White House scrapped FDA plan to restrict flavored e-cigarettes


A White House office deleted language in a recently introduced tobacco regulation that would have removed flavored e-cigarettes from the market until they had been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, an edited version of the document shows.

On May 5, the FDA announced a final rule extending its tobacco authority to include e-cigarettes, pipe tobacco, cigars and hookah. The rule becomes effective in early August. Under the rule, companies must seek marketing authorization for any tobacco product introduced after Feb. 15, 2007.

The rule gives manufacturers a grace period of up to two years to submit marketing applications, during which they can continue to sell their products. They can sell them for an additional year while the FDA completes its review.

As submitted by the FDA to the White House Office of Management and Budget, the rule gave a grace period for flavored products of only 90 days after the rule became effective.

Public health advocates have long called for flavored tobacco products to be banned, saying flavors such as bazooka Joe Bubble Gum and Cotton Candy are designed to appeal to children.

The FDA provided pages of data and scientific studies in support of its plan, noting “a dramatic rise in youth and young adult use of typically flavored tobacco products, like e-cigarettes and waterpipe tobacco, and continued youth and young adult use of cigars.”

The OMB deleted both the FDA’s planned policy and the rationale for the policy.

A White House spokeswoman, Emily Cain, said the OMB “does not comment on changes made during the interagency review process.” The FDA also does not comment, FDA spokesman Michael Felberbaum said.

In its originally submitted rule, the FDA said it recognized that numerous flavored products would come off the market within 180 days of the rule’s publication “and that this will significantly impact the availability of flavored tobacco products at least in the short term.”

But it said the move was important because tobacco products with characterizing flavors, including menthol but excluding tobacco flavor, were attractive to young people.

“FDA made an overwhelming scientific case to OMB,” Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said in an interview. “For reasons that are not articulated, those people substituted their own judgment.”

“We are deeply troubled that these important safeguards were stripped in this way when FDA repeatedly demonstrated that the science shows flavored products appeal to youth and young adults,” Harold Wimmer, president of the American Lung Association, said in a statement.

Proponents of e-cigarettes say the products can help people quit smoking and that flavors are a crucial element of what makes them attractive to adults seeking to quit. The FDA said in its original rule that evidence supporting such claims “is thus far largely anecdotal.”

White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public


The White House has officially admitted that fake vaccination programs have been used by the United States as a cover for covertly stealing DNA samples from the public as part of the so-called “war on terror.” The aim of the scheme, carried out in the Middle East, was to use DNA analysis to identify suspected terrorists who would then be targeted to be killed by the United States.

As the New York Times reported in 2011, “In the months before Osama bin Laden was killed, the Central Intelligence Agency ran a phony vaccination program in Abbottabad, Pakistan, as a ruse to obtain DNA evidence from members of Bin Laden’s family thought to be holed up in an expansive compound there.” (1)

“CIA agents recruited a senior Pakistani doctor to organize the vaccine drive in Abbottabad, even starting the “project” in a poorer part of town to make it look more authentic,” reports The Guardian (2).

This scheme, first unveiled in 2011, is the first time in history that the U.S. government has been forced to admit using a “public health” activity to secretly and illegally harvest DNA from the public in an attempt to assassinate one individual.

How exactly could a vaccination program harvest DNA from people? It’s a simple matter, really. As The Guardian explains, “nurses could have been trained to withdraw some blood in the needle after administrating the drug.”

White House says it will stop using fake vaccination programs to gather DNA and kill people

Now the White House says it will no longer use fake vaccination campaigns as a tactic in the “war on terror.” And the people of the world are supposed to automatically trust this promise even though it comes from the exact same regime that ran the deceptive vaccination operation in the first place.

It’s almost as if the White House is saying, “Yeah, we ran a fake vaccination op; we harvested the DNA of your children; we lied to your people under the cover of public health and we got caught… but NOW you can trust us! We promise!”

This seemingly ludicrous promise just surfaced this week as part of a White House announcement that the United States would “not use vaccination programs as cover for spy operations,” according to Yahoo News. (3)

The White House is concerned that because of the CIA’s use of fake vaccination programs in the past, people in the Middle East no longer trust vaccines. (Gasp! Imagine that!) This has nearly the entire medical establishment freaked out, terrified that somebody somewhere might say “No!” to vaccines and thereby destroy the entire human civilization with polio. Click here to read my recent story on W.H.O. fear mongering and hystericssurrounding the fabricated polio “global health emergency.”

