A new US survey highlights the ominous “gene drift” problem, the contamination of organic food crops by GMOs from other farms.
This is not a new situation. It has been present since the introduction of commercial GMO crops in 1996.
The survey was conducted by two groups: Food and Water Watch, and Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing (on Facebook). Questionnaires were sent out to 1500 organic grain farmers. From the 268 responses, a key factor emerged:
“One out of three responding farmers have dealt with GMO contamination on their farms. Of those contaminated farmers, over half have been rejected by their [organic] buyers for that reason. They [the farmers] reported a median cost of a [rejected] semi-load (approximately 1,000 bushels) of $4,500.”
Contamination is accomplished by insects, birds, and wind. It’s a fact of life. It can’t be avoided, despite establishing buffer zones between farms.
In the long run, every healthy food crop is threatened. How can pure farming survive intact, when particles containing GMOs are in the wind? Read the rest of this entry »
This is shaping up to be a very bad year for our county. The State recently told us that they are going to shut off all of the surface water above Klamath Lake again this year. Considering how dry it has been this winter that is understandable. What most people do not know is that Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) has decided that it will also shut off most of the wells above Klamath Lake.
How did they come to that decision? OWRD looked at well logs from two wells in our valley and 30 wells from other parts of the state and Northern California. With that information they then constructed a computer model to show how the water works in our valley. Their model claims that all wells that are within 1 mile of Klamath Lake, Agency Lake, or within 1 mile of perennial gaining reaches of streams tributary to Upper Klamath Lake are causing problems and must be shut off. *Note that if a well is 1 foot over a mile it is ok. If a well is 10 feet less they will shut it off. Dad has a degree in geology, has been studying geology in our area for over 40 years, has talked with every geologist who has studied in the area during that time, as well as writing geologic reports for wells in the valley. Dad is very frustrated with the OWRD’s model because it has no basis in reality or science.
Yet, because of this computer model done by people who had never visited our valley until recently, OWRD is planning on shutting off most of the wells above Klamath lake, without even studying the wells. While most of the wells that are getting turned off are owned by ranchers, they also listed the well that supplies the town of Bly, two wells for the City of Klamath Falls, most of the wells at the Running Y Resort, two wells for OIT, and miscellaneous other wells in and near Klamath that may be turned off. It is also interesting that the wells for the City of Chiloquin [Barb's note: Chiloquin is the center of tribal government, and located on both the Williamson and Sprague Rivers] will be left alone. I have attached the list, if a well has a check in eitherof the far right columns the state is currently planning on shutting it off. *I do not know how that works with drinking water for people*
Because of this mess, Senator Doug Whitsett and Representative Gail Whitsett have been trying to get a bill passed that would require OWRD to study and prove that there is a problem with a well before they shut it off. Last week Mom, Dad, and Erika, among many others went to Salem to speak in support of this bill. We just got word that the bill had been killed a few days ago and that we should expect the OWRD to start red tagging our wells on April 1st. READ MORE…
To learn why Richard Nixon was really blown out of the White House, you could begin with the infamous Nazi chemical/pharmaceutical cartel, IG Farben. The cartel that pushed Hitler over the top into power in Germany.
One of its lasting legacies is the multinational corporation expanded to titanic proportions. Farben didn’t just buy smaller companies, it forged favorable agreements with huge corporations all over the world: Standard Oil (Rockefeller); Rhone-Poulenc; Imperial Chemical Industries; Du Pont; Dow.
During World War 2, Josiah Du Bois, representing the US federal government, was sent on a fact-finding mission to Guatemala. His comment: “As far as I can tell the country is a wholly owned subsidiary of Farben.”
What Farben stood for was an attempt to remake the planet in terms of power.
Farben held important cards. It employed brilliant chemists who, in some ways, were far ahead of its competitors. Farben was all about synthetics. Rubber, oil, dyes, pharmaceuticals.
Farben saw itself as a modern version of the old alchemists. Transforming one substance into another. It came to believe that, with enough time, it would be able to make anything from anything. It envisioned labs in which basic chemical facts would be changed so that, in practice, elements would be virtually interchangeable.
This paralleled the Nazi obsession to discover the lost secrets of the mythical Aryan race and then reconstitute it with selective breeding, genetic engineering, and of course the mass murder of “lesser peoples.”
On one level, there was the idea of chemical transformations, and on another level, the transformation of the human species. Read the rest of this entry »