Brazil to break global moratorium on genetically-modified "terminator" seeds,said to threaten the livelihoods of millions of small farmers around the world. Sterile or "suicide" seeds produced byof genetic use restriction technology, makes crops die off after one harvest without producing offspring.
Anchorage Daily News: Hundreds of dead sea birds found on beaches of St. Lawrence Island victims of Alaska’s first detected avian cholera outbreak, there’s a lot more birds that died somewhere else that we didn’t see. Residents worried something in the environment killed the birds, notified officials.
Miles and miles of anchovies, mountains deep. And it’s not just whales, there are sea lions in droves, even killer whales. Sea lions calves this year dying off in worrying numbers. And in recent weeks disturbingly, sea stars from Alaska to San Diego wasting away, literally melting.
Since October, 20 people have died in Madagascar from bubonic plague,‘plague capital’ of the world, 60 deaths a year from the disease. Bubonic plague (Yersinia pestis) is spread by the fleas from black rats. Found on all continents. Madagascar gets 196,000 international visitors a year.
A federal judge said General Motors is not required to pay $450 million to cover medical benefits for retirees, in a defeat for the United Auto Workers union. U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn: post-bankruptcy GM did not assume any obligation for the payment.
Uruguay has become the first country in the world to legalize both the sale and production of marijuana. Under the new legislation, the price of marijuana will be set at one dollar per gram, aiming to undercut the current price of $1.40 on the illegal market. A historic day" for Uruguay.
Doctors of the World (MDM) said on Monday the crisis in Greece has badly damaged people's ability to cover their medical expenses, warning that the issue has put Greek children and pregnant women at risk. Over 27 percent of the population, unable to pay social security, left with no healthcare.
Sofia Gatica, a leading Argentine campaigner against Monsanto’s agrochemical spraying on GM soy received a death threat from a suspected Monsanto mercenary who held a gun to her. A few days later, Sofia was attacked and beaten near her place of work. Monsanto accused of intimidation tactics.
The mayor of the island of Hawaii, Billy Kenoi, has signed bill 113 into law. This bill prohibits biotech companies from operating on the island, and it bans farmers from growing any new genetically altered crops. (The papaya industry, which has more than 200 farms on the island, is exempt from the bill.)
Japanese media reporting radiation levels in the nuclear powerplant is now at its highest levels ever. Radiation so bad it can be fatal within 20 minutes. Two Sv is regarded as severe radiation poisoning. Six Sv produces a 100 per cent mortality rate after 30 days of suffering.
Britain’s biggest food bank provider, the Trussell Trust, has reported an explosion in food bank use as a direct outcome of austerity measures, welfare cuts, energy price increases and low pay. Confirmed that food bank use has tripled this year. Supplying meals for more than 50,000 people a day.
Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) is on its way to approve a licence application from PaxVax Australia (PaxVax) for the intentional release of a GMO vaccine consisting of live bacteria into the environment in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria.
Rep. Matt Cartwright (D., Penn.): Americans losing their insurance under Obamacare “a good thing,” MSNBC Live Friday. Those losing insurance will ultimately benefit from that happening. I think is a good thing, because what we’re up to here is we are strengthening the health care system in this country.”
Operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant: radioactive materials detected, topped 36,000 times the permissible level in underground water extracted in the area. TEPCO: radioactive levels in seawater within the harbor around the plant do not show any major change.
U.S. oil company Chevron suspended exploration for shale gas in Romania, hundreds of anti-fracking protesters tore down fences. Hundreds of riot police couldn't prevent residents from demolishing fences and breaking into the site. Dozens detained, 14 charged with destruction of property, carrying knives.
RT’s Lucy Kafanov: Hundreds of protesters broke into a Chevron site after the US oil giant resumed search for shale gas in Romania. Clashes ensued as riot police started streaming in. Protesters chanted “Chevron go home. Situation escalated, surrounding perimeter fences taken down."
Swiss scientist Hans Hertel did independent research on microwave cooking once banned from publication by a court gag order demanded by an industry association. Told to recant or be arrested. Molecules are Agitated and Damaged. direct damage to cell walls and genes from microwaves.
Washington-based church in Olympia facing government attack after handing out more than 5,000 meals per month for the last two years. group known as ‘Crazy Faith Ministries’ has been hit with a bureaucratic siege of red tape for handing out the thousands of meals via a public parking lot.
Georgia’s Republican insurance commissioner Ralph Hudgens told a group of Republican women in November that having a pre-existing condition like breast cancer or asthma is like being at fault in a car accident and that insurance companies should rightfully be reluctant to cover you.
