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GE corn & neonicotinoid seed treatments go hand-in-hand

Over the last 15 years, U.S. corn cultivation has gone from a crop requiring little-to-no insecticides and negligible amounts of fungicides, to a crop where the average acre is grown from seeds treated or genetically engineered to express three different insecticides (as well as a fungicide or two) before being sprayed prophylactically with RoundUp (an herbicide) and a new class of fungicides that farmers didn’t know they “needed” before the mid-2000s.

Banana Bacterial Wilt is a disease devastating East African Highland Banana crops. Using biotechnology, a team of scientists at the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) in Uganda have developed a banana variety that is resistant to Bacterial Wilt, offering the best hope for combatting the disease.

Frequently Asked Question

(Q). Are there bananas resistant to BXW?
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(A). No. Cultivated bananas are not yet available however the National Banana Research Program is currently conducting research into the development of bananas with such traits. So the best way to prevent BXW is by following recommended practices such as removing the male buds, removing infected plants, flaming prunning tools and others. You can read more about his on other pages on this website.


Cuba Has a Lung Cancer Vaccine—And America Wants It

Where Are All the Bees?

Real buzzkill: Federal survey sees loss of more than 2 out of 5 honeybee colonies in past year.

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A new report says beehives disappeared last year at an alarming rate. (Associated Press May 13, 2015)


divorce from Obama

The same liberal Democratic senators who stuck with the White House through six years of politically excruciating votes are set to break away in droves to oppose Obama’s free trade efforts. – CNN

Rachel Maddow: Elizabeth Warren says “Secret TPP Trade Deal” is RIGGED!

Senate deals stinging defeat to Obama trade agenda

Obama has shown irritation at the barbs thrown at him by his own party — and returned fire. He has repeatedly said Warren is “wrong” on trade in recent interviews. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) reportedly said Tuesday that the president went too far, suggesting the comments were disrespectful and possibly sexist. Obama referred to Warren by her first name in a recent interview with Yahoo News. – the Hill


 

On A ‘Rigged’ Wall Street, Milliseconds Make All The Difference

April 01, 2014 1:28 PM ET

“The stock market is rigged,” Michael Lewis tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross. “It’s rigged for the benefit for really a handful of insiders. It’s rigged to … maximize the take of Wall Street, of banks, the exchanges and the high-frequency traders at the expense of ordinary investors.”

Lewis is the author of several books about the world of finance, including Liar’s Poker and The Big Short. His new book Flash Boys is about the form of computerized transactions known as high-frequency trading, in which the fastest computers with the highest connection speeds get the information first, and make the trade before anyone else can. A millisecond — even a nanosecond — can make all the difference between how much money is made or lost on any transaction.

You’d be surprised to hear what investment banks do to get that nanosecond edge, and how they often use it in ways  Lewis describes as predatory. The victims range from some investment houses to individual investors. Lewis says high-frequency trades can end up hurting the returns on your retirement accounts. The FBI, Wall Street regulators and New York’s attorney general are investigating high-frequency trading, and whether it has created an uneven playing field.

“There’s a decline of trust in the marketplace because it’s not as trustworthy,” Lewis says. “And if it’s not as trustworthy, then the whole economy suffers. Trust is the grease that keeps the system working.”


Baltimore city jail refused to admit nearly 2,600 injured suspects, casting doubt on police tactics: report

Baltimore police in riot gear detail a protester on April 27. New records show that more than 2,500 people in police custody had severe injuries when they arrived at jail over a three-year period.

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Baltimore police in riot gear detail a protester on April 27. New records show that more than 2,500 people in police custody had severe injuries when they arrived at jail over a three-year period.

BALTIMORE — Thousands of people have been brought to the Baltimore city jail in recent years with injuries too severe for them to be admitted, newly released records show.

The records, obtained by The Baltimore Sun through a Maryland Public Information Act request, show that correctional officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center refused to admit nearly 2,600 detainees who were in police custody between June 2012 and April 2015.
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Jail deputies force inmates into ‘gladiator-style’ fight club, threatening them with rape

  • Inmate Ricardo Palikiko Garcia, who is 150 pounds, said he was twice forced to fight a 350-pound prisoner.

Officials release statement of black man shot by deputy


 

Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM) aims to honor and to seek justice for the survivors of Chicago police torture, their family members andthe African American communities affected by the torture.

In 2010 CTJM, a group of attorneys, artists, educators, and social justice activists, put out a call for speculative memorials to recall and honor the two-decades long struggle for justice waged by torture survivors and their families, attorneys, community organizers, and people from every neighborhood and walk of life in Chicago.

This effort culminated in a major exhibition of 75 proposals and a year-long series of associated teach-ins, roundtables, and other public events in 2011-2013.CTJM now turns its attention to a campaign for reparations for those affected by Chicago Police torture, and to working in solidarity with other groups and individuals for racial justice and to end police violence and mass incarceration.

Above: the electrical device used for torture during interrogations by former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge. – by http://chicagotorture.org/


 Chicago Police Torture

-Bad Lieutenant: American Police Brutality, Exported From Chicago To Guantánamo

Chicago Creates Reparations Fund For Victims Of Police Torture.

