Apple Cider Vinegar and Diabetes

August 24, 2012

I came across this article in mercola.com which mentions how apple cider vinegar is good for controlling blood sugar and weight.  I have also heard how cinnamon and Eucalyptus leaves help normalize blood sugar levels too.

Apple Cider Vinegar—Good for Your Health

The cider vinegars, made from fermenting fruits such as apples, have little value as cleaners or herbicides. Instead, these are the types of vinegar associated with a number of different health benefits when taken internally. There are two basic categories of cider vinegars:

  • Regular apple cider vinegar
  • Organic apple cider vinegar with the “mother” included

When purchasing an apple cider vinegar, you’ll want to avoid the perfectly clear, “sparkling clean” varieties you commonly see on grocery store shelves. Instead, you want organic, unfiltered, unprocessed apple cider vinegar, which is murky and brown. When you try to look through it, you will notice a cobweb-like substance floating in it. This is known as “mother,” and it indicates your vinegar is of good quality. While it may look suspicious at first, in this case, it’s the murky looking stuff you want. As with everything else, the more processed a food is, the less nutritious it is, and this holds true for apple cider vinegar.

Surprisingly enough, while apple cider vinegar has historically been prized for its health benefits, little research has been done to evaluate its therapeutic actions. However, lack of scientific studies is a common problem for many natural and alternative therapies.

Perhaps the most researched and the most promising of apple cider vinegar’s benefits are in the area of type 2 diabetes. Several studies have found that vinegar may help lower blood glucose levels. In 2004, a study cited in the American Diabetes Foundation’s publication Diabetes Care1 found that taking vinegar before meals significantly increased insulin sensitivity and dramatically reduced the insulin and glucose spikes that occur after meals. The study involved 29 people, divided into three groups:

  1. One third had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
  2. One third had prediabetic signs.
  3. One third were healthy.

The results were quite significant:

  • All three groups had better blood glucose readings with the vinegar than with the placebo.
  • People with prediabetic symptoms benefitted the most from the vinegar, cutting their blood glucose concentrations by nearly half.
  • People with diabetes improved their blood glucose levels by 25 percent with vinegar.
  • People with prediabetic symptoms had lower blood glucose than the healthy participants after both drank vinegar.

A follow-up study geared at testing vinegar’s long-term effects yielded an unexpected but pleasant side effect: moderate weight loss. In this study, participants taking two tablespoons of vinegar prior to two meals per day lost an average of two pounds over the four-week period, and some lost up to four pounds. In 2007, another study cited by WebMD2 involving 11 people with type 2 diabetes found taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed lowered glucose levels in the morning by 4 to 6 percent. Although the research to date looks favorable, more studies are needed to confirm the extent of vinegar’s insulin stabilization benefits.

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More on California Prop 37

August 24, 2012

I know that I have talked about it a lot, but I want to keep hammering this issue because it is really important.  Organicconsumers.org has the article below and at the bottom are some petitions that you can sign.

Friends and Enemies of Your Right to Know

  • By Ronnie Cummins, OCA Director
    Organic Consumers Association, August 23, 2012

In recent weeks, several public interest groups, including the Organic Consumers Association, Cornucopia Institute, Mercola.com, and Natural News, have pointed out the gross hypocrisy and greed of large food and beverage corporations which profit from the sale of billions of dollars of their proprietary organic and “natural” food brands while at the same time funneling large sums of money to the Monsanto-led campaign to defeat the November 6th GMO labeling ballot initiative (Proposition 37) in Califor nia. These organic and “natural” traitor companies and brands include: Kellogg’s (Kashi, Bear Naked, Morningstar Farms); General Mills (Muir Glen, Cascadian Farm, Larabar); Dean Foods (Horizon, Silk, White Wave); Smucker’s (R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organic); Coca-Cola (Honest Tea, Odwalla); Safeway (“O” Organics); Kraft (Boca Burgers and Back to Nature); Con-Agra (Orville Redenbacher’s Organic, Hunt’s Organic, Lightlife); and PepsiCo (Naked Juice, Tostito’s Organic, Tropicana Organic).

California’s Prop 37 will not only require labels on genetically engineered foods, but will also ban the fraudulent (and highly profitable) industry practice of marketing GMO-tainted foods as “natural.”  Big Biotech and Big Food corporations already have dumped $25 million dollars into defeating Prop 37. The “Yes on 37” campaign has raised only $3 million so far, in part because most of the wealthy organic elite (Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, Stonyfield, etc.) are still sitting on the sidelines.

