Saturday, October 16, 2010
Natural Solutions Foundation
The Voice of Global Food and Health Freedom™
BAN ALL GMOs NOW! http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/568/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=2049
FACT: Genetically Modified Plants and animals (GMOs) contain foreign DNA whose impact is not subject to safety evaluation by the FDA or any other government agency
FACT: GMOs contain genetic markers which confer antibiotic resistance to the GMO AND to the environment, helping to create the new plague, antibiotic resistant “super bugs” in animals, humans and the environment
FACT: The FDA, supposedly our health watchdog for foods and drugs, regularly bases its approvals not on scientific data, but on personal conflicts of interest which are permitted under current rules.
FACT: The FDA is not permitted to examine safety data after initial, company-generated preliminary indication that a GMO is safe
FACT: Acknowledging consumer revulsion at the thought of eating GMOs, the FDA forbids labeling items, or ingredients, as GMO “to prevent consumers from making an error since FDA regards all GMOs as “substantially equivalent” to unmodified foods
FACT: There is no scientific basis for the concept of “substantially equivalent”
FACT: Every single independent scientific analysis of GMO impact on health, immune function, allergic status, fertility, organ function and status, reproductive impact or any other function shows that GMOs impair fertility, organ function, fetal and neonatal survival, immune function and a host of other parameters
FACT: GMO genetic material infects the DNA of other plants and animals, animals (including humans) who ingest it and the bacteria on which animals depend for life support both in their guts and in the rest of the biosphere
FACT: The US Department of Agriculture (USDA)has stated that it does not know where, or what, more than 95% of the GMO field trials being conducted are.
FACT: Bayer Crop Sciences, responsible for contamination of almost all rice fields in the US with GMO rice, has stated that it is not possible to contain GMO DNA from invading other fields and organisms.
FACT: GMO genes dominate natural ones and insert themselves into native DNA in wild and unpredictable ways so that novel proteins are produced whose impact is nearly totally unknown
FACT: Once GMOs contaminate native DNA, there is no known way to remove it
FACT: Virtually all GMO plants are modified to tolerate high levels of the toxic chemicals which their modifiers manufacture, increasing the use of these chemicals up to 400% and leading to super bugs and super weeds which are highly destructive to the environment and to crops
FACT: The same companies which modify foods and other organisms and make the chemicals they have been made resistant to also make drugs to treat the diseases that follow from them
FACT: GMO-related agrochemicals (such as very high doses of BT from BT corn) contaminate the ecosystem months to years after the crop has been harvested
Even politicians, generally some of the most obtuse and self-interested people on the planet, had a belly full of GMOs today. Democrats in the House and the Senate both urged the FDA to reject their approval of genetically modified salmon, hatched in the US and nurtured offshore. Even the members of the US Congress, generally so Big Biotech compliant, noted that the review process the FDA followed was flawed. What a “flawed process” means is that a dangerous drug (or, in this case, Frankenfood) would be put into the market. Only later would the dangers be noted and the product removed, in the case of a drug. But drugs are labeled while FDA-approved Frankenfood is never labeled. Thus, the cancer, infertility, loss of babies and other preventable tragedies it can cause will never be identified, allowing the contaminators to continue their deceptive campaign to convince us that, sick and dying as we are from our food, the US food supply is the safest in the world.
On the contrary, with every new DNA-modified food, our food supply becomes more deadly. Aunt Gertrude’s cancer? Was that from GMOs? How about the baby the Polly and Henry lost last year? The Lupus that has crippled Elizabeth? Who knows if they are unlabeled? And if they are permitted, in the face of evidence that they are dangerous, the question must be asked “WHY?”
The answer is both simple – “Greed”, and complex – “Genocide”
Take your pick. Protect us from greed, protect us from genocide. Either way, ban GMOs now and take back clean, unadulterated food while we still can.