May 06, 2015 6:04 AM ET
Stanley Wrice pauses in December 2013 as he speaks to the media with his lawyer, Heidi Linn Lambros (left), and his daughter, Gail Lewis, while leaving Pontiac Correctional Center in Pontiac, Ill. Wrice was released after serving more than 30 years. He claimed for decades that Chicago police detectives under the command of then-Lt. Jon Burge beat and coerced him into confessing to rape.

Stanley Wrice pauses in December 2013 as he speaks to the media with his lawyer, Heidi Linn Lambros (left), and his daughter, Gail Lewis, while leaving Pontiac Correctional Center in Pontiac, Ill. Wrice was released after serving more than 30 years. He claimed for decades that Chicago police detectives under the command of then-Lt. Jon Burge beat and coerced him into confessing to rape.

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Updated at 1:30 p.m. ET.

The city of Chicago has become the first in the nation to create a reparations fund for victims of police torture, after the City Council unanimously approved the $5.5 million package.


 

How A White Boss Threw Every One Under The Bus

After reviewing more information, it becomes clear that the arresting officers LT BRIAN RICE, 41;EDWARD NERO, 29; and GARRETT MILLER,gray injured 26; all white, knew that they had injured Mr. Gray very badly and were likely to get into very hot soup if Mr. Gray either died or got crippled.

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LT BRIAN RICE, the boss on duty came up with a plan quickly because he very well knew just like the other two white officers who arrested Mr. Gray, that the tensions of White Officers killing African American men had already reaching a boiling point across the nation, so they had to get the monkeyofftheirbacks by throwing a monkey wrench into the racism aspect of it.

LT BRIAN RICE‘s plan: Get the monkey off their backs and risk putting it on an African American officer’s if things were to backfire; as simple as that.

Caesar R. Goodson Jr.

Caesar R. Goodson Jr.

OFFICER CAESAR GOODSON, an African American police van driver, would be perfect to get the ball rolling, all that was needed was to make sure he held the bad long enough for Mr. Gray to own it himself.

LT BRIAN RICE, the boss, made sure that he would be in charge of the time line, but out of the picture after the 1st. stop.

Lt. Rice, must have used this trick many times before that he didn’t need to say much, this could even be done by silent code and a mere gesture would carry the message intended.

Ideal conditions:

 At the first Stop, officers Miller and Nero and Lieutenant Rice removed Mr. Gray from the van and placed him in leg restraints and after that loaded Mr. Gray head first onto the floor of the van! Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., was less that a half a mile away from the police station and could have taken him less than two minutes to reach there, but since  Lieutenant Rice is the boss, he had to go with his time line.

Officer Goodson Jr. smells a rat:

This roughing up someone already injured kept bothering him so much that he had to make a second stop (North Fremont Ave and Mosher Street) to check on Mr, Gray’s condition. What he say terrified him so much that he radioed officer Porter, a fellow black brother, to come and have a look.

At the 3rd stop, officer Porter meets Goodson Jr. at Druid Hill Ave, and Dolphin St., what they saw was so frightening and shocking that they decided to get Mr. Gray off the van floor and lay him on the seat. In other words, challenging Lt. Rice’s decision, their boss, of dumping Mr. Gray on to the van floor (a few hushed words about their boss must have been exchanged between the two that have something in common).

But then, why didn’t they secure him with seat belts? That I will explain later.

Lieutenant Rice must have known what was transpiring all along and was part of it:

At the 4th stop, Goodson Jr., picks up another arrested young man by the same two white officers that arrested Mr. Gray, officers Miller and Naro. No questions asked about Mr. Gray still being in the van.

Or could it be that they were in the plan that Goodson Jr, was to drive Mr. Gray around until they arrested another young African American young man who had a criminal record and put him in the same van that Gray was in. Then they would trick and intimidate him into becoming their jailhouse informant so that he collaborates their lie that Mr. Gray caused his injuries by hitting his body against the walls of the van? After all, they do it all the time by bribing or intimidating an inmate to testify against an innocent prisoner to get a conviction.

Closing the Deal:

Donta Allen, a young African man with a criminal record was a perfect match they were looking for all along. He was going to collaborate their story they has cooked up, that Mr. Gray had intentionally injured himself by hitting body against the van walls.

After all, he had heard some kind of banging inside the van, so he could clear his guilty conscious and go along with officer Goodson Jr.’s version of the story, that – “Mr. Gray injured himself by banging his body against the walls of the van.” Besides, it would help his situation siding with the corps instead of going against them.

 So the police tells their story and it is in the headlines  – Prisoner in van heard “banging against walls.”

The Plan backfires very badly:

The African American young man, Allen, refuses to be intimidated and side with the police office Goodson Jr.’s story. In fact he makes it worse by going to the media and talking about how the police van was so Paddy that there is no way Mr. Gray could have been able to injure himself that bad.

Allen speaks out: ‘Freddie Gray ‘did not hurt himself’ insists fellow passenger in police van.

Police Van Passenger Denies Freddie Gray Hurt Himself

Donta Allen denies saying Gray was trying to injure himself

Expert says spinal cord injury probably caused before Gray entered van

The question of Not Using Seat Belts at any time by any officer:

You see, they knew that if Mr. Gray had been secured with seat beats, then their story that Mr. Gray injured himself by banging his body against the walls of the van could not be believable. Hence the reason why no one dared to tamper with the most important key to the plan and that is freedom to have ability to injure himself.

