festival of Arts & Crafts finished it's second day at 5pm, but they'll be open for one more final day - Sunday from 10 to 4 on Courthouse Square. Don't miss it!
          Comment on Musings from the In-Between: My Coming to Terms with the GMO Industry by Katherine        
Wow what a great perspective! Thanks for sharing- it does feel difficult to try and value truth and nuance over the ease of taking a hard-line stance, but I agree with the author that it is worth it.
          the witchling's charm number 2 - solid perfume locket of brass - dastardly-delightful natural perfume romance & victorian kink by pixxxiepieandposie        

33.00 USD

An act of sweetest alchemy, these solid perfumes are a Victorian delight to the senses. Each aroma blend is meticulously forged to be an act of seduction, beset with tender tendrils & nuanced layers ever anxious to evolve against the warmth of your skin. For an added touch of sorcery, the solid perfume/cologne in this offering is held captive inside a romantic brass compact I like to call "The Witchling's Charm #2".

♥-------About the potion: Handmade by mine own hands & eco-friendly, my luxurious solid perfume/cologne blends are the preternatural bees knees & don't let any charlatan or snake oil salesman tell you different. Full ingredient details are below the list of available aroma blends. Just pick your aroma option from the drop down menu.

♥-------About the charm: The Witchling's Charm is a dapper thing indeed, festooned with embossed filigree. All brass & antique loveliness, it's a spitfire of a charm just dripping with Steampunk-Victorian sultriness. It measures 44 MM x 33 MM and the internal compartment holds a 7/8" diameter silven pan of solid perfume wonder.

Public Service Announcement: I'd suggest you dare not wear this little treasure during full moon phases whilst roaming about unattended. It's known for generating a shallow pool of fog about the feet of the wearer and also for attracting all manner of otherworldly creature, from vampires to forest fairies.

♥-------Attached to "The Witchling's Charm #2": Affixed to the charm you'll find 16-17 inches of adjustable brass chain, to which a small bumblebee charm is attached. The charm will come to you snug as bug in a lovely drawstring keepsake bag.

♥-------Not sure which aroma to pick? All aromas have been organized into families allowing you to find your signature scent with ease! There are 9 Aroma Families in the Pixxxie Pie Aroma Library, insuring that there's something for everyone. To help you narrow things down further, you'll also find handy notations regarding everything from aroma gender to which seasons pair up with which aromas. Once you've made your decision, just pick the aroma from the drop down menu accordingly.

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Consider This: Copy, paste and print the menu. Mull over it slowly while drinking tea or coffee: take your time. If you need help choosing the aroma blend that’s right for you I’m more than happy to give you an email consultation. Just convo me via Etsy with info regarding the types of aromas you like (and don’t like) and I’ll get back to you with personalized recommendations within 24-48 business hours. You can also see the full detailed menu if you glance at the top of my Policy page here on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/pixxxiepieandposie/policy?ref=shopinfo_policies_leftnav

Aroma Gender & Nuances: My aroma blends hold an intricate charm and a certain "green" and "dark woodsy" sensuality. Many are unisex, so they're perfect for all manner of mysterious man and oddly whimsical woman.

♥----------Aroma Family: My Devil’s Heart
Personality: Deeply woody, bold, fiery and musky, My Devil’s Heart is sewn of leather and rare resins. Balsamic, smoky, exotic, primal, shamelessly sensual and complex, these are perfumes pulled from ancient times and parallel dimensions. Perfect for those that love heady aroma blends, these are unique and uninhibited. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Autumn/Winter

----The Gunslinger - (primary notes: leather, sandalwood, amber, rose, oak, tobacco & caramel)
persona: boldly sensual, exotic, complex, primal, musky, woody, dark, warm, smoky & compelling (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine)

----Fire, Walk With Me - (primary notes: hazelnut, tobacco, vanilla & scorched woods)
persona: uninhibited, seductive, smoky, deep, dark, woodsy-sweet, warm vanilla cream & fine pipe tobacco (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Dark Willow - (primary notes: patchouli, cedar & amber)
persona: grounding, persistently woody, spicy, exotic, full bodied, darkly sweet, bold & balsamic (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Warm Leatherette - (primary notes: leather, frankincense & clove)
persona: heavily spiced, balsamic, rawhide, masculine, smooth with woody overtones, mildly smoky (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine)

----The Bene Gesserit - (primary notes: sandalwood & peony)
persona: a rich heart of precious Sandalwood reveals her golden notes & hints of Peony bind her edges (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----The Blackwood Cello - (primary notes: burmese wood, ebony, pine resin & black amber)
persona: hypnotic, layered, warm, a resonant base of elder woods beset with a smooth & resinous heart (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine)

----Barbaroi - (primary notes: frankincense & sandalwood)
persona: headstrong, dark-woodsy, richly earthy, warm & spicy, rare, sensual, exotic and ancient (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine)

----The Ether - (primary notes: ginger, amber & thyme)
persona: playful, uplifting, delicately earthy, warm, subtly green & zesty (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Bellatrix - (primary notes: patchouli & vetivert)
persona: earthy, uninhibited, woody & fantastically musky, Bellatrix resides where the wild things are. (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----True Blood - (primary notes: dragons blood, spanish moss & honeysuckle)
persona: dark, bold, a touch earthy, oddly resinous, Patchouli & Sandalwood tones linger next to moss (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

♥----------Aroma Family: The Secret Garden
Personality: Here be the flower maidens, spriteling garden girls with blossoms crushed to blushing cheeks and woven into hair. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Late Winter/Spring/Summer

----La Petite Morte - (primary notes: honeysuckle & vine)
persona: lightly green with delicate floral overtones, soft, soothing, bright & intricately sensual (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Sweet Olivander - (primary notes: lilac & field)
persona: wild lilacs, green fields, tall grasses, light, airy, heady-sweet, shamelessly floral (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Burlesque - (primary notes: white gardenia & musk)
persona: a bouquet of hot-house flowers, deliberately heady, vivaciously floral w/ a tawdry muskiness (Aroma Gender: Feminine)


♥----------Aroma Family: Greenwoods and Vine
Personality: These natural perfume and cologne oils are reminiscent of strange forests filled with alien flowers, mosses slinking up the walls of old temples. Robed in creeping vines & deep green-muskiness, this velvet underground beckons you. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Spring/Summer/Early Autumn

----Lush Alchemy - (primary notes: firewood, lotus and moss)
persona: a forest floor awash w/ leaves, cut wood, rich layers, nuanced sweetness redolent with moss (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----The Shadow Woods - (primary notes: frasier fir, jasmine & pine)
persona: intensely woody, fresh, leafy, a forest of evergreens & pines with subtle floral undertones (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine)

----Marrakesh - (primary notes: nag champa, bamboo, teak)
persona: rich, woody, exotic, earthy like fine temple incense, lightly floral, musky & quite grounding (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Arsenic & Old Lace - (primary notes: rosewood & bay)
persona: antique, headstrong & warm like a centuries-old rosewood piano polished with resinous oils (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

-----Dandelo - (primary notes: dandelion blossom, pomegranate, geranium & willow)
persona: green blossoms next to the strange fruit of the underworld, semi-sweet, multifaceted & odd (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----The Prim - (primary notes: cypress, clover & lily)
persona: a primordial rainforest, lush, fantastically green, old-growth trees and their clinging vines (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Cabin Fever - (primary notes: juniper woods, clinging vines, wild flowers)
persona: woody & mildly sugared, a log cabin in the heart of a Juniper Forest at the edge of the world (Aroma Gender: Unisex)


♥----------Aroma Family: White Frost On Filigree
Personality: Here are the members of the frozen winter forests, water nymphs and wildling rainforests, sunlit lily ponds alive with croaking things, white tea with Mad Hatters, fresh rainstorms and the dreamy mists they like to leave behind. Herbaceous, mildly floral undertones glimmer out clean & ozonic. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Winter/Spring

----Stormbringer - (primary notes: hyacinth, heather, lotus & musk)
persona: intoxicating, headstrong, unique with wild flower notes tinged in green-muskiness & rain (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Morphine - (primary notes: frost, white woods, white amber, musk & nag champa)
persona: Morpheus, bright and dreamy, mildly floral, herbaceous musk simmering with temple incense (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Lichen & Loam - (primary notes: lush clover & aloe)
persona: wondrously green, lush, clean, light, a verdant rainforest shivering with morning mist & dew (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----White Willow - (primary notes: white tea & green woods)
persona: serene, delicate, light, a singular beauty outlined in ribbons of pale chartreuse and white (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Tiger Lily - (primary notes: calla lily & juniper woods)
persona: lilting, floral, untamed like wild lilies growing in a thick grove far from the hands of man (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Severus - (primary notes: cedar, spearmint, musk & rosemary)
persona: boldly minty, layered, musky, pleasantly herbaceous, woody & burnished by internal fires (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine)

----Sackcloth and Ashes- (primary notes: lavender burned woods)
persona: lavender is the dominant tone, heavily herbal, full-bodied, & flanked by scorched woods (Aroma Gender: Unisex)


♥----------Aroma Family: Absinthe Sugar
Personality: These are the members of the noble Absinthe Family. A great choice for connoisseurs of the Green Fairy, Old-Fashioned Black Licorice and exotic Star Anise, these two are Siamese twins and each one has a distinct personality. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Autumn/Winter/Spring

----The Wormwood - (primary notes: anise, sweet pea blossom & mint)
persona: deeply green, heavy pools of licorice with mellow floral tones hemmed in a peppermint lace (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Sweet Absinthe - (primary notes: ravensara, sweet sage, anise)
persona: a mellow backing note of Anise next to warmly nuanced chords created by Ravensara & Sage (Aroma Gender: Unisex)


♥----------Aroma Family: Of Springtime & Voodoo
Personality: Here are the Citrus Types: derived from the bitter orange tree and similar variants, the aromas here are vibrant with delicate, floral undertones. These work great for those that are fond of Ylang Ylang, Blood Oranges and Jasmine. Like the joy of sipping fresh lemonade on a porch in Summertime, this coven is refreshing, uplifting and bright. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Spring/Summer/Early Autumn

----Voodoo - (primary notes: neroli, white tea & ginger)
persona: floral, green, captivating, delicate, sweet, intricate, sun-dappled, sensual, relaxing & feminine (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Devotchka - (primary notes: petitgrain & musk)
persona: fresh, woody, uplifting, a mildly citrus-y undertone is rounded with splashes of green musk (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----The Arcana - (primary notes: bergamot, lavender & myrrh)
persona: vibrant green, comforting, softly floral, herbaceous, balsamic, a mild sweet dashed with citrus (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Verbeana - (primary notes: lush lemongrass)
persona: vibrant, herbaceous, mildly woody, brightly lit with notes of lemon & leafy wildling woods. (Aroma Gender: Unisex)


♥----------Aroma Family: The Turkish Delights
Personality: Fabulously fresh and mayhaps a dash dastardly in it's occasional fruitiness, the Turkish Delight family of aromas is sweet in all the right ways. Balanced effortlessly with fantastic chords of green and a light dusting of powered sugar, this bunch shows a rare mix of youth tempered in wisdom. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Spring/Summer/Early Autumn

----Sugar Plum Fairie - (primary notes: plum, yuzu & chamomile)
persona: sweet, fruity, ripe, tea-green, fancifully effervescent, up-lifting, fun and playfully feminine (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----For Strange Little Girls - (primary notes: cucumber & green tea)
persona: clean, fresh, airy, carefree, bright, flirty, lusciously green & brightly feminine (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Laudanum - (primary notes: apricot, fig & ivy)
persona: fresh, subtle fruit w/ a bit of sweetness underpinned by green forest vines and other wild flora (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Ergot - (primary notes: kiwi, coriander, sage & vetivert)
persona: heady, bold and magnificently herbaceous with a lightly kiwi undertone to balance the brew (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Fooly Cooly - (primary notes: cherry blossom & green grass)
persona: a deliriously sassy cherry bomb, fruity and bold, shamelessly flirty, sweet with a green edge (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Swan Bow & Foxglove - (primary notes: currants, peaches & wild woods)
persona: arboreal, bright snow, loamy earth, crushed twigs, currants, evergreens & pepper peach Lambic (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----The Weirding Way - (primary notes: pear glace & vine)
persona: diaphanous, fruity, lightly sweet, wild vines entwine a core of ripe green Anjou Pears (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Miette - (primary notes: honeydew & green grass)
persona: a light, cool breeze, fresh cut honeydew melon outlined in a fringe of tall green grass (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Hester Prynne's Lot - (primary notes: wild summer watermelon)
persona: whimsical, dazzlingly, high green notes blend w/ the fresh sweetness of summer watermelons (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Barbarella - (primary notes: coconut pina colada)
persona: adventurous, boldly saccharine, sunny viridian notes nestle close to tropical coconut & rum (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Blue Velvet - (primary notes: wild blueberry & violet)
persona: darkly lustrous, a fruity sweetness subdued by a heavy pressing of musky, sensual violets (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Little Red Riding Hood - (primary notes: fire baked pears & cinnamon)
persona: daringly sweet & warm, Sri Lankan Cinnamon dusts fire-baked pears in a halo of sultry spice (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)


♥----------Aroma Family: The Orient Express
Personality: Richly layered, the aromas beneath the roof of the Orient Express are woven with a mix of fine spices, rare chocolate, roasted java, golden honey and other prized components from far off lands. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Autumn/Winter

----For Lost Boys - (primary notes: chocolate-spiced colombian coffee)
persona: decadent, layered, dark-chocolaty, invigorating, warm & bold as a fresh cup of spiced espresso (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----The Spice Melange - (primary notes: cinnamon, clove & orange)
persona: sultry, wildly spicy, unconventionally bold, exotic and rich with softly chiming citrus-y notes (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Na Dobranich - (primary notes: spicy pumpkin pie & clove)
persona: a sweet-wood core filled with rich and spicy pumpkin pie powdered with the dust of cloves (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----The Patronus Charm - (primary notes: honey, almond & caramelo)
persona: old-fashioned candy, carefree notes of honey & caramel play warmly across toasted almonds (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Hemlock & Cream - (primary notes: colombian coffee & sweet orange blossom)
persona: vibrant, deep warm tones, an invigorating romance between roasted coffee & blood oranges (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Siamese Dream - (primary notes: allspice, coconut, vanilla & tonka)
persona: decked in bells of Allspice and Nutmeg, Coconut and Tonka pad in on velvet feet, purring sweetly, goose-down coats redolent with the woodsy scorch of java laced with chai and vanilla. (Aroma Gender: Unisex)


♥----------Aroma Family: The Victorian Apothecary
Personality: This candle lit backroom of an old-world apothecary shop is strictly for the adults. Have a sit down on the velvet settee and get comfy. Pull up the hookah and rest a spell and Mr. Wormwood with take care of all your needs. Terribly handsome with eyes like the Devil, he's well known for making the best sasparilla in the Northern Hemisphere. He also specializes in debauchery, caramels, odd magic, spiced rum, renegade medicinals and sweet cakes. No one leaves the parlor disappointed and they always come back for more. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Autumn/Winter

----Vatrushka - (primary notes: chocolate ganache over yellow cake)
persona: buttery yellow cake slathered in a warm shell of chocolate Ganache (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

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Some Pixxxie Pie and Posie aroma blends are priced at a slightly higher price point than others due to the expense of the essential oil components contained therein. These Deluxe Aroma Blends are listed below along with info indicating which aroma families these belong to for your convenience.

—–A Tight Corset – (primary notes: moroccan amber & cardamom)
persona: carnal, spicy, sweetly-earthy, dark, intoxicating, a smoky brew inspired by legends and lore (Aroma Gender: Unisex) - Belongs to Aroma Family: My Devil's Heart

-----Satin Coffin – (primary notes: carrot seed, nagarmotha & maté)
Aroma Gender and Persona - Unisex, exotic, fantastically head strong & brown-sugar musky as if the very wood she's carved from were an ancient antique, once used as barrels for storing wild rum, sugar cane & primeval voodoo spices. (Aroma Gender: Unisex) - Belongs to Aroma Family: My Devil's Heart

—–Persia – (primary notes: indian oudh/agarwood, labdanum & myrrh)
persona: dark, resinous, exotic, dry-herbaceous, extra-bold and wonderfully faceted, the aroma is marked by a distinctly musky fringe of Indian Oudh slowly melding with warm, maple-syrupy Labdanum (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine) - - Belongs to Aroma Family: My Devil's Heart

—–The Blade Runner – (primary notes: angelica root, opopanax & musk)
persona: exotic, mildly wood, complex, a unique heart of gold with tendrils of musk & unlikely resins (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine) -- Belongs to Aroma Family: My Devil's Heart

-----The Devil & Miss Jones – (primary notes: lychee, bergamot & blue tansy)
persona: feminine, uplifting, mildly woodsy w/ faint fruity notes hemmed in unique floral overtones thanks the inclusion of blue tansy. (Aroma Gender: Feminine) - Belongs to Aroma Family: The Secret Garden

—–Anguisette – (primary notes: moonflower, orchid, violet & musk)
persona: voluptuous, sweet and sexy, a musky, night blooming flower cultivated with purpose & care (Aroma Gender: Feminine) - Belongs to Aroma Family: The Secret Garden

-----Behind The Green Door – (primary notes: spruce, wild woods, coriander & wild peppermint)
persona: unisex, wild, green, invigorating, this scent is a primal rain forest that's both lingering & bold in just the right ways. (Aroma Gender: Unisex) - Belongs to Aroma Family: Greenwoods & Vine

-----Lovecraft – (primary notes: opopanax, oakmoss, vetivert, sandalwood & heavy musk)
persona: a complex creation made with a mesmerizing conspiracy of oils, deeply green and strangely woody, this potion is unisex, persistent, bold & heavily herbaceous with a heady musky fringe. (Aroma Gender: Unisex) - Belongs to Aroma Family: Greenwoods & Vine

—–Rasputina – (primary notes: davana, benzoin resin & fresh baked honey cakes)
persona: a quirky strumpet, spiced rum, rich layers, striped bloomers, honey cakes & vanilla bourbon (Aroma Gender: Feminine) - Belongs to Aroma Family: The Victorian Apothecary

—–Sirius Black – (primary notes: immortelle flowers, teak & musk)
persona: deep, charming, musky, unbelievably warm, syrup-heavy caramel poured over antique woods (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine) - Belongs to Aroma Family: The Victorian Apothecary

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♥------NATURAL COMPONENTS: About the potion: Handmade by mine own hands, my luxurious solid perfume/cologne blends are natural and eco-friendly.The base of this solid perfume consists of 100% natural and organic ingredients that help moisturize the skin while offering longevity to the aroma blend itself. Wholesome oils are used from Olive, Castor & Soybeans. A dash Carnauba Palm oil & Jojoba oil round things out a bit more. Topping it all off, the noble bumblebee contributes lush beeswax to complete a extra-powerful potion that leaves the skin ultra soft and supple. Only the finest essential oils are used for these Victorian-inspired concoctions, along with top quality botanical oils, pure plant resins & absolutes.

Most Pixxxie Pie ingredients are organic or wild crafted, fair trade and all are GMO and cruelty-free. So get a little closer to nature and grab yourself a slice of Pixxxie Pie today=)

♥-------NUANCES OF NATURAL PERFUMES/COLOGNES: If this is your first time to try a natural perfume/cologne oil, consider checking out my blog article regarding the various nuances of natural perfume/cologne oils via the following handy link: http://www.pixxxiepieandposie.com/?page_id=38. Natural perfumes aren't like harsh, department store perfumes. Many essential oils smell quite different from the interpretations of popular fragrances made with synthetic fragrance oils & alcohol. I.E.: Ginger, Lavender, Vetivert, Geranium, Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Thyme, Rosemary & most florals.

♥-------PRODUCT COLOR: Solid perfume color varies between white, butter cream and various shades of amber, light green or even light blue in the case of aromas containing Blue Tansy Essential Oil. Color variations are due to product taking on natural colors inherent in the essential oils used therein and these natural colors do not stain the skin.

♥-------WEARING TIME: These Pixxxie Pie Potions commonly have a wearing time of 3-9 hours depending on your body chemistry. You should be able to pull around 20-35 applications from your pan of Pixxxie Pie & Posie solid perfume/cologne. The pan is held within the locket by a strip of strong adhesive. When depleted you can simply pry out the depleted pan and replace with a refill. External use only

♥-------SKELETON KEY NOTE: Regarding skeleton key you see attached to the locket: Key you receive may not match exact key seen in image: I have a collection of aging skeleton keys that I choose from and they tarnish and age in a very organic and somewhat unpredictable fashion. Keep key out of the hands of young ones since it is small enough to swallow if it becomes detached from the chain fob. Thanks for your understanding=) !

♥-------OLD WORLD VICTORIAN GIFT-WRAPPING: Product will come to you in gift-style trappings, packaged with love & care with moss and petals. Most product labels & such are produced in-house & are completely composed of recyclable parchment paper. Peel off labels & keep tags to tuck away as keepsakes or bookmarks! Or keep the wee perfume bottle, compact, locket or vials for other uses since they are high quality & can easily be washed & up-cycled.

♥-------SHIPPING: Orders shipped in the USA are sent via USPS Priority Mail for super fast shipping with a handy tracking number that gets emailed to you through Paypal and USPS.com. Orders for international clients also ship via USPS with a customs tracking number. This business is a one-woman-show...so all orders ship out within 3-7 business days of payment receipt. Please send email or leave a note if you need your order shipped out by a specific date for a birthday or similar special occasion and I'll be happy to oblige.

Shipping to international clients has almost doubled as of 2/2013, so you'll have to contact me for a shipping quote if you're at an international ship-to location. Please include your full ship to address in the email request, along with all products you're interested in. A special listing will be created for you if you approve the quote.

♥-------ALWAYS PATCH TEST: Always remember to perform a patch test on a small patch of skin so you can make sure you're not sensitive to the essential oil components utilized. Many natural perfumers use a host of exotic oils, (some of which you've never heard of, much less ever been in contact with) so test things out before rolling around in your new aroma product.

♥-------NEED A LARGER QUANTITY? Send an email if you require multiples of this product & the quantity available will be updated accordingly (once I check inventory). Pixxxie Pie's Victorian inspired solid perfumes & colognes make great gifts for all sorts of events. Perfect for all manner of fairy tale weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and showers, they also make great tea party favors to boot!

♥-------CARE & KEEPING: Keep in a place that's cool and dark. Avoid leaving in high temperature areas. Natural solid perfumes and colognes made with essential oils are the sparkly vampires of the perfume realm so cool and dark storage is the rule. Locket is fabricated in such a way to stave off tarnishing. If product becomes to warm, sit the compact/locket in the correct upright position and the solid perfume will migrate back into the pan to solidify all over again. Allow the compact to sit in a cool place for 15-20 minutes to ensure solidification. Little carrying bag can be washed by hand and should sit out to dry.

♥-------BRASS COMPACTS FYI:
Compact's Size: 44x33mm
Little Pan Size: 7/8"

♥-------REFILL FOR COMPACT: Link to Refill Product Listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/111248719/refill-for-solid-perfume-in-small-oval

♥-------COPYRIGHT JAZZ: Photos, Products, Label Design & Such © Pixxxie Pie & Posie
You don't need my permission to blog about my shop or my products. I also believe in fair use when it comes to images and bloggers. You can use my images in relation to a blog article, but you can't print the images with intent to sell prints or other products featuring the image. Fair enough, huh;)


          gris gris bag or sachet - comes with pocket, lavish bath salts and 1 oz bottle of artisan made bath oil - you pick the aroma by pixxxiepieandposie        

55.00 USD

This delightful little wonder is a Gris Gris Bag, also known as a Mojo Bag, JouJou Bag or Sachet. Gris Gris Bags are magnificent little talismans and can be utilized to bring about desired outcomes, protect one against ill will or they can just simply be unique little handmade oddities to decorate your vanity or sacred space with. Some simply adore the smell alone and use them as pin cushions or sachets to keep linens, towels and lingerie smelling down right magical.

This one in particular was hand crafted and blessed to be a Prosperity Gris Gris; meant to bring its keeper much in the way of good fortune and overall prosperity when it comes to wealth (material and/or spiritual). It's dapper mix of green color shades denotes its use in rites and rituals involving luck, money and assets.

It is hand stuffed with a mix of lavish and witchy goodies: a small coin, a tag with runic symbols hand written upon it, fine cotton fiber, various flower petals and parts, cinnamon, allspice and vanilla. All in all, a variety of fine ingredients have been combined to make this Sachet a potent tool for drawing both luck and happiness.

♥--------------------:Oodles of Magitastic Accessories:

This Prosperity Gris Gris also has a wonderment of accessories that accompany it: a length of green ribbon for binding, a peacock feather, 3 pieces of parchment paper onto which you write your wishes & desires... 2 beautifully designed envelopes for tucking your wishes into... Both the parchment paper and the envelopes are emblazoned with Zodiac symbols and such. The larger envelope pictured (with Alice of Wonderland on it) contains a 2.75 Oz. bag of practically divine dead sea bath salts that will be made in the aroma of your choosing (you pick the aroma you want from the list below).

This Gris Gris care package will also come to you with a hefty 1 Oz. bottle of fine artisan made bath oil (you pick the aroma you want from the list below).

♥--------------------:Of the Artisan Bath Oil:

Dreamed up by the fireplace as the moon was waxing full, this wee collection of finery was created with the sultry and sensual in mind. Bath oil components: sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, hazelnut oil, amber glass bottle and a parchment paper label. It is completely natural, organic and vegan friendly. This bath oil is also perfect for aromatherapy, meditation, rites and rituals alike.

♥--------------------:Aroma Families:

All aromas have been organized into families allowing you to find your signature scent with ease! There are 9 Aroma Families in the Pixxxie Pie Aroma Library, insuring that there's something for everyone. To help you narrow things down further, you'll also find handy notations regarding everything from aroma gender to which seasons pair up with which aromas.

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Consider This: Copy, paste and print the menu. Mull over it slowly while drinking tea or coffee: take your time. If you need help choosing the aroma blend that’s right for you I’m more than happy to give you an email consultation. Just convo me via Etsy with info regarding the types of aromas you like (and don’t like) and I’ll get back to you with personalized recommendations within 24-48 business hours =)!! You can also see the full detailed menu if you glance at the top of my Policy page here on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/pixxxiepieandposie/policy?ref=shopinfo_policies_leftnav

Aroma Gender & Nuances: My aroma blends hold an intricate charm and a certain "green" and "dark woodsy" sensuality. Many are unisex, so they're perfect for all manner of mysterious man and oddly whimsical woman.

♥----------Aroma Family: My Devil’s Heart
Personality: Deeply woody, bold, fiery and musky, My Devil’s Heart is sewn of leather and rare resins. Balsamic, smoky, exotic, primal, shamelessly sensual and complex, these are perfumes pulled from ancient times and parallel dimensions. Perfect for those that love heady aroma blends, these are unique and uninhibited. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Autumn/Winter

----The Gunslinger - (primary notes: leather, sandalwood, amber, rose, oak, tobacco & caramel)
persona: boldly sensual, exotic, complex, primal, musky, woody, dark, warm, smoky & compelling (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine)

----Fire, Walk With Me - (primary notes: hazelnut, tobacco, vanilla & scorched woods)
persona: uninhibited, seductive, smoky, deep, dark, woodsy-sweet, warm vanilla cream & fine pipe tobacco (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Dark Willow - (primary notes: patchouli, cedar & amber)
persona: grounding, persistently woody, spicy, exotic, full bodied, darkly sweet, bold & balsamic (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Warm Leatherette - (primary notes: leather, frankincense & clove)
persona: heavily spiced, balsamic, rawhide, masculine, smooth with woody overtones, mildly smoky (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine)

----The Bene Gesserit - (primary notes: sandalwood & peony)
persona: a rich heart of precious Sandalwood reveals her golden notes & hints of Peony bind her edges (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----The Blackwood Cello - (primary notes: burmese wood, ebony, pine resin & black amber)
persona: hypnotic, layered, warm, a resonant base of elder woods beset with a smooth & resinous heart (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine)

----Barbaroi - (primary notes: frankincense & sandalwood)
persona: headstrong, dark-woodsy, richly earthy, warm & spicy, rare, sensual, exotic and ancient (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine)

----The Ether - (primary notes: ginger, amber & thyme)
persona: playful, uplifting, delicately earthy, warm, subtly green & zesty (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Bellatrix - (primary notes: patchouli & vetivert)
persona: earthy, uninhibited, woody & fantastically musky, Bellatrix resides where the wild things are. (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----True Blood - (primary notes: dragons blood, spanish moss & honeysuckle)
persona: dark, bold, a touch earthy, oddly resinous, Patchouli & Sandalwood tones linger next to moss (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

♥----------Aroma Family: The Secret Garden
Personality: Here be the flower maidens, spriteling garden girls with blossoms crushed to blushing cheeks and woven into hair. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Late Winter/Spring/Summer

----La Petite Morte - (primary notes: honeysuckle & vine)
persona: lightly green with delicate floral overtones, soft, soothing, bright & intricately sensual (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Sweet Olivander - (primary notes: lilac & field)
persona: wild lilacs, green fields, tall grasses, light, airy, heady-sweet, shamelessly floral (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Burlesque - (primary notes: white gardenia & musk)
persona: a bouquet of hot-house flowers, deliberately heady, vivaciously floral w/ a tawdry muskiness (Aroma Gender: Feminine)


♥----------Aroma Family: Greenwoods and Vine
Personality: These natural perfume and cologne oils are reminiscent of strange forests filled with alien flowers, mosses slinking up the walls of old temples. Robed in creeping vines & deep green-muskiness, this velvet underground beckons you. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Spring/Summer/Early Autumn

----Lush Alchemy - (primary notes: firewood, lotus and moss)
persona: a forest floor awash w/ leaves, cut wood, rich layers, nuanced sweetness redolent with moss (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----The Shadow Woods - (primary notes: frasier fir, jasmine & pine)
persona: intensely woody, fresh, leafy, a forest of evergreens & pines with subtle floral undertones (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine)

----Marrakesh - (primary notes: nag champa, bamboo, teak)
persona: rich, woody, exotic, earthy like fine temple incense, lightly floral, musky & quite grounding (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Arsenic & Old Lace - (primary notes: rosewood & bay)
persona: antique, headstrong & warm like a centuries-old rosewood piano polished with resinous oils (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

-----Dandelo - (primary notes: dandelion blossom, pomegranate, geranium & willow)
persona: green blossoms next to the strange fruit of the underworld, semi-sweet, multifaceted & odd (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----The Prim - (primary notes: cypress, clover & lily)
persona: a primordial rainforest, lush, fantastically green, old-growth trees and their clinging vines (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Cabin Fever - (primary notes: juniper woods, clinging vines, wild flowers)
persona: woody & mildly sugared, a log cabin in the heart of a Juniper Forest at the edge of the world (Aroma Gender: Unisex)


♥----------Aroma Family: White Frost On Filigree
Personality: Here are the members of the frozen winter forests, water nymphs and wildling rainforests, sunlit lily ponds alive with croaking things, white tea with Mad Hatters, fresh rainstorms and the dreamy mists they like to leave behind. Herbaceous, mildly floral undertones glimmer out clean & ozonic. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Winter/Spring

----Stormbringer - (primary notes: hyacinth, heather, lotus & musk)
persona: intoxicating, headstrong, unique with wild flower notes tinged in green-muskiness & rain (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Morphine - (primary notes: frost, white woods, white amber, musk & nag champa)
persona: Morpheus, bright and dreamy, mildly floral, herbaceous musk simmering with temple incense (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Lichen & Loam - (primary notes: lush clover & aloe)
persona: wondrously green, lush, clean, light, a verdant rainforest shivering with morning mist & dew (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----White Willow - (primary notes: white tea & green woods)
persona: serene, delicate, light, a singular beauty outlined in ribbons of pale chartreuse and white (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Tiger Lily - (primary notes: calla lily & juniper woods)
persona: lilting, floral, untamed like wild lilies growing in a thick grove far from the hands of man (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Severus - (primary notes: cedar, spearmint, musk & rosemary)
persona: boldly minty, layered, musky, pleasantly herbaceous, woody & burnished by internal fires (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine)

----Sackcloth and Ashes- (primary notes: lavender burned woods)
persona: lavender is the dominant tone, heavily herbal, full-bodied, & flanked by scorched woods (Aroma Gender: Unisex)


♥----------Aroma Family: Absinthe Sugar
Personality: These are the members of the noble Absinthe Family. A great choice for connoisseurs of the Green Fairy, Old-Fashioned Black Licorice and exotic Star Anise, these two are Siamese twins and each one has a distinct personality. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Autumn/Winter/Spring

----The Wormwood - (primary notes: anise, sweet pea blossom & mint)
persona: deeply green, heavy pools of licorice with mellow floral tones hemmed in a peppermint lace (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Sweet Absinthe - (primary notes: ravensara, sweet sage, anise)
persona: a mellow backing note of Anise next to warmly nuanced chords created by Ravensara & Sage (Aroma Gender: Unisex)


♥----------Aroma Family: Of Springtime & Voodoo
Personality: Here are the Citrus Types: derived from the bitter orange tree and similar variants, the aromas here are vibrant with delicate, floral undertones. These work great for those that are fond of Ylang Ylang, Blood Oranges and Jasmine. Like the joy of sipping fresh lemonade on a porch in Summertime, this coven is refreshing, uplifting and bright. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Spring/Summer/Early Autumn

----Voodoo - (primary notes: neroli, white tea & ginger)
persona: floral, green, captivating, delicate, sweet, intricate, sun-dappled, sensual, relaxing & feminine (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Devotchka - (primary notes: petitgrain & musk)
persona: fresh, woody, uplifting, a mildly citrus-y undertone is rounded with splashes of green musk (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----The Arcana - (primary notes: bergamot, lavender & myrrh)
persona: vibrant green, comforting, softly floral, herbaceous, balsamic, a mild sweet dashed with citrus (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Verbeana - (primary notes: lush lemongrass)
persona: vibrant, herbaceous, mildly woody, brightly lit with notes of lemon & leafy wildling woods. (Aroma Gender: Unisex)


♥----------Aroma Family: The Turkish Delights
Personality: Fabulously fresh and mayhaps a dash dastardly in it's occasional fruitiness, the Turkish Delight family of aromas is sweet in all the right ways. Balanced effortlessly with fantastic chords of green and a light dusting of powered sugar, this bunch shows a rare mix of youth tempered in wisdom. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Spring/Summer/Early Autumn

----Sugar Plum Fairie - (primary notes: plum, yuzu & chamomile)
persona: sweet, fruity, ripe, tea-green, fancifully effervescent, up-lifting, fun and playfully feminine (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----For Strange Little Girls - (primary notes: cucumber & green tea)
persona: clean, fresh, airy, carefree, bright, flirty, lusciously green & brightly feminine (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Laudanum - (primary notes: apricot, fig & ivy)
persona: fresh, subtle fruit w/ a bit of sweetness underpinned by green forest vines and other wild flora (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Ergot - (primary notes: kiwi, coriander, sage & vetivert)
persona: heady, bold and magnificently herbaceous with a lightly kiwi undertone to balance the brew (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Fooly Cooly - (primary notes: cherry blossom & green grass)
persona: a deliriously sassy cherry bomb, fruity and bold, shamelessly flirty, sweet with a green edge (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Swan Bow & Foxglove - (primary notes: currants, peaches & wild woods)
persona: arboreal, bright snow, loamy earth, crushed twigs, currants, evergreens & pepper peach Lambic (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----The Weirding Way - (primary notes: pear glace & vine)
persona: diaphanous, fruity, lightly sweet, wild vines entwine a core of ripe green Anjou Pears (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Miette - (primary notes: honeydew & green grass)
persona: a light, cool breeze, fresh cut honeydew melon outlined in a fringe of tall green grass (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Hester Prynne's Lot - (primary notes: wild summer watermelon)
persona: whimsical, dazzlingly, high green notes blend w/ the fresh sweetness of summer watermelons (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Barbarella - (primary notes: coconut pina colada)
persona: adventurous, boldly saccharine, sunny viridian notes nestle close to tropical coconut & rum (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Blue Velvet - (primary notes: wild blueberry & violet)
persona: darkly lustrous, a fruity sweetness subdued by a heavy pressing of musky, sensual violets (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Little Red Riding Hood - (primary notes: fire baked pears & cinnamon)
persona: daringly sweet & warm, Sri Lankan Cinnamon dusts fire-baked pears in a halo of sultry spice (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)


♥----------Aroma Family: The Orient Express
Personality: Richly layered, the aromas beneath the roof of the Orient Express are woven with a mix of fine spices, rare chocolate, roasted java, golden honey and other prized components from far off lands. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Autumn/Winter

----For Lost Boys - (primary notes: chocolate-spiced colombian coffee)
persona: decadent, layered, dark-chocolaty, invigorating, warm & bold as a fresh cup of spiced espresso (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----The Spice Melange - (primary notes: cinnamon, clove & orange)
persona: sultry, wildly spicy, unconventionally bold, exotic and rich with softly chiming citrus-y notes (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Na Dobranich - (primary notes: spicy pumpkin pie & clove)
persona: a sweet-wood core filled with rich and spicy pumpkin pie powdered with the dust of cloves (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----The Patronus Charm - (primary notes: honey, almond & caramelo)
persona: old-fashioned candy, carefree notes of honey & caramel play warmly across toasted almonds (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Hemlock & Cream - (primary notes: colombian coffee & sweet orange blossom)
persona: vibrant, deep warm tones, an invigorating romance between roasted coffee & blood oranges (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Siamese Dream - (primary notes: allspice, coconut, vanilla & tonka)
persona: decked in bells of Allspice and Nutmeg, Coconut and Tonka pad in on velvet feet, purring sweetly, goose-down coats redolent with the woodsy scorch of java laced with chai and vanilla. (Aroma Gender: Unisex)


♥----------Aroma Family: The Victorian Apothecary
Personality: This candle lit backroom of an old-world apothecary shop is strictly for the adults. Have a sit down on the velvet settee and get comfy. Pull up the hookah and rest a spell and Mr. Wormwood with take care of all your needs. Terribly handsome with eyes like the Devil, he's well known for making the best sasparilla in the Northern Hemisphere. He also specializes in debauchery, caramels, odd magic, spiced rum, renegade medicinals and sweet cakes. No one leaves the parlor disappointed and they always come back for more. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Autumn/Winter

----Vatrushka - (primary notes: chocolate ganache over yellow cake)
persona: buttery yellow cake slathered in a warm shell of chocolate Ganache (Aroma Gender: Feminine)


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Some Pixxxie Pie and Posie aroma blends are priced at a slightly higher price point than others due to the expense of the essential oil components contained therein. Known as The Major Arcana, these Deluxe Aroma Blends are listed below along with info indicating which aroma families these belong to for your convenience.

—–A Tight Corset – (primary notes: moroccan amber & cardamom)
persona: carnal, spicy, sweetly-earthy, dark, intoxicating, a smoky brew inspired by legends and lore (Aroma Gender: Unisex) - Belongs to Aroma Family: My Devil's Heart

-----Satin Coffin – (primary notes: carrot seed, nagarmotha & maté)
Aroma Gender and Persona - Unisex, exotic, fantastically head strong & brown-sugar musky as if the very wood she's carved from were an ancient antique, once used as barrels for storing wild rum, sugar cane & primeval voodoo spices. (Aroma Gender: Unisex) - Belongs to Aroma Family: My Devil's Heart

—–Persia – (primary notes: indian oudh/agarwood, labdanum & myrrh)
persona: dark, resinous, exotic, dry-herbaceous, extra-bold and wonderfully faceted, the aroma is marked by a distinctly musky fringe of Indian Oudh slowly melding with warm, maple-syrupy Labdanum (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine) - - Belongs to Aroma Family: My Devil's Heart

—–The Blade Runner – (primary notes: angelica root, opopanax & musk)
persona: exotic, mildly wood, complex, a unique heart of gold with tendrils of musk & unlikely resins (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine) -- Belongs to Aroma Family: My Devil's Heart

-----The Devil & Miss Jones – (primary notes: lychee, bergamot & blue tansy)
persona: feminine, uplifting, mildly woodsy w/ faint fruity notes hemmed in unique floral overtones thanks the inclusion of blue tansy. (Aroma Gender: Feminine) - Belongs to Aroma Family: The Secret Garden

—–Anguisette – (primary notes: moonflower, orchid, violet & musk)
persona: voluptuous, sweet and sexy, a musky, night blooming flower cultivated with purpose & care (Aroma Gender: Feminine) - Belongs to Aroma Family: The Secret Garden

-----Behind The Green Door – (primary notes: spruce, wild woods, coriander & wild peppermint)
persona: unisex, wild, green, invigorating, this scent is a primal rain forest that's both lingering & bold in just the right ways. (Aroma Gender: Unisex) - Belongs to Aroma Family: Greenwoods & Vine

-----Lovecraft – (primary notes: opopanax, oakmoss, vetivert, sandalwood & heavy musk)
persona: a complex creation made with a mesmerizing conspiracy of oils, deeply green and strangely woody, this potion is unisex, persistent, bold & heavily herbaceous with a heady musky fringe. (Aroma Gender: Unisex) - Belongs to Aroma Family: Greenwoods & Vine

—–Rasputina – (primary notes: davana, benzoin resin & fresh baked honey cakes)
persona: a quirky strumpet, spiced rum, rich layers, striped bloomers, honey cakes & vanilla bourbon (Aroma Gender: Feminine) - Belongs to Aroma Family: The Victorian Apothecary

—–Sirius Black – (primary notes: immortelle flowers, teak & musk)
persona: deep, charming, musky, unbelievably warm, syrup-heavy caramel poured over antique woods (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine) - Belongs to Aroma Family: The Victorian Apothecary

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♥--------My Large Gris Gris Bags Measure 5" x 5".

♥--------It is suggested that you add your own meaningful items to your Gris Gris when you receive it. A lock of hair, a small picture, a favorite rock or shell...Whatever you might like to meditate on.

♥--------I put a pocket on my sachets for a reason... so the pocket is nice and big to accommodate any manner of trinkets or personal charms you'd like to tuck into it. The Love & Passion sachet will come to you with more detailed instructions on its use, 3 small tea light candles in red, pink and yellow (not shown) and will be packaged in gift-style wrappings with love and care.

♥--------This would make a great gift for the resident weirdo in your life, for whom you can never find the gift or novelty that really makes them fall to pieces with joy.


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♥-----NATURAL COMPONENTS: Product is made from natural components. Handmade & eco-friendly, only high quality essential oils, botanical resins/oils & plant absolutes are utilized. The sumptuous carrier oil ingredients of this wonderstuff consists of the Pixxxie Pie & Posie "House Blend". Commonly consisting of a mix of Golden Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and a tiny touch of Hazelnut Oil, this mix makes for a perfume oil that leaves your skin soft & supple. Simultaneously, this lavish conspiracy of oils also adds longevity to the aroma oil itself.

Most Pixxxie Pie ingredients are organic or wild crafted, fair trade and all are GMO and cruelty-free. So get a little closer to nature and grab yourself a slice of Pixxxie Pie today=)

♥-------NUANCES OF NATURAL PERFUMES/COLOGNES: If this is your first time to try a natural perfume/cologne oil, consider checking out my blog article regarding the various nuances of natural perfume/cologne oils via the following handy link: http://www.pixxxiepieandposie.com/?page_id=38. Natural perfumes aren't like harsh,department store perfumes. Many essential oils smell quite different from the interpretations of popular fragrances made with synthetic fragrance oils & alcohol. I.E.: Ginger, Lavender, Vetivert, Geranium, Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Thyme, Rosemary & most florals.

♥-------OLD-WORLD VICTORIAN GIFT-WRAPPING: Product will come to you in gift-style trappings, packed w/ love and care w/ moss and petals. Most product labels & such are produced in-house & are completely composed of recyclable parchment paper. Peel off labels & keep tags to tuck away as keepsakes or bookmarks! Or keep the wee bags, perfume bottle, compact, locket, or vials for other uses since they are high quality & can easily be washed & up-cycled.

♥-------SHIPPING: Orders shipped in the USA are sent via USPS Priority Mail for super fast shipping with a handy tracking number that gets emailed to you through Paypal and USPS.com. Orders for international clients also ship via USPS with a customs tracking number. This business is a one-woman-show...so all orders ship out within 3-7 business days of payment receipt. Please send email or leave a note if you need your order shipped out by a specific date for a birthday or similar special occasion and I'll be happy to oblige.

Shipping to international clients has almost doubled as of 2/2013, so you'll have to contact me for a shipping quote if you're at an international ship-to location. Please include your full ship to address in the email request, along with all products you're interested in. A special listing will be created for you if you approve the quote.

♥-------ALWAYS PATCH TEST: Always remember to perform a patch test on a small patch of skin so you can make sure you're not sensitive to the essential oil components utilized. Many natural perfumers use a host of exotic oils, (some of which you've never heard of, much less ever been in contact with) so test things out before rolling around in your new aroma product.

♥-------HANDY WARNINGS: If you are pregnant, nursing or suffer from serious ailments of the kidney or liver, use care when purchasing products made with essential oils, plant absolutes and plant resins. Consult with your physician and/or do a little research on Google to find out which essential oils to avoid. Though artisans dilute their essential oils, it's still good practice to double check things in the event that you have the above mentioned issues or concerns. Pixxxie Pie Products are for external use only. Avoid direct contact with eyes or mucous membranes. Flush eyes or nose with cool water if you happen to splash yourself a bit.

♥-------NEED A LARGER QUANTITY? Send an email if you require multiples of this product & the quantity available will be updated accordingly (once I check inventory). Pixxxie Pie's Victorian inspired products make great gifts for all sorts of events. Perfect for all manner of fairy tale weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and showers, they also make great tea party favors to boot! Brides & bridesmaids also find these quite captivating.

♥-------CARE & KEEPING: Natural perfumes & colognes are the sparkly vampires of the perfume world so keep yours in a place that's cool and dark. Avoid leaving in high temperature areas. My aroma blends have a lifespan of 1-2 years if optimal conditions are maintained.

♥-------COPYRIGHT STUFFY STUFF: Photos, Products & Labels © Pixxxie Pie & Posie
You don't need my permission to blog about my shop or my products. I also believe in fair use when it comes to images and bloggers. You can use my images in relation to a blog article, but you can't print the images with intent to sell prints or other products featuring the image. Fair enough, right=)


          perfume bottle necklace - the sylvan leaf - natural perfume oil trapped in 1/4 oz leaf bottle tethered by silver chain -62 aroma options by pixxxiepieandposie        

55.00 USD

Pixxxie Pie & Posie Presents the Sylvan Leaf Bottle Held Captive by Silvertone Chain. Pick your poison from the aroma's available below and it will be sent in this lovely etched leaf perfume bottle necklace with dapper carrying pouch. This lavish little number makes a great gift to give yourself or someone you hold near and dear.

An act of sweetest alchemy, Pixxxie Pie perfumes & colognes are a delight to the senses. Each aroma blend is meticulously forged to be an exercise in seduction, beset with tender tendrils & nuanced layers ever anxious to evolve against the warmth of your skin.

All aromas have been organized into families allowing you to find your signature scent with ease! There are 9 Aroma Families in the Pixxxie Pie Aroma Library, insuring that there's something for everyone. To help you narrow things down further, you'll also find handy notations regarding everything from aroma gender to which seasons pair up with which aromas.


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Consider This: Copy, paste and print the menu. Mull over it slowly while drinking tea or coffee: take your time. If you need help choosing the aroma blend that’s right for you I’m more than happy to give you an email consultation. Just convo me via Etsy with info regarding the types of aromas you like (and don’t like) and I’ll get back to you with personalized recommendations within 24-48 business hours =)!! You can also see the full detailed menu if you glance at the top of my Policy page here on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/pixxxiepieandposie/policy?ref=shopinfo_policies_leftnav

Aroma Gender & Nuances: My aroma blends hold an intricate charm and a certain "green" and "dark woodsy" sensuality. Many are unisex, so they're perfect for all manner of mysterious man and oddly whimsical woman.

♥----------Aroma Family: My Devil’s Heart
Personality: Deeply woody, bold, fiery and musky, My Devil’s Heart is sewn of leather and rare resins. Balsamic, smoky, exotic, primal, shamelessly sensual and complex, these are perfumes pulled from ancient times and parallel dimensions. Perfect for those that love heady aroma blends, these are unique and uninhibited. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Autumn/Winter

----The Gunslinger - (primary notes: leather, sandalwood, amber, rose, oak, tobacco & caramel)
persona: boldly sensual, exotic, complex, primal, musky, woody, dark, warm, smoky & compelling (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine)

----Fire, Walk With Me - (primary notes: hazelnut, tobacco, vanilla & scorched woods)
persona: uninhibited, seductive, smoky, deep, dark, woodsy-sweet, warm vanilla cream & fine pipe tobacco (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Dark Willow - (primary notes: patchouli, cedar & amber)
persona: grounding, persistently woody, spicy, exotic, full bodied, darkly sweet, bold & balsamic (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Warm Leatherette - (primary notes: leather, frankincense & clove)
persona: heavily spiced, balsamic, rawhide, masculine, smooth with woody overtones, mildly smoky (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine)

----The Bene Gesserit - (primary notes: sandalwood & peony)
persona: a rich heart of precious Sandalwood reveals her golden notes & hints of Peony bind her edges (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----The Blackwood Cello - (primary notes: burmese wood, ebony, pine resin & black amber)
persona: hypnotic, layered, warm, a resonant base of elder woods beset with a smooth & resinous heart (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine)

----Barbaroi - (primary notes: frankincense & sandalwood)
persona: headstrong, dark-woodsy, richly earthy, warm & spicy, rare, sensual, exotic and ancient (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine)

----The Ether - (primary notes: ginger, amber & thyme)
persona: playful, uplifting, delicately earthy, warm, subtly green & zesty (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Bellatrix - (primary notes: patchouli & vetivert)
persona: earthy, uninhibited, woody & fantastically musky, Bellatrix resides where the wild things are. (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----True Blood - (primary notes: dragons blood, spanish moss & honeysuckle)
persona: dark, bold, a touch earthy, oddly resinous, Patchouli & Sandalwood tones linger next to moss (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

♥----------Aroma Family: The Secret Garden
Personality: Here be the flower maidens, spriteling garden girls with blossoms crushed to blushing cheeks and woven into hair. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Late Winter/Spring/Summer

----La Petite Morte - (primary notes: honeysuckle & vine)
persona: lightly green with delicate floral overtones, soft, soothing, bright & intricately sensual (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Sweet Olivander - (primary notes: lilac & field)
persona: wild lilacs, green fields, tall grasses, light, airy, heady-sweet, shamelessly floral (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Burlesque - (primary notes: white gardenia & musk)
persona: a bouquet of hot-house flowers, deliberately heady, vivaciously floral w/ a tawdry muskiness (Aroma Gender: Feminine)


♥----------Aroma Family: Greenwoods and Vine
Personality: These natural perfume and cologne oils are reminiscent of strange forests filled with alien flowers, mosses slinking up the walls of old temples. Robed in creeping vines & deep green-muskiness, this velvet underground beckons you. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Spring/Summer/Early Autumn

----Lush Alchemy - (primary notes: firewood, lotus and moss)
persona: a forest floor awash w/ leaves, cut wood, rich layers, nuanced sweetness redolent with moss (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----The Shadow Woods - (primary notes: frasier fir, jasmine & pine)
persona: intensely woody, fresh, leafy, a forest of evergreens & pines with subtle floral undertones (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine)

----Marrakesh - (primary notes: nag champa, bamboo, teak)
persona: rich, woody, exotic, earthy like fine temple incense, lightly floral, musky & quite grounding (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Arsenic & Old Lace - (primary notes: rosewood & bay)
persona: antique, headstrong & warm like a centuries-old rosewood piano polished with resinous oils (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

-----Dandelo - (primary notes: dandelion blossom, pomegranate, geranium & willow)
persona: green blossoms next to the strange fruit of the underworld, semi-sweet, multifaceted & odd (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----The Prim - (primary notes: cypress, clover & lily)
persona: a primordial rainforest, lush, fantastically green, old-growth trees and their clinging vines (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Cabin Fever - (primary notes: juniper woods, clinging vines, wild flowers)
persona: woody & mildly sugared, a log cabin in the heart of a Juniper Forest at the edge of the world (Aroma Gender: Unisex)


♥----------Aroma Family: White Frost On Filigree
Personality: Here are the members of the frozen winter forests, water nymphs and wildling rainforests, sunlit lily ponds alive with croaking things, white tea with Mad Hatters, fresh rainstorms and the dreamy mists they like to leave behind. Herbaceous, mildly floral undertones glimmer out clean & ozonic. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Winter/Spring

----Stormbringer - (primary notes: hyacinth, heather, lotus & musk)
persona: intoxicating, headstrong, unique with wild flower notes tinged in green-muskiness & rain (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Morphine - (primary notes: frost, white woods, white amber, musk & nag champa)
persona: Morpheus, bright and dreamy, mildly floral, herbaceous musk simmering with temple incense (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Lichen & Loam - (primary notes: lush clover & aloe)
persona: wondrously green, lush, clean, light, a verdant rainforest shivering with morning mist & dew (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----White Willow - (primary notes: white tea & green woods)
persona: serene, delicate, light, a singular beauty outlined in ribbons of pale chartreuse and white (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Tiger Lily - (primary notes: calla lily & juniper woods)
persona: lilting, floral, untamed like wild lilies growing in a thick grove far from the hands of man (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Severus - (primary notes: cedar, spearmint, musk & rosemary)
persona: boldly minty, layered, musky, pleasantly herbaceous, woody & burnished by internal fires (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine)

----Sackcloth and Ashes- (primary notes: lavender burned woods)
persona: lavender is the dominant tone, heavily herbal, full-bodied, & flanked by scorched woods (Aroma Gender: Unisex)


♥----------Aroma Family: Absinthe Sugar
Personality: These are the members of the noble Absinthe Family. A great choice for connoisseurs of the Green Fairy, Old-Fashioned Black Licorice and exotic Star Anise, these two are Siamese twins and each one has a distinct personality. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Autumn/Winter/Spring

----The Wormwood - (primary notes: anise, sweet pea blossom & mint)
persona: deeply green, heavy pools of licorice with mellow floral tones hemmed in a peppermint lace (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Sweet Absinthe - (primary notes: ravensara, sweet sage, anise)
persona: a mellow backing note of Anise next to warmly nuanced chords created by Ravensara & Sage (Aroma Gender: Unisex)


♥----------Aroma Family: Of Springtime & Voodoo
Personality: Here are the Citrus Types: derived from the bitter orange tree and similar variants, the aromas here are vibrant with delicate, floral undertones. These work great for those that are fond of Ylang Ylang, Blood Oranges and Jasmine. Like the joy of sipping fresh lemonade on a porch in Summertime, this coven is refreshing, uplifting and bright. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Spring/Summer/Early Autumn

----Voodoo - (primary notes: neroli, white tea & ginger)
persona: floral, green, captivating, delicate, sweet, intricate, sun-dappled, sensual, relaxing & feminine (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Devotchka - (primary notes: petitgrain & musk)
persona: fresh, woody, uplifting, a mildly citrus-y undertone is rounded with splashes of green musk (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----The Arcana - (primary notes: bergamot, lavender & myrrh)
persona: vibrant green, comforting, softly floral, herbaceous, balsamic, a mild sweet dashed with citrus (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Verbeana - (primary notes: lush lemongrass)
persona: vibrant, herbaceous, mildly woody, brightly lit with notes of lemon & leafy wildling woods. (Aroma Gender: Unisex)


♥----------Aroma Family: The Turkish Delights
Personality: Fabulously fresh and mayhaps a dash dastardly in it's occasional fruitiness, the Turkish Delight family of aromas is sweet in all the right ways. Balanced effortlessly with fantastic chords of green and a light dusting of powered sugar, this bunch shows a rare mix of youth tempered in wisdom. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Spring/Summer/Early Autumn

----Sugar Plum Fairie - (primary notes: plum, yuzu & chamomile)
persona: sweet, fruity, ripe, tea-green, fancifully effervescent, up-lifting, fun and playfully feminine (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----For Strange Little Girls - (primary notes: cucumber & green tea)
persona: clean, fresh, airy, carefree, bright, flirty, lusciously green & brightly feminine (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Laudanum - (primary notes: apricot, fig & ivy)
persona: fresh, subtle fruit w/ a bit of sweetness underpinned by green forest vines and other wild flora (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Ergot - (primary notes: kiwi, coriander, sage & vetivert)
persona: heady, bold and magnificently herbaceous with a lightly kiwi undertone to balance the brew (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Fooly Cooly - (primary notes: cherry blossom & green grass)
persona: a deliriously sassy cherry bomb, fruity and bold, shamelessly flirty, sweet with a green edge (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Swan Bow & Foxglove - (primary notes: currants, peaches & wild woods)
persona: arboreal, bright snow, loamy earth, crushed twigs, currants, evergreens & pepper peach Lambic (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----The Weirding Way - (primary notes: pear glace & vine)
persona: diaphanous, fruity, lightly sweet, wild vines entwine a core of ripe green Anjou Pears (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Miette - (primary notes: honeydew & green grass)
persona: a light, cool breeze, fresh cut honeydew melon outlined in a fringe of tall green grass (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Hester Prynne's Lot - (primary notes: wild summer watermelon)
persona: whimsical, dazzlingly, high green notes blend w/ the fresh sweetness of summer watermelons (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

----Barbarella - (primary notes: coconut pina colada)
persona: adventurous, boldly saccharine, sunny viridian notes nestle close to tropical coconut & rum (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----Blue Velvet - (primary notes: wild blueberry & violet)
persona: darkly lustrous, a fruity sweetness subdued by a heavy pressing of musky, sensual violets (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Little Red Riding Hood - (primary notes: fire baked pears & cinnamon)
persona: daringly sweet & warm, Sri Lankan Cinnamon dusts fire-baked pears in a halo of sultry spice (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)


♥----------Aroma Family: The Orient Express
Personality: Richly layered, the aromas beneath the roof of the Orient Express are woven with a mix of fine spices, rare chocolate, roasted java, golden honey and other prized components from far off lands. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Autumn/Winter

----For Lost Boys - (primary notes: chocolate-spiced colombian coffee)
persona: decadent, layered, dark-chocolaty, invigorating, warm & bold as a fresh cup of spiced espresso (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----The Spice Melange - (primary notes: cinnamon, clove & orange)
persona: sultry, wildly spicy, unconventionally bold, exotic and rich with softly chiming citrus-y notes (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Na Dobranich - (primary notes: spicy pumpkin pie & clove)
persona: a sweet-wood core filled with rich and spicy pumpkin pie powdered with the dust of cloves (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Feminine)

----The Patronus Charm - (primary notes: honey, almond & caramelo)
persona: old-fashioned candy, carefree notes of honey & caramel play warmly across toasted almonds (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Hemlock & Cream - (primary notes: colombian coffee & sweet orange blossom)
persona: vibrant, deep warm tones, an invigorating romance between roasted coffee & blood oranges (Aroma Gender: Unisex)

----Siamese Dream - (primary notes: allspice, coconut, vanilla & tonka)
persona: decked in bells of Allspice and Nutmeg, Coconut and Tonka pad in on velvet feet, purring sweetly, goose-down coats redolent with the woodsy scorch of java laced with chai and vanilla. (Aroma Gender: Unisex)


♥----------Aroma Family: The Victorian Apothecary
Personality: This candle lit backroom of an old-world apothecary shop is strictly for the adults. Have a sit down on the velvet settee and get comfy. Pull up the hookah and rest a spell and Mr. Wormwood with take care of all your needs. Terribly handsome with eyes like the Devil, he's well known for making the best sasparilla in the Northern Hemisphere. He also specializes in debauchery, caramels, odd magic, spiced rum, renegade medicinals and sweet cakes. No one leaves the parlor disappointed and they always come back for more. Members of this aroma family blush brightest during the following seasons: Autumn/Winter

----Vatrushka - (primary notes: chocolate ganache over yellow cake)
persona: buttery yellow cake slathered in a warm shell of chocolate Ganache (Aroma Gender: Feminine)

●▬▬▬▬๑۩۩๑The Major Arcana - Lux Aroma Blends๑۩۩๑▬▬▬▬▬●
Some Pixxxie Pie and Posie aroma blends are priced at a slightly higher price point than others due to the expense of the essential oil components contained therein. These Deluxe Aroma Blends are listed below along with info indicating which aroma families they belong to for your convenience.