If the Nov. 6th GMO right-to-know ballot initiative (Prop 37), currently supported by the overwhelming majority of voters, passes in California – the eighth largest economy in the world – it will have the same impact across the United States as a national law.

“Just as we’ve observed in Europe, where labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is mandatory, we fully expect that when given a choice, consumers will choose organic or non-GMO products,” said Mark A. Kastel, Co-Director of Wisconsin-based Cornucopia. “And the industrial food lobby is fully cognizant of this – that’s why they’re fighting like hell against this grassroots effort.”

Large food companies who oppose GMO labeling have already admitted to reporters that if they are required to label their products in California as containing GMOs, they are not likely to try to hide this fact in the other 49 states and Canada. Just as in the European Union-where mandatory GMO labeling has been required by law for over a decade-the USA Titans of Food Inc. will most likely change their product formulations to remove all GMO ingredients, rather than risk tarnishing their brand image by slapping the “skull and crossbones” GMO label on their packages.

“Consumers are increasingly interested in ‘voting with their forks,’ and many want to support companies that share their values,” says Charlotte Vallaeys of the Cornucopia Institute. “But consumers may not realize that many organic and ‘natural’ brands are owned by the very same corporations that are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each, or even millions, in an effort to scuttle Proposition 37 in California.”

We need to send a clear message to these traitor brands, in the only language they understand: lost profits and lower sales.  Today, the Organic Consumers Association and Mercola.com are formally calling for a global boycott of the following organic and “natural” brands:

*    Kashi (owned by Kellogg, which has contributed $632,000 to defeat Proposition 337). Kashi’s so-called “natural” breakfast cereals have tested positive for the presence of GMOs. Kellogg also owns the “natural” brands Bear Naked and Morningstar Farms.

*    Silk soymilk (owned by the nation’s largest dairy, Dean Foods, which has contributed $253,000 to the effort to kill Proposition 37). Dean Foods also owns White Wave Tofu and Horizon milk and dairy products.

*    R.W. Knudsen (owned by Smucker, which has contributed $388,000 to defeat proposition 37). Smucker also owns Santa Cruz Organic.

*    Cascadian Farm (owned by General Mills, which has contributed $520,000 to defeat proposition 37). General Mills also owns Larabar and Muir Glen.

*    Honest Tea (owned by Coca-Cola which has contributed $1,164,400 to defeat Proposition 37). Coca-Cola also owns Odwalla.

*    Naked Juice (owned by PepsiCo which has contributed $1,716,300 to defeat Proposition 37). PepsiCo also owns Tostito’s Organic and Tropicana Organic.

*   “O” Organics (Safeway’s private label line of organic foods). Safeway, like other “No on 37” companies, is a dues-paying member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which has contributed $375,000 to defeat Prop 37.

Boycott these brands – the BETRAYERS of our right to know. Help make sure their betrayal of consumers affects their bottom line. Please go to their Facebook pages and tell them what you think of their hypocrisy, or call their consumer response lines. Companies like Kashi/Kellogg and Muir Glen/General Mills are already deluged with complaints on their Facebook pages – let’s turn up the heat!

For a more complete list of organic and natural food “traitor” or “collaborator” brands that are subsidiaries of Big Ag companies opposing Prop 37 see: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_26023.cfm

For a pie chart of biotech and Big Food corporations trying to kill Prop 37, as well as a separate pie chart of those supporting Yes on Prop 37 see: http://organicconsumersfund.org/label/prop-37-funders.cfm

The Big Picture: Passing Prop 37 is the Key to Rapidly Expanding the Organic Food and Farming Alternative in North America

Although many organic consumers and natural health activists already understand the importance of Prop 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, it cannot be overemphasized that the battle over Prop 37 is the most important food fight in a generation. Once GMO foods and food ingredients are labeled, once it’s illegal to label or market GMO-tainted foods as “natural” or “all natural,” millions of consumers will demand non-GMO alternatives, and organic and non-GMO food sales will dramatically increase. This will have a positive influence on human and environmental health.

After decades of hard work and grassroots public education, the organic and natural health community has built up a $32-billion organic food and farming industry. This consumer and small farmer-driven movement, under steady attack by biotech and Big Food lobbyists, with little or no help from the federal government, has managed to create a healthy and sustainable alternative to America’s disastrous chemical and energy-intensive system of industrial agriculture. Consumer demand and the “organic” label are the driving forces behind strong organic sales. Conscious of the health hazards of genetic engineering and chemical agriculture, and the mortal threat of global warming and climate change, millions of Americans are demanding food and other products that are certified and labeled organic.

