Cheerios posted an app to their facebook wall that looks like a cheerio box. In place of the word “Cheerios,” people were supposed to post a short feel-good statement about “what Cheerios means to you!” Instead, Cheerios’ wall was flooded with anti-GMO messages. Most of you have probably heard about this by now, but you can read more about it, and see screenshots of the anti-GMO Cheerio-box-meme flooded wall HERE.
Well I didn’t make it over to Cheerios page in time to see all of the angry anti-GMO apps. I hear the Cheerios facebook page removed them pretty quickly. But they must have decided to limit their clean-up to photos. Because when I headed over there last night, their page was absolutely flooded with anti-GMO comments. Flooded, I tell you.
I took some screen shots of my own.
Here’s the recent comments by others on their wall:
And here’s what their wall looked like:
This totally made my night!
Because the anti-GMO movement is NOT just a grass-roots movement. I’ts powerful, it’s vocal, and it’s growing. To look at Cheerios’ wall, it would seem that it’s more normal to be anti-GMO than it is to love Cheerios!
In my post I discussed my recent discovery of Agenda 21, the United Nations plan for “Sustainable Development,” and how Monsanto is tied in with it. But there was a lot more that turned up in my research, things that are much more sinister than “sustainable development.” Things like depopulation agendas.
I didn’t include these things in my previous post because I needed people to take me seriously, and I knew I was already pushing it with Agenda 21. I’m also not going to get into it now because I haven’t done enough research yet to back any of it up. However, enough people have brought this up in the comments that I’m going to be looking into it further.
And I have to say, I’m inclined to believe it. Everything in our culture today causes infertility. GMOs, which are taking over our food supply. Vaccines, which are pushed and in some cases forced on kids without their parents approval. Food additives and synthetic chemicals that are in everything. Rates of infertility have skyrocketed, right along with rates of disease in this country.
We are living in a world now which is very different from the world our parents and grandparents grew up in. There is a very real threat of socialism and communism coming soon to the United States if we continue to adopt Agenda 21. People in the United States are being slowly poisoned by our toxic food and water supply, drugs, radiation, chemicals that are in everything, including chem-trails and other things that are completely outside of our control. And now this, with the depopulation agenda. As a mother, I’ll be honest. It scares me.
Because this is the world that our kids are growing up in. This is the world my daughter is growing up in.
I do not know what kind of a world she is going to have to survive and live in as an adult, but I suspect it will be a very different world from the one I grew up in. And I’ll tell you what I plan to do about it.
1. I Will Fight
I will fight in every way I can to make this world a better place. I live in a free country and I will do my part to keep it free and to educate free people about living healthier lives. I will fight for change at the individual level, I will fight to spread awareness about what is going on in our world.
2. I Will Raise Strong Kids
I will do everything within my power to prepare my daughter and any future children I may have to handle whatever life they will have to live.
I want my kids to be mentally strong, hardworking, and not used to having everything handed to them. They need to understand that America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. The American dream is not consumerism and greed. It is the ability to go out, work hard, and make a life for yourself. And if the American dream dies sometime in my kid’s lifetime, I do not want them so coddled and pampered by the stuff that is so readily available that they are lost.
I want my kids to be as physically strong as possible. This means that I will be a stickler about organic food, because GMOs are nothing to mess around with. I will also be a stickler about avoiding synthetic fragrances and toxic chemicals in food, personal care products, and household products. I will do my best to protect them from radiation. I will avoid vaccines and drugs completely. This is just the tip of the iceberg on what can be done to protect our children – I plan to write an entire post on this soon.
3. I Will Cherish What I Have
I will never let a day go by that I take my freedom for granted. I will not take for granted what can be accomplished in a free country, especially with the power of the internet. And I will not take for granted the beautiful live I have been given. Despite the sinister things that are happening in the world, I will be happy and enjoy every moment of my blessed life. My life, my joy, my thankfulness will be my biggest protest. As my friend so brilliantly said:
“To live, and love and breathe despite the darkness; to do our work with gratefulness, to plant our gardens, to raise our kids, to bake our bread, and to chop our wood. Sometimes that is all we need to do. Living out the idea of home and hearth and all that it means can be the greatest protest.” (Source)
I won’t let a moment go to waste, I will make my life count, I will not stress about things that are beyond my control, I will cherish every moment, and I will continue to believe that there is good left in this world that is worth fighting for. There are kind, caring people in this world, there is beauty around every corner, and there is a good God who can bring good out of evil. I will never let go of faith.
