Sep 26

Flashback: Organic Bees Surviving Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)


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- EPA knew pesticides were killing honeybees in the 1970s but punished those who spoke out (Natural News, Sep 25, 2014):

For decades, top officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (PEA) were aware that a compound approved for agricultural use in the United States was wiping out the honeybee population, but they chose to ignore the compound’s effects in deference to pressure from agri-giant corporations.

Worse, the agency reacted harshly to anyone within the EPA who attempted to bring the issue to light, including through firings, forced reassignments and other actions. Continue reading »

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Sep 26

Almonds

- World’s almond supply approaching collapse due to California drought (Natural News, Sep 25, 2014):

Almond farmers in California’s Central Valley, where about 80 percent of the world’s supply of almonds is grown, are desperate for water. As most of the state hobbles through one of its worst droughts in history, growers are reportedly siphoning off water wherever they can get it, robbing taxpayers and the general public of a shared and increasingly scarce resource that could take many years to replenish.

Though they are fairly drought-resistant, almonds are growing in popularity all over the world. They have exceeded peanuts here in the States as the consumer nut of choice, and developing nations like China are demanding them like never before. This has resulted in the conversion of more than one million acres of the Central Valley into almond orchards, more than twice the amount compared to 1996. Continue reading »

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Sep 26

- Food Safety Experts Slam USDA over 2,4-D GM Crops Approval (Sustainable Pulse, Sep 18 2014):

Center for Food Safety has condemned the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to fully deregulate Dow Chemical’s Enlist corn and soybeans, genetically engineered to withstand repeated spraying of the herbicide 2,4-D. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has yet to approve the accompanying herbicide, which is a blend of 2,4-D and glyphosate. Continue reading »

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Sep 23

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- The Decline & Fall Of Europe: French Farmers Set Tax Office On Fire (Zerohedge, Sep 23, 2014):

French vegetable farmer have set a tax office and a building on fire destroying the government facility which was the symbol of the increasing administrative burden and sanctions that is killing farming. Hundreds of tractors and trailers of the farmers converged on Friday evening before the building of the Agricultural Social Insurance (MSA) in the town of Morlaix (Brittany). There they dumped unsold potatoes and artichokes before the MSA-building and added pallets and tires setting the entire lot on fire. Thereafter, the farmers moved on to the tax office set that on fire as well. The protests also took place in numerous other places as well, however, only these two government buildings were totally destroyed.

The association of vegetable farmers had announced the protest action on Friday. The background is that for years the bureaucracy for farmers have magnified the economic decline and their plight with constant new regulation of everything. The economic situation of farming in Europe has been seriously pushed too far with the US sanctions against Russia. The agricultural crisis caused by Obama is increasingly deteriorating with far too many farmers throughout Europe losing everything. Continue reading »

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Sep 21

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- Kiss Your Grass-Fed Beef Goodbye! GMO Grass About to Be Approved (Natural Society, Sep 18, 2014):

RoundUp-Ready Kentucky Bluegrass begins field trials

While many of us rely on grass-fed beef as a source of healthful, properly raised meat, that option of healthy eating may just move down a peg. Why? Not because cattle may have to switch to GM grain, but rather because cattle may be forced to indulge in genetically modified grass.

The Scotts ‘Miracle-Gro’ Company which created genetically modified RoundUp-Ready Kentucky Bluegrass has announced that it will conduct field trials at the homes of Scotts’ employees. What’s more, they can do so without any government oversight because there are no laws that prohibit or limit the planting of GMO grass. Continue reading »

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Sep 17

- GM Lags Behind Conventional in Drought-Resistant Maize Breeding Efforts (Sustainable Pulse. Sep 17, 2014):

An important article has been published in Nature journal. “Cross-bred crops get fit faster”, by Natasha Gilbert, explains how genetic engineering lags behind conventional breeding in efforts to create drought-resistant maize for Africa.

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Source: Comment by Claire Robinson of GMWatch

Gilbert writes, “Old-fashioned breeding techniques seem to be leading genetic modification in a race to develop crops that can withstand drought and poor soils.” Continue reading »

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Sep 12

- Alberta snowstorm flattens crops just ahead of harvest (Ice Age Now, Sep 11, 2014):

The snowstorm that blanketed southern Alberta over the last days has flattened wheat and barley crops just as farmers were getting ready to harvest. Canola crops didn’t fare much better.

This will impact the quality of the harvest, because combines will have to go down almost into the dirt and practically dig the crop up. Continue reading »

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Sep 09

Farmers go hungry as Russian agricultural import ban begins to bite (euronews, Sep 5, 2014):

The tit-for-tat sanctions between Russia and the EU and US is beginning to hurt farmers and the fishing industry.

