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 (via SAY NO TO PALM OIL - Seenox)Due to the massive international demand for palm oil, palm oil plantations are rapidly replacing the rainforest habitat of the critically endangered orangutan; with over 90% of their habitat already destroyed in the last 20 years.Orangutans are some of our closest relatives, sharing approximately 97% of their DNA with humans. Orangutan means ‘Person of the jungle’ in the Indonesian language. It is estimated that 6 to 12 of these ‘jungle people’ are killed each day for palm oil. These gentle creatures are either killed in the deforestation process, when they wonder into a palm oil plantation looking for food, or in the illegal pet trade after they’ve been captured and kept as pets in extremely poor conditions and provided with extremely poor nutrition.Orangutans are considered as pests by the palm oil industry. In the deforestation process, workers are told that if wildlife gets in the way, they are to do whatever is necessary in order to dispose them, no matter how inhumane. Often orangutans are run over by logging machinery, beat to death, buried alive or set on fire… all in the name of palm oil.Government data has shown that over 50,000 orangutans have already died as a result of deforestation due to palm oil in the last two decades. Experts say that if this pattern of destruction and exploitation continues, these intelligent acrobats of the jungle will be extinct in the wild within 3 to 12 years (as early as 2015). It is also thought that their jungle habitat will be completely gone within 20 years (approximately 2033).Around 50 million tons of palm oil is produced annually; with almost all of that being non-sustainable palm oil, that replaces 12 million hectares of dense, bio-diverse rainforest. That’s the equivalent landmass of North Korea deforested each year for palm oil alone!Palm oil is also having a shocking impact on our planet. The production of this one vegetable oil is not only responsible for polluting rivers and causing land erosion, but when the plantation workers set fire to the remaining trees, shrubs and debris to make way for the oil palms, it produces immense amount of smoke pollution that is toxic to planet earth. This has been found to be the second biggest contributor to greenhouse gas in the world.By purchasing products that contain crude palm oil, you are helping destroy ancient, pristine rainforest, wipe out species like the orangutan, and create a large-scale ecological disaster. Think of the consequences next time you do your weekly shopping; the consequences not only for orangutans and other animals, but for us as the human race; for we cannot survive without the rainforests either. We have a choice, orangutans do not.

Due to the massive international demand for palm oil, palm oil plantations are rapidly replacing the rainforest habitat of the critically endangered orangutan; with over 90% of their habitat already destroyed in the last 20 years.

Orangutans are some of our closest relatives, sharing approximately 97% of their DNA with humans. Orangutan means ‘Person of the jungle’ in the Indonesian language. It is estimated that 6 to 12 of these ‘jungle people’ are killed each day for palm oil. These gentle creatures are either killed in the deforestation process, when they wonder into a palm oil plantation looking for food, or in the illegal pet trade after they’ve been captured and kept as pets in extremely poor conditions and provided with extremely poor nutrition.

Orangutans are considered as pests by the palm oil industry. In the deforestation process, workers are told that if wildlife gets in the way, they are to do whatever is necessary in order to dispose them, no matter how inhumane. Often orangutans are run over by logging machinery, beat to death, buried alive or set on fire… all in the name of palm oil.

Government data has shown that over 50,000 orangutans have already died as a result of deforestation due to palm oil in the last two decades. Experts say that if this pattern of destruction and exploitation continues, these intelligent acrobats of the jungle will be extinct in the wild within 3 to 12 years (as early as 2015). It is also thought that their jungle habitat will be completely gone within 20 years (approximately 2033).

Around 50 million tons of palm oil is produced annually; with almost all of that being non-sustainable palm oil, that replaces 12 million hectares of dense, bio-diverse rainforest. That’s the equivalent landmass of North Korea deforested each year for palm oil alone!

Palm oil is also having a shocking impact on our planet. The production of this one vegetable oil is not only responsible for polluting rivers and causing land erosion, but when the plantation workers set fire to the remaining trees, shrubs and debris to make way for the oil palms, it produces immense amount of smoke pollution that is toxic to planet earth. This has been found to be the second biggest contributor to greenhouse gas in the world.

By purchasing products that contain crude palm oil, you are helping destroy ancient, pristine rainforest, wipe out species like the orangutan, and create a large-scale ecological disaster. Think of the consequences next time you do your weekly shopping; the consequences not only for orangutans and other animals, but for us as the human race; for we cannot survive without the rainforests either. We have a choice, orangutans do not.

