Food Supply News /foodsupplynews Food Supply News - Food Supply Information Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:19:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 Baseball player says going organic helped him more than his exercise routine /foodsupplynews/2017-03-15-baseball-player-says-going-organic-helped-him-more-than-exercise-regiment.htmlv Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:19:04 +0000 http://162.244.66.231/foodsupplynews/2017-03-15-baseball-player-says-going-organic-helped-him-more-than-exercise-regiment.htmlv Tyler Collins, a 26-year-old American professional baseball player for the Detroit Tigers who is in the heat of the battle for the vacant center field spot, recently strained the lat muscle on his left side. The injured baseball player could still run and hit, but throwing was off limits. While he feels fine now, Collins has been put on a throwing program to get him back into shape as one of the top competitors for the center field position.

While it is horrible to struggle with an injury at this crucial moment in his career, Collins told the Michigan Live that he has full confidence in his ability to play in the field. According to Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, Collins hasn’t fallen behind in the center field race. Though he is still working on his throwing distance, Collins came to camp in great shape. Rather than thanking his excellent condition to a special exercise program, he attributes his progress to his girlfriend who made him eat an all-organic, healthy diet. (RELATED: read more about clean, organic foods at Ingredients.news.)

“She’s all organic-everything, and it’s the best because I don’t have to do anything now,” he said. “‘Are you hungry?’ ‘Yeah, I’ll eat it. Because whatever’s going to come my way is what I need to be eating anyway.’ She’s great.”

The link between organic food and sporting performance

Whether you are a competing professional athlete, like Collins, or an amateur sports player, the foundation to an improved performance seems to be an organic diet packed with all the right and healthy foods. They’ll provide enough energy and nutrients to get into the best physical condition and achieve optimal weight.

Since the nutrients your body needs to provide the energy that allows your muscles to work come from the foods you eat, it is only logical that the quality of the food plays a vital role. Choosing food that has been organically farmed puts less strain on your internal systems since they are free from GMOs, harmful pesticides, additives, preservatives, food colorings, and other nasty chemicals that may affect athletic performance.

A well-balanced, wholesome diet should meet most of an athlete’s protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamin, and mineral needs to promote muscle growth and repair, while increasing stamina and endurance. Though organic foods are often hard on your wallet – the USDA found that the cost of organic produce is up to 30 percent more than conventional food – they are worth the extra expense.

Not only do they lower your exposure to pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, and other artificial ingredients, multiple studies have also shown that organic foods have healthier fats and more minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants than their conventionally grown counterparts.

Since you are training hard to enhance your performance, it also makes sense to improve your health at the same time. Next to feeding your body the right, organic nutrients, drinking plenty of clean, filtered water before, during, and after exercise is also of crucial importance when wanting to improve sporting performance.

Follow more news about Organics at Organics.news.

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MLlive.com

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Heartbreaking letter from dying EPA scientist begs Monsanto “moles” inside the agency to stop lying about dangers of RoundUp (glyphosate) /foodsupplynews/2017-03-15-heartbreaking-letter-from-dying-epa-scientist-begs-monsanto-moles-inside-the-agency-to-stop-lying-about-dangers-of-roundup-glyphosate.htmlv Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:53:44 +0000 http://162.244.66.231/foodsupplynews/2017-03-15-heartbreaking-letter-from-dying-epa-scientist-begs-monsanto-moles-inside-the-agency-to-stop-lying-about-dangers-of-roundup-glyphosate.htmlv The following letter from EPA scientist Marion Copley (now deceased from cancer) has surfaced in the unsealed court documents originally uncovered by U.S. Right to Know and posted in plain text at this Glyphosate.news document page.

The original PDF of this document is found at the USRTK website, with a backup copy archived at Natural News.

In this letter, EPA scientist Marion Copley begs Monsanto “mole” Jess Rowland to do his job and protect the public rather than protecting Monsanto’s profit interests, saying, “For once in your life, listen to me and don’t play your political conniving games with the science to favor the registrants. For once do the right thing and don’t make decisions based on how it affects your bonus.”

