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Which Fast Food Menu Items DON’T Contain GMOs?

Dear Eminem,

We know you spend a lot of time on the road…probably eating fast food. Did you know it’s virtually impossible to eat a fast food meal that doesn’t contain genetically modified ingredients? Do you feed that stuff to your kids?

Which Fast Food Menu Items DON’T Contain GMOs?

By Jill Ettinger, OrganicAuthority.com

Don’t believe the GMO experiment is on? Try this: Flight delayed. Starving. B-rated airport at best… and all you have around you are fast food restaurants. Ugh. Is there anything you can eat that’s healthy? Sure, some things would vaguely fit into the category, if your qualifier is simply ‘not deep fried’. But, what if you’re sick of being a guinea pig for Monsanto, Dupont and Cargill’s genetic engineering experiment and the 80 percent of processed foods that contain GMOs? Think your Taco Bell Bean Burrito or veggie sub are GMO-free?

We looked at menu items from fast food chains common in airports and highway rest stops: McDonald’s, Burger King, Carl’s Jr., Boston Market, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Subway, Panera and Au Bon Pain.

What we’re avoiding:

Anything derived from genetically modified corn or soy, which is in dozens of items from the obvious corncobs and chips, soy protein or soy sauce, to the clandestine ingredients like dextrose or lecithin. We’re also avoiding GMO canola and cottonseed oil. If you’re eating non-organic meat, eggs or dairy products, as you would in any fast food restaurant, you are also eating the GMO grains they were fed. So all items also had to be vegan in order to qualify.  All sodas and HFCS sweetened soft drinks contain GMOs and the diet ones have questionable ingredients as well, so stick with water or fresh juices, if available.

Read the results here.

Eminem Named “King Of Hip-Hop” By Rolling Stone

August 15, 2011 1 comment

Dear Eminem:

There, they’ve said it, it’s done

The King of Hip Hop, you’re number one

Your voice is fierce we need it

To stop the GMOs bein seeded

Before hip-hop fans get all bent out of shape by Rolling Stone‘s claim that Eminem is the “king of hip-hop,” let’s set one thing straight. It’s all based on the fact that he sold the most albums — some $7.51 million — during the time of 2009 through the first seven months of 2011. According to the mag, “We’re not looking for the all-time greatest, although many of our contenders would vie for that crown.” You can read the rest of Rolling Stone‘s list here.

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Right2Know

Dear Eminem,

This October thousands of concerned Americans will March from New York to DC to create awareness about GMO foods. At the very least, don’t we deserve to know which foods contain the harmful ingredients?

You Don’t Have to Stand Alone Against Genetically Engineered Food (GMOs)!

Together Let’s Demand GMO Labeling Now! 

Join the GMO Right2Know March Oct 1-16, 2011

Most Americans agree we have a right to know what’s in our food, and a right to choose safe, healthy food for our families and ourselves.  And yet 80% of the packaged foods in America contain Genetically Engineered ingredients that have not been proven safe, and are not labeled!

Between October 1st and October 16th of this year, marchers from all across the country will be walking from New York City to the White House, in Washington DC, demanding labeling of all Genetically Engineered Foods, in what has come to be called the GMO Right2Know march. Come walk with us – step-by-step we will take back our Right to Know!

Genetically Modified Organisms  (GMOs) endanger our health, the environment, and our farmer’s livelihoods.  For too long, biotechnology companies like Monsanto have lobbied against labeling products containing their patented plants – plants which are specially designed to be sprayed with cancer-causing weed-killers, and plants which produce pesticides in every one of their cells.

The GMO Right2Know March is the first of it’s kind in America, and will have daily events between its kickoff in New York City and its finale at the White House, in Washington, DC. Come for the knowledgeable speakers, fun presentations, camping, and much, much more!  Now is your chance to make your voice heard.  We will win back our Right to Know what’s in our food – one step at a time!

