Food Integrity: Welcome to A Better World by Frederick Ravid

What about now? Most of us eat some mass-produced food daily. The food has a
label that tells us what is in the package. But the label is an edited
version and some of the ingredients in the package are not listed. That
would be fine if the off-label ingredients were ok. But, food technology
products have a strange way of turning up with scary side effects: cancer or
disability, like certain Food Dyes or Artificial Sweeteners, or today’s
Killer Agrichemicals and Risky GMOs. Don’t we deserve better?

Appetite alone drives us to make constant choices. These become habits.
My habits lead to an outcome, like vows. Even deeper than marriage vows, or
family bonds, habits can prevail for life. “For better or for worse, for
richer or poorer, in sickness and in health unto death do us part”
tells much about the EFFECT of habits. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine
said “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” Where food
habits eventually make me sick, bring financial loss, or even death, one
cannot but wonder: “What went wrong and why didn’t anybody warn me?” Isn’t
that the FDA’s mission? Having blocked open labeling disclosure it’s awfully
hard for FDA to prove that mission is being accomplished.

Good food choices should be like choosing a spouse – informed choices -
where compatibility has been fairly and openly proven. But the storyline of
Food Choice and Food Labeling doesn’t read like a sane marriage, it reads
more like a Soap Opera where dark secrets bubble over, and tragedy lurks at
every turn. The expression “Don’t feed me lies” comes to mind.
It warns that Truth and Nurture are the opposite of Lies and Deprivation.

We can all agree the simplest rule for Freedom of Choice is: “We have a
right to know what is in our food.” We have the right to eat what we want to
eat and to avoid eating what we don’t want. We affirm that Food Choice it
the cornerstone of personal freedom. Where we buy from food producers we
forever reserve our basic right to make our own Food Choices based on
Labeling Disclosure. We affirm our economic power to enforce this right. We
recognize the exercise of this right will have cascading economic effects:
whole industries will be retired, and new ones with rewarding jobs will take
their place. We imagine a generous society where the honesty and integrity
in our food labeling likewise breed a society where a more cooperative,
confident spirit prevails. We recognize that our cause crosses all partisan
lines, that it is a long awaited return to basics, that it is exemplary, and
doable now.

The day we do not insist on honesty and integrity in our food system is the
day we consign ourselves to deprivation. Deprivation is a horrible path we
would wish upon anyone. By extension, not knowing what is IN our food
equates to not knowing what is happening TO our food. For instance, on a
world scale, millions unnecessarily starve. In 1974, the UN claimed
sufficient worldwide food production capacity exists to feed 76 billion
people 2500 calories daily. Waste and poor Choices are the culprit. The US
military budget of $700 billion is 23 TIMES larger than the $30 billion cost
of feeding the entire world. Misplaced priorities grow like mutant
superweeds in our poisoned, disoriented minds. But we are awakened, potent
and persuasive. We have a better outcome in mind.

How will we bring about this outcome? My simple and joyful instrument of
Choice is my wallet. The cascading economic effect of our combined Choices
trumps every obstacle. Focused, we are unmatched in our power and
effectiveness. For the duration, by our highest instincts and the blessings
of Providence, we give our sustained and focused support to Food Labeling
and “Right to Know” voter and consumer initiatives. We instruct our children
and inspire friends. We share knowledge about the importance of Food Choice
and Right to Know as if our lives depended on it – because they DO,
actually. We are urgent, yet patient, making us unstoppable. We are “all of
us” rather than “us and not them.” Welcome to a better world.

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Exposing the GMO Lynchpin

By Ms. Samm Simpson

When a lie becomes the truth, then the truth becomes a lie. That’s the GMO play book; starting with the 1992 Monsanto led FDA policy of substantial equivalence. The mendacity continues today with the worn out GMO mantra; “we’ll feed the world, increase yield and use less pesticide. The myth of GMO and organic coexistence is another propped up falsehood.

But the crux, the bell weather, the foundation, the lynchpin of why GMOs continue to proliferate is the most egregious lie of all. And it has been repeated and repeated for nearly thirty years. It is embedded in policy statements of food manufacturers, in the halls of government, in the staff and students of universities who procure big dollars from Biotech Agricultural giants, and in the mind of unknowing Americans. It goes like this;

“The Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency have all concluded that food using ingredients from biotechnologically-improved crops is completely safe and no different in any meaningful way from other food.”

So where is the peer-reviewed research that says it’s safe for humans to eat food containing DNA injected with cross species bacteria , such as those resistant to Bt or Roundup or 2,4-D then combined with e coli, a cauliflower promoter virus and topped off with an antibiotic resistance gene? There isn’t any.

Some scientists doing independent GMO research have been silenced, but we do have reports of the effects of GMO food on hamsters and rats. The findings indicate reproductive disorders, increased liver toxicity and Death. Dr. Don M Huber, professor emeritus of plant pathology, has warned of devastating results of glyphosate (Roundup), and the emergence of a new, unclassified organism found in the soil, the roots of Roundup ready crops, and in the guts and manure of animals that eat GMO feed. Dr. Huber makes this startling conclusion in his interview with Dr. Mercola.

“But what we do know is that it [this new, unclassified organism] causes reproductive failure, infertility, as well as miscarriage for cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, and poultry. We can anticipate with that broad spectrum of animal species, which is extremely unusual, that it will also be with humans.”

You’re most likely aware of the toxic effects of GMOs. But do you still feed them to your animals? Do you still eat them? Have you made a purposeful choice to stop buying any GMO products, including animal feed? Will you commit to tell one friend, one family member, one stranger, one doctor, one farmer, one teacher, one car mechanic, one hair dresser, one veterinarian, one chef, one religious leader, one television or radio program how GMOs can not only destroy our organic food supply, but put the control of food into the hands of a corporate state? Will you speak out? Join the Institute for Responsible Technology’s Tipping Point Network. It’s past time to expose the GMO lynchpin. It’s time we dismantled it.

Ms. Samm Simpson is a GMO Educator and Activist in Florida and North Carolina. She can be reached at