Coke’s Chief Scientist Addresses GMOs

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Boulder’s Alex Bogusky had a wonderful opportunity to meet with Coke’s chief scientist, Dr. Rhona Applebaum, and discuss Coke’s take (position) on various contemporary consumer & policy issues. The story is available here:

http://fearlessrevolution.com/blog/we-play-20-questions-with-cokes-lead-scientist.html

My response is below: :-)

The GMO Big PhooD argument on why GMOs shouldn’t be labeled is cruelly flawed, to wit: “For those who do not want GMO ingredients”…assumes that the public even knows GMOs exist let alone knows enough about them to make an informed choice. Why should people avoid them? Manipulating DNA proteins to deliver & resist pesticides, key features of GMOs, is neither normal or natural. Who would knowingly eat food bathed in and containing pesticide in every cell?

Our immune systems are working 7 x 24 to keep us healthy from what we ingest and breath from our NATURAL ENVIRONMENT. For some people food is a serious life-threatening allergen (foreign protein) and when ingested causes the body to isolate the invader via the release of histamines and sometime go into shock. There’s all sorts of physiological gymnastics and symptoms elicited from our environment and the food we eat. By making specific choices about what we put into our bodies, or not, a most intimate daily activity, we can profoundly change and improve our health. For example, when I went to a 100% gluten-free diet, life-long allergies completely ceased. No more itchy eyes, cat-like sneezing fits, dark circles, breathing and skin issues all gone. Through informed dietary choices, avoiding GMOs and eliminating sugar I also eliminated prescription dependency. We are truly what we eat. If we eat healthy food, our food is our medicine=Medicine, a treatment for the prevention of disease.

Coke’s Ms. Applebaum is a finely packaged (eat-your-own-dog food-type) corporate PR mercenary, rigorously trained in the art of corp. speak with advanced degrees in GMO twaddle, contrived science and moral relativism- …in stiletto heels perhaps… According to her, sugar is sugar …regardless of the source. By this logic, as I’ve witnessed numerous times, protein is protein, fat is fat and on we travel through the Big PhooD gauntlet of nutritional equivalence. To illustrate the absurdity of nutritional equivalence, did you know that citric acid can be, and often is, synthesized from GMO corn? Corn isn’t fruit you wonder? But in the world of processed food, it’s substantially equivalent and meets their criteria as a cheap raw material. All the consumer gets is “citric acid” on the label but not the product from which it was derived.

We are part of nature. We either align with or diverge from it. Alignment is harmony, balance and health. Divergence is dissonance, imbalance and dis-ease. Dis-ease=Disease. Each person’s DNA holds their familial and environmental genetic code from the beginning of time. All ancestral history, mother and father, is stored in our DNA. The fact that a corporation introduced new, never-before-seen GMO proteins, unknowingly consumed by millions of people, it changed the course of history, and our biology and health, in one generation. GMO Sugar. GMO starch. GMO protein. GMO fat. These unique GMO proteins, so unique they are patented, are being consumed by millions of people totally unaware of their industrialized-science origin and pesticide payload. Pesticides are designed to kill flora and fauna. What do the GMO ingredients do to our gut flora where our bodies absorb all our nutrients from food? Gut function is the foundation of our health so it’s perhaps no surprise that America is leading the world in ill-health: obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It’s the little things that can make the biggest difference….as I’ve experienced firsthand in what I choose to eat. I choose organic, not the pesticide-drenched GMO/conventional alternatives. Eating GMOs, whether by active choice or by the default corporate-government consumer deception mode, I believe, steals health. These GMO pseudo-foods, and all the ingredients derived from them, (for a complete list visit: www.nongmoshoppingguide.com) represent a not-so-small army of foreign (protein) invaders. Each one causes a small skirmish in our bodies, perhaps indigestion, muscle aches or phlegm in our throats. It’s not significant enough to cause alarm so we continue about our lives and simply accept these symptoms as normal. And there’s tons of over-the-counter drugs and Big Pharma alternatives to address all these symptoms so why bother to address the cause? Why does cancer afflict 1 in 3 people today? I have 5 friends who died from cancer, the oldest was 54 and passed Jan 3rd. Are we being consumed from within by what we’re eating? I believe so. GMO foods that are engineered primarily for killing are NOT FOOD. GMOs are more like agronomic weaponry: big yield while killing all the weeds and insects in the field. Real FOOD nourishes us. It’s an extension of our nature and expression of love from our mother.

Ms. A-baum represents the corporation whose sole objective is profit. All her answers are woven to support it. The axiom “buyer beware” is more relevant today than ever before because the deception and thievery is being played out before our very eyes…hidden at a DNA-level in what’s being offered on grocery store shelves everywhere. Ms. A-baum is merely performing her corporate duty as a smart, articulate, thin, attractive and immaculately put together middle-aged woman who is in control of her emotions at all times…while pushing her GMO-based sugar-infused fizzy elixir to unsuspecting masses of humanity…while sipping a Diet Coke no doubt.

