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Sunday, March 11, 2012

11 March - Other `Terrorist Threats`

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 stony run farm

life on one acre

Control food and you control the people. -- Henry Kissinger
Grow it, pick it and eat it fresh. -- Risa Bear

Again with the older posts

Monoculture and other practices of the industrial agricultural system have some resistance to disaster, but that resistance comes with the costs attendant upon aquifer depletion, soil depletion, depletion of genetic diversity, oil and coal dependence for farm implements and for commodity storage-transportation-processing-and-retailing, and increased reliance upon debt. Any one link in that chain breaks, they all break.

Historically, all such chains have eventually broken.

  Victory gardens supplied something like half the produce in the United States during World War II. Each year of the war, the ranks of the gardeners grew. Since then, the various back-to-the-land movements that have sprung up have borrowed some of the spirit of the war gardeners, but, as there was not so obvious an emergency, each time the energy has faded away.

Risa sees some of that fading occurring now, as the paid lobbyists of the industrial/financial order successfully ridicule and disparage every movement toward diversification and decentralization as it arises. Their power to see that no one can think clearly about getting along without them has been amplified by the rise of radio and television, and the demise of independent newspapers. The potential of free information dispersal on the Internet remains great, but is under increasing assault.

There is now almost no public domain. We're being -- 24/7 on thousands of channels -- talked down to by a self-anointed overclass, and the contempt in the messaging is palpable.

Our inability to see things that are right before our eyes ... would be amusing if it were not at times so serious. We are coming, I think, to depend too much on being told and shown and taught instead of using our own eyes and brains and inventive faculties, which are likely to be just as good as any other person's. -- Laura Ingalls Wilder in The Missouri Ruralist 


Places to go

 ( And I'll flog Care 2 once again  

Global Alliance to Ban GMOs 

Group Mission Statement

In our opinion GE is, in its current form, possibly the most destructive and dangerous technology developed. Nuclear technology is bad enough, as are the 310 kg of mixed toxic chemicals, industries around the world are releasing each second into our global environment. However, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) may very well become the end for us all. The effects of GMO's on humans are insufficiently studied, and they are likely dangerous to our health, and to the health of nature. Moreover, GMOs are unlabeled, thus our personal free choice to select food that can support our health has been removed. Instead, the state, despite the protests of many of its citizens, is forcing us to eat what corporations’ produce, manufacture, process, and sell – at their monopolized prices. That is domination and it does not belong in a democracy.
Click on the link to read the full statement here

Group Mission Statement 2/2
4 months ago

A fourth problem is reduced bio-diversity. The corporations promote only a few selected GMO crops, in this way limiting diversity in plant production. In addition, when GMOs mix with non-GMOs, the GMOs are cross-pollinating, threatening healthy regeneration in natural plants. In theory, this could mean that GE can wipe out the majority of the 80,000 plant species that are available for human consumption. Cross-pollination has also made non-GMO farmers liable to legal suits from corporations, the CEOs of which are accusing non-GMO farmers of illegally planting the patented GE seeds.

Finally, it seems that the hardship has been to no avail. According to a 2009 report, “Failure to Yield” by the Union of Concerned Scientists, GMOs have been unsuccessful in increasing food production as promised. GMOs have oppositely sown the seed for hunger. When ownership of food production is placed into the hands of a few greedy corporations, we are creating the perfect recipe for famine. During decades, reality has shown that the industrial mode of food production has increased hunger and poverty worldwide, while also degrading natural resources. The only ones who have profited seem to be the owners and CEOs of the agri-corporations, who have reaped huge profits from this technology’s destructive effect on society and nature.

