Food


Ractopamine

The FDA ruled that ractopamine was safe and approved it for pigs in 1999, for cattle in 2003 and turkeys in 2008. As with many drugs, the approval process relied on safety studies conducted by the drug-maker — studies that lie at the heart of the current trade dispute. The drug, ractopamine hydrochloride, is fed to pigs and other animals right up until slaughter and minute traces have been found in meat. ref Pharmacologically, it is a beta-adrenergic agonist. It is the active ingredient in products known as Paylean for swine and Optaflexx for cattle, developed by Elanco Animal Health, […]


7 Foods To Stop Consuming Today 1

If just one quarter of developed nations would stop consuming the following seven foods, the incidence of obesity and preventable disease would drop more than 50 percent. 1. Wheat There are many health risks associated with the consumption of wheat. Mainstream nutrition rarely focuses on all the crippling effects of wheat such as neurological impairment, dementia, heart disease, cataracts, diabetes, arthritis and visceral fat accumulation, not to mention the full range of intolerances and bloating now experienced by millions of people. 2. Soy If you stop 10 strangers on the street and ask them if soy is health food, most […]


10 Ways to Start Eating Local Foods

By Molly Watson, About.com Guide Eating locally has many benefits. But how can you get started? Here are 10 ways to get started buying and eating locally. 1. Learn What’s In Season Knowing what’s in season in your region will help you know what to expect at farmers markets and help you know which items at other markets and stores might be from local or regional sources (and which ones most definitely are not!). Regional Seasonality Guides Produce Seasons 2. Shop at Farmers Markets Shopping at farmers markets that feature locally grown products is a fun, easy way to increase […]


Ducks Cruelly Caged for Foie Gras

EXPOSED: Horrific cruelty at Palmex, Inc., a foie gras factory farm outside Montréal, where ducks are crammed in metal cages, virtually unable to move, & have pipes shoved down their throats twice a day to pump grain into their stomachs. Pipes are shoved down the birds’ throats, and up to 4 pounds of grain and fat are pumped into their stomachs two or three times a day. The birds’ livers become diseased and swell to up to 10 times their normal size. Some ducks’ organs burst. Ducks can choke to death after workers ram the metal tubes down their throats. […]


Nutricide – Criminalizing Natural Health, Vitamins, and Herbs 3

The Codex Alimentarius is a threat to the freedom of people to choose natural healing and alternative medicine and nutrition. Ratified by the World Health Organization, and going into Law in the United States in 2009, the threat to health freedom has never been greater. This is the first part of a series of talks by Dr. Rima Laibow MD, available on DVD from the Natural Solutions Foundation, ad non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about how to stop Codex Alimentarius from taking away our right to freely choose nutritional health. Codex Contact in Belize Mr. Jose E. Trejo Director […]


Poverty – The International Violation of Human Rights 4

These days there are much talks of rights violation from the criminal to LGBT, however there is one issue that is not seeing as much motion or effort for something that we consider the most basic of human rights violation; Poverty. Belizeans must not take freedom and human rights for granted. We need to focus on the poverty level and underdeveloped communities of Belize first then we can move onto other rights for what sense does it make if you can live safe in jail or have same sex marriages when you can’t afford to buy food for your child […]


How the Global Food Market Starves the Poor

How can 1 in 7 people be malnourished in the modern world? A beautifully illustrated video shows the causes. To understand the complexities of the international food market–and how traders in Chicago can cause Africans to starve–you could get a ph.D. in economics, or read a 400-page report from the World Bank. Or you watch this superb nine minute video, directed by Denis van Waerebeke. The video begins with a basic question: How is it that the first world has an oversupply of food, while 1 in 7 in the world go malnourished? Basically, farmers in developing countries have eschewed […]


The Ultimate BOB List (Bug Out Bag)

“Which is heavier a soldier’s pack or a slaves chains” – Napoleon Soon after you face the matter and necessity of survival planing and stockpiling, another question will occur to you: “What will I do if I lose all this stuff?” It’s a fundamental question, and it has a fundamental answer: You need a backup plan and a bug out bag. There are many things that can happen separating you from your main cache and retreat. Theft and fire are two that come to mind and the threat of organized gangs of raiders scouring the countryside looking for sources of […]


Sugar Shortage Explained

7 News Belize Last year Belize experienced an acute sugar shortage – very sad for a country that produces sugar in abundance. The subtext to the entire episode was the fact that sugar was being smuggled out of Belize to be sold at a premium in Guatemala and Mexico. It’s the kind of thing where everyone knew what was up but no one could say for sure how it was happening. But a bust of contraband sugar in Guatemala has blown the whole thing open. On Saturday, Guatemalan authorities seized a truck carrying 140 sacks of smuggled white sugar from […]


Some chicken may have small amount of arsenic but keep eating away

The Food and Drug Administration says some chicken meat may contain small amounts of arsenic, though the agency is stressing that the amount is too tiny to be dangerous to people who eat it. The FDA said Wednesday that a new study developed by the agency shows that an ingredient in chicken feed that contains arsenic, called Roxarsone, may make its way into parts of the bird that are eaten. Previous studies have indicated that the arsenic was eliminated with chicken waste. Pfizer Inc., which makes the feed ingredient, said Wednesday that it will pull it off the market in […]


Contact info for Ministry of Finance under the PM

The Hon. Dean O. Barrow Tel: 501 – 822 2345 Minister of Finance and National Development info@mof.gov.bz Ministry of Finance Joseph Waight Tel: 501- 822 3866 Financial Secretary josephwaight@yahoo.com Ministry of Finance Betty-Ann Jones Tel: 501- 822 2362 Deputy Financial Secretary betty-ann.jones@mof.gov.bz Ministry of Finance Gian Ghandi Tel: 501- 822 2344 Legal Counsel/Director legalconsl@btl.net Ministry of Finance Alma Gomez Tel: 501- 822 3808 Supervisor of Insurance agomez@mof.gov.bz Ministry of Finance David Garcia Tel: 501- 822 2406 Director of CITO david.garcia@cito.gov.bz Ministry of Finance Anita Eck Tel: 501- 223 3251 Accountant General AcctGeneral@trsury.gov.bz Treasury Department George Castro Tel: 501- 223 2819 […]


Michael DeShield's letter to the various Ministries and to the PM about GMO 1

This is Michael’s letter to the various Ministries and to the PM. It was submitted to Amandala Press and The Reporter for publishing. Dear All, The decision to import GM seeds into Belize is folly. At the very least, it’s extremely premature. The Belize Agricultural Health Authority does not have the resources, time, or capacity to do any meaningful monitoring of this environmental release. I find it incredulous that the product was brought in and no risk analysis was conducted. For goodness sake, BAHA does risk analysis for importation of milk powder into this country. It does point to the […]