By Rady Ananda
Less than a year after Frito-Lay announced plans to make half their products without “any artificial or synthetic ingredients,” the $13 billion company was sued last week in federal court for fraudulently marketing the snacks that contain genetically modified ingredients.
Somehow, “artificial” and “synthetic” doesn’t include “genetically modified” in Frito’s mind.
Posted in Food & Farming, FDA, USDA, Big Pharma, Genetic Engineering
Tagged biotechnology, corpogov, courts - justice system, fda, food legislation, frito-lay, fritos, Genetically Engineered Food, Health Foods, julie gengo, milberg llp, Monsanto, pepsi, pepsico, Rbgh, Rbst
By Rady Ananda
With all the milk raids over the past few years, you wouldn’t think that dairy is the safest type of food in the U.S., or that factory foods cause 70% of all foodborne illnesses – but that’s just what a new study by the University of Florida reveals. 
Posted in Environment, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering
Tagged Big Pharma, biotechnology, CAFOs, CDC, codex, competitive exclusion, corpogov, factory farms, fda, Food Criminalization, Genetically Engineered Food, listeria, nacmcf, Organic, raw milk, salmonella, susan vaughn grooters, ted beals, USDA, usda tagged biotechnology, vilsack
By Rady Ananda
Review of Meat: A Benign Extravagance by Simon Fairlee (2010, 322 pp.); and
Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale Integrative Farming and Gardening by Sepp Holzer (English version 2011, 232 pp.)
Notice: PBS is rebroadcasting Food, Inc. on Tuesday, August 9 and is kicking off its new Food site. Check local listings here.
While the Bush reign may be described as a war on privacy, Obama’s is clearly a war on food freedom.* As his Monsanto administration arrests organic farmers and distributors, seizing and destroying healthy foods privately contracted and sustainably grown, this tyranny is not unique to the United States. All over the world, organic, sustainable farmers are under attack by large agribiz actors who, through government and trade agreements, are regulating them out of business and destroying the environment in the process.
Two farmers arguing against ecocidal hyper-regulation and “conventional” and “orthodox organic” farming are Simon Fairlee of England and Sepp Holzer of Austria. Both have written seminal books that should grace the bookshelves of everyone who gardens, farms or cares about the impact of agriculture on the biosphere.
Posted in Animals, Art, Books, Music & Film, Energy, Environment, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Resistance
Tagged aquaculture, CAFOs, corpogov, courts, eatwild.com, Environment, factory farms, fao, farmers, Films & Books, Food Criminalization, food inc, Free Range Animals, gardening, gene logsdon, ghg, greenhouse gas emissions, holy shit, joel salatin, lab cultured meat, Land Rights, meat a benign extravagance, meat diet, mike pollan, nomads, omniovers dilemma, Organic, pbs, Peasants, permaculture, Ranchers, sepp holzer, Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale Integrative Farming and Gardening, Silviculture, Simon Fairlee, Soil, subsistence farming, Sustainable Practices, terrace farming, The Contrary Farmer, transhumanism, vegan diet
By Rady Ananda
On July 16, the US Food and Drug Administration posted a libelous release linking a foodborne pathogen to a South Carolina raw dairy before confirming whether or not such a link existed. Two weeks later, the FDA determined that Tucker Adkins Dairy products were free of all contaminants but has still not issued a retraction at its webpage.
“How do we get our reputation back?” That’s what Tommy and Carolyn Adkins asked the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. (FTCLDF)
Without a retraction at the web page, they can’t.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Big Pharma, Constitution, Environment, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Resistance
Tagged 2A, Big Pharma, biotechnology, Books, CAFOs, codex, corpogov, courts - justice system, Environment, factory farms, fda, Food Criminalization, food raid, food theft, Genetically Engineered Food, Health Foods, healthy family farms, howard zinn, rawesome raid, Second Amendment, sharon palmer, tucker adkins dairy
By Rady Ananda
About 20 armed agents from various local, state and federal agencies, coordinated by the US Food and Drug Administration, staged another raid on fresh foods sold in California at a Ventura County farm and at Rawesome Foods, a private buying club providing members with unadulterated, unpasteurized milk and dairy products, among other items.
Healthy Family Farms owner Sharon Palmer and one of her employees, Eugenie Bloch, were arrested, along with James Stewart, the operator of Rawesome Foods located in Venice, California.
A protest is planned for tomorrow’s arraignment hearings (Thursday, August 4) at Los Angeles Superior Court, Criminal Justice Center, 210 W. Temple Street. Organizers are asking protesters to arrive at 7:45 am.
Posted in Big Pharma, Constitution, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Human Rights Civil Liberties
Tagged big dairy, biotechnology, corpogov, courts - justice system, csa, fda, fda thugs, Food Criminalization, food raid, food theft, Genetically Engineered Food, gmo milk, healthy family farms, rawesome foods, sharon palmer, ted beals
By Destini Vaile and Reed Perry
Plenty of people have heard of the recent oil spill on the Yellowstone River in Montana. Few are aware, however, that three weeks ago another leak formed a creek of crude running down to Cut Bank River just miles from Glacier National Park.
