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Should you like to call or contact Kraft Foods via the internet and inquire about this, then listed in the picture above is the UPC code on the box of Kraft Mac & Cheese sent with the warning label along with their phone number and web link!
See video here: http://youtu.be/4igqCeXcyFw
5/31/2013 Update: In the video above filmed on 5/31/2013, Flo, who is a Food Babe reader, visited Tesco Extra in Ponders End, Enfield, North London to demonstrate there are boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese that are imported into the United Kingdom from the United States that require these special warning labels to alert consumers of potentially harmful ingredients that Kraft is using in their products. This video further verifies that Kraft’s flagship product “Macaroni & Cheese” sold in the UK requires a warning label stating the product may cause an adverse effect in activity and attention in children and is made with GMO wheat. (Note: GMO wheat is illegal in the US.)
It was just announced that Kraft’s CEO Tony Vernon made 49% more this year than he did last year. This fact kicked me right in the face. These are millions of dollars that could be used to stop the production of artificial food dyes. These are millions of dollars that could be used to improve Kraft’s product line for the safety of Americans. These are millions of dollars that could send a statement to us that Kraft really does care about the safety of their consumers (like they’ve said in their canned written statement already).
While Kraft has reformulated their Mac & Cheese for other countries using safer ingredients and natural dyes – they continue to exploit and feed Americans dyes made with petroleum linked to a myriad of diseases and GMOs.
But wait – you must be thinking – what?! There are GMOs in Mac & Cheese? And it’s not just any old GMO.
Kraft Mac & Cheese is made with Genetically Modified Wheat.
Below is a picture of the warning label that is placed on a box of Macaroni and Cheese (the same one we buy here) imported into the UK from the United States. The UK and other European countries require a warning label if a product contains artificial food dyes and/or GMOs. This label has a warning for both! Someone sent this in after a picture of it was posted on Kraft’s facebook page (Thank you Flo!!!). This box of Mac & Cheese is available and sold in a special imported “international food” section in a grocery store called Tesco. The box clearly states that it is from the US – specifically “Northfield, Illinois.”
On the label of Kraft Mac & Cheese there are 2 different warnings:
Warning #1: This Product May Cause Adverse Effects On Activity And Attention In Children (This warning label is required because The US version of Kraft Mac & Cheese has artificial food dyes yellow #5 and yellow #6 which are proven to be linked to hyperactivity in children.)
Warning #2: GMO Declaration: Made from genetically modified wheat. (May contain GMO) (This warning label is required because the US version of Kraft Mac & Cheese contains GMOs.)
Please note: It is uncertain at this time who places these warning labels on products once they are imported into the UK and this is something that is still being investigated. I know it is not the grocery store themselves and not Kraft, but likely the importer/distribution company.
2 New Pictures Above added on May 31, 2013
If Kraft is using genetically modified (GMO) wheat in their Mac & Cheese, it is SERIOUSLY ALARMING for a number of reasons:
If Kraft is using illegal GMO wheat in Mac & Cheese – are they using it in the rest of their products too? This alone is reason enough to BOYCOTT this company – As if we didn’t have enough reasons before!
How To Vote With Your Dollars And Hit Kraft’s Bottom Line:
Kraft is a food giant which used to be even larger before they split with Mondelez late last fall. Here is a list of major brands that Kraft produces now that you need to know to avoid. I’ve included some alternatives to check out instead…
|Kraft Brands To Avoid||Brands to Choose Instead|
|A1||Annies BBQ Sauce or make your own|
|Back To Nature||Annie’s Branded Snacks and Mac & Cheese|
|Bakers||Organic Baking Chocolate by Sunspire|
|Boca||Sunshine Burgers or make your own|
|Bulls Eye||Annies BBQ Sauce or make your own|
|Café Collection (Coffee Mate)||Use real organic milk or almond milk, dried non fat organic milk powder works too|
|Capri Sun||Squeeze Your Own Fresh Juice or Choose Whole Food’s or Trader Joe’s (FYI – they recently found mold growing in Capri Sun packages)|
|Cheez Whiz||Just eat real cheese|
|Corn Nuts||Stick to real nuts|
|Country Time||Make homemade lemonade or choose Lakewood Juice|
|Crystal Light||Ban this altogether – this stuff is not good for your health, try infusing water with fruits instead|
|Dream Whip||Make real whip cream instead or go with Tru whip|
|General Food International||Recipe for homemade creamer from Deliciously Organic|
|Gevalia||Larry’s Beans or another organic coffee brand you like|
|Good Seasons||Simply Organic has dressing mixes that don’t have harmful ingredients|
|Gravy Master||Here is a recipe for homemade gravy|
|Grey Poupon||Annie’s Mustard|
|Handi Snacks||Mary’s Gone Crackers and Cheese|
|Jell-O||Mama Natural shows you how to make healthy jello|
|Jet Puffed Marshmallows||Vegan Marshmallows without artificial food dyes and corn syrup are available at Natural Food Stores|
|Kraft Macaroni & Cheese||Make your own or choose Annie’s Mac & Cheese|
|Kraft Cheese||Organic Valley or local|
|Kool-Aid||Just don’t do it.|
|Lunchables||Make your own! Check 100 Days of Real Food for Lunch Ideas|
|Maxwell House||Larry’s Beans or another organic coffee brand you like|
|Miracle Whip||Spectrum or Veganaise|
|Open Pit||Annies BBQ Sauce or make your own|
|Oscar Mayer||Applegate Farms|
|Philadelphia||Organic Valley, Trader Joes has organic cream cheese|
|Sanka||Choose organic coffee always|
|Tang||Don’t do it! Consider adding some fresh OJ to your water instead|
|Tapatio||Choose an organic hot sauce|
|Tassimo Professional||Do not buy this coffee machine – choose breville or cusinart instead|
|Velveeta||This stuff is gross, just don’t do it. Stick to real cheese – try Organic Valley|
|Yuban||Larry’s Beans or another organic coffee brand you like|
Please take the time to share this crucial information with your family and friends. We must keep the social media pressure on Kraft – they need to know that we are not going away or letting them off the hook for this madness!
