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Guest Blog: My fight against GMOs-The Agtivists documentary

September 17th, 2012

My name is Zofia Hausman and I am a British film maker and human rights activist. I am in the process of producing a documentary that will take a critical look at the prevalence of genetically modified organisms and the bio-tech industries that have monopolized our food supply.

The film will delve into the work of The Agtivists, four American pioneers who have put their lives and reputations on the line to challenge the corporate control of our food supply. It will reveal groundbreaking new research, helping us to understand how GMOs, crops that have had their DNA altered in a laboratory by the addition of genes from other plants, animals, or bacteria, have an impact on every single human being on the planet. You probably aren’t aware that 70 percent of ingredients in our supermarkets contain genetically modified organisms – many countries have banned or severely restricted the production of GMOs, but here in the United States, the companies producing our food don’t even have to mention them on the label.

This type of genetic modification is experimental and largely untested, and over 80 percent of the transmuted crops are being designed to withstand direct application of herbicides and pesticides – chemicals that end up on your plate. What evidence we do have is not reassuring – take GMO corn, for example. Genetically modified Bt corn, which contain an EPA registered pesticide, is engineered so that when corn worms bite into the ear of corn, their stomachs explode. These Bt pesticide toxins have been linked to cell membrane death and leaky gut, as well as kidney cell damage in humans. They have recently been found in the blood of 93% of pregnant women tested, as well as 80% of their unborn babies. Other GMOs such as sugar, canola and soy have also been genetically engineered to tolerate high levels of a chemical called glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp. This chemical is being linked to birth defects, inflammatory bowel disease, certain cancers, and organ damage as well as environmental problems.

We have a right to know what we are putting into our bodies, but right now we are ingesting these toxins without our consent and involuntarily participating in what some scientists believe to be the greatest human experiment in the history of mankind. My goal is to finish this film as soon as possible, so we can release this information to the world and give everyone an opportunity to become conscious consumers. In this war on GMOs, information is power.

I invite you to join me on this journey and become a sponsor of The Agtivists and an integral part of the larger solution. We can no longer rely on our governments to stand up against corporate agendas; it is we, the people, who must take action to ensure a just and cooperative world. It is up to us to bring an end to this human experiment and reclaim our food supply! Please help by spreading the word with your friends, family, and professional networks. We are all in this together, and what we need right now is each other.

Watch the trailer to the film here: www.indiegogo.com/agtivistsmovie

You can learn more about the film at our Facebook and Twitter pages: www.facebook.com/agtivists and www.twitter.com/agtivists

Sincerely,

Zofia Hausman, Director, The Agtivists

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Growing Debt and Growing a Victory Garden

September 20th, 2010

 

Humble Seed will often point out reasons why growing your own food is important, from the freshest foods possible to a sense of personal accomplishment, but there’s another necessary reason why so many families today are turning to gardening: debt.

Today’s economy has forced many families into picking and choosing where they will spend their hard earned money, and sometimes, it can come down to what bills will be paid versus what types of meals will be put on the table. There are families feeling the pressure to buy more processed foods, because they are less expensive. Sadly, processed foods can be very unhealthy. There are also families choosing to grow their own foods, because starting from seed is inexpensive, and the yields can be high—with enough vegetables to feed your family and more for an entire growing season. Aside from the expenses of getting your garden ready and maintaining it, growing your own foods can be very economical.

If you do not have the space or yard for your own garden why not partner with a family member, friend or neighbor and create a joint victory garden? Victory gardens were first created during World War I and World War II in order to minimize the pressure on the public food supply that was caused by the wars. They were herb, fruit and vegetable gardens that were planted at families’ residences and public parks. Today, with the slowly recovering economy and continuing frustrations with the way our foods are being produced and processed, the word ‘victory’ can be an inspiration for a better and more sustainable world. With the popularity of victory gardens growing, it’s clear that people are making informed choices about where they will spend their money, how they will manage to stay afloat during the bad economy, and what foods they will feed their families.

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Guest Blog:Food Shortages Imminent: The BP Oil Spill

July 5th, 2010

Food Shortages Imminent?  Some people say that I’m a fearmonger  (well, Mrs. G. says that sometimes).  The BP Oil Spill in the Gulf has me thinking, though.  Thinking and freaking out.  But, I’m going to try to keep my thinking cap on while I write this blog.  (I said “TRY”  no guarantees.)

First, a heartbreaking picture for anyone that likes to garden:

 

The oil slick reaching the marshes along the gulf coast.  Not only is the oil going to suffocate the grasses, birds and other larger wildlife that live there, it will also harm all of the teeny little organisms we can’t see in the water.

This picture is just heartbreaking for anyone:

 

It is a dead brown pelican. There are, probably, lots of those down there now, too.

Next, the Loop Current and the Oil Spill

If it weren’t bad enough that the oil is now all over the place where the oil rig originally exploded, predictions are that it will flow into the loop current, and head all the way up the east coast:

 

Which, if you believe this picture from NASA, is already happening.

 

That whitish tail is supposedly the oil, flowing down from the original spill location and into the current.

Eating Oil

Some people will tell you that if you eat food that you don’t grow yourself, you’re eating oil.  That is partially true–for several reasons.

1) Synthetic fertilizers (which is mostly what is used on food that you buy at the grocery), is made from a chemical process that requires energy:  lots and lots of energy.  Right now, most of our ENERGY comes from oil.

2) Food is heavy, and current pricing structures and food supply structures are such that most of the food you buy at the grocery is either a) processed or b) “fresh” but grown very far away from you.  That means it has to be shipped to you, with a lot of energy use, most of it from oil or other fossil fuels.  Right NOW, it is cheaper for people to grow food in centralized locations, and ship it, than it is to grow food locally.

What that means is that, depending upon where you live, if energy dries up, and alternative sources are not developed, you’re going to be out of luck for food–unless you can grow your own.

THAT’S WHY I GROW A SURVIVAL GARDEN!!!!!

Most synthetic fertilizers are NOT made from crude oil, like what is leaking in the Gulf.  The way crude oil enters the food chain is through its use as energy for producing the fertilizer and energy to produce and ship the food.  That’s where the term “eating oil” comes from.

This environmental and energy crises is just ONE thing that is happening to us that will disrupt our food supply.  Take steps NOW to protect you and your family.  Stop relying on commercial interests and the government to feed you.  A BIG LOAD OF GOOD the government is doing with the oil spill, huh?

Humble Seed guest blog post by Jerry Greenfield. You can read more from Jerry at:

Blog: http://68.169.32.63/growlikecrazy/blog/
Ezine: http://ezinearticles.com/?expert_bio=Jerry_Greenfield

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Humble Seed: Supplementing Your Food Supply and Savings

April 6th, 2010

According to the Garden Writers Association—an organization of over 1,800 professional communicators in the lawn and garden industry—37% of households researched in November plan to increase their edible gardens in 2010. And, the main reason given was to supplement household food supply.

Growing your own foods is truly a great way to save you money. You can freeze your carrots and green peppers, can your peppers and tomatoes, make pickles and relishes, and enjoy seasonal supplies of fresh, flavorful, and nutritional herbs and vegetables that rise above what you can find in the produce department.

At Humble Seed, we’re dedicated to providing you with the best seeds at the best prices, and with our company launch, we’re offering great deals that will help make your horticultural happenings time-saving and money-saving. For a limited time, our Humble Seed Trio—Hot Mama’s Peppers and Chiles, Uncle Herb’s Favorites, and Veggin’ Out—can save you nearly 20% off of the $79.95 combined total retail price—click on our ‘buy seeds’ link to get your code!

It’s a great time for growing your own foods!

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