According to Yahoo News, White House anti-terrorism advisor Lisa Monaco has now relayed this new claim to the deans of 13 public health schools in the United States. She reportedly added, “the agency will not seek to obtain or exploit DNA or other genetic material acquired through such programs,” once again confirming the CIA had been using fake vaccination programs to acquire DNA samples in order to track down human targets for termination.

All this validates the true description that vaccines have been used as weapons of war against individuals the United States considers to be its enemies.

I remember reporting on this several years ago and being called a “conspiracy theorist” for doing so. Yet once again, the facts have emerged that proved us correct in being intelligent conspiracy analysts who investigate deception in the world.

As I’ve since written, anyone who believes there are no such thing as conspiracies is mentally retarded. The White House, in fact, is openly admitted it ran a “vaccine conspiracy” as a tactic of warfare. (A “conspiracy” merely consists of two or more people plotting to deceive others. This fake vaccination scheme was, by definition, an elaborate conspiracy.)

Pakistan and the WHO’s polio fearmongering

But now the backlash against the fake immunization scheme has U.S. officials in a panic. They now realize they’ve discredited all trust in western vaccines. After all, if the White House now admits using fake vaccination ops to coverly gather DNA evidence, what’s to stop the U.S. from using fake vaccination programs to accomplish other nefarious things like injecting people with stealth cancer viruses?

Oops, that already happened. It happened right here in the United States, in fact, when 98 million Americans were found to have been injected with polio vaccines contaminated with cancer-causing viruses. In order to make sure no one learned about this deadly vaccine snafu, the CDC quietly removed all accounts of this history from its website.

To anyone with half a brain still functioning, however, it’s crystal clear that vaccines have already been used as weapons of war by the United States. This is openly admitted now by the White House along with a promise that “we won’t do it again.”

This is the same White House that promised nationwide GMO labeling, closing down secret military prisons and balancing the federal budget, by the way. In the category of “promises kept,” the present-day White House has achieved virtually nothing.

Could U.S. vaccination scheme be used to gather DNA on Americans?

It’s no longe an outlandish question. This is precisely what the White House has already admitted to doing on foreign soil. Could the same thing now be conducted on U.S. soil and aimed at Americans?

Of course it could. What better way to get millions of people to line up and voluntarily give up DNA samples than to invent a fictitious “pandemic” and offer a “lifesaving treatment” in the form of a vaccine?

Most of the masses have already been trained to accept any and all injections the government wants them to endure, so as long as a DNA harvesting campaign is framed in the language of “public health,” resistance will be virtually nonexistent.

Most of the vaccines Americans already take are utterly useless to begin with. For example, Americans are still being vaccinated against polio even though there hasn’t been a single case of polio in the USA for 35 years. To help make sure more people get injected with medically unnecessary polio vaccines, the W.H.O. recently fabricated an hysterical tabloid-style “global health emergency” that inferred we would all die miserable deaths if we didn’t immediately rush out to get injected with more polio vaccines.

Flu shots, similarly, have almost zero efficacy and have been scientifically proven to accomplish nothing in nearly 99 out of 100 people who receive them. At the same time, the CDC openly admits flu shots still contain toxic mercury, a documented neurotoxic heavy metal that destroys brain tissue.

Five amazing uses for vaccines (as proven by recent history)

Vaccines do have their uses, ultimately. They’re really great at these five things:

1) Administering mercury to the population
2) Covertly harvesting DNA from the public
3) Providing a cover story for CIA operations
4) Injecting millions of people with stealth cancer viruses
5) Training the population to practice “medical obedience”

But vaccines are really, really terrible at doing the thing the one thing they claim to be all about: preventing infectious disease.

It turns out the best defenses against infectious disease are:

* Excellent nutrient intake from a wide variety of fresh plants
* Good public hygiene and public sanitation systems
* Healthy levels of vitamin D across the population
* Regular hand washing by medical staff and patients
* Deliberate exposure to friendly microbes in soils and even farm animals
* Avoidance of exposure to immunosuppressive substances such as tobacco smoke or heavy metals

If you’d really like to learn the historical truth about vaccines vs. infectious disease, read this outstanding book by Dr. Suzanne Humphries entitled Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and The Forgotten History.

