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Banned in Russia, China, the EU and 60 Other Countries, GMOs are Killing Our Polinators, Destroying Our Farmland, and Making us Fat, Sick, and Dumb

Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize: republished 24 Jun 2014
Corresponding Author: Gilles-Eric Seralini.
Institute of Biology, Esplanade de la Paix, University of Caen, Caen 14032, Cedex, France
Abstract: The health effects of a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize (from 11% in the diet), cultivated with or without Roundup, and Roundup alone (from 0.1 ppb in water), were studied 2 years in rats. In females, all treated groups died 2-3 times more than controls, and more rapidly. This difference was visible in 3 male groups fed GMOs. All results were hormone and sex dependent, and the pathological profiles were comparable. Females developed large mammary tumors almost always more often than and before controls, the pituitary was the second most disabled organ; the sex hormonal balance was modified by GMO and Roundup treatments. In treated males, liver congestions and necrosis were 2.5-5.5 times higher. This pathology was confirmed by optic and transmission electron microscopy. Marked and severe kidney nephropathies were also generally 1.3-2.3 greater. Males presented 4 times more large palpable tumors than controls which occurred up to 600 days earlier. Biochemistry data confirmed very significant kidney chronic deficiencies; for all treatments and both sexes, 76% of the altered parameters were kidney related. These results can be explained by the non linear endocrine-disrupting effects of Roundup, but also by the overexpression of the transgene in the GMO and its metabolic consequences.
Retraced Nov. 2013, Re-published 24 Jun 2014

Published Sept. 19th 2012 in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, the Seralini study (seen on the opposite page) created quite a stir within the international scientific community.
The discovery that a diet of genetically modified (GM) corn caused liver, kidney, and pancreatic damage and tumors in lab rats stood in stark contrast to what FDA-sponsored, Monsanto-led science had previously asserted.
Under the direction of Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Foods, Michael R. Taylor (formerly President of public policy at Missouri-based Monsanto corporation, the biggest designer of genetically modified crops), the Food and Drug Administration immediately attempted to call into question the study’s findings.
In November 2013 Richard E. Goodman became the new executive editor at the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. Goodman, a seven-year employee of Monsanto, promptly retracted the study despite the protests of the Seralini team and much of the scientific community.
Monsanto has successfully positioned over a dozen former executives within governmental regulatory bodies in the last decade.
On June 24th, 2014 the study was re-published in the Journal Environmental Sciences Europe, having gone through a triple-peer-review process. The contents of the re-published study are identical to the original.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Biotechnologies companies hail advances in genetics as a way to “feed the world,” but the purpose of genetically modifying corn and other crops is not to add nutrition, as they claim, but rather to make them more resistant to topical herbicides and pests, guaranteeing high yields.
Glyphosate is a highly toxic herbicide sold commercially as “Roundup.” Several varieties of “Roundup-ready” corn, alfalfa, soybeans, and cotton have been genetically engineered to withstand glyphosate treatment.
Glyphosate-resistant “super-weeds” are now sweeping farmland across the South and mid-West. These weeds are thick enough (with stalks up to 4 inches in diameter) to stop an industrial combine and are completely resistant to herbicides.
In addition to super-weeds a new pathogen has been discovered in high populations in roundup-ready corn and soybean crops. This pathogen has been linked to an epidemic of new plant diseases and to alarmingly high rates of spontaneous miscarriage (up to 45%) and infertility in farm animals fed a diet of GMO corn, soy, and alphalpha.
Multiple studies have been published demonstrating that catastrophic DNA damage in humans and other animals occurs from exposure to glyphosate concentrations 450-fold lower than used in agricultural applications.
Roundup-ready seeds are not the only GM crop on the market, however. Bt corn, soybeans, canola, and sugar beets (so named because they contain genes from Bacillus Thuringiensis bacteria) are engineered to exploit horizontal gene transfer to turn the symbiotic bacteria in insects’ stomachs into living pesticide factories.
Horizontal Gene Transfer is a phenomenon by which bacteria absorb genetic material from their environment through the permeable membrane of their cellular structure and incorporate it into their own genetic code.
When an insect eats part of a Bt-gene carrying plant the bacteria in its digestive tract integrate the Bt gene and begin producing crystalline enzymes which rupture the internal walls of the stomach, resulting in evisceration. The bacteria in our stomachs are subject to the same effect.
Multiple studies have been conducted linking consumption of GM crops to intestinal inflammation in farm animals; in humans this is the likely source of skyrocketing rates of obesity, heart problems, and other chronic-inflammation-related diseases as well as cancers and nervous-system disorders.
It is not only physical ailments that stem from consumption of GM crops. As researchers have learned more about the function of our own symbiotic bacteria in recent years a number of discoveries have come to light. The most significant of these is the impact that our digestive bacteria have on our mental health.
Significant research has been conducted recently on what is termed the “microbial-gut-Vagus nerve-brain axis,” or the “gut-brain axis” for short.
The gut-brain-axis is the superstructure formed by our digestive and central-nervous systems. The action of these systems is so intertwined that they are no longer considered as separate.
It has been understood for some time that the Vagus nerve is responsible for regulating hearth rate, blood pressure, and the way that the body deals with physical or psychological stress in general, including peristalsis, the contraction of smooth muscles such as those found in the heart and digestive tract. Anyone who has felt butterflies in their stomachs before making a public speech or suffered from stomach cramping or pain during times of stress has felt firsthand the vagus-nerve-mediated interaction between the brain and the gut. How is this?
The majority of the neurotransmitters in our bodies, including serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, are produced by the symbiotic bacteria in our intestinal tracts. Accordingly, the health of these bacteria is tied inextricably to both our physical and mental health.
This means that anyone who is eating a diet of pesticide-laden produce, processed foods, and high-fructose corn syrup is doing catastrophic damage to their internal flora and robbing themselves of the chemical transmitters which enable mental agility and feelings of happiness.

