Barbara H. Peterson on December 10th, 2013

“If you think GMOs are safe, drink the poison.” Residents of Kauai testifying about birth defects from the spraying of GMO crops around schools and residences. Sobering.

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Barbara H. Peterson on December 9th, 2013
Barbara H. Peterson on December 9th, 2013

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(Graphic courtesy of TheRebel.org. Also – CEO Bank of England; Carlos Moedas, Secretary of State Portugal; ex Goldman men.)

Olde Reb

Farm Wars

It would be the epitome of human folly to ignore the repetition of the same Wall Street financiers who have routinely inflicted financial chaos and abject poverty by debt upon the under-developed world for decades; who now have leading roles in enforcing national IOU’s in Europe which they created and are now devastating each nation; who created and manage the $17 trillion debt of the United States; who are additionally the putative recipients of hidden profit from their Federal Reserve Ponzi scheme that embezzles trillions of dollars from the U.S. government; who permeate and use the U.S. Treasury for their business enrichment; who are additionally major lobbyists and the largest campaign contributors for candidates.

The 2008 worldwide financial chaos started on Wall Street with a sudden realization Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) were junk bonds. European banks holding these securities panicked from devalued reserves. (do you think some European bankers told some NYC bankers they would be swimming with concrete boots if they did not buy $700 billion of toxic bonds real quick ?) Loans ceased to be available. Construction ceased while taxes from manufacturers and retailers plummeted. Tax revenue could not cover governments’ fixed expenses. Financial operations of European nations became managed by creditors to guarantee payments on loans while social programs and government salaries were slashed. Economists without a PhD would say a bubble burst.

Is there evidence the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) have similarly created debt in lesser-developed nations for decades and the same financiers are now moving up to European nations? Is this the advance of the New World Order that has been touted by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) for 50 years? Is the $17 trillion debt of the United States handled by the same financiers and is it now in the initial stages of collection? Has the major funding for these financiers for the past 80 years come from profit concealed by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) which legally belongs to the U.S. government?

The answer is a collective YES.

The frustrating part is that the financiers received and hid the entire value of the U.S. debt when it was created but they will additionally ravish the U.S. when their fraudulent Ponzi scheme collapses. Read the rest of this entry »

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Barbara H. Peterson on December 8th, 2013

Steve Marsh’s trial is scheduled to start on the 10th of February, 2014. You might not have heard of Steve Marsh yet but this man could lose everything to protect your right to eat GM-free food. Steve is an organic farmer from a farming community South of Perth in Kojonup, Western Australia and in 2010, the state government of Western Australia lifted the ban on GM canola, allowing for the commercial cultivation of this GM crop for the first time. As a result many farmers, including Marsh’s next door neighbour, began growing GM canola. Subsequently, Steve found GM canola plants spread over much of his farm, containing seed. 70% of Steve’s farm was contaminated and he lost his organic certification. In a world first, he is suing his GM neighbour for damages and if he wins he not only protects his right to grow clean GM free organic food, he also protects our rights to eat GM free foods.

http://safefoodfoundation.org/

 

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Barbara H. Peterson on December 6th, 2013

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Farm Wars

With the proliferation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), it becomes increasingly difficult to obtain GMO-free seed. With nearly all corn, soy, canola and cotton planted being GMO, and Monsanto’s drive for deregulation of more and more genetically engineered seed, the quest becomes even more difficult.

This begs the question that with the laxity in standards of the National Organics Program (NOP), how can we be assured that organic seeds and the crops grown from those seeds are really organic and free of GMOs? The answer is – we can’t. Not if we are counting on the NOP to guarantee the purity of our seed stock.

National Organic Standards Board

GMO ad hoc Subcommittee

Discussion Document

GMOs and Seed Purity

February 6, 2013

4.Securing a supply of GMO free seed is critical to the long-term ability of organic to meet consumers’ expectation of organic visa vis GMOs.

5.Current NOP policy does not require verification that seed is free of GMOs. However, if someone desires to have as thorough a process as possible to exclude GMOs, they may want to address their seed purity to the extent possible.

