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Why we should think carefully about glyphosate. (weed killer) and stop chemical companies from making profits out of poison.

People are consuming glyphosate residue without knowing, in the various foods they eat.

"based on urine sampling, Americans probably consume 1000 times the amount of Roundup that causes fatty liver disease in rats. ...One fourth of all Americans have fatty liver disease."
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The pesticide treadmill - Farmers are continually being sold more pesticides as weeds become tolerant. Nature will fight back - far better to work WITH nature.

"American farmers are fighting the failures of glyphosate technology to control weeds, with a concomitant loss of crop yields and farm profits. Industry’s answer is to invoke the pesticide treadmill concept and tell farmers to use more pesticides, including GBHs, plus one or two other pesticides at the same time. These pesticides include probable carcinogens and/or endocrine disruptors, such as 2,4-D, isoxaflutole, neonicotinoids, and fungicides like triflumizole."

"While selling more pesticides makes good business sense for the industry, for farmers and consumers it means increasing exposures and potentially serious environmental and health impacts. Little or no toxicological data are publicly available on the combined effects of GBHs when mixed with these other known toxic pesticides. This situation should worry everyone."
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#pesticides #glyphosate #CorporateResponsibility
The BEST Article on Glyphosate - With Comments From Jeffrey Smith

The following article by Dr. Ramon Seidler, PhD. is the article on the dangers of Roundup that we should re-post, download, and share with anyone who still supports the use of this dangerous herbicide or the GMO plants that are engineered to be sprayed with it.

It also exposes how the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has bent over backwards to ignore proven dangers that are now ravaging the health of our population.

The author should know.

He is Ramon Seidler, PhD., the former Team Leader of the EPA’s Genetically Engineered Organism biosafety program. He consistently warned the agency about very real risks of GMOs, but was ignored by decision makers.

By circulating this article, you will likely inspire someone to stop using Roundup on their lawns.

In other words, just by re-posting this full piece, you may prevent someone from getting cancer, liver disease, or possibly numerous other disorders associated with endocrine disrupting chemicals.

And hopefully this article will also inspire people to eat more organic food.

As the article states, based on urine sampling, Americans probably consume 1000 times the amount of Roundup that causes fatty liver disease in rats.

One fourth of all Americans have fatty liver disease.

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With the question of the endocrine-disrupting potential of Roundup at real-world doses still unsolved and glyphosate classified as a probable carcinogen, it’s time to restrict or ban glyphosate herbicides, writes Dr Ramon Seidler, PhD (pictured above)

In February last year a group of international scientists published a consensus statement drawing attention to the risks posed by rising levels of exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs), especially in the light of glyphosate’s classification by the World Health Organization’s cancer agency IARC as a probable carcinogen.

The scientists noted endocrine (hormone) disrupting effects of glyphosate herbicides in test-tube experiments and called for more studies to clarify whether levels present in foods and the environment can cause such effects in living humans.

Endocrine disruptors (EDs) have harmful effects on experimental mammals that are widely used as human surrogates at concentrations as low as parts per billion (ppb) and below.

Later in the year, the New York Times reported that GM glyphosate-tolerant crops have significantly increased the use of glyphosate-based herbicides in the US. This news was closely followed by the publication of a report by Food Democracy Now and the Detox Project showing high levels of glyphosate residues in popular foods and drinks.

Regulatory Inaction

Given the increasing risk to people posed by EDs, you’d expect regulators to be eager to take action. But sadly the opposite is true.

The European Commission has been so tardy in regulating them that the European Court of Justice has declared that it has “unlawfully refrained from laying down rules”.

This issue of GBH exposures has gained urgency from a new study in rats, which showed that Roundup caused fatty liver disease at the minute concentration of 0.1 ppb given in drinking water over a long-term period. The glyphosate daily intake level from this dose was 4 nanograms per kilogram of bodyweight per day, which is 75,000 times below EU and 437,500 times below US permitted levels.

