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PostSubject: Monsanto, Is Our Food Safe?   Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:11 pm

When we consider the rogue's gallery of devilish, over-sized, greedy and disproportionately powerful corporations, we generally come up with outfits like Microsoft, Bechtel, AIG, Halliburton, Goldman-Sachs, Exxon-Mobil and the United States Senate. Yet somehow, Monsanto, arguably the most devilish, over-sized, greedy and disproportionately powerful corporation in the world has been able to more or less skulk between the raindrops -- only a household name in households where documentaries like Food Inc. are regarded as light Friday evening entertainment. My house, for example. But for the most part, if you were to ask an average American for their list of sinister corporations, Monsanto probably wouldn't make the cut.

It should.

See the Remaining article at: http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2010/02/04/monsanto-the-evil-corporation-in-your-refrigerator/?icid=main
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PostSubject: Re: Monsanto, Is Our Food Safe?   Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:49 pm

No, our food supply is at risk.
I have copies of Food Inc. and Fresh available to lend to anyone interested.
Thanks for posting this. Spread the word. "Buy Fresh, Buy Local.
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PostSubject: Food is safe enough to eat   Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:53 pm

I suppose that a post about food safety belongs here. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) started publishing the nationwide incidence of food born diseases about 1998. CDC proposes some reasons for the drop in food born diseases since 1996 but regulation of livestock raising is not one of them. There is no evidence that the increasing size of livestock farms has increased food born disease. As a human being I find that a reduction in food born disease is good news.

Improvement in slaughter houses is noted by the CDC. The Food, Inc. film did accurately point out that slaughter houses are one source of contamination of meat. In the film it was stated that there were only three major companies in the business and that's true. Conditions for workers in some plants are bad, that is also true. When locals propose new slaughter plants such as Aberdeen, SD(proposed beef) and Huron, SD(operating poultry) I hope South Dakotans support the businesses and workers' rights concurrently.

Food, Inc. was aired on Minnesota Public Television as an editorial piece on Point of View in April. There were generalizations made in the film based on say so and personal beliefs. Joe Salatan was shown butchering his poultry while he complained that USDA had tried to shut down his open air butchering for commercial sale (apparently a quite expensive retail meat product). Joe stated that he was sure that his poultry had a lower bacteria count than grocery store poultry because some highschool kids had tested both products, once. He did not state at which bacteria count chicken became a good wholesome food or a bad industrial product.

Joe may very well sell a cleaner poultry product and he sells directly to his retail customer. However; it doesn't matter if you get your chickens from Joe or your local grocery store, you still have to cook it and prevent cross contamination of other foods on your plate. USDA publishes a fact sheet on handling poultry meat and it applies to all kinds of poultry.
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PostSubject: Monsanto   Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:56 pm

It would be a service if someone would list the GMO foods currently on grocery store shelves so that those who wish to could avoid them could. There is currently no labeling.
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PostSubject: Re: Monsanto, Is Our Food Safe?   Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:38 pm

www.responsibletechnology.org
I should add this should provide a place where one can access a non-gmo shopping guide.
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