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The DARK Act is Here: Denying Americans’ Right-to-Know

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Big Food is trying to kill your right to know if the food you’re eating is genetically engineered.

With their anti-labeling allies like Monsanto and Dow, the Grocery Manufacturers Association has teamed up with Koch brothers-backed Congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas to introduce a federal bill that would deny your right to know.

The bill, which we’re calling the “Deny Americans the Right-to-Know Act (DARK Act),” would:

Prevent states from adopting their own GE labeling laws.

Block any attempt by states to make it illegal for food companies to put a “natural” label on products that contain GE ingredients.

Prevent the Food and Drug Administration from requiring companies to label GE ingredients and instead continue a failed “voluntary” labeling policy.

The bill–crafted by the Grocery Manufacturers Association-led Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, has just been introduced by Rep. Pompeo, and has reportedly picked up two co-sponsors: Reps. Butterfield (D-NC 1st district) and Blackburn (R-TN 7th district). All three lawmakers serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over GE food labeling.

Tell Congress not to squash your right to know about genetically engineered foods!

It’s no surprise that industry chose the Kansas Republican as their cheerleader. Pompeo was the single largest recipient of campaign funds from Koch Industries in 2010. It’s clear that corporate money = legislative favors with Congressman Pompeo.

And now the Koch brothers are teaming up with Monsanto? Monsanto was the single largest contributor against the recent Washington State ballot initiative to label GE foods. Between Washington State and California, Monsanto, along with GMA and other agribusiness companies, have contributed over $67 million to keep consumers in the dark.

So what’s wrong with “voluntary” GE food labeling? In a word: everything. It is grossly misleading for industry—let alone members of Congress—to continue trumpeting the idea that voluntary labeling will solve the overwhelming consumer demand for labeling in the marketplace. In the 13 years that FDA has allowed companies to voluntarily label genetically engineered foods, not one single company has done so.

Without mandatory labeling of GE foods, consumers are being left in the dark about the foods we are purchasing and feeding our families. In 2013, over 50 GE labeling bills were introduced in 26 states, including Hawaii, Washington, Indiana, Missouri, and Vermont.

This industry-backed bill will cut these state labeling bills off at the knees and replace them with an undemocratic, hollow “voluntary” labeling scheme that does nothing to address consumer interests and only serves to allow corporations to deny us our right to know.

Tell Congress to drop this corporate hand-out of a bill!

Safe eating begins with INFORMED eating!
The small but mighty IRT team!

The Institute for Responsible Technology thanks The Center for Food Safety for originating this alert.

Human or not so much? Life after Vaccines and other assaults on human existence

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new-logo25Marti Oakley        © copyright 2014 All rights reserved

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“In fact, those who create these lethal injections have no way of knowing or predicting how these foreign genes are going to affect anyone, much less the overall population.  What is worse is that they apparently are conducting experiments on the public at large to see just what does happen when you shoot a human being full of chicken or dog DNA.”

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Between the bio-pirates who are destroying the natural world with their unnatural frankenfood popuproducts and crops, and vaccine makers and pushers of other pharmaceutical assaults on the populations of the world,  we are adrift in a sea of mad scientists. Life on earth is being irrevocably altered.

The growing damage to the environment, food quality, and quality of life on this planet is readily apparent.  As a result, at what point do we lose our humanity?  And, at what point will genetic testing and DNA results be used to determine that many of us no longer qualify to be listed as “human”?  If this should happen, what will be done with, or to, those deemed to not have a high enough percentage of human DNA to qualify us as anything more than a lesser animal?  Further, who would make this determination?

At this point in time, this may seem to be far-fetched.  But try as I might, I cannot come up with one rational, logical reason for injecting via vaccines, the DNA of other human beings (human diploid cells), dogs, pigs, chickens and what ever else ran through the lab that day into the bodies of newborns, right up to those in old age.  These strands of DNA from animals and other humans are transfective.  This means they seek out the existing DNA and attach themselves to it, literally infecting it with foreign information, altering the original DNA forever.  The child is no longer the person they were intended to be, they can’t be because the infection caused by foreign non-related species has permanently damaged and changed the original DNA.  This can change not only the mental attributes, but may also begin altering the physical attributes in successive generations as the new genetic expressions override the original DNA.

In fact, those who create these lethal injections have no way of knowing or predicting how these foreign genes are going to affect anyone, much less the overall population.  What is worse is that they apparently are conducting experiments on the public at large to see just what does happen when you shoot a human being full of chicken or dog DNA.

The effects of vaccines on the elderly appears to manifest itself in an epidemic of brain decay in various forms as the number of elderly claimed to be suffering from these diseases is steadily increasing as targeted vaccines for the elderly rise simultaneously.

As the number of childhood vaccines increases, so do the number of cases of autism and other brain function disorders.