Welcome to the post that will probably get me labeled as paranoid and crazy!
I expect this post to get me criticized for being just another crazy right-winger spreading fear. (For the record, I’m not right or left wing). I also fully expect to loose subscribers over this post, so that should say something about how important I feel this information is.
So let’s start at the beginning. Anyone who reads this blog knows how strongly I feel about sustainable and environmentally-friendly ways of life. Anyone who reads this blog also knows how anti-Monsanto I am. I am doing everything I can in every way I know how to fight Monsanto, because Monsanto is destroying our environment (not to mention human health), quite possibly beyond repair.
Two weeks ago, I watched for the first time a YouTube video entitled “Agenda 21 for Dummies.” I dismissed it as craziness. Just another conspiracy theory. You can watch it here:
Do you want to know the main reason I dismissed it? Because the video claims that the U.N. is working with world governments to control the world for the purpose of forcing environmental sustainability. Apparently George H. W. Bush signed us onto Agenda 21 in 1992. So if Agenda 21 is all about saving the environment, why is the U.S. Government so obviously supportive of Monsanto? “Even if Agenda 21 is for real, we’re not going to have to worry about it for a good long time, because right now everyone is pushing further development of GMO ‘biotechnology,’ which is anything but environmentally friendly,” I thought.
One thing confused me though. In the video above, at 1:37, the “green goal” is referenced, in which is listed everything that will be done away with under the new world regime, things which Agenda 21 does not perceive to be “sustainable.” Included in this list are: commercial farms, herbicides, pesticides, irrigation, farmlands, pastures, and grazing of livestock. This list rules out both commercial agriculture (herbicides, pesticides, irrigation), and sustainable agriculture (farmlands, pastures, grazing of livestock). So how do they intend to feed everyone? It didn’t make sense, so I dismissed it.
I wish I could say that was the end of it, but Agenda 21 kept popping up on my radar.
Finally I decided I needed to research it for myself. Here’s what I learned:
“Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.”
Agenda 21 is the “agenda for the 21st century,” put together by the United Nations and signed by over 178 of the worlds’ governments.
The original draft was and still is soft law, which means it is completely voluntary. It is a plan for “sustainable development,” agreed upon and signed at the United Nations meeting of 1992. George H.W. Bush signed the United States on at this time, and was able to do so without approval from Congress because Agenda 21 is soft law. During this U.N. meeting, specific plans of implementation were agreed upon and put into effect. In 2002, at the World Summit for Sustainable Development, progress was monitored and evaluated. Further implementation was put into effect.
If you Google search Agenda 21, here’s what you will find:
Agenda 21 has infiltrated our entire culture, without our awareness. Public programs that have anything to do with sustainability are almost always part of Agenda 21, including the Reduce, Re-use, Recycle movement, the movement to Go Green, and the phraze “Think Globally, Act Locally.” Here are a few more things that are part of Agenda 21: smart growth, government-subsidized housing, bike boulevards, neighborhood summits, and neighborhood revitalization and stabilization projects.
The goal of Agenda 21 is to push farmers off their land, push people out of the country and into the city, push people out of privately owned-homes and into government-susidized housing, push people out of privately-owned cars and into public transportation or onto bikes, ect. The ultimate goal is to see the collapse of free market so that the wealth of developed countries can be distributed to developing countries. Also, to turn 50% of the world’s land mass into designated wilderness areas which will be untouched by human activity. These wilderness areas will be surrounded by buffer zones, and the remaining 25% of the land mass with be “human settlements,” where all the world’s population will be crammed into government housing, with quarters stacked for stories upon stories so as to use space responsibly.