Goodson Jr., like a Good Son blindly obeying his crooked father and trying to cover for him, he went along with his boss’ evil plan, that Mr. Gray injured himself inside the paddy van. Now Jr.’s charges could land him in prison for 30 yrs, and his boss, Lt. Rice, for 10 years, as well as all the other officers involved in this malicious cover up crime.


Freddie Gray’s death ruled a homicide; six Baltimore officers charged

The six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray – who died last month after being injured in police custody – have been charged criminally, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday.

Mosby‘s announcement on the steps of the War Memorial Building was greeted with cheers and applause. Mosby said she told Gray’s family that “no one is above the law.”

Word traveled quickly of the charges against the officers. In West Baltimore, cars honked their horns. A man hanging out of a truck window pumped his fists and yelled; “Justice! Justice! Justice!”

At the corner where Gray was arrested, 53-year-old Willie Rooks held his hands up in peace signs and screamed, “Justice!” –

Protests over Baltimore spread to New York, Boston and Minneapolis


U.S. Bans GMOs and Neonic Pesticides on 150 Million Acres (60.7 Million Hectares)

BeeStarting January 2016, genetically modified crops will be banned from all federal wildlife refuges. Neonicotinoid pesticides – a type of poison linked to Colony Collapse Disorder in honeybee populations and nerve disorders in birds, mammals and fish – will also be banned.

In the same memo, Kurth notes that neonicotinoid pesticides “can affect a broad spectrum of non-target species,” which “is not consistent with Service policy.” Neonics have been shown to affect the nervous systems of honeybees and other animals. Other pesticides, such as Monsanto’s “Roundup” herbicide, have also been linked to declining populations of monarch butterflies.- by Planetexperts.

Note: For those who don’t know how big this is, look at it this way:

  • Global total hectares of land planted to biotech crops = 181.5 million.
  • That means more than one third of Global total land with biotech crops is off limits as of 1/2016!
  • That is about 2/3 of total hectares of land planted to biotech crops in all Developing Countries.
  • When the Federal government of the most powerful nation on Earth says ‘NO’, others are likely to say ‘NO’ too.

Bees ‘get a buzz’ from pesticides

It will be interesting to see if insects become addicted to neonicotinoids over time as humans become addicted to nicotine – Dr Christopher Connolly , University of Dundee.

Bees Prefer Nectar Containing Pesticides

The research, published in the leading international peer-reviewed journal Nature, discovered that buff-tailed bumblebees and honeybees could not taste the three most commonly used ‘neonicotinoid’ pesticides and so did not avoid them. In fact, the bees showed a preference for food which contained pesticides: when the bees were given a choice between sugar solution, and sugar solution containing neonicotinoids, they chose the neonicotinoid-laced food.

Bees and other pollinating insects are important for increasing crop yields – their value has been estimated to be worth at least €153billion per year globally. When pollinating crops, they can be exposed to pesticides in floral nectar and pollen. Several controversial studies have shown that neonicotinoids have negative effects on bee foraging and colony fitness. –Excerpts from Article by Thomas Deane

EASAC study on neonicotinoids

On 8 April, EASAC published its latest study on neonicotinoids and their effects on ecosystem services. Here are some of the Twitter responses and news stories relating to the study.

European group says neonicotinoid use can’t be sustainable

14119720901_1fb41a566b_oA European expert group has looked at the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on the benefits that ecosystems provide for agriculture, broadening their focus beyond honeybees. The conclusions of the report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), which reviewed current scientific literature, include that using neonicotinoids as a prophylactic is incompatible with the sustainable use of pesticides.The following researchers gave their take on the report.

Dr. May R. Berenbaum, Professor and Head of Department of Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (webpage):

Expertise: Elucidating chemical mechanisms underlying interactions between insects and their hostplants, including detoxification of natural and synthetic chemicals, and applying ecological principles in developing sustainable management practices for natural and agricultural communities.  Excerpts from genetic experts.


 Doubts plague new malaria vaccine

Final results of a study show that the world’s leading malaria vaccine candidate appears to be a disappointment. The study showed that it doesn’t work very well and that initial protection fades over time.

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Despite the poor results – it protects about one-third of children vaccinated – developers are moving ahead to get it approved because it could still help protect some children from getting the mosquito-spread disease.- Excerpts from av/bk (AP, Reuters)

 Genetically engineering mosquitoes to end malaria could have ‘unintended consequences’

Plan to spread malaria-resistant genes could backfire scientists warn

Plan to spread malaria-resistant genes could backfire scientists warn

A new way of creating genetically modified insects could wipe out many mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria within a few years but it could also unleash potentially devastating unintended consequences, scientists have warned.

Researchers have devised a method of bypassing a fundamental barrier to the rapid spread of genes within a population. They believe that it could be used to spread malaria-resistant genes in mosquitoes to prevent transmission of disease to people.

However, it could also be used to spread harmful genes rapidly in the wild, which has led other researchers to call for the imposition of strict safety controls over such research in case of an accidental escape from a laboratory. (Excepts from Article by STEVE CONNOR )


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 Alarm as corporate giants target developing countries

Diabetes, obesity and heart disease rates are soaring in developing countries, as multinationals find new ways of selling processed food to the poor

MDG : Food and obesity in South Africa

Sisters, Nthombi, Patricia and Thembu Ndlovu, eat the R10.50 ikhota (bread, chips, polony, Russian and vienna, with tomato sauce and mustard) in Orange Farm, Drieziek, South Africa. Photograph: Greg Marinovich/Storytaxi.com

 As affluent western markets reach saturation point, global food and drink firms have been opening up new frontiers among people living on $2 a day in low- and middle-income countries. The world’s poor have become their vehicle for growth.

