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Genetically-Engineered Meat Isn’t Tested for Human Safety ... Because It’s Treated as an “Animal Drug”

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 Genetically Engineered Meat Isnt Tested for Human Safety Because Its Treated as an Animal DrugPainting by Anthony Freda: www.AnthonyFreda.com.

 

USA Today reported last October that the FDA doesn’t even test the safety of genetically engineered food:

Q: Does the FDA test these foods before they’re allowed on the market?

 

A: No. Instead there is a voluntary consultation process. Genetically engineered foods are overseen by the FDA, but there is no approval process. Foods are presumed to be safe unless the FDA has evidence to the contrary, Jaffe says. The FDA “has to show that there may be a problem with the food, as opposed to the company needing to prove it’s safe to FDA’s satisfaction before it can get on the market,” he says.

Now we know why.

Bruce Friedrich reports:

The problems begin with FDA’s bizarre decision to consider GE meat using its “New Animal Drug Approval” (NADA) process, a process designed for evaluation of new animal drugs (hence the name), not genetically engineered animals. The GE salmon themselves [which increase allergies in people eating them ... but are still being approved for human consumption] are, according to this analysis, the animal drug. As food blogger Ari LeVaux explains on Civil Eats, “the drug per se is AquaBounty’s patented genetic construct… Inserted at the animal’s one-cell stage, the gene sequence exists in every cell of the adult fish’s body.”

 

Of course, NADA was not designed to analyze the human health or environmental consequences of new animal drugs, and because the animals are the drugs in this process, their welfare is also ignored. In all three areas, there is ample reason for concern.

 

Since they aren’t consumed by humans, new animal drugs are not evaluated for their human health impact, so perhaps it’s unsurprising that FDA’s analysis in this area has been almost nonexistent. Health and consumer rights advocates have raised alarms, noting among other concerns, that: 1) these animals will require massive doses of antibiotics to keep them alive in dirty, crowded aquaculture conditions, and we don’t know these antibiotics’ effect on human health; 2) the limited testing that has been conducted was carried out by or for AquaBounty and included shockingly small sample sizes; and 3) what studies have been done indicated increased allergic potential and increased levels of the hormone IGF-1, which is linked to various cancers — an outcome ignored in FDA’s approval according to the Consumers Union, Food & Water Watch, and the Center for Food Safety.

This is food fraud, and classic corruption by the FDA ... You know, the agency that:

  • Declared fish from Fukushima a-okay after radiation was spewed into the ocean

It is the same type of collusion between government and big business which has caused the financial crisis, the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, the Gulf oil spill and other major disasters  (and see this; and number 9).

As we noted last year:

Given that genetically engineered foods have been linked to obesity, cancer, liver failure, infertility and all sorts of other diseases (brief videos here and here), the burden should be on the … gmo producers to prove it’s safe.

But – if the FDA is treating genetically modified fish and meat as an “animal drug” – no one will test it for human safety.

 

 

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Sat, 02/16/2013 - 23:12 | 3250699 diogeneslaertius
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i may show up early and i may show up late to the party

 

but i always brng the best drugs

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 23:11 | 3250694 diogeneslaertius
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there is no framework for testing GMO

you cant test the safety effectively and it should be universally forbidden

too bad the genie is already out of the bottle by design

but lets pay global carbon taxes to the people who engineered the debt to offset carbon dioxide

 

trillions of years of the universe writing densely coded structs we barely understand the language of and we think we can just mix n match - sad really and human, all too human.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 17:23 | 3250096 indio007
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That's ok the gov't thinks men are animals too.

 

This is a good place or this.

http://adask.wordpress.com/2008/06/17/man-or-other-animals-1/

 

“Drug” means articles recognized in the official United States Pharmacopoeia National Formulary, or any supplement to it, articles designed or intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in man or other animals, [emphasis added] articles, other than food, intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals, [emphasis added] and articles intended for use as a component of any article specified in this subdivision. The term does not include devices or their components, parts, or accessories. A food for which a claim is made in accordance with Section 403(r) of the federal Act, and for which the claim is approved by the secretary, [emphasis added] is not a drug solely because the label or labeling contains such a claim. [Bold emphasis added by Alfred Adask.]

