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  • Interesting Times For All Commodities And Investments!! EATING HEALTHY ??? 190 comments
    Jul 13, 2014 10:38 PM

    !! YOU GOT TO READ THIS AND LET IT SINK IN !!

    Check your food labels - IMPORTANT!

    And don't forget that Smithfield Farms, the largest pork
    producing farm in the USA was sold in September to China with the
    unanimous support of its stockholders!! The hogs will still be raised
    here, but slaughtered and packaged for sale there before being sent
    back here. This includes labels: of Morrell, Eckrich, Krakus, Cudahy,
    Premium Hams, Cook's, Gwaltney. The same with many chickens. They can now be shipped there, but when they come back all that needs to be labeled is that they… WERE RAISED IN THE USA. Not that they were processed in China!!! Our great FDA at work again. The chickens will be all processed and most sold to fast food restaurants for sandwiches, along with schools and supermarkets. The China slaughter and processing are not nearly equal - and, by far - to the requirements here.

    Buy USA or Canada only.

    BAD FOOD.

    We recently learned that Starkist Tuna is now owned by
    Korea, and is in big conflict with the U. S. concerning quality, safety,
    and records, which Korea refuses to produce.

    Read several articles on Google about this, and even one
    that was defending the eating of tilapia said to avoid the fish that
    came from China? Also, I had just returned home from buying
    Albertson's 4-day special of 4 bags of frozen tilapia for the price of
    one? Sure enough, on the top of the bags, it read "farm raised", and
    on the bottom in small print it said:" China "… read all the way
    down...

    Recently a Food inspector on TV... said he had lived
    overseas and he had seen the filthy conditions their foods are raised
    and processed in. It is enough to make you throw-up. Some foreign
    workers have to wear masks as they work in these places, because the food is so rotten and filthy, it makes them want to throw up. Many of their fish on Fish Farms are fed raw sewage daily. He said he has seen so much filth throughout their food growing and processing that he would "never" eat any of it. They raise this filth, put some food coloring and some flavorings on it, then they ship it to the USA & Canada for YOU to consume and feed to YOUR families. They have no Food & Safety Inspectors. They ship it to you to buy and poison your families and friends.

    Imported food we eat and the junk we buy:

    Green Giant frozen vegetables are from China, and so are
    most of Europe's Best.

    Arctic Gardens are Okay. So is Birdseye.

    Never buy the grocery store garlic unless it is clearly
    marked from USA or Canada, the other stuff is grown in people's… dung (even worse than chicken poop). China is the largest producer of garlic in the world; U. S. is next.

    Buy only local honey, much honey is shipped in huge
    containers from China and re-packed here.

    Cold-FX is grown and packed in China and is full of fecal
    bacteria. Doesn't work anyway, big scam.

    If the country of origin is not clearly marked "beware".

    If produce, ask an employee.

    Watch out for packages which state "prepared for", "packed
    by" or "imported by". We don't understand the lack of mandatory
    labeling, especially the produce.

    The country of origin should be clearly shown on the item
    in the store.

    Go to the local farmers' markets in season and keep a wary
    eye open the rest of the year.

    Please read this very carefully, and read to the very
    bottom. It's important for all of us.

    How is it possible to ship food from China cheaper than
    having it produced in the U. S. or Canada?

    FOR EXAMPLE THE "OUR FAMILY" BRAND OF MANDARIN
    ORANGES SAYS RIGHT ON THE CAN 'FROM CHINA'. SO, FOR A
    FEW MORE CENTS, BUY THE LIBERTY BRAND.

    GOLD BRAND OR THE DOLE IS FROM CALIFORNIA.

    Beware, Costco sells canned peaches and pears in a plastic
    jar that come from China.

    ALL "HIGH LINER" AND MOST OTHER FROZEN FISH PRODUCTS COME FROM CHINA OR INDONESIA. THE PACKAGE MAY SAY "PACIFIC SALMON" ON THE FRONT, BUT LOOK FOR THE SMALL PRINT. MOST OF THESE PRODUCTS COME FROM FISH FARMS IN THE ORIENT WHERE THERE ARE NO REGULATIONS ON WHAT IS FED TO THESE FISH.

    Recently The Montreal Gazette had an article by the Canadian Government on how Chinese feed the fish: They suspend chicken
    wire crates over the fish ponds, and the fish feed on chicken dung.

    If you search the Internet about what the Chinese feed
    their fish, you'll be alarmed; e. g, growth hormones, expired
    anti-biotic from humans? Never buy any type of fish or shellfish that
    comes from these countries: Vietnam, China, Philippines.

    Check this out personally.

    Steinfeld's Pickles are made in India - just as bad!

    Another example is in canned mushrooms. No-Name brand came
    from Indonesia…

    Also check those little fruit cups. They used to be made in
    Canada, in the Niagara region, until about 2 years ago. They are now packaged in China. Most sold in Aldi stores.

    While the Chinese export inferior and even toxic products,
    dangerous toys, and goods to be sold in North American markets, the media wrings its hands! Yet, 70% of North Americans believe that the trading privileges afforded to the Chinese should be suspended.

    Well, duh! Why do you need the government to suspend
    trading privileges?

    SIMPLY DO IT YOURSELF, CANADA AND THE U. S.

    Simply look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if
    it says 'Made in China' or 'PRC' (and that now includes Hong Kong),
    simply choose another product, or none at all. You will be amazed at
    how dependent you are on Chinese products, and you will be equally
    amazed at what you can do without.

    THINK ABOUT THIS:

    If 200 million North Americans refuse to buy just $20 each
    of Chinese goods, that's a billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in
    our favor... fast! The downside? Some Canadian/American businesses will feel a temporary pinch from having foreign stockpiles of inventory.

    Just one month of trading losses will hit the Chinese for 8% of their North American exports. Then they will at least have to ask themselves if the benefits of their arrogance and lawlessness are
    worth it.

    Start reading labels more closely and buy something else even if
    it cost a few cents more...

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  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » CAN THIS BE TRUE ???
    13 Jul 2014, 10:44 PM Reply Like
  • PendragonY
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    Probably not. Why would they add the expense of shipping live hogs to China to slaughter and package them when the infrastructure to do all that is available here? Also there are significant restrictions on shipping live pigs from the US to China.

     

    http://bit.ly/1jq2Xqm
    13 Jul 2014, 11:00 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » SAYS probably false. Sounds like almost pregnant !!
    13 Jul 2014, 11:12 PM Reply Like
  • PendragonY
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    Dude,

     

    Yes, they say probably false because they don't have a source that specifically refutes the claim.

     

    Its just not true, makes no sense to do it and is contrary to ALL the stated reasons the Chinese company had to buy Smithfield.
    14 Jul 2014, 06:15 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » PEND

     

    First my name isn't Dude.

     

    Now just check out few comments below. Others seem to have a concern as well..
    14 Jul 2014, 01:12 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Their is a Concern MR. IT thank you for bringing it to the forefront.
    14 Jul 2014, 01:15 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » AL

     

    Just passing on what was sent to me. Open for everyone to decide what they want to put in their bodies..

     

    I am not here to judge, just being a messenger..
    14 Jul 2014, 01:20 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    That consciousness could reduce the tremendous pressure on our healthcare sector and it's ramifications.

     

    Your right no gold battleship this time,a Daffodil ?
    14 Jul 2014, 01:25 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » I will stay with just my Ole American Eagle right now
    14 Jul 2014, 01:29 PM Reply Like
  • PendragonY
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    IT,

     

    Well, I posted a link that disputes your claim about Smithfield foods and pork.

     

    Here is one about talapia
    http://bit.ly/WdplJq

     

    As for the claim about Green Giant vegatables, that too is bad information.

     

    http://bit.ly/Wdpjl4

     

    I also think its kind of disingenuous of you to not make it clear that your posting is actual an email making the rounds of the internet. And I find that when the first couple of easily checked claims are false or very misleading, that it is very likely that the whole thing is not worth the time or concern to research the rest of it.
    14 Jul 2014, 05:31 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » PEND

     

    One can believe what they choose to. Just because you checked it on a web site does not make it disingenuous. Nor does it make you correct.

     

    I can find other sites to dispute yours. That is why it is called due diligence.

     

    But thanks for the links..

     

    I tend to let the readers decide what they want. It works better that way.

     

    Is an email any less qualified then a web site ?? Do you really think that ? Geez... Maybe a friend read it on a site and forwarded it to me ??

