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I am a subscriber to an online Petition / activist group called Someofus.org, they send me a few emails per week of various online petitions regarding mostly, environmental issues worldwide.

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The following is copied text from one of these emails which I received last year sometime and I honestly forgot to share with you all, for that I apologise … however, although this information may be Gold, keep in mind that there is a lot of information out there pretty much proving that these chemicals are just not good at all for us and the environment …

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Petition Email sent from SomeOfUs.org

A federal judge in the United States recently ordered Monsanto to release 250 pages of internal documents, and what they revealed is practically criminal: Monsanto has known for 17 years that glyphosate, the main ingredient in its pesticide Roundup, could cause cancer.

And they launched a massive coverup to make sure we never found out.

The released documents — dubbed the “Monsanto papers” — show the agricultural giant has been manipulating research, colluding with a senior government official at the US Environmental Protection Agency, and providing bogus articles to government agencies — all to refute the fact that glyphosate is a carcinogen.

Monsanto has proven itself completely untrustworthy and an ongoing risk to public health. It should never be allowed to merge with Bayer — which would only make both companies more powerful and give them control over our food supply from seed to plate.

Here’s what happened: In 1999, Monsanto commissioned a researcher to study glyphosate and prove that it does not cause cancer. However, the scientist found just the opposite — that glyphosate had properties likely to be carcinogenic.

Rather than do the ethical thing and stop using glyphosate, Monsanto buried the study and began a massive campaign to “prove” that glyphosate did not cause cancer.

Internal corporate communications uncovered by the courts show that Monsanto conspired with an EPA deputy director to stop reviews of the effects of glyphosate by government agencies. The same EPA official also tipped off the company to a glyphosate report released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, giving Monsanto the time it needed to build a public relations onslaught against the findings.

The agri-giant paid for their own studies defending glyphosate use, and then hired scientists to write articles for academic journals using the studies. These articles were then used by the EPA and the European Food Safety Authority to determine that Roundup was safe to use on food crops.

And we only know about the coverup because of a lawsuit by people claiming they got cancer from using Roundup.

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Here in the UK we have a brand of non-animal meat substitute called Quorn, they do a Vegan range other than their normal vegetarian meat substitute products. It is made from Mycoprotein which according to my research is made from a fungi called ‘fusarium venenatum’, once the fermentation process has finished, it can either be Vegan by seasoning and mixing with Potato Protein or just Vegetarian by mixing with free range egg. Quorn is used as the meat substitute in this recipe, however please note, I am not a Vegan and, as I couldn’t get hold of the Vegan Minced ”Beef” from my regular shop, I used the egg based one – there are also other brands of Meat Free alternatives out there, the market is growing …

 

 

I have started using Non-Meat alternatives mainly because of the fact that most farm animals in the UK and Europe have been fed with GMO feed for many years despite the general opposition to GMO ”technology”, the other alternative if you can afford it is to buy only Organic Meat products.

I use Bolognese sauce not only as a nice family dinner but also ensure to bulk it up a lot so that I can freeze perhaps 2 or maybe 3 takeaway containers full of the lef-tovers for future last-minute quick dinners or for work lunch (In a food flask).

Another option if you don’t have a lot left over, is to chop up the pasta and mix it into the remaining sauce, you can throw this into a container in the fridge and can use it as a toasted sandwich filling the next day!

Ingredients:

  • Pack of Vegan or Vegetarian ”Beef” (Usually 300g),
  • Spagetti or Fuscilli etc,
  • Peas,
  • 1 or half of an Aubergine (Egg plant / Brinjal),
  • 2-3 Tbsp Lentils (Any colour),
  • 3 Tbsp Bulgar Wheat (Optional, but helps to bulk it up),
  • Chopped Onion,
  • Tin of Organic Chopped Tomatoes,
  • Bottle of Organic Passata (Not entirely necessary but makes it nicer),
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp Tomato Puree,
  • Salt, Pepper and Italian herbs such as Basil, Oregano and Rosemary
  • Nettle Seeds (Optional – these need to be foraged, they are already available Now due to the weird season we have had this year – June 2018)
  • Optional – if needed, you may find this recipe to be quite sharp / sour, if so you might need to sweeten it a little bit, I recommend using ketchup instead of sugar

Method:

