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Hydro Corruption Feb 12/14 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 22:16

Hydro Corruption Feb 12/14

Dr. David Carpenter MD, a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a physician who has worked in the area of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and public health

Dr. David Carpenter MD, a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a physician who has worked in the area of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and public health for over 18 years, has a few choice words for power companies that are forcing smart meters down the throats of their customers all over the United States.

Dr. Carpenter adamantly insists that there is no evidence whatsoever that smart meters are in any way safe for human beings.  He goes on to say that there is, in fact, ample evidence that demonstrates “convincingly and consistently” that exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) at elevated levels for long periods of time increases the risk of cancer, damages the nervous system, and adversely affects the reproductive organs.

Dr. Carpenter says that an informed person should demand that they be allowed to keep their analog meter.

- See more at: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/harvard-medical-doctor-warns-against-smart-meters/#sthash.ZnEN1iHs.dpuf

http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/harvard-medical-doctor-warns-against-smart-meters/

Ombudsman Complaints about Smart Meters!

1)   Hydro One in Ontario has been treating its customers as an ATM just as BC Hydro is doing, with inflated estimated bills, arrogant responses to billing complaints, delayed billing resulting in huge bills. The Ontario Ombudsman is investigating billing practice and time of use. I encourage everyone who is having similar problems to write to BCUC Patrick.wruck@bcuc.com and our ombudsman. Complaints to the ombudsman are made by completing the form at https://www.ombudsman.bc.ca/how-to-make-a-complaint/online-complaint-form It wouldn’t hurt to copy some politicians, when you write to BCUC e.g. Energy critic John Horgan John.Horgan.MLA@leg.bc.ca, your MLA, and others. If you would copy me at director@stopsmartmetersbc.ca with “complaint” in the subject line, I will gather them – perhaps these will be handy at the BCUC hearing or at some other time. I wrote to the ombudsman today. The comments I made on the complaint form are below.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Ontario+ombudsman+probe+Hydro+smart+meters/9465092/story.html Many interesting comments

http://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/business/watchdog-to-probe-hydro-one-customer-complaints-1.1669731

2)   Initially Hydro was installing ITRON collectors to transmit data to/from smeters to cell transmitters. These collectors had 2 transmitters. After having installed all 1800 across the province, Hydro replaced them with Cisco collectors that have up to 8 transmitters. When we asked why and how the additional 6 transmitters would be used, we were told “we have no plans!”  Well, once again Hydro lied. Cisco has big plans for using the grid for multiple transmissions. Could we be having our homes used to transmit data for other businesses in addition to Hydro? E.g. wifi, cell phone service? One statement in this article will concern many and I think demands investigation:

“It’s taken a couple of years to get this flagship Cisco IPv6 mesh network up and running. But as it lights up Itron’s smart meters, it can also start connecting to other distribution grid devices, Davis explained. One of the first, he said, will be a grid sensor called LineWatch, built by QinetiQ, a U.K.-based defense technology company better known for its work on fighter planes, unmanned military robots and military cybersecurity projects than for smart grid. QinetiQ, like Itron, has embedded Cisco’s technology in its grid hardware”

And BC Hydro is one of its prime customers, as is Fortis.- http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/cisco-adds-distribution-automation-to-its-grid-network

3)   I have discovered that all fires or electrical “incidents” must be reported by electricians and Hydro/Fortis to the BC Safety Authority. Individuals who were victims in the event can obtain copies of the reports from the BC Safety Authority. There are offices all over the province and the contact info. can be found at http://safetyauthority.ca/contact/regional-contacts I hope that any of you who had appliances or electronics damaged, or who suffered fires or overheating, etc. due to having a smeter (or possibly due to having one) will get a copy and share it with me at director@stopsmartmetersbc.ca with “BCSA report” on the subject line.

4)   Non smeter. Wi-fi has been shown by many studies to be harmful due to the RF. Despite this, provincial medical officers such as Dr. Perry Kendall, are encouraging schools to install wi-fi for internet connection even when the school already is connected via the extremely efficient and safe fiber optic cable. Many corporate supporters and IT people sell the idea of wi-fi saying it is needed for a 21st century education and presenting wi-fi as the newest technology. Neither is true. We all know that wifi offers students no advantage beyond the convenience of students being able to carry their laptops around. And there is a real 21st century technology called Li-fi, where fiber optics are used to send the internet signal via visible light. This technology needs to be tested to make sure there are no side effects but initial reports are that li-fi is much safer than the RF emitting wi-fi currently used.

http://www.8point3led.co.uk/news/2013-10-14/education-chiefs-see-benefits-of-renewable-energy-in-schools-and-the-uks-first-li-fi-demonstration

 

 

Letters:

A terrific letter published by a member in the Peace Arch News: http://www.peacearchnews.com/opinion/letters/243415311.html

A copy of the statement I completed at the ombudsman complaint site:

As Director of the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters I am getting many emails from people who are experiencing poor billing practices by BC Hydro. Meters are not being read for 8-12 months at a time resulting in bills being based on estimated usage. Often the usage estimated is many times higher than the homeowner has ever used in  a similar period. This can result in significant overpayment for an extended period -- free use of customers' money.

Or else no bills are sent for several months and then huge bills are sent, with payment due within a very short time. Hydro is often refusing to accept phoned in readings to adjust bills, and people are treated with disdain, told to pay or lose their power. This is causing financial hardship for many.

This is exactly what is happening in Ontario and the ombudsman there will be undertaking an audit, which was just announced.

http://www.citynews.ca/2014/02/04/ontarios-ombudsman-to-investigate-hydro-one/

I will be encouraging people to send you information about their billing problems with BC Hydro, and ask that you initiate an investigation into BC Hydro's actions. Should you require more information, I would be happy to help in any way.

From: XXXXX
To:
commission.secretary@bcuc.com

Subject: Unknown charge on bill . Refusing payment of LEGACY METER CHARGE
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:21:08 -0800

Attention COMMISSION SECRETARY . On the reverse of the Hydro meter bill there is an explanation of all their Charges ~ EXCEPT LEGACY METER CHARGE .  we HAVE THE STANDARD METER WE HAVE ALWAYS HAD  and it has been extremely satisfactory.

. For your information  we have refused  the new, Faulty  radiation  so called  “SMART”  meter for health reasons on our home. BC Hydro is well aware of this.  There is too much evidence that their radiation is seriously suspect in its long term effect on humans  especially children. Out decision is based on” the Precautionary principle” that no reliable proof has been shown that they are safe, as  they have not even been tested for an UNDERWRITING  (ULC)  or CSA  approval.

We are participating in the class action suit in this matter . Other copies of this memo will be mailed to others as deemed appropriate.

Yours Truly

Subject: Update 2014-02-05 SPECIAL UPDATE RE. INVASION OF OUR PRIVACY BY SMETERS AND GRID
Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2014 23:38:01 -0800

 

1)   "Take Back Your Power’ Wins Transformational Film of the Year Award

 

SEATTLE, Washington (February 5, 2014) — The hard-hitting documentary ‘Take Back Your Power’ has been named winner of the AwareGuide Transformational Film of the Year.  The crowd-funded film exposes in-home surveillance issues, customer billing corruption, potential health risks and other problems associated with utilites’ plans for upgrading to a centralized “smart” energy grid.  It finished atop the list of 33 worldwide finalists along with ‘The Ghosts In Our Machine’, co-winner of the award . . .

“This is a victory for a growing majority who want to restore sanity to the roles played by technology and government,” said Josh del Sol, producer and director . . .”

 

http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/Take-Back-Your-Power-ties-for-first-place,85,3698

2)   The invasion of our privacy through the smart meter program, even without the activation of the zigbee (which will increase the amount of detailed data dramatically), is something the government and Hydro are denying. Our civil rights are being ignored . This article explains what is happening and how. Our class action lawsuit pertains to this invasion of our privacy and trampling of our charter right to live in our homes safe from intrusion. I think this article is important enough to warrant the devotion of an entire update.