—–---A Tight Corset – (primary notes: moroccan amber & cardamom)
persona: carnal, spicy, sweetly-earthy, dark, intoxicating, a smoky brew inspired by legends and lore (Aroma Gender: Unisex) - Belongs to Aroma Family: My Devil's Heart

—–---Satin Coffin – (primary notes: carrot seed, nagarmotha & maté)
Aroma Gender and Persona - Unisex, exotic, fantastically head strong & brown-sugar musky as if the very wood she's carved from were an ancient antique, once used as barrels for storing wild rum, sugar cane & primeval voodoo spices. (Aroma Gender: Unisex) - Belongs to Aroma Family: My Devil's Heart

—–---Persia – (primary notes: indian oudh/agarwood, labdanum & myrrh)
persona: dark, resinous, exotic, dry-herbaceous, extra-bold and wonderfully faceted, the aroma is marked by a distinctly musky fringe of Indian Oudh slowly melding with warm, maple-syrupy Labdanum (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine) - - Belongs to Aroma Family: My Devil's Heart

—–---The Blade Runner – (primary notes: angelica root, opopanax & musk)
persona: exotic, mildly wood, complex, a unique heart of gold with tendrils of musk & unlikely resins (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine) -- Belongs to Aroma Family: My Devil's Heart

—–---The Devil & Miss Jones – (primary notes: lychee, bergamot & blue tansy)
persona: feminine, uplifting, mildly woodsy w/ faint fruity notes hemmed in unique floral overtones thanks the inclusion of blue tansy. (Aroma Gender: Feminine) - Belongs to Aroma Family: The Secret Garden

—–---Anguisette – (primary notes: moonflower, orchid, violet & musk)
persona: voluptuous, sweet and sexy, a musky, night blooming flower cultivated with purpose & care (Aroma Gender: Feminine) - Belongs to Aroma Family: The Secret Garden

—–---Behind The Green Door – (primary notes: spruce, wild woods, coriander & wild peppermint)
persona: unisex, wild, green, invigorating, this scent is a primal rain forest that's both lingering & bold in just the right ways. (Aroma Gender: Unisex) - Belongs to Aroma Family: Greenwoods & Vine

—–---Lovecraft – (primary notes: opopanax, oakmoss, vetivert, sandalwood & heavy musk)
persona: a complex creation made with a mesmerizing conspiracy of oils, deeply green and strangely woody, this potion is unisex, persistent, bold & heavily herbaceous with a heady musky fringe. (Aroma Gender: Unisex) - Belongs to Aroma Family: Greenwoods & Vine

—–---Rasputina – (primary notes: davana, benzoin resin & fresh baked honey cakes)
persona: a quirky strumpet, spiced rum, rich layers, striped bloomers, honey cakes & vanilla bourbon (Aroma Gender: Feminine) - Belongs to Aroma Family: The Victorian Apothecary

—–---Sirius Black – (primary notes: immortelle flowers, teak & musk)
persona: deep, charming, musky, unbelievably warm, syrup-heavy caramel poured over antique woods (Aroma Gender: Unisex, Leaning Masculine) - Belongs to Aroma Family: The Victorian Apothecary

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CHAIN LENGTH: 17 Inches and Adjustable
BOTTLE Height: 3.18 Inches
BOTTLE Width: 1.42 Inches
BOTTLE Thickness: 0.51 Inches

♥-----NATURAL COMPONENTS: Product is made from natural components. Handmade & eco-friendly, only high quality essential oils, botanical resins/oils & plant absolutes are utilized. The sumptuous carrier oil ingredients of this wonderstuff consists of the Pixxxie Pie & Posie "House Blend". Commonly consisting of a mix of Golden Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and a tiny touch of Hazelnut Oil, this mix makes for a perfume oil that leaves your skin soft & supple. Simultaneously, this lavish conspiracy of oils also adds longevity to the aroma oil itself.

Many Pixxxie Pie ingredients are organic or wild crafted, fair trade and all are GMO and cruelty-free. So get a little closer to nature and grab yourself a slice of Pixxxie Pie today=)

♥-----NUANCES OF NATURAL PERFUMES/COLOGNES: If this is your first time to try a natural perfume/cologne oil, consider checking out my blog article regarding the various nuances of natural perfume/cologne oils via the following handy link: http://www.pixxxiepieandposie.com/?page_id=38. Natural perfumes aren't like harsh,department store perfumes so remember to give yourself time to acclimate to your natural aroma. Many essential oils smell quite different from the interpretations of popular fragrances made with synthetic fragrance oils & alcohol. I.E.: Ginger, Lavender, Vetivert, Geranium, Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Thyme, Rosemary & most florals.

♥-----WEARING TIME: These Pixxxie Pie Potions commonly have a wearing time of 3-9 hours depending on your body chemistry & activity level. Those made w/ persistent oils like Patchouli have an even longer wearing time in the 12-15 hour range.

♥-----CARE & KEEPING: Natural perfumes & colognes are the sparkly vampires of the perfume world so keep yours in a place that's cool and dark. Avoid leaving in high temperature areas. My aroma blends have a lifespan of 1-2 years if optimal conditions are maintained.

♥-----NEED A LARGER QUANTITY? Send an email if you require multiples of this product & the quantity available will be updated accordingly (once I check inventory). Pixxxie Pie's Victorian inspired products make great gifts for all sorts of events. Perfect for all manner of fairy tale weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and showers, they also make great tea party favors to boot! Brides & bridesmaids also find Pixxxie Pie products quite captivating.

♥-----OLD-WORLD VICTORIAN GIFT-WRAPPING: Product will come to you in gift-style trappings, packed w/ love and care w/ moss and petals. Most product labels & such are produced in-house & are completely composed of recyclable parchment paper. Peel off labels & keep tags to tuck away as keepsakes or bookmarks! Or keep the wee bags, perfume bottle, compact, locket, or vials for other uses since they are high quality & can easily be washed & up-cycled.

♥-----SHIPPING: Orders shipped in the USA are sent via USPS Priority Mail for super fast shipping with a handy tracking number that gets emailed to you through Paypal and USPS.com. Orders for international clients also ship via USPS with a customs tracking number. This business is a one-woman-show...so all orders ship out within 3-7 business days of payment receipt. Please send email or leave a note if you need your order shipped out by a specific date for a birthday or similar special occasion and I'll be happy to oblige.

♥-------ALWAYS PATCH TEST: Always remember to perform a patch test on a small patch of skin so you can make sure you're not sensitive to the essential oil components utilized. Many natural perfumers use a host of exotic oils, (some of which you've never heard of, much less ever been in contact with) so test things out before rolling around in your new product.

♥-----COPYRIGHT STUFFY STUFF: Photos, Products & Labels © Pixxxie Pie & Posie
You don't need my permission to blog about my shop or my products. I also believe in fair use when it comes to images and bloggers. You can use my images in relation to a blog article, but you can't print the images with intent to sell prints or other products featuring the image. Fair enough, right=)


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This is good to see. I can’t say non-GMO produce is highly valued in my neck of the woods, but there are a handful of non-GMOers around here and they have taken notice of MAXimum Greens: Consumer demand for #nongmo products is skyrocketing, and brands are taking notice. https://t.co/roAhdD58d6 — Non-GMO Project (@NonGMOProject) August 10, […]
          Genetic Engineering and Organic Farming: An Unexpected Marriage        

Celebrities, politicians, and scientists have fiercely debated the safety of using genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, in food. It remains to be seen whether GMO labeling becomes mandatory in the United States, but there’s no doubt that the “GMO-free” sticker is garnering the prestige and premium prices already reaped by the labels “organic” and “gluten-free.” But what’s the big fuss? And how did this great GMO debate begin?

To find out Distillations goes to the soy and corn fields of Iowa where reporter Amy Mayer hears the perspectives of a few Midwesterners, including two farmers who have found a lucrative niche for the GMO-free crops they’re growing.

Then, we’ll talk with plant geneticist Pamela C. Ronald and organic farmer Raoul Adamchak. Together they wrote Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food. And they’re married—to each other.


          Whole Foods Requires GMO Labeling by 2018        
As one of the top grocer chains when it comes to natural and organic products, Whole Foods has finally taken action in […]
          Alive and Shine with Aadil and Savitri!: Encore Interview with Jeffrey Smith        
GuestSavitri and Aadil interview leading GMO activist Jeffrey Smith. Jeffrey will discuss his new DVD Genetic Roulette and also the hotly contested Proposition 37 on the California ballot which, when passed, will allow consumers to know if their foods contain GMOs. Dont miss this show
          Alive and Shine with Aadil and Savitri!: Encore Don't Eat Those GMO's        
GuestThe leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices, Jeffrey M. Smith, is the author of the world's bestselling and 1 rated book on the health dangers of genetically modified organisms GMOs. His meticulous research documents how biotech companies continue to mislead legislators and safety officials to put the health of society at risk, and the environment in peril. Savitri and Aadil interview Jeffrey to find out what we can do to support his efforts in transforming our world to ...
          Alive and Shine with Aadil and Savitri!: "Genetic Roulette" with leading GMO activist Jeffrey Smith        
GuestSavitri and Aadil interview leading GMO activist Jeffrey Smith. Jeffrey will discuss his new DVD "Genetic Roulette" and also the hotly contested Proposition 37 election in California which, when passed, will allow consumers to know if their foods contain GMO's. Don't miss this very important show
          Alive and Shine with Aadil and Savitri!: Encore Interview with Jeffrey Smith        
GuestThe leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices, Jeffrey M. Smith, is the author of the worlds bestselling and 1 rated book on the health dangers of genetically modified organisms GMOs. His meticulous research documents how biotech companies continue to mislead legislators and safety officials to put the health of society at risk, and the environment in peril. Savitri and Aadil interview Jeffrey to find out what we can do to support his efforts in transforming our world to ...
          Alive and Shine with Aadil and Savitri!: Encore PresentationDon't Eat Those GMO'S Interview with Jeffrey Smith        
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          CHP-143-The History of Tea Part 4        

This time in History of Tea Part 4 we continue along the timeline and look at tea in the Song Dynasty.  Tea may have been brought to great heights during the Tang but during the Song.

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Lu Yu  陆羽  Lu Yu, writer of the Classic of Tea

Kukai  空海 Japanese Monk, among other things introduced tea to Japan

Saicho  最澄  Japanese monk also helped introduce tea to Japan

Emperor Saga  嵯峨天皇  Emperor of Japan 806-809

Chama Gudao  茶马古道  The Ancient Tea Horse Route

Zhao Kuangyin  赵匡胤  Founder of the Northern Song

Kaifeng  开封Capital city during the Northern Song

Mocha  抹茶  Ground tea in powder form (also 末茶)

Diancha  点茶  To whisk tea

Cai Xiang  蔡襄  Great calligrapher and tea expert from the Northern Song

Hūizōng  徽宗  Last emperor of the Northern Song

Limao  礼貌  etiquette, politeness

Wang Xizhi  王羲之  303-361, Jin Dynasty calligrapher, considered China’s greatest calligrapher

Cai Jing  蔡京  Hūizōng’s right hand man for many years  Also a great literary talent

Lantingji Xu  兰亭集序 Wang Xizhi’s great work. Preface to the poems composed at the Orchid Pavilian

Su Shi  苏轼  Also known as Su Dongpo, famous official, man of letters and Hangzhou hero

Huang Tingjian  黄庭坚  Great literary figure from the Song

Mi Fu  米芾  Great literary figure from the Song

Su, Huang, Mi, Cai  苏黄米蔡  The four great Song calligraphers

Quanzhou  泉州  Historic port city in Fujian

Fuzhou  福州  City in Fujian

Renzong  仁宗  Song Emperor 1022-1063

Ouyang Xiu  欧阳修 Song Statesman and all around literary powerhouse

Cha Jing  茶经  The Classic of Tea by Lu Yu

Cha Lu  茶录  Tea treatise by Cai Xiang

Doucha  斗茶  To have a tea battle

Mingzhan  茗战  Tea Wars or tea battle

Jian ware  建窑  Jian ware

Tuhao zhan 兔豪盏  Rabbit fur

Daimao zhan  Tortoise shell design

Zhegu ban   Partridge feathers design

You di  油滴  Oil drops design in Jian ware

Yue qi  越器  Yue ware from Yuezhou near Shaoxing

Xing ware  邢窑  Xing ware from Hebei

Qingbai  清白 White porcelain of the Song

Wulong  乌龙茶  Oolong tea

Zhenzong  真宗 Song Emperor 997-1022

Shenzong  神宗  Song emperor 1067-1085

Ya’an  雅安  City west of Chengdu with a rich tea history

Han Wudi  汉武帝  Grest Han Dynasty conquering emperor

Tang Taizong  唐太宗  Tang emperor Taizong (Li Shimin)

Wang Anshi  王安石  The great Song era reformer

Kaimen qījiàn shi  开门七件事  The Seven Necessities of Living

Chan Buddhism  禅宗  Better known as Zen Buddhism

Master Xiangmo  降魔藏  Chan Master Xiamngmo of Lingyan Temple on Mount Tai

Lingyan Monastery  灵岩寺Chan Buddhist Monastery on Mount Tai

Taishan  泰山 Mount Tai near Jinan

Daguan Chalun  大观茶论  Song Hūizōng’s Treatise on Tea

Silver Needle 银针茶 Silver Needle White Tea

Long Life Eyebrow  寿眉茶Long Life Eyebrow White Tea

Tribute Eyebrow  贡眉茶Tribute Eyebrow White Tea

White Peony  白牡丹  White Peony Tea

Zhenghe County  政和县  County in northern Fujian

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”Eftersom resultaten av mänskligt handlande aldrig kan förutsägas med någon säkerhet, blir de medel som utnyttjas för att nå politiska mål oftast av större intresse för framtidens värld än de åsyftade politiska målen.”
Hannah Arendt

Vart man ser, samma sak. Gult och grönt, gult och grönt. Om man står nere på marken höjer sig majsen minst en halvmeter ovanför huvudet, frodig, i täta snörräta rader. Det beror förresten på säsong om det är gult eller grönt, ju senare på säsongen, desto gulare, förstås. Här på ett majsfält i Iowa hittade vetenskapsjournalisten Michael Pollan, när han för några år sedan i boken The omnivore’s dilemma undersökte saken, ursprunget till närmare 80 procent av alla matvaror i ett vanligt amerikanskt snabbköp. Majsen finns i högfruktossirapen, som är sötningsmedel i all läsk och nästan all färdigmat, kossor och kycklingar och odlad fisk föds upp på majs, salladsdressing eller barbecuesås består primärt av processad majs, majsolja används till nästan all frityr, till alla kakor, allt bröd.
Tvärs över hela mellanvästern sprider fältet ut sig nu, på sammanlagt 32 375 hektar. Bara majs alltihop. Detta är den största monokultur som mänskligheten sett. Fyra miljarder dollar om året kostar majsfälten amerikanska skattebetalare i diverse subventioner, ändå kan majsbönderna knappt klara sig. Alla lantbrukare odlar inte Monsantos genetiskt modifierade majs ellersojabönor, men alltfler. Det beror delvis på att GMO-majsen och GMO-sojabönorna ger högre skördar, delvis på att inga bönder längre får spara utsäde från år till år. Monsanto äger nämligen de genmodifierade grödorna, bonden får bara använda dem på villkor att han inte sparar utsäde till nästa år, utan då köper ny. Eftersom grödorna odlas ute i det öppna pollinerar GMO-växterna också icke-GM-fälten, vilket gör att Monsanto påstår sig äga också det utsädet. I ”Food Inc.”, dokumentärfilmen som Michael Pollan gjorde ihop med bland andra Eric Schlosser, som skrev bestsellern Snabbmatslandet, möter de en man som äger en utsädestvättarmaskin, en skraltig gammal plåtsak som tvättar utsädet så att man ska kunna spara det till nästa år. Han har blivit stämd av Monsanto för att han alls äger och hyr ut den här maskinen, trots att han bara gör det till bönder som inte har köpt Monsantos GMO-utsäde. Eftersom det kan finnas GMO-pollinerade växter på alla åkrar kan han alltså ändå misstänkas för medhjälp till upphovsrättsintrång. Han är en ensam gammal man som ställs mot ett av USA:s största företag i ett immaterialrättsmål. Han ger med sig, de gör upp i godo, han skrotar sin utsädestvättarmaskin. Fler bönder lär köpa utsäde från Monsanto framöver.

Diskussionen om GMO-grödor rör sig ofta på ett mer ekosofiskt och moralfilosofiskt plan. Är det rätt att manipulera naturen? Människan har förvisso gjort det under hela artens existens, enligt vissa beräkningar sker redan 90 procent av världens växtlighet i ekosystem som på ett genomgripande sätt påverkas av människor. Ändå menar vissa att just GMO går för långt. Just denna slags växtförädling är för drastisk, för onaturlig, har för svåröverskådliga konsekvenser. Om man betänker matbrist och svält är det ändå lätt att argumentera för genmodifieringen, den ger otvetydigt stor nytta. Men så griper upphovsrättsparadigmet in och plötsligt ser man hur de samverkande faktorerna jordbruksstöd, immaterialrätt och storföretag skapar en platonskt ideal antimarknad, där varken primärproducenter eller konsumenter har någon som helst makt eller insyn. Mer än så, det skapar idén om monokulturen, om det uppifrån styrda och kontrollerade, det utsträckt monokromatiska fältet blir jordbrukets egen katedral. Frågan om vad som är rimligt blir större än den om vad som är natur.
Majsfältet är på alla sätt motsatsen till komplexitet. Det finns bara en art, bara vissa specifikt kontrollerade varianter, all form av krosspollinering är uttalat förbjuden. Ingen blandad avkomma är tillåten. Detta är naturen som utpräglat ickeorganisk, som fordistiskt uttänkt och massivt subventionerad industri. Plötsligt ser man hur nära Fernand Braudels antimarknadsbegrepp ligger Friedrich Hayeks idéer om taxis, den uppifrån bestämda ordningen.
För den hayekska spontana ordningen är mycket bredare än att bara handla om ekonomi och en fri marknad. Hayek må själv ha lagt sig nära Adam Smiths teorier om den osynliga handen, där huvudpoängen är att vi i den fria ekonomin arbetar för det gemensamma bästa utan att nödvändigtvis vara medvetna om det, utan att ens ha det som syfte med alla våra små egna beslut, men ordning uppkommer ju spontant överallt där det tillåts. Också när regler och begränsningar införs, när man söker planera uppifrån, det taxis Hayek kontrasterade med det spontanas kosmos, blir resultatet ofta ett annat än det tänkta. För att upprätthålla taxis krävs i förlängningen våld. Majsfälten ovan är en konkret illustration.
Dessa strukturer i ständig tillblivelse som spontant söker skapa ordning i entropin kräver och utgör själva livet. Enligt termodynamikens andra sats måste man tillsätta energi för att ordning ska kunna skapas. Endast det döda är stabilt, vilket säger något om Monsanto-fälten. Ordning, eller ordningar uppstår dock överallt där det finns liv, något som i vetenskapliga sammanhang ibland uttrycks som komplexitet. Enkla processer, styrda av enkla regler leder till det oändligt komplexa. Ett exempel ur naturen som ofta används är morfogenesen, alltså hur mänskliga celler under embryots tidiga skeden genom till synes spontan självorganisering bildar olika sorters celler, formar mönster som bildar liv. Den självorganiserande komplexiteten är sällan lika tydlig som i den polsk-franske matematikern Benoît Mandelbrots datorgenererade fraktaler. Genom datorkraft lyckades Mandelbrot göra bilder av ekvationer, bilder av själva livet skulle vissa säga. Självfallet hade vi alla sett fraktaler tidigare, ormbunkar, romanescokål och iskristaller är bara några exempel från naturen, men Mandelbrot utgick från matematiken och såg komplexiteten från det hållet. För ur kaoset uppstår ordning på sätt som ofta kan verka kontraintuitiva. Det är sant i naturen och i kulturen.
Men vi människor tenderar att överskatta vår förmåga att styra avancerade skeenden medvetet samtidigt som vi underskattar potentialen för den organiskt framväxta ordningen. Det blev bara tydligare och tydligare under hela 1900-talet. Ekonomin kom att organiseras, också i den formellt fria världen, i storföretag som internt var lika mycket planekonomier som aldrig Traktorfabrik nr 5. Inte minst syns det i immaterialrättsparadigmet, där inlåsning av kunskap och idéer har setts som den självklara vägen till kapitalförmering. Genom exempelvis patent på DNA söker man i dag skapa antimarknader också av den mänskliga kroppen. När GMO-grödor började tas fram motiverades de delvis med effektivitetsskäl, delvis med rent humanistiska skäl som i exemplet med det gyllene riset, som togs fram för att mota vitaminbrist i tredje världen. Som vi ser med Monsanto och majsen leder dock introduktionen av immaterialrätt på ett nytt område till helt andra konsekvenser av minskad frihet för enskilda och ökad makt uppifrån. Ett praktexempel på sådant som är ”by human action but not by human design” för att citera den skotske upplysningsfilosofen Adam Ferguson. Ingen tänkte sig nog att utvecklingen för den enskilde majsodlaren skulle bli som den blev. För över det som de facto hade hänt på majsområdet och tänk på att andra företag, som lyder under likadan immaterialrättslogik, nu äger rätten till mänskligt genom. Vad är det de äger egentligen? Hur kommer de att använda det ägandet?

Monsanto-exemplet är intressant också ur ett annat perspektiv, detta med den förbjudna blandningen. Den oväntade kombinationen av a och b är själva grunden i den organiska utvecklingen, mutationen, det oväntade språnget är det som för oss vidare. Om man dessutom har invändningar mot idén om den reellt fria viljan är mutationen det enda sant frihetliga som finns kvar. Allt är inte determinerat, det oväntade kan alltid hända. Det vi kallar organisk framväxt är inte alltid långsam, ibland sker språng, plötsliga förändringar. För att mutationen ska kunna vara möjlig i tillräckligt stor omfattning för att världen på något sätt ska kunna betraktas som fri, måste grundmaterialet dock vara tillräckligt komplext och heterogent. Myllret måste uppmuntras före det välordnade för att livet ska kunna fortsätta. Det betyder inte att allting måste vara oreglerat. Själv anser jag exempelvis inte att statligt organiserade socialförsäkringar är ett självklart steg på vägen mot stalinism. Men det finns flera viktiga insikter här.
En är insikten om att händelser har oväntade konsekvenser. Oavsett hur gott man önskar kan ens agerande få helt andra effekter. Man bör inte tvivla på att utvecklarna bakom genetiskt modifierade grödor hade och har goda intentioner. Uppfinningarna i sig är vetenskapligt intressanta och potentiellt livsviktiga för att långsiktigt kunna föda världens ökande befolkning. Den ekoromantiska idén att dessa grödor skulle vara farliga och fel för att de är utvecklade på ett annat sätt än traditionell växtförädling är just romantisk snarare än vetenskapligt hållbar. Det finns i den romantiken en underlig och uttalat kontrafaktisk renhetskult, där natur och kultur aldrig möts, där människans påverkan på sin omvärld alltid är av ondo. Så är det förstås inte. Natur och kultur är evigt sammanslingrade, det finns inget i sig moraliskt mer högstående i minskad mänsklig påverkan. Att dessutom nära den sortens idéer i förhållande till just odling, som specifikt handlar om att forma naturen efter mänskliga önskemål, är i synnerhet kuriöst.
När GMO-grödorna kombineras ute i verkligheten med upphovsrättsparadigmet blir det som sagt annorlunda. Grödorna är inte fria, ses inte som delar i ett ekosystem i permanent tillblivelse utan som artefakter, skapade, ägda, kontrollerade. Upphovsrättens inskränkning i äganderätten blir konkret när bonden som äger åkern bredvid den GMO-planterade inte längre får göra som han vill med sin skörd eftersom den sannolikt har smittats. Plötsligt är hans äganderätt irrelevant, det immateriella ägandet triumferar över det materiella.

GMO-åkern är dock bara en lite mer konkret version av det som har hänt i stora delar av den industriella ekonomin. Hierarkiskt uppbyggda storföretag, planekonomier, har av olika skäl förmått låsa in alltmer kunskap inom immaterialrättsskyddet. Alltmer vetenskaplig forskning sker i företag där kunskapen låses in, snarare än på offentliga öppna arenor. Varje litet projekt hålls avskilt från andra i andra företag, syftet är att försäkra sig om patenten snarare än att förbättra kunskapen i världen. Detta gäller allt oftare också forskning på grundnivå. På upphovsrättssidan förlängs skyddstiderna gång på gång och stor energi läggs på att mota sådan kultur som integrerar delar av redan existerande upphovsrättsskyddade verk. Det gäller såväl barn och ungdomar som filmar sin egen dans till favoritartisterna hemma i vardagsrummet som forskare som vill använda en illustration i ett vetenskapligt verk. För att hålla informationen inlåst krävs alltmer av skyddsåtgärder, övervakning, rättsliga processer, ibland rentav hårdföra metoder som hot och utpressning. Det gäller både om informationen är digital, i form av musik eller bild- eller filmfiler, eller konkret, pollen som blåser med vinden. Kunskapsekonomin bygger på att säkerställa att idéer och kunskap alltid är bristvaror. Konsumtion och produktion ska till varje pris hållas i sär.
Den organiska, spontana ordningen är inte så bra på att medvetet hålla i sär saker. Ordningen upprätthålls bara så länge det finns processer och strukturer som är aktiva, så länge de inblandade enheterna fortsätter att agera på de sätt som krävs. Ordningen i sig är sällan så entydigt rätlinjigt heller, det är funktionsordning mer än kontrollordning. När man säger att strukturer är svåra att förändra innebär det alltså inte att de skulle vara fasta i någonting utanför mänskligt beteende, bara att dessa beteendemönster är så invanda att det kan verka så. Den här förståelsen av strukturer som något som ständigt blir till, som är resultatet av tusentals enskilda upprepade beslut efter enkla regler – men där slutresultatet ändå kan vara gravt hämmande och styrande – känns betydligt mer fruktbar än de mer statiska förståelser av övergripande styrande diskurser som är vanliga i förhållande till både patriarkatet och kapitalismen. Patriarkatet är vi alla, alla våra beslut, kapitalismen likaså. Det här betyder både att förändring är möjlig och att den eventuella skulden för förtryckande, diskriminerande strukturer blir mer oklar.

Men normer, för att ta ett typexempel på spontan ordning, förändras hela tiden. Ibland sker det genom medvetet agerande från enskilda individer eller grupper, ibland genom förändringar av levnadsmönster, urbanisering, nyupptäckta naturtillgångar, ökade eller minskade hushållsinkomster, teknisk utveckling, enskilda uppfinningar. Ibland styrs människor förstås också på ett uppenbart sätt av politiska beslut, svenskarnas val av tid mellan sina barns födsel är något som brukar tas som exempel. Det har länge funnits en säregen samstämmighet mellan detta mellanrum och regeln om hur länge föräldraförsäkringen för barn nummer två får beräknas på inkomsten innan barn nummer ett. Svenskarna anpassar alltså sitt sexualliv och sin reproduktion efter villkoren i föräldraförsäkringen. Lika ofta tycks dock resultaten i beteende bli något annat än det lagstiftarna primärt hade hoppats på, höjd cigarettskatt ledde till ökad smuggling snarare än minskat rökande, de svenska jobbskatteavdragen har inte lett till de sänkta löner och följande ökad efterfrågan på arbete som finansdepartementet hoppats på utan bara till ökat konsumtionsutrymme för löntagarna. Det blir inte alltid som man tänkt sig.
Det betyder inte att det alltid är fel med politiska reformer, ens sådana som är tänkta att stimulera ett visst beteende, men man måste vara medveten om att det förmodligen bara är beslut som ändå överrensstämmer med de underliggande framväxande normerna som kommer ge de tänkta resultaten. Daghemsutbyggnaden i Sverige gav kvinnor praktisk möjlighet att arbeta också efter att de blivit mödrar, men de hade sannolikt inte utnyttjat den möjligheten om det inte också funnits en pågående kvinnorörelse bort från hemmen. Kvinnor ville uppenbarligen arbeta, de efterfrågade dagis och när de fick chansen tog de den. Motsvarande längtan åt andra hållet kan knappast ses uttryckt i dagens föräldrars utnyttjande av det svenska vårdnadsbidraget. Det infördes för att ge föräldrar möjlighet att vara hemma mer, kristdemokrater talar rentav uppfordrande om att föräldrar borde vara hemma mer med sina små barn. Ändå är bidraget väldigt lite använt, åtminstone bortom invandrartäta förorter, där vissa kvinnor redan hade en svag anknytning till arbetsmarknaden och nu väljer bidraget för att vara hemma hellre än att gå på SFI och lämna barnen till dagis. Den oplanerade effekten av frihetsreformen är alltså primärt att vissa barn och vissa mödrar undviker att lära sig svenska.
Vart den underliggande normförändringen är på väg är dock inte alltid så lätt att veta. Rökförbudet på svenska restauranger och barer genomfördes exempelvis trots starkt motstånd från både bransch och exempelvis polismyndigheter, som trodde att förbudet skulle leda till bråk och våldsamheter. I dag är förbudet i stället otroligt populärt och många restauranger vittnar om ökad tillströmning av kunder. Det var svårt att veta innan.

Var går då gränsen mellan det som rimligen måste beslutas gemensamt och det som bör lämnas åt myllret och det spontana. Vissa saker kanske inte kan invänta spontan ordning utan kräver uppifrån beslutade regler för att alls kunna fungera. Här är staden ett bra exempel. Det är praktiskt om någon centralmakt drar upp och bygger gator och torg och exempelvis organiserar kollektivtrafik, som till sin natur är just kollektiv och i behov av samordning. Spontana sammanslutningar kan förmodligen inte bygga och driva en tunnelbana. Vad som däremot i rätt liten utsträckning behövs är exakta regler kring hur hus ska se ut eller detaljplanering av vilken verksamhet som ska vara exakt var (även om man självklart kan ha zonplanering kring potentiellt störande eller farliga verksamheter).
I rätt många år byggdes städer ungefär så. Stadsarkitekter ritade stadsplaner, med gator, torg och parker, byggföretag byggde hus, företag flyttade in i lokaler och bedrev verksamhet. Tusentals små beslut, fattade av ett otal olika människor, hakade i varandra för att tillsammans bilda det som var staden. Stadsmakten hanterade alltifrån sophämtning till regler för torghandel eller trafik, ritade upp och säkerställde stadens ramar. Enskilda eller grupper av människor skötte sedan stadens innehåll, bedrev näringsverksamhet, hade sina bostäder, besökte sina krogar, gick till sina jobb.
Stadens innehåll har givetvis drastiskt olika villkor beroende på hur ramarna ritas upp. Det finns studier på hur den medeltida oregelbundna staden, där centralmakten styrde väldigt lite, kan kopplas till dåtidens relativa frihet för städernas befolkningar, medan 1600-talets despoter och framåt byggde monumentalstäder med gator anpassade för militärparader snarare än för folkliv. Skillnaden syns i något så konkret som storleken på kvarter och på torg. Små kvarter, med täta gator och små torg, ger myller och utrymme för mycket folkliv och en stor kommersiell och kulturell mångfald, bland annat illustrerat av de många olika vägar man kan välja för att ta sig mellan två punkter i staden. Ju fler möjliga vägar, ju fler gathörn, desto större potential för det spontana, för livet, för mutationen. I den totalitära staden däremot, är kvarteren stora, gatorna anpassade för fordon snarare än för gående, torgen anpassade för gigantiska manifestationer och hyllningar till makten. Den sortens stad är lättövervakad uppifrån, det finns få alternativa vägar, lite utrymme för myller och folkliv. 1800-talets borgarstäder har stora boulevarder och pampiga varuhus, men också mindre torg och parker i staden.
Vissa städer har allt detta. Paris är en, Stockholm en annan. Olika kvarter byggda under olika tider hakar i varandra, med olika karaktär. Någon gång under 1900-talet ändrades dock själva uppfattningen om hur saker skulle planeras, hur detaljerade reglerna skulle vara. Jane Jacobs skrev sin berömda Life and death of great american cities i upprördhet över 50-talsrivningarna av amerikanska stadskärnor (hon var bland annat genom sin insats med och räddade södra Manhattan från att förvandlas till ett motorvägsinferno), men hennes idéer är intressant nog fortfarande radikala. I dag i Sverige ritas inga generella långsiktiga stadsplaner, i stället ritas område för område, åtskilda från varandra, efter att först ha inhämtat byggföretagens intresse. Politikerna överlåter i realiteten åt företagen att bestämma det övergripande, samtidigt vill de gärna vara med och bestämma på detaljnivå om husfasaderna. Stadsrummet omvandlas, från gator och torg till inglasade luftkonditionerade gallerior, där den kommersiella mixen är uttänkt och planerad, med minimal reell konkurrens. Möjligheterna för spontan ordning i staden minskar för varje torg som glasas in, varje kvarter som rensas upp för att göra plats för ännu en Twilfit, ännu en Designtorget. Affärslivet i Stockholm blir alltmer av låtsad mångfald, många exemplar av samma affärer med samma varuutbud i olika köpcentra snarare än olika handlare som faktiskt erbjuder olika saker. Överflöd av det likartade utgör ingen grund för det komplexa, lika lite som många tusen hektar majs och sojabönor.
Upprensningen är intressant i sig. För även om det kanske inte framstår som värdefullt i sig med det smutsiga, omoderna, de trasiga till synes olönsamma människorna, så finns det i det ofixade också mer möjligheter för det oväntade. Dels ekonomiskt, uppstädningarna leder generellt till höjda hyror, något som slår undan benen för de lite mer säregna, udda verksamheterna. Dels finns det i utslätningen, i det ständiga skapandet av det typiskt ljust prydligt piffiga, i sig ett motstånd mot allt som avviker från trenden för dagen. Många har skrivit om gentrifieringen – att stadsdelar eller hela städer som tidigare varit slitna och haft i huvudsak fattiga invånare renoveras och tas över av mer välbeställda - men i Sverige är gentrifieringen också direkt styrd uppifrån. Den industriella skalan ligger över stadsutvecklingen, slogans om evenemangsstad eller drömmar om mångtusenmannaarenor är idén om underhållning beställd och bestämd från toppen. Mångmiljonsubventioneringen av enorma arenor drar aktivt bort kundunderlaget från mindre ställen, särskilt i kombination med hårda regler om ljudnivåer och ordning i den reguljära staden. Tid och pengar är ändliga resurser, om människor går på en Madonna-konsert som kommunen indirekt stöder genom arenabyggen har de varken tid eller råd att också höra ett litet okänt lokalt band som spelar på kvarterskrogen. Om nu några kvarterskrogar hade tillstånd för levande musik, förstås.
Den energi och de pengar beslutsfattare kanske skulle kunna lägga på att dra upp de större planerna, hantera sophämtning och ordna fungerande kollektivtrafik, läggs i stället på att etablera nya gallerior, bygga stora popkonserthallar eller detaljbestämma hushöjder. Det handlar inte om att politikerna bestämmer mer eller mindre, bara att de bestämmer och koncentrerar sig på andra saker. Inte nödvändigtvis för att de aktivt vill premiera den uppifrån planerade och styrda staden, taxisföre kosmos, men det välplanerade, ordnade, låtsaslevande, är det ledsamma resultatet. Också den spontana ordning, de strukturer, som är önskvärda, kan försvinna vid fel omständigheter.

När man beskriver bÃ¥de stadsutveckling och normbyggnad, eller för all del sprÃ¥kutveckling, som organisk och spontan kan man se detta som metaforer. Mutationen är ett konkret begrepp i naturen, möjligen ett bildligt i synen pÃ¥ hur människor beter sig mot varandra. Men det behöver inte vara metaforer, som Karl PalmÃ¥s skriver i En liten bok om slem, där han jämför spontan bildning av mänskligt gubbslem med den slemproducerande encelliga Dictostyleium discoideum (slime mould pÃ¥ engelska) som finns i trädgÃ¥rdar i norra Europa. Dessa celler reagerar pÃ¥ stress (som kyla eller värme) med att spontant skicka ut sekret som klumpar ihop sig med andra cellers sekret till en fullt synlig synkront agerande slemmassa. MÃ¥nga aktörer reagerar enligt enkla regler med att spontant och tillsammans bilda nÃ¥got annat än de annars är. När stressen försvinner löser slemmet upp sig. Dessa encelliga organismer illustrerar hur strukturer bildas spontant, utan styrning eller samordning, men ocksÃ¥ hur strukturerna kan lösas upp. Man kan se det som en metafor för mänsklig spontan ordning, men ocksÃ¥ som en beskrivning av hur samma logik verkar pÃ¥ olika arenor. Vi mÃ¥ kunna mer än Dictostyleium discoideum, men vi fungerar ungefär likadant. Likadana självorganiserande fraktaler i vÃ¥ra kroppar som överallt i naturen. 

(Denna essä publicerades i essäsamlingen Frihet och fruktan - tankar om liberalism, som kom ut pÃ¥ Natur och Kultur hösten 2011) 

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          Comment on No GMO by Natalyon        
I have been trying to make people aware of GMO food for a long time, in France there has been a lot of fights over this. People have to realise that food is what make our body and brain work. But long term effect of GMO food have not been studied before they were put on the market. University that want to study it, will not get research credit... This is madness, this is our health they play with. These companies do it for profit, not to produce food remove third world famine like they like to claim it. So thank you for your podcast, take good care of yourself, I hope a lot of people will listen and think about it. Read, question and act. As consumer we have the power to say "no I don't want to buy this".
          Pro snowboarder Torstein Horgmo’s video log takes you to Copper Mountain’s public park        
It’s not uncommon to see snowboarding sensation Torstein Horgmo riding in the Colorado High Country. But five years ago if you would have said the Shredbot legend would be visiting here specifically to snowboard in July, then that may have been a bit hard to believe. […]
          Senators Reach Deal On National GMO Labeling Bill        
Just a week before a Vermont law kicks in requiring labels on food containing genetically modified ingredients, U.S. Senate agriculture leaders announced a deal Thursday that takes the power out of states' hands — and sets a mandatory national system for GM disclosures on food products.Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, unveiled the plan that had been negotiated for weeks with U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan.Senate Democrats from farm country called it a win for consumers and families, while Roberts said it would end "denigrating biotechnology and causing confusion in the marketplace" brought on by Vermont's state law.But it was clearly an uneasy compromise, with critics of the plan making for strange bedfellows on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Both Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Democrat who supports his state's mandatory law, and the American Farm Bureau Federation, which wants a voluntary
          â€˜Guinea pig’ Canadians offered ‘world’s first’ GMO salmon        
Preview Food safety activists and environmentalists are concerned over the potential risks from a new US brand of genetically-modified salmon, which has just hit Canadian shelves. Some believe Canadians are being used as guinea pigs for potentially harmful technology.
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          Tren Kesehatan yang Menjadi Peluang Bisnis        

Ibu-ibu jaman sekarang selalu update dengan perkembangan kesehatan terkini. Dalam salah satu perusahaan yang kebetulan saya kunjungi terdengar pembicaraan beberapa wanita karir yang seru membahas makanan sehat. Orang yang satu mengatakan, “Wah saya puas banget beli penggorengan tanpa minyak, mahal tapi sehat lho”, sementara ibu yang satu lagi menceritakan bahwa sekarang ia menjadi penggemar almond milk, yang dibelinya setiap hari via online seharga Rp. 35.000 untuk 250 ml. Lainnya menceritakan betapa ngerinya jajanan gorengan sembarangan yang menggunakan plastik saat menggoreng agar renyah. Wuih.. seru sekali ibu-ibu ini ngobrol, tak ada habis-habisnya. Hehehe.. memang begitulah wanita jika sudah berkumpul ya. Saya sendiri sebagai dokter harus adu cepat untuk mengetahui update berita kesehatan terkini. Sebab, tiba-tiba pasien sudah menanyakan hal-hal terbaru yang baru saja muncul kemarin di media massa. Kalau ketinggalan berita bisa repot nih.

Namun tidak dapat dipungkiri bahwa “health conscious” masyarakat saat ini semakin tinggi. Khususnya masyarakat menengah ke atas. Semakin mudahnya akses berita dan ilmu melalui gadget membuat dunia kesehatan semakin mudah dimengerti oleh awam. Ternyata hal ini menimbulkan banyak sekali peluang bisnis terlebih dengan support dari penyedia layanan pembuatan web ditambah dengan kemudahan menjual via media sosial yang membuat orang yang gaptekpun dapat belajar dengan cepat cara menjual online.

Seorang ibu berbisnis rumahan membuat almond milk dan cashew milk untuk kemudian dijual online. Ada lagi yang membuat minuman dingin fresh kunyit asam. Belum lagi segudang alat kesehatan untuk home appliance yang semakin menjamur. Bahkan barang-barang elektronik sehari-hari seperti AC, Mesin Cuci, Juicer, Frying Pan, semuanya mengusung tema sehat. Ya memang, orang yang memiliki “sense of business” akan jeli melihat adanya peluang bisnis seputar kesehatan. Dapat dikatakan, inilah era healthy product mencapai kejayaan. Kata “menjadi sehat” menjadi suatu value added yang meningkatkan harga jual. Katakanlah susu kacang biasa dijual Rp. 5.000 per gelas. Tapi jika dikatakan diproses secara higienis, menggunakan kacang non GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) alias lebih alami dan lebih sehat, lalu tanpa gula dan diberi botol cantik yang food grade maka nilai jualnya menjadi 5 kali bahkan 7 kali lipat lebih tinggi. Luarbiasa bukan?

Bukan cuma itu, saat ini aplikasi dokter-dokter online pun menjamur dan dapat dengan mudah ditemukan di playstore. Kesehatan memang semakin mudah didapat. Dari sisi medis, tetap kita harus mencermati agar informasi yang diberikan dibalik label “sehat” adalah benar merupakan sesuatu yang sudah melewati penelitian dan tidak asal dilabel “sehat”. Kecenderungan saat ini adalah semua mengikuti trend. Perlu diakui bahwa gaya hidup sehat kini sudah menjadi tren dan bahkan menjadi suatu prestige tersendiri bila menggunakan sesuatu yang sehat. Wow…luar biasa bahwa Indonesia berkembang dalam hal ini.

Melihat antusiasme masyarakat terhadap kesehatan maka dapat dipastikan bahwa peluang berbisnis “yang sehat” ini masih luas dan besar. Berbanding lurus dengan meningkatnya health conscious masyarakat.

Apakah Anda tertarik?

Silahkan dilirik, saya pastikan banyak yang dapat dilakukan di dunia yang semakin sadar kesehatan ini.

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Tren Kesehatan yang Menjadi Peluang Bisnis
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Ibu-ibu jaman sekarang selalu update dengan perkembangan kesehatan terkini. Dalam salah satu perusahaan yang kebetulan saya kunjungi terdengar pembicaraan beberapa wanita karir yang seru membahas makanan sehat. Orang yang satu mengatakan, “Wah saya puas banget beli penggorengan tanpa minyak, mahal tapi sehat lho”, sementara ibu yang satu lagi menceritakan bahwa sekarang ia menjadi penggemar almond milk, yang dibelinya setiap hari via online seharga Rp. 35.000 untuk 250 ml. Lainnya menceritakan betapa ngerinya jajanan gorengan sembarangan yang menggunakan plastik saat menggoreng agar renyah. Wuih.. seru sekali ibu-ibu ini ngobrol, tak ada habis-habisnya. Hehehe.. memang begitulah wanita jika sudah berkumpul ya. Saya sendiri sebagai dokter harus adu cepat untuk mengetahui update berita kesehatan terkini. Sebab, tiba-tiba pasien sudah menanyakan hal-hal terbaru yang baru saja muncul kemarin di media massa. Kalau ketinggalan berita bisa repot nih.

Namun tidak dapat dipungkiri bahwa “health conscious” masyarakat saat ini semakin tinggi. Khususnya masyarakat menengah ke atas. Semakin mudahnya akses berita dan ilmu melalui gadget membuat dunia kesehatan semakin mudah dimengerti oleh awam. Ternyata hal ini menimbulkan banyak sekali peluang bisnis terlebih dengan support dari penyedia layanan pembuatan web ditambah dengan kemudahan menjual via media sosial yang membuat orang yang gaptekpun dapat belajar dengan cepat cara menjual online.

Seorang ibu berbisnis rumahan membuat almond milk dan cashew milk untuk kemudian dijual online. Ada lagi yang membuat minuman dingin fresh kunyit asam. Belum lagi segudang alat kesehatan untuk home appliance yang semakin menjamur. Bahkan barang-barang elektronik sehari-hari seperti AC, Mesin Cuci, Juicer, Frying Pan, semuanya mengusung tema sehat. Ya memang, orang yang memiliki “sense of business” akan jeli melihat adanya peluang bisnis seputar kesehatan. Dapat dikatakan, inilah era healthy product mencapai kejayaan. Kata “menjadi sehat” menjadi suatu value added yang meningkatkan harga jual. Katakanlah susu kacang biasa dijual Rp. 5.000 per gelas. Tapi jika dikatakan diproses secara higienis, menggunakan kacang non GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) alias lebih alami dan lebih sehat, lalu tanpa gula dan diberi botol cantik yang food grade maka nilai jualnya menjadi 5 kali bahkan 7 kali lipat lebih tinggi. Luarbiasa bukan?

Bukan cuma itu, saat ini aplikasi dokter-dokter online pun menjamur dan dapat dengan mudah ditemukan di playstore. Kesehatan memang semakin mudah didapat. Dari sisi medis, tetap kita harus mencermati agar informasi yang diberikan dibalik label “sehat” adalah benar merupakan sesuatu yang sudah melewati penelitian dan tidak asal dilabel “sehat”. Kecenderungan saat ini adalah semua mengikuti trend. Perlu diakui bahwa gaya hidup sehat kini sudah menjadi tren dan bahkan menjadi suatu prestige tersendiri bila menggunakan sesuatu yang sehat. Wow…luar biasa bahwa Indonesia berkembang dalam hal ini.

Melihat antusiasme masyarakat terhadap kesehatan maka dapat dipastikan bahwa peluang berbisnis “yang sehat” ini masih luas dan besar. Berbanding lurus dengan meningkatnya health conscious masyarakat.

Apakah Anda tertarik?

Silahkan dilirik, saya pastikan banyak yang dapat dilakukan di dunia yang semakin sadar kesehatan ini.

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          GMO debate: New Yorker vs. Vandana Shiva        
With its passage of Act 120 this past June, Vermont became the first U.S. state to require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). (This followed Connecticut’s and Maine’s decisions to require it once adjacent states do.) Since then, GMO food manufacturers have announced they will challenge that decision in court. Meanwhile, critics of GMOs […]
          Busting Soy Myths So You Can Enjoy Soy!        
Credit: iStock   The discussion on the benefits versus dangers of soy continues to percolate. There are those that feel that the fact that much of the soy available is GMO (genetically modified), makes it “dangerous.” Others recognize the stellar nutrient profile of this bean. The conflict continues despite the fact that there’s no clear randomized double-blind study to support the strong...
          P3morgen 10.05.2016 Per Mathias Høgmo        
God tysdag morgon! Ronny, Silje og Markus vekker deg med god musikk, aktuelle saker og konkurranse, i tillegg til å ha besøk av trenar for fotballlandslaget, Per Mathias Høgmo! Høyr kor starstruck Markus vert og om Høgmo endelig svarer på brunost-spørsmålet. Bonussporet startar på 54:50.
          11.11.14 Leo Ajkic        
Denne morgenen var Leo Ajkic med oss i studio. Han fortalte om pistol- og orkandrama fra innspillingen av sin nye serie "Leos reise", og deler sine beste reisetips. Markus har vært på pressekonferanse og testet høgmogeneratoren på de norske landslagspillerne og Per-Mathias Høgmo selv, og deler sin skam i denne dagens "P3morgen skammer seg". Bonus: 01.01.46
          Food News of the Week!        

New research indicts sugar, Subway ditches doughy carcinogens, and the GMO labeling battle escalates. Meanwhile, vegans take over the world. For the week’s best news stories from the food world, read on! Food & Health: What’s in YOUR Bread (or&hellip

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          Hot of the Press: Food Safety News and more!        

Should a man lose his home for the crime of growing food? Are Monsanto shareholders joining the GMO labeling fight? Just how comfortable are we with kids going hungry? Is Walmart the real victim of recent food stamp cuts? Have we, in fact, lost our&hellip

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          ?EFSA Is Neither Pro Nor Anti GMO?        
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is the keystone of the EU risk assessment regarding food and feed safety. Interview with Suzy Renckens, head of the GMO panel.
          Diet Tips for Successful Weight Loss 3/3        
Conquering the Diet Love-Hate Relationship in Order to Gain Weight Loss

Eat organic corn meal. Use it to replace some of the whole grain wheat flour in breads, muffins, pancakes, scones, etc. You can even make yourself a weird little corn pancake of organic cornmeal, oil, a pinch of salt and water to eat with meals instead of pasta, breads or potatoes. It is surprisingly filling and nutritious. Eat strawberries, oranges, spinach, tomatoes, cantaloupes.

These are high is nutrition and antioxidants which are both integral to successful weight loss. Eat spinach salads. Use a light lemon and oil dressing (e.g., organic sunflower seed oil, organic lemon juice, water, salt and pepper, herbs and shake well...yummy).

Eat Salsa. Antioxidants and nutrients are in salsa in abundance. And, like with soups, the nutrients are retained in the salsa sauce enriching the food value and benefit to weight loss. Use evaporated organic cane juice as a sweetener. Drink organic juices. Especially drink cranberry, pomegranate, orange and lemon juices. These, too, are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. A serving of a good organic juice is equivalent to many pieces of the actual fruit, so again, you get more goodness from each gulp. Drink juice shakes made with organic cranberry, pomegranate or orange juice and organic, non-GMO soy protein/nutrient powder. For a juice shake that reaches the level of dessert, add a dollop of organic whipping cream and stir or in-glass beat well. Yum. Drink organic herbal teas. Especially good are organic Yogi Teas. These come in wonderful, potent and delicious blends.