All of this will be done under the guise of sustainability: to stop the destruction of the environment that is caused by free market, urban sprawl, waste, and consumerism in developed countries that value individual rights.
Crazy huh? Now can you see why I dismissed this at first?
I decided to read the actual Agenda 21 documents for myself.
Here’s what I found: The Agenda 21 documents lay out a detailed plan for the U.N., in cooperation with world governments, to be implemented globally, nationally, and locally. To be specific, the Agenda 21 documents lay out a very clear plan for government to slowly seize control of land, the water supply, energy, electricity, and all of the world’s resources, under the guise of making sure nothing goes to waste.
It’s all written as if the writers have the best interest of humans and the environment at heart, but humans under this plan would have no liberty and no rights other than basic rights such as food and shelter (hence the government-subsidized housing.) This is very obviously socialism/communism. I haven’t read the entire documents yet, and I can’t substantiate all the claims that can be found on the internet. I have seen references to “human settlements” and “designated wilderness areas,” but no details yet on how these things would be implemented. To read the documents for yourself, click here for Division for Sustainable Development Agenda 21 or here for the Draft International Covenant on Environment and Development.
Reading all of these things for myself was scary, I’ll be honest. On the one hand, I absolutely know that the environment cannot continue to sustain urban sprawl, consumerism, pollution from cars and materials used to build homes, and the waste of energy and resources by developed countries. That’s why I have been working literally around the clock on this blog, in the hopes of effecting change on the individual level. The last thing I want is for sustainability to be forced on everyone by the government. We have history to show us what happens when people are enslaved by the government. It’s hard to believe that something like this could happen again, here in Amercia, the Land of the Free.
When I went to read the documents I was hoping to have these fears put to rest – to see that as usual, things read on the internet had been exaggerated. Instead, I saw what is happening in the world right before my eyes carefully planned out in a 1992 document written by the U.N. Farmers ARE being pushed off their land. People ARE loosing their homes. Government-subsidized housing IS being built in certain areas. Small businesses have been closing for years, but now we have large businesses also closing their doors. Our free market has become very unstable. All of these things could just be coincidence, of course, and that’s what I kept telling myself. “After all…Monsanto,” I would remind myself. Monsanto is the exact opposite of sustainable farming. It’s a menace to environmental sustainability, and our government endorses it.
And that’s when it all came together in my mind.
What was that everyone was complaining about the week after elections when Prop 37 didn’t pass? “I don’t know how Monsanto can call themselves ‘sustainable agriculture!’” It was all over the internet. “Go look at Monsanto’s website! They have the nerve to call themselves sustainable agriculture!”
Anyone who knows anything about Monsanto can back me up. Biotechnology is the word Monsanto uses to refer to their practices of genetic modification.
Here are some quotes from Monsanto’s website: (I’m not going to link to Monsanto’s website and increase their Google rankings. You can read these and other quotes at Monsanto.com)
“In the hands of farmers, better seeds can help meet the needs of today while preserving the planet for tomorrow.”
“But it’s important to note: the world doesn’t just need more food. It also needs better food that’s more nutritious. And it needs to find ways to make the process of growing food more efficient and aligned with our environmental needs, so farmers use less water and land, and better utilize things like fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides.”
“Right now, there is a big debate over how agriculture should work, and we understand why. Agriculture affects all of us, directly and indirectly. It affects us directly through the food we eat and it affects us indirectly through its relationship to the environment, the use of natural resources and the global economy. Even though farmers grow a lot more than food (such as cotton for clothes and corn and grass for fuel), we think it’s a good thing consumers are increasingly interested in understanding where their food comes from. It’s the first step to understanding how agricultural systems work, and what’s at stake.”
“Some people believe the correct answer to our challenges is to move backwards in time toward an agricultural system that relies less on human innovations and more on human labor. While we respect that opinion, we don’t share it. Agriculture has benefited from technology and the people who grow our food have sought new ways to improve their own lives—and ours—by producing more with less.”
