Sep 21

H/t reader squodgy:

“Perhaps the people where it originates will now wake up as evidence increases they are being slowly killed by the big corporate enterprises in the name of free enterprise and capitalism, when it is really just the other end of the circle…communism and capitalism lead to the same end….domination of the many by the few. Enjoy.”


Largest-Ever GMO Crops Study Shows Massive Environmental Damage in US:

According to new research from University of Virginia in the U.S., widespread adoption of genetically modified (GM) crops has decreased the use of insecticides, but increased the use of weed-killing herbicides as weeds become more resistant, leading to serious environmental damage.

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Economist Federico Ciliberto led the largest study of genetically modified crops and pesticide use to date, alongside Edward D. Perry of Kansas State University, David A. Hennessy of Michigan State University and GianCarlo Moschini of Iowa State University. The four economists studied annual data from more than 5,000 soybean and 5,000 maize farmers in the U.S. from 1998 to 2011, far exceeding previous studies that have been limited to one or two years of data.

Herbicide Use / Environmental Impact (EIQ)

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“The fact that we have 14 years of farm-level data from farmers all over the U.S. makes this study very special,” Ciliberto said. “We have repeated observations of the same farmers and can see when they adopted genetically modified seeds and how that changed their use of chemicals.” Continue reading »

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Sep 20

Only In California – Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill To Regulate Cow Flatulence:

In yet another attack on California businesses, yesterday Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill (SB 1383) that requires the state to cut methane emissions from dairy cows and other animals by 40% by 2030.  The bill is yet another massive blow to the agricultural industry in the state of California that has already suffered from the Governor’s passage of a $15 minimum wage and a recent bill that makes California literally the only state in the entire country to provide overtime pay to seasonal agricultural workers after working 40 hours per week or 8 hours per day (see “California Just Passed A $1.7 Billion Tax On The Whole Country That No One Noticed“). Continue reading »

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Sep 19

Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto to create agricultural monster with near-monopoly control over the world’s food supply:

After months of haggling, the Bayer-Monsanto consolidation will finally be coming to fruition. Yes, our worst fears are coming true: Monsanto will become an even larger, more powerful force in the world. Germany’s Bayer cinched the deal by increasing their offer by another billion dollars. With an offer of $66 billion, and a commitment to take over the company’s current debts, Monsanto will soon be a part of the most frightening pharmaceutical-agricultural conglomerate in the world.

CNN Money has declared that the Bayer-Monsanto merger is “the year’s biggest takeover,” though it is surely far from something worth celebrating. Many feel that Bayer is the real winner here; the company is strongest in Europe and Asia, and will reap the benefits of Monsanto’s hefty presence in North America. Bayer will also get all of Monsanto’s experience in agrichemicals and GMO seeds. There is still a chance that this deal will not go through. If, by some miracle, Bayer is unable to acquire Monsanto, farmers and consumers across the world will breathe a sigh of relief. Continue reading »

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Sep 01

USDA Sees 2016 Farm Income Crashing As Farmer Leverage Spikes to 34 Year Highs

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Aug 29

Monsanto Mistake Spawns Widespread Crop Losses:

By Dr. Mercola

After two decades of planting glyphosate-tolerant crops, resistant weeds have overtaken farm fields across the U.S., leaving farmers to battle an increasingly difficult situation. At least 35 weed species are now resistant to glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup.1

Studies2 have also linked glyphosate to increases in Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS), a deadly plant disease that causes plants to turn yellow and die — including crops that have never been sprayed with the herbicide but were planted in a field that received an application the previous season.

In an effort to skirt disaster, Monsanto developed a new breed of genetically engineered (GE) seeds tolerant to other pesticides besides Roundup. This, they claim, is the answer to rising weed resistance — a side effect the company said would not occur from the use of their GE seeds in the first place.

We now know, without any shadow of a doubt, they were wrong. And there’s every reason to believe they are wrong about their next generation of GE seeds as well. If anything, it will likely boost weed resistance, continue driving the increase in pesticide use and make our food even more toxic. Continue reading »

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Aug 22

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Monsanto Losing Millions As Farmers In India Rebel & Plant Indigenous Cotton Seed:

Monsanto is losing millions on failed GM cotton. The company illegally pushed a form of Bt cotton into India and Africa more than a decade ago, but farmers are now pushing back by planting their own indigenous seed.

Monsanto is accused of writing laws and then breaking them to enter the market in India, but after more than 300,000 farmer deaths between 1995 and 2013, many of them attributed to Monsanto, the company is finally paying for their misdeeds. The corporation’s greed is linked to farmer suicides throughout Maharashtra, considered the ‘Cotton Belt’ in India.

The Indian government is now actively promoting the use of indigenous seed, and has called Monsanto out for profiteering illegally on Bt cotton seed.