Cowardly local papers, perhaps for fear of hurting tourism or stepping in front of juggernaut corporations, have completely ignored reports from environmental officials and concerned citizens. They have often repeated the drilling company’s press releases verbatim.
By Jeff Gates
Part 4 of 4
A popular documentary, Inside Job, captured kudos at the 2010 Academy Awards. Its hard-hitting analysis marked a milestone among filmmakers for shining light in the dark corners of Wall Street. Writer, producer and director Charles Ferguson provided a public service by exposing key perpetrators.
Laudable yet incomplete, Ferguson’s popular film left unaddressed the all-important “how.” The storyline left moviegoers with the impression that the film’s featured insiders operated virtually alone in perpetrating history’s greatest heist. In truth, the real “inside job” is far more sinister and remains ongoing.
By Eric Blair
in·di·vid·u·al·ism: Belief in the primary importance of the individual and in the virtues of self-reliance and personal independence; 2. a) A doctrine advocating freedom from government regulation in the pursuit of a person’s economic goals; b) A doctrine holding that the interests of the individual should take precedence over the interests of the state or social group. (Source)
I’m an extreme Individualist for demanding personal freedom and property rights. But I’m also sympathetic to the suffering of my fellow humans and I’m very concerned about the state of the environment. Consequently, the current matrix would pit me against two separate philosophies: the collective good versus individual freedom. Unfortunately, because of this divide, there’s not much discussion about whether what’s good for the individual may also be better for the whole of humanity.
By Rady Ananda
Plutocrats aimed another weapon at the nation’s poor and at small and midsized farmers, this time thru the 2012 agriculture appropriations bill, H.R. 2112, which the House passed on June 16. The 82-page bill returns some federal spending to 2006 levels and others to 2008 levels.
Now being reviewed by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, the final version of HR 2112 will lay the terrain on which the 2012 Farm Bill will be crafted. The House Agriculture Committee began preparatory hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill this week, reports NSAC.
Key sections provide deep cuts to domestic food programs, threatening food banks, low-income seniors, women and children, and farmers markets supported by WIC vouchers issued thru the Women, Infants and Children program.
Posted in Economy Economics, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Women
Tagged antitrust rules, banksters, biotechnology, cftc, commodity futures, commodity futures trading commission, corpogov, dodd-frank act, economics, factory farms, farmers, farmers markets, fda, federal food aid, food legislation, food sovereignty, futures speculation, ge salmon, Genetically Engineered Food, gipsa, hr 2112, local food system, meat industry concentration, monopolies, Ranchers, USDA, wall street, wic
How a doctor cures cancer but corruption at its most vile prevents treatment. The vimeo play is valid thru midnight tonite.
Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski came up with a treatment that improved outcomes for some of the most aggressive forms of cancer, and saved the lives of many cancer patients, even young children, who had been given up for dead by their oncologists. Our own government admitted that yes, he was saving lives that would have otherwise been lost. But rather than furthering his research, the government spent almost two decades trying to run him out of business.
The FBI is being called in to do damage control for Big Pharma, by carting out the Unabomber, and the media is happily complying. What you are about to learn will never be told on Network News.
Graph: Data compiled by GRAIN from government and UN sources, 2008-2010 (except Australia=2005)
By Rady Ananda
A research group that supports community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems, GRAIN, has released a global report, Food Safety for Whom? Corporate Wealth vs. Peoples’ Health, showing how governments and corporations use “food safety” to manipulate market access and control. Rather than making food safer, domestic and trade rules “force open markets, or backdoor ways to limit market access.”
Posted in Animals, Bioweaponry, Environment, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Obama and Company, Resistance
Tagged australia, bayer crop science, biotechnology, CAFOs, canada, corpogov, corporate food system, dupont, factory farms, farmers, fda, Food Criminalization, food freedom, Food Safety for Whom? Corporate Wealth vs. Peoples’ Health, food safety modernization act, food sovereignty, GATT, Genetically Engineered Food, gmo label, GRAIN, Health Foods, india, korea, maine, monopolies, Monsanto, Organic, paul noble, Peasants, pollution, Ranchers, sick food, Sustainable Practices, syngenta, US, WalMart, wikileaks, WTO
By Rady Ananda
A few hours ago, the Food and Drug Administration declared it no longer needs credible evidence to seize food that may be contaminated. Ignoring the Fourth Amendment entirely, the FDA claims that based on mere suspicion that a food product has been contaminated or mislabeled, and that serious illness or death will result, it can hold the food for 30 days while it then looks for evidence. It claims this power under the Food Safety Modernization Act, which President Monsanto, I mean, Obama, signed in January.
