Justice Begins with Seeds Conference 2014: Largest Food Sovereignty & Non-GMO Advocacy Gathering in the Nation (Sept. 12-13, 2014, Portland, Oregon)

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When: September 12 & 13 in Portland, Oregon — All Day Event Where: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 Join the largest gathering in the US focused on educational campaigns related to Genetically Engineered Organisms. GMOs are one of the most common ingredients of commercial and industrial food… Read more »

Seeds of Truth – Vandana Shiva Responds to The New Yorker

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Editor’s Note: The New Yorker carried an article in its 25 August 2014 issue “Seeds of Doubt” by journalist Michael Specter, dedicated ostensibly to Vandana Shiva and the anti-GMO campaign, but is in truth a none-too-subtle ploy to discredit both in the service of the biotech industry. Specter had already published a book in 2009,… Read more »

“This is the model we want to head towards: Localised collectives controlling our own resources, naturally, in harmony with the planet.” Russell Brand

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Russell Brand, a ‘controversial’ British comedian and Truth activist has been posting weekly YouTube videos, in a series called The Trews (True News) — “What the news would say if the news were true” — where he dissects weekly headline news and mainstream news outlets, with the aim to raise awareness about how ‘news’ is… Read more »

Crash on Demand – or Rapid Transition?

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The Arctic Death Spiral and the Methane Time Bomb (Duration: 1:11:11) Please watch before continuing with the article. Can we talk about transition, please? Regular readers will have noted the semi-recent flurry of conversations over ‘crashing’ the system (if not, see here, here, here, here and here) and possible pathways to transition (see here and… Read more »

Artificial Versus Natural Genetic Modification & Perils of GMOs

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The precision, complexity, and all-pervasiveness of natural genetic modification leave organisms and ecosystems particularly vulnerable to artificial genetic modification. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho Invited lecture at 1st Forum of Development and Environmental Safety, under the theme “Food Safety and Sustainable Agriculture 2014”, 25 – 26 July 2014, Beijing, China. A fully referenced version of this… Read more »

Rashtriya Guni Mission – Promoting Traditional Medicinal Systems (India)

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A mission to revive and promote traditional health care systems — Guni traditions — in India. Abstract Herbal medicine is the oldest form of healthcare known to mankind. Much of the medicinal use of plants developed through observations of wild animals, and by trial and error. As time went on, each tribe added the medicinal… Read more »

Green Winter at 63 Degrees North (Norway)

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Stephen Barstow with Angelica atropurpurea, a North American species. In a garden which can freeze solid down to the bedrock for three months a year, Stephen Barstow supplies himself with a wide selection of fresh vegetables throughout the year. Over 2000 edible plants are found in his unique garden. Many consider the Norwegian climate to… Read more »

Scientific Research Condemns Neonicotinoid Pesticides: What More Will It Take?

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Photo © Craig Mackintosh Last week, newly-published research (1) in the Nature journal links a type of pesticide whose use has been restricted in the EU to the decline of bird population in the Netherlands. The study, which focussed on a particular type of neonicotinoid, imidacloprid, found that where the chemical was present in a… Read more »