The concentration of glyphosate in the drinking water (50 parts per trillion) was 14,000 times less than the concentration allowed in US drinking water (700 ppb).

Tests have shown that most Americans have glyphosate in their urine at ppb levels, suggesting a daily intake of around 1000-fold above the level that caused fatty liver disease in the rats. However, further research needs to be done to establish the glyphosate levels present in various body tissues, especially within endocrine organs like the pancreas.

It’s not certain that the fatty liver disease reported in the Roundup-fed rats was caused by the mechanism of endocrine disruption.

But given the extremely low dose of Roundup that caused the effect and the known association between EDCs in general and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, endocrine disruption is one plausible mechanism.

These observations call for urgent further research to be conducted to confirm Roundup/glyphosate-induced organ toxicity at real world levels of ingestion, and to provide insight into the mechanisms of toxicity, including ED effects.

Glyphosate Herbicides And Endocrine Disruption

In 2009, the International Endocrine Society issued its first warning about the dangers associated with chemicals that interact with, take the place of, or inhibit or stimulate the action of natural human hormones (EDs). Today, based upon highly credible research published in peer-reviewed journals by scientists around the world, there is little doubt that GBHs are endocrine disruptors at the relatively high doses tested thus far. Their endocrine activity at low, realistic doses is still uncertain and requires further research.

According to the International Endocrine Society, there is strong mechanistic and epidemiological evidence that endocrine disruption plays a role in a wide range of maladies, including obesity, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease associated with diabetes, female and male reproduction abnormalities (abnormal sperm and reduced fertility), hormone-sensitive cancers in females, prostate cancer, thyroid diseases, and neurodevelopment diseases (IQ loss and hyperactive behaviour).

Scientists have calculated that in the US alone, pesticide EDs cause some 7,500 annual serious disability cases and generate annual medical and lost work costs of about $45 billion.

A study (covering some endocrine disruptive chemical (EDC)-associated diseases within the European Union puts annual costs to health services within this region at €150 billion per annum and some $340 billion in the US.

Major international and national health and science institutions have recently documented their concerns about EDs, which include a need for improved testing, education, and research, as well as updated detection protocols and reduced exposures.

These concerns have been expressed by the American Medical Association, American Public Health Association, the American Chemical Society, the International Endocrine Society, and the World Health Organization, among others.

Use of endocrine disruptors should be suspended.

Accordingly, I am of the firm belief that use of EDs – potentially including GBHs – should be suspended until thorough, transparent, and mathematically robust human epidemiological toxicology analyses are carried out by an international panel of respected scientific experts.

The panel members should be chosen by other academic scientists and not involve industry or government participants.

An analysis by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has already linked glyphosate exposure with cancer in humans. Yet apparently this is not sufficient evidence to end the use of GBHs.

I am not aware of any robust epidemiology studies investigating the possible effects of GBH exposures on endocrine-related diseases such as cancer, IQ loss, thyroid hormone perturbations, and organ changes.

As stated in the international scientists’ consensus statement on glyphosate and its formulations, there are large gaps in our knowledge about such effects and more studies need to be carried out.

Of course the absence of such published research is not a sign that GBHs do not cause endocrine effects.

We have the technology and the scientists to do such work – but the latter apparently lack financial support and/or are worried about industry criticism and intimidation if the results show that GBHs should be banned.

Pesticide Treadmill

Such additional studies of course will take time. In the meantime American farmers are fighting the failures of glyphosate technology to control weeds, with a concomitant loss of crop yields and farm profits.

Industry’s answer is to invoke the pesticide treadmill concept and tell farmers to use more pesticides, including GBHs, plus one or two other pesticides at the same time.

These pesticides include probable carcinogens and/or endocrine disruptors, such as 2,4-D, isoxaflutole, neonicotinoids, and fungicides like triflumizole.

While selling more pesticides makes good business sense for the industry, for farmers and consumers it means increasing exposures and potentially serious environmental and health impacts.