 “The federal code, upon which the state code is based and which is virtually identical, is 21 U.S.C.A. §321(g)(1), which provides in pertinent part:

“The term “drug” means (A) articles recognized in the official United States Pharmacopoeia, official Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States, or official National Formulary, or any supplement to any of them; and (B) articles intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in man or other animals [emphasis added]; and (C) articles (other than food) intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals [emphasis added]; and (D) articles intended for use as a component of any article specified in clause (A), (B), or (C). A food or dietary supplement for which a claim, subject to sections 343(r)(1)(B) and 343(r)(3) of this title or sections 343(r)(1)(B) and 343(r)(5)(D) of this title, is made in accordance with the requirements of section 343(r) of this title [emphasis added] is not a drug solely because the label or the labeling contains such a claim. A food, dietary ingredient, or dietary supplement for which a truthful and not misleading statement is made in accordance with section 343(r)(6) of this title is not a drug under clause (C) solely because the label or the labeling contains such a statement. [Bold emphasis added by Alfred Adask.]

“Defendants’ colloidal products were therefore `drugs’ within the meaning of TEx.HEALTH & SAFETY CODE §431.002(14) and 21 U.S.C. §321(g)(1) because they were labeled and advertised with testimonials and sold with the intent for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in man or other animals” or in some instances, because they are sold with the intent of affecting “the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals“. These products, when sold with the testimonial claims regarding treatment of disease, cannot be dietary supplements because none of the Defendants have ever applied to the USFDA nor received approval for the claims on these products published by Defendants on their Internet web sites.”

2. Note well that the phrase “man or other animals” appears twice in the cited state law, twice in the cited federal law, and twice more in the plaintiffs’ conclusion and summary–for a total of six instances in plaintiffs’ text.

3. Plaintiffs argue, in essence, that the “key” to determining the allegations in GV400268 is determining “at law” whether alleged defendants advertised and sold alleged “drugs” with the “intentfor use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in man or other animals” or “sold with the intent of affecting ‘the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals’.”

4. The phrase “man or other animals” can only be read to mean that, under the alleged laws and arguments advanced by plaintiffs, “man” is viewed by plaintiffs and/or our current government as nothing more than an “animal”.

 

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 23:12 | 3250698 diogeneslaertius
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man as animal and the destruction of metaphysical basis for rights (i.e. god-given)

complete legalese and semantic trickery - a universal fraud engine exists today and it stretches across all sectors of human endeavor.

 

the goal of this machinery is simple: control over every living, productive thing on earth.

 

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 16:23 | 3249998 Radical Marijuana
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The best ways to pass "safety tests" are to find excuses why they are not necessary. Just do not go there! That also was what has been done with electromagnetic effects, e.g. cell phones, etc.. There were basic decisions made that then deemed any other further inquiries unnecessary. GMOs have mostly been able to "pass" human safety tests because they were deemed to not be necessary. That went hand in hand with the original decisions that providing information to consumers with labelling was not necessary.

BY DEFINITION, THAT DELIBERATELY IGNORANCE IS EVIL.

Our whole social system is based on that foundation!

The basic ways that human beings actually live is through organized systems of lies, operating organized robberies. Scientific technologies have taken that system of fraud and force and amplified it to astronomical sizes, to become LEGALIZED LIES, BACKED BY LEGALIZED VIOLENCE. GMOs are simply more of that same old biggest bullies' bullshit, piled up higher and higher, until that goes around the dark side of the moon.

Of course, I am NOT against science itself. However, the ways that science gets employed inside of a social pyramid system are to enable far greater frauds, to be backed by far greater force. GMOs are the ways that science gets applied in order to advance the interests of the pyramidion people, who have captured control over governments, in order that there are BIGGER LEGALIZED LIES, BACKED BY MORE LEGALIZED VIOLENCE.

GMOs, like all other technologies, demonstrate the sublime paradox of the understanding of Unitary Mechanisms, which then are applied through old-fashioned false fundamental dichotomies. GMOs work because all living things on planet Earth speak the same genetic language. I.e. they are ONE. Then that understanding, which ought to inspire more spiritual enlightenment, gets applied to advance cutting the world into pieces, in ways which are then killing it. However, those making that killing are temporarily able to enjoy the benefits from doing that.

