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– UN report March 2011 – The potentially disastrous decline in bees, a vital pollinating element in food production for the growing global population, is likely to continue unless humans profoundly change their ways, from the use of insecticides to air pollution, according to a United Nations report released today.
“The way humanity manages or mismanages its nature-based assets, including pollinators, will in part define our collective future in the 21st century,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said. “The fact is that of the 100 crop species that provide 90 per cent of the world’s food, over 70 are pollinated by bees.”…ARTICLE CONTINUES….Humans must change behaviour to save bees, vital for food production – UN
SEE: List of crop plants pollinated by bees – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://ow.ly/cbq2F
How might our dreams of a synthetic utopia end?
By DAN CLOER via Science and Environment: It’s a Small World
Celebrating the establishment of the International Association of Chemical Societies as well as Marie Curie’s 1911 Nobel Prize, the United Nations has declared 2011 the International Year of Chemistry. The theme, “Chemistry: Our Life, Our Future,” may be significant in more ways than sloganeers intended: after a century of chemical tinkering, we wield the two-edged sword of our increasing knowledge ever more boldly. How might our dreams of a synthetic utopia end? The chemical signature of our activities, and in fact life on earth in general, has the capacity to be planet-changing. Our impact has simply been greatly accelerated over the past century. Does this matter? The real question is whether the gains are worth the costs. But we are only now beginning to understand the costs. “Everything must go somewhere,” Commoner noted, reminding us that the materials we create using our chemical know-how never disappear. By DAN CLOER (See Full Article ) Science and Environment: It’s a Small World.
Monsanto invents, produces and sells genetically modified seeds. As a chemical producer of saccharin and caffeine founded in 1901, Monsanto (and Dow Chemical and Diamond Shamrock) manufactured the highly poisonous herbicide and defoliant Agent Orange for the war in Vietnam which was excessively used. About 80 000 m³ of Agent Orange was sprayed across South Vietnam. 4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to agent orange, resulting in 400,000 deaths and disabilities, and 500,000 children born with birth defects. Agent Orange also increases the risk of various types of cancer and genetic defects. Shortly after the Vietnam War veterans reported various health complications which can be traced to exposure to Agent Orange. No Vietnamese have ever received any kind of compensation. SEE: “EL EFECTO #MONSANTO – Vietnam (1962-1974) Argentina (1996-????)” ow.ly/6YAQ5. AGENT ORANGE is now being used as a pesticide on our genetically modified food crops.
Monsanto produces Posilac, a hormone to increase milk production of cows. In the US it is used on a third of all dairy cows. In Canada and in Europe it is prohibited because of many side effects and diseases. SEE: “What do Agent Orange, DDT, aspartamine, bovine growth hormone, #GMOs and now, biopiracy all share in common?” MONSANTO: The Leader of the Biotech Chemical Cartel and “Chemical warfare: Horrific birth defects linked to tomato pesticides” ow.ly/6YAQG
Monsanto is world leader in the field of bio-engineering and has branches in 46 countries. 90 percent of the cultivated genetically modified organisms, including soybeans, canola, corn and cotton, are Monsanto patents. The practices of this company worldwide under criticism. “They want to control everything and seed make all the food production in the world their property,” says a farmer on Monsanto.
