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September 22, 2012 10:42 am

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/32060599723/crucial-deadline-monday-my-fellow-humans">CRUCIAL DEADLINE MONDAY: MY FELLOW HUMANS:

Scientists believe the pesticide clothianidin is at least partially to blame for the alarming rise in bee colony collapse — the sudden bee-die off which has claimed about 30% of the U.S. honey bee population each year since 2006. 

But twice this year, the EPA has refused to step in. If we don’t convince the EPA to reconsider, it is not scheduled to review clothianidin again until 2018. By then it could be too late for the bees, and the one third of our food crops bees play a crucial role in pollinating. 

The EPA is currently accepting public comments on its latest decision not to to declare bee die offs an emergency situation.

Now is a crucial moment to make our voices heard for the Bees. 

Tell the EPA: Stop stalling. Ban the pesticide that’s killing bees: 

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/epa_bees_stalling/?r_by=47146-2459004-13IOt_x&rc=paste1

I don’t know why I bother…posting links…hardly anybody pays attention.  If I post a stupid political joke or cartoon it might get a few hundred re-blogs or likes,  whereas, a post that really matters, like this one, concerned with “Human Survival” usually gets under a dozen.  I don’t understand why more people don’t CARE.

Anyway, if you DO happen to care about survival of all living beings on our planet, please take into consideration that we rely on Bees to pollinate many of our foods, and we would seriously be fucked if we allow one damn greedy chemical company to obliterate all life on earth for their own profits. 

So, do yourself a favor, it will take less than two minutes to sign this petition…

June 18, 2012 7:51 pm May 2, 2012 3:00 pm
THEY'RE STILL SIGNING THE PETITION TO SAVE THE BEES!

YOU can SIGN, too.  Also, you can go to this site, and watch the scrolling signatures go by.  It’s kinda fascinating.  Sadly, there are no signers from the entire Eastern Hemisphere, we need signers from Japan, India, China, Russia, Korea, Hawaii, Africa, The Middle East…if you know anyone in any of those places, please send them this link…there’s gotta be more than a mere one million people on our entire planet who CARE ABOUT LOSING THE BEES!!

One country is FAR surpassing all others in signatures…can you guess which one?  If you sign the petition, and send me a message that you signed it, I’ll tell you which country is leading all the rest in citizens who care about SAVING THE BEES!

April 28, 2012 9:43 am

"DON’T BUY ANY FOOD THAT’S ADVERTISED." ~ Michael Pollan

(the Amy Goodman interview, Democracy Now 5/14/09 1 of 2)

Michael Pollan is one of the nations leading writers and thinkers in this country on the issue of food. He is author of several books about food, including The Botany of Desire, The Omnivores Dilemma and his latest, In Defense of Food: An Eaters Manifesto. In light of what he calls the processed food industrys co-option of sustainability and its vast spending on marketing, Pollan advises to be wary of any food thats advertised.

April 16, 2012 12:33 pm
On Pink Slime, Ammonia, Antibiotics, Arsenic and Food Labelling - Mark Bittman, NYT

[NYT Food Columnist has been a guest on “Up with Chris Hayes” for the past two weekends.  He made extensive notes of subjects he wanted to cover…here is his blog post about what he did not have a chance to discuss.]

Pink slime and E.coli/salmonella; the chicken arsenic and inspection issues about which Nick Kristof wrote last week, cuts in funding at the U.S.D.A., F.D.A., E.P.A., and so on … what we’re seeing are budget cuts as a form of deregulation, and that deregulation is geared toward allowing producers to raise the animals in our food supply any damn way they please, in the most profitable way possible.

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April 7, 2012 8:31 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/20693061245/what-would-you-guess">What would you guess?

How many animals are slaughtered for food each year in the United States?

1) 2 Billion

2) 768 Million

3) 6.9 Billion

4) 9 billion

What percentage, would you guess, of those animals that are slaughtered, are chickens?

