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Beyond Labels -- By Farmer Joel Salatin and Dr. Sina McCullough

Do you want to be healthy, happy and free? But find yourself stuck in your healing journey and want some guidance and encouragement? Perhaps you are overwhelmed by all of the conflicting diet advice. Maybe you don’t know where to start or who to trust. Or, maybe you just need a little motivation.

You’re not alone. We’re constantly bombarded with ever-changing diet recommendations and the latest diet crazes: Paleo, Keto, Whole 30, Specific Carbohydrate Diet, and the list goes on. Eggs are bad one day and good the next. Kale is good for you today. Tomorrow it contains high levels of thallium and is toxic to your thyroid gland. How do you know what to put on your plate that will bring you toward greater health and wellness?

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Objection to Judge Shubb's Ruling on Cancer Warnings and Glyphosate Herbicides

To the Honorable Court Judge William Shubb:

We are writing to express our objection to your recent ruling to prevent cancer warnings on Roundup and glyphosate weed killer. We find your ruling to be unfounded based on available science, dangerous, and shameful to the justice system. Justice was not served and we, as mothers, are outraged that the safety of our families will continue to be compromised. We have children, fathers, mothers and friends who suffer daily from using glyphosate-based herbicides. We have lost loved ones that will never see their grandchildren graduate from high school, will never see them marry, because of the lack of warning that glyphosate herbicides can cause cancer. 

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Food Solutions in Challenging Times

Are you concerned about food shortage?

Food waste?

Lack of nutrients in our American food supply?

Do you want shelf-stable organic food?

We have solutions for you and your community!

Check out this interview John Steven Bianucci of Iroquois Valley Farms and David Rose of Just One Organics for a dose of inspiration and hope!

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Could the COVID Vaccine Cause Autism?

A new study has shown that maternal exposure to high levels of Monsanto/Bayer's glyphosate herbicides caused autism-like symptoms in young male rats. Animal studies are considered highly relevant to the National Institute for Health and the only basis for approval by the EPA.

The new study is groundbreaking as it clearly shows the pathway of how glyphosate causes autism through alterations of the gut microbiota and an increase of soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) enzyme in the brain. When an sEH enzyme inhibitor was administered orally to the pregnant and lactating mother rats, the autism like symptoms were prevented in the offspring.

We have an autism epidemic in America.

1 out of 34 children in some US states have autism. It is expected, if we continue at the current rate, for autism to affect half of our children within a decade. 

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Open Letter to Food Producers: We Need You to Do a Better Job Than the FDA!

Dear Food Producers,

During the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, economic uncertainty, and unequal access to healthy food, we need more integrity and safety in our food supply, not less. Whenever there are job losses and lack of insurance many families are less likely to call an ambulance or get hospital care during a food allergy reaction, increasing the risk of death.

The recent decision by the USDA to not regulate GMOs, CRISPR, gene editing, or Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemical Producing (PMPIs) plants are of dire concern to us.

In addition, the FDA’s announcement to allow food companies to switch out food ingredients, even temporarily during the COVID-19 situation, such as sunflower and canola oil, can have immediate, life-threatening, allergenic health effects. Allowing unlabeled ingredients, no matter what they are, destroys the long-term integrity of our food supply, both nationally and internationally.

Our government has failed to regulate the food supply and protect the health of the American people and people around the world. If actions are not taken by food producers, our health, the integrity of our food supply, and international trade relations, will be threatened. We ask for your partnership in rectifying this situation.

This is the time for food producers to do better than the FDA, not only because people will find out who did the right thing, but because it is the right thing to do.

We ask for food producers to make a public statement and respond to Moms Across America by June 19 regarding the following requests and your company's commitments:

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Judges Overrule EPA and Ban Dicamba Use in USA

An HISTORIC announcement broke through the angst and tragic news of the past two weeks and gave us all a bit of hope, at least on the side of our food supply.

A panel of three judges overruled the EPA's decision to grant the use of herbicide Dicamba on agricultural crops.

This herbicide that had been increasingly replacing glyphosate in agriculture and has caused millions of dollars of crop damage. 

Image of Dicamba claims of crop damage as of 2017. More info on Dicamba here.

The court's decision was that, “The EPA made multiple errors in granting the conditional registrations.”

According to the Guardian, the court found that the EPA “refused to estimate the amount of dicamba damage”, failed to acknowledge that restrictions it placed on the use of the dicamba herbicides would not be followed, and did not acknowledge evidence that the new use of dicamba herbicides would “tear the social fabric of farming communities”. 

“Today’s decision is a massive win for farmers and the environment,” said George Kimbrell of the Center for Food Safety, lead counsel in the case. “It is good to be reminded that corporations like Monsanto and the Trump administration cannot escape the rule of law, particularly at a time of crisis like this. Their day of reckoning has arrived.”

