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GMOs by Nation

Dear Canada and the USA

We *will* join the other ~5 billion people in the world  who know if their food contains GMOs.  This includes nations that outright ban GMOs to those who require Labelling.  Here is the full list  by nation below.  Canada and the USA are the only developed nations in the world that don’t require labelling.  Powerful lobby groups are preventing us from knowing what’s in our food.  This explains why despite 90% N. Americans (across all political stripes) wanting to know if it’s GMO, it has yet to happen.  But it’s going to – We are going to make enough noise and demand out of this mass experiment!

70% of the world lives in countries that have protected themselves with some kind of legislation either restricting GMOs or labelling them.  Given the hype, I assumed it was just Europe, Russia, China and a few others.  When I examined the issue, closely for first time, I was pleased to discover not only European Countries (4 dozen) are protecting themselves, but EURASIAN Countries (18), Latin American Countries (7), African Countries (11) and Australia and New Zealand.  Here are the results below.  Total world population who legislate GMOs : about 5 billion.

I was pleased to discover upon closer inspection that the list has grown recently from Mexico (who has banned GMO corn), to Bhutan (first nation to go organic) to Hawaii’s Big Island as of this last week.

Aloha to Hawaii’s Big Island!  May your population of 185,000 inspire 317 million Americans to do away with this failing and dangerous technology all together!

EUROPE
Russia              143,455,000
Germany                80,640,000
UK                64,231,000
France                63,820,000
Italy                59,798,000
Spain                46,958,000
Ukraine                45,461,000
Poland                38,548,000
Romania                19,858,000
Netherlands                16,795,000
Belgium                11,162,000
Greece                10,758,000
Portugal                10,609,000
Czech Republic                10,519,000
Hungary                 9,894,000
Sweden                 9,595,000
Belarus                 9,460,000
Austria                 8,477,000
Switzerland                 8,075,000
Bulgaria                 7,261,000
Serbia                 7,203,000
Denmark                 5,612,000
Finland                 5,436,000
Slovakia                 5,413,000
Norway                 5,077,000
Iceland                 4,662,000
Croatia                 4,258,000
Bosnia and Herzegovina                 3,847,000
Lithuania                 2,956,000
Slovenia                 2,062,000
Latvia                 2,011,000
Kosovo                 1,826,000
Estonia                 1,283,000
Luxembourg                   542,000
Malta                   419,000
Iceland                   324,000
Jersey (UK)                   100,000
Isle of Man (UK)                    87,000
Andorra                    75,000
Guernsey (UK)                    63,000
Faroe Islands                    48,000
Liechtenstein                    37,000
Monaco                    36,000
San Marino                    32,000
Gibraltar                    30,000
Aland Islands                    29,000
Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway)                     3,000
Vatican City                       800
EURASIA
India         1,257,476,000
Bhutan                 728,000
China         1,357,379,000
Cyprus                 888,000
Indonesia           248,731,000
Japan           127,350,000
Jordan              6,157,000
Kazakhstan            17,030,000
Malaysia            30,476,000
Saudi Arabia            30,476,000
Singapore              5,437,000
South Korea            50,394,000
Sri Lanka            20,462,000
Taiwan            23,344,000
Thailand            67,357,000
Turkey            76,081,000
Vietnam            89,702,000
LATIN AMERICA
Bolivia            10,517,000
Brazil          195,632,000
Ecuador            15,779,000
Peru            30,476,000
Mexico          118,419,000
Costa Rica             4,667,000
El Salvador             6,635,000
AFRICA
Burkina Faso           17,323,000
Cameroon           20,930,000
Ethiopia           86,614,000
Kenya           43,291,000
Mali           16,678,000
Mauritius            1,273,000
Senegal           13,567,000
South Africa           52,982,000
Togo            6,675,000
Tunisia           10,889,000
Zambia           14,129,000
OCEANIA
Australia           23,105,000
New Zealand             4,462,000
Plus Hawaii’s Big Island               185,000
 TOTAL     4,967,704,800
   
 WORLD POPULATION     7,120,000,000
 % of the WORLD WHO HAS RIGHT TO KNOW           70%
 

 * SOURCES

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_European_countries_by_population

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Eurasian_countries_by_population

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_African_countries_by_population

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Latin_American_countries_by_population

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Oceanian_countries_by_population

* USED THIS MAP AS A STARTING POINT, FROM CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY

http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/ge-map/#

Reflections on a conversation with Murielle

I spoke with Murielle from France last week.

She decided to immigrate to Canada with her husband and two young  kids a couple of years ago.

Having similarly done the same journey from Western Europe 4 years ago, we were comparing notes….  I returned from Europe with my French husband, having lived in Barcelona, London and Florence for 13 years. Murielle is from French Catalunya with a parent from Basque Country, so we had a lot in common in terms of where we spent time. Moreover, I recorded Michael Greenacre’s Millenium Song in Catalan, Occitan, French, and Basque, Murielle historical languages http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Michael.greenacre/The_Millennium_Song)

As it invariably does for me nowadays, talk turned to food and GMOs.

