Biotech giants sue Hawaiian island for passing legislation to restrict GMOs

Natural News
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Jonathan Benson, staff writer

(NaturalNews) The “big dogs” in chemical agriculture are on a witch hunt to reverse a bill passed by the Kauai County Council back in November that sets reasonable restrictions on the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on the Hawaiian island. According to the Huffington Post, an unholy trinity represented by DuPont, Syngenta and Agrigenetics Inc. (an affiliate of Dow AgroSciences) has filed a federal lawsuit arguing against Measure 2491, which is intended to set buffer zones between schools and fields sprayed with pesticide, for instance, and requires companies to disclose when and where they are spraying their poisonous concoctions, as well as report genetically modified crops. More…

Government failing the environment in TPP talks

Thursday, 16 January 2014, 11:53 am
Press Release: Green Party

Government failing the environment in TPP talks

The latest Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) leak proves the National Government is not committed to protecting our environment, the Green Party said today.

Secret details of the TPP have been leaked showing that New Zealand’s position is weak on environmental issues. More…

Labour pushes NZ trade interests in US

20 January 2014, 9:37 am
New Zealand Labour Party

Labour pushes NZ trade interests in US

Labour’s Trade and Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff, today concludes a week long visit to the United States.

“With TPP negotiations at critical point, the visit was an opportunity to be briefed on the state of those negotiations and to press New Zealand’s interests and concerns. “ Phil Goff said.

The visit included meetings at the Department of State, Defence, and the Office of US Trade Representative. He also held discussions at Congress and with New Zealand exporters, US businesses, and independent trade experts.

“Particularly valuable was an hour-long discussion with US TPP Chief Negotiator, Barbara Weisel, who I’ve worked with extensively in the past.

“New Zealand’s bottom lines in a TPP include removing obstacles to New Zealand trade in agriculture and other goods and services in key markets like Japan, Canada, the US, and Mexico. More…

The Hows and Whys of Gold Price Manipulation

Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler
January 19, 2014

The deregulation of the financial system during the Clinton and George W. Bush regimes had the predictable result: financial concentration and reckless behavior. A handful of banks grew so large that financial authorities declared them “too big to fail.” Removed from market discipline, the banks became wards of the government requiring massive creation of new money by the Federal Reserve in order to support through the policy of Quantitative Easing the prices of financial instruments on the banks’ balance sheets and in order to finance at low interest rates trillion dollar federal budget deficits associated with the long recession caused by the financial crisis. More…

Jane Kelsey: Leak shows trade deal may prove tricky

NZ Herald
5:30 AM Monday Jan 20, 2014

Ministers and officials have different ideas on what was agreed at Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in Singapore.

President Barack Obama is struggling to get support to fast-track negotiating authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Photo / AP

Trade ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) injected real momentum into the negotiations when they met in Singapore in late December. It seemed they might actually pull off a deal in the next few months. Trade Minister Tim Groser announced they would meet again in January and the officials would work tirelessly over summer to prepare. Continue reading Jane Kelsey: Leak shows trade deal may prove tricky

Which country eats the healthiest food?

17/01/2014 2:30:00 PM
Kimberly Gillan

When it comes to nutritional value and food availability, the Netherlands is the best performer in the world, according to poverty fighting organisation Oxfam International.

It looked at food consumption in 125 countries and ranked them in terms of food affordability, quality, availability as well as levels of diabetes and obesity. Continue reading Which country eats the healthiest food?

Rejected? Keep at it, say job gurus

NZ Herald
By Donna McIntyre
10:23 AM Saturday Jan 18, 2014

Being turned down for a job is never pleasant. And if it happens more than once, as it often does in the job hunting process, people understandably feel dispirited.

Jane Kennelly at Frog Recruitment says coping with not getting the job offer can be broken down into three parts: getting over the rejection, analysis of your application and moving forward with your job search.

The first step starts in sharing the frustration, disappointment or anger with a friend or family member in a confidential setting. Continue reading Rejected? Keep at it, say job gurus

New Zealand boy dies after battle with brain cancer: Wi-Fi and wirelessly connected iPod likely culprits

Natural News
Thursday, January 16, 2014
By Zach C. Miller

NaturalNews) A 10-year-old New Zealand boy, Ethan Wyman, died recently after an 11-month long battle with brain cancer. He attended Te Horo junior school along the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand. His death prompted his parents to petition the school that Ethan attended to disable their Wi-Fi system because of their suspicion that Wi-Fi is to blame for Ethan’s death.

Damon Wyman, Ethan’s father, said that his son was diagnosed with two brain tumors three months after the boy was given an iPod equipped with Wi-Fi. The parents later found out that Ethan had been sleeping with the device under his pillow. At the diagnosis, doctors estimated the tumors to be the approximate age of the length of time that Ethan had his iPod. Continue reading New Zealand boy dies after battle with brain cancer: Wi-Fi and wirelessly connected iPod likely culprits

A freedom to exist both ecological and economical