     

    Eat away my friend :)
    14 Jul 2014, 05:39 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Everybody loves Chinese food.
    13 Jul 2014, 10:45 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » MEOW !!!
    13 Jul 2014, 10:46 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha a lot of Ivory showing now !
    13 Jul 2014, 10:47 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » Actually I believe this should be taken seriously though...
    13 Jul 2014, 10:51 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Your right,O.K first Chinese manufacturing now Chinese Produce then Chinese healthcare.
    13 Jul 2014, 10:53 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    With food, as long as it tastes good, and it's cooked to 165+ degrees, I'm down with eating it (that said, I do prefer spinal beef cuts to be of a higher grade). If the fish tastes good 'cuz they eat chicken poop, so what? Pigs wallow around in their own feces, too.
    13 Jul 2014, 11:26 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    You get used to the Rats...just wipe the tops of the cans off.
    The inspectors are on the job.
    13 Jul 2014, 11:26 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Rat tastes like.... chicken. ;)
    13 Jul 2014, 11:30 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Then these revelation should be no problem.
    13 Jul 2014, 11:31 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Eating Healthy is getting more and more complicated i'm eating more Avocodo's & Mango's after reading this.
    13 Jul 2014, 11:44 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » From China ??
    13 Jul 2014, 11:45 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » JBT

     

    Remind me not to eat at your house !! When you barbeque you can hide almost anything>>>
    13 Jul 2014, 11:47 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Picky eaters are not welcome here, anyways. ;)
    13 Jul 2014, 11:49 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » One thing I am not is picky :) Per my doctors scale....
    13 Jul 2014, 11:57 PM Reply Like
  • nocnurzfred
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    Same thing happened with our shrimp industry. We ship them to China so their rich folks eat the best in the world, then they send us their farm raised ones. Just watch, our chickens & hogs will be eaten by them, and they will export their hogs & chickens to us. Notice how infrequently our shrimp are available to us? And if you ask for U.S.A., you get mostly blank looks.
    14 Jul 2014, 08:26 AM Reply Like
  • nocnurzfred
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    Just checked my latest ration of Soyent Green, and yup, in tiny letters; PRC.
    14 Jul 2014, 08:38 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » NOC

     

    Funny how many never noticed this before, I did not now that shrimp were already being shipped..

     

    All joking aside this may become serious..

     

    Thanks
    14 Jul 2014, 01:14 PM Reply Like
  • crademan
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    If you really want to eat freshly harvested, American grown food products why not plant your own garden? http://bit.ly/1kVIuoB. If you don't have time or space to grow your own food, please look for a CSA http://bit.ly/1kVIwwF or shop at a Farmers Market near you. http://1.usa.gov/1kVIuoC
    14 Jul 2014, 12:16 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » CRADE

     

    Thanks for the links !!
    14 Jul 2014, 01:11 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    IT can you be followed on TWTR ? tks.
    14 Jul 2014, 12:42 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » AL

     

    I don't use facebook or all those other things. I just like to keep it simple..
    14 Jul 2014, 01:09 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Got it,tks.
    14 Jul 2014, 01:16 PM Reply Like
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    What i ascertained from this exercise eating is important in general and specifically is how you do it.
    14 Jul 2014, 08:25 PM Reply Like
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    IT
    Interesting story because it is another instance of the Chinese using their US dollar reserves to purchase real US assets and businesses rather than buying US Treasuries. The NY Times story link below seems to explain their logic. They have a huge population to feed that likes to eat pork. They cannot produce enough themselves and Chinese consumers are distrustful of food grown in their own land because of the spoiled environment and handling practices.

     

    There is no way they are going to ship live animals to China to be slaughtered and processed. The cost would be prohibitive. That is why they bought the US facility, to be able to ship processed meat back to China.

     

    http://nyti.ms/1jsMhyr

     

    Take-aways: Tighter pork and meat supply in US. US dollars are coming back home to bid up your food and product prices.

     

    About the Talapia fish. So what if someone says they don't feed the fish chicken feces? That doesn't mean there are not ducks and geese in the ponds cohabiting with the fish. The Chinese environment is the most polluted on the globe. The toxic rain that falls there is enough reason to distrust any pond raised fish there.

     

    Remember, the CDC watches China to see what variety of flu virus is emerging there 6 months prior to determining what kind of flu vaccine to produce for the coming season. Ponds + geese and ducks + pigs drinking from the same water + humans processing the pigs = new virus.
    14 Jul 2014, 08:52 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » JW

     

    You know some will argue what you just wrote...I am agreement with you !
    14 Jul 2014, 09:32 PM Reply Like
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    The family that votes for each other eventually ends up in the White House.
    14 Jul 2014, 09:42 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » McDonald's profit slips as same-store sales come in flat !!!

     

    About: McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD)

     

    McDonald's (MCD -2.3%) opens lower after reporting a 1% Y/Y drop in Q2 earnings, which also came in below expectations,

     

    Global comparable sales from Q2 were relatively flat vs. expectations of a 0.8% gain, reflecting negative guest traffic in all major segments: Same-store U.S. sales fell 1.5% vs. estimates of a 0.3% decline, reflecting negative comparable guest traffic amid "ongoing broad-based challenges," same-store Europe sales fell 1% vs. expectations for 0.7% growth, and Asia/Pacific same-store sales rose 1.1% vs. estimates for 1.5% growth as China sales remain strong.

     

    Continuing strength in China is questionable following MCD's entanglement in another Chinese food safety scandal;

     

    Forbes’ Brian Solomon says, “If, as they have in the past, Chinese customers again spurn fast food chains associated with safety problems, it could negatively impact the earnings for McDonald’s.”

     

    DIDN'T WE DISCUSS THE CHINESE FOOD ISSUES ???? Seems to me that their own people don't want to even eat it !!
    22 Jul 2014, 12:39 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Does anything good come out of China?
    22 Jul 2014, 01:20 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Yes Good Kung-Fu Movies.
    22 Jul 2014, 02:34 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    "Yes Good Kung-Fu Movies."

     

    There are such?
    22 Jul 2014, 02:38 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Just being Diplomatic,not completely out of China yet.
    22 Jul 2014, 02:46 PM Reply Like
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    "DIDN'T WE DISCUSS THE CHINESE FOOD ISSUES ???? Seems to me that their own people don't want to even eat it !!"

     

    And a European company sold horse meat to Ikea and others as beef. This isn't just a Chinese problem. That's why food is tested, because there are always people who will cut corners.
    22 Jul 2014, 05:43 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » PEND

     

    Even in this country as well. Ever eat at Taco Bell ? Never mind>>>>&g...
    22 Jul 2014, 07:01 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    If you are really that concerned consider Kosher.
    22 Jul 2014, 07:10 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Hebrew National hot dogs fit the bill. Honestly not even sure what's in a hot dog so I try not to eat them..

     

    But if you go to Brooklyn you HAVE TO try Nathan's !!
    22 Jul 2014, 07:16 PM Reply Like
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    "not even sure what's in a hot dog"

     

    Chicken lips and pig sphincters.
    22 Jul 2014, 07:25 PM Reply Like
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    Not Hebrew National.

     

    The first step is Gram of sugar,sodium,and carbs
    Saves a lot of trouble,then fat content.

     

    Nathan's not a bad dog.
    22 Jul 2014, 07:41 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » JBT

     

    Ok, i'll bite...Without looking it up what a sphincters ?
    22 Jul 2014, 09:48 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » HOT DOGS.. When I do eat em I like Boars head or Sabrettes...

     

    When you buy them from a street vendor in NYC we nicknamed them "dirty dogs"..
    22 Jul 2014, 09:50 PM Reply Like
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    sphincter ...
    A ringlike muscle that normally maintains constriction of a body passage or orifice and that relaxes as required by normal physiological functioning.
    26 Oct 2014, 09:00 PM Reply Like
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    ha. yer boomerang dollars that yet still levitate our debt, so I can finish learning trading before
    26 Oct 2014, 09:01 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Stick with Hebrew national.
    26 Oct 2014, 09:06 PM Reply Like
  • nocnurzfred
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    So, China is going to ship our farm raised hogs & chickens to China for slaughter & packaging for export back to us? Right. Then why did they buy the Smithfield packaging/processing facilities? More like process them here, ship those products to China, then substitute their poisoned hams & chickens with the labels from U.S., and ship those back here. Forgot the author, but read "The Coming China Wars", spells it all out quite prophetically. P.S. Don't hogs & chickens get sea sick on such long ocean voyages? And how about PFDs for each of them?
    I need to go to the library to print this report, so as to boycott all those brands.
    15 Jul 2014, 01:35 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » NOC

     

    Whatever list you come up with please forward it here for others if you don't mind..

