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More than 230 scientists say GMOs not safe, including developer of first GM crop

More than 230 scientists say GMOs not safe, including developer of first GM crop | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

The number of scientists who have signed onto a statement challenging the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has climbed to more than 230 today.

 

The list is expected to continue growing as more scientists are given the opportunity to weigh in on the safety of the organisms, which were quietly introduced into the US food supply in the late 1990s with no labeling requirement.

 

One new signature on the list in particular stands out: Dr. Belinda Martineau, a former member of the Michelmore Lab at the University of California Davis Genome Center, who helped commercialize the world’s first GMO whole food, the Flavr Savr tomato.

 

Dr. Martineau issued a statement along with her signature:

 

"I wholeheartedly support this thorough, thoughtful and professional statement describing the lack of scientific consensus on the safety of genetically engineered (GM/GE) crops and other GM/GE organisms (also referred to as GMOs). Society's debate over how best to utilize the powerful technology of genetic engineering is clearly not over. For its supporters to assume it is, is little more than wishful thinking.”


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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, November 4, 2013 10:51 AM

How many scientists does it take to show that the science on a new technology isn't settled, that we don't know whether we should be using it or not. 

 

Government officials who support unlabeled and untested GMOs in our foods better find a different occupation. They aren't worthy to hold a job that gives them responsibility for public health!

Steve Kingsley's curator insight, November 4, 2013 6:29 PM

It it's true that from the hundreds of GM crops already approved for human and animal consumption somewhere in the world only few have been thoroughly safety tested, we are in a much worse shape than what I've thought.

WalkerKyleForrest's comment, November 8, 2013 9:15 AM
The fact that a couple hundred scientist discovered there is a toxin in the GMO food that destroys red blood cells is terrifying. With that in mind i really am not for GMOS. Maybe if they were developed not to harm us and they could work out the crinkles that would be more ideal to me. KYLE.C
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WarkaWater | Each Drop Counts

WarkaWater | Each Drop Counts | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

The Warka’s water harvesting technique and construction system are inspired by several sources. Many plants and animals have developed unique micro- and nano-scale structural features on their surfaces that enable them to collect water from the air and survive in hostile environments. By studying the Namib beetle’s shell, lotus flower leaves, spider web threads and the integrated fog collection system in cactus, we are identifying specific materials and coatings that can enhance dew condensation and water flow and storage capabilities of the mesh. The termite hives have influenced the design of Warka’s outer shell, its airflow, shape and geometry. We also looked at local cultures and vernacular architecture, incorporating traditional Ethiopian basket-weaving techniques in Warka’s design.


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Eric Larson's curator insight, February 6, 2016 9:13 PM

Fascinating design???

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Bee Better Certified™

Bee Better Certified™ | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Bee Better Certified partners with innovative farmers and food companies to protect bees and other pollinators in agricultural lands. The Bee Better Certified seal gives consumers confidence that their purchasing decisions benefit pollinators, reward conservation-minded farmers, and incentivize the incorporation of pollinator conservation into product supply chains. Together we can make the world better for bees.

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Don't smell the coffee: How to fight back against 'Starbucksification'

Don't smell the coffee: How to fight back against 'Starbucksification' | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Eurovision is just one example of how modern neoliberal globalization, pushed by US multinationals (we could also call it 'Starbucksification'), is inimical to genuine internationalism. The former, which has profit maximization as its sole objective, sets out to destroy national culture, to homogenize every aspect of our lives; the way we talk, the way we dress and the way we socialize; the latter respects the differences between peoples and their countries, while at the same time rejoices in our common humanity.

This explains why internationalism, and genuine solidarity between the peoples of the world, was more evident in the more socialistic, egalitarian era before Starbuckisifaction than it is today. Sameness, as the great Erich Fromm pointed out over 60 years ago, is not the same thing as equality. Too many people have been brainwashed by the big corporations into believing that it is.

We might not have had so many ethnic restaurants, but growing up in Britain in the 1970s, I was, as I explained in a Guardian column in 2008. "In the 1960s, European cultural influences were everywhere in Britain – from the pop charts to television screens. Not any more exposed to a much wider range of cultural influences than children growing up in the UK now. The television schedules included programs made in France, Germany (East and West), Japan, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and many other foreign countries.
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Warfighter Hemp

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BlueListMe's curator insight, October 5, 4:21 PM
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War Fighting Hemp reduces more than stress but what? 

