Source:Bloomberg Date: 3 September 2015 Author: Olivia Solon
Thirty-three meters under the streets of central London is an old World War II bomb shelter that’s been transformed into a hi-tech underground farm.
The long tunnels beneath Clapham are being filled with stacked layers of hydroponic beds – forming “vertical farms” – for growing salads and herbs that can be delivered to tables in the city within four hours of harvesting.
The growing system uses energy-efficient LEDs instead of sun, no pesticides, needs 70 percent less water than growing plants in open fields, and less energy than a greenhouse.
By training, I am a plant biologist. In the early 1990s I was busy making genetically modified plants (often called GMOs for Genetically Modified Organisms) as part of the research that led to my PhD. Into these plants we were putting DNA from various foreign organisms, such as viruses and bacteria.
I was not, at the outset, concerned about the possible effects of GM plants on human health or the environment. One reason for this lack of concern was that I was still a very young scientist, feeling my way in the complex world of biology and of scientific research. Another reason was that we hardly imagined that GMOs like ours would be grown or eaten. So far as I was concerned, all GMOs were for research purposes only.
Gradually, however, it became clear that certain companies thought differently. Some of my older colleagues shared their skepticism with me that commercial interests were running far ahead of scientific knowledge. I listened carefully and I didn’t disagree. Today, over twenty years later, GMO crops, especially soybeans, corn, papaya, canola and cotton, are commercially grown in numerous parts of the world. Continue reading Growing Doubt: a Scientist’s Experience of GMOs→
Source:Natural News Date: 3 September 2015 Author:Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) There’s only one presidential hopeful currently in the running who has been brave enough to speak out about the link between vaccines and autism, and that candidate is none other than business tycoon Donald Trump. In a 2012 interview with Fox News, Trump stated in no uncertain terms that he’s seen healthy children fall gravely ill after receiving vaccinations and that there’s no doubt in his mind that autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are directly linked to vaccines.
Source:Natural News Date: 1 September 2015 Author: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) A 33-year-old father from the U.K. is completely cancer-free, but not because of chemotherapy or radiation. David Hibbitt’s doctors diagnosed him with a “terminal” case of bowel cancer that they said would kill him within 18 months, but he successfully eliminated this cancer on his own by taking therapeutic doses of cannabis oil at a cost of about $75 per month.
Initially opting for chemotherapy, radiation and surgery — and watching this all fail — Hibbitt decided to take control of his own health by researching his condition online. When he came upon information outlining cannabis oil as a viable treatment alternative, he decided to give it a go with amazing results.
Researchers have found that in some biotech study cases meant to measure the safety of Round Up crops, the rat feed given to rats in both the control group AND the testing group was contaminated with the same GMOs and pesticides (and heavy metals). In other words, laboratory rodent feeds are highly contaminated with pesticides, toxic metals, PCBs, and GMOs.Continue reading Biotech Found to Use GM-Contaminated Rat Feed in Fraudulent Studies→
Source:Natural New Date: 2 September 2015 Author: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Following the release of his latest album The Monsanto Years, Neil Young has released a short film documentary entitled Seeding Fear that tells one man’s story of beating Monsanto at its own game. Michael White, a fourth-generation farmer from northeast Alabama, tells of how the agricultural giant sued his now-deceased father, threatened his family and ultimately attempted to wipe out the White’s seed-cleaning business — and failed.
“As far as we can tell, he’s the oldest man in the world to ever have been sued for saving seed since God created seed,” stated White about his late father, who was falsely accused of saving Monsanto’s patented, genetically-modified (GM), Roundup-ready soybeans.