It’s a hopeful sign that, in spite of economic recession, organic foods now make up 4.2% of all grocery store sales. However given the magnitude of the country’s public health, environmental, and climate crisis, 10% annual growth in the organic sector is simply not enough to reach the proverbial “tipping point” before our current crisis metastasizes into what can only be described as a catastrophe.

In our food purchases, we simply cannot continue to hand over 90% of our consumer dollars to out-of-control biotech, chemical-intensive, energy-intensive, greenhouse gas-polluting corporations, and “profit-at-any-cost” retail chains. In addition we must stop buying organic or “natural” products that are sold by the wholly owned subsidiaries corporations that are trying to prevent us from knowing if our food products are genetically engineered. Truth-in-labeling and the growth of the Organic Alternative are literally a matter of survival. After two decades of biotech bullying and force-feeding unlabeled and hazardous genetically engineered foods to animals and humans, it’s time to move beyond defensive measures – such as petitioning the FDA – and go on the offensive.  With organic farming, climate stability, and public health under the gun of the gene engineers and their partners in crime, it’s time to do more than complain. With over 1/3 of U.S. cropland already contaminated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), with mounting scientific evidence that GMOs cause cancer, birth defects, and serious food allergies, and with new biotech mutants like alfalfa, lawn grass, ethanol-ready corn, 2,4 D-resistant crops, and genetically engineered trees and animals being fast-tracked for approval by the government – with absolutely no pre-market safety-testing – time is running out.

The burning question for us all then becomes how – and how quickly – can we move healthy, organic products from a 4.2% market niche, to the dominant force in American food and farming?

The first step is to demand truthful labels on so-called “natural” products and GMO labels on all foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. Nearly 80% of non-organic processed foods, including so-called “natural” foods, contain genetically engineered bacteria, viruses, antibiotic-resistant genes, and foreign DNA. Yet none of these foods are labeled. No wonder only 30% of Americans realize they’re probably eating GMOs on a regular basis.

Health-minded and environmentally conscious consumers actually buy more products marketed or labeled as “natural” ($50 billion a year) than they do organic ($32 billion), in large part because they don’t understand the major difference between organic and “natural” foods, and that many, if not most, processed foods marketed as “natural” actual contain GMOs. For example, two-thirds of the foods sold in Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe’s are not organic, but rather “natural.” Polls indicate that consumers are confused about the qualitative difference between organic and natural products, with a near majority believing that “natural” means “GMO-free” and “almost organic.”

Once unscrupulous food processors or supermarket chains can no longer label or market GMO-tainted foods as “natural,” once they are required to paint the “skull and crossbones,” of “produced through genetic engineering” on the label, consumers will be able to make a conscious choice whether they want to buy organic, natural, or GMO foods.

It’s time to put an end to the massive fraud of mislabeled, so-called “natural” foods, and take back our right to know what’s in our food. Since the federal government and the White House have morphed into faithful minions of Monsanto and Big Ag, they don’t seem to care that 90% of Americans want mandatory labeling of GMOs. That’s why OCA and Mercola.com, as well as a number of leading organic companies and allied activists have decided to bypass Washington politicians and allow California voters to determine whether GMO foods will be labeled or not.

It’s time for all of us who care about an organic and sustainable future to close ranks and actively support the Nov. 6th California Ballot Initiative (Proposition 37). Over 1000 organizations, organic companies and retail stores have already endorsed the campaign.

More than just formal endorsements, however, we need GMO right-to-know supporters to put their money where their values lie. The two largest contributors to support Yes on Proposition 37 thus far are Mercola.com ($800,000) and the Organic Consumers Fund, the organizational lobbying ally of the Organic Consumers Association ($720,000). Other major donors so far include: Nature’s Path, Lundberg Family Farms, Dr. Bronner’s, Nutiva, Eden Foods, Organic Valley, Amy’s Kitchen, Michael Funk (CEO of UNFI), and Traditional Medicinals, among others.  In addition over 15,000 individual organic consumers and farmers have contributed to the campaign thus far.

So please step up to the plate and make a donation now to the Organic Consumers Fund to support the California Ballot Initiative and other state GMO labeling efforts.

Even if you’ve already donated, please consider making an additional donation.

http://organicconsumersfund.org/donate/

Here are a couple of petitions from Alliance for Natural Health

https://secure3.convio.net/aahf/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1201

https://secure3.convio.net/aahf/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1204


Vaccines out of control

August 23, 2012

This video is really great, and a must watch from ihealthtube.com.  It describes the dangers of vaccines to children.