Little or no toxicological data are publicly available on the combined effects of GBHs when mixed with these other known toxic pesticides.

This situation should worry everyone.

Short of a universal ban on GBHs in order to protect consumers who are exposed to and consume glyphosate in their food and drink, glyphosate applications should be highly restricted to approved licensed applicators only, under conditions of extreme agricultural need.

What good is it anyway to make multiple applications of GBHs when weed resistance is already a major problem?

The only one to benefit is the industry that wants to sell the product. In this context regulators worldwide have steadily increased the allowable levels of glyphosate residues in crops and foods, apparently to accommodate increased levels of glyphosate being found in GM glyphosate-tolerant soybeans.

Such decisions do not enjoy public support, especially from those of us who believe that glyphosate herbicides do harm, may be endocrine disruptors, and are biologically active at levels commonly found in human urine.

Cigarette Smoke, PCBs – And Glyphosate Herbicides

Industry claims that glyphosate is “safe” are reminiscent of similar claims made in the past over cigarette smoke, DDT, PCBs, thalidomide, diethylstilbestrol (DES), Agent Orange, atrazine, flame retardants, phthalates, bisphenol A, and artificial fragrances – all of which are endocrine disruptors.

Consumers are confused, and some are angry and frustrated with regulatory decisions dealing with the biosafety assessment of many commercial products.

At the very least many of us feel that the influence of industry has been too strong in regulatory decisions.

Non-industry scientists should test chemicals for regulatory purposes

In the US, a series of poor regulatory decisions – such as allowing the continued use of atrazine, a toxic herbicide banned in Europe many years ago – have set up the EPA for continuing criticism, political and budgetary punishment, and, heaven forbid, talk of abolishing the agency.

It is long past time for the US Congress to change the rules that now require industry to study and report risk evaluations to regulators prior to sale of new chemicals.

Realities dictate that the opposite should be the case; i.e., regulators and government or academic scientists should conduct and study chemical safety parameters and report the independent results to industry.

Funding for such determinations could come from an industry registration tax for each chemical being registered.

Consumers need and deserve better action from regulatory agencies to protect the health of our children and grandchildren and the environment they will inherit.

Today we need to know why the US EPA and other regulators around the world continue to make what many scientists and members of the public feel are decisions that lack common sense.

In the US, I believe that we need publicly visible, politically courageous investigations within regulatory agencies, perhaps conducted by the Office of Inspector General, to attempt resolution of these crucial matters that affect the everyday lives of people around the world.

Such legal investigations may be the only remaining hope to create strong, stable environmental agencies staffed with brave and courageous scientists and regulatory personnel who earn the support of their constituents through transparency, independence from industry, and common-sense regulatory decisions.

Dr Ramon Seidler, PhD, is a retired senior research scientist and Team Leader of the Genetically Engineered Organism biosafety program within the US EPA and former Professor of Microbiology at Oregon State University.

Image: Dr Ramon Seidler holds a jar of GM maize. In 2016 89% of the US corn acreage was herbicide-tolerant and most of this will be tolerant to glyphosate herbicides.

Source: http://gmwatch.org/news/latest-news/17456-the-time-for-glyphosate-based-herbicides-is-over

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🎶"Sag mir wo die Blumen sind?”🎶 - Or when is a drone not a drone?!

… a tune which came immediately to mind, in German, seeing this post.

IN ENGLISH
"Be optimistic" says the verge!! Japanese invention needs manual control now, but they hope ‘AI' will enable auto pollination by these robot-bees!!
Horsehair on their backs! and sucking gel. Oh fine.
Article with video (ref. above photo) https://www.theverge.com/2017/2/9/14549786/drone-bees-artificial-pollinators-colony-collapse-disorder

Its staggering that scientists believe they can replicate nature by mans' inventions - laughable!!

TECHNOCRACY vs. ECOLOGY

In real nature…..

