SchwartzReport: US GMO Food is Mega-TOXIC

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schwartz reportThe Great Experiment: Genetically Modified Organisms, Scientific Integrity, and National Wellness
STEPHAN A. SCHWARTZ, Columnist – Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing

In September 2012, pictures of seriously tumorous rats (Figure 1) went viral across the Internet, setting off passionate and acrimonious exchanges between proponents and opponents of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Charges and countercharges flew like verbal grapeshot across the various levels of the digital world and scientific media as each side tried to spin what these photos meant.

‘GMOs may be creating an entire generation of cancer victims who have a frighteningly heightened risk of growing massive mammary gland tumors caused by the consumption of GM foods. We are witnessing what may turn out to be the worst and most costly blunder in the history of western science: the mass poisoning of billions of people with a toxic food crop that was never properly tested in the first place,” wrote Mike Adams, an award-winning journalist specializing in health issues, in Op-Ed News.1

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The evidence against GMO just keeps piling up. This new research was just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Common GMO Crops Approaching Inevitable Failure? Flawed Assumptions Behind Multi-Toxin Biotech Crops, Researchers Warn
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Apr 3

SchwartzReport: Respecting Climate Change, Fraudulent Geo-Engineering

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schwartz reportI take this to be very good news. Despite the well-financed disinformation campaign designed and paid for by carbon energy interests, and the craven failure of the U.S. Congress to address the issue, personal experience, and conversations with friends and neighbors appears to have overcome the miasma of false information to produce a growing national consensus that climate change, extreme weather, and sea rise are real.

Now if we can just elect replacements for the Congressional buffoons, perhaps something meaningful can finally be done to prepare us for what is coming.

Americans Back Preparation for Extreme Weather and Sea-Level Rise
Science Daily

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In my view geoengineering is a lot like Fracking. The companies who support and practice these technologies think they know what they are doing but, in fact, their understanding is simplistic and partial at best. As a result there are always unintended consequences that they did not anticipate or understand. In this case the result could be catastrophic.

Clive Hamilton professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra and the author of Earthmasters: The dawn of the age of climate engineering, just published by Yale University Press.

Why Geoengineering Has Immediate Appeal to China
CLIVE HAMILTON , Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University – The Guardian (U.K.)

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Mar 30

SchwartzReport: US Venerial Disease Outpaces New Jobs or College Grads

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schwartz reportWhen I saw this story this morning I could hardly believe it was real. But I have checked and it is. You can click through to download the CDC .pdf report.

I find it highly ironic that this story is appearing in a conservative religious website, because much of this enormous spread of venereal disease is arising because the Theocratic Right has done everything it can to stop useful sex education in the U.S. leaving teens, particularly teens in Red value states, completely unprepared to practice safe sex. Not surprisingly, the incidence of unintended pregnancies and STDs in those states are much higher than in Blue value states.

CDC: 110,197,000 Venereal Infections in U.S.; Nation Creating New STIs Faster Than New Jobs or College Grads
TERENCE P. JEFFREY – CNS News

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Mar 29

SchwartzReport: Environmental & Food Intelligence CIA Will Never Compute

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schwartz reportMore evidence of the degradation of the marine environment. In 20 years natural seafood may be a memory.

Acidic Ocean Hits Pacific Northwest
ERIC NIILER – Chemical & Engineering News

Yet more evidence of environmental degradation. We simply cannot seem to achieve the political will to save the world in which we live, and on which our own wellbeing depends.

Most U.S. Rivers and Streams in Poor Biological Condition
ZACH RAUSNITZ – Fierce Government

The best law money can buy. And you aren’t even going to be able to seek redress when your health is damaged.

