By Pratap Chatterjee
Adrian Elcuj Miranda, a judge in Buenos Aires, has ordered the seizure of Chevron’s assets in Argentina, to force the company to pay a $19 billion penalty for polluting the Amazon in Ecuador. The plaintiffs are seeking similar legal action in Brazil, Canada, Colombia and other countries.
Chevron – a Northern California-based oil and gas company – merged with another company named Texaco in 2001 whose actions are the basis of the lawsuit. Between 1964 and 1992 Texaco admitted to dumping more than 16 billion gallons of toxic “water of formation” into the streams and rivers of the Ecuadorean Amazon that were used by local inhabitants for their drinking water sickening indigenous tribespeople and farmers.
Some 900 open-air toxic waste pits still dot the area, where approximately 9,000 people are expected to contract cancer unless it is cleaned up, according to a study by Dr. Daniel Rourke, former of the Rand Corporation.
By Rady Ananda
On Dec. 6, New York’s Suffolk County government will hold a public hearing on a proposal to ban aerial spraying of aluminum oxide, barium, sulfur, and other salts into the air over the county without first filing an Environmental Impact Statement with and receiving approval from the county’s Department of Health Services, Division of Environmental Quality.
Exempted from the proposed ban are aerosol spraying operations for agriculture, and for lyme disease, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), West Nile virus (WNV), and other disease vector control operations.
Posted in Environment, Food & Farming, Geoengineering, Weather Modification
Tagged chemtrails, Cindy Pikoulas, dward P. Romaine, eee, Environment, geoengineering, Land Rights, Long Island Sky Watch, new york, pollution, Soil, suffolk county, Sustainable Practices, vector spray program, water rights, wnv.
By Rady Ananda
At least 86 families, comprising 400 people known as Travelers, or gypsies, today face armed eviction from their landing site in Crays Hill, Essex in the United Kingdom.
UPDATE: Dale Farm residents have won a last-gasp injunction restraining Basildon Council from clearing structures from the site pending a further hearing at London’s High Court on Friday. (Details below)
By Rady Ananda
“We need to start focusing on food production. It takes 15 years to bring a genetically engineered product to market. The clock is ticking. We need to get moving.” ~ Dr Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, World Wildlife Fund, 2010.
A 2011 film by Wilfried Huismann, The Silence of the Pandas, targets the World Wildlife Fund, the largest, most trusted, and best-funded environmental “protection” organization in the world. Its reputation does not live up to its actions, however, which green wash industries that are destroying the environment as well as indigenous cultures.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Environment, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering
Tagged argentina, biotech, biotechnology, ecocide, ecodestruction, Environment, factory farms, farmers, Genetically Engineered Food, india, Land Rights, land theft, monopolies, Monsanto, papua, Peasants, pollution, Ranchers, scientific studies, secession, silence of the pandas, Survival Skills, Sustainable Practices, Tribes, water rights, world wildlife fund, wwf
By Council of Canadians
It looks like you did it! The people of the greater Victoria region have great reason to celebrate, as overwhelming public outcry and a historic three days of public hearings later, the members of Land Use Committee A have decided that they cannot go against your wishes and allow a sprawl vacation resort off the Juan de Fuca trail.
Mike Hicks, director of the Juan de Fuca electoral district, was the first to announce his decision Friday morning. Colwood Mayor Dave Saunders and Sooke Mayor Janet Evans said they made up their minds following the public hearings. Metchosin mayor John Ranns has consistently stated his opposition to the project. We are yet to hear from Denise Blackwell, representing Langford, but when it goes to the Capital Regional District board on Wednesday, it could be unanimous. Read the Times Colonist report here (Defeat looks likely for Juan de Fuca resort proposal).
By Rady Ananda
On August 9, police shot nine farmers, killing three, who were part of a mass protest against a water pipeline project in Baur Village, 50 miles east of Mumbai, India. Police also smashed cars, fired tear gas and threw rocks at farmers as they fled the violence. This was all caught on video:
Kantabai Thakar (age 40), Moreshwar Sathe (40) and Shyam Tupe (29) were fatally shot by police. Over 100 others were injured, and nine vehicles damaged in the lethal attack on protesters, report several news outlets in India.
Posted in Economy Economics, Environment, Food & Farming, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Neoliberalism, Region: India, Resistance
Tagged Baur Village, civil liberties, corruption, Dehu Road Cantonment, Environment, farmers, farming, food, human rights, india, Kantabai Thakar, Land Grab, Land Rights, maharashtra, midc, Moreshwar Sathe, Neoliberalism, pavana dam, Peasants, pollution, pune district, Ranchers, Resistance, Shyam Tupe, Sustainable Practices, Talegaon Municipal Council, trade liberalization, Tribes, water rights
Interview with Peter Linebaugh, Professor of History at the University of Toledo and author of “The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All” recorded March 14, 2009.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Constitution, Economy Economics, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Neoliberalism
Tagged charter of the forest, Land Rights, magna carta, magna carta manifesto, peter linebaugh, privatization
By Rady Ananda
Review of Meat: A Benign Extravagance by Simon Fairlee (2010, 322 pp.); and
Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale Integrative Farming and Gardening by Sepp Holzer (English version 2011, 232 pp.)
