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Lecture to Oxford Farming Conference, 3 January 2013

Lecture to Oxford Farming Conference, 3 January 2013
[Comments are now closed - it was getting impossible to manage them given the volume.] Chinese translation… Italian translation… German translation… Spanish translation… French translation… Vietnamese translation (shortened)… Italian version (also shortened) Thai version and Slovak version. NEW – Portuguese translation. 07 Mark Lynas from Oxford Farming Conference on Vimeo. I want to start with some apologies. For the record, here and upfront, I apologise for having spent several years ripping up GM crops. As an environmentalist, and someone who believes that everyone in this world has a right to a healthy and nutritious diet of their choosing, I could not have chosen a more counter-productive path. So I guess you’ll be wondering – what happened between 1995 and now that made me not only change my mind but come here and admit it? When I first heard about Monsanto’s GM soya I knew exactly what I thought. This was also explicitly an anti-science movement. So I did some reading. Related:  Nutrition & HealthenvironmentEnvironmentalism

Critical EPA report highlighting chemical dangers to kids is sidetracked Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images A playground at the Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Sciences in Los Angeles. The $75.5-million elementary school, which was named after former Vice President Al Gore and pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson, was built atop an environmentally contaminated piece of real estate. Construction crews replaced the toxic soil, which was poisoned by more than a dozen underground storage tanks, with clean fill. By Sheila Kaplan, Investigative Reporting Workshop A landmark Environmental Protection Agency report concluding that children exposed to toxic substances can develop learning disabilities, asthma and other health problems has been sidetracked indefinitely amid fierce opposition from the chemical industry. America’s Children and the Environment, Third Edition, is a sobering analysis of the way in which pollutants build up in children’s developing bodies and the damage they can inflict. “Why is it taking so long? More from Open Channel:

China's Toxic Sky - In Focus Since the beginning of this year, the levels of air pollution in Beijing have been dangerously high, with thick clouds of smog chasing people indoors, disrupting air travel, and affecting the health of millions. The past two weeks have been especially bad -- at one point the pollution level measured 40 times recommended safety levels. Authorities are taking short-term measures to combat the current crisis, shutting down some factories and limiting government auto usage. Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: Rooftops of Beijing's Forbidden City, obscured by thick smog, in Beijing, China, on January 16, 2013. (1 of 4) The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite acquired this pair of images of northeastern China on January 14 (smoggy) and January 3 (clear), 2013. - javascript required ] (NASA, Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response) Heavy smog hangs over a road in Qingdao, east China's Shandong province on January 29, 2013.

‘Chasing Ice’ changed this climate-denying Bill O’Reilly listener into a believer Whenever you feel discouraged about working to fix global warming and convince people that it’s a real problem, watch this video: In the documentary Chasing Ice, filmmaker James Balog shot photos of glaciers in Iceland, Greenland, and Alaska at 30-minute intervals for months and months. As Grist has reported: The resulting time-lapse movie can condense months and years into a few mesmerizing moments. So horrible and so scary that it can erase even the teachings of Bill O’Reilly.

Humans Carry More Bacterial Cells than Human Ones We compulsively wash our hands, spray our countertops and grimace when someone sneezes near us—in fact, we do everything we can to avoid unnecessary encounters with the germ world. But the truth is we are practically walking petri dishes, rife with bacterial colonies from our skin to the deepest recesses of our guts. All the bacteria living inside you would fill a half-gallon jug; there are 10 times more bacterial cells in your body than human cells, according to Carolyn Bohach, a microbiologist at the University of Idaho (U.I.), along with other estimates from scientific studies. The infestation begins at birth: Babies ingest mouthfuls of bacteria during birthing and pick up plenty more from their mother's skin and milk—during breast-feeding, the mammary glands become colonized with bacteria. Starting in the mouth, nose or other orifices, these microbes travel through the esophagus, stomach and / or intestines—locations where most of them set up camp.

The Greening of the Arctic you're gonna get a lot of methane release as all the dead organic matter in that thawing permafrost rots, and methane's the really dangerous greenhouse gas. I believe it's bad, because an over abundance of CO2 makes temperatures excessively high. It's not the vegetation, but the methane trapped within the melting ice and soil. Furthermore, the melting ice reflects the suns rays, and therefore heat. Less reflection means more heat, more heat means more melting, less ice means less reflection... I do not believe the ratio of greenhouse gases produced is equal to CO2 consumed by vegetation. I'm probably getting mixed up with my information, but I think I have the general idea down. The abstract of the study states that the possible outcomes of the shift are not well understood, but merit continued monitoring. People are basically conservatives. Dumping gigatonnes of garbage into the air is a bad thing.

