Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists.

Insects are an integral part of life on Earth as both pollinators and prey for other wildlife and it was known that some species such as butterflies were declining. But the newly revealed scale of the losses to all insects has prompted warnings that the world is “on course for ecological Armageddon”, with profound impacts on human society.

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10 Shocking Facts about the Health Dangers of Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is convenient but many have raised doubts concerning the safety of unseen forces that permeate everything around us. Since the introduction of Wi-Fi in 1997, researchers have performed dozens of studies to explore the subject. The results are clear and shocking — Wifi can negatively affect overall health and brain health, especially in children.

Perhaps most shocking is that this information is not new or even that controversial. In fact, in 2008 the well-renowned publication Scientific American ran a piece called “Mind Control by Cell Phone” which explained the danger Wi-Fi has on the human brain. [1] Let’s further explore the potential dangers of Wi-Fi with these 10 facts.

Read more: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/10-shocking-facts-health-dangers-wifi/

Organic food processing: a framework for concept, starting definitions and evaluation

Abstract
In 2007 EU Regulation (EC) 834/2007 introduced principles and criteria for organic food processing. These regulations have been analysed and discussed in several scientific publications and research project reports. Recently, organic food quality was described by principles, aspects and criteria. These principles from organic agriculture were verified and adapted for organic food processing. Different levels for evaluation were suggested. In another document, underlying paradigms and consumer perception of organic food were reviewed against functional food, resulting in identifying integral product identity as the underlying paradigm and a holistic quality view connected to naturalness as consumers’ perception of organic food quality. In a European study, the quality concept was applied to the organic food chain, resulting in a problem, namely that clear principles and related criteria were missing to evaluate processing methods. Therefore the goal of this paper is to describe and discuss the topic of organic food processing to make it operational. A conceptual background for organic food processing is given by verifying the underlying paradigms and principles of organic farming and organic food as well as on organic processing. The
proposed definition connects organic processing to related systems such asminimal, sustainable and careful, gentle processing, and describes clear principles and related criteria. Based on food examples, such as milk with different heat treatments, the concept and definitions were verified. Organic processing can be defined by clear paradigms and principles and evaluated according criteria from a multidimensional approach. Further work has to be done on developing indicators and parameters for assessment of organic food quality.

Read More: http://icppc.pl/pliki/2016/Kahl_et_al_2014_organic_food_processing.pdf

Why are Bill Gates and Monsanto Funding A “Doomsday” Seed Vault?

...The Svalbard Global Seed Vault has been in service for over six years, but the public remains mystified by the project. Buried under the permafrost of Norway, the vault is now home to over 500,000 samples of crop germplasms. Originally conceived in the 1980s as a 100-year experiment to test the durability of seeds in cold environments, the project struggled to find donors—that is, until an eyebrow-raising team of behemoths–including the Bill Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Monsanto, and Syngenta–decided to invest. And they invested big: the Bill Gates Foundation alone has poured in $30 million. ...

Read More: http://theantimedia.org/why-are-bill-gates-and-monsanto-funding-a-doomsday-seed-vault/

No.4 Letter From Poland

First Organic Agriculture Congress, Istanbul

Good morning!

I am going to take you away from Poland this morning; to consider the proceedings of the First Organic Agriculture Congress of Turkey, held in Istanbul last month. An event which we were invited to participate in.

Around 300 delegates gathered at a venue on the edge of the Bosphorus sea, surrounded by the sprawling metropolis of Istanbul.

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Monsanto in Epic Fail with attempted attack on Global Glyphosate Study

Monsanto’s Mr. Partridge continued by telling the Guardian; “All the research to date has demonstrated that there is no link between glyphosate and cancer.” Does this not seem to be a bit off topic Mr. Partridge? There is no suggestion in the short-term studies, which he was being asked about, that glyphosate is linked to cancer.