     

    Thanks!
    15 Jul 2014, 02:41 PM Reply Like
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    IT;
    Your original post. Did I know StarKist was Korean, and that they are being less than upfront? Nope. Did I know brands like Erlich & Cooks are brands China just bought from Smithfield? Nope. All I know is if I want to buy shrimp, tuna or crab meat they are usually from China, Vietnam, Indonesia, and farm raised. If I want Salmon, it is usually from Chile.
    We can't make educated choices if we don't know. That is why I hang out on sites like yours, I learn things. Heck, I didn't even know what an ASE was a year & a half ago, until I started reading you guys.
    15 Jul 2014, 04:11 PM Reply Like
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    ASE'S are door stoppers if I remember correctly :) I do recall you posting that . Good memory huh ??
    15 Jul 2014, 04:20 PM Reply Like
  • PendragonY
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    While the parent company of StarKist is a korean company, none of its tuna is processed in Korea or China. The majority of it is processed in American Samoa (just like before the company was sold to its current parent).

     

    http://bit.ly/1ktz3gj
    15 Jul 2014, 04:31 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Are you sure the standards will stay the same? I am not convinced yet.

     

    Think outside the box !!
    15 Jul 2014, 04:35 PM Reply Like
  • PendragonY
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    IT,

     

    So the walk back begins. You made a claim (or rather posted a claim by someone else). It is false, so now you fall back to the claim that they might change their standards in the future.
    15 Jul 2014, 04:48 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » PEND

     

    I am done answering you.. You think it is false, I have my opinion..

     

    Please stop putting words in other people's mouths, I would appreciate it. This blog will not deteriorate to that level..

     

    I have followed your comments here and on JW'S site and I see that you do not initiate any questions, any reason ?? Do you just like to troll ??

     

    I have no problem with both sides off the coin as long as both sides have an open mind..
    15 Jul 2014, 05:00 PM Reply Like
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    You and John both post dubious claims. I don't ask questions because I spend enough time providing accurate facts about the claims you make. Its not an opinion as to whether or not StarKist sells Chinese farm raised tuna, its a FACT that they don't. Its a fact that despite the change in StarKist's corporate parent, all its facilities are exactly the same as when its corporate parent was an American company.
    15 Jul 2014, 05:10 PM Reply Like
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    IT;
    Nope, that much larger bar is though. Stubbed a small toe on it once. Hurt like heck.
    15 Jul 2014, 05:36 PM Reply Like
  • nocnurzfred
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    Doesn't everybody realize that tuna cannot be farm raised? Salmon can, and they lack the quality of open sea.
    15 Jul 2014, 06:28 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Then why stay around ? You think you have all the right answers? You don't ask questions because you are a TROLL. Simple.

     

    If I was on a site and thought all the information was dubious I would leave. Why aren't you ? Please don't think everyone believes your point of view.

     

    Eat what you want. But consider moving on !!
    15 Jul 2014, 06:30 PM Reply Like
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    nocnurzfred

     

    I think the one think the article got wrong was that the Chinese were going to ship the meat back to the US after they processed it. The shipping alone would eat up any possible profits. No, they bought Smithfield to supply food for their own market. They are going to consume the meat shipped to China.

     

    Just like when they invest in gold or copper mines in Africa , or oil fields in Iraq. They are stockpiling the metals and building strategic reserves. They want the actual assets and don't care about turning it for a meager profit.

     

    They have well over 1 billion people to feed.
    15 Jul 2014, 06:35 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    We have shrimp in the freezer - product of Thailand. They taste good. :) The crab legs we recently had were a product of Nova Scotia - also very good tasting.

     

    As far as food is concerned, tasting good is the quality I value the most. If the shrimp, salmon, crab, pork, etc., etc., does not taste good, perhaps it's time to question the cook. ;)
    15 Jul 2014, 07:03 PM Reply Like
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    "You don't ask questions because you are a TROLL. Simple."

     

    I see, so if I don't agree with you, and provide information refuting what you and others claim, you call me names?
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    Sockeye salmon are never farmed. They cannot tolerate it. Ask anyone behind the fish counter.
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  • nocnurzfred
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    Off the poisoned food thing for a moment.
    Am looking for a company that makes only automobile brake components, particularly for higher end autos. Seems every manufacturer is pushing the automatic braking system. Is it unreasonable to expect many of those components wearing out within 10,000 miles, instead of 40,000? "Hey, check out my cool new car, as we cruise directly toward that tree up there at 50 mph". Multiply that type scenario times numerous riders and you need new brakes. Bumper to bumper traffic is going to do the same. Any ideas folks?
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    The braking system you are talking about doesn't have much impact on break where and tear. I have it on several of my cars and I think it has engaged maybe as much as twice on any of the cars. Breaking the car the normal way is many orders of magnitude more common.
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    Author’s reply » NOC

     

    I would post this in the regular chapter...

     

    http://seekingalpha.co...

     

    Might get a better response..
    15 Jul 2014, 04:34 PM Reply Like
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    Of coarse breaking a car conventionally is more common. My point is that the system will be proved to yourself & to those you intend to impress. Hint: Let a teenager use that car with a couple friends. So, who supplies those components to your several cars? I could ask for tire manufacturers, but we know who supplies those to high end cars. A couple years from now we can think more generac, as the technology is expanded to general use. Would have loved to have gotten into that rear camera thing a couple years ago.
    15 Jul 2014, 05:45 PM Reply Like
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    Would you buy a demonstrator model with that technology? Probably need new breaks well before 10,000 miles, as every test driver will insist on seeing how well it works.
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    Author’s reply » NO ONE HAS MENTIONED MONSANTO AND GMO'S ?
    (NYSE:MON).

     

    Healthy to eat ???
    19 Jul 2014, 02:52 AM Reply Like
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    Good Question.
    19 Jul 2014, 04:09 AM Reply Like
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    http://bit.ly/1kGdJnJ
    19 Jul 2014, 11:40 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » PEND

     

    I am confused reading this article. I interpret it as we might have a health issue. Do you agree? I read too many places about too many items being put into the foods we eat.

     

    Long term what's the proof ??
    19 Jul 2014, 11:59 AM Reply Like
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    There are a couple of issues. One is with implanting genes that can confer anti-biotic immunity. These genes might further transfer to harmful bacteria. The other issue is that transferred genes might trigger allergic reactions.

     

    As far as the long term goes, you should understand that ALL the food you eat is genetically modified. Humans have been modifying the genetics of the food we eat since we developed agriculture. The so-called GMO foods differ only in that they were made with a more efficient method of modifying their genes.
    19 Jul 2014, 12:18 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » CRADE

     

    Do you agree about this when your working in your garden ??
    19 Jul 2014, 12:20 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » PEND

     

    So your ok eating them ? Did I understand you correctly ?
    19 Jul 2014, 12:21 PM Reply Like
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    I have no problem eating them. And another point to remember is that unwarranted concern over GMO food causes millions of children to go blind each year and hundreds of thousands to die.
    19 Jul 2014, 12:29 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » PEND

     

    How is that ? Blind and die ??
    19 Jul 2014, 12:35 PM Reply Like
  • crademan
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    IT, All the seeds we buy from nurseries or catalogs were "genetically modified" by the humans who saved those seeds over thousands of years.

     

    I plant hybrid tomato seeds for their resistance to plant diseases. They usually yield fruit even when conditions are adverse. I plant open pollinated heritage tomatoes for their unique tomato flavors, but they don't always yield as many tomatoes. Sometimes heirloom tomato vines collapse and die when hybrid tomato vines are doing OK.

     

    The same is true of orchard trees we buy in the nurseries or from catalogs. A human being noticed the good flavor of a particular tree's fruit, sometimes even noticed one mutant branch on a fruit tree, and grafted scions to rootstock to grow clones of the tree. Each clone is genetically identical to the mother tree.

     

    But gardeners also plant seeds because each seedling is genetically diverse -- there is a chance that one seedling out of a hundred or a thousand seedlings will produce extraordinary fruit -- and the gardener produces & patents a new variety that's better than the parent plants. He or she wins in the genetic lottery.

     

    New varieties of seeds, plants, and trees are patented and put on the market every year.