You will have to go to this link, because I cannot get the embed link to work properly.

http://www.ihealthtube.com/aspx/viewvideo.aspx?v=8935a6c167a94099


Obesity and poverty

August 21, 2012

This documentary has some good ideas near the end, such as the fruit/veg. street vendor program.  The first part is a revealing look at the mentality of those who work in health and human service agencies.  Basically we are treated to an endless list of reasons why poor people are victims of some kind of conspiracy to keep them fat.  Here are their arguments.

-There is no fresh food in poor neighborhoods.  That is a bit of an exaggeration, but it is true that junk food abounds in poor areas.  And why is that?  Some kind of conspiracy?  No, it is because poor people fall prey more easily to slick marketing and instant gratification.   They have also chosen to be more ignorant.  If poor people demanded quality food, they would have it.  Instead, they happily buy McFood.  Sellers will give people-even poor people- what they demand.  People vote with their wallets, and currently poor people are favoring junk food.

-Quality food is too expensive.  This is another myth.  True, some quality food like organic is costly, but people can radically improve their diet if they shop smart, and make it at home, without spending more than McDonalds.  How much does a meal of beans, brown rice, a green salad and water cost?  One poor family had 6 dollar hamburgers (if it only costs a dollar you can imagine the crap quality) and 4 sodas, and the father is a diabetic?! Do not try to tell me that Coke is cheaper than tap water, and that the $10 that the family spend for the junk food meal, could not provide a healthy home made alternative for the same price or less.  Junk food also promotes addictive over-eating, so it is even more expensive.  Then when we add up the medical bills that junk food creates, it starts to become very expensive.  The cost argument is mainly used to justify their lazy habits.  It is easier to hop into McDonalds, than to have to buy and cook food.  But whoever said that quality and things worth doing were always along the path of least resistance?

In sum, the poor have too often allowed themselves to become ignorant, lazy and just give into junk food because it is quick, easy and tasty.  The path of least resistance.  One woman has 5 kids and feels that actually having to go out and shop, and cook food at home is akin to cruel and unusual punishment.  If she is that lazy and poor, then what is she doing with 5 kids?  That is an enormous self indulgence that she obviously cannot afford, and she and her kids are suffering, along with society.

I know that temptation abounds in poor areas, but succeeding in life is about struggling to get what we need, not giving into the easy way.  The people who work in these health agencies need to work to give poor people more healthy options, but they also need to stop looking for excuses for the poor´s bad decisions in life.  A little honesty and though love is needed, not endless excuses and rationalizations.


Fraudulent weight loss program

August 21, 2012

This documentary really makes me angry because it shows the fraud that permeates our medical/health establishment.  The Brookhaven Clinic exists to help morbidly obese patients.  It puts patients on a restricted caloric diet with exercise, so if patients follow the program they normally lose weight.  However, what soon becomes clear when watching is that the program is absolutely flawed and incomplete.  The clinic focus only on reducing calories and exercise.  It appears that no real education or examples are given on how to eat food that promotes weight loss, and health, and that helps to get people off of their junk food addictions.  It is obvious that these people are hopelessly addicted to sugar, HFCS, simple carbs, MSG, etc. , and yet no correction is given.  The example meal given to the patients is Wonder bread, chemical processed meat, an iceberg lettuce salad, and a “diet” soda.  I hope that I don´t have to go into detail on why these meals are at the level of junk food, or damn close to it.  Eating such a diet does nothing to promote satiety or health.  It simply uses reduced calories, along with hunger, to achieve its desired results.  Psychological counseling is also not required, despite the fact that almost all obese people have deep emotional connections to eating.  They will not consistently slim down unless they deal with these issues.
So the people generally lose weight at the clinic because they are required to be on a reduced calory diet, and they do exercise.  Then they go home, ignorant about how to eat, and not having dealt with their emotional problems related to eating.  They are given no real support once out of the clinic.  It appears that the only advice they give to them is to eat a lot less, and do exercise.  So they continue with their junk food diet, and predictably are not able to control their appetite.  They become depressed, and turn to yet more junk food to console them.  Then after a couple of years it is back to the clinic for more of the same.  From the video is becomes obvious that the clinic has taught them nothing about how to eat healthfully, because junk food is the norm among these fat people.  Lots of hot dogs, cheeseburgers, fries and pizza, with not a vegetable in sight.  Everything is processed, chemical laden, and full of harmful and addictive substances.  Then they wonder why they are fat.  These obese people don´t work and yet they seem unable to go to mercola.com and learn even the basics of a good diet.  I know that the system-the government, the educational system and the media-promote ignorance, but the internet has a ton of great info. and most of it is free.  People just have to look.  I am surprised that these fat people are so fundamentally clueless.  Why don´t they spend a little bit of their endless home-bound hours getting a bit of an education?

