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Obama Supports GMO

I know this post is going to probably make several people out there upset, but I thought it needed to be shared. But after, RawVoice posted _Hillary and Monsanto_ felt this needed to be shared as well. I think we all know where McCain and Hillary stand when it comes to these issues. But I don’t think Obama as been as clear.

I agree that Obama is a very talented and inspiring speaker. I have enjoyed listening to him speak, however, I have also found him to be a little vague on some issues.

A friend who was also wanting to know where Obama’s interest lie in regards to our food found the following information….

http://answercenter.barackobama.com/cgi-bin/bar…**&p_li=&p_topview=1

Obama Requested $2 Million And Helped Secure $1.076 Million For The Soybean Disease Biotechnology Center (SDBC) At The University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign. In 2005, Obama requested $2 million and helped secure $1.076 million for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and its continuing research efforts at the Soybean Disease Biotechnology Center (SDBC). The SDBC is using scientific advances in structural, comparative and functional genomics and genetic engineering, in order to protect soybean crops from diseases and improve their productivity. [House Report 109-255 (109th Congress); Obama Request Letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, 2005]

Obama Requested $1.6 Million And Helped Secure $815,000 For The Livestock Genome Sequencing Initiative (LGSI) At The University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2005, Obama requested $1.6 million and helped secure $815,000 for the Livestock Genome Sequencing Initiative (LGSI) at the University of Illinois-Champaign. The LGSI is part of an international effort to identify every gene of the cattle and swine species by both its unique DNA sequence and location on specific chromosomes. In addition, LGSI research is building a database to identify the function of these genes. Mapping and sequencing the cattle and swine genome will provide the basis for future biological research by improving livestock productivity and public health. [House Report 109-255 (109th Congress); Obama Request Letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, 2005]

Go here to learn more about genome….

http://www.healthline.com/galecontent/human-gen…

I apologize now if I am wrong about Obama, but from my understanding he supports GMO.

Question,research, find answers, and come to conclusions that feel right for you.

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  • alpdesignsalpdesigns Raw Newbie

    A little vague?! I’m a Ron Paul supporter!

  • I mentioned this under the GM Food Labeling thread…..

    We are also Ron Paul supporters!

    Yes, Ron Paul is the only candidate who actually seems to have any interest in the people. He understands the Codex issue and wants it stopped. We were not for Ron Paul in the beginning, but now we are starting to see the truth. My husband and I have come to the conclusion he might be the only one, if elected who would actually listen to the people. We find it interesting that the major corporate/goverment elitist own the media, and you do not see Ron Paul being talk about among the candidates. Most people do not even realize he is still running. They are doing a good job of trying to shut him down.

    Note this is just our opinion from learning different things over the last couple of months. I am not trying to tell anyone who to vote for. Just Sharing our Thoughts.

  • southernloversouthernlover Raw Newbie

    I like Ron Paul…although I was a Huckabee fan. (Don’t give me crap for that!) Hey, if Obama becomes president, will this country become an “Obamanation”? Haha.

  • germin8germin8 Raw Master

    Obamanation… hehe.

  • MarichiesaMarichiesa Raw Newbie

    I often wonder how much our candidates actually understand about some of the projects that they support/gain funding for.I’m not suggesting they are dumb or hoodwinked but that they must be presented with so many requests for help that if something is “needed” in their homestate ( Illinois) it must seem like a no brainer to go for it. Also if a well meaning aid is doing the footwork and vetting the project I wonder how deep they go in their research. Perhaps on issues like GMO we need to be more forceful in terms of letting the candidates know exactly what is happening to their food.

  • MeditatingMeditating Raw Newbie

    MARICHIESA - There is no elected official on a federal level who supports a project because some misinformed, well-meaning aid suggested they do so. They always have a considerable amount of information about the underlying project. One of the first thing that would be investigated is who is involved, what kind of money is involved, what potential contributions and connections will come out of supporting the project, what interests will be hurt, how will the constituents respond, is there any negative PR connected to it (like protestors showing up), and, if so, how can we spin it to the campaign’s advantage and would it still be a net gain for the candidate. It may be possible for a state-wide candidate to be that stupid, although unlikely. Federal politics is about controlling money and policy and all the big players come to that party. If a politician gets caught up in an incident and says they didn’t know what was going on, that means they knew but can’t think of a better response given their predicament. I might believe that story if it was discovered that two individuals in a business transaction had a conflict of interest but were secretly having an affair, but otherwise forget that. It costs a fortune to hold onto a federal political office and right after someone is elected the first thing they do is start fundraising and making the connections to get re-elected. This is what stops candidates from seeking real change. They need the machinery to stay in power and the machinery is about serving the monied interest.