 

I hope you will share this with friends, your MLAs and the media, and write your concerns to Privacy Commissioner Denham at info@oipc.bc.ca

 

(Please note that the legal references applies to US law, that may or may not be similar to Canadian law.)

 

 

How Smart Meters Invade Individual Privacy - SkyVision Solutions:
- http://skyvisionsolutions.org/privacy-and-data-security/how-smart-meters-invade-individual-privacy/

Introduction

Although many people claim that smart meters invade their privacy, it is unclear as to whether a compelling argument has yet been fully made that properly articulates an invasion of privacy assertion in a way that is understandable or convincing enough to persuade a sufficient number of legislators, governmental officials, court judges, or hearing officers.  It is the purpose of this website posting to help formulate such a message.

The principal privacy and security concerns surrounding installation of residential smart meters are (1) smart meters will reveal the activities of people inside of a home by measuring their electricity, gas, or water usage frequently over time, and (2) that inadequate cyber security measures surrounding the digital transmission of smart meter data will expose it to misuse by authorized and unauthorized users of the data.

More specifically, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a non-profit group, has listed on its website the following potential privacy consequences of smart grid and smart meter systems:

Let us highlight just one item from the above list which has received little or no prior attention, “Tracking Behavior of Renters/Leasers.”  When a different individual owns and pays the utilities other than the resident, such as in the case of a rental unit, apartment subletting, leasing, and so on, the landlord or property owner will likely have “authorized” and easy access to the smart meter data through a utility online portal website.  The renter’s electricity, gas, and possibly water usage patterns and behavior could be monitored in near real-time.  Hypothetically, a landlord could use information obtained from smart meter data to determine whether the tenant has broken a lease provision or for other more malicious purposes.  The utility would likely claim that it has no concern or control over such activities, yet the utility is installing the technology that allows this avenue of privacy invasion to occur.  [For a discussion describing the context of each item on the above list, refer to the following link:  Potential Privacy Impacts.]

Although utilities largely dismiss the above privacy and security concerns when voiced by consumers, the author of this document asserts that smart meters do indeed represent an invasion of privacy that is unreasonable and unnecessary.  Without quoting specific case law for purposes of this website posting, let it be said that the general legal criteria for demonstrating an invasion or privacy allegation consists of satisfying two discrete questions:

1.     The first question relates to whether an individual, by his or her conduct, exhibits a subjective expectation of privacy, i.e., has the individual shown that he or she seeks to preserve something as private.

2.     The second question pertains to whether the individual’s subjective expectation of privacy is one that society is prepared to recognize as reasonable, i.e., whether the individual’s privacy expectation, viewed objectively, is justifiable under the circumstances.

With regard to digital smart meters, the above criteria can be easily satisfied as shown in the paragraphs that follow.

Demonstrated Expectation for Privacy

Residential utility customers have a legitimate expectation to preserve individual and behavioral privacy with regard to energy-related or water consumption data collected by the utility.  Credible government reports and security experts have explained that there are privacy concerns that the granular data collected by smart meters will reveal the activities of people inside of a home by measuring their usage frequently over time.  Furthermore, there is deep concern that inadequate cyber security measures surrounding the digital transmission of smart meter data will expose such data to misuse by authorized and unauthorized users of the data.  Residential utility customers have currently only surrendered a privacy interest to the extent necessary to account for monthly billing by the utility, unless otherwise explicitly granted.  Normally, only one energy or water usage measurement per month is necessary for the billing process.

As an example, the figure below shows the type of information that can be gleaned from basic electrical power usage data from a smart meter without any special knowledge of appliance signatures, just intuitive observation of power consumption variations, which in turn infers human activity.  Many people would prefer that this type of information not be available to other individuals or organizations under any circumstances.



Furthermore, with the help of software algorithms, much more information can be revealed from smart meter data.  According to a 2009 report prepared for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, entitled, “Smart Metering & Privacy: Existing Law and Competing Policies”:

“A remarkable number of electric appliances can be identified by their load signatures, and with impressive accuracy.  Researchers have all but mastered identification of the larger common household appliances such as water heaters, well pumps, furnace blowers, refrigerators, and air conditioners, with recognition accuracies approaching perfection.  Ongoing work focuses now on the myriad smaller electric devices around the home such as personal computers, laser printers, and [different types of] light bulbs.”

“High-resolution electricity usage profiles can expose individual behavior patterns through the identification of each specific appliance event within the household.  Not just when a consumer is at home and when she is away, but further when she cooks dinner, watches TV, takes a shower.”

“More detailed information gathered by smart meters may expose consumers to more targeted and nefarious physical invasions, since it may be possible to glean such information from the meter data as when residents are away from home, …”

“What’s more, the sheer volume of the research and development in this area helps understand the field as a vector, one that points directly at more and more-detailed information collected concerning the activities of millions of people.  While the motivations for this aggregation of data may be noble, the potential for serious privacy invasion is only growing, and so the need for care.”

Through the use of smart meters, utilities typically collect thousands of times more data than required to calculate a monthly bill and thus expose residents to unnecessary risks as described above.

Utilities and other smart grid advocates will sometimes make irrelevant and meaningless statements like:

1.     “Smart meters only know how much power you are using, not specifically how you are using that power.” or,

2.     “Smart meters do not record your personal activities.”

These are misleading, simplistic statements that avoid the issue.   It is true that the smart meter is merely a conduit for collecting, storing, and transmitting energy-related usage data.  Obviously, an inanimate object can’t “know” anything.  That is not the issue.  The issue relates to the incremental and granular type of data that is collected, stored, and transmitted by the meter to places where it can be intercepted, stored, and analyzed by others (real people) and software algorithms to be able to provide information about the usage patterns for individual appliances with a subsequent inference on the activities and occupancy of a home.

Smart meter data can be used by others either maliciously or inadvertently using existing or developing technology in an unauthorized fashion to infer types of activities or occupancy of a home for specific periods of time.  It is also possible that such information can be sought for legal proceedings as evidence to prove or disprove certain propositions.  For utilities or others to deny these legitimate concerns is evidence of obfuscation, essentially hiding the truth from the consumer.

Many residential utility customers simply do not wish to risk participation in such invasive technology as smart meters, i.e., they have exhibited an expectation to preserve behavioral privacy.

Expectation for Privacy is “Reasonable”

Viewed objectively, the expectation to preserve privacy as it relates to electrical, gas, or water usage data is reasonable for the following reasons:

1.     In the United States, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, PURPA Section 111(d), as amended by The Energy Policy Act of 2005, contains language that requires state utility commissions and unregulated utilities to consider whether it is appropriate for utilities to offer customers smart metering for those who request it.  The legislative intent was always that smart metering was to be considered optional.  Therefore, it is reasonable for people not be forced to accept a smart meter in order to meter activities for which they have no desire to participate and do not want to accept the risks involved with smart metering.

2.     Consumer concerns are well founded; they are based upon credible sources of information including government reports and security experts.  It is reasonable for individuals not to be forced to participate in a system which gathers more energy and water usage data than are required for billing purposes and which subjects them to higher privacy and security risks than traditional monthly meter reads.

3.     Although most case law would support a conclusion that there is not a societal expectation for privacy of utility energy and water usage records (in the aggregate), current case law is not fully applicable to the new technology where granular data transmitted by digital smart meters can “reveal discrete information” about individual appliance use or home occupancies.

4.     Given the “totality of the circumstances*,” in the case of smart meters collecting incremental and granular information, it is reasonable to consider the fact that the information is generated in the home, an area accorded specific textual protection in the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  It is also reasonable to consider the fact that residential utility customers have no practical alternative to obtain electric, gas, or water service from another source.  [* The use of this expression has its origin in case law where it is stated that the totality of the circumstances will be carefully weighed when determining the legitimacy of a privacy expectation.]

