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Syngenta Charged for Covering up Livestock Deaths from GM Corn - Occupy Monosanto 360

Syngenta Charged for Covering up Livestock Deaths from GM Corn - Occupy Monosanto 360 | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Corporation faces criminal charges for concealing own study in which cows died after eating its genetically modified corn Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji Please circulate widely and repost, but you must give the URL of the (
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This is certianly a page to read over that sights many other resources to check out about these charges. We are eating GMOs as well and also consume products from these herds so we need to know more about what is causing the deaths from outside studies, not just in house studies.

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GMOs: A Breakthrough or Breakdown in U.S. Agriculture?

GMOs: A Breakthrough or Breakdown in U.S. Agriculture? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Deciphering the debate on genetically-engineered food.
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Here's a more pro-GMO take on the topic that tries to be objective. I still think all patenting of the living needs to stop.  Then we would see if mankind values or willingly accepts these alterations. A baby sitter doesn't own a child because they feed it. A teacher doesn't own student because the teacher help shape or design the growth of that student, A bee keeper owns a bee, a pet owner owns a pet and so forth only as long as that creatures allows it to be so. Living creatures that connect together in nature do so because they sustain each other or one must consume the other.

 

The parent does own a child because they feed it either. Living things are belong only to themselves. If we are eating and injesting something what ever it is, the one who alters it must be completely open and honest about exactly what they changed and why and have my permission to place this inside of me.

 

When it comes to deliberatly altering life we don't need to allow company secrets. Life affects another life. No secrete! No patents! And label clearly just what was changed and how and why! Because they knew we would not accept the altered food? We would if we saw a reason to and I see none.

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GM wheat could permanently damage human genetics by silencing hundreds of genes throughout the body

GM wheat could permanently damage human genetics by silencing hundreds of genes throughout the body | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
GM wheat could permanently damage human genetics by silencing hundreds of genes throughout the body
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There seems to be no halting the gate opened back in the 80s when GE got the first approval to patent a microorganism. There are 3 billion acres of GMOs now and growing rapidly in just 2 to 3 decades without ever making the news or the front page. If another country or alien had landed in our country and started doing what these companies are doing without our direct informed consent or knowledge, and our elected and appointed officials are allowing to occur in our food chain and natural environment, we would be getting out our tanks and guns to fight the "ENEMY".

 

I'm going to say this out loud. I have a hard time feeling sorry or worried for at least two of the officials’ receiving poison laced mail attempts. I have contacted Wicker and Obama on fact that I'm shocked I had to find out what was in my and my families food for over a decade of feeding it to my family without full disclosure of what had changed. I never heard anything first from them or mass media. I pay both of them and the media to not only make choices for my best interest but to also keep me informed about what “I” want and need to know. I told both these men directly they DO NOT have my approval or permission to neither alter my food nor present it unlabeled so that it can not be identified for me and others to easily avoid.

 

Wicker wrote back to say it was too difficult, expensive and complicated to deal with labeling and indicated no willingness at all to stop direct poison sprayed directly to plants we eat or fed the animals we then consume or to prevent internalizing of GMO DNA pesticides what so ever. Both of these are poisons these two men promote, support, and encourage for the consumption of uninformed masses. Why then are we worried, spending a dime, or planning to give another man a life sentence in jail for sending some poison on an article they would not even be having for dinner to the same two men that think it’s OK to serve the entire world poison without their knowledge or consent? Why is their poisoning our problem if our poisoning isn’t their problem and these two men had a direct choice not to allow our poisoning? These to men are willfully choosing to poison us and no one is planning to arrest them or send them to jail. Instead of jail we pay them a salary to work for us and provide them with lifetime “ENTITLEMENTS” once known as benefits or deferred earnings.

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Bat pictures: 11 images and facts about a misunderstood creature

Bat pictures: 11 images and facts about a misunderstood creature | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
They get a bad rap as rabies-infested pests, but bats are some of the most fascinating and ecologically indispensable animals on Earth.

