Thursday, 18 July 2013 14:51
Bees Dying from Neonics & Radiation Deformities! July 18/13
Last month, 50,000 dead bees were discovered littering a parking lot in Oregon. Then last week, a shocking 37 million bees were reported dead across a single farm in Ontario.
After years of research, scientists have finally figured out what’s causing the massive bee die-offs all around the world, from China to the UK: It’s a class of dangerous pesticides called neonics. And here’s the wildest thing -- even though we know they’re killing the bees, in most parts of the world, neonics are still in widespread use.
Independent American garden store owners are critical to the fight to stop neonics and save the bees. If you live in the US, your local garden store owner down the street probably sells neonics to your neighbors, who are in turn spraying them on their flowers and poisoning bees all around you. Collectively, these independent garden stores are the largest single group of commercial pesticide distributors in the world.
That’s why Bonide, one of the largest corporate producers of neonics, is spending a pile of cash to try to buy the trust of these small business people. This August, Bonide is sponsoring the largest gathering of independent garden store owners in the world: The Independent Garden Center Show in Chicago. Bonide’s name -- and their spin -- will be everywhere: From the conference program to the exhibit hall.
We can’t allow the pesticide industry to have the only voice there. So we came up with a crazy plan: We want to fly in activist beekeepers who’ve been watching their bees die for years, and buy them tickets to the conference. They’ll take their case directly to the garden center owners -- talking to them at their booths, distributing scientific research, holding press conferences and more. They’ll get the convention buzzing about the dangers of neonics, and convert garden center owners to the side of science, the bees, and our environment.
Will you chip in $4 today to fly beekeepers to Chicago, to fight back against pesticide industry spin at the largest annual gathering of independent garden store owners in the world?
The corporations that make neonics, like Bonide and Bayer, are on the defensive. Thanks in part to intense grassroots activism, the EU just implemented a trial ban against neonics for the next two years. But we have to keep up the momentum if we want to save bees worldwide -- and the US is the next key battleground.
The global pesticide industry will do anything to protect its profits -- and as usual, the US is ground zero for corporations trying to ward off regulation at any cost. Neonics corporations are following the playbook written by Big Tobacco regarding lung cancer and Big Oil on climate change -- pouring millions into lobbying and fake science to stop decision-makers from taking action. They’re pumping out their own industry-backed studies to undermine the work of legitimate scientists, then claiming that there isn’t enough conclusive evidence to make a decision -- that we should continue to wait, for years, while the bees die off.
And Big Pesticide is also taking its spin straight to America’s independent garden store owners -- because the prospect of these small business owners turning against them is terrifying. That’s why Bonide is sponsoring the conference in Chicago -- and it’s why we have to make sure the bees’ interests are represented in full force. The best people to speak for the bees are beekeepers themselves. If together we can raise at least $30,000, we can bus in a swarm of friendly beekeepers from across the region, buy them conference tickets, put them up in nearby hotels, print flyers and banners for them, and hold a huge press conference. If we raise enough money, we will even be able to fly in activists from Oregon that helped pass the neonics ban there.
As the garden store owners pour into the convention hall, we want them to be met by this swarm of friendly beekeepers telling their stories. Once they return home, they’ll be as fired up as we are, and will sow the seeds of a national movement to get neonics off the market for good. If independent garden stores stopped selling the bee-killing pesticides, it would be a huge blow to the neonics industry and create massive additional momentum for legislation to save the bees. And the best part of all: Once independent garden stores begin banning neonics, the pressure will double down on major retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s to follow suit.
Can you donate $4 today to bring the bees’ plight to the attention of the small business people who are selling neonics in local communities?
The bee die-offs in Oregon and Ontario aren’t flukes. This winter, the British Beekeepers Association recorded its worst loss in its history. In China, the situation has gotten so bad that farmers are forced to hand-pollinate their trees. In the biggest kill yet, a large commercial beekeeper in the United States watched in helpless horror as a mind-boggling 500 million of his bees died “like crazy” -- 80% of his entire total.
Saturday, 06 July 2013 16:16
Kelowna By-Election & Hydro Corporate Lies! July 6/13
URGENT FOR KELOWNA RESIDENTS AND VOTERS!! A chance to talk about Liberal lies about Hydro and Hydro’s huge debts!!
LET’S TALK: A CONVERSATION ABOUT REAL ISSUES IN THE WESTSIDE-KELOWNA BY-ELECTION
On Saturday July 6, 6:30pm at the Unitarian Hall (1310 Bertram Road) a public forum will be held to discuss issues relevant to the upcoming Westside-Kelowna by-election. Speakers active on various fronts will begin the discussion, but the goal of the event is to open up a space for community dialogue.