“Biotechnology is the integration of the new techniques emerging from modern biotechnology with the well-established approaches of traditional biotechnology. Biotechnology, an emerging knowledge-intensive field, is a set of enabling techniques for bringing about specific man-made changes in deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), or genetic material, in plants, animals and microbial systems, leading to useful products and technologies. By itself, biotechnology cannot resolve all the fundamental problems of environment and development, so expectations need to be tempered by realism. Nevertheless, it promises to make a significant contribution in enabling the development of, for example, better health care, enhanced food security through sustainable agriculture practices, improved supplies of potable water, more efficient industrial development processes for transforming raw materials, support for sustainable methods of afforestation and reforestation, and detoxification of hazardous wastes. ” [emphasis mine]
” To meet the growing consumption needs of the global population, the challenge is not only to increase food supply, but also to improve food distribution significantly while simultaneously developing more sustainable agricultural systems. Much of this increased productivity will need to take place in developing countries. It will require the successful and environmentally safe application of biotechnology in agriculture, in the environment and in human health care. ” [emphasis mine]
“The following objectives are proposed, keeping in mind the need to promote the use of appropriate safety measures based on programme area D:
(a) To increase to the optimum possible extent the yield of major crops, livestock, and aquaculture species, by using the combined resources of modern biotechnology and conventional plant/animal/micro-organism improvement, including the more diverse use of genetic material resources, both hybrid and original. 2/ Forest product yields should similarly be increased, to ensure the sustainable use of forests; 3/
(b) To reduce the need for volume increases of food, feed and raw materials by improving the nutritional value (composition) of the source crops, animals and micro-organisms, and to reduce post-harvest losses of plant and animal products;
(c) To increase the use of integrated pest, disease and crop management techniques to eliminate overdependence on agrochemicals, thereby encouraging environmentally sustainable agricultural practices…” [emphasis mine]
I bolded all the areas that are obvious references to GMOs. You can read the entire chapter here.
Monsanto and GMO “Biotechnology” is part of Agenda 21
Apparently the U.N.’s plan to save the environment includes “sustainable” GMO biotechnology. How can this be possible?
Because GMOs need less water and less nutrients. They yield far more result per acre than non-GMO crops. They don’t require use of pesticides and herbicides, because, well, they ARE their own pesticide. (One bite of GMO corn will kill pests.)* This is Agenda 21′s plan to feed the world without pesticides, herbicides, farmland, pastures, or grazing of livestock.
This is Agenda 21′s plan for sustainable development, for saving and reversing damage done to our environment, for preserving the world for future generations.
This is why our government is pushing GMOs, why elected officials have appionted former Monsanto-employees to prominent places in the FDA and ect. This is why it seems the powers that be are hell-bent on advancing GMO biotechnology. It’s all part of Agenda 21.
Agenda 21 is real, it is in effect, and it will not be voluntary forever.
Most people who are aware of Agenda 21 dismiss it as being voluntary and see no harm in it. What most people fail to realize is that Agenda 21 was written with full intentions of eventually being turned into a binding, legal document. From the Draft International Covenant on Environment and Development, page xix:
“The progression of legal principles from recommendatory “soft” to legally clear “hard” is well known in international law. For example, the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a “soft-law” instrument was the precursor to the two 1966 UN Covenants on Human Rights. Those treaties elaborated in legally-binding form the principles enunciated in “soft -law” form in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For this reason, the proposed text on environment and development should be called a “Covenant”, as well as to signal the special importance of such a treaty. Also, the UN Secretary-General in 1990 proposed the same sequence (see above). Accordingly, with the Stockholm Declaration, the World Charter for Nature, and later the Rio Declaration behind them, the consensus within the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law was that a general framework treaty on the environment was the next step. Once the World Charter for Nature was adopted and solemnly proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1982, the CEL Working Group which had draft that instrument in 1975 perceived the necessity of exploring whether the World Charter for Nature should be followed by a “hard law” instrument. This idea was also taken up by the World Commission on Environment and Development (“Bruntland Commission”), which was established in 1983 along with an associated Experts Group on Environmental Law. The Experts Group recommended that the United Nations prepare a new and legally binding universal Convention on environmental protection and sustainable development. The World Commission itself in 1986 recommended the preparation of a Universal Declaration and a Convention on environmental protection and sustainable development. Then, in 1988, expressly taking into account the many “soft-law” instruments already existing, the IUCN General Assembly in San Jose, Costa Rica, expressed its formal support for CEL to continue what it had by then already begun, in preparing elements for an international convention on environmental protection and sustainable development.“ [emphasis mine]
I’ll tell you one thing. I am all for sustainable agriculture, but Agenda 21 and I have very different ideas of what defines “sustainable agriculture.” We need to fight Agenda 21 right now, while we still can!