Source: https://gmwatch.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29cbc7e6c21e0a8fd2a82aeb8&id=d8b0a7c3f0&e=65cc31760e

Venezuela Bans GMOs And Prohibits Seed Patenting

‘The country recently approved a law that will ban the production, distribution, and importation of GM seeds. To protect heirloom seeds and organic farmers, the country of Venezuela, through its National Assembly, recently approved a law that will ban the production, distribution, and importation of GM seeds.

http://www.naturalblaze.com/2015/12/venezuela-bans-gmos-and-prohibits-seed-patenting.html

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Philippines Supreme Court ban on GMOs a “major setback” for the GM industry

The Supreme Court of the Philippines has ordered a permanent ban on field trials of GM eggplant and a temporary halt on approving applications for the “contained use, import, commercialisation and propagation” of GM crops, including the import of GM products. The court ruled in favour of Greenpeace Southeast Asia and fellow campaigners in a major victory for Filipino farmers and activists. Virginia Benosa-Llorin, Ecological Agriculture Campaigner for Greenpeace Philippines, called the ruling “a major setback for the GE industry”. It will affect GM golden rice, which is currently back at the R&D stage after proving a disappointment in field trials.

http://www.gmwatch.org/news/news-reviews/16597-review-362

Cancer deaths double in Argentina's GMO and intensive cropping areas

Cancer deaths double in Argentina's GMO and intensive cropping areas (6th July 2014) A report by the Ministry of Health in Córdoba, Argentina reveals that deaths from cancerous tumours are double the national average in areas where genetically engineered crops are grown and agro-chemicals are used.

http://www.gmeducation.org/environment/p217794-cancer-deaths-double-in-argentina-s-gmo-and-intensive-cropping-areas.html

GMO Grass: Coming to a Lawn Near You?

‘Monsanto and Scotts have begun testing the first genetically engineered (GE) grass, intended for both consumer and commercial use.

Scotts Roundup-Ready Kentucky Bluegrass, genetically engineered to withstand massive amounts of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, is unregulated, will not be labeled “GMO” (genetically modified organisms), and because of the ease with which grass spreads, could in short order contaminate lawns, parks, golf courses and pastures everywhere.

source: http://www.davidicke.com/headlines/gmo-grass-coming-to-a-lawn-near-you/

Update Poland - Poland, Politicians and GMO

GM-monster

Hello all!

We have been engaged in further attempts to raise public awareness of the renewed threat to Poland's GMO feed and seed bans, represented by the current government's process of capitulation to corporate and EU pro GMO pressures.

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SCIENTISTS FOR A GMO FREE EUROPE

An international coalition of independent scientists will present comprehensive Scientific evidence for a Europe-wide and worldwide ban on the release of GM crops. See http://www.icppc.pl/sciagnij/poster.pdf

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European Parliament Proposals for Tighter GM Regulations Progress of Regress?

On 5 July 2011, the European parliament backed plans to let member states choose whether or not to ban the cultivation of GM crops on their territory. A decision which has been widely greeted as a victory for ant-GMO NGO's. However, a more careful assessment throws doubt on the validity of this reaction, and it is our view that an opportunity was missed to to call for a complete prohibition of all GM crops.

The EU parliament proposals show improvements on the EU Commission's original proposals which excluded both environmental and health concerns from its list of what would be deemed legally acceptable criteria for a member state to block the import of GM crops. Under the European Parliament's latest proposal, environmental considerations are now included, however 'health' is still not on the agenda. There also appears to be a tightening of financial liability on the perpetrator of any cross contamination with organic or non GM crops under the EU parliament proposals.

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GMO Act: Polish parliament debate

Dear Friends,

Thanks to your superb support, which, in combination with Polish efforts, led to more than 40 parliamentarians raising critical questions about the planned new GMO Act during the parliamentary reading and debate on 16th December. This was enough to force the debate to be prolonged into February 2010. At that point it will have to go through both the agricultural and environment committees, both of which will have to ratify the act for it to become law.

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‘Best Anti GMO Poster’ competition

Dear Friends, Here’s the winner of ICPPC’s ‘ Best Anti GMO Poster’ competition launched in Poland around 2 months ago. It surely IS a winner!

So congratulations to Grupa Artystyczna Zawleczka www.zawleczka.com.pl for coming up with a design which will be instantly recognisable anywhere in the world.

!!!!Why not spread it around as far and wide as possible, over the internet, as a poster, flyer or however you feel inclined to use it. But please add a note: "The winner of ICPPC's 'Best Anti GMO Poster' competition launched in Poland www.gmo.icppc.pl ; The author: Grupa Artystyczna Zawleczka www.zawleczka.com.pl"

We urgently need to make others aware that by using or accepting GMO we are putting our heads - and the heads of future generations - in a noose.

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