17-year-old jailed for supporting her siblings

Dear Friends and Family,

This is the type of information that just confirms that WE THE PEOPLE have unconsciously turned over control of our country to spiritually bankrupted individuals, who MUST immediately be removed from their positions!  We must TAKE ACTION to make it happen!  VOTE to have this INJUSTICE rectified, and send a strong message to the Judge!

Power to the PEOPLE!

Love, Peace, Wisdom, Abundance, Joy, Health and Harmony for ALL!

Annie

Change.orgl
Ask Judge Lanny Moriarty to revoke his sentence against Diane Tran, an honor student who missed school because she works 2 jobs to help her family.

Sign Samuel’s Petition

ANNIE –

Diane Tran has a lot on her plate for a 17-year-old. After Diane’s parents moved away, Diane stayed behind and started working two jobs to provide for her family — all while taking college-level classes at her high school. But when Diane recently missed school due to exhaustion, she was charged with a crime and sentenced to pay a $100 fine and spend a night in jail

Diane’s classmate, Devin, told reporters that between a full-time job, a part-time job, and making the honor roll, it’s no wonder Diane was tired. “She stays up until 7 in the morning doing her homework,” Devin says. 

Judge Lanny Moriarty didn’t have to sentence Diane to a night in jail, but he wanted to make an example of her. “If you let one of them run loose, what are you going to do with the rest of them?” Judge Moriarty told reporters. “A little stay in the jail for one night is not a death sentence.”

Samuel Oh thinks working hard to provide for your family should not be cause for criminal punishment — so Samuel started a petition on Change.org asking Judge Moriarty to revoke the charges against Diane. Click here to add your name.

“Somehow Diane is not just an extraordinary worker and student, she’s an extraordinary human being with a fighting spirit,” Samuel says. “The institutions that are supposed to provide resources to youth and ensure justice are punishing her instead.”

There is some good news: when a reporter recently asked Judge Moriarty if anything could be done to get him to revoke Diane’s charges, he replied, “Yeah, it probably could.”

Samuel believes that if thousands of people sign his petition, Judge Moriarty will take this opportunity to do the right thing and revoke Diane’s charges.

Click here to sign Samuel’s petition asking Judge Moriarty to revoke the charges against Diane Tran, an honors student who had to spend the night in jail for missing school.

Thanks for being a change-maker,

– Jon and the Change.org team

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Monsanto Convicted of Poisoning

Dear Friends and Family,

  THIS IS A BIG WIN FOR THE FUTURE OF FOOD, and should indicate the beginnings of Monsanto’s DECLINE!

Love, Peace, Wisdom, Abundance, Joy, Health and Harmony for ALL!

Annie

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Dear ANNIE,

A court in the French city of Lyon has ruled U.S.
pesticide maker, Monsanto was responsible for the
poisoning of a farmer who had used one of their
products on his crops.

Paul Francois says he suffered neurological problems
including memory loss, headaches and stammering
after inhaling Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller in 2004.
The court’s ruling could have implications for other
cases. 

     

 

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MAD AT THE PRESIDENT???? FOR WHAT??

MAD AT THE PRESIDENT???? FOR WHAT

Now, since Obama’s regime, all of a sudden, folks have gotten mad, and want to take America Back…

BACK TO WHAT or WHERE is my question?

I am voting for PRESIDENT OBAMA no matter what. He should get 8 years in term, because he IS CHANGING America and we all know why THEY don’t like it! If Obama wasn’t Black, they would be praising and thanking him.

After The 8 Years Of The Bush/Cheney Disaster, Now You Get Mad?

You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn’t get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn’t get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.

You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn’t get mad when they didn’t catch Bin Laden.

You didn’t get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.

You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.

You didn’t get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the 1%, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.

You didn’t get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.

You didn’t get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

You didn’t get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.

You finally got mad when a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick… Oh, Hell No!

PLEEEASE—-circulate this everywhere—people need to be reminded!!!! 2012 is a good year for them to remember! Let’s get as passionate about re-electing our wonderful hard working President Obama as we were when we got him elected! Don’t get complacent and don’t take for granted he will easily be back in office.

Let’s all get busy starting the work today!!!!

Give this MAN credit where credit is due. Black folks stop thinking just because we have a Black President that you were entitled to something without working for it! (Did you think because we got a Black President 4 years ago, you were going to get a check in the mail for $100k or something, maybe the 40 acres and a mule…come on….get real!)

Make a difference Get educated, stop complaining and get back on track to preserving our race and represent like The Obama’s. Do your part! VOTE Obama 2012. Spread the word. We have to get out and VOTE like we did 4 years ago..if we want to keep the Obama in office. Dont think for one minute that your Vote doesn’t count!