She also accuses Rowland and another EPA scientist Anna Lowit (still with the EPA) of engaging in science intimidation tactics to force EPA scientists and bureaucrats to change their conclusions in favor of Monsanto. “You and Anna Lowit intimidated staff on CARC and changed MI ARC and IIASPOC final reports to favor industry,” says Copley. This tactic, by the way, is 100% aligned with the deeply evil corporate culture at Monsanto, which routinely engages in intimidation legal tactics, science intimidation and character assassination campaigns against anti-Monsanto activists.

Copley further warns that EPA scientists are likely being bribed by Monsanto, saying, “Your Nebraska colleague took industry funding, he clearly has a conflict of interest. Just promise me not to ever let Anna on the CARC committee, her decisions don’t make rational sense. If anyone in OPP is taking bribes, it is her.”

Marion Copley signs off with a plea for humanity, knowing that she is nearing death but wanting to help save humanity from the toxic chemical “holocaust” being pushed by Monsanto and a criminal EPA:

I have cancer and I don’t want these serious issues in MED to go unaddressed before I go to my grave. I have done my duty.

Read the full letter to Jess Rowland (the “Monsanto mole” inside the EPA) from Marion Copley (now deceased, former EPA scientist) to get the full picture. Read the entire unsealed court document that includes this letter at this page on Glyphosate.news.

Letter from Marion Copley to Jess Rowland, March 4, 2013

Jess,

Since I left the Agency with cancer, I have studied the tumor process extensively and I have some mechanism comments which may be very valuable to CARC based on my decades of pathology experience. I’ll pick one chemical to demonstrate my points.

Glyphosate was originally designed as a chelating agent and 1 strongly believe that is the identical process involved in its tumor formation, which is highly supported by the literature.

-Chelators inhibit apoptosis, the process by which our bodies kill tumor cells

-Chelators are endocrine disruptors, involved in tumorigenesis

-Glyphosate induces lymphocyte proliferation

-Glyphosate induces free radical formation

-Chelators inhibit free radical scavenging enzymes requiring Zn, Mn or Cu for activity (i.e. SODs)

-Chelators bind zinc, necessary for immune system function

-Glyphosate is genotoxic, a key cancer mechanism

-Chelators inhibit DNA repair enzymes requiring metal cofactors

-Chelators bind Ca, Zn, Mg, etc to make foods deficient for these essential nutrients

-Chelators bind calcium necessary for calcineurin-mediated immune response

-Chelators often damage the kidneys or pancreas, as glyphosate does, a mechanism to tumor formation

-Kidney/pancreas damage can lead to clinical chemistry changes to favor tumor growth

-Glyphosate kills bacteria in the gut and the gastrointestinal system is 80% of the immune system

-Chelators suppress the immune system making the body susceptible to tumors

Previously, CARC concluded that glyphosate was a “possible human carcinogen”. The kidney pathology in the animal studies would lead to tumors with other mechanisms listed above. Any one of these mechanisms alone listed can cause tumors, but glyphosate causes all of them simultaneously. It is essentially certain that glyphosate causes cancer. With all of the evidence listed above, the CARC category should be changed to “probable human carcinogen”. Blood cells arc most exposed to chelators, if any study shows proliferation of lymphocytes, then that is confirmatory that glyphosate is a carcinogen.

Jess, you and I have argued many times on CARC. You often argued about topics outside of your knowledge, which is unethical. Your trivial MS degree from 1971 Nebraska is far outdated, thus CARC science is 10 years behind the literature in mechanisms. For once in your life, listen to me and don’t play your political conniving games with the science to favor the registrants. For once do the right thing and don’t make decisions based on how it affects your bonus. You and Anna Lowit intimidated staff on CARC and changed MI ARC and IIASPOC final reports to favor industry. Chelators clearly disrupt calcium signaling, a key signaling pathway in all cellos and mediates tumor progression. Greg Ackerman is supposed to be our expert on mechanisms, but he never mentioned any of these concepts at CARC and when I tried to discuss it with him he put me off. Is Greg playing your political games as well, incompetent or does he have some conflict of interest of some kind? Your Nebraska colleague took industry funding, he clearly has a conflict of interest. Just promise me not to ever let Anna on the CARC committee, her decisions don’t make rational sense. If anyone in OPP is taking bribes, it is her.

