Gut punch: Monsanto could be destroying your microbiome First the bad news: The “safest” herbicide in the history of science may be harming us in ways we’re just beginning to understand. And now for the really bad news: Because too much is never enough, the Environmental Protection Agency just raised the allowable limits for how much of that chemical can remain on the food we eat, and the crops we feed to animals — many of which end up on our plates as well. If you haven’t guessed its identity yet, it’s Monsanto’s Roundup, a powerful weed killer. The EPA and Monsanto are apparently hoping that no one notices the recent rule change — or, if we do notice, that we respond with a collective shrug. As Michael Pollan deftly cataloged in his must-read cover story in the most recent New York Times magazine, scientists are just beginning to explore the inner reaches of our bodies to understand how our microbiome affects our health. Monsanto would, of course, disagree. I’m glad you asked. Researchers are only now beginning to explore this idea.
Utilisation de semences OGM/USA : la Cour suprême étudiera le recours d'un agriculteur contre Monsanto La Cour suprême des Etats-Unis s'est saisie du recours d'un agriculteur américain contre Monsanto concernant l'utilisation de semences OGM du groupe agrochimique résistantes à l'herbicide RoundUp qu'il produit également. Un producteur de soja de l'Indiana (nord), Vernon Hugh Bowman, 74 ans, a porté l'affaire devant la plus haute juridiction du pays dans le but de remporter le bras de fer engagé par Monsanto depuis 2008. Au cœur de la dispute, le contrat d'utilisation des semences OGM résistantes au RoundUp. Le contrat de vente interdit aux agriculteurs de conserver et de réutiliser les semences après la récolte. Or Monsanto, s'étant aperçu que M. Bowman avait une production supérieure à celle que les semences achetées pouvaient générer, a porté plainte devant la justice inférieure qui lui avait donné raison. Monsanto invoque deux de ses brevets sur la transformation cellulaire. Dans son recours, M. Mais à partir de 1999, pour faire des économies, M. « Conformément à l'accord, M.
Q&A with Aretha Olivarez The Giving Back Issue Your Career | Q&A with Aretha Olivarez PF: What are the most common mistakes people make when starting a nonprofit? AO: The most common mistake is not having the right board members or people to help the nonprofit become and remain successful. Another common mistake is not having a plan in writing. PF: What are your recommendations for avoiding pitfalls? AO: Take your time! PF: How can nonprofits cultivate key strengths for success? AO: Nonprofits should conduct multiple fundraising activities and build relationships with individuals, corporations and funders. PF: What does it take to start and successfully maintain a nonprofit? AO: 1) Start by completing all the necessary paperwork on the state and federal level. 2) To maintain a nonprofit, make sure you stay compliant with the necessary annual state and federal filing requirements. 3) Keep the monetary donations coming in the door. AO: Absolutely, that is the very first step to become a nonprofit corporation.
Report: 'US government in GM industry's pocket' | World | DW.DE | 17.05.2013 The diplomatic cables were published two years ago by Wikileaks, and most of them weren't even marked secret. But now US campaigners Food and Water Watch have collated and analyzed 926 State Department cables (covering 113 countries and five years, from 2005 to 2009) to reveal the extraordinary extent to which the US has been lobbying in support of its biotech industry across the world. Their conclusions were published on Tuesday (14.05.2013). As well as lobbying in the developing world - persuading Kenya to commercialize GM crops and helping the Ghanaian and Nigerian governments to push through lax GM legislation - the US PR campaign was also aimed at legislators in the European Union, where a de facto moratorium has limited the production, import, and sale of most GM crops until now. Promoting GM crops was part of Clinton's brief in Africa 'The science is rhetorical' "It's not a surprise. What was new, Mitchell explained, was the level and detail of diplomatic involvement.
