Chief McDonald’s fries supplier gets USDA nod for ‘cancer-reducing’ GMO-potato

McDonald’s is now resorting to serving GMO french fries under the guise that they fight cancer? How absurd is that? -LW


Comparison of Innate and conventional potatoes 10 hours after being cut (photo: Simplot)

Comparison of Innate and conventional potatoes 10 hours after being cut (photo: Simplot)

Simplot, one of the world’s biggest agribusinesses, has received USDA approval for Innate, a genetically-modified potato that produces fewer carcinogens when fried. Anti-GMO pressure groups are campaigning for the decision to be reversed.

“This approval comes after a decade of scientific development, safety assessments and extensive field tests,” said the Idaho-based Simplot, which annually processes about 3 billion pounds of potatoes.

The potatoes, which are also modified to bruise less easily and to not turn brown for many hours after being cut, underwent successful field trials in eight states – Florida, Indiana, Idaho, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin – between 2009 and 2011.

Innate reportedly produces up to 75 percent less acrylamide, a substance that is suspected of contributing to cancer, when fried. The medical implications of the alterations have not been tested.

US Department of Agriculture chemical tests showed that all non-targeted substances remained within regular range, and that the plants posed no danger to other crops located in the vicinity. Simplot said that it expects to receive clearance from the Food and Drug Administration that the potato is safe to eat within weeks.

Simplot, which had revenues of $5.8 billion last financial year, reassured that the technology is not as alarming as that used by other companies, which introduce bacteria or genes from other plants. Simplot is simply manipulating genes contained within the potato’s own DNA.

AFP Photo/Goergh Koch

AFP Photo/Goergh Koch

“We are trying to use genes from the potato plant back in the potato plant,” Haven Baker, chief potato scientist for Innate, told the New York Times. “We believe there’s some more comfort in that.”

The company plans to use the potato’s main benefits for a two-pronged assault on the market. The spuds will be sold as a healthier alternative, and will also be supplied pre-cut to supermarkets and restaurants, due to the fact that they remain pristine-looking for longer. In fact, while the purported cancer effect will grab the headlines and curry public opinion, it is the longevity that really gives Innate its market advantage.

“This could be a game-changer for the industry!” boasted Kerwin Bradley, Simplot’s director of commercialization.

But an anti-GMO food groups did not share his enthusiasm.

“We think this is a really premature approval of a technology that is not being adequately regulated,” Doug Gurian-Sherman, a plant pathologist and senior scientist at the Center for Food Safety, told the New York Times.

The organization says that the RNA interference technique used for Innate is untested, and said that one of the substances suppressed by it actually plays an important role in the chemical make-up of the potato, and its ability to fight pests.

The Center for Food Safety says that it plans to appeal the USDA approval.

McDonald’s favorite supplier

Simplot’s role as a GMO potato pioneer is somewhat ironic, considering that it played a decisive role in the discontinuation of the world’s first flirtation with innovative spuds more than a decade ago.

Monsanto sold its NewLeaf genetically-modified potato resistant against the Colorado beetle and PVY virus between 1996 and 2001.

But as it was gaining popularity, activists pressured McDonald’s and other leading fast food chains in the US to turn their back on GMO potatoes. In turn Simplot, which supplies more than half of McDonald’s potatoes in the US and has done so for decades, simply stopped planting NewLeaf potatoes.

As a result, Monsanto stopped selling its range, concentrating on more successful products. More than 90 percent of soybeans and 60 percent of corn in the US are now genetically-modified.

The Food and Water Watch group has hoped to repeat the trick, already sending a petition signed by over 100,000 people, asking McDonald’s to ban all Innate potatoes.

But this time Simplot is unlikely to be fobbed off so easily. The company says that it plans to produce a new-generation Innate potato in the coming years, which will be resistant to late blight – the cause of the Irish Potato Famine – by mixing genes of wild potatoes into cultivated varieties.

The company says it is also seeking approval for Innate in Canada, Japan and Mexico.

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Marijuana On The Ballot: Oregon, Alaska and D.C. Vote To Legalize; Florida Says No

Early results showed more than a 2-1 lead for a measure to make recreational marijuana use legal in Washington, D.C. A sign promoting the initiative is seen on a corner in the Adams Morgan neighborhood Tuesday.

