J. D. Heyes
June 23, 2013
As bad as it was that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative and Tea Party groups filing for tax-exempt status, it appears now that the IRS wasn’t the only federal agency doing so.
According to June 4 Fox News report, the Environmental Protection Agency – itself used by successive administrations to harass and punish Americans – was also targeting conservative groups:
The allegations concern the [EPA], which is being accused of trying to charge conservative groups fees while largely exempting liberal groups. The fees applied to Freedom of Information Act requests – allegedly, the EPA waived them for liberal groups far more often than it did for conservative ones.
‘This cannot be tolerated’
It’s not just the IRS.
A second federal agency is facing a probe and accusations of political bias over its alleged targeting of conservative groups.
The allegations concern the Environmental Protection Agency, which is being accused of trying to charge conservative groups fees while largely exempting liberal groups. The fees applied to Freedom of Information Act requests — allegedly, the EPA waived them for liberal groups far more often than it did for conservative ones.
May 13, 2013
Corporate politics is business as usual inside the United States, as I am once again shocked to report the EPA has sided with industry lobbyists over public health in approving a highly dangerous pesticide that the European Union recently decided to ban over fears of environmental devastation. Not only have neonicotinoid pesticides been linked repeatedly to mass bee deaths, also known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), but the continued use of such pesticides threatens other aspects of nature (and humans) as well.
What’s even more amazing is that the decision not only comes after the EU publicly discussed the major dangers surrounding the use of the pesticides, but after the USDA released a report surrounding the continued honeybee deaths and the related effects — a report in which they detailed pesticides to be a contributing factor. Just the impact on the honeybees alone, and we now know that these pesticides are killing aquatic life and subsequently the birds that feed upon them, amounts to a potential $200 billion in global damages per year. We’re talking about the devastation of over 100 crops, from apples to avocados and plums.
And there’s countless scientists and a large number of environmental science groups speaking out on this. The EPA has no lack of information the subject. And sure, there are other contributing factors to bee deaths, there’s no question about that. We have an environment right now being hit with Monsanto’s Roundup even in residential areas, we have chemical rain, we have insane amounts of EMF — but it’s pretty clear that neonicotinoid pesticides are at least a major contributing factor. And beyond that, they have no place in the food supply to begin with.
The Pesticide Action Network (PAN) details the EU ban that came right before the EPA acceptance of the death-linked pesticide:
“The EU vote comes after significant findings by the European Food Safety Agency that these pesticides pose an unacceptable risk to bees and their use should be restricted. Along with habitat loss and pathogens, a growing body of science points to neonicotinoid pesticides as a key factor in drastically declining bee populations.”
So why are they approving this pesticide to now pollute the United States in what potentially amounts to an even larger capacity than the EU? A move that will ultimately escalate the price of food worldwide due to the likely nature of continued bee deaths and subsequent crop impact? That’s the power of phony corporate science.
Originally appeared at Natural Society.
April 16, 2013
Is GMO corn nutritionally equivalent to non-GMO corn? Monsanto will tell you the answer is a big ‘yes’, but the real answer is absolutely not. And the simple reality is that they are continuing to get away with their blatant misinformation. In fact, a 2012 nutritional analysis of genetically modified corn found that not only is GM corn lacking in vitamins and nutrients when compared to non-GM corn, but the genetic creation also poses numerous health risks due to extreme toxicity.
With the recent passing of the Monsanto Protection Act, there is no
question that mega corporations like Monsanto are able to wield enough
power to even surpass that of the United States government. The new
legislation provides Monsanto with a legal safeguard against federal
courts striking down any pending review of dangerous GM crops. It is
ironic to see the passing of such a bill in the face of continuous
releases of GMO dangers.
Non-GMO Corn 20x Richer in Nutrition than GMO Corn
The 2012 report, entitled 2012 Nutritional Analysis: Comparison of GMO Corn versus Non-GMO Corn,
found numerous concerning and notable differences between GMO and
non-GMO corn, none of which are particularly surprising. First, the
report found that non-GMO corn has considerably more calcium, magnesium,
manganese, potassium, iron, and zinc.
- • Non-GMO corn has 6130 ppm of calcium while GMO corn has 14 – non-GMO corn has 437 times more calcium.
- • Non-GMO corn has 113 ppm of magnesium while GMO corn has 2 – non-GMO corn has about 56 times more magnesium.
- • Non-GMO corn has 113 ppm of potassium while GMO corn has 7 – non-GMO corn has 16 times more potassium.
- • Non-GMO corn has 14 ppm of manganese while GMO corn has 2 – non-GMO corn has 7 times more manganese.
As far as energy content goes, non-GMO corn was found to ‘emit 3,400 times more energy per gram, per second compared to GMO corn’, as reported by NaturalNews. Overall, the paper found that non-GMO corn is 20 times richer in nutrition, energy and protein compared to GMO corn.
GMO Corn Also Found to be Highly Toxic
Not surprisingly, the report found what many of us already know – that
GMO corn is highly toxic. While non-GMO corn was found to be free of
chlorides, formaldehyde, glyphosate (active ingredient in Monsanto’s
best selling herbicide Roundup), and other toxic substances, GMO corn is
riddled with these toxins.
Based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations, the maximum amount of glyphosate allowed in drinking water is 700 parts per billion, which equates to .7 ppm.
The amount is a set “level of protection based on the best available
science to prevent potential health problems”. Europe allows even less
glyphosate in water, at .2 ppm. The report found that GMO corn contains 13 ppm – that’s 18.5x the “safe amount” set by the EPA.
Similarly, GMO corn contains concerning levels of toxic formaldehyde,
at 200 ppm. According to Dr. Don Huber, a respected expert on GMOs, at
least one study found that 0.97 ppm of ingested formaldehyde was toxic
to animals. The GMO corn was found to contain 200 times more formaldehyde than this ‘maximum’ safety amount.
Biotech Giants Like Monsanto Caught Lying Again
Monsanto has been making the claim for years that genetically modified
foods are equivalent or even of higher quality than non-GMOs, but
nothing could be further from the truth. Numerous studies have shown us
the dangers of GMO foods such as GMO corn, along with the dangers of the massive amount of pesticides
that accompany GMO crops. This 2012 report reminds us once again that
corporations like Monsanto simply can not be trusted, and that the
company will continue making false claims until the end of days in order
to profit and slowly genetically engineer the world.
The 2012 report 2012 Nutritional Analysis: Comparison of GMO Corn versus Non-GMO Corn, was reportedly shared with the owners of MomsAcrossAmerica.com by
De Dell Seed Company, the only non-GMO seed supplies in Canada. De Dell
Seed Company received the document from a company called ProfitPro,
based in Minnesota.
Additional Sources: Onlinelibrary.Wiley
Mike Barrett’s article first appeared at NaturalSociety.com.
This article was posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 6:13 pm