Drone bees die when their ‘job’ is done!
https://youtu.be/_YcGUeC4ydU

Drone bees are kicked out when not needed.
Their wings are bitten off.
https://youtu.be/PWSBfbAixo0

Maybe real bees will attack these ‘drones’?
Drone’s eye view - quadcopter attacked by swarm of bees.
https://youtu.be/NZ3ixiGdHYM

Sag mir wo die Blumen sind? = 'Where have all the flowers gone’ by Peter Seeger: taken up by ecologists in 60’s and 70’s.
By Marlene Dietrich https://youtu.be/WEHeWd7GSO0

Post via +Sebastian Olausson Thanks.

#ArtificalBees #DroneBees #RobotBees #RoboticPollination #NewWorldDisorder #AI #BeeColonyCollapseDisorder #Technocrats

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"Scumbags!"
Kevin refers to the recent 79ft Blue Whale washed up, likely starved: and the 'scumbags' - government, EPA and corporations - who hide the truth about radioactivity: academia quashing information.

Kevin refutes the viability of a Princetown professor saying there's "no resistance" - when real news is censored by mainstream and academia.

"...third generational arrogance; its way beyond that."

#Fukushima #Resistance #BlueWhale #PacificGenocide


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Unbelievable! ordering spraying of pesticides on an organic Oregon farm.

"Sherman County may be issuing a Court Order on May 22, 2017 to quarantine Azure Farms and possibly to spray the whole farm with poisonous herbicides, contaminating them with Milestone, Escort and Roundup herbicides.”
Do we know what happened yet?

Listen to the 'marketer' of Azure farm in the video.
It is the largest distributor of organic produce.
2,000 acres Certified Organic.

Sherman county decided control of weeds is not enough - THEY WANT TO ERADICATE THEM - with toxic chemicals. They intend putting a lien on the farm to pay for the expense of the chemicals.

The healthy weeds were popping up in farms using 'terminator seeds'.
One 'noxious weed' ‘Morning Glory’ is edible. Canada Thistle roots and peeled stems are edible.
https://youtu.be/cK8eFtal5hc
It seems industrial farming will separate itself from nature, with no natural weeds growing - with no benefit to the wildlife.

I do not believe this could ever be allowed to happen in UK, where organic farmers are highly respected.

A quick Google Plus search shows that Oregon has been successful at fighting Monsanto and pesticides often in the past. Organic farms cannot allow themselves to be ganged up on and dictated to in this manner.
Freedom to farm how you like must exist.
A BETTER WAY would be for counties to ban farms using pesticides altogether!!!

h/t +Rex Dexter for many posts on this. #AzureFarm

Action:
Via email at lhernandez@co.sherman.or.us
Call Lauren at 541-565-3416.

#TheEnd #OrganicFarming #Pesticides #BigPharmaDictatorship

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Leaders and Laggards - EU Waste Policy

Laggards

Countries opposing most of the proposals include Denmark and Finland –often regarded as leaders in waste policy despite their enormous amount of waste generated. Other countries set to categorically reject higher ambition are Hungary, Lithuania and Latvia.

While eventually supporting a 65% recycling target, countries such as the Czech Republic, Italy, Sweden, Portugal and Luxembourg are expected to oppose plans * to make preparation for reuse mandatory, set a 10% target for packaging reuse and set waste prevention targets–all top priorities in a circular economy.

The *UK, Germany, Poland, Ireland, Slovenia and Croatia have so far been unwilling to share their position, highlighting a long-standing transparency problem during negotiations between member states, as well as member states and EU institutions. This creates barriers between EU citizens and their national governments, and is at odds with the progressive and transparent stance adopted by the European Parliament.

Leaders

On the other hand, southern countries that generally struggle with waste management such as Greece and Romania as well as Spain are calling for stronger support for recycling, waste prevention, preparation for reuse and better separate collection.

Other progressive countries supporting the reforms are France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Piotr Barczak, waste policy officer at the EEB, said:

“We hear every day that governments are committed to reducing waste in order to reap the benefits of the circular economy. But what happens in the negotiations, behind closed doors, is sometimes a completely different story.”

