Organic Food Is A ‘Human Right’, Says Leading Food Scientist

Dr. Rath Health Foundation – Oct 2, 2020

“A leading food scientist argues that to stamp out pesticides from our fragile food systems is to protect those most prone to ill health.” [Source: newint.org]

Research shows that exposure to commonly used pesticides is linked to an increased mortality risk and the development of cancer and other diseases.

Switching from conventionally grown fruits and vegetables to produce grown organically, even just for a few days, significantly reduces the levels of pesticides in the body. Demonstrating this, a study published in 2015 by researchers in the United States examined 40 children aged between 3 and 6 years old. The results showed that an organic diet quickly lowered levels of several pesticides in the children by between one-quarter and one-half. Consistent with other research reporting similar findings, the study joined a long line of scientific investigations confirming the benefits of organic food.

Nutritionally speaking, the benefits of organic food are now well known. In 2014, in what is arguably the most comprehensive analysis to date, an international team led by Professor Carlo Leifert from Newcastle University in the UK found that it contains up to 69 percent more of key antioxidants than regular food. Based on an analysis of 343 peer-reviewed studies from around the world, Leifert’s findings destroyed the myth that organic food is nutritionally indistinguishable from that produced using pesticides.

To learn more about the health benefits of organic food, read this article on our website.

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Gene-Silencing Pesticides: Risks and Concerns

Oct 6, 2020 – Friends of the Earth

“Gene-silencing pesticides” now under development pose novel risks to surrounding ecosystems and beneficial insects. This new report, Gene-Silencing Pesticides: Risks and Concerns, summarizes current science and data gaps on risks to human health, the environment and farmers posed by experimental gene-silencing pesticides that biotech and agrichemical corporations are seeking to patent and bring to market as soon as next year.

Read the executive summary
Read the issue brief
Read the press release

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Why is this report urgent?

The report summarizes the latest science on the health, socioeconomic and environmental risks — and the many unknowns — surrounding experimental gene-silencing RNAi pesticide sprays that biotechnology and agrichemical corporations are seeking to patent and bring to market. The first such pesticide is likely to be submitted to the EPA for registration by GreenLight Biosciences by the end of 2020.

What are gene-silencing RNAi pesticides?

Agrichemical corporations such as Bayer, BASF, and Syngenta are using genetic modification techniques to develop pesticides that exploit a cellular process called RNA interference (RNAi), in order to switch off or “silence” genes that are essential for the survival of insects – thus killing them.

For example, RNAi could be applied as a foliar spray on leaves. After the pest eats the leaves, interfering RNA enters the insect’s stomach and silences a gene that is essential for cell division, following which, the pest cannot make functioning new cells and dies.

What is RNA interference?

RNA interference (RNAi) is a naturally occurring cellular process in plants, fungi, and animals, including insects. The RNAi pathway functions to control whether a gene is turned off or not. Genetic engineers are now able to make synthetic interfering RNA molecules in laboratory settings. The resulting RNAi pesticides can kill a pest by triggering a process in the organism that “silences” genes that are essential for survival.

What are potential environmental impacts of RNAi pesticides?

The technology is imprecise. Gene-silencing can occur both in the genome of the target organism as well as in non-target species. Some of these unintended genetic modifications could be inherited and persist in the environment for generations.

Environmental concerns include:

  • Open-air experimentation: Entire agroecosystems could be affected. Genetically modifying organisms in the open environment makes controlling exposure difficult or impossible.
  • Unintended silencing of genes: RNAi technologies are widely associated with off-target activity –the silencing of genes that weren’t intended to be silenced, both within the genome of target organisms as well as in related non-target species.
  • Effects on non-target organisms: RNAi targeting a specific pest’s genes may bind to and shut down genes in other organisms as well. This off-target effect may extend beyond closely related species to potentially thousands of different species. A 2017 meta-analysis indicated that existing interfering RNAs developed for other target species could also directly impact gene activity in honeybees, and a 2019 study showed the uptake and exchange of interfering RNAs within bee colonies across generations. 
  • Entrenching the pesticide treadmill: There is evidence suggesting that, as with other pesticides, targeted pests will rapidly develop resistance to RNAi pesticides.

What are potential health impacts of RNAi pesticides?

