GeneWatch UK today responded to Rothamsted Research’s admission that its field trial of GM wheat failed to repel aphids by highlighting the shocking waste of taxpayers’ money used to promote GM.
– Scotland Announces Total Ban on GM Crops (Sustainable Pulse, Aug 9, 2015):
Growing genetically modified (GM) crops will not be permitted in Scotland, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced as he moved to protect Scotland’s clean, green status.
Mr Lochhead has confirmed that the Scottish Government intends to take advantage of new EU rules allowing countries to opt out of growing EU-authorised GM crops. Continue reading »
– Dr Zaller: Glyphosate Reduces the Activity and Reproduction of Earthworms (GMO Evidence, Aug 11, 2015):
Glyphosate-based herbicides reduce the activity and reproduction of earthworms and lead to increased soil nutrient concentrations.
Mailin Gaupp-Berghausen, Martin Hofer, Boris Rewald, Johann G. Zaller
Herbicide use is increasing worldwide both in agriculture and private gardens. However, our knowledge of potential side-effects on non-target soil organisms, even on such eminent ones as earthworms, is still very scarce. In a greenhouse experiment, we assessed the impact of the most widely used glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup on two earthworm species with different feeding strategies. We demonstrate, that the surface casting activity of vertically burrowing earthworms (Lumbricus terrestris) almost ceased three weeks after herbicide application, while the activity of soil dwelling earthworms (Aporrectodea caliginosa) was not affected. Reproduction of the soil dwellers was reduced by 56% within three months after herbicide application. Herbicide application led to increased soil concentrations of nitrate by 1592% and phosphate by 127%, pointing to potential risks for nutrient leaching into streams, lakes, or groundwater aquifers. These sizeable herbicide-induced impacts on agroecosystems are particularly worrisome because these herbicides have been globally used for decades. Continue reading »
Aug 5, 2015
August 05, 2015: A state of emergency has been declared in parts of southern Russia where the worst locust plague in 30 years is devastating crops.
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Aug 4, 2015
Russian officials say the current locust plague is the most massive they’ve seen in more than 30 years. It’s taking a major toll on the country’s agricultural south. CNN’s Matthew Chance reports.
– Dr Jayasumana: New Research Supports Glyphosate Connection to Chronic Kidney Disease (GMO Evidence, July 31, 2015):
New research supports the possibility that combined exposure to heavy metals and glyphosate has a synergistic effect leading to high levels of heavy metals accumulating in the kidneys. This in turn causes chronic kidney disease of the type that is now a serious problem among agricultural workers in Sri Lanka.
The scientist behind the new study, Dr. Channa Sudath Jayasumana, was interviewed by Sustainable Pulse in 2014.
In Sri Lanka alone CKDu now afflicts 15% of people of working age in the Northern part of the country; a total of 400,000 patients with an estimated death toll of around 20,000.
– Crops Are Drenched with Roundup Pesticide Right Before Harvest (Washington’s Blog, Nov 17, 2014):
Roundup Is Dumped On Crops Right BEFORE Harvest … to Save a Buck
Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide (technically known as “glyphosate”) has been linked to many diseases.
However, farmers appear to be dumping it on crops right before harvest.
Specifically, Monsanto International published a paper in 2010 touting the application of Roundup to kill crops right before harvest, in order to dry out the crops in advance and produce a more uniform and earlier harvest (starting on page 28): Continue reading »
– Kentucky farmers dealing with flooded crops – Video (Ice Age Now, July 7, 2015):
“The flooding is affecting crops including soy beans, wheat and corn in cities along rivers all the way to the Tennessee border,” says this report out of Eddyville, KY. “We’ve had a lot of rain, and it’s now flooding rivers and damaging crops across the area.”
About 50 acres of soy bean crops in Livingston County now looks more like a river than a crop. Continue reading »
– Ohio – Crop damage from flooding “looks grim” (Ice Age Now, July 6, 2015):
It’s hard to tell whether the corn is going to survive, says expert.
Paulding County flooding has caused significant crop damage. It’s in the middle of being assessed but it looks grim, says reader Kingbum. Continue reading »
– Indiana – Wettest June on record (Ice Age Now, July 5, 2015):
$475 million damage to crops so far. June also was the fourth-wettest MONTH on record since 1895.
The state average of 9.03 inches rainfall surpassed the previous June record of 8.13 inches set in 1958, says the Indiana State Climate Office. Continue reading »
– Illinois – Wet weather disrupting the growing season (Ice Age Now, July 5, 2015):
Southern Illinois wheat farmers are behind on harvesting, and, with the continuing rainfall, the quality of the crop is losing value each day,” says thesouthern.com.
Not only are farmers delayed, said Diana Handley, executive director of the Illinois Wheat Association, but the crops are starting to deteriorate because of the wet conditions.
Could be a double whammy Continue reading »
– Rothamsted GM Wheat Trial Failure Puts Global Biotech Industry in Spotlight (Sustainable Pulse, June 25, 2015):
“With GM crops it’s always jam tomorrow and never jam today” said Dr Helen Wallace, Director of GeneWatch UK, “We have had more than 30 years’ of promises of useful traits but they have not been delivered, despite massive promotion of GM technology by governments and PR companies. There is a big opportunity cost because billions in R&D funding could have been spent in better ways. GM has consistently been shown to be a distraction away from developing real solutions to real problems”. Continue reading »
– California Water Wars Escalate: Government Orders Massive Supply Cuts To Most Senior Rights Holders (ZeroHedge, June 13, 2015):
Just two weeks after California’s farmers – with the most senior water rights – offered to cut their own water use by 25% (in an attempt to front-run more draconian government-imposed measures), AP reports that the California government has – just as we predicted – ignored any efforts at self-preservation and ordered the largest cuts on record to farmers holding some of the state’s strongest water rights. While frackers and big energy remain exempt from the restrictions, Caren Trgovcich, chief deputy director of the water board, explains, “we are now at the point where demand in our system is outstripping supply for even the most senior water rights holders.”