Via Maria Nunzia @Varvera
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I remember bats always flying around catching things at dusk in Kentucky as a child. I don't hardly ever see bats these days, not in Kentucky or in Mississippi or most others places I've lived. Sad how something like that can quietly go out of your life and you barely notice till you look and realize how much and how quickly something’s change. I've read where bats are far better at ridding communities of mosquitoes than spaying the air in front of my porch.

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MADGE Digest: Take 1 Minute this Monday to get GM food labelled

MADGE Digest: Take 1 Minute this Monday to get GM food labelled | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
RT @GMWatch: Another great @MADGEAustralia newsletter. Global news as well as Australian http://t.co/F6IWDr0bXF #gmo
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Please help do this! We should be able to know what's in our food. What we think is our veggie or animal is the same as grandpa had and that is not true anymore.

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City Council to consider synthetic drug ban

City Council to consider synthetic drug ban | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
City Council to consider synthetic drug ban | consider, council, drug, ban, synthetic, barstow, city (City Council to consider synthetic drug ban: BARSTOW • Members of the Barstow Substance Abuse Free-Environment...
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This is about something called spice...That can kill on first use.

 

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SAFE Coalition member DeeDe Crigler said she will testify about the dangers of the alternative drugs at Monday’s city council meeting, along with at least three other members of the group.

“People are dying with first-time use of synthetic drugs,” Crigler said. “Some of the chemicals make them 50 times stronger than marijuana and they’re packaging them just like candy.”

 

Crigler said one of her teenage daughter’s friends bought a package of them at a local liquor store accidentally, believing they were the popular candy “Pop Rocks.”

 

“There’s no age limit for who can purchase them,” Crigler said.

Calls to nationwide Poison Control Centers for exposure to spice increased from 2,915 to 6, 959 in 2011, according to a fact sheet distributed by the SAFE Coalition. And federal regulations only ban the chemicals within the drugs, according to Crigler, allowing the producers to make minor alterations and keep them lawfully on the market.

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Ugly food: the truth behind chemical fertilisers in China

Ugly food: the truth behind chemical fertilisers in China | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
When thinking about food the first image that comes to our mind might be the so-called ‘food porn’ photography that the marketing industry relies upon when advertising food products.
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The findings are indicative of wider environmental troubles across China and show evidence of hazardous chemicals within phosphate production waste (phosphogypsum), dumped in the open and, more importantly, in close proximity to local villages.

 
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First “Ag-Gag” Prosecution: Utah Woman Filmed a Slaughterhouse from the Public Street

First “Ag-Gag” Prosecution: Utah Woman Filmed a Slaughterhouse from the Public Street | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Amy Meyer wanted to see the slaughterhouse for herself. She had heard that anyone passing by could view the animals, so she drove to Dale Smith Meatpacking, and looked through the barbed-wire fence...
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Meyer was allowed to leave. She later found out she was being prosecuted under the state’s new “ag-gag” law.
This is the first prosecution in the country under one of these laws, which are designed to silence undercover investigators who expose animal welfare abuses on factory farms. The legislation is a direct response to a series of shocking investigations by groups like the Humane Society, Mercy for Animals, and Compassion Over Killing that have led to plant closures, public outrage, and criminal charges against workers.

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Laser Haas's comment, May 2, 2013 12:19 PM
It is "our" fault - when we permit such perversions of common sense and decency time of day. Any and ALL politicos who voted to approve these "ag-gag" laws; should be run out of office ASAP!
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How did Barack Obama become Monsanto's man in Washington?

How did Barack Obama become Monsanto's man in Washington? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
How did Barack Obama become Monsanto's man in Washington?
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Well this one is a billion dollar!!!

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 1, 2013 7:39 AM

The right to food that is healthy is basic and we need to stand up for this right. This is as natural as the "real" original they say......Then why do these companies have patents if it's so much the same it needs no labels? Why did they make it in the first place if it is no different?