Russia’s ban on most agricultural imports is having knock on effects across Europe. Continue reading »

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Sep 07

- It’s like putting a plant in a freezer all night and trying to thaw it out the next day and see if it will keep growing (Ice Age Now, Sep 6, 2014):

Growers writing-off wheat and canola crops in New South Wales. 

Grain growers in the central and western plains of New South Wales are finding widespread damage to their wheat crops after a dozen severe winter frosts.

Some farmers say up to 80 per cent of their wheat crop could be a write-off. Continue reading »

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Sep 02

The moment the elitists will stop HAARPing California it will start to rain again.

From the article:

“Thousands of California farmers could lose their land if water runs out”

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Flashback:

- Henry Kissinger Quotes On Depopulation And …


- California water infrastructure on verge of historic collapse (Natural News, Sep 1, 2014):

Water is increasingly hard to come by in drought-stricken California, where many farmers are struggling to get enough water just to pay the bills. But the situation in the Golden State is far worse than many people realize, according to new reports, as underground aquifers that take decades to recharge are being sucked dry, and water infrastructure that has long sustained the agricultural growing regions of the state continue their collapse.

Writing for The Washington Post (WP), journalist Joby Warrick draws attention to what many scientists say is an unprecedented collapse of California’s vast water infrastructure, which is marked by an elaborate system of canals, reservoirs and wells that transfer water from the mountains and other areas to the Central Valley. Altogether, the state contains some 27 million acres of cropland. This system is now failing, say experts, and the consequences will more than likely be unparalleled in California’s history. Continue reading »

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Aug 28

H/t reader squodgy:

“Further to the “Who owns Whom” issue, it seems the UN is owned by Monsatan.”

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- GM Food, Ukraine and the Return of Hill + Knowlton … Monsanto and Ukraine (CounterPunch Aug 22-24, 2014):

Finally, a little-known aspect of the crisis in Ukraine is receiving some international attention.  On July 28, the California-based Oakland Institute released a report revealing that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), under terms of their $17 billion loan to Ukraine, would open that country to genetically-modified (GM) crops and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture.  The report is entitled “Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict.” [1]

In late 2013, the then president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, rejected a European Union association agreement tied to the $17 billion IMF loan, whose terms are only now being revealed.  Instead, Yanukovych chose a Russian aid package worth $15 billion plus a discount on Russian natural gas.  His decision was a major factor in the ensuing deadly protests that led to his ouster from office in February 2014 and the ongoing crisis. Continue reading »

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Aug 27

- Midwestern Wheat Left Rotting as Oil Trains Roll By (Common Dreams, Aug 26, 2014):

Oil boom in North Dakota is delaying massive grain shipments, farmers say

U.S. grain shipments are being held up as trains carrying huge quantities of Bakken oil chug through the region, the New York Times reported Tuesday, illustrating how the booming business of moving oil by rail has negative consequences beyond safety risks.

According to the Times: Continue reading »

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Aug 26

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Added: Aug 19, 2014

We’re back! It’s Truthstream News No. 2! First, we just want to say THANK YOU for the overwhelming support we received after we put up the first show. You guys are awesome.

In this second episode of Truthstream News, Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton expose the phony pretenses behind a massive corporate takeover in Africa and the rest of the world – as well as other examples of Trojan Horse philanthropic aid on the international scene.

We also finally finished Corntamination! (Long time fans: remember that from last summer?) Woooot!

In this episode:
– Aaron sells the world on international food aid at the hands of the planet’s foremost billionaires
– Melissa presents evidence to support her hypothesis that working for the highest echelon of the federal government turns people into bridge trolls
– The duo breakdown the recent U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and what’s really driving all this “foreign aid”
– John Kerry tells starving Africans not to build any new farms, just to plant some GMO, while Obama informs young African leaders that we can’t live in a world where everybody has a nice house and air conditioning because the planet will “boil over”
– Melissa discovers the benefits of water fluoridation
In a special investigative report, Truthstream follows the trail of biopharming, where science is using genetically engineered crops to growing pharmaceutical and vaccine components. Some of these medications are developed to be eaten directly as food. (Remember Prodigene and Epicyte?)
– and Janet Yellen receives a Letter to the NWO.

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Aug 25

- UK Farmers in debt and despair as dairy market collapses (New Zealand Herald, Aug 24, 2014):

British dairy farmers are threatening to take matters into their own hands as fears grow that volatile markets for their milk, butter and cheese products could jeopardise their livelihoods. Some larger dairy farmers are said to have incurred debts of more than £1m since milk prices first began to plummet in May.Caught between a UK supermarket price war and a ban by Russia on EU produce, including dairy, which many fear could lead to a glut in Europe, dairy farmers are being asked to take action to help save their industry. Continue reading »

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Aug 23

- Saskatchewan wheat production forecast to decline dramatically this year (Ice Age Now, Aug 21, 2014):

According to Statistics Canada, wheat production is expected to fall 27 per cent while canola is expected to be off 23 per cent from 2013 levels.