The Brookhaven Clinic has even less of an excuse.  I am astounded that all of their medical “experts” (MDs, Phd.s, etc.) obviously don´t have a clue about even the most basic aspects of healthy eating.  Isn´t that why these “experts” are so well paid, because they are supposed to be so smart, informed and well qualified?  I have no formal training or qualifications, and I do not work in the field of nutrition or health, but I feel like I know about 20 times more than these “expert” ignoramuses.  What is it?  Incompetence or corruption?  I suspect the latter.  I have a feeling that the good Brookhaven Clinic is not interested in fixing people´s weight problems beyond the short term.  The program is designed to lose weight while at the clinic, but also designed to promote a rebound effect once out of the clinic.   The more patients keep coming back, because their problem is not solved, the more the clinic makes.

It seems to me that this is an incitement of our system up to the highest levels.  I don´t think that the powers at be are really interested in seriously treating the obesity epidemic.  Instead they pretend to treat it while ignoring the root causes.  Obesity is a chronic condition that keeps on giving.  It makes people a lot of money, and the government, the educational system and the media like it that way.  Food producers make a ton selling addictive food.  But the real payoff comes from the endless medical complications that being overweight produces.  That is where the big bucks are, and the status quo likes the obesity gravy train.  That is why there is so much misinformation out there.

Of a final note about the incompetence of the Brookhaven Clinic, they have a patient-Vincent- there who is fighting the program.  Life has taught me that people will never change if they don´t want to.  So why is Vincent still in the clinic?   I believe that they like the money.  As long as the patient can pay, he should stay.  In addition, they allow him to have unlimited delivered fast food while at the clinic.  And this place is considered serious.  What an overpriced joke.


Why proposition 37 is important

August 19, 2012

Here is a good run down on why you should vote for proposition 37.  This from natural news.

NaturalNews, Health Ranger officially endorse GMO labeling ballot measure; Vote YES on 37 ‘Right to Know’ in California

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) Let it be known that, in the interests of transparency, consumer knowledge and honest food labeling, NaturalNews has officially endorsed California’s GMO labeling ballot measure. If you’re in California, vote YES on 37, the “Right to Know” ballot measure.

Learn more at:
www.CArightToKnow.org

And:
www.JustLabelIt.org

The “Right To Know” ballot measure is simply about making sure food companies tell the truth about what’s in their food. It allows consumers to make an informed decision about whether they wish to avoid GMOs or consume them. This measure adds essentially nothing to the cost of printing labels or the cost of food, because labels are already being printed for those foods, displaying nutrition facts, product names, and so on.

If you want to know what you’re eating, vote YES on 37 and support food labeling honesty. After all, if we don’t require food companies to honestly label their products, government regulators will never do so because they’re in bed with the corporations! (USDA routinely conspires with Monsanto, as NaturalNews readers well know…)

The GMO industry doesn’t want you to know what you’re buying and eating

The GMO industry wants you to remain totally in the dark about whether your groceries are GMO. They even want to trick you by labeling them as “natural,” hoping you’ll be fooled into thinking that “natural” means “organic” (but it doesn’t).

Many consumers, unfortunately, are tricked by this deception. But honest food labels would end that deception and force food companies to disclose the genetically engineered content of their food ingredients.

It is our right to know what we are eating. Anyone who would argue against that is, in essence, arguing for consumer ignorance and corporate deception in the marketplace.

NaturalNews continued to fight against the scourge of GMOs

For years, NaturalNews has fought to increase consumer awareness, raise money for worthy causes (along with our readers, we’ve donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Institute for Responsible Technology), provide editorial coverage of food safety issues and empower consumers with knowledge about GMOs. We are not a wealthy organization with deep pockets, but we have, with grassroots help, deeply impacted the increased awareness of this issue. I’ve personally even helped spread this message to a nationwide radio audience by hosting the Alex Jones Show and covering GMOs quite frequently.

NaturalNews has supported the Organic Consumers Association and Ronnie Cummins, the Just Label It campaign, and the recruitment of volunteers to get the petition onto the ballot. In these efforts, we join countless other natural health advocates, non-profits and consumer groups that are also pulling in the same direction on this issue. NaturalNews thanks Jeffrey Smith and many others who have provided leadership and advocacy that will bring us to a victory against corporate deception.

Victory is within our reach. Ballot measure 37, is passed, could be a milestone in food labeling transparency, safer food and informed consumers. This is why we supported it and why we continue to endorse it.

