February 26, 2009
The Blog sphere is teaming with talented and committed writers who wish to share the salient points of their philosophies. The desert has filled with mountebanks and wisdom is flowing. But one might fear that there is more expression than listening; much effort and not enough attention; that the ratio output to notice taken is severely slanted – 1000:1 and that the ratio notice taken to action taken is another sobering 1000:1
With a one in a million conversion rate we are moving like giants of clay with molten feet.
Look! Another writer has just taken the chair; it’s a great post on our food supply:
February 25, 2009
Nature as the most expensive commodity… the privilege of the rich… Who would have thought that back when poor folks lived in the forest and the suburb, poaching the Kings tail and feathers?
Back then most people wanted in on the city life; best if you could have a house next to the Church and facing the plaza; but then every one with a bit of money began leaving again. The Church was suddenly empty and water front was the property to get; down town became a place for pimps and pushers trying to tickle the king’s nose with a plume.
Nature has a late recognition, almost like that of some dead artists; he or she is not going to produce any more paintings so the previous work – if good – soars in value.
Mother Nature is loosing her brush and color and now she is worth millions.
February 25, 2009
Effects on health and environment of transgenic (or GM) Bt brinjal
By Pr. Gilles-Eric SERALINI, University of Caen, France, and President of the Scientific Council of the Committee for Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering (CRIIGEN).
“The dossiers submitted by Mahyco in support of their application for commercialization of genetically modified (GM) Bt brinjal raise serious concerns. …Bt brinjal has been modified to produce an unknown chimeric insecticide toxin containing Cry1Ab and Cry1Ac modified sequences. In the toxicity tests on target and non-target insects, this chimeric toxin has not been used but instead, an improper Cry1Ac toxin was used because this control was easier.
…Bt brinjal produces into the vegetable cells a protein inducing resistance towards at least kanamycin, a well known antibiotic. This is typical of the first generation of GMOs which have been made without consideration of the problem.
Antibiotic resistance is recognized to be a major health problem because of the growing
development in the environment and bodies of antibiotic resistance genes. It is very inappropriate to consider commercializing a food containing an antibiotic resistance gene since several modern biotechnology companies have already developed transgenic plants without this kind of marker genes. It is possible that Mahyco has bought an old unused GMO technology to Monsanto Company.
…in feeding trials, numerous significant differences were noted compared to the best corresponding non-Bt controls: Bt brinjal appears to contain 15% less kcal/100 g, have a different alkaloid content, and 16-17 mg/kg Bt insecticide toxin poorly characterized for side effects, and produced by the plant genetically modified for this.
Parameters affected in animals fed with this GMO are in blood cells or chemistry, but in different manners according to the period of measurement during the study or the sex: in goats prothrombin time is modified, and biochemical parameters such as total bilirubin and alkaline phosphatase are also changed, as well as feed consumption and weight gain. For rabbits less consumption was noted and also prothrombin time modification, higher bilirubin in some instances, albumin, lactose dehydrogenase and the hepatic markers alanine and aspartate aminotransferases. Sodium levels were also modified, as well as glucose, platelet count, mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration and haematocrit value. In cows milk production and composition were 10-14% changed. There was more milk and more roughage dry matter intake like if the animals were treated by a hormone. Rats GM-fed had diarrhoea, higher water consumption, liver weight decrease as well as relative liver to body weight ratio decrease. Feed intake was modified in broiler chickens as well as glucose in some instances. Average feed conversión and efficiency ratios are changed in GM-fed fishes. All that makes a very coherent picture of Bt brinjal that is potentially unsafe for human consumption.
…. Brinjal is known to have existed in India for 4000 years. Given that India is also a functional Centre of Origin of brinjal, any release of Bt Brinjal into the environment, poses a significant risk of contamination to sexually compatible wild species and consequent harm to the environment in addition to the contamination of Non-GM varieties. The commercialization of Bt Brinjal will exacerbate that risk. The release of Bt brinjal for these reasons as well would be a problem. The agreement for Bt brinjal release into the environment, for food, feed or cultures, may present a serious risk for human and animal health and the release should be forbidden.”
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February 22, 2009
‘Toodles‘; notice the influence of the good Book. Still, I’m going to tell little red riding hood to stay away from that there field and keep a respectful distance to grandma. Good day to you Madam.
February 22, 2009
In smoking, as in so many other areas of life, the long term is sacrificed to the short term.
I am very sorry for your pain Miss… it is brave of you to share your story.
The tobacco industry has tared its own feathers. Making money on human weakness is just not ethical.
As a society we still have to realize, promote and legislate in defense of the fact that the health of the cell is the health of all.
What is good for one cell is good for the whole body and inversely.
February 22, 2009
Surely this is not for the birds.
This concrete ark has cost a fortune and some very concerned minds were able to convince investors and governments about the sanity of this project: Possible nuclear wars, climate change and maybe even human industry.
We have gone under ground and out of the way to avoid the impact of potential big problems to Nature and the foundation of mankind.
The uneasy thing about saving mankind is that it doesn’t need you or me in order to fulfill the mission. You don’t have to save the lot of us, just two; Noah or Noannah with his or her family and of course the deposits from the doomsday vault after the waves of hypothetical tragedy have washed over our generation.
For now we have rented a duplex in the twilight zone inspired by Superman’s father Jor-El, who built a crystal palace of ice – the icy fortress of solitude– on the North Pole to keep some kind of code safe from unworthy eyes and manipulating hands.
Imagine a Lex Luther taking a job with Monsanto; the terrible things which could happen to our seeds…
February 13, 2009
Oh, Monsanto(*), Grand Architect of the Universe
Corporate hand of life and death
You who have the Law on your side
Grant me a wheat that tastes like sweet grapes
And potatoes that swell with cocoa butter;
And let my dairy cream be polyunsaturated.
To you this is nothing
To me it means so much…
“Forever, forever, you’ll stay in my heart
and I will love you
forever, forever, we never will part
Oh, how I’ll love you
Together, together, that’s how it must be
to live without you
would only be heartbreak for me.”
Aretha Franklin: I say a little prayer
(*) The name Monsanto is the exclusive and registered name and right of a multinational company bent on changing the shape of the world… for money.
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February 10, 2009
…Thank you for coming on our program today (Enthusiastic applause – followed by a brief pause)
Given the state of things Thomas would you mind sharing your opinions with our audience.
“The most successful war seldom pays for its losses.”
“I love peace, and am anxious that we should give the world still another useful lesson, by showing to them other modes of punishing injuries than by war, which is as much a punishment to the punisher as to the sufferer.”
“Having seen the people of all other nations bowed down to the earth under the wars and prodigalities of their rulers, I have cherished their opposites, peace, economy, and riddance of public debt, believing that these were the high road to public as well as private prosperity and happiness.”
“I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.”
Thank you ladies and gentlemen that was Thomas Jefferson!
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“After much occasion to consider the folly and mischiefs of a state of warfare, and the little or no advantage obtained even by those nations who have conducted it with the most success, I have been apt to think that there has never been, or ever will be, any such thing as a good war, or a bad peace.”
Benjamin Franklin to Jonathan Shipley, June 10, 1782