Jun 29

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FEMA representatives came out and said that food shortages will abount by 2020 and food prices will rise by 400%. This summary was from the larger Food Chain Reaction Global Food Security Group Workshop. The findings were startling. All governments across the planet know the Grand Solar Minimum is arriving, and they had this exercise to discover the ramifications on our global food yields and delivery systems. Losses and chaos was the outcome.

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Jun 29

FEMA Contractor: Unrest After 395% Food Price Spike Coming Soon:

Preparations by various cogs of the national security complex, including FEMA, indicate a coming worldwide food shortage — and a resulting crisis marked by extreme civil unrest around the globe.

As Motherboard noted of two reports published previously by CNA Corporation, but which largely escaped attention, the world’s food supply could be insufficient to maintain even current populations much further into the future. And the crisis — which several factors indicate may already be underway — may begin to worsen considerably as early as 2020.

Employing a desktop game simulation of the conditions of a global food shortage, titled “Food Chain Reaction,” CNA’s Institute for Public Research brought together “65 officials from the US, Europe, Africa, India, Brazil, and key multilateral and intergovernmental institutions,” Motherboard explained. And the Institute, which oversaw the simulation, “primarily provides scientific research services for the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA].” Continue reading »

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Jun 09

Great Glyphosate Rebellion Continues as Europe Refuses Temporary License Extension:

The Great Glyphosate Rebellion continues at full pace in Europe as a new European Commission proposal for a temporary license extension of 18 months failed to receive support from the European Union members states.

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The European Commission may now submit its temporary extension proposal to an appeal committee of political representatives of the 28 EU member states within one month. Continue reading »

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Jun 09

US GMO Soybean Farmers’ Expenses Shoot Up over Glyphosate Resistant Superweeds:

Today, U.S. soybean producers spend 88 percent more on crop protectant products than they did six years ago, stated the 2015 National Ag Statistics Survey last month.

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Source: www.agweek.com/

“Aside from seed expense, crop protection products (chemicals) are the most expensive input soybean producers pay for,” said Tong Wang, SDSU Extension Advanced Production Specialist, referencing the 2015 farm enterprise analysis data from FINBIN, the farm financial management database, which showed the average cash-rent soybean production farms in Minnesota, North and South Dakota incurred a crop chemical cost of $39 per acre.

To help producers reduce expenses, Wang encourages growers to consider modifying their pest management practices to include non-chemical options. Continue reading »

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Jun 09

New EPA Report Will Lead to Virtual US Ban on Atrazine Herbicide:

The amount of the herbicide atrazine that’s released into the environment in the United States is likely harming most species of plants and animals, including mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, according to a risk assessment released Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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The EPA assessment of atrazine will lead to tighter regulatory limits on the product, manufactured by Swiss-based Syngenta AG, which will ultimately prevent farmers from being able to use it to control weeds in the U.S.. Continue reading »

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Jun 05

Biological Meltdown: The Loss of Agricultural Biodiversity:

Soon after peasant farmers first led plant explorers to wild stands of Zea diploperennis (perennial maize) in Mexico’s Sierra de Manantlan in the late 1970s, plant breeders hailed the discovery as one of the botanical finds of the century. The rare perennial maize proved to be resistant to seven viral diseases that plague domesticated maize, and scientists predicted that Zea diploperennis could be worth as much as $4.4 billion to the commercial maize (corn) industry. Conservationists called for the establishment of a nature preserve to protect the rare maize in its natural habitat because they feared that poor farmers living nearby, in constant need of grazing land for their cattle, would soon wipe out the few remaining patches of wild maize by grazing cattle in the area. A nature preserve was eventually established, and peasant farmers no longer threatened the rare diploperennis. But within a few years, the forest began to invade the fields of wild maize. The plants were crowded out and began to disappear. Scientists soon realized that the local farmers had been intentionally conserving the wild maize by using a traditional practice of grazing their animals on dry fodder during the dormant season. Local farmers controlled the growth of the surrounding forest without harming the rare perennial maize plants. Retired vice-president for research at Pioneer Hi-Bred (the world’s largest seed company), Donald Duvick, respectfully observes, “It seems that the farmers knew exactly what they were doing, and had more wisdom than the well-meaning environmental scientists.” Continue reading »

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May 25

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UCSF Presentation Reveals Glyphosate Contamination in People across America:

Glyphosate, the most used herbicide in the World, has been found in the urine of 93% of the American public during a unique testing project that started in 2015.