Alice Rees, outgoing president of Central Okanagan Teacher's Association
Damien Gillis, filmmaker, on Site C and BC Hydro
Joan Phillip, long time Indigenous leader, on Enbridge and First Nations Rights
Charles Boylan, radio broadcaster, on the folly of fracking gas & exporting LNG.
1) Not smeter specific but good to have. Attached is a handy poster or flyer from the Vienna Medical Association. Great to give to doctors, teachers, parents.
2) A friendly reminder: Remember to send in/call in on the date given as the “next meter read” on the bill. The customer service number to call is also on the bill. From all reports I’ve received, and from my own personal experience, Hydro is using the information provided for billings. If anyone has received a highly inflated estimated bill after having called in a reading on the “due” date, would you please let me know? From a member who had mailed his reading in:
I called Hydro this morning, taking about 5 minutes to speak to a representative, and they confirmed that they had received my emails and photos. Strangely, she said that the meter reader who was here yesterday read the kennel meter but not the house meter. We received confirmatory replies to our emails this morning and that it is normal for a response from Hydro to take up to 48 hours, therefore it is better to wait that long before phoning to confirm that they have received the meter readings.
3) Let’s hope the people of Kelowna see the real Chrispy Clark, and decide they don’t like what they see. Perhaps all the headlines about lies about Hydro’s finances will get people more interested in saying NO MORE!!
4) I had circulated this article a month ago but I think it deserves repeating. A recent question/comment by someone re. “dumb” appliances is significant. If the irradiating chip in new appliances cannot find a stupid meter on the home, will it still be radiating, perhaps even increasing its power to reach the closest one which could be the neighbour’s? I don’t know but I will try to find out.
5) Phone companies are trying to do away with landlines and will use any opportunity to make the conversion, e.g. storms. See what Verizon is doing in New York, and people are not happy! Once all of the collectors for the stupid grid are in place, this will become even easier for Telus and Rogers to do here.
Hydro Lies to Public
Subject: Update 2013-07-03 Whether cell towers or smeters, industry does not what us to know the truth.
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2013 23:22:03 -0700
1) The wireless industry consistently is dishonest with the public when speaking about RF radiation, transmitters, etc. We have a right to know how dangerous these things are and we must call them on their attempts to deceive us. Whether it's smart meters - with BC Hydro and ITRON telling us lies over and over, or the wifi companies telling school boards that there is no danger to our children, or cell companies putting transmitters near our homes and schools, lying to us about the dangers while we have little control over the location - the companies endanger our health while showing pure contempt for our right to know. Attached is a letter I sent to the Minister of Industry - Christian Paradis, regarding Rogers. Please feel free to share.
2) Some areas of Ontario must not yet have irradiating hydro devices, and are now being targeted. If you have friends or relatives who might be in these areas, please alert them so they are not caught flat-footed like other parts of the province.
Ontario Continues to Build Smarter, More Efficient Electricity Grid - Northumberland View - July 02, 2013:
3) Medical Officers in Australia are responding in a manner similar to ours - Dr. Perry Kendall - refusing to take their responsibilities to protect the public seriously.
When Health Issues are not the responsibility of a Health Department - How Bizarre! - Taking a stand Part 6 - Taking the Chief Health Officer of Victoria to task by Steve - Stop Smart Meters Australia - July 02, 2013:
Last Updated on Sunday, 07 July 2013 19:22
Sunday, 30 June 2013 16:16
Bumble Bee Poisoning & Pesticides in Tea June 30/13
More than 25,000 bumblebees fall from Oregon sky due to insecticide poisoning
Saturday, June 29, 2013 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
Tags: Oregon, bumblebees, mass death
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/041004_Oregon_bumblebees_mass_death.html#ixzz2XiuRjruz
(NaturalNews) Shoppers at a local Target store in Wilsonville, Oregon, just outside of Portland were shocked recently to step outside the big box depot into a sea of already dead and dying bumblebees. As reported by KATU.com news, more than 25,000 dead bumblebees were found littered around the store's parking lot during National Pollinator Week, a direct result of European Linden trees located in planters throughout the same parking lot having been sprayed with a highly toxic insecticide known as Safari.
European Linden trees produce luscious flowers that are rich in both nectar and pollen, which is a major draw for bumblebees and other pollinating bees during bloom season. And these same trees, which are plenteous in the Wilsonville Target's parking lot, are a major destination for local bumblebees who feed on their nutrients and help pollinate other plants.