Sign up, bring a group, and join the Right2Know community!  We are looking for walkers, bikers, drivers, volunteers, cheerleaders, hosts, and any other supporters out there!

Join us as we march from New York City to the White House in Washington DC from October 1 – October 16, 2011 for this historic march.

Why Get Involved?

These recent actions have created momentum to rally for the right to know about GMOs:

  • The decisions by the USDA to approve genetically modified Round-Up Ready™alfalfa seeds to be grown without restrictions.
  • The court decision to hold Bayer responsible for the LibertyLink contamination of rice.
  • The pre-emptive action by organic farmers and seed sellers to sue Monsanto for protection from patents on genetically
    modified seed.
  • The growth of the U.S. organic industry to $28.6 billion in 2010
  • The participation of hundreds of companies in the Non-GMO Project Grassroots organizing of the March 26th Right to Know Rallies and the response of 68,478 letters to Congress asking for GMO Labeling.
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Renegade

Eminem along with Jay-Z here in the dope “Renegade”.

“RENEGADE! Never been afraid to say
what’s on my mind at, any given time of day
Cause I’m a RENEGADE! Never been afraid to talk
about anything (ANYTHING) anything (ANYTHING), RENEGADE!” How about GMOs? Really. How could Monsanto even try to argue with this man.

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New Pathogen Discovery Linked to Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Seeds

Dear Eminem,

New Pathogens discovered in animals who eat Monsanto seeds! Do you feed your kids meat from animals tainted with GMO bacteria?

New Pathogen Discovery Linked to Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Seeds

May 13th, 2011 – Jill Ettinger

New Pathogen Discovery Linked to Monsanto's Roundup Ready Seeds

A new video interview by Food Democracy Now‘s David Murphy with Dr. Don Huber, Purdue Professor Emeritus and plant pathologist, reveals Huber’s startling discovery of an un-named new pathogen found to be causing health problems in livestock fed genetically modified corn and soy.

Among the most common genetically modified crops grown in the U.S., corn and soy are engineered to tolerate high levels of the glyphosate pesticide, commercially sold as Monsanto’s Roundup—the largest manufacturer of glyphosate pesticide and resistant Roundup Ready seeds.

What Huber and his team of researchers have discovered is severe soil damage where the GM seeds are planted, likely as a result of the use of Roundup pesticides, which are leading to imbalances in soil quality and to micronutrient mineral deficiencies. These nutrients, such as the mineral manganese, play a significant role not just in the health of the plants grown in the soil, but also in the health of livestock animals who eat them. Whether it’s the soil deficiencies or some other factor, this new microorganism is cause for alarm, according to Huber.

In the video, Huber states that the pathogen is virus-sized, but it is not a virus because it is capable of reproducing itself. It is not a microplasma or prion either. The pathogen is connected to infertility and miscarriages. According to Huber, it can kill a fertilized egg in 24-48 hours.

Despite the lack of comprehensive environmental impact studies on the health risks of long-term exposure to GM foods, the U.S. grows more than 165 million acres of GM crops (mostly Roundup Ready), more than any other country in the world and continues to deregulate more crops like the recent USDA approval to grow GM alfalfa.

Watch the video with Dr. Don Huber in its entirety.

Keep in touch with Jill on Twitter @jillettinger

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Expert: GMOs to blame for problems in plants, animals

Dear Eminem,

Boulder Weekly reports on problems for plants and animals exposed to GMOs.

“When you spray glyphosate on a plant, it’s like giving it AIDS”

Expert: GMOs to blame for problems in plants, animals

By Jefferson Dodge

One of the experts set to testify at Wednesday’s long-awaited meeting about the county’s policy for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on open space says scientists are seeing new, alarming patterns in plants and animals due to increased use of the herbicide Roundup.

Michael McNeill is an agronomist who owns Ag Advisory Ltd. in Algona, Iowa. He received his Ph.D. in quantitative genetics and plant pathology from Iowa State University in 1969 and has been a crop consultant since 1983. He was among three experts invited by county officials to testify at the Aug. 10 meeting of the Cropland Policy Advisory Group (CPAG).

