Letters 5 – 4 – 2012

A clarification regarding GMO labeling 

Just want to clarify a few things…

1) “Bacillus Thuringienis, a naturally occurring pesticide used in GMO foods” False. The bacteria is natural, yes. But, the bacteria produces a pesticide and is not actually used as a pesticide itself. A gene from this bacteria has been put in GMO crops, then this gene makes a protein that acts as a pesticide. So GMO crops aren’t sprayed with this bacteria or anything.

2) “Bacillus Thuringienis… which is cited by GMO opponents as the prime cause of organ malformations, the hive collapse of bees and even as a threat to the Monarch Butterfly.” False. Bacillus Thuringienis GMOs have their own issues, but they are not attributed to organ malformations, colony collapse or declining monarch butterfly populations. These issues are attributed to “Round-up Ready” GMOs like soybeans. These crops have a gene added that allows them to be resistant to the herbicide Round-up (which is poisonous). These GMO crops are sprayed with herbicide that kills weeds but not the soybeans making them way easier to grow. These other herbicides sprayed on the GMO soybeans are toxic, not only to people, but to wildlife, causing declining amphibian and insect populations.

3) FDA Certified Organic food cannot contain anything with GMOs. Non-certified organic products that claim they are “organic” may contain up to 5% GMOs. The latter must be the category that Cedar Circle farms falls into.

Vanessa M., Ph.D.

 

Notes and Events

Saturday May 5: Green Mountain Patriots monthly meeting.  9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Essex Grange, corner of route 15 and 128.  (Frank’s Motorcycles is in the back)

Tuesday May 8: Vermont’s Digital Future Conference. This conference will start at 9:00am and be an all day conference held at Champlain College in Burlington. It costs only $40, which includes all sessions, lunch, and reception. Student rate is $15. Register today at: evermontconference.org.

Saturday July 7 to Friday July 13: Camp Constitution Announces its 2012 Family Camp in Rindge, NH

This year’s camp promises to be its most well attended in the camp’s history. Featured instructors include Dr. Mike Coffman, author Jim Perloff, , motivational speaker and author Earl Wallace, Pastor Garrett Lear, “The Patriot Pastor, “New American” writer and talk show host, Tom Eddlem, author Mrs. Sally Humphries, historian Tom Moor, amd the Rev. Steve Craft.

The camp will hold a number of classes including “America’s Godly Heritage, several regarding the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, Agenda 21 and the U.N., Creation vs. Evolution, The Moral American, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, The Shadows of Power: The Council on Foreign Relations and the American Decline, More Than a Right, and “The 10 Commandments, and Leadership”

In addition to the classes, campers and staff will visit historic Concord, MA, the Louisa May Alcott House, and the Franklin Pierce House, a hike up Mt. Monadnock and a community outreach where campers distribute copies of the U.S. Constitution to people in the neighboring towns.

Recreational opportunities include swimming, volleyball, basketball, wiffleball, an indoor roch climbing wall, and chess tournaments.

For information on the camp please visit our web site www.campconstitution.net or vist us on facebook For a promotional brochure visit our scribe.com page:http://www.scribd.com/doc/61101973/Camp-Constitution-2012-Promotional-Brochure

View us on Youtube www.youtube.com/campconstitution and Vimeohttp://vimeo/com/user5075075/videos for videos of classes, activities and camp testimonials. If you would like to become a camp sponsor and have your business listed on our web site, would like hard copies of the 2012 Constitution Camp brochure or have questions, please call the camp manager, Mr. Charles Everett (704) 288-7270 or E-mail halleckeverett@gmail.com

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