     

    We gardeners are Barnum's "suckers" because we always want to buy and plant something new each year.
    19 Jul 2014, 12:46 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » So why the argument and delay in placing GMO info on labels ??
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    IT,
    "How is that ? Blind and die ??"

     

    Yep. Lots of kids in third world countries suffer from vitamin A deficiency. Millions suffer blindness as a result and hundreds of thousands then die. Golden Rice, a GMO product, cheaply solves this problem.

     

    http://bit.ly/1qRbFNw
    19 Jul 2014, 01:33 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » PEND

     

    Interesting.. good point !
    19 Jul 2014, 01:37 PM Reply Like
  • John Wilson
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    Pendrogon:

     

    Fine, that you have no problem eating them,
    "I have no problem eating them. And another point to remember is that unwarranted concern over GMO food causes millions of children to go blind each year and hundreds of thousands to die"

     

    but-
    Those numbers are WAY false. They are a mantra repeated over and over by the WHO and re-quoted by pro-GMO proponents without documentation:

     

    "An estimated 250,000 to 500,000 vitamin-A deficient children become blind every year, half of them dying within 12 month.”

     

    If anyone can find the study this was based on, let me know. It is repeated everywhere without documentation.

     

    The statement that “concern over GMO food causes millions of children to go blind each year...” though false, would still remain false even if the regularly quoted numbers of 250K to 500K were used.

     

    The faulty logic is:

     

    GIVEN: 250 million children are vitamin A deficient

     

    a.) Blindness is caused by vitamin A deficiency.
    b.) Golden rice has increased beta carotene content (which may be converted to vit-A)
    c.) Therefore golden rice will save 250K to 500K 3rd world children from blindness.

     

    No it is not that simple. Just adding corn genes to rice to make the rice yellow won't cure blindness.
    The presence of elevated beta carotene is no guarantee either.

     

    Why would I not want “Golden rice?” I am not against preventing malnutrition and blindness. I am against mono-nutritional schemes financed by Bill Gates and his friends whose first priority is population reduction.

     

    Golden rice is the "gateway" GMO crop, to clear away for the money-making GMOs in the pipeline. It is their "loss leader" hook product.

     

    Wherever GMO's dominate, the area will become a dead-zone.

     

    GMO seeds with the insecticide gene and Roundup-ready” agriculture practices are transforming the Midwest into a dead zone. There is no question that the collapse of honey bee colonies is directly related to the insecticide corn and Roundup poisoning.
    http://bit.ly/1qShtGx
    And yes, the Monarch Butterflies are nearing extinction in the Midwest thanks to Monsanto.
    Monsanto is like the a*hole who shot the last surviving Passenger Pigeon just for fun, to kill it.
    19 Jul 2014, 11:03 PM Reply Like
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    John,

     

    "The shocking fact is that, far from reaching the envisaged Millenium Development Goals, more than 10 million children under the age of five are still dying every year. A high proportion of those children die victims of common diseases that could be prevented through a better nutrition. This number has been equated with a ‘Nutritional Holocaust’ . It is unfortunate that the world is not embracing more readily a number of approaches wih the potential to substantially reduce the number of deaths. It has been calculated that the life of 25 percent of those children could be spared by providing them with diets that included crops biofortified with provitamin A (beta-carotene) and zinc. Golden Rice is such a biofortified crop. Those involved in the project are hopeful that in a near future Golden Rice will be growing in farmers' fields and helping to improve the diets of millions of people."

     

    "Would you believe that once upon a time carrots were white or purple? Orange-coloured carrots are the product of a mutation selected by a Dutch horticulturist a few hundred years ago, because it was the colour of the Dutch Royal House of Orange-Nassau!"

     

    http://bit.ly/Uj0KS7

     

    "The trope about agribusiness does not apply, either. Golden Rice is being developed by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), which is a not-for-profit institute, and the seeds will be distributed to farmers who can resow them as they wish. In these cases, the argument switches to “Golden Rice is a Trojan horse”. In other words, by sneaking below the barriers of suspicion, it will open the floodgates to GMO technology and from then on to a slippery slope and the takeover of the world’s seed supply (See Speak of the Devil, page 74). Even if that is a legitimate concern, it is an issue for regulators not a reason to demonise a technology."

     

    "Some of the concern over GMOs is a knee-jerk reaction to the idea of transferring foreign DNA into our crops. But this happens all the time in traditional breeding. DNA from wheat species that are little more than weedy grasses is bred into wheat using various tricks of the trade. And microbes naturally ferry genes between species. The fact is, it’s only GM crops that have to be tested so rigorously on a case-by-case basis. Arguably they are not just as safe as traditional crops, but safer."

     

    "At its heart the Green Revolution was all about genes. It began in the 1950s with an institution funded by the philanthropic Rockefeller foundation and the Mexican government. Here, Borlaug developed varieties of wheat to meet the needs of destitute Mexican farmers. Most importantly these were bred to resist the fungal scourge known as rust. Borlaug also found that when he applied fertiliser and irrigated the tall spindly Mexican wheat varieties, the heads grew satisfyingly fatter but the top-heavy plants now toppled over. To solve the problem he crossed the Mexican wheat with a “dwarf” variety of Japanese wheat. The result was spectacular, and unanticipated. The short stocky wheat plant relocated the resources it would have spent on the stem, into the grain. Overnight Borlaug bred a wheat variety with double the yield. Nothing has been seen like it in plant breeding before or since."

     

    http://bit.ly/Uj0Itq

     

    "Severe vitamin A deficiency results in blindness, and half of the roughly half-million children who are blinded by it die within a year. Vitamin A deficiency also compromises immune system function, exacerbating many kinds of illnesses. It is a disease of poverty and poor diet, responsible for 1.9 to 2.8 million preventable deaths annually, mostly of children under 5 years old and women."

     

    And John, since you claim there is no study supporting these numbers, the study that supports the above statement is E. Mayo-Wilson et al., Br. Med. J. 343, d5094 (2011).

     

    Further you state "There is no question that the collapse of honey bee colonies is directly related to the insecticide corn and Roundup poisoning."

     

    Well, first let's deal first with what is actually CAUSING the bee problem. Its a specific type of insecticide, not Roundup (a herbicide) or Bt (a different class of insecticide).

     

    http://bit.ly/Uj0KS9

     

    Then while Bt is an insecticide it is a different variety and has been used as an insecticide since the 1960s, so having the plants produce it hasn't caused any recent issues.

     

    http://bit.ly/Uj0L8o

     

    Your paranoia about Monsanto isn't evidence of any wrong doing on their part. You haven't provided any proof of your claims about Monarch butterflies, which have been in trouble for several decades prior to any GMO crops introductions, so again you are just plain wrong.

     

    But hey, here is a study showing the Bt Corn effects on Monarch's are negligible.

     

    http://bit.ly/Uj0L8p

     

    So wrong on all accounts in your attempt to justify not addressing a problem that is killing millions of children.
    20 Jul 2014, 08:37 AM Reply Like
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    John Wilson, Here is the link you have requested: http://bit.ly/1u5LqbP

     

    Please read the document carefully, especially the sections about the difficulties that Ingo Potrykus, Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Plant Sciences of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Dr. Peter Burkhardt, and Dr. Paola Lucca had patenting Golden Rice. These scientists worked very hard -- not to enrich themselves -- but to be able to give away their life's work to prevent vitamin A deficiency (VAD) and iron anemia deficiency (IAD).

     

    These are the facts about VAD and IAD:

     

    "Iron deficiency anemia (NYSE:IDA) is one of the most common and serious human nutritional disorders in the world. This malnutrition affects more than two billion humans, predominantly women and children. Consequences are millions of birth-related deaths of mothers and children. It impairs physical and intellectual development, the immune system, and general fitness of people of all ages. In infants and young children even mild anemia can impair intellectual development. Anemia in pregnancy is an important cause of maternal mortality, increasing the risk of hemorrhage and sepsis during childbirth. Infants born to anemic mothers often suffer from low birth weight and anemia themselves. An inadequate dietary iron intake is the main cause of IDA. According to UNICEF, nearly two billion people are estimated to be anemic and about double that number, or 3.7 billion are iron deficient, the vast majority of them women. In Africa and Asia UNICEF estimates that IDA contributes to approximately 20 per cent of all maternal deaths.

