Why The Florida GMO Labeling Bill Won’t Be Heard – Audio

This week on Food Nation Radio Network we talked about the inherent conflict of interest we discovered among one of the Representatives responsible for putting the GMO labeling bill on the agenda. It involves the field testing of GMO citrus.

Follow the money and listen here: 

We’d love to be proven wrong and the bill be heard. We don’t believe with the information we have, that will be the case.

Elizabeth Dougherty has been a food writer for over 10 years, attended culinary school and holds a Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations from NYIT. She has been a talk show host of nearly 200 episodes of Food Nation Radio which airs each Saturday afternoon at 4 on WWBA AM820 News and  other stations. You can read her articles and hear previous shows on her podcast page on the Food Nation Radio Network website and on Facebook.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches With Sour Orange Bbq Sauce – Recipe

 

Friends, meet tonight’s dinner. This succulent pork with the herbs and spices listed below simmers in the slow cooker, just waiting for two forks to pull it apart at the end of the day.

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For Immediate Release – An Open Letter To Speaker Weatherford

For Immediate Release
March 25, 2013

Mr. Speaker,

It has come to our attention that Committee Chair, Representative Matthew Caldwell appears to have an inherent conflict of interest with regard to HB1233.

This bill would require GMO labeling in the State of Florida.

Representative Caldwell has previously accepted a contribution from Southern Gardens Citrus Processing Corporation. Southern Gardens has conducted field trials of GMO citrus as part of the process to get GMO citrus approved to put on the market.

Calls by constituents demanding a position on this issue and requesting GMOs be placed on the agenda go largely unreturned.

Please act now to replace Representative Caldwell as Committee Chair without damaging the standing of this bill in the legislature.

Respectfully,
Elizabeth Dougherty
Food Nation Radio Network

The GMO Doublespeak Argument You Should Know About – Audio

Recently we had Dr. Zilberman from UC Berkeley on Food Nation Radio Network. While he did not disclose the amount of money the University has received from biotech, he attempted to make the argument that GMOs are the norm.

In case you are wondering, this is what pro-GMO people say about the issue of what is in our food supply.

Squealer from Animal Farm did a much better job.

Hard to believe, I know. Here’s what he had to say and our response to it: 

Elizabeth Dougherty has been a food writer for over 10 years, attended culinary school and holds a Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations from NYIT. She has been a talk show host of nearly 200 episodes of Food Nation Radio which airs each Saturday afternoon at 4 on WWBA AM820 News and  other stations. You can read her articles and hear previous shows on her podcast page on the Food Nation Radio Network website and on Facebook.


 

 

Florida’s Uncle Matt’s Organics On Why He Doesn’t Need GMO Citrus – Audio

 

This week on Food Nation Radio Network, we talked to Uncle Matt’s Organics on how they maintain the health of their orange trees in a natural way.

Here’s our interview with him: 

About Matt from his site: The real-life uncle to ten nieces and nephews, Matt McLean ventured into the organic juice business in 1999 with a passion for healthy living as well as a long family history of growing citrus in Florida. Matt’s goal was, and still is, to produce the highest quality juice, using only premium 100% organically-grown fruit that is free from synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.

Elizabeth Dougherty has been a food writer for over 10 years, attended culinary school and holds a Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations from NYIT. She has been a talk show host of nearly 200 episodes of Food Nation Radio which airs each Saturday afternoon at 4 on WWBA AM820 News and  other stations. You can read her articles and hear previous shows on her podcast page on the Food Nation Radio Network website and on Facebook.

 

Cows In Europe Eat Safer Than We Do

The European Union has adopted a zero tolerance approach to GMO foods for livestock.

In a report obtained by Food Nation Radio Network, the OECD says the following, “72. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) launched new, more precise guidelines for monitoring the environmental impact of authorised Genetically Modified (GM) crops, in response to changes in the EU’s Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA) rules. In February 2011, member states set the tolerance threshold for Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) traces in feedstuffs at 0.1%, a rate for which detection is scientifically reliable. A zero tolerance approach was applied beforehand. Concurrently, in December 2011 it was agreed to extend the phase out period for traces of GM oilseed rape products withdrawn in 2007 that was due in 2012 for another five years to 2017.”

