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8 Ways Corporations are Poisoning Our Food, Water, the Earth

Mike Barrett
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Sunday 3 March 2013
Here are 8 ways corporations are poisoning our food supply, humans, and mother earth.
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While we may be under the impression that our system of government is here to protect us, corporations—and the politicians getting paychecks from them—do a fair job of making that difficult. This manner of “legislative capture” is manifesting itself in a host of appalling ways far beyond those listed here. Here are 8 ways corporations are poisoning our food supply, humans, and mother earth.

1. Sugary Drinks, Diet Drinks are Addictive and Fattening

Sugary drinks, especially soda, run rampant in the U.S., with corporations shelling out millions to advertise to both children and adults. Kids are taking in 7 trillion calories of sugar each year from soda alone, with sodas making up 15-25 percent of the daily recommended caloric intake for kids aged 2 to 19. Sugar-sweetened sodas can contain upwards of 200 calories per can, but even artificially sweetened drinks should not be considered safe. Several studies show that artificial sweeteners—like cancer-linked aspartame—can contribute to tooth decay, obesity, kidney damage, and depression.

2. Bisphenol A and Other Chemicals in Canned Goods

BPA is a hormone disrupting chemical used in canned goods and plastic bottles. The chemical, which is labeled as “toxic” in other nations, had a chance to be banned of March 2012. In a move that angered activists within the US and even internationally, the FDA ruled against the ban. This ubiquitous chemical has been linked to:

3. Buying Out and Creating Organic Companies

You may not know this, but many organic companies are actually owned and operated by major corporations like Coca-Cola or Kellogg. Companies like Honest Tea and Odwalla may appeal to health conscious shoppers, but they are actually owned by Coca-Cola. Another popular ‘health’ brand is Kashi, owned by the Kellogg corporation. Some products from these companies may be ’100 percent organic’, but do you really trust their labeling practices? Or perhaps more important, do you really want to give support to the corporate producer?

Further, these large corporations are buying out some of the companies many natural-health advocates have grown to love. One example is when New Chapter, a vitamin and supplement company offering worthy products since 1892, was bought out by mega-corporation Proctor & Gamble.

4. Antibiotics are Making People Fat

These days, physicians are a little stab-happy with their antibiotics, often to just please the patient with a medical solution (a placebo effect, if you will). But it could be setting us up for lifelong obesity – at least that’s what some research has to say. In addition to killing “bad” bacteria, antibiotics kill “good” bacteria in the gut, thereby disrupting digestion even in the long run. There’s also mounting evidence that antibiotics may be promoting diabetes and metabolic syndrome—but not killing the cold and flu viruses that parents think they are (antibiotics cannot kill viruses, only bacteria).

5. Antibiotics in Livestock are Promoting Bacterial Resistance

Last year, The Guardian wrote about 150 scientists and 50 farmers—including a former FDA commissioner—demanding that Congress regulate antibiotic use in livestock. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has even blamed overuse of antibiotics for the global resistance to antibiotics, which could make antibiotics futile against disease-causing bacteria. And this is not even considering the other ill effects antibiotics have on the animals we eat.

6. Supporting Genetically Modified Foods and Herbicides

If you are into organic foods and have been following GM news, you know that the latest and greatest chance for GM labeling was with California’s proposition 37. Needless to say, the bill was not passed, but Prop 37 did teach us a lot about the interest of various companies and mega corporations. It was no surprise to see biotech giant Monsanto dish out over $4 million to fight the bill, but some people were surprised to see Naked Juice, Kashi, Cascadian Farm Organic, Honest Tea, and some others on the side of anti-GM labeling. As mentioned above, many of these companies are owned by corporations like Coca-Cola or General Mills.

They all support GM food, are anti-GM labeling, and subsequently support the use of herbicides and pesticides. Pesticides that are being used in greater amounts each day thanks to mutated insects that become resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup-ready GM crops.

