Monsanto now offering CASH to farmers if they will use its toxic “dicamba” agricultural chemical

Monsanto now offering CASH to farmers if they will use its toxic “dicamba” agricultural chemical:

The agri giant Monsanto, commonly known as the world’s most evil corporation, is now offering farmers cash in a desperate bid to distribute its XtendiMax with VaporGrip dicamba-based weed killer product. Reuters is reporting that Monsanto will be offering farmers refunds of over half the cost of the product in 2018, if they can prove that it was sprayed on soybeans known as Xtend, which have been specially engineered by the company to resist the toxic chemical.

These incentives are being offered even as the country is facing an agricultural crisis caused by dicamba-based products which evaporated and drifted away after being sprayed on crops.

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Dr. Stephanie Seneff (MIT, Senior Research Scientist) Presents Roundup MMR and Autism A Toxic Connection (Video)

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Dr. Thierry Vrain, Former Pro-GMO Scientist, Speaks Up Against Glyphosate (Video)

Dr. Thierry Vrain, former genetic engineer and soil biologist with Agriculture Canada, spoke with us today about his concerns with genetically engineered crops (GMOs) and more importantly, the use of Glyphosate (RoundUp). Dr. Vrain’s background in the field of genetic engineering (for 30 years), makes him an expert on this gene technology. He explained how a cell is genetically engineered and what happens after this random insertion process through a gene gun and how it can have unknown effects.

Since leaving Agriculture Canada 12 years ago, he has learned much more about the process of genetic engineering and the BT process (insect resistant) and the HT (herbicide resistant) crops that make up about 500 million acres. His primary concern at this time is the widespread use of Glyphosate which is a powerful herbicide, mineral chelator and a patented antibiotic. Dr. Vrain stated when speaking about Glyphosate:

“It’s almost as if the entire population of North American is on a low-grade antibiotic diet day in day out from birth, everyday, so this is the reality.”

H/t reader squodgy.

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Why are America’s farmers killing themselves in record numbers? (The suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans!)

Why are America’s farmers killing themselves in record numbers?:

The suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans.

H/t reader kevin a.

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Water WARS erupting across our world as fresh water supplies collide with surging food demand

Water WARS erupting across our world as fresh water supplies collide with surging food demand:

Water is a precious commodity, and without it we can’t grow food and survive. Yet industrial agriculture wastes water on a shocking scale, using open air irrigation and relying on fossil water supplies to grow food inefficiently.

If we hope to meet the demands of surging human population, we must conserve our water resources through sustainable agricultural methods such as permaculture and organic agriculture.

With many of the world’s largest aquifers now collapsing, much of the fossil water supply that feeds our world will be depleted before the year 2050. A global food collapse is now inevitable unless food production techniques are dramatically shifted toward sustainable practices. A food collapse, by the way, also means mass social unrest, revolutions and the toppling of world governments. Starvation inevitably leads to disease, suffering and mass death.

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Australia: Harvest: Cold Snap Wipes Out $180 MILLION Worth Of Victorian Crops

Harvest: Cold snap wipes out $180m worth of Victorian crops:

FROSTS have wiped as much as $180 million from the value of Victoria’s winter crop.

That’s the early estimate from the Victorian Government after the late spring snap ripped across western and central Victoria this month, causing extensive damage to wheat and legumes.

Some Western District growers have reported their whole crops being destroyed just weeks from what was shaping up as a bumper harvest. The worst frost hit on November 4.

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Monsanto In Court Again As Powerful New Herbicide Accidently Kills 3.6 Million Acres Of Crops

Monsanto In Court Again As Powerful New Herbicide Accidently Kills 3.6 Million Acres Of Crops:

Monsanto thought they had developed an amazing scheme to corner the Midwest farming market when they developed new genetically engineered seeds that were resistant to their new herbicide called dicamba.  The resistance of Monsanto’s new magical seed crops to dicamba meant that the herbicide could be sprayed liberally by farmers to eradicate weeds and boost yields.

Alas, as we pointed out last week (see: Meet Monsanto’s Other Herbicide Problem…), a small problem emerged when spray drifts from those liberal herbicide applications began to wipe out the crops of neighboring farmers who didn’t plant Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant seeds.

Now, as the Wall Street Journal points out today, after allegedly wiping out millions of acres of farm ground across the Midwest, Monsanto once again finds itself in a familiar spot: the courtroom.

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With Roundup On The Rocks, Monsanto Hatches New Seeds And A Dangerous New Plan

With Roundup On The Rocks, Monsanto Hatches New Seeds And A Dangerous New Plan:

Monsanto’s promises of a safe, “drift-free” dicamba have failed to materialize, as complaints have flooded into state agricultural departments across the country. So far this year, regulators have received nearly four years’ worth of complaints regarding dicamba-related crop damage.

So far, this year has not been very kind to Monsanto. First, collusion between Monsanto and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was revealed, whereby the company worked in tandem with the federal agency to discredit independent research conducted by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The IARC, in 2015, found that glyphosate – the key ingredient in Monsanto’s best-known product, Roundup — most likely causes cancer, a reality that Monsanto had secretly known for decades. Furthermore, Monsanto’s own head toxicologist, Donna Farmer, admitted that she “cannot say that Roundup does not cause cancer” as “we [Monsanto] have not done the carcinogenicity studies with Roundup.”

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From arms to farming: Russia becomes a grain superpower

From arms to farming: Russia becomes a grain superpower:

Exports of Russian wheat have grown by nearly a quarter in the first ten months of 2017, according to the country’s agriculture ministry. Russia now earns more from agriculture exports than weapons sales.

Wheat exports surged by 23 percent to 10.6 million tons with overall sales of Russian grain up by 28.4 percent to 16.9 million tons.

“This year, Russia will ship hefty volumes of grain to foreign markets. In particular, exports of wheat may total 32 million tons,” Aleksandr Korbut, vice-president of the Russian Grain Union, told Izvestia daily.

Last year, Russia exported 27.1 million tons of wheat, behind the world leader the US. In 2016, Russian farmers had their biggest harvest in nearly 40 years.

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BOMBSHELL: Genetic modification proven ineffective — pests have become immune to the poison of modified crops in less than five years, but we still have to eat it

BOMBSHELL: Genetic modification proven ineffective — pests have become immune to the poison of modified crops in less than five years, but we still have to eat it

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Growing food in the desert: is this the solution to the world’s food crisis?

Growing food in the desert: is this the solution to the world’s food crisis?:

Philipp Saumweber is creating a miracle in the barren Australian outback, growing tonnes of fresh food. So why has he fallen out with the pioneering environmentalist who invented the revolutionary system?

H/t reader kevin a.

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Chinese Scientists Just Figured Out a Way to Feed More Than 200 Million People

Chinese Scientists Just Figured Out a Way to Feed More Than 200 Million People:

Scientists at the Qingdao Saline-Alkali Tolerant Rice Research And Development Center in Qingdao, China have figured out a way to grow high-yield rice in salt water, Sputnik China reports.

The new saltwater-tolerant strain of rice is actually a tried and tested strain; now, however, scientists have been able to increase its yield nearly threefold, to 4.5 metric tons per hectare. Yuan Longping, China’s top authority on hybrid rice, told Chinese media that cultivation of the new hybrid rice would be able to feed over 200 million people.

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