Early results showed more than a 2-1 lead for a measure to make recreational marijuana use legal in Washington, D.C. A sign promoting the initiative is seen on a corner in the Adams Morgan neighborhood Tuesday. Allison Shelley/Getty Images

Voters in Washington, D.C., have approved the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Supporters of the D.C. marijuana measure had a 65-29.5 percent lead as of 9:09 p.m. ET, with 20,727 voting in favor.

The D.C. case could create friction between the city’s leaders and Congress — particularly if, as many expect, Republicans take control of both chambers. The District’s Initiative 71 includes provisions that allow residents to grow six or fewer marijuana plants in their homes and possess up to 2 ounces of the drug for their own use.

Voters in Guam reportedly legalized medical marijuana use today, and other states, including Alaska, are also taking up the issue. We’ll update this post as more results come in. You can also follow our special coverage at NPR’s Election Party.

Update at 7:06 a.m. ET. Alaska Votes To Legalize:

With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Alaskans have voted to legalize marijuana by a 52 percent to 48 percent margin.

The Anchorage Daily News reports:

“The initiative will not become law until 90 days after the election is certified, which is expected to be in late November. Per the law, the state can then create a marijuana control board — expected to be housed under the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. That group will then have nine months to craft regulations dealing with how marijuana businesses will operate.

“The initiative was years in the making. Alaska voters considered similar measures in 2000 and 2004. Both failed, though each indicated a measure of support for legalization. Measure 5 in 2000 took 40.9 percent of the vote; Ballot Measure 2 in 2004 gained a few more points, with 44 percent of the electorate voting in favor of it.”

Update at 11:52 p.m. ET: Oregon OKs Legalization

With nearly 65 percent of the vote tallied, Oregon is projected to have approved Measure 91 legalizing recreational use of pot, with nearly 54 percent in favor and 46 percent against.

The Oregon bill gives regulatory control of pot to the state’s liquor control agency. It would also allow Oregon citizens to grow up to four plants at a time.

The state’s legislative revenue office recently estimated that “in fiscal year 2017, the revenue from legal marijuana is expected to be $16.0 million with a lower range of $13.1 million and an upper range of $19.4 million.”

“Marijuana legalization has been a long-standing issue in Oregon,”Oregon Public Broadcasting reports. “In 1986, a failed measure first sought to legalize recreational pot. It was rejected by a large majority of voters.”

Update at 10:45 p.m. ET: Florida Measure Fails

A ballot measure in Florida that would permit the use of medical marijuana has failed to reach the 60 percent mark required for constitutional amendments in the state. Current projections show 58 percent in approval, with 42 percent against.

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SHELL GAME: This Is Why Michael Hastings Was Murdered And Eric Holder Stepped Down [Video]

“19,000 Swiss Bank Accounts fund Terrorism.

Part of the reason behind Eric Holder’s immediate retirement.”

Discussion of the book SHELL GAME: A Military Whistleblowing Report to the U.S. Congress Exposing the Betrayal and Cover-Up by the U.S. Government of the Union Bank of Switzerland-Terrorist Threat Finance Connection to Booz Allen Hamilton and U.S. Central Command ~ 2LT Scott Bennett 11th Psychological Operations Battalion (retired)

Background: Scott Bennett is a U.S. Army Special Operations Officer (11th Psychological Operations Battalion, Civil Affairs-Psychological Operations Command), and a global psychological warfare-counterterrorism analyst, formerly with defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton.

He received a Direct Commission as an Officer, held a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (TS/SCI) security clearance, and worked in the highest levels of international counterterrorism in Washington DC and MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. He has worked at U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Central Command, the State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism, and other government agencies. He served in the G.W. Bush Administration from 2003 to 2008, and was a Social Science Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. His writings and lectures seek to enhance global awareness and understanding of modern psychological warfare, the international intelligence.

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JP Morgan Bankruptcy Lawyer Killed in Hit & Run [video]

Joseph Giampapa

Thanks, Patrick.

They just never give up, do they?  Isn’t this over thirty banksters, now? I’ve lost count. And each time the cabal collects on the insurance? Nice scam.

Looks like JP Morgan is determined to stay in the lead.

The moral of this story: “Thou Shalt Not Squeal”.  ~ BP

 

The banker suicide saga has just reached a new level as a top level JP Morgan attorney has been exterminated in a hit & run incident involving a minivan.

