Category Archives: Middle East and Aisa

Taiwan Bans GMOs in School Meals Due to Health Risks

Source: Natural Society
Date: 15 December 2015
Author: Mike Barrett

The government in Taiwan recently passed legislation that would effectively prohibit any food containing genetically modified ingredients from being served to children in school meals. [1]

The decision was made primarily due to potential health and environmental hazards revolving around genetically modified foods, as stated by Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lin Shu-fen, one of the amendments’ sponsors.

Taiwan imports nearly 2.3 million tons of soybeans each year, with 90% being genetically engineered. Though the GM crop is primarily used as animal feed in Taiwan, if the soybeans were used in meals for schoolchildren, Shu-fen and others fear that it would have a negative impact on both physical and psychological health. Continue reading Taiwan Bans GMOs in School Meals Due to Health Risks

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GM eggplants send Bangladesh farmers into poverty as they fail for second year in a row

Source: Natural News
Date: 14 October 2015
Author: Jennifer Lea Reynolds

(NaturalNews) While many people tout the benefits of GM foods (those who profit at the expense of others’ health, of course), a majority of individuals are not staying quiet about the fact that such biotechnology methods are quickly destroying their livelihood.

Among those who are standing up for their right to plant, sell and enjoy thriving crops are farmers in Bangladesh, who are making their views known about the grave situation in which GM Bt brinjal — the first genetically modified food crop in Bangladesh — is jeopardizing their eggplant production. The plants are either not producing anywhere near the quantity of previous years or are actually dying out within one month of being planted; many farmers have said that upwards of 200 of their 500 saplings died in that short time. This marks the second consecutive year of such failings.(1,2)

“We’ve removed most of the plants after those had died about 15 days ago,” said Lovely Begum, the wife of a farmer in the country. “The officers (BARI officials) told us to do so to prevent the spread of the disease. Despite that the rest of the plants are dying out in numbers every day.”(1)

“It’s not us, it’s you” mentality exists among GM sapling distributor

BARI stands for the “Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute,” which is responsible for distributing the GM saplings to to farmers. BARI is quick to point the fingers at the eggplant farmers, suggesting that their plants are dying out not because of possible issues with the GM saplings but because of bacterial problems linked to improper irrigation and soil type. However, farmers aren’t falling for the ludicrous blame game. Continue reading GM eggplants send Bangladesh farmers into poverty as they fail for second year in a row

Malaysia will not sign TPPA in Hawaii

Source: Malaysia Gazette
Date: 29 July 2015
Author: Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia will not sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) at the ministerial meeting in Hawaii from July 28-31, says Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Mustapa, who heads the Malaysian negotiating team comprising experts from over 20 ministries and agencies, said: “The signing of the TPPA will not happen in Hawaii.”

In a statement today, he said, like Malaysia, each TPPA member will need to go through its own domestic process before a final decision to sign and ratify the pact was made.

“As the minister in charge of the TPPA talks, it is my responsibility to ensure that our constitution, sovereignty and core policies of the nation, including the interests of the Bumiputera community, are safeguarded and upheld.

“Our objective at this meeting is to ensure that Malaysia’s interests and concerns are addressed,” he said.

He said after five years, the TPPA negotiations are nearing conclusion and at this stage countries need to make hard decisions. Continue reading Malaysia will not sign TPPA in Hawaii

Chernobyl has killed one million people; will Fukushima kill five million?

Source:Natural News
Date: 22 July 2015
Author: David Gutierrez, staff writer

(NaturalNews) The example of Chernobyl suggests that the death toll from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan may eventually top one million, writes Robert Hunziker on CounterPunch.org.

In March 2011, a major earthquake and tsunami caused meltdowns at three separate reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, including four separate hydrogen explosions. The cores from all three reactors burrowed through the floors of their containment vessels, and their locations remain unknown – but they continue to pour off so much radiation that entering the area would be instantly lethal.

More than four years later, tens of thousands of area residents remain in temporary housing, unable to return to their homes in the radioactive exclusion zone. Even in areas that have reopened, however, some residents have refused to return, questioning the government line that those towns are once again safe.

