10 Years of Failure: New film documents struggle of farmers deceived by biotech industry

Natural News
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer

(NaturalNews) It has been 10 years since the Philippine government approved the country’s first genetically modified (GM) crops for commercial cultivation, and its farmers are now far worse off becauseo f it. In the new documentary film 10 Years of Failure, Farmers Deceived by GM Corn, the farmer advocacy group Farmer-Scientist Partnership for Development, or MASIPAG, reveals the plight of GM corn farmers in the Philippines who were hoodwinked by the biotechnology industry and are now suffering from massive debt, poor yields and even starvation as a result.

The 25-minute film, which is available for free viewing on YouTube, was released on so-called “World Food Day,” the day that Monsanto and Syngenta were given awards by the World Food Prize Foundation for their abominable transgenic creations. It tells a much different side of the GMO story, one you will probably never hear from the mainstream media or the bought-and-paid-for politicians that go around claiming that genetically engineered foods are the saviors of humanity. Continue reading 10 Years of Failure: New film documents struggle of farmers deceived by biotech industry

Russian drugs boss rules out marijuana legalization

Published time: February 25, 2014 12:20

The head of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service has called marijuana a dangerous gateway drug and said the authorities did not plan to legalize it, or to allow methadone treatment for heroin addicts.

Marijuana users have a 50 or 60 times higher risk of switching to heroin. There is one step from dope to heroin,” Viktor Ivanov said in an interview with the Interfax news agency. Quoting unnamed medical research he said that those who smoke marijuana for recreational purposes later suffer from depression,dissatisfaction with life and schizophrenia.

Ivanov completely ruled out the possibility of legalizing marijuana in Russia, saying that such a move would put people in danger if it were used by air traffic controllers, bus and taxi drivers and the like.“Today we live in the age of high technology, a lot of things are managed with the help of computer systems. Someone who works at a nuclear power plant can wreak real havoc after smoking marijuana,” the official added.

The top Russian drug enforcer also questioned the effectiveness of modern measures taken to help drug addicts, such as methadone and handing out clean syringes. He said that there was no reliable evidence that methadone therapy was effective, and some European countries were disappointed with such programs. “If we want to hand out syringes we should do it in places with addicts, to prevent the spreading of diseases. If there are no addicts why would we give syringes to the people? Who would approve of people handing out syringes near his own home?” Ivanov told the agency.

Previously the head of the Russian drug enforcement agency opposed the legalization of soft drugs, both in Russia and in other countries. In December last year Ivanov said that Uruguay’s moves towards marijuana legalization was a mistake.

Russia has strict drug laws with no distinction between soft and hard drugs and lengthy prison sentences for dealing and trafficking. At the same time, addiction to drugs is not criminalized and treatment of addicts is strictly voluntary.

About 8.5 million Russians use drugs and psychoactive substances according to a government report published in mid-2013. However, the Health Ministry puts the number of drug addicts registered at specialist dispensaries at about 600,000.

Study Claims “Global Warming” Will Cause More Rapes

Latest fear mongering pushed by “global warming” advocates

Kit Daniels
February 27, 2014

A recently released study claims that “global warming” will lead to more violent crimes, including rapes.

In 2008, the poster boy of the global warming agenda, Al Gore, declared that the Arctic's summer ice would have disappeared by now. Credit: Tktru / Wiki

In his study entitled “Crime, Weather and Climate Change,” Michael Ranson, a Senior Associate with Abt Associates, alleges that “global warming” will cause an additional 180,000 cases of rape and 22,000 murders by 2099.

Ranson also claims that “climate change” will lead to a further “1.2 million aggravated assaults, 2.3 million simple assaults, 260,000 robberies, 1.3 million burglaries, 2.2 million cases of larceny and 580,000 cases of vehicle theft in the United States.” Continue reading Study Claims “Global Warming” Will Cause More Rapes

Ban roll-your-own tobacco – expert

NZ Herald
1:30 PM Friday Feb 28, 2014
By Shawn McAvinue of the Otago Daily Times

In New Zealand, 38% of smokers roll their own cigarettes. Photo / Thinkstock

Roll-your-own tobacco is ”more dangerous” than factory-made cigarettes and should be banned, says Professor Richard Edwards, head of public health at the University of Otago’s Wellington campus.