I have cancer and I don’t want these serious issues in MED to go unaddressed before I go to my grave. I have done my duty.

Marion Copley March 4, 2013

Read the full text of the unsealed court document at this page on Glyphosate.news.

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Researchers: 9% of the world’s food supply is thrown away or left to spoil /foodsupplynews/2017-03-06-researchers-9-of-the-worlds-food-supply-is-thrown-away-or-left-to-spoil.htmlv Tue, 07 Mar 2017 02:12:35 +0000 http://162.244.66.231/foodsupplynews/2017-03-06-researchers-9-of-the-worlds-food-supply-is-thrown-away-or-left-to-spoil.htmlv Unemployment and rising food costs have resulted in about a billion people around the world going to bed hungry every day – that’s nearly one in seven people who is officially starving. This problem is only likely to worsen, since the global population is growing at an unprecedented rate, and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs predicts that it will reach around 9.6 billion by 2050. With statistics like these, one would expect that the whole world would be focused on minimizing waste to ensure that more people have access to food, but just the opposite is true. In fact, according to Science Daily, almost 9 percent of the world’s food supply is simply thrown away or left to spoil, while around 10 percent more is lost to overeating.

These startling figures were highlighted in a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland’s Rural College, the University of York, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, and published in the journal Agricultural Systems. The study focused on 10 key areas of global food production to see where the most losses were occurring, utilizing information gleaned from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

Some of the study’s startling findings included the fact that almost half of all crops harvested worldwide (around 2.1 billion tons) are lost to poor production processes, over-consumption and waste by consumers. The least efficient and most wasteful of all food production involves livestock, with more than two-thirds of all product lost (around 78 percent, or 840 million tons). Livestock production also directly impacts crop production, since about 1.08 billion tons of fresh produce is needed to produce just 240 million tons of animal products like eggs, meat, and dairy products. Taken holistically, livestock production alone is responsible for about 40 percent of all lost crops.

The study’s findings regarding overeating are especially interesting; it would seem that while a billion people starve, the other six billion are just plain greedy and/or wasteful.

“Reducing losses from the global food system would improve food security and help prevent environmental harm. Until now, it was not known how over-eating impacts on the system. Not only is it harmful to health, we found that over-eating is bad for the environment and impairs food security,” said the lead researcher of the study, Dr. Peter Alexander, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Geo Sciences and Scotland’s Rural College.

In the U.S., some of the biggest contributors to food waste are supermarkets, which throw out an average of 3,000 pounds of produce per store, each year. For the most part, the food is rejected not for safety, but for esthetic reasons. If fresh fruit is starting to turn brown or is in some other way blemished it will be consigned to the trash heap, as will produce that is perfect in appearance, simply to make way for new stock to be displayed on the shelves.

Though legislation was put in place in 1996 to protect stores from prosecution should food past its “sell-by-date” be donated to the hungry, most supermarkets still balk at the idea of donating food they perceive to be “old,” citing fears of litigation or bad press as concerns.

It is said that knowledge is power, and it is vitally important that consumers become aware of the enormous food supply problem being faced worldwide. After all, it is the picky consumer who refuses to buy even slightly blemished produce that is a large contributor to the problem of waste. And how often do we toss out fresh produce that we have simply forgotten about or failed to use quickly enough, never stopping to think about the millions of people worldwide who are doing the same thing, all while millions of others starve? (RELATED: Great tips to help you stop wasting food can be found in this Natural News article.)

It is time to turn the tide. In a generation of people who have become accustomed to instant gratification and visually perfect produce, we need to become more self-sufficient and less wasteful. Our very survival depends upon it. Follow more news about the food supply at Harvest.news.

