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Organic foods have higher health value because they are less likely to have toxic residues from pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

Organic foods are not GMO / GE.

Organic production also benefits farmers, their families, and communities; is kinder to the soil; and generally provides a more positive outlook for future crops, wildlife, and water sources.

   

Many people are familiar with the devastating effects that neonicotinoid (“neonic”) insecticides have on bees and other pollinators - but often unseen are the disturbing consequences from the heavy use of these chemicals on entire food chains and ecosystems.

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watch the videoCenterForFoodSafety.org

Hawai’i is home to untold biodiversity and some of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth. But did you know that Hawai'i is also ground zero for experimentation of genetically engineered (GE / GMO) crops designed to resist ever more toxic chemical pesticides?

With GMO crops and their accompanying pesticides, the land beloved by residents and visitors alike is slowly being poisoned by five of the largest corporations in the world. Communities in Hawai'i are concerned about the long-term impacts of these chemicals on their health and the health of the land, water, and ocean.

   
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Is it called GM or GE?

The terms genetic engineering (GE) and genetic modification (GM) are both used to describe recombinant DNA (rDNA) technology.

GM is the term used in international agreements and in European regulation as well as in many other English-speaking countries.

GE is the term used in U.S. legislation.

To add to the confusion the Canadian government uses both terms and regulates what it calls “Plants with Novel Traits” and “Novel Foods” which include products of genetic engineering but also products of conventional plant breeding.

What exactly is GMO / GE food?

Genetic modification, or engineering, means that scientists change the traits of plants and animals by inserting new genetic material, often from many different organisms, or by deleting or moving DNA sequences around.

Directly changing the genetic makeup of organisms is completely different from traditional breeding, and there are ongoing scientific investigations about the possible risks.

There are also public concerns about the environmental and social impacts, and even ethical questions, and yet GM products are in grocery stores now, unidentified, because in Canada there is no regulation compelling manufacturers to label GM or GM-containing foods.

Source: cban.ca (Canadian Biotechnology Action Network)
 
Agricultural crops that have a risk of being GMO (aka GE, GM)
   

factory farms and superbugsCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in the United States, more than two million people are sickened every year with antibiotic-resistant infections, with at least 23,000 dying as a result. The estimates are based on conservative assumptions and are likely minimum estimates. They are the best approximations that can be derived from currently available data. (CDC: 2013)

 

did you know?The dirty truth about the world's largest grain producer

Across much of China, huge harvests are irrigated with industrial and agricultural waste water.

"I have seen farmers in Hebei use contaminated water, because there's nothing else to use. Farmers won't eat what they produce. They have fields for themselves and fields for the market."

read the articleCircleOfBlue.org