Thus, the privatization of profits, along with the socialization of losses, adds up in both ways. A few become much more wealthy, as they privatize the profits, while the society as a whole becomes more and more impoverished, as the actual costs are more and more externalized, and transferred to those who are outside of the corporations that control that social pyramid system.

GMOs did with biology of DNA what was also done with the physics of atomic energy. The true UNITY of the world was better understood, through Unitary Mechanisms, which were paradigmatic breakthroughs in basic science ... which then were actually applied to advance systems of force backed frauds. Since we are living inside of a social pyramid system, directed by the most criminally insane pyramidion people, advances in science and technology end up being primarily employed in ways that are, overall, more deceitful and destructive.

Each and every story like this, which have been exemplified by the series of articles that George Washington has been inspired to research and write about, provides another facet of the overall social situation we are within. The basic thrust of this has been the history of warfare, as the oldest and best developed social science, making deceit and destruction become the factors that control civilization. That basic reality evolved through governments, which then chartered corporations, (with the banks becoming the privatized control of the social money supply being the central feature.)

GMOs are being developed within that system, where the best organized gangs of criminals are employing scientific breakthrough understandings to advance their short-term interests. Within that context, the overall human ecology continues to become the Zombie Sheeple, being fleeced, then slaughtered, by the Vicious Wolf People. Since this is insanely out of control, it will loop around and eventually destroy the Vicious Wolf People too. However, we seem too locked within the social pyramid paradigms of politics to be able to understand that enough to transform it.

IN THEORY, we need to change the paradigms of militarism, by having a deeper scientific revolution in the oldest and best developed social science, warfare. That would then enable us to sustain a monetary revolution. That would then enable us to more adequately understand the Oneness and Unity, which are supporting all of our current organized systems of force backed frauds.

However, IN PRACTISE, we actually have scientific breakthroughs, in areas like biology and physics, being channelled into psychotic insanities, such as with the actual ways that GMOs get developed. The paradoxes are that we tend to have scientific breakthroughs on the basis of Oneness and Unity, developing Unitary Mechanisms, (like understanding the DNA code, or atomic energy, etc..) being applied in ways that manifest the maximum possible deliberate ignorance and evil.

Given how horrible the consequences of doing that more and more have become, I can only find some refuge in an increasingly macabre sense of humour, with respect to these sublime paradoxes. GMOs are one of the leading edges of the evolution of the money/murder systems, which advance by understanding everything else better and better, EXCEPT themselves! ... Meanwhile, it is almost totally useless to bother to point that out, since those systems were built on the basis of being able to continue to be more deliberately ignorant, and evil.

Therefore, OF COURSE, GMOs are being developed in ways which exhibit various rationalizations and justifications of deliberate ignorance, both by those doing them, as well as towards the general public. Since ignorance is the source of suffering, and deliberate ignorance causes the worst forms of suffering, GMOs are rapidly evolving as maximized expressions of the ironic combination of human abilities to be intelligent and stupid, at the same time!

GMOs manifest inside of the current social pyramid systems, which are built on the foundation of deceit and destruction, in the form of our current money/murder systems. The most sublime paradoxes are embodied in the political problems with respect to understanding the military and monetary systems better, which requires paradigm shifts just as profound as those in biology and physics, which made it POSSIBLE for there to exist technologies like genetic engineering and atomic bombs. However, SO FAR, the only thing that is happening is that the grand canyon gap between THEORY and PRACTICE is opening up wider and wider, faster and faster ... That is the context in which GMOs get developed in ways where the most dangerous things get done, through means which rubber stamp them as so perfectly safe that we do not even have to worry about that!

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 16:49 | 3249985 news printer
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Food Inc. A documentary of how our food is process today, very scary.

http://vimeo.com/41266696

Skip to 1:18:05 for conclusion

diff point of view

http://safefoodinc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&It...

