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Canada, Australia, and Japan Issue Warning over GMO Contamination

May 13th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/canada-australia-and-japan-issue-warning-over-gmo-contamination/

Three countries jointly issue a warning genetically modified organisms pose too large a risk for contaminating other plants. If it’s allowed, you will have GMO contamination of non-GM crops and nearby land for many years.

Health Disaster in the Making: Hundreds of Schools Are Next to Fields Doused by Monsanto's Toxic Weed Killers

May 9th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.alternet.org/environment/health-disaster-making-hundreds-schools-are-next-fields-doused-monsantos-toxic-weed

Genetically engineered crops, or GMOs, have led to an explosion in growers’ use of herbicides, with the result that children at hundreds of elementary schools across the country go to class close by fields that are regularly doused with escalating amounts of toxic weed killers. The proximity of many schools to fields blanketed in the chemical puts kids at risk of exposure.

Denmark suspends fracking over ‘hazardous’ chemicals

May 6th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://rt.com/news/256229-denmark-fracking-chemicals-total/

Denmark has suspended the first exploratory drilling for shale gas which lasted only one day after it discovered that French gas-giant Total, in charge of the project, had used “unauthorized” chemicals.

Chilling: How Monsanto’s Agent Orange is Still Used Today

May 6th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/chilling-how-monsantos-agent-orange-is-still-used-today/

From Dicamba to 2,4-D to glyphosate, the chemicals being used on our crops are meant for our consumption, but not as food, and not to ‘feed’ the world. Some say it’s actually part of an over-arching plan to ‘control its population.’

“Caldrons of hell” created at Fukushima, says energy company official

May 4th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://rinf.com/alt-news/newswire/caldrons-of-hell-created-at-fukushima-says-energy-company-official-disaster-is-recurring-each-day-at-plant-japan-nuclear-expert-we-have-a-crisis-of-a-severity-t/

“Caldrons of hell” created at Fukushima, says energy company official; Disaster is recurring each day at plant — Japan Nuclear Expert: We have a crisis “of a severity that can’t be imagined anywhere else.” 4 years have passed, the accident has not yet been brought to a close at all.

Thousands of Farmers in India Rise up Against Monsanto

May 4th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/thousands-of-farmers-in-india-rise-up-against-monsanto/

Some have said that India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, arrived at the nation’s pro-GMO position with the help of generous campaign funding from a GMO lobby, but that hasn’t stopped thousands of Indian farmers from demonstrating against Monsanto and their biotech cronies in a massive grassroots movement that shuns anti-farmer practices and genetically modified crop farming.

Dead zones recorded in Atlantic Ocean for first time - Video

May 4th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.aol.com/article/2015/05/04/dead-zones-recorded-in-atlantic-ocean-for-first-time/21179392/

for the first time researchers have discovered dead zones in these waters, areas low in both oxygen and salinity off the coast of Africa. Fish can't survive in the dead zones, researchers don't yet fully understand how microorganisms will react.

Michigan, Texas, Mississippi, California, Idaho And Washington All Jolted By Significant Earthquakes

May 3rd, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://endoftheamericandream.com/

Michigan hit by worst earthquake state has seen in more than 60 years. In recent days, a series of alarming earthquakes all over the United States. Number of volcanoes erupting right now is greater than 20th century’s average for an entire year. One scientist claiming solar activity declining faster “than any time in last 9300 years.”

Monsanto has the FBI in its pocket

April 30th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://rinf.com/alt-news/latest-news/the-fbi-is-now-working-for-monsanto/

“Protecting America’s[GMO] seed corn industry” now rises to the level of fighting terrorists. FBI invoked broader powers authorized by Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, in case against two Chinese siblings who allegedly plotted to steal patented GMO seeds from cornfields in Iowa. FBI treats economic espionage and similar trade secret theft as dangerous threats to national security.

'Europe is Good at Gas': Shell Lobbied EU to Prefer Gas Over Renewables

April 28th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://sputniknews.com/business/20150427/1021442474.html

International energy giant Shell lobbied the European Union to opt for the use of natural gas instead of striving toward renewable energy, the Guardian reported citing private correspondence.

