When Tyrone Hayes first discovered that atrazine, one of the most widely used herbicides changed some of his frogs from male to female, he was shocked and worried about the effects that this chemical might have on people. What followed was a fifteen year corporate battle between the UC Berkeley biologist and Syngenta.
When we walk into a carefully nurtured and diverse garden, we are struck by its beauty and its sense of completeness. We are enraptured by its scents and its mysteries. We are enlivened by its colours, both vivid and subtle, and we are nourished by the freshness that fills our lungs.
Altogether, the majority of sentient beings will surely concur, this garden is a most agreeable place to be – and should someone emerge who threatens to desecrate this sacred space – the reaction will be to jump to its defence and protect it against such a criminal action.
So let us consider the fact that many a wise person and many a spiritual leader has felt impelled to point out that “The World Is Our Garden” and that it should therefore be tended, nurtured and defended in the same way as the private space in which we grow our flowers, fruits, vegetables and herbs. Emotionally, we should make no distinction between these micro and macro spheres.
Yet look around today and what do we see?
Certainly there are many mortals tending their individual gardens, and many more with no physical garden to tend. But amongst of all these, just a tiny minority can be found who are willing to go out of their way to stand-up for that greater garden called planet Earth. Read the rest of this entry »
This website is designed to provide comprehensive yet simple guidelines for each individual to approach their respective city council with tools on how to end GMO cultivation and toxic pesticides associated with them in their own city or county.
This has been done in San Juan County, Washington and other cities across the nation. Proactive citizens all across the country have taken a stance and made their voices heard, and have made a positive change in their cities by urgently requesting the end of GMO cultivation – this can be done and is being done on local levels, right now, in over 30 cities across the U.S. – but there are as many as 30,000 cities across the nation – we need your help! Read the rest of this entry »
The question is no longer which disease cannabis can cure, but which disease can’t it cure? A study published in Nature Reviews-Cancer provides an historic and detailed explanation about how THC and natural cannabinoids counteract cancer, but preserve normal cells.
The study by Manuel Guzman of Madrid Spain found that cannabinoids, the active components of marijuana, inhibit tumor growth in laboratory animals. They do so by modulating key cell-signalling pathways, thereby inducing direct growth arrest and death of tumor cells, as well as by inhibiting the growth of blood vessels that supply the tumor. Read the rest of this entry »
Chemical warfare on planet earth and its inhabitants is increasing rapidly, which, if left unchecked, will result in a good portion of the planet being left unsuitable for the propagation of life. This is being caused by those who refuse to put humanity, the earth, its creatures, and our ecology ahead of corporate profit.
To those who would rape and pillage without a moment’s hesitation all for the sake of power, glory, and gold, I say:
If you do not change your ways, it is too late for you. If you do not stop this corporate onslaught that creates nothing but waste in its path, you will, at some point, come face to face with what you have done and have to answer for it.
But for those who see what is to come due to that all-consuming greed and lust for control of all resources that is inherent in those who would seek to dominate all things around them, who possess the arrogance to think that they can improve on nature’s way, it’s all about building the ark.
In Noah’s day, only a few survived. Noah and family built an ark to save themselves and the seed of life, leaving all others to perish in the flood. Noah and family were the only pure seed left. The only ones who would listen and act. All others were corrupt. So corrupt that nothing could be done to save them.
Mat 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
It appears that today, corruption is also running rampant. Our food is being gene spliced with different species combined in one transgenic plant and animal that would never occur in nature, we are being genetically engineered, nanoteched, chemically mutated, slowly poisoned by the air we breathe and the water we drink, rivers are running red with pollution, males are becoming feminized through testosterone suppressing chemicals and foods, our children are being brainwashed and stolen from their parents by government agencies, and we sit back in our recliners thinking that this is okay. We are entering a time when corruption is the norm. We are becoming “as the days of Noah were.”
It’s Time to Build the Ark
Today’s ark is not one of wood and pitch. It is one that consists of enclaves dedicated to the preservation of all that is truly natural. It consists of saving what we can before the pollution is so all-consuming that there is nothing pure left. Just like it was up to Noah to build the ark and save his family along with the animals and plantlife, it is up to us to build arks of communities that store seeds and develop the skills to revive the planet. These communities will work with nature to rid it of the chemical and genetic nightmare that it has been subjected to and help it to recover along with its inhabitants.
Why? We do this because when the day comes to give an accounting of just what we have done, we want to stand with the knowledge that we have done everything in our power to do what is right. To support life and not ravage it. To build a way of life that is acceptable to all living things, and end the grievous existence that thrives on death and destruction. We do this because we love life and despise the lie. We do this because the only other option is to become that which we despise.
©2014 Barbara H. Peterson
Barbara H. Peterson
Glyphosate is not only used for genetically engineered (GMO) crops created to be resistant to it, but it is also used on non-GMO crops including sugar cane fields prior to harvest as a “ripener.” So, even when you buy pure cane sugar to avoid genetically engineered sugar beets, you still get a good dose of Glyphosate in your package.
Sugarcane’s response to ripener application may be lessened when conditions favor good natural ripening or when conditions are not conducive to glyphosate absorption. Ripener application will reduce vegetative growth and may reduce cane yields. However, cane yield losses are generally offset by increases in recoverable sugar per ton of cane, resulting in equal or greater yields of sugar per acre when harvested during the recommended treatment-to-harvest interval.
But Glyphosate is supposed to be safe, so what could possibly go wrong?
Scientist Slams Biotech Industry over Deadly Kidney Disease Epidemic
Dr Jayasumana recently released a study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health that proposes a link between the world’s number one selling herbicide known as Roundup (aka Glyphosate) and a series of mysterious epidemics of fatal chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu) affecting several poor farming regions around the world.
What qualities does Glyphosate have which could make it into a killer of so many people? Is Glyphosate alone the reason for the outbreak of CKDu?
The strong metal chelating property of glyphosate is the key factor. Glyphosate was first patented as a chelating agent, wetting agent and biologically active compound. It was initially used as a descaling agent to clean out calcium and other mineral deposits in pipes and boilers of residential and commercial hot water systems. Descaling agents are effective metal binders, which grab on to Calcium, Magnesium and heavy metals to make the metal water soluble and easily removable. Later, Monsanto acquired the chemical and obtained a patent for its herbicidal properties. Once glyphosate is combined with a metal, it does not follow the normal degradation pathway and remains in the environment or biological systems for a long time. Glyphosate alone is a weak nephrotoxic substance. When it combines with arsenic or heavy metal, its nephrotoxic property is enhanced a thousand times.
Glyphosate alone is not the cause for CKDu but, it seems to have acquired the ability to destroy the renal tissues of thousands of farmers when it forms complexes with nephrotoxic metals.