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 18:31 | 3250258 DaveyJones
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It's good, but try to catch "The Future of Food." They do an excellent coverage of GMO and Monsanto. Also "Food Matters" - great discussion of nutrition and how modern medicine is often its villain

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 15:53 | 3249937 Brixton Guns
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You are what you eat.  Eating genetically modified food makes you a genetically modified person.

Barbara Peterson hosts a wonderful site researching all things GMO, I highly reccomend it to all:  http://www.farmwars.info

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 13:30 | 3249569 CheapBastard
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There's not many fish safe to eat any more. I feed my folks plant sources of omega-3  these days. ...as cheaply as possible because....

 

I'm a Cheap bastard !!!

 

BTW, I hope all of you with some free time go to that Flipper Seminar this afternoon. Plenty of free food and hot chicks....

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 12:29 | 3249446 reader2010
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Profit has always been placed ahead of real human needs since the beginnng of this incarnation of human economic configuration, aka captialism. And under this type of configuration, if anything has to have the value, then it must be associated with profit. 

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 12:25 | 3249436 disabledvet
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEzcLTAMrRA ....and watch out for those piano solo's too.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 12:10 | 3249401 janchup
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My Ouiji Board says the humans will die like flies over the next 100 years as a result of living in their own technological excrement.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 14:54 | 3249777 Binko
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I agree with this. Many industrial societies no longer have a birth rate sufficient to maintain their population without adding in immigration. Russia, Italy and Japan are far below the birth rate needed for a steady population. Of course Japan is in the deepest shit since they are culturely incapable of accepting immigrants.

My Ouiji Board of Pessimism sees preciptious birth rate declines and massively decreased health levels in industrial countries as the younger generation who grew up with GMOs, junk food, chemical soup for water etc reach middle age. 

 

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 18:29 | 3250252 DaveyJones
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Wish I could disagree. Everything we're doing has exponential effect - including the planet. The planet will survive but a lot of species may not. I know we like to forget, but we're a species.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 15:10 | 3249804 msmith9962
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Yes, seems the sea life around during the gulf disaster were screwed a bit, but their spawn were really screwed.  Same with people I suspect.  Frankenfood started up last generation I guess, current and subsequent dna will pay the price.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 13:54 | 3249635 Not Too Important
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Your ouiji board speaks truth greatly, young grasshopper.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 12:09 | 3249400 Shell Game
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Thank you for what you do, GW.  Food control is the oldest Totalitarian trick in the book. There is a special niche in Hell for these criminals.

Brilliant post above by Reptil too..

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 11:28 | 3249329 shovelhead
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GMO.

USDA-working to protect their 'clients' fiscal health.

Your Health? Meh...not so much.

Love your Gov.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 14:17 | 3249689 JuicedGamma
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Meh?

Too many GMO salmon in your diet.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 10:59 | 3249303 world_debt_slave
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Covert de-population plan.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 10:40 | 3249275 Dungeness
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Yipes!

A great reason to turn vegan, or at least vegetarian.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 15:12 | 3249811 msmith9962
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Great reason to start a permaculture food forest anywhere you can.

www.permies.com

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 14:20 | 3249696 JuicedGamma
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Unfortunately, corn, soy, lax seed, grapes, tomatoes, peas, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, etc etc has been GMOd too, so basically you are fucked if you don't grow your own from seeds that you got from your granny.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 18:27 | 3250249 DaveyJones
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True but it's easier to grow plants than a cow

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 11:04 | 3249312 bigbwana
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The FDA is controlled by the Illuminati. The sensational news is there will never be a NWO. The Pope, a known Illuminati, was forced to resign by the Galactic Federation, who really do represent God, and cannot tell a lie.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 11:25 | 3249324 Race Car Driver
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I want to believe... I really do.

In light of Man's new ability to code DNA with digital data, I found the following interesting. Also, I wonder what God thinks about us foolin' around with His patent? Or, is DNA open source? Who has final say?

http://www.naturalnews.com/038985_universe_simulation_intelligent_design.html

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 11:24 | 3249323 shovelhead
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I really like the white plastic body armor the Stormtroopers wear.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 10:00 | 3249210 GMadScientist
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Is there some legitimate reason you're addressing the FDA instead of the USDA?