  1. Throw in some Olive Oil into a decent sized Medium – Large pot, heat up and add in your Meat or Substitute, cook for a few minutes then take out and place in a temporary bowl,
  2. add a cup or slightly more of water into the same pot and cook the Lentils and Bulgar Wheat, you can sprinkle in the nettle seeds if using any, cook for 10 or so minutes, then scoop out into the same bowl as the Meat or Substitute – it does not matter if there is any water remaining,
  3. Add more Olive Oil and fry the Chopped Onion and Chopped Aubergine (Brinjal / Eggplant), cook until the Aubergine is lightly brown but mostly soft throughout – you can add in some salt here if you like, perhaps some spices like Paprica,
  4. Add in the Passata and tin of Chopped Tomatoes, as well as the tomato puree, you can throw in some stock too at this point (Beef stock for non-vegan and Vegetable stock for everyone else) – Creating liquid stock from store-bought product is quite easy, I will post soon on this subject,
  5. Once all is mixed in, throw in your herbs and add the bowl of ”Meat / Substitute” and Lentils / Wheat, mix all in and let simmer for 30 mins to an hour – in the meantime you can heat a pot of water to cook your chosen pasta in.
  6. For further bulking up, you can also throw in some Grated Carrot (Don’t use more than half a carrot), chopped celery, Courgette (Zucchini) etc! Try not to skip the Aubergine, they really do add a great taste to this recipe!
  7. Serve and Enjoy!
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Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese

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Looking at my ”Country Stat’s” on this blog, it looks like the Philippines is going to take the lead ahead of Australia this month in views (Australia seems to always be third in my stats right after UK and USA who always both dominate 1st and 2nd place), I’m not entirely sure why they suddenly seem to be searching for Permaculture or finding my blog in particular (Perhaps it is my previous article on GM Rice?) but I have decided to dedicate an article based on Organic and Permaculture projects that I have seen there. I have previously searched for either a Permaculture Farm / Forest Garden or Tour video to include the country in my long list of ”Videos and Tours”. I just never got around to sharing or writing an article so, here we have a few videos to view for any Filipino’s looking to self educate and then be able to try grow healthy food  for themselves and family / community.

So, Salamat for Stopping By, here are a few videos, Some are in Tagalog and I think the one in Bohol is in Bisaya with some English thrown in by the video uploader and some of his friends, enjoy:

Video 1: Urban Agriculture Philippines – (15 mins), container growing, aquaponics, rabbits etc.in an Urban setting (Tagalog)

Video 2: Maribojoc Organic Demo Farm Bohol pt1 (After Watching Part 1, the other parts will be available to watch on the side suggestion bar on youtube) – Entrance to this Demonstration Farm is PHP30 per person! That’s Cheap considering what you will learn …

https://youtu.be/X4AMG6P9qww

Video 3: 1 Project Freedom, a Permaculture Demonstration Site, Tublay, Benguet, Philippines (It will be interesting to learn from them if one can take the time out to go on a tour and visit the site)

Please remember, this is an active blog where you Do Not need an account to be able to use my comments section, anyone can comment selecting ”post as Guest”, please comment and get communicating with me and others, Permaculture is also about community and learning 🙂

Further Reading / Educational = Previous Article: How to build a Banana Circle to increase crop flavour, nutrition and yield!

 

Here is a very good article outlining some pretty scary facts about the bane of Genetic Modification on humanity and also the world’s ecosystem (when keeping Genetic Pollen Pollution / Contamination in mind).

“Control oil and you control nations,” said US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the 1970s. “Control food and you control the people.”

World food control is almost in place thanks to the reduction of seed diversity with genetically modified seeds being distributed by only a few transnational corporations. Genetic engineering has made proprietary control through the use of intellectual property rights possible over the seeds on which the world’s food supply depends on. To cover these costs, food prices are raised.

Monsanto is a leading corporation in agribusiness has been gradually taking over smaller heirloom seeds suppliers in addition to trademarks acquisition of a number of heirloom seeds. This started several years ago and it’s continuing. There’s significant probability that when buying seeds from a local store, one may get a genetically modified product.

Monsanto was formed in 1901, that’s more than a century ago, in the year. Throughout the ages, Monsanto has emerged and secured its reputation as a face of corporate evil. Demonstrations have been held globally by environmental activists and when Monsanto introduced Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) seeds. Monsanto modifies a plant or crop artificially, making it immune to a specific, all-purpose poison through genetic engineering. It’s expected that the modified crop stays safe with the use of pesticides while everything else is killed.

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The Monsanto Controversy

The controversy that lies with Monsanto is not recent; the company used to be a chemical company which produced Agent Orange and its main poison, Dioxin. The company was also involved in selling DDT, dairy cow hormone rBGH, the carcinogenic Aspartame sweetener, and PCBs in the past.

