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We have reached another new low, here we are finally hitting on the science fiction movie from 1973 Soylent Green. This is just another reason to stop buying processed foods, using embryonic cells from unborn fetus's to find ways to enhance flavor has crossed the line in my opinion. No matter how you spin this, it reeks. We have an epidemic of obesity in our country already, so using anything human to increase our consumption of food products, be it flavoring or "enhancers" is beyond the scope of ethics. (imo) Where will this stop?
This is taken from article;
"What are These Genetically Engineered ‘Flavor Enhancers,’ and are They Safe?
According to a CBS News report from June 2011, 70 out of 77 Senomyx patents filed at that time referred to the use of HEK 293. These are human embryonic kidney cells originally harvested from a healthy, electively aborted fetus sometime in the 1970’s. The “HEK” identifies the cells as kidney cells, and the “293” denotes that the cells came from the 293rd experiment.
These cells have been cloned for decades, as they offer a reliable way to produce new proteins using genetic engineering. Senomyx has engineered HEK293 cells to function like human taste receptor cells, presumably such as those used in Pepsi Co’s taste-testing robot. This was done by isolating taste receptors found in certain cells, and adding them to the HEK cells.
HEK cells are also widely used within pharmaceutical and cell biology research for the same or similar reasons. It is however the first time HEK cells have been used in the food industry, which carries a certain “ick” factor for many. There’s also the issue of just not knowing how these new flavors are created."
Follow the link above to read the entire article, which includes an abundance of sources.
(me again) The video attached is a 60 Minutes segment explaining the use of flavoring enhancers, nothing in the video about the embryo use, all of that is in the reading material of this article.
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This really is no surprise. You can see how the votes went at the link. However, some of the Democrats who voted this down surprised me (Al Franken specifically) especially when they had amendments to this bill they wanted passed.
The California ballot initiative this November to label GMOs is now our best chance to make this a national referendum on GMO labelling for our food, specifically baby formula. There is not one company that makes baby formula that GM soy is not used in it. And yes I know, breast feeding is always best, but for some mothers that is not an option and they should have alternatives that are healthy for their baby.
And regardless of the fact that this amendment was voted down, I applaud Bernie Sanders and Barbara Boxer for putting it out here and raising awareness of a very important health and environmental issue facing this country. Disclosure of the ingredients in our food is also a cornerstone of a Democratic society. Sad to see so many in this Congress bought and sold by the Monsantos of the world. It is time to vote them all out regardless of party. This is about principle.
The video I placed here is the best scene to describe the orafice these companies are in their quest to destroy humanity.This really is no surprise. You can see how the votes went at the link. However, some... more
Hang around for reasons to end the palm off on palm oil
GABRIELLA COSLOVICH - The Sydney Morning Herald
June 30, 2010
Wonderful species on the brink of extinction, in part for cosmetics.
We took our four nieces to the Melbourne Zoo recently. The things we saw. Butterflies hatching in cocoons shaped like precious jade pendants. A cassowary with a pelt of feathers so glossy and thick that it looked like something Kate Moss would wear down the runway. Seals that shot through the water like rockets, sleek and euphoric as they darted and flipped, creatures of awesome grace underwater, clownishly awkward above.
Mali, surely the cutest baby elephant in the world, so small, so fat, so wrinkly. My nieces squealed in horrified delight as one of the adult elephants discharged a torrent of urine and a canon fire of poo. Of course, I laughed too.
But it was a day of conflicting emotions. I marvelled at the miraculous beauty and diversity of nature, and wondered whether one day such variety would be found only in the safe confines of a zoo. What kind of world would my nieces inherit? Many of the animals we saw were endangered, among them the siamangs, tree-dwelling primates, found mainly in the tropical rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia.
The fragility of life struck me as I looked at a couple of these shaggy creatures, nestled close together. They looked straight back, with melancholy, knowing eyes. One of them ever so gently groomed its mate. Those hands. Long, delicate, expressive, uncannily human as they softly swept across its mate's black fur, checking for bugs, for dirt.
Next door lived their cousins, the orang-utans, auburn-haired trapeze artists extraordinaire, effortlessly swinging, whirling, pivoting on their artificial jungle of ropes.
Endangered trapeze artists. On the brink of extinction. Of course, I knew this in that dim, foggy way we have of knowing many things we'd rather not. But coming face-to-face with an orang-utan made it impossible to ignore.
One of the greatest threats to orang-utans is the clearing of their natural habitat in the forests of Malaysia and Indonesia to make way for oil palm plantations. According to a 2007 United Nations report, between 1967 and 2000 the total oil palm area in Indonesia grew from fewer than 2000 square kilometres to more than 30,000 square kilometres. The demand for palm oil was expected to double this area by 2020.
As forests are cleared for plantations, confused orang-utans can be found wandering into the newly planted areas that used to be their home. They're an intimidating sight, and it's common for them to be killed by plantation workers.
Palm oil is now ubiquitous. It's found, according to the UN, in one out of 10 supermarket products, including margarine, baked goods, sweets, detergents and lipsticks. But it is not necessarily labelled as ''palm oil'' in the ingredients list - it might be called palmate, or sodium laureth sulphate (which can also be from coconuts), or glyceryl stearate, or scores of other mystifying variations. The zoo is urging people to sign an online petition requesting Food Standards Australia New Zealand to make it compulsory to clearly label palm oil as ''palm oil'' - the chance to sign the petition ends today.