But the property manager of the strip mall where the Wilsonville Target is located apparently had other plans for these bees, as he or she reportedly ordered that all the trees be sprayed with an insecticide chemical known as Safari, even though it is currently bloom season. According to the information page created for Safari by its manufacturer, Valent Professional Products, Safari is a broad-spectrum insecticide that kills all sorts of insects, including bees.
"To our knowledge, this is one of the largest documented bumblebee deaths in the Western U.S.," Rich Hatfield, a conservation biologist at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation (XSIC), is quoted as saying in a recent press release. "It was heartbreaking to watch. They were literally falling out of the trees."
European Linden trees improperly sprayed with chemicals during pollination season
Hatfield and his colleagues collected bee samples from the Target parking lot on June 19, and later analyzed them to determine their cause of death. According to XSIC Executive Director Scott Hoffan Black, indiscriminate use of Safari was clearly to blame, as the chemical is never supposed to be sprayed during pollination season.
"It seems a landscape company did not follow label directions as [Safari] is not supposed to be sprayed during bloom," Dan Hilburn, Director of Plant Programs at the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is quoted as saying by RT.com. "We now assume this is the cause of the massive bee die-offs. Lots of bees still dying -- almost all bumblebees."
Reports indicate that ODA has also collected its own bee samples to test for pesticide exposure. ODA officials have since stated that they have never seen anything like this as far as bee deaths are concerned, and that the event is particularly ominous as it occurred during National Pollinator Week, a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) initiative that takes place annually from June 17-23.
"I've never encountered anything quite like [this] in 30 years in the business," added Hilburn.
Some local residents claim bees were deliberately murdered
Meanwhile, many local residents are outraged about the incident. Even though ODA is in the process of determining the next appropriate course of action to protect the remaining bees, which may include covering the trees with nets or applying bee repellant, some in the community are demanding answers, including an explanation from the property manager about the sprayings.
"This was not a 'die-off'; it was a mass murder," commented Rozzell Medina on the KATU.com article. "If anyone is interested in helping others to organize an onsite memorial for these murdered bees in the next couple of weeks, please join the Facebook group Wilsonville Bees Memorial."
You can access this Facebook page here:
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The USDA has just given the thumbs up to the opening of a horse meat processing plant in New Mexico. It will produce horse meat for human consumption.
You'll be shocked to learn where it actually gets the horses for horse meat production:
Seatbelts for pets have a 100% failure rate. So much for the idea of a "safety harness" for your dog:
Why did tens of thousands of bumblebees recently turn up dead in Oregon?
Medical scientists are hailing the announcement of a type-1 diabetes vaccine, but it only "works" by disabling a crucial part of your immune system, making you vulnerable to other diseases:
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Thursday, 27 June 2013 18:34
GMO Backlash Burn Crops & Smart Meters Towers ! June 27/13
Former GMO Engineer Drops Biotech and Goes Organic
Guest post by Ken Roseboro
The “conversion” of former anti-GMO activist Mark Lynas to GMO promoter has garnered huge media attention, but Thierry Vrain, Ph.D., a former genetic engineer who speaks out against the risks of genetically engineered foods, has far more credibility—and a far more important story to tell the public.
Thierry Vrain’s career has spanned the full range of agriculture—from being a proponent of “chemical” agriculture and genetic engineering to being an advocate for organic farming and an opponent of GMOs.
A native of France, Vrain earned an undergraduate degree in plant physiology from the Université de Caen and a doctoral degree from North Carolina State University. After moving to Canada he taught plant physiology at Université du Québec in Montréal. Then he worked for 30 years as a research scientist for the Canadian government in Québec and British Columbia where he conducted research on genetically modified potatoes, among other projects. He was director of the biotechnology department at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in Summerland, BC.
After 35 years of research and teaching of soil and molecular biology, Vrain retired to a small farm in Courtenay, BC called Innisfree. Today, Thierry Vrain is a gardener, a teacher, and a passionate speaker about organic gardening—from soil health to GMOs.
Ken Roseboro: Tell me a little more about your background.
Thierry Vrain: I worked in three research institutes in Montreal, Vancouver, and Summerland. I was the head of a research group using molecular biology tools. We worked on food crops. I was genetically engineering small fruit and potatoes for nematode resistance using the snowdrop lectin gene.
The genetically engineered apple (now under regulatory review in the US and Canada) originated in our group though I wasn’t involved with the research.
