GMO: An Unprecedented Agricultural Threat To Life and Humanity

There’s good reason to campaign against genetically modified organisms (GMO). It is indeed a massive threat to life and humanity with potentially unimaginably dire consequences. GMO is entrenched in cash-hungry corporations, paid off corrupt politicians, misrepresented science, exploitation, social injustice and media deception.

What’s needed to prevent GMO is to restore truth, honesty, integrity and responsibility. Campaigners are well aware of the ins and outs related to this for a number of reasons. Here are the main reasons for campaigning against GMO and why I have described it as an unprecedented agricultural threat to life and humanity.

1. GMO has never produced any significant data assuring its safety.

Don’t fall for the claims that it’s safe. The studies are limited to the short-term and only on animals. What about the affects of GMO on humans over the years or even generations? In effect, it is impossible to say GMO is safe because nobody can really say for sure what the outcome will be…

2. There is much data to show GMO is harmful

You only have to Google this and you’ll find extensive research to prove that GMO has been shown to be harmful. For example, GM corn has been developed to produce a pesticide which will be in cornflakes, tortillas or corn syrup and other common food products. -What about the long-term effects of these on health?

3. Farmers: From freedom to exploitation

Once GMO is produced, this means that the corporations involved own the product, having patented the rights: Seeds that were natural are now the ownership of the corporations. Unlike before the farmers now have to buy the seeds to grow their crops. Also the seeds are genetically modified to produce only one generation so the farmers have to keep buying from the corporation… this has brought about many disputes while the farmers have been financially exploited… Another one to look up on Google is the skyrocketing increase in the number of suicides (some 270,000) in India due to crop failures and money problems.

4. There is a serious threat of ‘ecocide’

It has been said by certain scientists if some genetically modified lab species were allowed to be released into the wild, because of their genetic survival advantages they would in time and over generations wipe out other sub species. This poses the threat of wiping out the genetic diversity. If this situation occurs it cannot be reversed. A lack of genetic diversity is caused by corporations limiting their GMO species for business monopoly purposes.

5. GMO has in effect bred weeds able to resist chemical attack

These ‘super weeds’ are major problems for farmers, threatening agricultural stability. They can resist chemicals such as the herbicide glycophosate…

6. Nobody knows what the long-terms effect will be with GMO’s on the environment

Could this be the most dangerous experiment ever carried out? What will be the consequences when GMO plants cross pollinate with non-GMO?

7. The crux of the matter is that food production and supply is in the hands of greedy corporations

These corporations, unlike the farmers before them who cared about the food they supplied to their families and the communities, only have business concerns. They have no real long-term care about agricultural stability, humanity or life on our planet: They serve the god of pre-tax profits.

8. GMO may cause harm to bees and other pollinators

If the evidence that strongly suggests this, pollinators such as bees are dying in record numbers due to GMO and neonicotinoid pesticides, then there could be dire consequences ahead. GM corporations never spared the research money to find out about the long term effects of their GMO on pollinators.

As Albert Einstein said: “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No bees leads to an absence of pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”

Solution

The solution is to unveil the blanket of mass deception and see the disinformation; lack of truth, honesty and integrity related to GMO and then spread the word to others so that they will do the same. Get signing partitions for your local community, lobby politicians… whatever it takes to wake up the world and say NO to GMO.

Four Benefits of Bio-Energy Jobs For Tomorrow’s Future

You have no doubt heard a lot of talk about greener living. Alternative sources of energy are inevitable, not just for an individual country but the world at large. This means a whole new world of bio-energy jobs and agricultural jobs for anyone willing to step up to the challenge of learning a new trade and a new industry. Here are four future benefits for workers of bio-energy jobs:

Results in a cleaner world: Global warming and climate change have caused great concern in recent years, and governments all over the world are finally getting to the point of taking initiative to do something about it. That’s where bio-energy jobs come in to play. By finding new forms of energy and then cultivating them for the good of all mankind, you can find healthier alternatives to the current energy concerns.

Promotes a healthy economy: Bio-energy jobs will be plentiful in the coming years. Companies are still new to fully understanding the best ways to cultivate this energy, and they’re going to need a lot of help at every level from blue-to-white collar. This allows you the opportunity to take a vital role in a most important new world of abundant growth and development. And more jobs means more stability in the economy. Since most countries are on board with bio-energy jobs and agricultural jobs as a means to a cleaner environment, that means when recovery does finally occur, it will do so at a grander scale.

Attains job security: The time and effort that will need to be set forth by every company interested in throwing its hat into the proverbial ring means those who work on such jobs will have security to look forward to for some time to come. This also feeds in to the previous point. A workforce that stays at work means a healthier, happier, and less-stressed society.

Drives down costs of other forms of energy: By pursuing bio-energy jobs and developing alternative forms of energy, a company creates healthy competition that will drive costs down and keep resources more plentiful. Bio-energy jobs will continue to grow at a steady pace in the years to come and in so doing, opportunities in other sectors will open up more as well.

The world is a changing place. That’s what makes it scary, exciting, and interesting. It’s also what makes it wonderful and full of possibilities. Those possibilities will continue to grow in the days, months, and years ahead, and those who poise themselves in a position to become part of the bio-energy sector stand to gain the most from its sweeping changes. If you are interested in a cleaner world of job security, a stronger economy, and more consumer options, then bio-energy jobs may just be the career path for you.

