Glyphosate: links in a lot of nasty chains

Once glyphosate is gone from the agricultural landscape (as it must) it is unlikely to be replaced, and a lot of deep changes will have to happen - hopefully for the better.

After 30 years of systematically attempting to dominate the world’s food supply through deceit and tyranny Monsanto, in late 2018, scurried under the skirts of Bayer Crop Science Division. Though it may no longer exist legally its 4000+ lawsuits against RoundUp still do. Although court judgements against Monsanto were once unheard of the August/18 verdict of $78M damages seems to be a signal that that’s about to change.

Monsanto has always been a heavyweight in the game of nasty chemicals, as Bayer still is. It discovered and patented the compound glyphosate, a chemical which causes metabolic disruption in plants, killing them essentially through systemic malnutrition. Because the same metabolic pathway isn’t present in animals glyphosate was eventually cleared by the US EPA to be marketed as a herbicide. Monsanto’s brand-name is Roundup but these days it is sold under licence under various names.

Later, when Monsanto’s gene-scientists learned how to impart glyphosate resistance into plant DNA the RoundUp Ready story was born. The glyphosate-GMO combo went to market in 1996 as a whole new way to further intensify intensive farming. It allowed for bigger acreages with less work and bigger crops: it changed the face of big-scale farming but not for the better. Farmers loved it and Monsanto made dizzying profits. But within a few years cracks began to appear; super-weeds, nutrition, kidney dysfunction ... cancer! Deceit, fake science, intimidation and corruption were used to hide these unwanted side-effects. These issues are set out in an early documentary, see ...The World According to Monsanto (2007).

Those early concerns described in that documentary have since then only magnified, with mounting alarm about the long-term health and environmental issues. ... GLYPHOSATE is presently in the process of being banned in country after country. ... More significantly the GMOs associated with it must also go. At last, it looks like an end for this harmful product is in sight, but ... its unhealthy legacy will likely persist for generations to come, and in some aspect the damage done to the earth's genosphere has been done forever. Part of the legacy that remains with us is a GMO industry that is bent on justifying its own unnecessary existence, by any means possible. At least while there remains that alluring possibility of controlling the world's major seed supplies . (see ... Food Evolution, 2017).

Where to Now From Here

We could look back at the world before Monsanto and try to imagine it now as if their products had never occurred. But industrial-style farming was never sustainable: it always was a major cause of atmospheric change, of massive fertility deficits, of serious biodiversity losses. So instead, we should look back even further, to a time before WWI and WWII decimated rural populations, in order for a real glimpse at sustainable farming and the way food needs to be grown for optimal health.

Those chemical-based technologies that replaced manpower shortages have colonised the farming industry, displacing the accumulated wisdom of traditional land-use experience. But that was only for European cultures. In other parts of the world, amongst traditional peasant cultures, much of land-use wisdom has persisted though under severe threat from enterprise agriculture.

The agrichemical industry is never going to accept that its chemical/GMO tricks against Nature always wear off - evolution always wins. Roundup has lost on the medical front, and has been losing on the farming front for a while, to more toxic (and expensive) 'solutions'. There is a host of them, all headed for a similar failure. The only long-term sustainable solution is in the re-peasantisation of farming, a re-populating of the rural landscape with smaller family farms. That seems a long way off, just for now.

The biotech industry's bid for global domination of the world’s food supply is faltering and a down scaling of farming is inevitable, if not imminent. Already farmers across America are facing a mortgage crisis. Industrial farming sows the seed of its own destruction, with potentially a food system collapse, and massive social and economic disruption.


New Evidence that Glyphosate is a Probable Carcinogen:

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Election campaign – help stop National’s healthcare cuts this election

ActionStation (NZ) has started an election campaign to save our public healthcare system from National’s  plan to slash funding for public health, putting good health and peace of mind out of reach for hundreds of thousands of people.

Each cut the Government makes to our health budget represents a person who might not receive a hip operation, cancer screening, counseling service, or a hospital bed that can’t be funded.

The worst part? The Government could afford to fund healthcare properly. They choose not to. [1] Some speculate that this is how the National Government plan to pay for vote-bribing tax cuts next (Election) year. [2] We’re looking for people around New Zealand to help us pull it off.