Anyone eating the world's biggest, nastiest bacterial and toxin bio-accumulators obviously isn't interested in their health and who knows: maybe it will keep the salmon from being fished right out of existence by yuppies with cedar planks and limited attention spans.

 

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 09:41 | 3249189 cossack55
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Good stuff AGAIN, George.  I have switched most of my time/attention away from fiscal/monetary shit (which has now become meaningless) to food and water issues. 

Remember the old Freak Brothers maxim:

"It is better to have dope in times of no money, than money in times of no dope"

I'm sure one can modify it for todays issues.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 18:26 | 3250242 DaveyJones
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Someone about a week back suggested that we start covering food issues regularly and it got a lot of hits. Food is the ultimate weapon from either direction. Every society / nation that collapses ends up focusing on these fundamentals. Multiply this by a thousand with the GMO  / Patent / Peak Oil / issues now multiply it again with the largest currency collapse the world is about to ever see.  

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 09:23 | 3249166 Gold Dog
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Meat Glue!

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 10:00 | 3249212 GMadScientist
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"Has anyone seen Boxer the Horse lately?" - Snowball

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 09:23 | 3249142 news printer
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there is no approval process?

Yes there is, they'r testing stuff on humans.

Progress

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 07:56 | 3249107 ReeferMac
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Thanks for your efforts to publish the news other's won't!

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 07:47 | 3249101 Peter Pan
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The greatest of catch 22's. Do you eat to stay alive even though it kills you?

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 07:17 | 3249086 stiler
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Monsanto is like Adobe Systems, which tried to market its Adobe Illustrator program by copywriting the name "Illustrator" and making it illegal to use the name anywhere, like say on a business card. All your seeds belong to us.I guess they own every aspect of our nature. Now we have no inalienable rights, but we have the rights to have healthcare, free to those who can't afford it and the right to bad choices.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 04:56 | 3249014 working class dog
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Monsanto, Dupont, Bunge, etc.etc. have the food police in thier backpockets, and the famous Inda women who stood up to the chemical companies by galvanizing the India farmers to NOT use thier chemicals. Result higher yield and the India farmers dont have to give 30% of their profits to the chemical invaders. Grewth at all cost will kill all of us including the chemical producer family members, they have to eat too!

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 05:38 | 3249033 StychoKiller
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"Enemy of the People", by Henrik Ibsen

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 04:15 | 3248991 AnAnonymous
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Maybe there is more money to be made by selling food for humans than selling food for animals.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 02:53 | 3248950 Kastorsky
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Grunka Lunka dunkety dedient

You should not ask about the secret ingredient.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI5-L6s6dqk

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 04:01 | 3248941 Joe A
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GMO are poison. There is no proper risk assessment being done in the US and in Europe a 90 day testing period is considered long enough for assessing long term risk. There is a revolving door of people from biotech becoming members of the FDA and EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) and vice versa. GMO is proven to have major health risks for humans and animals, have severe consequences for the environment and do not substantially improve and increase harvests. They also result in the use of more pesticides and herbicides since weeds become resistant and become superweeds. Google "GMO myths and facts" for debunking GMO. Also look for a study conducted by Seralini about GMO and Round up causing tumours in rats. This study was attacked by people from biotech with one attacker notorious for backing the tobacco industry for years. The study however got the support of 300 scientists from 33 countries on 5 continents. The scientist was asked for more information about his study than biotech ever has to submit when they want a GMO approved.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 09:45 | 3249195 goldfish1
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Thank you for this post. Keep posting.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 02:26 | 3248932 Stud Duck
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Most all of the land used for food production  in the world has had petroleum based nitrogen applied onto it to produce at maximum potential production, Over the last 50 years the mibco organisms have been killed and trace minerals have been leeched from the land. A normal crop uses up 250 lbs of minerals and  most farmers have not bothered to look into repkacement, The food people ate 50 years ago had those trace mineral in the food and met the human bodies needs, The GMO grains produced now are "breed" to produce more and more of the petroleum based fertilizers, no real crop rotation or idle of theland is done now. Farmer 50-60 years ago planed ona rotation and resting of the land from intense use, the farmer of today depends on chemicals and fertilizers that produce volume without real substance in the grains/food produced,

