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F A R M W A T C H B C: Wood between two worlds

F A R M W A T C H B C: Wood between two worlds | farmland | Scoop.it
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F A R M W A T C H B C: Our lives

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A incredible quote from Martin Luther King Jr. that Ray Galwan saw on South Arm United Church, where he grew up. Located in the South Fraser Shores just around the corner from Finn Road Farm.

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F A R M W A T C H B C: Wise agrarian [s]

F A R M W A T C H B C: Wise agrarian [s] | farmland | Scoop.it
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Farmland is worth fighting for, class 1 farmland is worth conserving, people are more important than over development....

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Is Genetically Engineered Salmon Safe and Ethical? Corporations Creating Life?

Is Genetically Engineered Salmon Safe and Ethical? Corporations Creating Life? | farmland | Scoop.it

January 22, 2013 Global Possibilities

There are massively disturbing ethical, environmental, and health concerns that make the introduction of Frankenfish highly controversial...

Frankenfish could be on your dinner plate by the end of the year.

On December 21, at the very end of the last business day before Christmas week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quietly released its environmental assessment that found “no significant impact” from the controversial AquaBounty AquaAdvantage transgenic salmon.,,

What is the rationale behind genetically engineered salmon? Why have scientists spliced genes from an eel-like creature called the ocean pout into the genome of the Atlantic salmon? These genes crank out growth hormone year-round, resulting in a fish that grows faster, cutting the time to reach market weight almost in half. This could mean cost savings for fish farmers, leading to higher profits for the salmon farming industry and (they promise) lower prices for consumers.

But there are massively disturbing ethical, environmental, and health concerns that make the introduction of Frankenfish highly controversial... http://www.globalpossibilities.org/is-genetically-engineered-salmon-safe/

 

28 March, 2013 - Nation of Change
BIO-DEMOCRACY OR CORPORATOCRACY: THE FOOD FIGHT OF OUR LIVES http://www.nationofchange.org/biodemocracy-or-corporatocracy-food-fight-our-lives-1364483920

 

UNLEASHING GENETICALLY SALMON ONTO YOUR DINNER PLATE = NO REGULATIONS, NO OVERSIGHT  - "FATALLY FLAWED" FDA ASSESSMENT http://sco.lt/8ZDraz

 

March 28, 2013 VIDEO REPORT RT News
' FRANKENFISH' HEADING TO YOUR DINNER PLATE AS OBAMA SIGNS 'MONSANTO PROTECTION ACT' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao7ECASd5pc

 

20 March, 2013 - The Guardian Environment

MAJOR US SUPERMARKETS TO BOYCOTT GM SALMON  - FIRST OF 30 OTHER GENETICALLY ALTERED SPECIES UNDER DEVELOPMENT

The GM salmon is the first in some 30 other species of genetically engineered fish under development, including tilapia. Researchers are also working to bring GM cows, chickens and pigs to market.... http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/20/major-us-supermarkets-boycott-gm-salmon

 

OUR 21st CENTURY FACTORY OF LIFE - RE-ENGINEERING, PROGRAMMING AND PATENTING LIFE ITSELF  -- IS BIOTECH OUT OF CONTROL http://sco.lt/4thM6j

 

DO WE NEED A GENETIC BILL OF RIGHTS? http://sco.lt/6jmb1l

 

DID YOU KNOW? GENE ALTERED FOODS NOW LARGE PART OF AMERICAN DIET http://sco.lt/7oVxQH

 

BIOTECH AGRICHEMICAL INDUSTRY GETS IMMUNITY FROM US CONGRESS, OBAMA - RISES ABOVE COURTS http://sco.lt/8edR3Z

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Marian Locksley's curator insight, April 11, 2013 2:57 AM

Impact on Oceans and Wild Salmon !

 

AquaBounty, the company behind the first Frankenfish, insists that their creation poses no threat to wild salmon populations. But research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that a release of just sixty GE salmon into a wild population of 60,000 would lead to the extinction of the wild population in less than 40 fish generations.

 

Not a Good mix and no matter how tightly confined pens are, there's always 'one'

Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, April 15, 2013 4:39 AM

Some years ago I saw a YouTube discussion on Genetically Engineered salmon where a private firm was advocating genetic engineering of the fish and its advantages. Actually they were interested in profits, nothing else. 

