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Brands Are Putting ‘GMO-Free’ Labels on Products That Don’t Even Have Genes

BY
NICK ROSE




August 24, 2015 / 3:15 pm







You can now buy salt that is labeled “GMO-free.”



The only problem with this claim is that in order for something to be genetically modified, there has to be genetic information in the product to begin with.




And salt has no genes—it’s basically a rock.






While the idea of “Frankenstein food” with genetic code designed by humans in labs may seem disturbing on the surface, there is still no solid evidence of GMOs being detrimental to human health and some researchers argue that the altered organisms can actually provide asustainable source of food in a world of finite resources and growing population. 






READ MORE: We Need to Re-Evaluate Our Stigma Towards Genetically Modified Meat







Yet, the Wall Street Journal reports that the amount of companies asking for “GMO-free” certification for their products is skyrocketing, as producers feel the need to rebrand their products in order to sell to wary consumers. 



Like organic and free-range certifications before it…

Puerto Portete, madriguera de ‘bachaqueros’ y vía que desangra la economía de Venezuela

“Puerto Nuevo”, en la bahía de Portete, Alta Guajira.


















En la localidad de Puerto Nuevo, cerca de la bahía de Portete, Alta Guajira, las organizaciones del contrabando y el paramilitarismo, manejan su propio puerto. 








“El cierre de la frontera por Venezuela no se justifica”, dijo el presidente Juan Manuel Santos, pero omite que el territorio colombiano es una “zona gris” donde, con ‘accionistas’ de casi todo el continente, se manejan los negocios más lucrativos del crimen organizado.








Sobre el estado de excepción en la frontera con Colombia:







El rústico desembarcadero de puerto Nuevo, operado por una empresa de ‘guajiros ricos’, denominada Pensoport S.A.- que maneja como esclavos a su personal wayuu- es tolerado por la DIAN de Colombia (Aduanas e Impuestos Nacionales).







En las ciudades de Maicao, Riohacha y Valledupar (Guajira y César), 48 personas han adquirido grandes propiedades, producto del contrabando de combustible, alimentos y otras mercancías provenientes de Venezuela.






















Camino de desertor…

COLOMBIA - VENEZUELA : Enfrentamiento entre bandas militares ocasionó cierre de frontera

Enfrentamiento por droga dispara crisis en la frontera colombo-venezolana

Más de 12,000 colombianos deportados en lo que va de año

Advierten sobre alto riesgo de tanta presencia militar en la frontera








Oficiales de la Guardia Nacional Bolivariana custodian la frontera colombo-venezolana el jueves 20 de agosto de 2015.STR EFE









El Presidente dijo que los involucrados son Carlos Andrés Arango (de 31 años) con los alias de "el paisa" y "El chino"; Erika Moncada Higuita (de 29 años) quien fue detenida, y es presunta esposa del jefe del grupo paramilitar; Julio César Villasis León de Caracas; Sergio Onofre Ojeda Molina (de 19 años) alias "El caliche"; Wilmer Alexis Tarazona, "El soldado", venezolano; Franklin Yoany Valerio Toscano (de 22 años) alias "El barajas"; y por último una persona que falta por identificar. Agregó que el atentado fue "pagado" con 100 millones de pesos.






Maduro, además, aseguró que se han capturado 10 paramilitares e…

GERMANY JOINS SCOTLAND IN BANNING GMOs

BREAKING NEWS: 


Germany To Ban GMO Crop Cultivation. Germany is the latest EU country to announce the intention to ban the cultivation of genetically engineered crops within national borders. 




Scotland had made a similar announcement at the beginning of August. 




German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt has informed German state governments of his intention to tell the EU that Germany will make use of new "opt-out" rules to stop GMO crop cultivation even if varieties have been approved by the EU, a letter from the agriculture ministry seen by Reuters shows.


Germany will be a GMO Free Zone. 


GMO FREE GERMANY! 

WHO'S NEXT?






READ: http://www.gmwatch.org/…/16369-germany-moves-to-ban-gmo-cro…








España espera una caída del 50% en la producción de mango

Todo apunta a una campaña con precios históricos





España espera una cosecha de mango un 50% menor que la de 2014, según fuentes del sector consultadas por FreshPlaza.




 Y es que, además de la caída abundante de fruta en el período de floración, este es un 'año OFF', como lo llaman en el sector, tras un "año ON" con buenos volúmenes como el del ejercicio anterior, en el que se rebasaron las 24.000 toneladas.





Se espera, por tanto, un 50% menos de mango Osteen, variedad que supone el 90% del total plantado en España. Respecto a la variedades Keit y Kent se calcula que habrá alrededor de un 15% más de volumen, aunque esto no podrá compensar la caída de producción en Osteen, así como tampoco las plantaciones de mango más jóvenes que entran en producción.





Todo apunta a una campaña con precios históricos



Teniendo en cuenta las altas cotizaciones que alcanzó el mango en la campaña pasada, que pasó de los 2 euros el kilo, en origen, "este año se prevén precios similares e inclu…

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION : British campaigner indicted in Thailand over report which alleged abuses at fruit juice business

Andy Hall could face up to seven years in a Thai jail over report which detailed allegations of serious human rights abuses at company that supplied pineapple juice to Europe and US






Andy Hall arrives at the southern criminal court in Bangkok Photo: NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images





By Philip Sherwell, Bangkok

7:39AM BST 24 Aug 2015













A British human rights activist has been indicted in Thailand on charges that could carry a seven-year jail term over allegations of serious abuse of workers at a major Thai pineapple business.











Andy Hall, 35, has been charged with criminal defamation and computer crime over a report that alleged serious abuse of Burmese migrant workers at Natural Fruit, a pineapple processing plant that supplied juice to European and US markets.





In a written ruling, judges at Southern Bangkok Criminal Court on Monday said that they would accept the case brought by Thai prosecutors after earlier preliminary hearings.







Mr Hall, who comes from Lincolnshire but has lived in Thailand for…

FEAR & GREED : Dow briefly plunges 1,000 points in early trading

Panic!! 


All Major US Equity Indices Halted





Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/24/2015 09:24 -0400



NASDAQ


















Nasdaq was the first to be halted at 0758ET.




The Dow is now down 850 points from Friday's close and halted...





The S&P 500 Futures is halted for the first time in history.













Associated Press
6:49 AM, Aug 24, 2015
10 mins ago






U.S. stock markets plunged in early trading Monday following a big drop in Chinese stocks.





The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 1,000 points in early trading and the Standard & Poor's 500 index fell into correction territory, that's Wall Street jargon for a drop of 10 percent or more from a recent peak.






Treasuries surged as investors bought less risky assets. 





Growing concerns about a slowdown in China had already shaken markets around the world on Friday, driving the U.S. stock market sharply lower. A big sell-off in Chinese stock on Monday caused the rout to continue. 




The Dow was 668 points, or 4.1 percent, lower as of 9:57 a.m. Eastern time. Th…