The full report can be viewed here: OECD AG Report

Elizabeth Dougherty has been a food writer for over 10 years, attended culinary school and holds a Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations from NYIT. She has been a talk show host of nearly 200 episodes of Food Nation Radio which airs each Saturday afternoon at 4 on WWBA AM820 News and  other stations. You can read her articles and hear previous shows on her podcast page on the Food Nation Radio Network website and on Facebook.

 

The Insolence Of Food Nation Radio Network – Explained

People ask all the time, “Why is Food Nation Radio Network so outspoken?” There are a few very good reasons for that, but first I would ask, “Why aren’t you?”

What did Californians get by trying to pass Proposition 37, the statewide GMO labeling initiative? Nada. Zilch. Nothing.

Do you think the special interests have been kind to detractors on the GMO issue? They have not. They say horrible things about experts, researchers and scientists warning about health effects of GMOs. Some of these people have seen the destruction of their careers for sharing their research. That’s the modus operandi of the GMO companies and they get away with it.

The corruption of our food supply has largely taken place right under the noses of the American people over the past fifteen years. We’ve stood blindly by, taking our kids to school and making sure dinner is on the table. In the meantime, the largest human experiment ever has been conducted on us by a few very powerful, very wealthy chemical companies.

People for the most part tiptoe around this issue, asking politely for our public servants (stop calling them leaders, please) to do the will of the people. As most folks know by now, over 90% of Americans want to know if their food is genetically modified.

Public servants are not royalty. This is a republic, not a monarchy.

We make phone calls to our state and federal public servants, over and over and over again. They ignore us and take money from the chemical companies disguised as special interest groups. The cycle happens again and again.

In the meantime, our children will be the first generation to have a shorter life span than we do, fertility problems are at an all-time high and the health care system is booming with profits taking care of all our maladies.

When do you stand and say enough is enough? When will it be important enough to you to demand these public servants take notice of the will of the people? When did our society begin valuing being polite over protecting our right to know what we are feeding our kids?

Most importantly, when did you become afraid of the very government designed to serve you? Or maybe you think your friends online will be shocked and upset with you for speaking out.

On the radio and online Food Nation Radio Network will continue to demand changes and disclosure about our food supply.

We’ve been called lots of names over the past few years and we wouldn’t do what we do if we allowed buzzing mosquitoes on the net to affect our positions. Besides, “insolent” has a nice ring to it.

See you on the radio.

Elizabeth Dougherty has been a food writer for over 10 years, attended culinary school and holds a Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations from NYIT. She has been a talk show host of nearly 200 episodes of Food Nation Radio which airs each Saturday afternoon at 4 on WWBA AM820 News and  other stations. You can read her articles and hear previous shows on her podcast page on the Food Nation Radio Network website and on Facebook.

The Dirty Process Of Making A GMO From A Former Monsanto Employee – Audio

Yesterday, we talked on all the Food Nation Radio Network sites about the intent of some citrus growers to genetically modify their crops to protect against a citrus blight called Greening. Three main options (with subcategories) were presented by researchers: modifying with frog genes, moth genes or other plant genes. Plant gene options include the snowdrop plant and the spinach plant, among others.

The snowdrop was used to modify potatoes by a Hungarian researcher, Arpad Pusztai back in 1995. He tested the potatoes on rats and found that a diet of his GM potatoes was causing intestinal damage and immune system problems in the rats.

One of the field trials being conducted on GM citrus is with spinach genes. While it is being hailed as “good enough for Popeye” the same concerns about the “dirty” process currently in use for genetic modification and lack of appropriate testing continue to be concerns for consumers.

Over 90% of Americans want genetically modified food to be labeled, although corporations and the politicians they fund have been largely hiding this information from the citizens they serve.

We interviewed a former Monsanto employee about the GM process. He describes some of the unintended results of genetic modification. Here’s what he had to say: Kirk Azevedo

Elizabeth Dougherty has been a food writer for over 10 years, attended culinary school and holds a Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations from NYIT. She has been a talk show host of nearly 200 episodes of Food Nation Radio which airs each Saturday afternoon at 4 on WWBA AM820 News and  other stations. You can read her articles and hear previous shows on her podcast page on the Food Nation Radio Network website and on Facebook.

 

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