OGM : suicide " collectif " de 1500 fermiers indiens La vérité émerge lentement: un rapport du Ministère (indien) de l’Intérieur sur les morts par suicide, indique que, jusqu’à 2003, environ 100 000 fermiers se sont suicidés en six ans en Inde. Ces dernières semaines, 1500 fermiers se sont suicidés collectivement en Inde, dans la province de Chattisgarh. Un phénomène récurrent, puisque les chiffres officiels font état de 1000 suicides mensuels... depuis plus de quinze ans. Depuis le milieu des années 80, l'Inde a accepté d'ouvrir totalement son marché en contrepartie de l'aide du Fonds Monétaire International. What a wonderfull world (Company)... Sauf que les semences OGM de coton Bt (de Monsanto, faut-il le préciser) sont tombées malades, infestées par le vers (vorace) de la capsule. Disparition des variétés traditionnelles En 2006, le ministère indien de l'agriculture déclarait que la moitié des foyers paysans étaient endettés. Source: les mots ont un sens
VA Loan Limits for High-Cost Counties Updated for 2014 The VA loan guaranty program does not impose a maximum amount that an eligible veteran may borrow using a VA loan but limits the maximum guaranty amount to $417,000 for 2014. However, if you live in one the following counties listed below, follow the data on the chart to determine to calculate the VA's maximum guaranty amount for a particular county. Notes from the VA: Lenders may make loans to veterans greater than the maximum county loan limit; however, lenders may require Veterans to make a downpayment for the amount borrowed in excess of the applicable county loan limit. VA loan limits are based on county median home values reported by the Federal Housing Administration. The maximum guaranty amount for loans over $144,000 is 25 percent of the 2014 VA county loan limit shown below. If a Veteran has previously used entitlement that has not been restored, the maximum guaranty amount available to that Veteran must be reduced accordingly. Regional Loan Center Info: St.
U.S. Senate Bars GMO Labels as March Against Monsanto Revs Up WASHINGTON, DC, May 24, 2013 (ENS) – Two days before thousands of people across the United States plan to march against Monsanto’s genetically engineered crops, the U.S. Senate Thursday turned down a measure that would have allowed states to require labels on food or beverages made with genetically modified ingredients. Sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent, the amendment to the Farm Bill lost by a vote of 71 to 27. Senator Bernie Sanders (Photo courtesy Office of the Senator) Co-sponsored by Democratic Senators Mark Begich of Alaska, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Jeff Merkley of Oregon, the amendment would have made it clear that states have the authority to require the labeling of foods produced through genetic engineering. “An overwhelming majority of Americans favor GMO labeling but virtually all of the major biotech and food corporations in the country oppose it,” said Senator Sanders. Please like & share:
Should the “Nobel prize for food” go to a Monsanto exec? In a move that has disturbed many anti-hunger advocates, including the 81 global leaders of the World Future Council and laureates of the Right Livelihood Award, the World Food Prize — often known as the Nobel prize for food and agriculture — has given this year’s award to three chemical company executives, including Monsanto executive vice president and chief technology officer, Robert Fraley. Fraley shares the prize with two other scientists responsible for launching the “technology” behind the biotech business three decades ago, after developing a method for inserting foreign genes into plants. For an award that claims to honor those who contribute to a “nutritious and sustainable food supply,” genetically modified organisms miss the mark on both counts. GMOs do not create a more nutritious or sustainable food supply. Twenty years after the commercialization of the first GMO seed, almost all are limited to just two types.
Google Maps Top Free App On iPhone Screenshot That didn't take long. Just hours after launch, Google Maps for iPhone has skyrocked to the number one slot of Apple's App Store. Also of note, Google's YouTube app is number four. So that means Google Maps and YouTube, two formerly native Google-powered iPhone apps that Apple killed, are two of the most popular apps on iOS. By the way, you can download Google Maps for iPhone here. As world marches against Monsanto, senators protect it from labeling laws Any U.S. senators paying attention to what was happening in the entire world over the weekend may have noticed a teensy disconnect between their protectionist votes for Monsanto and global discontent with the GMO giant. On Saturday, protestors in dozens of countries took to the streets to “March against Monsanto.” The coordinated day of action against genetic engineering and reprehensible business practices by the Missouri-based company came just two days after the Senate rejected a bid by Sen. First, to those protests. The ‘March Against Monsanto’ movement began just a few months ago, when founder and organizer Tami Canal created a Facebook page on Feb. 28 calling for a rally against the company’s practices. Now, to those senators. The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly rejected an amendment that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods. The vote did not affect a bill introduced in April by Sen.