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Fracking Hurting Animals Feb 10/14 Print E-mail
Sunday, 09 February 2014 22:19

Fracking Hurting Animals Feb 10/14

How Fracking Hurts Animals

EcoWatch | January 30, 2014 1:21 pm | Comments

Many people know the issues with fracking when it comes to water and air pollution, but animals are also at risk. Two studies in the last two years, show how farm animals and aquatic life are impacted by fracking.

Farm Animals

study by two Cornell University researchers indicates the process of hydraulic fracturing deep shale to release natural gas may be linked to shortened lifespan and reduced or mutated reproduction in cattle—and maybe humans.

Without knowing exactly what chemicals are being used, and in what quantities, it is difficult to perform laboratory-style experiments on, say lab rats. But farm animals are captive, surrounded by electric and barbed wire fences.

And when fracking wastewater is spilled across their pasture and into their drinking water, and they start dying and birthing dead calves, one can become suspicious that there is a connection.

Which is what the Cornell researchers found during a year-long study of farm animals, based primarily on interviews with animal owners and veterinarians in six states: Colorado, Louisiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

“Animals can nevertheless serve as sentinels for human health impacts,” the report, Impacts of Gas Drilling on Human and Animal Health, notes. “Animals, particularly livestock, remain in a confined area and, in some cases, are continually exposed to an environmental threat.”

The report has been produced by Robert E. Oswald, a biochemist and Professor of Molecular Medicine at Cornell University, and Michelle Bamberger, a veterinarian with a master’s degree in pharmacology.

In one case, an accidental release of fracking fluids into a pasture adjacent to a drilling operation resulted in 17 cows dead within an hour. Exposure to fracking fluids running onto pastures or into streams or wells also reportedly led to pregnant cows producing stillborn calves, goats exhibiting reproductive problems and other farm animals displaying similar problems. Farmers reported effects within one to three days of animals consuming errant fracking wastewater.

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Treasonous Trade Deal against BC Salmon Industry! Feb 6/14 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 21:59

Treasonous Trade Deal against BC Salmon Industry! Feb 6/14

On the heels of the Harper government giving the Norwegian salmon feedlot industry the greenlight to expand in BC, the industry was listed on the New York Stock Exchange.  The wisdom of Justice Bruce Cohen tossed aside, BC is now a third-world region - just another place for Norway to raise "their" fish.  This is a death sentence to the wild salmon of British Columbia. If we serious about preserving our way of life, democracy and our country we need to adapt to meet this challenge. If we don't, it is clear where we are going - think Chile - massive salmon feedlots, disease outbreaks and a new social order wherever this industry bites down.

Update

In early January, we learned the Harper government quietly invited the Norwegian salmon farming industry to expand in BC. He did this despite specific warnings to the opposite by his own federal Commission.  He did this ignoring his constitutional responsibility to consult with First Nations. See press release by Living Oceans.

A few days later on January 28, 2014, Marine Harvest (the biggest of the three Norwegian operators using BC to grow "their" fish) was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. They rang the Opening Bell. Their press release states they plan to lead the blue revolution similar to 5000 years ago when we went from hunting to farming. They fail to mention salmon farming requires aggressive wild fisheries.  Truth is a scarce commodity in this deal.

Marine Harvest - listed as a protein company to woo American investors,

"We want to grow even faster" says Marine Harvest Chief Executive Alf-Helge Aarskog.

This is a very dangerous situation for BC's wild salmon. Wild salmon do not survive exposure to salmon feedlots. DFO shrunken, bent and abused - is no longer capable of defending wild salmon. British Columbians have made it clear they distrust this industry, but Harper is not listening to the people he rules.

I use quotes when I write "their" fish because under the Constitution of Canada no one is allowed to "own" a salmon in the marine waters of Canada. The Fraser Institute suggests a change to the Consitution of Canada to accomodate this industry:

"An appropriate set of private property rights for fish farmers would markedly raise efficiency in the production of seafood, while helping to eliminate whatever negative externalities may be associated with their operation." These "negative externalities" would only be eliminated on paper, in fact they threaten the coast of British Columbia, Washington State and Alaska.

Fraser Institute Report

 

See Marine Harvest ring the Opening Bell - New York Stock Exchange Jan. 28. 2014. Tycoon John Fredricksen, (the richest man in Norway until he changed citizenship) and his daughter clap.

 

"Link Arms"

Chief Robert Chamberlin (left), traveled to Norway several times to introduce shareholder resolutions at Marine Harvest AGMs. He spent years in the circular government labyrinths, designed to absorb the energy of such a man, trying to find solutions to the invasion of this industry into his territory.  He is instructed by his people to protect the wild seafood resources they depend on. And yet Chamberlin was not consulted about the expansion of this industry in his territory.

Chief Chamberlin, a patient man, has taken an unprecedented step inviting us to "link arms" in resisting this unjustifiable expansion.

Moving very quickly, the applications to expand salmon farming in BC are appearing in local newspapers. The one shown below is among the Discovery Islands, where Justice Bruce Cohen specifically warned the industry should be phased out.

#19 - On September 30, 2020, the minister of fisheries and oceans should prohibit net-pen salmon farming in the Discovery Islands (fish health sub-zone 3-2) unless he or she is satisfied that such farms pose at most a minimal risk of serious harm to the health of migrating Fraser River sockeye salmon. The minister’s decision should summarize the information relied on and include detailed reasons. The decision should be published on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ website. Cohen Commission Recommendation #19

The Cohen Commission Recommendations have been removed from the internet, but Watershed Watch has posted them for us, with a calendar of missed opportunities to preserve wild salmon in BC.

The Licences

To make matters worse for wild salmon, the federal government licences grant the salmon farmers the power to make the decision whether they use Atlantic salmon infected with viruses.  Under Canada's Fisheries Act, Section 56 the Minister of Fisheries is not permitted to this,  but the new federal Aquaculture Licence attempts to override Canada's Fisheries Act. This is nothing short of a complete betrayal of government's contract with the people to protect wild salmon. I am challenging these licences in court with Ecojustice - thank you Ecojustice.

Moving Forward

We are losing ground.  The Norwegian salmon feedlot industry has won the backing of the Harper government.  Common sense and the law have been set aside.

We have to do something different, we have to adapt.

I would like to suggest a change in our relationship.

I want to acknowledge and thank the hundreds of you who have approached me on the street, written and called me.  Your supportive words and donations have given me the opportunity to take this fight through the courts, the scientific literature and onto the streets.

But in the face of the current situation, I can only say I am not the David you hoped I would be against this Goliath.

I can, however, be your guide.  I have studied the salmon farming industry since it was born in my community in 1988. I know it inside and out. I have first-hand experience with the players, politics, science, local biology, legislation and law.

You are the most powerful force on earth.  If you make time in your life to fight for wild salmon, there will be wild salmon for our children. You will not suffer the emotional damage of being a victim and I will be here alongside you to make sure your time is not wasted.

This is not a one-off engagement. We will need to be relentless, like the industry itself.  I will let you know what I think is the powerful thing you can do for wild salmon. And I will listen to your ideas.

Here is what needs to be done today:

1 - Click on the petition below and share it with all your facebook and other friends and family

Each fish farm in BC needs a provincial licence in addition to the federal licence. The Premier of BC has the power to revoke fish farm Licences of Occupation, with no compensation, if it is in the public interest. There are more than 80,000 on this petition, but we are not enough for the Premier of BC to respond. There is some number of signatures that will get a response. People from around the world are welcome to sign this.

CLICK HERE FOR PETITION

2 - Contact the sushi restaurants in your community

Express how you feel about them paying money to the companies who are farming salmon in BC marine waters.  Choose to eat at restaurants that only serve wild salmon.

