Kaw Permaculture's 14-Week Design Course Starts Feb 6, 2014

Kaw Permaculture’s Spring 2014, 14-Week PDC 
 A Certified Course in Permaculture Design.    
*  Begins February 6, 2014  *
www.kawpermaculture.com/education-training


What is Permaculture?

Permaculture  =  “Permanently Sustainable Culture”
“A design science that uses natural systems as the model for creating productive systems with resilience, diversity and stability of natural ecosystems”
A paradigm embracing a biognostic worldview, creating ecologically sustainable human environments, practicing ways of living in harmony and deep connection with the diversity and abundance of life on the planet.
It is a philosophy of working with, as opposed to against nature, using thoughtful observation and skillful means to utilize and mange natural resources, animals and plants to generate a highly productive system that benefits the whole, as opposed to short term gain single product system.

Why embrace Permaculture?
Permaculture is a Revolution disguised as Organic Farming.
”Time and again Biointensive organic food production has been proven to generate as much as five times more than modern industrial agriculture, a system which is dependent on large fossil fuel inputs.” Vandana Shiva
What permaculturists are doing is the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet. We don’t know what the details of a truly sustainable future are going to be like, but we need options.  We need people experimenting in all kinds of ways and permaculturists are one of the critical groups that are doing that.David Suzuki
Be the Change that you want to see in the World”, Gandhi

Begin your journey to a sustainable future, and Join us in our 9th Permaculture Design Certification Course.  Classes begin Thursday, February 6, 6:00 pm to 9:00 and continue weekly until May 10 at the Dreher 4H building, 2110 Harper St. Lawrence, KS.   This course consists of 72 hours of classroom and hands-on field experience leading to a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Kansas Permaculture Institute.

For information on course content, meeting times, other locations, and registration, please visit our website at http://www.kawpermaculture.com/education-training/, or
e-mail Steve at moringse@gmail.com.  Cost for the course is $750.  A limited number of scholarship discounts are available.

KC Green Fair - 11am-5:30pm - THURSDAY 9/19 at Ilus Davis Park - Downtown KCMO

Just a quick reminder that the KC Green Fair is coming up next week at Ilus Davis Park, near downtown KCMO.   This year’s focus is “local foods and healthy lifestyles”.

Please assist in any way you can with getting the word out about this important, fun and free event!   

I have attached our email blast and our flyer that you can feel free to post to your websites, event pages, or Tweet as you see fit.

Thanks again for your assistance and participation.  See you next week!

Lara Isch
Education + Outreach Coordinator
KCMO Water Services
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BADSEED Farmers' Market - KCMO - FRIDAYS at 1909 McGee St

Yeah, you want what BADSEED's got...
...fresh, beyond-organic veggies, and then some!
Check out their newsletter for the FRIDAY MARKET (July 5, 2013)

BADSEED puts out a weekly newsletter...
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24 CARROT GOLD


Farm-Fresh Fanatics -

Carrots are in da' house(!!) and the harvest is in full-effect.  Your dedicated farmers are yearning to temp those taste buds and tame those grumbling bellies.  Bring it on!

Get your jaws on three gourmet varieties of freshly dug carrots from URBAVORE Urban Farm - White Satin (think vegetable flavored creamsicle!), Amarillo(this week's "sexy veggie" winner), andShin Kuroda (a bright orange Japanese heirloom).  These outrageous roots will be complimented by golden & blood red beets, freshly dug garlic, the first of the summer squash, aromatic bunches of fresh coriander, radiant rainbow chard, and a plethora of nutrient-dense flavor-bursting veggies!!!  Other earthly delights include killer shitake mushrooms, French farmstead cheeses, free-range eggs, rustic baked breads, grass-fed meats, freshly roasted specialty coffee, local flour & oats, and sensuous organic body products.  This is "Walmart one stop shopping" for the conscious consumer!!  Come early, come often, and TELL YOUR FRIENDS.  We at the BADSEED are hopelessly dedicated to good farming, good food, and happy eaters.  It starts with healthy soil and ends with peaceful bellies.

Enjoy your 4th of July weekend - be safe, be kind, and hit up the BADSEED if you wanna be well-fed!

Yours Truly, 

Brooke
-farmer & mistress of the BADSEED

White Satin Carrots

Bodacious Beets

Radiant Rainbow Chard

The First Summer Squash!