April 6, 2012 6:42 pm
Dirty Dozen Foods with Highest Pesticide Residue - Best Foods to Buy Organic

The latest list of foods with the highest pesticide residue includes some familiar fruits and vegetables, and some surprises.
By Dan Shapley via TheDailyGreen.com
The benefits of eating organic food go straight to the farm, where no pesticides and chemical fertilizers are used to grow the organic produce shipped to grocers. That means workers and farm neighbors aren’t exposed to potentially harmful chemicals, it means less fossil fuel converted into fertilizers and it means healthier soil that should sustain crops for generations to come.
For individuals, organic food also has benefits. Eating organic means avoiding the pesticide residue left on foods, and it may even mean more nutritious varietals, though research into that subject has yielded mixed results. While there are few if any proven health impacts from consuming trace quantities of pesticides on foods, a growing number of people take the precaution of avoiding exposure just in case, particularly in the cases of pregnant women (growing babies are exposed to most of the chemicals that mom consume) and the parents of young children.
But organic food can cost more, meaning many families are loathe to shell out the extra cash for organic produce on every shopping trip. That’s what makes the Environmental Working Group’s annual list of the dirty dozen foods so useful. The group analyzes Department of Agriculture data about pesticide residue and ranks foods based on how much or little pesticide residue they have. The group estimates that individuals can reduce their exposure by 80% if they switch to organic when buying these 12 foods.
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[Photo by Tara Thralls]
Dirty Dozen Foods with Highest Pesticide Residue - Best Foods to Buy Organic

The latest list of foods with the highest pesticide residue includes some familiar fruits and vegetables, and some surprises.

By Dan Shapley via TheDailyGreen.com

The benefits of eating organic food go straight to the farm, where no pesticides and chemical fertilizers are used to grow the organic produce shipped to grocers. That means workers and farm neighbors aren’t exposed to potentially harmful chemicals, it means less fossil fuel converted into fertilizers and it means healthier soil that should sustain crops for generations to come.

For individuals, organic food also has benefits. Eating organic means avoiding the pesticide residue left on foods, and it may even mean more nutritious varietals, though research into that subject has yielded mixed results. While there are few if any proven health impacts from consuming trace quantities of pesticides on foods, a growing number of people take the precaution of avoiding exposure just in case, particularly in the cases of pregnant women (growing babies are exposed to most of the chemicals that mom consume) and the parents of young children.

But organic food can cost more, meaning many families are loathe to shell out the extra cash for organic produce on every shopping trip. That’s what makes the Environmental Working Group’s annual list of the dirty dozen foods so useful. The group analyzes Department of Agriculture data about pesticide residue and ranks foods based on how much or little pesticide residue they have. The group estimates that individuals can reduce their exposure by 80% if they switch to organic when buying these 12 foods.

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[Photo by Tara Thralls]

March 12, 2012 9:13 pm
GMO Corn, coming to a Walmart near you...unless we ACT!

I got this email today from SumOfUs.org:

Wal-Mart is responding to our pressure! Over 60,000 SumOfUs.org members have already appealed to Wal-Mart to strike a blow to Monsanto and not carry their direct-to-consumer genetically-modified sweet corn (see original email below). Our pressure led to a spokesperson recently telling the Chicago Tribune that the company currently has “no plans to carry it.” But when pressed, Wal-Mart hedged, saying “That decision has not been made…It would be premature to talk about that far ahead.”1

That’s why we’re partnering with Food and Water Watch (FWW) and other groups to deliver hundreds of thousands of signatures to Wal-Mart. FWW is delivering all the names to Wal-Mart later this week and are announcing the combined number of signers to the media tomorrow.We’re making one final push to show Wal-Mart once and for all that we don’t want Monsanto’s GMO corn, and stop this in its tracks.

Sign our petition to Wal-Mart’s CEO demanding that Wal-Mart refuse to sell Monsanto’s toxic GMO corn, and let’s stop it before farmers make a decision to plant it.

Thank you for what you do.

-Claiborne, Kaytee, Taren and the rest of us

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Original email:

Millions of Americans who buy food at Wal-Mart could soon be eating Monsanto GMO corn — unmarked, unlabeled, and untested on humans — with toxins built right into the plant’s DNA.

Monsanto has released their first direct-to-consumer product, a genetically-modified (GM) sweet corn containing Bt toxin, designed to protect the plant by rupturing the stomach of any insect that feeds on it. Monsanto claims the toxin will break down before the corn makes it to your dinner table, but in scientific studies, rats fed Bt corn suffered organ failure, and the toxin has been detected in the bodies of pregnant women.2,3

Farm workers who handled the Bt toxin plants developed allergies so severe they needed anti-histamines just to work. Animals who grazed on it died.4

Want to avoid this toxic product? Too bad – it will arrive on shelves unlabeled and untested on humans, starting with this year’s corn crop.