The Benefits of GM Crops: the studies PILE up…

Just posted this on the Monsantoblog…in response to their unctuous claim: “The Benefits of GM crops: the studies pile up” (No doubt it will be moderated out of existence on their site….but can be found here for your reading pleasure:

Ah, yes! The chorus of the special interest biotech investor shills, and those whose livelihood is garnered playing a compliant role in the GMO supply, chirp their genetically modified chirps, in unison, as only that can be mustered when so much money and egoism is on the line.

Indeed, the studies pile up, like so much manure, courtesy of institutional corruption and scientific myopia that claims 100% GMO virtue while ignoring the fact that not a SINGLE clinical human health study has ever been published proving GMO food is fit for its intended use.

Sure, benefits galore for the 1% of farmers and 99% of Monsanto shareholders while the 99% of the world’s eaters are being proffered mutant soy, sugar, corn, canola and cotton, festering with pesticides in every cell. Pile, pile and pile more into the consumer food chain, GMOs aplenty helping to pile-up more medical bills while people unknowingly consume this vile fair, to their detriment and health despair.

Three cheers for biotech propaganda! May your PR magic wear off like the effects of your pesticides at dispatching all the pests.

New Scientific Research: Bioelectric Magnetism Organic (BMO) Crop Production

The day has arrived where industrial agriculture and GMO (genetically manipulated organisms) have been rendered obsolete. Yes, there is no need for patented seeds, pesticides and onerous costs for inputs and damage to the planet. The fact is that they were never needed. In their place, we introduce a nurturing and healthful way to produce food that heals us, the food and the planet all at the same time. Please welcome the concept of “bioelectric magnetism” into  your reality. Our good friends Dr. Vijay & Indira Gupta were kind enough to share their efforts with us so that we may share them with our friends.

Here is the paper: Bioelectric Magnetism Abstract: healthy minds, food, people and planet.

We want to do a pilot here in Boulder. What better place, yes? Here, we like think of ourselves as organic-minded yet in our very midst we have a chemically-infused and genetically engineered gooey center. That gooey center is County Open Space croplands planted with GMOs. We want everyone to embrace this new science so everyone can reap the rewards: increased yield, nutritionally-dense food, no chemical or patented inputs, healthy soil, water and people all in a single integrated scientifically-proven process.

Enjoy!

Scott Smith

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Day Fracking Play At Unity of Boulder

There’s an Easter FRACKING Play in Boulder!

The minister at Unity of Boulder, Jack Groverland, is inviting all of us (us and all our friends) to their Easter play which Jack directed, which is about (and against) fracking!

It is 1 hour 10 minutes long and they will be performing it 3 times on Sunday April 9: 9 am, 10:45 pm, and 12:30 pm.

You can pick up tickets in their lobby from 9 to 4 during the week this week (they are at the northwest corner of Valmont and Folsom in Boulder) or call Unity to reserve tickets. They want everyone to be able to get a seat. It’s free, but/and they really welcome donations.

In Boulder County, Coexistence Costs $100,000.00 dollars.

There’s this concept that’s been created and foisted upon the agricultural community, and public at-large, called coexistence. Before chemical-industrial agriculture and GMOs broke onto the scene, coexistence mostly meant you’d have endure an occasional waft of manure from upwind or someone driving their tractor over your dog or cat, but it NEVER meant one was to suffer financial damages through farm practice or someone else’s actions.

However, in the day and age of genetically-modified crops that can be directly sprayed and sprayed and sprayed again with powerful pesticides and NOT die, there is a very real risk that other plants NOT ENGINEERED TO WITHSTAND BEING POISONED might, by accident, come under assault. Such was the case right here in the organic capital of the world, Boulder County, which happens to have a very sticky-gooey GMO center called Boulder County Open Space.

County Open Space personnel, under the direction of Farm Czar Ron Stewart, has what they call a “Good Neighbor Policy.” You can read the policy here. It outlines a very limited role played by the County. It urges communications, which are important, but when industrial chemicals and GMOs are in-play, no amount of communications can defend against nor thwart the forces of nature and prevent chemical pesticide drift. At the heart of the matter, an organic farm family has directly suffered in excess of a $100,000.00 dollars loss due to another farmer spraying pesticide on their crops which happen to be directly adjacent to the organic operation. Mind you, the pesticide was freaking sprayed via a crop duster airplane. How anybody can expect drift NOT TO OCCUR when a pilot is laying down a cloud of chemicals going 100 MPH…It’s insane to expect otherwise. It happened and an entire crop was contaminated and killed. When County & state ag officials refuse to make things right, what’s a farm family to do? Well, from my standpoint, my good neighbor policy means that all us Boulder County neighbors gotta turn out and protect organic farming under GMO assault. We need to have the county make them whole as soon as possible. Let the Good Neighbor games begin! Let’s hold these people to account for their GMO coexistence nonsense. My musings for today. Scott Smith

Occupy Monsanto

What Can WE Do To Stop the Spread of Genetically Modified Crops and Organisms?