Understand the game. This huge monolith and juggernaut is consuming all agriculture world-wide, reducing it to a dangerous monoculture loaded with altered genes that this human body is not designed to assimilate. So long as Monsanto can keep research out of the hands of independent scientists, they control not only the research results but all the publicity around it. Monsanto is one of the most powerful and manipulative corporations in the world aligned with the other mega-corporate monopolies. It has the whole world population, the governments and politicians by the throat. They can buy their way into any situation, with huge budgets for lobbying, blackmail, coercion, graft, payola, political contributions and will do anything they have to take over the entire global food supply. You will find in the near future that the global explosion of diabetes and obesity alone all coincide with the sneak entry of gmos into our food supply 20 years ago. The human body is not designed to assimilate this type of toxic geoengineering. An anti-trust issue that no-one or no government is willing to touch…that is how powerful we have allowed Monsanto to become. The issue is not gmos alone, but how it destroys the biodiversity, the soils and life with the pesticides it requires to grow. This has affected our pollinator species declining at a terrifying rate, our water ways and all life in it, and a monoculture of industrial-produced agriculture that has adverse affects on all life….including YOURS. Small farmers are put out of business and have no chance of standing up in the courts against the court-owned Monsanto. The US Dept. of Agriculture is in bed with them and plays the same public relation game of pretending that we all (including small farmers) will benefit. We are fast approaching a tipping point –a point of no return– with Gmo seeding and our entire food supply. Our beneficial insects are killed, birds die when they eat the gmo crops/ insects; bees have been forced fed gmo pollen and we’ve lost 2/3rds of their population (and that goes for almost any species within nature constantly ingesting this diabolical chemically-aligned re-engineering of our natural food. When our cattle are fed genetically modified food it creates changes within them, we then eat it and an implosion of internal modifications begins in our bodies. Every fast food is all gmo; from the bun, to the tomato, to the lettuce, to the pickles, to the meat, to the oil it is cooked on/in. In effect, all life is being affected by this bioengineering of our entire food chain of which we are the end user. Monsanto is closing in fast for global take over by owning all seed that is required for growing food see: Monsanto; seeds; produce – latimes.com http://ow.ly/74fD Monsanto has been known to threaten journalist, and farmers who oppose them as well as the press. How powerful is that !! Once the change is in full operation, which is fast approaching, you cannot put the genie back into the box. What sort of health and life do you want for both yourself and the life forms you eat? Monsanto epitomizes what the Occupy Wall Street revolution is all about….total corporate control of our lives with us having no say due to the corruption within the political and news media systems and the recent Supreme Court ruling giving corporations “citizen’s rights”. Wake Up World…NOW
Monsanto; seeds; produce – latimes.com http://ow.ly/74fD
BAN GMOs NOW – A SPECIAL Institute of Science in Society
“GM Crops Farmer to Farmer” – YouTube http://ow.ly/6YCHP
The Future of Food and Seed – Vandana Shiva YouTube http://ow.ly/6YCIq
The Future of Food-Part 1 – Vandana Shiva YouTube http://ow.ly/6YCH6
Islands at Risk (Part 1) – Genetic Engineering in Hawai’i – YouTube http://ow.ly/6YCJb
When Food Kills – 44min. documentary – YouTube http://ow.ly/6YCLy
“Monsanto. The Murdering Monopoly” ow.ly/6YAHr
RESOURCES: http://www.gmwatch.org/ @GMWATCH
“Human beings have fabricated the illusion that in the 21st century they have the technological prowess to be independent of nature. Bees underline the reality that we are more, not less, dependent on nature’s services in a world of close to 7 billion people”
10 March 2011 – The potentially disastrous decline in bees, a vital pollinating element in food production for the growing global population, is likely to continue unless humans profoundly change their ways, from the use of insecticides to air pollution, according to a United Nations report released today.“The way humanity manages or mismanages its nature-based assets, including pollinators, will in part define our collective future in the 21st century,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said. “The fact is that of the 100 crop species that provide 90 per cent of the world’s food, over 70 are pollinated by bees.” READ ON: Humans must change behaviour to save bees, vital for food production – UN report.
Could we be facing a future without birds? Our reliance on pesticides has cut a swathe through their numbers. We must act now, argues Kate Ravilious
Birds are a real rarity these days. In his boyhood, he recalls, he would watch the acrobatics of entire flocks as they ducked and dived after insects. But now the skies are silent, barring the hum of the odd airplane. Turning back to his fruit and vegetable patch, he continues the laborious task of pollinating the raspberry plants by hand, gently brushing pollen onto the slender stigmas inside the flowers. In the past, bees, wasps, butterflies and flies would have done this job for him; nowadays such insects are likewise a rarity. Farmers instead resort to robot bees to pollinate their crops: tiny motors, encased in fuzzy fabric, which hover from flower to flower….(more… None flew over the cuckoo’s nest: A world without birds – Nature, Environment – The Independent.
MONSANTO CLOSE TO TAKING OVER GLOBAL FOOD SUPPLY
Tactics being employed by Monsanto are slowly destroying the integrity of the global food supply – could be irreversible!
According to Neil Harl, an agricultural economist from Iowa State University, Monsanto now has patented control over 90 percent of seeds and seed genetics, a chilling notion that has far-reaching consequences. Since the company regularly buys up independent seed companies, its competition is dwindling and the prices for its patented seeds continue to rise.
Monsanto’s genetic modification program has reached 95 percent of domestic soybean crops and 80 percent of domestic corn crops. It has plans in the works to insert its patented genes into wheat crops as well, given U.S. farmers agree to use them this time around. These percentages are likely even higher when considering the natural and unintended spread of pollen and seeds from these genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) into conventional or organic fields.