What Can We Do?
1. Share this Information With Everyone You Know!
Share this post if you want to. I’ve made it easy to understand by explaining everything as clearly as I can, and using sources to back up what I’m saying, including links to the actual documents.
I’m sure there are others who have connected the dots between Monsanto and Agenda 21, but they are probably few and far between. Our greatest weapon right now is to spread information. People need to know what is going on. We still live in a free country and we cannot take for granted our ability to fight for a safe, free, and healthy life for our children. I thought we were going up against huge odds before when it was just Monsanto, but now I know that the odds are astronomical. PLEASE HELP ME SPREAD THE WORD!
2. Fight Agenda 21 at the Local Level!
I said it above and I’ll say it again: We still live in a free country. We have a choice as to whether or not Agenda 21 is adopted into our communities. Now, while it is still soft law and voluntary, we need to fight it! Pay attention to what is going on in your local elections, find out whether your community has adopted Agenda 21, and what their plan for implementation is.
3. Continue to Spread the Word About True Sustainable Living.
On the one hand, destruction of our environment and waste of our resources absolutely cannot continue. Taking away human freedom to force environmental sustainability is also not the answer. Especially because Monsanto is not sustainable agriculture.
What we need is people to choose, on their own, to live in environmentally responsible ways. We need to fight to keep our small farmers in business. True, old-fashioned sustainable farming will save our environment. Local farmers need our support now more than ever before, because they are going up against Monsanto and Agenda 21! We can support them with our money and votes. Let’s keep our small farmers in business. Together, we can do this but we need all of us! Help me spread the word!
* UPDATE: Several of my readers have pointed out that this statement is not true. This is what Monsanto would have us to believe. See the comments for more details and sources.
Prop 37, an initiative started by us, the people, to get GMO’s labeled in California, was overturned.
At first I was discouraged.
Then I found out that we lost by six points.
Look at these odds: Monsanto and friends spent over 40 million in advertising to convince people that GMOs are safe, that they do not need testing or labels, and that requiring them to be labelled will increase food costs. Those supporting the bill, including me and thousands of people all over the country, raised 9 million to spread awareness of the health hazards of GMOs.
40 million vs 9 million and the vote was 53 to 47. Give us another shot and we’ll probably pass it. How does this happen?
We live in a free country where the people still do have the power.
And we live in the age of free information. We have the internet.
With all of the negativity around the election, all of the rabid political debates on facebook, the dissatisfaction with both candidates that many people felt, I think we tend to forget one thing.
Our president was voted in by popular vote. We the people voted him in. We the people have a lot of power, probably more so now than we have ever had because of the flow of free information on the internet.
Earlier this year, the government tried to censor the internet with a bill called SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). People got concerned, they got mad, they said “absolutely not,” and they did something about it. On January 18, 2012, we created the largest internet strike in history. 13 million people stood up for their right to free information and the bill was overturned.
This is what can happen in America. This is what we can do when we decide something is important. More and more people are realizing how much power and influence they have on the internet and as long as we fight to keep the internet free, we can accomplish anything.
So Where Do We Go From Here?
First order of business on my list: make sure the internet stays free!
It’s our biggest tool and where most of our power lies as people. It’s our most powerful weapon against the millions that can be spent in advertising by politicians and big business alike.
Use the internet to spread awareness about issues that affect our children’s health and to get these things on the ballot.
People care about things that affect their children’s health. The problem is that most of what is happening is not widely known.