Diet Tips for your Dieting and Eating Rituals.

Eat a plentiful appetizer of strawberries or cantaloupe, papaya, (several) kiwis and orange juice before every meal. Eat more - weigh less. Don't eat bedtime snacks. If you must have a bedtime snack, make it 2 or 3 oz. of organic cranberry or pomegranate juice and organic, non-GMO soy protein/nutrient powder. It provides nutrients to quell desire, few calories, and helps you sleep deeply and restfully. Make this your bedtime snack.

Cut way down on desserts. Have smaller servings less often. If you must have dessert, take only half and add fruit, lots of fresh organic fruit.

Use serving dishes. When you fill your plate straight from the cooking utensils, you inevitably serve more so as not to "leave it sitting in the pot."
          Thirsty Script Rough Brings Artisanal Flavor to Tofurky Products        
Since 1980, Tofurky has been crafting and selling food products made from organic soy products like tofu and whole soybeans, sourced from organic, non-GMO growers, and everything is checked by a third-party inspector to ensure that their raw soy is native and 100% GMO-free. It was important to them when they re-branded in 2016 that...
          New Study finds Olive Oil Protective Against GMO damage        
  A new study published outside of North America in the journal Nutrition, an international peer reviewed journal on Human Nutrition has found that Extra Virgin Olive Oil – EVOO may have protective… Continue reading
          Former Pro GMO Scientist Shows How Science Does Not Support GMOs        
Dr. Thierry Vrain, a soil biologist and genetic scientist, as well as the former Head of Biotechnology at Agriculture Canada’s Summerland Research Station spoke out in a TED Talk about the risks of… Continue reading
          Comment on Enchilada Wraps by Stacy        
I am not the owner of this blog; however, I have a child who is dairy allergic. In the recipe, she calls for cheese alternative and there are many variations from which to choose. Our family often uses Daiya, which is made from: Filtered Water, Tapioca Starch, Palm Fruit Oil, Expeller Pressed non GMO Canola Oil and/or Expeller Pressed non GMO Safflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Pea Protein Isolate, Natural Vegan Flavors, Vegetable Glycerine, Brown Rice Syrup, Sea Salt, Yeast Extract, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid (Vegan, for flavor), Annatto (for color) Carrageenan, Titanium Dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral), Vegan Enzyme. No whey! And it stretches like cheese and tastes pretty good - especially in a casserole style dish. Best wishes!
          Å»ywność bez GMO debiutuje w polskich sklepach        
Żywność wyprodukowana bez genetycznych modyfikacji debiutuje w kolejnych spożywczych kategoriach w polskich sklepach. Zdaniem ekspertów ten biznes ma szansę się rozwijać - czytamy w Pulsie Biznesu.
          "As Consumers, We are Guinea Pigs": Vermont Set to Become First State to Require GMO Food Labeling        
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          Keeping a critical eye on enforcement        

Decisions regarding the enforcement of laws are highly discretionary. The choice of a federal or state agency or attorney general to investigate, charge, litigate, or resolve a specific infraction of a statute or regulation or not gets little public, judicial, or scholarly scrutiny.

Yet enforcement is critical to establishing what a law actually means, according to Professor Margaret Lemos. In a forthcoming article, one of several that examine enforcement as a form of political representation, Lemos, the Robert G. Seaks LL .B. ’34 Professor of Law, calls it “the government function that lies at the intersection of law-making and law application.” She argues, in “Democratic Enforcement? Accountability and Independence for the Litigation State,” (102 Cornell Law Review 929-1002 (2017)), that it operates as a form of discretionary policymaking, “necessitating the same sorts of policy judgments that characterize law-making,” such as whether and when to investigate and proceed with an action (since many possible violations are likely to go consciously unchallenged by authorities). Additionally, in such matters as settlement, enforcers are making legal determinations that are quasi-judicial in nature, she writes.

Margaret LemosMargaret H. Lemos, Robert G. Seaks LL.B. ’34 Professor of Law
Faculty co-director, Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies

  • Teaches in Duke Law Master of Judicial Studies program
  • Received Duke Bar Association’s 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award and was twice voted “best first-year teacher” at Cardozo Law School
  • Former Bristow Fellow, Office of the U.S. Solicitor General and Furman Fellow at NYU Law School
  • Clerked for Judge Kermit V. Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

“These sorts of decisions are made across the spectrum in enforcement,” says Lemos. “In part it’s out of necessity — these are policy decisions about priorities and allocation of resources. It’s also a way of allowing the legislature to act in more general terms, because we expect that where the rubber meets the road, there’s going to be a second set of review and decision-making taking place.”

“Democratic Enforcement?” is the latest of several articles in which Lemos asks whether enforcement should trigger the sorts of demands for accountability and transparency that are applied to other forms of governance and focuses on public or governmental law enforcement and its relationship to private litigation.

For Lemos, whose ambitious and influential body of public law scholarship addresses the interrelated fields of federalism, administrative law, civil procedure, and statutory interpretation, enforcement as a topic of inquiry was a “short step” from her early scholarship on judicial interpretation of law. “From the beginning, I’ve been interested in what happens to law after it’s enacted,” she says. “How do we translate it from the words on the page to what actually is used to affect people’s lives?”

Focused primarily on civil matters, Lemos’ work on statutory interpretation sparked her interest in the role of state attorneys general in enforcing federal law. “I had been using antitrust as an example of an area of law where we depend very heavily on judicial interpretation,” she says. “Reading the relevant federal statute, it’s hard to miss the provision that says the law can be enforced by state attorneys general.” Writing “State Enforcement of Federal Law,” (86 New York University Law Review 698-765 (2011)) at a time when state attorneys general were emerging as “particularly active litigants” in federal courts, often in cases with national implications, Lemos characterized state enforcement as “both a unique model of public enforcement and a unique form of state power.” With attorneys general often elected independently from their governors and representing different parties and constituencies, enforcement authority “opens up new outlets for state-centered policy, empowering actors whose interests and incentives distinguish them from the state and institutions that dominate other channels of federal-state dialogue,” she writes.

“In the course of writing that article, I started thinking about the conventional wisdom on the difference between public and private enforcement, and how state attorneys general seem to fall between those boxes,” Lemos says. “There are conventional arguments about the qualities that we would expect from public enforcement and there are conventional arguments about the qualities we would expect from private enforcement, and state AGs had a little bit of both.” Lemos followed up with a comparative analysis of private class action lawsuits and aggregate litigation brought by state attorneys general. While both collect claims into a single suit in the pursuit of monetary or injunctive remedy, they are treated differently legally, she found.

Among other differences Lemos charts in “Aggregate Litigation Goes Public: Representative Suits by State Attorneys General,” (126 Harvard Law Review 486-549 (2012)) is the fact that these actions brought by state attorneys general are not subject to the rules protecting absent class members in private class actions. She also notes the general lack of scrutiny regarding states’ motives and interest in bringing aggregate lawsuits, and finds the principal critiques of class actions “translate readily to the public realm:” Public attorneys, like class counsel, have incentives to accept “quick and easy” settlements that exclude the largest possible sanctions, resolutions that might not achieve the objectives of compensation and deterrence that are in their clients’ best interest. Lemos recommends that the resolution of state suits should not preclude subsequent private actions.

Lemos next delved into the choices government actors make regarding the types of litigation to pursue. In “For-Profit Public Enforcement,” (127 Harvard Law Review 853-913 (2014)), Lemos and co-author Max Minzner countered the prevailing assumption that public enforcement is tied to deterrence as opposed to self-interest, pointing out that successfully pursuing large monetary awards can burnish an agency’s reputation as well as fill up its coffers. They call for “careful thinking” about the circumstances under which financial incentives can add value to public enforcement.

In “Privatizing Public Litigation” (104 Georgetown Law Journal 515-582 (2016)), Lemos analyzes what it means for the government to be a party to litigation, asking “what might be special” about government and government attorneys. Warning that relying on private attorneys or taking private financing to pursue or defend a government claim threatens “to skew government litigation away from the public interest and toward the more narrow interest of donors,” she flags the potential differences in culture and norms between government agencies and large private law firms that could affect an attorney’s strategy and approach to a public action. This is somewhat mitigated, she acknowledges, by the trend for many lawyers to move back and forth between the private and public sectors in their careers.

A key question for Lemos concerns the extent to which the use of private attorneys in public litigation amounts to the transfer of sovereign power. “In debates about privatization, one often struggles with the question of how do we know if the government is acting,” she says. “If you have a circumstance where the action is effectively funded by private dollars and prosecuted by private lawyers but is nominally still done in the name of the state, that strikes me as worrisome. If an action is captioned, North Carolina v. Smith, the state of North Carolina, acting as parens patriae, can do something that is effectively equivalent to a private class action in many ways, but doesn’t have to jump through the procedural hoops that a private class action has to jump through. You don’t want to be taking advantage of the legal doctrines that apply to the state as plaintiff when it is just a private action in disguise.

“The harder questions for me have to do with the expressive value of saying that the State of North Carolina is doing this, as opposed to some private group,” she says. “My sense is that given how discretionary enforcement actions are, saying ‘North Carolina thought it was important to go after this particular offense,’ carries some weight. And that makes it important, I think, that the decision actually is the decision of the state and that it has run through the same sort of democratic processes that we’d expect for other decisions that are supposed to speak for the people in some way.”

In another new article, “Three Models of Adjudicative Representation,” (165 University of Pennsylvania Law Review (forthcoming)), Lemos applies the lens of political theory to different types of representation and actions — individual suits, civil suits by government, and private class actions in primarily public law litigation — and demonstrates how “different types of representation include and exclude, empower and disempower, in different ways.” And with “Democratic Enforcement?” she teases out underlying theoretical questions arising from her larger body of work on enforcement, essentially asking what citizens should expect from their government when they are taking enforcement action.

Lemos anticipates continuing with her study of the similarities between enforcement and interpretive decision-making. “There is something kind of quasi- judicial about a decision that this wrongdoer violated this statute. But then there is some added decision that it’s worth it to go after them. That overlap — that imperfect overlap — between enforcement and interpretation, or something more judicial, is something I’m still trying to make sense of. The more we think of it as quasi-judicial, the more we might want independence and some kind of separation between enforcement decisions and public pressures or public opinion, lobbying. And the more we think of it as just a policy act, the more we might think public opinion matters. I think we have skipped over some foundational questions.

“Enforcement is a category of government action worthy of attention in its own right,” Lemos says, “in the same way that we would study the legislative process or the regulatory process or the judicial process.”

 

Excerpt: Privatizing Public Litigation

Margaret H. Lemos
104 Georgetown Law Journal 515-582 (2016)

Introduction

Public litigation is being privatized as public entities turn to private actors to perform, and sometimes to pay for, litigation on behalf of the state and federal governments. Consider the following examples:

  • The U.S. Department of Justice hires David Boies to lead antitrust litigation against the Microsoft Corporation.
  • The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) hires two private law firms to represent it in litigation against large banks concerning toxic mortgage securities. One of those firms boasts “long-standing and continuous representation of the NCUA in various matters.”
  • Multiple states hire private attorneys to represent them in litigation against tobacco companies in exchange for a portion of the proceeds.
  • After the state attorney general refuses to sue, the Nevada governor creates a “Constitution Defense Fund,” supported by private donations, to pay for costs associated with prosecuting the state’s challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Other states’ challenges to the ACA are handled, in part, by a private firm and financed by a private lobbying group.
  • Private citizens, many from out of state, bankroll a special prosecutor’s efforts to target topless bars in Memphis. Ben & Jerry’s ice cream company contributes $1 from every purchase at certain locations to support the defense of Vermont’s law requiring special labels for food containing genetically modified organisms.
  • Ben & Jerry’s recently committed to using non-GMO ingredients in its own products.

Though these examples are all of recent vintage, the privatization of government litigation is not new. Indeed, much of what appears as privatization today would have been taken for granted as a historical matter. Before we had a United States Department of Justice (DOJ), it was commonplace for private lawyers to handle the federal government’s work. And private prosecutions were once the norm in many jurisdictions. Over time, however, our system “publicized” most litigation in the name of the government, shifting control from private actors to salaried public servants.

We are now witnessing at least a partial shift back as privatization becomes more prevalent, particularly at the state and local levels. The trend coincides with a marked rise in the visibility and ambition of state attorneys general. As government litigators aspire to do more, they are increasingly turning to private resources — both human and financial — to support their efforts.

Privatization in the litigation context also coincides with broader trends toward privatization more generally. At least since the 1980s, state and federal policymakers have embraced privatization as a way to cut costs and reduce the size of government. In the United States, privatization typically involves enlisting private actors to perform, on the government’s behalf, functions that otherwise would be carried out by government employees. Less intuitively, privatization also may entail a move from public to private financing for public goods and services. Both types of privatization have been the subjects of extensive debate. On the performance side, advocates argue that outsourcing work to private firms is more efficient than relying on bloated government bureaucracies staffed by overpaid and unmotivated civil servants.

Critics question whether privatization is cheaper in practice, and contend that any efficiency gains come at an intolerable cost to democratic and programmatic accountability. As for financing, privatization’s proponents argue that many government services can and should be funded individually rather than collectively — that is, via user fees and the like rather than general taxes. User fees allow governments to generate revenue while reducing taxes, and can send useful signals about the value of the services in question while ensuring that those who reap the benefits also absorb the costs. Critics worry that citizens will be unwilling or unable to bear the expense of valuable government services, particularly when nonpayers can still enjoy many of the benefits. Opponents also insist that some government goods and services are simply too fundamental to ration according to citizens’ willingness and ability to pay.

The privatization of public litigation warrants a place in these debates. Privatizing government litigation promises many of the same benefits, and threatens many of the same costs, as privatization in other contexts. In a sense, the question whether to rely on private attorneys to perform the government’s legal work presents the same “make or buy” dilemma that governments — and private firms — regularly face. And the question whether private actors should be permitted or required to finance government litigation presents the same tradeoffs between allocative efficiency and distributive fairness that have been aired in the commentary on user fees. Understanding these questions, not as discrete policy dilemmas but as part of the broader privatization phenomenon, helps clarify the interests at stake and suggests useful avenues for normative assessment.

As is true of privatization elsewhere, outsourcing the government’s legal work may or may not be cost-effective, depending on the work in question and how the government selects and supervises private attorneys. Contracting out is easiest to defend on efficiency grounds when the government needs to expand its capacity in the short-term — to handle a temporary spike in litigation, for example, or for cases that require special expertise. Although private attorneys often have higher effective hourly rates than government attorneys, it may still be cheaper for the government to “buy” the necessary manpower on an as-needed basis than to “make” it in the form of a long-term, full-time employee. Matters are more complicated for work that recurs regularly. Here, competition is critical. In the absence of meaningful competition for government legal work, replacing government employees with private contractors may well increase the costs of public litigation.

Even if we could be sure that privatizing the performance of government litigation would be cheaper, important questions would remain. Generally speaking, outsourcing is most appealing in areas where ends matter more than means: “The more precisely a task can be specified in advance and its performance evaluated after the fact, the more certainly contractors can be made to compete. ...” Relying on private actors to perform public work becomes more problematic when objective truth is elusive, or where value judgments and discretion reign. Government litigation is nothing if not discretionary. Particularly in a system dominated by settlements and plea bargains, the choices government litigators make about what claims to pursue and what remedies to seek carry profound consequences for the “law in action.” Privatization empowers private attorneys to exercise discretion on the public’s behalf. But private attorneys may bring different incentives, and different habits of practice, to their work for the government. For example, private attorneys may be more likely than salaried government employees to focus on maximizing financial penalties, or on winning cases at all costs. Competition for government contracts — while critical to cost-savings — may exacerbate those incentives by encouraging private attorneys to emphasize easily quantifiable indicia of effectiveness, such as win rates or dollars recovered. The consequence is that government litigation may be changed, not just cheaper, when private attorneys are involved.

On the question of financing, the privatization literature suggests the greatest need for caution in areas marked by substantial externalities and where distributive concerns are strongest. Both sets of considerations counsel against private funding in the litigation context. Private financing threatens to skew government litigation away from the public interest and toward the more narrow interests of donors. By treating public litigation as an item up for sale, moreover, private financing diminishes the expressive value of public litigation, sapping its civic and moral import.

More broadly, both approaches to privatizing public litigation allow private actors to stand in the shoes of government, to exercise aspects of sovereign power. As such, litigation privatization triggers concerns about democratic governance that are familiar to the broader debates over the private role in government. But this particular form of privatization also raises questions unique to litigation concerning the purposes of public litigation and its relationship to purely private suits. Decades of scholarship have mapped the differences between public and private enforcement of the law. Courts and policymakers likewise distinguish between public and private litigation in countless ways, treating them as distinct categories even in areas where they overlap. The core distinctions rest on the interests served and the incentives of those who serve them: Whereas private litigation typically seeks to vindicate the interests of the parties (and their attorneys), litigation by the government is supposed to promote the public interest. Privatization upsets those distinctions, smuggling aspects of private litigation into litigation in the government’s name. It therefore pushes us to think more carefully about what we expect from government litigation and how we ought to treat it.

This Article proceeds in four parts. Part I begins by sketching the characteristic attributes of public and private litigation, then introduces the possibility of merger — instances in which private actors participate in public litigation. The discussion focuses on two types of privatization. In one, private attorneys perform legal work on behalf of the government; in the other, private actors finance government litigation. Parts II (private performance) and III (private financing) examine the benefits and risks of each approach to privatization.

The particulars vary, but the net effect of both types of privatization is the same. Privatization makes public litigation more, well, private. Private attorneys and financiers imbue public litigation with private norms and direct it toward private goals. Though that consequence is important in its own right, it also suggests some of the longer term costs of privatizing public litigation. As Part IV explains, government litigation currently offers a path around the many — and mounting — obstacles that stand in the way of private litigation. Privatization gives private interests access to that route, allowing them to make their way to court in the shoes of the government. The path may not stay open indefinitely, however. Opponents of private litigation are already expanding their focus to take in government litigants, arguing that limitations on private suits should be applied to government actions as well. To the extent that privatization blurs the lines between public and private litigation, it may also spell the end of legal rules and practices that treat government differently, cutting off access to courts for public and private interests alike.

Reprinted with permission from: Margaret H. Lemos, Privatizing Public Litigation, 104 GEORGETOWN LAW JOURNAL 515-582 (2016) (Footnotes have been removed.)

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           Czy uprawy z GMO są remedium na niedostatek żywności na świecie?        

Rada Naukowa Polskiego Klubu Ekologicznego oraz  Międzynarodowy Instytut Polityki i Strategii Ekologicznej zorganizowali ekodebatę, która odbyła się  26 czerwca 2017 roku  w auli Wyższej Szkoły Zarządzania i Bankowości przy al. Kijowskiej 14.

 Tematem spotkania było: GMO - zagrożenie czy szansa? Fakty i mity.

•       GMO - Problem głodu w świecie: ratunek czy zagrożenie

•       GMO a bioróżnorodność

•       GMO a Bezpieczna Å»ywność w Polsce

•       GMO czy Polska będzie wolna od GMO? - problemy prawne

Dziękujemy za udział w debacie.


          Creating more 'maple-ier' syrup in Vermont        
The Maple Guild produces organic, non-GMO syrup from the largest sugar bush in the world.
          One Weekend….with Kids        
The past year and a half has seen huge changes in the McCauley mansion (that’s what we like to call our house…we can dream…no?) Joel started his own agency, I have something in the works to be revealed at a later date, and most recently we have made a big change in our food. We have switched over to meat and eggs that are handled humanly, fed proper diets and allowed to see the light of day. I am not going to get preachy, don’t worry. It was just a personal decision, it is not for everyone I know.

In that vein we pulled resources with our neighbors and are put in a huge garden. We always do a garden, but this garden “should” provide not only all our veggie needs for summer plus allow a to put up quite a bit for winter. We have a large yard for the city and so we are putting the garden in our yard but our neighbors provided labor to help enlarge existing beds and put in a new one. We also are putting in non-GMO seeds. Again, promise no preaching…just a decision we made.

So in preparation for our hard work ahead that Saturday morning, we went to the local farmers market.



We are lucky to have one of the biggest farmers markets within walking distance of our house. During the winter the die hard sellers move from the local park to just down the road. It is mostly non produce venders (baked goods, local honey etc) but some of the farmers are there and have some winter produce, but mostly eggs and meat. I have to say I like the winter market much better. The summer market I think has gotten far too big and crowded, just this girls opinion. We got some breakfast sausage from Faith Farms to bring home and make brunch with. I have to say it was amazing. It was patty sausage, however it tasted like link sausage…go figure. Yumm, and a total treat. I love sausage but only indulge like 2-3 times a year. Then I found the mother load. Rona, from Sullivan’s Pond Farm (http://www.sullivanspond.com). I was drawn to her stall because of the lovely daffodils. Aren’t they amazing?





I stayed at her stall because of her cheese. I ended up buying two cheeses, a blue and a goat rolled in salt and pepper. The goat had some age to it so it was more firm than a typical soft goats cheese. I really can not express to you, the love I have for both of these cheeses. They were really good there, but it was cold morning. I got them home and the next day let them sit out and get some warmth to them. They amazed me. I think I scared my poor husband. Periodically I would take a bit and yell, “man alive!” I think he thought I had finally lost my mind. I am in love. Really, if you go to the south of the james market, go check her out.




We took all our goods home had brunch and then set about the work of the weekend…putting in our new Veggie bed. Even the kids got into helping.




After about 5 hours in the yard, mommy was off to girls night and a much needed beer!!
          12 Nama Situs dengan Harga Paling Mahal di Dunia        


Dalam awal kemunculannya, pengguna internet sangat mudah mendapatkan nama domain untuk alamat internet. Namun, saat ini nama domain bernilai miliaran.

Nama-nama domain biasanya digunakan sebagai pengenal perusahaan atau produk di dunia maya. Upaya pembuatan situs dilakukan agar nama tersebut dikenal masyarakat luas, tidak hanya sebatas wilayah tertentu.

Laman Telegraph, Selasa, 6 Oktober 2015, memberikan penemuan terbarunya terkait nama domain. Setidaknya ada 12 nama domain yang ditemukan Telegraph karena biaya kepemilikan yang sangat mahal.

Berikut ini nama-nama domain yang dikenal memiliki harga sangat mahal sepanjang sejarah.

1. 360.com
Nilai pembeliannya sekitar US$17 juta dan dimiliki oleh Qihoo 360, perusahaan keamanan internet asal China. Mereka membelinya dari Vodafone yang dulu pernah mengeluarkan kocek senilai US$14 juta untuk pembelian situs ini dari pemilik awalnya.

2. sex.com
Pada 2006, pernah menjadi milik perusahaan internet Escom, yang kemudian bangkrut pada 2010, dan kemudian menjualnya kepada Sedo, perusahaan domain, senilai US$13 juta. Selama lima tahun, domain ini menjadi yang termahal.

3. Fund.com
Fund.com senilai US9,9 juta ditemukan pada 2007, merupakan portal untuk berbagai produk finansial. Saat itu, situs tersebut masih tidak aktif.

4. Po**.com
Situs porno paling populer dahulu kala. Dibeli oleh grup pedoa MXN pada 2007 senilai US$9,5 juta.

5. Por**.com
Pada 1997, domain ini dibeli oleh raja domain Rick Schwartz, yang menjadi kaya karena jual beli domain. Schwartz membeli situs itu seharga US$42.000. Dia memilikinya sampai Februari 2015, hingga akhirnya dijual ke perusahaan pornografi dewasa asal Praha, senilai US$8,8 juta.

6. Z.com
Salah satu website dengan nama terpendek di dunia. Dibeli oleh GMO Internet, perusahaan internet terbesar di Jepang, senilai US$6,78 juta, pada 2007. Situs ini sekarang dijadikan platform perdagangan saham online.

7. Slots.com
Bernilai US$5,5 juta. Terjual pada 2010 melalui proses lelang. Pemiliknya sekarang ternyata pengusaha judi asal Kanada, Calvin Ayre.

8. Toys.com
Bernilai US$5,1 juta dan milik retailer mainan ToysRUs. Dibeli pada 2009 dari perusahaan domain di Inggris, Sedo.

9. Clothes.com
Senilai US$4,9 juta, milik perusahaan retail pakaian, Zappos. Perusahaan itu kemudian menjadi milik Amazon pada 2009 dengan nilai akuisisi sekitar US$928 juta.

10. ig.com
Meski hanya memiliki dua huruf, harganya sekitar US$4,7 juta. Dibeli oleh perusahaan lelang asal Inggris, IG Group pada 2012 dari perusahaan mesin pencari asal Brasil, iG.

11. mi.com
Harganya senilai US$3,7 juta dan dimiliki oleh Xiaomi yang dibeli pada 2014 untuk bisa mencapai pasar negara barat. Mi.com memiliki konten produk Xiaomi apa saja, mulai dari ponsel sampai headphone.

12. Whisky.com
Dibeli oleh internet entrepreneur bernama Michael Castello pada 1990an secara gratis. Domain ini kemudian dibeli oleh retailer toko Whisky asal Jerman dengan harga US$1,3 juta pada 2014.
          Scientific theories are really scientific facts        

The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle.

Time to move away from the scientific facts of GMO safety, vaccine safety and efficacy, and whatever else stimulates my brain. Actually, if I were to start a new blog, it would be about baseball, so there’s that. I was watching some nonsense on TV, when the pseudoscience-pushing fool stated that evolution is “just a …

Skeptical Raptor


          Genetically engineered salmon could be coming        
Months after Washington voters rejected an initiative requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods, lawmakers are reviving the GMO debate in Olympia. Lawmakers heard a bill on Friday that would require labeling genetically engineered salmon for sale, even though federal regulators have not yet approved any genetically modified animals for food. “Salmon is such an […]
          March Against Monsanto, against gmo food, for mandatory labeling. March in 52 countries, 436 cities.        
Genetically modified plants are grown from seeds that are engineered to resist insecticides and herbicides, add nutritional benefits or otherwise improve crop yields and increase the global food supply.
Most corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the United States today have been genetically modified. 
But critics say genetically modified organisms can lead to serious health conditions and harm the environment. 
The use of GMOs has been a growing issue of contention in recent years, with health advocates pushing for mandatory labeling of genetically modified products even though the federal government and many scientists say the technology is safe.

NY Pols Reach Across The Aisle To Push GMO Labeling Bill � CBS New York

two bills were introduced in the New York Legislature to mandate that genetically modified food be labeled.
          Something extraordinary is happening in the world, and not many people have noticed        
Most of us haven’t quite realized there’s something extraordinary happening in the world.
We’re so caught up in the demands of daily life, coping with impossible workloads, demanding personal relationships, feelings of alienation and vague constant worry that we seldom pause to question our perspective.
Things are happening too fast, we say. I can’t keep up. Where is it all going to end? There’s so much wrong with the world. But are things so bad? Can you trust your perspective? Is there another perspective? One that says the world is showing signs of positive change.
Here are just five of the many ways the world is getting better that you might not have taken the time to properly consider.
  1. The Internet is creating a global village of informed people
Keeping in mind that the Internet is not in full use across the globe, this most impactful invention has brought many positive changes to our lives.  The Internet gave rise to the Age of Information as people everywhere gain access to kinds of information. Anybody can find out anything, no one needs to be ignorant. In providing a platform for communication, the exchange of information around the globe is fast and continuous. Access to the Internet is showing people that they can improve their conditions, that there are ways to reconcile. It has given a voice to everyone. The Internet has shrunk the world and brought us closer by making others and their circumstances more real through images and videos.
2. A new de-centralized model is halting unabated consumerism
Disillusionment with consumerism (also fuelled by communication on the Internet) has given rise to the sharing economy exemplified by companies like Air BnB and Uber. These companies and others like them, cut costs of services by allowing individuals to directly provide services without the involvement of a third-party, or even the necessity for a place of business.
The sharing economy has people making money, renting out their homes or cars, hitching rides with others and swapping clothes instead of buying new ones or throwing them away. Renting out cars and hitching rides with others means fewer cars are on the road, so air pollution is also being tackled.

Related

  1. A better work model is emerging
People are fed-up with the existing work model and technology is giving them a way out. The general workforce is overworked and overstressed. Many don’t see the value in the work they’re doing or feel undervalued in their current roles. The brave are quitting their jobs to start out on their own. The sharing economy that makes working space available with access to Wi-Fi and other amenities makes setting up your own office without owning one possible. Online platforms like Upwork and Freelancer provide opportunities for people to work remotely and many companies are now allowing their employees to work some days of the week from home.
3. We have access to healthy food again
The madness of GMO foods is coming to an end. According to the Organic Trade Association organic food sales  in the US increase by double digits annually, far outstripping the growth rate of the overall food market. Europe is also showing a double digit growth in the organic food market. Farmers markets are becoming popular again and people are streaming to them to buy real food from local farmers.
Growing awareness of what goes into food has led to consumer pressure that has seen fast food companies like McDonalds lose market share. But, don’t’ stress. Fast food is not going away. There are startups looking at ways to provide us with healthy fast food!
4. We don’t have to be manipulated by mainstream news media anymore
Alternative news media is providing us with news we can trust. Increasingly people interested in knowing what’s really going on, are shunning mainstream news media and turning to alternative news sources. Netizens, suspicious of government sponsored news reports are turning to websites where independent journalists report on issues not covered by mainstream media. This trend has spawned a new wave of investigative journalism that uncovers the truth and publishes it, not edited versions thereof.


          If You’re Still Going to Starbucks, Get Ready to Never Want to Again        
Most people I know are devoted coffee lovers, and enjoy their cup in various forms during the day. However, you should always be careful when choosing your foods and drinks, as they have a huge impact on your well-being.
Starbucks is one of the most popular choices worldwide, but unfortunately, many of their options are too high in sugar, salt, preservatives, and GMOs.
As reported by a spokesperson for Food Democracy Now:
‘In the past two years alone, Starbucks has been a part of a GMA-led coalition that has donated more than $70 million dollars to defeat GMO labeling efforts in California and Washington State.
By opposing GMO labeling, Starbucks has willingly climbed in bed with Monsanto and the GMA and is intentionally misleading customers about their commitment to sustainability and ethical sourcing.’
There are more than 23,000 stores in 64 different countries in the world, so it is a fact that Starbucks significantly affects farmers.
The group had a recent attempt to avoid the labeling of GMO foods as GMO to consumers in California and Washington. Their last attempt to prevent Vermont passing the first such measure two years ago failed, and came into law in July.
Hence, it is stated with Act 120 that all GMO products or ingredients must be labeled, so it is up to the consumer to decide whether he/she will use it. Yet, it is indicated that the sales of such products have decreased significantly.
Yet, in thirty other states, popular companies like Monsanto, Starbucks, and the GMA have successfully quashed legislation at an expense far exceeding $100 million.
Apparently, the milk used in Starbucks comes from factory farmed cows, whose owner in most cases is their partner Monsanto. These cows are kept in terrible conditions, fed with GMO grains, and treated with unnatural antibiotics grains.
Also, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) in 2011 stated that Starbucks used over, ‘93 million gallons of milk per year, enough to fill 155 Olympic-sized swimming pools.’
The ingredients in the various Starbucks drinks pose numerous severe health risks, as explained below:
Sugar Addiction
The recommended daily amount of sugar is 6-9 teaspoons or 24-36 grams, which equates half the amount in a Unicorn Frappuccino.  The excessive consumption of sugar increases the risks of heart disease, cavities, weight gain, high blood pressure, and even death.
Too Much Salt
The high amounts of salt are detrimental in the case of diabetes, high blood pressure, and for the elderly. Salt is also harmful to the kidneys, as they should deal with the additional sodium in the bloodstream.Moreover, extra salt also fills the veins to dilute the sodium in the blood, exposing the circulatory system to an additional pressure, and thus raising the risk of stroke or a heart attack.
Potassium Sorbate
The Unicorn Frappuccino is full of ingredients that contain Potassium Sorbate, which is a preservative that prevents the growth of mold, bacteria, fungi, and yeast.
Yet, if in high amounts, it can cause allergies, and symptoms like congestion, itchy mouth, eyes, throat, and skin, abdominal pain, and a, runny nose.
This preservative might also cause migraines, and their accompanying symptoms, including vomiting, nausea, and sensitivity to light.
Juice Concentrate
This is actually processed fruit juice with an extended shelf life to be easily shipped. Yet, the nutrients from the fresh juice are lost in the process of evaporation and filtration.
It is rich in sugar, sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup which also raises the risk of diabetes and acid reflux disease and irritates ulcers.
Dextrose
It is made from starchy vegetables, which have been converted into monosaccharides, which are essentially sugars. Therefore, it shares numerous adverse effects with sugar and is linked to diabetes, stroke, heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Despite the Unicorn frappuccino, you should also avoid the following unhealthy Starbucks drinks:
  1. Java Chip Frappuccino– This drink has 470 calories, and has milk, mocha sauce, coffee frappuccino syrup, whipped cream, and frappuccino chips.
  2. White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino– A grande cup has 520 calories, and it contains coffee, milk, whipped cream, coffee frappuccino syrup, and white chocolate mocha sauce.
  3. Double Chocolatey Chip Cream Frappuccino – A grande cup has 420 calories, and this drink contains milk, whipped cream, mocha chips, frappuccino syrup, and mocha sauce (its ingredients include sugar, corn syrup, cocoa, high fructose corn syrup, potassium sorbate).
  4. Caramel Coco Cluster Frappuccino– A grande cup adds 450 calories to your diet, and its ingredients include coffee, milk, coffee frappuccino syrup, mocha sauce, whipped cream, coffee, caramel sauce.
  5. Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino– A grande cup has 370 calories, and the drink contains whipped cream, milk, cream frappuccino syrup, strawberry base, and the classic syrup (which is high in sugar, citric acid, and potassium sorbate).
Yet, there are also some healthier options on their menu, which have less than 150 calories, such as:
  1. Cappuccino (91 calories) – It is actually an espresso, heated with soy milk.
  2. Teavana Shaken Black Iced Tea (30 calories) – it is just tea, so you can sweeten it with a bit of sugar.
  3. Caffe Americano (11 calories) –  it is a shot of espresso, topped with hot water.
  4. Caffe Misto with Soy (63 calories) – this drink includes brewed coffee and steamed soy or almond milk.
  5. Teavana Sparkling Berry Sangria Herbal Tea (120 calories)
Sources:


          Open Minds        
Food Evolution takes on the GMO debate G…
          Naked Juice Class Action Settlement Announced - Submit Your Claim         
Naked Juice Class Action Settlement Announced

In 2001, The Naked Juice company was sued for using GMO ingredients and using deceptive labels of "all natural" on their products.  

As the Organic Consumers Association explains:

According to plaintiffs, Naked Juice used soy ingredients that are genetically engineered "by design or by contamination." (Naked Juice doesn't use certified organic or verified non-GMO soy.) Naked Juice intentionally used misleading language to give consumers "the false impression that the beverage's vitamin content is due to the nutritious fruits and juices, rather than added synthetic compounds." And the PepsiCo subsidiary contained a laundry list of synthetic chemicals, including calcium pantothenate (synthetically produced from formaldehyde).

Many are unaware that the owner of Naked Juice is the infamous PepsiCo.  PepsiCo bankrolled the defeat of the "Right to Know" GMO labeling campaign (Prop 37) in California.

As of August 28th and until December 17, 2013, you may be eligible to receive either up to $75 with proof-of-purchase or up to $45 without proof-of-purchase directly from PepsiCo. Any individual who claims to have purchased Naked Juice between the dates of September 27, 2007 to August 19, 2013, even if they have no proof of purchase, can participate in the class action claims and receive up to $45 as part of the settlement.

Many organizations and websites (such as Natural News), including myself, are officially requesting readers who purchased Naked Juice during the time period to file a claim and get your check for up to $45 from PepsiCo.  If you have proof-of-purchase for even more money, even better!  I share the belief with other organizations and websites that although $45 may not seem like a lot of money, if enough people file claims, it will not only cost PepsiCo around $9 million in payouts, it will also send a very powerful message that we as consumers are angry and fed up with being deceived about the products we purchase.

You can file your claim here where you must give your name and address.  Your name should be protected by the courts, but as many know this can not always be guarnteed:
https://www.nakedjuiceclass.com/FileClaim/UnknownClaim

Please only submit legitimate claims.


BOYCOTT NAKED JUICE

Please also consider boycotting Naked Juice and PepsiCo, including their many other bands.  Here is a list of PepsiCo's assets:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_assets_owned_by_PepsiCo  It is important to boycott their products to send a strong message of disapproval.  There is always alternatives to products. If you have trouble finding a replacement product(s), please leave a comment under this post and I will help you out.

Please join the Organic Consumers Association's Naked Juice boycott.  Go here to take action and tell Naked Juice you have joined the boycott: http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50865/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=9033


More actions you can take: 








Take the pledge to boycott Pepsi's dishonest and deceptive brands like Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Tropicana, Frito-Lay, Lays, and Cheetos - and ask Beyonce to end her celebrity endorsement of PepsiCo's junk food empire: here











Tell Naked Juice that you demand a real commitment to honest labeling and that Food Democracy Now! should be the appointed non-profit to this settlement: here







          Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup Including List of Products        
Look at the list of ingredients on one of your drinks or products. I guarantee you will most likely find High Fructose Corn Syrup as one of the ingredients.

HFCS is now commonly found in almost all processed foods, including:
  • soft drinks (Coca-Cola, Pepsi)
  • fruit juices (Snapple, Ocean Spray Cranberry) and canned fruits
  • breakfast cereals (Kellogg’s cornflakes)
  • ice cream and dairy products (Dreyer’s, Yoplait yogurts)
  • cookies and crackers (Nabisco Ritz crackers)
  • soups and sauces (Campbell’s vegetable soup)
  • condiments and salad dressings
  • baking products and baked goods
  • candy bars and gum (PowerBar)
  • jams, jellies and syrup (Smucker’s grape jelly)
  • cough syrups and low-fat diet foods (Robitussin, Vicks)

Food manufacturers embraced High Fructose Corn Syrup because it is cheaper than sucrose (table sugar) and mixes well with a variety of products, including beverages, baked goods, jams and jellies, candies, and dairy products.

Excess fructose intake has been associated with adverse health effects such as:
metabolic syndrome, elevated triglyceride levels, hypertension, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, excess uric acid levels (associated with gout), and elevated levels of advanced glycation end products (linked with aging and complications of diabetes).


Excess fructose intake may contribute to hypertension. High blood pressure is a well-known comorbidity associated with obesity, hyperinsulinemia, and hyperlipidemia

Reasons why you should avoid HCFS:
  • Travels straight to the liver where it is metabolized to fat. Fructose converts to fat more than any other sugar.
  • Contributes to the development of diabetes and tissue damage. A recent study presented at the 2007 national meeting of the American Chemical Society found new evidence that soft drinks sweetened with high fructose corn syrup contains high levels of reactive compounds that have been shown by others to trigger cell and tissue damage that cause diabetes.
  • Does not stimulate insulin production or enhance, leptin, a hormone involved in appetite regulation. Because insulin and leptin act as key signals in regulating how much food you eat, this suggests that dietary fructose may contribute to increased food consumption and weight gain.
  • Contains no enzymes, vitamins or minerals; instead, it takes micro-nutrients from your body. The fructose in HFCS is different from the natural fructose you get when you eat a small piece of whole fruit, which contains the nutrients needed for your body to assimilate sugar.
  • Increases your triglyceride and LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. Triglycerides are the chemical form of fat found in foods and in your body. Studies show that elevated blood levels of triglycerides increases your risk of heart disease.
  • Is almost always made from genetically modified corn, which may increase your risk of developing corn food allergies. The problem with corn allergies are that once you have a corn allergy from GMO corn you will have an allergy to even healthy organic corn products.
  • Corn based products such as HFCS have also been shown to increase osteoporosis, tooth decay, anemia and osteoarthritis.
  • Fructose interacts with birth control pills and can elevate insulin levels in women on the pill.
  • Fructose inhibits copper metabolism leading to a deficiency of copper, which can cause increased bone fragility, anemia, ischemic heart disease and defective connective tissue formation among others.
If you want to lose weight and drastically improve your health, stop drinking soda and processed fruit juices. These beverages are sweetened with almost eight teaspoons of fructose per serving. Drink pure water instead and you will be well on your way to improved health. You should also severely limit your consumption of food that contains high fructose corn syrup.
I advise you to check the ingredients when you are shopping.

Here is a list of products that contain HFCS. **PLEASE NOTE** This list can change. The manufacturers of these products can change their ingredients at any time. I will try to keep up with the list. If you notice a product that has changed, please contact me. If you have products that can be added to the list, please contact me. worldevolved at gmail dot com.

Baking and Cooking ingredients

Kellogg's® Corn Flake Crumbs
Nabisco Oreo Cookie Crumbs
Shake n Bake - Tangy Honey Glaze
Shake n Bake - Honey Mustard Glaze
Stove Top Stuffing - Chicken
Stove Top Stuffing - Cornbread
Stove Top Stuffing - Homestyle Herb
Stove Top Stuffing - Pork
Stove Top Stuffing - Turkey

Beverages:

A&W Root Beer
Capri-Sun Iced Tea
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Fruit Punch
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Grape
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Lemonade
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Mountain Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Orange
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Pacific Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Red Berry
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Splash Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Strawberry
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Strawberry/Kiwi
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Surfer Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Tropical Punch
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Wild Cherry
Capri-Sun Refreshers - Orange Dragonfruit
Capri-Sun Refreshers - Rasberry Passionfruit
Capri-Sun Refreshers - Strawberry/Kiwi
Capri-Sun Refreshers - Tropical Fruit
Capri-Sun Sport Drink - Berry Ice
Capri-Sun Sport Drink - Clear Cherry Chill
Capri-Sun Sport Drink - Light Speed Lemon Lime
Capri-Sun Sport Drink - Orange Edge
Capri-Sun Sport Drink - Thunder Punch
Coca-Cola
Darigold Chocolate Milk
Hanson's All-Natural Soda (all flavors)
Hanson's Tonic Water
Jones Soda
Newman's Own Pink Lemonade
Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
Orangenia
Pepsi
PowerAde
Snapple -Cranberry Raspberry Juice Drink
Sprite
Starbucks' Frappuccino
Thomas Kemper Soda's
Tropicana OrangeAde
Tropicana Smoothies
Village Lemonade

Breads:

Brownberry Breads
Pepperidge Farm's line of 100% whole grain breads
Sara Lee Heart Healthy Whole Grain Bread.
Thomas English Muffins
Wonderbread

Breakfast Cereals

Kellogg's Frosted Rice Krispies®
Kellogg's Tony's Cinnamon Krunchers™
Kellogg's Corn Flakes®
Kellogg's Frosted Flakes®
Kellogg's Smorz®
Kellogg's Special K® Red Berries
Kellogg's All-Bran® Bran Buds®
Kellogg's All-Bran® Extra Fiber
Kellogg's All-Bran® Original
Kellogg's Apple Jacks®
Kellogg's Cinnamon Crunch Crispix™
Kellogg's Cocoa Krispies®
Kellogg's Complete® Oat Bran Flakes
Kellogg's Complete® Wheat Bran Flakes
Kellogg's Fruit Harvest™ Strawberry Blueberry
Kellogg's Honey Crunch Corn Flakes®
Kellogg's Kellogg's Crunchy Blends™ Just Right® Fruit & Nut
Kellogg's Kellogg's Crunchy Blends™ Low Fat Granola without Raisins
Kellogg's Kellogg's Crunchy Blends™ Low Fat Granola With Raisins
Kellogg's Mini-Wheats® Frosted Bite Size
Kellogg's Mini-Wheats® Frosted Original
Kellogg's Mini-Wheats® Strawberry
Kellogg's Crunchy Blends™ Mueslix® with Raisins, Dates & Almonds
Kellogg's Product 19®
Kellogg's Raisin Bran
Kellogg's Raisin Bran Crunch®
Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats® Cereal
Kellogg's Rice Krispies®
Kellogg's Smart Start® Antioxidants
Kellogg's Smart Start® Soy Protein
Kellogg's Special K®
Kellogg's Special K® Vanilla Almond
Kellogg's Fruit Harvest™ Peach Strawberry
Kellogg's SpongeBob SquarePants™ Cereal
Kellogg's Corn Flakes® with Real Bananas
Kellogg's Spider-man™ Spidey-Berry Cereal
Kellogg's Kellogg's Frosted Flakes® 1/3 Less Sugar
Kellogg's Special K® low carb lifestyle
Kellogg's Fruit Harvest™ Banana Berry
Kellogg's Disney Pixar Finding Nemo™ Cereal
Kellogg's All-Bran™ Bars Honey Oat
Kellogg's All-Bran™ Bars Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Kellogg's Disney Pixar The Incredibles™
Kellogg's Tiger Power
Kellogg's Smart Start® Healthy Heart
Kellogg's Disney Lilo & Stitch™
Kellogg's Special K® Fruit & Yogurt
Kellogg's Mini Swirlz™ Fudge Ripple
Kellogg's Toasted Honey Crunch™
Kellogg's Cran-Vanilla Crunch™
Post Blueberry Morning Cereal

Breakfast Pastries

Eggo® Pancakes Buttermilk
Eggo® Waf-Fulls™ Blueberry
Eggo® Waf-Fulls™ Strawberry

Candy Bars:

Hershey's Watchamacallit
Lifesavers - Butter Rum
Lifesavers - Chill-o-mints
Lifesavers - Cryst-o-mint
Lifesavers - Five Flavor Value Pack
Lifesavers - Hard Candy Sours
Lifesavers - Sours
Lifesavers - Tropical Fruits
Lifesavers - Wild Berries
Lifesavers - Wild Cherry
Optimum Opti-Pro Meal Lite Bar
PowerBar

Condiments:

Miracle Whip

Cookies and Cakes:

Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats® Squares Caramel Chocolatey Chunk
Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats® Squares Original
Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats® Squares Rainbow
Kellogg's Cereal & Milk Bars Frosted Flakes®
Kellogg's Cereal & Milk Bars Cocoa Krispies®
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Hot Fudge Sundae
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Spider-man™ Spidey-Berry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Apple Cinnamon
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Blueberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Chocolate Chip
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Blueberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Cherry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Chocolate Fudge
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Chocolate Vanilla Creme
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Grape
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Raspberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted S'Mores
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Strawberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Wild Berry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Low Fat Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Star Wars™ Frosted Lava Berry Explosion
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Caramel Chocolate
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Cookies & Creme
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Cinnamon Roll
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Low Fat Frosted Chocolate Fudge
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Low Fat Frosted Strawberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Strawberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Yogurt Blasts Blueberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Yogurt Blasts Strawberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® French Toast
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® SpongeBob SquarePants™ Wild Bubble-Berry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® The Incredibles Incrediberry Blast
Nabisco Barnum's Animal Crackers
Nabsico Chips Ahoy
Nabisco Fig Newtons
Nabisco Fig Newtons - Fat Free
Nabisco Fig Newtons - Whole Grain
Nabisco Honey Maid Graham Crackers
Nabisco Lorna Dornes
Nabisco Nilla Wafers
Nabisco Nutter Butter
Nabisco Mallomars
Nabisco Oreo Cookies
Nabisco Snackwells - Creme Sandwich
Nabisco Teddy Grahams
Nutri-Grain Twists™ Apple Cobbler
Nutri-Grain Twists™ Cappuccino & Creme
Nutri-Grain Twists™ Strawberry Cheesecake
Nutri-Grain® Muffin Bars Banana
Nutri-Grain® Muffin Bars Cinnamon Raisin
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Apple Cinnamon
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Blueberry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Cherry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Mixed Berry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Raspberry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Strawberry
Nutri-Grain® Chewy Granola Bars Honey Oat & Raisin
Nutri-Grain® Chewy Granola Bars Chocolatey Chunk
Nutri-Grain® Chewy Granola Bites Chocolatey Chip
Nutri-Grain® Minis Yogurt Icing Blueberry
Nutri-Grain® Minis Yogurt Icing Strawberry
Nutri-Grain® Yogurt Bars Strawberry Yogurt
Nutri-Grain® Yogurt Bars Vanilla Yogurt
Nutri-Grain® Muffin Bars Blueberry
Nutri-Grain® Chewy Granola Bites Caramel Nut Crunch
Grandma's Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies
100 Calorie Snack Packs

Crackers:

Kraft Cheese Nips
Nabisco Harvest Crisps - Wheat Thins 5 Grain
Nabisco Ritz Bits - Peanut Butter
Nabisco Ritz Bits - Graham Cracker S'mores
Nabisco Ritz Chips - Cheddar - Oven-Toasted Crunch
Nabisco Ritz Crackers
Nabisco Ritz Crackers - Low Sodium
Nabisco Sociables
Nabisco Wheat Thins
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Baked
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Low Sodium
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Multi-Grain
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Ranch
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Reduced Fat
100 Calorie Snack Packs

Dairy:

Breakstones Cottage Cheese & Toppings - Peach
Breakstones Cottage Cheese & Toppings - Pineapple
Breyer's Yogurt -Fruit on the Bottom - Strawberry Lowfat
Cool Whip
Cool Whip - Extra-Creamy
Cool Whip - Lite
Knudsen - Cottage Double (Peach)
Knudsen - Cottage Double (Pineapple)
Knudsen - Cottage Double (Strawberry)
Yoplait Yogurts

Drink Mixers:
Saratoga Salsa Bloody Mare Mix (spelling is correct)
El Paso Chili Key Lime Margarita Mix

Fruits and Vegetables:

B&M Original Baked Beans
Contadina Tomato Paste
Claussen Pickles - Bread and Butter Chips
Claussen Pickles - Kosher Dill Burger Slices
Claussen Pickles - Sweet Gherkins
Claussen Pickle Relish
Del Monte canned petite diced tomatoes with italian seasonings
Del Monte Fruit Naturals Red Grapefruit
Heinz Pickle Relish
Mott's Applesauce
Mt. Olive Sweet Relish
Mt. Olive Bread and Butter Pickles
Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Ice Creams

Ben & Jerry's - Chubby Hubby (HFCS and Transfat!)
Ben & Jerry's - Cherry Garcia
Ben & Jerry's - Neapolitan Dynamite
Ben & Jerry's - Cherry Garcia Body & Soul
Ben & Jerry's - Cherry Garcia Low Fat Frozen Yogurt Pints
Ben & Jerry's - Cherry Garcia Original Ice Cream Singles
Dreyer's - Girl Scouts Samoas Cookie Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Almond Praline Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Cherry Chocolate Chip Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Cherry Vanilla Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Cookies 'N Cream Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Dulce de Leche Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Nestle Toll House Cookie Swirl Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Spumoni Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Toffee Bar Crunch Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Turtle Sundae Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Ultimate Caramel Cup Grand Ice Cream

Jams, Jellies, and Syrups

Eggo™ Syrup Original Syrup
Eggo™ Syrup Buttery Syrup
Eggo™ Syrup Lite Syrup
Hershey's Chocolate Syrup
Knott's Boysenberry preserves
Smucker's Grape Jelly

Meats

Oscar Meyer Pickle and Pimento Loaf

Pastries

Nabisco Nilla Wafer Pie Crust
Nabisco Oreo Pie Crust
Jello No-Bake - Chips Ahoy
Jello No-Bake - Oreo
Pepperidge Farm's Puff Pastry sheets

Salad Dressings:

Emeril's Italian Vinegrette
Kraft Salad Dressing - Light done Right Creamy French
Kraft Salad Dressing - Thousand Island Fat Free
Maple Grove Farms Caesar Fat Free
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing - Hot n Spicy
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing - Light
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing - Light Super Easy Squeeze
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing - Non-fat
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing - Super Easy Squeeze
Wishbone Ranch Dressing
Wish-Bone Classic Caesar

Sauces:

A1 Steak Sauce Marinade - Cajun
A1 Steak Sauce Marinade - Chicago
A1 Steak Sauce Marinade - Teriyaki
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce - Honey Smoke
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce - Smokehouse Hickory
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce - Sweet Hickory Smoke
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce - Texas Style Mesquite
Crazy Jerry's Alotta Bull BBQ Sauce - Torrid Toro (Hot
Holy Smoke - Sticky Wings Glaze
Holy Smoke - Bar B Q Glaze
Jim Beam Steak Sauce
Jim Beam Herb & Garlic Gourmet Marinade
Jim Beam Lemon & Herb Gourmet Marinade
Kraft Barbecue Sauce
Penn State Nittany Lions Lime Grilling Sauce
Pork Rubbers Original Competition BBQ Sauce
Tuttorosso Marinara
Tuttorosso Three Cheese
Tuttorosso Traditional
Tuttorosso Flavored With Meat
Tuttorosso Mushroom
Tuttorosso Tomato & Basil
Tuttorosso Tomato, Olive & Garlic
Virginia Gentleman Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Snacks:

Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese Strawberry Cheesecake Bar
Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese Chocolate covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bar
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - All Star Burgers
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - All-star Hot Dogs
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Chicken Dunks
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Chicken Strips
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Cracker Stackers
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Nachos
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Peanut Butter Pile-ups
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Pizza
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Pizza Dunks
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Pizza Pile-ups
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Pizza Stix
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Pizza Swirls
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Tacos
100 Calorie Snack Packs

Soups:
Campbells Vegatable soup (in microwaveable bowl)

More info:
Graph that shows the link between Obesity and High Fructose Corn Syrup: here
**List of products that do not contain High Fructose Corn Syrup: here
Heat Forms Potentially Harmful Substance, Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), In High Fructose Corn Syrup: article



          Spomlek wprowadza program NON GMO        
Dyskusja o szkodliwości GMO toczy się w środowisku spożywczym już od dawna, a konsumenci coraz głośniej domagają się naturalnych produktów spożywczych. Naprzeciw tym oczekiwaniom wychodzi Spomlek, który będzie skupować mleko wyprodukowane w oparciu o pasze NON GMO.
          0109 Gardening, farrowing and why the Non GMO Project might just be a joke        
This weeks updates are all over the place after skipping 2 weeks of episodes!  We talk about moving the pigs to their farrowing paddock, moving the egg laying chickens to fresh pasture and how the weather this spring has changed things a bit. We talk about the vegetable gardens and the progress of potting up plants in the greenhouse as well as some of the first plants of the season being planted in the garden itself.  Not having a full season CSA this year has made both the farmers a lot more relaxed and we had a chance to really enjoy our big annual nursery auction. We talk about the new firearm on the farm and why we chose what we did for "on farm carry".  We also discuss the joining of a fruit CSA and what we hope to get out of a CSA as customers! In this Farm U we talk about the science behind testing for the presence of GMO's in your food and the results that show that the folks at the Non GMO Project http://www.nongmoproject.org/product-verification/process/ appear to have yet another "pay for" certification that appears to mean absolutely nothing to the consumer.
          069 Preparing for hog farrowing, farm interns, GMO's that are good for you        
This week we talk about our new YouTube series we will be publishing over the next several months called "Five Minutes on the Farm".  We set up some new fencing for the pigs and Andy longs for more permanent fences on the farm. We are getting ready for piglet farrowing in the next week and we talk a little about the new pig waterer we built. We briefly stop by the veggie patch to talk gardening and asparagus and raspberry plants. The CoopCast Community has a followup on the "Milk Rant" from CoopCast 067 and the listener response in CoopCast 068.  We also respond to a suggestion from a listener regarding farm tours and interns. This weeks concludes with a Rumination about GMO's.  We challenge the listener to consider that the concept of a GMO is not categorically bad - there are some really good things that come from GMO's in the world and we touch on a few of them.
          068 Vegetable Gardening begins, a top secret farming project, how to find GMO's in your food        
Things around the farm have been getting busy as the vegetable gardening season is off to is start.  Finally we have the peas planted - sugar snap and snow so far.  We have also been picking from the asparagus patch and enjoying some fresh spring vegetables. We talk about a trip to the Amish greenhouse and Amish WalMart.  At the same time we have been fighting rats in the barn with increasing urgency as we are just a few weeks away from chicks and poults brooding in the barn.Then in the CoopCast Community we tease a little bit about the fact we are building something that we hope will really help out on the farm...  to see what it is check out our Facebook page.  We talk about some "quiet criticism" our last CoopCast received and rant a little.  We also answer Luke's question about owning vs buying pigs for meat production.Finally we conclude with a Farm U all about GMO's and the testing of food for the presence of genetically modified organisms.  This segment is not opinion or discussion based noise about GMO's rather a factual "from the lab" discussion of how Dr. Farmer Kelli is actually testing foods for GMO corn and soy.
          045 Farm prepping for a hurricane, a GMO documentary, eating nutrient dense foods        
Farming Updates in what seems like a farming soap opera: We were away from our farm when hurricane Sandy came through Being prepared for disasters Lessons from this event Here's the headlamp we talked about In the CoopCast Community  Response to a blog post about the cost of raising pigs  GMO discussion feedback  Ernest shared a link to a documentary on GMOs Melanie shared her dream product - Andy's Boar in a Bottle In this weeks Farmers Choice : People always talk about wanting to "eat healthy" but what does that really mean?  How do you really measure healthy? Eating healthy and the definition Nutrient dense food and the difference
          Convenience Food        
With all this healthier eating and preparing all food at home, we are going through a lot of produce lately, and with the end of bicycling season (as far as I'm concerned), we have a hard time getting all the organic produce we like.  I/we spent all summer biking all over town buying produce, and hitting all the farmers markets, as the grocery store near our house doesn't carry much.  Pretty surprising, considering it's a Metro, considering the area, and the size of the store.  As the summer was ending, I wasn't too sure what we would do.  I heard of these organic produce delivery services a long time ago, and started to think about perhaps joining once Fall came.  A couple weeks ago we decided we should just do it.