Moroccan parliament held a hearing into the industrial, medical benefits of marijuana. First steps at legalizing the plant. According to the UN, Morocco is responsible for 42 percent of the world supply of marijuana. Legalizing could boost exports, sales estimated at $10 billion. Important economic resource.
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Reporter, a fit young man in his early twenties, expected to walk11 miles in a 10-hour shift, and find an item every 33 seconds. Meeting his targets sometimes required running. His exhaustion was obvious. “I've never done a job like this before the pressure is unbelievable.”
Royal Veterinary College researchers have successfully engineered "designer sperm" for customizing humans. Patent describes genetic shopping: Couples stipulate desired characteristics, there are actual checkboxes, system computes which matches of sperm and egg would produce the desired outcome.
Shreveport-area town near natural gas drilling sites, has having issues with their water.Could ignite the water coming out of the faucet. Say the fault lies with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, which operates in the area, for leaking methane into their wells. Started once they started drilling wells.
A surge in the number of people requiring emergency food aid, a decrease in the amount of calories consumed by British families, and a doubling of the number of malnutrition cases seen at English hospitals. Austerity and welfare cuts are adding to the problem, rise in the use of food banks.
You don’t need to be one of the 15 million people in the US with this disease. Up to 90% of all diabetes type 2 (also called adult onset or non-insulin dependent diabetes) is caused by poor diet, lack of physical fitness, and lifestyle choices. You can “cure” yourself.
American Academy of Environmental Medicine: avoid GM (genetically modified) foods. Animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food," including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and gastrointestinal system.
President Obama defended the Affordable Care Act: this law is working better and people are getting covered, some for the very first time. We're going to keep on working to fix whatever problems come up.
Japan’s government panel offered new measures to fix Fukushima nuclear plant. Included a proposal to build more tanks with larger capacity and to install undersea filters for the contaminated water that is seeping into the Pacific. Some experts suggest simply releasing the contaminated water into the sea.
Hundreds of riot police brutally beat villagers protesting the company’s plan. Journalists were not permitted to get to the scene. 40 people beaten, detained and then taken into custody “for hostile behavior. Chevron: priority to “conduct activities in safe, environmentally responsible manner.
Author/journalist Ellen Brown warning public about banks. GMO foods (Genetically Modified Organisms) laced with a weed killer. Glyphosate inhibits your enzymes to digest food. Linked to 40 different diseases. Brown is a proponent of public banking where banks are treated more like utilities.
China recently rejected 60,000 tons of corn being imported from the United States found to be contaminated with Syngenta’s MIR162, a strain of transgenic corn. This strain of Bt corn is approved for food and/or feed in 11 countries throughout the world; not authorized in China.
Nonprofit organization Testbiotech: GMOs spreading throughout the world no controls in place to stop them. Escaped their intended areas, moving into the environment, infringing on wild plant populations. This is happening everywhere. USDA: GMO contamination “normal”.
One in four people in United Kingdom skipped meals over past year to feed their families. Only a quarter able to purchase same amount of food as a year ago, two thirds cutting back on heating in order to provide food for their families. U. K. facing "destitution, hardship and hunger on a large scale."
Massachusetts Statehouse approved 10-year ban on fracking for natural gas to protect state’s drinking water from possible contamination, ensure health and prosperity of communities. Earthquakes in Texas raised concerns over the controversial drilling technique. Anti-fracking sentiment grows among Texans.
Labeling GMOs won’t cost consumers a single penny. food companies change their labels all the time. Costs are minimal for labeling foods GMO, or otherwise, it would actually cost them more to print a new price tag. They spend even more on marketing campaigns to get us to buy their products.
Britain has embarked on its biggest charity food drive since the Second World War, with the aim to feed poor families over Christmas season. response to rising food poverty in Britain. nvolves British Red Cross, Neighborhood Food Collection, Trussell Trust food bank network, charity Fare Share, TESCO.
20 people injured in clashes in Argentina between union members and environmental activists, who were protesting construction of a plant by Monsanto. Activists are concerned the plant would process Monsanto-made genetically modified corn, ending up in the local market.
National coalition of 50 charities: Bedroom tax is hardship to thousands of disabled people in UK. 90 percent of people with disabilities, three quarters of carers cutting back on food, heating as result. Forces them “deeper into debt. Cut in housing benefit for claimants whose home has a spare room.
Spain's parliament has passed an environmental impact law that could legalize the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).Imports 76 percent of its energy needs. The technology could help relieve its foreign dependence on oil, coal and gas, boost the country’s ailing economy.
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