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Roland
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Date: Mon, 21 May 2012 22:44:29 -0700
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From: RLB <nextion@me.com>
To: Gladys Crockett <glad1@ca.rr.com>
Subject: MAD AT THE PRESIDENT???? FOR WHAT??
Date: Mon, 21 May 2012 22:02:18 -0700

MAD AT THE PRESIDENT???? FOR WHAT

Now, since Obama’s regime, all of a sudden, folks have gotten mad, and want to take America Back…

BACK TO WHAT or WHERE is my question?

I am voting for PRESIDENT OBAMA no matter what. He should get 8 years in term, because he IS CHANGING America and we all know why THEY don’t like it! If Obama wasn’t Black, they would be praising and thanking him.

After The 8 Years Of The Bush/Cheney Disaster, Now You Get Mad?

You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn’t get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn’t get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.

You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn’t get mad when they didn’t catch Bin Laden.

You didn’t get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.

You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.

You didn’t get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the 1%, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.

You didn’t get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.

You didn’t get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

You didn’t get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.

You finally got mad when a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick… Oh, Hell No!

PLEEEASE—-circulate this everywhere—people need to be reminded!!!! 2012 is a good year for them to remember! Let’s get as passionate about re-electing our wonderful hard working President Obama as we were when we got him elected! Don’t get complacent and don’t take for granted he will easily be back in office.

Let’s all get busy starting the work today!!!!

Give this MAN credit where credit is due. Black folks stop thinking just because we have a Black President that you were entitled to something without working for it! (Did you think because we got a Black President 4 years ago, you were going to get a check in the mail for $100k or something, maybe the 40 acres and a mule…come on….get real!)

Make a difference Get educated, stop complaining and get back on track to preserving our race and represent like The Obama’s. Do your part! VOTE Obama 2012. Spread the word. We have to get out and VOTE like we did 4 years ago..if we want to keep the Obama in office. Dont think for one minute that your Vote doesn’t count!

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Roland
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From: RLB <nextion@me.com>
To: Gladys Crockett <glad1@ca.rr.com>
Subject: MAD AT THE PRESIDENT???? FOR WHAT??
Date: Mon, 21 May 2012 22:02:18 -0700

MAD AT THE PRESIDENT???? FOR WHAT

Now, since Obama’s regime, all of a sudden, folks have gotten mad, and want to take America Back…

BACK TO WHAT or WHERE is my question?

I am voting for PRESIDENT OBAMA no matter what. He should get 8 years in term, because he IS CHANGING America and we all know why THEY don’t like it! If Obama wasn’t Black, they would be praising and thanking him.

After The 8 Years Of The Bush/Cheney Disaster, Now You Get Mad?

You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn’t get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn’t get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.

You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn’t get mad when they didn’t catch Bin Laden.

You didn’t get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.

You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.

You didn’t get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the 1%, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.

You didn’t get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.

You didn’t get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

You didn’t get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.

You finally got mad when a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick… Oh, Hell No!

PLEEEASE—-circulate this everywhere—people need to be reminded!!!! 2012 is a good year for them to remember! Let’s get as passionate about re-electing our wonderful hard working President Obama as we were when we got him elected! Don’t get complacent and don’t take for granted he will easily be back in office.

Let’s all get busy starting the work today!!!!

Give this MAN credit where credit is due. Black folks stop thinking just because we have a Black President that you were entitled to something without working for it! (Did you think because we got a Black President 4 years ago, you were going to get a check in the mail for $100k or something, maybe the 40 acres and a mule…come on….get real!)

Make a difference Get educated, stop complaining and get back on track to preserving our race and represent like The Obama’s. Do your part! VOTE Obama 2012. Spread the word. We have to get out and VOTE like we did 4 years ago..if we want to keep the Obama in office. Dont think for one minute that your Vote doesn’t count!

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Roland

RAISE YOUR VIBRATION and Assist in the Earth’s EVOLUTION!

Dear Family and Friends,

I was quite surprise to find this IMPORTANT link embedded within another email I received: http://youwealthrevolution.com/shift2012.html

Please CLICK THE LINK to raise YOUR Spiritual Vibration, and become ACTIVELY INVOLVED with SHIFT 2012!  Remember that you can PARTICIPATE for FREE!

Enjoy and have fun!

Love, Peace, Wisdom, Abundance, Health, and Harmony for ALL,

Annie

I’m Giving 101% … Are You?

Dear Family and Friends,

I do remember seeing this wonderful display of Mathematics, but I don’t remember sharing it with all of you!

