Monday, 2 September 2013
"A Little GMO Never Hurt Anyone - Did It?"
Move Over, Roundup: USDA Approves 2nd Generation GMOs That Can Withstand Even Deadlier Herbicide
The USDA has just approved a new generation of GMOs for use with more deadly herbicides than the toxic glyphosate that currently taints farms across America. You won’t hear about this on the mainstream though – it was all done very quietly in the hopes that no one would notice. Bayer has developed a soybean that can withstand applications of the toxin isoxaflutole (IFT). IFT is classified as a probable human carcinogen.
That’s right – they KNOW that it causes cancer and they created a plant with which they can use it anyway. A plant that is meant to feed us or feed our livestock. They’re going to douse the fields with it and allow it to leach into groundwater and contaminate soil.
Please see the link below for full details
More than 90 per cent of some common fruits, vegetables and other common staples still harbour residues of pesticides when they are sold, research by Pesticide Action Network UK found.
In the case of some fruits the residues exceed official limits set by ministers to ensure that consumers are not exposed to "unacceptable risks".
The campaign group warned that levels of pesticides on food in the UK have almost doubled since 2003 but said most consumers were unaware of the problem.
Their survey, carried out in 2011, found that up to 46 per cent of food consumed in the UK contains traces of at least one pesticide, compared with 25 per cent in 2003.
Each of 107 "soft fruits" such as clementines and satsumas which were tested contained at least one residue, along with 98 per cent of oranges, 97 per cent of flour and 74 per cent of bread tested by the group.
Examples of soft citrus, oranges, grapes and pineapples were found which had pesticide levels higher than the government's "Maximum Residue Limit".
Common pesticides found as residues on food included Chlorpyrifos, which some experts claim could be harming honey bees, and Carbendazim, which has been linked to developmental problems in animal studies.
A separate questionnaire by the 'Organic Naturally Different' Campaign found that 85 per cent of adults would like more transparency about levels of pesticides used in food production.
Catherine Fookes, campaign manager, said: “The evidence of pesticide use and its increasing presence in foods is worrying and needs to be addressed; however consumers can take action themselves.
"They can and should ask questions of the products they are buying as the data shows not all are the same. Our Organic Naturally Different Campaign aims to inform consumers about their choices. We know one way to minimise your exposure to pesticides is to eat more organic food.”