This Friday, March 16th from 7 to 9pm at the Boulder Unity Church – What’s Next For GMOs on County Open Space Land – A Panel Discussion and Open Forum on confronting the continued planting of GMOs. Join the discussion about what WE can do to stop the spread of these poisons in our community!

Panelists include:

Scott Smith, GM Know
Garry Sanfracon, candidate for Boulder County Commissioner
Mary Mulry, PhD, expert on GMO crops and products
Steve Demos, founder of Silk Milk, Whitewave and GoodBelly Organic Foods
Mary Vonbreck, GMO Free Boulder

And YOU!

Occupy Boulder and Occupy CU are sponsoring this panel discussion at Boulder Unity Church which is located at the corner of Folsom and Valmont. Doors open at 6:45. Panel discussion to begin shortly afterwards. Open mic to follow. Voice your opinion, learn what YOU can do! Be part of the SOLUTION!

For more information contact:

Occupy Boulder at www.occupyboulder.org or on facebook or contact Lee Buchsbaum at leebu_99@yahoo.com/303-746-8172

Democracy conquers GMOs and other stuff that sucks…

After experiencing our Boulder County Commissioners ruling in favor of doubling GMOs (genetically manipulated organisms) on county open space cropland, calling it a middle-of-the-road decision, I’m still trying to figure out what road the public has been left in the middle of. Because now that we’ve got exactly 100% more GMOs coming at us courtesy of our own publicly-owned lands, I’d like to get the hell out out of the middle of THAT road and find a more direct route to reclaiming our natural rights to health, safety and welfare in OUR COMMUNITY.

To say I’m displeased with the GMO decision is true. Am I surprised they did what they did? No. The feckless apparatchik will always do what it does: they are tiny cogs inside the cast iron machine, efficiently, prescriptively without thinking, churning to keep the system running. Citizens “asking” that their lands be stewarded differently isn’t part of the machine function. The machine’s inertial forces changing direction would cause internal stresses and the machine would fly apart. Citizens are the machine’s fuel. We are only to be seen and not heard. In fact, when we speak up we are like those annoying pinging noises that the machine operators don’t like to hear. It reminds them of their dependency on externalities, those elements over which, in reality, they have no real power or control.

We live under the illusion of democracy. We’re told all the time we have freedom for this and that. We live in America, dammit. We’re #1 blah blah. In reality, we live in a corporatocracy. If you’ve heard about “corporate personhood” and that money is the corporations way of exercising free speech, this is only part of the madness. At its core, the law of the land today means that citizens rights are subjugated to those of the corporations. It’s why we have unlabeled GMOs because corporations don’t have to prove what they’re selling is safe. We, as consumers, must prove that the products are unsafe. Regulatory agencies exist to regulate the amount of harm that can be done and they do this by setting standards, which are literally measured in terms of “ACCEPTABLE RISKs.” It’s not you or me saying what we regard as risky or not, but agencies like the EPA, USDA, FDA et al who mandate what level of toxins we’re able to endure. These “ACCEPTABLE RISKS” are measured in parts per million or billion. The craziness of this system means that by a mere 1 part per million in the wrong direction and SUDDENLY we go from ACCEPTABLE RISK TO “UNACCEPTABLE RISK” and now, as if by magic, a once benign situation is now a hazard to our health. Go figure. This is how the corporate machine operates. As a sovereign citizen, or unit of fuel in machine-speak, I refuse to participate in their corrupt system that denies the public their right to clean air, water and soil in their own community. The more people embrace their RIGHTS the sooner that the machine’s gears stop meshing and we can stop IT and its destructive path. My gluten-free rumination for today. Bon Appetite. With love and freedom for all, Scott Smith.

Offering Democracy School Classes in Boulder County!

Due to our recent experience with what “democracy’ in Boulder County looks like, we thought it would be important to offer an experience that would empower each of you in understanding and asserting your sovereign rights as citizens. CELDF’s “Democracy School” provides this enriching and life enhancing experience. Please join us!

You are Invited to Register for the Upcoming Democracy Schools in Boulder County
Democracy School is a Program of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund www.celdf.org

Ben Price and Gail Darrell of CELDF will be our facilitators.

Both schools cover the same information.  Both will be held at The Lyons Farmette. Directions are below.

Each has an enrollment cap of 20 participants, so registering asap is advised. We will be opening registration up to the general public on Wednesday so please reply in the next day or two to reserve your spot.

