Barbara H. Peterson on June 20th, 2015

Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

My Internet service has been sketchy lately, so my ISP guys came out to see what the problem is. It appears that a tree has grown up right in my direct line of site to the wireless tower. That could explain it. So, we discussed options such as getting a taller pole, hiking several miles through the bush to locate the offending tree and chopping it down, attempting to find another location to point my antenna, and so on. But the thing that really struck me was that they mentioned that they could see everything on my property in detail from their office…

Google Earth. Yup. They can simply go to Google Earth, punch in my addy and lo and behold, there I am weeding the garden in the back, watering the geese, and quite possibly, taking a quick bathroom break behind the shed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Barbara H. Peterson on June 16th, 2015

China GMO Petition

Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture is in bed with Monsanto. This clandestine relationship is being exposed through the tireless efforts of “over six hundred individuals from different fields and locations in China,” who have submitted a petition to end the takeover.

GMOs (genetically modified/engineered organisms) in China are regulated by the Ministry of Agriculture, and the future that this department has in store for the people of China is anything but organic and healthy:

The agriculture biotech industry is supported by the central government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) as an emerging sector of strategic importance.[1]  According to China’s 12th Five-Year Plan on National Economic and Social Development for 2011–2015 (12th Five-year Plan), the country will “speed up the innovation and application of biotechnology breeding in agriculture,” “develop new biological variety with important application value and independent intellectual property rights,” and “foster a large and strong modern seed industry.”[2] 

Based on the 12th Five-year Plan and other plans supplementing it, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) released the 12th Five-Year Plan for Development of Agricultural Science and Technology (Agricultural S&T Plan), which provides more details on the development of agricultural science and technology.  In this Plan, the MOA proposes to strengthen research involving genetically modified organisms (GMOs).[3]  Major research projects on breeding new varieties of GMOs will continue to be carried out in the 2011–2015 period, according to the Agricultural S&T Plan.[4]  The plans also incorporate biosafety assessment and management as focus areas of biotech industry development.[5]

The people’s response to this collusion of the government of China with the biotech industry:

The petition letter submitted by over six hundred individuals from different fields and locations in China to the State Council Legislative Affairs Office regarding revisions proposed by the Ministry of Agriculture to their “Agricultural GMOs Safety Evaluation Administration Methods”

Submitted on May 23, 2015


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Barbara H. Peterson on June 15th, 2015

LabDiet with Glyphosate

Barbara H. Peterson

Jon Abrahamson

Farm Wars

Purina LabDiets, the laboratory diets used exclusively by scientists around the world for toxicology testing are contaminated by Glyphosate. What does this mean? It means that each and every toxicological study ever conducted that has used this feed for its studies is null and void ever since the introduction and widespread use of the herbicide, Glyphosate.

In an exclusive interview with Dr. Anthony Samsel, I asked if this was the feed used most by the scientific community at large. He had this to say:

Yes almost exclusively and yes, these are the standard lab diets for rats, mice, rabbits, and other rodents.  That’s why I tested these 3 formulations.  The Purina diets were used in all of the Monsanto studies.  However, that was before they were using glyphosate on food and grain crops.  So, all of the findings in the Monsanto secret studies are still valid, with the exception of the organophosphate pesticide contamination known to be used at the time as residues on crop ingredients. Their presence could have been enhanced by the glyphosate which was then being tested.”  


However, since the inception of the use of glyphosate on GM crops and the use of it for desiccation, the picture has changed by its presence in lab chow diets and this is very problematic.  Glyphosate is a synergist with other chemicals, a chelator and a hormone at low levels, so results that have been seen in recent years have definitely been influenced by the presence of glyphosate residues in animal studies using these chows.  

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Barbara H. Peterson on June 11th, 2015
whatcom county spraying

Whatcom County roadside Roundup spraying data from Whatcom County Public Works records

Nancy Swanson

Seattle GMO Examiner

As the war on weeds gears up for summer, the London-based Institute for Science in Society publishes a Manifesto on Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup®. The Manifesto was published today, June 8, and already 155 scientists and medical professionals have signed, calling on all governments to ban glyphosate-based herbicides. The Manifesto states in part:

We, the undersigned international scientists and medical professionals, call on governments at all levels to ban the spraying of glyphosate herbicides. As professionals who have read the literature on glyphosate herbicides and their effects, we have concluded that they are causing irreparable harm.

The World Health Organization’s recent reclassification of glyphosate as a ‘probable human carcinogen’ is only a small part of the known toxicity of glyphosate herbicides. Chronic exposure to glyphosate herbicides is associated not only with cancers, but also with infertility, impotence, abortions, birth defects, neurotoxicity, hormonal disruption, immune reactions, an unnamed fatal kidney disease, chronic diarrhoea, autism and other ailments.”

Signature collection is ongoing. If you are a scientist or medical professional, you may sign the Manifesto here. Non-scientists can sign a separate list in support of the Manifesto. If your local government is spraying toxic herbicides in a war on weeds, you can print out the Manifesto and present it to your officials.

In Washington state there are six counties that have adopted a no-spray policy. They are: Thurston, Snohomish, Clallam, Jefferson, San Juan and Island. If you don’t live in one of these counties, then your county is likely spraying a highly toxic substance, increasing exposure for all life forms, at taxpayer expense.

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