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WALDO FARMERS' MARKET - Wednesdays - Peaches Blueberries Ice Cream + More Picnic Food Galore!




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July 3rd Market Highlights

Red, White + Blue Food for You!
Red: Tomatoes, Potatoes, Beets + More
White: Onions, Cucumbers, Ice Cream, Bread + More
Blue: Blueberries, Potatoes, Jelly + More

Smokin' Fresh Streetside BBQ
Doug + Paula Sayles
Will not be at the market this week.
They return next week 
rarin' to feed you!


Good Dog 2 Go - Food Truck for Dogs
Lana + Kyle Robison
Peanut Butter/Oat Bones   Bacon Cheese Bones
Snickerpoodles   Carrot Cake Begels
Pumpkin Flax Seed Bites   Apple Carrot Niblets
Gourmet Chew Beef Marrow Bones
Snuggums:Frozen Yogurt Bon Bon

H&C Ice Cream
Erika Massow

Flavors of the Week:
Chocolate Covered Strawberry
 Vanilla Mint Chip
Vegan Orange Mint
Vegan Mojito
 
  Wolf Creek Family Farm
Karin + Arcenio Velez

Peaches  Tomatoes  Cucumbers  Zucchini  Yellow + Patty Pan Squash  Candy Onions Bell Peppers Cabbage + Patriot Potatoes (Red, White + Blue)

Skyview Farm & Creamery
Sheri + Christin Noffke
 
Cow's Milk Cheeses: Gouda + Colby
Co-Mingled: Alpine Prairie, Skyjack + Montasio
(Made w/ 3 parts cow's milk + 1 part goat's milk)


Hickory Cane Syrups
Craig Bobbitt
 
Shag Bark Hickory Syrup   Hickory Smoked Sea Salts   Hickory Candy




Stony Crest Urban Farm Stony Crest Urban Farm - Waldo Farmers Market - KCMO


Rodger Kube and Diane Hershberger
Stony Crest Urban Farm - Waldo Farmers Market - KCMO
Tomatoes (limited)  Blueberries   Grilling Onions  Green Onions   White Salad Cucumbers   Regular Cucumbers   Yukon Gold + Red Norland Potatoes  Yellow Squash   Zucchini
Sweet 'N Neat Cherry Tomato Hanging Baskets
Hostas




New Roots for Refugees
Farmer Training Program

Farmer Tula Regmi

Tula’s home country is Bhutan. This is Tula’s first year growing for market in the U.S. He is very anxious to share what he has grown.
Green Onions  Bok Choi   Beets   Radishes   Several Varieties of Greens  Dill  Mint  Basil  Swiss Chard  Cabbage  Carrots + More!


New Roots for Refugees
Farmer Training Program

Farmer San Win
San is from Burma. She and her husband have 5 children. This is San's 2nd season at Waldo providing a good selection of seasonal vegetables
 Mustard Greens   Swiss Chard   Kale  Scallions  Mint  Garlic  Beets  Potatoes  Collards  Lettuce   Arugula Spinach and More!


Benedict Builders Farm
Calvin & Laura Benedict & Daughters

100% Pastured Pork & Beef  Eggs  Garlic
Green Shake/Smoothie Fresh HerbBundle
Fresh Herbs: Spearmint, Chocolate Mint, Chives, Lemon Balm & Yarrow   Dried Herbs   

Maple Syrup   Sorghum
Handmade Soap:Lavender, Spicy Scrub, Plain and Simple, Happy Camper (insect repellent), Spicy Swirl, Cedar, Spring Breeze
Fresh Cut Flowers


K. Kringle &  Co
Kevin Edward

Bacon Cheddar Bread   Orange Rolls   Pretzel Bread   Spinach Feta Bread   Agave Whole Grain Wheat Bread   Dinner Rolls  Gluten Free Breads  Raspberry Key Lime Habanero Jam   Lemonade Jelly   Cherry Jalapeno Jelly and Much More!


Hansan Honey
Bill Hansan
Will not be at the market this week.
Bill will be back July 10th.

 

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The U.S. Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI): - Good for consumers, another suppression of small farms, or just big profits for niche businesses?