The South African minister of health, Aaron Motsoaledi, gives a grim interpretation of what that means for his country when he spoke to the Guardian earlier this month: “Health budgets will break because of the cost of amputations, artificial limbs, wheelchairs and cardiac surgery.”

A UN summit in New York in September confirmed the scale of the health crisis. Nearly two-thirds of all deaths worldwide in 2008 were attributable to lifestyle diseases. By 2030 these non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are expected to be the cause of nearly five times as many deaths as the traditional, infectious scourges of poor nations such as TB, malaria and Aids.

Last year 39% of acquisition deals by consumer goods companies were in emerging markets, compared with just 1% in 2008, according to the Grocer’s OC&C Global 50 league table. – Excerpts from theguardian.com/global-development


When Danish Cows See Fresh Spring Pasture, They Jump For Joy:

2cow-landing1-cowThere’s also a recent government initiative aimed at doubling the amount of land devoted to organic production by 2020, largely by encouraging public institutions to serve organic food. All developments that have created a very different set of challenges from Helms’ early days as an organics pioneer.Happy-

“The focus right now is to get production up,” he says. “Now the market is growing faster than the production. So we have a challenge to get new farmers.” And more cows to join the party. –by NPR.org

Money In Politics: The Gyrocopter’s Complaint

We’ll take up the gyrocopter pilot’s complaint. Big money politics in America, on the road to 2016. And what to do about it.

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Mailman Doug Hughes of Ruskin, Florida, in court today to get his ankle bracelet. The 61-year-old is in trouble after landing his gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn in Washington to try to get a message to Congress. Big money in American politics is now threatening American democracy, says the mailman with what he calls a “flying bicycle.” We don’t have to accept, he says, “a corrupt government that sells out to the highest bidder.” It’s a big issue already in the 2016 campaign.

This hour On Point: the mailman’s complaint. Big money, dark money, in American politics – and where it’s flowing.

– Tom Ashbrook


 Politics of Poison:

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Wendy Brennan, seen with her granddaughter, took part in a study that found arsenic levels in her well water that were higher than federal standards. Credit: Amy Temple for CIR

The Environmental Protection Agency won’t be hiring a scientist with strong ties to industry to run its chemical assessment program.

EPA scientists have concluded that if 100,000 women consumed the legal limit of arsenic each day, 730 of them eventually would get lung or bladder cancer.

“My eldest daughter said … ‘You’re feeding us rat poison.’ I said, ‘Not really,’ but I guess essentially … that is what you’re doing. You’re poisoning your kids,” Brennan lamented in her thick Maine accent. “I felt bad for not knowing it.”

“I jokingly say that arsenic makes lead look like a vitamin … the arsenic effects … impact everything that’s going on, every organ system.”- Joseph Graziano, professor at Columbia University who led Maine research

 

Rice found with dangerously high arsenic levels:

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Rice often readily absorbs arsenic from soil where chemical-heavy cotton once grew

Consistent exposure to even small amounts of arsenic has been linked to several diseases, many of which are fatal. Arsenic is so toxic that it causes many different cancers, including skin cancer, lung cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer and prostate cancer. Over consumption of arsenic has also been linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, reproductive problems, and it is known to compromise the immune system.

How Arsenic Gets into Rice:

Many plants can absorb arsenic from its environment and rice is one those plants. Rice absorbs high amounts of arsenic from the soil, from water and from pesticides. Unfortunately, with so much arsenic contaminating the soil and water, organic rice can contain dangerous levels of arsenic even though it has not been exposed to pesticides. Counter-intuitively, there are actually higher levels of arsenic found in brown rice than in white rice. –  by: Joel Edwards


UK ‘aid’ is financing a corporate scramble for Africa

LandIt is vital Europe takes urgent action to measure and reduce its use of the world’s limited land:

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KAMPALA/BRUSSELS/LONDON , 19 February 2015– Farmers in Uganda evicted by oil palm plantations are today filing a lawsuit against a joint venture co-owned by oil palm giant Wilmar International

The Microbiota Crisis – Thanks to GMOs for poop business:

The Microbiota Crisis: How the Herbicide Glyphosate is Killing Microbiomes.

How Your Microbiome Controls Your Health.

Microbiome therapy gains market traction (US$500 million in research; Yet with a few exceptions, such as the use of faecal transplants for treating life threatening gut infections).

Which explains why Poop business is booming

Why DIY fecal transplants are a thing (and the FDA is only part of the reason)

Monsanto could be destroying your micro biome.

Developing World might be left holding the bag of Growing GMO Crops and many other things too.


Farmers told GM crops are ‘too dangerous to insure'; Gates refuses Liability for GMOs

Why does Bill Gates refuse to accept Liability for GMOs, yet supporting GMO food research you may ask. That answer seems to be a guarded secret that he may never share publicly.

But his smile and his answer when asked weather or not he supports Genetically modified food make a good combination, summed up as if to say – “I’m just a funder, when it comes to GMO safety- Africa you are on your own I have nothing to do with that.”