 

Why is it important to have so many people in such major roles placed there to sneak/push the stuff into everyone's diet, air and soil with ownership of  planet ownership as a goal? THis is like a giant dog marking his area andit just happens to Round Up poisonand he intends to mark soil of the whole planet and every tree, bush, veggie and animal.

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Because of the crystal-clear water, Flathead Lake in Montana seems shallow, but in reality is 370 feet in depth.

Because of the crystal-clear water, Flathead Lake in Montana seems shallow, but in reality is 370 feet in depth. | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
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Oooo. (Because of the crystal-clear water, Flathead Lake in Montana seems shallow, but in reality is 370 feet in...
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What a site this is. Our world is an amazing place.

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Plants help slow warming – but there's a trade-off - environment - 28 April 2013 - New Scientist

Plants help slow warming – but there's a trade-off - environment - 28 April 2013 - New Scientist | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Chemicals pumped out by plants promote cloud formation, increasing Earth's ability to reflect sunlight, though the effect is reduced if the world cools

Via Maria Nunzia @Varvera
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I think most of us learned these things in science class. National and business leaders must have to be tested to make sure they forgot that part before starting their jobs. It sure seems that way when you see leaders decide that these plants are mainly for harvesting and forget it would cost a fortune to redesign what plants do for free for our planet and health..

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Should Monsanto own patent rights on the elements of life?

Should Monsanto own patent rights on the elements of life? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, attorneys for the largest agrochemical corporation in the world, Monsanto, will present arguments before the Supreme Court asserting the company's rights to the generations of seeds that...
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Don't let any seeds be patented, much less the natural seeds and growth processes.

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Governor's veto would protect water rights - Great Falls Tribune

Governor's veto would protect water rights - Great Falls Tribune | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Governor's veto would protect water rights
Great Falls Tribune
In recent years, mining interests pleaded for weaker water quality standards in drinking water for pollutants such as arsenic and nitrates, and they got them.
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The impact of money corrupting decisions seems to run through all aspects of our lives these days. Ignoring this and saying "it's just the way things are and will probably always be" goes well beyond just being neglectful of our own iterest.

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Website for a sustainable life choices - The National

Website for a sustainable life choices - The National | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Making sustainable lifestyle choices can be confusing for a layperson, but a new website aims to make the task easier.
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This might be a helpful link for those trying to make lifestyle changes and need insight about how to do that better.

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Tulsi Plant (Holy Basil) Found to Remove Fluoride from Water

Tulsi Plant (Holy Basil) Found to Remove Fluoride from Water | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A plant called Tulsi, or Holy Basil, has been found to remove toxic fluoride from drinking water, thereby supporting the health of your pineal gland.
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For those worried about drinking Fluoride..... here is some news!

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The biomass industry should come clean about its environmental impact

The biomass industry should come clean about its environmental impact | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Harry Huyton: Burning wood from whole trees – the main source of UK biomass – results in higher greenhouse gas emissions than coal (RT @atl_environment: The biomass industry should come #clean!
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This is what they intend to burn in Mississippi as well though it started as waste from the furniture industry. 

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Trees Call for Help—And Now Scientists Can Understand

Trees Call for Help—And Now Scientists Can Understand | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Scientists may have learned how to identify the unique sounds made by bubbles forming inside drought-stressed trees.
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Wow trees tell us when they need water.

 

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In the lab, a team of French scientists has captured the ultrasonic noise made by bubbles forming inside water-stressed trees. Because trees also make noises that aren't related to drought impacts, scientists hadn't before been able to discern which sounds are most worrisome. (Watch a video: Drought 101.)

 

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Rep. Farrar bills related to animal cruelty, environment pass House

Rep. Farrar bills related to animal cruelty, environment pass House | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Submitted (RT @AnimalAbusers: Rep.Farrar bills related to animal cruelty, environment pass House - Your Houston News http://t.co/eZG7snJ3kE #animalrights)...
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Here are intersting developments in Houston regarding animals protection and water resources.