CPAG, which has been meeting since February, serves as a sounding board for the county’s parks and open space staff as they develop a new cropland policy on matters like what may be grown on county land. The group has only touched briefly on the hot-button GMO issue in its past meetings; the Aug. 10 meeting was devoted entirely to the subject.

McNeill told Boulder Weekly before the meeting that he and his colleagues in the industry are seeing serious, negative effects produced by the use of glyphosate, which is the primary ingredient in Roundup weed killer. (Monsanto, the company that makes Roundup, has generated controversy by genetically altering crops to make them resistant to the herbicide.)

McNeill says that in the Midwest and other areas of the country, such as Louisiana and Mississippi, weeds like water hemp, giant ragweed, lamb’s quarter and velvet weed have become Roundup resistant through natural selection, due to a particular genetic mutation that survived the poison and therefore reproduced successfully and wildly.

The problem is, farmers’ natural reaction has been to simply apply more Roundup to their crops, which is having deleterious impacts, McNeill says.

“Used judiciously, it can be a useful product, but as with anything, if you abuse it, it can have negative effects,” he says.

McNeill explains that glyphosate is a chelating agent, which means it clamps onto molecules that are valuable to a plant, like iron, calcium, manganese and zinc.

“When you spray glyphosate on a plant, it’s like giving it AIDS,” he says.

The farmers’ increased use of Roundup is actually harming their crops, according to McNeill, because it is killing micronutrients in the soil that they need, a development that has been documented in several scientific papers by the nation’s leading experts in the field. For example, he says, harmful fungi and parasites like fusarium, phytopthora and pythium are on the rise as a result of the poison, while beneficial fungi and other organisms that help plants reduce minerals to a usable state are on the decline.

He explains that the overuse of glyphosate means that oxidizing agents are on the rise, creating oxides that plants can’t use, leading to lower yields and higher susceptibility to disease.

McNeill acknowledges that Monsanto could simply find a new chemical that kills the newly resistant weeds, but the weeds will simply find a way around it again.

“It’s mother nature’s plant breeding program,” he says. “It’s very widespread, and it’s a serious problem.”

McNeill says the situation is causing “sudden death syndrome” in soybeans, which means they are dying at increased rates when they go into their reproductive phase. He adds that corn is showing a higher incidence of Goss’s wilt, which has been a problem in Colorado since the early 1970s, and

studies show that glyphosate causes a rise in both diseases.

And the problems are not limited to plants, it’s extending to the animals that eat them, according to McNeill.

He says he and his colleagues are seeing a higher incidence of infertility and early-term abortion in cattle and hogs that are fed on GMO crops. He adds that poultry fed on the suspect crops have been exhibiting reduced fertility rates.

McNeill, who works with universities, the federal government and private companies, says his advice to his farmer clients is to rotate chemicals — or don’t use them at all. While it is more labor-intensive, organic farmers usually cut their weeds as an alternative to herbicides. He says he consults for about 160,000 acres of conventional farmland and 5,000 to 6,000 acres of organically farmed land.

“My clients are my farmers, and I want what’s best for them,” he says. “And my clients are the consumers who consume the farmers products, and I want what’s best for them.”

McNeill compares the Roundup situation to the way science eventually caught up to another poison: Just as DDT was initially hailed as a miracle pesticide and later banned, researchers are beginning to discover serious problems with glyphosate.

“Some issues are starting to arise with technologies that probably needed more research before we started using them,” he says. “It’s a moving target.”

The other two experts invited to the CPAG meeting, Kent Davis of Crop Quest and Phillip Westra of Colorado State University, did not return calls by press time.

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Eminem, Please Say “No!” to GMOs

You may (hopefully) be asking yourself, why a blog about Eminem, and…wait, what the heck are GMOs?

Well it’s quite simple, actually.