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ScienceDaily.com

UN.org

TheGuardian.com

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Alert: Dangerous new type of GMO being unleashed into food supply… check your APPLES /foodsupplynews/2017-02-19-alert-dangerous-new-type-of-gmo-being-unleashed-into-food-supply.htmlv Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:29:21 +0000 http://162.244.66.231/foodsupplynews/2017-02-19-alert-dangerous-new-type-of-gmo-being-unleashed-into-food-supply.htmlv Few topics in the scientific world are as fiercely debated as the use of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Despite the fact that they have passed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) safety tests, nearly 40 countries around the world have banned their use due to health and environmental concerns.

With a growing population of health-conscious people, the debate over their use continues to rage. While the public has been worried about the safety of GMO foods for ages, the US, Monsanto’s favorite playground, has shown no fear and instead has welcomed a new type of GMO into the food supply.

As reported by Stat News, researchers have found a new, dangerous way to tinker with the genetic basis of the world’s food supply without clear regulatory guidance. These so-called “gene-edited” foods are set to make their big debut soon. Next-generation genetically modified food, or what some are referring to as GMO 2.0, can be altered through “editing or deleting genes, turning genes on or off, or even creating entirely new DNA sequences on a computer.”

Today’s definition of a GMO is primarily based on the insertion of genes taken from one species and transferred into another. However, now many companies have bypassed the GMO definition through “gene-silencing techniques such as RNA interference and gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR.”

Because the GMO industry has spent millions of dollars to prevent mandatory labeling and regulatory instances have not yet caught up with the latest biotechnology techniques, most of these new Frankenfoods will be labeled “non-GMO” or even “natural.”

The apple that never browns

One of the first “gene-edited” foods that has already emerged in some stores across the United States is the Arctic Apple, which is sold in stores pre-sliced and ready to eat. These altered apples do not turn brown when exposed to air, not even when rotten.

While biotech companies such as Intrexon, the company that made the Arctic Apple, believe this novel technique will lead to less food waste, Stat News noted that these foods are being released with little understanding of their potential health and environmental risks. With no required safety assessments or regulatory oversight in place, the GMO industry once again gets a free pass.

Apples turn brown for a reason, and some scientists are convinced that the natural browning enzymes play a crucial role in fighting diseases and pests, meaning farmers will probably have to up their pesticide use to grow these Franken apples. As the effects of these newly emerged GMO techniques have not yet been thoroughly investigated, they could mess up gene expression in human cells and pose a serious threat to public and environmental health.

Next to the gene-silenced apples, other gene-edited products are on their way to the market. These foods include non-GMO labeled canola oil modified to withstand more pesticides, gene-altered salmon which grow faster, and lab-made vanillin derived from a genetically modified yeast.

With little understanding of their potential risks, lack of long-term safety assessments, and no regulations, the door for unethical practices and misuses stands wide open. Therefore, the FDA quietly announced that it will give citizens a chance to express their concerns and ask questions about the new generation of genetically engineered foods.

Anti-GMO groups already successfully pushed for a ban on GMO crops in places like Boulder County, Colorado and Sonoma County, California, and several food giants have agreed to eliminate GMO ingredients from their products. Many GMO critics have recently aired their concerns about the Arctic Apple. Not only does it house questionable, altered genes, but how will people know if their apple slices are still fresh when they don’t turn brown. (RELATED: Stay informed about more GMO news at GMO.news.)

“This apple is understudied, unlabeled, and unnecessary,” said Dana Perls, the senior food and technology campaigner with environmental nonprofit Friends of the Earth. “It’s only a matter of time before consumers realize they’re being falsely marketed to … And then there will be an uproar.”

Sources:

NewParadigm.ws

StatNews.com

WashingtonPost.com

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Entire global food supply to be contaminated by genetically modified organisms used for pest control, warn scientists /foodsupplynews/2017-02-06-entire-global-food-supply-to-be-contaminated-by-genetically-modified-organisms-used-for-pest-control-warn-scientists.htmlv Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:57:24 +0000 http://162.244.66.231/foodsupplynews/2017-02-06-entire-global-food-supply-to-be-contaminated-by-genetically-modified-organisms-used-for-pest-control-warn-scientists.htmlv The next generation of genetically modified organisms may not involve produce at all. It appears that the next phase of GMOs will involve living things: insects. Genetically altered bugs could indeed be coming to an environment near you.