Love, Peace, Wisdom, Abundance, Joy, Health and Harmony to ALL!

Annie

Three men hiking through a forest

Dear Friends and Family,

I thought this was ESPECIALLY FUNNY in lieu of the news that the Earth is quickly moving into a time period of WOMEN RULE
But men don’t need to worry, because we’re NOT going to treat YOU anything like the way that YOU have treated us!   😀

Enjoy!
Love, Peace, Wisdom, Abundance, Joy, Health and Harmony to ALL!

Annie

Three men were hiking through a forest…

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when they came upon a large, raging river.

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Needing to get to the other side,
the first man prayed:
 

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‘God, please give me the strength
to cross the river.
 
Poof!
 
God gave him big arms
and strong legs…
 

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and he was able to get
across in about an hour,
 
having almost drowned twice
. 
After witnessing that,
 
the second man prayed:
 

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‘God, please give me strength
and the tools to cross the river’
 
Poof!
 
God gave him a boat
and strong arms
and strong legs.

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and he was able to get across
in about a half hour
 
after
 almost capsizing once .
Seeing what happened
to the first two men,
the third man
prayed:
 

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‘God, please give me the
strength,
 the tools
and the intelligence
to cross the river’
 
Poof!!!
 
HE WAS TURNED INTO A WOMAN!
 
She checked the map,
 
hiked one hundred yards upstream
 

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and walked across the bridge
 
Guys, if at first you don’t succeed,
 
do it the way your
 wife told you! 
GO AHEAD
, SEND THIS TO A WOMAN
WHO NEEDS A GOOD
 LAUGH
AND TO ANY MAN WHO CAN HANDLE IT!

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Don’t break the elastic~ Maya Angelou

This has been around before, but love the message.  Enjoy !
 

 
 Read to the end, you will laugh 
        just picturing it happening. 
       I love the thoughts she lives by!!! 
      I didn’t break the elastic…

  Don’t break the elastic!
In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday
. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. 
And, there on television, she said it was ‘exciting…’ 
Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day…..like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first.
 
The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!
 
Maya Angelou said this:
‘I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.’
 
‘I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.’
 
‘I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.’
 
‘I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life.’
 
‘I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.’
 
‘I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back…’
 
‘I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.’
 
‘I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.’
 
‘I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back…’
 
‘I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn…’
 
‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’
 
Please send this tofive 
phenomenal women today… and back to me if you think i’m one also. 
If you do, something good will happen: 
You will boost another woman’s self-esteem
.

If you don’t….the elastic will break and your underpants will fall down around your ankles! 
 
Believe me, I didn’t take any chances on MY elastic breaking…..
I sent it to a lot of special women I care for… 

     
     

Who knew?…THE POWER OF EGG PLANT!!!

Dear Friends and Family,

It seems that I’m attracting many discoveries about simple and easy FOOD CURES, these days!  With my current focus on the Organic and Natural growing of food,
that’s EXACTLY what I Spiritually asked for…so I’m not surprised!  😀

Here’s a link to an article about how a substance in Egg Plant cures SKIN CANCER!  If you can’t use the information yourself, share it with a friend!  You just might save a LIFE! 🙂

http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/skin-cancer-treatment-eggplant-extract#a…

“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food!…”

Eat well, Think well, Speak well, and Act well to Be Healthy!

Annie

For all the Beauuuuuuutiful Women

Celois

Subject:  For all the Beauuuuuutiful Women  
B e Sure to read about Audrey Hepburn at the end
Now I lay me  

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        Down to sleep  

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         I pray the Lord  

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          My shape to keep.  

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Please no wrinkles  

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       Please no bags  

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           And please lift my butt  

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           Before it sags.  

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                        Please no age spots

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      Please no gray  

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        And as for my belly,

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       Please take it away.  

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                      Please keep me healthy  

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      Please keep me young,

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  !  And thank you Dear Lord

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                      For all that you’ve done.

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It’s BEAUTIFUL WOMAN MONTH  & TAG YOU’RE IT! So send this to five bright, funny women you know and make their day !!!

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Did you know that it’s Beautiful Women Month?   you are one of them!!! Below is a wonderful poem Audrey Hepburn  wrote when asked to share her ‘beauty tips.’  

It was read at her funeral years later.

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For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.  For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.  For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.  As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.

If you share this with another woman, something good will happen.   You will boost another woman’s self esteem, and she will know that you care about her.

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Health Alert! Kashi Cereal Stirs Anger

May 25, 2012 at 7:14 pm (Uncategorized)

After many years of “duping” America… the TRUTH FINALLY comes to LIGHT!  It’s almost getting to the point where you can ONLY trust the food that you GROW YOURSELF!…start with ORGANIC SEEDS from THE ORGANIC SEED CONNECTION at http://www.organicseedconnection.com&nbsp; or http://www.theseedconnection.org

ENJOY GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD!