Notice: PBS is rebroadcasting Food, Inc. on Tuesday, August 9 and is kicking off its new Food site. Check local listings here.
While the Bush reign may be described as a war on privacy, Obama’s is clearly a war on food freedom.* As his Monsanto administration arrests organic farmers and distributors, seizing and destroying healthy foods privately contracted and sustainably grown, this tyranny is not unique to the United States. All over the world, organic, sustainable farmers are under attack by large agribiz actors who, through government and trade agreements, are regulating them out of business and destroying the environment in the process.
Two farmers arguing against ecocidal hyper-regulation and “conventional” and “orthodox organic” farming are Simon Fairlee of England and Sepp Holzer of Austria. Both have written seminal books that should grace the bookshelves of everyone who gardens, farms or cares about the impact of agriculture on the biosphere.
Posted in Animals, Art, Books, Music & Film, Energy, Environment, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Resistance
Tagged aquaculture, CAFOs, corpogov, courts, eatwild.com, Environment, factory farms, fao, farmers, Films & Books, Food Criminalization, food inc, Free Range Animals, gardening, gene logsdon, ghg, greenhouse gas emissions, holy shit, joel salatin, lab cultured meat, Land Rights, meat a benign extravagance, meat diet, mike pollan, nomads, omniovers dilemma, Organic, pbs, Peasants, permaculture, Ranchers, sepp holzer, Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale Integrative Farming and Gardening, Silviculture, Simon Fairlee, Soil, subsistence farming, Sustainable Practices, terrace farming, The Contrary Farmer, transhumanism, vegan diet
By Rady Ananda
Billing itself as the “world’s fair” of the heirloom industry, the National Heirloom Exposition will be held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California from Sept. 13-15, 2011.
Supported by firms “passionate about heirlooms and pure foods,” the three-day event will feature over 250 vendors, plus speakers, workshops, films, tours, and, of course, FOOD – the all natural, organic, pure kind that farmers and gardeners have reared or raised for ages.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Economy Economics, Environment, Food & Farming
Tagged alice waters, biodiversity, farmers, Films & Books, food freedom, food sovereignty, gardening, Health Foods, heirloom, Land Rights, National Heirloom Exposition, Organic, Peasants, Ranchers, seed sovereignty, sonoma county fairgrounds, vandana shiva, water rights
By Jeff Biggers
Hundreds of marchers are peacefully re-enacting the historic March on Blair Mountain this week in a nonviolent celebration to remind the nation that the safety and health of coal miners and coal mining communities must be placed above the profit interests of union-busting absentee coal companies.
If the safety, health and civil rights of all Americans are protected by the same laws, then our nation’s President and lawmakers are obliged by the staggering health and human rights crises and mounting deathtoll in the central Appalachian coalfields to call for an immediate moratorium on all mountaintop removal operations.
Posted in Economy Economics, Energy, Environment, Healthcare, Land Grab, Obama and Company
Tagged appalachia, blair mountain project, Coal, economics, Healthcare, Land Rights, mining, profits vs people, water rights
By Rady Ananda
Citrus Heights attorney Joseph H. Marman will soon file a lawsuit against the Shasta County Air Quality Management District in California for failing to ensure good air quality, on behalf of those injured by pollutants used in persistent jet contrails, popularly known as chemtrails.
The type of damage can vary – from reduced agricultural output and reduced solar energy capture, to damaged soils and water systems, to human health problems.
He reported to Food Freedom that he now has enough plaintiffs to pursue the case, but must first file an Administrative claim.
“Typically after I file a government claim, then we have six months in which to file the complaint,” he said.
Depending on what’s loaded in the spray, as well as particle size, aerial spraying impacts health in a variety of ways. Once inhaled or absorbed through the skin, particles can impede gastrointestinal, respiratory, autoimmunity, neurological and cognitive functions.
Posted in Bioweaponry, Environment, Genetic Engineering, Geoengineering, Healthcare, Weather Modification
Tagged Agrobacterium, biotechnology, Charles E. Holman Foundation, chemtrail health effects, chemtrails, Drew Leitao, Environment, genetic engineering, geoengineering, gm goats, gulf oil disaster, joseph h marman, Land Rights, Litigation, mary leitao, morgellons, osu Center for the Investigation of Morgellons Disease, pollution, Randy Wymore, shasta county air quality management, Soil, synthia, us air force, water rights
By Rady Ananda
In the state that made international news this year when three towns passed a food sovereignty ordinance, two bills that would have bolstered them at the state level met with defeat in Maine’s legislative Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.