Experimental releases of GM insects were already approved in 2014, but now there are growing concerns over what such bugs mean for the food supply — especially organic foods. Can organic food grown with or near GM bugs still be considered “organic,” or is that one bridge too far? Will organic produce grown in the United States still be able to be exported to countries like Europe if these GM bugs have developed on them — or will organic produce growers be forced to forfeit their organic label?

These are the questions that Guy Reeves from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Germany and Martin Phillipson Dean of Law at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada are asking. Their goal is to shine a light on the potential perils that GM insects could bring to the food industry — and to hopefully prompt US officials into regulatory action, and so organic food growers don’t have to fear losing their reputations. [RELATED: Keep up with the latest GMO headlines at GMO.news]

What are GM bugs and why are they being made?

Genetically modified bugs have been created to “improve” (and I use that term lightly) an older version of pest control techniques. By altering male insects to only produce other males, scientists hope that they can quell female populations. By keeping female insect populations low, a total decrease in the species’ population numbers can be seen, and in some areas, the affected insects may become locally extinct. (RELATED: Learn more about GMOs and herbicides at Harvest.news)

For the last 50 years or so, scientists have been exposing males to radiation in order to render them incapable of reproducing. The male insects would still be able to mate, but none of the resulting eggs would be viable. This too leads to a decrease in the total population of the insects’ species. Both approaches can successfully decrease pest populations. The advantage to using sterile insects to control pest populations is that it eliminates the need for pesticides to kill insects.

In the past, GM insects have been proposed as a way to combat disease-causing bugs. For example, in 2011, some researchers proposed that GM mosquitoes could be used to help combat Dengue fever.

But now, these creations may be used for farming, despite there being an already effective, non-GM approach. If the use of GM insects for farming purposes becomes widespread, it could spell problems for organic farmers who wish to remain organic. This risk stems from the fact that these GM insects are inherently intended to fly between farms. (RELATED: See more coverage of the risks associated with GM insects at GeneticLunacy.com)

The research team also reported on several applications related to GM insects:

The following applications for mass open release of genetically modified insects for agricultural pest control have been submitted:

UK 2011: withdrawn by the applicant
Spain 2013 and 2015: withdrawn by the applicant
USA 2005-2011: approved, releases took place at isolated location in Arizona desert
New York State 2014-2017: approved, then withdrawn by the applicant in March 2016, in November 2016 all permit documents were withdrawn by the regulator. The permit allowed for the of release genetically modified diamondback moths 72 times per year until the end of March 2017. With releases of up to 100,000 moths per week on cabbage or broccoli fields totaling 40,500 square metres.

Organic farms at risk

Releasing genetically modified insects into the environment will be most concerning to organic farms. Reeves, from the Max Planck Institute explains,”There are some realistic circumstances where the mass release of flying genetically modified insects could harm organic farmers and erode consumer confidence in their products. Unfortunately, we can find little evidence of efforts to reduce this risk or even discuss the issue.” [RELATED: Keep up with the latest research at Scientific.news]

Based on legal case studies from across the globe, the duo has surmised that “any detected or conceivably perceived contamination of crops” that are being sold to countries that have not approved the presence of GM bugs is likely going to result in import bans. This in turn would inevitably upset the entire international food trade. For crops that are certified organic, the issue of GM insects raises even more concerns. In addition to negative consumer conceptions, there is a very real potential that farms near GM insect releases may lose their organic certification.

Does that seem very fair to you?  Given that the risk of GM insects spreading beyond their desired location is pretty much a given — companies who choose to use them would have to be fairly dense to try to pass the damaging effects these bugs will have on organic farms as “accidental.”