Yeah... months later, this still reeks of the RFID (livestock animal tagging) proposals in years past... what is *your* take on this?  
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From:
International Food and Agribusiness Management Review
Volume 14, Issue 3, 2011
The U.S. Produce Traceability Initiative: 
Analysis, Evaluation, and Recommendations

http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/bitstream/114643/2/20110032_Formatted.pdf

Excerpt:

"...Different members of the supply chain suffer in more or less dramatic ways depending on two 
factors: the quantity and quality of traceability data maintained as well as level in the supply chain. In defining appropriate quantity and quality, it can be noted that an effective trace-back procedure relies on a quantity of data sufficient to follow individual product lots from entry (source) to exit (recipient) in a given location while the quality of data would allow specific identification for minimal impact in a recall situation. Additionally, the level in the supply chain can dictate the stakes involved in a trace-back. To illustrate, we describe two fictitious examples related to us by several of our industry experts. In both examples, members of the supply chain who dutifully record and maintain trace-back information are harmed by those who do not.

1. Many growers/shippers comply with recordkeeping and labeling by application and maintenance of relevant traceability data by lot/batch. In the event of a recall, product is received from grower/shippers who have provided sufficient information as well as those who have not. Because there is only a partial dataset available for trace-back, a widespread recall on a commodity is initiated, harming all grower/shippers equally.
2. Trace-back information is provided and accurate at a grower/shipper level but maintained only partially at a distribution or retail level. In the event of an outbreak, there is not sufficient data to implicate a single source due to lack of traceability records between distribution 
centers and individual retail outlets such that all product must be recalled for a given commodity or commodities. While all members of the supply chain bear some cost in the recall, the ultimate burden is upon the grower/shipper who must refund the cost of the product through the supply chain in addition to performing a recall.

While these two examples are not intended to provide the full breadth of potential issues in 
which some players “follow the rules” while others do not, they are provided to support the idea that traceability, in order to be effective, must be implemented (without exception) chain-wide.  ..."

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READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT:http://www.thepacker.com/fruit-vegetable-enewsletter/packer-daily/Wal-Mart-prompts-traceability-compliance-213532561.html


Wal-Mart prompts traceability compliance

06/28/2013 11:29:00 AM
Melissa Shipman

The recent announcement by Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club Inc. that the stores will begin rejecting produce from suppliers that do not comply with Produce Traceability Initiative guidelines by Jan. 1 has breathed new life into the traceability movement.

PTI was launched in October 2007, with the milestone for supplier compliance to be completed by September 2010. Additional milestones were set for the end of 2012.

Nearly six years after its beginning, PTI is beginning to pick up speed.

In a letter sent May 29, the company described the process it will take to enforce the deadline schedule for PTI compliance at U.S. stores.

The schedule includes a grace period.

Suppliers must begin using PTI-compliant labels by Nov. 1 or their products will be marked as received but “out of spec.”

Effective Jan. 1, produce received at distribution centers without PTI-compliant case labels will be rejected, according to the letter.

No longer waiting

Todd Baggett, chief executive officer of RedLine Solutions Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., says his company’s phones have been ringing constantly by companies ready to implement PTI systems...READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT:http://www.thepacker.com/fruit-vegetable-enewsletter/packer-daily/Wal-Mart-prompts-traceability-compliance-213532561.html
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From:
http://perishablepundit.com/index.php?date=06/06/2013


June 6, 2013 —
Perishable Pundit Overview:

We have written a great deal about Wal-Mart. Now, like a one-two punch, Wal-Mart has roiled the produce industry with two separate announcements. It declared that it would begin to enforce the requirements of the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) on vendors and that it would “recommit” to providing consumers with the freshest fruits and vegetables by rolling out a “100 percent money-back guarantee” for consumers. Significant organizational change would also be executed in order to accomplish this goal.
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Wal-Mart’s PTI announcement falls into the category of “interesting, if true.” The letter to suppliers is robust:
Date:   May 29, 2013
To:        Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club Produce Suppliers
Re:      Case Labeling Standard
Greetings supplier partners.
As you know, both Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club are longtime supporters of the Produce Traceability Initiative, its milestones and standards. Along with that, we are corporately placing a heightened focus on freshness, quality and satisfaction of the produce we sell to our customers. In the past months, we’ve invested significant resources to improve our freshness, flow, and store-level execution. To ensure customer confidence in produce industry-wide, food safety and traceability continue to be one of the most important focus areas.
To that end, we’re ready to take the next big leap towards standardized case labeling and product track and trace. We recognize and commend those of you that are already there. We appreciate your trailblazing efforts. The fundamental pieces are in place, and are being demonstrated on a commercial level by many small, medium, and large suppliers. It is now the time for us to move it to the norm; ...
(THE TEXT OF WALMART'S LETTER IS INCLUDED IN THE PERISHABLE PUNDIT BLOG POST - http://perishablepundit.com/index.php?date=06/06/2013 -)
Perhaps just as important is what is not said in the letter. Wal-Mart has strong initiatives for produce, from “Heritage Agriculture” to buying “local,” and there is nothing in this announcement to indicate that Wal-Mart will insist that such vendors also conform to the standard. Since this is obviously an issue of great concern, both to the supplier community and those concerned with public policy, Wal-Mart’s silence on this matter is deafening...
READ THE FULL PERISHABLE PUNDIT BLOG POST - http://perishablepundit.com/index.php?date=06/06/2013 -)



The KC Urban Farms and Gardens Tour - SAT/SUN June 22 - 23, 2013



Catch up with the Tour on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/KCUrbanFarmsTour

Volunteers Needed! (see details below)

The KC Urban Farms and Gardens Tour is hosted by Cultivate Kansas City every two years. Experience all of the ways good food is being grown in your city.

June 22 - 23, 2013. Pre-Tour Events kick off June 15. Details at www.cultivatekc.org/urbangrowntour

General Information
The 2013 Urban Grown Farms and Gardens Tour is June 22 and 23, 2013. The self-guided tour includes 60 sites all over the metro area. Urban Grown pevents kick off June 15 with pre-tour volunteer crop mobs, workshops, and events highlighting urban agriculture in Kansas City! Don't miss the keynote address by Mark Bittman on "The Future of Food," Thursday, June 20.

We’re excited about this tour- so much great activity is happening in the city around growing food. There are farms, gardens, roof-top gardens, school gardens, and community gardens, along with orchards, aquaponics, high tunnels and so much more popping up all over the place.

The 2011 tour featured 37 farms and gardens, with the week’s events pulling in over 2,000 people. The pre-tour events for children, youth and adults, covered a range of wonderful topics.

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WE NEED HELP!!!WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS!!!

June 22 and 23 are the dates for Kansas City’s largest farm tour…and it’s all in the city!

Staff the Tour Hub
SLOW FOOD KANSAS CITY will be the main support crew at the “Tour Hub”.

Ruiz Library
2017 West Pennway
Kansas City, MO 64108

NEED HELP...

Saturday, June 22
2:45-5:30 PM

Sunday
, June 23
9:30-12:15 PM,
12:15-2:45 PM,
2:45-5:30 PM

To reserve your VOLUNTEER time,
call or e-mail Mariann Vandenberg
913-648-0858
travelberg (a) travels-with-taste . com


BE A VOLUNTEER!

What do you get for sharing your time?

• The great feeling of supporting Cultivate Kansas City, local farmers and gardeners, and our whole community

• A complimentary tour ticket so you can visit the other amazing farms and gardens when you have finished your shift

• An exclusive, volunteer-only, Urban Grown Farms & Gardens Tour T-shirt to wear during your volunteer shift and for years to come (only for tour volunteers)

Dates and times available…

Saturday, June 22
9:30am-12:15pm
12:15pm-2:45pm
2:45pm-5:30pm

Sunday, June 23
9:30am-12:15pm
12:15pm-2:45pm
2:45pm-5:30pm

To reserve your VOLUNTEER time,
call or e-mail Mariann Vandenberg
913-648-0858
travelberg (a) travels-with-taste . com



MONSANTO's DIRTY DOZEN - A pattern-recognition puzzle for oblivious eaters...

This story NEVER gets old... no matter how we wish it would be mere HISTORY. 