Impacts of GMO Foods

GMOs are unhealthy, this is according to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM). The organization points out that GMO food can cause infertility, organ damage, immune system disorder and accelerated aging. Another impact is the expected increase in the use of herbicides in an effort to stem the ‘superweed’ resulting from weed’s resistance to herbicides due to their increased usage.

Due to the possibility of cross-pollination, it’s expected that GMO pollution will be the long-term problem with no possibility of eradication. The famous and tragic Colony Collapse Disorder of Honey Bees was recognized to have happened after the introduction of GMOs. All these point to an unsustainable and dark future.

Please read the Full Article Here.

From Natural News:

(NaturalNews) No surprise here, but a recent report has found that MON810, a Monsanto-made GM corn, doesn’t have the ability to thwart crop infection. What a shocker. The Franken-food company designed the corn in an effort to “help” crops by making them resistant to corn-boring pests, maintaining that the Bt insecticide in MON810 maize would be beneficial.(1)

Nope. Not even close.

In a report published by the Government of the Aragon region of Spain – a country that happens to be the EU leader in GM maize cultivation – it was found that “there are no significant differences” between GM corn varieties an non-GM, conventional varieties. The amount was minuscule and barely worth mentioning: the difference in per hectare yields of crops between the two varieties harvested was between 0.2 and 0.3 kilos. Not only was there hardly any difference in harvest production, but the report also found that MON810 didn’t make a dent in warding off any pests.(1)

Still, the folks at Monsanto think it’s time break out the MON810 party hats and do a victory dance. According to their website’s “Did You Know?” section, “MON810 corn hybrids contain a protein from a naturally occurring bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). This protein provides protection against damaging corn borer pests that can significantly impact both the yield and quality of a farmer’s corn crop.”(2)

Oops, better read the Aragon report Monsanto, because it sure determined otherwise concerning that whole pest control and yield thing you latch on to.

But wait, says Monsanto; GM seed products really DO work

Furthermore, the Monsanto website also does what it’s been doing for ages: It tries to convey that tampering with the foods people ingest is good. “We confidently stand behind the safety and healthfulness of each of our GM seed products,” their site states. Of course, they take issue with any country that has the common sense to ban such foods, suggesting that places that “have taken decisions to illegally ban the planting MON810 corn hybrids despite a robust safety assessment and a long history of safe cultivation and consumption” are in the wrong. Then they go on to remind readers of the studies that have been done, and suggest that governments that don’t align with their strategies are ill-informed, stubborn people engaging in “illegal” bans. Wah, wah.(2)

We bet they’re going to have a field day with the most recent ruling in the Philippines, in which the Supreme Court there ordered a permanent ban on field trials of GM eggplant. Additionally, the judges have temporarily stopped the import of all GM crops and products. At the same time, they’re refusing to accept applications for new GM items until new administrative orders go into effect. Without a doubt, as native farmers and residents rejoice, Monsanto and it’s twisted view of human ethics will find fault with the ruling.(3)

Listen up, Monsanto: There’s a reason so many people shun GM corn. From liver damage to actually inserting genes into human tissue that end up basically throwing the human genome way out of whack, GM corn is bad news. A bit of cellular damage and DNA disruption to go with your dinner? We think not.(4)

Isn’t enough, enough?

Monsanto continues to maintain that everything it touches is golden. Always on the defensive, they’re quick to turn a blind eye to the horrors they’ve inflicted on others, including their main ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate. By now most people are aware (except Monsanto, who has a tough time accepting the truth), that a division of the World Health Organization, IARC, found glyphosate to be “probably carcinogenic to humans.” But keep spraying away, Monsanto says. Cover your lawn, crops, soccer fields, corporate parks and playgrounds with the stuff because, according to their website, the IARC statement puts glyphosate in a category “…that includes common professions such as barbers and fry cooks—a conclusion that conflicts with the overwhelming consensus by regulatory bodies and science organizations around the world.”(5,6)

After a while, it just gets old.

Bad is bad, no matter how well you cleverly craft your words or rely on loopholes to paint a picture of health and product success. From MON810 to glyphosate and everything in between, it’s clear that people deserve better than the backwards logic Monsanto attempts to force upon us.

Sources for this article include:

(1) GMWatch.org

(2) Monsanto.com

(3) NaturalNews.com

(4) NaturalNews.com

(5) NaturalNews.com

(6) Monsanto.com

Article from NaturalNews.com

(NaturalNews) One of the brave and the bold, Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai is the newest scientist to stand up to Monsanto. Dr. Shiva says he will give Monsanto a $10 million building that he owns in Cambridge, Massachusetts if the corporation can disprove his statement that there are “no safety assessment standards” for genetically modified organisms.