Murielle said “Once I got here to Canada it took me while to learn that everything that I took for granted in Europe was reversed.  Food wise, that is.  In the supermarket we assume everything is safe unless -”

“Produit traite!” I jumped in. And showed her my blog post where I came across “Produit Traite” (Treated Product) whilst travelling in France this summer.  https://thedeepersideblog.com/2013/07/30/labels-in-the-heart-land-of-france/ It also took me a while after returning from Europe to learn to distrust “conventional” food.  I discovered that N. Americans dont know what we are actually eating.  GMOs lurking in over 85% of processed foods just isn’t on our labels. “Natural” claims by themselves are even worse since they don’t mean diddly squat but lull the consumer into a false sense of security.

Murielle concurred that unless it’s marked “Treated”, a European automatically assumes food isn’t toxic.  Here it’s the opposite. Unless it’s labelled “organic” it has toxic inputs. Unless it’s labelled “organic” I don’t trust it to feed to my children. Neither does Murielle.  Heavily subsidized, GMOs appear “cheaper” at least in the short run.  But what have they been grown with?!

The chemicals they put in and on our food here in North America include neurotoxins, carcinogens, and hormone disruptors.  Even in trace amounts that adds up over a few years.  Even the US President’s cancer panel  from 2010 says “. . . the true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated.” ‘The report goes on to say that our government agencies are “failing to carry out their responsibilities” and concludes with specific recommendations for overhauling our nation’s flawed chemicals management system.’ From http://www.saferchemicals.org/resources/presidents-cancer-panel.html

I envision a North America where we can buy food for our kids and know what’s actually in it. I envision a North American reality where we can go into any old store and buy safe food without second -guessing the labels. I want the governments to protect us citizens from the chemical onslaught.  Like Murielle, I want to feel safe in the typical grocery store.  I can see nothing more important than feeding our future, our children, healthily and safely.

And I see this happening!  I see community gardens popping up all over.  Sterile lawns transformed into productive ecosystems with bees buzzing.  And a return to the soil to leave the Earth better than we found it.

Do you see what I see?

Fundraising Dinner For GE Foods and Human Health Tour

It was an inspiring, motivating evening between the two scientists, Dr Vrain and Dr Chopra.  Dr. Thierry Vrain emphasized that GMOs aren’t about feeding the world – they are about selling weed killer.  Dr Vrain explains that the technology itself is terrifying and untested. It’s not just that we humans are splicing together DNA across species and genus, biological orders and kingdoms but that we don’t know what’s being disrupted in this very imprecise process.  All peer-reviewed, long-term animal studies show cause for alarm and cause for an immediate moratorium on this failed technology.

Dr Shiv Chopra all but led us on a salt march.  He is leading the charge in his 79th year, galvanizing the population. Dr Chopra spoke about the fundamental right of all citizens to have safe food. Because of Dr. Chopra, who stood up for the citizens of Canada, we don’t allow Monsanto’s  bovine growth hormone in our milk.  (The US wasn’t so lucky).  Both Dr Chopra and Dr Vrain are people’s heroes for blowing the whistle.

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Above are Dr. Chopra (a little man with a Big vision) along with Dr. Vrain and MP Joyce Murray. These scientists are undertaking a Cross-Canada tour, doing it on a donation basis because they are so alarmed about the effects of GMO technology on Human Health.  Given that:

1 –  GMOs have not been tested for safety by our governments, who have failed to employ the precautionary principle; and

2 – peer-reviewed, long-term animal studies show cause for alarm; and

3 – that an application to the FDA to spray 2,4 D (the active component of Agent Orange) is being processed since current pesticides are not strong enough to deal with superweeds and pests…

…it’s not an understatement to call this a public health crisis.

To hear these WhistleBlowing scientists explain why you too should be alarmed by the failure of this technology, check out an event near you:map-interactive-revised3

 

You Still have time to hire a babysitter

Scientists sound alarm about GMO ‘madness’ tonight
Live in Vancouver 7PM, November 19/13

Concerned Canadians – eager for accurate information about Genetically Engineered (GE) foods – are rallying in large numbers behind two distinguished scientists who have undertaken an urgent, whirlwind national tour to share their knowledge about grave threats to human health and food security.

Dr. Thierry Vrain, a retired soil biologist and genetic engineer, former head of research and designated spokesperson to assure the public of the safety of genetically modified food, is now speaking out against GE technology after a 30-year career with Agriculture Canada. Dr. Shiv Chopra, a former Health Canada scientist for 35 years was fired after going public with concerns about potential human health risks associated with bovine growth hormone. His book, Corrupt to the Core: Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower, is an international best seller.

They will be speaking this evening 7:00 PM (November 19) in Vancouver as momentum rapidly builds into an unstoppable grassroots movement demanding the immediate attention of elected officials, corporate executives and federal agencies.

“Meetings have been packed with a cross-section of the Canadian public who are justified in having very serious questions and not trusting or believing what they are being told,” says Vrain, who has spoken five times on Vancouver Island since November 14, utilizing an avalanche of recent independent scientific studies from Europe, where genetically modified foods have been banned.