Her website also features a huge collection of eye-opening graphs citing scientific evidence that completely contradicts the false vaccination narrative currently being pushed by the U.S. government.

Example: This graph shows how measles was already virtually eradicated even before the introduction of the measles vaccine. Today, medical institutions falsely claim that vaccines alone are responsible for eradicating diseases like measles, smallpox and polio. But if vaccines alone caused the decline, then why did nearly all the decline in measles happen BEFORE the introduction of the measles vaccine? (Can vaccines travel through time?)

White House declares war on ‘superbugs’ .


U.S. President Barack Obama.(Reuters / Jonathan Ernst)

U.S. President Barack Obama.

The Obama administration has unveiled a $1.2 billion plan to combat drug-resistant bacteria, also known as ‘superbugs.’ Five out of six Americans are on antibiotics, and 23,000 die annually of drug-resistant infections.

Released to the public on Friday, the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria envisions efforts to rein in over-prescription of antibiotics by doctors, use of “medically important antibiotics” in food animals, and the spread of drug-resistant bacteria, while promoting the development of new and more effective antibiotics for human use.

We know that 5 out of 6 Americans are prescribed antibiotics each year. That adds up to 262 million antibiotic prescriptions annually,” president Obama said in an exclusive interview with WebMD. “And studies have consistently shown that a lot of America’s antibiotic use is unnecessary.

One of the main causes of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is the use of antibiotics when they are not needed, the president said. Drug-resistant infections are on the rise: according to government statistics, there are two million infections a year in the US, resulting in 23,000 deaths.

The plan envisions $1.2 billion in funding to various government agencies. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would begin research on new antibiotics, while the Department of Agriculture is to start reducing “irresponsible use” of antibiotics in livestock and poultry. A newly created Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, with up to 30 members managed by the HHS, would be entrusted with oversight of the plan.

We’re seeing an increase in drug-resistant organisms that are affecting every community,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr. Tom Frieden told The Hill, “and are at risk, really, to undermine much of modern medicine.

The CDC would use the $264.3 million increase in funding to develop prevention programs in every state, potentially forestalling 600,000 infections and $8 billion in medical costs, Dr. Frieden said.

Some questions remain as to where the money would come from. President Obama says some of the funding is already in the 2016 budget, but it appears the rest will have to get approval from the Republican-controlled Congress.

Wherever we can act without Congress, we will. But to get the whole job done, we need Congress to step up,” Obama told WebMD.

The plan has already faced some criticism for not going far enough to reduce antibiotic use in agriculture. Industrial farming accounts for the vast majority of antibiotic consumption in the US, and is on the rise around the world.

The plan continues to allow the routine feeding of antibiotics to animals that live in the crowded conditions endemic to industrial farms,” said a statement by environmentalist group Natural Resources Defense Council.

Batkid saves San Francisco as charity makes a wish come true.


Thousands volunteer to help five-year-old leukaemia patient battle The Riddler and Penguin on a day of realised dreams
Miles Scott, dressed as Batkid
Miles Scott, dressed as Batkid, right, runs with Batman after saving a damsel in distress in San Francisco.

San Francisco was beset by a wave of crime on Friday, as a woman was taken hostage and tied to cable car tracks, a criminal calling himself the Riddler attempted to rob a bank vault, and a miscreant known as Penguin generally made a nuisance of himself in the downtown area.

Happily, each incident was staged: an attempt on the part the charity Make-a-Wish to give five-year-old Miles Scott, who is recovering from leukaemia, a memorable day assisting his favourite superhero.

San Francisco’s mayor and police were among thousands involved in an extraordnary day that gripped the city and caught the attention of the White House. Miles’s day began with a fraught message from police chief Greg Suhr, alerting “Batkid” to the various criminal activities and pleading with him to assist. Miles acquiesced, and was collected by a man dressed as Batman who was driving a vehicle which bore a passing resemblance to the Batmobile.

Cheney’s New Book Documents His 35-Year Battle With CVD.