JPM attorney Joseph Giampapa was killed over the weekend when he was struck by a minivan in a hit and run incident.

Giampapa was reportedly hit and thrown 150 ft and was pronounced dead at the scene. No charges have been filed.

It gets better: Giampapa was JP Morgan’s top commercial bankruptcy lawyer (SVP).

Somehow we suspect the incident was not inflicted by a soccer mom.

 

The JP Morgan outside counsel manual, listing Giampapa as their Commercial Bank Bankruptcy SVP:

Commercial Bank Bankruptcy & Workout
Joseph Giampapa, SVP and Associate General Counsel
(614/248-6056)

http://www.jpmorganchase.com/corporate/Home/document/Annex_I_US_BasedGeneralCounselPracticeGroupsandManagers_7012013.pdf

Giampapa’s legal profile:

http://www.martindale.com/Joseph-A-Giampapa/1445173-lawyer.htm

The Columbus Dispatch’s coverage of the incident:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/03/23/cyclist-56-struck-by-minivan-in-piqua.html

Recall that Jim Willie informed SD readers several weeks ago that international bankers are dropping like flies to prevent details on massive FOREX fraud from reaching investigating authorities, and that European banking source “V” stated that the banker hit list includes top level banking executives, and also stated that suicided JP Morgan bankers Ryan Henry Crane & Gabriel Magee knew each other and had uncovered something.

Joseph Giampapa JP Morgan

Perhaps Giampapa had also uncovered too many secrets.

AMTV’s take on the increasing banker deaths:

 

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Florida City Fires Their Entire Police Force

We know people are waking up and taking ACTION! when we hear stories like this!  Hopefully more cities will follow suit and refuse to be victims. The public needs to see that it CAN be done. Sometimes there’s nothing for it but to start fresh with a clean slate, as corruption tends to be “catchy”.

Once more Citizen Juries and Common Law Courts go into action, I expect we’ll see more of these cleanups.  ~ BP

 

One Florida town has been hit by corruption and it is so bad, the entire police force has been fired. The most corrupt city in the state has been exposed for its unlawful ways during a recent audit. All cops and elected officials in office have been let go or will be soon as this is just one of the stipulations that had to be followed to spare the city of Hampton, as its corruption runs deep.

The one-horse town celebrated its victory in a church this past Friday night. The townspeople broke out into smiles after finding out two Florida policymakers quit their journey to take away Hampton’s cityhood. The 89-year-old city, with a population of 477, was on a tight rope after an audit came out in February revealing a plethora of violations. It found 31 federal, state, and local codes were broken, with allegations surrounds double-dipping and using city property for personal reasons.

The quaint city was already known as an infamous speed trap zone but gained even more publicity as a small-town with big corruption when lawmakers threatened to pull its city charter a month ago. However, the townspeople persevered. Within a matter of four weeks, they had come up with an outline that persuaded Representative Charles Van Zant and Senator Rob Bradley to allow them to keep their city. They won the tough battle with all odds against them.

“Thank you for the work that has been done,” Bradley told the crowd of 50 gathered Friday at Victory Baptist Church, according to a CNN article, “You’ve got a lot more to do, but boy. …” He clearly was impressed, as was Van Zant, who said, “You’ve done yeoman’s work. I think you’ve done well.”

Trouble arose in a quite innocent way according to the newly hired city attorney John Cooper. A Texaco gas station on nearby US 301 asked for cops to protect the place after a couple of bad accidents and homicides took place. Then, Hampton annexed a 1,200-foot stretch of highway. Later on though, someone arrived at the idea that a lot of easy cash was to be made from pulling over speeders and writing up tickets they would have to pay.

When Hampton’s map was redrawn, it resembled a giant mosquito, draining money straight from the highway. The biggest issue at the time was the police department as it was constantly going over its budget and the revenue from the tickets did not seem to make its way to any person working outside of its city hall building.

The amount of officers increased to 19, which included the chief. However, Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith confessed that a bunch of the cops were not at all trained in the proper manner. What is worse, the audit discovered that a couple of them had been driving uninsured vehicles. One policeman, who was better known as “Rambo,” kept an assault rifle strapped across his chest just to write up traffic tickets.

By April 2013, Van Zant requested for the state auditor general to check into the city’s budget situation. At the time, Mayor Barry Layne Moore was locked up in Bradford County jail when the audit was publicly released. He and other officials had an idea that the audit would come back with poor marks though, nobody knew how bad it would actually turn out.

