Barbara H. Peterson on January 24th, 2015

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No More Fake News

First, read these two quotes from highly regarded academic scientists, to catch the flavor of the genetic revolution. Be prepared for staggering pronouncements.

From Lee Silver, Princeton, molecular biologist and author of Remaking Eden:

“The GenRich—who account for ten percent of the American population—[will] all carry synthetic genes. All aspects of the economy, the media, the entertainment industry, and the knowledge industry are controlled by members of the GenRich class…

“Naturals work as low-paid service providers or as laborers. [Eventually] the GenRich class and the Natural class will become entirely separate species with no ability to crossbreed, and with as much romantic interest in each other as a current human would have for a chimpanzee.

“Many think that it is inherently unfair for some people to have access to technologies that can provide advantages while others, less well-off, are forced to depend on chance alone, [but] American society adheres to the principle that personal liberty and personal fortune are the primary determinants of what individuals are allowed and able to do.

“Indeed, in a society that values individual freedom above all else, it is hard to find any legitimate basis for restricting the use of repro[grammed]-genetics. I will argue [that] the use of reprogenetic technologies is inevitable. [W]hether we like it or not, the global marketplace will reign supreme.”

Here is another gem, from Gregory Stock, former director of the program in Medicine, Technology, and Society at the UCLA School of Medicine:

“Even if half the world’s species were lost [during genetic experiments], enormous diversity would still remain. When those in the distant future look back on this period of history, they will likely see it not as the era when the natural environment was impoverished, but as the age when a plethora of new forms—some biological, some technological, some a combination of the two—burst onto the scene. We best serve ourselves, as well as future generations, by focusing on the short-term consequences of our actions rather than our vague notions about the needs of the distant future.”

One scientist says we might lose half of all species getting where we “want to go,” genetically speaking, and the other says the process will inevitably be guided by wealth and the free market, thus creating two distinct classes of humans, the higher of which has far superior abilities—and they’ll run things. Read the rest of this entry »

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Barbara H. Peterson on January 23rd, 2015

Roundup of Roundup

A Roundup of Roundup® Reveals Converging Pattern of Toxicity from Farm to Clinic to Laboratory Studies

Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji

Institute of Science in Society

We need to ban glyphosate from our own communities as most governments fail to protect citizens.

What is glyphosate?

Glyphosate, perhaps surprisingly for a chemical so ubiquitously associated with our food, was not first used as an agricultural chemical but instead first patented as a metal chelator in 1964 by Stauffer Chemical company (US 3160632 A) [1] and used as an industrial pipe cleaner. It was later patented by Monsanto as an herbicidal agent in 1974 (US3799758 A) [2] based on its ability to block the shikimate pathway involved in the production of aromatic amino acids in both plants and bacteria. It has become the most popular herbicide in the world especially since glyphosate tolerant genetically modified (GM) crops were commercialized in the mid-1990s, together with the assumption (perpetrated by Monsanto) that the herbicide is safe for health and the environment. In 2010, it was also patented by Monsanto as an antibiotic agent. Moreover, it is being increasingly used as a pre-harvest desiccant for drying seeds, a process that results in contamination of non-GM grains, one of the main exposure routes in the EU where GM crops are not commonly grown. Thus, an estimated 70 % of UK oil seed rape (canola) and 50-60 % of EU sunflowers are sprayed with glyphosate [3], resulting in products of major food brands in the UK testing positive for glyphosate residues in a 2014 analysis by GM Freeze, with glyphosate the most commonly detected of all chemicals [4].

All of glyphosate’s chemical properties already mentioned have implications for the health of both people and planet. Scientific research has additionally implicated glyphosate as an endocrine disruptor and a DNA mutagen; and it affects over 291 different enzymes in the body [5]. It is increasingly linked with a wide variety of illnesses, the sharp rises in illnesses occurring in parallel with glyphosate application across various GM cultivating regions of the world.

The most convincing evidence of glyphosate toxicity is the consistent pattern of diseases associated with glyphosate that has emerged from the farm to the clinic and from scientific studies to citizen testimonials. Read the rest of this entry »

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Barbara H. Peterson on January 20th, 2015

The Common Core Zone

Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

We have entered a world where education is no longer relevant. Where learning is subject to the whim of the state, and the corporation is king. Where children grow up as resources to be used by and disposed of by the corporations that employ them. Where up is down, down is up, and higher education is a threat to sustainability.

Look, the sign post up ahead. Pay close attention, because we have just entered the Common Core Zone. Read the rest of this entry »

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Barbara H. Peterson on January 19th, 2015

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Farm Wars

Farm Wars is creating a line of mini milk goats for the busy family that would like fresh milk every day.

The Farm Wars Mini Milkers are a Nigerian Dwarf and La Mancha cross, able to be milked from 2-4 years per breeding. They have wonderful dispositions and great tasting milk. They also make fun pets that are happy to eat your weeds.

We are looking forward to a time when local communities band together with resources to feed each other organically and have the ability to get off of the chemical food treadmill.

A goat will keep you alive and healthy, and Farm Wars would like to expand its vision to include a community resource for organic, whole milk and milk products, as well as a fun, playful herd of family milkers that only require minimal maintenance.

Please help us to create this community resource by contributing to our campaign.

Thank you!
Barb
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Here is the link to contribute on our GoFundMe campaign. Any and all donations gratefully accepted!

http://www.gofundme.com/farmwars

 

 

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Barbara H. Peterson on January 18th, 2015

Check Out Health Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Lost Arts Radio on BlogTalkRadio

ARCHIVED SHOW

Special guest Melissa Diane Smith (www.melissadianesmith.com), author of Going Against GMO’s, internationally known journalist and holistic nutritionist, will go over the science of GMO’s and how they work, and her experience educating and helping clients recover from health conditions by removing GMO’s from their diets.

Barbara Peterson, rancher, long time writer, activist for a GMO-free world, and creator of Farm Wars (www.farmwars.info), will review what is happening in the struggle to free humanity from the devastating health and environmental effects of GMO’s and how our everyday decisions can help in a big way.

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Barbara H. Peterson on January 16th, 2015

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