Sources:

BlacklistedNews.com

ScientificAmerican.com

MPG.de

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KFC’s new facial recognition system a disturbing cocktail of the surveillance state and a toxic food supply laced with MSG /foodsupplynews/2017-01-26-kfcs-new-facial-recognition-can-remember-a-vast-majority-of-facial-recognition.htmlv Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:06:05 +0000 http://162.244.66.231/foodsupplynews/2017-01-26-kfcs-new-facial-recognition-can-remember-a-vast-majority-of-facial-recognition.htmlv Artificial intelligence has arrived at one Beijing fast-food restaurant… but its not without some rather nefarious side effects.

A KFC outlet in the city’s financial district now uses facial recognition software to predict what a customer might order. Partnering with KFC, tech firm Baidu, often described as the Google equivalent in China, developed the software for what is described as the country’s first “smart” restaurant.

The AI system, which is voluntarily and can be overridden if a customer wants to partake of other menu items, makes recommendations based on a customers age, gender, and mood. The kiosk then supposedly stores the information.

Customers can pay with their smartphone and then pick up the order at the counter. A KFC exec commented the target market consists of “young consumers who prefer fashionable new things,” Eco-Business detailed.

In addition to the publicity generated by the facial recognition system, KFC and Baidu want to make ordering faster, more convenient and personalized which will in their view facilitate repeat business.

Most customers at the fried chicken restaurant are still opting for a human cashier.

Apart from whether it’s wise or intelligent, as it were, to eat fast food in the first place — and Natural News offers lots of information about that — the technology also raises the question as to whether it is “smart” to order by robot from a privacy standpoint. KFC menu items, by the way, happen to contain more MSG than almost any other fast food restaurants. MSG, known as an “excitotoxin,” is a chemical taste enhancer that’s linked to migraines and widely believed to harm nerve cells. Combining a brain-hurting chemical with a “mind reading” surveillance technology seems to be a questionable cocktail of bad ideas.

Has The Colonel given way to Big Brother?

KFC plans to roll out the technology to 5,000 stores in China.

According to TechCrunch, a Baidu press release explains that “the system would tell ‘a male customer in his early 20s’ to order ‘a set meal of crispy chicken hamburger, roasted chicken wings and coke for lunch,’ while ‘a female customer in her 50s’ would get a recommendation of  ‘porridge and soybean milk for breakfast.'”

“Of course, the prospect of a company storing data about customers’ faces and fried-chicken preferences raises the ever present trade-off between convenience and privacy,” the Guardian noted, adding that, as it is, intrusive personal data in China is apparently readily available on the open market.

The Guardian reporter also found that on a second visit, the AI machine evidently “forgot” her preferences, so the technology, for better or worse, has a ways to go.

In questioning the validity of predicting menu choices from physical appearance, which may be a marketing ploy, the Quartz website also warns about the implications of data mining for the consumer.

“By building an image database of customers and their orders, KFC could get a much more deeper understanding of the market…An image and order history lets KFC begin to build a detailed dossier on each customer, stored on a machine of unknown security. If other stores implement similar systems, a whole new trove of personal data could be created. So before you order that eight-piece meal, think about the digital price you’re also paying.”

Last year, KFC implemented voice-activated robot order takers at a restaurant in Shanghai.

KFC can be an occasional guilty pleasure for some, but before ordering at one of the franchise eateries here or abroad, consider this: Natural News previously reported that the secret ingredient in the closely guarded original chicken 11-herbs-and-spices recipe might be monosodium glutamate (MSG), a chemical which has been linked to various health issues. (Related: Learn more about MSG and it’s affects.)

On the subject of fast-food automation generally, the ex-McDonald’s USA CEO recently issued a reluctant “I told you so” after predicting that the “Fight for $15,” i.e., activists who champion a $15 minimum wage, would prompt employers to begin installing touchscreen, self-service kiosks to reduce headcount, thereby increasing the ranks of the unemployed.