Colombia's health ministry seeks to halt coca spraying

April 28th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141079165

Colombias Health Ministry is recommending the immediate suspension of aerial spraying of a herbicide thats the cornerstone of U.S.-financed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops. The ministry based its decision on the reclassification last month of glyphosate as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization's research arm. It said it was acting in accordance with a constitutional court ruling that it take precautions whenever credible health risks are apparent.

After Bee Die-Off, Chinese Apple Farmers Resort to Hand-Pollination

April 26th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://govtslaves.info/after-bee-die-off-chinese-apple-farmers-resort-to-hand-pollination/

Pollination of apples in Maoxian has to be completed within five days in order for the trees to bear fruit. Every year thousands of villagers arrive for the arduous task of meticulously pollinating every single blossom by hand. Using homemade pollination sticks made from chicken feathers and cigarette filters dipped into plastic bottles filled with pollen, a single person can pollinate five to ten trees in a day.

Official: US Government Confirms That Fracking Is Causing Earthquakes in Oklahoma

April 25th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://21stcenturywire.com/2015/04/25/official-us-government-confirms-that-fracking-causing-earthquakes-in-oklahoma/

US Geological Survey report has been released, which details how the same hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’ process used to extract natural gas and oil from shale rock beds – is responsible for unnaturally inducing earthquakes in places like Oklahoma.

EU Commission proposes GM opt-out for member states

April 22nd, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://rt.com/news/252101-eu-commission-gmo-law/

The European Commission proposed a new law which would allow individual EU countries to restrict or prohibit imported genetically modified (GM) crops – even if they have been approved by the bloc as a whole. The US says the move is "not constructive." Plan would "grant member states a greater say as regards the use of EU-authorized GMOs in food and feed on their respective territories."

What If The Drought Causes California’s Food Supply to Collapse? - Video

April 21st, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/what-if-the-drought-causes-californias-food-supply-to-collapse_042015

NASA experts claim California now holds less than 1 year in water reserves, while the drought and water usage have depleted fresh supplies at a drastic rate. This is a direct threat to biggest source agriculture production in the country, 80-90% of many key fruit and vegetable crops being raised in California.

Brazil Admits Monsanto’s Roundup Is Causing Cancer After Approving 3 GMO Crops

April 19th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/brazil-gave-green-light-to-3-new-gm-crops-but-calls-glyphosate-cancerous/

Brazilian authorities recently approved new types of GM corn and soy meant to be used with 2,4-D chemicals, as well as a genetically modified eucalyptus trees. Brazil’s National Cancer Institute just echoed the World Health Organization’s concern that glyphosate, is cancerous, condemns GM crops for placing the country in the top ranking globally for pesticide consumption.

US May Start Testing Food for ‘Probably Carcinogenic’ Glyphosate

April 18th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://sputniknews.com/us/20150418/1021050402.html

Following the World Health Organization’s report declaring that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, likely causes cancer, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that regulators may begin testing food for residue of the pesticide chemical.

‘Monster Marijuana’ To Become Reality As Monsanto Patents GMO Po

April 18th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/%E2%80%98Monster_Marijuana%E2%80%99_To_Become_Reality_As_Monsanto_Patents_GMO_Pot/43506/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Monsanto announced it had patented the first genetically modified strain of marijuana. This has far-reaching consequences for drugs policy, since cannabis is still an illegal substance. Would you smoke GMO pot, or would you prefer to smoke nature’s finest?

EU clears path for 17 new GM foods

April 17th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/EU_clears_path_for_17_new_GM_foods/43487/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Europe currently imports around 58 GM products from abroad, mostly US maize, cotton, soy bean and sugar beet. Seventeen new genetically modified food products will be authorised for import to Europe before the end of May in a significant acceleration of biotech trade.

Activist Power: Lowe’s to Stop Selling Bee-Killing Neonics

April 17th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/activist-power-lowes-to-stop-selling-bee-killing-neonics/

Lowe’s, one of the US’s largest home improvement and gardening supply stores, has plans to stop selling products containing ‘neonics,’ largely in response to activist pressure, a likely culprit in the decimation of bee and butterfly colonies. EU suspended their use in all 27 countries years ago.