I did my research, and checked out a few websites of different companies.  In the end, I went with Mama Earth Organics.  I found their online ordering system to be the easiest, and most flexible.  The premise behind most produce delivery services, is that you can select a size of bin (usually small, couple, larger family) which contains pre-selected fruits and vegetables for a fixed price.  You are permitted to make substitutions for items you don't want.  That bin will be delivered to you weekly, or bi-weekly, or once a month, if you choose.  It's a great idea!  On your doorstep when you get home will be your bin of fresh, local, organic produce.  Instead of the pre-selected bins, I chose to simply select everything I wanted from their entire list of produce and create my own bin.  You can choose how many of an item you would like - 4 apples, 2 onions, etc.  Other items like carrots and apples also come in 2 or 3 lb bags.  They also have dairy items, coffees and teas, oils, spreads and syrups, breads, snacks, and much more.  

We have been getting this service for 3 weeks now and it's just fantastic!  It saves us so much time running all over the place to buy produce.  The produce is excellent!  Most of it is local in Ontario, and some is from BC or Mexico (in the case of avocados).  We are able to have an entire weeks' produce brought to our home for the same prices at the grocery store.  We couldn't be happier with this service.

I've also been searching for a while for an "affordable" source of good quality, healthy meat.  I use the word "affordable" very loosely, because organic meat is insanely expensive.  We bought 2 organic bone-in chicken breasts once from The Healthy Butcher for $23.00!  We had been buying a 4 pack of frozen chicken breasts from Rowe Farms for $15.99, so The Healthy Butcher's prices were pretty painful.  The problem with Rowe Farms though, is that their feed is not organic, so the animals there are getting GM corn and soy.  This is the answer I received from Rowe Farms with respect to the feed:
"The GMO issue is a real concern for us as well.  The problem we face is that with cross pollination and cross contamination the most confident determination of GMO content is a DNA profile.  An expensive test that is very rarely performed.  Today, we cannot make any claims regarding GMO free food for our animals.  As a policy, we try to minimize the exposure our animals have to highly GM crops, such as corn and soya.  This issue is on our radar and we are working on a solution.  I wish I had better news to share with you.

I would recommend products such as our lamb and 100% grass fed beef as great alternatives if you are trying to avoid animals that have been fed GM feeds.  The Tamworth pork that we sell in our stores (you could speak with one of our store managers for details) is another item where we are working with feed companies to produce a proprietary blend of forage and thus minimizing GMO exposure such as corn."
Also, the chickens aren't really living a true free-range life in a pasture, picking at grass and insects, and eating grains only if they so choose (though their lives are certainly miles better than grocery store factory farmed chicken).  According to the Rowe Farms website:
"Our chicken and turkeys are free-run in well-protected barns in order to keep them safe (which means they do not live in cramped cages).  Although our chickens live indoors, we provide them with advanced lighting, which replicates the natural cycles of an outdoor environment.  A temperature and air quality system ensures they are raised in a stress-free environment."
At least the meat from Rowe Farms is antibiotic and hormone free, which is a huge priority for me.  I think that Rowe Farms has done something fantastic for consumers: making healthier meat financially possible for lots of people.  The price point for that 4-pack of chicken breasts I mentioned is hugely competitive with the grocery store. 

So, the goal has been to find "affordable" meat, preferably grass-fed beef and pastured chicken, that isn't necessarily organic, but naturally raised.  Raised with no antibiotics or hormones, on land not sprayed with pesticides and chemicals, and raised with no GMO grains.

I've checked out several options.  Beretta Farms has excellent meat, including grass-fed beef in the Fall and Winter.  But they too are insanely expensive.  I have been working with my gym to find a local farm to order meat from (Jeremy thinks it's hilarious that I can get meat at the gym).  I've also been doing my own research.

I have finally found a source of meat that meets all my criteria:  Brooker's Natural Meats.  This evening they delivered a $200 sampler pack to us, and we have now filled our freezer with some really excellent looking, good quality meat.

Brooker's is located in Schomberg, Ontario, not too far from Toronto, and they deliver to various areas on different days - Toronto is every Tuesday.  I get the impression that Brooker's deals with several local area farms and distributes their meat (based on this, from their website: "Our meats are selected from only premium local Ontario farms").  I find their prices are excellent, and the sampler we bought is just a great deal, allowing us to try a huge variety of their meats!  Their cows are 100% grass-fed, and the chickens are pastured, where they eat alfalfa and insects, having access to a grain feeder with non-GMO grain, only if they choose to eat it.

To my dear friend Jordan, who loves piglets, and whose heart is understandably breaking over this ChooseVeg campaign:


this is what I found on Brooker's website:
"We are proud that the focus of our stringent protocols is on the well-being of animals and the sustainability of independent local Ontario farms.  Not only is it the humane alternative to confinement and cages, it is our belief the result of this care produces pork that is unequalled in taste."
I am seeking further information from the pig farmer directly regarding the treatment of the pigs and piglets, and I will post an update in the Comments section at the end of this post.  That said, I completely support her in her journey to rediscover a vegetarian lifestyle, if she so chooses.  For those of you who don't know, the pork that you get in the grocery store is the result of a pretty terrible life.  Pigs are treated like absolute garbage.  This is from the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals:
"Sow stalls are metal barred cages about 2 feet wide by 7 feet long. Female breeding pigs (called “sows”) are confined to these tiny stalls for their entire life. The stalls are so small the sow cannot turn around. Instead, her movement is limited to one step forward or one step back. She must eat, sleep, urinate and defecate in this tiny space. The waste falls through slatted concrete floors to a pool of raw sewage underneath her.

Over 1,440,000 sows are raised in Canada – the vast majority in stalls. Almost 320,000 sows are kept in Manitoba, which has Canada’s fastest growing hog industry. The problem is getting worse. Canada’s hog industry continues to expand and most new sow barns are equipped with sow stalls.

The 1997 Report of the European Union’s Scientific Veterinary Committee, The Welfare of Intensively Kept Pigs, pulled no punches in its condemnation of sow stalls. It stated that sow stalls presented “serious welfare problems” and “Sows prefer not to be confined in a small space.” Furthermore, the report added that “(the committee) find(s) the confinement offensive.”

Just before the sow is due to give birth, she is moved to another restraining device – the farrowing crate – where she gives birth and nurses her young through metal bars. After anywhere from 10 to 21 days of nursing, her piglets are removed and the process is repeated all over again, pregnancy after pregnancy.

An alternative to sow stalls is group housing. Group housing, where groups of pregnant sows can roam around barns with suitable bedding material, such as straw, is a good alternative. The agriculture industry argues that keeping pigs together results in problems, such as fighting and aggression, and mother pigs crushing their piglets, but these problems only result when animals are overcrowded. With proper management and animal care, group housing is easily possible. This type of housing is being used successfully by hog producers in Canada and elsewhere around the world.

Typically, a sow has about 2.2 pregnancies a year, producing 19 to 22 pigs annually. A sow has an average of only three litters before her productivity wanes and she is sent to slaughter at an age of 24 to 30 months. Sows that are no longer productive are termed “cull sows.” Due to prolonged confinement, lack of exercise and the fact that pigs have been bred for large size, culls sows often experience lameness, foot injuries, weakened bones and painful abrasions. When sent to slaughter, pigs that have difficulty walking or navigating the transport ramps are too often roughly handled and outright abused. Electric prods, despite being discouraged by animal welfare scientists, are over-used, causing pigs to go down (“downers” are animals that are unable to stand or walk)."
Another great thing about getting meat from local farms is that they would not have to be transported for tremendous distances to be slaughtered.  See this page, again from the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals.

Please also see this page from CCFR regarding battery cages for egg-laying hens. 

Anyway, the meat from Brooker's Natural Meats arrived in soft cooler bags, frozen in packages, ready to go in the freezer.  We were blown away by the amazing quality, and sheer amount of meat.  Included in the order were several different cuts of giant, expensive steaks and huge chicken breasts, real quality sausages (chicken and pork), chicken burgers, top sirloin burgers, stewing beef, ground beef, pork chops, and bacon and beef hot dogs with no added nitrates (I upgraded each of these at a cost of $1.00, from the ones that did have nitrates).  There's enough variety in our freezer to keep us eating happily for weeks.  I totally didn't think it would fit in the freezer well, but it did, with room to spare.  I can't believe how excited I am about this meat!

Our lives have really become much easier with these two delivery services.  We barely have to step foot in a grocery store anymore, and we're getting excellent quality organic produce and healthy, natural meat at a phenomenal price, brought right to our doorstep.

Convenience food doesn't have to look like this:


It can look like this instead:


and this:


Yup, I'm pretty happy with our choices! :D  If you are interested in these services and have any questions, please feel free to ask.

~C.

          Detox Time!        
It's getting to be that time of year, I hate to break it to you.  It's getting darker a little earlier, and we're pulling the duvet out of the closet because it's feeling cooler at night.  We know the leaves will start changing soon, and a new season is upon us.

This is the time of year when some of us start to nestle in at home more often and think about cleaning up our act.  For me, there's something about September that signifies a new start, and I think it has something to do with that feeling of starting school each Fall, with a fresh new school year ahead.  I love that feeling!

I will be doing a Fall detox like I usually do.  It's time to stop drinking for a few weeks, get back to the gym, and really watch what I eat.  I did a detox in the Spring, and felt great.

When looking for a detox or cleanse to do, be aware that there is A LOT of garbage out there, unnatural, and full of chemicals, stimulants, and preservatives.  When I was searching for a cleanse, it was really important to me that it was as natural as possible, gluten free, caffeine/stimulant free, and vegan.  I also wanted something fairly easy and low maintenance, like a meal replacement system.  I ended up finding everything I was looking for in Kaeng Raeng, a company in California started by a young woman who was seeking the same kind of healthy system I was.....so she created it herself.  There really isn't another system like it.

With Kaeng Raeng, you have a juice/smoothie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and eat all the fresh, raw fruits and vegetables you want throughout the day.  The cleanse comes in 3 day packs or 6 day packs, and in three levels (Beginner, Veteran, Master).  Each packet is nutritionally complete, containing more than a full serving of fruit and fiber, 15g of lean non-GMO protein, 2 billion live probiotic cultures, essential amino acids, and daily vitamins.  You don't feel at all hungry on this cleanse, as the juices are quite filling, plus you're eating lots of fruits and veggies.  I just wish they didn't use soy protein.

I chose the 6-day Beginner cleanse.  You receive 3 packets for each day, one of each of flavour (Juu Juu - "Into the Blue" - blueberry, blackberry banana; Reunn - "Joyful" - strawberry raspberry pineapple; and Glai Roong - "Daybreak" - mango peach pineapple).  You simply add the contents of one packet to 24-32 oz water, and shake well.  You can also choose to make a smoothy out of it.  I stayed just with water, as I wanted to keep it simple.  I also knew I'd be getting plenty of fruit in my diet already.  As well, ensure that you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day, at least 60 oz, as you'll be taking in a lot of fibre, and fibre needs water.



Everything went really well!  I lost around 5 lbs in 6 days, and I felt pretty light and healthy by the end of it.  In terms of my experiences during the detox, I didn't really feel hungry, but I still craved junk food from time to time.  Overall, I didn't struggle too much.  I just made a decision that I was doing this detox, and I was going to stick with it.  I even endured two work lunches at a breakfast restaurant, and managed not to go bonkers while I ate plain salad or fruit salad, watching everyone eating pancakes, eggs, and bacon.  I was a bit low on energy for the first day or two, but that levelled off.  In terms of detox symptoms, I have a slightly delicate digestive system, and I probably wasn't getting enough fibre prior to taking this product, so on the first day, let's just say my digestive system really "came alive."

The 6-day beginner cleanse is $109.00 (US, I think), plus tax.  But if you check out Kaeng Raeng on Facebook there are always promos like 10% or 15% off.  I got mine for 15% off, and I think it came to just $80.  Way cheaper than a lot of cleanses you'll find out there, and much, much better quality, and WAY healthier for you.  At the time I ordered mine, they didn't have shipping outside of the U.S.  Luckily, a friend of mine was living down there, and was coming home to visit, so I had it shipped to her, and she was kind enough to bring it back to me (thanks, Deanna!!!).  Apparently they will have international shipping starting around October, so I'm really excited for that.  I will definitely be placing an order soon.

If you're hoping to do a detox this Fall, and you're looking for something healthier and natural, I encourage you to check out Kaeng Raeng.  Read some other reviews and decide for yourself.  And let me know how it goes!

          Russian struggle against GMO feed hurts meat business        

Russian sanitary watchdog Rospotrebnadzor plans to improve the country’s control over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the domestic food and feed market, according to a government plan on food quality improvement.


          GMO Labeling and Consumer Preferences        
Gregory Meyer reported yesterday at The Financial Times Online that, “Cargill, one of the world’s biggest wholesale food suppliers, has bowed to consumer trends by offering its first products with a seal of approval from the leading US verifier of products free of bioengineering.” The FT article explained that, “On Thursday, Cargill said it had […]
          Honors Scholars to Host GMO Food Debate        
On Wednesday, December 11, honors scholars enrolled in 301H will host a public debate during common hour (12:30 - 1:30pm) in 113 Main. The debate relates to the current theme of the Honors Program, which is sustainability. GMO (genetically modified organism) foods are quite controversial, and we have all heard much about them, but are they helpful or harmful with respect to sustainability? This is precisely the topic at hand.

The first team of scholars will argue that GMOs are more viable than non-genetically modified organisms because they play an important role in increasing sustainability, provide additional health benefits, and have positive environmental impacts.

The second team of scholars will argue that GMOs are not required for food sustainability. GMOs are not a necessary evil; they have some negative attributes which outweigh the benefits for food sustainability.

What do you think? Stop by, and you may learn something that changes your mind!


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          Non-GMO news bytes        


          Comment on Navdanya Launches NO to GMO Banana Campaign by Bill Gates is funding Dr Dale in Queensland University of Technology, Australia, to develop genetically engineered bananas and transfer them to India. | Say no 2 GMO        
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          U.S. Eyes Syngenta’s Acquisition with Caution        
While ChemChina’s acquisition of Syngenta has been applauded by many, a top agricultural officer in the U.S. has raised his concerns over the deal stating that it might impact the global food security as China supports the genetically modified organisms made by the U.S. The deal is being seen as Beijing’s strategic move to strengthen its agricultural technologies as well as to address its food security concerns. Syngenta is largely present in the U.S. fertilizers and seeds market and hence, being scrutinized by Washington and is subjected to a voluntary national security review. Tom Vilsack, the U.S. agricultural secretary has been open about his concerns regarding the ChemChina-Syngenta deal and its impact on the U.S. competition for the Chinese market. He has further stressed about his fears regarding the treatment of innovation and biotechnology in China where politics plays an important role in shaping up of the market. Would Syngenta Receive Preferential Treatment in China? Syngenta is a global leader in the production of genetically modified seeds for crops such as soybeans, corn, and sugar beets. In the past couple of years, a number of fertilizers and seeds manufacturers such as Monsanto and Syngenta have struggled to get approval from the Chinese authorities to distribute genetically modified seeds across Mainland China and import crops grown from them. Interestingly, Chinese authorities have recently approved three of the twelve GMO varieties submitted for approval. Industry experts as well as the U.S. officials have pointed out that the deal is a way to protect China’s domestic biotech industry that is still at its infancy. In recent years, a number of Chinese nationals have been arrested for trying to steal GM corn and other seeds. Some officials have also stated that the approval of the Syngenta deal would lead to the Swiss company’s products getting preferential treatment in China, thereby negatively affecting the Chinese competitors.

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          Demand for Nutritional Snacks Leads Market Players to Innovate their Offerings        
Snacks refer to foods that can be prepared and served within a short span of time. While taking snacks, taste and health consideration are the two most important factors noticed by consumers. In the past couple of years, the fast food market has grown extensively. The global snack food manufacturing market is primarily driven by the growing trend of nuclear family, changing food habits, and rise in disposable income. However, the growing prevalence of obesity across many countries, coupled with regulations regarding procurement of vegetables, meat, and other raw materials will restrain the growth of the market in the coming years. Asia Pacific Driving Demand for Snack Foods Some of the key players in the global snack food manufacturing market are Kellogg Company, ConAgra Food Inc., Frito Lay’s, Nestle USA Inc., and Cadbury Schweppes Plc. Though Europe and North America have been the leading regions in the market, the dominance of a few market players has saturated these regional markets. Developing economies across Asia Pacific have propelled the demand for snack foods. Rapid urbanization in the region has led people prefer fast and healthy snacks for their breakfast and lunch.  Halfpops Introduces Gluten-Free Popcorns with No Preservatives and Artificial Colours While demand for healthy snacks with high protein content has been driving the market, the key market players are expanding their offerings by introducing new flavours. Companies are investing in identifying the new flavours liked by consumers. Halfpops, a popular popcorn snack manufacturer has introduced three new flavour offerings with refreshed product packaging and increased distribution. Further, to enhance the nutritional content, the popcorns are not fried and are made up of non-GMO crop. They are nut-free, gluten-free, and contain no preservatives or corn syrup or artificial flavours or hydrogenated oils. 

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          Vitamin Supplements: Formulations Derived from GMO Crops Raise Concerns        
Rapidly rising healthcare costs and increasing consumer awareness about vitamin supplements have boosted the growth of the global vitamin supplements market. Growing usage of vitamin in the form of gummies by children, along with surging demand for vitamin supplements across elderly population across the globe has further propelled the growth of the market. However, changing regulatory scenario and negative publicity about vitamin supplements will restrain the overall market growth.  Geriatric Population Drives the Demand for Vitamin Supplements On the basis of product type, the global vitamin supplements market has been segmented into vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin D, multivitamins and others. Growing geriatric population has boosted the demand for vitamin D supplements as elderly people tend to suffer from vitamin D deficiency. According to end-users, the global vitamin supplements market has been categorized into adult women, adult men, senior citizens, and others. The demand for vitamin supplements from the senior citizens segment is significantly high. In terms of application, the global vitamin supplements market has been segmented into personal care, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and others. The demand for vitamin supplements for pharmaceutical applications is considerably high. Are Vitamin Supplements Really Safe? Lately, there have been speculations regarding the formulations in the vitamin supplements being derived from GMO crops. Popular vitamin supplements such as Vitamin C are usually extracted from corn- one of the leading GMO crops across the United States. It is estimated that about 80-95% of the entire corn produced in the U.S. is genetically modified. With growing concerns about the long-term effects of GMO crops on human body, it is obvious that consumers will be perturbed with this knowledge that the vitamin supplements they are taking have formulations extracted from the GMO crops.

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          Changing Dietary Patterns to Impact Global Fungicides Market        
The global fungicides market is projected to expand significantly in the coming few years. The market is driven by several factors. The booming global population is having a positive impact on the global fungicides market. This has led to rising food security concerns, which has driven the demand for fungicides. In addition to this, the global fungicides market is also driven by the demand for yield improving agrochemicals such as pesticides and fungicides. Moreover, the increasing global demand for fungicides in non-crop applications will also benefit the market. The global fungicides market is impacted significantly by the shifting consumer preferences. Two key consumer preferences are shaping the growth of the market. Let us look at these in detail. Rising Preference for Fruits and Vegetables Around the world, the demand for fruits and vegetables has grown by leaps and bound. The rising awareness about the health benefits of fruits and vegetables has increased their demand. Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients and help maintain health and also prevent several illnesses. Furthermore, eating more fruits and vegetables also helps to lose weight. This rising awareness among consumers regarding benefits of fruits and vegetables is driving their demand massively in both developed and developing countries. This has led to higher production of fruits and vegetables and, in turn, fuelled demand for pesticides. By application, the global fungicides market is divided into fruits and vegetables, oilseeds and pulses, cereals and grains, and others. In 2014, the global fungicides market was dominated by the fruits and vegetables segment. Rising Preference for Non-GMO Foods The growing awareness among consumers regarding GMO foods has led to a rising demand for non-genetically modified foods. This is restraining the global fungicides market. Consumers in several developed markets are demanding for organic produce, which is free from any pesticides or fungicides. These consumer trends are challenging the global fungicides market by a great extent. Nevertheless, the global fungicides market is projected to show a significant growth in spite of the aforesaid challenges. Players in the global fungicides market will benefit from the rising awareness among farmers regarding the benefits of fungicides. The leading companies operating in the global fungicides market are Monsanto, BASF, Syngenta, and Bayer CropScience.

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          GMO Firm from China to Launch Products Overseas due to Stringent Regional Market Regulations        
The genetically modified food sector in the past few years has attracted much negative media attention. Many consumers perceive that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) such as crops are harmful to health. This has led to many companies selling products which are GMO free and organic. However, according to many top food bodies such as the US FDA, GMOs are not harmful to health as there is no evidence yet found for this. In spite of this assurance from official bodies, GMOs are viewed with much skepticism. This has negatively impacted the growth of many regional GMO sector. In China, the GMO sector is now in a state of limbo and companies are aiming to launch their products overseas in order to improve their sales and expand their capacities. A biotech seed firm from China is now planning to launch the nation’s first GM corn products abroad to international top agricultural companies due to Beijing’s reticence over genetically modified foods which is preventing Chinese companies from approaching their domestic markets. This plan from the firm Origin Agritech, based in Beijing is to test their technology in the U.S. The U.S. is the dominant sector in the world and marked by the presence of GMO giant firms such as Monsanto. In the beginning of 2015, China National Chemical Corp aimed to skirt hurdles at home and planned to acquire a tried and tested GMO pipeline by negotiating for the top agri firms based in Swiss, Syngenta. This policy in Beijing about GMO at times has remained inconsistent and billions of dollars have been invested to develop technology to ensure supplies for the huge population of the country. However, no major food crops received approval for cultivation due to the growing anti-GMO sentiment in the nation. In addition to this, bumper harvest in the past ten years has also decreased the urgency for innovative technologies.

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          Anytime Granola        

Anytime Granola Anytime Granola Print Serves: 4 gifts Quick and easy, and most importantly, totally delicious, this granola makes up in a flash and is fabulously versatile. Substitute different nuts, seeds or dried fruit depending on your preferences. You’ll never buy granola again. Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole, unsalted almonds (roasted or raw), sliced in half
  • ½ cup whole almonds (roasted or raw)
  • ½ cup unsalted sunflower seeds (roasted or raw)
  • ¼ cup maple sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ cup real maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons canola or other neutral oil
  • 1 cup dried currants
  • ½ cup chopped dried apricots

Farmers To You Ingredients:

Other Fresh and Pantry Ingredients:

  • kosher salt, cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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          New Rice Type Promising to Fight Global Warming        
A new rice has been developed by scientists that claims, it can help to fight the global warming war. However, the invention of this new type of rice is marked with some issues. It is good that a new type of rice will help to reduce the effects of global warming, as rice paddies are notorious for the emissions they causes. However, this new type of rice is a GMO, which is a genetically modified food. And currently, consumers around the world are strongly pro non-GMO foods. This rice was developed after three years of intensive field trials conducted in China by a team of international scientists. This new rice type is expected to propel food sustainability without adding to the harmful emissions that contribute to global warming. Also, many experts are hailing the findings as a ground breaking one. However, this new rice type is adding fuel to the global debate over GMO foods. At present, rice paddies are considered as one of the major sources of atmospheric methane, which is the second most lethal greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide. Furthermore, methane is responsible for around one fifth of the effects of global warming. This new rice type constitutes a DNA from barley and emits only one percent methane. Furthermore, this rice type is supposed to have a higher yield per plant. This new rice was created by a team led by Chuanxin Sun, who is a plant biochemist based at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in partnership with American and Chinese scientists. The results of this project came after a three year field trial in the country. However, Sun acknowledged that still much work is to be done before the rice holds up in actual field trials. These findings come with some ethical issues, such as should people be concerned if GMO crops are safe for consumption.

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          Tools of Venture Capital are Anticipated to Revolutionize the Food Market        
Out dietary habits have changed dramatically. Groceries are now increasingly devoting their aisles to organic merchandise, farmers’ market is expanding remarkably, and the restaurants have started to list the name of the producers who supply the menus. People from around the world have become more suspicious about ‘Big Food’, a universal term used to indicate processed food.  Additionally, consumers have also started to demand more transparency about the food sold to them. People now want to know about the nutritional value of the food that they consume on a day-to-day basis. Such new trends are driving health and fitness entrepreneurs such as Melissa Fox to launch their personal bands. According to latest reports, meal replacement products launched in market by Fox are essentially plant based and contains only non-GMO and vegan ingredients. Products similar to what Melissa Fox’s new brand offers to the market have become a part of a new generation food start-ups that has elevated recipes to highest order of nutrition, or as Melissa Fox would call it ‘ingredient curation’.  Growing inclination of consumers towards healthier food alternatives however, has not yet dampened the spirits of Big Food companies. In fact the chain of popular food product is now focused to eliminate the use of artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors to keep pace with the changing times. Recently, General Mills has pledged that it is going to get rid of the artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners in its products by 2017. McDonald’s have been selling fewer sodas with its offering as Happy Meals. Moreover, an increasing number of prominent brands in the food product market are taking steps to ensure that the food products they manufacture fulfil the nutrition and health quotient demanded in the market. There are reports about General Mills already spending US$820 million to takeover Annie’s. Similarly Campbell has also invested US$1.56 billion on Bolthouse. 

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          Heirloom Single-Varietal Organic and Non-GMO Il Cappelli Durum Wheat Pasta by Monograno Felicetti Now In Stock        
We simply cannot get enough of Felicetti’s Farro, Kamut, and Matt pasta and are excited to offer you their newest line, Il Cappelli. Monograno Felicetti is the world’s only pasta made with single-varietal ancient and heirloom grains. One of Italy’s most renowned pasta companies, Felicetti pastas were Sofi Award finalists for Best Pasta and Best Organic Product of […]
          Science Explained Behind the Non-browning Arctic Apples        
In Canada, a debate has been going if the apples which don’t turn brown are evil. However, these are not ordinary apples. The debate is over Arctic Apples, which have been developed in the B.C. by Okanagan Specialty Fruits. This apple is a new variety of the fruit which does not turn brown since the genes responsible for browning of an apple produce polyphenols enzymes which have been suppressed. During the last Friday, the Agency called Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada has announced that they will permit the Arctic Apple to be available for sale within Canada. The agency has concluded that this fruit was safe for the public. According to Health Canada, the science behind the Arctic Apples is not complicated. A gene that was introduced into these apples has resulted in the decline of the levels of the enzyme which tends to make apples brown once they are sliced. However, in all other ways, the Arctic Apple tree and its fruit are similar to those other apples. Nevertheless, many consumers are not buying these apples, as these perceived as the very work of evil. While some consumers have the opinion that GM foods should not be consumed. A worldwide protest held in March against the use of GMOs was the crystallization of the movement. This first event was held in May in over 300 cities around the world. According to anti-GMO activists the genetically-modified foods can result in cancer, infertility, and several birth defects. Hence, they advocate on buying on organic foods and want legislation which would label them as genetically modified foods.

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          New Online Database Scores Your Grocery Rankings for Nutritional Value        
A brand new online database named Food Scores is a proposed plan by the Environmental Working Group. This organization is intended to help consumers access sustainably produced food products locally available at stores, farms, farmers market, restaurants, and other CSA (community supported agriculture) spanned throughout the United States.  Food Scores are based on three major considerations chiefly given to three different factors: ingredient concerns, nutrition, and degree of processing.  Since the design of the organization is run on the basis of certified food products, quality is paramount for Food Scores. The number one ranked food product offered by Food Scores is Whole Grain Mini Bagels - Pepperidge Farm.  It is identified as the most apt nutritional food product under low-nutritional food listings. It is an item listed as moderate processing concern, low ingredient concern and is also certified as organic product. It is high in protein per gram containing ingredients derived chiefly from wheat products. In terms of ranking it has gained a score of one. However, the product has gained a total score of 3 out of 10 for offering low-nutritional values. According to FDA, it is considered as the major food allergens. The information of foods is exhaustive in the market, but Food Scores only applies to packaged groceries. This online-database has limitations from Grocery Manufacturers Association – a food and beverage industry. It has also welcomed massive resistance from a trade group organization that opposed the decision of Vermont to GMO labeling.  The trade group has tagged the database as the ‘void of scientific rigor and objectivity’

Original Post New Online Database Scores Your Grocery Rankings for Nutritional Value source Twease
          Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes Diced Pack of 12 (14.5oz) Only $14.52 Shipped!        

Add these to your food storage! Amazon has their Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes Diced 14.5oz cans 12 pack for $14.52! That’s $1.21 for these USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified diced tomatoes! Keep in mind, Amazon pricing can change at any time! Don’t wait to purchase this deal or it might be gone when you come back! NOTE: With Amazon Subscribe & Save, you save an additional 5% off the price and get free standard shipping. You are free to cancel at any time. After placing your order, wait until your order ships. Then, you can go into your Amazon Account page and click the “Manage Subscribe and Save” link and cancel it. That way you won’t have continual shipments of your order in the future.  PLUS, remember, if you have 5 or more Subscribe & Save items that arrive in the same month, you will save an additional 15% (instead of 5%).

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          Superior Source Vitamins #giveaway ARV $70.00        


Guys I have another cool giveaway for you this month. It is products from Superior Source Vitamins.

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I don't know about you but I don't like swallowing pills. And I am glad with these you don't have to. Also knowing that they are fast dissolving and fast release is cool. I didn't know before that 50% of potency is lost in some other vitamins. I would really recommend these vitamins to you.

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          Using the Tools We Have         
News Dummy

It has been said that criticisms of the powers that kill, destroy, steal and lie often roll right off their backs but that satire and heavy sarcasm is a different subject. They think they own the right to make fun of we the common people but are not particularly amused when we turn the tables.








al-Baghdadi criticized for Disney wristwatch
It's no laughing matter but satire is a tool that often cuts the deepest. Here are a few examples.
Thank You, President Obama. Love, Israel

Israel to Commemorate WW I by Starting WW 3
 Tony Blair steps in to solve Gaza crisis

Last week, in an interview with Iran’s Press TV, Gilad Atzmon claimed that the abduction and killing of three Jew settlers was an Israeli false flag operation to invade Gaza. ...........Oh Wait! That's not satire. I've got that in the wrong section. I'll leave it here anyway.


BDS is definitely a tool we can use. A commenter, EV, let this link
STOP FUNDING ISRAEL ~ (These are the companies assisting the funding of the Palestinian genocide)

It's a good list but barely scratches the surface.  Here is a PDF from 2009,
Companies Supporting the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Land 

It's not totally up to date but at 129 pages I'm sure it is still relevant and if one wants to expand his boycotting horizons, it's worth a look. .

I know it's hard to totally boycott the controlled media, especially for those of us who like to keep an eye on their propaganda and disinformation, but there's no excuse for not knowing who runs the show, which gives us an idea of why they do what they do.

Jewish/Zionist Media Domination




Another tool is the ballot initiative. It worked in Colorado and Washington state with marijuana, sort of.  The GMO labeling initiative in California and Washington did not. Of course it all depends on who may have access to the electronic voting machines and how much money is thrown at deceiving the public.

A cleaver attempt, at least at a glancing look, to initiate getting at the truth is the High Rise Safety Initiative in New York city which is a ballot measure that will require the NYC Department of Buildings to investigate the causes of high-rise building collapses in New York City. They must be on to something because Mayor Bill de Blasio felt the need to publicly blast the 9/11 truther initiative. Could he be a little worried that their house of cards may fall? de Blasio holds the reins to the New York side of the cover up now and it's a part of his job description.

 A complete exposure of 9/11 would lead to Israel's involvement and in turn call out the US support of Israel as our 'best friend' and their genocidal activities in Gaza and the rest of the Middle East. Among many other things that would happen.  And that's not satire.
          Modern Antique 14K White Gold 1.5 Carat Morganite Solitaire Engagement Ring AR127-14KWGMO by artmasters        

1,399.00 USD

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          (USA-GA-ATHENS) Associate Manager / Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Biologicals, Post-Approval, US        
Boehringer Ingelheim is an equal opportunity global employer who takes pride in maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture. We embrace diversity of perspectives and strive for an inclusive environment which benefits our employees, patients and communities. **Description:** In support of Boehringer Ingelheim strategic objectives and in alignment with Business Operations, Industrial Operations, and R&D the incumbent is responsible for the development and implementation of regulatory strategies in the area of defense, maintenance and geographic extension of all US licensed biological marketing authorizations. The incumbent is expected to have in-depth knowledge of animal health products in general (own and competitors’) and to remain current with regard to pertinent laws, regulations, guidelines and policy to anticipate changes which may impact Boehringer Ingelheim and recommend appropriate action to protect company global interests. The individual will lead the strategic planning process to define and resolve international and domestic regulatory issues and implement regulatory team strategies within multifunctional teams, including but not limited to: Clinical, Analytical, Industrial Operations, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Business, Marketing, Supply Chain, and Project Management/Planning as appropriate. The individual will serve as liaison to the CVB-IC, CVB-PEL, CVB Laboratory, NIES, and State Authorities for assigned projects and during regulatory authority inspections of licensed facilities. The incumbent is responsible for liaising with regulatory and other support groups in Latin America, Asia, EMEA, and the EU regarding regulatory trends and risks and changes to the licensed product portfolio that could impact global sales. The individual will manage complex regulatory submissions to regulatory authorities in support of licensed products and new product registrations based on licensed products consistent with Boehringer Ingelheim policies and standards. The incumbent will pprovide technical regulatory support to assist timely and efficient registration in all target markets. As an employee of Boehringer Ingelheim, you will actively contribute to the discovery, development and delivery of our products to our patients and customers. Our global presence provides opportunity for all employees to collaborate internationally, offering visibility and opportunity to directly contribute to the companies' success. We realize that our strength and competitive advantage lie with our people. We support our employees in a number of ways to foster a healthy working environment, meaningful work, diversity and inclusion, mobility, networking and work-life balance. Our competitive compensation and benefit programs reflect Boehringer Ingelheim's high regard for our employees **Associate Manager Duties& Responsibilities:** + To provide projectrelated regulatory support to Regulatory Affairs team relative to feasibilityof changes or updates, development, and claim expansion for post-licensure.Activities include, but are not limited to, preparation of documents,regulatory submissions, literature searches, and data retrieval from regulatoryfiles. + To be an activeparticipant on post-licensure project teams providing regulatory tacticalsupport and assisting team members in the preparation of related submissionpackages for the USDA. To review submission packages ensuring quality ofsubmission is consistent with Merial's standards and objectives. + To prepare answers toquestions from the USDA. + To assist in thesubmission of updates for Merial biological products for USDA and fordissemination of changes and updates to the RA group for support ofinternational dossiers. + To manage and maintainregulatory database and regulatory files with the objective of providingaccurate and timely information as required. To track submissions to CVB andproduce appropriate timely status reports relative to regulatory submissionsand established priorities. To track all agency deadline dates and notify, asappropriate, in a timely manner. + To manage the USDA Inspectionreports and ensure timely responses to the agency. + To manage themaintenance of the facility documents, including review meetings, updates, andsubmissions to the agency. + To review draftregulatory texts and appropriately comment. + To assist in all relatedissues with analytical and compliance lifecycle management as needed. + Review, edit and submitlabels. **Manager Duties &Responsibilities:** + In support of BoehringerIngelheim strategic objectives and in alignment with Business Operations,Industrial Operations, CMC, and R&D, responsible for the defense andmaintenance of USDA-approved or FDA-EREA products, domestic andinternational registrations or import approvals. + Represent Boehringer Ingelheimin interactions with regulatory authorities (State, Federal, andInternational), including but not limited to: USDA-APHIS-VS- Center forVeterinary Biologics-Policy, Evaluation, and Licensing, Center forVeterinary Biologics-Inspection and Compliance, National VeterinaryServices Laboratories, Agricultural Research Service, National AnimalDisease Center, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, Centers for DiseaseControl, Department of Commerce, Department of Transportation, NationalCenter for Import and Export, and all State Veterinarian offices. + Provide regulatory assessmentsfor proposed business and manufacturing changes related to approvedbiological products in compliance with USDA guidelines and regulationswhile considering and mitigating impact to global product registrationsand supply. + Define U.S. Regulatory filingstrategies of assigned projects regarding approved products. This includescoordinating activities and defining content and timing of submission andapproval in order to have global regulatory agreement, as required, beforeimplementation to mitigate impact to international registrations. + Serve as a regulatoryrepresentative during manufacturing site inspections by domestic andinternational regulatory authorities. + Serve as liaison with NIES tofacilitate importation of licensed products or raw materials for licensedproduct production. + Review, prepare and submitoutlines of production based on applicable regulations and approvedplatform, in cooperation with Industrial Operations and R&D. + Review, prepare and submitdomestic, international, and export only labels, package inserts, etc.based on applicable regulations and approved platform label, incooperation with Regional RA teams, Business Operations, and SupplyChain. + Ensure regulatory compliance oflabels and outlines of production by establishing and maintaining theappropriate regulatory files. + Review advertising andpromotional materials as well as pending scientific publications forcompliance with USDA regulations and approved product labeling. Identifyand mitigate regulatory risks. + Serves as regulatory liaisonfor assigned projects related to USDA approved products or FDA-EREAproducts. + Principle contact point forBusiness Operations, R&D, and Industrial Operations regarding changecontrol (ILPM) and strategic issues related to USDA-approved products. + Promote functional excellence withthe goal to foster innovation, optimize time-to-market and reduce projectand portfolio risks. + Serve as a member ofinterdepartmental working groups providing regulatory expertise forassigned projects or segments of projects related to the supplements ormaintenance of approved products. + Maintain an awareness ofregulatory issues and current possible developments in assigned areas. + Develop and implementregulatory strategies necessary to: (1) optimize the position ofBoehringer Ingelheim products in the market by regulatory means; (2)implement manufacturing strategies; and, (3) maintain the productsthroughout the lifecycle in line with agreed priorities including routineregulatory activities and taking into account the possible future evolutionof the regulatory environment. + Serve as point of contact withBusiness Operations, Industrial Operations, and other departments asregulatory strategies are developed and implemented in order to achievebusiness and manufacturing strategies while accounting for regulatorythreats, opportunities, constraints, and future changes. + Ensure regulatory compliance oflicensed Boehringer Ingelheim biological products throughout theirlifecycle, ensuring proper regulatory management of changes, deviations,exemptions, notifications, renewals, and geographic extension in closecollaboration with Industrial Operations, Quality Assurance, R&D,Pharmacovigilance, Business Operations, and others. + Prepare core regulatorydocuments and dossiers for product renewals, variations, countryextensions, etc., as assigned. + Manage regulatory submissionsand all necessary follow up communications. + Provide technical regulatorysupport to international registrations for assigned products includingresponse to questions from country authorities and provision of necessarydocuments such as composition statements, finished product specifications,attestations and GMO safety reports. + Provide regulatory expertiseand advice, as appropriate, to other functions or interdisciplinary projectteams (in-line product management, launch teams, etc.) + Review draft regulatory texts,appropriately comment and propose amendments to draft requirements inalignment with Boehringer Ingelheim’s needs. + Maintain tools (records,schedules, reports, database, etc.) for timely management of regulatoryactivities. + Incorporate BoehringerIngelheim’s agenda into relevant trade associations and external forums.Represent Boehringer Ingelheim’s interests in trade associations,regulatory forums and other initiatives. Influence activities of theseassociations in a manner supportive of Boehringer Ingelheim’s interests. + Represent Boehringer Ingelheimin Due Diligence activities related to acquisitions/mergers of companiesor products. + Provide direction to regulatoryand non-regulatory colleagues on execution of agreed upon strategies.Finalize complex decisions and trouble-shoot in ambiguous situationsacross the discipline, department or function. Act independently and bepredominantly self-initiated. Leverage knowledge from others related tooverall objectives, strategy, critical issues, and policy matters. **Safetyobjectives:** + To work in safe, responsiblemanner and encourage others to do so, demonstrating a commitment to HSEprogram. + Support Boehringer Ingelheim safety policies and procedures. Candidate will be hired at level commensurate with experience **Associate ManagerRequirements** + Master’sdegree or Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience. Major in a sciencerelated area preferred. + Sciencebackground required. Experience inveterinary biologicals and/or regulatory experience desired. + Demonstrablyself-motivated with high standards, leadership and organizational skills. + Demonstratedinterpersonal communication skills, initiative and independent judgment isrequired. + Abilityto work in an autonomous, proactive, and results-oriented manner and adhere tostrict timelines. + Possessa strong aptitude for detail oriented work. + Highproficiency in office management skills and computer processing-data management. + Excellentworking knowledge and experience in computer office software applications suchas MS Office, and Adobe Acrobat. **Manager Requirements:** + Advanced Degree in Life Science(e.g., MS, PhD, DVM preferred). + 3 or more years of experiencein the pharmaceutical, biologics and/or related industries dealing with USlocal, state, and federal regulatory issues related to in particular thoseassociated with product development, licensure, and maintenance, licensedmanufacturing facilities and related industry matters. Experienceinteracting with USDA or other government agencies preferred. + Sound knowledge of the USregulatory requirements and legal framework for biological products and ofindustry trends. + Experience in other areas ofthe pharmaceutical industry (particularly at business or manufacturinglevel) is advantageous. + Self motivated withdemonstrated leadership skills. Record of achievement in area ofresponsibility and demonstrated success in interactions with regulatoryauthorities. + Excellent communication (verbaland written), negotiation, organizational, and interpersonal skills.Independent judgment. Demonstrated ability to lead teams and create apositive work environment. + Ability to work in anautonomous and proactive manner; results-oriented; ability to adhere tofirm deadlines. + Ability to promote innovativesolutions on technical issues to the satisfaction of all concernedfunctions and agencies. + Thoroughness, commitment,attention to detail. + Working knowledge andexperience with common computer software applications such as MicrosoftWord, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat. **Eligibility Requirements:** + Must belegally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. + Must bewilling to take a drug test and post-offer physical (if required) + Must be 18years of age or older **Our Culture:** Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the world’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies and operates globally with approximately 50,000 employees. Since our founding in 1885, the company has remained family-owned and today we are committed to creating value through innovation in three business areas including human pharmaceuticals, animal health and biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing. Since we are privately held, we have the ability to take an innovative, long-term view. Our focus is on scientific discoveries and the introduction of truly novel medicines that improve lives and provide valuable services and support to patients and their families. Employees are challenged to take initiative and achieve outstanding results. Ultimately, our culture and drive allows us to maintain one of the highest levels of excellence in our industry. We are also deeply committed to our communities and our employees create and engage in programs that strengthen the neighborhoods where we live and work. Boehringer Ingelheim, including Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim USA, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA, Inc., Merial Barceloneta, LLC and Boehringer Ingelheim Fremont, Inc. is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status, including protected veteran status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law. Boehringer Ingelheim is firmly committed to ensuring a safe, healthy, productive and efficient work environment for our employees, partners and customers. As part of that commitment, Boehringer Ingelheim conducts pre-employment verifications and drug screenings. **Organization:** _US-Merial, Inc._ **Title:** _Associate Manager / Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Biologicals, Post-Approval, US_ **Location:** _Americas-United States-GA-Athens_ **Requisition ID:** _176325_
          Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free        

  Rainbow now carries a selection of Canyon Bakehouse products: Behind the Baking: Get to Know Canyon Bakehouse We’re bringing love back to bread one slice at a time. From non-GMO whole grains and food safety to our zero-gluten standard, we’re committed to making the best gluten-free products. Learn more about our sustainability efforts and […]

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          The Roman Bar Vegan Chocolate        

NEW! Our chocolate selection keeps growing and growing! The Roman Bar is a chocolate-dipped wildberry fruit bar. Their recipe calls for the finest ingredients including luscious dark chocolate, fruits such as zesty raspberries, rich blueberries and blackberries. They are vegan, gluten free, all natural and GMO free!

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          Episode 208: Memorial Day Mishaps & Turkish Cheese        
Dave Arnold is back from Memorial Day weekend with war stories and lots on his mind. Hear about his experiences tasting new and interesting foods in Turkey, like a sheeps milk cheese aged in goat skin. Also listen in as Dave rants against the anti-salt lobby and makes his thoughts on the GMO debate clear. Enjoy the ride! This program was brought to you by Heritage Foods USA Everybody hates getting things jammed in their veggetti [21:00] Particular hatred for any one of our normal food things comes in waves. Hopefully the anti-salt wave will come crashing down soon. [30:00] A lot of the salt you eat, you might never even taste...they can add things to augment your perception of saltiness in foods. [40:00] --Dave Arnold on Cooking Issues
          Scientists find multiple problems with GMOs        
By: Ramon J. Seidler Published: Mail Tribune, April 13, 2014 “GMO seeds have not been shown to definitively increase yield potentials” and “in fact, the yields of herbicide-tolerant or insect-resistant seeds may be occasionally lower than the yields of conventional varieties.” A February 2014 U.S. Department of Agriculture report declared what many scientists already knew: [...]
          Comment on Would You Eat Genetically Modified Food? by Deadnotsleeping        
While the actual gene alteration is done with a virus(NOT a bacterium, bacteria cannot do the essential dna script changing which makes it GM.); the food is no different other than microbially. The most common genetic modification is Glysophate(brand name roundup) herbicide resistance. Because for corn and soybeans (and to a lesser degree rapeseed oil; from which "canola" is derived) are now farmed in a no-till system to save irrigation water and provide groundcover, which has the downside of greater weed competition because of the lack of plowing. This weed competition is suppressed by the herbicide, to which the GMO plants are resistant. However, Glysophate resistance is not a manmade-only trait, amaranth(as an agricultural weed) has developed resistance to the herbicide naturally via selective pressures (survival of the fittest, plants which can thrive despite herbicides get to breed). GMO foods are safe and as natural as traditional varieties(10,000 years of selective breeding versus single transgenic trait alterations), but consumers are ill informed. Western australia's salinity crisis could be solved simply by the use of salt-tolerant GMO crops, however the actions of ill informed consumers instead supports the continued use of the land as cattle fodder, which is ecologically a comparative nightmare. While we should be informed about what is in our food, putting the GM status on foods which state neither the year of harvest, location of production, variety produced, or whether it was vertically produced or purchased at market, is putting the carriage before the horse as far as socioecological consequence.
          Unearthed emails: Monsanto connected to campaign to retract GMO paper        

A trove of internal documents from Monsanto, recently unsealed in a lawsuit against the agricultural biotech giant, has revealed the firm’s role in the knotty tale of a paper from the lab of a scientist known for his stance against genetically modified organisms (GMOs). That paper is “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and […]

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          Eighty percent of Americans surveyed favour banning things they know nothing about        
Don’t get too smug, fellow Canuckistanis, as I suspect the numbers might be just as bad if Canadians were surveyed in this way: You might have heard that Americans overwhelmingly favor mandatory labeling for foods containing genetically modified ingredients. That’s true, according to a new study: 84 percent of respondents said they support the labels. […]
          Mark Lynas and his break with the anti-GMO activists        
Mark Lynas was one of the most prominent activists working against the adoption of genetically modified crops. Over time, he realized he was fighting the wrong battle and publicly recanted his decades-long struggle. He talks about it in an interview with Charlie Gillis in Maclean’s: Q: You’ve disavowed a cause you were identified with for […]
          Resort rolnictwa zabiera się za GMO        
Brak modyfikacji genetycznych” to już nie fanaberia pojedynczego producenta. Do Farmio dołączyła Piątnica, a resort rolnictwa zabiera się za GMO systemowo - czytamy w Pulsie Biznesu.
          Gelded by Jezebel: Through Drugs, Food, Water, Air!        
A new MP3 sermon from Long Run Baptist Church is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Gelded by Jezebel: Through Drugs, Food, Water, Air!
Speaker: Joey Faust
Broadcaster: Long Run Baptist Church
Event: Sunday Service
Date: 11/20/2016
Bible: Matthew 19:12; 1 Kings 21:1
Length: 50 min. (64kbps)

Overview: How does Jezebel steal the vineyard -family-- This sermon exposes the -wine- of Jezebel - that emasculates men and boys, and seeks to make women and girls masculine. We examine the first queen of Assyria-Babylon - and show that -herbal castration- has been used to make the priests of goddess worship effeminate in pagan nations, culture, etc. The world has come full circle today, as GMO food, drugs, chemical-laden food and water, plastic, and polluted air, all combine in a last days Satanic androgyny agenda-
          GMO Foods - Health and Environmental Risks Exposed!        

Healthy Eating starts with No GMO Food

GMO Health Risks:

Genetically Modified Foods:
YES, you are already eating them.
NO, they are not safe to eat!

Did you know... since 1996 Americans have been eating genetically modified (GM) ingredients in most processed foods.

Did you know... GM plants, such as soybean, corn, cottonseed, and canola have had foreign genes forced into their DNA. And the inserted genes come from species, such as bacteria and viruses, that have never been in the human food supply.

Did you know... genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not safe. They have been linked to thousands of toxic and allergic reactions, thousands of sick, sterile, and dead livestock, and damage to virtually every organ and system studied in lab animals.

Find out what the risks are and start protecting yourself and your family today!


Why isn't the FDA protecting us?

In 1992, the Food and Drug Administration claimed that they had no information showing that GM foods were substantially different from conventionally grown foods and therefore were safe to eat. But internal memos made public by a lawsuit reveal that their position was staged by political appointees under orders from the White House to promote GMOs. FDA scientists, on the other hand, warned that GMOs can create unpredictable hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged long-tem safety studies, but were ignored. The FDA does not require any safety evaluations for GMOs.

Instead, biotech companies, who have been found guilty of hiding toxic effects of their chemical products, are now in charge of determining whether their GM foods are safe. (The FDA official in charge of creating this policy was Michael Taylor, Monsanto'f former attorney and later their vice president.)

Although these biotech companies participate in a voluntary consultation process with the FDA, it is a meaningless exercise. The summaries of the superficial research they submit cannot identify most of the health risks of GMOs.

Genetic modification is radically different from natural breeding

In contrast to the statements of biotech advocates, FDA scientists and others affirm that genetic modification is NOT just an extension of the conventional breeding techniques that have been used by farmers for millennia. Genetic engineering transfers genes across natural species barriers, using imprecise laboratory techniques that bear no resemblance to natural breeding. Furthermore, the technology is based on outdated concepts of how genes and cells work.

Widespread, unpredictable changes

Gene insertion is done either by shooting genes from a "gene gun" into a plate of cells or by using bacteria to invade the cell with foreign DNA. The altered cell is then cloned into a plant. These processes create massive collateral damage, causing mutations in hundreds or thousands of locations throughout the plant's DNA. Natural genes can be deleted or permanently turned on or off, and hundreds may change their levels of expression.

In addition:
  • The inserted gene is often rearranged;
  • It may transfer from the food into our body's cells or into the DNA of bacteria inside us; and
  • The GM protein produced by the gene may have unintended properties or effects.

GM foods on the market

The primary reason companies genetically engineer plants is to make them tolerant to their brand of herbicide. The four major GM plants, soy, corn, canola, and cotton, are designed to survive an otherwise deadly dose of weed killer. These crops have much higher residues of toxic herbicides. About 68% of GM crops are herbicide tolerant.

The second GM trait is a built-in pesticide. A gene from the soil bacterium called Bt (for Bacillus thuringiensis) is inserted into corn and cotton DNA, where it secretes the insect-killing Bt-toxin in every cell. About 19% of GM crops produce their own pesticide. Another 13% produce a pesticide and are herbicide tolerant.

There is also Hawaiian papaya and a small amount of zucchini and yellow crookneck squash, which are engineered to resist a plant virus.

GROWING EVIDENCE OF HARM FROM GMOs
  • GM Soy causes Allergic Reactions
  • Bt Corn and Cotton linked to Allergies
  • GMOs fail Allergy Tests
  • GMOs cause Immune Reactions to non-GM Foods
  • GMOs cause Liver Problems
  • GM Soy cause Reproductive Problems, and Infant Mortality
  • Bt Crops linked to Sterility, Disease and Death
  • Functioning GM Genes Remain Inside You
  • GM Food Supplement Caused Deadly Epidemic
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          Codex Alimentarius & Nutricide - The Real Truth Behind Your Health Freedom Rights        
CODEX AND NUTRICIDE...

"Those who control food production and supply, control the world."

Here is the REAL TRUTH behind the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the threat to your rights to healthy organic foods, supplements, nutrients, herbs, vitamins and all natural remedies.

HealthFreedomUSA.org has been working diligently for many years to stop the destruction of YOUR rights to use supplements, herbs, vitamins, minerals, and also to have access to ORGANIC foods, non-gmo foods, etc. in this country and now globally.

If you've never heard of it, and most people have not, the Codex Alimentarius Commission is an aggressive, bureaucratic "Trade Commission" created in 1962 by former Nazi War Crime Giant IGFarben. This Commission is not a public health commission or a consumer health commission, it is a "Trade Commission" which means its goals are primarily trade, business and profit. It is administered, funded and run by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at the request of the United Nations.