‘Monsanto Protection Act’ Slips Silently Through US Congress
RT (Russia)

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Mar 28

SchwartzReport: Worst Bee Die-Off in 40 Years — Meanwhile, US Poor Make $2.13 versus Koch Brothers $3 Million an Hour

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schwartz reportTwo readers, one a beekeeper reader sent me this, the beekeeper saying he had lost over half his hives this year. I found it very depressing. All of this is the result of a few corporations I do not hesitate to call evil. If the bees go, the human race may not be far behind. Yet our government just dithers, our politicians too corrupt to see that this is going to affect them as much as anyone else.

I implore you to plant bee friendly plants in your gardens, and to refrain from using poisons like RoundUp on your lawn. One of every three bites of food that goes into your mouth, and the mouths of your children is dependent on bees, and other winged pollinators.

Worst Bee Die-off in 40 Years
LISA ARCHER – Friends of the Earth

This is America today. City on a shining hill? I don’t think so. Unless it is a tiny rich village on the hill, and a world of barrios beneath it.

Five Ugly Extremes of Inequality in America– The Contrasts Will Drop Your Chin to the Floor
PAUL BUCHHEIT – AlterNet (U.S.)

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Mar 26

SchwartzReport: Good and Bad Farm News, Lab Organs, Telecommuting Congress

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schwartz reportThis is some wonderful good news; it offers an alternative to the chemical and poison driven agriculture model that dominates our world now. It also offers an answer to the vast youth unemployment problem we have in our inner cities, as well as eliminating a great deal of pollution arising from trucking food across the country. It is not an entire solution to the poison model, of course, but it could go a long way toward! s ameliorating the toxic web in which we are now trapped.

The article has one major flaw: it’s assessment of costs, does not include any of what I have mentioned above and, therefore should be disregarded as a criticism.

Chicago Now Home to Nation’s Largest Vertical Farm
ERIC W. DOLAN – The Raw Story

In this report we see the convergence of two major trends: Water as destiny, and climate change. This is also another argument for the today’s lead story, and why the new urban farming model should be pursued.

The Drought That Ravaged US Crops Is Only Going to Get Worse
SUZANNE GOLDENBERG – Mother Jones

This is excellent news. I have been covering this trend for about eight years now, and am heartened by its growing success. This trend will eliminate the rejection issues transplant patients now face, and will allow people who are profoundly disfigured, or who would otherwise die, to survive. It will also eliminate the grey world of body parts suppliers.

Science Fiction Comes Alive as Researchers Grow Organs in Lab
GAUTAM NAIK – Wall Street Journal

I think this is what the future holds but, unlike this report, I see the main importance of this trend to a virtual Congress to be part of the Great Schism trend, in which power devolves to the states, and regional arrangements between the states, with the Federal government overseeing foreign affairs, defense and similar national issues.

The West Coast states, and the Northeastern states increasingly have less and less in common with the Southern states and some of the central states, and the quality of life in the West and Northeast is growing increasingly different than the self-inflicted ignorance, obesity, and poverty of the South. (See Social Values, Social Wellness: Can We Know What Works?)

GOP Lawmaker Seeks ‘Virtual Congress’ with telecommuting Plan
JENNIFER MARTINEZ – The Hill

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Mar 25

SchwartzReport: Shared Vision of Benevelot Future Inspires Reform

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schwartz reportThis is a study which should be read, and acted upon, by all politicians. People, not surprisingly, want things to get better.

Scientists Find Visions of a Benevolent Future Society Motivate Reform
ERIC W. DOLAN – The Raw Story

Activists, take note: People support reform if they believe the changes will enhance the future character of society, according to a study published online this month in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Namely, people support a future society that fosters the development of warm and moral individuals.

‘There are implications for communication, but also for policies themselves. The ‘easy’ answer would be to promote a policy or cause in terms of how it will make people more warm/moral,” Paul G. Bain of the University of Queensland, the lead author of the study, explained to Raw Story via email. ‘But I think for this to really work it needs to be authentic/real and not just rhetoric – the policies themselves need to promote this.”

Bain, along with four colleagues, sought to explore Noam Chomsky’s dictum that ‘social action must be animated by a vision of a future society” – a proposition they said had not been investigated by social psychologists.

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Mar 24