Glyphosate, labeled a ‘Probable human carcinogen’ by the World Health Organization’s cancer agency IARC in 2015, has now been revealed to be ubiquitous in the first ever comprehensive and validated LC/MS/MS testing project to be carried out across America. Continue reading »

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May 24

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Monsanto’s Cotton Rejected Again: Burkina Faso Brings Back Indigenous Varieties:

Monsanto has been trying to take over Africa’s cotton for decades with their patented, genetically modified (GM) seed. Not without irony, Burkina Faso is just one of the African countries that has been wary of any of Monsanto’s GM seed, adding to the credo, ‘better off dead, than GM fed,’ when it came to accepting U.S. food aid that was primarily genetically altered. Africa’s biggest cotton grower in Burkina Faso is now phasing out Monsanto’s GM cotton and returning to indigenous varieties by 2018, due to concerns of cross-contamination of local crops and the less-than-stellar performance of Monsanto’s Bt variety. Continue reading »

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May 21

Maui Completely Stops Spraying Roundup, Switches to Organic Herbicides

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May 19

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Monsanto about to Be Given a Taste of its Own Medicine?:

An oligopoly takes shape to corner the human food supply.

The hunter, it seems, has become the hunted. After wresting control of roughly a quarter of the global seeds market by acquiring a massive portfolio of seed companies, including Agroceres, Asgrow, Cristiani Burkard, Dekalb, Delta & Pine and the seeds division of Cargill North America, Monsanto now suddenly finds itself on the menu of two very powerful, much bigger rivals.

On Thursday, it was reported that Germany’s two chemical-industry titans Bayer and BASF, both of which have a market capitalization more than double Monsanto’s, are mulling a takeover bid. Continue reading »

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May 18

NAS Report Shows GM Crops ‘Clearly Not the Answer to World Hunger’:

A new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report “Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects” released today recommends pre-market safety assessments of GMOs, and it cites consumers’ social and economic choices as issues that policymakers should consider when debating  mandatory labeling for GMOs.

Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, agreed.

“When it comes to GMO labels, the NAS report points out that there are value choices that consumers want to make when they shop for food.  We’re pleased to see that the report cites the wealth of polling data showing consumers want GMO labeling,” stated Michael Hansen, Ph.D., senior scientist with Consumers Union.

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May 18

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Nebraska Farmers Launch Cancer Case against Monsanto’s Roundup:

Four Nebraska farmers have stated in a U.S. lawsuit that “despite Monsanto’s claim that its Roundup weed-killer is safe enough to drink” the widely used herbicide gave them non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Source: www.courthousenews.com

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans” but Monsanto has promoted Roundup as “safe enough to drink,” the farmers say in their federal lawsuit. Continue reading »

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May 18

China Agriculture Ministry: No Approval for Monsanto’s RR2 Xtend GMO Soybeans

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May 17

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New Evidence About the Dangers of Monsanto’s Roundup:

John Sanders worked in the orange and grapefruit groves in Redlands, California, for more than 30 years. First as a ranch hand, then as a farm worker, he was responsible for keeping the weeds around the citrus trees in check. Roundup, the Monsanto weed killer, was his weapon of choice, and he sprayed it on the plants from a hand-held atomizer year-round.

Frank Tanner, who owned a landscaping business, is also a Californian and former Roundup user. Tanner relied on the herbicide starting in 1974, and between 2000 and 2006 sprayed between 50 and 70 gallons of it a year, sometimes from a backpack, other times from a 200-gallon drum that he rolled on a cart next to him. Continue reading »

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May 15

For The American Farmer “It’s Death By A 1,000 Knives”- US Farmland Values Plunge Most In 30 Years:

Not so long ago, US farmland – whose prices were until recently rising exponentially – was considered by many to be the next asset bubble. Then, exactly one year ago, the fairytale officially ended, and as reported in February, US farmland saw its first price drop since 1986. It was also about a year ago when looking ahead, very few bankers expected price appreciation and more than a quarter of survey respondents expect cropland values to continue declining.

They were right.

According to several regional Fed reports released last Thursday, real farmland values in parts of the Midwest fell at their fastest clip in almost 30 years during the first quarter. Continue reading »

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May 11

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The Coming Wide-Spread Use of Drones in Agriculture

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May 06

Extreme crop damage in Europe due to cold:

With about 80% of the fruit harvest destroyed in parts of Austria, the words ‘complete catastrophe’ have been used. 