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The next wave of farmer backlash against Monsanto has just been unleashed by Ernest Barnes, a wheat farmer in Morton County, Kansas. He filed suit this week in the U.S. District Court in Wichita, Kansas, alleging that Monsanto’s genetic pollution has financially damaged himself and other farmers.
Barnes’ case appears to be well supported by the facts: Last week the USDA announced the shock discovery that genetically engineered wheat strains from Monsanto’s open-field experiments had escaped and spread into commercial wheat farms. Almost immediately, Japan and South Korea cancelled wheat purchase contracts from the United States, and more cancellations are expected to follow. The more countries reject U.S. wheat due to GMO contamination (genetic pollution), the lower wheat prices will plunge and the more economic damage will be felt by U.S. farmers.
GMO wheat (i.e. “GE wheat”) has never been commercially grown in the United States… at least not on purpose. Experimental fields were approved by the USDA and planted across 16 U.S. states. Until now, it was not known that these GE wheat experiments escaped their designated field plots and began to spread as a form of self-replicating genetic pollution.
Read more important information here: http://www.naturalnews.com/040625_lawsuit_Monsanto_genetic_pollution.html
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As President Obama weighs whether to give the Keystone XL pipeline his approval, climate scientists have warned that the volume of greenhouse gases released by the pipeline could push the planet over a climate tipping point. Proponents of the pipeline — which would pump 900,0000 barrels a day of bitumen crude from Alberta’s boreal forests to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico — promise that the economic benefits far out weigh whatever environmental damage ensues. Touting jobs numbers that have long been debunked, a large portion of American labor leadership is still providing working-class cover for the project’s corporate backers.
Amidst the ongoing jobs-vs-environment debate, however, one voice is noticeably absent: the bitumen workers in Canada who are largely against long-term tar sands extraction and the building of the pipeline.
“We’re diametrically opposed to the construction of it,” said David Coles, president of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP), which represents 35,000 Canadian oil and gas workers, including thousands laboring in the country’s tar sands. “The Keystone XL is not good for the economy, it’s not good for the environment, it violates all kinds of First Nations rights.”
Growers have long resisted GMOs for the staple crop. (Photo: Alan Becker/Getty Images)
More than a decade after the last field trial of GMO wheat in Oregon, Roundup-resistant plants are found on one farm.
When an Oregon farmer recently found wheat growing in a fallow field, he did what most farmers do with unwelcome plants: blasted them with the weed-killer Roundup. And that should have been the end of the story.
Except the plants didn’t die.
That they survived weed killer was by design, in one sense: Monsanto spent years developing and testing Roundup-resistant wheat, a similar product to its dominant weed-killer-resistant corn and soybean hybrids. The problem is, the wheat was never put into commercial production, since the project was shelved back in 2004—but not before the FDA approved it for human consumption. The last Oregon field trail was in 2001.
Scientists at Oregon State University and the USDA have confirmed that the wheat was genetically engineered, but no one can account for where the seeds came from. Monsanto, for it’s part, issued a “we’re here to help!” press release that, following a few cooperative-sounding paragraphs, gets around to a classic non-denial denial:
The necessary testing requires sophisticated methods, considerable expertise and meticulous laboratory techniques to generate reliable results. Commercial test strips, which are used to detect the presence of glyphosate tolerance in soybeans, canola, cotton and sugar beets, generate a very high incidence of false positive detections (greater than 90 percent) and are not reliable for wheat.
The company says it has “not received details about the testing USDA has performed, nor has UDSA provided us with samples necessary to verify their findings.”
But Robert Zemetra, the wheat breeder at OSU, strongly disagrees with the suggestion that test strips nearly always deliver false positives. “We’ve found them to be highly accurate—as dependable or more dependable than gene tests.”