Assertions before safety trials that GMOs are hundred percent safe and that no report world over to the effect that GMOs can harm people, especially coming from the ones supposed to carry out those very tests is very unsettling to say the least.

Those individuals should explain to the public and members of the parliament why Farmers were told GM crops are ‘too dangerous to insure

Insurers refused to cover GM farmers – Leading companies liken risk to thalidomide and terrorism

deformed pigDeformities, sickness & livestock deaths – “the new normal?.” Children of Thalidomide, C 13 H 10 N 2 O 4,-  in 46 different countries around the world including Africa.Freddie

Feb. 20th, 2015: “GMO-derived seeds will provide far better productivity, better drought tolerance, salinity tolerance, and if the safety is proven, then the African countries will be among the biggest beneficiaries,” Bill Gates told The Verge on Friday.

Note conditional phrase: “if the safety is proven.” Yet we have those charged with proving GMO food safety already adamantly assuring the public and law makers that GMOs are hundred percent safe even before safety tests are conducted! Go figure.

Professor David Suzuki speaks out against GMO’s

US farmers are facing a growing challenge from weeds resistant to chemical sprays, and enduring millions of dollars in losses as a result.

GMO badMr. Verhoef is in farming to make money, GMO companies are in it to make money too, but when Mr. Verhoef says that he has been there and done that, and now tells you that he has no plans to go back to genetically engineered varieties; let the wise take heed.

 This Farmer Massively Outperforms GMOs Organically


 Pressure group sues ‘lawless’ Ghana authorities over genetically modified foods

GMO GHANAAuthorities planning to commercially release crops which could be ‘dangerous’ to locals, suit says.

A GHANAIAN civil society group, Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG), has moved to court in Accra seeking to have the country’s National Biosafety Committee and the agriculture ministry prevented from releasing and commercialising genetically modified cowpeas and rice.

The group in its suit at the high court argues that the authorities have not complied with the provisions of the main Biosafety Act. (Check out this)

Howard Flight echoes Keith Joseph’s 1974 warning that ‘our human stock is threatened

Sir Keith Joseph, seated next to Margaret Thatcher

Sir Keith Joseph, seated next to Margaret Thatcher

This is what Joseph said in his famous speech on Birmingham on 19 October 1974:

The balance of our population, our human stock is threatened. A recent article in Poverty, published by the Child Poverty Action Group, showed that a high and rising proportion of children are being born to mothers least fitted to bring children into the world and bring them up.

Is Bill Gates behind remote birth-control microchip?

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Originally devised and tested to emit osteoporosis medication into elderly women, this technology was rerouted by MIT’s Dr. Robert Langer to target birth control – after his discussion with billionaire Bill Gates.

With many already wary of what they consider to be the Gates Foundation’s global population-control agenda spreading across Africa, this latest innovation was preceded by Melinda Gate’s statement in June that the foundation “has decided not to fund abortion” in its endeavors. However, according to multiple studies, the hormone emitted by the microchip (and morning-after pills) – levonorgestrel – strongly deters newly conceived embryos from becoming implanted in a uterus.- by Michael F. Haverluck

Q. Are fears around overpopulation an impediment in your day-to-day work? -EK.

bill-gatesA. “The world’s population will peak. Now, we do have huge population growth in places where we don’t want it, like Yemen and Pakistan and parts of Africa, where we don’t have the resources to really help those people.” –Bill Gates

 

Honest Accounts? The Real Causes of Global Poverty

The Hidden Billions Behind Economic Inequality in Africa

For example, at least 57 clients of the Swiss HSBC bank associated with Uganda were reported to be worth at least 159 million dollars. The World Bank has estimated that Uganda loses more than 174.5 million dollars in corruption annually.- By Jeffrey Moyo

1. The Gates Foundation fights hunger in the South by giving money to the North.

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Graph 1 and Table 1 give the overall picture. Roughly half of the foundation’s grants for agriculture went to four big groupings: the CGIAR’s global agriculture research network, international organisations (World Bank, UN agencies, etc.), AGRA (set up by Gates itself) and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF).

The other half ended up with hundreds of different research, development and policy organisations across the world. Of this last group, over 80% of the grants were given to organisations in the US and Europe, 10% went to groups in Africa, and the remainder elsewhere.

Putting your money where your mouth is:

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In 2007, the Los Angeles Times revealed that hundreds of Gates Foundation investments – totalling at least $8.7 billion, or 41% of its assets – were in companies that ran counter to the foundation’s charitable goals or social philosophy.

The Gates Foundation maintains that “access to diverse, nutritious foods is fundamental to good health” but its food related investments go almost exclusively to the fast food industry. A stunning $3.1 billion went to companies like Coca Cola, McDonald’s, Pepsico, Burger King, and KFC in 2012.

The Foundation has $1 billion tied up in the world’s largest supermarket chain, Walmart, which is a major force driving out small farms in favour of large suppliers.14 The Gates Foundation has also bought $23 million in shares of the world’s leading producer of genetically engineered crops, Monsanto.- by grain.org

 The second coming of the African beer market.

From an economic and demographic perspective Africa must be viewed as “the land of opportunity” for beer producers. Considering that seven out the world’s ten fastest growing economies are in Africa and that over 60% of the continent’s population is below the age of 25 years old, it is evident that Africa holds unprecedented opportunities for beer producers – existing and new. – By Frank Sjoberg.

The world’s second-largest beer company gets its highest 2013 +%profit change from Africa.

