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Rethinking the oilsands impact

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For years, industry and government have treated oilsands pollution studies like unwanted party guests — ignore them, and they just might go away.

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5 major misconceptions about GMOs

5 major misconceptions about GMOs | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs), particularly genetically modified crops,  have been getting a lot of attention in the news recently. Unfortunately, several people have some pretty tangled-up misconceptions about their use. Here we weed through  five of the major ones.   1. Genetically altered foods are a new thing While a genetically modified organism is one that has undergone …
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Here is an article from a serious Princeton student and researcher in molecular biology. Many of these statements are valid in pointing out true dangers on the non-GMO organic side of the debate. The article is somewhat soft and general when it comes to the genetically modified history and potential dangers. This is likely due to the fact that this type of genetic alteration has a very short history in how it affects humanity and other life on the planet. The horizontal transfer of genes is a man induced technique and is very new in terms of how life on the planet has transferred genes whether assisted by man or not. There is a huge question as to whether the scale of this experiment, involving hundreds of millions of acres without public awareness for several decades, much less scientist on site collecting data from people and other species that such potential (but to date have not shown up) observing scientist don't even know or have record of is a valid large scale experiment. This is really happening in large and totally uncontrolled environments but is highly profitable for the owners of GMO patents. How can one report outcomes of results of changes made to plants and animals that enter ones diet or environment without those participating even being made aware of these changes or having anyone observing these events in a controlled situations?

 

How can they know to report a negative or even positive result if of doing "A" which likely caused "B" outcome if they are not ever aware of "A" alteration to begin with? Once I ate an apple and my throat began to itch and close, later when I tried them again I stopped eating as soon as my mouth itched or tingled....Naturally I just stopped eating all apples for years...Then I tried organic, because apples when I was young and had to fight a worm for them never bothered me. Now I eat apples again...organic apples mostly or pealed apples. I had to nearly stop drinking milk as my intestines became increasingly unable to handle it for some reason...I switched to organic and I have no trouble with milk any longer and have started having milk again. Something added or changed in those products caused me problems I eventually figured out. To this day I have no idea what so still avoid the products with unknown changes or additions, such as perhaps too many sprays or that might be fed or done to animals that obliviously some I might react to. Not knowing what these are specifically I avoid all that do not use time tested organic.

 

There is also a strong argument that all this horizontal transfer of genes is far more about money and short term profit then long term health or life. Here is different article that gives strong reason to think that profits could be the stronger reason for taking this type of horizontal genetic transfers prematurely and unscientifically controlled into the market place without proven, long term observed outcomes. http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jcb/journal/v16/n3/full/jcb20104a.html

 

 The largest experiments with GMOs are very unscientific based on even my 8th grade teacher's instructions on how true valid experiments work. That is that they are to be  conducted using very precise, controlled observational groups vs. other groups that are not controlled (natural) or have different variables to compare.

 

 Human experiments are also legally required to seek informed permission and consent in developed nations.  Even though when it comes to medical experiments it would appear that the subjects are really not so well informed to exact details and outcomes as they required sign off on the right to sue to allow experimentation with their bodies acknowledging the known and unknown risk. Most people do this for two reasons that are the same.....Both are desperate reasons. Some sign on desperate to find a solution and willing to experiment out of that desperation. The others sign on for a desperate need of money or basic treatments in many poor countries and even in the USA. Those that have no insurance and little funds and have illness often have little choice but to be part of an experiment as an alternative way to get any kind of treatment for free or in some cases for pay. 

 

When it comes to trying GMO alterations they have not informed the public other than journals mainstream folks don't read or investment literature mainstream consumers also don't read. They never put anything specific on the label of the products or the fields this happens in and just say don't worry be happy, this is just the same as every non-genetically modified apple or corn accept it allows us to own a patent and that is the main difference. The public is mad like any woman that might have had a date rape drug slipped into her drink and was told you afterwards she really wanted to be raped last night and it was good for her. One either has informed consent or they do not and the biotech industry have now a well-established tract record of for decades being a sneak that slips mickeys into everyone guts and environment. That is not the record of real scientist but of "Mad" scientist. Most people that know how money makes things happen these days are increasingly aware of the industries that need objective research data gather about their products or procedures are also now funding University research which introduces a conflict of interest problem for objective research.

 

 

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Watching Friends Recover From Addiction on Facebook

Watching Friends Recover From Addiction on Facebook | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Through likes and comments, I’ve watched my hometown of Perry, Ohio, disappear into and come back from heroin addiction.
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Here is a different type of oppression. This one that is usually self- selected though rarely planned or dilberate..

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The Company That Banned Its Own Product

The Company That Banned Its Own Product | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Reynolds American, the company that makes Camel cigarettes, announced yesterday that its employees are no longer allowed to smoke in its offices—down to its conference rooms, hallways, and elevators.
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How 55 Different Studies Say There’s A Real Link Between Climate Change And Rising Violence

How 55 Different Studies Say There’s A Real Link Between Climate Change And Rising Violence | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Armed vigilantes and local hunters patrol the streets of Maiduguri, Nigeria on September 4, 2014.
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Less Intrusive Brain Surgery Could Be Done Through Your Cheek via Robots

Less Intrusive Brain Surgery Could Be Done Through Your Cheek via Robots | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The field of medicine has been full of new technological advances in the recent years, including 3-D printing, robots and more.
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Environment ministry suggests bigger Indian Delegation to lead climate talks ... - Economic Times

Environment ministry suggests bigger Indian Delegation to lead climate talks ... - Economic Times | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The environment ministry is also considering to include experts & academics with domain knowledge & have been tracking climate change negotiations.
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Is virgin paper good for the environment? - The Guardian