The long-term goal of this Codex Commission in 1962 was to work towards total global implementation by December 31, 2009, of their over 5,000 guidelines, standards and regulations of everything to do with food; basically everything you can legally put into your mouth with the exception of pharmaceuticals.

Enter... The World Trade Organization (WTO). What does the WTO have to do with this? Everything. The WTO, when it was first formed in 1994, accepted and adopted the Codex Alimentarius Commission's rules and regulations as their guidelines for settling trade disputes between countries around food. Their guidelines have been "voluntary" up until now. It has now become "mandatory" that every member country of the WTO "HARM-onize" with Codex Alimentarius by December 31, 2009, even if their own country's laws and regulations do not coincide with Codex rules.

Countries who do not become "Codex Compliant" will suffer WTO sanctions and penalties, including loss of rights in the WTO. So, if two countries go to the WTO for their dispute resolution process, and one country is not "Codex Compliant" and the other country is "Codex Compliant", the country who is "Codex Compliant" will automatically win the case, regardless of the merits of the case! They are using Codex Compliance as a weapon in a much bigger economic battle. So every country in the world is racing to become Codex Compliant, regardless of the dangers.

In this country, the USA, how do we become Codex Compliant when we have laws that are supposed to protect us? In 1994, the Dietary Supplements Health And Education Act (DSHEA) was passed which classified nutrients and herbs as "food." And as "foods" you cannot set an upper limit on them (vitamins, supplements, herbs, nutrients, etc.). And as foods, access to these nutrients is feely given to us. We are allowed to have any nutrients we want, because under Common Law, anything not specifically "forbidden" is "permitted".

Codex is a "Napoleonic Code" law system. Under this type of law, anything not specifically "permitted" is "forbidden." That is called a "positive list." In 1994, Codex declared Nutrients to be "toxins," dangerous industrial poisons, and have set the upper limit of these to be 1/100th of the largest dose that can be given before a discernable impact is shown. So basically, the maximum allowable dose of these nutrients is scientifically proven to have absolutely no impact on the human being.

Nutrients, under Codex, will be limited to those on the "positive list," and it is anticipated that there will be only 18 of these, one of which is fluoride. For those of you who do not know, fluoride is a toxic chemical that was first used in the Nazi Concentration Camps. It was discovered that prisoners who were fed fluoridated water became complacent, and you could do anything you wanted to them. They were easy to manage.

Currently in this country, our protection, the 1994 Dietary Supplements Health And Education Act (DSHEA), is being attacked by legislation (2009: The Food Safety & Modernization Act) so that this country can become "Codex Compliant." Under Codex, high-potency, therapeutically effective, clinically significant nutrients will be illegal in the way that heroine is illegal; not available with a prescription, but illegal. If these nutrients have any effect on the human body in any way, they are illegal.

Codex does not serve consumer well-being, nor does it serve health. Codex serves the Five Bigs: Big-Pharma, Big-Chema, Big-BioTech, Big-AgriBus, and Big-Medica.

What else does Codex do?

Find out more by watching this excellent video that tells all...
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5266884912495233634&hl=en

How Can You Take Action?
Go to the HealthFreedomUSA.org website and read and sign the petitions which will then be sent to your Legislative Representatives. One email, phone call or fax to your representative is counted as 13,000 constituent votes!

Also, sign the Health Freedom Petition online here:
http://www.healthrevolutionpetition.org/

You can also spread the word. Please pass this information on to others you know, especially alternative practitioners.


Resources:

          Sugar And Starch Free Frosted Bubble Bath Bomb Cupcake / Bath Bomb Cupcake / Moisturizing Skin Loving Bath Bomb Fizzy by SYLVIELINING        

5.50 USD

Our vibrant colored bubble bath bomb cupcakes are 100% sugar and starch free!!

Treat yourself to 1 of our luxurious bath bomb cupcakes made with skin loving, quality ingredients.


Our 2 in 1 bath fizzies offer the pampering benefits of a bath bomb and the creamy rich bubbles of a bubble bath.

This listing is for 1 frosted bath bomb cupcake.
Can place bath bomb plus frosting under warm running water and agitate with hand to create big luscious bubbles, or use separately.

This item is not edible.

Comes in various scents
Choose from:

lavender (purple)
lemongrass (yellow)
cucumber melon lime (green)
strawberry (red)
pineapple cilantro (orange)
bamboo lotus and green tea (blue)
Bath bomb cupcake base does not contain colorants


No sugar or starch
Phthalate free
Sulfate free
Paraben free
Vegan friendly
Not tested on animals
No alcohol
Formaldehyde free
Gluten free
NON GMO Products


Avocado oil and vitamin E - superior quality oils loaded with antioxidants to leave your skin soft and moisturized.

Sodium bicarbonate - helps soften and gently exfoliate your skin, and balance skin pH level.

Citric acid - Has long been used to brighten and even skin tone while removing dead skin cells, leaving it soft and supple

Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate - naturally derived product from coconut and palm oils that creates big beautiful bubbles.

Cocoamidopropyl betaine - is derived from coconuts and helps create bigger and longer lasting bubbles.

Kaolin clay - helps detoxify and remove impurities from skin.

Epsom salt - thought to help reduce inflammation, softens skin, and helps reduce muscle aches and pain.

Polysorbate 80 - naturally derived emulsifier from plants used to disperse oils in bath bombs into bath water instead of floating on the surface. Also used to help prevent tub stains from bath bomb colorants.

Made with skin safe colorants.

This item is made to order and may take 2-5 business days to process.

Keep this product in a cool dry place and away from moisture to maintain integrity of product before use.

Questions and requests? Please contact me

This product contains skin loving oils, therefore, care should always be taken when using bath bombs in tub to avoid slips and falls.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The properties stated above are based on the ingredients used to make this product, and are not meant to diagnose, cure, prevent or treat any medical conditions. They are not intended to replace medical care or advice and treatment from a health care professional. I recommend doing a patch test to test for allergies. Do not take internally.


          Healthy Eating Department - Why The Arctic Apple Means You May Be Seeing More GMOs At The Store        
By: Grant Gerlock, NPR the salt, February 1, 2017

Genetically engineered crops are nothing new. But emerging technology that allows scientists to alter plants more precisely and cheaply is taking genetically engineered plants from the field to the kitchen.

Arctic Apples are genetically engineered to produce less of the enzyme that turns sliced apples brown. Courtesy Okanagan Specialty Fruits
The first version of the Arctic Apple, a genetically modified Golden Delicious, is headed for test markets in the Midwest in February, according to the company that produced it. It is the first genetically engineered apple, altered so that when it is cut, it doesn't turn brown from oxidation.

Okanagan Specialty Fruits, based in British Columbia, Canada, wouldn't say exactly where the apples will first be sold, but says the target consumers are those interested in convenience. "The rapid expansion of the fresh-cut industry – bagged carrots, ready-made salads – has led to explosive growth of fresh cut produce," says Neal Carter, president of the company. "I can cut this up for my kid's lunch box ... and it doesn't go brown and they'll actually eat it."

The Arctic Apple is one of the first foods often termed a "genetically modified organism" (GMO) to be marketed to consumers, not at farmers. And it's a sign of how the science of genetic engineering is evolving. The first genetically engineered crops were global commodities like corn, soybeans and cotton. They were "transgenic," meaning they were resistant to pesticides or insects after scientists transferred new DNA into the plants.

"We were taking DNA sequences from another, often non-plant species, and moving it into plants," says Sally Mackenzie, a plant geneticist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In contrast, new crops are "cisgenic." They work within a plant species' own genome. "The next generation of technologies, those being implemented now — including the new apple – we're not introducing foreign DNA any longer," Mackenzie says.

The Arctic Apple uses a technology called RNA interference, sometimes called gene silencing. The target is the gene in the apple that controls production of the enzyme that makes it turn brown. When scientists add an extra strand of RNA, that gene is effectively switched off, or silenced. "We're basically down-regulating a gene that's already within that apple," Mackenzie says. "So I see that as entirely different. And I think it's important for the average consumer to recognize technologies have moved on."

Advances like gene silencing and other gene editing methods, like CRISPR technology, make biotech plant-breeding cheaper and more precise than the first generation of genetically engineered crops. New technologies are also less expensive for companies when it comes to federal regulations, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration require fewer costly tests.

Huge companies like Monsanto have dominated the industry, Mackenzie says, in part because of the high cost of regulations. Old biotech crops were aimed at big commodities in large part because it was a sure way to recoup that investment.

Engineered plants that don't introduce new genes don't face the same regulatory hurdles. Groups critical of GMO technology want to see stronger regulations in order to evaluate potential long-term impacts of biotech crops on health and the environment. Federal agencies are reviewing their rules around GMOs to catch up with the technology.

Under the current regulatory structure, however, it is more economically viable, Mackenzie says, for smaller biotech companies to market their own innovations. "You're going to see more and more traits coming out that are really consumer friendly, designed to respond to consumer demand," Mackenzie says. Corn will still get plenty of attention from plant breeders, but more companies may shift their focus from field to fridge.
Most genetically engineered crops are processed into ingredients in foods, so when we eat them they are a few steps removed from the field – think soybean oil in salad dressing or corn syrup in soda. When the Arctic Apple hits the produce aisle, however, it will be one of the first GMOs to reach consumers directly, but it is not the only one. A virus-resistant Rainbow papaya is already on the shelf. So is Simplot's bruise-resistant russet, called the Innate potato. The fruit company Del Monte has approval for a pink pineapple engineered to carry more lycopene, an antioxidant that supports the body's defense system.

The labels on packages of Arctic Apples won't say much about GMOs. They will have a tell-tale snowflake logo, and a QR code that can be scanned with a smartphone to reach a website with information about the science. That fits within the framework of a GMO labeling law passed by Congress last year, but it makes genetic engineering in food less obvious than many consumer groups have called for. The vast majority of consumers support clear labels on foods that contain GMO ingredients, just as the vast majority of scientists agree that they are safe to eat. For stores that may sell biotech fruits and vegetables, it pays to be up front with shoppers that these foods are genetically engineered.

"Transparency is what everything is about," says Joan Driggs, editorial director of Progressive Grocer which covers the grocery business. "Any retailer or manufacturer has to be transparent with their customer." The big question for the biotech industry: Once consumers know how these apples are created, will they care?

The Arctic Apple's test run will last through March. Okanagan Specialty Fruits expects a wider commercial release this fall.
          Amazingly Moist Cornbread        

Amazingly Moist Cornbread Print Serves: 9 So often cornbread is too dry. This one is very moist and delicious. Enjoy with your main meal or for breakfast or dessert. If you made the Spring Greens with Ramps, Potatoes and Bacon you can use your remaining bacon fat in this recipe. Ingredients

INGREDIENTS FROM FARMERS TO YOU:

ADDITIONAL PANTRY ITEMS:

  • Baking Powder
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Butter/oil and flour an 8 or 9 inch square baking pan.

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          Meet the Plush GMO Mascot, Frank N. Foode        
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          March Against Monsanto Videos From Port Townsend To Easton, PA        
Ursula Gallucci created cartoon charterers for her March Against Monsanto sign. (Watch Interview) Yesterday, millions marched around the globe to call attention to the GMO technology used to produce food. In the Victorian Seaport and Art Community of Port Townsend, WA, over 70 individuals walked orderly in a light rain on the sidewalk from uptown
          NON-GMO Panel: Pushing Back On Corporate PR Campaign Of Doubt        
WWGF News host Kathleen Hallal leads a panel discussion  on the tactics corporate public relations use to push their view points. Stacy Malkan, Co-founder and Media Director U.S. RIGHT TO KNOW, talks about filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to get email correspondence between the biotech industry and fifteen university professors. Panel: Kathleen Hallal, Host WWGF
          Google Hangout GMO Panel: Smart, Intelligent, Strong, Women Skeptics        
International Google Hangout panel discussion (57 mins) with Pamm Larry (CA), Label GMOs, Diana Reeves (CT), GMO Free USA, and Pat Thomas (UK based), the director founder of Beyond GM. Time Code Highlight List NOTE: On the YouTube page, the time code numbers are “hot links”. Click the numbers to watch the highlight clip. 0:00
          Video: Oregon GMO Labeling Ballot Measure 92 Panel Discussion – Election Is To Close To Call        
The Google Hangout session is a little over an hour long. Oregon Measure 92 would mandate the labeling of certain foodstuffs that were produced with or contain genetically modified organisms. Dr. Hansen: “In Multinomah county the official statistics are at 68.2% ballots counted. They’ve had 130,000 votes so far, out of 210,000 total. The percentages
          Mary Ellen Kustin Senior Policy Analyst Environmental Working Group : Dow’s Enlist Duo – Upping The Roundup Ante        
Kathleen Hallah, host Weekly Women’s GMO Free News, chats with Mary Ellen Kustin, Senior Policy Analyst Environmental Working Group, on a Google Hangout about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval of Dow AgroSciences Enlist Duo™, a next generation weed control system that includes a mixture of 2,4-D and glyphosate plus an unknown number of unlisted
          GMO Labeling Campaign: EPA Retired Scientist – Herbicide and Pesticide Use Is Skyrocketing        
New Article by Oregon Expert on Genetically Engineered Crops Conclusively Demonstrates that Herbicide and Pesticide Use Is Skyrocketing as Result of Genetically Engineered Crops   Retired EPA Senior Scientist Ramon J. Seidler, an expert on genetically engineered crops who wrote the U.S. government’s first research plans for these engineered foods, has released an important, information-packed
          Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Product Label Urges Customers To Support Oregon and Colorado GMO Labeling Battles        
On the August 7 WWGF News Live Stream Google Hangout  (Listen: MP3), David Bronner, President Dr. Bronner Magic Soaps, announced that this fall Dr. Bronner’s quart-sized liquid soap bottles nationwide would support the grassroots GMO Labeling campaigns in Oregon and Colorado with a unique label. Last year, the Vista, CA based family business backed the Washington State
          Live Stream: Colorado Volunteers Submit Signatures for GMO Labeling Bill        
On Monday, August 4, Colorado volunteers live streamed the Right To Know Colorado Rally & Press Conference at State Capitol in Denver to where they submitted 167,950 signatures for a GMO Labeling Bill that will be on the Statewide Election Ballot in the fall. Speakers at the Rally Included: Robyn O’Brien, Author of The Unhealthy
          Weekly litigation report — July 22, 2017        

A case to tweet about! Pushing back against an unfair Clean Water Act prosecution PLF files input letter on GMO labeling law Gnatcatcher notice of intent to sue letter submitted Minnesota Supremes invite tort abuse A case to tweet about! … Continue reading

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          Comment on SGMO gets ready to breakout by SGMO Gets Ready to Breakout - Absolute Wealth        
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          10 Upcoming Movies in 2013 that I'm Looking Forward to Seeing        
I recently took a look at some of the movies that are coming out later this year in order to give you readers some ideas as to what films you may want to see later in 2013. I've picked 10 movies out of the ones that I saw which I think look pretty good. So, here are 10 upcoming movies for 2013 that you may want to look into:

1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (13 December 2013)

I had to put this one on the list first because it's the film that I'm most looking forward to this year. I've written about Desolation of Smaug before on this blog, as well as An Unexpected Journey. I loved the first film and I think that Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens have done a wonderful job with the Tolkien movies that have come out over the past few years. Jackson recently announced that he's finished shooting the last two Hobbit films (Desolation and There and Back Again) so he'll be doing all the post-production stuff from now on. I can't wait to see what he does with this movie.

2. Thor: The Dark World (8 November 2013)

Thor: The Dark World is the second movie in the Thor series and it takes place after the events of The Avengers movie. Like Desolation of Smaug, I've written about The Dark World on this site before in my article about good superhero movies. I'm a really big fan of comic book movies (even though I don't read comics) so it's only natural for me to put Thor 2 on this list. Anyone who liked the first movie should probably see this one.

3. 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (6 September 2013)

This film is a movie about the Occupy Wall Street movement which began in 2011 as a protest against unjust practices by both major banks on Wall Street and the government who bailed out those banks with taxpayer dollars. The movie was created by a collaboration of 99 activist filmmakers to explain the movement. I like watching these types of social justice movies because I do sympathize with many of the things said in them. There are many unfair things in today's world and I think that exposing them is a good first step in the process of changing society for the better.

Note: I'm not certain how widely distributed this film will be or when exactly it's being distributed because it seems like there are different release dates for different places. 

4. GMO OMG (13 September 2013)

GMO OMG is a film that discusses the nature of genetically modified food. I'm not certain how harmful GM food is or how much this movie will go into the science behind it, but it's a movie that I'm interested in watching because I've heard of people protesting against it and it would be interesting to see a documentary on it. This is another film which I believe is important for the public to watch in order to generate discussion on a really important issue: our health.

Note: My note for this film is the same as for The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film.

5. Captain Phillips (11 October 2013)

Captain Phillips is a movie based on a true story starring Tom Hanks. The film is about the hijacking of a U.S. cargo ship by Somali pirates in 2009. The trailer for the film looks pretty cool and it seems like it will be a good thriller. It's also interesting to see (for me at least) movies that are based on real events because it helps people to understand what life can be like sometimes and, in this case, how dangerous it can be.

6. 47 Ronin (25 December 2013)

47 Ronin is something that I remember hearing about in a Japanese history class that I took once, but I had to look it up again to refresh my memory. The 47 ronin were an actual group of ronin (masterless bushi) who set out to avenge their former master. The movie stars Keanu Reeves who joins the 47 ronin on their quest to avenge their master. It promises to be a good film if the trailer is any indicator and it's certainly one that I'm going to see when it comes out. It may also be worth watching if you're not familiar with Japanese culture or Japanese stories and if you're interested in such things (although this depends on how much the film stays true to its cultural roots).

7. The Grandmaster (23 August 2013)

The Grandmaster is one of several movies about Ip Man, the martial artist who trained Bruce Lee. I watched the trailer for this film and it looked really cool. The cinematography that was used is something that you don't see in a lot of movies. I've seen some other Ip Man movies as well (those starring Donnie Yen) which were pretty neat. Overall, I'm a fan of martial arts movies and if you are too, this is a movie that you might want to check out.

8. The Fifth Estate (18 October 2013)

The Fifth Estate is a thriller about Wikileaks, the website responsible for receiving private government information from whistleblowers and releasing it to the public in order to expose wrongdoing. Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, is played by Benedict Cumberbatch. There has been a lot of talk about Wikileaks over the past few years and it should be interesting to see how the site, and those involved in running it, are portrayed.

9. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (11 October 2013)

This film centers around two kids from the Brooklyn projects who are left to fend for themselves after their parents are taken into custody by the authorities. This story appeals to me mainly because it showcases the dire conditions that certain people have to live in. I'm glad that the movie draws attention to this fact and hopefully it can help push people in the right direction of solving problems such as those in the movie.

10. Gravity (4 October 2013)

Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as two scientists in space who are left stranded there after their ship is destroyed. The trailer for this film doesn't give too much away, it simply sets up the problem and leaves viewers with a cliffhanger. It's definitely a good way to sell tickets, but hopefully the movie will be as exciting as the trailer leads you to believe. I'll definitely be looking to see it to find out.

Thus ends my list of some movies that I'm looking forward to. If you have any movies that you're thinking about seeing this year, feel free to leave a comment below.

          14 Cancer-Causing Foods You Should Never Put In Your Mouth Again        

The American Institute for Cancer states on their website, “Research has shown that most cancers can be prevented. Scientists now estimate that 60 percent to 70 percent of

cancers are all preventable through currently available information and simple changes in diet and lifestyle.” With that encouraging statement in mind, this article addresses changes you can make in your day to day dietary lifestyle that will not only improve your health, but help you to avoid toxins that can increase your chance of cancer


1.BPA lined cans- This ingredient found in hard plastics and resins is used to coat metal cans. Laboratory studies in cells and animals have linked BPA to cancer, infertility, diabetes and obesity. Unless a canned item is labelled BPA free, it’s likely to contain bisphenol-A (BPA). BPA can also be found in numerous plastic products and dental composites.

2.Cured and Smoked Foods- Nitrates and nitrites act as preservatives to prevent food from spoiling, they also add color to meats. When cooked, nitrites and nitrates change into by-products called N-nitroso compounds, such as nitrosamines and nitrosamides. N-nitroso compounds are associated with an increased risk of cancer.

3.Farmed Fish- According to Food and Water Watch, farmed fish contain higher levels of chemical pollutants than wild fish, including PCB’s a known carcinogen. Due to overcrowding in fish farms, fish are more susceptible to disease increasing the use of antibiotic use. They are also more susceptible to sea lice, which means they are also treated with pesticides.

4.GMOs– Sadly GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) have infiltrated our food supply at an alarming rate. GMO foods should be avoiding. Look for GMO free labels on foods. To learn more about GMOS and their health risks go to: http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-education

5.Grilled Meat- Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, are produced through certain types of combustion, such as the burning of coal or wood. An additional problem is created when fat from meat drips onto a fire, creating   a flare up and smoke, this allows the PAHs yo affix themselves to the food you’re cooking increasing your risk for carcinogenic exposure.

6.Hydrogenated Oils- Hydrogenated oils, also known as trans- fats are a man-made product. These oils have a chemical structure that has been altered to prevent the product from going rancid in order to increase their shelf life. The Harvard School of Public Health notes that trans fats promote immune system over-activity and inflammation and are linked to heart disease, stroke and diabetes, among other chronic diseases. In addition to being chemically extracted from their source, chemicals are also used to mask the odor and change the taste of the oil.

7.Microwave Popcorn– These bags are lined with Perfluoroalkyls, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) to prevent oil from soaking through the packaging. When heated, these chemicals leach into the popcorn; when ingested, they show up as blood contaminants. PFOA has been associated with tumors in animal organs (liver, pancreas, testicles and mammary glands in rats), and increases in prostate cancer in PFOA plant workers.

8.Non Organic Fruits & Vegetables– Conventionally grown crops are grown with pesticides, herbicides and GMO seeds. All of which are hazardous to your health. To learn more about the hazards of eating conventionally grown food read EWG’s 2015 “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce” http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty_dozen_list.php

9.Processed foods– Cured meats tend to be high in nitrites and nitrates, preservatives that can, in large amounts, potentially increase your risk of stomach and other cancers. Processed foods are generally full of white flours, sugars, oils, colors, flavorings and other unhealthy ingredients.

10.Refined Sugars- Researchers have found links between sugar and numerous issues such as unhealthy levels of blood fats, low HDL levels, increased risk for heart disease, higher blood triglyceride levels, obesity, immune suppression, arthritis and a host of other ills. Cancer cells thrive on sugar.

11.Soda/ Sports Drinks- There is no nutritional value in drinking soda or sports drinks. These drinks contain high fructose corn syrup, sugar, dyes, brominated vegetable oil (a flame retardant), aspartame and other chemicals. They rob your body of much needed vitamins and minerals.

12.Soy Protein Isolate– 90-95 percent of U.S.-grown soybeans, used to create soy protein isolate, are “Roundup ready,” which means they have been genetically altered to withstand herbicides. According to the American Dietetic Association, soy protein isolates are known to contain anti-nutrients that can develop or delay the body’s ability to digest food and absorb the nutrients into the blood stream. Soy goes through a highly industrial manufacturing process of acid washing in aluminum tanks. Aluminum is highly toxic to the nervous system and kidneys

13.Sugar- Cancer cells thrive on sugar and any food that converts to sugar, such as grains, pastas, carbs, breads and most fruits. So for those who are dealing with cancer, eliminating sugar is key. For those who are looking to maintain health, eating a balanced diet that includes fruit is not as big of an issue.

14.White Flour- Commercially grown grains begin with seeds that are treated with fungicide. The plants are then sprayed with pesticides. They are harvested and stored in bins coated with insecticides. Which all increase your toxic load. Grains are then processed in high temperature, high speed rollers. Chlorine oxide in the form of a chlorine gas bath is used as a whitener, as well as an aging agent. What you end up with is a starch devoid of nutrients and full of toxins.

source:http://theheartysoul.com


          Fit Frozen Dessert: Arctic Zero        

ARCTIC ZERO® is the pioneer of Fit Frozen Desserts™ without all the fat and calories. Handcrafted from premium ingredients, ARCTIC ZERO is low glycemic, lactose free, gluten free and GMO free. It’s the perfect zero-guilt pleasure whenever your sweet tooth strikes.




I was super excited to get a fantastic package from Arctic Zero, full of delicious goodies and super wonderful packaging!

My Johnny and I have done one round of Whole30 and are planning to do a reset in the next month or two.  I wasn't really on board during the first round, as it is hard, but it made me feel so much better, and really paying attention to what is going in my body for fuel made me become really aware of products.  This product is not Whole30 compliant, as there is sugar in it, but is a great snack when you are between rounds.



We received a five pack of goodies: Banana Pudding, Snickerdoodle Dany, Cake Batter, Brownie Blast and Poppin' Pomegranate.  My favorite quickly became Snickerdoodle Dandy because it reminded me of the cookie butter Ben and Jerrys Ice Cream.

The first bite is a weird one, cause you are thinking ice cream, and this is different.  You aren't going to be left with a mouth covered in milk like you do with traditional ice cream.  The consistency is good, and as long as you follow the directions of letting it set out for 10 minutes before consuming, you are going to get a creamy, delicious bite.


I have to say, I am sold on this product.  I like that it is light, it didn't make me feel horrible after eating it, and it satisfied my sweet tooth.  I am excited to try more flavors!

Stay Sweet,
Katty Delux
          Shocking GMO Ingredient Found in Baby Food        
A shocking new report released today by the organization GMO Free USA found that Gerber’s food product known as “Graduates Lil’ Crunchies” contain Roundup Ready corn—a type of genetically-modified corn that actually produces insecticides. According to GMO Free USA: “We sent a package of Gerber Graduates Lil’ Crunchies Veggie Dip Baked Whole Grain Corn Snack […]
          Karinna's AR Interview for vGirls|vGuys        


Photography by Melissa Schwartz, Schwartz Studios for vGirls|vGuys Project

Recently, Melissa Schwartz of Schwartzstudios interviewed me for her vGirls|vGuys project to bring attention to our Vegan / Animal Rights movement.  She's by far one of the most talented photographers in West LA area, and also happens to be as passionate about our Vegan, Plant-based Lifestyle as me!  There will be more from the photoshoot to come.  Below is the interview which gives a little insight into my passion and what drives me to share my experiences with everyone I meet.  I don't subscribe to diet fads, nor do I like to put labels on my lifestyle.  The simple fact is:  I care about my body, I care about animals, I care about humanity, and I care about the Earth; therefore I consume only nutrients from plant-based sources which do not harm or endanger our fellow earthlings.  


vGirl: Karinna Zarate


SS: What made you go vegan and why?

KZ: Throughout my childhood, I always loved little creatures; from bugs to pigs, flying birds to crawling sea creatures. I was absolutely mystified by the intricacies of animal features, their personalities, and behaviors. I felt very connected spiritually to animal friends. I was raised in a loving, close-knit, and supportive family and was taught compassion and kindness from a young age. I fostered and adopted rescued animals, I advocated against puppy mills and irresponsible breeders throughout college, I even wrote essays on the horrific pet food industry; but I didn't question my diet until I had my own children. In 2007, when my twin daughters were newborn, I started to develop a rash on my arms and legs out of no where. I had been drinking what seemed like gallons of whole "organic" milk postpartum. Doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong and it wasn't until I stopped drinking the milk that I realized there was something very toxic in that substance. I gave up milk products after all my research into the terrible conditions cows have to go through and the sadness of the veal industry. In the next few days, fate would lead me to the film: "I am an Animal," the story of Ingrid Newkirk of PeTA. The very moment the movie was over, in tears, I went to my kitchen and got rid of everything that was not plant-based. I made a PROMISE that night to myself and my 3 children lying asleep, safe in their rooms, that I would never ever consume, wear, use, or purchase any product that contributes to the suffering of sentient creatures. Those images of the poor little animals suffering the fear and pain of death, the videos (taken undercover because NO ONE wants you to see the TRUTH) changed my life forever.

In order to make a positive change in your life, you have to really feel it deep inside. You need to see the truth and not hide from it. Throughout the years, I have become so used to the attacks on my lifestyle, style choices, my vehement convictions, my diet -- but there is nothing that will ever make me go back or accept the suffering of animals as a way of life. I want all my friends and acquaintances to see that it is not only possible to be 100% plant-built, it is the optimal way of life for our bodies, for our health and longevityand for the energy of the world to end the hatred and violence and evolve to a more peaceful state. 

SS: Has it been difficult for you? If yes what was difficult and did it get easier?

KZ: After I made the decision to go Vegan overnight, my true strength shined through -- the only thing that was difficult was that I had to do quite a bit of research and dig back into my nutrition texts from college. I realized that I had animal products or by-products at every single meal. You definitely have to shift your entire mindset. I had to first define pure veganism, then identify every ingredient in a food product to make sure it had no meat, egg, fish, honey, gelatin, casein, milk, whey, etc. Once I found my favorite brands of certified vegan foods, this became easier. I also found that cooking for my family was easier now, as the most important ingredients come from the Farmer's Market or Produce Aisle in the store! I didn't use too many processed vegan foods -- just good wholesome legumes, nuts, grains, greens, and fruits. Another challenging aspect is the criticism you receive; for some reason,some people instantly get defensive when you say you're vegan, as if taking my lifestyle choice as an attack on theirs. I refuse to allow ignorance on the subject to create a divide between my non-vegan friends and I. I have always been great at bringing people together from all walks of life and I plan to continue to do that in a kind, compassionate way. Finding new foods has definitely gotten easier! There are so many amazing products out there. I think it is sad when a person gives up and goes back to eating and wearing animals. There is no reason to go back on our natural evolution.

SS: What are some animal rights related things that you participate in?


KZ: I am very active in my community and I continue to support charities and organizations that advocate the proper treatment of animals. I have a very wide scope and reach in the way I view the impact of Veganism--from the individual to the environment of the entire planet. I believe that the support of healthy plant-based eating, engaging people looking to lose weight, being involved with healthcare agencies in the communities impacted by diabetes and obesity, and the support of local farms as opposed to distant factory farms -- will all help to stop the inhumane treatment of animals. I've planned events for several charities, animal healthcare drives, and I strongly advocate fostering and rescuing animals. I was fortunate to be involved in a large scale event which took place at Seth MacFarlane's home in Hollywood Hills which benefitted his mother's foundation: Perry's Place/Heavenly Pets. I am always looking for new events to be a part of! I organize events for Food Day, and PCRM. I regularly attend tradeshows and seminars to discover specialty food products that are all vegan and therefore contributing to our animal rights movement. I only support companies that are green, sustainable, environmentally friendly and never test on animals.


SS: What are your favorite animal rights organizations?

KZ: First of all, the organization that made me go vegan: PeTA!!! I also really love Mercy for Animals for their hard work, research, undercover operations, and informative articles. The ASPCA is a great organization helping link foster parents to animal companions and ensuring animals are not needlessly euthanized for lack of space or funding. There are so many to mention! I'm very involved in the scientific side of the animal rights movement which doesn't focus so much on the animal suffering aspect, but the positive benefits of eliminating animal products from our diets and lifestyles as well as the environmental toll of the animal products industries. Notably, two organizations: PCRM.org - Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the Non-GMO project.

SS: What would you say to somebody who is considering going vegan?

KZ: Going Vegan will literally change your life. Your improved skin complexion, your shinier hair, your brighter smile, your inner glow -- those are just the selfish ways you will benefit. You will be around longer and healthier with your kids, your grandkids, your spouse and loved ones! Do not be discouraged if you try and find it too challenging. Just go fully vegan and never go back. Doctors even may tell you, you need the Proteins or Omega-3's or Iron or Vitamin B-12 in meat products, but do not allow that to stop you. There are plant-based sources of all of those nutrients and there is no reason to give up on yourself!

SS: Do you have any memories that stand out in your mind about someone saving an animal? Or relating to an animal in a unique way?

KZ: I have so many beautiful memories of animals that it is hard to believe I wasn't vegan all my life. I've always had a strong connection to animals and I considered my first child to be my little Chihuahua Chiquita. She brightened my life for 8 years. I remember saving crabs on the beaches of Mexico as a child, wondering why people would fish just to throw them back in the water, injured. I remember crying once when a friend of mine ran over a little squirrel in the road while i was a passenger in the car. I remember seeing my little "nephew" Majik as a baby puppy outside a store one day 12 years ago. I couldn't allow the woman to give him away to just anyone. So, since my parents wouldn't let me keep another doggie, I gave him to my sister Karime and her newlywed husband. Majik is still in the family today and he has had a loving amazing life! Animals have always been a part of my life and I truly hope that the work that I do in this world will help to save as many animals as possible before I'm gone



          GMO jak lokomobilia parowa        
Opór wobec roślin GMO przypomina nam głęboki sprzeciw przeciw lokomobili parowej w XIX w. w Anglii. Miała rzekomo powodować liczne schorzenia mieszkańców przez które budowano pierwsze linie kolejowe, stanowić zagrożenia dla zwierząt, ludności i środowiska, a nawet powodować poronienia ciężarnych. Farmer.pl rozmawia z prof. Franciszkiem Brzóską z Instytutu Zootechniki-Państwowego Instytutu Badawczego z Balic k/Krakowa.
          Samuel Feat. Changmo - Sixteen [Easy-Lyrics | ENG]        

Hey What's Your Name Girl
nol jom do al gi wo ne
Wanna Get To Know ya
My Eyes On You Already
Let's Talk About Us Lady
By The Way nek i rum.. mun (Samuel)
And I'm Sixteen

hu wah,
o di so bong gok gat tah
hu wah,
ne gas sa nun gos sul no din ji i ih
hu wah, no yen nai
Tell Me Everything About You
Oh My God,
no do yol yo sot

Sweet Sixteen
Sixteen, Sixteen
Sweet Sixteen
Sixteen, Sixteen
nong kot bo dak a rum da wo
na man ba ra bol su nop gen ni
Feel ral tonga nun
gun nyo wa nah
u ri man na mun Destiny
jak ko ship po ni yep pus so ni
do mang gas seng ga ga jim ma ro
no ri mik in sut ta Follow
o ri na i chwi gu ba jim ma a
I'll Make You Sweet Sixteen

chom, dong ne so gen no rul bo was sul te
gu ren na rut te mes
se me hu nas sul te
shik ga ni ji nan
min na ga shi ya
ji gum do ye pung go tok gat tun de yoh
na ye gi yong na ni
re jal ha dok ay yo
Piano de hwe
na ga sang ta don ay yo
ok nu ses sol
do a nun rep sut ta ga dwen
na ra ji man ne ge ak ma dop pa
bo ro gi yong dwen nun de

gut te yong gi rul nel gol
ho na gu res sok um ma gi
i sob bit tu gas shi jak dwe num
mu yol lo sok du ri dwe ok go
Girl, Imma Make You Sweet Sixteen
bwa shi bal sanga sop pe on do (don bo ro)

Babe, Relax Your Mind
Breathe Out mok
ta myon na jan du rik kyo
u rik in nyo ne gam sa ha myo Let's Cheers
We're On The Same Vibe
I Feel You mol ma ra don ji
nuk kil su wis so That's Crazy

hu wah,
i gon mal do an dwe
i mik al don sa it cho rom
hu wah,
cho gam myon chok
sul sup pul li nuk u ri de was so ges so
hu wah,
bu jong-al su om nun Chemistry
we il kah
du da yol yo sot

Sweet Sixteen
Sixteen, Sixteen
Sweet Sixteen
Sixteen, Sixteen
nong kot bo dak a rum da wo
na man ba ra bol su nop gen ni
Feel ral tonga nun
gun nyo wa nah
u ri man na mun Destiny
jak ko ship po ni yep pus so ni
do mang gas seng gak ka jim ma ro
no ri mik in sut ta Follow
o ri na i chwi gu ba jim ma a
I'll Make You Sweet Sixteen

Dance (Dance) Dance (Dance)
Dance (Dance)
I'll Make You Sweet Sixteen
Dance (Dance) Dance (Dance)
Dance (Dance)
I'll Make You Sweet Sixteen (wow)

se sange jon
je ha num mo dun yol yo sok
ul jon bu dat tong
to ro je i reng
bok kan yo ja ro man du ro jul keh
nal man nan no re rul
You Can't Never Forget
You'll Be The Sweetest One
So Come And Take My Hand..

Sweet Sixteen
Sixteen, Sixteen
Sweet Sixteen
Sixteen, Sixteen
nong kot bo dak a rum da wo
na man ba ra bol su nop gen ni
Feel ral tonga nun
gun nyo wa nah
u ri man na mun Destiny
jak ko ship po ni yep pus so ni
do mang gas seng gak ka jim ma ro
no ri mik in sut ta Follow
o ri na i chwi gu ba jim ma a
I'll Make You Sweet Sixteen

ENGLISH Translation

Hey What's Your Name Girl?
I wanna get to know ya
M eyes on you already
Let's talk about us lady
By the way my name is~ (Samuel)
And i'm 16

Whoa you look familiar
Whoa where do you live?
Whoa how old're you? tell me everything about you
OMG you're 16, too?

Sweet 16 16 16
Sweet 16 16 16
You're more beautiful than flowers.
Why can't you just look at me?
Feel this deep connection.
I ran into her. destiny
I wanna hold your beautiful hands.
You can't get away.
I follow your Instagram.
Don't talk to me like I'm a kid.
I'll make you sweet 16

The first time i saw you,
When my teacher hated my sideburns,
years later you're a lady now
You're so beautiful.
You remember me? I was cut out for RAP.
I won a prize at the piano contest.
Now i find myself a rap star
But you'd probably remember me as an idiot.

I should have had a courage.
But there's music. After feeling the beat,
We're 16 now.
Girl i'm ma make you sweet sixteen
Look, i got the money in the shoes box

Babe Relax your mind
Breathe out if you're thirsty, drink up.
I'm grateful for our special bonds. let's cheers
We're on the same vibe
I feel you whatever you say
I can feel it. That's crazy.

Whoa This is absurd.
Just like some friends from the past,
Whoa We know how we fit together.
We're really great to talk to each other.
Whoa I can't deny it. Chemistry
Why is that? We're both 16.

Sweet 16 16 16
Sweet 16 16 16
You're more beautiful than flowers.
Why can't you just look at me?
Feel this deep connection.
I ran into her. destiny
I wanna hold your beautiful hands.
You can't get away.
I follow your Instagram.
Don't talk to me like I'm a kid.
I'll make you sweet 16

dance dance dance
I'll make you sweet 16
dance dance dance
I'll make you sweet 16

There're so many 16 girls in the world.
I'll make you the happiest girl in the world.
We met this year. You can't never forget
You'll be the sweetest one
come and take my hand

Sweet 16 16 16
Sweet 16 16 16
You're more beautiful than flowers.
Why can't you just look at me?
Feel this deep connection.
I ran into her. destiny
I wanna hold your beautiful hands.
You can't get away.
I follow your Instagram.
Don't talk to me like I'm a kid.
I'll make you sweet 16

Credits:

Eng - 1theK (Youtube)


          Neo-Colonizing Africa Through GMO Crops        

Via This Is Africa, Paula Akugizibwe on conquering the world through the food chain: While the science of GMOs may remain murky, the economics are crystal clear. The most obvious and direct...

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          Inside Monsanto’s Rural Police State        

Truthout on the regime of rural surveillance and suspicion instituted by multinational seed companies: The GMO regime has initiated a “new era of feudalism,” by powerful multinationals who have consolidated their control over...

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          GMO A Go Go        
Nice little cartoon presentation that quickly and clearly shows what GMOs are and why they are dangerous. Share this with others. Do not buy or eat GMO foods or eat meat from animals that were raised on GMO corn. That is how WE THE PEOPLE can fight back and WIN against big companies like Monsanto […]
          Reply to How to Find Healthcare Providers that Uphold Health Freedom on Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:09:04 GMT        

**California**:

I have personally used Dr. Bernhoft in California over the years, and highly recommend him. Even when I am not residing in California, I consult with him and go back to his clinic in beautiful Ojai from time to time. He also has an office in Santa Monica.

His website: [DrBernhoft.com](http://www.drbernhoft.com/)

He practices what is called "Environmental Medicine", and is the past president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. He has a son with Down Syndrome, and understands well the needs of special needs children. He also understands the toxicity of things like vaccines, and GMO foods.

He is a great resource for Southern California.


          BLACK WINTER PREMIER        

just realized i never posted my review for Black Winter...from like 3 weeks ago...
my bad

here it is:

I got the chance to catch Black Winter by Standard Films on Friday at the King Cat Theater in Seattle. The film was good, but the venue was not really prepared for the sold out crowd unless you are into being crammed like sardines into a tin can. Throw in booze and Red Bull to complete the whole fiasco and you will begin to get an idea of what they were calling a "lobby."

As far for the video, right from the intro it made you feel like you were about to call the first drop of the season. They opened with Torstenin Horgmo and Andreas Wiig who both had epic parts and enders came courtesy of Eric Jackson and Mark Landvick. To round out the whole thing were parts from Chas Guldemond, Leanne Pelosi, and Lonnie Kauk as well as some solid offerings from newer riders like Jason Dubois, Halldor Hellgasson, and Seb Toots. Also special shout out to Seb for deciding to rock a helmet in a major video part. Which is something you don't see nearly enough of.

Overall, I'd have to rate Horgmo and Wiig's parts as the crem de la crem of the whole thing. Both of them are just too good at snowboarding not to mention they probably had the best song picks of the whole video.

The heli shots, soundtrack, and rider commentary were all on point and the video was on par with what you have probably come to expect from Standard.
          My Non-GMO box        

My Non-GMO box is a great box if you are trying to eat healthier. This box will come full of Non-GMO verified samples, and you can get full-sized products later on by ordering them separately. This box sells for $14.95 per box. Currently the website is trying to get 1000 customers for their boxes and […]

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          Futexture - Genetically Modified Oscillations        
Envision what a futuristic glitchy world of vegetable and animal hybrids would sound like; you have just imagined Futexture’s new enigmatic EP Genetically Modified Oscillations. The concept behind the new EP is an ingeniously humorous and creative spin-off of the hotbutton GMO issue. All 6 of the EP’s IDM tracks are full of glitch and breaks, all cheekily named after a different mutant vegetable and animal hybrid species.
          Szef klubu PO: Nie róbmy demona z GMO        
Tomasz Tomczykiewicz, szef klubu parlamentarnego PO uważa, że bez GMO nie jest możliwe wyżywienie ludzkości. - Nie można z GMO robić demona XXI wieku - mówił na antenie radiowej Trójki.
          Mainstream Media Just Admitted Biotech Company Has Exclusive Patents on GMO Cannabis        
cannabisWhat was once fake news is now a reality as biotech group admits it has an 'exclusive' government license to patent and study GMO cannabis.
          The Doomsday Seed Vault        

“Doomsday Seed Vault” in the Arctic Bill Gates, Rockefeller and the GMO giants know something we don’t By F. William Engdahl December 4, 2007 One thing Microsoft founder Bill Gates can’t be accused of is sloth. He was already programming at 14, founded Microsoft at age 20 while still a student at Harvard. By 1995 […]

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          Senators Reach Deal On National GMO Labeling Bill        
Just a week before a Vermont law kicks in requiring labels on food containing genetically modified ingredients, U.S. Senate agriculture leaders announced a deal Thursday that takes the power out of states' hands — and sets a mandatory national system for GM disclosures on food products.Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, unveiled the plan that had been negotiated for weeks with U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan.Senate Democrats from farm country called it a win for consumers and families, while Roberts said it would end "denigrating biotechnology and causing confusion in the marketplace" brought on by Vermont's state law.But it was clearly an uneasy compromise, with critics of the plan making for strange bedfellows on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Both Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Democrat who supports his state's mandatory law, and the American Farm Bureau Federation, which wants a voluntary
          Local Chocolate In My Own Backyard        
contributed by Katy Morris We are always on the look out for local culinary talent to share with our readers, and with this one, we struck gold….er, uh, chocolate. We’ve found four unique women who have taken Fairfield County, CT by storm with their diverse and delectable chocolate. Organic, kosher, fair-trade, vegan, raw, GMO and […]
          Getting Real at the Real Truth Health Conference        
Originally published at Age of Autism I’m the author of We’re Monsanto: Feeding the World, Lie After Lie, Book I and Book II. Last February, Steve Shore invited me to speak about the problems with the GMO industry at The … Continue reading
          'Organic' Is a Dirty Word        

A few months back, I was talking with Kirk about -- what else? -- organic farming. “They need a new word for it,” he said.

“A new word? What? Why?”

“'Organic’ is just...I don’t know...not good. They need a new word.”

I was incredulous. Good lord, what could possibly be wrong with organic? I can’t think of anything more harmless or healthy. But once I put my self-righteous indignation aside, I gained valuable insight.

Y’see, there aren’t many situations where having a conservative Republican beau comes in handy but this was certainly one of them. Drilling a bit deeper, I listened hard as Kirk tried to explain that the word "organic" has some serious image problems and may even be working against itself in the fight for food awareness. "Organic" was a trigger word, and a loaded one at that.

In an effort to clarify, I made him play the word association game for "organic" -- and here’s what came up in his brain:

  • Hippies
  • Crunchy
  • Birkenstocks
  • Tie-dye
  • Liberals
  • Expensive
  • Snobby

As an aspiring organic farmer, I was interested in this perception, no matter how outdated and ridiculous I thought it was. (Fer chrissakes, tie-dye???) Fact is, facts don’t matter here. All my well-positioned arguments -- “It’s a legal term! Ask the USDA!” or "It’s 2012, not 1972!” -- were useless in the face of a deeper emotional reaction to a word. And, having made my living as a wordsmith in one way or another, this is a topic I know all too well.

For nearly a decade, I was a media strategist at a global public relations firm. I repeatedly explained to my clients the serious weight of word values. This became most evident when putting together press releases, which can take weeks to create for a Fortune 500 company. “Your headline and sub-head should be a carefully selected handful of 50-pound words, not a careless string of one-pound words,” I would advise.

I was reminded of this practice years later when trying desperately to talk Colorado’s tourism board out of their beloved slogan, “Everything but the ocean!” In vain, I applied mathematical reasoning: “You’ve got only four words, and three are negative, so...”

It was a ghastly example of wasteful word spending. They ignored my advice until a Colorado state senator made the same argument and demanded they change it. (These days, it's "Come to Life." Still tame, but a vast improvement.)

Thus, I fully understand that a single word can wield tremendous power and often comes with its own baggage. In this case, I think Kirk is correct, though it pains me to agree because it’s ludicrous and I cannot believe after all this time, it comes down to semantics. Such is the real world of communication and soybeans.

And when I really thought about it, I’ve been in conversations and debates with folks who visibly bristle and react to my application of “organic” with a standard eye roll, or some sort of facial snort that says, “Oh, here we go...” And boom, the wall goes up and nobody learns anything.

Doesn’t help the cause at all, does it?

“They need a new word.” Hmmmmmm.....okay.

So, who is "they?" I wondered, and how would I gather "them" all for a rebranding brainstorm? I don’t think they’d all fit in my camper, The Mae Flower, seat of my SCRANCH empire.

No, I’d have to figure it out and apply my own mouthy skills to massage the lexicon. "Natural" was certainly out, having been diluted and prostituted by on processed food packaging. "GMO-free" is a hot potato phrase that would surely bring a murder of Monsanto lawyers down upon our hempy heads, so that wouldn’t work. "Traditional" is appropriate, but would only make sense to those of us who grew up on produce and food pre-1995, when GMOs and pesticides really took off. No, there has to be another word out there...

And then one fine day, I'm driving down a dirt road to fetch my mail (yay!), mindlessly enjoying French-language hip-hop out of Canada while admiring endless green fields, when I stumble upon this sign:


Conventional

Image: Clizbiz via Flickr

 

Conventional? I like it.

Later, I asked Brent what the sign really meant. He sighed, heaved his big shoulders in a gesture that said, "Here we go.." and explained: “It means they don’t spray and....”

“WHO-HOO!”

“....that they probably use non-GMO seeds. They need to put up signs like that so that the spray guys, usually their own workers, know not to spray it with RoundUp.”

In this case, the farmer is giving non-GMO soybeans a good go, though it comes with risk. The conventional soybeans don’t grow like the super steroid beans, so while the demand is there for non-GMO soybeans per bushel, the bushel count will likely be lower. (These beans are probably not grown for what is called a food grade run, Brent says, but likely to feed "organically raised" cattle.)

So, while I doubt that all the farmers, product designers, advisory boards, organizations -- both official and non -- that promote all things organic will be swapping out The Big O any time soon, it’s good to know what the official stand-in word is: conventional.

My name is Heather Clisby and I am a Conventional Farmer.

~Heather

BlogHer Section Editor, LIFE & GREEN; Proprietor, ClizBiz and Second Chance Ranch

 


          Interview: Robyn O'Brien, author of 'The Unhealthy Truth'         

Recently, I sat down with Robyn O'Brien, author of The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It, a look into the dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and our nation's food supply. (See her TED talk here.)

You take a strong mother angle in The Unhealthy Truth -- but aren't GMOs something that everyone should be concerned about?

It was an onramp into a position of expertise of being a leader in this space. I really admire anyone who is a leader in this effort. I feel like I can serve as an onramp to other people, whether its mothers or non-mothers, so they can add to this awareness. It can challenge your belief system, your family, to help people with that process with the forgiveness that's required.

Robyn O'Brien
Image: Heather Clisby

My first awakening was a mother, and then later, as a citizen.

There have been moments along the way, where I really questioned all of this. I was not a natural crusader. I really had to kind of wrestle with the idea. There were moments where I wasn't sure. One of those moments was three years ago, early on, in Dallas, speaking to a tiny group, and it was a very awkward atmosphere. People weren't sure they wanted to be there.

Right as I started to talk, this woman walked in 29-year-old, totally bald, had cancer. Here is this incredible woman and I thought, "What am I afraid of?" She needed the camaraderie, the support. You really need supportive scaffolding to support you through that change. First thing you do, is find a friend -- that's universal.

Your book reads like a thriller. It was almost like you grabbed a stray piece of yarn from an endless sweater that just keeps unraveling.

Totally. I say that all the time.

Do you feel like it is still unraveling? Are you still uncovering new info?

You know, you learn about the toxins in the food supply but what's remarkable, what's happening right now, is that the science that wasn't there 15 years ago is now coming to light. Some of it's out of Europe, some of it's out of the UK, some of it's out of here. You know we have the American Academy of Pediatrics, Harvard University, The Lancet, recently, the President's Cancer Panel. All of them now are saying, "We've got all these toxins, these pesticides, these weed killers, all of these things we're spraying on our crops and in order to exercise precaution, we may want to start reducing our exposure."

So, what's fascinating is to see the mounting evidence that coming in that's saying, "We should be exercising precaution in order to prevent conditions like diabetes, cancer and allergies." But then, on top of that, having initially focused on the toxicity of the food supply and then it got much bigger in realizing that we have a system that, in a lot of ways, contains these almost sort of toxic components to it. Where you learn that, once you sort of lift the veil and realize that, then it makes you realize that, yes, we can do a lot by changing the way we shop in a grocery store but in order to truly affect change, we're going to have to take it to the next level, which is, how do we educate our communities? How do you educate your own company? Your office? Maybe your child's school? Is there a way to get involved locally with legislation? And to really recognize that this effort is an all-hands-on-deck effort.

Because as I came through it, not only did we allow for all these chemical pollutants (is what they're being called) in to the food supply, but the entire agricultural system really has its own set of rules and its own sets of standards. Most recently, one of those standards that I learned is that there are specific labor laws that apply to the agricultural industry where everybody else operates by one set of labor laws, the agricultural industry operates by another.

That came to my awareness because recently, two 14-year-old girls died on a farm. And I thought, "What in the world are these 14-year-old girls doing working on an irrigation ditch with electricity running through it on a farm?"

I have an 11-year-old daughter and I thought, "If she was out there bopping around with a friend in three years' time..." They aren't mature enough, they don't have the experience enough to know what they're dealing with, truly.

And when I started looking into that, a lawsuit was filed on that particular case, against the agri-chemical corporation that was responsible for hiring those girls.

But then, as I really started to look into it, this wasn't a one-off exclusive situation. We've got a whole different set of labor laws that are going to agriculture in order to sustain this way of growing crops. It introduces a lot of risks. Not only does it introduce risks into the food supply but it introduces risks into the food processing and the way that it's actually produced out in the fields.

Shortly after that one, another story hit about boys that were injured in some farm machinery. Again, it was the same thing. It really brought it to light, the fact that these are children that are working these farms. You can't look at it in isolation, you have to look at it as the food system, the agricultural system, is an integral part of international trade, it's an integral part of our economy. As you realize what an enormous part it plays in our GDP, you realize that it's something that has to be addressed, I think, as an economic system and recognized for the enormity of what it represents.

What is the most surprising thing you've learned from this whole thing?

I honestly think that the most surprising thing I've learned is that one person really can make a difference. I think in our culture and in our society, a lot of the media messaging that we hear today (says that) in order to fit in you need to buy this car, you need to have this house, you need to have this hairstyle, to have this new set of boobs -- whatever it is. We're sort of shepherded along in this conforming status quo type of way where we start to doubt that the skills and our unique attributes that each of us have are actually of value.

One of the most important lessons that I've learned is that each and every one of us has a very unique skill set and set of attributes and that those unique talents are where you can add value. And I think as I came through that, to get through those mental hurdles that are saying, "Who are you to do this? Why would anybody listen? Why would you make a difference? Why does it matter that you do anything at all?"

As I came through that and realized that, for me, paralysis just wasn't an option; I couldn't not do anything. So, as I continue to move forward and began to reach out to people like legislators, began to reach to CEOs of corporations, and really engage people in this dialogue, it was amazing to realize that one person really can make a difference.

And that's where I think, whenever I'm speaking to an audience or in front of people, I suggest, "You take what you're good at -- probably the same things you loved doing as a kid -- you take that skill set and you leverage it with what you are passionate about and you can create change in whatever place you want it to be. For some people, it's food, for other people, it might be the arts, for other people it might be business. "

And you do realize that if you were a hippie foodie from Berkeley, nobody would have listened.

Right, and I think for me, I had to dismantle an entire belief system. I had to step back and really ... it was incredibly uncomfortable to go through it at the time. But to stop and say, "Okay, I understand that we have set up this system and it absolutely is designed to drive profitability and there is value in that. It creates economic value that contributes to the GDP and the welfare of our country. Yes, on the one hand."

But if you are only looking at the productivity and the contribution that something makes without also looking at the costs that are being externalized, that's when I realized that this yes, these is something that corporations have done an amazing job. Their job is to drive profitability for their shareholders -- that's their duty, that's their responsibility, so absolutely they should be minimizing costs.

But what they've managed to do is take those costs, and any risks, and any liabilities that these chemicals, this farm production method, any of this might represent and they've managed to push that on to the balance sheets of farmers. They've managed to push that on to the balance sheets of families and they've managed to push that, ultimately, on to the balance sheets of companies who are carrying all these healthcare costs.

And so, a great example of that is, if these crops present any risks, if there's any harm that might come of them, any toxicity, any damage that might come, there are contracts that these farmers have to sign to where they assume liability for the growing and the planting of these crops. So, the agri-chemical company completely moves the liability from their own balance sheet on to the balance sheet of the farmer. So those contracts are then held by that farmer.

What are these contracts called?