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The world’s second-largest beer company eyes the alcoholism capital of Africa:

Gov’t to promote cassava as an alternative to barley, promotes the world’s second-largest beer company Aimed at Beating African Homebrews

CassavaBrewsSABMiller, the world’s second-largest beer company, has strategically ventured into Cassava Beer Aimed at Beating African Homebrews in a territory that has unmatched unquenchable thirst for alcohol. SABMiller wants to cash in on Uganda’s oil boom, and knows very well that many oil deals will be done over a beer.

When you are in brewery, there is no better place to go than “The Drunkest Place on Earth“, especially when government is to promote the growing of raw materials for your industry.

As I read – ” Government is to promote the growing of cassava to help substitute barley in manufacturing industries”, I think of a few reasons for such a statement; the first one is money from Bill and Melinda Gates foundation in exchange for Developing Genetically Modified Cassava in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Waragi BrewingThe other one is to promote cassava brewery industry for taxation revenue in addition to getting Ugandans drunk cheaply as we get closer to elections.

Either way, this recipe of a philanthropist, a brewer, the government and cassava fermented in “The Drunkest County of the world”, will sooner rather than later cost poor citizens in more ways than one.

Ugandans—at 19.47 liters per year—out-drink all other nations.

“There’s a huge problem with drinking in Uganda and most African countries,” says University of North Dakota neuroscience professor Sharon Wilsnack, who studies alcohol-related behavior. “The sad thing is that they have so many other problems that drinking doesn’t get much attention, yet they’re all connected. If you’re drunk all the time, you can’t get job training and climb out of poverty.” – by Anneli Rufus

The Top 5 Countries with the Most Alcohol Consumption Per Capita

Barley’s Health Benefits outstrip those of Cassava’s, yet it is being sidestepped.

-Uganda promotes cassava over barley and WHO lauds her over nutrition drive!

From poverty to cyanogen intoxication

pntd.0001051.g001Konzo: From Poverty, Cassava, and Cyanogen Intake to Toxico-Nutritional Neurological Disease.

Konzo is a distinct neurological entity with selective upper motor neuron damage, characterized by an abrupt onset of an irreversible, non-progressive, and symmetrical spastic para/tetraparesis. Despite its severity, konzo remains a neglected disease.

THE WORLD’S MOST INTERESTING VEGETABLE

Prospects for Development of Genetically Modified Cassava in Sub-Saharan Africa

Hiroyuki Takeshima
International Food Policy Research Institute, Nigeria

The prospect for the development of genetically modified (GM) orphan crops is reviewed from various perspectives. The article specifically assesses the potential constraints for developing GM cassava based on typical patterns of past genetic modification technology application on crops, the low level of basic research that has been done on cassava, African stakeholders’ perceptions on GM crops in general, and regulation issues for cassava.

NIGERIA: CATHOLIC MEDICS WANT BILL GATES OUT OVER GMO CASSAVA

Nollywood actors to promote GMO Yellow Cassava to Nigerians

GM Cassava

GM Cassava

Nollywood is becoming a popular tool used to influence Nigerians and Africans to adopt just about anything, including GMO foods, a health risk.

Composed by Kevin Onuma for InformAfrica

InformAfrica – There is a new food crop in town called “Vitamin A Cassava” or “Yellow Cassava“, that was genetically developed by HarvestPlus under the guise of helping Nigerians and Africans to end lack of food nutrition or vitamin deficiency; and they hired Nollywood actors to help promote the farming and consumption of the new genetically engineered yellow cassava.

The Re-Colonization of Africa

Posted on Sunday, February 8th, 2015

by Jim Goodman – Common Dreams, 6 February 2015

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Source: http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/06/re-colonization-africa

Most of the world’s food is grown by small scale farmers. While it is called “traditional” agriculture, it is never static and farmers constantly adapt. This traditional agriculture relies on a varied and changing mix of crops, a polyculture, which provides a balanced diet, is affordable for local farmers and can accommodate changing local conditions.

The Green Revolution relied on increasing acreages of monocultures, mostly cereal grains, which also increased the use of herbicides, insecticides and fertilizers as well as new varieties of high yielding crops. Inputs that small farmers, those who fed the people, were never meant to afford.

 


Our Dwindling Food Variety

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 AFSA Open Letter Opposing Human Feeding Trials Involving GM Banana

This letter is in solidarity with farmers and communities in Africa and around the world, which have resisted the genetic modification of their staple foods- from Ghana, Kenya and Zambia- to Mexico, India and the Philippines. We will not stand by idly as attempts are made to systematically genetically modify Africa’s staple foods and in the process gain a massive positive public relations coup by claiming to have conquered health problems at the unnecessary risk to Africans.

Finally, we demand that the full contents of this open letter are shared with the human subjects of these trials in the USA.

Bridget Mugambe

Policy Advocate

Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Ugandans tell Gates Foundation they don’t need a GM banana

Uganda BananasGRN Reports

Ugandan food advocates, backed by dozens of food freedom groups worldwide, told the Gates Foundation today to take the GMO banana they’re helping develop and well, they said they don’t want it and don’t need it.

Monoculture and the Irish Potato Famine: cases of missing genetic variation

GMOUgandanLack of genetic variation in Irish potatoes contributed to the severity of the Irish potato famine, which devastated Ireland’s population and economy. Today, evolutionary theory tells us that relying on crops with low genetic variation can lead to disaster. Heeding the warnings of scientists and history may help us prevent wide-scale crop devastation due to changing environmental conditions.