Is virgin paper good for the environment? - The Guardian | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Virgin source paper from trees or recycled paper? You may not have to choose
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Senate, environment with McConnell in charge - The Courier-Journal

Senate, environment with McConnell in charge - The Courier-Journal | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
As the Congressional midterm elections rapidly approach, and the potential for a Republican take-over of the U.S. Senates settles in, some environmentalists are growing increasingly uneasy.
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"Lost" Satellite Photos Reveal Surprising Views of Earth in the 1960s

"Lost" Satellite Photos Reveal Surprising Views of Earth in the 1960s | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Images include the Aral Sea before it dried up, the most Antarctic ice on record, and possibly the first shots of Europe from space.
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New biofuels recipe: iron with a pinch of palladium

New biofuels recipe: iron with a pinch of palladium | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Scientists have combined iron and palladium to form a new catalyst for converting biomass into fuels fit for today's gas tanks.
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Two Years After Hurricane Sandy Hit the U.S., What Lessons Can We Learn From the Deadly Storm?

Two Years After Hurricane Sandy Hit the U.S., What Lessons Can We Learn From the Deadly Storm? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
In an era of extreme weather, we have to keep the risk of weather disasters in the front of our minds, author says.
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Mary Robinson: Why Europe needs to set the pace on climate change

Mary Robinson:  Why Europe needs to set the pace on climate change | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Opinion: The importance of acting now cannot be overstated: every euro spent on fossil fuels today condemns parts of the world to hurricanes, drought and infectious diseases
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B.C. law on LNG greenest in world: minister - Globalnews.ca

B.C. law on LNG greenest in world: minister - Globalnews.ca | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Environment Minister Mary Polak says new legislation governing greenhouse gas emissions from liquefied natural gas plants sets pollution benchmarks that will establish the British Columbia industry as the cleanest in the world.
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George W. Bush's Revenge: A Federal Appeals Court Goes on the Rampage | BillMoyers.com

George W. Bush's Revenge: A Federal Appeals Court Goes on the Rampage | BillMoyers.com | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A court dominated by Bush appointees has issued some extreme opinions on abortion, voter ID and the death penalty.
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U.S. Tribes To Canada: Please Don’t Allow Tar Sands Pipeline To Pollute Our Waters

U.S. Tribes To Canada: Please Don’t Allow Tar Sands Pipeline To Pollute Our Waters | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Tribal canoes maneuver into position to be formally welcomed by members of the Muckleshoot tribe on their arrival Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at Seattle’s Alki Beach.
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Andrew Cuomo: ‘I’m Not A Scientist’ When It Comes To Fracking

Andrew Cuomo: ‘I’m Not A Scientist’ When It Comes To Fracking | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo right) and Republican New York Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino (left).
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GAO takes on GMOs EPA sued over Enlist Duo approval, again Lucas next ... - Politico

GAO takes on GMOs EPA sued over Enlist Duo approval, again Lucas next ... - Politico | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A daily briefing on agriculture and food policy. Exclusive editions available to POLITICO Pro subscribers
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14 Fast Food & Restaurant Employees Confess The One Item You Should Never Order

14 Fast Food & Restaurant Employees Confess The One Item You Should Never Order | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
People all over the world are starting to be more conscious about the food that they eat. Fast food restaurants are full of food that is literally designed to turn people into addicts.
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DTE Energy dive team measure our impact on the environment - MyFox Detroit

DTE Energy dive team measure our impact on the environment - MyFox Detroit | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
In the FOXe Report, we rode aboard the "Research 4" boat with the DTE Energy dive team on Lake Erie outside the Monroe Power Plant.
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Fossil fuel divestment campaign targets UCL and BHP Billiton - The Guardian

Fossil fuel divestment campaign targets UCL and BHP Billiton - The Guardian | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
University College London under fire for sustainability institute funded by mining giant BHP Billiton, which faces protests at its London AGM
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Edible Wild Flowers | Eat The Weeds and other things, too

Edible Wild Flowers | Eat The Weeds and other things, too | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Did you know....
Many of our native plants have edible flowers!
Some of the awful invasive do too (Kudzu, Water... http://t.co/32iuYQg8sS
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Jeddo Tunnel focus of mine pollution program - Standard Speaker

Jeddo Tunnel focus of mine pollution program - Standard Speaker | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Jeddo Tunnel focus of mine pollution program Standard Speaker JAMIE PESOTINE/Staff Photographer Amy Wolfe, Trout Unlimited Director of Easter Abandoned Mine Program and Eastern Brook Trout Habitat Initiative, talks about the success of watershed...
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Divest MPs' pension fund from fossil fuels, says Caroline Lucas - The Guardian

Divest MPs' pension fund from fossil fuels, says Caroline Lucas - The Guardian | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Green party MP calls on parliament to pull money out of gas, coal and oil investments
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Saharan sun could provide energy for UK homes in £8bn plan to build 100 sq km solar farm - and a very long power cable

Saharan sun could provide energy for UK homes in £8bn plan to build 100 sq km solar farm - and a very long power cable | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Up to 2.5 million British homes could be powered by Tunisian sunshine by 2018 under an £8bn plan to build a giant solar farm in the Sahara desert and ship the electricity to Europe through a 450km (280 miles) submarine cable.
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Former Environment Agency head to lead industry-funded fracking task force - The Guardian

Former Environment Agency head to lead industry-funded fracking task force - The Guardian | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Lord Chris Smith will lead a new ‘independent’ task force, funded by shale gas companies, to look into the risks and benefits of fracking in the UK
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Does it seem questionable to fund an independent task force that monitor's the very industry funding the "independent" look at the work that industry is involved in?

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