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The China Syndrome and Artificial Genetic Mutation

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 4 days 10 hours ago
China says no to GMO. If you were the biotech industry trying to infiltrate the largest economy in the world, what would you do? Let's take a look at why the strategies that worked in the United States have backfired in China. And then talk about what this means for the GMO labeling movement back home in the states.   It's not about safety. It's about national sovereignty.   Back in the 1980's when the first artificially mutated plant genomes were created,...

Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act Ready for Obama's Signature

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 1 week 7 hours ago
CRN Welcomes Passage of Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act —Law Will Protect Consumers, Level Playing Field for Responsible Companies—   Washington, D.C., December 11, 2014—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, today welcomed the passage of the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA) of 2014, a measure that will protect consumers from potentially dangerous anabolic...

Bitoech lobby makes $9 million panic spend to defeat Prop 105 in Colorado

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 6 weeks 2 days ago
Proposition 105 was defeated in Colorado, but not without a fight from citizen activists from all walks of life.   Biotech industry flacks were forced to spend nearly $18 million in the state to convince enough voters that the proposition was "misleading".  You most likely saw the TV ads. Three big lies, repeated over and over. The international Biotech lobby outspent local Prop 105 proponents by thirty to one!   The untold story is that almost 2 million Coloradans...

Six refreshing watercooler comments about GMOs

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 8 weeks 1 day ago
You dread the "Don Moment".     You are innocently refilling your cup at the office water cooler when "Know It All Don" shows up. The guy who makes sure you know you are WRONG about everything. Here is a cheat sheet for putting these Don's in their places when they blather on about GMOs.       "Don't you know we need GMOs to feed the world." Actually, Don, genetic engineering is known to decrease yields over time due to the...

The Denver Post Skips Past the Fact Checking

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 9 weeks 4 days ago
Where will we get reliable local news?   After a long and storied history, the Denver Post has given up. The editorial board no longer balances facts to present cogent arguments for its readers. The editorial board merely stakes an ideological stand supported by illogical claims.   The Post's recent editorial, demanding its remaining readers vote NO on Proposition 105, the GMO labeling citizens' initiative, appears to be nothing more than a mishmash of biotech talking points...

Will Colorado Dept of Ag put an end to organic agriculture?

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 10 weeks 5 days ago
"There is zero tolerance for GMO contamination in Prop 105, so every farmer will have to purchase two sets of equipment to plant, harvest, process and transport her crops: one for GMO and one for conventional crops." -- Former Colorado Agriculture Commissioner   This is the talking point being used by former Ag Commissioner Don Ament, Colorado Farm Bureau President Don Scawcroft, and current Ag Commissioner John Salazar as their shared conclusion about how Proposition 105 (GMO...

One of these mothers will spend millions to prevent you from protecting your children.

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 11 weeks 4 days ago
One of these mothers will spend $10 million dollars this year to prevent Coloradans from protecting their children from the chemicals in the foods she is paid to promote. The other mom volunteered to explain the potential dangers of GMOs.   Can you tell who's who? Read commentary.       Read Text of Proposition 105 How will Colorado law will be amended? What Related laws will be affected by Prop 105? How will this law be enforced? How can...

Seeds of Doubt Conference - A Global GMO Educational Event

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 11 weeks 4 days ago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Broomfield, Colorado September 15, 2014 Contact: Cheryl Gray RD, cheryl@seedsofdoubtconference.com;    Telephone: 303-875-8658 www.SeedsofDoubtConference.com Event Location:  Omni Interlocken Resort, 500 Interlocken Blvd, Broomfield, Colorado, 80020     Seeds of Doubt Conference The Global GMO Educational Event of the Year   On October 11, 2014  - The 3rd Global Seeds of Doubt Conference held at the Omni Interlocken Resort in...

Monsanto says GMO exemptions "misleading". Wants 100% of GMO foods labeled.

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 14 weeks 1 day ago
You heard it here first!   Opponents of the Colorado Right to Know Act, Proposition 105, say it doesn't go far enough. Over two days of testimony to the Colorado Citizen Initiative Review board, Monsanto's spokespeople claimed that anything less than 100% would cause consumer confusion.   "Anything less than 100% labeling will cause consumer confusion."   Restaurant food? JUST LABEL IT! Meat and dairy? JUST LABEL IT! Alcohol? JUST LABEL IT! Honey? JUST LABEL IT...

Monsanto lobbyists threaten HealthyDemocracy.org with suit, betray constitutional rights of CIR participants

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 14 weeks 1 day ago
The rules were simple, written and agreed upon in advance: no video, still or voice recording of the event.  That's not so hard to understand, is it?   The occasion was the first Citizen Initiative Review pilot project held at the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs in Denver. Twenty Colorado citizens, carefully selected to represent the full range of Colorado voters, were invited to Denver from across the state to take a close look at Proposition 105, the Colorado...