Prof Edwards said roll-your-own tobacco was less natural and at least as harmful as factory-rolled tobacco and interventions were needed to encourage roll-your-own smokers to quit.

The interventions included mass media campaigns and pack warnings to correct misinterpretations that roll-your-own cigarettes were less hazardous and more natural. Continue reading Ban roll-your-own tobacco – expert

Greenpeace co-founder: No scientific evidence of man-made global warming

Daily Caller
8:46 PM 02/25/2014

here is no scientific evidence that human activity is causing the planet to warm, according to Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore, who testified in front of a Senate committee on Tuesday.

Moore argued that the current argument that the burning of fossil fuels is driving global warming over the past century lacks scientific evidence. He added that the Earth is in an unusually cold period and some warming would be a good thing.

“There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years,” according to Moore’s prepared testimony. “Today, we live in an unusually cold period in the history of life on earth and there is no reason to believe that a warmer climate would be anything but beneficial for humans and the majority of other species.” Continue reading Greenpeace co-founder: No scientific evidence of man-made global warming

Take Your Power Back – Can You Host A Screening Of The Documentary About Smart Meters?



Are you able to organize or get others to organize screenings of this documentary which most of you would agree, who have seen it is probably one of the very best films available? Take Back your Power http://www.takebackyourpower.net/

The film and associated material can be sent to you on loan.

It is very timely for residents of Australian and New Zealand as the power companies have started to roll out “smart meters”, which are a danger to health and privacy, not to mention completely unnecessary.
If you are able to assist,  please let us know.
Drop me a line at the ConTrail. Maybe I can put you in touch and help support your event;
or contact Richard Dunwell 03-225-7717 (Some of you might know him from the ConTrail) richard@missionsnet.org ;
or Katherine Smith from NZ Journal of Natural Medicine directly. Katherine Smith <katherine@naturalmedicine.org.nz>
A screening can be a simple…

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Monsanto’s Roundup may be linked to fatal kidney disease, new study suggests

Published time: February 27, 2014 01:20

A farmer tills a rice paddy field on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka (Reuters / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds)

A heretofore inexplicable fatal, chronic kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions around the globe may be linked to the use of biochemical giant Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide in areas with hard water, a new study has found.

The new study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Researchers suggest that Roundup, or glyphosate, becomes highly toxic to the kidney once mixed with “hard” water or metals like arsenic and cadmium that often exist naturally in the soil or are added via fertilizer. Hard water contains metals like calcium, magnesium, strontium, and iron, among others. On its own, glyphosate is toxic, but not detrimental enough to eradicate kidney tissue. Continue reading Monsanto’s Roundup may be linked to fatal kidney disease, new study suggests

Number of Kiwi kids in poverty jumps by 60,000

NZ Herald
By Simon Collins
1:17 PM Thursday Feb 27, 2014

The number of Kiwi kids in poverty jumped by 60,000 in the recent global recession – twice as much as previously reported.

Revised figures show that children in homes with under 60 per cent of the median income after housing costs, usually cited as New Zealand’s poverty line, leapt from 240,000 in 2007 to 300,000 in 2010, the highest since 2001.

The number has dropped back since then to 285,000, but this is still 20,000 more than the previously reported figure of 265,000.

The revisions, disclosed today, are mainly because the accommodation supplement was double-counted in all estimates of after-tax income reported by Statistics NZ, Treasury and the Social Development Ministry since 2009-10.

A joint statement by Treasury and Statistics NZ said the figures were produced jointly by the two agencies and “neither agency had an overview of the complete process to ensure the anomalies, once identified, were properly explained.” Continue reading Number of Kiwi kids in poverty jumps by 60,000

Is New Zealand really GE-free?

3 News
Wednesday 26 Feb 2014 7:01p.m
By Dan Parker

Is New Zealand really GE-free?

It’s a question food and wine producers in the Hawke’s Bay say the Government can’t answer honestly.

That’s because a number of field trials have and are taking place in New Zealand, and there is real concern those experiments could tarnish our export sector.

When they buy our produce overseas, consumers are sold a sort of picturesque growing environment.

Many Hawke’s Bay exporters have embraced that green, GE-free back story; they market it and use it to help get top dollar in a competitive marketplace.

JM Bostock Group president John Bostock describes how they can trace all the produce all the way back to the paddock that it was grown in. Continue reading Is New Zealand really GE-free?