According to a recent Associated Press investigation, agri-giant Monsanto regularly employs business practices that not only aim to eliminate all competition, but essentially position the company as the sole proprietor of all things related to food. While old news to many in the natural health community, the mainstream press is beginning to recognize the world domination tactics being employed by Monsanto that are slowly destroying the integrity of the global food supply. (more) …“Natural News”
Monsanto is trying to take over the world food suppl
SEE ALSO: Monsanto GMO Ignites Big Seed War : NPR. Listen (1.13.10)
SEE ALSO: Better than Nature? GMO Foods, Your Health « The Natural Eye Project http://ow.ly/VSqZ
AND: MONSANTO AND THEIR PALS AGAIN, PRESIDENT OBAMA « The Natural Eye Project http://ow.ly/VSuP
AND: President Obama. Please Stop Monsanto « The Natural Eye Project http://ow.ly/VSvB
AND: Is Monsanto Finally Meeting its’ Maker? An Anti-Trust Issue « The Natural Eye Project http://ow.ly/VSwn
AND: Report: Monsanto Corn Causes Organ Damage in Mammals http://ow.ly/VTmp
Genetically modified foods are being approved before we understand their long-term health effects.
In gearing up for the 2010 release of its super-genetically modified corn called “SmartStax,” agricultural-biotechnology giant Monsanto is using an advertising slogan that asks, “Wouldn’t it be better?” But can we do better than nature, which has taken millennia to develop the plants we use for food?
A DIFFERENT QUESTION
If I had one thing to impart to our leaders and opinion-makers, it would be this: Start worrying instead about the fate of human civilization. The Earth will survive the assault of the modern era. The urgent question is whether the Earth will remain a place that can support a complex, interconnected global civilization like our own. We could lose far more than coastal cities and cultural treasures to extreme weather and rising seas; the ultimate stakes in this planetary gamble is the stable climate that has made civilization possible.Rising emissions could destabilize the climate to a degree that would prove devastating to agriculture.
AND IT MATTERS
“They consume huge quantities of invertebrates, including humanity’s most vilified pests and their crucial role in global ecosystems helps maintain healthy functioning environments”
A third of amphibians are threatened with extinction. If allowed to continue, the projected losses would constitute the largest mass extinction since the disappearance of the dinosaurs. Read the rest of this entry »
With the world’s oceans absorbing six million tonnes of carbon a day, a leading oceanographer warns of eco disaster
OSLO (Reuters) – A new users’ guide is needed to help protect the Earth from dangerous changes such as global warming and extinctions of animals and plants caused by humans, scientists said.
The safe climatic limits in which humanity has blossomed are more vulnerable than ever and that unless we recognize our planetary boundaries and stay within them, we risk total catastrophe. http://tinyurl.com/n5m5qe
Scientists can now pinpoint, at the millisecond level, what happens as harmful environmental contaminants such as arsenic begin to react with soil and water under various conditions.
For a technology that has sucked up billions of research dollars and prolonged agriculture’s dependence on chemical inputs, GMOs (genetically modified organisms) have yet to justify their role in a world desperate for more sustainable ways to produce healthier food for more people. In a recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists entitled “Failure to Yield,”
Long ago, many plants evolved their own natural pesticides – chemical compounds that repel or kill would-be herbivores. Not quite as long ago, humankind learned to use some of these plants for aromatic, medicinal, and flavor-enhancing purposes. We call them spices.
THE DANGERS OF REDUCING THE GENE POOL IN OUR NATURAL WORLD
In his bold and excellent article, Bryan Walsh says…”we don’t have the luxury of philosophizing about food. With the exhaustion of the soil, the impact of global warming and the inevitably rising price of oil — which will affect everything from fertilizer to supermarket electricity bills — our industrial style of food production will end sooner or later”.
TIME MAGAZINE COVER STORY
“Getting Real About the High Cost of Cheap Food” By Bryan Walsh Friday, Aug. 21, 2009 http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1917458,00.html
I had been taking a closer look at the breeding aspects of our food and animals, when this important and brave article broke and I was appalled to find that the rush to produce more on smaller plots of land has also resulted in massive loss of species and loss of our natural gene pool of vegetables, fruits and other crops and in the breeding of animals. Read the rest of this entry »
Personal Care Products entering our water and our bodies – and dolphins!
Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical found in soaps, personal care products and other consumer goods, is contaminating our waters, marine life and our own bodies.
I could not have said it better myself. I keep writing about the fact that everything that goes down our sinks, into our ground water and what we put on and into our bodies ends up in our water and cycles back into ourselves and nature. Dan Shapely recently wrote a great article in thedailygreen.com “Is your hand soap contaminating dolphins?” I am reprinting it here below.
The answer he says, is probably yes, if you live along the coast where bottlenose dolphins swim, according to a new study.