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Organic Hemp Harvesting in Estonia

High quality edible hemp products from the cleanest country in Europe. HULLED HEMP SEEDS | HEMP OIL | WHOLESEEDS Estonian Organic Protein Cooperation: ..
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Wild mushrooms: What to eat, what to avoid

Wild mushrooms: What to eat, what to avoid | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Join a local mycological (fungi) group. They are located all over the United States. A list is available at the North American Mycological Association.


Buy a regional field guide to learn what mushrooms grow wild near you.


Seek to identify at least the genus of the mushroom you have found (identification keys include the stem, a spore print, what the mushroom is growing on and the structure of the stem base, which could be below ground).

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Food Loss and Food Waste

Food Loss and Food Waste | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year
Food is lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final household consumption
Food losses represent a waste of resources used in production such as land, water, energy and inputs, increasing the green gas emissions in vain (FAO, 2011)
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Russia looks to become leading organic food exporter as Europe sees future in GMO

Russia looks to become leading organic food exporter as Europe sees future in GMO | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Last week, an EU court ruled Italy cannot ban the cultivation of an EU-approved genetically modified crop, thus publicly supporting GMO. At the same time, Russia has been ramping up production and export of organic food.
GMO has been banned in Russia since 2016. 

"Recently the organic food market has definitely expanded in Russia. The organically produced food industry held a market valuation of $178 million in 2015, an increase from 2010’s $116 million total,” economist Iryna Kobuta at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia told RT.
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Regeneration: The Next Stage of Organic Food and Farming—And Civilization - Regeneration International

Regeneration: The Next Stage of Organic Food and Farming—And Civilization - Regeneration International | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Regenerate—to give fresh life or vigor to; to reorganize; to recreate the moral nature; to cause to be born again. (New Webster’s Dictionary, 1997)

When a reporter asked him [Mahatma Gandhi] what he thought of Western civilization, he famously replied: “I think it would be a good idea.”

A growing corps of organic, climate, environmental, social justice and peace activists are promoting a new world-changing paradigm that can potentially save us from global catastrophe. The name of this new paradigm and movement is regenerative agriculture, or more precisely regenerative food, farming and land use.
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Dame Ellen MacArthur: food, health and the circular economy

Talk during the 2015 EAT Food Forum. Read more on www.eatforum.org

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How to CHOP & DROP like a Pro: Growing Biomass Plants for Fertilizer

If you missed our video yesterday, we talked about cutting back mass amounts of our farm's Mexican Sunflower, to spread it around the farm. If you misse
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Regaining Food Sovereignty: Neyaab Nimamoomin Mewinzha Gaa-inajigeyang

Written & Directed by Simone Senogles & Scott C. Knudson Regaining Food Sovereignty explores the state of food systems in some Northern Minnesota Nativ

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Soil, Monsanto and the Agribusiness Giants: Conning the World with Snake Oil and Doughnuts | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Soil, Monsanto and the Agribusiness Giants: Conning the World with Snake Oil and Doughnuts | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

In their rush to readily promote neoliberal dogma and corporate-inspired PR, many government officials, scientists and journalists take as given that profit-driven transnational corporations have a legitimate claim to be custodians of natural assets. There is the premise that water, food, soil and agriculture should be handed over to powerful and wholly corrupt transnational corporations to milk for profit, under the pretence these entities are somehow serving the needs of humanity.

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Offshore wind cheaper than new nuclear

Offshore wind cheaper than new nuclear | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Figures from the government are seen as a milestone in the advance of renewable energy.

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The Battle against the Global Food Conglomerates: The Seeds of Agroecology and Common Ownership | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

The Battle against the Global Food Conglomerates: The Seeds of Agroecology and Common Ownership | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
The increasingly globalised industrial food system that transnational agribusiness promotes is not feeding the world and is responsible for some of the planet’s most pressing political, social and environmental crises. Localised, traditional methods of food production have given way to globalised supply chains dominated by transnational companies policies and actions which have resulted in the destruction of habitat and livelihoods and the imposition of corporate-controlled, chemical-intensive (monocrop) agriculture that weds farmers and regions to a wholly exploitative system of neoliberal globalisation.
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Cool Season Gardening

Cool Season Gardening | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Cool Season Gardening

As far as I’m concerned, the longer I can grow and harvest my own food the better.  Last year I picked my last bowl of salad greens…
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Hemp for Paper Commercial [SCHOOL]

This was an interesting project to make. Songs: Sarah McLachlan - Angel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozKsQnRHb-c PilotRedSun - Warsaw
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How to Recover From a Fire on the Homestead - Homesteading and Livestock - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

How to Recover From a Fire on the Homestead - Homesteading and Livestock - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it


Smokey Bear did his best to teach everyone how to prevent forest fires, yet you too can experience a house fire.