3 - Donate the funds I need to communicate to people far and wide about the impact of this industry on our oceans and our health.

The salmon farmers in BC are huge Norwegian companies with media strategists and marketing campaigns. We cannot protect BC without the funds to make people aware of what is going on here. In the ad below they actually tell people they are saving wild salmon!  We have to step onto this stage.

DONATE

4 - Share this film, hold showings in your homes, send it to everyone you know and then ask them to follow steps 1, 2, 3 and 4

SALMON CONFIDENTIAL



Wild salmon are not saved by salmon farming. Quotas are not based on the number of farmed salmon raised and the weight of scientific evidence suggests salmon farms cause considerable harm to wild salmon.

 

To be continued....

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02/03/2014

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01/16/2014

Prime Minister of Canada opens door to more salmon farms in BC

It is with disbelief and horror that I pass on the news the Norwegian operators in BC will be raising even more Atlantic salmon in BC's waters.

OTTAWA OPENS THE DOOR

Ottawa has given these companies a licence that allows them to use fish carrying viruses, even though section 56 of our Fisheries Act prohibits transfer of fish carrying a disease agent that may be harmful to the protection and conservation of fish. I am in court right now fighting this.

A friend has asked us to attend a local Superstore and educate people about farmed salmon. I received his press release at nearly the same time as I got the news about the fate of this coast - sold off for use to raise fish for Norwegian companies.

So I pass the information on to you, in case you want to let markets know how you feel about them buying these farmed salmon from the companies using BC waters. How you feel about the Prime Minister completely disregarding the $26 million Cohen Commission we all paid for that made 11 recommendations specific to protecting wild salmon from salmon farms.


Media Advisory
Net-Pen Farmed Salmon Boycott

Where: Superstores across B.C. (Chilliwack,
Duncan, North Vancouver, Kamloops and Cranbrook)
When: Saturday, January 18, 2014
Time: 12 Noon – 1 pm

Farmed Atlantic salmon boycott rallies will be held across B.C. to educate the public about contamination levels so high that SeaChoice, Oceanwise and Monterey Bay Aquarium SeafoodWatch have all red-listed this product to avoid. This is especially important for pregnant women and children. At the rallies, pamphlets showing what exactly is in farmed salmon will be handed out: wide fat bars where toxins accumulate contain DDT, which is linked to breast cancer and gets passed on to babies through breastfeeding; viruses such as salmon influenza type virus, and a novel reovirus; insecticides such as endosulfan, banned due to high toxicity; GMO corn and animal by-products used in salmon feed; PCBs, dangerous chemicals that can cause cancer, immune dysfunction and nervous system damage, and more! Armed with this information, with links to get more information from credible sources, Superstore customers will likely buy wild salmon instead of farmed Atlantic salmon grown in open-net pens in our coastal waters.

“Our experience with the Superstores in Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Duncan, North Vancouver and Nanaimo have been very cooperative,” stated Eddie Gardner. “These are peaceful rallies, respectful of property and people, and we are hopeful that all Superstores will afford the same respectful cooperation to the boycott rallies across B.C.,” added Mr. Gardner, Boycott Coordinator.

“We are surprised that the Director of Social Responsibility at Loblaw’s is still ignoring our request made last year to remove farmed Atlantic salmon from Superstore coolers,” added Angela Superneault, member of the Chilliwack Boycott Chapter. “People notice that Superstore is proud to promote the sale of hormone-
and antibiotic-free beef and pork, yet look at the contamination levels in farmed salmon,” Shawna Green said, adding that Superstore needs to be consistent and remove farmed Atlantic salmon from their shelves. Superstores come under the overall management of Loblaw’s.

The aquaculture industry remains plagued with dangerous mutating viruses, pollution and parasites – forcing them to use chemicals and antibiotics to protect their farmed fish grown in open-net cages, many of which are placed on the migration routes of the endangered Fraser River sockeye salmon.

For more information:

Eddie Gardner, Net-Pen Farmed Salmon Boycott Coordinator
singingbear@shaw.ca
604-792-0867
www.salmonAlert.org

http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/10_reasons_not_to_eat_far/

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12/11/2013

What a year!

In the final weeks of 2013, the CFIA got reassigned to the Minister of Health and I finally got an answer my question. The CFIA never did retest my samples.

Now what - how do we evaluate the ISA virus risk to British Columbia?

Despite their commitment to offer wholesome food, I found Whole Foods uses standards that exceed WHO toxin recommendations to sell Norwegian farmed salmon in some stores.
These two incidents have shaped my course of action for 2014.

If you think I should keep going I need your help. Here is a summary of 2013. Thank you so much for your encouragement, help and brilliant ideas!

Political careers and markets are critically compromising themselves to accommodate this industry. 2014 is the year we move on to a much more brilliant form of aquaculture and relationship with wild salmon

2013 - What We Accomplished from Alexandra Morton on Vimeo.

TO DONATE TO THE RESEARCH - mail a check to Raincoast Research Society and we will provide you with a tax receipt

 

DONATE TO A SEQUEL TO SALMON CONFIDENTIAL AND OTHER PUBLIC OUTREACH DONATE TO PACIFIC COAST WILD SALMON SOCIETY - No tax receipt available.

 

DONATE

BREAKING NEWS:

It is Official the CFIA Never Retested My Samples!

Dear Whole Foods, toxins in your farmed salmon

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12/09/2013

Dear Whole Foods toxins in your farmed salmon

Dear Whole Foods

Thank you for sending your Quality Standards - did you know your farm salmon toxin - standards are 7 times higher than considered safe by the WHO?

According to your Jan. 1, 2013 Quality Standards that you sent to me - Whole Foods only requires farmed salmon producers to show they are making “progress toward meeting maximum allowable contaminate levels” for PCBs, dioxins, furans, dioxin-like PCBs and mercury in their product. This means your customers don’t actually know the levels of dangerous toxins present in Norwegian farmed salmon from Whole Foods. Download WFM Quality Standards for Farmed Seafood_salmon finfish shrimp_ Jan 1 2013.V2_0-1.pdf (341.5K)

Compared to international, current dietary recommendations for fatty fish, your limit of 2.16 pg/g for dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs in farmed salmon is not safe at all according to the World Health Organization that established in 1998 a goal to reduce human intake levels below 1 pg TEQ/kg body weight/day (http://www.who.int/ipcs/publications/en/exe-sum-final.pdf">source:). (TEQ means Toxic Equivalent Unit)

According to your Jan. 1. 2013 quality standards for farmed salmon, when a 60 kg person eats a single 200 gram serving of Norwegian farmed salmon from Whole Foods their body may receive 432 pg of toxins (2.16 pg x 200 grams). This is more than 7-times the daily safe intake levels established by the WHO and over 3.5-times the tolerable levels established by the European Food Safety Authority (EFTA) (2 pg/kg body weight/day and 14 pg/kg body weight/ week. Source:).

So:

If your customer is a girl or woman, she will store the chemicals received each time she tucks into farmed Norwegian salmon from Whole Foods and then release up to 94% of them to her babies during pregnancy and lactation. Dioxins and PCB toxins are well known to interfere with brain development, the hooking up of brain cells essential to being able to think, cause cognitive (reasoning ability) impairment in children and adults, and are known carcinogens according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (Source: The Lancet Oncology, Volume 14, Issue 4, Pages 287 - 288, April 2013).

Current research indicates that babies from mothers that consume high levels of PCBs will be at higher risk of autism, ADD, reduced brain size, all the while your customers think that shopping at Whole Foods is protecting their family from doses of toxins like this.

Why does Whole Foods ask the salmon farming industry to work towards meeting requirements that are not safe for babies? Did you not know that your limits are 7 times higher than the World Health Organization recommends? Or did you think your customers were never going to find out? I don't know which is worse.

