From Ben Hirschler and Kate Kelland, on Reuters:
(Reuters) – In a study that prompted criticism from other experts, French scientists said on Wednesday that rats fed on Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) corn or exposed to its top-selling weedkiller suffered tumors and multiple organ damage.
Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen and colleagues said ra]ts fed on a diet containing NK603 – a seed variety made tolerant to dousings of Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller – or given water with Roundup at levels permitted in the United States, died earlier than those on a standard diet. Continue reading
From Jane Black:
“The slogan “Think Different” has become a mantra for a generation of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. So when high-tech-millionaire-turned-restaurateur Kimbal Musk envisioned a network of Learning Gardens for public schools, he didn’t settle for the usual framed, raised beds.
Instead, he thought of swooping, curved planters made of food-grade plastic, each with an irrigation system tucked away inside: a “product” that could be replicated quickly, at relatively affordable prices.
Product is not a word usually associated with organic temples of experiential learning. But like chef-restaurateur Alice Waters, who launched the American school-garden craze 15 years ago in Berkeley, Calif., Musk, 39, says such gardens are essential to reversing obesity, which now afflicts one in three American children. Continue reading
From “Lifestock – a call to farms”:
Shepherd Montana Jones with one of her Shropshire sheep
I’ve gone as far as I can go…well..even further than I imagined I’d ever need to.
A dozen years ago I began efforts to save a rare heritage breed of endearing fuzzy-faced sheep from extinction. The Shropshire.
I went from the earthly joys of shepherding…the satisfaction of long hours working with earth and animals, to the place I stand today. I stand to lose my farm. Simply for wishing to live quietly. Then for suggesting that our government re-examine their protocols involving agricultural biodiversity.
I went from from disbelief that a sheep in my flock had scrapie (which stands true to this day) to horror at what degree of harm a government agency (Canadian Food Inspection Agency—CFIA) can do with an incredible amount of money and a superfluous number of relatively incompetent employees. Over two and a half years ago, I was advised to roll over, let them kill my healthy sheep, take their money and move on. Other commercial sheep producers did…why shouldn’t I? Continue reading