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The Center for Food Safety’s “True Food Shoppers Guide”

15 Aug

Ever wonder if your grocery store shopping list contains genetically modified foods? The Center for Food Safety has just made your next trip down the supermarket isles a little easier with today’s launch of a new mobile phone application that helps identify “GMO” foods on the go!

“The Center for Food Safety’s True Food Shoppers Guide” is freely available for download on iPhone and Android devices, with forthcoming releases for consumers using other platforms as well. The application features the following advantages:

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In the News! Netflix Stock: Overall Steady Decline

15 Jul

Since announcing an upcoming price increase of subscription fees, Netflix shares officially rose by 0.31 points, or 0.11 percent, after closing at $286.93, on the NASDAQ Stock Market Friday, July 15th, 2011. Netflix shares managed to stay out of the negative after experiencing an all day decrease in value.

An overall stock decline following the shocking announcement on July 12th, 2011 brings Netflix shares down a total of -3.81 points and -1.31% in just four days. TradersHuddle.com reports of investors cashing in profits as the future of investing in Netflix’s stock may be uncertain. Continue reading

In the News! Netflix Further Snubs Their Customers!

13 Jul

 

Today on July 13th, 2011, Netflix’s Vice President of Corporate Communications Steve Swasey, issued a formal statement to MSNBC following a monumental social media outrage with the company. After yesterday’s announcement of subscription price increases, and over hundreds of thousands unhappy customers all voicing their displeasure via social networks and customer service lines, many reporters were unable to reach Netflix for comment. MSNBC’s Technolog acquired an exclusive statement on behalf of Netflix which addresses and minimizes customer concerns:

He said the timing of the price change was “appropriate” and that “$6 more is a remarkable value, a latte or two every month. For most folks it’s absorbable,” adding Netflix was “sympathetic to those in terrible financial straits.” But, he said, the reaction was “expected.” “We anticipated some folks were not going be happy with the change. It didn’t surprise us.” Continue reading

In the News! Netflix to Increase Subscription Fees

12 Jul

A longtime leading giant of movie rentals and streaming, Netflix, has announced a second increase in subscription prices for the year 2011. Vice President of Marketing Jessie Becker made the official announcement on the Netflix.com blog, citing “lowest prices ever” and at the same time slapping his longtime, dedicated customers in their faces. Earlier this year, price increases imposed on all Netflix subscriptions promised the expansion of streaming movie content. The first increase was justified by outrageous demands of movie studio and production company license costs. Customers did not seem very put off by the initial price hikes as long as their services continued to improve.

Five months later, an official blog post revealed removal of member review features, de-personalized the user experience, and introduced the launch of a new website interface. The updated website changes caused an uproar of Netflix blog comments, reaching capacity of over 5,000 dissatisfied customer complaints pleading for the website to be reverted back as the changes were not very user friendly. Despite thousands of objections regarding the new website interface, Netflix ignored their entire customer base, and made no apologies or announcements regarding user concerns. Adding insult to injury, on June 17th Pauline Fischer, VP of Content Acquisition, announced a temporary removal of Sony Movies from streaming service as a result of a “temporary contract issue between Sony and Starz,” and in the following weeks, certain customer favorite shows and movies were slowly removed from instant streaming play right from under user’s noses. Continue reading

Got Milk?

27 Jun

By now, you have probably heard that the majority of the milk supply in the United States contains traces of a genetically modified bovine hormone called recombinant bovine growth hormone, or “rBGH,” which is injected into lactating cows in order to increase their milk production. In the late 1980’s Monsanto Corporation took a naturally produced animal hormone “Somatotropin” and genetically replicated it using recombinant DNA biotechnology, marketing it as “POSILAC,” a breakthrough technology proven to boost young cattle growth and milk production by 10-15%. What Monsanto did not advertise was their lack of long term research associated with the consumption of rBGH in humans, as well as the effects on injected cattle. Monsanto’s privately financed studies revealed deformities in calf offspring, as well as severe bacterial infections and swelling of the udders which caused blood and pus to be secreted directly into the milk. In order to combat the infections cattle is treated with antibiotics, however because of increased resistance by the bacteria the antibiotics given become limited and obsolete. Although no profound testing was completed, POSILAC was approved in 1994 by the FDA as safe for human consumption and without adverse side effects in treated cows. In 1989, confidential documents of Monsanto were leaked and revealed frightening facts regarding rBGH: Continue reading

Why America is Fat, Broke, and Sick

24 Jun

According to a 2008 report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average American male over the age of 20 weighs approximately 195lbs standing at 5 feet 8 inches tall. The average American woman over 20 years old weighs 165lbs and stands around 5 feet 3 inches in height. This data was collected by National Center for Health Statistics over the course of three years, from 2003-2006, but the numbers are getting larger if comparing trends from previous years.

In 2005, a similar survey was published by Health and Consumer Protection Directorate General for the “Special Eurobarometer” of the European Commission, consisting of data collected from 25 European Union Member States. The survey revealed some interesting statistics regarding the citizens of Europe; men and women ages 15 to 55+ answered questions regarding their health. The results show that the average male weighs approximately 173lbs and stands 5 feet 8 inches in height. The women of the European Union on average weigh 145lbs and are roughly 5 feet 4 inches tall.

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