Eminem is the top-selling artist over the last decade. His raw, uncomfortably honest lyrics have had a profound impact on our culture in ways like no other artists. His is a powerful voice, one that stands for uncompromising truth–a rarity in popular music these days. He’s also a dad–a faithful and loyal one at that, invested in the health and wellness of his children. As a recovering drug addict, he’s taken his health back into his hands and knows how good it feels to have regained control of his life and health. But, does he really have control? Like the rest of us in this country, Eminem, and his family are participating in the greatest human experiment in history.

GMOs?

GMOs stands for genetically modified organisms. They are seeds whose genetic materials have been altered through a technique known as recombinant DNA technology, which use DNA molecules from different sources to create a new set of genes. This DNA is then transferred into an organism, giving it modified or novel genes.  Think it sounds like some weird science fiction? It is, and GMOs are so prevalent now in America, you can find them in 80 percent of all processed food. 80 percent.

According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 93 percent of soy, 86 percent of corn and 93 percent of cotton and canola planted in the U.S. in 2010 were genetically engineered, a majority of which comes via Monsanto, the largest biotech seed company in the world.

Human Experiment

Some are calling GMOs the greatest human experiment in all of history. Most of Europe has banned GMOs and countries around the world are also taking a stand against them, yet the USDA here in America has essentially deregulated GMOs, making it easier and easier for giant corporations such as Monsanto to plant these seeds across our country with little–if any–research on the long-term effects to our environment and our health.

Risks

The risks are startling: 19 studies have linked GMOs to organ damage; they’ve been shown to cause birth defects, cause allergies, and have been linked to several types of cancer. And, because GMOs were only introduced into our diets within the last several decades, the long-term effects are truly unknown, but some studies indicate the genetically modified DNA can continue changing once inside our bodies.

Genetically modified seeds are built to resist high doses of pesticides–mainly the Monsanto glyphosate based pesticide commonly known as Roundup. These Roundup Ready seeds are heavily sprayed with the toxic pesticides, which have been shown to cause neurological disorders, birth defects, infertility and cancer.

And it’s not just our health that’s at risk. GMOs are contaminating conventional and wild seed stocks. They’re creating “super-weeds” that have become resistant to pesticides. A recent study showed a link between declining monarch butterfly populations and Roundup pesticide.

Farmers have no sovereignty either. If crop drift from a GMO farm contaminates a non-GMO neighboring farm, Monsanto has been known to sue those farmers for stealing their patented seeds. That’s right–Monsanto has patented their modified seeds, making it impossible for farmers to save seeds from a harvest, which has been a long-standing practice since agriculture was developed. Now, farmers growing GMO seeds must purchase new seeds every season. And, if they save them, or if Monsanto finds GMO seeds accidentally growing in their fields, those farmers could face a long and litigious court battle.

Regulations

While the organic food movement in this country continues to boom, and is the only safe-haven from GMOs (by law, certified organic food can contain zero GMOs) we have more deregulated genetically modified crops in large-scale production than any other country in the world. Wikileaks released documents last year showing a strong connection between biotech lobbyists and their corporate interests influencing politicians and legislators here and around the world. Controversial GMO alfalfa–an important food for livestock animals–was deregulated earlier this year, and GMO salmon may soon be the first genetically engineered animal to enter the food system. Many environmentalists and citizens are concerned over the damaging effect this deregulation could have on wild salmon populations, other marine life, and the humans who eat them.

The Vision

The goal of this blog is to appeal to Eminem–as a parent, an American and an artist committed to truth and integrity. Like most Americans, it’s unlikely that Eminem knows just how much of his food is an experiment. So, we’ll be sharing all the latest information on GMOs here, for Eminem and his fans to read in hopes of empowering them to know what exactly they’re eating, and to voice their concerns. We’ve come a long way in this country from the days of pure food, healthy food, and safe food. It’s time to take the power back. Eminem, won’t you please help us?

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