Ignoring history

Despite the warnings of evolution and history, much agriculture continues to depend on genetically uniform crops. The widespread planting of a single corn variety contributed to the loss of over a billion dollars worth of corn in 1970, when the U.S. crop was overwhelmed by a fungus. And in the 1980s, dependence upon a single type of grapevine root forced California grape growers to replant approximately two million acres of vines when a new race of the pest insect, grape phylloxera (Daktulosphaira vitifoliae, shown at right) attacked in the 1980s.

Although planting a single, genetically uniform crop might increase short term yields, evolutionary theory and the lessons of history highlight an undesirable side effect. Planting genetically uniform crops increases the risk of “losing it all” when environmental variables change: for example, if a new pest is introduced or rainfall levels drop.

Prof. Dale Puts all our eggs in One Basket – ‘Super Banana: The Potato Of Ireland‘.

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The population of Ireland since 1603 showing the consequence of the Great Famine (1845–49) (Note: figures before 1841 are contemporary estimates)

 

Diversification is a technique that reduces risk by allocating investments among various financial instruments, industries and other categories. Even the richest on this planet diversify their investments, why then shouldn’t we do the same with the source of vitamin A by getting it from various food sources which are widely available in Uganda, instead of taking a high risk by depending on GM banana that could turn out to be like the Potato did to the Irish? Is there any guarantee that this so called Super Banana will never be susceptible to any future diseases just like the current bananas are to BXW?

Vitamin A: Pre-formed vitamin A exists only in animal products. However, there are about 50 carotenoids that the body can convert into vitamin A; the most common is beta-carotene. Major sources are Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkins, Spinach, Cantaloupe, Kale, Broccoli, Mangoes, Watermelon, Tomatoes, Collard Greens, Lettuce, Okra, Celery and many other vegetables that are either easily available and/or can be easily grown in Uganda and many other parts of Africa.

Iowa trial of GMO bananas is delayed

A controversial plan to have Iowa State University students eat genetically modified bananas has been delayed, apparently because of issues in shipping the fruit.

The bananas, created by an Australian scientist, contain a gene that is supposed to help people living in Africa produce vitamin A. Proponents say the gene came from a different type of banana and is completely safe to eat. But opponents contend the trial could expose volunteers to unknown dangers.


 Alcohol, vitamin A, and β-carotene: adverse interactions, including hepatotoxicity and carcinogenicity1,2,3

F1.smallA supplementation has been advocated. It is, however, complicated by the intrinsic hepatotoxicity of retinol, which is potentiated by concomitant alcohol consumption. By contrast, β-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, was considered innocuous until recently, when it was found to also interact with ethanol, which interferes with its conversion to retinol. Furthermore, the combination of β-carotene with ethanol results in hepatotoxicity.

Moreover, in smokers who also consume alcohol, β-carotene supplementation promotes pulmonary cancer and, possibly, cardiovascular complications. Experimentally, β-carotene toxicity was exacerbated when administered as part of beadlets. Thus ethanol, while promoting a deficiency of vitamin A also enhances its toxicity as well as that of β-carotene. This narrowing of the therapeutic window for retinol and β-carotene must be taken into account when formulating treatments aimed at correcting vitamin A deficiency, especially in drinking populations.


 

New Study Pokes Hole in GMO Mosquito Plan

byGenna Reed

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Aedes aegypti mosquito. (Photo: public domain)

This research confirms what Food & Water Watch and concerned residents of the Florida Keys have been saying all along: releasing genetically engineered mosquitoes into the environment will not be worth the effort, expense and potential risk. Oxitec has shown that its technology can decrease the population of yellow fever mosquitos, but not necessarily the spread of dengue fever itself.

Since Oxitec’s GMO mosquitoes aren’t likely to stop dengue fever, maybe they should just buzz off.


Don’t Take Your Vitamins

vitaminsAnd there would be no protective satiety level.” Ms. Cohen was pointing out the industry’s Achilles’ heel: ingesting large quantities of vitamins is unnatural, the opposite of what manufacturers were promoting.

A little more than a month later, Mr. Proxmire’s bill passed by a vote of 81 to 10. In 1976, it became law. Decades later, Peter Barton Hutt, chief counsel to the F.D.A., wrote that “it was the most humiliating defeat” in the agency’s history.

As a result, consumers don’t know that taking megavitamins could increase their risk of cancer and heart disease and shorten their lives; they don’t know that they have been suffering too much of a good thing for too long.
Paul A. Offit is the chief of the infectious diseases division of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the author of the forthcoming book “Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine.”

 Dark cloud over good works of Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is investing in companies that could be causing ailments in the very people it helps to treat in the developing world, according to an investigation by the Los Angeles Times.

Bill Gates Drinks Poop Water, Poor Africans Eager To Share

Senegalese can’t wait to take Gates on his offer of drinking his poop water, after all, what an honour it must be for poor Africans to share a drink with the richest man on planet! By the end of this year, this dream is going to turn into a reality for those city dwellers of CAPE VERDE PENINSULA.

“I watched the piles of feces go up the conveyer belt and drop into a large bin. They made their way through the machine, getting boiled and treated. A few minutes later I took a long taste of the end result: a glass of delicious drinking water.”