    Right now, there aren’t enough people educated about GMO to be concerned. Most of our media is connected to large corporate interest so I don’t see them helping. Every single time I have heard any of the major networks talk about issues surrounding organic food, they never mention GMO. Twice I have heard NBC do a segment on how organic food is different from other produce and they never mentioned GMO. It is as if there is no GMO out there. Until we can prove that GMO is directly linked to a likely, dangerous health concerns, I don’t think the average American is going to care. Look at autism and attention deficit disorder. These illnesses are at epidemic levels in our country. When something like this comes up, the government and pharmacuetical companies join hands and say it is genetic and the people just shrug and think you can’t do anything about genetics. People don’t stop and think that for some reason our gene pool isn’t like other parts of the world (until they industrialize the food supply and bring in other environmental contaminents). Although the parents of autistic children are really pushing that issue, the pubic doesn’t see it as their problem and they aren’t pressing candidates with any regularity about it. I haven’t heard one serious. poignant question regarding any of these issues raised in a political debate. Think about that – 1 in 155 children born in this country could be afflicted with a serious disorder that often results in constant caregiving for life and people aren’t raising hell about it.

  • Meditating -

    I read what you posted here and under the other topic “Hillary and Monsanto” and I just had to say…..Spot On!

  • queenfluffqueenfluff Raw Newbie

    I remember in the last election reading seeing a documentary afterwards about why certain people voted for Bush over Kerry and it is so disheartening to see people say they only voted for some because of their skin color (or lack of it being colored), religion or where they are from – instead of voting for a person because of what they can do and how they stand on the issues and problems.

    Many people said they voted for Bush because he was the same religion they were and that was their major deciding factor – even though some of them said they thought he was doing a lousy job so far. How sad is that! Let’s focus on something a little more important!

    I know religion is important to some but when it comes to him doing his job – it doesn’t really weight in.

    I can’t help but think and neither Hiliary or Obama won’t win and I don’t think it will have any to do with the what they stand for issues etc. But because Obama is of colored skin and Hilary because she is a woman. It is unfortunate that there are so many people in this country who will make their voting decisions based of things like that.

    I, on the other hand, would prefer to vote for the minorities (as long as their agenda meets with my approval that is :) ) – I would be so nice to have some in office who is a minority for once and see how things might be different.

    I would prefer to vote green party myself but unfortuantely they never get the votes to win. I almost feel safer in a way to vote for the best canditate in one of the “larger” parties like Democrat or Republican (although, I cringe at the thought of voting Republican – but if there is a good person up for vote that meets with my approval – oh well! ) – just in case my vote keeps someone horrible out of office!

    I didn’t know all this about Obama and GMO nor about Hilary either – I remember I voted for him before when he ran. :(

    Mediating is right. The average American justs cares about stuff being cheap. They are willing to eat test tube meat after all.

  • RawKidChefRawKidChef Raw Newbie

    I am all for Hillary! But unfortuantely I doubt she’ll get nominated because Obama won North Carolina by a landslide yesterday, and he nearly beat her in Indiana.

    hey queenfluff, I agree that it is disappointing the way people vote for a certain candidate because of race or gender. This time, the economy is so bad that I can’t help but think a Democrat will get elected. I really have no idea, just a guess.

    I agree, most people are not educated about GMO, and also they eat all the GM foods like corn etc.

  • MarichiesaMarichiesa Raw Newbie

    Hey Meditating,

    Thank you! That was a really well stated post. So how can individuals like yourself who ARE well informed about GMO’s help effectively educate our politicians as well as the general populace? On sites like this we are generally preaching to the choir right?

  • MarichiesaMarichiesa Raw Newbie

    Hey Meditating,

    Thank you! That was a really well stated post. So how can individuals like yourself who ARE well informed about GMO’s help effectively educate our politicians as well as the general populace? On sites like this we are generally preaching to the choir right?

  • Preaching to the choir….maybe.

    I know I learn different things from other people on this site. Things that intrigue my mind. Some things that encourage me to research, investigate further until I find truth that resonates right with me.