In the forties, people thought DDTs were good for health!
Parents willingly exposed their children to this stuff, thinking it was good for them. Now those children are dying of cancer. Monsanto brought us DDT, they lied about its safety, and innocent children who had no control over whether or not they were exposed to this harmful chemical are now paying. I know this is very blunt, and I’m sorry for that, but I get angry when I think about it. I get even more angry when I think about what I’m going to say next.
Right now, we have the same company that brought us DDT bringing us GMOs.
Once again, Monsanto is lying about their safety. GMOs are in 80% of processed food, which is what most children in America eat. Worse than this, GMOs are starting to contaminate organic foods. For example, all alfalfa, whether organic or not, is now possibly GMO. Many pastured chickens are supplemented with alfalfa because it is more nutritious than corn and soybeans. This means that you can be the most vigilant parent out there, only feeding your children the best quality organic and pastured food, and your kids can still be eating GMOs. Every child in America is being exposed to these toxins - AND what testing has been done has shown that GMO’s are more dangerous than DDTs!
How many people know this stuff? We’re not going to know unless someone tells us, so help me spread the word! Share this post and others like it on social media – the internet is our most powerful tool!
“Arctic Apples® combine the best of nature and science. From the tree nursery to the orchard to your grocery bag, they are identical to all other apples – until you bite, slice or dice them, when their benefits become clear.”
When a normal apple’s flesh is bruised and exposed to air (as in cutting or slicing), it oxidizes or turns brown. The enzyme that allows for this reaction is called Polyphenol Oxidase, or PPO. But now, a new apple has been developed – an apple that does not turn brown. The Arctic Apple’s PPO gene has been silenced through genetic modification.Granny Smith and Golden Delicious are the first to contain the altered gene. Eight acres of these apples have already been planted, so that they will be ready for market as soon as they are approved. (Source)
Neal Carter, the founder and president of the company, points out that “A whole apple is ‘for many people too big a commitment….If you had a bowl of apples at a meeting, people wouldn’t take an apple out of the bowl. But if you had a plate of apple slices, everyone would take a slice.’” He feels that Arctic Apples will not only boost apple sales, but encourage people to eat more apples. (Source)
But at what price?
Oh that’s right, we don’t know. Testing is not required on genetically modified foods, and their long-term effects on human health are unknown.
Here’s what we do know. The genetic code is information – specific instructions that control how an organism develops on a cellular level. Every organism, from an apple to a human, has its own unique DNA which influences, and has a significant amount of control over, every detail of life from conception to death. Because the genetic code is contained in every nucleus of every cell, eating the DNA of our food is quite normal – it’s been happening since the dawn of time. But until recently, it was assumed that our bodies were unaffected by the genetics of the food we eat.
Evidence is beginning to turn up that along with vitamins, nutrients, proteins, carbs, and fats, we may also be absorbing parts of the genetic code – as in the genetic code of the foods we eat may be surviving digestion to influence our bodies.
“Chinese researchers have found small pieces of rice ribonucleic acid (RNA) in the blood and organs of humans who eat rice. The Nanjing University-based team showed that this genetic material will bind to receptors in human liver cells and influence the uptake of cholesterol from the blood.[RNA is what converts DNA into proteins - it basically carries out the instructions of the genetic code]
The type of RNA in question is called microRNA (abbreviated to miRNA) due to its small size. MiRNAs have been studied extensively since their discovery ten years ago, and have been implicated as players in several human diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. They usually function by turning down or shutting down certain genes. The Chinese research provides the first in vivo example of ingested plant miRNA surviving digestion and influencing human cell function in this way.
Should the research survive scientific scrutiny — a serious hurdle — it could prove a game changer in many fields. It would mean that we’re eating not just vitamins, protein, and fuel, but gene regulators as well.” (Italics mine) (Source)(Here is the link to the actual study)
This opens up an entirely new field of thought. Is it possible for our DNA to be influenced by the genetics of the foods we’re eating? If so, animal and plant genetics have been influencing our genome for millennia. The research is in the early stages and our understanding is sketchy at best. We don’t even know if this apparently normal process is harmful or healthful; how can we possibly justify messing with it without even understanding it? There are huge implications here for genetically modified foods.We are now talking about changing genetic instructions received by our body- we could be taking about changes that affect cell function.