 

The fish grows to three times in weight as compared to the natural salmon in half the time. Salmon's breeding grounds are rivers and salmon eats anything that moves. Did this private company ever conducted a single biosafety test to ensure their engineered salmon's impact on Natural environment and aquatic life? I don't think so. 

 

The posting has many useful links; please explore that.

Arun Shrivastava's comment, April 15, 2013 2:01 PM
Thanks Marian. That bit I did not know that just 60 could wipe out 60,000. I must read this report because we don't know if someone in South Asia is using that technology. Will you kindly send me the URL? Thanks again.
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F A R M W A T C H B C: It started with childhood tea leaves

F A R M W A T C H B C: It started with childhood tea leaves | farmland | Scoop.it

I wrote this short reflection last night. This morning as I was out walking in and around Steveston Village I realized it happend that I came to love the garden as I spent time in my Grandmother's garden in Leeds, UK 

 

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Photo taken in the marsh out in Sturgeon Banks as I was lying in the grass one day looking up into the sky!

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The Damaging Links Between Food, Fuel and Finance: A growing threat to food security | Economy

The Damaging Links Between Food, Fuel and Finance: A growing threat to food security | Economy | farmland | Scoop.it
Timothy A. Wise
Just when you thought the unhealthy ties between food, fuel, and financial markets couldn’t get more perverse, we get the announcement that Vitol, the world’s largest independent oil trader, is entering the grain-trading...
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#606 This bug is an artist

#606 This bug is an artist | farmland | Scoop.it
I bow before the superior artistry of the caddisfly larvae. The ubiquitous insects weave complex silken sheaths to protect themselves in the watery homes where they await transformation. My uncle f...

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Endless inspiration from nature for artists, farmers and jewellers alike!

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Why Species Diversity Matters : Helps protect nature against human impacts

Why Species Diversity Matters : Helps protect nature against human impacts | farmland | Scoop.it

February 6, 2013 = Science Daily

New research suggests farmers and resource managers should not rely on seemingly stable but vulnerable single-crop monocultures. Instead they should encourage more kinds of plants in fields and woods as a buffer against sudden ecosystem disturbance...  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130206131052.htm

 

UNITED NATIONS - DECADE ON BIODIVERSITY Biodiversity matters http://www.decadeonbiodiversity.net/biodiversity-matters

 

Environment: ‘Biodiversity matters’ « Summit County Citizens Voice http://summitcountyvoice.com/2013/02/16/environment-biodiversity-matters/

 

Wake-up Call from Nature: Farm Biodiversity Matters! | TVE Asia Pacific (TVEAP):http://www.tveap.org/?q=node/633

 

Biodiversity Matters - Youth Accord http://biodiversitymatters.org/youth_accord.html

 

Biodiversity loss and the functioning of ecosystems http://www.ecology.info/biodiversity-ecosystems.htm

 

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE HONEY BEES

http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life?q=bees

 

 


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A rounding up of biodiversity links you may find helpful :) and the numero uno reason we need to hang on to all the farmland we can in the lower mainland and BC

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Do We Really Need Industrial Agriculture To Feed The World? (Video by Anna Lappé - 7 min)

Do We Really Need Industrial Agriculture To Feed The World? (Video by Anna Lappé - 7 min) | farmland | Scoop.it
The biggest players in the food industry—from pesticide pushers to fertilizer makers to food processors and manufacturers—spend billions of dollars every year not selling food, but selling the idea that we need their products to feed the world.

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Sustainable farming instead of Industrial farming is presented. Get back to the future and make it, create it and grow it yourself. Rely on your creativity which will lead you to make wiser and informed choices.

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, June 23, 2013 6:44 PM

Real food is grown carefully, with soil-preserving methods and without chemicals. No poisons should be used in food production. Chemical fertilizers are addictive but eventually exhaust the land we use to grow food. So buy your food local, from a real farmer.

Naomie Mullins's comment, July 9, 2013 9:33 AM
there is plenty of food, but they are deliberately starving people anyway!
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F A R M W A T C H B C: Buried in the ground this day

F A R M W A T C H B C: Buried in the ground this day | farmland | Scoop.it
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Believe it or not this is a true situation going on, this is how we treat the soil that land that provides for us..... 