Search through the archives oftheheart.org and no single patient has been mentioned more than former vice president Dick Cheney. In fact, an argument can be made that Cheney’s heart has been one of the most scrutinized in the history of the White House, with questions about the vice president’s health arising the moment he was named running mate to George W Bush in 2000.

Now, instead of reporter’s asking questions about his long and troubled history with coronary heart disease, Cheney himself is tackling the topic head-on with the publication of Heart: An American Medical Odyssey, a memoir he has written along with his cardiologist Dr Jonathan Reiner (George Washington University Hospital, DC).

The book documents Cheney’s 35-year battle with heart disease, a fight that began with his first MI in 1972 and culminated with a heart transplant in 2012. In that time, Cheney seems to have undergone it all, including five heart attacks, revascularization with CABG and coronary stents, the implantation of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), treatment for atrial fibrillation, treatment for deep vein thrombosis, and the implantation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) for his failing heart.

Over the years, heartwire has documented Cheney’s extensive cardiology care. The former vice president underwent CABG surgery in 1988 and received the LVAD in 2010 when he was 69 years old because of advancing congestive heart failure. During a talk at the annual meeting of American Association for Thoracic Surgery in 2013, Cheney said the operation to implant the LVAD was a low point and the toughest surgery he’s had to date.

In an interview with USA Today, Reiner said Cheney is a unique patient. “He has the longest history of heart disease of any of my patients,” he said. “He has the most complex history in terms of how difficult his disease became, the most number of moving parts. And he happens to be Dick Cheney.”

 

 He has the longest history of heart disease of any of my patients.

 

Today, with the new heart, Cheney has told multiple media outlets that he feels “fantastic.” “Now I’m to the point where — I literally, you know, feel like I have a new heart, a lot more energy than I had previously,” Cheney toldCNN‘s Dr Sanjay Gupta. “There aren’t any real physical limits on what I do. I fish, I hunt. And — I don’t ski, but that’s because of my knees, not my heart. So it’s — it’s been a miracle.”

No Special Treatment for the Rich VP

In the book, Cheney and Reiner stress that the vice president received no special treatment for his heart, but he did benefit from medical breakthroughs that occurred during each stage of his disease. In USA Today, Cheney relays an anecdote told to him by Reiner about his good fortune.

“It’s as though you got up in the morning at home and were late to work,” Cheney says, quoting his doctor. “You jump in the car and head out for the office and every single stoplight is red. And he said, ‘Cheney, when you got to it, they all turned green.’ That’s exactly what happened. When I needed an implantable defibrillator, I had it. When I needed stents, we had it. Cholesterol-lowering drugs, we had it.”

As reported previously, Cheney spent about 20 months on the waiting list for his new heart, which is slightly longer than the national average. The only special benefit that Cheney received was that steps were taken to prevent Cheney’s ICD from being “hacked by terrorists.” In replacing Cheney’s older ICD with a newer one in 2007, Reiner requested the WiFi feature that allowed the ICD to be reprogrammed wirelessly be turned off. Medtronic, the makers of Cheney’s ICD, made the request.

Just recently, the television drama Homeland ventured into such “fictional” territory when the show’s vice president William Walden was killed by terrorists in season 2 after they gained access to his ICD and deactivated it. However, the real-life risk of remotely hacking Cheney’s ICD is not possible based on today’s technology, according to experts.

In 2006, Cheney and his wife Lynne donated $2.7 million to the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates and School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The Richard and Lynne Cheney Cardiovascular Institute was named in their honor.

 

Why Do Supporters of Genetically Engineered Foods Insist on Organics for Their Own Families?


Over the past few years, an interesting pattern has emerged, where political supporters of genetically engineered (GE) foods are feasting on organics, while promoting unlabeled GE foods for everyone else.

Most recently, Mother Jones1 discussed how Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney – whose ties to Monsanto go back to the late 1970’s when GE crops were still in the R&D phase – reportedly makes sure his own meals are nothing but organic…

According to Peter Alexander of MSN Today:2

“On Romney Air, or Hair Force One – as Reuters’ Steve Holland like to call it – Mitt Romney has his own galley in ‘forward cabin.’ And, while I’ve never been invited up front, sources close to the campaign tell me the shelves are stocked with a wide variety of healthy fare. Kashi cereals, hummus, pita, as well as organic applesauce.