In several European countries – such as Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Germany, Slovenia, France and Belgium – apples, pears, cherries and grapes were frozen early last week.

Excerpts from a summary by NFO, the Dutch fruit growers association:

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In the state of Styria the words ‘complete catastrophe’ have been used. About 80 per cent of the fruit harvest destroyed … €100 million Euro in damages for the fruit sector (without grapes) alone.

Councillor Hans Seitinger: “This is truly a unique situation, which has not occurred in the last 50 years.” Continue reading »

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Apr 21

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Thousands of US Farms Switch to Organic as Demand Continues to Boom:

Organic food demand is so booming that multiple efforts are underway to support the acquisition of organic farmland. Even Costco is getting in on the action by offering to help farmers buy land and farm equipment. People’s huge appetite for organics has been ignored by Big Ag for so long that land to grow food organically in the U.S. is rather scarce. Currently, organic farming acres make up less than one percent of total U.S. farmland. Instead of growing our own, we’re importing a bunch of organic corn, soy, and other products every year.

This trend of people wanting organic products seems to be growing, too. U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics show that in 2014, certified organic operations in the U.S. had reached an astonishing number of 19,474, while a total of 27,814 certified organic operations exist around the world. Other studies report that another 3,000 farms are transitioning to organic. The word is out – individuals everywhere are quickly switching to organic. Continue reading »

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Apr 17

Citizens In Hungary Burn Monsanto GMO Cornfields:

Citizens in Hungary have located and destroyed 1000 acres of cornfields that were found to be grown with GMO seeds supplied by Monsanto. 

In Hungary, GMO seeds are banned along with other GM ingredients.

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Apr 13

Chinese Citizens Protest against ChemChina’s $ 43 Billion Acquisition of Syngenta:

A large group of Chinese experts and citizens have joined together to sign a protest letter against ChemChina’s acquisition of the Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta.

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The protest letter is based on the serious health concerns many Chinese citizens have over GMO crops and pesticides. The letter can be found in full below and was even signed by China’s former Chemical Industry Minister Qin Zhongda:

Protest Inquiry Letter to

State Council State-Owned Assets Supervision & Administration Commission Regarding ChinaChem Massive Funds Acquisition of GM/ Toxin Company Syngenta

(Submitted Date: 2016-03-31)

Respectful leading officials of State Council State-Owned Assets Supervision & Administration Commission,

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Apr 06

Burkina Faso Association Seeks $ 83 Million from Monsanto over GMO Cotton Failure:

Burkina Faso’s cotton association is seeking 48.3 billion CFA francs ($83.91 million) in compensation from U.S. seed company Monsanto after it said genetically modified cotton led to a drop in quality, association members said on Monday.

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Source: www.reuters.com

Cotton is the second-biggest source of revenue for the impoverished West African country after gold.

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Apr 06

Gates Foundation and USAID Spread GMO Industry Control over Traditional African Crops:

The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), in a new report published Monday titled, “For your own good!” The chicanery behind GM non-commercial ‘orphan crops’ and rice for Africa shows that the GM industry is expanding its grasp to African traditional crops such as cassava, sorghum, sweet potato, pigeon pea, cowpea, banana as well as rice under the guise of philanthropy.

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The report reveals that a great deal of research and development is currently underway into the genetic modification (GM) of these crops, with most of the on-going trials being focused on drought and salt tolerance, nitrogen use efficiency, resistance to tropical pests and diseases and nutritional enhancement (biofortification). The key countries that have been targeted include, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Malawi. Continue reading »

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Mar 28

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Thanks to Solar Panels, Syrian Farmers Could Feed People for First Time in Years:

United Kingdom — A group of Syrian activists have launched a solar-powered irrigation initiative in the Idlib province to assist local farmers in restoring local agriculture devastated by the country’s five year civil war. Prior to the revolution,  farmers in Idlib’s western countryside would use electricity to pump wells and irrigate their orchards. Since the crippling devastation of much of the country’s infrastructure, some have gone years without being able to harvest a single crop. They have been forced to seek out alternative energy solutions. Continue reading »

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Mar 24

There’s a global sugar shortage and it’s even bigger than expected:

There’s a global sugar shortage and it’s even bigger than we expected

The global sugar shortage expected to hit in 2016 will be even more severe than expected because of droughts caused by El Nino.