Sources:

Eco-business.com

Eater.com

The Guardian.com

TechCrunch.com

Qz.com

Inquisitr.com

 

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Fukushima has poisoned the North American food supply along the Pacific coast /foodsupplynews/2016-08-19-fukushima-has-poisoned-the-north-american-food-supply-along-the-pacific-coast.htmlv Fri, 19 Aug 2016 20:25:20 +0000 http://162.244.66.231/foodsupplynews/2016-08-19-fukushima-has-poisoned-the-north-american-food-supply-along-the-pacific-coast.htmlv Thanks to the environmental disaster that was Fukushima and the incredibly long half-life of iodine-129, the Pacific coast may never be the same again. It will take about 16 million years for the contamination from the tremendous nuclear accident to dissipate.

While a vast array of radioactive isotopes were released into the environment during the Fukushima meltdown, iodine-129 is a particularly concerning material, due to its incredibly long half-life. This means that basically any food that comes from the North American western coast will likely be contaminated with radiation for innumerable generations to come. Radiation in the oceans will inevitably enter our water supply, and consequently our food supply as well. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), iodine from the ocean enters the air as sea spray or iodine gas. Once in the air, iodine can then combine with water particles and enter surface water and soil once the particles fall to ground. Iodine can remain in the soil for extremely long periods of time, because it can combine with organic material easily. Plants and vegetation that grow in this soil also have the potential to absorb the iodine.

Natural News reports that radioactive forms of iodine, such as iodine-129, are absorbed into the environment just like their more natural counterparts. The ATSDR notes, “Most radioactive forms of iodine change very quickly (seconds to days) to stable elements that are not radioactive. However, one form, 129I [iodine-129], changes very slowly (millions of years), and its levels build up in the environment.”

So, the form of iodine released by the Fukushima disaster is the exact type that builds up in the environment. Isn’t that just great news?

Fortunately, all is not lost. There are several key steps you can take to help minimize your exposure to radioactive iodine, and other radioactive isotopes that are also probably still contaminating our food and water. First, using only clean, filtered water for all consumption purposes is necessary. Filtered water should also be used for cleaning fruits and vegetables as well. It is also important to pay attention to where your food is coming from. Fish and seafood from the Pacific Coast should be avoided at all costs. Produce, meat and dairy products from the contaminated region should be avoided, as well.

Simply put, the environmental effects of the Fukushima nightmare really can’t be understated.

 

Sources:

NaturalNews.com

ATSDR.CDC.gov

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Americans trash 50% of the food supply, even after a global food shortage is predicted /foodsupplynews/2016-07-29-americans-trash-50-of-the-food-supply-even-after-a-global-food-shortage-is-predicted.htmlv Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:26:23 +0000 http://162.244.66.231/foodsupplynews/2016-07-29-americans-trash-50-of-the-food-supply-even-after-a-global-food-shortage-is-predicted.htmlv Strolling along in your local farmer’s market, organic food store, busy restaurants, mainline grocers an even those food and gas stops on an interstate, you’ll see one thing in common – an abundance of food for consumers who must have it picture perfect fresh. No cuts, scratches, bruises or malformed shapes. To secure this Barbie doll food consumerism, produce clerks regularly haul off shopping carts filled to the brim with slightly browned apples, over ripe bananas, dented watermelon, bruised squash, irregular shaped tomatoes, wilted bok choy, assorted withered greens along with outdated packaged products.

Cartloads and truckloads of usable foods go straight to trash barrels, dumpsters and landfills.

Many a half eaten restaurant meal lies rotting in dark back alley dumpsters.What happened to doggy bags?  But restaurants and grocery stores aren’t the only places where “non- designer” food is treated as garbage.  According to The Guardian, produce in farmer’s fields becomes waste as it rots for not being “just right,” and food morphs into a waste product while being transported  through “warehouses, packaging [and] distribution” channels. In 2012, the waste rate for thrown-away-food in the United States was 40%, as reported by The Liberty Beacon. But now, just four years later, the new figures conclude that the U.S. throws away 50% of its food. Even our landfills are piling up with wasted food. Couldn’t some of these waste materials be thrown into a compost pit?

Currently, there is no food shortage. Poverty and distribution are just two of many reasons why people are hungry.

