Alert! Big Ag at it again-patenting conventional seeds & foods

November 7, 2015 by  
Filed under Economy, Environment, Farming, Food, Food Watch, Green Living

In a very disturbing development Syngenta has patented a pepper strain developed through conventional means. By doing this, these big Ag companies are establishing a precedent for the privatization of our seeds and the foods that we eat.

I don’t know about you but I was fine with our agricultural system BEFORE these big Ag companies began patenting and introducing GMOs, a strategy that now extends to hybrid plants.

The Center for Food Safety reports:

“The history of seed development, distribution, and ownership reflects today’s dominant economic paradigm of the last several decades, which converts basic elements of life – such as seeds and genetic resources – into private, commercial assets.

Until the last few decades, seed development and distribution in the U.S. was largely under the purview of the public sector and augmented by hundreds of small, often family-run, seed breeder businesses, which acted mainly as distributors of publicly developed seed varieties. This contrasts sharply with the situation today in which the top ten companies control 65 percent of proprietary, or intellectual property (IP)-protected, seed.”

Do you really believe that any private company should control access to the seeds and plants that supply the foods we eat?

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Clear differences between organic and non-organic food, study finds

July 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Food Watch, Health News

Organic food has more of the antioxidant compounds linked to better health than regular food, and lower levels of toxic metals and pesticides, according to the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date.

The international team behind the work suggests that switching to organic fruit and vegetables could give the same benefits as adding one or two portions of the recommended “five a day”.

The team, led by Prof Carlo Leifert at Newcastle University, concludes that there are “statistically significant, meaningful” differences, with a range of antioxidants being “substantially higher” – between 19% and 69% – in organic food. It is the first study to demonstrate clear and wide-ranging differences between organic and conventional fruits, vegetables and cereals.

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U.S. egg industry rocked by consumer demand for healthier, cruelty-free eggs

June 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Farming, Food Watch

Rising consumer interest in healthy eating and animal welfare is beginning to scramble the US egg business.

The price of egg whites has nearly tripled to record levels since early 2013 following moves by McDonald’s and other fast-food giants to introduce egg-white menu items to appeal to cholesterol-focused customers.

Meanwhile, egg producers are spending millions of dollars to add more hens for producing organic and cage-free eggs. A catalyst behind that is a California law that takes effect in 2015 that aims to address inhumane conditions for the birds.

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Coca-Cola to remove controversial drinks ingredient

May 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Food Watch

The world’s largest beverage-maker, Coca-Cola, plans to remove a controversial ingredient from some of its drinks brands by the end of this year, following an online petition.

Brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, is found in Coca-Cola fruit and sports drinks such as Fanta and Powerade.

It will be replaced after concerns an element of the additive is also found in flame retardants.

Rival Pepsi removed the chemical from its Gatorade sports drink last year.

A Pepsi spokesman said it also had wider plans to stop using BVO and had “been actively working to remove it from the rest of our product portfolio”.

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FDA asks pet owners to check for tainted jerky treats possibly causing animal sickness

March 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Food Watch

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration is asking pet owners to help them pinpoint why thousands of animals were getting sick from eating jerky treats, mainly manufactured in China.

The agency has spent years trying to find out why 3,600 dogs and 10 cats in the U.S. were sickened by different brands of the treats since the agency first started getting complaints in 2007.

Of the thousands affected, approximately 580 animals died, ABC NEWS reported.

“This is one of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we’ve encountered,” says FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine Director Bernadette Dunham. “Our beloved four-legged companions deserve our best effort, and we are giving it.”

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Skin Infection Spreading Though NYC Seafood Markets

March 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Food Watch, Health News

A rare skin infection is spreading through New York City seafood markets, health officials said today.

The infection, caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium marinum, causes red, painful lumps under the skin, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

“If the infection is deep enough, surgery may be needed,” the department said in a statement.

Mycobacterium marinum enters the skin through cuts on the hands and arms. The resulting infection has been seen among 30 seafood handlers in Chinatowns in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, according to the health department.

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Multiple sclerosis ‘linked to food bug’

January 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Food Watch, Health News

A food poisoning bacterium may be implicated in MS, say US researchers.

Lab tests in mice by the team from Weill Cornell Medical College revealed a toxin made by a rare strain of Clostridium perfringens caused MS-like damage in the brain.

And earlier work by the same team, published in PLoS ONE, identified the toxin-producing strain of C. perfringens in a young woman with MS.

But experts urge caution, saying more work is needed to explore the link.

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A Heart Surgeon’s Viral Confession: Natural Food Is the Answer

January 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Food Watch, Health News

Around 237,000 people now have Dr. Dwight Lundell’s confession on their Facebook walls. His essay, headlined “Heart Surgeon Declares On [sic] What Really Causes Heart Illness,” was published on a website called Tuned Body in December. Over the past week it has taken off across social media with phenomenal force.

In the essay, Lundell describes his purportedly newfound understanding that a diet of natural, unprocessed food can prevent and reverse heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. He recalls two and a half misguided decades as a cardiac surgeon prescribing cholesterol-lowering medications and recommending a low-fat diet. He says that he recently realized the error of his ways, stopped practicing, and dedicated his career to heart disease prevention.

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New treatment helped kids with peanut allergies safely eat some of the nuts

January 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Food Watch

LONDON — An experimental therapy that fed children with peanut allergies small amounts of peanut flour has helped more than 80 per cent of them safely eat a handful of the previously worrisome nuts.

Although experts say the results of the carefully monitored study are encouraging, they warn it isn’t something that parents should try at home.

Peanut allergies are on the rise globally and affect about 1 in 50 children, mostly in high-income countries. The consequences can be life-threatening — peanuts are the most common cause of fatal food allergy reactions. There is no way to avoid a reaction other than just avoiding peanuts. Allergy shots used for environmental triggers like pollen are too risky.

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Your Oysters Are Impostors—Expensive, Slurpable Frauds

January 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Farming, Food Watch

The first time it happened, the call came from oyster grower Bren Smith’s mom. She was ecstatic to see his Thimble Island oysters for sale at a local market in Newport, R.I.

The problem? His Long Island, N.Y.–based farm wasn’t selling to anyone in Rhode Island at the time. Nor was his distributor.

Soon he heard from a shellfisher who had seen his oysters in a fish market in Mystic, Conn., and after that, from friends who rang him up excited to have had his oysters in New York. Places he had never sold to.

“If the oysters are really good, it doesn’t hurt me, but I worry about poor-quality or bad-tasting oysters. That will ruin my brand,” he says. “After [hurricanes] Irene and Sandy, my whole oyster crop was wiped out. And then I was absolutely sure because I didn’t have any oysters on the market, and people were still calling me up to tell me they were eating my oysters in different places.”

Two to three dollars a pop is a pretty inexpensive price to pay for what many consider to be an aphrodisiac, but order a few dozen with friends, and the price tag mounts, making the food ripe for fraud.

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