     

    "Each year more than one million VAD (vitamin A deficiency) associated childhood deaths occur. And, according to the World Health Organization, as many as 230 million children are at risk of clinical or subclinical VAD, a condition which is largely preventable. VAD makes children especially vulnerable to infections and worsens the course of many infections. Supplementation with vitamin A is estimated by UNICEF to lower a child’s risk of dying by approximately 23 percent. VAD is also the single most important cause of blindness among children in developing countries, about 500,000 per year."
    20 Jul 2014, 10:49 AM Reply Like
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    Pendragon
    No I am not wrong to challenge the corporate GMO patent holders (Monsanto & Bayer) who attempt to frame the starvation and malnutrition realities in the world, as problems that can ONLY be solved with the use of THEIR seeds to supply whole nations food supplies.

     

    Hybrids and GMO plants are not the same. No problem with hybrids. Don't try to sell GMOs as basically the same as hybrids. GMO seeds are exclusive property of the patent holder. They develop them to have an exclusive product to earn corporate profits from. They don't care about starving children. They are only concerned with how they can use starving children to sell their product.

     

    Monsanto has a track record of false advertising claims. In fact most of the touted advantages and superiority of GMOs are nothing more than corporate advertising, Like GMO crops have higher yields or Roundup is biodegradable. Monsanto routinely makes false claims about its products and has been forced by more than one nation to retract advertising as false.

     

    Your “research” cited doesn't “prove” anything. It was a study suggested by the EPA and the USDA with a steering committee with a Monsanto representative on it. The reason they did the study was because as there is no doubt the Bt corn pollen is toxic to the Monarch butterfly, the purpose was to show that in most areas, the milkweed plants are far enough from the cornfields that it “may” be negligible. It was all about “PROXIMITY”. In E Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois and the milkweed IS in close proximity to the cornfields, and the to the butterflies is at the 56% risk level. I guess you did not read your study too closely.

     

    I have lived in the Midwest all my life and we hardy see any Monarchs anymore. It all changed when GMO corn and Roundup came into the picture. The research is just corporate damage control.

     

    As usual, you do not “disprove” or refute anything. Imagine: a study commissioned by a group with a Monsanto member on the committee, and the study “suggests” (not finds) in its conclusion that, “the impact of Bt corn pollen from current commercial hybrids on monarch butterfly populations is negligible. “
    ---More corporate advertising subsidized by the USDA headed by my “in Monsanto's back pocket” former governor of Iowa, Tom Vilsak.
    http://bit.ly/1u5OlRH
    20 Jul 2014, 11:09 AM Reply Like
  • crademan
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    Respectfully, John Wilson, Monsanto does not hold the patent for Golden Rice.
    20 Jul 2014, 11:42 AM Reply Like
  • PendragonY
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    John,

     

    Apparently you didn't read the following from that study.

     

    http://bit.ly/Uj0L8p

     

    "We have used a comprehensive set of new data and a formalized approach to risk assessment that integrates aspects of exposure to characterize the risk posed to monarchs from Bt corn pollen. Characterization of acute toxic effects alone indicates that the potential for hazard to monarchs is currently restricted to event 176 hybrids, which express Cry1Ab protein in pollen at a level sufficient to show measurable effects. Event 176 hybrids have always had a minor presence in the corn market and current plantings, which comprise <2% of corn acres, are rapidly declining.

     

    Other events either express negligible Cry1Ab protein in corn pollen (Mon810 and Bt11) or express Cry protein of significantly less toxicity to monarch (Dbt418, Cbh351, and Tc1507 expressing Cry1Ac, Cry9c, and Cry1F proteins, respectively). These corn hybrids have little or no effect on monarch populations, although sublethal effects due to chronic exposure to Bt pollen over the entire larval growth of monarchs has not been accounted for in these studies. Should chronic effects he documented, the impact on monarch populations will remain low or negligible, because overall exposure of monarch larvae to Bt pollen is low."

     

    Instead you chose to quote information related to one type of Bt Corn, one that makes up less than 2% of the crop and whose use is declining.
    20 Jul 2014, 01:15 PM Reply Like
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    Pendragon

     

    You are choosing to ignore that ALL Bt corn pollen proteins are toxic. Yes the one that is being phased out is more toxic but the others are toxic enough.

     

    I just reported from the results of the study you cited. These results state that all Cryl A proteins from Bt corn is toxic to the Monarchs. The 176 Bt that is being phased out was even more toxic, but they all are toxic:

     

    “Results
    Characterization of Effects of Bt Corn Pollen.
    The Cry1A proteins expressed in most commercial Bt corn hybrids are toxic to the monarch butterfly “

     

    Yes it does say,

     

    “However, the expression of Cry1Ab endotoxin within pollen of various events varies considerably depending on the promoter gene involved (26). Expression is greatest in event 176 Bt corn … a line that is being phased out through 2003 “

     

    However, all are toxic. The cornbelt has become a dead zone. I have seen it happen over 50 years. There is a direct correlation with GMOs, and possibly Roundup (though no will they do a study) and the disappearance of butterflys, bees and birds.

     

    I'll say it again, Monsanto is like the mindless idiot who shot the last Passenger pigeon just for sport, though they do things on a global scale. And they do these cute little tobacco science research studies to throw people off (with a Monsanto guy on the steering committee in the background).

     

    Some may say that this (link below) is anecdotal evidence, but apparently rats, squirrels and pigs will reject the GMO corn but will eat the non GMO varieties when both are offered. JBT says pigs will eat feces or garbage, but they don't want anything to do with Bt GMO corn. I have always suspected that rats and squirrels had more sense than some scientists.
    http://bit.ly/WwlBmL

     

    Time to put labels on this stuff that pigs and rats won't eat.
    20 Jul 2014, 03:43 PM Reply Like
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    I am not choosing to ignore anything. But its you who repeatedly ignore what is being said. Like your quote about toxicity, you ignored the following sentence just after your quoted line "This event exceeds, by nearly two orders of magnitude, protein expression in events Bt11 and Mon810 (0.09 μg/gm pollen), which is near the current level of detection by immunoassay."

     

    So yes, there was some issue, 10+ years ago with a line of Bt corn that was gotten rid of.

     

    And again, its just not true, nor does your line even support your claim, that rats and pigs won't eat Bt corn.
    20 Jul 2014, 05:12 PM Reply Like
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    JW,

     

    "They don't care about starving children. They are only concerned with how they can use starving children to sell their product."

     

    Let's re-phrase that:

     

    They don't care about <people with Hep-C>. They are only concerned with how they can use <people with Hep-C> to sell their product.

     

    There. That's Gilead (NASDAQ:GILD). Corporations are not do-gooders, except for the fact they do good for profit's sake. All the good stuff that we have is the result of someone looking to make a buck.
    20 Jul 2014, 08:51 PM Reply Like
  • crademan
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    A sample of opinions of scientists around the world on GMOs. http://bit.ly/1kG9Pv9

     

    An opinion from the left wing's Mother Jones: "Indeed, according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the research surrounding GM food is 'quite clear: crop improvement by the modern molecular techniques of biotechnology is safe.' " http://bit.ly/1kG9Pva

     

    Mankind has been tampering with genetics ever since the first farmer saved the seeds from his best wheat and bred his best ram with ewes that had borne twin lambs.
    19 Jul 2014, 11:11 AM Reply Like
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    Crademan

     

    The Scientists were all "Official govt recognized", WHO spokesman and Rockefeller research funded NGOs. They will all recite the same mantras in unison.

     

    GMOs began to be developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Our farming ancestors has no way to put genes from fish into tomatoes and strawberries.

     

    GMO science has taken tomatoes that used to taste good from the garden and transformed them into tasteless hard mush that "stays fresh" for a long time in the store. Wonderful accomplishment.

     

    People today hardly know what a tomato is supposed to taste like.

     

    Sorry- it still is tasteless mush. I'll take the real thing.
    20 Jul 2014, 04:08 PM Reply Like
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    "GMO science has taken tomatoes that used to taste good from the garden and transformed them into tasteless hard mush that "stays fresh" for a long time in the store."

     

    That was done decades ago.
    20 Jul 2014, 05:13 PM Reply Like
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    John Wilson, We agree about grocery store tomatoes. How they became so uniformly red, round, yet flavorless is an interesting story: http://n.pr/1zVKqY2

     

    If you want fresh, flavorful tomatoes your best bet is to grow your own. Even someone who doesn't have a large yard might have a large enough sunny spot for a small raised bed or straw bale garden.
    21 Jul 2014, 12:31 AM Reply Like
  • PendragonY
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    Actually Crademan, you don't agree with John Wilson about grocery store tomatoes. He has said "GMO science has taken tomatoes that used to taste good from the garden and transformed them into tasteless hard mush", while you correctly note that this was done decades before GMO techniques were even possible.
    21 Jul 2014, 07:01 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » I am sure that we have many ways to make a taste change. Some can be harmful and some may not !