Sponsored by Rep. Walter Kumiega, LD 366 was rejected by the Ag Committee on May 11. The raw milk bill would have obviated licensing for the direct sale from farmer to consumer and protected small operations from overly burdensome rules recently imposed at the bureaucratic level.
“Requiring someone with two cows or a handful of goats to invest ten thousand dollars or more to build an inspectable facility doesn’t make economic sense,” Kumiega told Food Freedom. “Hand milking is a perfectly acceptable method and does not need the same facilities that a machine milking operation does. LD 366 seeks to restore an exemption that was a standard practice up until two years ago, when it was changed by an administrative decision.”
Posted in Economy Economics, Environment, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Resistance
Tagged biased brooksville ballot, biotechnology, blue hill maine, bob st peter, economics, food legislation, food safety modernization act, fsma, Genetically Engineered Food, gmo ban, home food sales, home rule, Land Rights, maine ld 330, maine ld 366, maine raw milk law, maine water rights, montville gmo ban, nestle, rep walter kumiega, sedgwick, water rights
Judge says southern Illinois levee can be blown up
By Miriam Moynihan
A federal judge on Friday ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can blow up a Mississippi River levee, which would flood Missouri farmland but prevent the flooding of an Illinois town.
NYTimes May 2nd update: Missouri has appealed to the US Supreme Court, while at this moment, explosives are being packed.
(December 10, 2010 report by a local TV news station in Texas)
The New York Times reveals that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has known since at least 2009 that hydrofracking (to increase oil and gas extraction) is contaminating US waters with radioactive waste. Josh Fox’s film “Gasland” didn’t win the Oscar for Best Documentary, despite that most Americans know all about “Inside Job” and the criminal banksters and their government protectors, but few know about the dangers of fracking and how regulators protect driller profits over human and environmental health.
In this first in a series, the NYTimes fails to mention Arkansas, the meteoric rise in earthquakes associated with fracking, and the livestock and mass wildlife deaths. Maybe it’ll get to the rest of this fracking mess. As is, tho, it’s still worth the read. ~ Ed.
By Rady Ananda
None other than CIA-run CBS News reported yesterday that the “Latest Terror Threat in US Aimed to Poison Food.” Though the stymied “terrorist” plot was “uncovered earlier this year,” the CBS exclusive report is filed on the eve of passage of the draconian Food Safety Modernization Act, otherwise known as the Food Patriot Act.
Apparently, official estimates of the number of foodborne illnesses (based on speculation and assumption) isn’t enough to scare the public in the minds of corporate officials. Adding to the long list of government-orchestrated terror events, we now learn of an alleged plot to poison the food supply. The transparent timing of such a “news” story couldn’t be more obvious if Obama had cried ‘Wolf!’
Posted in Big Pharma, Bioweaponry, Economy Economics, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Military, MSM Shills, NWO, Obama and Company, Psy-Ops
Tagged biotechnology, CAFOs, corpogov, false flag, fda, Food Criminalization, food freedom, food legislation, food safety modernization act, food terror, food tyranny, Genetically Engineered Food, Health Foods, Land Rights, psyops
Famine: Third Horse of the Apocalypse (Vasnetsov)
By Brigid of Gaia
Bring the Children Home
An Open Letter to the Police
On December 13, 2010, a piece of draconian legislation was passed into law by the Canadian senate. I refer to Bill C36, which is just one piece in the wider global plan called Codex Alimentarius. The bill controls consumer products and is widely understood to be the precursor for another bill that will give Health Canada the power to take some 75% of natural health products off the shelves.
At least as important as this is the part of the bill that removes the law of trespass. Until tonight, a police officer needed a warrant to enter private property in Canada. No longer. Under the new law, police can enter and seize private property at any time, for any reason, even if the person in question is not suspected of any crime.
By Survival International
Survival International’s film ‘Mine: Story of a Sacred Mountain’ has won the award for ‘Best Short’ in the category of International Human Rights at the Artivist Film Festival to be held in Hollywood.
‘Mine’, narrated by British actress and activist, Joanna Lumley, depicts the struggle of the Dongria Kondh tribe of Orissa, India, to save their sacred mountain from Vedanta Resources’ proposed open pit bauxite mine. In August, the Dongria Kondh won an historic victory as India’s environment minister blocked the controversial mine.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Region: India
Tagged avatar tribe, capitalism vs people, film award, india tribes, Land Rights, mining, Resistance