Now, I'm not a huge fan of processed food, so I didn't think I'd be causing too much trouble. Nonetheless, after our visit to the zoo, I checked the contents of my bathroom cupboard. What I found was highly unsettling.
According to the Australian Orangutan Project, more than 1 million kilograms of palm oil makes its way to Australia each year - and my bathroom had an arsenal of the stuff. Even products from companies that promote themselves as somehow more virtuous and natural than the rest included palm oil (albeit not labelled as such) in the fine print. My favourite shampoo and conditioner had ''retinyl palmitate'' in it. My (cheap) deodorant had ''steareth-2'', a chemical containing palm oil. My lip balm had ''glyceryl stearate'' in it, so too did my face cream, exfoliant and hand cream.
How many orang-utan scalps was I personally responsible for? I had no option but to sign the petition, and reconsider my purchases. People can have an effect on the demand and use of palm oil - they did last year when public pressure compelled Cadbury to stop using it in its chocolate.
My face cleanser, by the way, was in the clear, no palm oil or synonymous chemicals were detected. Although it did have something in it called methylchloroisothiazolinone. Thought I'd do a cross-check. The online ''cosmetics database'' rated it as hazardous and to be avoided. And that's a whole new stratosphere of anxiety.
Gabriella Coslovich is an Age senior writer.
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"The rise in popularity of environmental food documentaries, such as Food Inc. and Fresh, have opened people’s eyes to the way they’ve been eating, about where and how their food is made. The newest film about our food industry, Forks Over Knives, asks, “What if we could cure sicknesses without medicine? What if our nation’s health crisis could be solved?” This food film focuses on the numerous health problems that our way of eating is causing and how we can reverse the damage we’re doing to our bodies – simply by changing our diets and rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.
The documentary follows two researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional scientist at Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a top surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, who have studied the effects of animal-based and processed food on the human body and their link to diseases like obesity, heart disease, and cancer."
(Click the link to read more and see the film's trailer!)"The rise in popularity of environmental food documentaries, such as Food Inc.... more
In this affecting video, TEDTalks Prize winner Jamie Oliver shares powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., and makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.In this affecting video, TEDTalks Prize winner Jamie Oliver shares powerful stories... more
The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.
Welcome to the Producer’s Blog
February 10th, 2010
Welcome to the Forks Over Knives website—and producer’s blog. Thank you for your support and openness to a message that seems to have such profound potential. On this page, I will share with you the latest inside information and musings as we finish production and begin bringing the film to audiences all over. In a series of entries, I will also share with you anecdotes from our journey, and discuss the story about how Forks Over Knives grew from an idea to a feature film.The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all,... more
They call it "food"...
What are we eating, and why?
Food has become a great mystery to many Americans.
It comes in boxes, it's to them passed over fast food counters, they don't know what's in it, they don't even know who makes it or where it comes from.
Media experts speculate on the secret ingredient in the "French diet" or the "Mediterranean Diet."
It's called food.
Processed People: The Movie
Processed People features in-depth discussions with leading health experts detailing why so many of us are sick, and offers proven solutions to our current devastating health crisis.
Tragically, many Americans are victims of a "health care" system and way of life which are devastating to our overall well-being. To those running our system, the bottom line on the dollars we're able to spend is more important than the bottom line on our health. We're caught in a perpetual grinding machine, unable to escape.
It’s nearly impossible to be liberated when there's so much confusing, conflicting information, and when the “authorities” giving you advice -- be they the government or industry-controlled organizations like the American Dietetic Association -- don't necessarily have your best interests at heart.
Processed People introduces you to real life people who have rid themselves of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and Multiple Sclerosis, just through changing their diet. They literally threw away their drugs, shed pounds, and got their lives back.
Why can't you get this information in the mainstream media? Because nearly every network and cable channel in the world relies on advertising dollars from Big Food and Big Drugs.
Even PBS won’t bite the hand that feeds it. But now you can have this information on DVD – and reap the benefits.
Processed People examines these topics:
Why are we so fat?
What is health?
Health care or sick care?
Are we what we eat?
Do we need to eat animal products?
What's the role of exercise?
What's a processed person?
Can you "de-process" yourself?
What happens if we don't change?
Who needs to see this Film?
Basically everyone. It's for people who want to help themselves, as well as for those who want to introduce their own friends and loved ones to a healthy lifestyle.They call it "food"...
What are we eating, and why?
Food has become a... more
Freedom fries lovers, rejoice! The growing American influence over French cooking has turned Paris into a city of bad baguettes and processed cheese. Plus more on Hungry Beast.Freedom fries lovers, rejoice! The growing American influence over French cooking has... more
Farmers receive subsidies to grow corn - much of this corn is sold to cola and other junk-food companies at a reduced rate. These companies then make high fructose corn syrup to sweeten their products. It is much cheaper to use than beet or cane sugar and can have serious negative effects on our bodies - especially the bodies of children. It's in just about any processed food you can name. As well as sweets and colas it is in bread, beer, fruit juices, frozen treats - read your labels. High fructose corn syrup is not processed by the body like sugars from fruits and vegetables - it's something we all should learn about if we value our health.Farmers receive subsidies to grow corn - much of this corn is sold to cola and other... more