United States Department of Agriculture on Thursday approved Monsanto's controversial herbicide-resistant genetically modified strains of soybean and cotton, in a move that critics say is a bow to the powerful biotechnology industry, at the expense of human and environmental health.
Pair of new studies show how various forms of human activity, driven by a flawed economic system and vast consumption, is laying waste to Earth's natural systems driving towards their breaking point. In a single lifetime humanity has become a geological force at the planetary-scale."
A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, concluded humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them.“We may b on a precipice of a major extinction event,;Douglas J. McCauley, an ecologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss: genetically modified (GM) food should be grown in Britain because it is more ‘eco-friendly. US, crops are being grown in a more environmentally friendly way with less water and pesticide usage. I would like us to have that opportunity. Our farmers need technology that will help them in world markets. Health, environmental, social and economic impacts of GMOs (see here)
Monsanto, which is responsible for genetically modifying much of the nation’s and world’s crops, announced that its earnings fell 34% in its first fiscal quarter as South American farmers reject GMO crops.
The BRICS nations are lining up to fight biotech in their plot to take over the world’s food supply. Germany is requesting that the European Commission allow individual EU countries to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops before the 2015 harvest.
Irving, Texas area experienced 11 earthquakes between Tuesday and Wednesday, prompting further speculation about the role of fracking in seismic events. The strongest of the 11 was a 3.6 magnitude quake—classified as "significant" by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Kirk Bair is a farmer looking for ways to grow food economically with as little labor as possible. realizes health dangers of GM crops, but he plants them anyway. Why? He feels he has no choice, there is a multi-billion dollar industry calling the shots. It’s more economical and more convenient to use GMO corn on real ground.
Monsanto tried to patent a tomato that had no biotech traits. European Patent Office, international coalition, No Patents on Seeds revoked Monsanto’s fraudulent patent and claim to tomatoes that are naturally resistant to a fungal disease called botrytis. These natural, non-GMO tomatoes, like many healthy plants, have a natural resistance to certain pests.
TEPCO hiding the true levels of radiation that are still being dumped into the ocean daily, now being accused of hiding worker injuries, used radiation detectors that gave low readings. Green technologies available for generating energy.
In America, unlike in other countries, a huge chunk of medical spending goes to insurance company profits, not to health care. Another big chunk goes to paperwork, which has a variety of purposes such as collecting personal information on patients and combating fraud (probably the paperwork costs more than fraud).
Due to the prevalence of superweeds created by Monsanto’s RoundUp, farmers are trying to eradicate them with new chemicals, 2,4-D and dicamba that create pesticide drift, often mutating vines on neighboring vineyards for multiple seasons of wine growing.
Despite a cultivation and seed import ban of genetically modified (GM) oilseed rape in Switzerland, Monsanto and Bayer's GM plants have been introduced into the environment there, confirming fears that once the GM genie has been let out of the bottle it can not be put back.
Persistent drought condition have sparked a water war in Brazil, which has more water resources than any other country in the world. The two largest cities in the South American powerhouse, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, fighting over rights to a water source that sits between them. Rio de Janeiro has long relied on the Jaguari reservoir. Sao Paulo wants in on the action.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that the state will not lift its ban on fracking. The long-awaited decision marks a decisive turn in the years-long battle over fracking in New York State
Until now, the Chinese have had little choice where to park their trillions, because only markets like the US Treasury market (and to a certain extent, gold) have been deep and liquid enough to accommodate their reserves. it plausible that, at some point a (largely gold-backed) renminbi will either dethrone the US dollar or co-exist alongside it in a new global currency regime.
Genetically modified mosquitoes are being set for release worldwide. After GM mosquitoes were let loose in Brazil, dengue fever cases spiked. British company who created the mosquitoes, has already shipped them to Florida, could be released in the Keys as early January or February of next year.
Researchers at Princeton University say abandoned wells in Pennsylvania are emitting natural gas. Three million nationwide could be leaking. Abandoned wells could represent 10 per cent of methane in Pennsylvania. Can leak methane for decades.
Farmers and crop scientists struggling to save the fast diminishing stock of agricultural diversity. 75 percent of fruit vegetable varieties gone. If the single seed variety that everyone is sowing turns out to be unsuited to climactic conditions, or lacks resistance to insect and crop diseases; won't have the genetic diversity on hand, resilient varieties that can withstand the rigors.
A pipeline breach near the Israel-Jordan border has flooded a nature reserve in what authorities call one of Israel’s worst environmental disasters, causing large amounts of potentially poisonous gas to be released near Aqaba, raising health concerns
A Texas hamlet shaken by its first recorded earthquake last year and hundreds since then is among communities now taking steps to challenge the oil and gas industry's traditional supremacy over the right to frack.