6.Despite the distinction between “excluded methods are not used” and “no traces of GMOs are present,” the expectations of some consumers confuse these claims (and some marketers encourage this confusion).

http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5102655

The NOP does not require testing unless there is a reason to believe contamination has occurred. There is a reason to believe it has occurred if most of the seed grown is GMO, yet no real testing is done. That is, unless the grower is diligent and does the testing him/herself. In the case of companies that grow both conventional and GMO crops, do you really think they will undergo any testing that might bring to light organic seed contamination? Not likely. Read the rest of this entry »

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Barbara H. Peterson on December 5th, 2013

don't label banMayor Billy Kenoi signed Bill 113 on December 5, 2013. Below is the message he sent to the Hawai’i County Council:

Aloha, Chair Yoshimoto and Members:

On Nov. 19, 2013 the Hawai‘i County Council adopted Bill 113 Draft 3 adding a new article relating to Genetically Engineered Crops and Plants, and on Nov. 21, 2013 delivered the bill to me for my consideration. After careful deliberation and discussions with members of my administration and the public, I am signing Bill 113.

Our community has a deep connection and respect for our land, and we all understand we must protect our island and preserve our precious natural resources. We are determined to do what is right for the land because this place is unlike any other in the world. With this new ordinance we are conveying that instead of global agribusiness corporations, we want to encourage and support community-based farming and ranching.

The debate over this bill has at times been divisive and hurtful, and some of our hard-working farmers who produce food for our community have been treated disrespectfully. We are determined to protect every farmer and rancher. Agriculture on Hawai‘i Island will continue to grow with county assistance, investment and support. That commitment includes initiatives such as the public-private partnership to improve and expand the Pa‘auilo Slaughterhouse to support our grass-fed beef industry, and the launch of the Kapulena Agricultural Park, the largest agricultural park in the state on 1,739 acres of county-owned land. It also includes support for innovative training programs to grow the farmers of the future, and to train veterans to engage in agriculture on Hawaiian Home Lands, and the introduction and advancement of Korean Natural Farming as a sustainable method of producing healthier crops and livestock. It includes completion of the first-in-the-state Food Self-Sufficiency Baseline Study of Hawai‘i Island to measure the island’s progress toward food self-sufficiency.

We are determined to reunite our farming community to create a stronger and more vibrant agricultural sector. It is time to end the angry rhetoric and reach out to our neighbors. Our farmers are essential to creating a wholesome and sustainable food supply on this island, and they deserve to be treated with respect and aloha. We must turn now to a meaningful, factual dialogue with one another.

With my approval of this bill, our administration will launch a year of research and data collection to investigate factual claims and to seek out new directions that farming in our community should take. This work will include an expanded database detailing the locations of both organic and conventional farms, the crops that are grown, more accurate estimates of the revenue earned from these enterprises, and the challenges our farmers face in meeting food safety and organic certification requirements. We will work with our farmers and our ranchers to carefully monitor the impacts of this bill over the next year to separate speculation and guesswork from the facts.

Today our communities expect that government will be as cautious as possible in protecting our food and water supplies. We all want to minimize impacts to the environment while also producing abundant, affordable food for local consumption. This ordinance expresses the desires and demands of our community for a safe, sustainable agricultural sector that can help feed our people while keeping our precious island productive and healthy.

Aloha,

William P. Kenoi
MAYOR

http://hawaiicountymayor.com/2013/12/05/mayor-kenoi-signs-bill-113/

Summary of Bill

Prohibition:  No open air cultivation, propagation or development of genetically engineered crops or plants.

Exemptions: crops or plants being cultivated, propagated or developed prior to the effective date of this article are exempted provided locations or facilities are registered within 90 days.

GMO papaya in current and future locations is exempt provided commercial locations or facilities are registered.

Administration:  Department of Research & Development, Agriculture Division.

Registration:  $100 annual registration fee beginning within 90 days of the effective date of article.

Penalties:  Violators fined $1000 per day, per location and responsible for costs of investigation, court and legal costs, and for damage to non-GE crops, plants, neighboring properties or water sources.

gmofreehawaiiisland.org

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