Everything’s organic, I’m told, including the ingredients to Romney’s favorite, peanut butter and honey sandwiches.”

Even more interesting, in a 2002 article3 about Romney’s wife, Ann, she credits a combination of organic foods and holistic medicine for turning her health around after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998. The profile reads in part:

“…She was 49 at the time, and the disease was progressing rapidly, she says, prompting the doctors to put her on steroids, which made her so sick she could barely get out of bed. ‘They were killing me,’ she says of the treatment. ‘You have bone loss; they are so bad for you.’

Mrs. Romney was introduced to several practitioners of holistic medicine, who persuaded her to adopt alternative therapies. She now eats organic foods and very little meat. She practices reflexology and undergoes acupuncture treatments. She credits the lifestyle with turning her health around…

‘Everyone has to find their own way,’ she says. ‘Three years ago I was really, really sick and not able to function at all. A lot of the symptoms are [now] gone…'”

Mrs. Romney isn’t the only success story in which food played a center role in beating multiple sclerosis (MS). Last year I posted an article about Dr. Terry Wahls, who reversed MS after seven years of deterioration on the best conventional treatments available, simply by changing her diet.

Wouldn’t it be a nice change of pace if our agricultural authorities, not to mention our President, could reach into their hearts and find the humanity to fight foreveryone’s right to eat wholesome food that doesn’t contain foreign DNA, built-in pesticides, and an inordinate amount of synthetic chemicals so that diseases such as MS and cancer could be curtailed before they even get a foothold?

If GE Foods are So Great, Why Won’t the Elite Eat Them?

While Obama has been a huge supporter of Big Biotech during his term, Romney is just as “tight” with Monsanto, having actually successfully guided the company out of lawsuits with Congress in the shameful aftermath of Agent Orange (a Monsanto creation, which was supposed to be harmless to everything except vegetation), and heinous chemical dumping incidents in Missouri and Alabama.4

He’s also in favor putting the “Monsanto rider” provision in the 2012 Farm Bill – a rider that would prevent a federal court from putting in place court-ordered restrictions on a GE crop, even if the approval were fraudulent or involved bribery, among other things.

Unfortunately, Mitt Romney is just one in a line of politicians who support and promote GE foods as being just as safe and “natural” as conventional foods while privately serving up nothing but organic for their own families. President Obama, as his predecessors George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, have all reportedly insisted on an organic diet.

Mother Jones writes:5

“What’s my evidence that the Clintons and Bushes ate organic? Get this, from someone who knows – Walter Scheib,6 who served as White House executive chef during the Clinton and Bush years:

‘From 1994 to 2005 I was the executive chef at the White House. This offered me not only the personal honor of serving two unique and interesting first families, but the professional challenge of fulfilling Hillary Clinton‘s mandate of bringing contemporary American cuisine and nutritionally responsible food to the White House.

This meant that nearly all the product used was obtained from local growers and suppliers. There was a small garden on the roof of the White House where produce was grown. The ethic of the purchasing and the cooking at the White House under my direction and under the continuing direction of [current Obama White House executive chef] Cris Comerford is one of respect for the pedigree of the product and manner it is grown, gathered, raised or caught.

The Clinton and Bush families dined regularly on organic foods. Both wagyu and grass-fed beef were frequently used.” [Emphasis mine}

Scheib was again quoted in a 2009 article by Think Progress,7 stating that Laura Bush was “adamant that in ALL CASES if an organic product was available it was to be used in place of a non-organic product.” Meanwhile, the article lists a number of atrocious food policies instituted by her husband. Who knows, perhaps she was so adamant about organics because she knew the quality and safety of conventional food was rapidly going down the toilet?

Guess Who Said: “Everything That’s in a Bottle or Package is Like Poison in a Way That Most People Don’t Even Know”

The Obama White House may be even more progressive about healthful dining than previous Presidents. In a 2008 article about First Lady Michelle Obama, published in The New Yorker:8

“…One morning, during a roundtable at Ma Fischer’s, a diner in Milwaukee, Elizabeth Crawford, a recently divorced caterer with two children, brought up the subject of the eating habits of American families. ‘I really, really hope that Barack will jump on that,’ she said.

