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Biotech Corporations Donate Millions To Stop GMO Labeling In Colorado

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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or Genetically Engineered (GE) foods refer to processes where by food is genetically manipulated and no longer resemble what would be found in nature.

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GMOs and pesticides are a topic that have gained an enormous amount of attention within the past five years. This became even clearer when millions gathered (March Against Monsanto) all over the world in multiple countries to protest the production of GMOs and the usage of pesticides (over one billion pounds sprayed on our food every year).

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GMO Labeling

Multiple states across the United States have started GMO labeling initiatives, with Vermont being the first state ever to require GMO labeling. All states who have started this initiative have experienced a harsh opposition against it. Should we not have a right to know if our food is genetically engineered or not? Should we not have freedom of choice?

Earlier in the year, an effort to put a ballot initiative in front of Colorado voters regarding the labeling of genetically modified foods was allowed to proceed after the state Supreme Court dismissed a challenge by biotech and food industry outfits.

For Initiative #48 to make it on the November ballot, supporters needed to gather 86,105 petition signatures and turn them into the state by early August, and they did.

Everytime A State Comes Close To GMO Labeling This Happens

As the Washington post reports:

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“The placement of the measure on the ballot could bring a huge wave of corporate spending, as was seen last fall in Washington state last year. Despite early signs that it would pass, the measure was ultimately defeated in Washington as an infusion of corporate spending flooded the state making the initiative campaign the most expensive in state history. Groups opposed were funded in large part by food giants, such as Pepsico, Nestle, Coca-Cola, General Mills, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Monsanto and Dupont. Two groups opposed to the measure spent $33 million, while $10 million was spent by groups in support of it.” (source)

The same thing has happened this year, with Monsanto recently donating millions of dollars to stop the GMO labeling campaign.

Initiative #48 would mandate that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) come with packaging that announces “Produced With Genetic Engineering” by July 1, 2016. Any corporation that refuses to do so (if required) would be under investigation for criminal activity.

“Less than a week after the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association Leadership Forum in Colorado Springs the money began rolling in to our state to oppose GMO labeling. In less than 3 weeks the opposition has mounted $1,425,000 from corporate donors who attended this meeting.  Is your right to know what is in your food worth this corporate wallet that is being opened?At heart are GMOs and whether you as a consumer have a right to know what you are buying. In the last 20 years GMOs have become prevalent in our diets without our permission. This GMO issue is not a consumer versus farmer issue like the opposition is trying to force, it is a corporate accountability issue to consumers and communities.If the GMO labeling issue ever seems confusing, follow the money to see who is creating the conversation you are having.  Here is yesterday’s filing report from the Colorado Secretary of State.” (source)

Why The People Want Labels 

Why do the people want labels? Because there is a growing amount of evidence that shows GMOs could potentially be harmful to human health. We are talking about seeds that are manufactured with the pesticides already in them, and a technology that is so young it would be nearly impossible to quantify the health results and deem them completely safe. The industry, however, argues that the science is conclusive, that GMOs are totally safe. Keep in mind that this is industry funded science, and does not speak for all the research that’s been conducted, or all of the scientists in this field.

“By slipping it into our food without our knowledge, without any indication that there are genetically modified organisms in our food, we are now unwittingly part of a massive experiment. The FDA has said that genetically modified organisms are not much different from regular food, so they’ll be treated in the same way. The problem is this, geneticists follow the inheritance of genes, what biotechnology allows us to do is to take this organism, and move it horizontally into a totally unrelated species. Now David Suzuki doesn’t normally mate with a carrot and exchange genes, what biotechnology allows us to do is to switch genes from one to the other without regard to the biological constraints. It’s very very bad science, we assume that the principals governing the inheritance of genes vertically, applies when you move genes laterally or horizontally. There’s absolutely no reason to make that conclusion.” – Environmentalist and Geneticist David Suzuki (source)

Research from Canada (the first of its kind) has successfully identified the presence of pesticides -associated with genetically modified foods in maternal, fetal and non-pregnant women’s blood. They also found the presence of Monsanto’s Bt toxin and raised numerous concerns. The study was published in the Journal Reproductive Toxicology in 2011.(source) You can read the FULL study here.

