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The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto: What Now?

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"The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well. True coexistence is a must."   -  Whole Foods Market, Jan. 21, 2011

In the wake of a 12-year battle to keep Monsanto's Genetically Engineered (GE) crops from contaminating the nation's 25,000 organic farms and ranches, America's organic consumers and producers are facing betrayal. A self-appointed cabal of the Organic Elite, spearheaded by Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm, has decided it's time to surrender to Monsanto. Top executives from these companies have publicly admitted that they no longer oppose the mass commercialization of GE crops, such as Monsanto's controversial Roundup Ready alfalfa, and are prepared to sit down and cut a deal for "coexistence" with Monsanto and USDA biotech cheerleader Tom Vilsack.

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A Celebration of DHA: Report

by Rachel Gow

26th and 27th May 2010

Meeting Overview

Forty years ago, experimental evidence began to appear showing a special role for docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) as a brain selective nutrient. Over the intervening years the discovery that the brain and eye are rich in DHA, that DHA accumulates at a striking rate in utero and through childhood, and the now well-known concept that low DHA status results in suboptimal eye and brain development have emerged to establish DHA as a pivotal nutrient for optimal neural function.

We raised the question - How did modern humans come to rely on a dietary source of DHA? We further suggested that DHA has been a prominent component of the visual and nervous systems since the Cambrian explosion of oxidative metabolism and animal evolution 600 million years ago. Session one on DHA and human evolution explored the concept that the food fatty acid quality, not sheer quantity of calories and protein, facilitated the runaway expansion of the human brain. The key to cerebral expansion was the use of the aquatic food system reflecting the fact that the brain evolved in the sea 500-600 million years ago using DHA.

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Fish Fight: how do we support it?

You may have noticed the popular TV food pundit's campaign on Channel 4 TV in mid January 2011.

His first target is the Discard policy from the EU, with nearly 650,000 sign-ups to his petition in a letter to be sent to Commissioner Maria Damanaki, members of the Common Fisheries Policy Reform Group, and all MEPs.The campaign is now receiving a positive response from the EU, but reforms may take several years.

"More elements to the campaign will follow in the New Year (we will be looking at aquaculture, particularly salmon farming, and also at the environmental issues surrounding the global tuna fisheries)" and he has already pointed out the very limited number of species eaten by the UK population and controlled largely by the grip of the Supermarkets.

Headliner supporting Organisations include Greenpeace, Sustain, Marine Conservation Society, etc.