Technology agreements. Because they're licensing the use of this new operating system to grow their crops. I think an easy way to really get your head around what genetically engineered crops are, it's sort of like food's operating system. Where you've got Microsoft Office and you need all the different bundles and packages to get it to work, the same thing is going on with these seeds. You've got these seeds that are genetically engineered but you need all these other products to get it to work.

And so, when you're using that seed, because it contains all these traits and these new characteristics and these new attributes, you have to license the use of those traits. And so they've got these licensing contracts and they charge royalty fees, licensing fees, trait fees -- as you would with any technology.

Just this morning on Reuters, there was an article showing that these pesticides are also now being linked to Type 2 Diabetes. Well, the agri-chemical corporations that are spraying those pesticides, they don't have to account for that cost on their balance sheet. Type 2 Diabetes falls on my balance sheet, your balance sheet, the schools' balance sheet, the corporations', the states'....and so we're bearing those costs.

As I came through that, it forced me to reflect on this system that has been created and a model that is not accounting for the true costs of these products.

Did it make you change any political ideals or make you look at capitalism differently?

I just wrote an article on capitalism for The Fearless Revolution.

Really?

Yes, it made me look at capitalism differently. And I suddenly stopped and I thought, ‘Capitalism isn't some static system, it's a system that evolves.' Right now, what we've got and what we're learning is that this current model of capitalism enables these corporations to externalize their costs onto our balance sheets rather than carry the true cost on their own. So if there is environmental damage, if there's air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, if it causes harm to public health, those costs are not captured by the corporations that are pumping these chemical pollutants into our food.

But it's a model, it's a working model. Just like we had the fax machine - it was a great working model until we developed something that was better and technology moved past it. That's sort of how I see this current system of capitalism. We've got a model that we've been using in the past but it doesn't mean we have to embrace it in the future. So let's evolve, let's improve it.

So what we're starting to see is these corporations that are forming that are called "B Corps," and they are voluntarily agreeing to be full transparency and disclosure, recognizing that they have this social responsibility to the planet. Because ultimately for all these corporations, the planet that we're on is our greatest asset. If we trash it...

So this whole new sector of the economy is starting to form with these corporations that are called B Corps. I think very few people are aware of that. It's an entity, the way you can form your business, you just agree to adhere to these certain standards if you agree to form as a B Corp.

Again, it speaks to how each of us, with our own talents, can really just -- it's that age-old quote -- just "be the change." As we all begin to embrace it, from all of these different backgrounds and socio-economic groups, you realize that there really is this shared common concern to protect this planet that we're all living on.

And as I came through I thought, "How do you get past this whole notion of being a tree hugger?" People kept saying, "This is activism. You're an advocate." And I'm not comfortable with any of those terms. What do you call somebody that's so totally inspired by love?

And it doesn't matter if you have kids, if you don't have kids, whatever. If you're inspired to care for people, your friends or your family, and you want to make sure that they are protected and safe...there isn't a word; we've got this linguistic gap right now for what that person is who is so totally inspired by love. Because whenever anybody tries to say, "You're an advocate" or "You're an activist," I just, that term doesn't hit quite right because I think that's somebody that's inspired by anger. And as I came through it, it was so hard to dismantle this belief system and it caused a lot of isolation five years ago.

There was real sadness in learning it but I realized that the last thing the world needed was another "angry mom." So I thought, "This is something that is so inspired by love." As you learn this, as hard as it is to hear, and as much as I didn't want to know it, now that I know it, I see it as a gift that I can share. This knowledge, this incredible gift that you can share to protect people that you love. And again, it really speaks to this notion each of us has the ability to create change.

How does your family look at food these days?

I'm sure it looks very different now. Oh, it totally does. One of the kids one day, he just looked at me and said, "Mom, we didn't used to eat this way." And you know, I didn't know any better. Truly. I had maybe been...I hadn't wanted to hear it. I had plenty of people trying to tell me and I just wasn't ready to hear it.

A typical meal?

Now, we always have fresh fruit and vegetables. We cook from scratch. I have the 80/20 rule, where if we're flying around between soccer and lacrosse, voice lessons or whatever it is, I'll grab a frozen pizza but I've always made sure that it doesn't contain genetically engineered soy or genetically engineered anything. The 80/20 rule is so important to get through the insanity of our schedules.

"If 80 percent of what we give our kids is healthy—free of additives, preservatives, artificial color, aspartame, MSG—then for the other 20 percent we, and they, get a free pass." -- The Unhealthy Truth, p. 232

Do your concerns about GMOs and antibiotics also apply to meat?

The science around genetically engineered products, really gets into this kind of he-said-she-said category, where you got scientists over here saying one thing and you've got scientists over here saying another thing. Because my background is finance, whoever's funding the study is usually going to tell you what the answer is. So instead of this he-said-she-said debate on the science of genetically engineered products, which is still pretty hazy because no human trials have ever been done, I tend to step back and say, "Okay, you're engineering these products."

There are two genetically engineered traits that we have on the market. One is to allow the increased spraying of weed killers and herbicides. You're able to really drown these crops in weed killers. The other trait enables the plant to make its own insecticide. So, regardless of the GMO thing, I don't want more weed killers on my crop and I don't want eat something that's making its own insecticide. So, for those reasons, I'm gonna choose to opt out.

What's fascinating is that no human trials were done. We don't have any long-term animal studies because a lot of this corn and soy is grown to feed to the livestock. Livestock is getting increasingly sick; 80 percent of the antibiotics used in the United States are used on livestock. So, correlation is not causation, it's really important to emphasize that.

But, as we learn how polluted our food supply has become, whether it's "dirty dairy" because the milk comes from cows that have been injected with this artificial growth hormone that's not allowed in other countries, and then the cows are so sick they're injected with antibiotics or fed the antibiotics in their feed or their water, and then on top of that these cows are being fed these genetically engineered crops that have been absolutely doused in weed killers or engineered to create their own insecticides, we simply don't know.

And that food from that animal contains a whole bunch of chemicals and pollutants that weren't there when we were kids. And we don't have any long-term studies.

So in order to exercise precaution, say, "I'm gonna opt out of this human trial." Because that's really what it is. We are the long term human study. We are.

One of the most disturbing things from your book was the reality of the revolving executive door between companies like Monsanto, the FDA and the USDA. How can we stop this? Is there a bill in the works?

I think that in January 2010, when the Supreme Court basically ruled that a corporation is a person, and gave the corporation rights, in elections, for what they could fund … Again, it speaks to a system that has been created to drive profitability.

But what can we do?

People suggest shopping with your dollar in the grocery store, but I truly think you have to reach out to your local legislators. And that was an intimidating hurdle for me to have to clear. I really didn't want to do it -- again, it went against the conservative upbringing. And yet, I felt that but in order to protect our families and our economy from these growing healthcare costs, that to be able to exercise precaution, just like the President's Cancer Panel is urging, or the American Pediatrics, was just a sound business decision as a country.

As I began to reach out to legislators, I realized that disease doesn't know party lines. As I really looked at the system, I realized that these problems affects both sides of the aisle.

That disease affected both sides of the aisle. As I was speaking with representatives, didn't matter which party they were from, everybody has family members that either have diabetes, or allergies or cancer and that's what unifies us. If you can give people information about ways they can protect their families. It doesn't matter where they are politically, where they are socio-economically, that's a very unifying, powerful force. I think as state senators learn about it, as congressmen, congresswomen learn about it. It's powerful information and you can't unlearn it.

And what's remarkable, what we're seeing right now, is that even though the federal government isn't doing anything when it comes to addressing the concerns around these agri-chemical ingredients in the food supply, at the state level there's a lot legislation that's being introduced. Every year, an increasing number of states are saying, "We want this labeled."

It's sort of like IBM, it's new technology. We've had a very dominant player in this space. So when IBM first introduced that computer, they were really a dominant player, there wasn't a lot of market competition so we weren't getting the best, most effective, most efficient technology on the market. We had that giant computer in that giant room. Can you imagine if we all still worked on that today? And then, as the barriers to entry were forced down and competition took hold in that marketplace, we suddenly got faster, better, cheaper computers and a whole diversity in that product line. And I think that's where these genetically engineered products need to go.

Right now, we've got a very dominant player in the agri-chemical industry. There are really high barriers to entry with lots of protection in patent law. If we could bring those barriers down and create a really competitive, healthy market place, we'd getter a better, faster, safer, more efficient, more effective technology.

In the meantime, we need labeling on these products so that consumers can make an informed choice, so they can know that this genetically engineered protein, this synthetic growth hormone that's in American dairy, isn't being used anywhere in other developed countries. To be able to have the right to know so you can make an informed choice, to have that freedom, to me, that is truly one of the most American attributes out there.

What's the most active piece of legislation, or political leader, that is behind this cause?

I don't know but what's interesting is that but recently I've been contacted by state senators out of Texas, Georgia. They're parents, they're dads, and they're concerned. They want it labeled so they can make an informed choice when it comes to protecting their families. And to see that out of places like Texas and Georgia, is not what you'd expect. It's not Boulder, Colorado, it's not Berkeley, California, these are really conservative parts of the country, but to exercise precaution is a very conservative move when it comes to protecting your health.

I think once we have that information to be able to preserve and protect your health, by being conservative when it comes to exposing your family to foreign ingredients that have never been in the food supply, it's a smart decision.

Is Michelle Obama aware of your book or this issue at all?

Again, food is very political. If you consider that for the past several decades, our fuel source has been oil-based and now our fuel-source is commodity-based -- we're moving in that direction -- you realize the tremendous power of Big Oil, Big Ag.

So, when you look at it politically, the administration is currently focusing on calories-in, calories-out, which is why they're focusing on physical activity and moving. But as anyone who has spent any time in the kitchen knows, not all calories are created equal.

So you can have empty calories going in that are full of sugar and fat and protein and processed foods. Or you can have nutrient-dense calories going in. And so, because of the political landscape of food, Michelle Obama is doing an amazing job of focusing on calories-in, calories-out and really addressing the physical need but there really has not been a lot of attention on the fact that not all calories are created equal.

Have you read My Year of Meats? It's fiction, and it won't help you sleep at night, but it's about all these fears coming to reality. Interesting that it came out 12 years ago. Similarly, your story is like walking through the Haunted Mansion -- scary things keep popping up, but it all comes together in one big theme.

You know, it's interesting. We de-regulated the financial system and we got a bunch of toxic assets. We had the whole housing bubble and the whole mortgage crisis. We deregulated the food system, and it's becoming increasingly obvious that we got a whole bunch of toxic assets.

And one of the things I speak to a lot is, as a national family sitting down to our national dinner table with our national budget, we haven't allocated much of our national resources to protecting the food supply. Almost half of our national budget goes toward defense, but at the same time, our population is getting so sick that they can't serve in the military.

So, we've got to start realizing that in order to defend our country, we've got to defend our health. This is truly one of the most patriotic things we could be doing. For the health of our country, for our economy, for our military -- it doesn't matter what your priority is, we have to have a healthy population to thrive and succeed in the global marketplace. In order to do that we have to allocate resources.

The FDA is a perfect example. When I wrote the book, the budget for the FDA was $4 billion, and they basically didn't have the budget to conduct any studies so we have to rely on industry to conduct these studies. And industry came out just this year and said, "We can't do it, we're self interested. Our interest is profitability. If you're calling on us to do these studies, this might be a conflict." The industry itself disclosed that!

You have to step back and say, "If we're truly going to defend this country, we have to defend our health."

I read something scary yesterday that said wheat is the next big market for GMOs. Another big floodgate being opened?

So, 70 percent of our immune system is found in our digestive tract and what doctors are starting to say now is that we've got all these chemicals going in to our pipes. It's highly intensive what they put on those crops already and you genetically engineer the wheat to withstand increasing doses of chemicals, that crop is going to be drowning in chemicals by the time it gets pulled from the field and gets processed into the food supply.

And then I learned that, by law, organic foods are not allowed to contain these toxins and not sprayed with these intensive doses of these chemicals. You start to realize that this is your health insurance policy. This is your way of exercising precaution.

While these crops are being engineered to withstand all these increasing doses of weed killers, it's great for these corporations that are selling the weed killers, but not great for us.

It seems that America no longer produces anything of real value anymore. In fact, our biggest product these days is disease. Would you agree?

I think what happened was we genetically engineered these traits into our corn and soy and we anticipated great international trade and that we'd be able to sell these crops and countries around the world said, "We don't want them because they've never been proven safe. Not only do we not want them in our food supply, we don't want them fed to our livestock." Some countries, like France and New Zealand, didn't want to plant it in their soil.

Suddenly, this surplus came back into the United States and we had to create a new market: ethanol. If some market analysis had been done prior, they might have realized it wouldn't sell in a global marketplace. There is a surplus of a lot of these commodities here in the US which is why we see them put into the school lunch program and why we see them fed to cattle because there hasn't been a big marketplace internationally for the product.

Wait, what?

Yeah, the school lunch program is sad. What's not put into grocery stores, restaurants and livestock feed, is then disposed of in the national school lunch program. All of these different national programs, are essentially customers for the food industry.

Okay, so this is where it gets heavy! As you start to really pull the thread, it keeps pulling -- just the other day to learn about how these children are working these farms ... Sometimes you think you know it all and then you hit something like that and it goes straight to your heart.

Because it is such a mess, it means that there's just enormous opportunity to be part of the solution. There are all of these different places that you can engage -- if you're concerned about child labor, the health and well-being of workers, legal aspect of the technology agreements, the school lunch program - whatever your interest is, there are so many ways to get involved. I think that part is what's really exciting.

One piece of advice that you would give?

My one piece of advice: Find a friend! Sometimes it's a friend, sometimes a spouse, sometimes it is an encouraging mother or a sibling. To have that person to stand beside you, who can cheer you on, who can hold you up when people roll their eyes at you or try to knock you down for these beliefs. It's so important to have that person beside you because it can be overwhelming.

BlogHer Contributing Editor, Animal & Wildlife Concerns; Section Editor, LIFE; Proprietor, ClizBiz


          10 Cancer Causing Foods We Eat In Daily Life        
It's presumably not something you ponder consistently, whether the foods you are consuming could hold cancer-causing agents, yet with very nearly 1.5 million individuals diagnosed with some sort of malignancy simply a year ago, maybe now is the right time to take a gander at what is in our foods that could be bringing on such an immense number of new patients. Here is a list of 10 foods that you no doubt eat consistently that may hold cancer-causing agents or be associated with bringing on cancer tumors. Foods are always been a health insurance but some foods may cause you danger. Check the Elementary food list below.
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1. PopCorns Prepared In Microwave
We should discuss this food substance.The vast majority of them utilize soybean oil (a GMO item) and also different additives, for example, propyl gallate, a synthetic that ads reasons to stomach issues and skin rashes. Presently they don't really say they are utilizing GMO corn additives, yet that is on account of the administration says they don't need to. Regardless of the possibility that they don't utilize GMO corn, you can wager they aren't utilizing natural corn! Utilization of this compound brought on Conagra Foods to expel it from their brand of popcorn, ACT, on the grounds that it was bringing on lung infections in the specialists at their manufacturing plant.

2. Non Organic Fruits
You will never find organic food being cultivated in composted human sewage waste!Conventional foods are also subjected to an enormous amount of these types’ chemicals as well as hormones, to make the fruit and veggies grow bigger. Apples are probably the worst offenders with pesticides showing on more than 98 per cent of all apples tested. Fruits with a 90 per cent positive rate of pesticide residue included oranges, strawberries, and grapes.Washing fruit does not remove 100 per cent of the residue. Pesticides are toxic chemicals to insects as well as human beings.
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3. Canned Tomatoes
Actually, most canned foods are a concern because of what the can is lined with. The lining of almost all canned foods are made with a chemical called bisphenol-A, or BPA.Tomatoes are exceptionally dangerous due to their high acidity, which seems to cause BPA to leech from the lining of the can into the tomatoes themselves. The level of BPA can be so high in fact; you should seriously consider not feeding them to children. Due to FDA laws, there are no standards for labeling BPA so simply because a can does not say it has it does not mean that it does not contain BPA. Be safe and avoid cans. Cook fresh or buy glass bottles.

4. Processed Meats
What exactly are processed meats? This is a long list that includes, but is not limited to, sausages, hot dogs, bacon, most lunch meats like bologna or pimento loaf.All these processed meats contain numerous chemicals and preservatives, including sodium nitrates, which make them, look appealing and fresh but are well known carcinogens. Smoking meats seem to be particularly bad as the meat picks up tar from the smoking process. Yes, tar, the same deadly ingredient that cigarette smoke contains.
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5. Farmed Salmon
Although fish sounds like one of the healthiest foods possible, farmed salmon is one you should avoid. Unfortunately, more than 60 percent of the salmon consumed in the USA is farm raised.These fish are fed unnatural diets and are contaminated with chemicals, antibiotics, pesticides, and other known carcinogens. They live in very crowded conditions which results in these fish having 30 times the number of sea lice than wild salmon. (Doesn't that sound appetizing?) Farmed salmon are fed chemicals to make their meat that reddish pink color that should occur naturally but doesn't because of the diet of chicken litter that they are fed.Also, due to their diet, they have less of the healthy omega-3 that we think we are getting when we consume fish. Studies have also shown that farmed salmon contain high levels of PCB’s, mercury, and cancer causing dioxins.  Avoid farmed salmon and buy it canned or look for labels in your market that state the fish you are buying is wild sockeye salmon.

6. Potato Chips
Yes, we know, potato chips are cheap, great tasting, quick snack, however, the negative effects they have on your body may not be worth the little bit of pleasure you derive from these crispy snacks.Potato chips are high in both fat and calories, which are sure to bring on weight gain. A study done in the New England Journal of medicine found that eating just 1 once of potato chips per day caused an average 2 pound weight gain in one year. Besides being full of trans-fats which can cause high cholesterol in most people, they have excessive sodium levels which, for many people, cause high blood pressure.Potato chips have artificial flavors, numerous preservatives, and colors as well, which is something else your body doesn't need.  Potato chips are fried in high temperatures to make them crispy but this also causes them to make a material called acrylamide, a known carcinogen that is also found in cigarettes.
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7. Hydrogenated oils
Let’s start from the point that all hydrogenated oils are vegetable oils. Vegetable oils cannot be extracted naturally like butter is, vegetable oils must be chemically removed from their source, and then they are changed to be more acceptable to consumers.They are frequently deodorized and colored to look appealing.Hydrogenated oils are used to preserve processed foods and keep them looking appealing for a long as possible. Hydrogenated oils influence our cell membranes’ structure and flexibility, which is linked to cancer.

8. Foods that are highly salted, pickled, or smoked
Foods that are cured by use of nitrates or nitrites act as preservatives as well as adding color to the meat. Although nitrates do not cause cancer in and of themselves, under certain conditions these chemicals change once they are inside the body into N-nitroso composites. It’s this N-nitroso that is associated with a greater increase the risk of developing cancers.Smoking foods such as meat or nuts causes these food items to absorb considerable amounts of the tar that smoke produces. Tar is a known carcinogen. Meats such as bacon, sausage, bologna, and salami are high in fat and salt.  Pickled foods are also very high in salts.
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9.Highly processed white flours
Most of you have already heard by now that white flour is not a good thing, but you most likely have no idea just how bad it really is for your health. Refining grains destroys its natural nutrients. Mills are no longer content with waiting for their flour to whiten with time; mills now bleach flour with a chemical called chlorine gas.The EPA states that chlorine gas is a dangerous irritant that is not safe to inhale and in large quantities can be lethal. White flour lurks in many processed foods. White processed flour has a very high glycemic rate which quickly raises the blood sugar level and insulin levels, which can be a direct cause of diabetes, not to mention it is believed that it spreads cancer cells by feeding the cells directly.Cancerous tumors feed mostly on the sugars in your bloodstream. By avoiding refined grains such as white flour, you can avoid, or at the very least, starve tumors.
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10. Genetically modified organism foods
The last in these 10 Cancer Causing Foods we eat in daily life are GMO's.Genetically modified organisms, more commonly called GMO’s, are foods that have been modified by chemicals and grown with chemicals.In a study done by Dr. Pusztai at the Rowett Institute in Scotland, rats were fed GMO foods, especially potatoes. ALL rats showed damaged immune systems, pre-cancerous cell growths, along with smaller brains and livers, in just the first 10 days of the project. American consumers believe that the FDA has approved these GMO foods and this is simply not the case.


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          Dirty Words, Cheating, and a Love Affair         
Cheat is a dirty word...So this is a story of a love affair.

If you’ve ever been on a diet chances are you’ve heard the term “cheat meal”. It is either used as an excuse; “but it’s my cheat day!”, or as a reward, “I deserve this”; but we’re here to tell you it is neither. Cheat is a DIRTY word, and we’d have you eliminate it from your vocabulary altogether. “Cheating” conjures images of Tiger Woods or Bill Clinton, and it should in no way be associated with your new found zest for life and hunger for health. There is something decidedly permanent about the word cheat, which is fitting because in one “epic cheat meal”, you can absolutely ruin a week’s worth of progress, and leave a permanent mark on your pant size and waist line. Cheating is not acceptable in any aspect of life; you would not cheat on your spouse because you’ve committed to them. If you’ve truly committed to investing in yourself as well as your health, there is no need to partake in act synonymous with shame and guilt. Because healthy living should never fall under the word “diet”, we’ve come up with a new phrase to express those occasional clean indulgences. Should you happen to partake in the intermittent glass of wine or strategic macaroon this act shall henceforth be referred to as, a “Clean Reprieve”. A reprieve is, by definition, temporary. (n: temporary relief or respite from evil).

Though we’d rather you not view your healthy lifestyle as evil, we understand arbitrary resentment of kale is sometimes in order.

With all of that being said, what follows is an example of the aforementioned reprieve. It has one “questionable” ingredient, which is butter- but in all fairness, it is organic grass-fed butter, which means it is basically coconut oil. Ok, maybe not, but surprisingly grass fed butter retains many nutrients, courtesy of the leafy greens it’s bovine developers nosh on all day. Not all butter is created equal, so it is important to buy raw, organic, and grass-fed, as opposed to GMO heavy pasteurized fat from factory farmed dairy cows. Some benefits of grass-fed butter include:

- CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid, which helps reduce belly fat, protects against cancer and encourages muscle growth

- Vitamin A to help maintain thyroid, adrenal and cardiovascular health

- Vitamin K2 to support bone density and possibly reverse arterial calcification

- Vitamin A, D and E, all key anti-oxidants that are essential to good health

- Key health supporting nutrients and minerals including lecithin, selenium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iodine and more.



**as with any indulgence, we ask that you enjoy butter as a responsible adult. Don’t go drowning every meal in it or touting it as a health food, because it’s not. It falls into the same category as red wine and dark chocolate, with minor benefits in a structured, safe environment. Practice safe butter use, and always come prepared with a measuring cup.**



Clean Reprieve:

Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass in a Grass Fed, Brown Butter with Sauteed Swiss Chard and Mashed Purple Potato


Ingredients:

2 6 oz Sea Bass Filets

3 Tbsp Grass Fed Butter (We like Kerry Gold)

1.5 cups purple potatoes

2 cups chopped Swiss Chard Leaves

1 tbsp chopped shallots

1 tbsp chopped garlic

1 tbsp EVOO

3 oz white cooking wine

1 tsp chopped thyme

Salt and Pepper to taste


Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350

Bring large sauce pan to a boil, drop potatoes in, boil until tender, about 20 minutes, drain and mash

Salt and pepper to taste, add 1/2 tbsp grass fed butter- set aside

In a 7 inch sautee pan, add 1 tbsp butter, salt and pepper, add sea bass to pan

On HIGH heat, sear chilean sea bass on both sides, approximately 2 min

Remove from sautee pan, place on sheet pan and into preheated oven for 9-10 minutes

Add to pan: chopped shallots, rest of butter, cook until lightly brown, add white wine

Reduce by half, finish with chopped thyme, season to taste

In a 10 inch sautee pan, heat olive oil over medium heat, add garlic until brown, add swiss chard, add salt and pepper, cook down until wilted and tender

Plate fish over mashed cauliflower, pour remaining sauce over fish


**DISCLAIMER: We do not prepare Eat Clean Bro meals with butter, in ANY capacity. This recipe is meant to be an occasional indulgence, and relief from the usual cheat meal full of salt, preservatives, and sugar.**


          BioTalk20: GMO Babies and the 2016 Election        
The latest episode of BioTalk is with Dr. David Prentice of the Lozier Insititute on the world’s first GMO baby born this summer using the “3-parent IVF” method called “maternal spindle transfer”. If not for the Aderholt amendment to the 2015 omnibus spending bill, which prohibits the Food and Drug Administration from entertaining any submission that proposes “research in which ... Read More
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          Frankenweed – What You Need To Know About Monsanto’s Patent On Marijuana        
by Gregg Prescott, M.S. Editor, BodyMindSoulSpirit.com Despite marijuana being classified as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, GMO conglomerate Monsanto was recently approved for a patent on marijuana (U.S. Patent No. 6630507). At one point in time, you could actually be arrested for NOT growing hemp, as mentioned in the […]
          These 7 Mobile Apps Will Help You Find GMO and Additive-Free Foods        
A commonly proposed solution to counteract companies such as Monsanto, as well as to improving your health through diet, is to stop purchasing foods with chemical additives and GMO ingredients from companies that are against GMO labeling and banning. Yet, labels are sometimes misleading, with large marketing slogans such as “All Natural”, while ingredients lists are often printed in […]
          This Top Organic Brand Is Selling Out To A GMO Juggernaut        
by Christina Sarich, What’s the best way to squash your competition? Buy them out. Applegate Farms, LLC really has no good reason to sell out to a GMO-supporting mega-corporation. They’ve been worth millions for years, and have gained success in the organic food industry like few others. But money talks, and the organic meat seller is […]
          Why A Former GMO Engineer Switched Sides To Organic        
by TheAlternativeDaily, here is no shortage of organic farmers and proponents who speak out against GMO foods. However, when a former GMO engineer with 30 years of experience starts talking in support of organic farming that alone should speak volumes. A change of heart Born in France, Thierry Vrain, obtained a degree in plant physiology […]
          Projekt ustawy o GMO ponownie wrócił do podkomisji        
Projekt ustawy o organizmach genetycznie modyfikowanych (GMO) ponownie wrócił do prac w podkomisji. Zdaniem posłów, podkomisja powinna przeanalizować grudniowy wyrok Trybunału Sprawiedliwości w sprawie GMO i uwzględnić go w projektowanej ustawie.
          GMO pod znakiem zapytania        
Unia Europejska ma wątpliwości, co do propozycji lokalizacji narodowych zakazów uprawy genetycznie modyfikowanych organizmów.
          Ministrowie przeciwni decyzji Komisji        
Na posiedzeniu Rady ds. Środowiska dnia 14 października br. ministrowie środowiska dyskutowali nt. możliwości scedowania kwestii zgody bądź zakazu uprawy GMO w Unii na państwa członkowskie. Ponownie Niemcy i Francja zajęły przywódczą rolę w opozycji wobec propozycji KE.
          Kukurydza GMO w natarciu        
Komisja Europejska zatwierdziła wczoraj dopuszczenie na rynek UE 6 kolejnych odmian genetycznie modyfikowanej kukurydzy. Są przeznaczone zarówno do konsumpcji przez ludzi, jak i produkcji pasz dla zwierząt.
          Przeciwnicy GMO i ich kłamstwo        
Uprawy genetycznie modyfikowane nie dają większych plonów niż tradycyjne - stwierdziła prof. Ewa Rembiałkowska z SGGW na konferencji zorganizowanej przez Greenpeace Polska. Rembiałkowska powiedziała, że naukowcy i firmy chemiczne tak twierdząc oszukują rolników. Nigdy nie słyszałem, żeby takie informacje przekazywano rolnikom - zauważył Radosław Iwański, redaktor naczelny dwutygodnika Farmer.
          Przeciwnicy GMO i ich kłamstwa        
Uprawy genetycznie modyfikowane nie dają większych plonów niż tradycyjne - stwierdziła prof. Ewa Rembiałkowska z SGGW na konferencji zorganizowanej przez Greenpeace Polska. Rembiałkowska powiedziała, że naukowcy i firmy chemiczne tak twierdząc oszukują rolników. Nigdy nie słyszałem, żeby takie informacje przekazywano rolnikom - zauważył Radosław Iwański, redaktor naczelny dwtygodnika Farmer.
          Uprawy GMO nie podwyższą zbiorów        
Uprawy genetycznie modyfikowane nie dają większych plonów niż tradycyjne - stwierdził Greenpeace Polska podczas zorganizowanej w poniedziałek konferencji prasowej. Swoją opinię oparł o raport "Prawdziwe koszty upraw GMO".
          Uprawy GMO korzystne dla rolników        
Najnowsze badania przeglądowe amerykańskich naukowców, opublikowane w prestiżowym magazynie Nature Biotechnology pokazały korzystny wpływ zastosowania odmian roślin genetycznie zmodyfikowanych na plon i korzyści finansowe uzyskiwane przez rolników na całym świecie.
          A jednak, GMO górą        
Naukowcy biorą stronę zwolenników organizmów genetycznie zmodyfikowanych. Ze zleconych przez rząd badań wynika, że karmienia paszami GMO zwierząt gospodarskich jest całkowicie bezpieczne zarówno dla samych kur, świń czy krów jak i dla konsumentów kupujących mięso, mleko czy jaja.
          Zieloni miękną w sprawie GMO?        
Żywotna i ideologiczna dyskusja na temat GMO trwa od lat w Unii Europejskiej, a w Polsce nasiliła się ona w związku z trwającymi pracami nad nową ustawą Prawo o organizmach genetycznie zmodyfikowanych. Organizacje
          Apel o merytoryczną debatę        
Rozpoczyna się właśnie ważny rozdział w tworzeniu prawa o organizmach genetycznie zmodyfikowanych. Zarówno przeciwnicy jak i zwolennicy GMO zbierają szyki i przygotowują się do rozpoczęcia prac nad ustawą w komisjach sejmowych Ochrony Środowiska, Zasobów Naturalnych i Leśnictwa oraz Rolnictwa i Rozwoju Wsi.
          GMO's Jeremy Grantham Newsletter: Serious Resource Shortages Coming        
In his latest GMO Quarterly Newsletter, Jeremy Grantham (eloquently, as always) continued to channel his "inner Malthus" to deliver grave warnings on resource limitations that he anticipates humanity will face with increasing severity and urgency as the 21st century rolls on.  You may remember that Grantham's Q1 newsletter focused on what he called a "paradigm shift" in commodity prices, due to a 200-year hydrocarbon boom winding down.  (See: Jeremy Grantham gets bullish on commodities).

His Q2 letter is a quite a bit darker and more philosophical, too - he's genuinely worried that the planet may not be able to feed everyone soon.
This quarter, I would like to focus on the most dangerous parts of the coming shortages.  I will try to separate those that, for us rich countries, are merely going to slow down the growth rate of our wealth through rising prices, and those that will do not only that, but will actually be a threat to the long-term viability of our species when we reach a population level of 10 billion.  In all cases, poorer countries will be the most threatened.  Situations that will irritate some of us with higher prices will cause others to starve.  Situations that will cause some of us to go hungry will be for others a real disaster, and I believe this, unfortunately, will not be in the dim and distant future.
Investment implications?
The moral however, is clear.  As Jim Rogers likes to say: be a farmer not a banker – the world needs good farmers!  I might add: or become a resource ef?ciency expert and help the world save some of them for our grandchildren.  Farming will be a satisfying and enriching experience if, on a global basis, we rise to the longterm agricultural challenges.
In terms of efficiency, Grantham is especially concerned about the depletion of fertilizers (potash and phosphates) - which will, of course, provide money making opportunities for those with who produce and/or are sitting on reserves of these resources.

You can read Grantham's full Q2 2011 newsletter here.
Potash stock price chart 2011
Eponymous fertilizer play Potash Corp (POT) and its 3-year uptrend. (Source: StockCharts.com)

          Reggae Bloodlines 07-15-2017 with J Dub        
Playlist:

Nattali Rize- Ever Rizing Dub - Rebel Frequency
Bob Marley The Wailers- Natural Mystic - Exodus 40 Deluxe Edition
Toussaint Liberator- 2 Draw feat Naya Rockers - 2 Draw feat Naya Rockers Single
Rorystonelove- Rasta Nuh Gangsta short Mix Samory I - Rasta Nuh Gangsta Deluxe
Xana Romeo- Our Father Dub Mix - Righteous Path Single
Chronixx- Spanish Town Rockin - Chronology
Meta And The Cornerstones- Kingdom - Hira
J Boog- Nuh Wan Dat - Wash House Ting
Rominal- Grow My Dread - Grow My Dread Single
Ras Muhamad- Farmerman feat Naptali - Salam
Kiki Hitomi- Yellow Story - Karma No Kusari
Kirkledove- Cold Johnny feat Jesse Royal - Rumble In The Jungle
ITahweh- Never Fade Away - Single Never Fade Away
Cali P- Dem Ago Burn Up feat Capleton - I Thoughts Deluxe
Gappy Ranks- Skeleton - Skeleton Single
Blvk H3ro- Feet Dont Fail - Feet Dont Fail Single
Chris Martin- Stop Violence Against Women - Stop Violence Against Women Single
Chronixx- Likes - Likes Single
Claye- Back Up feat Gentleman - Perception Bonus Track Version
Rebelution- Know It All - Falling Into Place
Gappy Ranks- Mountain Mover - Mountain Mover Single
Chronixx- Majesty - Chronology
J Boog- See Dem Deh - Wash House Ting
Damian Jr Gong Marley- Medication feat Stephen Marley - Stony Hill
Morgan Heritage- We Are feat Kabaka Pyramid Dre Island - Avrakedabra
Ras Demo- Dutty Gov - Dutty Gov Potential Badboy Remix Single
M1deadprez Bonnot Ft Assassin Irie Child- Open G Mix - Single Open G Mix
Mellow Mood- Inna Jamaica feat Richie Campbell - Twinz
HUMBLE- Plant What You Eat Grow What You Eat No GMO Food - Humble EP
Kazam Davis- Ham Shem Japeth - Riddim Zone Rock Dem Single
Alborosie- Strolling feat Protoje - Freedom Fyah
Randy Valentine- Officer Barage - 67 Riddim
Bugle- Ganja feat Shaggy - Ganja feat Shaggy Single
Raging Fyah- Live Your Life feat J Boog Busy Signal - Everlasting
Xana Romeo- Righteous Path - Wake Up
RC Righteous Child- Try A Little Love - Rough Survivor
Bob Marley The Wailers- Jamming - Exodus 40 Deluxe Edition


playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/82/playlistDate/2017-07-15
          Reggae Bloodlines 05-20-2017 with J Dub        
Playlist:

Frankie Paul- Programme SINGLE - Programme Single
Frankie Paul- Tato - Dancehall Duo
Frankie Paul- I Know The Score - Frankie Paul At His Best
Frankie Paul- Pass The Dub Plate - Double Trouble
Frankie Paul- Cassanova - Most Wanted
Frankie Paul- Worries In The Dance - Most Wanted
Frankie Paul- Raggamuffin - Dancehall Duo
- voicebreak -
Queen Ifrica- Look Up - Bamboo Bench Riddim
Misty In Roots- True Rasta - Roots Controller
Ras Teo- Night AndDay Dub - Ras Teo Meets Idavid
Capital Letters- Smoking My Ganja 12 Mix - Headline News
Christopher Ellis- Here We Are - Here We Are Single
Macka B- 70s Legendary Reggae Icons - 70s Legendary Reggae Icons Single
The Skints- RatAtAt - Part Parcel Recorded Delivery
Lee Scratch Perry Subatomic Sound System- Black Ark Vampires Roots Rockers Mix - Black Ark Vampires Single
Gentleman- Superior - Superior
Saritah- Inner Wealth - Inner Wealth Single
Chronixx- Spanish Town Rockin - Spanish Town Rockin
Dennis Bovell- Rowing - Decibel
Paolo Baldini DubFiles- Dub A Express - Single
Gappy Ranks- Mountain Mover - Mountain Mover Single
Exco Levi- Irie - Reggae Pickney Riddim
Keith Tex- Grandma - Same Old Story
Christopher Ellis- Better Than Love - Better Than Love EP
Morgan Heritage- We Are feat Kabaka Pyramid Dre Island - Avrakedabra
Ras Demo- Dutty Gov - Dutty Gov Single
Promise No Promises- Real Friends - Real Friends Single
Gregory Isaacs- Cool Down The Pace - Night Nurse
HUMBLE- Plant What You Eat Grow What You Eat No GMO Food - Humble EP
Suga Roy The Fireball Crew Zareb Conrad Crystal- We All Singing The Same Song - Honoring The Kings Of Reggae Suga Roy The Fireball Crew Conrad Crystal Zareb
- voicebreak -
Tarrus Riley- One Two Order - Parables
PZed- Praise Him - Praise Him Single
Dexta Daps- Meditation - Vacation Riddim
Capital Letters- Natty Walk 12 Mix - Headline News
Burning Spear- Columbus - Burning Spear Live At Montreux Jazz Festival 2001 Live
- voicebreak -
Alpheus- From Creation - From Creation


playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/82/playlistDate/2017-05-20
          HISTORY OF BHUTAN        


It is believed the country got the name 'Bhutan' from the Sanskrit word 'Bhu-Uttan' which means 'High Land'. Another theory says that it comes from the Sanskrit word 'Bhots-ant' meaning 'end of Tibet or south of Tibet'. However, to the Bhutanese themselves, their country is known as "Druk Yul" and its inhabitants as 'Drukpa'.

In Bhutanese language, Druk means dragon and 'Druk-Yul' means 'the land of the Dragon'. This is because when the sect of Buddhism, which was later to become the dominant religion in BHUTAN was first initiated at the Ralung monastery in Tibet, 'a loud roar of the thunder dragon' was heard echoing to the south. This was taken as an auspicious sign that the sect would fluorish in the south of Tibet, where Bhutan is, and the sect was named as the 'Drukpa sect'. The country where this sect later flourished was henceforth known as 'Druk-yul'.

To this day, the state religion of Bhutan is 'Drukpa Kargyud' although other sects are almost equally popular and tolerated.

One thing that all Bhutanese are proud of is that Bhutan was never colonised. Despite many wars with Tibet, and some rough encounters with the British, Bhutan always managed to remain independent.

Recorded histroy begins from around the 8th century AD. In the 8th century, the great Tantric mystic Guru Padmasambhava (more popularly known as Guru Rimpoche in Bhutan) came to Bhutan from Swat, present-day PAKISTAN, and spread the Buddhist faith through the land, planting the seeds of the culture that flourishes today. Temples and monasteries dating from the 8th century still stand as honoured places in contemporary Bhutan.

The greatest event in the history of Bhutan was the arrival of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel from Tibet in 1616. He was aged 23. He was to become the first person to bring all parts of Bhutan under one central authority and unify the 'country'.

"Shabdrung" literally means "at whose feet one submits". He was the father and unifier of medieval Bhutan. He was a great man. After repelling numerous Tibetan invasions, the Shabdrung subdued the many warring feudal overlords and brought all of Bhutan under the influence of the Drukpa Kagyud School. His 35 year reign also saw the establishment of a nation-wide administration, aspects of which still endure, and the building of dzongs as easily defensible fortresses and seats of local government. In fact, many of the dzongs you see today were built during the Shabdrung's reign, although some future renovations were carried out.

Shabdrung set up a dual system of Government with a secular head known as the 'Druk Desi' and a spiritual head known as the 'Je Khenpo'. However after his death, before his reincarnation would be found and would come of age, rivalry between different lords and fight for power broke up, which took Bhutan through a tumultuous period until 1907, the hereditary monarchy was insititued in Bhutan with Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuk as the first king of Bhutan.

Like the great Shabdrung, Ugyen Wangchuk pacified the feuding Regional Governors who had plunged Bhutan into a state of almost perpetual civil war. Having consolidated his authority across the entire country by 1885, he played the key mediator role between the British and the Chinese. Finally, on December 17 (Bhutan's National Day) 1907, Ugyen Wangchuk was unanimously elected by all Regional Governors and the Central Monastic Body, at the Punakha Dzong and crowned "Druk Gyalpo" ("Precious Ruler of the Dragon People).

The present king, the fourth hereditary monarch, is Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuk, upon whose coronation in 1974 Bhutan opened its doors to tourists.

Monarchy of Bhutan

Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (Founder)

The monk ruler, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (1594-1651), a Tibetan native, is considered as the founder of modern Bhutan state. He was the first ruler of Bhutan. He ruled for 35 years. His successors ruled the country till 1907.

KING UGYEN WANGCHUCK (FIrst King)

Ugyen Wangchuck ( 1907-1926 AD) was the son of Jigme Namgyel . He was born in 1862 . He was an able administrator and a wise diplomat. He took several reforms and introduced the system of western education. He opened many schools. He signed a new Anglo-Bhutanese Treaty with British India Raj in 1910. He ruled for 19 years. He died in August 21, 1926. He was married to Queen Ashi Tsendue Lhamo. His son Jigme Wangchuck became the second King of Bhutan after his death.

KING JIGME WANGCHUCK (Second King)

King Jijme Wangchuck ( 1926-1952 AD) was born in 1905. As the eldest son of King Ugen Wangchuck, he received education in English, Hindi and Buddhist literature. During his reign, Bhutan started to forsake its self-imposed isolation. In 1947 Bhutan participated in the Asian relations Conference in New Delhi, India. The Treaty of perpetual peace and friendship between the government of Independent India and Bhutan was signed in Darjeeling, on 08 August 1949. This Treaty governs the modern day Indo-Bhutan relations. Bhutan agreed to be guided by the advice of India in regard to its foreign relations, according to this Treaty. He was married to Queen Ashi Phuntsho Chhoedon

KING JIGME DORJI WANGCHUCK (Third King)

King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck ( 1952-1972) was born in 1928. He learned English and Hindi languages at early childhood. He ascended to throne as the third king in 1952. During his 20 years reign, Bhutan emerged as a modern nation. Bhutan achieved all-round development during his reign. He was a far-sighted monarch. He introduced land reforms putting a landholding ceiling of 30 acres. He distributed lands to land-less citizens. He put a ban on slavery and serfdom. He established a High court and reorganized the judicial system. In 1953, he established the Tshogdu or National assembly - Bhutan’s first unicameral Parliament. He established the Royal Advisory Council in 1963. During his reign Bhutan’s first planned economic development plan was drafted. In 1961, a five year economic development pan was launched for the years 1961-1966. Bhutan is still following this five-year economic development plan. He created Bhutan’s first Council of Ministers in 1968. In 1963, Bhutan joined the Colombo Plan. During his 20 years reign, 1770 Km of roads were constructed, the number of schools rose to 102 and 6 hospitals were established. In 1971, he set up a Planning Commission. Bhutan was admitted to the United Nations in 1971. He died on 21 July, 1972. He was the main architect of modern Bhutan he was married to Queen Ashi Kelzang Chhoedon wangchuck.

HIS MAJESTY KING JIGME SINGYE WANGCHUCK (Forth King)

The fourth hereditary and the current King Jime Singye Wangchuck ( 1972 -) was born on 11 November 1955. His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, King of Bhutan is the reigning monarch and head of Bhutanese Royal Family. He received modern education. He briefly studied in India and the United Kingdom. He returned to the Ugyen Wangchuck Academy in Paro, Bhutan in 1970. However, he could not complete his school education due to the sudden death of his father. He became king on 23 July 1972 at the age of 17. His official coronation was held on June 02, 1974.

In 1979 His Majesty King Jime Singye Wangchuck married four sisters - Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, Ashi Tshering Pem Wangchuck, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck and Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck as queens. An official royal wedding and a public ceremony was held on 31 October 1988. They five princes and five princesses. HRH Dasho Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck is the Crown Prince.

His Majesty King Jime Singye Wangchuck also carried forward the socio-economic progress of the country initiated by his father. Bhutan has made tremendous progress in the filed of communications, hydro-electric power development, education, health, financial sector, environmental protection, and industrial and infrastructural development during his reign. The per capita GDP stood at its highest of US$ 712.8 (Nu 32,006) in 2000.

Bhutan became the member of. ESCAP in 1972, NAM in 1973, IFAD, IMF, IBRD, IDA and FAO in 1981, WHO, UNESCO and ADB in 1982, UNIDO in 1983, ITU in 1988, ICAO in 1989, ECOSOC in 1992.

Under his reign, Bhutan established diplomatic relations with Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, EEC, Norway and NETHERLANDS, Kuwait, Japan, Finland, South Korea, Austria, THAILAND, Bahrain, Hongkong, Singapore, Macaw, MALDIVES, Sri Lanka, Pakistan , Bangladesh, India and Nepal.


          Conventional vs. Organic vs. Fresh: Facts you need to make a choice        
I promised you (my readers) that I would have an agricultural topic and here it is! Lately I have been around family and friends that have varying degrees of opinions on organic foods and those that are conventionally produced today (also known as genetically modified organisms – GMO for short). This is a touchy subject … Continue reading Conventional vs. Organic vs. Fresh: Facts you need to make a choice
          Bourbon-Maple Barrel-Aged Soy Sauce        
Bourbon-Maple Barrel-Aged Soy Sauce

A non-GMO soy sauce aged traditionally in Japan for one year, then aged for another year at BLiS in twenty-year-old maple-cured bourbon barrels. 

Quick Facts

Origin: Grand Rapids, ..

Price: $11.99


          Hiro Tsukahara – DNW Podcast #102        

How GMO plans to make its big investment in .shop pay off. GMO Registry paid $41.5 million for the .shop top level domain name. How will it make its money back? CEO Hiro Tsukahara discusses why he believes the price was justified and reveals some major sales that have already occurred. He also explains why […]

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          RAW Terpene Candle        
This RAW Terpene Candle is tiny but mighty. This odor neutralizer candle is made from a blend of Soy Wax, Myrcene, Hemp Seed Oil, and therapeutic grade Terpene Essential Oils. It's a natural, clean-burning wax candle. The uplifting aroma of the terpene makes the candle perfect for "aromatherapy". Yet another natural and RAWthentic accessory from RAW Rolling Papers. RAW Terpene Sensory Enhanced Candle: - RAWtural Scent - Odor Neutralizer - Non-GMO Soy Wax - Hemp seed oil - Natural, clean-burning Wax - Burn time of approximately 15 hours Important: Never Leave a Burning Candle Unattended
$11.95

          Ep 198: Science... sort of - Finds A Way        

00:00:00 - Like a modern day Cassandra, scientists have long predicted that insects would catch up to our GMO crops. Now, even though the biotech companies did their best to keep it hidden, corn rootworms have infested the US corn supply. Thanks for not even pretending to listen.

 

00:23:28 - Ryan has a riff on a Cuba Libre known as a Cubata using actual Cuban rum. Abe and Ryan manage to make sense of Abe's My Antonia from Dogfish Head. And Charlie has a terroir-agnostic Pleiades blend red wine.

 

00:34:24 - The tech-nerd rapture knowns as the Singularity comes under scrutiny both as a concept and as a plotline when the guys watch the preview of Transcendence in this week's Trailer Trash Talk!

 

00:54:07 - Y'know that big thing up in the sky? No, the other one. The nighttime one. Well for a long time we thought it was as necessary as the daytime sky object (aka the Sun) but mayhaps life can evolve without a stabilizing moon. Doesn't mean we don't still love ya, moon!

 

01:17:45 - PalePOWs are a lot like moons. We only go their occasionally and seldom return. Abe starts us off with a donation from Michael S. Thanks, Michael! Charlie has a nice comment from active Irishman Liam O'Grady, reminding us of our very first Special Edition episode. And Ryan fields a question from Bobbi B. about the nature of dinosaur herds and the shape of human penises, based on some stuff said during his hijacking of The Weekly Weinersmiths. Maybe listen to that part using headphones.

 

 

Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts!

 

 

Music for this week's show:

Into the Cornfields - Colin Hay

Can't Stop - The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Machinehead - Bush

The Killing Moon - Echo and the Bunnymen


          Mommy’s Pasta Salad        
All recipes and meals are made with organic, real food and/or NON-GMO products. Mommy’s Pasta Salad Ingredients: ~ organic pasta (I only had this version of pasta…though smaller pasta works better) ~ organic corn ~ organic colby cheese cut into small cubes ~ organic mozzarella cheese cut into small cubes ~ organic cucumbers diced ~ organic tomatoes diced ~ red onions diced ~ organic Vivaldi onion dressing  … Continue reading
          Our Meal Plan April 19th – 25th        
I posted my weight/inches on Saturday. I’ll post every Saturday Getting Healthier and Stronger for my son  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ From now on all the foods that I eat, use for lunches, and cook with are either NON-GMO or organic. Sometimes a food can be organic, but unless it has the seal of NON-GMO then you know for certain it is 100% … Continue reading
          Same Old New Year        
Well, the "fiscal cliff" has come and gone, and the can has ceremoniously been kicked down the road once more. I've heard varying figures bandied about for what this will mean for the debt, but I believe that without the deal, the debt would've increased by $7.8 trillion, and will only increase by $7.6 trillion now that we've passed this heroic deficit reduction package. Or something like that. I forget the actual quoted figures, but I suspect it really doesn't matter a whole lot. Fantasyland is fantasyland, doesn't matter if the rides are painted blue or red. The coming year looks to be a doozie for all kinds of polarizing issues, too, with gun control and immigration reform poking their nose into the tent of unconsensus.

I don't think the significance of all this really hits people most of the time. After all, we still hear echoes of the "Greatest Generation" surviving the Great Depression, and so on. Everyone got through it while growing veggies in grandma's backyard and eating sugar sandwiches while working for the WPA until FDR came along and gave everyone a job in a defense plant (or whatever version of mythology is kicking around in your family tree). Things might be tough, but we'll get through it on the other side.

Well, kiddies, here's a problem -- only three percent of the population is involved in food production. Of those, only a tiny fraction does anything like the way it was done Back When. Most everyone else plants GMO hybrid seeds, has tractors the size of aircraft carriers, and raises cows more pumped full of antibiotics that the shut-in hypochondriac living next door to you. On top of that, most of the fertilizer and machinery involves oil at some point. As for everything else, America in 1937 still had not hit peak oil production, or was getting closed to tapping out other natural resources. The "emerging markets" of the world had not yet been discovered, and there was still a great deal of real wealth still waiting in the wings to be used.

Now...what? America is also an empire these days. We control a lot of real estate around the world, as well as cramming a couple of dozen mutually antagonistic ideologies into one nation through the miracle of "identity politics." Want to get elected? Just claim to represent some group, be it left-handed Elvis impersonators, or alien abductees, or something, and go to Washington to "fight for their rights." The only problem is that it makes everyone pissed off at each other and means that everyone's hand is in the cookie jar. Well, what happens when we get down to the last cookie and five or six people are reaching for it all at once? No one is going to want to work together, because "us vs. them" has been bred into the American mind for three generations now, along with the "gimme gimme gimme" mindset.

Things are only worth what people agree that they are. When China refuses to stop buying bonds and tells Washington to get stuffed, then what? Of course, all the pundits say that China will never, ever do such a thing because their economy is too tied to the dollar and too tied to American interests. These same pundits have not picked up a history book and look at Chinese history. Japan slaughtered Chinese right and left during the limelight of the "Greatest Generation." Look at pictures sometime of Chinese prisoners being lined up in front of a ditch, their heads being taken off by Japanese soldiers in some sort of contest. Then look at their Civil War, followed by the Cultural Revolution, and where they are now compared to where they were once in the past. This is a culture that deals with hostage takers by sending a cop out a window with a rope and a pistol. If they decide that they need to part ways with us, they will suck it up, whatever the cost, and move on.

And back to us -- we will be stuck in the middle of a political crisis where everyone is holding money that they have no idea what it's worth. The economy nearly collapsed because no one could agree what houses were worth. What's going to happen when the money itself is essentially valueless because no one can agree what it's worth? Unlike houses, we have to use money, we can't ignore the crisis and live in it, or not buy it. Are we going to get on the phone and call up someone at the corporate office halfway across the country and figure out how many bushels of potatoes our paycheck works out to? Yes, there will be attempts to pick up the slack through bitcoins or other currency alternatives, but I predict that these will be too little, too late, before real chaos -- the first we have experienced in most of our lifetimes -- hits.

Of course, if things weren't bad enough, go check out the headlines. Hugo Chavez is either dead or is the next closest thing to it. Venezuela is one of the world's major oil producers, as some might remember. What would happen if civil war breaks out (which is starting to look incresingly likely)? Couple that with the possibility of civil war in Iraq (as was predicted years ago), a wider conflict over Syria, possible conflict with Iran, and where are oil prices going to go? Back to $150 or maybe even $200 a barrel?

My prediction for the New Year: Nothing drastic is going to happen. We are not going to be chasing each other up and down the interstate while blasting away with home-made crossbows and wearing spiky leather codpieces. Zombies will not lust after your brains. Sanity will not come to our current addiction to over-consumption. Instead, we are going to keep meandering down the path of a little more wealth destruction, a little more overconsumption, a little more termite rot in the economic house. We will find ourselves looking for something and finding it is gone, another reminder that things aren't what they used to be. We'll hear of another person who lost their job and has been out of work for a while, and will be asked if we of anything to let them know. This is what real collapse looks like, when we are sinking and we know it, but it happens so slowly that we come to accept the condition as "how things are now."

          WikiLeaks Emails: Cronyism And Pay-To-Play In Hillary's Inner Circle        

Henry I. Miller and Julie Kelly

The recent WikiLeaks release of hacked emails among Hillary Clinton’s advisers revealed not just a peek into the daily machinations of a presidential campaign but the pay-to-play expectations of special interests.

One of those special interests exposed was Gary Hirshberg, the wealthy founder of Stonyfield Farm, maker of organic yogurt, who has been monomaniacal in his opposition to modern genetic engineering applied to agriculture. Like many fellow travelers, he is trying to use mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods, or so-called “GMOs” (genetically modified organisms), as a Trojan horse–a first step toward eliminating such products entirely, which would make over-priced organic food products more competitive in the marketplace.

[tweet_quote display=”The released #WikiLeaks emails expose #Hirshberg’s hypocrisy and his relentless, self-serving trashing of #GMOs.”]The released emails not only expose Hirshberg’s hypocrisy but also demonstrate that he will stop at nothing[/tweet_quote] , even exploiting mothers who want to provide the most healthful foods for their kids. Hirshberg targets and uses them to push his agenda. He invited actress Gwyneth Paltrow to a press conference on Capitol Hill in August 2015 where she spoke “as a mom who honestly believes I have the right to know what’s in the food I feed my family.” He produced a video featuring several B-list celebrity mothers who supporting labels on genetically engineered foods.

But while Hirshberg was using moms as useful props, a January 2016 email to John Podesta, the chairman of Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign, reveals what he really thinks about them: “…this is in fact one of those topics that is on many women’s minds, not because they know anything about GMOs, but because GMOs are symbolic of the bigger narrative of our foods being produced by people who care only about profits and not really about what is best for our families.”

In other words, he tells Podesta, attacks on GMOs are just a rallying cry, a stalking horse for “Big Ag,” which cares “only about profits and not really about what is best for our families,” but which has managed to produce the most diverse, cheapest and safest food supply in human history.