According to numerous pieces of research, GM foods like Monsanto’s corn have been implicated of contributing to weight gain, organ disruption, tumor development and infertility in rats. Roundup—a glyphosate-based herbicide— is to thank for contributing to water pollution, resistant rootworms and superweeds, and environmental devastation.

7. Herbicides and Insecticides Contributing to Bee Colony Collapse

Although technological products like cell phone towers and cell phones are hurting the bee population, herbicides, insecticides and pesticides brought to us by Bayer, Monsanto, and Dow AgroSciences appear to be the main culprits. It has been shown time and time again that these chemicals are ravaging these tiny insects that are essential for agriculture purposes and pollinating food crops.

“…a document was leaked revealing that a bee-killing pesticide put in use by the EPA may be to blame [for the bee decline]. Adding to the controversy, more records have emerged showing that the USDA was fully aware of the pesticide’s threat to not only bees, but humans…Neonicotinoids, the particular type of pesticides used, are absorbed systemically into plants, including the pollen and nectar. Once the bees begin to pollinate, they also absorb the insecticide, and die.”

Neonicotinoids have been banned in France and Germany, but not the United States.

8. Factory Farms Devastate Land and Sea

If you purchase your meat from a grocery store instead of a farmer’s market or co-op, it was probably raised in a factory farm. Not only are these farms known for extreme animal cruelty (which many undercover videos have gruesomely pointed out), but they are also responsible for polluting groundwater, drinking water, and contributing to massive deforestation. Actually, they produce 100 times more waste than the entire U.S. population.

Run-off from these establishments as well as non-organic crops are contributing to blooms and dead zones in coastal waters. Earlier this year, a scientific paper argued against the case of factory farms feeding the world, but with the USDA and FDA deep in industrial farming’s pockets, it will take considerable time and effort before we see any changes.



After reading here that

After reading here that Odwalla is owned by Cocacola I called them. I asked if they have genetically engineered products in their juices. I was assured they do not however they have no written proof of this. I was told a verbal message by phone was all they could offer me, nothing on the product or their website would verify this. I was not happy with this answer, since the guy wanted me to be confident in his word, but felt they were not obligated to back it up in writing. I guess I am no longer going to be buying Odwalla, too bad.

The problem with the USA and

The problem with the USA and the world is it's filled with stupid people. There is a technology 6 thousand years old that will fix this problem it is called TM see www.tm.org study everything on this site - watch all the videos
cough up the money to learn TM properly & sit twice a day in silence for 20 minutes
nature will come to save us
Eat only organic food. Preferably food you have grown yourself.
If you live in the USA travel to Fairfield Iowa - see their plans for the future of our dear world ... the light glows bright there. Good luck !

wo we knew

wo we knew

As I've said repeatedly.

As I've said repeatedly. What's legally right and what's morally right are miles apart. There is no morality in the law - or our legal politicians (yes, the president, especially). Look at the NDAA (?) law - endorsed by our president and taking away the First Amendment rights of WE, the PEOPLE

WE, the PEOPLE need to oust ALL of the Republicans for a start. THEN, WE need to oust all the Democrats that do not stand and FIGHT for WE, the PEOPLE.

What can WE do to force the Gov't. to clean house in the FDA, among others? This agency, along with others, is OWNED by Monsanto and other mega ag companies. SCREW WE, the PEOPLE they do!

My understanding is the police and the military are supposed to refuse an order to do any illegal actions. As in beating and injuring innocent people exercising their constitutional right to peaceful demonstration. What don't they understand about THEM belonging to the 99% ? ! !

The problem with the USA and

The problem with the USA and the world is it's filled with stupid people. There is a technology 6 thousand years old that will fix this problem it is called TM see - www.tm.org - study everything on this site - watch all the videos
cough up the money to learn TM properly & sit twice a day in silence for 20 minutes
nature will come to save us
Eat only organic food. Preferably food you have grown yourself.
If you live in the USA travel to Fairfield Iowa - see their plans for the future of our dear world ... the light glows bright there. Good luck !