Lab Sees 3400% Increase in Testing Food for Monsanto’s Toxic Glyphosate

April 16th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/independent-lab-sees-3400-increase-in-requests-to-test-for-toxic-glyphosate/

Ben Winkler, laboratory manager at Microbe Inotech Laboratories in St. Louis: The commercial lab received three to four requests a week to test foods and other substances for glyphosate residues. In prior years, it received only three to four requests annually, according to its records.

U.S. Forced to Import Corn as Shoppers Demand Organic Food

April 16th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://govtslaves.info/u-s-forced-to-import-corn-as-shoppers-demand-organic-food/

A growing demand for organics, and the near-total reliance by U.S. farmers on genetically modified corn and soybeans, is driving a surge in imports from other nations where crops largely are free of bioengineering. Imports such as corn from Romania and soybeans from India are booming.

Food Chain Catastrophe: Emergency Shut Down Of West Coast Fisheries: “Populations Have Crashed 91 Percent”

April 16th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/food-chain-catastrophe-emergency-shut-down-of-west-coast-fisheries-populations-have-crashed-91-percent_04162015

Sea creatures dying in absolutely massive numbers. Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to direct NOAA Fisheries Service to halt the current season as early as possible. sardine populations have crashed 91 percent since 2007. sardine populations have crashed 91 percent since 2007. Sardine populations have crashed 91 percent since 2007.

Portland Bans Insecticide in Light of Massive Bee Deaths

April 16th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/portland-oregon-bans-insecticide-in-light-of-massive-bee-deaths/

Portland, Oregon has joined at least seven other cities in banning the usage of neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides that many scientists think is behind colony collapse disorder and the premature death and dysfunction of many bees and other pollinating insects. The ban applies to all city lands and will be enforced despite the opposition of some nearby farmers who claim neonicotinoids are critical for producing their food crops.

Corporate Farms Control of Water

April 15th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Corporate_Farms_Control_of_Water/43444/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Many corporate interests contend that private ownership of public water out- weighs the rights of actual property owners. Corporate agriculture is quite different from traditional family farming. Factory farms that have taken over agribusiness demonstrate little regard for preserving a viable water supply.

Brazil Approves more Herbicide-Resistant Corn, Soy, & GM Trees

April 15th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/brazil-approves-more-herbicide-resistant-corn-soy-gm-trees/

Brazil’s National Technical Commission on Biotechnology (CTNBio) approve genetically modified eucalyptus trees, corn and soybeans both made to be tolerant to 2,4-D herbicide.

BIG WIN! El Salvador Farmers Kick Monsanto Out

April 14th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/big-win-el-salvador-farmers-beat-monsantos-monopoly/

After outperforming Monsanto’s biotech seed with record crop yields, they have also now managed a giant defeat of Monsanto by preventing the company from supplying El Salvador with its poison seeds.

Coal Is Dying and It's Never Coming Back

April 14th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/04/mitch-mcconnell-war-coal

Coal, the No. 1 cause of climate change, is dying. Last year saw a record number of coal plant retirements in the United States, and a study last week from Duke University found that since 2008, the coal industry shed nearly 50,000 jobs, while natural gas and renewable energy added four times that number.

Lowe’s to Stop Selling Bee-Killing Pesticides to Protect Pollinators

April 12th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://govtslaves.info/lowes-to-stop-selling-bee-killing-pesticides-to-protect-pollinators/

After two years of pressure by the hard-hitting campaign by Friends of the Earth and partners, Lowe’s Home Improvement announced yesterday it will begin to eliminate neonicotinoid pesticides—a leading contributor to global bee declines—from its stores. This public commitment is the most significant announcement so far for a retailer of its size.

US Farmers Going Out of Business Due to GM Crop Contamination

April 12th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/us-farmers-hemorrhaging-cash-due-to-gm-crop-contamination/

Every time an organic farm is contaminated with genetically modified crops, those farmers lose their very expensive designation as an ‘organic farm’ but also are in the legal jaws of companies like Monsanto who sue farmers for patent infringement, even when it was their seed that happened to contaminate an organic farm, through no fault of the farmer.