On May 4th, the FDA stated:
“Previously, the FDA’s ability to detain food products applied only when the agency had credible evidence that a food product presented was contaminated or mislabeled in a way that presented a threat of serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals.
Posted in FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Obama and Company
Tagged 4th amendment, corpogov, fda, food control, Food Criminalization, food fascism, food freedom, food legislation, food safety modernization act, food seizure, fsma, S 510
By Rady Ananda
Another armed food raid – this time on a company that provides nutritional supplements primarily for autism spectrum disorders and Alzheimer’s disease – another day under the Food Safety Modernization Act. As predicted, the FSMA is turning out to be a deliberate plan to wipe out small (under a million dollars a year in sales) and medium-sized (under $10 million a year) producers of natural, wholesome food and supplements. This is what happens when corporations run governments.
The concept of “food safety” in corpogov-speak is really just food fascism, according to Vandana Shiva:
“Risk Assessment in the hands of centralized corruptible agencies is no protection for consumers as the disease and health epidemic in the U.S. linked to over processed, industrial foods show. Even while the U.S. is at the epicenter of the food related public health crises, the U.S. government is trying to export its Food laws which deregulate the industry and over regulate ordinary citizens and small enterprise. This deregulation of the big and toxic and over regulation of the small and ecological is at the core of Food Fascism.” [emphasis added]
Small scale producers of meat, raw dairy and veggies, and dietary supplements are under continual attack by food giants who have placed their former employees in positions of power and authority.
Posted in Big Pharma, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming
Tagged Big Pharma, class war, corpogov, decoster eggs, Diana DeGette, factory farms, fda, fda raid, food control, Food Criminalization, food freedom, food legislation, food raids, food safety modernization act, fsma, haccp, Maxam Nutraceutics, rawesome raid
(Image: The funeral procession of Tabrez Sayekar being taken out at Sakhri Nate Village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra on Wednesday. Photo: Vivek Bendre for The Hindu)
By Rady Ananda
Authorities responded to peaceful protest of a proposed nuclear power plant site in India by shooting at the crowd, killing one and injuring eight. Over sixty others were arrested. Killed by police on Monday, the body of 30-year-old Tabrez Sayekar was carried through the streets at a funeral march attended by more than 2,000 people on Wednesday. No one has been charged in his murder.
Posted in Energy, Environment, Nuclear Weapons/Energy, Region: India, Resistance
Tagged corpogov, fukushima, india, Jaitapur, Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management, NPCIL, nuclear radiation, Tabrez Sayekar
By Robert Scheer
A “working class hero,” John Lennon told us in his song of that title, “is something to be/ Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV/ And you think you’re so clever and classless and free/ But you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see.”
The delusion of a classless America in which opportunity is equally distributed is the most effective deception perpetrated by the moneyed elite that controls all the key levers of power in what passes for our democracy. It is a myth blown away by Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz in the current issue of Vanity Fair. In an article titled “Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%” Stiglitz states that the top thin layer of the superwealthy controls 40 percent of all wealth in what is now the most sharply class-divided of all developed nations: “Americans have been watching protests against repressive regimes that concentrate massive wealth in the hands of an elite few. Yet, in our own democracy, 1 percent of the people take nearly a quarter of the nation’s income—an inequality even the wealthy will come to regret.”
Posted in Economy Economics, Housing, Labor
Tagged banksters, Bill Clinton, corpogov, deregulation, Foreclosure, Labor, mortgage fraud, Recession, ronald reagan, stiglitz, Unemployment, wall street
By Rady Ananda
Several books, including Seeds of Destruction and Corrupt to the Core, along with the film, The Idiot Cycle, lay out the framework for and evidence of a concerted effort to sicken and then treat humanity, while earning obscene profits. When we factor in other recent actions taken by transnational corporations and lawmakers, the conspiracy adopts a more ominous tone.
Authors William Engdahl and Shiv Chopra appear in Emmanuelle Schick Garcia’s powerful film, The Idiot Cycle: What you aren’t being told about cancer. Both writers provide detailed evidence of a corporate-government conspiracy to adulterate the food and water supply with dangerous substances linked to a host of illnesses. The Case Against Fluoride, a book using hundreds of peer-reviewed studies, provides more evidence. In David Gumpert’s Raw Milk Revolution, we get a peek at the US government’s war on the natural dairy industry.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Big Pharma, Bioweaponry, Environment, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Healthcare, Land Grab, Obama and Company
Tagged australia, Big Pharma, biotechnology, canada, codex, corpogov, corrupt to the core, economics, Environment, EU, farmers, fda, Films & Books, Food Criminalization, gardening, Genetically Engineered Food, Germany, Health Foods, herbal ban, justice system, Litigation, monopolies, pollution, scientific studies, seeds of destruction, shiv chopra, the idiot cycle, uk, usa, USDA, william engdahl