ABC Cancels a TV Show Two Days After an Episode about GMOs Airs

by Melissa Diane Smith

 (Opinion) – On Tuesday, March 25th, I turned the TV channel and happened to land on a show where the first few lines I heard were about someone who had tried to blow the whistle on his employer for creating a dangerous genetically modified food. This obviously caught my attention! I thought to myself, is the GMO topic really being covered on a TV series on one of the main networks? It seemed so hard to believe, I felt like I was dreaming!

I watched this unorthodox show called Mind Games, in which brothers and partners in a unique agency are committed to solving clients’ problems using psychological tactics. The particular episode I stumbled upon, called “Cauliflower Man,” involved the firm’s team being hired by Jim McKenna, a researcher who tried to blow the whistle on his employer, a company called “PureGrow,” for creating a dangerous genetically modified cauliflower. In the process, McKenna was fired and his life was ruined. People thought he was crazy. Even McKenna’s wife didn’t believe him. The key brother owner of the firm believed him, though, and the team enacted a plan to convince McKenna’s former colleague to leak documentation to validate McKenna’s claims and expose PureGrow. I thought many parts of the show were quite well done.

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Non-GMO vs. Organic:
Do You Know the Difference?

by Melissa Diane Smith

Both are good ways to avoid GMOs yet they have definable distinctions.

The natural foods industry has always been based on the idea of pure unadulterated whole food, so it isn’t surprising that there’s a big movement afoot among natural food shoppers to avoid laboratory-created genetically modified organisms (GMOs) hidden in many foods. Newfangled GMOs are made when genetic engineers insert genes from one living thing (say, a bacteria) into the DNA of a completely unrelated living thing (say, corn) – a process that is anything but “natural.”

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How the Food Industry is Trying to Keep People Misinformed about GMOs

by Melissa Diane Smith

(Opinion) – The food industry is trying countless ways to keep people from knowing what’s really in their food, especially regarding the presence of unnatural genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  On February 17, 2014, Dr. Oz ran a short segment on this topic entitled “No to GMOs: The Global Conspiracy to Keep You from Knowing the Truth about Your Food.” It featured Scott Faber, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Environmental Working Group, a consumer watchdog organization, who explained that the food industry doesn’t want mandatory labeling but is trying to get “voluntary” labeling of GM foods, and it’s asking the FDA to label GM foods as “natural” foods. Both are crazy ideas that would keep the public misinformed and deny the public our right to know what’s really in our food. Like several segments Dr. Oz has done about GMOs, this segment still is not yet archived on his show’s website, but if and when it gets put onto the site, it should be at this link.

A good summary to turn to for a quick rundown on the food industry spin and propaganda versus the truth about genetically modified foods is the recent article Warning: Industry Spin May Be Hazardous to Your Health; Learn the Truth about GE Foods by Elizabeth Kucinich, Policy Director for the Center for Food Safety. Kucinich points out:

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Make No Mistake

Below is a reprint from a question Melissa answered in Better Nutrition magazine.

Q: What is the most common mistake people make on the gluten-free diet?

A: For people who are just beginning the gluten-free diet as well as those who have been on the diet a long time, the biggest mistake they make is over-relying on manufactured processed foods instead of eating naturally gluten-free whole foods such as vegetables and fruits.

Highly processed “gluten-free” food products set people up for health problems in three different ways. The first way is, ironically, by those products sometimes being contaminated with unwanted gluten. Even though gluten-free grains and and flours are naturally gluten free, these foods are often processed in the same facilities – and with the same equipment – as the gluten grains wheat, rye, and barley, where they can inadvertently pick up gluten.

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Gluten-Free Guide to the Holidays

by Melissa Diane Smith

Here’s how to stay well through the hustle and bustle of the season.

How do you maneuver through the holidays without gluten? With a little help from this guide!  To keep your health up and your stress level down, try these tips:

  • Get properly stoked for holiday parties. To avoid eating something you shouldn’t and feeling awful, fuel up on food that you know is safe. Either bring your own gluten-free dish to the party, or if you can’t, eat a sustaining mini-meal beforehand.