The reason? Because fewer acres were seeded, and because the rainy weather that flooded millions of acres put the crops up to two weeks behind normal development in certain areas.

More warm weather is needed, says the provincial Agriculture Ministry. Instead, cooler weather is on the way.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-harvest-will-be-down-this-year-statscan-says-1.2742677

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Aug 23

California Droughts: Then And Now (Erico Matias Tavares of Sinclair & Co, Aug 21, 2014):

The obstinate drought in California is showing no signs of letting up, and is now being compared to the last major drought which took place during 1976 and 1977.

Back then, the state was not as well equipped to cope with severe dryness. The sharp decline of surface water supplies coupled with the lack of backup reservoirs and waterways caused a lot of damage to the state’s agriculture, in particular to the livestock industry. As it turned out, the drought reversed itself completely a year later, and California powered on to become the major agro-industrial player it is today. Continue reading »

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Aug 21

- EU farmers complain €125mn compensation is just drop in the ocean (RT, Aug 20,  2014):

The €125 million in emergency EU support to its food producers may not be enough to cover the damage, as some estimates have it more than a hundred times higher.

On Monday, the European Commission announced €125 million in emergency funding for European farmers hit by the Russian trade ban. Continue reading »

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Aug 19

- Europe unveils €125mn in ‘exceptional support’ to food producers (RT, Aug 18, 2014):

The European Commission said it will provide up to €125 million from Monday till the end of November to compensate food producers coping with Moscow’s food ban.

“The exceptional measures announced today will include market withdrawals especially for free distribution, compensation for non-harvesting and green harvesting. The financial assistance will cover all producers whether they are organized in producers organizations or not,” the European Commission said in the statement. Continue reading »

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Aug 14

- Chinese and International Experts Slam GMOs and Glyphosate at Beijing Conference (Sustainable Pulse, Aug 9, 2014):

The China Development Strategy Research Society Committee of Cultural Strategy organized a unique event in Beijing during the last week of July to discuss the global harm caused by GMOs and glyphosate-based herbicides.

The Food Safety & Sustainable Agriculture Forum 2014 held in China’s capital on July 25-26 included genetic researchers, university professors, medical doctors, veterinarians, livestock farmers, arable farmers, agricultural consultants, mothers, NGO founders and leaders and social activists from China, Taiwan, U.S.A, Russia, U.K., France, Denmark, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil and Peru. Continue reading »

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Aug 08

- Russia’s import ban means big business for Latin America (RT, Aug 7, 2014):

Russia’s 1-year ban on food products from the EU, US, Canada, and Norway will force Russia to increase food imports from Latin America, specifically Ecuador, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina.

Russia will ban meat, dairy, fruit, and vegetable imports from countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine conflict, which opens the door to Russia’s partners on the other side of the world.

Russia will have to fill an 8 percent gap in its total agricultural imports that it sources from the EU, USA, Canada, Australia, and Norway. The Netherlands, Germany, and Poland are currently Russia’s biggest food suppliers in the EU. Continue reading »

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Aug 03

- Water costs skyrocket 1,000% where half the nation’s fruits, vegetables and nuts are grown (Natural News, Aug 3, 2014)

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Aug 01

- Indian Farmer Suicide Testimonials Show Huge GMO Community Damage – Watch YIELD Here! (Sustainable Pulse, July 28, 2014):

Commissioned by the 2014 Food Safety and Sustainable Agriculture Forum, YIELD presents testimonies from the cotton farmers in Vidarbha, Maharashtra.

The region has suffered a high number of suicides among the debt-ridden farming community in the wake of the introduction of chemical farming and BT Cotton.

YIELD presents voices of dissent and resilience from within this community, victims of a corporate imperialism that threatens their means of living and future.

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Jul 26

- Food Inflation Watch: California Farmers’ Water Costs Surge 700% After Government Cuts Supply (ZeroHedge, July 24, 2014):

When we reported on the government’s decisiosn to withhold irrigation water to California for the first time in 54 years, we warned there would be consequences: farmers are hit hardest as “they’re all on pins and needles trying to figure out how they’re going to get through this.” Fields will go unplanted (supply lower mean food prices higher), or farmers will pay top dollar for water that’s on the market (and those costs can only be passed on via higher food prices). Sure enough, as Bloomberg reports, farmers in California’s Central Valley, the world’s most productive agricultural region, are paying as much as 10 times more for water than they did before the state’s record drought cut supply.