Yup, you got it right: Bill Gates drank feces water.   —said Susan Scutti

_59747529_aquifiers_africa_464mapThis is a typical example of someone who has too much money trying to solve poor people’s problems the wrong way and no African leader is saying hell NO, we can do better!

Case in point: This project is headed for Dakar Senegal this year to solve water shortage.

Note: 1. Dakar’s geographical location – a PENINSULA.
2: Entire Senegal has the highest Aquifier productivity of more than 20 liters per sec.

The only prototype is located just north of Seattle, but there are plans for a pilot project in Dakar, Senegal, later in 2015. From there, they hope to expand, the reporter said.

I wonder how many Ugandans would prefer Bill Gates poop water to our boiled fresh lhell-noake waters!

“If you ask the average American whether they would drink water from cow manure, they’d say no.”

Why Won’t the #WhiteSaviourComplex Go Away?


 

 “Bananas are to Ugandans what potatoes are to Americans or rice is to East Asian countries,” Dale said.

So how are the GMO Potatoes doing in America?

GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

GM potatoesBut even before they’ve gone on sale, some of the very biggest potato buyers seem to be backing away from them.

Frito-Lay, the biggest potato chip maker, and McDonald’s have both issued statements saying that they are not planning to use the Simplot potatoes in their products. An executive at another potato chip company told The Salt that his company does not plan to use those potatoes. He didn’t even want to be quoted on the subject for fear that someone would mistakenly get the opposite impression.

“When you ask consumers if they’re comfortable with this technology, they are not,” – by Dan Charles is NPR’s food and agriculture correspondent.

Gates-funded PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative

Right now, the researchers rely on mosquitoes to inject the weakened parasites into people. But wrangling mosquitoes on a large scale would not be practical.

The alternative is to mass produce parasites and formulate them into an injection. It’s been done on a small scale, but since the parasites can only complete their life cycle inside mosquitoes, it requires large colonies of the insects and painstaking extraction of the parasites.

Gates Foundation to help bring $1 birth-control shot to poor nations

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Will Boase / PATH

A simple injection system, developed by Seattle-based PATH, may eventually allow women in the world’s poorest countries to dose themselves at home.

Seattle Times science reporter

As part of its $1 billion effort to make contraceptives more accessible to women in the developing world, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is joining with a pharmaceutical company and other aid groups to produce and distribute a simpler version of an old drug.


 

It’s time Africa started listening to our young people, instead of always telling them what to do.

Mo Ibrahim
Mo Ibrahim

It is their potential, after all, which will decide our continent’s future. Let’s not waste it. “Africa must ask itself why our continent appears so frightened of giving the younger generation a chance.”Mo Ibrahim African leaders prize unclaimed againThe $5m (£3.2m) prize is supposed to be awarded each year to an elected leader who governed well, raised living standards and then left office.This is the fourth time in five years there has been no winner.Nigerian soldier says army that would face Boko Haram is ill-equipped, underpaidPublished May 19, 2014 FoxNews.com

“They give us just AK47s to go into the bush to fight Boko Haram,” the soldier said. “Our equipment doesn’t work and they give us just two magazines to go into the bush.” Two magazines contain approximately 60 bullets. The soldier said that many in the Nigerian army have also been discontented by delays in receiving their salaries, sometimes waiting weeks or months to be paid.“We feel so bad because we … are trying, the soldiers are trying our best,” the soldier told Sky, “but the civilians don’t realize what the Nigerian army is issued with, what they are given to go and fight the Boko Haram.”Goodluck Jonathan gives out customised 24ct Gold iPhones:customised-24ct gold i-phonecustomised-24ct gold i-phonePresident Goodluck Jonathan’s first Child, Faith married her boo, Godswill Osim Edward today in at the Abuja Ecumenical Centre.The ceremony was broadcast live on NTA, where many state governors and other dignitaries were in attendance.Guests at the wedding received customised i-phones ( Each cost £3995.00 or over US $6,620.00 per i-phone,- Goldstriker) designed by Actress Tonto Dikeh’s.The phones were packed in white packs with a golden ‘thank you’ for coming note’

A 4-year-old Syrian refugee who was discovered alone in the middle of the desert

HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS 
For How Long?

For How Long?


PUBLICATIONS 2013
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Then and Now!

Aug. 24th.2013 March on DC @ 50
March on DC @50
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Forum
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Pros and cons of foreign direct investment

Why Uganda Parliament Should wait to pass a GMO Bill
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Ugandan Priest Suspended for Suggesting Catholic Priests to Marry
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Investment or Land Grab Disguised?
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Policy Considerations
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ARE YOU WHAT YOU EAT / DRINK?(The Big Cover up)

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-GM debate forum records

-Biotechnology 

-GM debate

-The Anglican Church at cross-roads

-The divided land

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PUBLICATIONS 2012

-At Crossroads
-(Rerun; it's time of the year) Vitamin D deficiency 
-Open letter to ASARECA Board of Directors
-Links
-Do you recite the Lord’s prayer, if so, which version?
-Gold at last, once again!
-Do you know Dengue Fever?
-Putting Fun into Sportsmanship (Usain Bolt gets the Last Laugh)
-Olympics
-Boarding Schools
-Austerity bites Britain
-To nature or nurture your child
-Sadistic Examiners
-What a 'first' love!
-Malaria and poverty
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