Then, having given thoughtful but boilerplate responses most of the morning, [Michelle] Obama suddenly departed from her script. It was the most animated I saw her on the campaign trail. ‘You know,’ she said, ‘in my household, over the last year we have just shifted to organic for this very reason. I mean, I saw just a moment in my nine-year-old’s life – we have a good pediatrician, who is very focused on childhood obesity, and there was a period where he was, like, ‘Mmm, she’s tipping the scale.’

So we started looking through our cabinets… You know, you’ve got fast food on Saturday, a couple days a week you don’t get home. The leftovers, good, not the third day! …So that whole notion of cooking on Sunday is out. … And the notion of trying to think about a lunch every day! …So you grab the Lunchables, right? And the fruit-juice-box thing, and we think – we think – that’s juice.

And you start reading the labels and you realize there’s high-fructose corn syrup in everything we’re eating. Every jelly, every juice. Everything that’s in a bottle or a package is like poison in a way that most people don’t even know…”

Yes, high-fructose corn syrup is one of the most atrocious ingredients in the American food supply today in terms of what it does to your health. Not only is fructose a major contributor to metabolic syndrome, diabetes and obesity, the vast majority of it is also derived from genetically engineered corn, which has its own increasingly well-documented ill health effects. Most recently, the world’s first lifetime feeding study using Monsanto GE corn found it caused massive breast tumors, kidney and liver damage, and other serious health problems.

Michelle Obama is certainly not the only one who has referred to high-fructose corn syrup as a poison. According to Dr. Robert Lustig, excess fructose does act like a toxin in your body, and Dr. Don Huber has spoken out about the two-fold toxic effects of GE crops: 1) due to the genetic alteration of the plant itself, and 2) the glyphosate sprayed on GE Roundup Ready crops.

President Obama Aware of Issue But Doing Nothing About it

Sadly, while the Obama’s are undoubtedly well aware of the health dangers of processed foods in general and genetically engineered foods specifically, their personal belief system has not filtered into the food policies that affect the rest of the population.

On the contrary, the President has spent the last four years appointing one Monsanto shill after another into key federal positions that wield near-absolute power over agricultural issues. Mrs. Obama’s efforts to promote organic foods, which included a much publicized White House organic garden, were also quickly tempered and toned down by a personal visit from The Mid America CropLife Association, an agribusiness media group, who “urged the first lady to give conventional agriculture equal time,” according to a 2009 Politico article.9

Topping it all off, the President has also completely ignored his pre-election promise to IMMEDIATELY label GE foods, should he win, “because Americans should know what they’re buying.”

Well, it’s become abundantly clear that Big Biotech and their political lackeys will not even allow us to make an informed decision on this issue by reading our own food labels. And you’d have to be supremely naïve to not question the absurd dichotomy between public policies on GE and organic foods, and the private decisions made by those in charge and “in the know.”

Monsanto Runs and Regulates US Agriculture

In the first three years of the Obama Administration, 10 different genetically engineered crops, and even a genetically modified animal, have been approved by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to Food & Water Watch.10 All without a single shred of proof that these foods are actually safe for long-term consumption (or in the case of today’s children – lifetimeconsumption). Could this have anything to do with the fact that highly influential people within the USDA were previous employees of, or have other personal ties to, Monsanto?

  • The Secretary of Agriculture is Tom Vilsack, a strong Monsanto supporter selected by President-elect Obama in 2008.11 As governor of Iowa, Vilsack frequently traveled in Monsanto’s private jets, and was named Governor of the Year by the Biotechnology Industry Organization.
  • The director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture is Roger Beachy, a former director of the Monsanto Danforth Center.
  • The General Counsel for the USDA is Ramona Romero, who came straight from DuPont, another major biotech company with GE crop patents, where she held a number of key positions, including Corporate Counsel for complex commercial and antitrust litigation, and Corporate Counsel and Manager of Operations and Partnering.
  • Even the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has old ties to Monsanto via the Rose Law firm.

Getting the picture? The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other federal agencies are similarly stacked with former Monsanto employees. Likewise, when it comes to selecting which Presidential candidate might be better for organic foods and our agriculture system, both Romney and Obama’s actions speak louder than words. They do one thing privately, and “sell” another agenda to the public. Neither of them is a champion for Real Food in the US, and both of them cater and yield to the wills of multinational food and biotech companies.