Transgenic: One jab at a time ?

Knowing as most of us do these days, that few governments around the world put any value in their populations, what would make any one of us think that our government, notorious for its disdain for the general public, would have our best interest at heart?

(Q). Why would our benevolent (sarc) government stand idly by, while the very building blocks of life, our genetic structure is damaged and manipulated by pharmaceutical manufacturers and other collectives of sociopath’s as these fools tamper with the structure of our very existence?  More

ANIMAL DISEASE TRACEABILITY final USDA rules for livestock moving interstate.

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EYE WITNESS REPORT October 29, Sugar Creek, Ohio ANIMAL DISEASE TRACEABILITY final USDA rules for livestock moving interstate.

Yoder, Apple Creek, Ohio, on the left. Veterinarians, state staff and ranchers were in attendance.

The Ohio State Veterinarian, Tony M. Forshey, officiated an ADT rule — cattle requirements overview meeting with producers on Oct 29. This was one of about a dozen in Ohio and similar to a few cow-smiling-e1270815298540hundred held in most states.

My appreciation of Dr. Forshey was increased as I watched him carefully articulate the maze of complicated and difficult federal rules for state veterinarians and animal producers. The tight rope he had to walk being forced to enforce federal rules and yet having “state rights” to tweak certain parts of the rule making process — his assistant called it “ability to relax” federal ADT rules.

If the Affordable Care Act is confusing, the facial expressions of Ohio farmers attending told the story. One major veal producer, RC Farms, said “I am not going to do it!” No reply was offered by Dr. Forshey as to the enforcements, fines or penalties for future non-compliance. (I sensed he did not want to go there in this crowd.)

New ADT changes and procedures defined include:

~ There are federal rules of ADT that are enforced federally and there are ways a state veterinarian can increase enforcements or “relax” these rules. Although the feds have a solid rule process, states can and may or may not relax or add to these rules. The state veterinarian has that authority. More

Austrailia: Banks to use NLIS to spy on cattle producers

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Memo: Many of you joined together to oppose the USDA’s NAIS ploy. Prior to our USA battle with the federales the Australians  were fighting the same battle, but they lost the war bigger and faster than the US sisters.  The Australian government has always been the “view into the future” for us.  Their NAIS is NLIS – National Livestock Identification Scheme.  With hearings and political battles USDA realized that over 90% of livestock owners refused to sign up for NAIS so they threw up their hands and said — we give up — NAIS is dead, ended, over.  Yet, as most expected, it raised an ugly finger in the air and now we  have ADT.  ADT is following the same path as NAIS and NLIS, but  slower, one state at a time.  Texas, of all states is leading  the charge in animal ID compliances, testing, and enforcements.      

The fight is still on. Our unfriendly-bureaucratic-predator government is adding the control rules one at a time, one state  at a time — hammering away toward NAIS.  It now is still federal, working under the radar as quasi state rules.

Notice the Australian cattlemen’s plea (article below) to be free again from the ignorance of NLIS.  Once in the  government’s claws, seldom do they release the prey. Darol

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NAIS:.. National Animal Identification System…U.S.

ADT:…Animal Disease Traceability

NLIS:.. National Livestock Identification Scheme… Austrailia

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ABA Press Release

Banks to use NLIS to spy on cattle producers – ABA calls on Minister Joyce to intervene.

Meat and Livestock Australia has admitted it has commissioned consultants to develop a system that allows financial institutions to automatically access producers’, lot feeders’ and processors’ NLIS accounts to monitor livestock transactions.

The admission was made to former Australian Beef Association Director, John Carter.

It would seem MLA/NLIS is seeking to develop a user-pay system that automatically notifies a financial institution when stock are moved onto or off an NLIS Account/PIC – for purchase, sale or slaughter. Prospective users of the service are banks, stock and station agencies and any other party, such as an investor, prepared to pay for the service.

“This is an outrageous abuse of trust by MLA,” Australian Beef Association Director Brad Bellinger said.

“NLIS was imposed on cattle producers on the understanding it was needed for market access and bio-security. More

Washington state & I-522 GMO labeling law

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The Monsanto Protection Act is BACK!

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GM-biohazard-300x223GM-biohazard Help us put an end to this underhanded end-run around the courts once and for all. Urgent Action Alert!