     

    Just generically stating that since it has been decades doesn't mean the method and ingredients haven't changed, or have now become harmful.

     

    An opinion...
    21 Jul 2014, 09:47 AM Reply Like
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    PendragonY, You are correct. My comment to John Wilson was imprecise.

     

    Did you enjoy the information in the link about green shoulders? But if we get started discussing the best tasting tomato varieties we've ever had I'll never be able to stop... This year it was a tie between Big Rainbow and Pink Berkeley Tie Dye.
    21 Jul 2014, 10:39 AM Reply Like
  • PendragonY
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    Crademan,

     

    I did enjoy that article. The fact is a lot of our food has suffered taste-wise in favor of looks, because when you buy it, you don't taste it you see it.
    21 Jul 2014, 05:25 PM Reply Like
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    Having ribs this evening. They looked good - I assume they will taste good, as well... Once again, bad (or bland) tasting food is most likely the fault of the cook. To blame it on the food is a cop-out.
    21 Jul 2014, 06:54 PM Reply Like
  • crademan
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    JohnB, May I infer that you prefer meat & potatoes most of the time? Most chefs can improve the taste of most foods. Chinese chefs can make something edible out of almost anything! http://bit.ly/1nvmkzt

     

    But it is nearly impossible to make a "fresh" fruit or vegetable picked a week ago, stored, sorted, packaged, and shipped 1000 miles to your local grocery store taste as good as the one you harvested from your back yard this afternoon for your evening meal.
    21 Jul 2014, 07:05 PM Reply Like
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    "That was done decades ago"

     

    No, the Flavr Savr tomato, the first GMO tomato and first approved GMO food, was approved and came on the market in 1994. That is what I was talking about. Since then grocery store tomatoes have been red colored, tasteless biomass.
    21 Jul 2014, 10:20 PM Reply Like
  • PendragonY
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    Grocery store tomatoes were fairly tasteless from the early 70s.
    21 Jul 2014, 11:38 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » IF GMO'S are safe then why do they want them marked on the foods we eat yet they balk at doing so ??
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    IT what is a Troll is it like in Billy Goats Gruff,thank you.
    19 Jul 2014, 12:38 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » AL

     

    A TROLL is a person who goes from article to article to disrupt the flow and information. I , by mistake, called PEND one.

     

    He isn't !!
    19 Jul 2014, 12:42 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Oh Good ! i feel better now.
    19 Jul 2014, 12:52 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    There may be flack in regards to labeling GMO foods because of costs (which get passed on to consumers, anyways). Also, GMO foods are one of the current "boogeymen" they use to rail against (NYSE:MON), (NYSE:ADM), etc.

     

    As Crademan pointed out, truth in advertising would have them labeling just about everything as GMO (or containing GMO ingredients).

     

    Much a'do about nothing...
    19 Jul 2014, 05:14 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Seems from all those posting we have no worries abut GMO'S so I guess were ok...
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  • al roman
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    But how do we really know what synthesized genetics are doing to our genetic bio-physiology???
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    Author’s reply » Good point !!..
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  • al roman
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    Their is that fine line in Chemicals & genetics where the difference is an completely different effect.

     

    Genetic alteration is very subtle and long term like our debt pass it along.
    19 Jul 2014, 07:49 PM Reply Like
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    IT
    Yes, I guess we are safe

     

    http://bit.ly/1qSmjmY
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  • al roman
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    then that settles it the homeland is safe from GMO.
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    "But how do we really know what synthesized genetics are doing to our genetic bio-physiology???"

     

    We have been altering the genetics of plants and animals for millennium, so why is would this suddenly become an issue?
    20 Jul 2014, 10:27 AM Reply Like
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    "Yes, I guess we are safe

     

    http://bit.ly/1qSmjmY"

     

    A cartoon is certainly a valid source of scientific information.
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  • al roman
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    Monja !
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  • John Wilson
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    Art or political satire can say more than words or articles. "Scientific information" in articles or reports is not valid just because someone deems or calls it "scientific."
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  • PendragonY
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    John,

     

    Your cartoon reveals the unreasoned bias in your position. It does nothing to prove your claims.
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    Al
    I think you meant "the homeland is safe FOR GMOs."
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  • al roman
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    Correct Comrade Wilson,tks.
    20 Jul 2014, 10:28 AM Reply Like
  • crademan
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    Benji Kurtz changed his diet, lost 100 pounds and stopped wearing size 50 pants. His cholesterol went from over 200 to 167. His blood pressure lowered. His health insurance rates also went down three times as he got healthier. http://bit.ly/1toxkRv
    29 Jul 2014, 03:11 PM Reply Like
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    Except that the claim that people evolved as herbivores is wrong. We evolved as omnivores, which is what allowed us the time to spend on non-feeding activities like civilization.
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    PendragonY, good point about our ancestors being omnivores.

     

    A doctor friend told me that prehistoric humans had to travel many miles most days to hunt and gather enough food to eat. He argued that modern humans haven't evolved enough to stay healthy since the invention of refrigeration and processed snack foods.

     

    The short walk -- from an easy chair in front of a remote control TV to hunt and gather food from a bulging pantry, refrigerator, or freezer and back again -- doesn't provide enough exercise to stay fit.
    29 Jul 2014, 05:50 PM Reply Like
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    The story is all in the teeth... :)
    29 Jul 2014, 06:47 PM Reply Like
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    Yes, the story is in the teeth. We have the teeth of an omnivore.

     

    And yes, food in America is relatively cheap and plentiful. And the work most of us need to do to get it doesn't provide us with enough exercise.
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    Author’s reply » Hey, I walk about 10 feet for my chips. That's good enough for me :)
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  • al roman
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    Phosphate is a factor in Osteoporosis ?
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  • crademan
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    So, how many of us have ever heard that our food processors are injecting phosphates into chicken & meats? Phosphates are arterial toxins that stiffen your arteries, encourage the growth of bacteria in raw chicken, and keep cola sodas from turning black. http://bit.ly/1qW6xqt
    19 Oct 2014, 05:11 PM Reply Like
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    As if processors injecting meat purges (phosphate solutions) into our beef isn't bad enough, there's also a tick that makes people allergic to hamburger and steak... EWW! http://bit.ly/1t02jSY
    19 Oct 2014, 05:16 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    It's true.
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    What if you eat the tick?
    19 Oct 2014, 10:20 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    In some parts of the world may be a delicacy.
    19 Dec 2014, 12:18 PM Reply Like
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    JohnBinTN, The idea of being bitten by the tick is gross enough. Even though Halloween is coming up in a couple of weeks, I don't want to think about eating ticks!
    20 Oct 2014, 11:24 AM Reply Like
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    The Facts of Life: My perspective, from being BURNED every Year!

     

    I think the BIG TRADERS are playing right now; and today the market will Skyrocket...but either before or shortly after the New Years..maybe 2nd/3rd week of Jan 2015...after everyone has bought into the idea that the market is going higher...so they don't pay that extra payment on their credit card, to pay the balance down and start purchasing shares at an expedited pace....Sorry I have to pause for a cold one....

     

    "THERE GONNA DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT!"

     

    cDM
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    CDM, Did you mean to post this in the "Eating Healthy" part of IT's blog?

     

    Everybody else, there's a no calorie sweetener made from a natural ingredient of fruits and mushrooms that has antioxidant benefits so it's actually good for you. It's called erythritol. http://bit.ly/1w6eSsQ

     

    I found Swerve brand in the Sprouts Farmers Market here in AZ.
    19 Dec 2014, 11:37 AM Reply Like
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    Good morning Ms. Crademan.
    Some mushroom has the benefit of a long acting sugar metabolizing and stabilizing.
    Cinnamon too.
    19 Dec 2014, 12:13 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    cDM with out market knowledge and savvy the average joe does not stand a chance in today's reality.The Bank,Financials and Corps,gov may or may not be ruthless,but i have always looked to the ground when dealing with them and noted their is a heart and a soul their.
    Yes those that bear so much power over us are to be feared and respected.
    19 Dec 2014, 12:22 PM Reply Like
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    Good points al! And mushroom extracts may help your body fight persistent cold viruses http://bit.ly/1w6ntfg
    19 Dec 2014, 12:25 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    The Mitake i believe ?
    19 Dec 2014, 12:30 PM Reply Like
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    If you can get someone to do the cinnamon challenge, it will make you laugh, which is supposed to increase your lifespan... ;)
    19 Dec 2014, 09:18 PM Reply Like
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    Good question, al. UofA Medical School's Dr. Weil says "Consider immune-boosting mushrooms to enhance your resistance: Look for products blending... maitake, which has antiviral, and immune-system enhancing effects; shitake, which has anti-viral properties; and reishi, which has anti-inflammatory and immune boosting benefits."