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Less red tape and easier access to water bores a win for landholders

Less red tape and easier access to water bores a win for landholders | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The Newman Government has made it easier for decommissioned petroleum and gas wells to be converted into water supply bores for use by landholders.
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Here's a way of putting left overs to good use.

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Meet the internet-enabled, big data-crunching, energy-storing smart wind turbine - Quartz

Meet the internet-enabled, big data-crunching, energy-storing smart wind turbine - Quartz | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Meet the internet-enabled, big data-crunching, energy-storing smart wind turbine Quartz But what if every wind turbine became a node in an energy internet, communicating with the grid and each other to adjust electricity production while storing...
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Interesting move forward with this wind turbine.This is part of the internet of things.

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Protecting farmers or campaign coffers?

Protecting farmers or campaign coffers? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Time and time again, monetary contributions from corporations and the individuals associated with them have made their mark on the decisions that are passed by our representatives and senators.
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Take a look at the track record.

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, May 1, 2013 7:50 AM

Why so much money spent and political efforts used to covertly push something that should be an easy sale if it really is all that great? Surely commercail ads that say what they have to offer are by far cheaper. That is true unless they already know people would rarely, willing buy the stuff IF they knew AND had a choice.

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Should you avoid eating hot food from plastic bowls and dishes? - Health & Wellbeing

Should you avoid eating hot food from plastic bowls and dishes? - Health & Wellbeing | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Eating hot food from plastic plates is something many of us avoid, but will doing so cause you any harm? (#abcmobile Should you avoid eating hot food from plastic bowls and dishes?
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Here's is a bit of interesting info on plastics and hot food serving. I'm sure there are other points of veiws but I haven't run into them lately so this seem to be a good starting point.

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What to Expect When No One's Expecting: America's Coming Demographic Disaster

What to Expect When No One's Expecting: America's Coming Demographic Disaster

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I really wasn't sure where to put this scoop. There may be a time when the GMOs affect our fertility as many think GMOs are affecting herds fed GMOs. The physical environment might affect this as well. The social and economic challenges may impact fertility and plain selfishness and putting industrial needs over human needs could affect it as well. It looks like an interesting book so I thought I would make note of it.

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I have yet to read this book, but the title alone says that it could be an intriguing supplemental text for a unit on population (or an 'opposing viewpoint' to consider).  For those that have read the book, please comment below. 


Tags: USA, declining population, population, demographicsmodels.

Tara Cohen's comment, May 1, 2013 2:58 PM
I ordered this book from Amazon because I thought it would be a great fit for AP Human. I read the first 20 pages last night and was blown away. It totally covers all the information in the Demography Unit and the author has a sense of humor. Only 20 pages in, but I give it two thumbs up!
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Thyroid Glands and Recommendations:

Thyroid Glands and Recommendations: | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Maintaining thyroid gland balance and blend of herbs for weight control and recommendations for diet and herbs
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My son and I were just discussing Thyroid Health and then I ran acroos this link on twitter. Here is some Thyroid Health info for anyone else with an interest inthat.

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The Blindingly Obvious Truth About Bottled Water - Forbes

The Blindingly Obvious Truth About Bottled Water - Forbes | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The Blindingly Obvious Truth About Bottled Water Forbes In Bottled Water Sales: The Shocking Reality, Peter Gleick, the co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, California,...
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This is areally interesting medical reason for the increase in bottled water sales. I try to use my filtered water from home now. I store it in glass Ameican Made bottles I refill and place in the fridge here and at work, use it for coffee and ice making as well and try to use reusable containers like thermal stainless and glass or cermanic ware for holding serving size to-go-drinks. I think it would help if people were encouraged to bring your own drink containers or provided reusable containers that could be returned for refund or used for refills.  Customers would pick it up full at one McDonald and turn it back in for either refund or refill at the next.

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