Key questions around human health impacts remain completely unstudied and must be fully investigated.

Public health concerns include:

  • Inhalation of synthetic RNAi: Farmers, farmworkers, production workers and rural communities may be exposed to synthetic interfering RNAs via the potential spray drift. The risks pertaining to inhalation exposure are completely unknown.
  • Altering crops’ genetic composition: Unwanted gene silencing could alter crops’ genetic composition in a way that raises safety concerns, such as altering levels of toxins or allergens.
  • Dietary consumption of synthetic RNAi: Preliminary research suggests that naturally occurring interfering RNAs in our diet play a role in regulating physiological or pathological conditions in our bodies. This suggests that synthetic RNAi products may also interfere with human gene regulation, with unforeseen health implications. Further investigation is needed to fully understand the safety implications of consuming synthetic interfering RNAs.

Who owns the crops or insects that are modified by RNAi spray?

Gene-silencing pesticide sprays raise many questions and concerns about patenting and ownership issues.

Corporations developing RNAi pesticides are applying for patents that would give them ownership of exposed organisms and even their offspring, regardless of whether the exposure was intentional. This would result in a massive expansion of property rights over nature, ever more deeply entrenching the power of biotech companies over the food system in ways that would threaten farmers’ rights.

Are government regulations sufficient to ensure health and safety in relation to the environment and people?

RNAi pesticides currently fall outside of existing domestic and international regulatory structures and therefore have yet to be regulated in most parts of the world. Oversight and regulations for interfering RNA applications should include independent, transparent health and environmental assessment, including  examination of potential long-term impacts, before being allowed to enter the market or environment, and products of all genetic modification should be traceable, and labeled as GMOs.

Are gene-silencing pesticides safe for eaters?

RNAi pesticides are being described by developers as “eco-friendly” and “natural” because the active ingredient, the interfering RNA, is a form of genetic material that exists in all organisms. However, equating the safety of naturally occurring interfering RNAs with novel synthetically produced interfering RNAs lacks scientific grounding.

Synthetic interfering RNAs are being developed as insecticides, and it depends on the individual interfering RNAs, and the modified organism, as to whether they are safe for consumption. Further, developers may alter their chemical structure, or add nanoparticles and other synthetic materials to RNAi products to enhance their function — for example, to make them more resistant to degradation. They should thus be judged on a case-by-case basis and not merely assumed to be equivalent to their natural counterparts.

Also, as stated above, preliminary research suggests that naturally occurring interfering RNAs in our diet play a role in regulating physiological or pathological conditions in our bodies. This suggests that synthetic RNAi products may also interfere with human gene regulation, with unforeseen health implications. Further investigation is needed to fully understand the safety implications of consuming synthetic interfering RNAs.

What are sustainable and healthy alternatives?

Based on evidence from scientific assessments available, it is not possible to assure the safe use of RNAi products, designed to induce genetic modifications in organisms in the open environment.

Rather than perpetuating the pesticide treadmill, ecological farming methods that underpin organic and other forms of ecological agriculture, offer a true solution. A growing body of science shows that farmers who rely on ecological methods for pest management instead of pesticides can meet or outperform their conventional counterparts in terms of yield and profits. Ecological farming techniques build healthy soils that confer greater pest immunity to plants and increase biodiversity in farming systems to disrupt the growth of pests and to foster natural predators. This includes crop rotations, cover cropping, composting, reducing tillage, and planting habitat for beneficial insects.

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Lawsuit Challenges USDA over Lack of Labeling for GMO Seeds

 Sustainable Pulse – Oct 7 2020

Center for Food Safety (CFS) has filed an amended complaint in their ongoing litigation challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “bioengineered” (more commonly known as “genetically engineered”) food labeling rule, challenging the law’s prohibition on states’ labeling of genetically modified seeds. The new filing adds claims challenging the part of the “bioengineered foods” rule that will leave genetically engineered seeds unlabeled, preventing consumers and farmers from knowing if seeds are genetically modified.

“Consumers have a right to know what’s in their food, including whether it is genetically engineered or not. That’s what this case is fundamentally about: meaningful labeling,” said George Kimbrell, CFS legal director and counsel in the case. “The same goes for seeds. The decision takes away states’ rights to label seeds, while offering absolutely nothing in return.”