Annie


From: tmiherbs@sbcglobal.net
To: annie_pierce@hotmail.com
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 12:40:32 -0400
Subject: Health Alert! Kashi Cereal Stirs Anger

University of Common Sense

 

 

 

Important Information,

Please forward and share with all of your family & friends!!!

 

 

Kashi Cereal Stirs Anger – Exposed by Small Rhode Island Grocer

By Dr. Mercola

 

A simple sign on a grocery store shelf has gone viral, causing a storm of outrage among consumers who feel they’ve been misled by cereal maker Kellogg’s claims about its Kashi cereals. A Rhode Island grocer posted a note on the shelf where Kashi was supposed to be, saying he’d learned it wasn’t 100 percent natural after all, and therefore wasn’t carrying it anymore.

 

It turns out the soy in Kashi cereals comes from genetically modified Roundup-ready soybeans, which have a gene inserted in them that allows the crop to withstand otherwise lethal doses of the weed killer.

USA Today reported that consumers felt duped into believing that Kashi was all-natural when it’s not. Their complaints were initially brushed off by Kashi general Manager David DeSouza, who told USA Today that since the FDA doesn’t regulate the term “natural,” the cereal maker has done nothing wrong by defining “natural” as minimally-processed with no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or sweeteners.

Were You Duped by Kashi’s Wholesome Brand Identity?

People generally tend to believe that the word “natural” refers to foods grown “in a natural way,” which really amounts to organic farming methods, or close to it; without harsh chemicals, and most definitely not something that has been genetically engineered. Unfortunately, that’s not what the “natural” label represents at all. In fact, the “natural” label is unregulated, and companies can define it as they please.

 

Most food manufacturers are well aware of this general misperception of what the label means, and frequently misuse it to lure health conscious consumers into spending more. This is known as “green-washing” and it certainly applies in this case. Adding insult to injury, the company appears to have made a poor attempt to save face by further misleading consumers about the accuracy of the information that led the Rhode Island grocer to not carry the Kashi brand anymore.

 

The Cornucopia Institute released a report, Cereal Crimes, back in November of last year, which details the presence of genetically engineered grains in a number of leading “natural” cereal brands, including Kellogg’s Kashi brand. Shockingly, many of the products tested were found to contain high amounts of genetically engineered grains. Some, including Kashi, containing 100 percent genetically engineered grains!

The report also mentions a class action lawsuit filed against Kellogg/Kashi on August 31, 2011, “for allegedly misleading consumers with its “natural” claims. One Kashi® product in particular, GoLean® Shakes, is composed almost entirely of synthetic and unnaturally processed ingredients, according to the plaintiff.”

The report contrasts these findings with tests of certified organic cereal products, which by law are not allowed to contain any genetically engineered ingredients or synthetic pesticides. While some were found to be mildly contaminated with genetically engineered ingredients, overall, the report highlights the fact that the ONLY way to ensure you’re not buying a genetically engineered product is to buy a product bearing the USDA 100% Organic label.

When Greenwashing Attempts Finally Backfire

Once the grocer’s sign went viral and angry consumers began overloading the Kashi telephone lines, the company switched to a recorded message stating they were temporarily unable to accept calls. Then, according to an April 26 report by Cornucopia Institute:

“When the company again began accepting calls, a Kashi consumer affairs employee, Rick Duran, told a Cornucopia staff member that “no actual testing” of their cereal products had been performed. This mimicked the analysis also offered in a response by the company in an online video posted that same afternoon on the Kashi Facebook page. The video spokesperson called Cornucopia’s information “scientifically inaccurate and misleading because it was not based on actual testing of Kashi products.”

“This characterization of our work by Kashi is blatantly false,” said Will Fantle, Cornucopia’s Research Director. “We purchased a readily available box of Kashi’s GoLean® cereal from a Whole Foods store. We then sent a sample to an accredited national lab for testing, finding that the soy in the natural cereal was 100% GMO.”

The Kashi video also suggested, disingenuously, that any genetically engineered contamination in their food was from incidental sources rather than crops intentionally grown from GMO seed. While acknowledging that over 80% of the soybeans grown in North America are GMO, they explain that, “practices in agricultural storage, handling, and shipping, have lead to an environment where GMOs are not sufficiently controlled.”

