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mellowsong
05-11-10, 06:11 PM
Last week the New York Times wrote about an upcoming report from The President’s Cancer Panel. The paper was “astonish[ed] to learn that [the panel] is poised to join ranks with the organic food movement and declare: [these] chemicals threaten our bodies.”

If you doubt that Genetically Modified (GM) foods threaten your body, here is a recent report from Russian biologists. They conducted what they thought would be a “routine” study of the long-term effects of the consumption of GM soy feed among a hamster population. For the first generation, the only untoward effects seemed to be constipation. The second generation didn’t seem too much the worse for wear either. But the third generation showed serious ill effects and turned out to be completely sterile.

Hamsters are not human beings and more research needs to be done, but other studies also point to reproductive ill effects. Eating frankinfoods would not seem to be the best form of birth control! In addition to the unknown but increasingly documented risks of ingesting organisms that are completely new to the human body, we also need to worry about contaminants found in GM foods such as Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” herbicide.

It should also be noted that GM food issues have for the first time found their way to the US Supreme Court. A lawsuit brought by organic farmers and The Center for Food Safety pointed out that biotech alfalfa would spread uncontrollably and take over US pasturelands. True organic beef would become an impossibility since all cows would be potentially exposed to the GM alfalfa. A federal judge agreed and halted the sale of biotech alfalfa from Monsanto until the USDA could do a full-scale environmental impact study.

The Supreme Court will decide if the federal judge had the constitutional right to take this action and a decision is expected in late summer. If GM leads to human sterility in succeeding generations, would we like to see all beef products contaminated? Even vegetarians will face the consequences when they try to farm GM contaminated land. This is a big, big issue and our thanks to The Center for Food Safety for defending common sense and fighting Monsanto in the Supreme Court.

Earlier this month, The [international] Codex Committee on Food Labeling met to discuss whether Genetically Modified food could be labeled “organic”. The decision remains to be made, but in this case the Europeans, whom we generally condemn for their ridiculously restrictive approach to supplements, are fighting the good fight and are expected eventually to carry the day.
It is of course appalling that this matter is being debated at all, and that it will eventually be decided based on the political weight of the different countries and regions. We do not need food decisions based on politics, nor bureaucratic meddling in organic standards, which began outside of government, and which just get watered down by government officials charged with protecting us who really answer to commercial interests.

A recent poll, conducted by the U.S. Consumers Union, found that two-thirds of US consumers would be concerned if they thought that GM ingredients were in organic food. There is overwhelming public opinion support for GM labeling, and more than 80 public health, environmental, and agriculture organizations are working to ensure genetically modified foods are labeled as such. Who is working in the opposite direction? The GM and food producers of course– and their powerful ally the US government.

http://www.anh-usa.org/genetically-modified-food-more-reason-to-avoid-them-and-why-they-threaten-organic-agriculture/

Islander
05-11-10, 09:08 PM
I got a letter from Sen. Olympia Snowe today, thanking me for my input on the Global Food Security Act (S. 384). She specifically mentioned my opposition to GE crops. In a day or 2, when things settle down, I plan to respond with more specific information. Our Senators need to be educated to combat the propaganda that biotech companies spew out about productivity and feeding the world blablablaw. They also need to be reminded of recent evidence of real harm and the development of weeds on steroids, meaning MORE and STRONGER herbicide pollution. Oh yes, Snowe & Collins are gonna hear from me!

Maurya
05-11-10, 10:27 PM
Oh yes, Snowe & Collins are gonna hear from me!
Would you be willing to share some of your input to the senators, in proper senatorese? Not that I mean for it to be dumbed down, just to be put into whatever language senators understand. So far I have had no luck in communicating with the guys down here in the Commonwealth. Of course, for another week yet, one of our senators, the brighter of the two, is in a pitched battle, very close contest for the primary election next Tuesday. So I would wait until after that to send something. The other one pays no attention to anything anyway.

mellowsong
05-12-10, 01:17 PM
Would you be willing to share some of your input to the senators, in proper senatorese?

Islander, I would appreciate it too if you are willing to share as there is one Senator here in SC who seems pretty open. I know you've had success in other communications so would just like to see your style :)

Islander
05-12-10, 02:55 PM
I'm addressing broken toilets, dirty dishes & laundry, and I have a book club tonight. Tomorrow, with luck, I'll come up with something you can tailor. Always happy to share.

Maurya
05-12-10, 03:35 PM
broken toilets, dirty dishes & laundry
This sounds about right down my alley; wish I could quickly come up to help! Now come on over here so I can ::slap you:::)

After waiting the amount of time that I thought would be discrete, so as not to add too much insult to your injury, here is the drill. Never ever put a bunch of stuff in front of a fuse box or breaker panel, or in front of the access panel for the plumbing shut off valves, such as on the other side of a wall from a bathtub faucet. The electrical panels are especially important to keep clear of stuff, much as is allowing for air circulation around the vents of electronic equipment (radio, computer, TV, etc. or whatever you happen to have). Really, I am not trying to be a mean person, but these household tactics for prevention can cause far less "waiting for the electrician or someone like him" or for the plumber, carpenter, etc., as well. (Don't crush that dwarf, hand me the pliers.)

Islander
05-12-10, 04:10 PM
OMG, I'm trying to remember the name of the group that did that CD (& others like it). I think I even own it, but... OH! Firesign Theatre! Am I good or what? Haven't thought of them in yearz.

But...why didn't you tell me that 25 years ago when I built that shelving? Nobody ever said, "Now mind, you need 3' of clearance in front of that box." I mean, I could reach in and flip the breakers, y'know?

Um...the other side of the wall from the bathtub is the toilet nook. Is that okay? Better say yes, I designed this house myself and I promise you I did not know what I was doing. The contractor looked at it, said he could make it into a blueprint, and the rest, as they say, is so trite I'm not even gonna repeat it here. :rolleyes:

Maurya
05-12-10, 04:52 PM
Yes, Firesign Theatre! Not clear on exactly where your bathtub shut off valves are located. Toilet nook is fine, but is there a panel that can be unscrewed, or just popped off and removed? Or is there an access panel underneath the faucet end of the tub, from below? I guess I will just have to inspect everything when I come up there to fetch your cats to bring them to their new home (still working on that one...evidently right now there are a glut of cats who are losing their happy home, due to their humans relocating to California, or whatever.)

As to where was I when you needed me, all you had to do would have been to look up "experienced boiler inspectors, female", in whatever reference book such things are found, and there I would have been. Roofing, plumbing, steam heating and miscellaneous tree work would be optional. :rolleyes:

Islander
05-12-10, 05:14 PM
Well I need a plumber sooner than THAT. But roofing? Tree work? If you were the right gender I'd be saying, MARRY ME!