By Linn Cohen-Cole
This posting below from Organic Consumers Assn is very interesting. They are working to stop GMO vaccines for animals because they are not organic, but they have not recognized that swine flu vaccines contain genetically engineered organisms. OCA is against nanotechnology but doesn’t realize there is a chance the vaccines will contain nanoparticles.
They end with announcing a book, Poisoned Profits: The Toxic Assault on Our Children, being promoted on the Moms Rising http://www.momsrising.org/ blog.
Both things made me think those opposing the vaccines might ask their groups to:
1) Write OCA to ask them to expose that vaccines for people are GMO and contain mercury, formaldehyde, etc. – many things that people would never eat (even people who do not eat strictly organic food);
2) Blog, blog, blog at Momsrising.org about the danger of the vaccines and all the heroic things mothers like you or those you know are doing to stop them. Perhaps one person in a group could be assigned the task of blogging there daily and at other places, posting the same material but hitting as many websites as possible (food, health, civil rights, religious, families, etc.); and
3) Reach the Associated Press to complain because they have renewed their attack on natural remedies (as part of big Pharma’s effort to destroy all other means of being well besides patented drugs and vaccines). They need to hear what natural food and natural remedies offer and that people see through to why they doing this series. Natural News has an action page with AP contact info.
Get GMO Vaccines out of Organic
Vaccines are allowed in organic animal husbandry, but genetic engineering is excluded from organic. There is one exception: genetically modified vaccines. Under current law, genetically modified vaccines must be petitioned for use and reviewed by the National Organic Standards Board to be included on the National List of allowed substances. The problem is, the USDA National Organic Program hasn’t been enforcing the law. Instead of asking the USDA to enforce the law, the National Organic Standards Board is instead recommending that the USDA change the law to remove the GMO vaccine review requirement. The recommendation they passed would require non-GMO vaccines to be used whenever they are available, so it’s not quite as bad as it could have been, but it would still allow any type of GMO vaccine to be used without review, as long as a certifier could be convinced that there were no non-GMO alternatives.
The Organic Consumers Association is taking action to prevent this misguided recommendation from being adopted by the USDA. We’re calling on the USDA to enforce the current law, and to disallow GMO vaccines, unless there is absolutely no other alternative to saving the animal’s life. The USDA should train certifiers on identifying genetically modified vaccines and preventing their use. LEARN MORE AND TAKE ACTION
Get Nanotechnology Out of Organic
Over the objections of the OCA and thousands of our members, the National Organic Standards Board decided to table the recommendation to prohibit nanotechnology in organic. The NOSB member who fills the scientist slot, Katrina Heinze of General Mills, delayed the process by insisting that the Board consider a compromise position that wouldn’t exclude nanotechnology from organic altogether, but would classify it as a “synthetic” that could be petitioned for use in specific instances. Please write to the NOSB and tell them to ban untested, unlabeled and hazardous nanotechnology products and ingredients in organic. LEARN MORE AND TAKE ACTION
Book of the Week
Poisoned Profits, The Toxic Assault on Our Children
Philip Shabecoff, former chief environmental correspondent for the New York Times, and Alice Shabecoff, former executive director of the National Consumers League, contend that there is a link between corporate pollution and the high percentage of the children being born with or developing health problems.
With indisputable data, the Shabecoffs reveal that the children of baby boomers ― the first to be raised in a truly “toxified world” ― have higher rates of birth defects, asthma, cancer, autism and a frightening range of other neurological illnesses from ADHD to mental retardation, and other serious chronic illnesses compared to previous generations.
They reveal that one out of two pregnancies fails to come to term or results in a less than healthy child and that premature births and infertility are on the rise as this generation matures.