A recent study published in Environmental Sciences Europe (peer reviewed) examined the health impacts on rats of eating  commercialized genetically modified (GM) maize, alongside Monsanto’s NK603 glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup.

The study found severe liver and kidney damage as well as hormonal disturbances in rats fed with GM maize in conjunction with low levels of Roundup that were below those permitted in most drinking water across Europe. Results also indicated high rates of large tumors and mortality in most treatment groups. The study also has a section describing the lobbying efforts of GMO crop supporters to force the retraction of the original publication. This is scientific fraud at its best. The authors express how the previous retraction was “a historic example of conflicts of interest in the scientific assessments of products commercialized worldwide.”(source)

These two studies are small example out of many that clearly show (as the authors point out) that we need to learn more about GMOs before we deem them completely safe.

Think about it, why have most countries around the planet completely banned the sale of GM food products? Russian government scientists, for example, urged the government to ban them because they can be potentially hazardous to human health. Why is North American food banned in dozens of other countries?

Related CE Article: Wikileaks cables reveal U.S. Government planned to retaliate and and cause pain on countries refusing GMOs.

Pesticides on the other hand, are surrounded by little controversy in the scientific realm. The dangers associated with the pesticides sprayed on our food have been scientifically validated leaving no room for debate. They’ve been linked to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autism, decreased intellectual ability, cancer and more.  You can read more about that here.

The list goes on and on that clearly indicate they should not be approved 100 percent safe, and that people at the very least should have a choice.

Why The Corporations Don’t Want Labelling

This part is simple, it’s partly because they believe that the science behind the safety of GMOs is solid. They also believe that labeling GMOs creates a fear behind GMOs, that having the label on the product will scare consumers away when there is no reason at all to be scared.

They also know that if the consumer knew exactly what they were consuming that they may think twice before doing so and even stop altogether. This would drive up production costs. The food manufacturers in the United Kingdom know this, which is why you’ll hardly see a GMO warning label anywhere, they simply do not use GMO’s because they know the consumer does not want to eat GMOs. This does cost them more money so in turn, to keep costs down, they simply use less sugar! In turn they are appealing to a larger market that actually benefits human health in the long run.

Again, it all comes down to choice. Given the amount of information that’s out there, it’s very clear that one should at least have a choice. Without a label, it would be just another example (out of many) of corporations making decisions for us.

It’s important for people to be able to do their own research (which they are) and come to their own conclusions. Our trust in biotech companies and food corporations has gone down tremendously, and the days where mass amounts of people blindly accept what they are told by the government (and the corporations that dictate their policy)  is coming to an end.

What are your thoughts? Should there be a choice? Should you know whether you are eating something genetically modified or not? Please share in the comments section below.

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

Australian UFO study.

According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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New UFO Film Questions What The US Government Is Hiding

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The US recently released its highly anticipated Pentagon UAP report, but it wasn’t much more than a 9 page rundown of what has been known for decades. Regardless, for many, what was promising was that the UFO subject was being taken seriously again – and perhaps many more scientists might get involved.

For decades many have been warning about leaving UFO disclosure in the hands of a government that likes to use crisis’ or current events to expand its defense budgets. Further, why would we suddenly expect a government, who has been lying about this subject for 70 years, to suddenly come forth with the truth? What would inspire them to suddenly change their mind?

Perhaps it’s because the search for ET is an idea who’s time has truly come. We’ve reporting on this for over 13 years, and are mongst a community of researchers who have been encouraging humanity to look at the evidence for more than 70 years. It feels like an idea that human collective consciousness is more than ready to explore.

The impact the ET question has on our individual and collective worldview has the power to truly change the way we view ourselves and the meaning of life here on earth. Think of the implications answers to this question could have on how we set up and run our society as well. Technology, culture, collaboration etc – I spoke about this more in great detail in my extended interview for Greer’s. prior film Close Encounters of The Fifth Kind here.

Now, a new documentary from Dr. Steven Greer, directed by my good friend Michael Mazzola, seeks to explore what the films calls “the current government and media disinformation campaign promoting 3 big lies:”

1. We do not know what these UAPs/ UFOs are. WE DO.
2. Humans cannot make craft that can maneuver like UFOs. WE CAN and WE DO.
3. The UFOs are a threat. THEY ARE NOT.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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  • The Facts:

    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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