“I am informing them that 80% of the food we now eat contains herbicides – including Monsanto’s Roundup – which are also antibiotics. There are traces of these toxins in all our bodies, doing damage to our gut, a slow, insidious process.

“It is highly probable that genetically engineered food contains toxic proteins and we simply do not understand how these fundamental units of life work, not even after the Genome Project, and most certainly in North America, where research is compromised by corporate funding” he reports.

“We must stop GE foods immediately and check this out thoroughly. To do anything else is absolute madness,” Vrain adds.

He and Chopra are motivated solely by their growing mutual concern. Twenty-eight events are scheduled for the western tour, and more being confirmed for the eastern tour (scheduled for January-February 2014).This is rapidly becoming a major issue and news story. Genetically Engineered (GE) Foods and Human Health, takes place in Vancouver, at the Canadian Memorial United Church at 15th and Burrard. Ample time is allotted for questions; donations accepted. Doors open 6:30, event starts 7:00 PM.

Next local stops on cross Canada tour: The speakers will be in Squamish, Nov. 20, at UBC the following afternoon (2 to 4PM,) in Coquitlam (Douglas College) Nov. 21, in Langley following evening Nov 22, returning to Vancouver, Saturday for workshop Nov. 23 at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver (949 West 49th Ave) 2:30 pm. See event map for rest of BC and Alberta.

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For more information visit: http://gefreebc.wordpress.com and Common Ground

magazine,www.commonground.ca.  Joseph 778 707 0631 cell

Kauai Kudos

The people of Kauai have spoken yet again.

After the mayor of Kauai sided with the interests of the chemical companies, the people were shattered in disbelief.    So was I, to tell the truth.  This was two weeks ago.

Four GMO companies Dow, Sygenta, Basf and Pioneer account for 98% of Kauai’s restricted use pesticides – 18 tons per year (pre-diluted).  I shudder when I think of the amount of pesticides in the air, the soil and the water of continental US.   Millions upon millions of acres of farmland are given to GMO agriculture, subsidized by us, the taxpayers.

The people of Kauai wanted to know what toxins are used on Kauai with respect to GMO agriculture.  They weren’t even looking to ban GMOs but provide buffer zones next to schools and hospitals and pesticide disclosure.  For a list of these pesticides you can go to this link http://www.stoppoisoningparadise.org/#!restricted-use-pesticide-kauai/c1rjc This was fought by the chemical companies every millimetre of the way.  With stalling, delay tactics.  The mayor even vetoed bill 2491 which he was supposed to sign.

Moms weren’t having it.  Dads weren’t having it.  Children born in the zones where pesticides are sprayed routinely have more defects.  I’ve heard testimony that in one school every child is on medication for respiratory problems….  The rates of cancer are greater where GMOs are grown…  This is a bitter sweet post because I feel for all the mom’s and dad’s whose kids have died, or are suffering from cancer and poor health.  When a child suffers the community is affected.  In the deepest way.  What the people did in a special session this very day: they over-rode the mayor’s veto.  They passed the bill.

In case you haven’t made the connection, GMOs that are currently grown are either classified as pesticides by the EPA or have herbicide resistance spliced into the DNA.   They are not nutritionally superior.  In both cases they are treated with carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and toxins.  GMOs don’t increase yields over the long-run and pesticide use has gone up exponentially, defeating their raison-d’etre.  It is important to pull apart the golden promise of GMOs from their bleak reality.

For someone who fell in love with Kauai, who climbed Waimea Canyon with my family, who discovered the exhilaration of catching waves on Kauai’s stunning shores, this is important to me. I feel especially close to Kauai and the aloha I was shown by the people there.  We are one big family, the Earth our mother.

To my brothers and sisters in Kauai: mahalo.

Thierry Vrain

A vocal spokesman for GMOs during his career at Agriculture Canada, Scientist Dr Thierry Vrain is now speaking out against GMOs.  He farms organically now.  Unlike people like me who have read the science and come to the conclusions that GMOs are not necessary to feed the world, he actually has done the science.

In his TED talk http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/The-Gene-Revolution-The-Future, Dr Vrain demonstrates that GMOs don’t increase yields, do increase pesticide use.  Biotech says that the crops use fewer pesticides but that was before superweeds and superpests.  Pesticide use has gone up exponentially since GMOs were introduced.  Hear it from the expert himself Monday November the 18th at the University Of Victoria.  Come with questions and bring sceptics!

Time: 7 pm

Date: Monday November 18th, 2013

Place: Room A 110 David Turpin Building, University Of Victoria

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An apple a day

People have called it, but actually the outcome of Washington’s GMO labelling VOTE YES on 522 is still far from over.  Percentage of YES climbed steadily the last few days from 45 to 46 to 47 to 47.85.  The Ballots will not be counted until after the long weekend.   There are still 147, 000 ballots left to be counted!

Til we know more, take that righteous No GMO energy over to Artic Apple.  7, 500 Apple cultivars are not enough?  69 million tons of apples and they had to create one that doesn’t brown? We already have varieties that don’t brown.   Not yet released, not yet given the green light for deregulation, we are now in a public commenting period. Tell the makers what you think about their GMO apples.

http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=APHIS_FRDOC_0001-1532