The results came in from the audit and were so daunting, Bradley and Van Zant wanted to call for Hampton to cease to exist as a city as soon as they could. Besides the uncountable amount of code violations, the audit found tons of irregularities. To illustrate, a $132,000 credit account from a local BP gas station and $27,000 in credit card charges for entities that “served no public purpose” were found to be some of the shocking irregularities of the audit. Van Zant blamed Hampton of “abusing the public,” while Bradley questioned, “Why is this even a city?”

Four replacements took over Hampton to clean up the city’s act once and for all. The legislators were so surprised by their short-term progress that they decided to allow for the city to stay intact. In a matter of four weeks, Hampton has already progressed by leaps and bounds. All elected officials that were in power when the corruption ring broke headlines will be forced to resign. Special elections are to be held in September of this year.

The entire crooked police force is being fired as well. The $132,000 spent at the BP gas station and the $27,000 from credit cards was accounted for. Water meters in the city are now being tracked. An ordinance de-annexed the section of US 301 where the speed trap had been set up. City Council meetings are now being held at normal hours and are open to the general public.

“What you’ve seen here in the past month is the rebirth of your town,” Van Zant told the residents as Friday’s meeting came to a close, as stated on CNN.com, “I want to encourage everybody who has never served on the City Council to run for office. … We want some new blood. We want to see a new genesis in Hampton. Make this thing work for you.” Once the city progresses a little more, the lawmakers are expected to pa [end of paragraph clipped]

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Benjamin Fulford for April 14, 2014 “Surrender Or Die.” That Is the Choice the US Cabal Government Now Faces

bccb6-benjamin-fulfordWell, I can’t say I’m surprised. I’ve said all along that barring a freaky miracle, the cabal would never surrender.

They agreed decades ago to step down and reneged. They have no honour. They’re not even human—what do we expect?!

They believe they can outsmart the Light forces, the Resistance Movement, the positive Military, the Lightworkers and Lightworriors, the positive factions of the Pentagon, FBI, CIA, NSA, the Galactics, and every good soul on the planet. They just don’t get it. 

Interesting Flight 370 sit rep. So… where are the plane and passengers?  ~ BP

 

The criminal cabal that hijacked the Republic of the United States of America and turned it into a global pariah have been cornered to a point where they must either surrender or die. This is becoming obvious on many levels. For example, last week even the member nations of the globalist International Monetary Fund lined up 187 to 1 against the United States in an effort to get them to relinquish their veto control of that institution.

Even more troubling for the families that control the Federal Reserve Board has been the massive ongoing attack on their petrodollar. In particular, the situation in the Ukraine is turning into a historical cabal defeat.

President Vladimir Putin of Russia has begun insisting that Europe and the Ukraine pay for their supplies of Russian gas with something other than US dollars. The Europeans have little choice but to agree to this, thus sealing the fate of the petrodollar.

US Corporate Government President Barack Obama, working under orders from puppet masters like George Soros, tried convincing the Middle Eastern oil producing countries to drive down the price of oil and bankrupt Russia but was rebuffed.

Obama then turned around and went to the Chinese where, according to Chinese government sources, he offered to hand over to China control over all of South East Asia and Japan if China agreed to use the People’s Liberation Army to put pressure on Russia. The Chinese, however, are fully aware that Obama represents the same regime that tried to kill most of China’s population with ethnically targeted bio-weapons a few years ago and thus will not make a deal with them against Russia.

The Chinese however, are insisting that the United Nations move its headquarters to Asia and reform its security council so that it more accurately represents the population of the planet earth. They are also coming to the conclusion that the cabal has no intention of handing over control of the World Bank or the IMF so they are preparing to set up a new institution that will have far more funds available to it than both the World Bank and the IMF combined.

The Europeans, for their part, have begun supplying Tesla free energy technology to countries that do not have their own oil and gas resources, like India and Japan, as part of their move against the petrodollar. They want to make sure that there is an option other than a China/Russia or China/US petrocurrency for these countries.

It is in this context that Obama is coming to Japan later this month where no doubt he will ask the Abe slave government to help it attack China and Russia, something that will not happen because neither the Japanese military nor the Pentagon forces in Asia are about to go along with such a plan.