#CircularEconomy #Recycling 

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30% of plastic packaging can NEVER be recycled - and the waste pile is growing.
There are many different types of plastic in the global packaging industry.

New report New Plastics Economy - Catalising Action shows what can and cannot be recycled:-

1. Without fundamental redesign and innovation, about 30% of plastic packaging will NEVER be reused or recycled

(PVC, EPS AND PS must be replaced)

2. For at least 20% of plastic packaging, reuse provides an economically attractive opportunity

3. With concerted efforts to redesign packaging and the systems for managing it after use, recycling would be economically attractive for the remaining 50% of plastic packaging

(PET and HDPE)

We might not trust the Corporations involved: Unilever, Danone, and Dow Chemicals to name a few who all say the right things in the report, nor the World Economic Forum - but the NON-RECYCLABLE PLASTIC MUST BE STOPPED. Every piece of plastic ever made is still here.

Of the 7 types of plastic, PET and HDPE plastics, comprising 19% of plastic waste, can be recycled.

This is outlined in 6 minute video THE PLASTIC REVOLUTION, a New challenge for P&G https://youtu.be/0BrNQsu554Y
From video:
Ellen MacArthur Foundation collated information:-
Out of 78,000,000 TONNES OF PLASTIC produced in 2015, 14% was incinerated, 40% landfilled, 32% leaked (into water courses and oceans?) with only 14% collected for recycling.

PLASTIC PRODUCTION has grown from 15,000,000 TONNES in 1964 - to a staggering 311,000,000 TONNES in 2014 - an increase X 20 - set to quadruple by 2050! Every piece of plastic ever made is STILL HERE!*

Another 3 minute film about recycling plastics process:
https://youtu.be/UcPqKg_82Rw


+Ellen MacArthur Foundation was set up by Ellen, who, on returning from her round the world yacht voyage, felt inspired and compelled to change things through the Circular Economy.

#Plastics #OceanPlastics #PlasticPackaging #PlasticRecycling #CircularEconomy

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US Farmers forced to use Ukrainian hackers to fix their computerized tractors!

They discover they do not 'own' their tractors but have a 'licence for life' and must pay $230, plus $130 an hour for a John Deere technician to drive out and plug a connector into their USB port to authorize the part !!.
SCAM

Modern tractors run computer code that the purchaser doesn’t really own. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a United States 1998 copyright law, the manufacturer holds the programming rights that makes it run, stripping customers of the right to open, tweak, tinker, or repair their property because they don’t have access to the diagnostic software.
THIS IS WRONG

Since product makers don’t like people repairing their own stuff, some have placed digital locks on the software. Breaking that lock to fix the device or tractor could be seen as a violation of the law, turning tinkerers into pirates
BEING CONSIDERED A PIRATE OF YOUR OWN TRACTOR IS WRONG.

Because even simple repairs are made impossible by the embedded software added to every Deere tractor, many farmers have started hacking their machines with custom Ukrainian software bought on the black market.

#TractorHacking #HostageToTechnocrats #CorporateResponsibility #NewAgeDisorderFarming


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Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields - WiFi and cellphones
2 Hours of tested and proven scientific findings from this Swedish scientist's work since 1983.
Scans show radiation clusters after sitting with back to TV screen, let alone computers.
Schools report higher ability in those with no cell phones but teacher told him they can't admit it.
Male fertility dropped.
Various cancers and illness effects.

Many examples and screen texts during presentation.

He is sure electromagetic field bombardment is altering our DNA. The very young are most at risk.

He requests action to be taken by authorities but they ignore his findings when presented.
Of course they do!!! Trillion $ industry.

SWITCH MOBILES OFF AT NIGHT
SWITCH OFF WIFI WHENEVER POSSIBLE
DONT HAVE A CORDLESS PHONE

Seen on a G+ post but cannot remember who. Thanks!

#Radiation #ElectroMagneticFields #WiFi #CellPhones #CellPhoneTower

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