Monsanto’s Dirty Dozen


When you take a moment to reflect on the history of product development at Monsanto, what do you find? Here are twelve products that Monsanto has brought to market. See if you can spot the pattern…

Saccharin

#1 – Saccharin

Did you know Monsanto got started because of an artificial sweetener? John Francisco Queeny founded Monsanto Chemical Works in St. Louis, Missouri with the goal ofproducing saccharin for Coca-Cola. In stark contrast to its sweet beginnings, studies performed during the early 1970s,* including a study by the National Cancer Institute in 1980, showed that saccharin caused cancer in test rats and mice.
After mounting pressure from consumers, the Calorie Control Council, and manufacturers of artificial sweeteners and diet sodas, along with additional studies (several conducted by the sugar and sweetener industry) that reported flaws in the 1970s studies, saccharin was delisted from the NIH’s Carcinogen List. A variety of letters from scientists advised against delisting; the official document includes the following wording to this day: “although it is impossible to absolutely conclude that it poses no threat to human health, sodium saccharin is not reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen under conditions of general usage as an artificial sweetener.” (*Read the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s History of Saccharin here.)

PCBs

#2 – PCBs

During the early 1920s, Monsanto began expanding their chemical production into polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) to produce coolant fluids for electrical transformers, capacitors, and electric motors. Fifty years later, toxicity tests began reporting serious health effects from PCBs in laboratory rats exposed to the chemical.
After another decade of studies, the truth could no longer be contained: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a report citing PCBs as the cause of cancer in animals, with additional evidence that they can cause cancer in humans. Additional peer-reviewed health studies showed a causal link between exposure to PCBs and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a frequently fatal form of cancer.
In 1979, the United States Congress recognized PCBs as a significant environmental toxin and persistent organic pollutant, and banned its production in the U.S.  By then Monsanto already had manufacturing plants abroad, so they weren’t entirely stopped until the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants banned PCBs globally in 2001.
And that’s when Monsanto’s duplicity was uncovered: internal company memos from 1956 surfaced, proving that Monsanto had known about dangers of PCBs from early on.
In 2003, Monsanto paid out over $600 million to residents of Anniston, Alabama, who experienced severe health problems including liver disease, neurological disorders and cancer after being exposed to PCBs — more than double the payoff that was awarded in the case against Pacific Gas & Electric made famous by the movie “Erin Brockovich.”
And yet the damage persists: nearly 30 years after PCBs have been banned from the U.S., they are still showing up in the blood of pregnant women, as reported in a 2011 study by the University of California San Francisco.

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#3 – Polystyrene

In 1941, Monsanto began focusing on plastics and synthetic polystyrene, which is still widely used in food packaging and ranked 5th in the EPA’s 1980s listing of chemicalswhose production generates the most total hazardous waste.

#4 – Atom bomb and nuclear weapons

Shortly after acquiring Thomas and Hochwalt Laboratories, Monsanto turned this division into their Central Research Department. Between 1943 to 1945, this department coordinated key production efforts of the Manhattan Project—including plutonium purification and production and, as part of the Manhattan Project’s Dayton Project, techniques to refine chemicals used as triggers for atomic weapons (an era of U.S. history that sadly included the deadliest industrial accident).

DDT is good for me old ad

#5 – DDT

In 1944, Monsanto became one of the first manufacturers of the insecticide DDT to combat malaria-transmitting mosquitoes. Despite decades of Monsanto propaganda insisting that DDT was safe, the true effects of DDT’s toxicity were at last confirmed through outside research and in 1972, DDT was banned throughout the U.S.
Dioxin_chart
This chart illustrates how much dioxin an average American consumes per day