Yours in health and freedom,
Rima E. Laibow, MD
Natural Solutions Foundation
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2010
Parents Urge Supermarket to Shelve On-Shelf TV Ads, Petition Food Lion to Pull the Plug on Planned 3GTv Test Run
BOSTON, MA - October 13 - “No TV ads on grocery store shelves.” That’s the message parents are sending Food Lion supermarkets. The grocery chain is planning a test run of 3GTv, a controversial new marketing scheme that airs commercials on mini-televisions attached to grocery store shelves -- right next to the product being advertised. This fall, Food Lion and Automated Media Services will conduct a trial of 3GTv in several of Food Lion’s Bloom supermarkets in Maryland and Virginia. A successful test run is likely to have nation-wide consequences, spurring other grocery stores to follow suit. In a petition delivered today to Carol Herndon, Chief Administrative Officer of Delhaize America (Food Lion’s parent company), nearly 1,700 parents urged Food Lion to shelve its on-shelf commercials.
"When screen-based advertising invades the public sphere, even the most vigilant parents can't protect children from it," said CCFC's Director, Dr. Susan Linn. "It's time to challenge the notion that marketers have a right to fill every nook and cranny of our lives with televisions and blaring commercials. If we don't stop 3GTv now, families around the country will be forced to run a gauntlet of TV advertising in every aisle of every supermarket."
Automated Media Services, the company that developed 3GTv Networks, has commissioned Bradley University to evaluate costumer reactions to the on-shelf ads. But early reviews suggest that parents are not at all happy with this latest commercial intrusion and will avoid shopping at Food Lion stores that install 3GTv. Their concerns include:
Parents do not want their children exposed to screens while they shop.
“Having TV screens all over the grocery stores undermines my parenting! You simply cannot avoid the presence of television!” Samantha Penrose, Urbana, IL
Parents do not want their families accosted by ads in a supermarket.
“People have a right to go about their daily lives without being subjected to constant advertising everywhere they go.” Candice Zawoiski, Pittsburgh, PA
“Regardless of whether or not you will cancel this plan because it is the "right" thing to do, I trust you will quickly realize it is an idiotic move from a "bottom line" perspective: you can expect it would result in widespread boycotts and permanent and substantial damage to your brand's reputation…” Leo Shapiro, College Park, MD
For parents who shop with their children, supermarket ads undermine their role as gatekeepers.
“I would never bring my children into a store with screen ads. Using them is akin to pulling aside a child and saying, ‘Wouldn't you like your mommy to buy you this (probably sugary and unhealthy processed) item’ right in front of the parent. You probably would not allow employees to do that, so why let a screen? It is insulting and manipulative behavior.” Diane Miller, Ithaca, NY
“Parents need to be supported and not distracted from their role in their children's lives. Please take away TV advertising from your grocery store. I will choose not to be a patron of Food Lion if I feel my role as parent is diminished while trying to keep my family healthy.” Carissa Cox, Irmo, SC
It is unfair to use 3GTv to target young children and particularly harmful if the products advertised are unhealthy.
"You guys [Food Lion and Automated Media Services] ought to be ashamed of yourselves. The Federal Trade Commission decided 30 years ago that kids under the age of 7 are psychologically defenseless against advertising. And with the current epidemic of childhood obesity, you're going to advertise fatty foods? Give me a break! Get a conscience!" Vic Strasburger, M.D., Albuquerque, NM
Added Dr. Linn, “Being a parent is challenging enough, without having companies like Food Lion and 3GTv use on-shelf television to turn grocery shopping into a nagging nightmare. We hope that Food Lion will listen to parents, and nip this exploitive advertising in the bud.”
The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood is a national coalition of health care professionals, educators, advocacy groups and concerned parents who counter the harmful effects of marketing to children through action, advocacy, education, research, and collaboration among organizations and individuals who care about children. CCFC is a project of Third Sector New England (www.tsne.org).
CONTACT: Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
Shara Drew: 617-896-9368;