When we examine the beautiful promises that GE is a new and brave technology that can increase yields and alleviate hunger, we clearly observe the political and economic elite’s manipulation, lies, and greed for ever more power and profit. A brief look into history only confirms this. It all started in 1986 when the then Vice President George Bush deregulated the biotechnology industry, deciding that GMOs should be treated as “natural food additives.” In 1992 George Bush, who at that time had become President, extended the GE deregulation, defining GMO plants to be “substantially equivalent” to ordinary plants of the same variety. In this way, no regulation, no research, and no labeling would be required. Nevertheless, and quite inconsistently, the GMOs were still considered substantially new plants, allowing corporations to obtain legal patent. Since then it has become clear that these decisions were not based on sound scientific research, but founded on political ideology and meant to avoid testing and regulatory measures. By placing exclusive ownership of the GE seeds with the corporations and the political system, the elites would be in control of food production worldwide, and by that, gain tremendous power and huge economic profits. As Henry Kissinger said, “If you control the oil you control the country; if you control the food you control the population.” Thus, when somebody takes ownership of our food by patenting seeds, it is a bid for control. Conclusively, the GE technology is not meant to increase crop yields and alleviate hunger; it is meant to dominate society and exploit nature worldwide. Like with all other forms of domination we must resist it. The greed of the economic and political elites has come too close to home. They have created food dictatorship.

Compared to industrial farming, its GMOs, and monoculture, research has shown that organic agroecology and permaculture farming, which focuses on bio-diversity, is producing more yields per acre. Organic farming is also drought and flood resistant, developing plants with strong root systems and soils with good moisture retention, preventing water runoff and soil erosion. Besides, when soil is cultivated organically, its carbon content increases, which contributes to reduction of global warming. Physicist Amory Lovins estimates that boosting the carbon content of the world’s depleted soils at reasonable rates would absorb about as much carbon as all human activity emits. Hence, switching to organic food production is the single most critical action we can take right now to stop our climate crisis. Finally and importantly, organic food is healthy, not harmful to people, animals, soils, air, water, or any living organisms. It is an inexpensive, labor intensive, and community oriented way of producing food with close proximity between field and table. Therefore, demanding labeling of GMO foods will help people to choose healthy food, which will boost organic farming and with that all its advantages. Conclusively, organic food production will increase the quality of life for society and nature, while reducing the power of the elites. Thus, by demanding labeling of GMOs, we remove ownership of food production from state-supported corporations, and return it to the people. Hence, we restore food democracy.

In order to succeed in banning GMOs, and re-establish food democracy, we must be well-informed about the GE technology. When we increase our knowledge we will gain self-confidence and be able to argue our case against GMOs. It is therefore the aim of this group to increase information of and raise awareness about bio-technology and its negative side-effects. Relevant and reliable knowledge is a strong weapon in the struggle to keep our food chain healthy. With such knowledge we can assertively face our politicians, and calmly tell them why we do not want this technology. We can take part in public debates, have our say, and in that way, make a difference for ourselves, our families, and for society and nature at large, including future generations.

Therefore, please join our efforts in ending food domination.

( Which is the upshot when you Search ``Monsanto,Rumsfeld`` : military planned destruction of world foodstocks. Search YouTube for The World According to Monsanto. Jokers made it a link to their company homepage at one point.
Sometimes it`s instructive to search Angry Aboriginal.  )

Theft from a homepage

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Turning Up the Heat:

Natural World - A Farm for the Future:

Organic Solution: A solution to Global Warming

Obviously, like Desmedoma Despair`s ozone death of trees there is concern for forest health. I posted an article on widespread pest attacks on larch in the Appalachian eastern forests. Spruce budworm looks to be jumping prey species in the west. 

AGW -  Snort  ROFLMAO 

My Own Blackbody Error: The Scientific Method Poignantly Illustrated



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The Fukushima story you didn't hear on CNN 


Fukushima-Daiichi: An Accident Waiting to Happen

( As my comment at Majia`s blog makes clear, there is plenty of reason to conclude the àccident` was rather the result of deliberate design which overrode objections at both design and contracting levels

A Series of Links Suggesting Something Wicked This Way Comes... 

arnie gunderson at www.fairewinds.com , the burning of radioactive waste is only going to disperse the radioactive particles over a wider area. so the fact that only 5% has been "disposed" of, may actually be a good thing.)


February 11, 2012  
Arnold Gundersen with the first 2012 Fukushima update
The 9. 0 magnitude earthquake and the subsequent tsunami that devastated Japan’s east coast exactly one year ago were not supposed to happen.

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