I was one of your customers, but I no longer have confidence in any of your products. Personally, I feel it is unforgivable to threaten babies with life-long disabilities to make a profit selling food.

Please explain why you sell farmed salmon that only has to show “progress” towards meeting toxin levels that are 7 times higher than recommended by the WHO.

Thank you,

Alexandra Morton, ex-Whole Foods customer

Posted at 05:37 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Dear Whole Foods toxins in your farmed salmon

Dear Whole Foods

Thank you for sending your Quality Standards - did you know your farm salmon toxin - standards are 7 times higher than considered safe by the WHO?

According to your Jan. 1, 2013 Quality Standards that you sent to me - Whole Foods only requires farmed salmon producers to show they are making “progress toward meeting maximum allowable contaminate levels” for PCBs, dioxins, furans, dioxin-like PCBs and mercury in their product. This means your customers don’t actually know the levels of dangerous toxins present in Norwegian farmed salmon from Whole Foods. Download WFM Quality Standards for Farmed Seafood_salmon finfish shrimp_ Jan 1 2013.V2_0-1.pdf (341.5K)

Compared to international, current dietary recommendations for fatty fish, your limit of 2.16 pg/g for dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs in farmed salmon is not safe at all according to the World Health Organization that established in 1998 a goal to reduce human intake levels below 1 pg TEQ/kg body weight/day (http://www.who.int/ipcs/publications/en/exe-sum-final.pdf">source:). (TEQ means Toxic Equivalent Unit)

According to your Jan. 1. 2013 quality standards for farmed salmon, when a 60 kg person eats a single 200 gram serving of Norwegian farmed salmon from Whole Foods their body may receive 432 pg of toxins (2.16 pg x 200 grams). This is more than 7-times the daily safe intake levels established by the WHO and over 3.5-times the tolerable levels established by the European Food Safety Authority (EFTA) (2 pg/kg body weight/day and 14 pg/kg body weight/ week. Source:).

So:

If your customer is a girl or woman, she will store the chemicals received each time she tucks into farmed Norwegian salmon from Whole Foods and then release up to 94% of them to her babies during pregnancy and lactation. Dioxins and PCB toxins are well known to interfere with brain development, the hooking up of brain cells essential to being able to think, cause cognitive (reasoning ability) impairment in children and adults, and are known carcinogens according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (Source: The Lancet Oncology, Volume 14, Issue 4, Pages 287 - 288, April 2013).

Current research indicates that babies from mothers that consume high levels of PCBs will be at higher risk of autism, ADD, reduced brain size, all the while your customers think that shopping at Whole Foods is protecting their family from doses of toxins like this.

Why does Whole Foods ask the salmon farming industry to work towards meeting requirements that are not safe for babies? Did you not know that your limits are 7 times higher than the World Health Organization recommends? Or did you think your customers were never going to find out? I don't know which is worse.

I was one of your customers, but I no longer have confidence in any of your products. Personally, I feel it is unforgivable to threaten babies with life-long disabilities to make a profit selling food.

Please explain why you sell farmed salmon that only has to show “progress” towards meeting toxin levels that are 7 times higher than recommended by the WHO.

Thank you,

Alexandra Morton, ex-Whole Foods customer

Posted at 05:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

12/06/2013

It is Official - the CFIA never retested my samples

After 6 months of asking the CFIA to confirm whether they retested my ISA virus samples or not - I got an answer from the Ministry of Health.

This unforgivable situation risks the wild salmon economy of the North Pacific and Canada's reputation as a trade partner.

Dear Minister Ambrose

Thank you for prompting the CFIA to finally answer my question; did they retest the samples I sent to the Kibenge lab for ISA virus testing or not?


Dr. D. Ian Alexander (CFIA) says in his letter to me that my samples were never retested.
Download Ltr to Alexandra Morton re ISA BC Salmon.pdf (439.9K)

This is highly significant and something is very wrong here.

I accept that the CFIA has its reasons for not retesting my samples, however they took my samples from the lab and went to lengths to inform the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) that the ISA virus results by the Kibenge lab were "non-repeatable".
Download CFIA (Evans) Letter (00627482).PDF (414.2K)

The Kibenge lab was one of only two labs in the world designated by the OIE as an ISA virus reference lab. That is why I chose to use this lab. The CFIA recommended the lab be suspended, the OIE complied, but will not state why. The word "non-repeatable" suggests the CFIA repeated the tests with different results. But clearly that was not the case.

The CFIA needs to report to you why they told the OIE that the Kibenge results were "non-repeatable." Who exactly repeated tests on my samples taken from the Kibenge lab and where is that data?

In one of Canada's biggest newspapers, the CFIA urged the OIE to suspend the Kibenge lab because "government labs couldn’t replicate his results."

The Kibenge lab is not alone it its findings. Several Canadian government labs submitted test results to the Cohen Commission that were positive for sequences of the ISA virus in BC (exhibits 2040, 2053-136a, 2055, 2043, 2060, 2051, 2052). As well, Dr. Are Nylund, University of Bergen, testified at the inquiry that he got results positive for ISA virus sequence in BC.

ISA virus is an internationally reportable virus for all members of the World Organization for Animal Health.

"Mr. Warkentin [Cermaq, owned largely by the Norwegian government] said the aquaculture industry, which raises about 32-million fish a year in B.C., 91 per cent of which are Atlantic salmon, is holding its breath while the Canadian Food Inspection Agency investigates the ISA positive findings made by Fred Kibenge, at the University of Prince Edward Island, Atlantic Veterinary College."

The CFIA testified at the Cohen Commission that if ISA virus is in BC - borders would close to BC farmed salmon. It appears as if the industry held its breath and the CFIA compromised its integrity.

When ISA virus repeats its grimly inevitable global pattern and mutates into a virulent outbreak in British Columbia, risking the wild salmon economy of the North Pacific, and Canada's reputation as a responsible member of the world trade community, the record will show results from a top Canadian lab could have been used to contain the virus. Look at what is underway in Eastern Canada. The CFIA allows ISA-positive farmed salmon to remain in the water and approved them for sale to the public. New variants of ISA are now spreading along the coast of eastern Canada. ISA is not something that can remain hidden.

Minister Ambrose, you were given oversight of the CFIA last month because Stephen Harper can see there are serious problems with the CFIA and this is one of them


This goes beyond the CFIA. I also attach a "confidential" memo wherein the BC government veterinarian briefed a provincial minister that ISA virus is not a threat to BC because live Atlantic salmon eggs have never been imported to BC. In fact, nearly 30 million live Atlantic salmon eggs had been imported when Dr. Sheppard wrote that and he was the man in charge of their health. Dr. Sheppard now works for Fisheries and Oceans Canada - still in charge of farmed salmon health. This further erodes confidence in Canada's response to this virus.
Download ISA Confidential BCP1001938 exhibit 1679.pdf (491.4K)

All I ask is that you do what you can to allow the Kibenge lab to continue its work without further harassment. There is a reason the OIE chose this lab in the first place. The Kibenge lab diagnosed the ISA epidemic before it hit Chile with a $2 billion bill. Norway has used this lab, the industry has used this lab. They are on the leading edge of scientific publication on the ISA virus. There was never an issue with the Kibenge lab until it reported ISA virus sequence in BC, which apparently threatens trade in BC farm salmon.

Again, thank you Minister Rona Ambrose, I have been asking the CFIA to confirm whether they retested my samples or not for 6 months, one letter to you and I get the answer. Prime Minister Harper was right to appoint you to oversee the CFIA.

Respectfully,

Alexandra Morton

Posted at 02:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)

11/30/2013

Looking more than a little dodgy

A message for the government agencies dealing with salmon farms:

As we enter the turbulent times that are upon us, it is going to be increasingly important that we can trust our governments. We need to be able to believe you.