#6 – Dioxin

In 1945, Monsanto began promoting the use of chemical pesticides in agriculture with the manufacture of the herbicide 2,4,5-T (one of the precursors to Agent Orange), containing dioxin. Dioxins are a group of chemically-related compounds that since become known as one of the “Dirty Dozen” — persistent environmental pollutants that accumulate in the food chain, mainly in the fatty tissue of animals. In the decades since it was first developed, Monsanto has been accused of covering up or failing to report dioxin contamination in a wide range of its products.
Anh Trang Nhan Hoi Anh Orphanage#7 – Agent Orange
During the early 1960s, Monsanto was one of the two primary manufacturers of Agent Orange, an herbicide / defoliant used for chemical warfare during the Vietnam War. Except Monsanto’s formula had dioxin levels many times higher than the Agent Orange produced by Dow Chemicals, the other manufacturer (which is why Monsanto was the key defendant in the lawsuit brought by Vietnam War veterans in the United States).
(Pictured at left, Anh and Trang Nhan, with their father, when they first arrived at the Hoi An Orphanage; below are the same brothers shortly before Trang’s death. Source: Kianh Foundation Newsletter, Dec. 2011)
Agent orange boys orphanageAs a result of the use of Agent Orange, Vietnam estimates that over 400,000 people were killed or maimed, 500,000 children were born with birth defects, and up to 1 million people were disabled or suffered from health problems—not to mention the far-reaching impact it had on the health of over 3 million American troops and their offspring.
agent-orange-children-at-tudu-hospital-in-ho-chi-minh-cityInternal Monsanto memos show that Monsanto knew of the problems of dioxin contamination of Agent Orange when it sold it to the U.S. government for use in Vietnam. Despite the widespread health impact, Monsanto and Dow were allowed to appeal for and receive financial protection from the U.S. government against veterans seeking compensation for their exposure to Agent Orange.
In 2012, a long 50 years after Agent Orange was deployed, the clean-up effort has finally begun. Yet the legacy of Agent Orange, and successive generations of body deformitieswill remain in orphanages throughout VietNam for decades to come.
(Think that can’t happen here? Two crops were recently genetically engineered to withstand a weedkiller made with one of the major components of Agent Orange, 2,4-D, in order to combat “super weeds” that evolved due to the excessive use of RoundUp.)

8 – Petroleum-Based Fertilizer

In 1955, Monsanto began manufacturing petroleum-based fertilizer after purchasing a major oil refinery. Petroleum-based fertilizers can kill beneficial soil micro-organisms, sterilizing the soil and creating a dependence, like an addiction, to the synthetic replacements. Not the best addiction to have, considering the rising cost and dwindling supply of oil…
roundup-ready-crops

#9 – RoundUp

During the early 1970s, Monsanto founded their Agricultural Chemicals division with a focus on herbicides, and one herbicide in particular: RoundUp (glyphosate). Because of its ability to eradicate weeds literally overnight, RoundUp was quickly adopted by farmers. Its use increased even more when Monsanto introduced “RoundUp Ready” (glyphosate-resistant) crops, enabling farmers to saturate the entire field with weedkiller without killing the crops.
While glyphosate has been approved by regulatory bodies worldwide and is widely used, concerns about its effects on humans and the environment persist. RoundUp has been found in samples of groundwater, as well as soil, and even in streams and air throughout the Midwest U.S., and increasingly in food. It has been linked to butterfly mortality, and the proliferation of superweeds. Studies in rats have shown consistently negative health impacts ranging from tumors, altered organ function, and infertility, to cancer and premature death. Reference the above “GMO Risks” page which includes countless references to support these statements.

#10 – Aspartame (NutraSweet / Equal)

An accidental discovery during research on gastrointestinal hormones resulted in a uniquely sweet chemical: aspartame. During the clinical trials conducted on 7 infant monkeys as part of aspartame’s application for FDA approval, 1 monkey died and 5 other monkeys had grand mal seizures—yet somehow aspartame was still approved by the FDA in 1974. In 1985, Monsanto acquired the company responsible for aspartame’s manufacture (G.D. Searle) and began marketing the product as NutraSweet. Twenty years later, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report listing 94 health issues caused by aspartame. (Watch a quick video here.)
rbgh cows

#11 – Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH)

This genetically modified hormone was developed by Monsanto to be injected into dairy cows to produce more milk. Cows subjected to rBGH suffer excruciating pain due to swollen udders and mastitis, and the pus from the resulting infection enters the milk supply requiring the use of additional antibiotics. rBGH milk has been linked to breast cancercolon cancer, and prostate cancer in humans.