And since the presence of Roundup-resistant wheat in an Oregon field was “highly unexpected,” Zemetra and his colleagues checked and rechecked and counter-checked their results, doing two trait-checks with test strips and testing the DNA twice as well. “Once we had positive results that we were confident on, that’s when APHIS [Animal Plant Health Inspection Service] was notified.”
Despite Monsanto’s skepticism, most everyone else is buying that this is indeed transgene wheat—and it’s unexplained presence on one farm could have a big impact on the wheat export market.
According to The New York Times,
The mere presence of the genetically modified plant could cause some countries to turn away exports of American wheat, especially if any traces of the unapproved grain were found in shipments. About $8.1 billion in American wheat was exported in 2012, representing nearly half the total $17.9 billion crop, according to U.S. Wheat Associates, which promotes American wheat abroad.
The Times story, along with most other reporting on the mystery wheat, makes much of the fact that growers were initially resistant to genetically altered wheat because so much of their crop is grown for export; nearly the entire Oregon harvest ends up being shipped overseas; transgene wheat has yet to be approved in any country.
Indeed, Japan has already imposed an import restriction on American soft white wheat, according to the National Association of Wheat Growers.
So where did the wheat come from? And is there more of it out there? Andre Bell, a spokesperson with the USDA, says that there’s no information ready to be released at this time. “The only thing I can provide right now is that this whole situation is under investigation.”
“That’s the big mystery from a scientific standpoint,” says Zemetra, who has been running through possible ways the GMO wheat found its way into the fallow field. “I keep having trouble trying to find out a plausible scenario.”
While the USDA wouldn’t disclose any information about APHIS’s approach to investigating where the seeds for the plants came from or if there’s further contamination on other farms, Zemetra was willing to offer a bit of informed speculation, “I would find out what the farmer grew, I would find out where he got the seed, then you go to the seed dealer and do two things: find out who else he sold to, find out where he got the seed.”
If APHIS can determine which growers ended up with GE seed, that will go a long way toward solving the case, because in terms of genetic drift, there’s little concern here. Unlike corn, wheat doesn’t cross freely, so “there’s a very low chance” of the GE trait spreading into other fields, according to Zemetra. A study he was a part of determined that there was less than a one percent occurrence of wheat crossing with plants within 150 feet. The wheat found on the Oregon farm was a winter variety, so it wouldn’t flower at the same time as the spring wheat growing in nearby fields.
In the long run, the zombie wheat may actually help reinforce the GMO-free status of American wheat. “It’s going to probably make the wheat industry have more testing, to ensure our customers that the product they have is GMO free,” Zemetra said, which is a far more optimistic conclusion than some of the transgene wheat fear-mongering the news has sparked.
“I believe we can determine how extensive it is, I believe we can get it out of the market,” he said, “But I’m not sure that we can find out how it occurred.”
I can tell you how it happened. Monsanto deliberately planted the wheat in a desperate attempt to take over the wheat market and hoping that it would go undetected! – John Loeffler, Fountain City, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
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The Canadian tar sands have been called the “most environmentally destructive project on earth”, with good reason. Extracting tar sands bitumen from under the boreal forests of Alberta, Canada requires huge amounts of energy and water. It has cleared vast tracts of forest, left scars on the land that are visible from space and threatened the health and livelihoods of indigenous First Nations communities across the region.
It is a well established fact that full exploitation of the tar sands is a grave threat to the climate. Emissions from tar sands extraction and upgrading are between 3.2 and 4.5 times higher than the equivalent emissions from conventional oil produced in North America.On a lifecycle basis, the average gallon of tar sands bitumen derived fuel has between 14 and 37 percent more greenhouse gas emissions than the average gallon of fuel from conventional oil.
But as bad as these impacts already are, existing analyses of the impacts of tar sands fail to account for a byproduct of the process that is a major source of climate change causing carbon emissions: petroleum coke – known as petcoke. Petcoke is the coal hiding in North America’s tar sands oil boom.
Petcoke is like coal, but dirtier. Petcoke looks and acts like coal, but it has even higher carbon emissions than already carbon-intensive coal.
Petcoke in the tar sands is turning American refineries into coal factories.
Keystone XL will fuel five coal plants and thus emit 13% more CO2 than the U.S. State Department has previously considered.
Cheap petcoke helps the coal industry.
“PetKoch”: The largest global petcoke trader in the world is Florida based Oxbow Corporation, owned by William Koch – the brother of Charles and David Koch.
To date, the impacts of petcoke on the local and global environment have not been considered by regulatory bodies in assessing the impacts of the tar sands. Petcoke’s full impacts must be considered by the European Union in its debate on the Fuel Quality Directive, by the U.S. State Department in its consideration of the climate impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline, and by Canadian, American, and European governments in tar sands policies across the board.
Increasing petcoke use is a clear result of the increasing production of tar sands bitumen. Petcoke is a seldom discussed yet highly important aspect of the full impacts of tar sands production. Factored into the equation, petcoke puts another strong nail in the coffin of any rational argument for the further exploitation of the tar sands.