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Remember Super Size Me – McDonald’s

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Super Size Me
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Recently I went to McDonald’s and I was beyond shocked. They had no grilled chicken sandwiches or salads. I am not sure if they took sliced apples off the menu or any of their other healthy or healthier options. After Super Size Me and major pressure to put more healthy options on their menu McDonald’s added healthier options such as grilled chicken sandwiches and salads. None of which I could find on their menu. When I asked them about it, they stated they no longer offered these items on their menu.

Have you been to McDonald’s lately? They still have smoothies on their menu, but how healthier are they really? Do you think they should return salads and grilled sandwiches back to their menu? Did you know McDoanld’s has different menu offering depending on the country? Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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Nutrients and Organic

Organic Foods and Nutrition
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The more one learns about Organic Foods, the more one learns how to be a better consumer of foods and organic foods in particular. How has this changed your food buying habits? How do you feel about the nutritional value of Organic Foods vs. ‘Conventional’ Foods. Reports are put out by many sources from scientific to farmer. The scientists as you might have guess see no problem with “conventional foods” non organic foods as they supply the world with GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and the additives that we see in foods. Do you think food should be a scientific lab process or a biological process? Share your comments with the community by sharing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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750 Million GMO Mosquitoes approved for Release in Florida Keys

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750 million genetically engineered mosquitoes approved for release in Florida Keys

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN

Updated 2:44 PM ET, Thu August 20, 2020

(CNN)A plan to release over 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes into the Florida Keys in 2021 and 2022 received final approval from local authorities, against the objection of many local residents and a coalition of environmental advocacy groups. The proposal had already won state and federal approval.”With all the urgent crises facing our nation and the State of Florida — the Covid-19 pandemic, racial injustice, climate change — the administration has used tax dollars and government resources for a Jurassic Park experiment,” said Jaydee Hanson, policy director for the International Center for Technology Assessment and Center for Food Safety, in a statement released Wednesday.“Now the Monroe County Mosquito Control District has given the final permission needed. What could possibly go wrong? We don’t know, because EPA unlawfully refused to seriously analyze environmental risks, now without further review of the risks, the experiment can proceed,” she added.

Stopping Zika: The GMO mosquito that kills his own offspring.

Approved by the Environment Protection Agency in May, the pilot project is designed to test if a genetically modified mosquito is a viable alternative to spraying insecticides to control the Aedes aegypti. It’s a species of mosquito that carries several deadly diseases, such as Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.The mosquito, named OX5034, has been altered to produce female offspring that die in the larval stage, well before hatching and growing large enough to bite and spread disease. Only the female mosquito bites for blood, which she needs to mature her eggs. Males feed only on nectar, and are thus not a carrier for disease.The mosquito also won federal approval to be released into Harris County, Texas, beginning in 2021, according to Oxitec, the US-owned, British-based company that developed the genetically modified organism (GMO).The Environmental Protection Agency granted Oxitec’s request after years of investigating the impact of the genetically altered mosquito on human and environmental health.”This is an exciting development because it represents the ground-breaking work of hundreds of passionate people over more than a decade in multiple countries, all of whom want to protect communities from dengue, Zika, yellow fever, and other vector-borne diseases,” Oxitec CEO Grey Frandsen said in a statement at the time.However, state and local approval for the Texas release has not been granted, said Sam Bissett, a communication specialist with Harris County Public Health.”Local health officials confirm that there is no agreement in place or plans to move forward with the project at this time,” Bissett told CNN. “Our focus is on our efforts with the Covid-19 pandemic.”

A long fight in Florida

In June the state of Florida issued an Experimental Use Permit after seven state agencies unanimously approved the project. But it’s taken over a decade to obtain that approval.

FDA approves Zika-fighting genetically modified mosquito.