Food First is an organization that has spent more than 40 years looking at the “why” of hunger. It’s a complex issue with many facets –  access to food, poverty, industrial mono crop production vs. small diversified agroecology farming methods, government food policy, seed sovereignty, trade deals, market manipulation, topsoil quality, land rights, GMOs and more. In an excerpt from their book, World Hunger:10 Myths,  they make a very bold statement:

“Abundance, not scarcity best describes the world’s food supply.”

You won’t hear those words on the nightly news or at the Monsanto annual shareholder’s meeting. You’re also probably not going to hear what Feeding America says, which is that 1 in 5 of of our nation’s children “worry about when they’ll get their next meal,” or that some of the 46 million Americans on food stamps might just starve without them. In fact, according to Michel Snyder’s blog, The Economic Collapse, over the last couple months there’s been some trouble with EBT cards; folks have waited a week or longer to receive SNAP  benefits.

A grave shortage of food is being predicted. Is it also being planned?

The Liberty Beacon also reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hired some contractors to develop a “crisis simulation” concerning “a sudden and sharp increase in food prices . . . ”  This report estimates  global food prices could inflate nearly 400% by 2024 due to”climate change, higher oil prices” and crop failures, among others. Can you say social unrest? This “simulation” ignores the corporate consolidation of seed ownership, as explained by Health Impact News, or corporate and governmental global farmland grabs, as sighted by GRAIN.  Motherboard reports that two publicly traded corporations helped create FEMA’s “Food Chain Reaction Scenario.” Cargill, who controls “a quarter of U.S. grain exports” and Mars, Inc., the world wide candy distributor. Will FEMA camps offer candy bars for dinner?

More than ever, it’s imperative to learn to grow your own food and save your own seeds.

 

Sources:

Science.NaturalNews.com

TheGuardian.com

TheLibertyBeacon.com

FoodFirst.org

FoodFirst.org

FeedingAmerica.org

TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com

HealthImpactNews.com

Grain.org

Motherboard.com

Breitbart.com

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Food price inflation predicted to SOAR over 300% if American food supply continues to dwindle, FEMA warns /foodsupplynews/2016-07-26-food-price-inflation-predicted-to-soar-over-300-if-american-food-supply-continues-to-dwindle-fema-warns.htmlv Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:41:34 +0000 http://162.244.66.231/foodsupplynews/2016-07-26-food-price-inflation-predicted-to-soar-over-300-if-american-food-supply-continues-to-dwindle-fema-warns.htmlv Time to start preparing for the future, folks! The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has warned that that food prices are likely to quadruple between the years 2020 and 2030. In just a few short years, we could be looking at the beginning of the end of affordable food. Escalating food prices have been a concern for generations, but this kind of food crisis would be devastating and cause total chaos.

Back in November, officials from the State Department, World Bank and Cargill revealed that a simulation game known as Food Chain Reaction, designed to predict food prices and supply availability in the face of population growth, urbanization, severe weather and social unrest, depicted a very bleak food future.

The game is being held up as “scientific research” and is currently being analyzed by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. Its prediction of widespread crop failure unleashing a food supply shortage should be indicative that we are doing something wrong. Mono-cropping, pesticides, herbicides, GMOs — these are things that our government should be concerned about in light of this program’s foretelling of events. They should be thinking about what they are allowing to damage our land, our water, our air and inevitably, our food. However, instead of highlighting any of these detrimental things, the report instead blames “severe weather events,” “food insecurity” and “social unrest” as being behind the major food shortage.

Unfortunately, instead of removing toxins that destroy the earth from our food supply, these damaging behaviors will only be increased in a vain attempt to put a band-aid on the catastrophe their corruption has caused. At the end of the day, these global food corporations do not care about anything that won’t line their pockets. And creating a food shortage is a great way to do that.

 

Source:

NaturalNews.com

 

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If this happens, Germany will control our food supply (Video) /foodsupplynews/2016-05-25-if-this-happens-germany-will-control-our-food-supply-video.htmlv Wed, 25 May 2016 19:57:17 +0000 http://162.244.66.231/foodsupplynews/2016-05-25-if-this-happens-germany-will-control-our-food-supply-video.htmlv Germany makes a big strategic move that can potentially cripple the US:

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