Alert! Big Ag at it again-patenting conventional seeds & foods

November 7, 2015 by  
Filed under Economy, Environment, Farming, Food, Food Watch, Green Living

In a very disturbing development Syngenta has patented a pepper strain developed through conventional means. By doing this, these big Ag companies are establishing a precedent for the privatization of our seeds and the foods that we eat.

I don’t know about you but I was fine with our agricultural system BEFORE these big Ag companies began patenting and introducing GMOs, a strategy that now extends to hybrid plants.

The Center for Food Safety reports:

“The history of seed development, distribution, and ownership reflects today’s dominant economic paradigm of the last several decades, which converts basic elements of life – such as seeds and genetic resources – into private, commercial assets.

Until the last few decades, seed development and distribution in the U.S. was largely under the purview of the public sector and augmented by hundreds of small, often family-run, seed breeder businesses, which acted mainly as distributors of publicly developed seed varieties. This contrasts sharply with the situation today in which the top ten companies control 65 percent of proprietary, or intellectual property (IP)-protected, seed.”

Do you really believe that any private company should control access to the seeds and plants that supply the foods we eat?

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Mushroom based Pesticide…

June 25, 2015 by  
Filed under alternative medicine, Farming, Green Living

Not surprisingly the patent filed by Paul Stamets, recognized mycologist, has largely been ignored.  A natural product that can be as effective as the nasty stuff produced by the big fertilizer/pesticide corporations would be one of the most ‘disruptive technologies’ on the planet today!  Disruptive, meaning tons of profits would be ‘redistributed’ away from those big league companies to the new natural technology leaders.  Do you think that this would happen in today’s world?  If you don’t believe it then you agree with me that there is far too much power held by these corporations and they are not afraid to use it anywhere at anytime.  You can see this happening today as our elected leaders’ opinions/votes are swayed away from what is good for We The People to what is best for Big Business!

I am probably just having a bad day because I don’t see this getting any better during my lifetime…Read the article that talks about this natural pesticide here

Anti GMO Uprising in Poland!

March 2, 2015 by  
Filed under Farming

I love to see this, it just warms my heart.  We need to see this in every country and by 1000’s!!!  Things will begin to turn around at that point I think!  Read the article here.

US pressures El Salvador to buy Monsanto’s GMO seeds

June 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Farming

As one of the preconditions to authorizing close to $300 million in aid, the United States is pressuring El Salvador to purchase genetically modified seeds from Monsanto instead of non-GM seeds from local farmers.

According to Sustainable Pulse, a website covering developments related to genetically modified organisms and sustainable agriculture, the US will reportedly withhold $277 million in aid through the Millennium Challenge Compact if El Salvador refuses to purchase GM seeds from the biotech company Monsanto.

The website states that the stalled aid package was originally put on hold in late 2013, when it was revealed that Millennium Challenge Corporation would not deliver funds to the country unless “specific” economic and environmental reforms were made. Apparently, one of those is related to the purchase of GMO seeds.

Speaking with Verdad Digital, however, the president of the El Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technologies (CESTA) criticized the US negotiating position and said the country should back away from its demand.

“I would like to tell the U.S. Ambassador to stop pressuring the Government (of El Salvador) to buy ‘improved’ GM seeds,” CESTA president Ricardo Navarro said, adding that the move would hurt the local economy and only benefit US companies.

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Monarch butterfly decline linked to spread of GM crops

June 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Farming, Green Living

The main cause of the monarch butterfly’s decline is the loss of milkweed — its food — in its U.S. breeding grounds, a new study has found. That all but confirms that the spread of genetically modified crops is indirectly killing the monarch.

This past winter, the number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico fell to its lowest since 1993, when records first started being kept, the World Wildlife Fund and Mexico’s Environment Department reported in January. That report blamed the loss of milkweed owing to genetically modified crops and urban sprawl in the U.S. and illegal logging in the butterflies’ Mexican wintering ground.

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U.S. egg industry rocked by consumer demand for healthier, cruelty-free eggs

June 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Farming, Food Watch

Rising consumer interest in healthy eating and animal welfare is beginning to scramble the US egg business.

The price of egg whites has nearly tripled to record levels since early 2013 following moves by McDonald’s and other fast-food giants to introduce egg-white menu items to appeal to cholesterol-focused customers.

Meanwhile, egg producers are spending millions of dollars to add more hens for producing organic and cage-free eggs. A catalyst behind that is a California law that takes effect in 2015 that aims to address inhumane conditions for the birds.

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Backyard chicken farmers cry fowl over bans

May 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Farming

HOWELL, N.J. — John Rivera-Ramos is finding out the hard way what happens when your chicken crosses the road — or in his case — a yard.

“Why don’t neighbors talk to each other these days?” said a disheartened Rivera-Ramos, 62, of Howell.

There has been a trend in recent years of chickens moving back into the yards of urban America neighborhoods. The appeal for many is the ability to be more self-sufficient and have more control over your food.

But with the hens comes complaints from neighbors. And in at least two New Jersey towns — Howell and Ocean Township — it’s also brought the threat of fines for keeping poultry in the backyard.

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Kentucky sues federal government over hemp seeds

May 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Farming

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Agriculture Department sued the federal government Wednesday, seeking the release of imported hemp seeds that have been held up by customs officials.

The state said it needs to get the seeds in the ground for the spring season and each day they are held up jeopardizes the yield.

The 250-pound shipment from Italy has been held for more than a week by customs officials in Louisville.

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Will Vertical Farming Kill Monsanto Company and Help Whole Foods Market?

April 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Farming

Food production in the United States is currently dominated by two methods: organic farming and traditional farming that incorporates the benefits of engineered seeds. If early successes are any indication of the future, then it may soon be time to make room for a third: vertical farming. There are numerous benefits to vertical farms, which are springing up from Singapore to Pennsylvania, ranging from the elimination of pests to significant reductions in the amount of water used to irrigate crops. However, the disruptive shift in the way the world produces food will also reshape the battle between organic champions such as Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM ) and engineered seed producers such as Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON ) .

Consider that the conditions of enclosed vertical farms could be precisely controlled. Farmers wouldn’t need seeds that resisted droughts or pests. Pesticides use would be greatly reduced, if not eliminated, while water and energy use would also plummet. Does that set the stage for Whole Foods Market to throw its weight behind the new production systems? Will this mark the beginning of the end of GMOs and pesticides from Monsanto?

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Brazil looks to ban Monsanto’s Roundup, other toxicity risks

March 31, 2014 by  
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Brazil’s public prosecutor wants to suspend use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s pervasive herbicide Roundup. A recent study suggested glyphosate may be linked to a fatal kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions worldwide.

The Prosecutor General’s office is also pursuing bans on the herbicide 2,4-D and seven other active herbicide ingredients in addition to glyphosate: methyl parathion, lactofem, phorate, carbofuran, abamectin, tiram, and paraquat, GMWatch reported.

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