With this short video I try to explain to government agencies in Canada, Europe and Norway who are running interference for the salmon farming industry - it is getting really hard to take you seriously. You are paying a huge cost, you are losing credibility and this is not good for anyone. Not for you, not for us, not for the shareholders hoping to make some money off this scheme.

It is easy to go off course, a tiny bit at a time, easy not to notice immediately where you have ended up. But there is no excuse to perpetuate the things I mention in this video. You need to know the whole thing is looking more than a little dodgy.

When it comes to babies, toxins, and the first GMO food animal - we move past effect on "The Environment," we have threatened our own health.


This is a 9 minute video - think about it.


Alexandra Morton

Salmon farming - looking dodgy on many fronts from Alexandra Morton on Vimeo.

Posted at 09:40 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

11/14/2013

Dear Minister of Health - farmed salmon viruses and toxins

Dear Minister of Health, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, P.C., M.P.

I understand you have been given responsibility for some of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) activities .

As such, I am writing to you with two questions about Norwegian farmed salmon in British Columbia;

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Smart Meter Dangers Illegal & Illegal GCR Actions! Feb 6/14 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 21:44

Smart Meter Dangers Illegal & Illegal GCR Actions! Feb 6/14

GCR Global Currency Reset note!

Friends our Gaia Defense forces future soldiers and Galactic allies have been busy clearing the dark Cabal ET bases on the moon, mars and Saturn. We continue to work at clearing Satanic timeline networks as well that are connected with various religions, mason and secret society sects. P2 will not be supported with their subtle control elitist games.

Plus the Bankers with holding RV payouts from the light workers and general public will be charged and money confiscated so we the people can payout with same high contract rate. Also, Americans are being asked to write their governors, Senators etc that we know about the RV greed criminalities and that we demand payouts to the people now at high contract rate. They will not get away with anything all who double and triple dipped will have their money confiscated to be given to we the people to share with everyone. Once this happens with the now current green light from Prime creator the global reset can happen which will release all humanitarian projects. Global TV broadcast will be made for all to know. The banking 800 numbers for Dinar holders will be posted at www.tntsuperfantastic.com and elsewhere. NO NDA needed so I am told. Do not agree to paymaster distribution another potential scam. Dinar RV is not a scam what is happening with the bankers is illegal please go to www.tntdinar.com and listen to Feb 5/14 2 hour webinar.

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"Smart Meters Cause Illegal Interference

This implementation is unwise for a number of reasons.

Much consumer equipment exists in this band. Early tests indicate that most of this equipment suffers from detrimental performance in areas where Smart Meters are installed. Most of these consumers are not aware that they are receiving interference from all the Smart Meters within range of their equipment. In many cases, the interference, which causes random loud pops or clicks, renders the devices completely useless to the consumer. Chatham-Kent Hydro is aware that these devices will be negatively impacted, and states,

“900 MHZ telephones and baby monitors can be interfered with by the Smart Meter network. Our vendor has done testing in the area and they report that the devices ability to filter out the interference varies greatly from supplier to supplier. Some phones work perfectly fine while others report short “popping sounds” every minute or so. This interference is, although undesirable, within the realm of acceptable performance for devices operating in the 900-928 MHZ band.”

Examples of licence-exempt equipment operating on the 902-928 MHz band are: cordless phones, crib monitors, wireless headphones, patio speakers, remote controls, wireless microphones, security systems, motion detectors, garage door openers, remote car starters, wireless computer networks – essentially any cordless electronic equipment as might be found in thousands of local homes, businesses and churches. Much of this equipment permits the user to change the channel used to prevent interference to a neighbour using the same device, as such interference would be illegal. In addition, the low power and small bandwidth required by any individual user permits a multitude of devices to co-exist, as they have in Chatham-Kent until now. Chatham-Kent Hydro monopolized the whole band so there are no free channels for anyone else."

http://www.ve3ncq.ca/wordpress/?page_id=10


3) In Australia, a trial project fails when participants drop out. If only Hydro and Fortis had tried a pilot project...

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/370919,half-of-users-abandon-smart-meter-trial.aspx?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=editors_picks


4)California energy company admits it's discovered how valuable the data from the grid is:

"We need to start changing out culture and start thinking of data as something valuable," Haralson explained.

OGE

LaDee Homm, business strategy analyst expert with OGE Energy Corp., agreed. She explained that through analytics and other sources, the company has learned quite a bit about their customers, including who they are, their demographics and their credit score. But like SCE, OGE knows that the data itself isn't enough without a plan to use it."

http://www.fiercesmartgrid.com/story/southern-california-edisons-smart-grid-experiment/2014-01-29

To register for the Class Action or donate to it: - http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/

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- http://bcsmartmeterlawsuit.ca/

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Subject: update 2014-02-01 Our data is valuable and is becoming more vulnerable
Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2014 23:40:15 -0800

1)   BC Hydro refused to answer some of the Information Requests (IRs) put forward by our lawyer, David Aaron, with regard to its application regarding its opt out fees that is before the BCUC . David objected and provided bases for the public’s right to have answers in this letter to the BCUC dated Jan. 29:

http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/CST-lawyers-response-to-BC-Hydros-refusal-to-respond,25,3697

On January 31, the BCUC responded, rejecting David’s request for answers:

http://www.bcuc.com/Documents/Proceedings/2014/DOC_40482_A-14_BCUC-Resp-CSTS-Unanswered-IRs.pdf

2)   Will our data become even less secure now that ITRON will be using “the cloud” to analyze it?

Itron Takes Its Data Analytics to the Cloud - The competition is thick in the cloud-based smart meter analytics market. by Jeff St. John - Greentech Media - January 29, 2014:
- http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/itron-takes-its-data-analytics-to-the-cloud

According to this article the benefit of using the “cloud” is reduced cost for the company, but the risks include service disruption and reduced security.

http://netforbeginners.about.com/od/c/f/cloudcomputing.htm

3)   Utility and smeter companies realize our data is valuable, and they are gleefully trying to figure out how to make the most from it. This clearly shows that the dumb grid is not about us, helping us save electricity or to save us money. It is all about the corporations, saving them money and making them money from our data.

“LaDee Homm, business strategy analyst expert with OGE Energy Corp., agreed. She explained that through analytics and other sources, the company has learned quite a bit about their customers, including who they are, their demographics and their credit score. But like SCE, OGE knows that the data itself isn't enough without a plan to use it.

"We've realized we have to go from data to insights, see those insights and figure out how to get value out of them," Homm said.”

http://www.fiercesmartgrid.com/story/southern-california-edisons-smart-grid-experiment/2014-01-29

  • Lithium batteries are in smeters, and they are known to catch fire when they are heated. Obviously this iphone was heated by the human body! Many smeters are in the sun, being heated each day, getting much hotter than this phone’s battery.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/Kennebunk_student_s_cellphone_catches_fire_in_pocket_.html

4)   Other options to the monopolies (Hydro and Fortis) must be found. Some are investigating the possibility of wind turbines.

http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/242494911.html

5)   Follow up to request from member re. having a meeting with So. Vancouver MLA Stillwell

The Langara riding MLA has fixed a date and time. Our meeting will be on February 8 (Saturday) at 9am at her constituency office at 7283 Cambie St. which is at Langara Gardens at Cambie and 57th. This is intended to be a meeting whereby we will discuss the concerns (rather than a rally/protest). It will be great if you can let the south Vancouver folks know (the Langara riding stretches E-W from Granville to Fraser and N-S roughly from 42nd Ave. to the Fraser River).  Anyone interested should contact me ASAP by email (to ccia@shaw.ca with the subject line: Smartmeter meeting) for joining me in a meeting with MLA Moira Stillwell. This is a one time action and is an opportunity for them to voice their concerns to the government.