Aloha Folks, Did you know

Aloha Folks,

Did you know Kauai is a major research field for GMO ag products? The West side is struggling with the need for jobs and earnings vs. the no need for GMO products and neighbor crop contamination along with crop herbicide and pesticide runoff into the rivers and onto the reef and fish.

Somehow after a few years of a quiet start the GMO folks have blossomed out into a big grower and political force with crops on rented land and legislative support.

The start of course is rented land. Owners need help paying taxes, GMOs pay rent. Politicians need money, GMOs pay contributions.

Little folks complain and might sue about reef and fish pollution and the courts hamper cures with augments like standing, and inability to show a direct causation chain.

Food Chains need to stock their shelves with products so GMO corn gets sold to the public. I wonder if GMOs test the products on humans to see if the killing strategies used to kill insects works equally as well on humans.

Some countries are banning GMOs. Some countries are banning GMO products. The US is introducing GMO products and food animals into the market place. Sounds like a race between introduction/contamination and banning. Lets hope those uneducated, undeveloped third world countries manage to ban GMOs fast enough and save us "smart" folks from "progress".

I will say this again and

I will say this again and again until someone hears me.
The problem with the USA and the world is it's filled with stupid people. There is a technology 6 thousand years old that will fix this problem it is called TM see : www.tm.org : study everything on this site - watch all the videos
cough up the money to learn TM properly & sit twice a day in silence for 20 minutes
nature will come to save us
Eat only organic food. Preferably food you have grown yourself.
If you live in the USA travel to Fairfield Iowa - see their plans for the future of our dear world ... the light glows bright there. Good luck !

Yes let's hear from Kauai,

Yes let's hear from Kauai, ground zero of HMO seed production.
On January 17th Vanda a Shiva came to speak a d 1,600 people showed up
Yesterday in pouring rain nearly 1,000 people showed up for a March and rAlly
Look up www.celdf.org for a breath of fresh air!
Dennis

And, what about the

And, what about the preposterous practice of fluoridation? In Philadelphia the PWD adds approx 1500 tons/year of hydrofluorosilicic acid and zinc orthophosphate to our water system in the vain attempt to reduce cavities. One tsp. of the hazardous chemical, fluoride is able to kill an adult in it's pure form. Are we to believe that a diluted amount is good for us? Fluoridation is not monitored for effectiveness or safety...have you had your fluoride levels checked lately? It is probably in your toothpaste AND you are ingesting it if you live in a fluoridated system. A long list of health problems are caused by fluoride toxicity and none of this is being monitored by the health profession. NO medication is prescribed to everyone regardless of age, size, and health condition...why fluoride? There is no medication that does not have side effects, are we to believe that a lifetime of fluoridation is without consequences?

The ADA and CDC hide behind each other and their unscientific "recommendations." They cannot stop endorsing fluoridation without liability and loss of credibility. Dr. William Bailey of the Public Health Service, is mentioned in an article by the New York Times as being one of the fluoride advocates who mostly agree that fluoride works best when applied topically, directly to the teeth. Of course, if a child ingests mores than a "pea size" of toothpaste...call poison control.

We in Philadelphia are not letting fluoridation go on forever. If you are fluoridated start at the grassroots level and let your local water department, city council representative, and mayor's office know that you no longer agree to be fluoridated. Organized your fellow residents on facebook and through meetings. And give us a "like" to support our historic effort...the largest city to end fluoridation in the U.S. www.facebook.com/fluoridefreephiladelphia

(By the way, it will save city budgets billions! Why not? A good idea in these days of austerity.)

The problem with the USA and

The problem with the USA and the world is it's filled with stupid people. There is a technology 6 thousand years old that will fix this problem it is called TM see www.tm.org study everything on this site - watch all the videos
cough up the money to learn TM properly & sit twice a day in silence for 20 minutes
nature will come to save us
Eat only organic food. Preferably food you have grown yourself.
If you live in the USA travel to Fairfield Iowa - see their plans for the future of our dear world ... the light glows bright there. Good luck !

Hopelessly stupid post!