Global Warming 101 What is global warming? Think of a blanket, covering the Earth. When CO 2 and other heat-trapping emissions are released into the air, they act like a blanket, holding heat in our atmosphere and warming the planet. Overloading our atmosphere with carbon has far-reaching effects for people all around the world—more extreme storms, more severe droughts, deadly heat waves, rising sea levels, and more acidic oceans, which can affect the very base of the food chain. What causes global warming? The primary cause of global warming is human activity, most significantly the burning of fossil fuels to drive cars, generate electricity, and operate our homes and businesses. Tropical deforestation , also by human hands, is another major contributor. Who can reduce global warming? To address global warming, we need to significantly reduce the amount of heat-trapping emissions. But we can also help by calling for government and corporate decision makers to reduce the threat of global warming by:

The Body Ecology Guide to the Ten Healthiest Greens Crammed with vital nutrients for every body, greens just might be the healthiest food our planet has to offer! Popeye wasn't just a man with muscles. He was a man with brains, too. He knew the power of leafy greens could get him out of a jam in a flash. (Okay, he was just a cartoon character... but you get the idea!) Going Green - A Whole New Meaning Leafy green vegetables rule the roost in the vegetable kingdom. The Power of Green Just check in with a bowl of greens and you'll find they are brimming with vital nutrients that provide a variety of health, growth and fertility benefits. Your Liver's Favorite Color is Green Livers love greens because they're amazing detoxifiers. A Lean, Mean, Green Machine Just to give you an idea of how important they are to include in our diets at every meal, this is a sample of what you can expect with every bite of green goodness: Fiber - A leader in blood sugar regulation, blood cholesterol regulation and bowel function.Protein - Perfect for vegetarians!

Bizarre GMO wheat mystery in Oregon Seeds are usually only guaranteed for one year; after that, the percentage of those that won't germinate tends to climb. Tends to. Scientists have successfully germinated seeds from medieval trash dumps, from plants covered over in the last ice age, and from every other source you'd think were too old. Heck, I overplanted pumpkins this year, thinking that my fairly old seeds would have a high failure rate. Instead, nearly all of the seeds I planted took, and now I can't walk through half my garden without playing Twister. So I'd say that it's not at all improbable that these seeds are fourteen years old, accidentally mixed in, and mostly viable. Seeds last for thousands of years if they are kept from rotting situations !

Household Tips from Warrior Mom! | Sandra Steingraber Each Other—Where We Are On the desire to change lightbulbs instead of paradigms by Sandra Steingraber Painting: Tamas Galambros / Bridgeman A DECADE AGO, I published a book about the links between chemical exposures and cancer. The research for it required four years, two postdoctoral fellowships, and fluency with Freedom of Information Act requests. One of my first stops on the author tour was a television talk show that taped in Hollywood. Back at the hotel, I thought hard. My second tip was something like, CONFRONT THEM. The next day, Tangerine freaked out. We’re going live in five . . . four . . . three . . . two . . . and . . . ! When my on-air host came to the first tip, she turned her gaze, Oprah-like, into the camera to ask, “You mean my clothes cause cancer?” By now, my host was breathing a sigh of relief, and I knew we weren’t going to make it to Tip #7: REQUIRE TESTING OF CHEMICALS AS A PRECONDITION FOR MARKETING THEM. We still haven’t made it there. Stop digging. I read Wiebe.

The Life of Eden Marie: What's Missing From Folic Acid Awareness Week As I got on Facebook yesterday and scrolled down my newsfeed, something caught my attention. Somebody posted that Folic Acid Awareness Week is January 6-12 this year. They posted some information from the National Counsel on Folic Acid. But our cells and bodies can not use folic acid. So if folic acid is as good as useless for so many people, how can we prevent things like neural tube defects? Fortunately, there are a couple ways to get the folate that our bodies can use. The second way you can get folate is by taking a methylfolate supplement. *Be sure to go to the "Resources" page on each of these websites, because they lead to even more helpful resources - otherwise I'd be listing links all day.

NASA’s Trial Polar Rover Studies One of the Harshest Places on Earth NASA recently concluded a successful six-week test of a prototype polar rover near the highest point in Greenland, where the robotic vehicle traversed icy terrain in temperatures of minus 30 Celsius to help scientists learn more about how ice sheets are faring in the changing climate — without having to break for hot cocoa. Greenland’s ice sheets are an important area of research because if they melt, the Earth will reflect less of the sun’s energy and warm more quickly. The rover — dubbed GROVER, for Goddard Remote Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research or simply Greenland Rover — was first developed by engineering students who participated in Goddard Flight Center’s boot camp in 2010 and 2011. NASA has subsequently funded fine-tuning of the vehicle at Boise State University under the guidance of geoscientist Hans-Peter Marshall. The students approached Goddard glaciologist Lora Koenig about building a robot that would assist her in her research on Greenland’s ice sheets.

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Over 300 Uses For Coconut Oil-Who Knew? | My Country 95.5 I had read about a few healthy reasons to use Coconut Oil, so when I saw it was available as an extra in the weekly Bountiful Basket, I decided to order some. The jar was rather large, about a gallon if I’m not mistaken, so I thought I’d see what else I could use it for. Much to my amazement, according to there are more than 300 uses for coconut oil. See for yourself below: Coconut Oil for General Health and Wellness Appetite Suppressant – the fat in coconut oil triggers the release of the cholecystokinin hormone which slows down food movement through the digestive tract. Coconut Oil for Chronic Health Problems (when taken internally it is known for aiding, preventing, relieving or even curing these health issues) Coconut Oil for Chronic Health Problems (when applied topically it is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing these health issues) AcneAllergies/Hay Fever – rub a little inside the nostrils for quick relief.