#12 – Genetically Modified Crops / GMOs

In the early 1990s, Monsanto began gene-splicing corn, cotton, soy, and canola with DNA from a foreign source to achieve one of two traits: an internally-generated pesticide, or an internal resistance to Monsanto’s weedkiller RoundUp. Despite decades of promises that genetically engineered crops would feed the world with more nutrients, drought resistance, or yield, the majority of Monsanto’s profits are from seeds that are engineered to tolerate Monsanto’s RoundUp—an ever-rising, dual income stream as weeds continue to evolve resistance to RoundUp.
Most sobering however, is that the world is once again buying into Monsanto’s “safe” claims.
Just like the early days of PCBs, DDT, Agent Orange, Monsanto has successfully fooled the general public and regulatory agencies into believing that RoundUp, and the genetically modified crops that help sell RoundUp, are “safe.”
Except Monsanto has learned a thing or two in the past 100+ years of defending its dirty products: these days, when a new study proving the negative health or environmental impacts of GMOs emerges, Monsanto attacks the study and its scientist(s) by flooding the media with counter claims from “independent” organizations, scientists, industry associations, blogs, sponsored social media, and articles by “private” public relations firms—frequently founded, funded and maintained by Monsanto.
Unfortunately, few of us take the time to trace the members, founders, and relationships of these seemingly valid sources back to their little Monsanto secret. (Read more on this page.)
Fooling the FDA required a slightly different approach: click on the below chart compiled byMillions Against Monsanto to see how many former Monsanto VPs and legal counsel are now holding positions with the FDA. And don’t forget Clarence Thomas, former Monsanto attorney who is now a Supreme Court Justice, ruling in favor of Monsanto in every case brought before him.
Monsanto FDA

A Baker’s Dozen: #13 – Terminator Seeds

In the late 1990s, Monsanto developed the technology to produce sterile grains unable to germinate. These “Terminator Seeds” would force farmers to buy new seeds from Monsanto year after year, rather than save and reuse the seeds from their harvest as they’ve been doing throughout centuries. Fortunately this technology never came to market. Instead, Monsanto chose to require farmers to sign a contract agreeing that they will not save or sell seeds from year to year, which forces them to buy new seeds and preempts the need for a “terminator gene.” Lucky for us… since the terminator seeds were capable of cross-pollination and could have contaminated local non-sterile crops.
What’s the Result of our Monsanto Legacy?
Between 75% to 80% of the processed food you consume every day has GMOs inside, and residues of Monsanto’s RoundUp herbicide outside. But it’s not just processed food—fresh fruit and vegetables are next: genetically engineered sweet corn is already being sold at your local grocer, with apples and a host of other “natural” produce currently in field trials.
How is it that Monsanto is allowed to manipulate our food after such a dark product history? How is it they are allowed to cause such detrimental impact to our environment and our health?
According to the Organic Consumers Association, “There is a direct correlation between our genetically engineered food supply and the $2 trillion the U.S. spends annually on medical care, namely an epidemic of diet-related chronic diseases.
Instead of healthy fruits, vegetables, grains, and grass-fed animal products, U.S. factory farms and food processors produce a glut of genetically engineered junk foods that generate heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer—backed by farm subsidies—while organic farmers receive no such subsidies.
Monsanto’s history reflects a consistent pattern of toxic chemicals, lawsuits, and manipulated science. Is this the kind of company we want controlling our world’s food supply?
P.S. Monsanto’s not alone. Other companies in the “Big Six” include Pioneer Hi-Bred International (a subsidiary of DuPont), Syngenta AGDow Agrosciences (a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, BASF (which is primarily a chemical company that is rapidly expanding their biotechnology division, and Bayer Cropscience (a subsidiary of Bayer). View a complete list of companies doing genetic engineering on this website.

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On May 25, 2013, activists around the world will unite to March Against Monsanto.


Why do we march?

Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects.

In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-lead research on the long-term effects of GMO products.

Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.

For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply.

Monsanto's GMO seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have caused colony collapse among the world's bee population.

What are solutions we advocate?

Labeling of GMOs so that consumers can make informed decisions.

Repealing relevant provisions of the US's "Monsanto Protection Act."

Calling for further scientific research on the health effects of GMOs.

Holding Monsanto-supporting politicians accountable through direct communication, grassroots journalism, social media, etc.

Continuing to inform the public about Monsanto's secrets.

We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison. That’s why we March Against Monsanto.

Join us.

https://www.facebook.com/MarchAgainstMonsantoKC

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We have our place picked out & reserved, and will be working on a march path in the coming days. We will try to keep you as informed as we are, while this process is going on. Harvey and I are new to organizing events, and will be thankful for any help! :-)

We have speakers signed on, now, as well as music! This is gonna be great!