This maddness will not be able to go one for mouch longer, thel land is dying and with it the species that depends upon it. There is hope with use of organic methods, but I doubt it will be enough in time to prevent Thomas Maulthus from being right,

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 12:15 | 3249413 krispkritter
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Permaculture, biodynamics, and Fukuoka...grow your own.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 11:35 | 3249333 tip e. canoe
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Over the last 50 years the micro organisms have been killed and trace minerals have been leeched from the land.

bingo.    as a supplement to the other comment replies, 56 minerals are necessary to replicate human DNA.   since these minerals are no longer in the soil, they are no longer in the plants and no longer in the animals that eat the plants, including us animals.   we are literally degenerating on a genetic level, hence the explosive rise of all these genetic diseases & defects in the population.    GMO's are simply treating the symptom of the underlying problem and making it worse, but even eliminating GMOs entirely would not solve the problem.

nor does using organic, biodynamic, or permaculture methods sad to say.   you could grow your garden using the strictest of these methods and still grow unhealthy plants.    this is the reason why so many organic farmers & gardeners have unsolvable pest/disease problems.   insects are drawn to the frequency patterns of the nitrates in the soil/plants, whereas proteins have frequency patterns that insects read as static/noise as their digestive tracts can not process high proteins.   but proteins, to be built, need a complex of minerals that simply no longer exist in ~95% of the soils on the planet.

so unless you are blessed to be growing in virgin volcanic soils or on land that has recently been swept by a tsunami, you are going to have to learn how to restore your soils so that they again possess a complex mineral balance.   this is not easy and will require some work and much time, but it is doable for anyone who is truly concerned enough about the health of themselves and their family.  it all begins & ends in the soil.

key ingredients : rock dusts & sea salts/water & bacterial/fungal soil inoculants

places for further investigation:

http://remineralize.org/

http://soilandhealth.org/

http://bionutrient.org/

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ciencia/esp_ciencia_oro21.htm

(p.s. this all connects back with the real value of precious metals beyond their use as monetary instruments.   the irony of it all is that a little goes a long way, as such, when thinking in terms of wealth=health, there is no need to hoard.)

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 15:00 | 3249789 Binko
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The one food supplement that everybody should be taking is Trace Minerals. Even if you eat a fabulously healthy diet the wonderful organic food is still grown on mineral depleted land. Trace mineral supplements are derived from pre-historic seabeds and consist of all the essential minerals that were in sea water a million years ago but with the salt leeched out. 

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 11:18 | 3249320 shovelhead
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Absolute nonsense. If trace elements are absent the plant won't grow or yield very poorly.

Commercial farmers are not stupid. They will not risk million dollar crops for lack of a few pennies of trace elements.

Don't confuse GMO Monsanto Frankenfood with modern ag practices that are high yield and entirely sustainable and eco positive.

One good bout with e-coli from improperly composted 'Organic' fertilizer will cure the most brainwashed Mr. Natural.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 15:02 | 3249792 Binko
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Actually shovelhead, that's not true. A lot of organic produce is now grown in hot houses. Farmers have discovered that you can grow a tomato, for example, and only provide it with a small sub-set of the nutrients that it would normally pull from the ground and it will still look like a tomato. All that matters is that it can be grown cheaply and qualify for the price increasing organic sticker. 

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 11:44 | 3249347 tip e. canoe
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the problem with the method that most commercial farmers (even organic ones) use is that they are approaching it strictly from a very narrow POV of chemistry, not biology.    thus, they continue to till the soil once/twice a year and kill all the microorganisms that do all the work of delivering the trace minerals to the plants.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Albrecht

http://www.soilminerals.com/index.htm

http://www.soilandhealth.org/01aglibrary/010120albrecht.usdayrbk%5Clsom....

till the dirt, kill the soil

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 18:17 | 3250222 DaveyJones
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most aspects of modern agriculture - tilling, water, petroleum, exposed land, monocrops - are unsustainable and getting closer to collapse  

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