Fukushima Robot Dies Three Hours After Entering Radioactive Reactor Vessel

April 11th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://govtslaves.info/fukushima-robot-dies-three-hours-after-entering-radioactive-reactor-vessel/

robot sent to inspect a reactor’ containment vessel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant stopped responding three hours into the operation.

Monsanto Profits Fall Another 15% In April

April 10th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/monsanto-profits-fall-another-15-in-april/

The Wall Street Journal reports on Monsanto’s loss in the latest piece entitled ‘Monsanto Profit Falls 15% on Weak Sales, Stronger Dollar,’ which reads: “Monsanto Co. said its earnings fell 15% in its fiscal second quarter, missing analysts’ expectations as corn-seed sales weakened and a stronger U.S. dollar pressured results.

Poland Announces Complete Ban on Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Maize

April 10th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://investmentwatchblog.com/poland-announces-complete-ban-on-monsantos-genetically-modified-maize/

Poland has announced that it will launch a complete ban on growing Monsanto’s genetically modified strain MON810, announcement, made by Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki, sets yet another international standard against Monsanto’s genetically modified creations.

Water Crisis Pushes Brazil Toward Solar Power at Last

April 6th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/water_crisis_pushes_brazil_towards_solar_power_at_last_20150406

The drought has seen a dramatic drop in the levels of the reservoirs that supply dozens of hydroelectric dams in the southeast and centre west—Brazil´s industrial powerhouse and major population centre. Levels fall too low to generate power. Plans to introduce solar energy into the energy mix being considered as Brazil seeks alternatives to hydroelectric dam.

Family Vacations In Luxury Resort In Caribbean; Father Paralyzed, Two Teen Boys In Comas, From Being Exposed To Pesticide

April 6th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://investmentwatchblog.com/family-vacations-in-luxury-resort-in-caribbean-father-paralyzed-two-teen-boys-in-comas-from-being-exposed-to-pesticide/

“Steve Esmond, his wife Dr Theresa Devine were staying with their two teenage sons Sean and Ryan at the luxury Sirenusa resort in St. John when they suffered serious illness over two weeks ago. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that investigators found an acutely toxic and odorless pesticide banned in the US, a substance known as methyl bromide, during its preliminary examination of the rental villa where the family stayed.

In California, farmers rely on oil wastewater to weather the drought

April 6th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/04/in-california-farmers-rely-on-oil-wastewater-to-weather-the-drought/

The wastewater Chevron is selling flows, without municipal treatment (though the oil products are removed), to 90 local farmers who spread it on their citrus, nut and grape crops.

Germany Set to Ban Fracking In Unprecedented Legislation

April 5th, 2015
Categories: Environment

The “strictest conditions for fracking” to date have been passed in Germany by the cabinet, after they approved the country’s first nationwide fracking law. The law would ban fracking in specific areas to “protect drinking water, health, and the environment.”

Icelandic gov’t suggests removing the power of commercial banks to create money and handing it to the central bank

April 4th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://govtslaves.info/icelandic-govt-suggests-removing-the-power-of-commercial-banks-to-create-money-and-handing-it-to-the-central-bank/

Under the so-called Sovereign Money proposal, the country’s central bank would become the only creator of money. Banks would continue to manage accounts and payments, and would serve as intermediaries between savers and lenders. The central bank can only try to influence the money supply with its monetary policy tools.

Ten Percent of California’s Water Goes to Almond Farming

April 4th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Ten_Percent_of_California%E2%80%99s_Water_Goes_to_Almond_Farming/43188/0/38/38/Y/M.html

California is nation’s leading producer of almonds, avocados, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, grapes, lettuce, milk, onions, peppers, spinach, tomatoes, walnuts, and dozens of other commodities. The state produces one-third of our vegetables and two-thirds of our nuts and fruits.

EPA Restricts Use of Pesticides Suspected of Killing Bees

April 2nd, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141057391

EPAissued a moratorium on use of a of pesticide theorized to be responsible for plummeting bee populations. Neonicotinoids are a class of common pesticides that recent research pointed to as being harmful to birds, bees and other animals. The EPA previously approved their use, outcry over damage caused agency to reverse course while more studies are done. EPA sent letters to people and companies that applied for use of the pesticide, saying new use permits won't be issued.

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