Letters:

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Smart Meter Melt downs & Pole Transmitters! Jan 28/14 Print E-mail
Monday, 27 January 2014 19:36

Smart Meter Melt downs & Pole Transmitters! Jan 28/14

WHO KNEW?  
The Wireless Smart Meter Meltdown

- Perspective by Cindy Sage - EMF Safety Network
January 22, 2014:
http://emfsafetynetwork.org/who-knew-the-wireless-smart-meter-meltdown /

The misguided program of mandatory 'smart wireless meters' has done more to undercut the gains in public support for energy conservation in this country than any other single factor.  The national shift to embrace energy conservation in the face of climate change has been derailed by mandatory 'wireless smart meter' programs.  And judging by the public outrage against the National Security Agency (NSA) spying program revealed by Edward Snowden last summer, Americans have come to understand that government mandates for smart meters is likely one more ‘deep drilling project’ on their personal habits, preferences, life styles and medical conditions.  The smart meter program is widely seen as a spying, snooping, expensive, potentially hazardous, involuntary and entirely unnecessary burden for which energy conservation is a mirage. It is unlikely that Americans will stand for public utilities spying on their homes using energy use and conservation as the ruse, and make money on these data by selling their personal information to third party information brokers for profit.

How could one bad idea so completely galvanize such enormous and widespread public resistance?  And lead to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) review of radiofrequency radiation (RFR) wireless safety standards and general distrust for government ideas about energy conservation?  And undercut public support for some national environmental groups?  It is really quite stunning how a single failed corporate/governmental strategy could backfire so rapidly and so completely.

Some national environmental groups bought into the technology, mistakenly gave it a 'green' endorsement, and actively partnered with 'smart' technology corporations like the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).  Some have publicly promoted the 'smart meter' as a good way to achieve energy conservation.  Other environmental groups have been silent.  They have turned a blind eye and refuse to take a position.

Environmental group leadership and independence of scientific assessment has taken a huge blow and will take decades to recover.  Donors will think twice about where they send their donations to protect the environment.  They believed in false promises but didn't look deep enough.  The national priority to convince families to conserve energy for the good of the planet has taken a direct blow.  Who can believe in them now?

It shows how little anyone really knew what these meters entailed in 'unintended consequences'.  And how immediate the adverse effects would become visible.

And now coupled with the unprecedented window on the NSA phone-snooping program Edward Snowden has revealed, American soil is already fertile ground plowed for government surveillance.  The NSA tracks and stores information, the phone calls of every man, woman and child in this country.  Federal judge Richard Leon termed the NSA program mass collection of phone data e data “a likely violation of the fourth amendment, relating to unreasonable searches and seizures”.  He characterized the NSA program as “almost Orwellian” in its scope and wrote "(I) cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate' and 'arbitrary invasion' than this systematic and high tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval,”.  The same words can be applied to the unprecedented volume and detail of data collection in the hands of utilities mandating ‘smart meters’, where the data is even less secure and more deeply revealing of personal life styles, preferences, habits and comings and goings.

WHO KNEW?

Who knew how rapidly community groups across the US would spring up, resist in the streets and hearing halls, communicate, investigate, publish results, organize and advocate against smart meters, and form an entirely new network of activists, advocates, medical doctors, scientific and public health experts and privacy groups across the country?

Who knew a federal judge would strike down the government’s premier NSA spying program as an unconstitutional breach of the Fourth Amendment, and an indiscriminate and arbitrary invasion of privacy – a program which collects LESS information on Americans than so-called ‘smart meters’ can do?

Who knew the list of grievances against smart meters would be so diverse and  profoundly motivating that it would align Tea Party groups with the most liberal political groups in the country against this intrusive technology?

Who knew that utility ratepayers would pay triple for the hardware that has been shown NOT to result in energy savings?  First, the original meter, then the wireless smart meter, then the expensive opt-out?

Who knew that smart meters would fail to deliver energy savings?  Utility studies show less than 10% of HAN-enabled households pay any attention whatsoever to the conservation via smart meter technology.

Who knew that you could save more energy unplugging a few appliances?  Who knew the energy conservation you've already incorporated into daily living would be dismissed and ignored?  What is the incentive now to conserve more with this unwanted burden of costly and unnecessary technology that has so backfired?

Who knew that the FCC’s own manual with formulas for  calculating RFR emissions would show violations of public safety limits are possible in the manner smart meters are installed and operated (by calculating RFR emissions using the 100% duty cycle rule that is mandated ‘where the public cannot be excluded’ in FCC OET 65).

Who knew the FCC Grants of Authorization that certify compliance of smart meters with compulsory RFR testing in FCC approved labs would issue ‘conditions’ that cannot be met in the manner meters are commonly installed and operated (Grants specify conditions that prohibit the meter from operating in conjunction with any other antenna, yet every meter contains two antennas within inches of each other; that conditions specify a mandatory 20 cm (8”) separation between the meter and any person (not met and entirely unenforceable).

Who knew that local public utility commissions would side with utilities - to allow them to make an additional profit on ratepayers who opt-out; to allow a surcharge on electricity bills in order NOT to risk family health,   information privacy,   security from hacking and home robbery,   electrical fire   and use of critical care medical equipment in ones' own home?

Who knew that utilities could ration electricity by tiering of costs; so that it will cost everyone more unless you can do your housework at 1 am?

Who knew that smart meters are programmed so that they can remotely turn off your electricity from the utility downtown when demand is high?

Who knew that the basic vulnerability of wireless electric meters could so easily be hacked,   risk privacy of personal information,   be tracked by companies for consumer preferences   and sold to third-party data marketers?

Who knew that the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense would criticize the smart grid, wireless in particular, as a fundamental cyber-threat to the electric grid?

Who knew that personal home security could be so easily threatened by thieves and home invasion robbers by tracking energy use with simple WI-FI devices from the street?

Who knew that the WHO IARC would classify smart meter RFR emissions as a Possible Human Carcinogen just a year into the first state rollout by California?  What did the federal government miss?  What did these corporations who took the federal stimulus money miss?  Who didn't see this coming?  Who didn't want to look?  What will be the consequence of this monumental error in judgment?

Who knew that the FCC would be forced by the federal  Governmental Accountability Office (GAO), by inquisitive  legislators, by scientific evidence pointing to serious health consequences from RFR emissions below FCC public safety limits, and by sheer force of public opinion in this country to re-evaluate the adequacy of its safety standards just three years later?

Who knew how much national good will could be lost by forcing people to accept a fatally flawed technological program that intrudes into the very sanctity of the family home,   and risks their health,   privacy,   security,   and well-being   and that of their children?

Who knew that the levels of RFR are sufficiently high to cause damage to the growing fetus, the young child and children doing their homework or sleeping in their own beds?

Who knew that RFR levels within the family home could exceed RFR levels reported to cause unendurable side effects on health and well-being, and force families to abandon their homes?

Who knew that medical implants in the body could be disrupted and disabled (pacemakers,  defibrillators,  wireless pain pumps,  wireless insulin pumps)?

Who knew that it would spur the Department of Justice that administers the Americans with Disabilities Act, would launch hearings around the country taking testimony on RFR interference with critical medical care and medical implant technologies used by many millions of Americans for vital health care needs?

The government has shot itself in the heart.  What was a growing national commitment to energy conservation based on hard-won climate change science and public policy and educational outreach has been decimated by a single atrocious program.  It has outraged and demoralized the public.

It has put young mothers and grandmothers under arrest for protecting their children and grandchildren.  It has created fear and loathing for 'big brother governing'.

The government has facilitated corporate rewards for inflicting unreasonable health and financial burden on the American family.  The program has invoked rebuke and rejection by other federal agencies who find direct conflicts in agency responsibilities with the smart meter technology rollout, as it is being installed and operated around the country.

It has forced corporate resignations at the highest levels of utility management.

The credibility of gullible environmental groups has been tarnished.