     

    For eating raw or as cooking ingredients Dr. Weil advises against eating raw white or brown button or portobello mushrooms. They contain cancer causing toxins. Cook them at high heat to break down toxins.

     

    Look for flavorful shitake , enoki, and maitake mushrooms to eat or cook instead. They have antiviral, anticancer, and even cholesterol lowering properties. Dried cordyceps can be added to soups and stews. You can make tea from cordyceps powder or take it in capsules. Reiki, lion's mane, and turkey tail mushrooms are purely medicinal mushrooms which may help various medical problems. http://bit.ly/13N4Uag
    20 Dec 2014, 10:25 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Crade national health stress answer is in this data, a total adjustment in this direction would be seen on the national books.
    Can't tell people though they have the freedoms post May Flower in a 21 century reality.
    20 Dec 2014, 11:38 AM Reply Like
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    al, Instead of watching TV news, I read biographies. Did you know that when John Adams was the first U.S. ambassador to England, his wife Abigail was distressed by the fact that hundreds of homeless children slept in London's Hyde Park every night, in all types of weather?

     

    Today life is much better for more of humankind than it has ever been in the past. The 21st century reality is that by 2035 there will be almost no poor countries left in the world. http://bit.ly/1AKBKTd
    21 Dec 2014, 11:15 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    We have to make War obsolete.

     

    Good morning !
    21 Dec 2014, 11:42 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » So what stops this indigestion i am getting with the fake Christmas rally ??
    19 Dec 2014, 12:32 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Oranges,Kiwi,Grapefrui... plain yogurt and Kefir.
    19 Dec 2014, 09:33 PM Reply Like
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    Don't forget a nice juicy quinoa served between 2 rice cakes....
    19 Dec 2014, 10:18 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Yes Indeed !
    19 Dec 2014, 10:38 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    cDM sometimes those above us untie our arm from behind our back to let us know the experience to soar like an Eagle,Believe in America.
    Power is certainly given from above.
    19 Dec 2014, 12:33 PM Reply Like
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    Would you like to be active, happy, and healthy at age 100?

     

    "[WWII U.S. Navy doctor] Wareham himself adopted a vegan diet in midlife after reading research that showed animal protein raises cholesterol. He credits his good health— and his clearness of mind, the thing he’s most grateful for today— in large part to that decision.

     

    Although he retired from operating in the surgical unit at Loma Linda University at age 74, Wareham mentored and assisted residents at the university until age 95...

     

    Each day, Wareham gets eight or nine hours of rest, wakes up at 5 a.m., eats two meals — always whole-wheat cereal with almond milk for breakfast — exercises, and spends time with his family. He continues to refrain from consuming animal products, referring to a study out of the Cleveland Clinic that found heart disease could be stopped by adopting a low-fat, vegan diet.

     

    “If your cholesterol is under 150, your chances of getting a heart attack are very low,” Wareham said. “My cholesterol is 117. I wouldn’t even bother getting an electrocardiogram (EKG) if I had chest pain. One-third of people in the U.S. will die of coronary heart disease. If you can prevent it, it’s worthwhile.”

     

    While Wareham enjoys retirement, he said there doesn’t seem to be much free time.

     

    “I will read quite a bit, and I do my own landscaping pretty much. I trim my bushes and mow my lawn, and I get my physical exercise that way,” he said. “There would be people who wouldn’t cut a blade of grass because they don’t enjoy it, but I enjoy trimming my grass.”

     

    And although he still holds a tangential interest in medicine during retirement, Wareham said he no longer studies it. But one could argue that his penchant for healthy living and intricate knowledge of the human body may have given the centenarian a leg up on longevity.

     

    Wareham doesn’t use a cane and has always opted for stairs instead of taking the elevator. He cites research out of Stanford University from about 25 years ago that suggested a 46 percent decreased incidence of death by heart disease by climbing a flight of stairs 20 times per week. A clipping of the study is pasted on the stairwell in his home, he said.

     

    Jason Wareham, one Wareham’s eight grandchildren — and the only one among Wareham’s children and grandchildren to join the U.S. Armed Forces — described his grandfather as someone who leads by example."

     

    http://fxn.ws/13EEk2d
    24 Dec 2014, 11:00 AM Reply Like
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    Will you pay more for organic chicken? If not, you are buying "Chlorhuehnchen, or chlorine chicken" that Europeans refuse to import. http://bloom.bg/1GGCnAb
    22 Mar 2015, 10:49 AM Reply Like
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    The non-organic "chlorine chicken" that we cook tastes pretty darn good. ;) Can't tell the difference between the two, honestly, except in the price.
    22 Mar 2015, 12:23 PM Reply Like
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    JBT is it o.k to mix that with the ammonia fish ?
    22 Mar 2015, 12:37 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » Just had that "6 legged" duck for dinner. Sucker must have weighed about 20 pounds...:)

     

    Just sayin !!
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    Al,

     

    The mercury fish tastes better than the ammonia fish. More flavor, and they're shiny a little. ;)
    23 Mar 2015, 01:09 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Oh Good ! what about the glow in the dark's ?
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  • crademan
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    The Definitive Answer To 20 Of Your Biggest Health Questions
    http://read.bi/1GHoXEd
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  • al roman
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    "To be a rock and not to roll"-Buying a stairway to Heaven
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    UofA Medical School Professor Dr. Andrew Weil has endorsed Michael Pollan's advice about eating for good health.

     

    HOW TO EAT IN SEVEN WORDS

     

    "Eat food," said Michael Pollan. "Not too much. Mostly plants."

     

    EAT FOOD. The key term here, of course, is "food." We need to make hard distinctions between real food and "food-like products," Pollan said. Some guidelines:

     

    Don't eat food with more than five ingredients, or with ingredients you can't pronounce, or that contain high-fructose corn syrup (which serves as a 'marker' indicating that the food is highly processed).
    Eat only food that you have cooked, or could cook.
    Eat only food that your great, great grandmother would recognize as food.

     

    NOT TOO MUCH. The chief harm of nutritionism, Pollan said, is that processed food companies seize on "good nutrients" and "push us to eat more of them." The result is a tendency for Americans to eat more generally, which is one reason why we are consuming 300 calories more daily than in 1985. In the mass of verbiage surrounding food in America, plain overeating is "the elephant in the room." Pollan's advice to reverse the trend:

     

    Don't eat alone.
    Don't eat in front of the TV.
    Don't eat seconds.
    Perhaps most importantly, pay more and eat less. "I believe that the better quality food you eat, the less you need to feel satisfied."

     

    MOSTLY PLANTS. "It's not that meat will kill you," he said. "I eat meat. Small amounts of meat have much to recommend them in terms of vitamins, minerals and taste. Most traditional diets - whether Mediterranean, Asian, Indian or Mexican, use meat sparingly, as a flavoring. I think that's an important lesson."

     

    http://bit.ly/1HHNfR6
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    Author’s reply » Are GMO'S considered real food??
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  • crademan
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    Would your great-great-grandmother recognize GMO's as food? Neither would my great-great-grandmother.

     

    My great-great-grandmother would not recognize any of the salty deep fat fried crunchy snacks that come in cans like Pringles Potato Chips [http://bit.ly/1bcKA5a] or in crackling plastic coated bags like my personal downfall, Crunchy Style Cheetos [http://bit.ly/1Hmbow3]. Would you or I get out a deep fat fryer and all those chemical additives to make any of them for ourselves? Those are "food like products."

     

    Great-great-grandmother would recognize popcorn. And I WOULD put a pan on a burner and make that snack for myself. So popcorn is a food. ; )
    19 Apr 2015, 06:01 PM Reply Like
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    If you could make those crucnchy cheetos at home, you know you would. :)

     

    Yes, GMO food is food. ALL bananas are GMO. The best tomatoes (hybrid, heeritage, etc.) are GMO. They are food.