Monsanto has already lost nearly $75 million in royalties this year (5 billion rupees) due to the change in seed choice by farmers. Sales in India have fallen by 15 percent, and though this is a relatively small market share, it is still making a huge impact on the company’s bottom line. Continue reading »

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Aug 21

India 8 liters for 7 days, for drinking and all other needs

India’s water crisis: 8 liters for 7 days, for drinking and all other needs (RT DOCUMENTARY) :

People in Indian states which were once agricultural leaders in the country, now have to pay for water delivered from other regions. The RT Documentary (RTD) team has traveled to areas suffering from a severe water crisis.

A water tanker delivers water to villages in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan, bordering Pakistan, once a week. There are no other sources of water anywhere nearby, locals told RTD journalists, saying their once fertile lands are turning into a desert. Continue reading »

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Aug 10

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Aug 07

Stunning Images From America’s Most Important Aquifer:

The Ogallala aquifer stretches from South Dakota all the way south to Texas and is the largest aquifer in the United States holding as much water as Lake Huron at 2.9 billion acre feet.  The Ogallala single handedly turned the arid High Plains region of the midwest into a $20 billion a year agricultural powerhouse that produces one-fifth of the country’s wheat, corn and beef cattle.  The problem is that the water in the Ogallala, like many aquifers in the world, is being pumped dryIn many places the aquifer is dropping a foot a year and in other places it has already run dry. 

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Aug 06

Smallest French wheat harvest in at least a decade:

Persistent rain the culprit.

“In France, the situation has continued to deteriorate,” said Pierre Begoc of consultancy Agritel

In late spring, torrential rain, unusually low sunshine levels and widespread plant disease hampered growth of wheat grains. Continue reading »

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Aug 04

Farm feud: Monsanto and its clients under fire for damaging crops:

Farmers in Arkansas, Tennessee and southern Missouri are angry at their neighbors – and agrochemical giant Monsanto – over a new weed-killer that has ravaged 200,000 acres of soybean fields. The herbicide is used to treat Monsanto’s new strand of soy.

As controversies mount over its glyphosate-based herbicide, also known as Roundup, the Missouri-based Monsanto has rolled out a new soybean seed intended to be resistant to another weed-killer, known as dicamba. While the “Roundup Ready 2 Xtend” soy has been approved for planting in 2016, US federal regulators have yet to approve the use of dicamba.

Farmers who bought Monsanto’s seeds have taken to spraying their crops with dicamba obtained from other vendors – which is prone to drifting into neighboring fields, severely damaging the non-Xtend crops. Officials across the three states cite a “rough figure” of 200,000 acres affected by the drift, Delta Farm Press reported. Continue reading »

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Aug 03

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Researchers tie mass kidney failures in Sri Lanka to harmful agrochemicals:

Hundreds of thousands of people living in Sri Lanka are suffering from chronic kidney disease, a painful and debilitating condition that causes the organs to stop functioning over time. The illness is primarily concentrated in the country’s rice basket, affecting up to 400,000 people.

Various factors have been singled out by researchers as the cause of the disease, including home-brewed alcohol, agrochemicals and high arsenic levels in the drinking water, according to CBS News. Continue reading »

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Aug 03

Illegal GMO Wheat Discovery in Washington State Causes Global Export Panic:

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced Friday that twenty two unapproved genetically modified (GMO) wheat plants have been discovered in Washington State, sending export markets in to panic.

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The discovery of the unapproved illegal GMO wheat has led to a crack down on Friday in important US wheat export markets around the World. Continue reading »

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Jul 29

National Guard Called Out! Massive Hailstorm Destroys Cars in Colorado, Wyoming. Area Farmers Also Reported 100 Percent Crop Losses:

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Large hail driven by strong winds damaged virtually every home in a Wyoming town Wednesday evening, prompting help from the Wyoming National Guard.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported around 500 homes were damaged in the town of Pine Bluffs, about 40 miles east of Cheyenne near the Nebraska state line. Continue reading »

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Jul 28

Disastrous wheat and barley harvest in France

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Jul 27

Russia Set to Limit Imports of GMO Animal Feed:

Russian authorities are stepping up efforts to limit the import of GMO animal feed, the country’s food safety regulator Rosselkhoznadzor announced on Thursday. The move comes following a complete ban on the cultivation of GM crops and the breeding of GMO animals that was signed in to law by President Vladimir Putin in June.

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Rosselkhoznadzor Deputy Director, Alexey Alekseenko, stated Thursday that there would not be a complete ban on GMO animal feed imports but also revealed that restrictions on the import of feed that is fully GMO or contains a high percentage of GMOs had already begun. Alekseenko added; “It is necessary to restore order in this area”.

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Jul 27

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Emails reveal role of Monsanto in Seralini study retraction:

In September 2012 the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) published the research of a team led by the French biologist Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini, which found liver and kidney toxicity and hormonal disturbances in rats fed Monsanto’s GM maize NK603 and very small doses of the Roundup herbicide it is grown with, over a long-term period. An additional observation was a trend of increased tumours in most treatment groups.