Here at NaturalNews, we absolutely, positively will not stop our efforts until GMOs are out of our grocery stores and off our plates. This is a fight for humanity, and there will be no surrender as we face off against true corporate evil.

Anyone who opposes GMO labeling is a fool

Finally, for the record — and you can quote me on this — anyone who opposes GMO labeling is a fool. They are playing right into the hands of the very same corporations that continue to poison our children for profit.

There is no more clear-cut issue on the ballot today. Regardless of whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or Independent, to oppose ballot measure 37 is to align yourself with Monsanto and the terrible evils of the greed-driven food industry.

If you love the environment, opposing GMOs can help save the planet from genetic pollution. If you’re into healthy foods, opposing GMOs is crucial to keeping insecticide poisons out of your diet. And if you love the free market and despise government intervention, remember that the free market is only truly free if consumers have free access to accurate knowledge about what they’re buying! “Free market” should not mean “secret poisons in the food that you’re not allowed to know about.”

A free market, in other words, is not a “free-for-all” — there have to be basic rules, such as accurate labeling. No sane person would argue, for example, that public companies should be able to sell their stocks without revealing their profit and loss numbers. So why are we being told to buy foods that have similar secrets about their make-up? Accurate disclosure is essential to the free market.

Let’s win this one for humanity!

Voting YES on 37 is a vote for humanity. It is a vote for sanity in a world gone crazy. It is a vote for honesty in a world of corporate deception. Voting YES on 37 is a vote for the People — all People — but especially those people who depend on low-cost, non-organic foods for the bulk of their dietary intake. Those are the people who are being poisoned the most by GMOs.

So please join me, the Health Ranger, in supporting our right to know what’s in our food. Vote YES on 37, and please also consider making financial donations to:

www.CArightToKnow.org
www.JustLabelIt.org
www.ResponsibleTechnology.org
www.OrganicConsumers.org

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Natural brands betray consumers over GMO labeling: NaturalNews issues boycott of Kashi, Silk, Larabar and more

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) It’s time to defeat evil in the food industry and stop the vicious betrayal of consumers by so-called “natural” brands. They’re all conspiring right now to funnel millions of dollars into a disinformation campaign to try to defeat ballot measure 37, the “GMO labeling” initiative in California (http://www.naturalnews.com/036833_GMO_labeling_YES_on_37_California.h…).

Effective immediately, NaturalNews is issuing a global boycott on the following brands:

Kashi (owned by Kellogg, which has contributed $612,000 to defeat Proposition 37) – Kashi cereals contain GMOs!

Silk soymilk (owned by the nation’s largest dairy, Dean Foods, which has contributed $253,000 to the effort to kill Proposition 37)

Larabar (owned by General Mills, which has contributed $520,000 to defeat proposition 37)

R.W. Knudsen (owned by Smucker, which has contributed $387,000 to defeat proposition 37)

Santa Cruz Organic (also owned by Smucker, which has contributed $387,000 to defeat proposition 37)

Cascadian Farm (owned by General Mills, which has contributed $520,000 to defeat proposition 37)

Muir Glen (also owned by General Mills, which has contributed $520,000 to defeat proposition 37)

Boycott these brands — the BETRAYORS of the food industry. Help make sure their betrayal of consumers costs them huge market share. Remember: When it comes to evil food companies, if you ignore them (by not buying their toxic products) they will go away.

This is all detailed in a release just issued by the Cornucopia Institute:

 

Agribusinesses Owning Natural / Organic Brands Betray Customers: Fund Attack on GMO Labeling Proposal in California

Proposition 37, a citizen’s initiative on the ballot on November 6 in California, would mandate clear labeling of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients on food packages. It has become a battleground pitting consumer and farmer advocates against multi-billion-dollar agribusiness corporations.

Recent polling indicates almost 70% of citizens support informational labeling. And a flood of new contributions to fight the measure has rolled in from the biotechnology industry and food manufacturers, totaling over $23 million, according to the California Secretary of State. This dwarfs the approximately $3 million contributed by proponents of GE labeling.

“Consumers might be surprised to find out that brands hiding under ‘natural’ façades are in fact owned by multi-billion-dollar corporations that are contributing bushel baskets of cash to defeating Proposition 37,” says Charlotte Vallaeys, Director of Farm and Food Policy at The Cornucopia Institute. (www.cornucopia.org)

Mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food in California is viewed as a watershed event by many industry observers, as many companies will find it logistically or economically difficult to produce foods with labels identifying GE for California while producing a different product line of foods for the rest of the country.