Hopelessly stupid post! Fluoridated water is the least of your health problems; the cost is not "billions"; and fluoridation saves more money than it costs. A very short list of health problems are caused by fluoridated water: pretty much the occasional rare case of dental fluorosis, which is strictly aesthetic. Since widespread fluoridation of water supplies was begun, life expectancies have steadily increased.
More people have died from just drinking too much water than have died from fluoride in their drinking water! Fluoride is naturally occurring in water; in fact, its use as a dental prophylactic was originally suggested because of low rates of tooth disease in areas where the water contained significant levels of fluoride. So the canard about a teaspoon of pure fluoride killing a person is just silly. Oh, and if you ate a whole 4 oz. tube of fluoride toothpaste, you wouldn't die. A young child might die from eating an entire tube of fluoride toothpaste; but never, ever, ever, from drinking too much (properly) fluoridated water.
CDC says fluoridated water is one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. You oughtta spend your time on something more important..

Okay then, Jay, TELL US who

Okay then, Jay, TELL US who actually gets a pay-off from floridation of water?

People? No. And why would the city, county, or state even CARE if they DID? People have NEVER pushed for floridation.

Dentists? No. They would make more from filling more cavities.

The City Counsel or State clinics? No, THEY would only get more funds, if MORE cavities had to be fixed.

Okay, I'll tell you. It's the folks who MANUFACTURE THE STUFF, who get the payoff.

Attempts have been ongoing for decades, to STOP floridation. But it never takes. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that someone with deep pockets is behind the continuing floridation push.

And as you said, toothpaste is FULL of the stuff! We don't NEED it in the water, but Dow Chemical doesn't get paid if we go bare-back, so...

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Unfortunately my belief, with

Unfortunately my belief, with years of research, tells me that what everyone is complaining about is what the NWO is trying to do. You can come up with all the solutions you want, but in the end what is happening is exactly what they want to happen.

Get rid of the bees and that makes a perfect argument for the Monsantos of the world to create the case for GM food. I'll bet they're already working on plants that don't need to be pollinated. (Similarly: Salmon grown in a lab for instance)

Ruin the water and the government will have to take over control of all the water (this has already happened by the way - Water Restoration Act of 2007). Think they'll dole it out fairly? How much will they charge? As much as oil?

Monsanto hired Blackwater as their right hand muscle; we currently live in a police state (regardless of how many of you want to deny it); our assets are being siphoned away illegally by the banks; we have a Congress that refuses to accomplish anything; news puppets who roll over for their corporate masters; the amount of secrets that are kept from the American people is astounding; Congress men and woman in Washington there for the benefit of themselves and their corporate masters not for the people of their district or state; an out of control military/FBI/CIA/OSI/NSA and all the other alphabet organizations out there; a Supreme Court that has become so politically charged that it has made them nothing more than a mouth piece for which ever party has the edge on the bench and so many of our civil liberties that have been taken away and are currently being taken away from us all because of a pre-planned "terrorist" attack in 2001 by these very same people to jump start these objectives.

Yes, these NWO folks know exactly what they're doing and everything is going as planned - and there's nothing you can do about it. Unless, that is, you have a multi-million person army with the latest and greatest weapons, you own all the media outlets, you own Wallstreet, you own more politicians than they do or if you are Ghandi. If that's not the case, well then, you're SOL. Go ahead and write your Senator or city councilperson, occupy everything you want and protest all you want but it won't make any difference.

What will make a difference?

Try taking your money out of their big banks. Use a local credit union.

Buy as much pure silver as you can. American Silver Eagle coins are the best, but any silver coin before 1965 is just as good. Why silver? Because JPMorgan has the largest silver-short position in the world and they use this to control the price of the dollar. If we make silver scarce enough they won't be able to cover their short position and they will implode. JPMorgan (and the other three big banks) are the head of the monster so aim for that. (See www.roadtoroota.com)

Eat only organic food. Preferably food you have grown yourself.