    In regards to those who are well informed about certain subjects and share with us some small bit of information that they have learned or know….I think they might have done a majority of their part in the procedure.They have shared with us. They have intrigued us enough to want to learn more, so we can continue the chain of sharing. Teaching others who are not aware or do not know. Most Americans have “NO Clue” what Codex or Monsanto is or what our future holds if we do not inform each other and change things.

    In reference to our politicians….You can sign petitions and write to your representatives…..sign the petitions at www.healthfreedomusa.org

    You can also sign up for their newsletters and they will keep you updated on what is going on. On the right side of the page you will see where you can

  • MeditatingMeditating Raw Newbie

    MARICHIESA - I know this is going to sound horrible, but I am hoping that the initial research connecting Morgellon’s Syndrome with GMO pans out and the researchers aren’t bought out/off, the latter being the really big problem. Eventually, we are going to see the fruits of this genetic experiement on humans and I just hope it is sooner than later because the possibility of a solution would be greater. If a good solid link is made by several scientists (right now there are three different labs employing well-respected scientists quantifying a GMO link) and their silence can’t be secured, this scandal may surface in a big way.

    I hope Morgellons works itself into something with enough teeth people will start protesting. I think the cause (if there is going to be one) needs more scientific backing than it has right now. In all fairness, the initial results look scary and suspicious, but we really do need more studies. Research isn’t done much anymore for the public good. It is done to legitamize a product or new technology and there is BIG BIG money in GMO. The difficult catalyst is getting unbiased research funded. Some of this Morgellon study funding came from the NIH. If that grant makes the GMO connection, I bet that funding stops or goes to another lab. When Monsanto realizes the noose is closing, they will spend billions to undermine those studies and will have 50 times the scientists swearing there is no connection. Look at the way Americans view a statement that studies aren’t conclusive – Much of Europe outlawed phalates in children’s toys based on American studies and our government says the studies aren’t conclusive. Go figure.

    How will the public react? People don’t want to think about serious social problems, much less how to solve them. They will find almost any excuse to pretend the problem (or solution) isn’t there. Unfortunately, when the government steps forward to assist Monsanto and trots out their scientists saying there is not a link, it motivates enough people to think there is doubt and shouldn’t waste their time thinking about. Furthermore, if there is a solution, someone else will see that it is found. Disinterest and disbelief aren’t reasons. They are excuses for the unwillingness to act. We as citizens just don’t want to do the hard work required to dig out of all the serious social problems we have. But if groups start protesting throughout the USA, a few more people are going to listen. I don’t know if this will be enough to make a difference, but it could be. For change to happen, politicians have to fear the wrath of the people more than fear the wrath of the corporations.

  • It’s Our Dollar! They can’t force us to spend OUR Dollar.

    Corporations need our dollar to elect the politcians to give them the subsidies. Which has caused a lot of our economic woes on a global scale. Stop them where it hurts in the wallet.

    So, it comes down to… Our Dollar is the Power.

    (Eliminate the phoney dollar. Undermine the Federal Reserve. Buy Gold.)

  • Everyone needs to see this video before they vote:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-366125…

  • Then watch Zeitgeist at: http://zeitgeistmovie.com/

  • Kevlar – Thanks for sharing the video clips.

    The first video clip is only 9 minutes.

    Yes, I do not think many people realize that Bush and Obama are related by blood.

  • kevin7197kevin7197 Raw Newbie

    YAWNS

  • Thank you SimplyRaw for posting this information. And thank you Kevlar for the link. Great video! I was completely behind Kucinch until he dropped out; now I am behind Ron Paul!

    Kevin7197, are you saying you find learning and investigating information about our candidates who will soon be RUNNING OUR COUNTRY, affecting us ALL including the world, boring to you?? Interesting.

  • kevin7197kevin7197 Raw Newbie

    Hardly. I’m expressing my boredom with the sudden political rants on this site lately. I suspect most of us have made our decision about the candidates by now and I would certainly hope we’re looking at a bigger picture than just one issue. Last time I checked, this is Goneraw.com, not Gonepolitical.com, lol

  • RawKidChefRawKidChef Raw Newbie

    lol kevin your having me laughing the daylights out of me. Gonepolitical.com, yes yes yes how funny! But your right, this isn’t a political website. :)

  • Paxton SquiggledyPaxton Squiggledy Raw Newbie

    I supported Ron Paul in the GOP primary. But since it looks like Obama and McCain, we’ll be voting McCain. Clinton would have been fine by me, but no Obama.

