SchwartzReport: Top 12 Ecologicially Sustainable Countries

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Because we are controlled by carbon interests we rank 33rd on the Environmental Performance Index. Other countries not as encumbered have already begun to move to sustainability. In the coming decades they are going to prosper, we are going to suffer increasing decline until we change our social policies to reflect well as the first priority.

12 Ecologically Sustainable Countries and Why They Should Be Admired
JODIE GUMMOW

LIST ONLY:

1. Iceland   .   2. Switzerland   .   3. Costa Rica   .   4. Sweden   .   5. Luxembourg   .   6. Germany   .   7. Cuba   .   8. Colombia   .   9. Singapore   .   10. France   .   11. Norway   .   12. Finland

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Sep 1

SchwartzReport: New GMO Approvals = 7X Pesticide Increase

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Here is more on agricultural toxins. It never fails to amaze me that what seems so obvious: plants mutate and so do the bugs that attack them is not, in fact obvious. The siren call of more profit seems to trump all other considerations. Only citizen pushback is going to stop this trend.

New Wave of GMO Crops Poised for Approval Despite Public Outcry
LEAH ZERBE – Nation of Change

Despite its own admission that it will cause an up to seven-fold increase in chemical pesticide use, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is poised to approve a new type of genetically engineered seed built to resist one of the most toxic weedkillers on the market.

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Aug 13

SchwartzReport: First USG Push-Back on Monsanto — Banned from Wildlife Refuges

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Here is some very good news. The Fish and Wildlife Service has announced “uses of neonicotinoid pesticides on wildlife refuges… will stop… along with GMO crops, at farming projects by 2016.”

Feds to Phase Out GMO Farms and Neonicotinoid Pesticides at Wildlife Refuges
MIKE LUDWIG – Truthout

After facing a series of legal challenges from environmental groups, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service will phase out the use of genetically modified (GMO) crops and controversial neonicotinoid pesticides at farming projects on national wildlife refuges.

National Wildlife Refuge System chief James Kurth has directed the agency to stop using GMO crops and neonicontinoids on refuge farms by January 2016, according to a July 17 memo obtained by activists last week. The Fish and Wildlife Service is the first federal agency to restrict the use of GMOs and neonicotinoids in farming practices.

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Aug 12

SchwartzReport: Monsanto “Owns” USDA

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

It is my view that there exist profoundly immoral and malevolent — the formal definition of evil — corporations. Their corporate vision creates profit by doing something that reduces wellness. Halliburton is one, Monsanto is another. One of the skills these corporations focus on is maintaining high level government connections, and to get your executives in senior positions. So great is the corruption of our government as a result that, as this report de! scribes, the regulatory agencies created to oversee these corporations are tailored to the corporation’s wishes.

Monsanto Has Taken Over the USDA
DAVID SWANSON – Nation of Change

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been taken over by an outside organization. RootsAction has launched a campaign demanding a Congressional investigation.

The organization is called Monsanto.

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Aug 10

Graphic: How Much Water for Which Food?

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Aug 4

SchwartzReport: Top Agribusiness Companies Poisoning Clean Water with Unlimited Garbage and Pesticide Dumping

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

This is one of the central failures of American corporate vampire capitalism. Because it only considers profit as a priority, polluting the water of a nation and putting the full spectrum of life at risk is no big deal, and they want to be allowed to continue it.

Top Agribusiness Food Companies Dumping Waste in Our Waters
ELIZABETH RENTER – Natural Society/Nation of Change

Companies like Tyson Foods, Cargill, Inc., and Perdue Farms Inc. dump their garbage-more than 206 million pounds of it-into our water almost every year and leave others to worry about the clean-up. Now, as the Environmental Protection Agency considers a rule to restore the Clean Water Act, these companies are pulling out all the stops to maintain their freedom to dump and pollute, regardless of the toxic outcomes.

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Aug 3

Berto Jongman: Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists

Regulations on pesticides have failed to prevent poisoning of almost all habitats, international team of scientists concludes

The world’s most widely used insecticides have contaminated the environment across the planet so pervasively that global food production is at risk, according to a comprehensive scientific assessment of the chemicals’ impacts.

The researchers compare their impact with that reported in Silent Spring, the landmark 1962 book by Rachel Carson that revealed the decimation of birds and insects by the blanket use of DDT and other pesticides and led to the modern environmental movement.

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Jun 26

Berto Jongman: US Child Labor Common in Tobacco Industry – Growing Marijuana Instead Would Be Good for Children

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

US tobacco child labour criticised in report

Children have been farming US tobacco fields for generations. But a new report from Human Rights Watch says the practice is dangerous and in need of reform.

It may be later than usual because of the harsh winter, but just as they have done for generations, people are planting tobacco across the vast coastal plains of North Carolina.

The crop put this state on the economic map, but methods used to farm tobacco here have now drawn the gaze of an international human rights group.

“Usually we would wake up around four or five in the morning and get to the farm around six,” says Fernando Rodriguez.

“I would spend the whole day going up and down the rows of tobacco, topping the plants, cutting the flowers, collecting the leaf and all.”

Fernando is 13 years old.

Read full article.

Phi Beta Iota:  When — not if — marijuana replaces tobacco as the priimary cash crop of the South, this will bode well for children as well as human health.

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Marijuana @ Phi Beta Iota

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May 18

SchwartzReport: Genocide of the Bees by Pesticide

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

I think the evidence is now in, and it seems quite clear, as this story describes. The toxins produced by companies like Monsanto and Dow are literally putting the world’s food supply at risk. It is going to be very interesting to watch how the Obama Administration reacts. He has proven to be so disappointing in so many ways, but this is a clear and urgent da! nger. We are about to see whether Obama thinks profit for a few corporations is more important than the wellbeing of all humanity.

More Evidence Suggests Honeybees Are Dying en Masse Because of Pesticides
DANIELLE WIENER-BRONNER – The Wire

Honeybees exposed to a certain class of insecticide are more likely to die from Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the name given to whatever is causing a mass decline in the bee population over the past six years, according to a new study.

See Also:

Bees @ Phi Beta Iota

The Collapse of the Bees… And How To Save Them -Two new reports—one alarming and the focused on solutions—take focus on the deep crisis facing the world’s best, but most threatened, pollinators

 

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May 11

Yoda: Food Start-Ups Go After True Cost Reductions — Huge, Huge, Huge…

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Right thing, doing finally.

The Next Startup Craze: Food 2.0

Silicon Valley investors and startups are trying to improve our food. Do they bring anything to the table?

EXTRACT:

Hampton Creek Foods and other startups have big dreams of restructuring the food supply so that it uses less land, water, energy, and other resources. In doing so, they are taking on corporate giants such as ConAgra, General Mills, and Kraft that spend billions on research and technology development.

Such ambitions have run up against considerable challenges in industries such as clean tech. But those involved in the new food binge might prefer a different example. Hampton Creek’s CEO, Josh Tetrick, wants to do to the $60 billion egg industry what Apple did to the CD business. “If we were starting from scratch, would we get eggs from birds crammed into cages so small they can’t flap their wings, shitting all over each other, eating antibiotic-laden soy and corn to get them to lay 283 eggs per year?” asks the strapping former West Virginia University linebacker. While an egg farm uses large amounts of water and burns 39 calories of energy for every calorie of food produced, Tetrick says he can make plant-based versions on a fraction of the water and only two calories of energy per calorie of food — free of cholesterol, saturated fat, allergens, avian flu, and cruelty to animals. For half the price of an egg.

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May 7