The below summary of the situation is from Charles Benbrook, PhD. of Hygeia Analytics

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Maternal Exposure to Glyphosate Causes Autism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday June 1, 2020
CONTACT: [email protected]

Moms Across America Calls For Bayer to Retire Roundup Weedkiller After
Study Shows Maternal Exposure in Rats Causes Autism Symptoms

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. – Moms Across America is calling for the removal of Roundup weedkiller from the market after a troubling new study found that maternal exposure to high levels of glyphosate herbicide caused autism symptoms in young male rats. 

According to a study from UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and Chiba University Center for Forensic Mental Health of Japan, maternal glyphosate herbicide exposure during pregnancy and lactation caused autism like-behavior and abnormal gut microbiota in male offspring.

“We demand Bayer/Monsanto remove this dangerous product from the U.S. market. Studies continue to show the possible harm associated with its use. It’s disgraceful that the company is banking on continued sales of this product as part of its profit forecast while it is paying out billions for the disease it caused,” said Zen Honeycutt, Mom Across America founder. 

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USDA Says, "Not Our Job!" To Regulating GMOS

Gifting Private Corporations with Giant GMO Free-For-All

According to the FDA, the “USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) oversees the agricultural and environmental safety of planting and field testing of genetically engineered plants.”

Apparently, according to the recent release of the USDA’s branch APHIS final ruling on the Movement of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms - 7 CFR Parts 330, 340, and 372, they disagree. The statement “We do not agree,” appears 21 times in the 49 page document, with nearly all of the disagreement directed towards the comments opposing the ruling which essentially allows GMO companies to self determine if their products require regulation. There were 6,150 comments filed; only 25 expressed some support of the ruling.

The APHIS ruling is very clear that their intention is to reduce the GMO regulations, support the market, innovation and lower costs for the GMO developers. Not a word about health or safety.

Here are 13 points that should be of great concern to anyone - consumer or international trade partners alike- who would expect our food to be healthy and safe in America:

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Letter to Professor Hotez on Vaccine Education

 

SENT May 14, 2020

 

Dr. Peter J. Hotez
Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
1 Baylor Plaza, Houston, TX 77030

Dear Professor Hotez:

I just saw your interview on CNN and your statement about needing to educate anti-vaxxers resonated with me. I am reaching out to you to be of assistance in addressing the concerns of the anti-vaxxers.

Our nonprofit, Moms Across America, reaches millions of parents across the country and hears back from thousands nationwide. These parents, most of whom have children who are almost fully vaccinated, are dealing with children with multiple ailments, autism, allergies, auto immune issues, asthma, cancer, learning and behavioral disorders and more, and they are struggling. In their desperation for solutions, they research constantly and they are discovering that they have read more books on the history of vaccines, pesticides, lead, air and water pollution than their physicians. In fact, we are hearing back that when they talk to their physicians about different toxins, the physicians ask them to give them more information. Doctors are now learning from these dedicated parents. 

Many of these parents are successfully healing their children. Once they remove the source of toxic exposure - whether that be conventional food with glyphosate and pesticide contaminants, detox the toxins like aluminum from vaccines, remove mercury fillings, find the source of lead exposure, toxic mold or other pollutants, they see significant improvements. We hear from parents that have children who were damaged specifically after vaccination who did not vaccinate the children that followed, that those children are markably healthier. Growing groups of parents that show up to protest vaccine mandates are not the parents who vaccinated and have vaccine damaged children, but they are the new parents who have never vaccinated and vow to never vaccinate. Tens of thousands of young families have moved out of states like California due to their strict vaccine mandates to states with higher regard for parental rights and will continue to do so. Their reasoning is valid. 

Over 4.7 billion dollars has been paid out for vaccine damage by the government. Vaccines have a history of, and continue to this day to be, “unavoidably unsafe” as determined by the Institute of Medicine and a Supreme Court Majority ruling. Studies on vaxxed versus unvaxxed children have shown significantly less auto immune health issues in children without vaccinations. Doctors point to the impact on the immune system by the ingredients in vaccines as the culprits for the health implications. This is concerning, of course, considering the intention of vaccines is to strengthen the immune system.

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Local Food is Homeland Security

Interview with Pamm Larry, local food security community advocate.

Pamm Larry has been working on food sovereignty and security issues for 9 years, primarily addressing policy issues on the state and local level.  After the Camp Fire devastated her community, she decided to come home and focus on creating a strong local food system via The Butte County Local Food Network. She invites all who care about healthy food to see what we are doing and replicate at least some of it in your community to create a strong local food system, one tasty bite at a time.

Pamm, you have been focused on the food supply nationally for many years now, and have inspired thousands to raise awareness about GMOs. When the Paradise area fires happened, your area was devastated. Why did the fires motivate you to focus locally and what has happened as a result?
 
My shift to working primarily on local issues got solidified with the Camp Fire but the process had started years before. Around 2015 to 2016 I kept getting impulses about Victory Gardens. Then in 2017, I pulled back a bit from the GMO work and started another effort around them, but quickly realized I was getting tired of national stuff because it’s such a heavy lift. I also started to do a very deep dive into science around climate chaos that’s not being shared by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and found that the situation is far worse than their report conveys. Why? The data is ten years old and is politicized - all parties must agree on the report before it is published. It’s not really about “science,” it’s about politics. 

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