With all of that said, what annoys me most about this Arctic Apple is probably rather miniscule.
“No frankenfood here, folks – just apples, now with suppressed PPO to stop enzymatic browning… No enzymatic browning, no “yuck” factor to discourage you from enjoying that delicious apple.” Says OCF
It seriously annoys me that they are emphasizing this “yuck” factor. It’s true that most people probably don’t want to eat brown apples. But most people also don’t associate a “yuck” factor with normal apples, just because they will turn brown eventually. Apples are generally regarded as crisp, fresh, and satisfying.
You know, the old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Now that image is being tainted. OSF’s advertising is actually creating a “yuck” factor in association with normal, brown-turning apples. I’m sure it’s intentional. Harsh, I know, but probably true.
It’s part of McDonald’s farm-to-fork campaign featuring Martinez, a potato farmer who walks out into his fields and peels and cuts his potatoes to check quality.
And oh yeah. There’s a sun-dappled ranch where cows range free and are rounded up by cowboys on horseback. And a gigantic lettuce farm that produces 80% of the nation’s lettuce, but still somehow retains that magical small-farm feel.
I really have to wonder how McDonald’s expects to convince people that their food is farm-fresh. Maybe they intend to rattle away at our subconscious with these new adds. Either way, beware You’ve been warned!
Dr. Terry Walls, M.D., was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis in 2003. Despite access to the best medical care and drugs available, over the course of seven years the disease progressed until she could no longer sit up. Now, she is riding her bike for miles at a time and working as a professor of medicine and a clinical researcher.
This does not happen. According to modern medicine, M.S. cannot be cured, only “managed” as it continues its steady decline. So what is her big secret?
Nutrients found in food.
After intense research Dr. Walls developed a diet rich in the nutrients necessary to reverse degenerative neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and of course, M.S.
But don’t take my word for it. Click here to read Dr. Wahls’ account of her transformation, or watch the video below to hear her speak. She gives a detailed description of the foods that she eats, why she eats them, and the nutrients they contain.
This really hits home to me because I used to work with Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s patients. I have loved ones and friends with M.S., Parkinson’s, and other undiagnosed neurological problems. I firmly believe the answer to these conditions, as with most health problems, lies in a nutrient-rich diet targeted toward the illness.
A January 2011 study, performed for 60 days in India on rats, has reached the same conclusion of many previous studies: that fluoride in drinking water is linked to brain damage.
To quote the study itself:
“The body weights and organic somatic index of brain in the sodium fluoride treated animals were significantly reduced, relative to the control group. Tissue fluoride levels of hippocampus, neocortex, cerebellum, spinal cord and sciatic nerve, all increased significantly in fluoride treated rats. Electron microscopy of the hippocampus, neocortex, cerebellum, spinal cord and sciatic nerve showed neurodegenerative changes in the NaF [sodium flouride] treated group compared to controls. Axon deterioration, myelin sheath degeneration [both are deterioration of the nerve cells] and dark cells with scanty cytoplasm were observed in spinal cord and sciatic nerve in the treated group. Other distinctive morphological alterations observed were: vacuolated swollen mitochondria in neocortex, hippocampus and cerebellum; myelinated fibers with breaks in continuity (axon partly preserved and partly vacuolated) in hippocampus [destruction of the protective layer surrounding nerve cells]; myelin splitting and vacuolated schwann cell within the cerebellum and sciatic nerve respectively. Thus, neurodegeneration was clearly evident in the hippocampus, neocortex, cerebellum, spinal cord and sciatic nerve on fluoride exposure.” (Source, brackets mine)
Or in other words, “it appears that fluoride in a concentration of 20 ppm extensively damages neurons in the brain, spinal cord and sciatic nerve of rats leading to paralysis and brain dysfunction.” (Source)
“That’s all fine and good,” one might think. “It’s just rats.”