Consumers are fighting back. Thanks to consumer pressure, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and General Mills have all agreed to not use Monsanto’s GM sweet corn in any of their products. ButWal-Mart, the nation’s largest organic retailer, is holding out.

Tell Wal-Mart to make a stand for consumer safety and turn down Monsanto’s GMO corn.

Biotech companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the past decade preventing the labelling of their products, and now Monsanto has decided to take advantage of that loophole to produce its first-ever consumer product which will crop up, unlabeled, in your local supermarket bin.

With more genetically-modified corn on the market and in the fields, the likelihood of cross-pollination is increased, making it even more difficult for consumers to find organic products. If Wal-Mart listens to our collective voice and shuts out Monsanto corn like Whole Foods and General Mills already have done, farmers will be much less likely to plant the toxic crop.

Shut down Monsanto’s GMO corn today — sign the petition and make sure all your friends know what they could be buying at Wal-Mart.

Thanks for helping keep our food safe,

Claiborne, Taren, Kaytee and the rest of us

February 28, 2012 12:32 pm
snicker…wake up and see the truth, America.
We have “no jobs” because the jobs that ARE available to most Americans are either “beneath them” (working in the fields, working in restaurants, working in construction, working in hotels, etc.), or “above them (high tech jobs they are not educated enough to land).
Is Illegal Immigration the real problem?
How about that we ruined the Mexican Economy with our Farm Subsidies, and put the Mexican Corn/Tortilla Growers out of business with our cheaper corn?
Do you know about our Farm Bill, and how it has ruined the economy of the countries to our south, and then their workers have to come to the USA for employment?
In the US, there are plenty of jobs - but nobody wants them, because the employers are too cheap to pay a fair wage, and want more and more of the profits to go in their own pockets, so why would any workers want to work for peanuts, except the immigrants who can send that money back home where it IS enough for their families to live on?
As usual, in almost every situation, the real culprit turns out to be human GREED.

snicker…wake up and see the truth, America.

We have “no jobs” because the jobs that ARE available to most Americans are either “beneath them” (working in the fields, working in restaurants, working in construction, working in hotels, etc.), or “above them (high tech jobs they are not educated enough to land).

Is Illegal Immigration the real problem?

How about that we ruined the Mexican Economy with our Farm Subsidies, and put the Mexican Corn/Tortilla Growers out of business with our cheaper corn?

Do you know about our Farm Bill, and how it has ruined the economy of the countries to our south, and then their workers have to come to the USA for employment?

In the US, there are plenty of jobs - but nobody wants them, because the employers are too cheap to pay a fair wage, and want more and more of the profits to go in their own pockets, so why would any workers want to work for peanuts, except the immigrants who can send that money back home where it IS enough for their families to live on?

As usual, in almost every situation, the real culprit turns out to be human GREED.

February 19, 2012 1:55 pm December 20, 2011 9:11 pm
New Zealand bill to outlaw all Home Gardens!

(NaturalNews) The God-given human right to freely cultivate food is under attack in New Zealand (NZ) as special interest groups and others are currently attempting to push a “food security” bill through the nation’s parliament that will strip individuals of their right to grow food, save seeds, and even share the fruits of their labor with friends and family members.

In accordance with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Codex Alimentarius scheme for global food control, the NZ Food Bill, if passed, will essentially transfer primary control of food from individuals to corporations under the guise of food safety. And unless massive public outcry and awakened consciences within the NZ government are able to put a stop to it, the bill could become law very soon.

According toNZ Food Security, a group working to protect the food freedom of New Zealanders, the bill will turn growing and sharing food into a government-granted privilege rather than a human right. It will also make it illegal to distribute any type of food based on the bill’s language. This includes seeds, nutrients, natural medicines, minerals, and even water — without expressed government permission.

You see, agribusiness giants like Monsanto want full control of the food supply, which means putting an end to small-scale agriculture systems that operate “off the grid,” so to speak. This is why they have worked so hard in places like the US to convert conventional, staple crop systems to genetically-modified (GM) ones that are continually reliant upon new seeds and chemical interventions.

As far as enforcement, the NZ bill also authorizes private companies to deploy “Food Safety Officers” that can raid private property without warrant. Not only will these “Food Safety Officers” be permitted to draw weapons against those they are pursuing, but they will also be immune from criminal and civil prosecution for their illegal actions.