In Pamplona, Spain the yearly tradition is to throw yourself into an arena and run for your life as bulls chases you. America, has a similar tradition, bulls are replaced with human sheeple who will stop at nothing to ensure they walk away with the best consumer deals they can find. People often hurt in both events, sometimes lead to death as weaker sheep are trampled during the commotion. 100 million Americans will head out for their annual running and spend upwards of $13 billion in a single day.
San Diego has embraced a once-toxic idea: turning sewer water into drinking water. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $2.5-billion plan to recycle wastewater.
Neil Young is boycotting Starbucks. Starbucks is supporting a lawsuit to block law that requires genetically-modified ingredients be labeled,” Young wrote. “ claims that the law is an assault on corporations’ right to free speech.”
Attempt to stop water flowing into trench at Fukushima plant fails… TEPCO determined leak must be continuing. Special cement failed. TEPCO cannot create a planned underground wall of frozen soil around the No. 1 through 4 reactor buildings. Highly-radioactive water from tunnels under the facility leaks to surrounding soil. Tepco unable to halt tainted water flowing.
Oil companies contaminate what could otherwise be very useful ground water resources for irrigation and for drinking. It’s possible these aquifers are now contaminated irreparably during worst drought in the history of agriculture in California.” Avoiding the tapwater may be a good idea.
California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Statewide Plant Pest Prevention and Management Program’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR), would give authority to spray toxic chemicals avoided, by the organic community if the agency decides a pest is threatening economically important crops.
Seawater 160km off Californian coast was found to contain Caesium-134. This is an isotope that only occurs in nuclear reactors and can be used to trace the spread of radiation from Fukushima.
United States and China, which combine to produce nearly half of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, struck a deal to reduce their emissions. Conservatives oppose taxes or regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions, dismiss scientific conclusions that would justify such regulations.
Claims by the biotech industry that GMO crops can be contained and kept away from organic farmers who have chosen not to use genetically modified ‘suicide’ seeds has steadily been proven false. A third of organic growers are now reporting problems with cross contamination.
The keeper of these bees, Dave Schuit, who produces honey, reported that he lost over 600 hives – around 37 million bees. “Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions.” US scientists have found 121 different pesticides in samples of bees, wax and pollen.
Japanese government planning to burn and store its waste on two sites in Futaba and Okuma for those highly radioactive, in Tomiaka for those weakly radioactive (8,000 Bq / kg). The most active ash (100,000 Bq / kg) will be trapped in concrete and stored for thirty years. Then moved to a final repository to be stored there for more than two centuries and a half.
Earthquakes have rumbled under northwestern Nevada like a seismic drumroll since midsummer, and in recent days, they have built to a crescendo. Seismologists refer to such quakes as swarms, U.S. Geological Survey detected them regularly. They can produce thousands of small tremors. In September, 500 miniquakes struck southeastern California in two days. largest magnitude 3.8.
Monsanto ? Known for creating or helping to create 13 highly carcinogenic and toxic products including saccharin, PCBs, Polystyrene, DDT, the atom bomb, nuclear weapons, dioxin, Agent Orange, Petroleum based fertilizers, Round Up, rGBH, aspartame, GMOs, and terminator seeds.
Latest update of Yellowstone volcano by United States Geological Survey (USGS), October registered 98 total earthquakes in the Yellowstone National Park region, 21 more earthquakes than those reported in September.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has sounded a stark warning over California’s sustained drought, publishing its latest findings where satellite surveys show a rapidly depleting groundwater supply. California is the United States’ most valuable agricultural state, and thus key to America’s food supply (and much of the world’s as well) that could mean drastic consequences for food commodity prices and potential shortages.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Climate change is happening, it's almost entirely man's fault and limiting its impacts may require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, the U.N.'s panel on climate science said Sunday.
COPENHAGEN — The gathering risks of climate change are so profound that they could stall or even reverse generations of progress against poverty and hunger if greenhouse emissions continue at a runaway pace, according to a major new United Nations report.
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently decided to deregulate Dow Chemical’s next-generation GE crops. These crops are resistant to glyphosate, toxins like 2,4-D, a component of Agent Orange, Dicamba, linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and cancers, disease.
Japan to reopen a nuclear plant despite warnings of increased volcanic activity in the region from scientists. Japan’s Seismological Agency documented increase of activity in the Ioyama volcano, 40 miles from the power station. A month ago, there was an eruption at Mt. Ontake.
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