Tell Monsanto: It's Time to Label GMOs!

For the past 22 years, Monsanto has worked behind the scenes with our federal government to keep Americans in the dark if their food has been genetically engineered in a laboratory. In the past two years alone, Monsanto has spent more than $13.4 million to defeat GMO labeling efforts in California and Washington state. This is an outrageous fortune wasted!

At the same time, two GMO labeling bills have passed in Connecticut and Maine, while more than 25 states have introduced bills to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. The truth is: We’re not backing down and we’re not going away until we win GMO labeling!

If Monsanto can profit from a patent in their products and label their foods in India, China, Russia and South Africa, they can certainly agree that Americans should have this basic right as well. We need your help today. Every voice counts!

Click here to join the Facebook Event for Monsanto’s Shareholder Meeting.

Alexis Baden-Mayer, political director of the Organic Consumers Association — one of the many groups that attacks Monsanto’s reputation on a regular basis — remains skeptical that any new public relations strategy can make a difference.

“Monsanto patents seeds and enforces those patents by suing farmers; we support farmers’ right to save seeds,” she says. “Monsanto sells agricultural chemicals and genetically engineered seeds designed to increase the use of pesticides; we support pesticide- and GMO-free organic farming. Monsanto has focused on the seeds that are primarily used to grow animal feed for factory farms; we support farms that raise grass-fed animals on pasture.

“We know, as many experts have proven, that organic and pasture-based agriculture is the only way to feed the world and turn back climate change, so, we aren’t optimistic about the promises Monsanto has made about the potential benefits of GMOs.

Whole Foods and Trader Joe's sued over lead- MSN Money

This story came out in May, but I can’t find a resolution to the case in a web search.

Breaking: Poll shows Yes on 522 too close to call. Tell Monsanto we're not backing down!

At the end of last week, Monsanto’s new front group, the GMA dumped in an additional $3.7 million in an illegal contribution that broke Washington state election laws. And just last night, Monsanto poured in another $540,000. We have 7 days left to win GMO labeling in Washington. A new poll shows the race to win Yes on 522 to label GMOs is getting too close to call and we need your help!

If you think labels don’t matter, consider the fact that the FDA is on the verge of approving GMO salmon, the world’s first genetically engineered animal that will appear on your plate unlabeled if we don’t win GMO labeling today!

Can you make a donation to support the fight against Monsanto to win GMO labeling?

Don't You Want to Know What's In Your Food?

I was surprised to learn that the United States is one of the few developed nations not to require the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Even China and Russia label them!

As consumers, I think we have a right to know how the food we buy is produced, including whether it’s genetically engineered. Otherwise, we can’t decide what’s best for us and our families.

That’s why I submitted a comment to the FDA demanding that genetically engineered foods be labeled. And with just a few clicks, you can join me! Will you tell the FDA that you support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods too?

FDA: Remove Carrageenan From Our Food

The FDA has a responsibility to protect the general public by monitoring our food supply. Studies by scientists like Dr. Tobacman at the University of Illinois at Chicago believe the FDA should review Carrageenan. It could cause colitis-disease, gastrointestinal inflammation and even colon cancer. 

If this food additive is harmful, as many studies have proven it to be, it must be banned immediately. I stand with the Cornucopia Institute in urging the FDA to remove carrageenan from our food supply.

Tell the Snack Food 20: Cut Conflict Palm Oil, Not Rainforests

The Snack Food 20 are the makers of some of the best-known snack food brands in the world, and they’re using “conflict palm oil” tied to rainforest destruction and orangutan extinction in their products. I for one do not want orangutans to go extinct just so I can have cheap packaged foods.I just sent a message to all 20 of the companies calling on them to cut conflict palm oil from their snacks. Will you join me?

You won't believe the disgusting stuff the USDA is letting corporations do to chicken

The USDA is about to slash regulations for poultry plants, saving big corporations millions at the expense of public health and workers’ safety.

If new rules are allowed to go into effect, poultry plants will be able to follow less stringent health and safety rules, speed up their production lines, and police themselves for any violations. That means that chicken will come doused with feces and bleach and that workers will be at greater risk of serious injury.

Now the only person who can reverse these regulations is President Obama. Will you join me in saying that these that these disgusting rules are unacceptable?