The first school is for people who need to work Monday night/Tuesday all day.  If you are free Monday night/Tuesday all day, please sign up for the second school.

Investment/Cost for the 12 hour school: $165.00 (some of the best education dollars you will ever spend!)


School One: February 10th and 11th

Friday February 106:30 pm. to 9:30 pm (after dinner).
Please arrive at 6 pm
for a light dessert to meet and greet, as there won’t be much time for socializing after this. School starts PROMPTLY at 6:30.

Saturday February 11 - 9:30 am to 5:30 pm     lunch, snacks, and textbook are included

To Register:

1) To reserve your place, email Jennifer Murnan with your name, address, county, best email and phone number, and organization (if any) zaharamahalia@earthlink.net

2) Send payment in full ASAP to secure your place.
On the cheque please write: Lyons DS FS
Make cheque out to Jennifer Murnan and send to her at: 5125 Ute Highway Longmont, CO 80503.

Jennifer can be reached at 303-823-6336

School Two:  February 13th and 14th

Monday February 13 - 6:30 to 9:30 pm (after dinner).
Please arrive at 6 pm
. for a light dessert to meet and greet. School starts PROMPTLY at 6:30 pm.

Tuesday February 14 - 9:30 am to 5:30 pm     lunch, snacks, and textbook are included. All food and drink served will be organic and GMO free.

To Register:

1) To reserve your place, email Mary and Scott Smith with your name, address, county, best email and phone number, and organization (if any) at  mary@gmknow.org

2) Send payment in full ASAP to secure your place.
On the cheque, please write: Lyons DS MT Make check to Mary Smith and send to Mary at 1633 Pine St. Boulder, CO  80302

Mary can be reached at: 303-800-6314

We look forward to seeing you there!


Directions to The Farmette:

4121 Ute Highway. (which is the highway that leads you into Lyons and also has the names Hwy. 66 and 36)   Lyons Farmette is exactly 1/2 mile west of the intersection light at Highways 36 and 66 (which is the main intersection light to or from Boulder).  The driveway is on the north side of the road.  Red antique tractor near the mailbox. Red mailbox with scrap metal chicken! (for more info, see http://www.lyonsfarmette.com/Lyons_Farmette/Home.html)

Boulder County: Gateway to GMorganic Coexistence. “Come on, let’s comingle”

To me, today was no surprise. The three commissioners each talked for 30 minutes. It was a rather pedestrian stroll through all the reasons why they should continue doing the same thing as they’ve been doing. We got Will Toor’s quasi-scientific evaluation, “as a physicist no less,” and reading of all the information found there was nothing credible to dissuade him saying no to GMOs. Cindy Domenico spoke about growing up on a farm and how important this was in helping form her opinion. Ben Pearlman kind of fit comfortably in-between the two, with all of them claiming the decision was “Middle of the road and gave consideration to all parties involved.” From a citizen’s perspective, I think a rather large constituency was left out of the consideration, but we can address this through our on-going public conversation.

We’re going to have a press conference in the next day or so where we chart our coexistence path going forward. To me, I’m very excited. Now that we’ve got 100% more GMOs to be planted on open space, there’s a lot more to talk about to the public. Bonn appetite! And don’t eat any GMOs (3Cs & 2Ss: Corn, Canola, Cotton Seed & Sugar (from Beets–look for 100% cane sugar) and SOY.

Welcome to Boulder’s New World Order: GMOrganics?

Today we’ll all find out what our County Commissioners have in store for Boulder County’s future. Are we going to see the will of the people? Are we going to see Ron Stewart suggesting a coexistent GMO-Organic mashup? Any way you mash it, this issue will not end with today’s commissioner vote. The citizens are awakening to how the public lands they paid for are farmed with GMO crops. I’m sure many more are still unaware that Boulder County Open Space is buying $100,000.00s of dollars of GMO seeds, pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and WATER EVERY YEAR as part of our current cropland policy. How’s that sit with you? Not only do they allow GMOs on public open space, YOU ARE PAYING FOR IT!

For me, I’m NOT going to show up early to hear what they have to say. I showed early the other week only to see some slick dance moves that put the average citizens well back on the speaking schedule in favor of the entire CSU Ag department, outside special interests and farmers. No, I’m not intent upon getting their first because I saw what can happen when open space sets the agenda: the citizens are told to take a seat in the back of the GMO bus.

This is about the citizens setting the course for how our public croplands should be used: regenerative, healthy food production to feed Boulder County’s residents. It should be a job creator and a food incubator that nourishes everyone: consumer, value-added processors, farmers and animals too. I envision a healthy future for Boulder County, one that is sustainable and prosperous because we look within to find our strength rather than relying on patented seeds, chemicals and fuel from far away. This discussion will continue…I’m off to find a seat!