KR: Did you speak publicly in favor of genetic engineering when you were at Agriculture Canada?
Vrain: Yes, I just took it on as my job. I explained the safety of the technology to the public and did a good amount of lecturing, educating small groups.
KR: What led you to change from a supporter of genetically modified foods to an opponent?
Vrain: I have some difficulties with how the controversy is handled. If you aren’t a scientist you don’t understand the science. If you are a scientist and discover things that are of concern, then you are accused of doing “pseudoscience” and often viciously attacked by the industry and academics on the payroll. This has happened many times, for example to Arpad Pusztai in England and then Ignacio Chapela, who discovered GMO contamination in native corn in Mexico. He was attacked and almost fired from his post at the University of California. A year later his findings were confirmed.
There are now quite a number of research publications, in peer reviewed journals, showing concerns from feeding GM corn and soy to rats. Those studies are ignored and shouldn’t be. Federal agencies should repeat the studies and must test these crops for safety.
Research scientists from the US Food & Drug Administration made it clear in the early 1990s that there could be indirect effects from eating GM crops, such as toxins, allergens, and nutritional deficiencies. Those warnings were ignored. Now a good number of publications are confirming the predictions of the FDA scientists.
It troubles me that money and the bottom line are at the root of the use of the technology.
KR: You say that the science behind genetic engineering is based on a misunderstanding. Please elaborate on this.
Vrain: When we started with genetic engineering in the 1980s, the science was based on the theory that one gene produces one protein. But we now know, since the human genome project, that a gene can create more than one protein. The insertion of genes in the genome through genetic engineering interrupts the coding sequence of the DNA, creating truncated, rogue proteins, which can cause unintended effects. It’s an invasive technology.
Biotech companies ignore these rogue proteins; they say they are background noise. But we should pay attention to them. It must be verified that they produce no negative effects.
A key point is that the concern about genetic engineering should be about the proteins. Many plants and animals are not edible because their proteins are toxic or poisonous. To test for the safety of Bt crops, scientists have mostly fed the pure protein to rats, and there may be no problem. But it’s different if you feed rats the whole GM plant because they are getting these rogue proteins that could cause harm.
How do you explain published papers describing how rats and mice suffer organ damage from eating GM corn or soy? It’s too easy to dismiss those as pseudoscience. Rats and mice are the canary in the mine, and we should be paying attention to what happens to them.
KR: Why don’t more people recognize the misunderstanding behind genetic engineering?
Vrain: The human genome project is only 10 years old. How long did it take for people to recognize that the earth is not flat?
KR: And there are many scientists that promote genetic engineering of foods.
Vrain: There are a lot of people on the payroll and a lot of grant money flowing from biotech companies to academia. I used to be employed by Agriculture Canada. I did my job, and didn’t question things too much.
KR: What are some of the other risks you see with GMOs?
Vrain: When I hear we need genetic engineering to feed the world, I cringe. It turns out that there is no increase in yield, no decrease use of pesticides, and the process is of highly questioned safety.
Even if genetic engineering was perfectly safe, I still question it because of genetic pollution. Organic crops and foods are becoming contaminated.
I’m also concerned about contamination of the environment with antibiotic resistant genes. Every GM crop has these genes. The preliminary evidence we have is that bacteria in the soil and in the human gut are capable of picking those genes up. Considering the alarm I hear from medical people about losing antibiotics, I think this should be a serious concern.
Sunday, 23 June 2013 19:34
Smart Meter Dangers Boycott! June 23/13
Subject: Update 2013-06-22 Industry games science -- whether it's the telecoms, tobacco, or pharmaceuticals
Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2013 19:04:22 -0700
1) With the recent public confirmation of the conflicts of interest taking place in the Safety Code 6 review panel, it seems relevant to re-circulate this video of a Bill Moyers’ program on PBS in the US about how industry controls information, gaming science, making it seem they are using science when in fact they are manipulating it to the detriment of the public and for the sake of their bottom line. Profit at any price – even our health.
2) The BC fire commissioner still does not have codes to keep track of smart meter related fires, so the authorities can say “there have no smeter fires reported.” Very convenient.
When ‘Smart’ Meters Kill: The Story of Larry Nikkel — Details Emerge of Vacaville, CA Smart Meter Fire Death
Full article: http://stopsmartmeters.org/2013/06/21/when-smart-meters-kill-the-story-of-larry-nikkel-details-emerge-of-vacaville-ca-smart-meter-fire-death/
3) Our civil rights are being infringed – just as they are in Boston. We all must demand that our right to privacy and to live in a safe home be respected
4) It is very obvious that the utilities and corporations benefit from the invasive grid – but not the customers. Our data is valuable and the utilities want as much as they can get.