CFS filed the 120-page lawsuit in late July 2020. The provisions then-challenged covered the inadequacies of the law as it relates to food labeling; the new amendment adds the seed labeling aspect.

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My Secrets to Preserving Food Fast When You’re Running Out of Time – Video 27 min

Modern Homesteading – Sept 20, 2020 – Video 27 min

When the harvest race is on you need some ways to quickly preserve the harvest when you either don’t have a lot of produce at once or don’t want to can things up. Here are some of my favorite methods to quickly get the harvest preserved.

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15 FOOD HACKS THAT ARE SIMPLY GREAT!

Easy Tricks and Hacks – Sept 1, 2017 – Video – 9:20

See 15 food and cooking hacks you can use in your kitchen to make life more fun and easier. these are the tricks/hacks you will see in this video: 1. Opening a bottle with paper folding hack 2. Oven baking rack party food idea 3. DIY vacuum sealing food 4. Potato wedges cutting with apple cutter. 5. A more accurate measuring system with a rubber band. 6. Omelette in a zip lock bag trick 7. Lemon sprayer DIY 8. DIY tea strainer 9. DIY finger shield for cutting in the kitchen 10. Trick for easy cutting board clean up 11. Hack for saving herbs with freezing 12. Trick for quickly removing corn husk 13. Trick for cutting corn off the cob 14. Tip for knowing bad mayo from good mayo 15. Making rose ice

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editor’s Note ….Food Justice News

Sept 1st, 2020 – FOOD Justice NEWS – Ken Billings

The disastrous lock down and economic suicide brought on by the WHO, World Economic Forum, CDC and mainstream media lead by Bill and Melinda Gates is causing un-calculated misery, suffering and death way beyond a Cold flu.

With that in mind as editor, I have been busy helping friends, growing food, and educating people in my other editing job, DIGILEAK – NEWS Not NOISE.

I am providing a brief series of stories on both food, the COVID lock down and attempts to resist below….

In Solidarity,

Ken Billings,

Editor, FOOD Justice NEWS

CCFSH.org

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Food Supply Spontaneously Combusting! Controlled Demolition of Supply Chain

Ice Age Farmer – Aug 31, 2020 – Video 9 min

Top Tips for Freezing Garden Produce

GroVeg – Aug 14, 2020 – Video 6 min

Elderberry Medicine

Herbal Jedi – Sept 9, 2019 – Video 14 min

Source: DIGILEAK NEWS Not NOISE…

Global slide show… Aug 2020

Canada slide show…Aug 2020

Covid-Gate, The Political Virus – Prof. Michel Chossudovsky

Global Research – Aug 29, 2020 – Video 16 min

Citizens issue Stand Down Order to local authorities after nullifying and outlawing COVID regulations www.republicofkanata.ca

Aug  31, 2020 – Kevin Annett – Video 3 min

CDC Now Admits that 94% of COVID Deaths Had “Another Cause of Death”

Global Research – Aug 31, 2020 – By Jack Davis and Prof Michel Chossudovsky

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT ON THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO SARS-COV-2 AND OTHER FACTORS  ASSOCIATION DES OFFICIERS DE RÉSERVE (ASSOCIATION OF FRENCH RESERVE ARMY OFFICERS)

Aug 27, 2020 – Claire Edwards translationPDF document…page xi & xii (Report May 20, 2020) 👍👍👍👍

DIGILEAK GLOBAL AUG – Slide 144 – Social – French Military Report on Covid 19 Pandemic…A must read!!!

Book: Population Control – How Corporate Owners Are Killing Us

Source – Aug 31, 2020 – Author: Jim Marrs – Video 1 (166 min), Video 2 (18 min) Video 3 (5 min)DIGILEAK GLOBAL AUG – Slide 145 – Social – Elite plan…Population culling

HAVE THE PEOPLE FINALLY AWOKEN?

Dollar Vigilante – Aug 30, 2020 – Video 45 min …A must watch!!!…DIGILEAKDIGILEAK GLOBAL AUG – Slide 140 – Social – Wisdom from Icke, JFK Jr, Osho… 👍👍👍

Another post at the end of September…Please share.

Thank you…Ken Billings, Editor, FOOD Justice NEWS

A big thank you to Dr. Shiv Chopra for leading the way.

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