“Just as we’ve observed in Europe, where labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is mandatory, we fully expect that when given a choice, consumers will choose organic or non-GMO products,” said Mark A. Kastel, Codirector of Wisconsin-based Cornucopia. “And the industrial food lobby is fully cognizant of this — that’s why they’re fighting like hell against this grassroots effort.”

To make it easier for shoppers to identify and support organic brands whose corporate owners support Proposition 37, and avoid buying brands owned by companies that financially contributed to opposing the “Right to Know” campaign, The Cornucopia Institute has developed a guide for consumers. (http://www.cornucopia.org/2012/08/prop37/)

“If the food and biotech industries are so proud of their pervasive genetically manipulated crops, why are they so afraid, and so desperately opposed to labeling it?” asked Arran Stephens, founder of Nature’s Path, North America’s largest certified organic cereal and granola brand with manufacturing plants in the US and Canada.

Besides Nature’s Path, those who have contributed in support of Proposition 37 include venerable organic manufacturers such as Dr. Bronner’s, Nutiva and Lundberg rice. These companies are all independently-owned businesses that avoid GMOs and are committed to supporting organic agriculture.

“Food companies are required by law to label ‘contains peanuts’ if included in their product. People deserve the same for GMOs. Our customers want to know if any product contains GMOs,” says John Roulac, founder and CEO of Nutiva, an organic food company.

On the other side, joining Monsanto and the giant food lobby group Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) in donating money to the effort to defeat the ballot initiative, are multi-billion-dollar, multi-national companies including General Mills, Dean Foods, Kellogg and Pepsico. These companies own brands that are misrepresented to consumers as independent, value-driven businesses.

Biotechnology corporations and corporate agribusinesses have collectively donated millions of dollars to defeat Proposition 37. Monsanto alone has donated $4.2 million, while food giants Pepsico and Coca Cola have each donated more than $1 million.

“Consumers are increasingly interested in ‘voting with their forks,’ and many want to support companies that share their values,” says Vallaeys. “But consumers may not realize that many organic and ‘natural’ brands are owned by the very same corporations that are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each, or even millions, in an effort to scuttle Proposition 37 in California,” she adds.

For example, Kashi is owned by Kellogg, which has contributed $612,000 to defeating Proposition 37. Last year, The Cornucopia Institute published a study, Cereal Crimes (http://www.cornucopia.org/2011/10/natural-vs-organic-cereal/), which revealed that the popular, “natural” Kashi GoLean cereal brand, unbeknownst to its customers, contains genetically engineered ingredients.

In what The Cornucopia Institute characterizes as “creating a façade,” nowhere on the Kashi website or packaging is it disclosed that the company is owned by Kellogg, rather than the “small band of passionate people” featured on the Kashi website.

Another example is Silk soymilk, which carries the “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal on its products but is owned by the nation’s largest dairy, Dean Foods, which has contributed $253,000 to the effort to kill Prop. 37. Dean Foods also owns the Horizon Organic brand. Both Silk and Horizon profess to consumers that the brands oppose GMOs.

“Talk is cheap,” adds Vallaeys. “Consumers should not only know whether there are GMOs in their food, but also whether their hard-earned dollars are supporting companies that then turn around and invest those profits in the effort to sell-out their right to know.”

The Cornucopia Institute, which developed the funding guide (http://www.cornucopia.org/2012/08/prop37/), stresses that the organization is not against corporate involvement in organics.

“We welcome corporate involvement in the organic food industry, but only when the parent company subscribes to the values that the organic food movement is based on,” says Kastel. “We have a problem with the duplicity of corporations that hide under a ‘holier-than-thou’ marketing brand and then undermine the very values of the organic movement.”

“For example, when Kellogg donates money to the Organic Trade Association, the Kashi brand appears on the OTA website. But when the same company donates to the effort to defeat Proposition 37, Kellogg will do everything in its power to make sure that its Kashi customers, who seek wholesome and natural foods, do not associate the Kashi brand with a corporate contributor to the effort to kill Proposition 37,” adds Kastel.

The same is true for the R.W. Knudsen and Santa Cruz Organic brands, owned by Smucker, and the Cascadian Farm, Larabar and Muir Glen brands, owned by General Mills. These corporate brand owners have donated $387,000 and $520,000, respectively, to defeating Proposition 37.

By using Cornucopia’s Proposition 37 funding guide, consumers can invest their food dollars in organic and non-GMO companies that are truly committed to supporting sustainable agriculture.

“Hiding the truth about our food is pervasive, unethical, and only done for money,” says Michael Potter, CEO of Eden Foods, an organic food manufacturer that financially contributed to support Proposition 37. “Let this [Prop. 37] be the beginning of an end to it.”