5) We can learn a lot from the smoking battle. It’s very similar to our battle against radiofrequency radiation. The industry knew tobacco was dangerous but hid the truth for many years. It hired its own scientists and published its own reports. Canada led the way fighting smoking, but, sadly, there are no strong, independent politicians leading the way against wireless technology today.
At that time, the tobacco industry continuously denied any link between smoking and cancer.
“We knew the first modern studies on smoking and lung cancer were posted in the 1950s but the tobacco industry had a campaign of denial through [the launch of] their own studies,”
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 18:48
Russia Warns Obama about Monsanto! May 30/13
The shocking minutes relating to President Putin’s meeting this past week with US Secretary of State John Kerry reveal the Russian leaders “extreme outrage” over the Obama regimes continued protection of global seed and plant bio-genetic giants Syngenta and Monsanto in the face of a growing “bee apocalypse” that the Kremlin warns “will most certainly” lead to world war.
According to these minutes, released in the Kremlin today by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation (MNRE), Putin was so incensed over the Obama regimes refusal to discuss this grave matter that he refused for three hours to even meet with Kerry, who had traveled to Moscow on a scheduled diplomatic mission, but then relented so as to not cause an even greater rift between these two nations.
At the center of this dispute between Russia and the US, this MNRE report says, is the “undisputed evidence” that a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically related to nicotine, known as neonicotinoids, are destroying our planets bee population, and which if left unchecked could destroy our world’s ability to grow enough food to feed its population.
So grave has this situation become, the MNRE reports, the full European Commission (EC) this past week instituted a two-year precautionary ban (set to begin on 1 December 2013) on these “bee killing” pesticides following the lead of Switzerland, France, Italy, Russia, Slovenia and Ukraine, all of whom had previously banned these most dangerous of genetically altered organisms from being used on the continent.
Two of the most feared neonicotinoids being banned are Actara and Cruiser made by the Swiss global bio-tech seed and pesticide giant Syngenta AG which employs over 26,000 people in over 90 countries and ranks third in total global sales in the commercial agricultural seeds market.
Important to note, this report says, is that Syngenta, along with bio-tech giants Monsanto, Bayer, Dow and DuPont, now control nearly 100% of the global market for genetically modified pesticides, plants and seeds.
Also to note about Syngenta, this report continues, is that in 2012 it was criminally charged in Germany for concealing the fact that its genetically modified corn killed cattle, and settled a class-action lawsuit in the US for $105 million after it was discovered they had contaminated the drinking supply of some 52 million Americans in more than 2,000 water districts with its “gender-bending” herbicide Atrazine.
To how staggeringly frightful this situation is, the MNRE says, can be seen in the report issued this past March by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) wherein they warned our whole planet is in danger, and as we can, in part, read:
“As part of a study on impacts from the world’s most widely used class of insecticides, nicotine-like chemicals called neonicotinoids, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has called for a ban on their use as seed treatments and for the suspension of all applications pending an independent review of the products’ effects on birds, terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, and other wildlife.
“It is clear that these chemicals have the potential to affect entire food chains. The environmental persistence of the neonicotinoids, their propensity for runoff and for groundwater infiltration, and their cumulative and largely irreversible mode of action in invertebrates raise significant environmental concerns,” said Cynthia Palmer, co-author of the report and Pesticides Program Manager for ABC, one of the nation’s leading bird conservation organizations.
ABC commissioned world renowned environmental toxicologist Dr. Pierre Mineau to conduct the research. The 100-page report, “The Impact of the Nation’s Most Widely Used Insecticides on Birds,” reviews 200 studies on neonicotinoids including industry research obtained through the US Freedom of Information Act. The report evaluates the toxicological risk to birds and aquatic systems and includes extensive comparisons with the older pesticides that the neonicotinoids have replaced. The assessment concludes that the neonicotinoids are lethal to birds and to the aquatic systems on which they depend.
“A single corn kernel coated with a neonicotinoid can kill a songbird,” Palmer said. “Even a tiny grain of wheat or canola treated with the oldest neonicotinoid — called imidacloprid — can fatally poison a bird. And as little as 1/10th of a neonicotinoid-coated corn seed per day during egg-laying season is all that is needed to affect reproduction.”
The new report concludes that neonicotinoid contamination levels in both surface- and ground water in the United States and around the world are already beyond the threshold found to kill many aquatic invertebrates.”
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