Dr. Ayyadurai is a systems biologist who has analyzed the effects of the genetic engineering process on the biochemical pathways that affect plant physiology. He has written extensively on the stark contrast between natural, unadulterated crops and genetically engineered ones. He makes it clear that there are no safety assessment standards for GMOs and he can prove it.

Independent scientist finds stark differences between GM soybeans and natural ones

Now Dr. Ayyadurai is challenging Monsanto to come forward and address the issue. The repercussions of just one untested GMO could spell harm for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Genetically engineered crops are controversial and in some eyes, morally wrong. Genetically engineering crops is a completely different field of agricultural control, a deviation from traditional plant breeding. Genetic engineering may combine the DNA of a natural plant with genes from a foreign entity like bacteria. How do these unprecedented gene crossovers affect the plant’s natural compounds and chemistry? How do these changes affect humans or the ecosystem over time?

In one analysis Dr. Ayyadurai found that genetically modified soybeans can accumulate carcinogenic formaldehyde which also led to the depletion of glutathione, a key antioxidant in natural soybeans. When he tested the non-GM soybean plants, there was no buildup of formaldehyde or depletion of glutathione, proving biochemically that GM-soybeans are an inferior and toxic version of natural soybeans.

GMOs approved based on “requirements” not actual safety standards

Dr. Ayyadurai points out that GMOs are approved around the world based on “requirements,” not safety standards. “A standard provides rigorous protocols, processes and procedures,” proclaims Dr. Ayyadurai. “For example, what ingredients should be in the soil and what kind of chemical assay should be done to measure whether that GMO is ‘materially different’ from, or ‘substantially equivalent to,’ its non-GMO counterpart.”

Corporations like Monsanto claim that their GM varieties are “substantially equivalent” to natural seeds and government regulators just assume that they are safe. However, Dr. Ayyadurai’s biological analysis comparing GMOs with natural seeds shows that they are not the same. He proves that GMOs are biochemically different, disrupting molecular systems and equilibrium within the plant’s physiology. “Objective standards to measure equivalence or difference do not exist,” Dr. Ayyadurai insists.

“More importantly, any independent lab should be able to execute those standards, so the results would be reproducible, not just behind closed doors at Monsanto or by a university professor they have funded.”

Objective safety assessment standards needed for all GMOs

Dr. Ayyadurai has gone to great lengths to produce such eye-opening findings, accessing 184 institutions in 23 countries to amalgamate the molecular pathway interaction from 6,497 wet lab tests. Dr. Ayyadurai would like to see Monsanto take an objective approach to achieving safety assessment standards. He would like to see an independent study with legal compliance and agreed-on standards where Monsanto’s GM varieties are grown alongside non-GM crops in the same conditions.

Dr. Ayyadurai points out that the perception of GMO safety is skewed by a country’s economic goals, corporate brainwashing, lobbying and the corruption of academia. The challenge going forward is “to bring the issue forward in a manner that helps the public and scientists to see it clearly” he states.

“If anything, Monsanto has been doing publicity stunts by paying off academics, while spending tens of millions in advertising to brainwash us with beautiful images of African and Indian children frolicking in open fields of flowers, etc., to make us believe that GMOs are safe, while manipulating mainstream media to claim that safety standards for GMOs exist and that the organizations such as the US FDA have determined and assessed the safety of GMOs in the market. This is not true; thus, the challenge.” [Emphasis added]

Sources include:

GMWatch.org

Chipotle Mexican grill is 100% Non GMO

Chipotle Mexican grill is 100% Non GMO

(NaturalNews) The free market victories against the sleazy biotech industry are coming at a rapid pace now, and the latest announcement is a real game changer: Chipotle Mexican Grill has outright rejected all GMOs and, as of today, is now serving all non-GMO ingredients in its foods.

“When it comes to our food, genetically modified ingredients don’t make the cut,” says an official announcement on the Chipotle website. “…[T]he food we serve should be made with ingredients raised with care for animals, farmers, and the environment. We’re doubtful that the GMO ingredients that used to be in our food meet these criteria.”

The fighting words from Steve Ells very closely mirror the clean food mantra that Natural News has been advocating for years. He says, quoted in the New York Times:

This is another step toward the visions we have of changing the way people think about and eat fast food… Just because food is served fast doesn’t mean it has to be made with cheap raw ingredients, highly processed with preservatives and fillers and stabilizers and artificial colors and flavors.

Read the Full Article Here at Natural News.