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'Little Dodo' Faces Extinction : Racing to save the little dodo from its cousin's fate

'Little Dodo' Faces Extinction : Racing to save the little dodo from its cousin's fate | farmland | Scoop.it

March 4, 2013 Mongabay

Sometime in the late 1600s the world's last dodo perished on the island of Mauritius. No one knows how it spent its final moments—rather in the grip of some invasive predator or simply fading away from loneliness—but with its passing came an icon of extinction, that final breath passed by the last of its kind. The dodo, a giant flightless pigeon, was a marvel of the animal world: now another island ground pigeon, known as the little dodo, is facing its namesake's fate. Found only in Samoa, composed of ten islands, the bird has many names: the tooth-billed pigeon, the Manumea (local name), and Didunculus ("little dodo") strigirostris, which lead one scientist to christen it the Dodlet. But according to recent surveys without rapid action the Dodlet may soon be as extinct as the dodo.

Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0304-hance-little-dodo.html#e0zozLPlyL2DT8er.99...

 


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Will Synthetic Biology Benefit or Threaten Wild Things?

Will Synthetic Biology Benefit or Threaten Wild Things? | farmland | Scoop.it

April 12, 2013 DotEarth New York Times

Biologists and biological engineers meet to explore the impacts, for better and worse, of synthetic life on wild life.

...an emerging force that will, in ways both direct and indirect, shape the face of what we used to call “nature” or “wildlife.”... http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/12/will-synthetic-biology-benefit-or-threaten-wild-things/?smid=tw-dotearth&seid=auto

 

MONSANTO GMO TREES COULD DEVASTATE FOREST ECOSYSTEMS http://sco.lt/5G9P0L

 

April 8, 2013 - Earth First Newswire
ROBOTIC BEES TO POLLINATE MONSANTO GMO CROPS - NOW THEY'VE KILLED OFF MOST OF THE BEES WITH PESTICIDES http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/robotic-bees-to-pollinate-monsanto-crops/

 

WE'VE ALREADY RAVAGED OUR ENVIRONMENT WITH GMO (GENE-ALTERED FOODS) http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides

 

 

 

 

 


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pdjmoo's curator insight, April 16, 2013 5:25 AM

Rather than nurture and foster our natural world back to health,  the huberous of the biotech community wants to change our ecosystems to suit their own financial gains with little or no regards for all the species that depend on a natural, evolving web of life.   What we will be left with is anybody's guess as species after species lays waste to our environment and biosphere.  Their myopic approach disregards the greater whole of the complex and yet to be understood billions of years of natural evolution where the web of life is interconnected and everything is dependent on everything. 

Lucero De La Tierra's curator insight, April 16, 2013 1:44 PM

I fear the more we try to "adjust", "improve", and copy the wonderful creations we find in nature the more we will lead to it's ultimate detriment.

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Soil to Table: Growing Great Potatoes

Soil to Table: Growing Great Potatoes | farmland | Scoop.it
Spring is in the air. Tulips are blooming, birds are singing and many of you are likely thinking: “Isn’t it time to put in my seed potatoes?” If you're one of those gardeners, we have a few tips fo...
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F A R M W A T C H B C: A farmers lament

F A R M W A T C H B C: A farmers lament | farmland | Scoop.it
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This was an impromptu lament I wrote for the current situation at Finn Farm Road, located at 9360 Finn Road, Richmond, BC. It is a farmer's response to seeing the land laden with foreign materials in a field he/she remembers that was once pure and unpolluted.

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Cathryn Wellner's comment, April 9, 2013 3:04 PM
Excellent, Erika! Thanks for writing this.
Erika Koenig-Workman's comment, April 9, 2013 4:17 PM
You're welcome :) Thanks for reading Cathryn and your comment, makes my day!
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Keep agriculture as part of development review process - Billings Gazette

Keep agriculture as part of development review process - Billings Gazette | farmland | Scoop.it
Keep agriculture as part of development review process
Billings Gazette
In 1975 the Montana state Legislature passed a subdivision law with a clear intention to protect agriculture from unchecked development.
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Here in BC we are working to do the same. Please visit http://www.farmwatchbc.blogspot.ca. We are concerned local citizens wanting to have our voice heard regarding the preservation and conservation of farmland in the South Fraser River corridor.

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F A R M W A T C H B C

F A R M W A T C H B C | farmland | Scoop.it
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Manifesto:
The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

by Wendell Berry

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.

And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.

When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.

Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.

Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.

Listen to carrion — put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.

Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?

Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.

As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn’t go.

Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

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