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Hawaii’s Big Island Bans GMOs;
Now Do Your Part to Stop the TPP

by Melissa Diane Smith

The mayor of the Big Island of Hawaii has signed a bill into law that bans all future plantings of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and prohibits biotech companies from operating on the Big Island. In a letter to council members announcing his decision to sign the bill, Mayor Billy Kenoi said that the new law signals the county’s desire to encourage community-based farming and ranching, as opposed to playing host to global agribusiness corporations.

Hawaii is joining Mexico, which recently banned (on an interim basis) the planting of all genetically engineered corn; Peru, which has a ten-year moratorium on GM crops; and Italy, which in July became the ninth European country to ban planting of Monsanto’s GMO corn. In addition, two city councilmen have proposed a motion to make the city of Los Angeles a GMO-Free zone, the largest one in the country, by banning the growth, sale and distribution of GM seeds and plants anywhere in the city. (These actions are pointing to more people in counties, cities, and countries understanding that banning and boycotting GMOs are better uses of our time and efforts than labeling them. See my special report “Why We Need to Focus on GMO Boycotts and Bans” for more info.)

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The Story Behind the Story
of the Retracted GMO Corn Study

OCA memeby Melissa Diane Smith

The widely circulated study linking genetically modified corn to an increased rate of organ damage, tumors, and premature death in lab rats, about which I and many others have written and spoken, has been officially retracted by the journal that published it. A retraction of a study in a journal rarely happens and, when it does, it normally indicates there was some type of fraud or misrepresentation of data by the authors. In this case, the publishers explained that the authors had not committed any mistakes or deliberate deception, just that the results do not reach the threshold of publication for Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT).

So, is there more to know about the retraction? Yes, this important detail: The study was retracted from FCT less than a year after the journal appointed Richard E. Goodman, an ex-employee of genetically modified seed giant Monsanto, as the editor tasked with reviewing its biotechnology papers. The study that was retracted evaluated the effects of Monsanto’s patented corn NK603 and its patented herbicide Roundup.

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A Reminder about the
Bitter Truth about Sugar

by Melissa Diane Smith

Any time of year, but especially during the holiday season when we can encounter candies, cookies, and sweet drinks at every turn, it’s important to be reminded that sugar is toxic to our health, whether it’s genetically modified or not. I am continually surprised how many people who are trying to avoid genetically modified foods or gluten to protect their health, regularly choose foods and beverages sweetened with cane sugar or evaporated cane juice, not realizing the long-term damage sugar does to health.

Time for a quick review. First, sugar is an immunosuppressant. We knew that long before genetically modified white sugar was put on the market. As I explained in Going Against the Grain, sugar not only reduces the ability of white blood cells to track and attack bacteria but also reduces the production of antibodies, which protect against viruses and other invaders. That’s critical information to remember in the heart of cold and flu season.

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GF Book Signing November 17th

Want to get copies of Going Against the Grain and Gluten Free Throughout the Year autographed by me for yourself or for holiday gifts for others?

Sunday, November 17th, is a perfect opportunity to do that by stopping by my booth at the Gluten-Free Awareness Expo in Tucson from Noon to 3 p.m. The event is free, but make sure to bring cash or your checkbook to purchase my two gluten-free books at Expo-only prices.

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Catch the Interview with Me
about GMOs on Oct. 27

listenliveI will be a guest on the “Easy Organic Gardener Radio Show” on Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 11 a.m. to Noon Central Time (9 to 10 a.m. Pacific). Host Sheri Frey, co-owner of ARBICO Organics, will interview me about the serious health and environmental dangers GMOs pose and the steps we can take to say no to genetically modified foods right now, even though they are not labeled.

The show airs on more than 150 AM and FM radio channels. You can also listen to it live streaming online by clicking on the Listen Live icon on this page or by clicking directly on this link: The Easy Organic Gardener. If you can’t catch it live, listen to a recording of it here. Look for the interview dated 10/27/13 in the archives.

Copyright © 2013 Melissa Diane Smith

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