That’s not the only time Hirshberg’s private comments betray his public narrative. He portrays himself as a champion of consumers’ rights, claiming GMO labels are all about transparency, mocking any lawmaker or company that objects to labels as wanting to “keep consumers in the dark.” But Hirshberg’s real reason for pushing GMO labels is to use them to disparage the modern genetic engineering techniques that are unavailable to the organic industry. In a June 2015 email to Podesta, Hirshberg lays out a number of falsehoods to convince Podesta why Clinton should support his cause:

…there is very clear and compelling USDA and USGS [U.S. Geological Survey] data demonstrating a strong likelihood of serious health and environmental threats due to the skyrocketing increases in herbicides associated with GMO usage. Leading agronomists and public health scientists are extremely concerned that these trends are rapidly increasing. To me, this is the key reason why citizens need the right to know and therefore [to] choose…

Reality is very different from the propaganda on Planet Hirshberg. The herbicide that been used in greater amounts in conjunction with genetically engineered plants is glyphosate, a non-selective, broad-spectrum herbicide that targets an enzyme in plants not found in humans. It binds to soils, which prevents it from leaching into ground water, and when it unbinds, it is degraded by soil microbes. Because of its extremely benign safety profile and value to farmers, it has become the most popular herbicide worldwide.

Hirshberg’s claims that government agencies have found “a strong likelihood of serious health and environmental threats” is a complete fabrication. These were the findings of the USGS study, which collected water samples from 51 streams in the Midwest and measured levels of various herbicides: “Glyphosate was detected in 36 percent of the samples,” and “the highest measured concentration of glyphosate was 8.7 micrograms per liter, well below the MCL [Maximum Contaminant Level] (700 micrograms per liter).” In other words, the highest concentration found was about one percent of the level that could conceivably be harmful.

Back to labeling… President Obama signed a mandatory GMO labeling bill in July, and the USDA has two years to figure out the details. Although the law allows for information to be provided via QR codes and websites, that doesn’t satisfy Hirshberg and his pro-labeling allies. They will continue to work behind the scenes in a Clinton Administration to get mandatory, on-package GMO labels that incorporate a skull-and-crossbones.

An article published by the Genetic Literacy Project collected some revealing quotes from some of the other heavyweights in the anti-genetic engineering, pro-labeling movement:

We are going to force them to label this food. If we force them to label it, then we can organize people not to buy it. –Andrew Kimbrell, Center for Food Safety

Personally, I believe [genetically modified] foods must be banned entirely, but labeling is the most efficient way to achieve this. Since 85 percent of the public will refuse to buy foods they know to be genetically modified, this will effectively eliminate them from the market just the way it was done in Europe. –Joseph Mercola, activist and hawker of various kinds of snake oil 

The burning question for us all then becomes how–and how quickly–can we move healthy, organic products from a 4.2% market niche, to the dominant force in American food and farming? The first step is to change our labeling laws. –Ronnie Cummins, Director, Organic Consumers Association

Those intentions make sense only in the context of anti-social self-interest, not unlike the relentless lobbying of the tobacco industry. A broad scientific consensus holds that the modern techniques of genetic engineering are essentially an extension, or refinement, of the methods of genetic modification that have long been used to enhance the foods we eat. Except for wild berries and wild mushrooms, virtually all the fruits, vegetables and grains in our diet have been genetically improved by one technique or another–often as a result of seeds being irradiated, or by “wide crosses,” which involve the movement of genes from one species or genus to another in ways that do not occur in nature. But because molecular genetic engineering is more precise and predictable, the technology is at least as safe as–and often safer than–the modification of food products in cruder, “conventional” ways.

The safety record of genetically engineered plants and foods derived from them is extraordinary. Even after the cultivation worldwide of more than 5 billion acres of genetically engineered crops (by more than 18 million farmers in about three dozen countries) and the consumption of more than 4 trillion servings of food by inhabitants of North America alone, there has not been a single ecosystem disrupted or a single confirmed tummy ache.

The economic, health and environmental benefits are also remarkable. Every year, farmers planting genetically engineered varieties spray millions fewer gallons of chemical insecticides and substantially reduce topsoil erosion and CO2 released into the atmosphere.

Those unequivocal benefits, which have been demonstrated repeatedly, are the real motivation for the relentless opposition to modern agricultural practices—the fear by Hirshberg and others in the organic industry that the current gap between organic and conventional agriculture will become a chasm, as technologies and products that are unavailable to organic farmers become ever more efficient and productive.

Moreover, for a large segment of the population, negative attitudes towards foods produced with molecular genetic engineering techniques them are not strongly held, and “willingness to pay” studies by economists suggest that a majority of consumers would buy genetically engineered foods if they were cheaper than alternative choices (organic, for example). Therefore, it serves the self-interest of the organic lobby to keep such products out of the marketplace.

[tweet_quote display=”Hirshberg’s is a honcho in the #organic industry’s black marketing, incl. the pseudo-controversy over #GMO labeling.”]Hirshberg’s fingerprints are all over the organic industry’s black marketing, including the pseudo-controversy over “GMO” labeling.[/tweet_quote] He knows how to manipulate both public sentiment and the levers of political power. He has enlisted naive celebrities to make videos and attend Capitol Hill press conferences to push his cynical agenda. As a major Democratic Party donor, Hirshberg and his wife have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to lawmakers. They were bundlers for President Obama and were invited to a 2012 State Dinner at the White House to show the president’s gratitude. Several weeks before a key Senate vote on labeling legislation, Hirshberg hosted a fundraiser for Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow (D), who then became his water-carrier on mandatory labels. And the hacked emails show that he enjoys entrée into Hillary Clinton’s inner circle and exhibits a sense of entitlement there.

Over the last several years, Hirshberg has set up pro-labeling front groups to promote his agenda (Just Label It, Only Organic, Conceal or Reveal) and his company partners with other radical non-profits (Environmental Working Group, Center for Food Safety) that oppose genetically engineered crops. The media has unwittingly–or otherwise–referred to these as “consumer advocacy” groups, providing cover to the real agendas.

Modern genetic engineering has brought tremendous benefits to farmers, food producers and consumers. If those contributions are to continue and expand, the defenders of science and evidence-based public policy will need to organize and make their presence felt.  The war against manipulation, mendacity, cynical self-interest and faux-consumer advocacy is far from over. 

Henry I. Miller, a physician and molecular biologist, is the Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He was the founding director of the FDA’s Office of Biotechnology. Follow him on Twitter at @henryimiler. Julie Kelly is a food writer and National Review Online contributor. Follow her on Twitter at @julie_kelly2. 


          Just Say No to GMO Turkey! Shop Locally        
The Thanksgiving dinner shopping frenzy can turn grocery stores into horror movies, complete with angry mobs and fighting for one’s life. This Thanksgiving, cross the biggest item off your list with ease by having a White Oak Pastures farm turkey … Continue reading
          GMO scientists just created "doomsday crops" containing RNA fragments that intentionally cause mass infertility        
(Natural News) As advocacy against “conventional” GMO crops continues to grow, it comes as no surprise that the biotech industry has been doing its best to develop a new way to modify crops. One of the top concerns about current modification techniques is the transgenic component — which allows crops to be engineered to produce different proteins...

          Sweet Potato Pancakes        
This morning, I whipped up CaveMom’s recipe for Paleo Sweet Potato Pancakes with Apples. I have a list of healthy pancake recipes that I’m trying, and so far this is one of my favorites. As far as I can see, these pancakes are perfect in every way!
   

My criteria for healthy pancakes is that they are gluten-free, free of processed sugar (maple syrup and raw honey are my go-to alternative sweeteners), made with organic and non-GMO ingredients, and are more flavorful and filling than your conventional, highly-processed version. 

Welcome to the world of pancake perfection...


Ingredients
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch allspice (optional)
pinch nutmeg
2 whole eggs
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup coconut milk + 2 tablespoons
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (you can substitute lemon juice)
1/4 cup applesauce (or shredded apple)
* 1/4 cup mashed sweet potato

  * Mashed Sweet Potatoes: In a small pan, bring a few inches of water to a boil. Dice a small sweet potato. Add sweet potato to pan, cover, turn heat to low and cook until soft. Do not undercook. Drain water and put potatoes in blender. Add back in a little of the potato water, and blend until smooth.

Directions
1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together coconut flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, egg yolk, coconut milk, coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar. 

3. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Stir well until texture is uniform. Fold in apple and sweet potato. 

4. Heat large skillet over medium-low heat. Melt coconut oil in pan. Spoon pancake batter (about 1 heaping tablespoon per pancake) into heated pan. Cook throughly on each side. 

5. Serve with butter (and/or more coconut oil), maple syrup, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Yum!
  

          Comment on Blowhard by mh        
Unfortunately, many GMO plants were designed to tolerate Roundup, which is a proven endocrine disrupter. With a very screwed up endocrine system - diabetes since age 7 - I don't want anything designed and grown that encourages the use of more glyphosate.
          Monsanto fails farmers (again)        
Pesticide spray dicamba

For the second year in a row, farmers in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee are experiencing serious crop damage from exposure to the drift-prone herbicide dicamba. This is also the second growing cycle that Monsanto’s latest genetically engineered seed line — “Xtend” — has been allowed in fields. Coincidence? Not at all.

Xtend soy and cotton are designed to withstand repeated, heavy applications of both glyphosate (the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp) and dicamba. With more planting of Xtend seeds comes increased use of dicamba — which is toxic to broadleaf plants, including fruits, nuts, vegetables and non-GE soybeans. And dicamba tends to drift from where it’s applied to neighboring fields, causing serious problems for farmers growing anything except Xtend crops.

Monsanto attempted to address the drift issue with a new formulation of dicamba, which was approved for use last year (one year after Xtend seeds were put on the market). In November 2016, EPA granted conditional registration for this newer iteration of dicamba, in time for use on this year’s crops.

But not everyone is using this new, more expensive formulation in the field. And being “less drift-prone” than the original formulation still doesn’t render it harmless to non-target crops.

Drastic measures call for decisive action

With an earlier growing season than several neighboring states, Arkansas farmers have already been hit hard by dicamba drift damage. As of June 28, the state agricultural department had received over 420 dicamba misuse complaints spread across 20 counties. So the state is taking action to ban dicamba use, period.

Growers in Missouri and Tennessee are also starting to see serious damage, with more expected as their growing seasons heat up.

Upsetting, but not surprising

Before Monsanto’s new GE seeds were approved for use over two years ago, scientists warned that planting Xtend crops would lead to increased applications of dicamba and the development of dicamba-resistant superweeds — just as we saw with RoundUp Ready crops and glyphosate.

The drift damage predictions are clearly being borne out. And before Monsanto can claim that the problem lies with farmers spraying the old dicamba formulation (even though they were warned against it), University of Missouri professor Kevin Bradley explains:

All the calls I’ve had this year, these are people that are spraying the newly approved products. They’re doing the best they can do.”

Tom Burnham, an Arkansas grower who estimates that all of his 7,500 acres of soybeans have symptoms of dicamba damage concurs:

These weren’t what I call cowboys using the old versions of dicamba. These were people using the right stuff the right way.”

The solution is in the seed

Burnham estimates that half of the region’s acreage planted in dicamba-resistant crops this year was done by farmers solely aiming to protect themselves from drift damage. In the face of a loss of his entire soybean crop, he argues that rampant drift unfairly influences the choices of non-GMO farmers, stating,

I feel that the need to plant a technology to protect your crop from off-target movement is tantamount to extortion.”

That may indeed align with Monsanto’s plan.

Join PAN in telling Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to support farmers and pull Xtend crops off the market.

The model of engineering seeds to withstand repeated applications of herbicides is short-sighted and deeply flawed. It’s time for USDA to get behind solutions that support farmers in the long run.

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          Caballero Canyon         

Caballero Canyon Trail  

Category: Hiking
Neighborhood: Tarzana
Caballero Canyon trailhead is located 3 miles south of the 101 on Reseda Blvd.  There is ample parking at the trailhead which is surrounded by a gaggle of insidious stucco and drywall mini-mansions that should have never been built.  In fact, next time the canyon goes up in flames, invite me over so I can toast some marshmallows.  Anyway, the trail I took goes off to the left as you walk down the embankment.  It is not too steep, but I was surprised to find quite a bit of shade which must come in handy in August when Tarzana feels like beautiful Downtown Brawley.  The trail is rather short, just a little over 1.5 mi, but there are options to extend the length once you reach the top with just a little caveat which I will soon explain.  I saw some Scrub Jays, Ravens, and Robins.  Lizards out warming themselves on the rocks.  Sycamores in the canyon down below.  Oaks, but not ancient ones.  Some nice giant boulders.  When you get to the top, lo and behold: giant earth moving machines carving up yet another subdivision in the beautiful and sacred Santa Monica Mountains.  The roar of a behemoth bulldozer tearing up the hillside and that abomination of a backhoe digging trenches to accommodate conduits of shit and electricity for more Mc Mansions.  I sure wish it were not a felony to vandalize heavy construction equipment or I would put some Karo GMO Cornsyrup into the fucking gas tanks and dirt into the crankcase.  Perhaps even drain out the oil and puncture the hoses.  A nice view of the San Fernando Valley and a great view of Topanga State Park looking south.  I hope all of the co-conspirators who issued building permits, the architects and contractors that designed and constructed these abominations, and the people who occupy the houses know that they are going to the deepest ring of Dante's Inferno for destroying this once beautiful section of the Santa Monica Mountains.

I recommend listening to Judas Priest Screaming For Vengeance while running on the way down.  Full fucking blast!

          Thrown Together Vegan Pizzas!        
Another busy week is to blame for my lack of posts but I do have some things to share with you - I'm just a bit behind - that's all!

Last week I found this pizza crust at my local Tops Market that just happened to be VEGAN.  It's also Non-GMO and Organic, too!  They are long and rectangular and they come in two packs!

I was super stoked about these!  I'm NOT a baker - it doesn't matter if it's sweets or bakey type things like crusts - I screw it up EVERY TIME...guaranteed!  So finding these was like the sky parting and the heavens singing!  Even better I was able to use what I had on hand to make the pizzas!  Take a look at the additional photos below!



Starting with the first one...plan and simple...Vegan Cheese Pizza!  Yup!  That's shredded Daiya you are seeing!  I used a simple pizza sauce that was also vegan.  I liked that it only had just a couple ingredients in there, too!  I probably put these in the oven about 2 minutes too long.  They were really crunchy but that's ok because I like them that way.
Oddly - the leftover the 2nd day were even better and actually not as crunchy!



This was the 2nd pizza I did!  I threw leftover spinach, corn, and 2 Daiya Cheeses on there.  You can't really see the last bit of Jack Shreds I used but they are in there.  I was going for more of a Mexican Pizza here and you will see in the next photo how I topped it off!  I also sprinkled some minced garlic over top of this one, too!  It was totally YUMMY!  I enjoyed both but have to say I think this 2nd one was my favorite of the two!



All cut up and ready to eat!  Yup!  That is vegan sour cream you see there!  It was SUPER YUMMY with the Vegan Mexican Pizza!  And the corn really gave it that extra sweetness, too!  I think next time I am going to add some Chipotle Ranch from Wildtree to the Vegan Sour Cream.  I bet that would kick it up a notch, too!

So...what do you think about my thrown together - while using mostly leftovers - Vegan Pizzas - with new-to-me vegan crusts?

I was pretty giddy over all of this to me honest!  It was a nice treat and I was able to eat it for a few meals!
          Easy Healthier "Cookie Dough" Bites | Recipe        
My boys love to make cookies with me. Actually, they love to just eat the cookie dough! Who doesn't, right??

While I love to eat scoops of cookie dough, I know that it's really loaded with...well nothing healthy! And quite frankly, I get a stomachache if I eat too much! 

So here's a super easy, quick, healthier version of cookie dough bites that's loaded with protein and other natural ingredients.

I whipped them up after quiet time yesterday since the boys wanted a snack. Ya'll it took me less than five minutes to mix it all together and scoop the dough out on to a plate! I like mine cold, so I put them in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Recipe below...let me know if you make them and how you like them!



"Cookie Dough" Bites


Mix these ingredients together, scoop it onto a plate, chill for a little bit, then enjoy! THAT'S IT!!!

What I really love about this recipe, is that we can add extras to it! This time around, I just mixed it up 'plain,' so they tasted like peanut butter cookies. But you can add chocolate chips, coconut, maybe some flax seed, chia seeds...really the possibilities are endless!

You can use any protein powder, but the Instant Protein and the Chocolate Protein are the only ones we trust for our family!

Have fun with it and mix it up!

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          Join Us at Greens Organic & Natural Market April 9        
We hope you can join us this Thursday, April 9 from 3 – 6 pm at Green’s Organic & Natural Market in Kitsilano for a tasting of our paleo pyramid treats. Green’s Organic & Natural Market is the destination for the freshest, tastiest organic and natural foods!  Green’s carries a large selection of local and organic and non-GMO products. Stop by any time during Green’s customer appreciation day on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 3-6pm. We love meeting our customers and talking all things paleo so please stop by and say hello...read more
          #NewWorldNextWeek: Trump NATO, Chingenta, Chinternet (Audio)        
This week on the New World Next Week: NATO woos Trump with 9/11 blood and steel; China begins GMO propaganda drive; and the Chinternet now requires your real name.
          #NewWorldNextWeek: NATO Woos Trump With 9/11 Wreckage (Video)        
This week on the New World Next Week: NATO woos Trump with 9/11 blood and steel; China begins GMO propaganda drive; and the Chinternet now requires your real name.
          Comment on Why do women feel fat even when they’re not? by James Baker        
Try to stay physically active some how. Don't go to Gyms if it intimidating, or you don't like that type of atmosphere. If you feel fit, you are more likely to feel secure in how you look. Find things that you can do and enjoy. Learn about nutrition. Especially with All the GMO foods and just general crap that is not healthy. Understand that there is NO shortcut. But if you are persistent with diet and exercise, after the first 6 months (even for the most out of shape person, with an un healthy die) It is just part of a routine. A routine that has Mental as well as physical benefits that you will only realize if you make the effort. Start slow, and just keep at it. You will look back on your journey in a few months, and realize that you are happier, healthier and it permeates everything that you do. You will thank yourself. JB
          Comment on Crohns Disease – Typical Bad Advice you get by robpatrob        
Gluten as you say is a major problem in wheat and there is evidence in animals that GMO feed disrupts their biome. But the issue is deeper and wider that gluten alone that is only in wheat. Grains contain a number of chemical defences that affect our gut health and so drive inflammation and so chronic illness. Fermentation was long a way of reducing these chemicals
          Comment on Veganism: A Moral Imperative by Krissy        
Andrew, A very insightful commentary. I've always thought people should have to kill whatever they wish to eat because then they would eat a lot less meat. I read a great article in the Atlantic when I was in high school about how chickens were processed and I couldn't eat it for a long time after that. I will still eat meat though and be as conscience of the choice as possible. I think it would be also good of you to do research on all the GMO crops growing in this country and all the radiation of vegetables and chemical ripening of tomatoes and other things. Unfortunately, our veggies are very contaminated and genetically altered and not as nutritious as you think. Thank you for the article it was fun to read.
          Introducing... Every Little Thing        
Every Little Thing is a new show from Gimlet Media... plus, a mea culpa on last week's GMO episode. 
          June 11th: Solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoners @ Kebele Bristol uk        
As part of the international day of solidarity on June 11th:
Bristol ABC presents an infonight/benefit evening  for long-term U.S. anarchist prisoners Eric McDavid & Marie Mason. We will be sharing food, discussing the latest on Eric & Marie’s case and watching a short documentary on Jeff “Free” Luers.
6:30pm: Vegan food served (Suggested donation: £3)
7:30pm: Discussion on Eric & Marie’s case
8:00pm: Film screening of ‘The Jeff Luers Story‘ (40 mins).
Marie Mason is a long-time environmental and social justice activist and loving mother of two. In March 2008, she was arrested on charges related to Earth Liberation Front actions that occurred in Michigan in 1999 and 2000; no one was injured in the actions. On February 5, 2009, Marie received an outrageous 262 month sentence (a little under 22 years). The sentence was higher than even that asked for by federal prosecutors. Marie’s sentence is the longest given to any “Green Scare” defendant to date.
 In September 2007, Eric McDavid was found guilty of conspiracy to sabotage federal facilities in the name of the environment. The government’s case was based on the word of an FBI informant who was paid over $75,000 to fabricate a crime. Both of Eric’s co-defendants testified against Eric in return for a lesser charge. On May 8, 2008, Eric was sentenced to an outrageous 19 years and 7 months in prison for a crime that was never committed. Eric is appealing his conviction
Or alternatively, why not write a letter of support to them:
Eric McDavid #16209-097
FCI Terminal Island
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 3007
San Pedro, CA 90731
USA
Marie Mason #04672-061
FMC Carswell
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127
USA
june11.org / kebelecoop.org / supporteric.org / supportmariemason.org
Kebele Social Centre, 14 Robertson Rd, Easton, Bristol. BS5 6JY
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From June 11th.org:
June 11th began as an international day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoner Jeff “Free” Luers in 2004. At the time, Jeff was serving 22+ years. Infuriated by the environmental devastation he saw occurring on a global scale, Jeff torched three SUVs at a car dealership in Eugene, OR. The sentence imposed on him was meant to send a clear message to others who were angered by capitalism’s continued war on the Earth’s ecosystems – and to those who were willing to take action to put a stop to it. Jeff is, after all, not alone in his concerns about climate change, fossil fuels, pollution and genetically modified organisms.
After years of struggle, Jeff and his legal team won a reduction in his sentence and he was released from prison in December 2009. But in the years intervening Jeff’s arrest and release, the FBI had carried out a series of indictments and arrests in an attempt to devastate the radical environmental and anarchist communities. Two of the people caught up in this maelstrom of repression were Eric McDavid and Marie Mason.
Eric McDavid was arrested in January 2006 after being entrapped by a paid government informant – “Anna” – and was charged with a single count of conspiracy. Eric – who never carried out any actions and was accused of what amounts to “thought crime” – refused to cooperate with the state and took his case to trial. After a trial fraught with errors, the jury convicted Eric. He was subsequently sentenced to almost 20 years in prison.
Marie Mason was arrested in March 2008 after her former partner – Frank Ambrose – turned informant for the FBI. Facing a life sentence if she went to trial, Marie accepted a plea bargain in September 2008, admitting her involvement in the burning of an office connected to GMO research and the destruction of a piece of logging equipment. At her sentencing in February the following year, she received a sentence of almost 22 years.
Marie Mason and Eric McDavid share the unfortunate distinction of having the longest standing sentences of any environmental prisoners in the United States. Please join us in an international day of solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid, and other long-term anarchist prisoners on every June 11th. This is a time to remember our friends who are in prison – who are continuing their struggles on the inside. This is a time to continue and strengthen the very work for which Eric and Marie are now serving so much time – to struggle against capitalism, ecological devastation, and the ever more diffuse forms of control in this prison society.
Free Marie and Eric! Free all prisoners!
See 325 website for further callout for solidarity actions.


http://www.kebelecoop.org/

http://bristolabc.wordpress.com/2012/05/13/june-11th-solidarity-with-long-term-anarchist-prisoners/#more-2456
          WOLNOŚĆ OD GMO        
Po co Polsce trująca żywność ? Polska jest i ma być krajem wytwarzającą zdrowe produkty żywnościowe. Rolnik ma mieć prawo decydować o swoich plonach, będąc wolnym od zagranicznych koncernów. Polski polityk jest zobowiązany przez wyborców do ochrony życia i zdrowia obywateli. Ludzie żyjący w Polsce mają prawo do wolności i życia w zdrowiu. Wprowadzenie GMO temu zaprzeczy jak i samej konstytucji. 
          Federal Judge Overturns Kaua'i Pesticide and GMO Law        
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          Pesticide and GMO Companies Spend Big in Hawai'i        
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          Oregon's GMO Sellout        
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          GMO Lobby Works Tirelessly Against Mandatory Labeling        
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          Polska wprowadzi zakaz upraw GMO na nowych zasadach        
Zmienione unijne przepisy dopuszczają możliwość zakazu uprawy GMO, nawet jeśli jakaś odmiana GMO jest dopuszczona do uprawy w UE.
          O GMO zadecydują państwa?        
Legalizacja narodowych i regionalnych zakazów uprawy roślin GMO może rozstrzygnąć się jeszcze w tym tygodniu.
          GMO może wrócić?        
Zdaniem posła Jana Szyszki, ani tryb wprowadzenia, ani zakres obecnego uregulowania zakazu upraw roślin GMO nie jest zadowalający.
          Szyszko: Rząd oszukał w sprawie GMO        
Poseł Jan Szyszko w wygłoszonym wczoraj w Sejmie oświadczeniu stwierdził, że ogłoszony niedawno sukces rządu polegający na zakazie upraw GMO jest nieprawdziwy. Rząd nie powstrzymał upraw GMO – jest dokładnie odwrotnie.
          Prowokacyjne hasło spotu ogólnopolskiej kampanii ws. GMO        
Spot o kontrowersyjnym tytule Nie bądź emo, nie żryj GMO będzie promował ogólnopolską kampanię społeczną Wolne od GMO? Chcę wiedzieć Inicjatorami akcji są Instytut Spraw Obywatelskich (INSPRO) z Łodzi oraz Federacja Zielonych - Grupa Krakowska.
          Prezes INSPRO: W przypadku żywności GMO konsumenci powinni mieć możliwość wyboru        
Polscy konsumenci chcą wiedzieć, które produkty powstały bez udziału organizmów genetycznie zmodyfikowanych - zauważa Rafał Górski, prezes Instytutu Spraw Obywatelskich (INSPRO).
          GMO Apples to Hit Shelves in Midwest Soon        
So the Arctic apple will soon be on the shelves. This is the apple that won’t brown when you’ve sliced it. Potential effects on consumers? Who knows! Maybe it will even out tan lines, or cause dark skin to lighten, or just give you cancer or tumors or mess with your hormone levels. No one […]
          The FDA To Test for Round Up Residue        
As most people who pay any attention to our food supply issues know, glyphosate is in pretty much everything. It’s in urine, breast milk and umbilical cord blood in over 90% of urban dwellers tested for presence. Over 90% of the corn and soy in this country are GMO variants…What could go wrong? Additionally, a […]
          GMO Salmon-No Label Needed!        
The other day, when my internet wouldn’t work dependably, the FDA approval of AquaBounty GMO salmon came through. As if that isn’t bad enough, now it doesn’t need to be labeled. Ick. So, as matters to a lot of people, what they have done is implant in the genes of  a Levitically clean fish, the […]
          New England Journal of Medicine Calls for GMO Labeling!        
I don’t think this could have come at a better time. The Senate is due to vote on the Dark Act soon, and with such a prestigious medical journal now publishing an article stating that we should be labeling GM crops, it is not going to be easy for the Senators to keep holding the […]
          â€œWhat’s New at Halo” on FB Live        
Last month, at SuperZoo in Las Vegas, Halo® announced the presentation of a WHOLE new pet food category that is HOLISTIC. WHOLE. HUMANE. This new pinnacle, high-value category is made with WHOLE meat, OrigiNative™ (humanely sourced) Proteins, and NON-GMO Vegetables. To illustrate this to customers, … Continue reading
          Pangea Software Inc Enigmo 2 v3.1 iPad iPhone iPod Touch - Lz0PDA        
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          All Things Oily: Cooking Oil Collection Expansion & Non-GMO Canola Oil for Sale        
Cooking Oil Collection Expanding We are excited to be expanding our public cooking oil recycling program to these Western North Carolina counties: Watauga, Caldwell, Burke, Catawba, Lincoln, Gaston, Cleveland, Rutherford, McDowell, Polk, Yancey, Jackson, Swain and Macon Know of a good spot that needs a public bin? Click here to let us know! Here are our current public bins and we are always looking for new […]
          Comment on A Small GMO Victory by Bob        
First, thanks for reading and commenting! Second, if you wish to make claims, please provide some references that support your claims. That's the only way we could have a reasonable discussion. By references I mean actual independent, peer reviewed studies (not, Mercola, Seralini, Natural News, etc.). Third, my main point is that typical of most people who espouse annti-GMO opinions do so based on false data rooted in fears of science and corporations and promoted by people with little understanding and lots to gain, like Jeffery Smith. You didn't really address that point, you just trotted out the old Argumentum ad Monsantium: http://www.skepticblog.org/2012/11/08/argumentum-ad-monsantium/
          Comment on A Small GMO Victory by Jake        
Genetically-modified food is a blight on this planet, Bob. The website you provided is owned by two members of the biotech industry themselves whom have a financial stake in it's existence. It is therefore no wonder they provide flawed industry-funded studies to refute a clear threat to their business model. There are tenfold the amount of independent studies with no conflicts of interest that show some serious concerns regarding GMO's. Posting studies done by the biotech industry claiming their products are safe(Agent Orange?), and taking their word for it, is unwise at best. If you want to be a skeptic, that's great, but at least start looking for non-bias material. -Jake
          Monsanto-FDA’s Michael Taylor to Keynote Food Safety Town Hall        
By Rady Ananda Activist Post An agtivist with chutzpa might want to perform a GMO label action at the Food Safety Summit where Monsanto-lobbyist-now-Obama’s-Food-Safety-Czar, Michael R. Taylor, plans to wax tyrannical at a Town Hall on April 19. For a … Continue reading
          Whole Fraud: Exposing the Myth of So-Called Natural Foods        
By Ronnie Cummins Organic Consumers Association Take Action! Ask Whole Foods to Support GMO Labeling! On Jan. 31, organic and natural foods giant Whole Foods Market (WFM) once again attacked the Organic Consumers Association, the nation’s leading watchdog on organic … Continue reading
          Just Label It: GMO label comments to FDA near 1 million; Add your voice by March 27        
By Alex Duncan Just Label It The FDA has given us the 180-day “due date” for submitting comments to the petition: March 27th. With less than a month left, more than 850,000 Americans have told the FDA to label genetically … Continue reading
          Comment on 8 Beers That You Should Stop Drinking Immediately by Reese Daniel        
Yasper: Actually GMO frankenfood is both harmful to our bodies AND the earth. It changes our DNA and not in a good way. This is what will cause the world wide famine mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Monsanto (My Satan in Spanish) is killing off all the natural pollinators, such as honey bees with their toxic Roundup and GMO crops corrupt and destroy natural crops. This is all a planned Satanic agenda of population control and reduction. All these people on here advocating this poison are either paid shills or 5 beers short of a six pack.
          Comment on 8 Beers That You Should Stop Drinking Immediately by Reese Daniel        
Bill: AGREED WHOLEHEARTEDLY!! They are obviously covertly poisoning us. Beer today (the mass produced junk) doesn't even taste the same anymore (like 25 - 30 years ago). It's like a cheap parady of it's original self. They've replaced the 4 basic ORGANIC ingredients with gmo rice and corn along with all the other 100 PERCENT UNNECESSARY TOXIC CRAP. It would actually be cheaper for these bastards to use the original 4 ingredients, which makes it readily apparent that this is part of a covert genocide attack. Along with the toxic food and water supply. Of course it's done slowly over time like the frog in the pot so that most people just don't see it and when you point it out they just shoot the messenger and continue along their merry way.
          Hostess Brands Bucks 'Healthier' Snacks Trend, Takes Twinkies Public        

LOS ANGELES -- Hostess Brands LLC is testing the investor appetite for Twinkies, Ho-Hos and Ding Dongs, announcing it will begin trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the ticker symbol TWNK.

The 86-year-old brand is expected to start trading Nov. 7, making an appearance on Wall Street for the first time since it was bought out of liquidation almost four years ago, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal.

The maker of the indulgent, sweet snacks is raising its profile at a time when gluten-free, non-GMO and reduced-sugar cakes and cookies are vying for shelf space in retail outlets.

The Journal reported that Hostess is going public via a complex financial transaction using a publicly traded SPAC, or special-purpose acquisition company. A SPAC is a way for companies to go public without launching a risky initial public offering.

The acquisition company is investment group Gores Holdings Inc., created more than a year ago and based in Los Angeles.

Alec Gores, founder and chief executive of the Gores Group, said he and other investors were initially concerned that Hostess didn’t fit into the current healthy eating trend, but he believes it has growth potential. “It’s an iconic brand, part of Americana,” he said.

Hostess said it generated $620.8 million in revenue and $88.8 million in profit last year.

Gores Holdings shares, which are expected to trade under the symbol TWNK, traded up 5% on Thursday.

The listing is a big turnaround from November 2012, when Hostess shut down its factories following a nationwide strike by members of its bakers union in protest of a court-imposed labor contract that cut wages and other benefits. Four months later, Dean Metropoulos and Apollo Global Management LLC teamed up to buy the Hostess snack cake brands and four factories out of liquidation for $685 million in cash and loans.

By July 2013, they were shipping products to stores again.

The investment firms started with very little but had one big advantage: The new Hostess came without the pension costs, union contracts and $1.3 billion in debt that weighed down its previous owners.

The old Hostess employed 19,000 people. The new Hostess has about 1,200 workers, but it also doesn’t include all the brands the old company had, such as Wonder Bread. Costs were further pared when Apollo and Metropoulos invested more than $130 million in upgrading facilities with larger ovens and adding robots that can pack Twinkies into boxes. They also switched to third-party drivers and a central distribution system, rather than delivering their snacks directly to every store. And the shelf life of the snack cakes was doubled to 65 days.

Hostess, meanwhile, is adding new products, including deep-fried Twinkies. At the NACS Show last month in Atlanta, Hostess featured chocolate Twinkies and white-chocolate coated Ding-Dongs. Peanut butter Ho-Hos are in the pipeline and due out soon.

Hostess dates back to 1919, when the Hostess CupCake was introduced to the public, followed by Twinkies in 1930. Hostess produces a variety of new and classic treats also including Donettes and Fruit Pies.

Gores Holdings is a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by an affiliate of The Gores Group, for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. The Gores Group is a global investment firm. With headquarters in Los Angeles, The Gores Group maintains offices in Boulder, Colo., and London. 


          Uprawy roślin GMO tylko odłożone w czasie        
Dr Roman Warzecha uważa, że przyszłość produkcji roślinnej należy do roślin GMO. Pojawią się różne modyfikacje związane m.in. z pobieraniem przez rośliny azotu. Sprawa GMO nie została przegrana dla polskiego i europejskiego rolnictwa.
          Piechociński: Mamy skuteczne narzędzia aby obronić się przed GMO        
- Nie godzimy się na GMO i antybiotyki w kurczakach, ale mamy do tego skuteczne narzędzia kontroli. Nie tylko w tej sprawie oceny musza być jednoznaczne. Jedno mówią rolnicy i ekolodzy drugie importerzy. Rząd to powinien rozstrzygnąć i wyjaśnić ludziom wszystkie kwestie - mówi Janusz Piechociński w rozmowie z serwisem WNP.pl
          The Art of Ani Nyima Zangmo of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery in Southern India        
I post this for all to see. Ani Nyima Zangmo sent me these cards for at least 2 years of …

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          LATE JULY BACON HABANERO TORTILLA CHIPS        

Do I have a sticker on my back that say’s; “Kick Me”?  Once again I have been enticed to purchase a product with two of my favorite food ingredients. The “Late July” company has marketed a snack tortilla chip product with Bacon and Habanero promised on the label. Who is this ‘Late July’ company? Here on the West Coast they are a newcomer to me. Here is their mission statement;

“Since 2003, we have remained devoted to transforming the food industry by creating the most delicious snacks in the world using organic and non-GMO ingredients. We are dedicated to advancing the health and sustainability of the food industry and ensuring future generations have access to better and more delicious options.” They also donate 10 percent of their profits to causes benefiting Children & the Planet.


We will cut immediately to the chase; how do they taste. First off the bat, they taste a little stale to me. I wait for bacon and habanero flavor. It never happens. Maybe this bag is mislabeled?  Against my better judgement I look at the ingredient list. There is an ingredient called Non-GMO Bacon Habanero Seasoning. W.T.F. I must really have that sign on my back; ‘Kick Me!”. These chips are a major fail. At least 10 percent will be benefiting Children & the Planet.


          FDAnews Announces — Best Practices in Food Process Labeling & Regulation: Pathway to Transparency or Claim Substantiation Nightmare? Webinar, June 6, 2017        

GMO labeling is now mandatory, and regulators from the FDA, USDA, FTC, state and local health departments all are getting in on the food claims act. Join Steve Armstrong Esq., former Chief Food Law Counsel at Campbell Soup Co. and now an independent advisor for EAS Consulting Group for the new FDAnews webinar Best Practices in Food Process Labeling & Regulation.

(PRWeb May 17, 2017)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/FDAnews/food/prweb14341060.htm


          Underreported: Agribusiness and India         

Mira Kamdar, senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and associate fellow at the Asia Society, examines why U.S. agribusinesses are extremely interested in India, especially when it comes to the development of new GMO crops.


          Heirloom Gardening        
Posted by: [personal profile] sleepyfairy

Heirloom plants are those that haven't been standardized by scientists or commercial growers, but that come from small communities and are bred manually and naturally, so they may not be uniform. They're usually defined as plant varieties that existed before the 1940's when people began looking for more uniform produce that can be farmed for a bigger yield at the expense of taste (which is why I think any supermarket vegetable advertised as "GMO free" is a misnomer, but that's a subject for another time).

A lot of heirloom strains are dying out because in a lot of places it's illegal to sell the seeds (particularly in Europe), which is a shame because even though they tend to be more varied in output they're often much more flavorful than the commercial varieties.

Does anyone here focus on heirloom vegetables? Over the last couple of years I've taken an interest in it and this year I procured a number of seeds from one of the local mennonite families. The girl said that she's glad more people have taken interest in heirloom growing in recent years. They're only labeled like "carrot" or "cabbage" so I'm really looking forward to seeing what I end up with! If so, what do you grow?

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          Ben & Jerry's — 20 Years of Greenwashing        

Over the last two decades, Ben & Jerry’s has been directly confronted about their failure to live up to their stated missions, yet they have consistently refused to address the concerns brought against them. Independent testing reveals traces of glyphosate in 10 out of 11 Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors — evidence they’re using cheap, factory farmed milk from cows raised on GMO feed and tainted, non-organic flavor ingredients. 


           Impossible Foods Is 'Misleading Consumers' About Its GMO Protein, FDA Rejects the Claim That It Is Safe for Consumption        

Impossible Foods is “misleading consumers” about the key ingredient in the Impossible Burger. The Company told the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that its soy leghemoglobin was  “substantially similar” to proteins consumed daily by the global population, in the form of meat and other vegetables. The FDA told Impossible Foods that its arguments “do not establish safety of SLH (soy leghemoglobin) for consumption.” The company decided to sell the Impossible Burger to the public anyway.


          4 Ways the Biotech Industry Is Taking over GMO Regulation from the Inside        

The British non-profit GMWatch recently revealed that agribusiness has in effect taken over Conabia, the National Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology of Argentina. Conabia is the GMO assessment body of Argentina. According to GMWatch, 26 of 34 its members were either agribusiness company employees or had major conflicts of interest.


          Sicilian Eggplant Relish (Caponata)        
Thank you to Harvest Stone® for sponsoring this post; their USDA organic, certified gluten-free, and non-GMO crackers are a delicious pairing with this Caponata recipe. All opinions stated are my own. Caponata is a delicious sweet and sour Sicilian Eggplant Relish that’s perfect food for any summer gathering. There are so many gatherings that happen in the summer…Independence Day is right around the corner and the next two months will be full of block parties, pool parties, BBQs, picnics, and camping trips before Labor Day rolls around. There’s almost always something going on; a cause to celebrate or a reason to get together. Which means […]
          Southeast SlowFood Lovin'        
Greetings slow foodies! In alliance with our Slow Food USA family, we want to share with you some events happening down here in the Southeast worth checking out.

July 31st:
Slow Food Upstate, SC - Roost! Birds of a Feather Break Bread Together
In an effort to support local farms and school gardens, the Upstate folks are gathering at Roost Restaurant to enjoy a honey-tasting bar and themed dinner. A real "birds and the bees" meeting we may say.

Aug 3rd:
Slow Food Atlanta, GASave Your Seeds & Share
Down in Georgia, the Slow Food community in Atlanta are hosting a free event in the Oakhurst Garden to learn how to share seeds and food tradition.

Aug 25th:
Slow Food Charlotte, NC - Heck No, GMO Cookoff
Nine local Charlotte chefs are finalists in this recipe cook-off contest! All attendees are able to sample - that is spreading the love right there!

And as always, we'd love to hear from you and any event ideas you may have for our Columbia chapter! Shoot 'em our way.

If you are not yet a member with us, come on and join. We're always looking for more folks to spread the joy of good, clean and fair food.
          #160 playlist 10. 03. 2014        

Ras G - GMO Hoes 
Even Tuell & Midnightopera - Untitled 
Tycho - Hours 
STL - Scuba's Motion Dub 
Herzel & Genoveva - The Safest Place (Alveol's 1st Remix) 
Shackleton - Freezing Opening Thawing 
ASC - Gestures 
Hauntologists - A1 
STL - Neurotransmitting Clouds On The Secret Freeway 
Afrikan Sciences - Need Want Have 
Joel Tammik - Avane 
Segue - Tape Dub 
Com Truise - Declination (Ft. Joel Ford) 
Gold Panda - Casyam 59#02 
Lusine - By This Sound 
33-10-3402 - Byot 
Magic Mountain High - Suub 
Mux Mool - Brothers 
Belgradeyard - Get Yr Lovin' 
Get The Blessing - Little Ease 
DMX Krew - Hot Punch 
Com Truise - Klymaxx 
Mouse on Mars - Bakerman Is Breaking Bad 
Actress - Forgiven 
STL - One Day 
Conforce - Spatiotemporal 
Herzel & Genoveva - The Safest Place (Alveol's 2nd Remix) 

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          Zigenarnatt, hotet frÃ¥n GMO och kelsjukt kid        
70 år sedan massavrättning av romer i nazityskland / Direktrapport från Prideparaden / GMO - när storföretagen tar makten över maten / Dragshowartisten Edith Crepp är dagens gäst / Ett bortskämt råddjurskid / Barn och sex / Programledare: Susanne Fatah / Producent: Hans Strandberg / Research och webb: Anna Lyrenäs
          The BEST Article on Glyphosate with Comments from Jeffrey Smith - Institute for Responsible Technology        
From article:..."The following article by Dr. Ramon Seidler, PhD. is the article on the dangers of Roundup that we should re-post, download, and share with anyone who still supports the use of this dangerous herbicide or the GMO plants that are engineered to b …
          Frontier Soups Offering Flat-Rate Shipping and Guaranteed Holiday Delivery        

The $5 flat rate shipping is effective the weekend of Dec. 12, and Frontier Soups new healthy holiday gift basket is discounted 10 percent in December. Case packs of the non-GMO soup mixes, including favorites like chicken noodle soup, vegetable soup, tortilla soup, and corn chowder, are discounted 20 percent.

(PRWeb December 03, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/12/prweb12361984.htm


          Frontier Soups Introduces New Healthy Holiday Gift Basket        

During November, the new healthy holiday gift basket and other healthy food gift baskets are discounted 15 percent. All Frontier Soups mixes are non-GMO soup mixes with no salt added, preservatives or MSG and include favorites like chicken noodle soup, vegetable soup, tortilla soup, and corn chowder.

(PRWeb November 05, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/11/prweb12296757.htm


          Frontier Soups Introduces Alphabet Soup for Easy Back-to-School-Meals        

The new Alphabet Soup is a non-GMO soup with multi-colored organic pasta and the flavors of a traditional chicken noodle soup. The soup is specially priced during September along with a new two pack of whole grains soup mixes designed for easy, healthy family meals on back-to-school nights.

(PRWeb September 04, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/09/prweb12136655.htm


          Frontier Soups Offers New Southwestern Four Pack of Non-GMO, Gluten-free Soups        

The Southwestern Soup Four Pack is specially priced in August and includes popular gluten free soup mixes like tortilla soup, chicken enchilada soup, and white bean chili. The non-GMO soups make easy summer meals and are a nutritious variation on taco night.

(PRWeb August 01, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08/prweb12059118.htm


          Upfront Foods Vegan Granola Now Certified by Vegan Awareness Foundation        

Upfront Foods healthy granola also is a kosher granola and a non-GMO granola. It makes an easy healthy breakfast or a healthy snack, and is available in convenient, single-serving, grab-and-go pouches.

(PRWeb December 19, 2013)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/12/prweb11429035.htm


          Upfront Foods Adds New Healthy Snacks On the Go with Non GMO Granola Snacks        

The two new flavors add granola with cranberries and just plain granola to Upfront Foods’ original nutty variety. All of its granola flavors contain organic and natural ingredients, are kosher, non GMO foods, and available in portion-controlled, single-serving pouches.

(PRWeb March 15, 2013)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/3/prweb10527362.htm


          Anti-GMO Activists Make S’more Racket…This Time with Pro-Science Girl Scouts        
By: Nancy Kavazanjian, Wisconsin corn, soybean and wheat farmer
 
I love cookies, and as a former Girl Scout I always look forward to stocking them during their yearly cookie drive. This year I was looking forward to their new S’mores cookie … until I learned it might sport a non-GMO label.
 

          U.S. Farmers: GMO Crops Help Reduce Inputs and Enhance Conservation        

America has a soft spot for farmers and ranchers, but not necessarily a keen understanding and appreciation for the methods we use to grow and raise food.


          Rosyjska walka z GMO niszczy wewnętrzny biznes mięsny        
W związku z przyjęciem przez Rosję rządowego planu poprawy jakości żywności rosyjskie służby planują uszczelnić kontrolę sektora rolno-spożywczego przed produktami GMO. Do 2018 r. urząd ds. kontroli weterynaryjnej oraz fitosanitarnej ma zaprojektować i uruchomić nowy system wykrywania organizmów genetycznie modyfikowanych w żywności i paszach. Jest to tylko jeden z aspektów kampanii skierowanej przeciwko produktom zawierającym GMO.
          Rynek pasz non GMO dynamicznie rośnie        
W odpowiedzi na potrzeby rolników produkujących mleko bez pasz genetycznie modyfikowanych, obserwowany jest szybki rozwój tego segmentu pasz.
          GMO w żywności nie ma?        
Każdego roku do badań pod kątem obecności GMO pobiera się około 600 próbek żywności. Mniej niż jedna na sto daje wynik pozytywny.
          Å»ywienie bez GMO – szybciej niż potrzeba        
W środowisku rolniczym powtarza się często opinia, że wprowadzanie zakazu stosowania pasz genetycznie modyfikowanych przed niektóre zakłady wcześniej niż wymagają tego przepisy jest pochopne i nie leży w interesie producentów.
          Mleko bez GMO – rewolucja w żywieniu krów        
Zmiana technologii produkcji mleka czeka wszystkich producentów po wejściu w życie ustawy paszowej w 2019 roku. Jednak niektórzy już teraz muszą przestawić się na pasze niezawierające komponentów modyfikowanych genetycznie, czego wymagają niektóre mleczarnie.
          Podlaska Izba Rolnicza przeciw GMO w Polsce        
Temat GMO od pewnego czasu wzbudza wiele emocji zarówno wśród zwolenników jak i przeciwników. Wśród przeciwników GMO znajduje się m.in. Podlaska Izba Rolnicza.
          Mleko wolne od GMO również w Łowiczu        
Zarząd i Rada Nadzorcza Okręgowej Spółdzielni Mleczarskiej w Łowiczu na ostatnim posiedzeniu, podjęli decyzję o wprowadzeniu programu produkcji mleka przy użyciu pasz nie zawierających GMO.
          Państwa UE bez kwalifikowanej większości do zatwierdzenia kukurydzy GMO        
KE musi zadecydować o zatwierdzeniu  lub nie odmian kukurydzy GMO do importu i uprawy w UE.
          Czy pszenica z Ukrainy jest GMO? Polskie kontrole tego nie wyłapią        
Zboża GMO rosną tuż za granicą Polski. Ukraina pozwala na sianie modyfikowanej pszenicy i rzepaku. Polska niemal nie bada pod kątem GMO zboża wjeżdżającego na nasz teren z Ukrainy.
          "To złe zarządzanie szkodzi, a nie GMO”. Wywiad z farmerem z Argentyny        
– Uprawiam GMO od 20 lat, wyzwaniem jest dobre zarządzanie uprawami, a nie sama modyfikowana soja – mówi David Hughes, właściciel farmy w Argentynie o powierzchni 2 tysięcy hektarów. – Jeśli dobrze zarządzasz, to GMO jest jak każda inna uprawa, a soja poprawia zawartość azotu w glebie.
          Mładanowicz: Problem ze zbożem Ukrainy to GMO i pestycydy        
– Ktoś, kto powiedział, że Polska nie jest samowystarczalna w produkcji zbóż, nie ma chyba pojęcia o rynku – tak skomentował Rafał Mładanowicz, prezes Krajowej Federacji Producentów Zbóż, informacje Ministerstwa Rolnictwa, że import zbóż z Ukrainy jest konieczny.
          Comment on Is Organic Better? by Dawn Bielawski        
Thanks for posting this Sophia! It's so important that people are made aware of the health benefits of eating pesticide-free, non-GMO food whenever possible.
          Senators Reach Deal On National GMO Labeling Bill        
Just a week before a Vermont law kicks in requiring labels on food containing genetically modified ingredients, U.S. Senate agriculture leaders announced a deal Thursday that takes the power out of states' hands — and sets a mandatory national system for GM disclosures on food products.Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, unveiled the plan that had been negotiated for weeks with U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan.Senate Democrats from farm country called it a win for consumers and families, while Roberts said it would end "denigrating biotechnology and causing confusion in the marketplace" brought on by Vermont's state law.But it was clearly an uneasy compromise, with critics of the plan making for strange bedfellows on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Both Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Democrat who supports his state's mandatory law, and the American Farm Bureau Federation, which wants a voluntary
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          Canadians want GMO labels but are unsure what GMOs are, says Angus Reid        
While consumers are concerned about genetically modified food, they are generally unsure of the precise definition of GMOs. A recent report from Health Canada concluded that Canadians' views of GMOs were shaped by “confusion, misinformation and generally low awareness/understanding"
          Komentár k Moskva zakazuje Monsanto a stavia produkciu a distribúciu GMO na úroveň terorizmu od Moskva zakazuje Monsanto a staví produkci a distribuci GMO na úroveň terorismu | PÁN OBČAN        
[…] zdroj: panobcan.sk […]
          Komentár k Sergej Chelemendik : Slovania musia zastaviÅ¥ vojnu v Európe od Preppers        
Hlupaci zostanu hlupakmi! Nevedia a nidky nebudu nic vediet! Nepoucia sa z historie! Nic ich nezaujima, iba sediet pred TV, konzumovat mainstream a GMO produkty! Skoda ze na tejto "planetprison" zije viac hlupakov ako rozumnych! ### pekne citanie, odporucam: www.vzdelavaci-institut.info/?q=system/files/Zkaza_Slovanu-Rudolf_Vrba.pdf
          159: Premed Q&A - PA vs MD or DO, What are my Chances and More        

Session 159

Session 159

In today's episode, Ryan and Allison talk about the podcast three years later and how it has grown bigger than they’ve anticipated they would. The Medical School HQ Podcast is a product of their passion for producing great episodes three years in a row without even missing a week which is just phenomenal.

Here's a teaser: Ryan announces they will be doing medical student focused podcast. So stay tuned as to when it's going to be launched.

Today, Ryan and Allison are going to answer some premed questions. If you have some questions you answered here on the podcast, go to medicalschoolhq.net/question.

Here are the answers to some questions raised by MSHQ listeners:

Ian from San Diego, CA

Q:  When should a person consider not to go into medical school and consider a Physician's Assistant instead? How competitive is this and what are some factors to be considered when making a choice especially for a nontraditional premed? What are the benefits for choosing a PA instead of MD?

A:  Allison says... Figure out your goals. They are both similar in some ways but they are different roles. Ask yourself what your goal is. Being a physician means you're a leader of the team and you have to embrace the leadership role. Why are you considering being a PA? Consider the extent of knowledge base and training duration that you want.

Ryan says... Consider your personality if it fits more with a PA or with an MD/DO as they have different personalities since being an MD holds the ultimate responsibility.Be careful what you're interested in.

The pro for being a PA for a certain personality is somebody who likes variety. Unlike a physician,  a PA can try out different specialties. As a PA, you don't have residency so you can basically switch careers and switch specialties.

Andrew from Kansas City, KS

Q:  Strongly considering applying for the HPSP scholarship program. What lies to applying for a specialty in your primary or secondary choice based on the number of available GMO residency physicians in the Air Force at that time?

A:  Ryan was one of those applicants placed in a GMO position. Ryan explains the HPSP route in applying to medical residencies. Don't look at a random list of numbers to determine what you want to be for the rest of your life. Choose what you're passionate about. You can't be paid enough to be miserable. Only look at the list to understand how competitive it's going to be that year.

Jerry from New York City

Q:  Is it worth attempting to make the medical journey if you have a terrible GPA and making the process to correct that in post-baccs? Is there any shot of being an MD or DO?

A:  If you really want to be a physician that you'll figure out a way to get there. Nobody can determine your chances. It's 0% if you're not applying to medical school. It's all about your ambition, your drive, your commitment and ability to show that you can improve. It can be done!

Listen to the rest of the episode as Ryan and Allison chats about some ideas for the medical school podcast.

Links and Other Resources

 


          DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND READ YOUR LABELS!        




I'm sick of people getting sick around me... Being diagnosed with cancer in your mid 30's shouldn't be the norm. Is it just me or it really seems like precious people around us are dropping like flies due to this horrible disease. Chances are you know someone who has battled cancer or heart disease recently. While there's no miracle food or herb that can guarantee to keep us 100% safe, there are certainly some bad habits worth losing that may improve our chances of staying disease free.
At this day and age it is crucial to read the ingredients label before buying anything. If what you are buying contains more than 5 ingredients and includes a lot of unfamiliar, unpronounceable items you may want to reconsider before buying. Any food which has been canned, frozen, boxed or bagged is classified as processed food. Studies have shown that close to 90% of an average American's food budget is spent on these frankenfood items. Ingredients found in these foods which should be avoided include colourants, emulsifiers, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, stabilizers, texturizers and even bleach products.

Here is my SHIT LIST OF HARMFUL FOOD INGREDIENTS:

1. Artificial Sweeteners
Aspartame, (E951) more popularly known as Nutrasweet and Equal, is found in foods labeled "diet" or "sugar free". Aspartame is believed to be carcinogenic and accounts for more reports of adverse reactions than all other foods and food additives combined. Known to affect short-term memory, the components of this toxic sweetener may lead to a wide variety of ailments including brain tumor, diseases like lymphoma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue, emotional disorders like depression and anxiety attacks, dizziness, headaches, nausea, mental confusion, migraines and seizures.
Found in: diet or sugar free sodas, diet coke, coke zero, jello (and over gelatins), desserts, sugar free gum, drink mixes, baking goods, table top sweeteners, cereal, breathmints, pudding, kool-aid, ice tea, chewable vitamins, toothpaste

2. High Fructose Corn Syrup
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a highly-refined artificial sweetener which has become the number one source of calories in America. It is found in almost all processed foods. HFCS packs on the pounds faster than any other ingredient, increases your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, and contributes to the development of diabetes and tissue damage, among other harmful effects.
To spot fructose on a food label, look for the words “corn sweetener,” “corn syrup,” or “corn syrup solids” as well as “high-fructose corn syrup.”