No matter what type of house you have, it’s your job to protect it, your loved ones and the treasured memories built within. Here’s what you can do to keep your  house safe, and in the case of a fire, stay alive and recover:

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Poor Orphan Crops...So Valuable, So Neglected | Inter Press Service

Poor Orphan Crops...So Valuable, So Neglected | Inter Press Service | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Why? Simply because these species have been overshadowed by those in greater demand. For example, of the 30,000 edible plant species, a mere 30 are used to feed the world.

“Yet these neglected and under-utilised crops can help to increase the diversification of food production, adding new species to our diets that can result in better supply of particular nutrients, i.e. essential amino acids, fiber, proteins.”

The UN agency also notes that, in addition to diversifying nutritional intake, orphan crops provide economic and environmental benefits–farmers can grow them on their own, as part of crop rotation systems or inter-plant them with other crops, protecting and enhancing agro-biodiversity at the field level.
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Harvest like Our Ancestors: The Resistance is Fertile - Indian Country Media Network

Harvest like Our Ancestors: The Resistance is Fertile - Indian Country Media Network | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
It’s time for the harvest. Traditionally, the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) are hunter gatherers. For generations, our children have gotten excited when the chokecherries turn black, because that meant they were ripe for picking.

Buffaloberries and wild plums are ready when the chokecherries are. Wild strawberries and raspberries were ready a month previous, along with wild onions; prairie turnips (timpsila) were picked two months before that. The berries and plums can be eaten fresh picked, and are made into jams and jellies. Wojapi is a delicious dessert made from honey or sugar and berries, usually chokecherries. Chokecherries mixed with kidney fat and dried meat are also used to make wasna, ceremonial food. My father, who is a wild game hunter, loves pemmican. We gather first. Hunting will come in another month’s time.
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How to Feed Ourselves in a Time of Climate Crisis

How to Feed Ourselves in a Time of Climate Crisis | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Changing the food system is the most important thing humans can do to fix our broken carbon cycles. Meanwhile, food security is all about adaptation when you’re dealing with crazy weather and shifting growing zones. How can a world of 7 billion—and growing—feed itself? Here are 13 of the best ideas for a just and sustainable food system. 

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Polydome Sustainable Agriculture

Polydome is a revolutionary approach to greenhouse agriculture that offers the possibility of commercial scale, net-zero-impact food production. 


The Polydome system strategically interweaves a wide variety of crops and animals, taking advantage of every inch of the greenhouse while eliminating the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.


It is estimated that by using Polydome, even cities as densely populated as New York City could provide the majority of their own food supply using available roof space. A less dense city like Rotterdam could provide an estimated 80% of its food needs using only 3% of its surface area. 


For more information on sustainable agriculture and the polydome visit: Except Integrated Sustainability - http://www.except.nl/en/#Home


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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, January 14, 4:52 PM
The key interesting concept is that the majority of our food needs can be met in the same space required for us to live.  

While animals are involved in this ecosystem, I expect it would work fine, perhaps even better, without us having to eat them, if we get our minimal protein needs from plants.
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Grow your own Fertilizer- Mexican Sunflower

Natural Soil Amendments - Chop & Drop
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The Regenerators: A better way to farm

An inspirational short film showcasing New Zealand farmers leading the way with regenerative techniques to save our rivers from pollution and contamination
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Dicamba Drift Dilemma: Who Carries More Blame, Farmers or Monsanto? | American Council on Science and Health

Dicamba Drift Dilemma: Who Carries More Blame, Farmers or Monsanto? | American Council on Science and Health | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
The latest problem surrounds Monsanto’s most expensive genetically engineered crop: dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybeans. Dicamba kills broadleaf plants indiscriminately, so traditionally it was only used before crops emerged because the herbicide will kill them too. In a fashion similar to glyphosate-tolerant crops, dicamba-tolerant cotton and soy allowed farmers to apply the herbicide to their fields without harming crops.

A known problem with dicamba has always been that it is very volatile and can drift onto neighboring crops and thus destroy them. So along with developing the GM crops, Monsanto developed a less volatile version of dicamba to placate concerns they had about drift.
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Britain exports banned deadly weed killer to developing countries

Britain exports banned deadly weed killer to developing countries | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Thousands of tonnes of highly-toxic weed killer not authorized for use in the EU is being produced in Britain and exported to the developing world, it has been revealed.
Paraquat, a pesticide that can be lethal with a single sip, has caused thousands of accidental deaths and suicides globally, and was outlawed by EU states in 2007. It can be absorbed through the skin and has been linked to Parkinson’s disease.
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