With “the whole damn state out of water,”AP reports State water officials told more than a hundred senior rights holders in California’s Sacramento, San Joaquin and delta watersheds to stop pumping from those waterways.
The move by the State Water Resources Control Board marked the first time that the state has forced large numbers of holders of senior-water rights to curtail use. Those rights holders include water districts that serve thousands of farmers and others. Continue reading »
– Manitoba freeze damages 50 to 60 percent of canola fields (Ice Age Now, June 3, 2015):
Many area farmers filing insurance claims and reseeding.
Seeding in the southwest region was close to complete Saturday when temperatures across the province dropped below zero in several areas. Brandon recorded a temperature of -4 C, while most of southwest Manitoba experienced temperatures between -1 and -3 C. Continue reading »
Cursed or not produced in harmony with nature and destroyed by HAARP and chemtrails?
H/t reader squodgy:
“The potential catastrophic shambles caused by a total over reliance on California for over half the country’s fresh food, is now becoming obvious. But add that to this list of mini issues and then add the GMO and you have one hell of a train wreck on its way.”
– Is The U.S. Food Supply Cursed? (End Of The American Dream, 21, 2015):
Why are so many catastrophes hitting U.S. food production? This week, we have learned that more than 7 million turkeys and chickens have already been killed as the result of a devastating bird flu outbreak here in the United States. This particular strain of the bird flu has already spread to the states of Minnesota, Iowa, California, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin, and scientists are mystified as to why it is moving so rapidly. But what we do know is that this flu has the potential to kill an entire flock of chickens or turkeys in just 48 hours. This pandemic is quickly becoming a major national crisis all by itself, but when you combine this with all of the other disasters hitting our food supply, a very troubling picture emerges. Could it be possible that the U.S. food supply is cursed?
Before we talk about the bird flu some more, let’s first review some of the other ways that our food supply is under assault. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“Monsanto have found a way to scrape below and beyond the bottom of the barrel.”
– Monsanto Secretly Gave Money to Farmer Caught Contaminating Organic Farms with GMOs (Natural Society, April 30, 2015):
Now admits to paying for GMO farmer’s legal defense
Natural Society reported on organic farmer Steve Marsh’s dilemma with GMO cross pollination of his organic farms a while back, but some shocking news has recently bubbled to the surface about Monsanto’s involvement. Continue reading »
– US Farmers May Stop Planting GMs After Poor Global Yields (Cornucopia Institute, Feb 7, 2013):
Some US farmers are considering returning to conventional seed after increased pest resistance and crop failures meant GM crops saw smaller yields globally than their non-GM counterparts.
Farmers in the USA pay about an extra $100 per acre for GM seed, and many are questioning whether they will continue to see benefits from using GMs.
“It’s all about cost benefit analysis,” said economist Dan Basse, president of American agricultural research company AgResource. Continue reading »
– California Food Facts – Production & Crops California (Beach California):
California food facts are incredibly interesting. Most people think of the Golden State as a tourist destination where you can visit Hollywood film locations, see celebrities and go to beaches. In additional to California ranking as the top destination in the United States, it also ranks as the top food production state for a number of crops.
Though tourists hardly consider the agricultural significance of California as a food growing region, the temperate year-round climate and expanses of land provide foods the nation and world have grown to enjoy and count on. Below are some of the top crops and percentage of the nation’s supply produced in California. Continue reading »
… not to mention that Roundup is turning even the best farmland into a desert within just a few years, aside from destroying your health.
– Exposed: the great GM crops myth (The Independent):
“Genetic modification actually cuts the productivity of crops, an authoritative new study shows, undermining repeated claims that a switch to the controversial technology is needed to solve the growing world food crisis.
Last week the biggest study of its kind ever conducted – the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development – concluded that GM was not the answer to world hunger.
Professor Bob Watson, the director of the study and chief scientist at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when asked if GM could solve world hunger, said: “The simple answer is no.”
But aside from that, what could possibly go wrong?
– Monsanto: GM-Corn Harvest of 82,000 Hectares in South Africa Fails (Digital Journal)
– GMOs Will Not Feed The World – EWG Report (Sustainable Pulse, April 7, 2015):
Environmental Working Group released a new analysis Tuesday debunking the myth that genetically engineered crops (often called GMOs) will be crucial to “feeding the world” as the population soars. The report takes a hard look at recent research and concludes that so far, GE crops have done nothing to improve global food security – and there’s little reason to think that they will any time soon.
The chief causes of global hunger today are poverty and small farmers’ lack of access to basic resources such as fertilizers and roads to market. So why do Big Ag and biotech companies keep insisting that the solution to meeting the demand for food is investment in their genetically engineered seeds? Continue reading »
– New Report Debunks ‘Myth’ That GMOs are Key to Feeding the World (Common Dreams, April 1, 2015):
Study upholds value of traditional methods ‘shown to actually increase food supplies and reduce the environmental impact of production’
The biotechnology industry “myth” that feeding billions of people necessitates genetically engineered agriculture has been debunked by a new report out Tuesday by the nonprofit health organization Environmental Working Group.
The report, Feeding the World Without GMOs (pdf), argues that investment in genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, has failed to expand global food security. It advocates more traditional methods “shown to actually increase food supplies and reduce the environmental impact of production.” Continue reading »