“Researchers, according to a synopsis in Environmental Health News, tested dolphins in South Carolina and Florida waters, and found triclosan, an antibacterial agent, in the blood of bottlenose dolphins.
“How could this be? The waters tested have sewage plants, and the water flowing out of our Read the rest of this entry »
Sex Hormones, Pain Killers, Pharmaceuticals all Recycling back into our food chain and into our bodies.The word “RECYCLE” thas taken on a greater, deeper meaning. Everything we put down our drains, sinks, or toilets eventually recycles back into our bodies. That means excess vitamins, drugs, pain killers and anything else the body needs to discharge. Then there is what goes down our shower drains and the detergents and softeners we put into our washing machines. And any sprays we put on our lawns and plants. It all eventually filter into our water and both we and Nature pay a heavy price.www.chicagotribune.com/health/chi-water-testing-14-jul14,0,4303601.story
All of this enters treatment plants that do not neutralize or remove most of these elements. The water is discharged into our water ways and oceans, then the aquatic animals and fish and other animals who drink the water reabsorb them, then we eat them, and the cycle repeats itself in toxic food or drinking water. And it starts all over again.
Which is why the Obama Administration is moving Read the rest of this entry »
A Follow up to my earlier Blog
“PRESIDENT OBAMA. PLEASE STOP MONSANTO”
…..having a hell of a time controlling weeds, and resorting to evermore complex herbicide cocktails to combat them.
The dominant herbicide is still glyphosate, a broad-spectrum herbicide marketed by Monsanto as Roundup. Monsanto, of course, has established itself as an agribusiness giant by selling “Roundup Ready” corn, soy, and cotton seeds—genetically engineered to withstand copious lashings of Roundup. (Scientists recently discovered that the “inert” ingredients in Roundup damage human cells. Oh-oh!) The technology makes farming easy. You plant your seeds, and anytime weeds break out, you can knock them down with herbicide, without damaging the crop a bit! Except … Roundup applications have become so heavy that weeds are starting to develop resistance.
And that is causing farmers to think hard about the pesticide-treadmill problem—the situation wherein weeds and other pests develop resistance to poisons, demanding ever higher doses of old poisons and constant development of novel ones…more
[UPDATED] | Grist. http://tinyurl.com/klgeyh
Dear Mr. President:
Please stop Monsanto – and their bedfellows – They’re killing us and our planet- and now the four companies—Monsanto, Syngenta, Dupont, and Bayer—that own the global market for GM seeds/pesticides/insecticides are colluding and combining technologies . http://tinyurl.com/klgeyh
Surely this is approaching an anti-trust and monopoly issue? Too big to fail?!
The ongoing battle between GMO, pesticides and insecticides and Organic farmers clearly shows that Monsanto has all its bases covered in case of lawsuits from farmers, some due to crop spraying drifting onto organic farms. (shell corporations with no assets) Monsanto can squash an organic farm with one waft of the wind. This article explains a little about one incident http://www.grist.org/article/2009-07-16-an-iowa-cropduster-can-squash-an-organic-farm/
Mr. President, while you’re working so hard on health reform, I respectfully request you look into the causes and preventative health measures that requires the Monsanto’s (and the Dow’s) of our world to stop poisoning our planet and food and water supply making tens of millions of people sick, all over the planet, with cancer and other horrible terminal and life-threatening illnesses, driving up medical costs because it is in our food, water supply, household products, personal care items, etc.
And that includes our children who are exposed to these GMOs, artificial hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, and insecticides even while in the womb, creating weakened immune systems and resistance to antibiotic treatment: Article: Drug-resistant bacteria were eating holes in the lungs of 7-week-old Madeline Reimer of Batavia. The most powerful antibiotics available could not stop them.
BRUSSELS, Belgium, July 17, 2009 (ENS) – A joint Customs initiative across Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Africa has netted more than 30,000 tons and 1,500 pieces of illegal hazardous waste in 57 seizures, ranging from household waste and scrap metal to discarded electronic goods and used vehicle parts.
Between March and May 2009, Customs agencies from 64 countries worked together to target the illicit cross-border shipment of hazardous and other waste en route from Europe to countries in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa.
The 50-day operation, code-named Operation Demeter, was coordinated by the World Customs Organization Secretariat. http://tinyurl.com/mxv4yv
CONCERNS CONTINUE TO BE RAISED RE GMO CORN
But the producers show no signs of letting up. Once it is in our environment, the pollen spreads and it becomes almost impossible to put this toxic genie back into the box…and don’t whey know it! The longer they can keep it going, the more chance they have of it becoming accepted as mainstream.