Nov 15

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- Monsanto settles GMO wheat dispute with Northwest farmers for $2.4 million (OregonLive/AP, Nov 12, 2014):

Monsanto Co. said Wednesday it will pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a dispute with Northwest farmers over genetically modified wheat.

No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, but it was found in Oregon in 2013.

That discovery prompted Japan and South Korea to temporarily suspend some wheat orders, and the European Union called for more rigorous testing of U.S. shipments. Continue reading »

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Oct 26

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California – A Food Powerhouse In Peril ( Sinclair & Co., Oct 25, 2014):

Now in its third year, the drought in California has forced local farmers to switch their water use from rivers and reservoirs, which are at historic low levels, to underground sources. This has mitigated substantial production losses, but given that underground reservoirs take a long time to replenish, if the drought continues the food situation in California might get much more dicey. Continue reading »

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Oct 26

Kazakhstan – Harvesting under 20 cm of snow and minus 10 degrees C (Ice Age Now, Oct 23, 2014):

What grains they collect now can only be used to feed the cattle.


“Of course the MSM in the Netherlands do not bring this news,” says reader. “Snow in Austria and in Sweden? We don’t hear it on the television news, we don’t read it in the big newspapers. Snow in Russia? It is not mentioned. The private plane of the CEO of the French oil company Total crashed on Vnukovo Airport after a collision with a snow blower. Nobody says: Hey, how come we are not being told that there was snow? Why else would a snowblower be on the runway?”


Despite the nearly 20-cm (8-inch) layer of snow on the grain fields of Northern Kazakhstan the harvesters keep working. The snow and cold cannot stop the combine because about 20% of the crop still remains in the fields, reported television channel CTC.

For farmers this year turned out to be difficult. Spring experienced drought, summer torrential rains, and now early autumn snow. But the work does not stop in bad weather and frost. Continue reading »

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Oct 18

- Jim Rogers Warns: Albert Edwards Is Right “Sell Everything & Run For Your Lives” (ZeroHedge, Oct 17, 2014):

From Bitcoin to the Swiss gold referendum, and from Chinese trade and North Korean leadership, Jim Rogers covers a lot of ground in this excellent interview with Boom-Bust’s Erin Ade. Rogers reflects on the end of the US bull market. citing a number of factors from breadth to the end of QE, adding that he agrees with Albert Edwards’ perspective that now is the time to “sell everything and run for your lives,” as the “consequences of [The Fed] are now being felt.” Most notably though, Rogers believes the de-dollarization is here to stay as Western sanctions force many nations to find alternatives. Simply put, Rogers concludes, “we are all going to pay a terrible price for all this money-printing and debt.”

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Oct 16

- AFSA Slams Biotech Takeover of African Seed Companies (Sustainable Pulse, Oct 08, 2014)

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Oct 15

The Amish Farmers Reinventing Organic Agriculture

- The Amish Farmers Reinventing Organic Agriculture (The Atlantic, Oct. 6, 2014):

By studying the immune systems of plants, they’ve developed a technique that eliminates the need for chemicals.

“In the Second World War,” Samuel Zook began, “my ancestors were conscientious objectors because we don’t believe in combat.” The Amish farmer paused a moment to inspect a mottled leaf on one of his tomato plants before continuing. “If you really stop and think about it, though, when we go out spraying our crops with pesticides, that’s really what we’re doing. It’s chemical warfare, bottom line.”

Eight years ago, it was a war that Zook appeared to be losing. The crops on his 66-acre farm were riddled with funguses and pests that chemical treatments did little to reduce. The now-39-year-old talked haltingly about the despair he felt at the prospect of losing a homestead passed down through five generations of his family. Disillusioned by standard agriculture methods, Zook searched fervently for an alternative. He found what he was looking for in the writings of an 18-year-old Amish farmer from Ohio, a man named John Kempf. Continue reading »

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Oct 11

- The GMO Biotech Lobby’s Emotional Blackmail and Bogus Claims: Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Crops Will Not Feed The World (Global Research, Oct 9, 2014):

“There are 7.2 billion people on the planet. There will be 9.6 billion by 2050. The demand for food will double… [Using GM food and data science is] the only thing that will enable us to feed the planet without encroaching on the forests and wetlands….This represents a business opportunity, but from a societal perspective, it’s very important.” Robert Fraley, CEO of Monsanto, Winner of the World Food Prize 2013 [1].

The claims made by Monsanto do not stack up. Issues pertaining to the weaponisation of food aside [2], GM food represents little more than a massive business opportunity, a way of enriching a handful of people, all carried out under the guise of altruism. Continue reading »

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Oct 11

Australian politician Ann Bressington exposes Agenda 21, starting at 1:03:55 into the video:

At 1:05:05: ‘That’s the origin of global warming, ladies and gentlemen.”



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Oct 10

- Kansas – Earliest frost on record – Growing season now third shortest on record (Ice Age Now, Oct 7, 2014):

The shortest was 114 days in 1901, followed by 133 days in 1912,

says the Hays (Kansas) Daily News.


The Daily News reported that an all-time (114-year) record was broken on September 13, 2014, when the thermometer dipped to 31 degrees F.

The low of 31 degrees not only was a new record for the day, but a new record for the first frost of the fall. Continue reading »

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Oct 10

- US Farmers Launch Billion Dollar Legal Actions over China GM Corn Export Scandal (Sustainable Pulse, Oct 8, 2014):

Seed giant Syngenta faces billion-dollar class actions in three states, claiming China is rejecting U.S. corn shipments because Syngenta released a genetically altered variety before the crop was approved for export to China.

Source: www.courthousenews.com

Syngenta “destroyed the export of U.S. corn to China and caused depressed prices for all domestic corn,” Omaha-based Volnek Farms claims as lead plaintiff in a $1 billion claim in Omaha Federal Court. Continue reading »

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Oct 10

- Snow and cold endanger harvest in Kyrgyzstan and Mid-Ural (Ice Age Now, Oct 7, 2014):

Storm warning – Rain expected to change to snow in Kyrgyzstan on October 8 and 9 in the Chu and Talas valleys, and foothill and mountainous areas, it is reported by Kyrgyzhydromet.

Meanwhile, freezing is forecast for the nights of October 9-10 in Chui, Talas, Kemin valley, in the agriculture areas of Issyk-Kul and Naryn oblasts.

In the foothills of Osh, Jalal-Abad and Batken regions, frosts are expected down to -1 to -3 degrees.

“Such freezings are dangerous for unharvested fruit and vegetable crops, and for dug up and uncovered potatoes and sugar beets.” 

“These weather conditions complicate the most agricultural activities, including grazing on pastures, work vehicles, energy and utilities.” Continue reading »

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Oct 06

Monsanto-Roundup-(Dees)

- New Experimental GE Wheat Contamination in Montana Puts Wheat Farmers at Risk (Center For Food Safety, Sep 26, 2014):

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that experimental genetically engineered (GE) wheat was discovered in July, 2014 at a  Montana research facility that has not legally grown the variety since 2003.

“Once again, USDA and the biotech industry have put farmers and the food supply at risk,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director for Center for Food Safety. “Coexistence between GE and non-GE crops is a failed policy that fundamentally cannot work. Genetic contamination is a serious threat to farmers across the country.” Continue reading »

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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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