More than five million could die

The only other comparable nuclear accident in history was the 1986 meltdown of the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine. Scientists estimate that over the ensuing 30 years, more than one million people have died as a direct result of fallout from the disaster. Since approximately seven million people were exposed to radiation from the disaster, that makes a death rate of about one in seven (14 percent).

In addition to those exposed directly to the fallout, another 25,000 workers were killed due to exposure during the efforts to contain the radiation. Twenty percent of these were suicides due to radiation sickness. Continue reading Chernobyl has killed one million people; will Fukushima kill five million?

Israeli Home Device Turns Trash Into Biogas Fuel

Source: No Camels
Date: 15 June 2015
Author: Maya Yarowsky

The Western world may have grown accustomed to microwave ovens and electric burners, but the majority of developing populations still cook their food and heat their homes over an open fire. While that may seem like a more “pastoral” and healthy way to live, the World Health Organization reports that up to four million people die from the direct and indirect effects of cooking with solid fuels, like wood, charcoal and coal.

This staggering statistic hadn’t come to the attention of the Israeli inventors of the HomeBioGas system, until the information was pointed out to them by none other than United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. During a visit with Israeli President Reuben Rivlin last year, Ban expressed the global need for a sustainable and safe solution to this dire issue, naming Israel’s HomeBioGas’s bio-digester as a very viable answer. Continue reading Israeli Home Device Turns Trash Into Biogas Fuel

Indonesia Ban use of the US Dollar

Source:RT
Date: 2 July 2015
Author: Unknown

The Central Bank of Indonesia has put into force a complete ban on the use of the US dollar and other foreign currencies in all financial transactions in the country to stop the rupiah free fall.

The ban, effective from July 1, 2015, was first announced by the head of Bank Indonesia Eco Yulianto in April. Continue reading Indonesia Ban use of the US Dollar

Asphalt melting: India heat wave kills over 1,400 people

Source:RT
Date: 28 May 2015
Language: English

Sheep cross a parched area of a dried-up pond on a hot summer day on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, May 27, 2015.

With roads melting right before your eyes, the heat has become lethal in India, killing at least 1,412 people in May. After temperatures reached new benchmarks, rising to 47C, doctors were forced to postpone vacations to cope with sufferers.

India’s two southern states, Andhra Pradesh and nearby Telangana, are the worst affected areas. The heat has raged for over a week and the death toll there is said to be more than double the toll from last year’s heat wave. In Andhra Pradesh alone, it has reached 1,020, officials said, according to the Hindustan Times.

The two states have so far recorded over 800 heat-induced deaths, the Indian Express reported. Local authorities have advised people to stay indoors between 11am and 4pm, to avoid heat stroke. On Tuesday, temperatures were reportedly at their peak in some Telangana districts: Warangal (46 degrees Celsius), Karimnagar (45 degrees Celsius) and Nizamabad (44 degrees Celsius), according to the Indian Express. Continue reading Asphalt melting: India heat wave kills over 1,400 people

Corporate Gods: “Obama, remember why we hired you; ram the TPP through”

Infowars
by Jon Rappoport
May 15, 2015

Obama is under the gun

“Current TPP negotiation member states are the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei. The TPP is the largest economic treaty in history, including countries that represent more than 40 per cent of the world´s GDP.” (Wikileaks)

“Since 1945, no American President has escaped vetting by elite Globalists. Partisan politics plays no role in this process. The one overriding issue of every Presidency has been: make sure Globalist legislation and treaties pass through to completion. Do not obstruct them. A little crooked President named Nixon got it in his head to erect anti-Globalist tariffs. He found himself on the floor looking up, with Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller’s man, staring down at him, assuring him his days in the White House were over.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport) Continue reading Corporate Gods: “Obama, remember why we hired you; ram the TPP through”

Thousands of Farmers in India Rise up Against Monsanto

Infowars
4 May 2015
Christina Sarich

“The government is exhibiting its pro-industry stance by pushing for unneeded, unwanted and unsafe GMOs in our farming”

Some have said that India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, arrived at the nation’s pro-GMO position with the help of generous campaign funding from a GMO lobby, but that hasn’t stopped thousands of Indian farmers from demonstrating against Monsanto and their biotech cronies in a massive grassroots movement that shuns anti-farmer practices and genetically modified crop farming.
Continue reading Thousands of Farmers in India Rise up Against Monsanto