Few can forget the fact that Obama represents a widely hated pariah regime. Let us review exactly what sort of regime Obama represents by looking at its activities over the recent past. First of all, this regime remotely hijacked Malaysian airlines flight 370 and flew it, via Diego Garcia Island and Israel to Florida, where it was loaded with a nuclear weapon. This plane was then flown towards Holland where it was used as a threat against world leaders gathered there for a “nuclear terror summit.” The plane was stopped by the Dutch air-force and, the only thing this stunt accomplished, was further alienation of the Europeans from the US corporate government.

After his threats failed, Obama asked both Iran and Saudi Arabia (as mentioned above) to help drive the price of oil down and bankrupt Russia. The Saudis, who would face revolution overnight if they ran out of money to bribe their population, are not in a position to drive the price of oil down. Furthermore, they feel betrayed by the Obama in places like Syria and have already publicly announced they are no longer a Federal Reserve Board client state.

The Iranians, who know full well the Feds have been trying to nuke them or bankrupt them for years, also refused to play ball.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has also decided to stop supporting the Nazi linked Muslim Brotherhood and is said to regret his past moves to support them in Syria and elsewhere.

It was in this dire context that last week representatives of the Rockefeller and Bush families had negotiations with a representative of the White Dragon Society. The Bush representative, a senior manager of the Carlyle Hedge Fund who personally knows George Bush Sr., tried to convince the WDS that “Bush was really not that smart or powerful.” He also said that the perhaps the ultra-rich should flaunt their wealth less.

The Rockefeller representative cited all the recent progress in computer technology, such as smart-phones with GPS and super-high resolution TV screens as proof the US cabal was doing a good job.

The Rockefeller representative was told that although these were nice things, they were a far cry from the future of inter-planetary travel we had all expected to have been fully underway during the 21st century. In other words, it is clear the planet earth is under quarantine because of the criminal mass murdering cabal that controls the US government.

The Bush representative was shown a hand-written note demanding that corporate media in the US start broad-casting the truth about 911 and 311 before the end of this month and that all funds stolen by the cabalists be returned to their rightful owners.

The rest of the contents of the note are not known but it goes without saying that a lot of powerful people have run out of patience and are demanding an end to Nazi trouble-making around the world.

The WDS is being inundated with demands that these criminals be rounded up and put in prison, if not killed outright, ASAP. They are proven mass murderers and any member of the CIA or Pentagon or other agencies who is in a position to do something about these scum must either act or it is guaranteed they will sooner or later be jailed as accomplices.

These people include George Bush Sr. and Jr. and their immediate family, Donald Rumsfeld, Michael Chertoff, Frank Carlucci, James Baker, Michael Hayden, General Richard Myers, Benjamin Netanyahu, etc. The Blood Moon demands either justice or retribution.

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Fox News: “Perhaps the Boston bombings may have never occurred” [video]

Fancy Fox coming forward with even a semi-truthful spin on old news.  Do they think the public will believe them NOW? Won’t their audience wonder why they didn’t share this information sooner? It took an independent journalist to research the facts and piece the story together.

Sounds like a total lack of journalism on the part of Fox, but wait— there aren’t any journalists in the lamestream media, are there. That wasn’t a  question.

The real journalists either left to work where they could do what they do unfettered by corporate oversight, or were fired, assassinated  or ‘disappeared’ to keep them quiet.

REAL journalists are a liability, not an asset, when it comes to mass media. They’re loose cannons. The truth must be covered up at all costs. 

This revelation is a step in the right direction, though. Thank you Ashleigh Banfield for having Susan Zalkind on your show.

Perhaps some will reconsider all the other stories they believed were “conspiracy theory”, like Sandy Hook, the Batman Theatre Massacre—and let’s not forget 9/11.  ~ BP

By Shepard Ambellas

(INTELLIHUB) — Over 10-months later, Fox News has now stumbled across information reported by Intellihub News since almost day one.

However, astonishingly the mainstream media is now admitting that the “Boston bombings may have never occurred”. This comes directly from the Fox News show “Legal View” with Ashleigh Banfield.

Interestingly, Banfield’s guest went on to cover the details of the staged spectacle that had the entire city of Boston locked-down in a beta test of a martial law roll-out scenario.

Please take a few moments to watch the video for yourself.

The official report on the Boston Marathon bombings is set to be released in March of 2014.

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