    Politicians can all go jump in the lake. Ron Paul was the last honest one I saw. I will continue to forage wild greens, grow my own, and plant my own plum and almond trees.

    Peace.

  • alpdesignsalpdesigns Raw Newbie

    Dr.Paul wasn’t nominated as the Rep. candidate, but he IS still running for president. You can still vote for him Paxton. I’m going to write his name on the ballot if we don’t have to vote with the Diebold or AccuVote systems.

    Kevin, politics and what is happening to our food supply affect us all. Why shouldn’t it be discussed here?

  • kevin7197kevin7197 Raw Newbie

    I’m not suggesting that it shouldn’t be discussed. Nor did I suggest that what is happening to our food supply as unimportant. If you wish to discuss politics, knock yourself out, lol. It’s just not what I come here for.

  • Paxton SquiggledyPaxton Squiggledy Raw Newbie

    Hi 123.

    I normally vote Libertarian, but I’ll be voting R down the ticket this time. I just think that it’s more important to keep a certain individual out of the Whitehouse this time, than to vote for the candidate I truly want. And race has absolutely nothing to do with it. In fact, I really wish Rice would have run this year.

    I do find it humorous that McCain bears a stronger resemblance to a Democrat than Obama does.

    I’ll stop now, lest a moderator scold me or delete my post. (The mods here may be cool, I don’t know. But some mods at some sites are really touchy.)

    Namaste.

  • I think most raw foodist value their food source and its purity. With the election coming, it should be important to know what the candidates support.

    We all have friends and family who are not raw. It makes me ill to watch the FDA approve meat and milk from most cloned animals. It makes me ill to watch them poison us with GMOs like yeast in wine, soybeans, rice, corn, cotton, etc… Then to hear they are sneaking it into countries who have repetitively refused GMO food. Don’t forget about Morgellon’s Disease. That is a completely real and terrifying subject linked and possibly caused by GMOs. (And don’t even get me started on bio-fuel and our economy.)

    So, it is extremely important in my opinion, to be informed and choose a candidate who will stand up for our rights to free will.

    As a raw foodist, I strongly believe a part of that free will includes my right to grow and have organic produce. Our free will, includes our right to have organic food, without the worry of GMO/Monsanto chemically treated seeds or foods threatening that choice.

    Until there is sufficient and credible information in regards to the risk of feeding a “poison” that could have long term effects, I find these threads are very relevant to keeping each other aware. Is it the only thing to look at when considering a Presidential candidate? Heck, No! But is it one of the biggies? I think so.

    Aware of Our Food Source.

  • alpdesignsalpdesigns Raw Newbie

    In that case Paxton, you can still vote for Ron Paul who is a Libertarian running as a Republican! I think we need a new party, the Revolutionary party!

    Simplyraw, you would like the book that I just read by Howard Lyman, “Mad Cowboy” Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat. He really tells the secrets of the trade. Cows are high up on the food chain when you consider what they’re being fed.

  • 123 -

    Thanks for the suggestion. My husband and I both found the book to be quite intriguing. We are interested in reading both of his books. I already have quite a pile of books I am trying to get through now. I am going to add Howard Lyman’s books to the list. I noticed he mentions eating vegan in both of his books. Out of curiousity, does he mention anything about raw food? Or has he not taking that path yet? If not, maybe his next book could be “Blinding Americans with GMOs”.

  • Kevin (and Raw Kid Chef) – I am very happy some people here care enough to help point out issues that concern us in our daily lives – like our food and our rights surrounding it. The title on this thread was very obvious. If you have no desire to read of political threads, why would you click on it and THEN post, too? There is a simple way to refrain from reading about political topics here- do not click on them.

    Some of us like to remain open-minded about our candidates and and stay aware of what things come up before we vote, no matter the time. If a canidiate were to be found supporting illegal drug trafficing in America for personal gains; if a candidate were to be found lying to the public about his or her involvement in illegal stock trading for persoanl gain; if a candidate were to be found guilty of taking bribes: would you not think it wise to stay abreast and change one’s stance then? Not everyone may have their mind made up yet, first of all. Furthermore, your reasoning that most of us should already have our minds made up – therefore implying we should not be open to possibly changing them even – does not make sense in my book. lol ;)

  • teadeteade Raw Newbie

    I agree with aspire. I am for learning and this is stuff I had not heard before. Please everyone, keep up the information because I do enjoy being further educated and less blind to the world around me.

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