Destructive Pest Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Coming To California: Agricultural Regions

These bugs are like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. If you don’t believe it ask the good folks who live and farm in the Mid-Atlantic States. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Halymorpha, halys, has been all over the news east of the Mississippi and has recently made headlines in the South and the Pacific Northwest. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug first arrived in the United States around 1997 in shipments arriving from Asia in Allentown Pennsylvania. First Collected and identified there it has since multiplied by the square and made its presence made known in a big way.

With no significant natural enemies on the North American continent and being an excellent hitch-hiker it has now spread to both coasts and has been sighted in 33 states and the District of Columbia. In states where it is well established its numbers are in the millions and growing. In autumn it invades homes and businesses by the dozens to thousands as it seeks shelter from the cold winter weather. If disturbed or crushed it emits a foul substance that smells like a cross between cilantro and dirty socks. But BMSB is more than a nuisance. The list of host species for the insect is long. It feeds on cultivated plants as well as weeds. It’s feeding causes significant damage to field and orchard crops, making the products unmarketable as fresh produce. Losses to home gardeners, farmers and orchardists in the Mid-Atlantic have been from 25 to 100 percent with revenue losses in the millions.

In 2010 the species established itself in Northwestern Oregon and Southwest Washington and is multiplying quickly. It was also sighted in Southern California last year. Considering the speed at which this bug is spreading it will likely reach the Sacramento, Central and Salinas valleys within a few short years. In the eastern US the winters are long and cold, yet this species has managed 2 and three generations each year. Here, with our short mild winters, we may see up to four generations. The potential for large infestations in a short time, with accompanying serious crop losses, is huge. Since California is responsible for a large percentage of US food crops, the potential for serious impacts to our national food supplies is significant.

Control of this pest is difficult at best. The nymphs of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug can be controlled on contact with some agricultural sprays but the adults are strong fliers that easily move into a previously controlled area, rapidly reestablishing the infestation. Orchardists in the Mid-Atlantic have had to apply up to 22 treatments during a growing season in order to maintain control. In some cases even this high level of treatment proves futile. The only things known to feed on these true bugs are domestic chickens and some predatory insects like assassin bugs and praying mantises. But these have proven to be of little impact. Currently the US Department of Agriculture is studying a tiny parasitic wasp from BMSB’s native range that may be an effective means of control. The adult female wasp lays her eggs in the eggs of the stink bug. The wasp larvae feed on the bug’s eggs killing them. The current USDA studies aimed at ensuring that the wasp doesn’t present a danger to native organisms should take about two years.

The adults are shield shaped, approximately 1.5cm long and the underside is white or pale tan, sometimes with gray or black markings. The legs and antennae are brown with faint white banding. The stink glands are located on the underside of the thorax, between the first and second pair of legs. If you believe you have seen a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug capture the specimen and submit it to your local county extension as soon as possible for identification.

One and Four Robbins Road: A Laid Back Atmosphere With City Perks

Westford, Massachusetts is a smaller location consisting of just over twenty-thousand residents. After significant population growth it was separated off from Chelmsford as an individual town. The town was incorporated in 1729 with primary production items being granite, yarn, and apples throughout the 19th century. Westford supposedly played its part in the Revolutionary War as being one of the towns ridden through by Paul Revere. This account has been disproven with the actual contribution being by minutemen passing information about his designated path.

This particular Massachusetts town became suburbanized after the Civil War as it became a prime residential spot for those working at factories in the nearby city of Lowell. Automobiles advanced the growth of this community by drawing in residents working in the Boston area as well. In the 1970’s, technology firms began moving into the area making it a centralized location for these industries. Currently, the region houses big business names including Red Hat, Seagate, Visual Solutions, and Samsung. It is no longer a big agricultural area, but a well-developed suburban region full of business prospect locations such as One and Four Robbins Road.

Westford Supplies A Little Something for Everyone

Westford covers approximately 31.3 miles with most of the territory being land. It is a bordering city of Chelmsford, Littleton, Acton, Tyngsboro, and Carlisle. The Stony Brook Railroad is still in use, carrying freight through the city each day. It is a major passage to Pan Am Railways connecting to rails passing into New Hampshire, Maine, New York, Vermont, and western Massachusetts. Westford is primarily a residential area commuters choose as their home to be near, but not in the middle of the major metropolitan regions.

Museums, community centers, art centers, and an observatory are notable city attractions. The Nashoba Valley Ski Area offers summer day camps as well as holiday events to families. Kimball Farm is another local attraction featuring activities such as bumper boats. Annual events held in the area include the Apple Blossom Parade, Strawberry Festival, Blues & Brews Festival, and the Halloween Screampark.

One and Four Robbins Road is a prime office space located next to the 495 Interstate Highway off a side street called Littleton Road. Two buildings can be found at this location surrounded by a less modernized environment consisting of trees and greenery. The total square footage of this three story structure is four-hundred and fifty-eight thousand feet. Alcatel-Lucent currently utilizes this space for their communications operations.

While the location is not in a huge metropolitan region, it is close enough for any business to take advantage of big city operations without the extensive factors commonly accompanying these metropolitan office spaces. Nearby business neighbors include Cutting Edge Systems, Duxbury Systems, and Barr Associates. Being a primary residential area, Westford can supply abundant staffing opportunities due to the commuting aspect of residents.

Individuals looking for a family oriented location with all the perks of the inner city can also gain benefits from this region. Art, culture, and big business are only a drive away with Westford offering all the comforts of a small community.