In November 2013 the study was retracted by the journal’s editor, A. Wallace Hayes, after the appointment of a former Monsanto scientist, Richard E. Goodman, to the editorial board and a non-transparent review process by nameless people that took several months. Continue reading »

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Jul 25

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French Government media reporting a 10% decline in French wheat production, but independent analysts put the loss at 22% due to mold, plant viruses and blight on crops remaining that will be sub-standard animal feed. In the USA wheat yield dropped form 48 bushels per acre to 45 bushels and Barley yields dropped 35% and Oats 17%.

French Wheat Losses down 10% in 2016 http://www.agrimoney.com/news/french-…
http://www.agrimoney.com/3/markets/
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/article…
http://www.agriculture.com/markets/ne…
https://twitter.com/AgsPlayers
USA Wheat, Barley and Oats losses http://www.agweb.com/article/north-da…
http://www.ncdex.com/marketdata/livef…
France in Little Ice Age http://www.history.com/news/little-ic…
Little Ice Age Temperatures https://media1.britannica.com/eb-medi…
Crop Prices Little Ice Age http://www2.sunysuffolk.edu/mandias/l…
https://ourworldindata.org/food-price…

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Jul 24

Denmark On Course To Double Organic Farming By 2020

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Jul 22

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Brazil suffering record cold temperatures again in July 2016 after a cold wave that damaged agriculture in June 2016. Arabica coffee beans stand at 36% loss, bananas 70% loss in Ribeira, Argentina 30% loss of raisin production and Chile clementine 30% increase. The grand solar minimum is here, South America is repeating the normal pattern expected climate wise during the GSM.

Brazil Cold and Crop Losses http://iceagenow.info/?s=brazil
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Jul 21

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Jul 20

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Farmers Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Sue Roundup’s Monsanto:

By AnonWatcher

Monsanto are being sued by four Nebraskan farmers, who have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, one of the cancers associated with the use of glyphosate – a key ingredient to Roundup.

The farmers, along with an agronomist, are suing the agricultural giant for what they say is false information about the safety of Roundup use and a deliberate misleading of Monsanto’s consumers. Continue reading »

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Jul 19

Brazil – Cold to impact coffee production:

“Takes away the sleep of farmers.”

18 July 2016 – Frost hit the coffee region in the south for the second time this year  and should directly impact the next crop. There will be an impact on vegetable crops as well. Although beautiful to the eye, it takes away the sleep of farmers. Continue reading »

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Jul 14

Spanish Farmers Turn Backs on Monsanto’s GM Maize:

Monsanto’s GM maize is no longer profitable or attractive for a good proportion of Spanish farmers, says a report for the Spanish news outlet Economia Digital.

Source: www.gmwatch.org

Engineered to resist the corn borer pest, the crop has suffered a series of setbacks in Spanish fields. Continue reading »

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Jul 14

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Dr. Hoppin: Glyphosate Exposure Linked to Respiratory Problems in Farmers:

GM crops have been engineered to tolerate being sprayed with the herbicides 2,4-D and glyphosate. Now these have been found to be among a number of pesticides that are associated with allergic and non-allergic wheeze in farmers. The study concludes, “These results for farmers implicate several pesticides that are commonly used in agricultural and residential settings with adverse respiratory effects.” Continue reading »

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Jul 14

Organic Farmers Leave Organic Trade Association over GMO Labeling Betrayal:

By a unanimous vote of its Board of Directors, the U.S. organic farmer-controlled Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) has withdrawn its membership from the Organic Trade Association (OTA), OSGATA announced on Wednesday.

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Jul 10

Intense cold and cold in tropical Brazil:

Vegetable crops affected

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Jul 09

Ears of wheat are seen during sunset in the village of Solgon, southwest from Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Russia set for record grain production in 2016 – UN:

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has raised its forecast for this year’s global cereal production to over two billion tons, and is projecting a record harvest for Russia.

“This month’s upward revision rests on improved crop prospects in the EU, the Russian Federation (where a record crop is expected) and the United States, owing to favorable weather,” the FAO reported, adding that bigger harvests are also expected in China and India, while dry conditions dampened the outlook for Turkey. Continue reading »

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Jul 08

National Academy of Sciences inundated with biased pro-GMO scientists, environmental groups warn in letter calling for a more balanced perspective:

The National Academy of Sciences is being exposed as being of a singular mindset when it comes to the spread of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which is to say that the institution is wholeheartedly in favor of them, according to dozens of concerned scientists, who say that they are a menace to health and agriculture.

As reported by Independent Science News, the letter was sent recently to the academy’s executive officer, with signatories attempting to draw attention to what they see as a “troubling trend” at the revered institution, when it comes to its work on agricultural biotechnology. Continue reading »

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