People will think twice now about believing any more 'schemes' for green energy conservation after this fiasco.  When even respected environmental groups don't do their homework first, and blindly support and partner with government and corporations on these programs (EDF as the leading example), the public will balk at the 'next good idea', and this skepticism will be well-founded.

Beyond just the immediate push-back by the public, there will be a long standing consequence of community organizing across the US - that has now linked many thousands of people together from hometown streets to the State Legislatures.  The apparatus is in place to question, to protest and to resist bad technology wherever it appears and is mandated by corporate/governmental interests placed above the public interest and public health.

Turning the public's embrace for the need to 'do ones part' for the planet - for the need to personalize energy conservation measures at the cost of the individual for the good of societies around the world - has been disrupted and consumers have become disillusioned with false promises funded by federal stimulus dollars.

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Farmers Stop GMO Seeds & Seed controls Canada! Jan 27/14 Print E-mail
Sunday, 26 January 2014 21:22

Farmers Stop GMO Seeds & Seed controls Canada! Jan 27/14

cdsapi's Added Comment: There is good news emerging form where “the rubber meets the road" - from the farmers themselves, who, one-by-one, are finally realizing that they ‘have been had’ and ‘have been taken to the cleaners’ and ‘down the rabbit-hole’ by Monsanto and its Pied Pipers’ deceptive promises and practices.  They are realizing, in economic terms, that GMOs spell economic ruin for farmers and farming, quite apart from their finally realizing the reality that GMOs are Toxic - toxic food for both man and animal, as well as the toxic to the soil microbiology, the whole ecology and environment.

As the REAL TRUTH becomes ever more widely circulated by us,  and fully comprehended by the general public (with the comprehensive significance finally sinking in), the grassroots – the farmers and the consumers – are determinative – and can/will finally, (even if too slowly) relegate GMOs to the dumpster bin and funeral pyre where they belong.

As consumers, our support for the “breakaway farmersis extremely important because our DEMAND for non-GMO produce and willingness to buy local, will determine the farmer’s economic decisions – our determination to choose non-GMO foods leads them to abandon Monsanto and return to healthier agricultural practices.  Farmers. too, have to make decisions based their “the bottom line” – their financial viability - like all businesses.

Our “refusal to buy” (boycott) processed foods containing GMOs is already leading manufacturers to search for farmers who can supply them with non-GMO produce.  It is a chain reaction of ‘cause and effect’ that starts with our purchasing choicesAs WE expand the boycott of processed foods, (most of them nutritional abominations anyway), these Corporations are also forced ‘to adjust’ for their ‘bottom line’. Monsanto strategized its criminally corrupt agenda  -  we also will strategize OUR AGENDA – healthy food and a clean environment.

Please remember that GMOs are undeniably a “life and death” issue – no civilization can survive a Toxic Food Supply  or  the toxification of the environment that is the foundation of its survival.

Comment by cdsapi - Citizens Demand Scientific, Academic, Political (and Media) Integrity.

Media/News

Farmers Abandoning GMO Seeds and the Reason Will Surprise You

January 23rd, 2014
Off the Grid News
http://www.offthegridnews.com/2014/01/06/farmers-abandoning-gmo-seeds-and-the-reason-will-surprise-you /
by Daniel Jennings

A growing number of farmers are abandoning genetically modified seeds, but it’s not because they are ideologically opposed to the industry.

Simply put, they say non-GMO crops are more productive and profitable.

Modern Farmer magazine discovered that there is a movement among farmers abandoning genetically modified organisms (GMO) because of simple economics.

“We get the same or better yields, and we save money up front,” crop consultant and farmer Aaron Bloom said of non-GMO seeds.  Bloom has been experimenting with non-GMO seeds for five years and he has discovered that non-GMO is more profitable.

The re-converts to non-GMO seeds are not hippies but conservative Midwestern farmers who are making a business decision, Modern Farmer discovered.  They are switching back to natural seed because it is more profitable — not because of any ideology.

“Five years ago the [GMO seeds] worked,” said farmer Christ Huegerich, who along with his father planted GMO seeds.  “I didn’t have corn rootworm because of the Bt gene, and I used less pesticide. Now, the worms are adjusting, and the weeds are resistant. Mother Nature adapts.”

Farmers can get paid more for conventional corn than GMO corn.  Plus, Huegerich discovered, convention corn can produce more per acre.  Modern Farme reported that two years ago, Huegerich planted 320 acres of conventional corn and 1,700 with GMO corn.  The conventional fields “yielded 15 to 30 more bushels per acre than the GMO fields, with a profit margin of up to $100 more per acre.” Last year, he planted conventional corn in 750 acres.

“I get a fifty-cent-per-bushel premium,” Huegerich said of the non-GMO corn he grows in Breda, Iowa.

Herbicide use increased by 26 percent between 2001 and 2010 because of the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds.  Huegerich said he used herbicides on GMO corn and conventional corn, even though theoretically he shouldn’t have to use it on his genetically modified crop.

The group Farm & Water Watch reported that 61.2 million acres of cropland in the US are plagued by weeds that are resistant to the popular glyphosate herbicides.

Why Non-GMO Seeds Are More Profitable

The Modern Farmer article, called The Post GMO-Economy, makes an excellent case for farmers dumping GMO.  Some of the interesting facts the magazine uncovered include:

  • The cost of growing one acre of non-GMO corn was $680.95, the cost of growing an acre of GMO corn was $761.80 according to Aaron Bloom. That means it costs $80.85 more an acre to raise GMO corn.
  • GMO seeds can cost up to $150 a bag more than regular seeds.
  • The market for non-GMO foods has grown from $1.3 billion in 2011 to $3.1 billion in 2013, partially because some Asian and European countries don’t want GMO seeds.
  • Grain dealer Clarkson Grain pays farmers an extra $2 a bushel for non-GMO soybeans and an additional $1 a bushel for non-GMO corn.
  • The market for non-GMO seed is growing.  Sales at Spectrum Seed Solutions, which sells non-GMO seed, have doubled every year for the last four years.  Sales at another company that markets non-GMO seeds, eMerge Genetics of West Des Moines, Iowa, have increased by 30 percent a year for five years.
  • Spectrum Seed Solutions president Scott Odle thinks that non-GMO corn could be 20 percent of the market in five years.

Bloom, the farm consultant, said planting convention corn can save farmers an average of $81 per acre per season.  That’s a difference of $81,000 for a farm of 1,000 acres.

It looks like the past might be the future for farmers as more and more growers abandon GMO.  The free market could very well spell the end of GMO seeds.

 

"A Seed Act for Farmers, Not Corporations - Stop Bill C-18"

The National Farmers Union Proposes New Vision for Canadian Seed Ownership 

On December 9, 2013 Bill C-18, the "Agricultural Growth Act" was introduced in Parliament. This agriculture omnibus bill amends several federal agricultural laws including the Plant Breeders’Rights Act, the Seeds Act, the Health of Animals Act, the Feeds Act and the Agricultural Marketing Programs Act. Bill C-18 would give multinational companies greater power and control over Canada’s seed industry. 

“Those who control seed control food, and as a sovereign nation we must ensure that control of seed and food is protected in the public interest", said Terry Boehm, Chair of the NFU’s Seed and Trade Committee.

The National Farmers Union previously succeeded in stopping the introduction of the restrictive UPOV '91 regime of plant breeders’ rights through their “Save Our Seeds” campaign. The amendments to the Canada's Plant Breeders Rights’ Act outlined in Bill C-18 will align Canada with UPOV '91 requirements which will give plant breeders total control of the seed system by providing them with exclusive control over conditioning (cleaning, treating, etc.) and stocking (storing, bagging, etc.). UPOV ’91 extends plant breeders rights from 15 to at least 20 years, and allows companies to double up their protection through both PBRs and patents. You can read an opinion piece about UPOV '91 here http://www.nfu.ca/story/op-ed-say-no-upov-%E2%80%9991
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