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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 7:53 pm    Post subject: GMO IMPOSSIBLE BURGER TESTS POSITIVE FOR GLYSPHOSATE Reply with quote

GMO Impossible Burger Positive For Carcinogenic Glyphosate

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Originally published by Moms Across America by Zen Honeycutt

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GMO Impossible Burger tests 11x higher for Glyphosate weed killer residue than Beyond Meat burger.

Two days ago a Monsanto trial jury awarded the plaintiffs over $2 billion dollars, for the connection between the glyphosate-based herbicide, Roundup, and their cancer. Today, Moms Across America announces that the Impossible Burger* tested positive for glyphosate. The levels of glyphosate detected in the Impossible burger by Health Research Institute Laboratories were 11 X higher than the Beyond Meat Burger. The total result (glyphosate and it’s break down AMPA) was 11.3 ppb. Moms Across America also tested the Beyond Meat Burger and the results were 1 ppb.

“We are shocked to find that the Impossible Burger can have up to 11X higher levels of glyphosate residues than the Beyond Meat Burger according to these samples tested. This new product is being marketed as a solution for “healthy” eating, when in fact 11 ppb of glyphosate herbicide consumption can be highly dangerous. Only 0.1 ppb of glyphosate has been shown to destroy gut bacteria, which is where the stronghold of the immune system lies. I am gravely concerned that consumers are being misled to believe the Impossible Burger is healthy.” stated Zen Honeycutt, Executive Director of Moms Across America.

The Impossible Burger is a new genetically modified (GM) plant-based product that was prominently featured at the Natural Products Expo West. Burger King, White Castle, Hard Rock Cafe, Red Robin, Cheesecake Factory** and hundreds of other restaurants now carry the product where it does not have to be labeled or described as GM on the menu. The Impossible Burger is made of GMO soy, which has been shown to cause organ damage in animal studies and has been shown to be significantly different from non GMO soy. The GM ingredients of the Impossible Burger, which includes a genetically modified yeast and GM soy leghemoglobin proteins, 46 of which are undisclosed and untested, are even more concerning to many consumers than the long-term health effects from glyphosate because of the reported immediate allergic reaction potential, which is acknowledged by the manufacturer. The part of the genetically modified soy used in the Impossible Burger has never before been allowed in the human food supply and has not been properly safety tested.

Although the leghemoglobin soy is claimed to be “identical to soy heme which has been consumed for thousands of years”, the following question posed by Consumers Report’s Michael Hansen has never been answered: “How could the heme in the Impossible Burger be 'identical' to the heme humans have been consuming for hundreds of thousands of years in meat and other foods if you genetically engineer it?”The Impossible Burger also contains conventional wheat which, along with soy, is commonly sprayed with glyphosate herbicides as a drying agent before harvesting. The “natural” product also contains potatoes, which may be genetically modified, and could also absorb the chemical through the soil after pre-planting herbicide applications. Glyphosate does not wash, dry, or cook off and was listed on the Prop 65 California EPA list of carcinogens in 2017.

Glyphosate herbicides have not only been proven to be carcinogenic,but they are also neurotoxic, endocrine disrupting, cause DNA damageand liver disease at ultra low levels, lower than what was found in the Impossible Burger.

According to the American Liver Foundation over 100 million people in America, (that’s about 1/3 of Americans) are estimated to have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Glyphosate herbicide is also widely sprayed on animal feed, which harms the health of animals, so supporting the use of this herbicide by consuming the Impossible Burger and other non-organic products is an animal welfare issue as well.

The impact glyphosate and GMO products can no longer be ignored. Honeycutt considers, “If Bayer goes bankrupt due to the outcome of about 14,000 lawsuits filed against them for the carcinogenic effects of glyphosate herbicides, who will become liable for harm to the public? I wonder if it will be retailers and food brands who continue to expose the public to toxic glyphosate herbicides.”

Moms Across America calls upon consumers to ask their restaurant and grocery stores not to sell this product and to sell/buy/eat whole, organic, plant based, real food instead. They also request public comments be made to the EPA to cancel the license for glyphosate.Glyphosate herbicides have been severely restricted or banned in 34 countries.

Moms Across America hopes that companies like Impossible Foods are not only honest about their ingredients, and make safe food- but that they work with other food manufacturers and farmers to pressure the EPA to stop allowing toxic chemicals like glyphosate to poison the food supply.

Will Impossible Foods ask the EPA to ban glyphosate and prevent the contamination of their product?

Moms Across America is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is educate mother and others to transform the food industry and environment, creating healthy communities together. Their motto is Empowered Moms, Healthy Kids.

*Impossible Burger is manufactured by Impossible Foods.