“This is classic public relations spin and crisis communications work, where corporations use misinformation to try to cover their tracks,” said Rebekah Wilce, of the Center for Media and Democracy/PRWatch, which helps expose corporate PR tactics…”

Three days later, the USA Today reported:

“… Kellogg got itself into trouble by “not being entirely transparent,” says Roger Nyhus, president of Nyhus Communications in Seattle. He sees a trend among some companies “of fudging language to allay consumer concerns and jump on the green bandwagon, and I think it’s starting to backfire.”  … Kashi’s DeSouza says that by 2015, all new Kashi products will “contain at least 70 percent USDA organic certified ingredients.”

So, in a matter of days, Kashi ended up backpedaling as their initial attempt to discredit the Cornucopia Institute’s test results backfired, and now the company has agreed to ensure their products will, within the next three years, contain at least 70 percent certified organic ingredients. While this is probably not going to be enough for most health conscious consumers, Kashi’s pledge is at least a good demonstration of the power of consumer education, and that consumers ultimately have the power to influence even the largest of food companies. After all, they can only sell what you’re willing to buy!

“Natural” Label is Frequently Misused to Lure Health Conscious Consumers

The misuse of the term “natural” by companies who simply pay lip service to sustainability and the organic movement undermines companies that are truly sincere in their efforts to bring you eco-friendly, unadulterated, safe foods.

And companies like Kashi cannot rightfully claim ignorance about the impact the word “natural” has—marketing firm polls have shown that more people respond favorably to the “all-natural” label than the organic label! It’s a powerful word that conjures up wholesomeness in most people’s minds. Marketing terms such as “natural” are certainly not chosen willy-nilly. No, they’re selected based on what works and what sells. As illustrated by this market research summary by The Hartman Group:

“Consumer understanding and shopping behavior of organic and natural foods and beverages continues to change and evolve. Today’s consumers are confused, yet continue to be engaged by the vast array of products, messages, symbols and labels they encounter when making decisions about what to eat or drink and where they shop.

This study will identify the hierarchy among these attributes and point out differences by product category as well as deeper distinctions between “organic” and “natural” themselves. It will enable companies to go beyond the clutter of product call-outs to have a singular focus on what matters most to consumers thereby increasing brand loyalty and likelihood of purchase”

According to a 2010 Hartman Group poll, more than 60 percent of consumers erroneously believe that the “natural” label implies or suggests the absence of genetically engineered ingredients, so Kashi’s statement that there’s nothing wrong with using genetically engineered ingredients in their “natural” products is rather weak. Food companies know this misconception exists, and they actively prey on consumers’ assumptions. Fortunately, the Cornucopia Institute’s report has awakened many to this sad truth. As one now-former Kashi consumer stated on the company’s Facebook page:

 “Yours is the only brand cereal I have bought for years. Not anymore! You are despicable. Everything you supposedly stand for is a lie.”

The Difference Between Natural and Organic

It’s important to understand that the “natural” label is not regulated and does not provide a guarantee of being free of genetically engineered ingredients or synthetic pesticides and additives. Currently, the ONLY label that can protect you against genetically engineered ingredients and other unsavory additives is the USDA 100% Organic label.

The USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) took effect October 21, 2002, and regulates the standards for any farm, wild crop harvesting, or handling operation that wants to sell an agricultural product as organically produced. The labeling requirements of the NOP apply to raw, fresh products and processed products that contain organic agricultural ingredients.

 

In order to qualify as organic, a product must be grown and processed using organic farming methods that recycle resources and promote biodiversity.

Crops must be grown without synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes, petroleum-based fertilizers, or sewage sludge-based fertilizers. Organic livestock must have access to the outdoors and cannot be given antibiotics or growth hormones.

  • Products labeled “USDA 100% organic” must contain only organically produced materials
  • Products labeled simply “USDA organic” must contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients, whereas
  • The label “made with organic ingredients” can contain anywhere between 70 to 95 percent organic ingredients

Organic products cannot be irradiated, are not allowed to contain preservatives or flavor enhancing chemicals, nor can they contain traces of heavy metals or other contaminants in excess of tolerances set by the FDA. Additionally, the pesticide residue level cannot be higher than 5 percent of the maximum EPA pesticide tolerance. For the complete National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances under the USDA organic label, see this link. To learn more about organic foods and the findings detailed in the Cereal Crimes report, please listen to my interview with Mark Kastel of the Cornucopia Institute.

Click here to watch video.

Stop Monsanto and Move the Organic Revolution Forward

For 13 years, OCA has been “growing the revolution” fighting against genetically engineered foods, preserving strict organic standards, expanding the organic market, and spreading the good news that organic agriculture can sustainably feed the world while reversing global warming. The time is right to step up our efforts and move the Organic Revolution forward, but OCA needs your financial support to do so.

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