As Bloomberg Briefs’ Alison Vekshin reports, Continue reading »

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Jul 26

- The Ten Plagues That Are Hitting America Right Now (The American Dream, July 22, 2014)

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Jul 25

- Even WSJ agrees: GMOs threaten food security while offering no solution for India’s poor (Natural News, July 22, 2014):

The government of India appears to be slowly falling into the clutches of multinational chemical companies craftily pushing their own patented genetically modified (GM) crops as the solution to hunger and poverty, with a new bill set to deliver subsidized food made from these poisons to more than 800 million Indian people. But one prominent organizer with extensive knowledge in Indian farming issues says the answer is not GM crops but rather agro-ecological approaches that rely on organic, chemical-free growing methods.

Dilnavaz Variava, who heads the consumer issues division of the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture, says more than 1 million Indian farmers from roughly 10,000 villages throughout the country are already growing pesticide-free crops on more than 3.5 million acres with great success — apart from GMOs. This is the agriculture model with the greatest potential for feeding impoverished Indian people, she says, and the one that officials who are being courted by the biotech lobby are shamefully overlooking. Continue reading »

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Jul 16

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- An Organic Farmer in Congress: Chellie’s Story (Activist Post, July 15, 2014):

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (Maine-D) has a lot to say about local alternative farming, small farms, farmers markets and restaurants serving local produce. She has a lot to say and a lot to do with its resurgence. She believes the answer to current top-heavy industrialized problems lies in reviving local agriculture.

How does she know so much about food, farming and food politics? Let her tell you in this little-known TEDx talk – she’s been through it all. Let’s just say she has a reason to be passionate about farming. She remembers how a small percentage of local food provided Maine’s necessities – even Boston’s.

She says: Continue reading »

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Jul 13
Japan

- In Japan, Idled Electronics Factories Find New Life in Farming (Wall Street Journal, July 6, 2014):

Struggling to Compete with Rivals in South Korea or China, Fujitsu, Toshiba and Others Try Selling Vegetables, Too

AIZU-WAKAMATSU, Japan—Haruyasu Miyabe used to oversee a computer-chip production line at a Fujitsu Ltd. 6702.TO -0.52% plant here. One day last year, the plant manager told Mr. Miyabe to prepare for a career change.

“Starting tomorrow, you are going to make lettuce,” he recalls being told.

Amid troubled times in the Japanese electronics industry, Fujitsu shut one of the three chip-making lines at the plant in 2009. Now, in a sterile, dust-free clean room that once built the brains of high-tech gadgets, Mr. Miyabe and a staff of about 30 tend heads of lettuce. Continue reading »

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Jul 11

- Glyphosate decreases yield, seedling quality of Roundup Ready soybeans; increases rate of fungal disease (Natural News, July 10, 2014):

The blockbuster herbicide glyphosate (marketed as Roundup) causes toxic effects even to plants supposedly engineered to resist it, according to a study conducted by Brazilian researchers and published in the journal Planta Daninha. The researchers found that use of glyphosate on Roundup Ready soybeans led to an increase in fungal infections and to lower crop yields.

The study offers another blow to herbicide-resistant crops, which are increasingly coming under fire for promoting increased use of toxic chemicals without actually benefiting farmers through increased crop yields.

Even resistant crops are poisoned

Continue reading »

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Jul 11

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YouTube Added: 23.05.2013

Description:

The world’s leading Scientists, Physicians, Attorneys, Politicians and Environmental Activists expose the corruption and dangers surrounding the widespread use of Genetically Modified Organisms in the new feature length documentary, “Seeds of Death: Unveiling the Lies of GMOs”.

Senior Executive Producer / Writer / Director: Gary Null PhD
Executive Producer/Writer/Co-Director: Richard Polonetsky
Producers: Paola Bossola, Richard Gale, James Spruill, Patrick Thompson, Valerie Van Cleve
Editors: James Spruill, Patrick Thompson, Richie Williamson, Nick Palm
Music: Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com), Armando Guarnera
Graphics: Jay Graygor

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Jul 05

- Cancer death rates are twice as high where GM crops and agricultural chemicals are used (Natural News, July 5, 2014):

Agricultural regions that see a heavy use of chemicals and in which genetically modified (GM) crops are grown have a cancer death rate twice as high as the national average, according to a report by the Ministry of Health of Cordoba Province in Argentina.

“Once again, what we have complained about for years was confirmed,” said Medardo Avila Vazquez of the University Network for Environment and Health (Reduas), “and especially what doctors say about the sprayed towns and areas affected by industrial agriculture. Cancer cases are multiplying as never before in areas with massive use of pesticides.”

Cancer has skyrocketed

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