Actually, this is just the most recent of the studies on fluoride, and several of them have been performed on humans. 18 human studies, to be exact, have linked fluoride consumption to lowered IQ in children. Particularly disturbing is the fact that fluoride is capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier. Three additional studies show accumulated fluoride in the brains of unborn infants resulting in developmental deficits. (Source)
Ironically, fluoride also causes permanent tooth damage. Babies who are exposed to fluoride early in life can develop dental flourosis, damage to the cells which form the teeth. (Source) This is a very real problem, and is one of the reasons why children under the age of six are recommended to use no more than “a pea sized amount” of toothpaste. But what good does it do to limit toothpaste consumption while drinking fluoridated water?
To be honest, none of this is shocking news. How does that warning on our toothpaste tubes read again?
“If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.”
Yet we regularly ingest far more fluoride in our drinking water daily than we would by accidentally swallowing a little too much toothpaste. This is especially relevant to health-conscious people, those who have cut back on soda to drink more water. And yes, unfortunately, bottled water does contain fluoride, and no, sadly, carbon filters do not remove it.
All of this is making me want to get a reverse osmosis filter for our kitchen sink. But those things are expensive! Maybe I will just start with a water distiller. When water is boiled/evaporated and then recollected, the fluoride is left behind.
What do you think? Should we drink fluoridated water?
This will be a very short post, because I think this video says it all:
“I want you to be assured that I always choose life before death,” he says.
I think this statement sums up his mission beautifully. Micheal Schmidt is fighting for all people who have been taken by the diseases of modern civilization before their time.
This hits home to me. I worked in assisted living homes for several years. I sat by the beds of some of our elderly as they slowly suffocated to death of Emphysema and other respiratory problems. To think that these horribly painful deaths could have been prevented fills me with a passion I cannot describe. Diseases such as emphysema can be prevented by drinking raw milk and avoiding pasteurized dairy, among other things.
As Schmidt says, he is fighting for “a better future for our children.”
Michael Schmidt, owner of a biodynamic farm in Ontario, has been fighting to legalize raw milk since 1994. Recently he has been convicted as a criminal for selling raw dairy products through cow-shares.
In protest of this ruling, he has vowed to abstain from food or drink, consuming only water, until Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty agrees to meet with him.
The purpose for his hunger strike?
“As a result of the recent legal developments in British Columbia and Ontario I will once again enter into a hunger strike as of today, to activate and encourage more and more people to openly join this battle for our fundamental rights and freedom to choose our food and our health,” said Schmidt at the beginning of the month. (Source)
As is hinted at above, this is not the first time Schmidt has taken such measures. In 2006, when the government raided his farm and confiscated his equipment, he went on a “hunger strike” for four weeks. Those who cared about him convinced him to give up his fast for fear he would die.
But this time Schmidt says he is willing to die for his cause.
Today marks the 24th day since Schmidt has eaten.
Earlier today Schmidt is quoted to have said: “No doubt that in my fourth week I am beginning to become rather frail and weak, but only my body. My spirit is high and my inner determination steady and focused” (Source)
Michael Schmidt is a hero. He believes in something so strongly that he is willing to die for it. He is not just fighting for himself. He is not just fighting for his farm. He is fighting for all of us: for our health, and for our basic right to choose what we will eat and drink.
Schmidt has simply requested a meeting with Dalton McGuinty in order for his hunger strike to end. There are several ways we can help.
I said it before and I will say it again: Michael Schmidt is a hero.
Here is a man who is trying to wake us up. He intends to inspire us to fight for ourselves, to fight for our right as informed citizens to have control of our own health. I pray that we take notice and do not allow his sacrifice of hunger to be made in vain.
Furthermore, here is a man who is willing to give his life to ensure a better life for others. We must not let this happen. This is not just about raw milk. It’s about the right to think and decide for ourselves. It’s about our right to not have the government decide what is healthy for us against our wishes. Whether or not we drink raw milk, we are all a part of this.
Michael Schmidt is fighting for all of us. He should not have to fight alone.