As you know, last March, what the world has been calling the “Monsanto Protection Act” was inserted at the last minute into a “must-pass” funding bill to keep the government running through the use of a congressional tool known as a Continuing Resolution (CR). The so-called Farmer Assurance Provision—misnamed because, frankly, the only ones who are assured about anything are GMO manufacturers like Monsanto—actually strips federal courts of the authority to halt the sale and planting of potentially hazardous genetically engineered crops while USDA is performing an environmental impact statement. It’s a huge blow to the justice system, completely overriding judicial safeguards that protect both farmers and the public. More

Big AG: Destroying our land, water and our farmers

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strip bannernew-logo25Marti Oakley                                  (c) copyright 2013 All rights reserved

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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) estimates that the waters in 27% of the southern half of Minnesota have reached critical levels in nitrogen contamination and that overall 41% of all lakes and streams have far higher than accepted and so-called “safe levels” of nitrogen contamination in addition to atrazine and glysophate contamination.

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Industrialized corporate farming Chemical Footprints

Our family farms have virtually disappeared.  In their place are massive, squalid industrial farming and ranching operations.  The result of this industrialization is low quality food contaminated with vaccines, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides and hundreds, if not thousands of chemicals we are not even allowed to know about.

The conversion, predominately over the last thirty years, from traditional farming to chemical barn_dees4farming is devastating the land and water, especially in agricultural states such as those in the mid-west.  The result is chemical contamination and toxicity of land and water, now reaching critical levels and accumulating in our rivers and streams.  Many of these same rivers and streams are emptying into the Mississippi, Cedar and Missouri Rivers and end up in the Gulf of Mexico contributing to the “dead zone”; an oxygen depleted area in the Gulf where nothing grows or lives.  This area is enlarging each year.  Much of our historically productive agricultural land and our water is on the verge of being reduced to a chemical laden soup unfit for use.

While the carping continues by vested interests regarding our so-called carbon footprints, and while the government continues its already debunked “global warming” scam, may be its time someone looked into the toxic chemical footprint being imprinted on our land and in our water by  industrialized corporate farming.  The promises of bigger more valuable crops, capable of feeding the world have been dismissed as the reality of agricultural monopolies protected by government, produce less than desirable crops, severely lacking in nutritional value. More

BLM Digs Deeper Into Man-Made Drought

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new-logo25Debbie Coffey           Copyright 2013         All Rights Reserved.

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During a proclaimed drought across much of the West, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Ely District of Nevada is offering up 399,873 acres of public lands for oil & gas lease sales.

This is being done even though “Fracking requires enormous quantities of water. Estimates put water usage at between 3 and 5 million gallons per fracking of a single well, and each well can be fracked several times.” 

The BLM issued an Environmental Assessment (EA) to lease these 399,873 acres June 28, 2013, only a month after issuing an EA to remove wild horses because “there is insufficient vegetation or water to maintain the wild horses’ health and well being.”

If there isn’t enough water for wild horses, how can there possibly be enough water for oil & gas exploration and development?  Where is the water going to come from?

The map below shows the oil & gas lease sale parcel areas in red, and some of the wild horse Herd Management Areas (HMAs), including Triple B (Buck-Bald & Butte), Antelope, Maverick-Medicine and Antelope Valley (which includes the Dolly Varden Range).

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Now, take a look at these same HMAs below, with the red oil & gas lease sale area, including some of the groundwater basins in blue.

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(Even though the red area may look small, there is a potential for a water drawdown and risk of water contamination over the area of the entire groundwater basin.  And, there is inter-flow between basins.)

The map below shows a Grazing Allotment map, along with an outline of the wild horse HMAs and the oil & gas lease areas in red. 

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Scientific American published an article regarding fracking wastewater wells, stating “Over the past several decades, U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth, using broad expanses of the nation’s geology as an invisible dumping ground.”  More

Rally for Klamath County Farmers and Ranchers

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Support

Klamath County Farmers and Ranchers

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Agriculture / Economic Impact Rally

Monday, July 1, 2013

9 a.m.

Klamath Co. Fairgrounds in Klamath Falls, OR

Klamath Tribes have shut-off irrigation water to over 115,000 acres of farm and ranch land

This will cause the loss of over 4,000 jobs

Over  $144,635,000 of cattle will be affected

There is plenty of water to share; the Tribe claims it is keeping the water for sucker fish

This will create a total area impact of over $516 million

For more information:

Go to www.saveourklamathcountywater.org

You are needed –

All of our CIVIL RIGHTS are at stake!

 

Monsanto gets blasted by 11 year old boy

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new-logo25  Marti Oakley

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The young man in this video is quite the speaker.  Having viewed the video on YouTube, I was not at all surprised to see the presence of trolls and hacks.  You know, the ones that show up everywhere trying to derail any meaningful conversation and, failing that effort, then resort to attacks.  It came as no surprise that these people insisted he couldn’t be that smart, he was using a teleprompter or a steady stream of the same drivel we see posted on site, after site, after site by those who are sent in to create havoc to make sure you don’t get the real message.  His speech was prepared.  So were the negative comments posted under the video.  We’ve seen them hundreds of times.

Nonetheless, this video by this young man is worth watching.

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