 

Who is supporting GMO labeling?

For the record, those contributing funds to help pass proposition 37 include Nature’s Path (my No. 1 favorite cereal company), Dr. Bronner’s, Nutiva and Lundberg rice. In the info realm, supporters include Dr. Mercola, the Organic Consumers Association, NaturalNews (through numerous contributions to the IRT), and many others.

NaturalNews is currently in the process of launching its own store and has pledged a percentage of store profits to raise even more funds for protecting food freedom and farm freedom (http://www.naturalnews.com/036817_Natural_News_store_superfoods_shopp…).

Mike Adams, the editor of NaturalNews, continues to call for GMO labeling on national radio, and is a frequent guest and / or host of Coast to Coast AM and the Alex Jones Show, reaching tens of millions of listeners with educational information about GMOs.

Adams is also the creator of the hugely popular “Just Say No to GMOs” music video at:
http://www.naturalnews.com/Index-Music.html

Watch the music video in Spanish at:
http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=182992294657C10DF92D0EE27CEE8211

and in Chinese at:
http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=44C62070000DB2B538844B39914D133A

NaturalNews has worked tirelessly to create public educational information about GMOs including this “10 Ten GMO Foods to Avoid” infographic:
http://www.naturalnews.com/Infographic-Top-10-GMO-Foods-to-Avoid-Eati…

Adams has also conducted and promoted numerous interviews with Jeffrey Smith on the subject of GMOs, including these:
http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=D170A7C686A2BB810D5D9F3FC8473B7A
http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=EA522CA6086346D4D663332C92DC9B88
http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=392D72A0CD569C34A603BB4883029B51
http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=C5A58EEADAD40EE44DB101D0C360F763
http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=51031EF16FECA3F16D49254E57E47202
http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=6AA5B0B23388CC6BF58D015A58DDB15C
http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=649760050E21AD795691372F05BD94FF
http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=647A592F2CBEA8D7FAD3DA5C474703FC
http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=1CEBCDBFDBCA99DC51D879432CE0A095

Also see videos published on TV.naturalnews.com by:

Kevin Gianni:
http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=4C23FEE3A619442AB802F8AC8CBC1E4A

Robert Scott Bell:
http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=1B1EAA33F68516F71CC582A6074F6079

Magnus Mulliner:
http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=52C8B1551305511BBA8AE088521BD388


Campaign propaganda

August 19, 2012

This video is very instructional for all of those who want to analyze election year propaganda.  It is a video detailing why Romney is a terrible candidate…and presumably why Obama is a great one.  It preaches to the choir and tries to hit all the hot button points that tend to get leftists worked up.  We have the ever present accusation of racism, because criticizing Obama is akin to racism…how convenient.  We have to mention of the infamous Koch brothers…the bogeymen who cause leftists to wake up in the middle of the night screaming in horror.  And yes we have some facts which are partially right, but also artfully interpreted to give the worst possible light on the Republicans.  On the voter ID issue they show how Republicans opportunistically want to tighten up on standards to vote to exclude mainly the dysfunctional poor and illegals.  What they fail to mention is how the Dems. want to throw away standards, so that every illegal immigrant and street person can vote.  Imagine after scandals of voter fraud, having to bring a photo ID to vote?!  The horror!!  The horror!!  It is almost akin to drowning adorable puppies.  There are also the arguments in the video presented that opposing the debt ceiling lifting is really bad.  No, much better to let the deficit grow to infinity without any restrictions!!  They also talk about how Obama is not responsible for the bad economy for the last 4 years.  No, I suppose it is all the fault of Bush, and the bankers, and the Republican congress.  Obama as president has nothing to do with the economy!!  Amongst all of these accusations against the Republicans (some of which are true, and others which are exaggerated) there is predictably no recognition of Obama failures and corruption.

The whole little homily in the video is given with a pursed lip earnestness, as if the two speakers just want the best for the country…and are not well calculated political partisans trying to win an election.  Judging by the majority of the comments below the video, most people see thru it all.  But, unfortunately, there are also millions of true believers on both sides just itching for someone to come along and confirm their deepest tribalistic prejudices: that the other party is really BAD and ours is really GOOD.
It it time to vote for new parties.  New need a renovation in our political body.  The current ones have failed us and we need fresh blood.  Under Bush it took 8 years for the Republicans to grudgingly admit that the Republican party is an opportunistic and corrupt party.  After 4 years of Obama, many Democrats are slowly coming to similar conclusions about their party.