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I had no idea any ice anywhere on Earth ever got this thick. Ever.
Food That Will Kill Us: Obama’s USDA, in the Hands of the Corporatocracy, is Making Our Food Inedible and Our Planet Unlivable
Ah yes, Obama’s USDA:
Despite the objections of hundreds of thousands of Americans and more than 50 members of Congress, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted final approval to a new generation of genetically engineered (GE) crops on Wednesday [September 17, 2014].
According to the agency’s own findings, the move could result in up to a sevenfold increase in the use of an older, more toxic herbicide known as 2,4-D, a compound used in Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The new GE crops, also known as GMOs, approved include Dow’s Enlist Duo corn and soy. These crops were developing to survived sprayings of both glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, and 2,4-D.
As an aside, to those who say Obama’s a great guy but his hands are tied because of the Republican-controlled House and the Republican do-nothings in the Senate, what say you about this? This is his USDA.
“The USDA’s approval of these crops is proof that today’s destructive, industrial agriculture model, based on a system of GMO mono-crops, is a failure,” says Ronnie Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association and its Mexico affiliate, Via Organica. “Farmers have been sold the lie that they can increase yields and prevent crop failure from weeds by buying Monsanto’s and Dow’s GMO seeds and dousing them in toxic poisons, also manufactured and sold by Monsanto and Dow. But just as scientists predicted, these ‘miracle’ crops are evolving to resist the poisons thrown on them, causing the USDA and the EPA to approve increasingly toxic poisons to fight increasingly resistant weeds. Where does the escalation end?”
This is unbelievable:
Despite public outcry, Stephen Harper, Canada’s prime minister, ratified a controversial treaty on Friday that will allow China to sue Canada in secret tribunals to repeal Canadian laws that interfere with Chinese investments.
The treaty goes into effect on October 1 and will last for 31 years, until 2045. It allows China to challenge Canadian laws it deems harmful to Chinese assets, and only requires the lawsuit be made public once an award is issued by a tribunal. Treaty law expert Gus Van Harten warns this could be problematic. “This means that the federal government could settle the lawsuit, including by varying its conduct in a way that many Canadians would oppose, or by paying out public money before an award is issued, and we would never know,” he told the Vancouver Observer. The treaty makes no limits on the damages that can be awarded.
The treaty also overrides treaty obligations Canada has with its First Nations regarding resources and commercial management. Paired with the terms allowing Chinese entities to buy anything they wish without foreign investment review, China will have access to and potentially be able to gain control of Canadian resources—including resources on First Nations’ lands, which Canada does not own.
Stephen Harper just wrecked Canada.
Feeling lucky and grateful right now as I think of the billions of people around the world who are suffering tonight.
Take 2:40 minutes out of your day to watch this regarding why the Arctic — the “Soul of the Earth” — should be made a sanctuary:
What Earth would look like without clouds (beautiful either way, imho):
BRAVO! Finally a country — a country, imagine that — with guts:
Bolivia cancels its visa agreement with Israel to protest the military operation in Gaza, and declares Israel a “terrorist state,” AFP reports. The agreement has permitted Israel to visit Bolivia freely since 1972. “The attack on Gaza shows that Israel has no respect for life, or the principles of harmony and coexistence that guide the international community.” Bolivia canceled its diplomatic ties with Israel in 2009, during Operation Cast Lead. (Haaretz)
Now if maybe one or two politicians — maybe, just maybe? — in the United States will grow a pair…