Get a reverse osmosis water filtration system. It may use a bit more water, but in this day and age, you have to be concerned about the insane amount of toxins in the water first. Reverse osmosis is the best at getting the most crap out of the water.

Stockpile!!! You're going to need it sooner than you think.

Be conscious of where and how you shop - it does make a difference.

Get the hell out of the city. Buy some land and work it (before the government owns it all!) Homesteading is the future. (www.permies.com) (www.richsoil.com)

TURN YOUR TV OFF!!!!! You don't need to hear all of the brainwashing you get from any news outlet - regardless of which station it is. You get your life back when you get rid of that damn thing. If you can swing it, get off of every social media site you can as well.

And lastly, educate yourself. It's you against the world - at least that's the attitude you have to have. "They" don't care about you. "They" never did and never will. You are a pawn in their game of world domination. We are all nothing but a number to them; a statistic not worthy of keeping around. This is how "They" think and as soon as you understand that, you can take charge of your life.

I bid you all peace.

The problem with the USA and

The problem with the USA and the world is it's filled with stupid people. There is a technology 6 thousand years old that will fix this problem it is called TM see www.tm.org study everything on this site - watch all the videos
cough up the money to learn TM properly & sit twice a day in silence for 20 minutes
nature will come to save us
Eat only organic food. Preferably food you have grown yourself. (thanks for the line)
If you live in the USA travel to Fairfield Iowa - see their plans for the future of our dear world ... the light glows bright there. Good luck !

Healthy food = healthy

Healthy food = healthy people, which is contrary to cancervative capitalist principles.
Sick people = $$$$$$ for wall st. and anything that denies wall st's exploitations of poverty, hunger and disease is anti-Christian un-American.
True Patriotic Christian Americans should be happy about and thankful for the swill that gets slopped in their troughs and sacrificing their health for the wealth of a few.
Toxic food is good for business and therefore good for America.

The problem with the USA and

The problem with the USA and the world is it's filled with stupid people. There is a technology 6 thousand years old that will fix this problem it is called TM see www.tm.org
study everything on this site - watch all the videos
cough up the money to learn TM properly & sit twice a day in silence for 20 minutes
nature will come to save us
Eat only organic food. Preferably food you have grown yourself.
If you live in the USA travel to Fairfield Iowa - see their plans for the future of our dear world ... the light glows bright there. Good luck !

God you are funny - but I

God you are funny - but I shouldn't laugh at the truth ... where is the heart in all of this. Here is my solution :
The problem with the USA and the world is it's filled with stupid people. There is a technology 6 thousand years old that will fix this problem it is called TM see www.tm.org study everything on this site - watch all the videos
cough up the money to learn TM properly & sit twice a day in silence for 20 minutes
nature will come to save us
Eat only organic food. Preferably food you have grown yourself.
If you live in the USA travel to Fairfield Iowa - see their plans for the future of our dear world ... the light glows bright there. Good luck !
Keep on writing ... you have a gift !!!

What we really need is a

What we really need is a LAWYER who is willing to prosecute as a class action suit in the International Criminal Court, the offending list of global corporations for MURDER, ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION, AND GENOCIDE. The verdict should be DEATH.

Waiting for the federal

Waiting for the federal government to do anything about anything is a waste of what little idealism is still left in the world. Fortunately, at least a partial solution is readily available to a lot of us: avoid fast food, soft drinks, et cetera. But there's no doubt that Washington has dropped the ball when it comes to public health issues. (Don't bother to call the Pentagon or Homeland Security if you're one who worries about the things most likely to kill you, rather than the freakish things Washington wants you to fear, okay?) The overuse of antibiotics, herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, growth hormones, and what-have-you by Big Ag industry is where the rush to deregulation in the Reagan Republic has come at a heavy cost to the public health.

Recognizing that this nation,

Recognizing that this nation, the Constitution and the laws were designed and intended primarily to protect the privileged (rich white male property owners only at first) and for the last 100 years CORPORATIONS (the vehicle for increasing THEIR personal wealth), is the first step to finding solutions...

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