     

    Stop the GMO hate.
    19 Apr 2015, 08:17 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    So if you don't spray the straw berry it want grow to look like a big edible ruby.
    19 Apr 2015, 09:22 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » This is America so everyone has the right to choose what they want to put into their bodies..

     

    That's your opinion on the taste. The best tomatoes?? By what standard? Lard was once considered popular to cook with...
    19 Apr 2015, 10:37 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    American producers have 300,000 million mouths to feed the old school gardening wasn't working.
    So corp and gov came up with a mass commercial system that probably qualifies as a national security issue,like everything else associated to individual and group order and coherency is becoming,a Subject of big government.
    19 Apr 2015, 10:44 PM Reply Like
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    Settle down, IT. Eat your 100% organic stuff all you like. Don't get all huffy, though, when people disagree with your (IMO flawed) opinion.
    19 Apr 2015, 11:30 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    We are in the 21'st century now where other symbols can coincide with golden calf we have evolved,yum yum.
    19 Apr 2015, 11:46 PM Reply Like
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    I still use lard in a few recipes. :) I render the brisket fat when I BBQ one, too, and save that for cooking - tastes great! :)

     

    Protein does a body good! :)
    20 Apr 2015, 12:13 AM Reply Like
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    Yes, JohnBinTN, you are RIGHT. My great-great-grandmother would recognize the many varieties of plants that have been selected and bred by farmers for the past 10,000 years.

     

    She wouldn't have known what golden rice is, but even my great-great-grandmother would say that preventing little children from going blind is a GOOD thing. http://bit.ly/1qRbFNw
    20 Apr 2015, 11:19 AM Reply Like
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    IT, The human sense of taste is entirely individual. When we sell our peaches, some people prefer the small red blushed fruits, some the big orange fleshed peaches, and some the fragile white fleshed peaches that bruise almost the moment that you pick them. One person will pop a section of one of our tart tangerines into his or her mouth and love it, the next will spit it out as soon as he or she tastes it. Each person perceives flavors differently.

     

    As for me, my favorite tomato flavors are those of Sweet 100, Stupice, Pink Berkeley Tie Dye, and Big Rainbow. But some people want a perfect, round, red tomato just like the ones they see in a grocery store. The main difference is that when you pick a ripe tomato off your own tomato vine and eat it fresh, it tastes so much better.
    20 Apr 2015, 11:26 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » Like i said everyone has their own rights . Including yours..

     

    I accept your opinions, i never say things like "Stop the GMO hate."

     

    Feed your family whatever you'd like. It's a free Country..
    20 Apr 2015, 11:49 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » CRADE

     

    So are you suggesting their are no bad side effects to GMO products??
    20 Apr 2015, 11:57 AM Reply Like
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    IT, You have to decide for yourself. I rely on scientific research, to make my decisions.

     

    This PUBMED journal abstract from 2003 says "*The review of available literature indicates that the genetically modified crops available in the market that are intended for human consumption are generally safe; their consumption is not associated with serious health problems.* However, because of potential for exposure of a large segment of human population to genetically modified foods, more research is needed to ensure that the genetically modified foods are safe for human consumption." (asterisks=emphasis added) http://1.usa.gov/1GdxuSE

     

    This WHO.org FAQ page says "Different GM organisms include different genes inserted in different ways. This means that individual GM foods and their safety should be assessed on a case-by-case basis and that it is not possible to make general statements on the safety of all GM foods.

     

    *GM foods currently available on the international market have passed safety assessments and are not likely to present risks for human health. In addition, no effects on human health have been shown as a result of the consumption of such foods by the general population in the countries where they have been approved.* Continuous application of safety assessments based on the Codex Alimentarius principles and, where appropriate, adequate post market monitoring, should form the basis for ensuring the safety of GM foods." (asterisks=emphasis added)

     

    http://bit.ly/1GdxuSH
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    "Food Glorious Food"
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    Good morning everyone. Yesterday Diane Rehms had a discussion of "The Latest In Anti-Aging Research: The Power Of The Toxins In Vegetables" with a group of medical researchers. (You can access her program here as a podcast or transcript: http://tinyurl.com/ojf...)

     

    Dr. Leonard Guarente, a leading A leading biologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with backing from five scientists who are Nobel prize recipients, is wading into the murky world of dietary supplements with a new antiaging pill that is said to restore muscle tissue, improve brain function, and increase energy levels by improving “metabolic health.”

     

    Dr. Leonard Guarente and a group of eminent scientists have formed Elysium Health, which will debut its first product, a pill called Basis. They say it will enable the body to produce more of a natural compound called NAD that supports a healthy metabolism. http://tinyurl.com/lx5...

     

    To search Amazon for supplements similar to Basis put "Nicotinamide Riboside 250mg + Pterostilbene 50mg" into Amazon's search box.

     

    The overall message of the experts is that their research shows Americans eat too much protein and too few fruit and vegetable foods. Start shopping in the produce aisles and farmer's markets when you feel hungry and you'll end up eating more produce.
    30 Jun 2015, 10:53 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » Just had sushi wrapped in seaweed, lettuce, and was loaded with vegetables in a roll.

     

    Trying to avoid the rice if possible. Our local farmers markets just started about two weeks ago. Too short of a season up here for local grown stuff...
    30 Jun 2015, 11:14 AM Reply Like
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    Got my mouth watering, IT. What fruits & veggies do grow in your area? I'm thinking your climate would be good for cherries, red apples, and lots of cool weather vegetables that are impossible to grow here where it is 110˚ most days during June and then humid 105˚ during July and August when moisture is carried from oceans by wind currents.
    30 Jun 2015, 11:51 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » Apples are our largest seller here. We have all ton's of festivals in Sept to pick your own. Peaches are usually only sold around August until they run out. You need to have a napkin underneath them as the juices coming out of them gets all over you.

     

    Then we have all you typical's..corn, strawberries, etc.. Problem is the seasons aren't ling enough..
    30 Jun 2015, 03:23 PM Reply Like
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    Yummy apples, corn, strawberries, and peaches--not only delicious but good for you too! People on the blog were talking about fast food, high cholesterol, and bypass surgery yesterday. The Mayo Clinic's take on diet and heart disease says to limit saturated fat to less than 7% (less than 14g x 9 calories=126 calories) of a 2,000 calorie-a-day diet.

     

    Does that mean we can't enjoy a barbecue with all the fixin's on the 4th of July? Mayo says, "Allow yourself an indulgence every now and then... But don't let it turn into an excuse for giving up on your healthy-eating plan. If overindulgence is the exception, rather than the rule, you'll balance things out over the long term. What's important is that you eat healthy foods most of the time." http://mayocl.in/1f0Mfx6

     

    P.S. U.S. hospitals charge between $70,000-215,000 for coronary bypass surgery; the average charge not including surgeon's fees is $117,094. Bypass surgery requires a hospital stay of about six to seven days or longer, and about six to eight weeks off from work, plus one or more physical therapy sessions to teach you how to move without harming the incision and to learn exercises to assist recovery at a cost of $50-$350 each. The total cost of a coronary bypass surgery if there are complications can total almost as much money as we are playing with in Portfolio Challenge 3. http://bit.ly/1f0Md8A
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    Author’s reply » Those figures almost gave me a heart attack.... Thinking salad today !!
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    Made me laugh! Yes, let's eat salad today.

     

    I'm going to visit my Aunt Joan and CA cousins near LA over the weekend. Cousin David is throwing a family get-together barbecue for our cousin Don & his family from Chicago on Sunday -- that's sure to be an occasion for overindulgence.
    1 Jul 2015, 10:36 AM Reply Like
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    If you know someone who is at risk for breast cancer, broccoli, flaxseeds, soy products, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds are beneficial foods that help reduce breat cancer risk.

     

    "There are a number of compounds in plant foods that may protect against breast cancer by a variety of mechanisms. I’ve talked about the benefits of broccoli, flaxseeds, and soy foods before (See Breast Cancer Survival Vegetable, Flaxseeds & Breast Cancer Prevention, and Breast Cancer Survival and Soy) but a recent German study reported something new. The researchers found that sunflower and pumpkin seeds were associated with reduced breast cancer risk." http://bit.ly/1O3YyUn
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    How much of the world's crops are used to feed human beings? http://bit.ly/1TDu3bC

     

    Were you surprised? I was!
    15 Jul 2015, 08:44 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Amazing statistic.
    15 Jul 2015, 09:14 PM Reply Like
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