Found in: most processed foods, breads, candy, flavored yogurts, salad dressings, canned vegetables, cereals

3. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG / E621)
MSG is an amino acid used as a flavor enhancer in soups, salad dressings, chips, frozen entrees, and many restaurant foods. MSG is known as an excitotoxin, a substance which overexcites cells to the point of damage or death. Studies show that regular consumption of MSG may result in depression, disorientation, eye damage, fatigue, headaches, and obesity.

Found in: Chinese food, chips, cookies, seasonings, most Campbell Soup products, frozen dinners, lunch meats

4. Trans Fat
Trans fat is used to enhance and extend the shelf life of food products and is among the most dangerous substances that you can consume. Found in deep-fried fast foods and certain processed foods made with margarine or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, trans fats are formed by a process called hydrogenation. Numerous studies show that trans fat increases the risk of heart attacks, heart disease and strokes, and contributes to increased inflammation, diabetes and other health problems.

Found in: margarine, chips and crackers, baked goods, fast foods

5. Common Food Dyes
Animal studies have linked food colorings to cancer. Watch out for these ones:

Blue #1 and Blue #2 (E133)

May cause chromosomal damage

Found in: candy, cereal, soft drinks, sports drinks and pet foods

Red dye # 3 (also Red #40 – a more current dye) (E124)

This dye continues to be on the market until supplies run out! Has been proven to cause thyroid cancer and chromosomal damage in laboratory animals, may also interfere with brain-nerve transmission

Found in: fruit cocktail, maraschino cherries, cherry pie mix, ice cream, candy, bakery products and more!

Yellow #6 (E110) and Yellow Tartrazine (E102)

Increases the number of kidney and adrenal gland tumors in laboratory animals, may cause chromosomal damage.

Found in: American cheese, macaroni and cheese, candy and carbonated beverages, lemonade and more!

6. Sodium Sulfite (E221)
Preservative used in wine-making and other processed foods. According to the FDA, approximately one in 100 people is sensitive to sulfites in food. The majority of these individuals are asthmatic, suggesting a link between asthma and sulfites. Individuals who are sulfite sensitive may experience headaches, breathing problems, and rashes. In severe cases, sulfites can actually cause death by closing down the airway altogether, leading to cardiac arrest.

Found in: Wine and dried fruit


7. Sodium Nitrate/Sodium Nitrite
Sodium nitrate (or sodium nitrite) is used as a preservative, coloring and flavoring in bacon, ham, hot dogs, luncheon meats, corned beef, smoked fish and other processed meats. This ingredient, which sounds harmless, is actually highly carcinogenic once it enters the human digestive system. Sodium nitrite is widely regarded as a toxic ingredient, and the USDA actually tried to ban this additive in the 1970's but was vetoed by food manufacturers who complained they had no alternative for preserving packaged meat products. This chemical just happens to turn meats bright red, it's actually a color fixer, and it makes old, dead meats appear fresh and vibrant.

Found in: hotdogs, bacon, ham, luncheon meat, cured meats, corned beef, smoked fish or any other type of processed meat

8. BHA and BHT (E320)
Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydrozyttoluene (BHT) are preservatives found in cereals, chewing gum, potato chips, and vegetable oils. This common preservative keeps foods from changing color, changing flavor or becoming rancid. Effects the neurological system of the brain, alters behavior and has potential to cause cancer.

Found in: Potato chips, gum, cereal, frozen sausages, enriched rice, lard, shortening, candy, jello


9. Sulfur Dioxide (E220)
Sulfur additives are toxic; adverse reactions include: bronchial problems particularly in those prone to asthma, hypotension (low blood pressure), flushing tingling sensations or anaphylactic shock. It also destroys vitamins B1 and E. Not recommended for consumption by children. The International Labour Organization says to avoid E220 if you suffer from conjunctivitis, bronchitis, emphysema, bronchial asthma, or cardiovascular disease.

Found in: beer, soft drinks, dried fruit, juices, cordials, wine, vinegar, and potato products.

10. Potassium Bromate
An additive used to increase volume in some white flour, breads, and rolls, potassium bromate is known to cause cancer in animals. Even small amounts in bread can create problems for humans.

Found in: breads

AND the QUEEN OF IT ALL 

11. GMOs

Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food, including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. The experience of actual GM-fed experimental animals is scary. When GM soy was fed to female rats, most of their babies died within three weeks. When male rats were fed GM soy, their testicles actually changed color—from the normal pink to dark blue.
GM corn and cotton are engineered to produce their own built-in pesticide in every cell. When bugs bite the plant, the poison splits open their stomach and kills them.
The gene inserted into GM soy transfers into the DNA of bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function.
Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had warned about all these problems even in the early 1990s. According to documents released from a lawsuit, the scientific consensus at the agency was that GM foods were inherently dangerous, and might create hard-to-detect allergies, poisons, gene transfer to gut bacteria, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged their superiors to require rigorous long-term tests, but the White House had ordered the agency to promote biotechnology and the FDA responded by recruiting Michael Taylor, Monsanto's former attorney, to head up the formation of GMO policy.


Found in: corn, soy, sugar, aspartame, papaya, dairy, canola, zucchini, squash, rice, potato, tomato, peas and the list can go ON and ON
GMOs may be hidden in common processed food ingredients such as: Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.

http://www.nongmoproject.org lists the Non GMO certified brands and will help you to navigate through the GMO madness





          30: Military Medical School and Medical Officer Life        

Session 30

Session 30

In today's episode, Ryan talks with Lt. Col (Dr.) Aaron Saguil, the Assistant Dean for Recruitment and Admissions at F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, better known to most people at USUHS (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences) or, in layman's term, the military medical school. It is an allopathic medical school where you apply to it just as you would to other allopathic schools through the AMCAS applications yet the only major difference for this school is you get paid to go to medical school. Your tuition is free plus you're getting paid as an active duty service member.

Today, we cover things like information about who should consider applying to this school, careers in the military as a physician, deployments, and more topics about being a military physician.

Here are the highlights of the conversation with Dr. Saguil:

His path to military medicine:

  • Going to Duke University in his undergrad under ROTC scholarship with the Army
  • Wanting to go to medical practice since high school
  • His decision coming down to the proximity to his family
  • Going to University of Florida under HPSP scholarship and had a fantastic four-year time
  • Having service obligation from ROTC so he was dedicated to have a career in the military
  • Spending his Family Medicine residency in Virginia

Different opportunities he had after residency:

  • Spending 2 and a half years in Germany and some traveling opportunities
  • Wanting to do in-patient care and teaching responsibilities
  • Being accepted into the Faculty Development Fellowship Program at Madigan Army Medical Center
  • Earning his Masters of Public Health at the University of Washington
  • Teaching and mentoring residents and doing in-patient care
  • Serving as a student coordinator for medical students rotating with them
  • Seeing the leadership side of medical education - taking his first deployment in Afghanistan for 15 months
  • Being stationed in USUHS in Washington, D.C. for 9 months now serving as the assistant dean for recruitment and admissions

About the HPSP Scholarship:

Check out Session 18

About the Military Medical School

  • Located in Bethesda, Maryland, 10-12 miles outside Washington, D.C.
  • Conceived by an Act of Congress in 1972 and has graduated 5000 physicians
  • An allopathic (MD) degree granting institution licensed by the ACME, the accrediting body for all medical schools in the US and Canada
  • Tuition is free and you're getting paid $57,000 - $60,000 (for active duty service)

Applying to the Military Medical School:

  • Go through the AMCAS application
  • They don't charge people to apply to their school
  • They don't charge for the secondary applications
  • Just because it's free doesn't mean you should go apply to their school
  • Go apply if you like the idea of a service-oriented lifestyle or you want to be a part of something bigger than yourself

Types of students that military medical school looks for:

1/3 of students have prior association with the military (ROTC, service academy, or previous active service) 2/3 of their class don't have prior military experience The common thread between these two groups is SERVICE Other things they look for:

  • Shadowing experience
  • Good, strong clinical letter of recommendation
  • Has devoted a good portion of their life serving others (volunteering experience)

Having the motivation

Rate of burnout is high in primary care Having something that pulls you out of bed every morning

Medical school life at the USUHS versus 'normal' medical school:

  • 18-12-18 system
  • Pre-clinic (18 months) - lectures and mandatory small groups
  • Clinical rotations (12 months) - opportunity to travel to their multi-treatment faciltiies in Hawaii, Washington state, Texas, and Florida
  • Preparing for residency applications and sub-I's (18 months)
  • No mandatory PT!
  • Living off-campus
  • Getting paid to go to medical school

USUHS vs. HPSP scholarship:

  • HPSP has a fixed stipend that adjusts with inflation each year
  • If you're looking for a service-oriented field within medicine, you need financial assistance to attend medical school, or the military is appealing to you, apply to both USUHS and HPSP.
  • Each year, USUHS only brings around 63 army physicians and 52 physicians for the navy and the air force and only 4 for the public health service.
  • Each year, the HPSP program brings in over 200 for each of those branches (army, navy, and air force)

Restrictions on specialty or residency training:

  • No restrictions
  • Every year, they have 800 graduating students between USHUS and HPSP program
  • The same number of spots in residency programs in their military graduate medical education system
  • Military matching - students compete for military training spots
  • Guaranteed internship

The GMO (General Medical Officer)/Flight Surgeon Spot:

  • Having done 1-year or transitional year internship and going on to serve specific cool jobs
  • Having the opportunity to reapplying to the residency of your choice
  • GMO time gives you credit towards your residency program
  • Having the fear of the unknown

2 Key things for you to succeed in the military:

Flexibility Optimism

Career tracks as a military medical officer:

  • Clinical
  • Operational
  • Executive positions
  • Academic
  • Research

Settings for sub-specialties:

  • Community clinic type
  • Community hospital
  • Tertiary care facility

Deployments as a physician:

  • Every 3-4 years on average depending on specialty, geographic location, and seniority (during the war in Afghanistan)
  • Army - 9 months
  • Navy - 6-7 months
  • Air force - 3-6 months

What happens to your family during deployment especially if you're a single parent?

Family Readiness Plan (FRP)

How competitive it is to get into USUSHS:

  • 3,000 applications
  • 500-600 students for interview
  • 171 seats to be admitted
  • Avg GPA: 3.5
  • Avg MCAT: 31
  • They will view postbac work in lieu of your time as an undergrad

Some pieces of advice for premed students:

The military is not for everyone. Part of the military is living up to the legacy that Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy about taking care of the wounded, the widow and the orphan.

Links and Other Resources:

Session 18: Air Force - HPSP Scholarship Info Interview

USUHS Prospective Students

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we'll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

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Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq


          18: Air Force HPSP Scholarship Info Interview        

Session 18

Session 18

In today's episode, Ryan talks with TSgt Stephanie Satinsky to discuss about the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). Stephanie is the Air Force HPSP recruiter for the New England area. Ryan could have gone through this topic by himself but he wanted to bring in someone who can discuss the program as it is at the present moment.

Today, she talks about what the HPSP is all aobut, what the Air Force is looking for during the application process, the minimum scores involved, the maximum age, money involved, and everything in between.

And by the way, know that the three services - Air Force, Army, and Navy - all offer scholarship under the same Department of Defense (DOD) guidance with some variations on what each service offers for the scholarship.  If you are interested in the scholarship, or even just starting to gather some information, please take a listen.

Here are the highlights of the conversation with Stephanie:

What is HPSP? Two-fold benefits:

  • To the Air Force - growing their own physicians and forecast their healthcare network
  • To medical students - Relieves them of the financial burden of medical school

What the scholarship covers:

  • Tuition
  • Monthly stipend
  • Books and fees
  • Insurance

Obligations:

  • 4 year scholarship = 4 years of active duty after residency
  • 2-year or 3-year scholarship = 3 years of active duty after residency
  • 1-year scholarship not offered

Internship year: General Medical Officer (GMO)

  • No residency
  • 1-year internship = 4 years of active duty
  • Paying back your time once you start working

Going beyond normal residency length:

  • Internship year + additional four years (total of 5 years)
  • Incurring a year for year obligation
  • Ex. 7-year residency = additional 2 years obligation on the end of your contract

The application process:

  • 350-450 scholarships a year (Air Force)
  • Rolling admissions process

Benefits of the scholarship program:

Signing bonus ($20,000) for a 4-year scholarship

When to apply:

  • Apply early but not so early that you still don't have your MCAT score yet and running the risk of your physical exams getting expired
  • It takes 3 months to get a physical exam completed and cleared

Health restrictions:

Google 48-123. Go to chapter 5 and see all the restrictions.

Once you take and accept the scholarship:

Being commissioned as 2nd Lt. right away. What's next? Commissioned Officers Training (COT)

Commissioned Officers Training (COT)

  • A 45-day basic training in a leadership school (Ryan calls it bootcamp with maids)
  • An opportunity to introduce yourself to the Air Force
  • Gaining a better understanding what you're wearing the uniform for and what you're doing this for

Age requirement:

  • Prior to 35th birthday (although they can sign a waiver)
  • Finishing medical school by 39 years old

Minimum grade requirements:

  • Minimum GPA - 3.0
  • Minimum MCAT - 22

Residency matching:

  • Applying to military matching before the civilian MD/DO matches and applying concurrently as well
  • Once accepted into a military facility, you need to pull out of the civilian match
  • Applying for 1-2 specialties
  • 80-85% of people will match (Specialty and location)
  • 15% who don't match do internship year and reapply on the match
  • Reapplying the 2nd time and not matching results to a GMO tour (flight surgeon)

Some pieces of advice for premed students:

Don't do it for the money. At the end of the day, if you're not interested in being a member of the Air Force, you're going to be unhappy. It might not be for everyone, but you won't know until you start looking into it and ask questions. This could open up a whole different career for you as you're touching lives not only in the US but around the world.

Links and Other Resources:

Listen to Ryan on the Lost in PreMed Podcast as he talks a little about this topic

Health Restrictions on Chapter 5 of 48-123

Medicine and the Military

Air Force HPSP Information

Air Force Commissioned Officer Training

Medical Requirements - Air Force Instruction 48-123 (Search for "5.3. Standards")

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we'll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Check out their 10-full length practice tests and save 10% using the code "MSHQ".

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq


          Resort rolnictwa monitoruje pola pod kątem zawartości GMO w uprawach        
Resort rolnictwa spodziewa się, że decyzja Komisji Europejskiej w sprawie zakazu upraw roślin genetycznie zmodyfikowanych w Polsce, nadejdzie przed końcem tego roku. Kazimierz Plocke, wiceminister rolnictwa, zapewnia, że nie ma obaw, że krajowe przepisy nadal są niezgodne z unijnym prawem, a zakaz upraw GMO zostanie cofnięty. Tym bardziej, że kontrole roślin przynoszą pierwsze efekty.
          Greenpeace: Resort rolnictwa publicznie opowiedział się za zakazem GMO        
Podczas odbywającego się wczoraj w sejmie posiedzenia podkomisji nadzwyczajnej do rozpatrzenia prezydenckiego projektu ustawy o nasiennictwie, sekretarz stanu Ministerstwa Rolnictwa i Rozwoju Wsi, Kazimierz Plocke zdecydowanie potwierdził wolę rządu wprowadzenia zakazów upraw kukurydzy modyfikowanej genetycznie MON810 i ziemniaka Amflora (obecnie jedynych GMO dopuszczonych do upraw w Unii Europejskiej) przed najbliższym okresem siewnym, czyli wiosną 2013 r.
          Dazed and Confused        
Ever since I began this little business and have attempted to grow it past the startup stage, I have really begun to keep abreast of the many, many injustices that go on in our daily lives. One that truly hits close to home is this whole GMO brouhaha, with Millions marching against Monstanto, etc, etc. … Continue reading
          ARLA bönder mÃ¥ste marknadsvärdera sojan för att det skall bli större marknadsmÃ¥ngfald        
ARLA stänger marknadsmångfalden genom att inte rätt värdera kostnaden och marknadsvärdet på att inte använda GMO soja som foder. Den interna diskussion, som nu ARLA i Sverige har för att eventuellt höja sin ersättning till bonden som inte använder GMO soja, har stor betydelse för hela mejerisverige då det i praktiken är ARLA som styr och sätter det svenska mjölkpriset både till mjölkbönderna och på marknaden. Alla verkar överens om att det är en kostnad att avstå GMO soja och att det har ett marknadsvärde, men det verkar dock inte som att man klart vill delge värdet och vad som framöver gäller vilket borde vara ett ansvar som ARLA för att ge marknaden en mångfald och konsumenten en valmöjlighet. Idag får ARLA bonden 1,2 öre som GMO-ersättning, vilket är löjligt och ett hån och stänger marknadsmöjligheterna. Det Arlabonden tar ut är knappt mätbart. 0,1 % på marknaden och några medlemmar säger sig ha 5 % högre kostnader än sin danske bondekollega i produktionsledet och då är marknadsvärdet så mycket mer värt.
          Jämförelsepriser sänker matkvaliten        
Jämförelsepriser per kilo eller liter mat är ett fördärv för matkvaliten. Tänk att jämföra en liter yoghurt, mjölk från kor som får GMO soja som mat med en liter yoghurt där korna är helt befriade från soja. Det är dags att utveckla ett rättvist jämförelsepris.
          Globala mejeriföretag darrar med GMO soja.         
När man tittade på TV, debattprogrammet i torsdags som handlade om GMO soja då ville man hjälpa Arlas kommunikatör när hon skulle förklara varför en hushållsost med dansk mjölk märkt Arla skulle vara lika bra som en ost på svensk mjölk märkt Arla. Hon kom av sig och inte fick hon hjälp av sina svenska medlemmar som fanns där utan tvärt om så förtydligade de hur mycket Arla importerade till Sverige från länder där det är fritt fram för GMO soja som foder.Dess medlemmar kan inte förstå och än mer reagerade "arga snickaren" som höll av Arla men var helt ovetande om att för olika Arla produkter gällde olika och det finns det ingen tydlighet om och arga snickaren blev riktigt besviken och utryckte starka ord. Tänk om fler konsumenter blir medvetna om vad varumärke står för, då får vi brist på Härproducerat.
          Soja inget för Wapnö som avstÃ¥r helt frÃ¥n soja till sina djur        
Wapnö avstår helt från soja till våra djur. Utan soja är GMO frågan inte aktuell för Wapnö. I framtiden blir det förmodligen mycket svårt att hålla isär olika partier av soja på sin väg från Brasilien till Sverige samt att soja anges påverka en hel del i miljön där den odlas varför Wapnö avstått soja som helhet. Soja är billigt som foder vilket leder till lägre produktionskostnad av varje liter mjölk eller kilo kött. Lägre kostnader är bra för svenska lantbrukare som då kan konkurera med bönder från bl.a. Danmark och Tyskland. Uppluckring och beslut angående GMO policy som tagits av LRF Mjölk är utifrån marknad och kostnader vilket kanske inte är så konstigt då våra kylskåp fylls med importerade varor oberoende av GMO soja eller ej från våra grannländer där bonden utfodrar sina djur med GMO soja. De "svenska" mejeri och köttföretag globala och i sina stora produktportfölj finns produkter från deras medlemmar eller produktionsplatser någonstans världen. Det kan bli lite vilseledande för konsumenten som tror hela företaget står för GMO fritt men det kanske bara avser några få produkter. Intressant blir att följa politiker hur de hanterar GMO frågan. De har redan problem med att köpa mat från djur som har den svenska djurvälfärden. Det hjälper inte att säga att de köper ekologiskt för då accepterar man uppbundna kor, kort tid på bete, myrsyra i ensilaget och mycket mer som de inte har kunskap om. Är det svält som gäller då det är så svårt att köpa mat för inte kan man Bregott, matlagningsyoghurt, smör,Keso, kvarg om allt skall uppnås.
          10 iPhone Apps to Help Keep You Eating GMO Free        
As the war to force GMO companies to label their products rages on, iPhone app developers are taking matters into their own hands. By creating apps that allow consumers to determine exactly what is in the products that they buy, these developers are giving you total freedom of choice. These apps all have multiple features…
          Comment on Hillary Clinton död – överdoserade pÃ¥ GMO by Pernilla        
Postkodlotteriet finns även med på ett hörn hos familjen Clinton. De supportrar deras stiftelse: Clinton Foundation https://www.postkodlotteriet.se/Formanstagare/Vara-formanstagare/Formanstagarorganisation/Clinton-Foundation.htm Titta på bilden och studera bilden på väggen bakom Clinton, och se vilka "fina" odlingsprojekt gruppen arbetar med.
          Comment on Hillary Clinton död – överdoserade pÃ¥ GMO by Lisa        
Man borde tatuera henne med alla ovanstående loggor. Skräcködlan kan inte lura folk nu, hur mycket GMO hon än lyckes proppa i folk.
          As The Worm Turns - 1/20/15 - Seed Saving        
Host Jill Spears and gardening guru Lance Swigart discuss seed saving - how & why to grow your own garden seeds. A Montrose caller has an interesting bean crossbreed, and another caller wonders how to protect her corn crop from being cross-pollinated by her neighbor's GMO corn.
          WHOOOOHOOO!!!!! GMO HSV-1 vs Cancer        
April 7, 2010: Using HSV-1 to cure metastatic melanoma May 26, 2015: WHOOOO!!!!! GMO HSV-1 vs Cancer October 27, 2015: FDA approves first-of-its-kind product for the treatment of melanoma Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Melanoma, one type of skin cancer, is the leading cause of skin cancer…
          WHOOOO!!!!! GMO HSV-1 vs Cancer        
WHOOOOOOOO!!!! April 7, 2010: Using HSV-1 to cure metastatic melanoma May 26, 2015: Talimogene Laherparepvec Improves Durable Response Rate in Patients With Advanced Melanoma WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! They just published the results of Phase III clinical trials of a herpes simplex-1 genetically modified to kill cancers, specifically, advanced melanoma. The GMO virus has a name now: T-VEC. And…
          GMO Virus: Long-term success treating Hemophilia B        
One of my favorite stories is the tale of a GMO virus deployed to treat Hemophilia B: Gene therapy for Hemophilia B … Hemophilia B is a disease in males caused by point mutations/deletions/etc in the clotting Factor IX gene. If you dont make Factor IX, you wont clot properly, and will have all of…
          Comment on Forskare varnar – 2025 kommer hälften av alla barn vara autistiska p g a GMO by Jan-Ola Gustafsson        
Den tidigare hedervärda lusten och intresset för att själv söka kunskap är väldigt sällsynt i dagens samhälle. Numera sväljer allmogen kritiklöst all desinformation som i strid ström matas ut via "husbondens röst", d v s etablerade mediakoncerner. Inte var det detta vi drömde om som samhällsutveckling vi som fick kunskap genom hela skoltiden och början av för några årtionden sedan då vi faktiskt hade en friare debatt i olika ämnen. Gott Nytt År till alla som fortfarande har ett eget omdöme i behåll och ser den olycksaliga upplösning av samhället som nu sker.
          Comment on Forskare varnar – 2025 kommer hälften av alla barn vara autistiska p g a GMO by Helén.S        
Ja, Monsanto är ett real hot mot mänskligheten ! Men vad kan man då göra? 1.VÄGRA GMO I ALLA SAMMANHANG FRÅN VACCINATIONER TILL VAD DU SÄTTER PÅ MATBORDET ! ! ! 2. Är du osäker på vad som innehåller GMO? LÄS PÅ ! eller ÄT DET INTE ! ! ! 3.ÄT INTE VETE som är GMO sedan lång tid! eller RAPSUPPFÖDDA djur !
          Comment on 57 miljoner amerikanare varnar Europa för GMO by Bernt        
HUR STOPPAR VI DETTA ONDA VANSINNE ?? VI VÄLJER DET VI ÄTER MED OMSORG ! EN LISTA PÅ ALLA GENSAKER ex.i förtjockningsmedel osv. VI MÅSTE SJÄLVA FASA UT ALLA GEN_SAKER Den dolda agendan har rullat länge nu,alltför länge. Ta hit informationen till Stockholm central omgående!! Vem kan sånt?? VI måste mobilisera här i landet. Som land röstade vi ner GMO nyligen,3 st GMO,s i Bryssel(bra regering!?) Plant Sience Umeå Slu-professorer-LRF-folk är för GMO. Även politiker på höger/mitt sidan.Men även sossar!
          Comment on 57 miljoner amerikanare varnar Europa för GMO by Lennart MalmgÃ¥rd        
Stop this madness now!
          Comment on 57 miljoner amerikanare varnar Europa för GMO by Sven-Erik Forslin        
VÄRLDENS ende STATSMAN, VÄRD TITELN, PUTIN,slängde ut GMO - IDIOTERNA UR RYSSLAND. SÅ GJORDE HAN ÄVEN MED LIVSRUMSFÖRGIFTARNA, BILDERBERGARNA!!! HAN PUTIN LEVE: HURRA! HURRA! HURRAAAAA!!!
          Comment on 57 miljoner amerikanare varnar Europa för GMO by Annemarie G Wouda        
Thats what i hope that all ppl SAY NO TO GMO for their own protection for their kids grandkids relatives and all others as living on earth after us. I hope this of all my heart and im also so very disappointed that so many ppl dont have wake up yet or they dont care or also for other reson . Im old but it scares me about the future for them as coming after me when my time is ended
          Comment on 57 miljoner amerikanare varnar Europa för GMO by Andreas        
Undvik all GMO finns speciellt i Soya bönor, modifierad potatisstärkelse ( nötter etc) MAJS , Broccoli, odlad från spanien med mera. Monsanto det onda företaget som var bakom "Agent Orange" försöker på all aplan att pusha på oss deras GMO grödor och förbjuda Ekologiska odlingar världen över Googla Agenda 21. March against Monsanto
          Trovita Unleashes New Investment Offering in Partnership with Circle Up Crowd Funding Platform        

Minneapolis, M.N., August 25, 2015 – Trovita Health Science – makers of ENU®, an innovative, non-GMO high protein, high calorie nutritional shake with no added sugar – announced this week that it has been accepted by CircleUp… READ MORE

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          Apple Beet Ginger Joins Biotta's® Line of Functional Organic Juices        

Delicious, 100% Pure, Non-GMO Project Verified JuicesOffers Great Combination of Flavors and Health Benefits

(PRWeb April 11, 2017)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/04/prweb14213615.htm


          Nazi Vaccine Maker, Big Pharma & Vaccine-Mandate Groups Major Backers of Trump Cabinet        




Trump HHS Pick Huge Pharma Prostitute and Tied to Pro Vaccine Mandate Groups

When Trump was running for president, he rightly exposed how vaccines were linked to autism which in fact they are. He also had a meeting with Dr. Andrew Wakefield who was one of the first doctors to expose a link between vaccines and autism.  Trump also promised to drain the swamp of corporate lobbyists. This made many in the anti-vaccine and vaccine safety community feel optimistic that Trump presidency could possibly bring some accountability to Big Pharma and justice for hundreds of thousands of children who have been vaccine-injured. However, like most criminal politicians who make appealing promises before getting elected, he has abandoned those promises since being selected as president. Obama did this when he promised to label GMOs as a candidate and when he became president, he appointed numerous Monsanto lobbyists into his administration, and passed the Monsanto-written Monsanto Protection Act and the Dark Act which effectively crushed any possibility of GMO labeling in this country.  Trump’s recent HHS cabinet pick, Tom Price is a prime example. The Department of Health and Human Services oversees the FDA and the CDC. Price is a huge prostitute for Big Pharma and has received $180k in bribes aka “political donations” from pharmaceutical companies. He has received more than $20k in bribes aka “donations” from some of the world’s top five vaccine makers i.e. (Merck, Glaxo, Novartis, and Pfizer). He also received $12k from the AMA who is a major proponent of vaccine mandates and announced that they would lobby local governments to eliminate exemptions to vaccines. Price is also a prostitute for the billionaire Koch Brothers who give him $20k. The Koch Brothers is a major investor in Big Pharma and one of the biggest manufacturers of formaldehyde, a major toxic component of vaccines. The Koch Brothers have spent years lobbying to keep formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, in medicines and vaccines even while actively sitting on the board of cancer foundations.  Tom Price is also an alumni, aka former member of ALEC, corporate front group which bribes local legislators to enact vaccine mandates.  Furthermore, he is a major stockholder in vaccine makers and pharmaceutical companies. 


Money Control Politics in Hidden Ways
This is another way in which money controls politics. Politicians are self-interested, sociopathic businessmen (hence why most are multi-millionaires) and usually have investments and stocks in the very industries and corporations who they oversee and often claim to be against (i.e Bernie/Stein railing against Big Pharma, Big Oil, and Wall Street while simultaneously owning their stock). This means that there are never going to do anything to hurt the very companies which they own and will even push for laws that will boost the value of the companies. It is in their best interest to do so since they actively control whether their stock portfolio goes up or down.  A video exposed this practice in terms of the Wall Street bailout where politicians who owned stock in the financial institutions supported the bailout because it would ultimately benefit for them along with their Wall Street donors, of course. Politicians are also legally allowed to engage in insider trading which permits them to trade stocks based on pending legislation usually written by corporate lobbyists. This means they can buy more stocks in pharma company for example because they know that stock will be more valuable due to a pending law written by that same pharma company which is about to passed. It is a win-win situation for the prostitute aka “politician” and for the corporation who gets a payback i.e. corporate-written law for their bribe aka “political donation”. This is why politicians are always richer after leaving office because they can legally engage in otherwise illegal insider trading and pass legislation which boosts the value of their portfolios. Politicians are just here to make themselves and their criminal corporate backers richer while making you poor in the process. Politics is about making money; not “making America great”. 

Nazi Vaccine Makers Big Supporters of Trump Cabinet Pick
Even more shockingly, Nazi vaccine maker, Sanofi was a major donor to Price. The company donated $7,500 to Price. Sanofi is one of the world’s largest vaccine makers and was a spin-off of IG Farben, a former Nazi corporation who owned concentration camps and who had been a major supporter of Adolf Hilter. Sanofi has an extensive list of criminal activities in intentionally selling drugs contaminated with HIV, selling contaminated vaccines with mold and otherwise, developing deadly vaccines for the bird flu hoax, pedophilic abuse and destruction of children during drug trials, and scamming Medicaid program and robbing taxpayers of $96 million. Furthermore, Sanofi used to be another major sponsor of ALEC or the American Legislative Exchange Council who has been pushing for vaccine mandates in nearly every state legislature. They are no longer a member but Sanofi is a member of the pharmaceutical lobbying front group PhRMA which is heavily invested in and involved with the corporate front group ALEC which wine and dines politicians and then gives them bills to pass.

Medical Fascism
Fascism as defined by Benito Mussolini is the merger of state and corporate power. The front group ALEC is the perfect definition of this as it is a corporate-funded front group which invites politicians to be members so they can do the corporations’ bidding.  Given that he has appointed a pharma prostitute as the head of the CDC and FDA, this means that medical tyranny, the war on health freedom, and pharma control of government and medicine will continue in America. Business as usual will continue.  Furthermore, vaccine mandates will be coming to America under a Trump Cabinet given that Sanofi and Big Pharma are major supporters of Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human cabinet pick. The government announced that wish to achieve mandatory vaccines by 2020 under their Healthy People 2020 initiative and the person who will be in office at that time will be Trump. His recent cabinet pick will definitely assure this as well. Trump, like all presidents, lied, corporations will get majorly paid, and the masses will be screwed.

References:
http://drtenpenny.com/healthy-people-2020-and-the-decade-of-vaccines/
http://www.businessinsider.com/congress-insider-trading-earmarks-real-estate-nancy-pelosi-rich-tax-payer-money-2011-11
http://www.phrma.org/codes-and-guidelines/member-company-contacts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_Mw71HEQZo



          How The Fashion Industry is Killing the Planet, Its Workers, and Humanity        


The fashion industry is the epitome of the destructiveness, slavery, wastefulness, pollution, genocide, structural violence, classism, sexism, and racism of market capitalism. This documentary "True Cost" documents this. Our cultural obsession with fashion is a direct by-product of the vanity, materialism, superficiality, consumerism, vain status display, and narcissism directly promoted and created by the brainwashing, hundred billion dollar a year advertising industry. Our addiction to shopping and buying endless amounts of clothing is a product of the disconnection, disenchantment, disillusionment, and disenfranchisement that most of us feel as a result of being mere human resources, disposable wage slaves a.k.a. employees, and commodities in this global predatory capitalistic system. The clothing is made to be disposed of in a matter of weeks, new fashions are constantly being invented every two weeks, we are constantly being told to buy more of it so we can be "cool", "fashionable", and "hip", and we crave the crab because of the emptiness and insecurity that we feel inside. All the stuff we have has only made us bigger, highly anxious assholes. We are less empathetic, more disconnected from loved ones, more depressed, more anxious, and more anti-social. This obsession with material goods has also destroyed relationships and made them less genuine and authentic. We see each other as commodities or objects to be bought, used or exploited, and discarded.

Meanwhile, the fashion industry is destroying the environment through the endless of amounts of pesticides, GMOs, monocrop agriculture, and industrial pollution from clothing factories. It is destroying literally via death hundred of thousands of poor Indian farmers who commit suicide after their genetically modified cotton crops fail which is bound to happen as GMO cotton produces less cotton even though it is more expensive. Thousands of people are poisoned and have health problems and birth defects through the vast amounts of pesticides and fertilizers which the cotton crops require. Cotton also requires very high amounts of water and the global production of cotton is responsible for the water scarcity that the world is witnessing. Thousands of workers unnecessarily die from the unsafe, sweatshop working conditions. The people who suffer these workplace deaths are poor women of color in the Third World. These women live in absolute, abject poverty and paid slave wages to make clothing for billionaire corporations where the owners have a collective combined wealth of $48 billion dollars. The fashion industry is a huge user of highly exploited child labor and even outright slavery too. Millions of pieces of clothing are discarded and dumped into ever expanding landfills because of the huge planned obsolescence built into the fashion industry where is clothing is made to be inferior and made to last for months thus forcing you to buy more clothing. Even more, millions of piece of clothing are donated or thrown away due to the perceived obsolescence where fashion companies constantly creating new fashions. These donated clothes are then usually dumped into third world countries thus exacerbating the grinding poverty found in these countries by destroying local garment industries. However, several of the richest men on the planet are in the fashion industry and this predatory industry has produced millions off the backs of the poor and highly marginalized. Every year, more and more clothing is sold to the planet's and humanity's detriment. This is the epitome of capitalism. It is all the pathological pursuit of profit and continued growth. The negative costs are socialized and the rewards i.e. profits privatized by a few billionaires. The farming of cotton under Soviet style state capitalism i.e. communism destroyed the fourth largest lake in the world and brought the area to ecological collapse. It is a rapacious machine totally disconnected from the realities of the natural world which cannot stop until it only eats itself. Endless economic growth on a finite world is utterly impossible and utterly insane, suicidal, and homicidal. Capitalism can only destroy itself and everything along with it. We must destroy it and or will bring us to the point of human extinction.

Learn more about a new sane economic reality as proposed by the Zeitgeist Movement here

References:
http://www.rt.com/news/206787-monsanto-india-farmers-suicides/
http://www.thefashionglobe.com/modern-day-slavery-in-the-fashion-industry
http://wwd.com/media-news/fashion-memopad/fashion-and-retail-shine-on-forbes-worlds-billionaires-list-10093179/
http://guardianlv.com/2015/06/capitalism-the-cause-of-human-extinction-in-the-next-100-years/
http://ihscslnews.org/view_article.php?id=65
http://www.ecouterre.com/vanessa-friedman-driving-force-of-fashion-is-planned-obsolescence/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/11/overdressed-book-elizabeth-cline_n_1587413.html
http://threaddocumentary.com/learn/faqs/
http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=101
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re5DgTJE0S4
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120409175915.htm
http://www.treehugger.com/economics/materialism-leads-to-depression.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/15/psychology-materialism_n_4425982.html
http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/about_freshwater/freshwater_problems/thirsty_crops/
http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/mar/20/cost-cotton-water-challenged-india-world-water-day
http://electrictreehouse.com/cotton-and-the-disappearance-of-the-aral-sea/
http://www.whydev.org/dont-be-clothes-minded-understanding-the-impact-of-donated-clothes/
          Trip Takeaway: Engage in life.        

Cat at Neuschwanstein Castle enjoying some gluhwein in Western Bavaria, Germany


From visiting the REAL "Sleeping Beauty" castle to an emergency trip to the US Consulate in Munich, some thoughts on our own "European Vacation"...


Before I get to the numbers, the BIG TAKEAWAY from me is that I want to incorporate some things from this tour into my life, namely, less electronics and more conversation.  

I should stop feeling like I have to "do" something.  Sitting and staring at a beautiful view or even a city street IS "doing something!"  I should not allow my kids' schedules, or ours, to dictate our "lifestyle."  I should never spend my days rushing from activity to activity, but instead, plan breaks, downtime and rest to make a frazzled life an enjoyable one. 


I need to take a breather in the afternoon by having a real kaffee break.  I need to...take the extra five minutes and brew a fresh cup...ditch the paper and plastic and replace with glass and china...and, never, ever, ever eat over the sink!  I need to sit down...to relax..to enjoy...look up from my device...see people...talk to those around me...to engage.  I need to engage in life.  


Life is always worth living well...every minute of every day, every time.


1. Disconnect.  Though we visited some large cities with accompanying First World conveniences, much of our time was in the country and mountains at small inns.  We experienced some sketchy internet connection, unreliable power sources for recharging, and TV was all in German.  We had to--gasp!---talk to each other.  Good.

2. No news from "The Hill."  Being in a news blackout didn't bite.  It didn't bite at all.  I learned about flight #9525 via CNN International in English at the US Consulate two full days afterwards. We had very little US news, and sports were of the European variety not Final Four.  Grateful for zero, zilch, nada US political blather.  My mind was at peace.  REFRESHING!

3. Security.  The US Consulate security is waaay more intense than TSA.  No microscopes, but close.  They made me drink my bottled water in front of two separate officials, and they refused to touch the bottle until I had done so.  They kept all of our electronics, including cords, mouse, and converters, under lock and key until we were done and had left the secured area.

4. Thankfully, we lost a passport in Europe and not _______...just sayin'.

5. Stores close at night.  Restaurants in the country close early and stores aren't open in the evening, even in the city.  People go home and spend time with their families.  They go to cafes and drink espresso/kaffee and bier and maybe eat some kuchen in the afternoon.  Most cafes offer lap robes so you can sit outside in the cold and sip your beverage of choice, enjoying the company of others, or the sights, and the fresh air.

6. Language.  It was fun to sprechen ein bisschen Deutsch, and though most people speak English, they were appreciative of our attempts.  Out in the country, they spoke less English, so I helped a friend with an order.  Thankfully, Schmidty, who spoke fluent German, taught me a bit.

7. Phone addiction.  From what I experienced (and I'm sure this is debatable) US and Asian tourists spend a lot of time staring at and tapping on their phones, not so much the Europeans or European tourists that I saw.  All tourists--Europe/Asia/North America--take copious amounts of pics, mostly on phones, and some groups were really attached to their selfie sticks--watch out as they swing 'em around.  I often felt like a pinata!

8. Cash is still king.  No matter how many variations of chip credit cards you have, you still need plenty of Euros.  And, maybe a few Swiss Francs for Switzerland because some smaller places in Schweiz won't take Euros.  The exchange rate this trip was .96 EUR to 1 CHF, and from mom and pop vendors we received change at a 1:1 ratio and always in Francs.  US Dollars to Euros was keen for us on the trip as we got .98 EUR to 1 USD (plus the exchange fee) and we mostly used Euros or credit cards when we could for a better deal.

9. Diet.  PTL indeed that we did so much walking and hiking otherwise I would have gained 10 pounds instead of 5, ha!  I truly relished my diet of gluten-rich kuchen, brot, brats and schnitzel!  I went back on gluten about 3 weeks before we left so I could get my body used to the poison.  Also, a shout out to NON-GMO foods!!!  YAY!!  Our tour offered gluten-free, kosher and vegetarian options for the included meals, yet there were a couple of people "starving" on the trip.  Planning, people.  Just call your tour company in advance and let them know.  One. Phone. Call.   

10. Tours.  Tours aren't a bad thing, but some people are "tour people" and some people are not.  Personally, I can do both: enjoy a group, or plan my own.  Flexibility is key to enjoying a tour.  People who are "people persons" do better on tours.  And, one must simply accept that there's always that one guy/gal or family.  I personally keep my sense of humor handy--it's a great tool for any situation.  Just go with the flow!

11. Day trips and travel.  Our Austrian guide was shocked when I told her we lived less than 3 hours from the mountains (NC hills) and also the beach but we only go about once or twice a year to each.  She wondered why we didn't go a few times a month?!?  Now, I'm wondering, too...

12. We learned to waltz in Vienna. We took a boat cruise on the Rhein.  We took a cog railway up a mountain, and a gondola lift down (Mt. Rigi)--white knuckles for me the boy.  We drove through the Alps--more white knuckles on the switchbacks.  We saw castles and palaces and places older than sin.  We saw museums and treasures and stuff older than sin.  We ate delicious and interesting food that I will dream about, and we even endured bad food, but it was the adventure that counted.  We drank delightful coffee and espresso, fresh cakes and pastries, and really good German beers.  (Wine?  Meh.)  We visited Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Leichtenstein.  We toured Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Lucerne, Schaffhausen, and Heidelberg, plus points in between. 

We've already planned our return trip.  Howard and I sans kids!!  You know...

And, there's more.  I'll write about it later. 



          Heechul Super Junior Akan Duet Sama Wheein MAMAMOO        
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          Gettext quickstart---install and demo        
Introduce
Most people know Internationalization and localization, maybe talk  it later.

Install
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if you need Chinese guide, here. I followed it, very useful, without error.
Download
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 ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gettext/
choose a version you like.
Install
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tar -xzf gettext-<version>.tar.gz
./configure --prefix=/usr
cd gettext-<version>/
make
make check     ---------just test, take a long time ,could skip
make install

Demo
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refer several blogs and howto, each has some tiny things to fix I will list the link at the bottom.

We could learn the whole flow here, from overview of gettext
    
     Original C Sources ───> Preparation ───> Marked C Sources ───╮
                                                                  │
╭─────────<─── GNU gettext Library │
╭─── make <───┤ │
│ ╰─────────<────────────────────┬───────────────╯
│ │
│ ╭─────<─── PACKAGE.pot <─── xgettext <───╯ ╭───<─── PO Compendium
│ │ │ ↑
│ │ ╰───╮ │
│ ╰───╮ ├───> PO editor ───╮
│ ├────> msgmerge ──────> LANG.po ────>────────╯ │
│ ╭───╯ │
│ │ │
│ ╰─────────────<───────────────╮ │
│ ├─── New LANG.po <────────────────────╯
│ ╭─── LANG.gmo <─── msgfmt <───╯
│ │
│ ╰───> install ───> /.../LANG/PACKAGE.mo ───╮
│ ├───> "Hello world!"
     ╰───────> install ───> /.../bin/PROGRAM ───────╯

or a easier one here, guide from Wylmer Wang
  





A simple example : hello.c

===================================================================

1    #include <libintl.h>
2 #include <locale.h>
3 #include <stdio.h>
4 #include <stdlib.h>
5 int main(void)
6 {
7 setlocale( LC_ALL, "" );
8 bindtextdomain( "hello", "/usr/share/locale" );
9 textdomain( "hello" );
10 printf( gettext( "Hello, Gettext!\n" ) );
11 exit(0);
12 }
The programmer's viewpoint
===================================================================

  1. locale.h defines C data structures used to hold locale information, and is needed by the setlocale function. libintl.h prototypes the GNU text utilities functions, and is needed here bybindtextdomaingettext, and textdomain.

  2. The call to setlocale () on line 7, with LC_ALL as the first argument and an empty string as the second one, initializes the entire current locale of the program as per environment variables set by the user. In other words, the program locale is initialized to match that of the user. For details see ``man setlocale.''

  3. The bindtextdomain function on line 8 sets the base directory for the message catalogs for a given message domain. A message domain is a set of translatable messages, with every software package typically having its own domain. Here, we have used ``hello'' as the name of the message domain for our toy program. As the second argument, /usr/share/locale, is the default system location for message catalogs, what we are saying here is that we are going to place the message catalog in the default system directory. Thus, we could have dispensed with the call tobindtextdomain here, and this function is useful only if the message catalogs are installed in a non-standard place, e.g., a packaged software distribution might have the catalogs under a po/ directory under its own main directory. See ``man bindtextdomain'' for details.

  4. The textdomain call on line 9 sets the message domain of the current program to ``hello,'' i.e., the name that we are using for our example program. ``man textdomain'' will give usage details for the function.

  5. Finally, on line 10, we have replaced what would normally have been,
      printf( "Hello, world!\n" );
    with,
      printf( gettext( "Hello, world!\n" ) );
Extracting translatable strings
===================================================================
xgettext -d hello -s -o hello.pot hello.c
msginit -l zh_CN -o zh_CN.po -i hello.pot

hello.pot
===================================================================
# SOME DESCRIPTIVE TITLE.
# Copyright (C) YEAR Free Software Foundation, Inc.
# FIRST AUTHOR <EMAIL@ADDRESS>, YEAR.
#
#, fuzzy
msgid ""
msgstr ""
"Project-Id-Version: PACKAGE VERSION\n"
"POT-Creation-Date: 2014-02-02 15:33+0800\n"
"PO-Revision-Date: YEAR-MO-DA HO:MI+ZONE\n"
"Last-Translator: FULL NAME <EMAIL@ADDRESS>\n"
"Language-Team: LANGUAGE <LL@li.org>\n"
"MIME-Version: 1.0\n"
"Content-Type: text/plain; charset=CHARSET\n"
"Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit\n"

#: hello.c:11
msgid "Hello,GetText!\n"
msgstr ""
zh_CN.po
===================================================================
# Chinese translations for PACKAGE package.          ----attention 
# Copyright (C) 2014 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
# sphinx <yishanj13@gmail.com>, 2014.
#
msgid ""
msgstr ""
"Project-Id-Version: PACKAGE\n" ----attention
"POT-Creation-Date: 2014-02-02 16:22+0800\n"
"PO-Revision-Date: 2014-02-02 18:53+0800\n"
"Last-Translator: sphinx <yishanj13@gmail.com>\n"
"Language-Team: Chinese (simplified)\n"
"MIME-Version: 1.0\n"
"Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ASCII\n" ----attention
"Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit\n"
"Language: zh_CN\n"

#: hello.c:11
msgid "Hello,GetText!\n"
msgstr ""
attention
===================================================================
The po file need to be modified, replace "PACKAGE" with the string in textdomain
(textdomain( "hello" );),and check the charset, if charset equal to your current system language(echo $LANG),if not msgfmt will come to an error.
zh_CN.po(after modify and translate)
===================================================================
# Chinese translations for hello example package.       ----attention
# Copyright (C) 2014 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
# sphinx <yishanj13@gmail.com>, 2014.
#
msgid ""
msgstr ""
"Project-Id-Version: hello\n" ----attention
"POT-Creation-Date: 2014-02-02 16:22+0800\n"
"PO-Revision-Date: 2014-02-02 18:53+0800\n"
"Last-Translator: sphinx <yishanj13@gmail.com>\n"
"Language-Team: Chinese (simplified)\n"
"MIME-Version: 1.0\n"
"Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8\n" ----attention
"Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit\n"
"Language: zh_CN\n"

#: hello.c:11
msgid "Hello,GetText!\n"
msgstr "你好,GetText!\n"
Message catalogs
===================================================================
msgfmt -c -v -o hello.mo zh_CN.po 
cp hello.mo /usr/share/locale/or_IN/LC_MESSAGES
Output
===================================================================
gcc hello.c -o hello
./hello
>你好,GetText!

Program upgrade
===================================================================
The previous section presented a simple example of how Chinese simple language support could be added to a C program. Like all programs, we might now wish to further enhance it. For example, we could include a greeting to the user by adding another printf statement after the first one. Our new hello.c source code might look like this:
1    #include <libintl.h>
2 #include <locale.h>
3 #include <stdio.h>
4 #include <stdlib.h>
5 int main(void)
6 {
7 setlocale( LC_ALL, "" );
8 bindtextdomain( "hello", "/usr/share/locale" );
9 textdomain( "hello" );
10 printf( gettext( "Hello, world!\n" ) );
11 printf( gettext( "How are you\n" ) );
12 exit(0);
13 }
Merging old and new translations
===================================================================
xgettext -d hello -s -o hello-new.pot hello.c
msgmerge -s -U hello.po hello-new.pot (I tested, this one won't work with gettext 0.10.40, no U option, and won't merge po and pot.)
msginit -l zh_CN -o zh_CN-new.po -i hello-new.pot
msgmerge -s -o zh_CN.po zh_CN.po zh_CN-new.po 
now the po zh_CN.po
===================================================================
# Chinese translations for hello example package.
# Copyright (C) 2014 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
# sphinx <yishanj13@gmail.com>, 2014.
#
msgid ""
msgstr ""
"Project-Id-Version: hello\n"
"POT-Creation-Date: 2014-02-02 16:22+0800\n"
"PO-Revision-Date: 2014-02-02 18:53+0800\n"
"Last-Translator: sphinx <yishanj13@gmail.com>\n"
"Language-Team: Chinese (simplified)\n"
"MIME-Version: 1.0\n"
"Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8\n"
"Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit\n"
"Language: zh_CN\n"

#: hello.c:11
msgid "Hello,GetText!\n"
msgstr "你好,GetText!\n"

#: hello.c:12
msgid "How are you\n"
msgstr ""
Message catalogs(after you tranlate :))
===================================================================
msgfmt -c -v -o hello.mo zh_CN.po 
cp -f hello.mo /usr/share/locale/or_IN/LC_MESSAGES
Output
===================================================================

gcc hello.c -o hello


./hello


>你好,GetText!
>你好吗


Optimize


===================================================================


1    #include <libintl.h>
2 #include <locale.h>
3 #include <stdio.h>
4 #include <stdlib.h>
5   #define _(STRING) gettext(STRING)
6 #define PACKAGE "hello" 8 int main(void) 9 { 10 setlocale(LC_ALL, ""); 11 bindtextdomain(PACKAGE, "/usr/share/locale"); 12 textdomain(PACKAGE); 13 14 printf(_("Hello,GetText!n")); 15 return 0; 16 }
Reference
===================================================================
----excellent!I follow it,just little problems, the explanation and catalog are so good.
----A Chinese guide, optimized, without merge.

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New rules on ingredient labeling that bring transparency to consumers—and headaches to manufacturers—entered the regulatory process this summer.

That means a rulemaking process of about two years has begun, giving federal agencies time to define standards for new labeling for genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The clock also is ticking for manufacturers to implement the revised Nutrition Facts labels.

For retailers, it’s business as usual while the labeling issues are ironed out, but it’s  possible, even likely, they will face higher costs for products when compliance takes effect.

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The Nutrition Facts label was introduced more than 20 years ago to help consumers make informed food choices and maintain healthy dietary practices. The FDA decided to upgrade the label to better reflect the science linking diet to health issues such as obesity and heart disease [CSP—Aug. ’16, p. 17].

The Roberts-Stabenow Agreement was signed by President Barack Obama on Aug. 1, pre-empting states’ GMO labeling mandates. The federal agreement establishes a national standard for disclosure of food produced with genetically modified ingredients. Congress enacted the law before Vermont’s labeling mandate was set to take effect July 1. Maine and Rhode Island also had passed GMO labeling laws.

The state mandates required all products sold in the state that contain GMOs to be labeled as such. Some major food producers, such as Kellogg, General Mills and Mars, have begun relabeling all of their products, not just those going to certain states, mainly for cost and distribution reasons.

Compliance for GMO labeling is due in July 2018, while compliance for the new nutrition-fact label takes effect in 2018 for large manufacturers and a year later for those with less than $10 million in annual food sales, Dempsey says.

SNAC (formerly the Snack Food Association) represents more than 400 snack  manufacturers and suppliers worldwide, many of them smaller manufacturers. The organization is working to have regulators harmonize the changes for small manufacturers so they take effect at the same time.

At an estimated cost of $3,000 to $4,000 per SKU for new graphics and printing, that adds up to a lot of money. Those costs will inevitably trickle down to the consumer, Dempsey says.

Other Fish to Fry

The National Confectioners Association dismisses much concern over the changes, pointing out that there are a few ways to comply with the GMO labeling, including the use of an electronic digital link or QR Code, on-pack symbol or on-pack text.

“As an industry, we support transparency; it’s a cornerstone of who we are,” says Christopher Gindlesperger, vice president of public affairs and communications for the Washington, D.C.-based association. “We are actively focused on helping our members interpret the regulations.”

What’s paramount to his members is sugar. “It’s our main ingredient, obviously,” Gindlesperger says, and his organization continues to lobby for changes in the U.S. sugar program that restricts imports and subsidizes some domestic farmers.

Why the push for reform? “Sugar is the only commodity that has not been touched since the Depression era. The program props up the cost of sugar and blocks access to sugar on the world market,” again especially hurting smaller manufacturers, he says.

Taking a slightly different twist is Jason English, managing director, equity research, for Goldman Sachs Group, who covers the packaged-snacks industry. Speaking at the McLane trade show in August, he told retailers they need to respect consumer trends but also realize they often do not have longevity.

“Open labeling is inevitable; consumers want full disclosure,” English said. But “the current demonization of sugar” won’t last.

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<p>There are no statistical differences in that study at all. In any of the analysis.</p>
          Comment on Unearthed emails: Monsanto connected to campaign to retract GMO paper by Alexander Panchin        
I have a PhD in mathematical biology. I am from Russia and I was one of the many scientists who wrote criticism on the Seralini article. You can read my detailed comment here: https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0278-6915(12)00784-3 The Seralini study had _no statistical analysis_ at all. When I performed the statistical analysis based on the data provided it showed that _there are no significant differences between the experimental and control groups_. That is something anyone with a background in statistics can simply check. I have no affiliation with Monsanto and the decision to write on this subject was my own. Even if Monsanto had something to do with the retraction, it does not change the fact that is is a poorly designed study, that misleads it's readers by presenting null-results as findings. It should have been retracted. Actually: it shouldn't have been published. Notably, the problem of absent/improper statistical analysis is widespread among "anti-GM" papers. I have written a review on this issue here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/07388551.2015.1130684 I think this comes from the issue John Ioannidis has been talking about for a long time: http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.0020124 It's very difficult to fight off bad science these days.
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That is the big red herring. The study was designed as a toxicology analysis and met those requirements. The tumours made the headlines and the criticism focused on that. But that is a deflection. I have seen numerous toxicology scientists support the standards of the study for its intended purpose. Unfortunately the toxicity findings have been overshadowed
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It's annoying to see so much discussion of the interests that motivate calls for the work to remain published or retracted, seemingly dwarfing discussion of scientific merits. I have only skimmed the goings-on (including prior coverage by RW), but AFAICT much rests on this phrase in the retraction notice: "Given the known high incidence of tumors in the Sprague–Dawley rat, normal variability cannot be excluded as the cause of the higher mortality and incidence observed in the treated groups." If that is indeed the crux of the matter, why isn't this a purely mathematical matter, based on statistical assessment of the number of rats in each experimental group, the chance of an effect in each control rat, and the chance of the same effect in each treated rat? Is there something I'm just not getting?
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