In 2009 and 2010, local outbreaks of dengue fever, which is spread by the Aedes aegypti, left the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District desperate for new options. Despite an avalanche of effort — from aerial, truck and backpack spraying to the use of mosquito-eating fish — local control efforts to contain the Aedes aegypti with larvicide and pesticide had been largely ineffective.And costly, too. Even though Aedes aegypti is only 1% of its mosquito population, Florida Keys Mosquito Control typically budgets more than $1 million a year, a full tenth of its total funding, to fighting it.In 2012, the district reached out to Oxitec for help. The company had developed a male mosquito named OX513A, programmed to die before adulthood unless it was grown in water that contained the antibiotic tetracycline.Batches of the sterile OX513A would be allowed to live and mate with females; however, their male and female offspring would inherit the “kill” programming and die, thus limiting population growth.OX513A had been field tested in the Cayman Islands, Panama and Brazil, with Oxitec reporting a large success rate with each release. For example, a trial in an urban area of Brazil reduced the Aedes aegypti by 95%.

Florida releases experimental mosquitoes to fight Zika.

But when word spread in the Florida Keys that the mosquito was on the way, public backlash was swift: More than 100,000 people signed a Change.org petition against the proposal; that number has grown to more than 242,000 today. Public relations campaigns reminding Floridians that the GMO mosquito doesn’t bite because he’s male didn’t completely solve the problem. Media reports quoted angry residents refusing to be treated as “guinea pigs” for the “superbug” or “Robo-Frankenstein” mosquito.The EPA spent years investigating the mosquito’s impact on both human health and the environment, allowing time for public input. But in the midst of the evaluation, Oxitec developed a second-generation “Friendly Mosquito” technology and withdrew the application for the first.The new male mosquito, OX5034, is programmed to kill only female mosquitoes, with males surviving for multiple generations and passing along the modified genes to subsequent male offspring.

Genetically engineered moths have been released into the wild to wipe out pests.

The EPA permit requires Oxitec to notify state officials 72 hours before releasing the mosquitoes and conduct ongoing tests for at least 10 weeks to ensure none of the female mosquitoes reach adulthood. However, environmental groups worry that the spread of the genetically modified male genes into the wild population could potentially harm threatened and endangered species of birds, insects and mammals that feed on the mosquitoes.”The release of genetically engineered mosquitoes will needlessly put Floridians, the environment and endangered species at risk in the midst of a pandemic,” said Dana Perls, food and technology program manager at Friends of the Earth, in Wednesday’s statement.

Florida is one of the states that has seen spikes of COVID 19 cases. Given the fact that they have seen spikes and this is the middle of pandemic, do you think this is the best time to release GMO mosquitoes into the public? How would you feel about another country releasing GMO organisms into the public that can cross boarders? How do you feel about GMO insects that can not be contained nor have been designed to be contained? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Transparent Food Labels: GMO

GMO and California Ballot Initiative
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How would more transparent labels change the way you purchase food? Do you think food labels should be more transparent? Make your own one page food label and write down all the things you want to know about the food you purchase and its production. E mail us a photo of your food label. Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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GMO & your Health

GMO and Your Health
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Scientist are often responsible for creating GMOs and ‘food products’. Food occurs in nature naturally and can be cultivated from seeds. If all the food we eat are GMOs, food will cease to be grown in nature but looked at as products. This has health, financial and economical implications. Scientist created chemical pesticides that Organic Farmers state they do not need and are detrimental to food and food nutrition. Further Organic Farmers state that scientist are always pushing products farmers do not need making farming unsustainable and economically impossible unless farmers become industrial farmers. Industrial farmers are known for focusing on quantity and not quality: nutrition. The lack of nutrition in food is said to be the source of many health problems and concerns today. These very food production practices have Organic Farmers returning to the strength, health and nutrition found in food that focuses more on biology rather than science or medicine.

What do you think the profit is in GMOs? Do you think GMOs should be put on the market for sale before they know the effects of GMOs on humans? Do you think they should disclose the effects of GMOs to people similar to cigarette labels? Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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Industrial Food Production

Industrial Food Production
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How did the world eat before industrial production? Why do you think corporations promote industrial food production? Do you think industrial food production is healthier? Would you like to choose to buy non industrial food? Have you considered buying local food? Share your comments with the community by sharing your comments below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Stay healthy.

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GMO OMG

OMG GMO
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Do you know what is in your food? What do you think the FDA’s role should be in disclosure about the food you eat? What else is in the food you eat? Can you pronounce everything in your food? Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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Food as Medicine

Let Food Be Thy Medicine
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What did you learn from the panel? Do you really know what is in your food? What are 3 things you learned today that you can apply to your diet this week? Share the wealth of health with your friends and family y sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Stay Healthy.

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