Here’s what they’re going to do:

We’re going to build a community-led movement so powerful that whoever wants to win our vote in 2017 has to commit to at least $200 million in additional funding in our annual Health Budget. Two hundred million is the minimum amount we need to bring health care funding in line with inflation, population growth and an ageing population. It is a massive ask, and will take a serious re-prioritising in Government spending, but we believe if our movement can build grassroots popular community support for this, we can make health funding one of the key Election issues in 2017.

But we have to start now:

We’ve set up 20 local campaigns – one for each DHB in New Zealand – in the different regions. All 20 campaigns have petitions focused on pressuring local MPs to step up to invest in our health system. Five of these campaigns already have teams of people or individuals committed to making sure they gather community support. We’re now looking for people to step up and get to work for our public health system in the following areas:

  • Waitemata
  • Counties Manukau
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • South Canterbury
  • West Coast
  • Wairarapa
  • Hutt
  • Waikato
  • Nelson-Marlborough
  • Rotorua
  • Whanganui
  • Otago
  • Taranaki
  • Canterbury

Ready to help save our public health system from under-funding?

Here’s what’s involved:
  • Second – if the fit is good, we’ll sign you up as a local leader of the campaign, send you a handy guide and give you a call to ensure you have all the information you need to start collecting signatures in your community. We’ll provide online and over the phone training in the key tactics for winning campaigns, like writing emails that inspire people to join your campaign, and getting media coverage for your effort.

  • Finally – we’ll support you to organise a petition delivery to your local MP – and help you get media coverage too.

This combination of community-led campaigning and widespread media coverage will ensure that health is a key election issue in 2017.

In order for this to work, we need ActionStation members in every corner of the country signing up to drive local campaign action. We’re looking for both leaders and people who can be part of a team, who will work with ActionStation staff to collect signatures online and in the community, and organise a petition delivery to your local MP. The best part? You’ll be supported every step of the way.

You don’t need expert skills to apply, just commitment to the cause, determination, and at least one hour a week to give to this. Apply here to help lead your local campaign today for health care … ActionStation campaigners will be just one email away.

This is a long-term strategy, and we can’t pull it off without your help, but I reckon together we can help lay the foundations for a strong and secure future where all New Zealanders can receive the quality healthcare they need.

PS. If you don’t want to be a petition leader, you can still find and sign your local petition by clicking here. Simply type in your address or region to be directed to your nearest campaign!

References:

  1.  ‘Funding New Zealand’s public healthcare system: time for an honest appraisal and public debate’, New Zealand Medical Journal (pay-walled)
  2. John Key hints he’ll fight election $3 billion package tax cuts (NZ Herald, 16 May 2016).

Another Big-Screen Movie Just Released Investigates Vaccines For Autism Implications

Hot on the heels of the CDC-whistleblower and vaccine-fraud-documentary VAXXED, a new feature length film – Man Made Epidemic – made its debut in London (UK) at the Curzon Cinema in Soho on Thursday, June 16, 2016!

Congratulations and thanks to filmmaker Natalie Beers, and other production crew members for taking on such an overwhelming project, and for having the fortitude to work on a much-needed investigation of vaccines, vaccinations and environmental issues relative to ever-increasing autism rates, particularly in the USA.

Man Made Epidemic” was earlier this month pulled from London’s East End Festival. That festival director decided to withdraw when another documentary VAXXED, which also dealt with vaccine safety, had earlier bowed to outside pressure and was pulled  from the Tribeca Film Festival.

Earlier, the movie VAXXED, which documents that embarrassing, conniving and fraudulent vaccine science story about how the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) attempted to destroy compelling evidence that the MMR vaccine caused autism in young black boys – only weeks before had failed to make its debut screening at the Film Festival due to intense industry pressure.


When you see (below) Dr Hilleman’s* nonchalant disclosure from the film, plus how cavalierly colleagues treated the information, you will realise why you really have to question vaccine ingredients …

* Dr Maurice Hilleman, MD, the head vaccine maker at Merck & Company for years.

Read: Why Doctors Don’t Vaccinate Their Children

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