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Mar 02

New research shows regulatory “safe” limits for glyphosate may not be safe at all:

The approval process for glyphosate herbicide is disputed because the commercial herbicide formulations as sold and used contain additives or co-formulants, which are more toxic than glyphosate alone. Yet glyphosate alone is tested to calculate the ADI or acceptable daily intake, the level that is supposedly safe to consume over the long term. That’s in spite of the fact that we are exposed to the formulations, not the isolated presumed active ingredient glyphosate. Continue reading »

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Mar 02

Spain Urged to Ban GM Maize over Crossbreeding Fears with Invasive Wild Ancestor:

On Thursday thirteen civil society organisations active in agriculture and environmental issues have officially alerted the European Commission that the wild ancestor of cultivated maize, teosinte, has appeared in Spain and is spreading widely in maize growing areas as an invasive species.

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Teosinte and maize have the potential to interbreed and form hybrids. This applies equally to genetically engineered maize MON810, produced by Monsanto and grown on more than 100,000 hectares in Spain. Due to the risks of appearance of an invasive, transgenic teosinte species, the organisations have asked the Commission and the Spanish government to ban the cultivation of MON810 in 2016. Continue reading »

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Feb 28

Virginia nullifies federal cannabis prohibition, legalizes hemp farming:

On January 26, the Virginia House of Delegates unanimously voted to pass a bill that would allow its citizens to grow and process hemp products. Similarly to Oregon, South Carolina, Colorado, Maine, Vermont and other states, Virginia sought to give people the legal grounds to oppose the current unconstitutional federal ban that was in place for this industry. Every single representative voted yes to this proposition, yielding a 98-0 majority in favor of the hemp farming initiative, or House Bill 699.

What does Virginia gain from legalizing hemp?

Hemp, which is not to be confused with marijuana, belongs to the same family of plants, cannabis sativa, but does not contain enough tetrahydrocannabinol or THC in order to be psychoactive. In fact, most countries around the world have already made this significant delimitation between hemp and marijuana. Instead of banning hemp altogether, they introduced a limit of 0.3% allowed THC in hemp varieties, which renders it useless for recreational purposes. This has yet to happen in the United States.
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Feb 11

Indian Food and Agriculture Under Attack

H/t reader squodgy:

“Seems Monsatan has been part of John Perkins’ Hitmen Group for decades…

Monsanto and the Mustard Seed By Vandana Shiva

(Article in full down below.)

And they’re still at it, destroying economies, cultures, health…who needs war when Monsatan’s about?

Indian Food and Agriculture Under Attack

In 2013, India’s former Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar accused US companies of derailing the nation’s oilseeds production programme. Similar claims had been made before. For instance, we could revisit the 1998 mustard oil tragedy. At the time, Rajasthan Oil Industries Association claimed that a “conspiracy” was being hatched to undermine the mustard oil trade and charged that the “invisible hands of the multinationals” were involved (see the article ‘Monsanto and the Mustard Seed’).

India was almost self-sufficient in edible oils by the mid-1990s. Its farmers met 97% of domestic need. However, its edible oil import bill has increased dramatically since then. By 2013, India was the world’s second biggest importer of edible oils. Food and trade policy analyst Devinder Sharma notes that between 2006-07 and 2011-12 alone edible oil imports rose by 380%. Continue reading »

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Feb 10

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Portuguese Medical Association President Calls for Global Ban on Glyphosate:

The President of the Portuguese Medical Association, José Manuel Silva, has called for a Global ban on the World’s most used herbicide, Glyphosate, over the many health concerns surrounding the chemical.

Editorial by José Manuel Silva, President, Portuguese Medical Association. Published first in Portuguese in the July/August 2015 issue of the Portuguese Medical Association Magazine.

The New Statutory Rights of the Portuguese Medical Association and Glyphosate Continue reading »

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Feb 10

European Parliament Objects to Three GM Soybean Authorizations:

The EU Commission should not authorize the use of glyphosate-tolerant GM soybeans in food and feed, said the European Parliament on Wednesday.

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MEPs noted that glyphosate, a herbicide, classified as “probably carcinogenic” by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and that GMOs are being authorized in the EU without the support of member states. Continue reading »

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