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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vegan GMO Burger That “Bleeds” Hits Hundreds of Fast Food Locations Including 'Organic' Ones
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From White Castle to 'Organic' Burger Joints like Bareburger, a bloody GMO burger is quickly gaining mass adoption. But is it as safe, healthy, and good for the planet as they claim?

It’s no surprise that after $400 million dollars of funding, including contributions by notoriously pro-GMO power brokers like Bill Gates,1 that Silicon valley startup Impossible Foods genetically modified ‘ground beef analogue product’ has gained mainstream market penetrance in over 400 White Castle burger joints throughout the U.S this month.2 This is in addition to its already successful placement in Applebee’s, Bareburger, and Whalburgers, and other independent restaurants throughout the country.

We think Impossible Burger is aptly named, owing to the fact that it is impossible to prove a genetically modified product’s safety to humans without human studies. Yet, in July 2018, the FDA granted the company's product a GRAS status (Generally Accepted As Safe), effectively exempting it from human safety studies.

The Impossible Burger’s claim to fame as a meat substitute is the use of a genetically modified soy-derived form of a protein called heme that gives meat its distinctive blood-like color and taste. Known as legume hemoglobin or leghemoglobin, this plant form of heme is found naturally in the root system of soy plants in exceedingly small quantities. It has been estimated that it would take one acre of soybeans to yield just a kilogram (2.2 lbs) of soy leghemoglobin.3

Considering there is no precedent for exposure in the human diet for such massive amounts of this protein -- and certainly not from a lab-grown GMO -- it’s approval as a GRAS substance is highly concerning. Indeed, back in 2015, the FDA pushed back at the suggestion that it was a safe protein already found in traditional diets, a FOIA request revealed. That FOIA request also documented the FDA’s concern over Impossible Foods admitting that up to a quarter of it’s “heme” ingredient was composed of 46 “unexpected” additional proteins (none of which were assessed for safety), as revealed by an ETC article titled, “Bleeding” veggie burger has “no basis in safety,” according to the FDA.” These proteins represent possible novel new antigens and could cause significant immjune reactions. For instance, one man posted to twitter that he experienced an anaphylactic reaction 20 minutes after eating an Impossible Burger at a Bareburger, as reported on

As is the case with so many other genetically modified foods that have not been studied for safety in humans, the FDA rubber stamps these product anyway. Take a look at the recently approved RNA interference corn the EPA quietly rubber stamped earlier this year. Truth be told, millions of hapless consumers will participate in the first clinical safety trial, and like so many irresponsibly marketed products and drugs, post-marketing surveillance of adverse effects will be the only safeguard to protect consumers and often long after the damage has been done. The problem with GMO engineering of food is not simply the presence or absence of allergenic proteins, nor agrochemicals, as many on both sides of the debate argue; rather, since food is a kind of gene-regulatory information, it can have far greater affect on our health and disease risk than could ever be expected when we focus on it simply as a source of calories and biological building blocks. [Learn more: The Dark and Light Side of Food As Information (Dietary RNAs Directly Impact Gene Expression]

So what’s in an Impossible Burger?

Here’s the ingredient list:

Water, Textured Wheat Protein, Coconut Oil, Potato Protein, Natural Flavors, 2% or less of: Leghemoglobin (soy), Yeast Extract, Salt, Soy Protein Isolate [GMO soy introduced in May, 2019], Konjac Gum, Xanthan Gum, Thiamin(Vitamin B1), Zinc, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12.

Consider that wheat protein is one of the most well-established allergens that exist in the Western diet today, containing not one, but over 23,000 different potentially problematic proteins. We’ve collected a vast array of data on the adverse effects associated with its consumption, and have written extensively about how this food has a dark side that has a deep history stretching all the way back to Roman times when it was a critical tool in cultural/biological imperialism. There is also growing awareness that Roundup herbicide, which is often used in wheat production as a pre-harvest desiccant, contaminates thousands of consumer products, amplifying its allergenicity and toxicity. Potato is also EPA-approved for Roundup herbicide dessicant treatment. The soy protein isolate in this formula is also genetically modified, making this one of the least natural and least healthy products on the market today.

The Impossible Burger is a great example of how the pro-GMO agenda has shifted it’s marketing message from “saving the world from hunger” to a “save the planet through sustainability.”

Image above from the Impossible Burger website.

Veganism and so-called plant-based diets have become increasingly trendy expressions of an over-simplification of complex environmental and ethical issues that face humankind today. By proclaiming wheat, soy, and lab-grown GM fungal proteins, as “sustainable” and “planet saving,” while ignoring the obvious devastation that modern monoculturing and GM farming methods have exacted upon the arable surface of the planet (which incidentally displaces and kills billions of animals each year), Bill Gates-backed Impossible Foods and it’s Impossible Burger are just another example of an intrinsically unhealthy food being marketed as healthy and sustainable to the masses without any of the safety precautions necessary to represent the interests of the consumer

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