Monsanto VP Now US Food Safety Czar – What’s Wrong With This Picture?

In 2009, President Obama appointed former Monsanto VP for Public Policy, Michael Taylor, as a senior adviser for the FDA, turning a deaf ear to the loud protests from consumer groups. Taylor is currently serving as the deputy commissioner for foods at the FDA – a position that includes ensuring food labels contain clear and accurate information. He also oversees strategy for food safety, and planning new food safety legislation.

To say he’s a fox guarding a hen house would be an understatement. This sentiment is shared by most people who are even remotely aware of food safety issues. At the time of Taylor’s appointment, GE expert Jeffrey Smith commented:12

“The person who may be responsible for more food-related illness and death than anyone in history has just been made the US food safety czar. This is no joke.”

Now, the opposition is gaining steam yet again with an online petition13 calling for Taylor’s removal.

“President Obama, I oppose your appointment of Michael Taylor. Taylor is the same person who was Food Safety Czar at the FDA when genetically modified organisms were allowed into the U.S. food supply without undergoing a single test to determine their safety or risks. This is a travesty,” the petition reads.

Passing Prop 37 is Key to Expanding Sustainable Agriculture in North America

Organic foods specifically prohibit genetically engineered ingredients along with synthetic agricultural chemicals, and eating organic is essentially the only way to ensure you’re not accidentally consuming GE foods, since the US still does not require such ingredients to be labeled.

So what’s with the double standard?

Is genetically engineered food the “cake” fit only for the paupers of the 21st century? Heck, even the staff cafeteria at Monsanto’s UK headquarters reportedly banned GE foods from the menu back in 1999.

So really, why are the elite making organic foods a priority for their own families? And why won’t they support labeling, so the rest of us can make an informed decision about the foods we eat? And why are they imposing regulations that limit the availability of organically- and/or locally-grown foods for so many communities?

It’s quite evident that we have no real champions for food safety and labeling of genetically engineered foods within the federal government. But right now we do have a great opportunity to change this situation by circumventing Monsanto’s posse entirely.

Twenty-four U.S. states have, as part of their state governance, something called the Initiative Process, where residents can bring to ballot any law they want enacted, as long as it has sufficient support. California has organized such a ballot initiative, known as Proposition 37, to get labeling for genetically engineered foods sold in their state.

Although many organic consumers and natural health activists already understand the importance of Proposition 37, it cannot be overemphasized that winning the battle over Prop 37 is perhaps the most important food fight Americans – not just Californians – have faced so far. But in order to win this fight for the right to know what’s in our food, we need your help, as the biotech industry will surely outspend us by 100 to 1, if not more, for their propaganda. Please remember, the failure or success of this ballot initiative is wholly dependent on your support and funding! There are no major industry pockets funding this endeavor. In order to have a chance against the deep pockets of Big Biotech and transnational food corporations, it needs donations from average citizens.

So please, if you have the ability, I strongly encourage you to make a donation to this cause. You can also contact EVERY person you know that lives in California and encourage them to view some of these videos and get educated on the issues so they can avoid succumbing to the propaganda, as Monsanto and company are paying tens of millions of dollars to deceive the voters in California. We need EVERY vote we can to win next month. The election is only FOUR weeks away.

It’s important to realize that getting this law passed in California would have the same overall effect as a national law, as large companies are not likely going to label their products as genetically engineered when sold in California (the 8th largest economy in the world), but not when sold in other states. Doing so would be a costly PR disaster. So please, I urge you to get involved and help in any way you can, regardless of what state you live in.

  • Whether you live in California or not, please donate money to this historic effort, through the Organic Consumers Fund.
  • If you live in California and want to get involved, please contact CARightToKnow.org. They will go through all volunteer requests to put you into a position that is suitable for you, based on your stated interests and location.
  • No matter where you live, please help spread the word in your personal networks, on Facebook, and Twitter. For help with the messaging, please see CARightToKnow.org.
  • Talk to organic producers and stores and ask them to actively support the California Ballot. It may be the only chance we have to label genetically engineered foods.
  • Watch the video on Youtube.URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqaaB6NE1TI&feature=player_embedded
  • Source: Dr. Mercola

 

 

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