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Edible, Natural Oil-Infused Bags can Preserve Food Longer Than Toxic Alternatives

Edible, Natural Oil-Infused Bags can Preserve Food Longer Than Toxic Alternatives

“Using low-speed mixing and ultrasonication techniques, the researchers formed coarse emulsions and nanoemulsions, respectively, of both clove bud (Syzygium aromaticum) and oregano (Origanum vulgare). They then added methylcellulose, a type of edible fiber, in order to create film sheets out of the essential oils. 

When they applied the edible sheets to preservative-free bread, the team observed a marked decrease in both yeast and mold counts after 15 days, with the smaller-sized particles providing more enhanced preservation. Compared to calcium propionate and plastic, the essential oil sheets maintained the bread’s freshness for longer and did not wear off like conventional preservatives. “

“Citric Acid” Actually Made From Mold Grown on GM Corn

“Citric Acid” Actually Made From Mold Grown on GM Corn

citric acid and ascorbic acid are hidden GMO ingredients that reportedly set off allergenic responses for some sensitive consumers. Further, both are known accomplices to the creation of benzene – a known human carcinogen – inside food and drink products alongside sodium benzoate.”

“Citric acid occurs naturally in such fruits as limes, pineapples and gooseberries. The dry, powdered citric acid used as an industrial food additive since the early 19th century, however has a less appetizing source; it is manufactured using a mould that feeds on corn syrup glucose.

Trashless Restaurant!

Trashless Restaurant!

“Owner and operator Justin Vrany personally ensures that any waste the restaurant creates receives the proper disposal: biodegradable materials get composted, cardboard goes to recycling, and so forth.

After two years, Sandwich Me In had produced eight gallons of waste; that’s what an average restaurant throws out in a single hour. Faced with this existential dilemma, Vrany gave the waste to an artist for a sculpture project, officially making the sandwich shop a zero-waste establishment.

In addition to its garbage policies, Sandwich Me In also operates on renewable energy and uses local, sustainable meat. The best part? All of the sandwiches cost less than $10, which goes to show that these policies don’t have to break the bank.”

Plantain, Extremely Common Ground Weed, Has an Incredible Host of Health Benefits

Plantain, Extremely Common Ground Weed, Has an Incredible Host of Health Benefits

Plantain has often been the go-to remedy for hikers plagued by mosquitos. Because it draws toxins from the body with its astringent nature, plantain may be crushed (or chewed) and placed as a poultice directly over the site of bee stings, bug bites, acne, slivers, glass splinters, or rashes. Bandage the area and allow the plantain to work its magic for 4-12 hours. Plantain may also be used to create a balm for emergency kits, or an infusion used as a skin or general wash. It is also a notable, soothing remedy for hemorrhoids.

Plantain is renowned for its healing effect on the digestive system. This is especially useful for anyone who has been damaged by antibiotics, anti-inflammatory or pain medications, food allergies, or Celiac disease. Both leaves and seeds specifically target the digestive system for healing. The leaves may be steeped as tea, added to soups, or dried with a sauce similar to kale chips. The seeds – a type of psyllium – can be ground or soaked for bulk mucilage or absorbable fibre, which, consumed before meals, may help with weight loss.

How to Homestead on One Acre (Dairy Cow Highly Recommended)

How to Homestead on One Acre (Dairy Cow Highly Recommended)

“Cow or no cow? The pros and cons are many and various for a self-sufficient homestead. In favor of raising a cow is the fact that nothing keeps the health of a family — and a farm — at a high level better than a dairy cow. If you and your children have ample good, fresh, unpasteurized, unadulterated dairy products, you will be well-positioned to be a healthy family. If your pigs and poultry get their share of the milk by-products, especially whey, they likely will be healthy, too. If your garden gets plenty of cow manure, your soil fertility will continuously increase, along with your yields.”

Chia Vanilla Pudding (Vegan)

Chia Vanilla Pudding (Vegan)

Also, be sure to check with your doctor before regularly adding chia seeds to your diet if you are on any blood sugar or blood pressure regulating medication–> chia seeds naturally help regulate both, and may make your medications too powerful, so your doctor may want to reduce your dosage.”

Cashews as Anti-Depressants

Cashews as Anti-Depressants

“Two handfuls of cashews is the therapeutic equivalent of a prescription dose of Prozac. Inside you, the essential amino acid L-tryptophan is broken down into anxiety-reducing, snooze-inducing niacin. Even more important, tryptophan is also made into serotonin, one of your body’s most important neurotransmitters.

Plenty of carbohydrates (starches) in your meals help tryptophan get to where it does the most good: in your brain. In order to cross the blood-brain barrier to get in, carbos are required. So cheese and crackers provides a better effect than the cheese standing alone. An egg or two on toast is better than just the egg. Beans, peas, and nuts already contain carbohydrate, so you are all set there.

Consider that five servings of beans, a few portions of peanut butter, or just one big handful of cashews provides one to two thousand milligrams of tryptophan, which will work as well as prescription antidepressants…”