Living Soil Saves Lives!

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A non-profit teaches a soil education program to combat the farmer suicide epidemic in rural India. By Tejal Heblekar, and edited by Eileen Mello A few kilometers from the Bay of Bengal in the Indian state of Orissa, rural farmers have gathered around a microscope to see what lies hidden in the ground. The Hummingbird… Read more »

Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide – Featuring the Darth Vader Chemical

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Duration: 1:05:42 It was “supposed” to be harmless to humans and animals — the perfect weed killer. Now a groundbreaking article (520kb PDF) just published in the journal Entropy points to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, and more specifically its active ingredient glyphosate, as devastating — possibly “the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic… Read more »

GM Crops and Water – A Recipe for Disaster

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A fully referenced and illustrated version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. Genetically modified foods are a threat to our dwindling water supplies; they are less water-efficient and contaminate fresh water by Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji Genetically Modified (GM) crops are widely recognised for their potential… Read more »

The Providential Principle

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Amazingly, the UK government has not defined the precautionary principle and appears to have no idea what it is. by George Monbiot Click for larger view Here’s something remarkable I stumbled across while researching my column on Monday, but did not have room to include. I hope you’ll agree that it is worth sharing. I… Read more »

New GM Nightmares with RNA

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Small double-stranded RNA (dsRNAs) that aim to interfere with specific gene expression are increasingly used to create GM crops; unfortunately they have many off-target effects and can also interfere with gene expression in all animals exposed to the crops. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho Genetic modification by RNA interference Most commercially grown genetically modified (GM) crops… Read more »

Tackling “Monoculture of the Mind”

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Billionaires forgo iron-rich crops in push for GM bananas in India Nature has given us a cornucopia of biodiversity rich in nutrients. Malnutrition and nutrient deficiency result from destroying biodiversity. The Green Revolution has spread monocultures of chemical rice and wheat, driving out biodiversity from our farms and diets. And what survived as spontaneous crops… Read more »

“Stunning” Difference of GM from non-GM Corn

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A comparison of US Midwest non-GM with GM corn shows shockingly high levels of glyphosate as well as formaldehyde, and severely depleted of mineral nutrients in the GM corn. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho The results of a comparison of GM and non-GM corn from adjacent Midwest fields in the US that first appeared on the… Read more »

Just Label It! Tell Congress to Support the New Federal GMO Labeling Bill – We Have a Right to Know

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In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA policy, we don’t have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in the foods we purchase and feed our families. But thanks to your tireless support, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) will… Read more »