Read more :http://www.naturalnews.com/034337_New_Zealand_food_freedom_human_rights.html#ixzz1h85Yj1Co

7:50 pm
We really need to focus on OCCUPYING OUR FOOD SUPPLY!  There are more and more horror stories of RAW MILK FARMERS being raided in the middle of the night, dragged off to jail, computers confiscated!  And demands being made on small farms to comply to ridiculous laws.
I just heard that NEW ZEALAND is trying to make it ILLEGAL to GROW YOUR OWN FOOD?
WTF?  I mean, seriously?  WTF!!

We really need to focus on OCCUPYING OUR FOOD SUPPLY!  There are more and more horror stories of RAW MILK FARMERS being raided in the middle of the night, dragged off to jail, computers confiscated!  And demands being made on small farms to comply to ridiculous laws.

I just heard that NEW ZEALAND is trying to make it ILLEGAL to GROW YOUR OWN FOOD?

WTF?  I mean, seriously?  WTF!!

November 23, 2011 8:40 pm
What Drugs Was Your Thanksgiving Turkey On? | | AlterNet

TurkeySo far, 2011 has not been a great year for turkey producers. In May, an article in Clinical Infectious Diseases reported that half of U.S. meat from major grocery chains—turkey, beef, chicken and pork—harbors antibiotic resistant staph germs commonly called MRSA. Turkey had twice and even three times the MRSA of all other meats, in another study. In June, Pfizer announced it was ending arsenic-containing chicken feed which no one realized they were eating anyway, but its arsenic-containing Histostat, fed to turkeys, continues.

Poultry growers use inorganic arsenic, a recognized carcinogen, for “growth promotion, feed efficiency and improved pigmentation,” says the FDA. Yum. And in August, Cargill Value Added Meats, the nation’s third-largest turkey processor, recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey because of a salmonella outbreak, linked to one death and 107 illnesses in 31 states. Even as it closed its Springdale, Arkansas plant, steam cleaned its machinery and added “two additional anti-bacterial washes” to its processing operations, 185,000 more pounds were recalled the next month from the same plant.

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August 17, 2011 2:56 pm
The Future of Food, Sprouting Under LED Lights

A warehouse full of LED lights and Dutch dudes may sound like the setting for a 1990s rave, but it may well be a prototype of the future of horticulture. The Netherlands-based company PlantLab is pushing the “vertical agriculture” movement to new heights by rethinking the fundamental ways that plants interact with essential ingredients like sunlight and using data to optimize growing conditions. Their results could help keep the world’s surging population fed despite dwindling natural resources.

Usually, plants soak up light from the sun (or grow lights if they’re hydroponic). But they only need a small percent of the full light spectrum, and getting too much can accelerate dehydration. PlantLab cuts out the excess by using red and blue LED lights, which speed growth and thus could increase crop yields dramatically. And since the facility is climate-controlled, production of particular types of produce isn’t limited by the season. Using sensors and a highly controlled environment, the PlantLab team constantly gathers data on their plants to make informed decisions about light levels as well as temperature, carbon dioxide, humidity, and myriad other factors that affect plant growth.

The PlantLab project is still in the early stages—the team is looking for the right space to develop a commercial growing center and trying to figure out how to make the venture commercially viable (it turns out those LED lights cost a pretty penny). One thing that won’t hold PlantLab back is the taste of their produce. “They’re great,” PlantLab co-founder Gertjan Meeuws told Southern California Public Radio. “They’re better than we’re used to.”

May 17, 2011 11:41 am
Why We Should All Eat More Organic Food

Organic Food is More Nutritious

  • Organic foods, especially raw or non-processed, contain higher levels of beta carotene, vitamins C, D and E, health-promoting polyphenols, cancer-fighting antioxidants, flavonoids that help ward off heart disease, essential fatty acids, and essential minerals.
  • On average, organic is 25% more nutritious in terms of vitamins and minerals than products derived from industrial agriculture. Since on the average, organic food’s shelf price is only 20% higher than chemical food, this makes it actually cheaper, gram for gram, than chemical food, even ignoring the astronomical hidden costs (damage to health, climate, environment, and government subsidies) of industrial food production. Learn more…
  • Levels of antioxidants in milk from organic cattle are between 50% and 80% higher than normal milk. Organic wheat, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, onions and lettuce have between 20% and 40% more nutrients than non-organic foods. Learn more…

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