By Rady Ananda
Need a last minute gift for your beloved locavore? Several books would make excellent holiday gifts, so this review covers a few of them on the environment, as it relates to local food sovereignty, food security and palate delight. There’s even one for kids, which starts the set:
Avatars of Gaia: Escape from Hazard Hollow
Professor Heart (self-published: 2009, 210 pp.)
Charlotte Purin of Los Angeles decided one of the best ways to save Mother Earth is to get kids involved. So she wrote Avatars of Gaia: Escape from Hazard Hollow for preteens. The tale educates as it entertains, integrating the concepts of sustainability, healthy-eating, and environmental consciousness into a fantasy adventure story.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Environment, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Human Rights Civil Liberties
Tagged Agroecology, Avatars of Gaia: Escape from Hazard Hollow, Charlotte Purin, Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots along the Pepper Trail, csa, Ellen LaConte, Environment, Films & Books, gardening, Genetically Engineered Food, Health Foods, Kriese Kraft Naghan, Life Rules: Why so much is going wrong everywhere at once, Sharon and Andrew Cooper, Sustainable Practices, The Superfood Gardener
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
“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 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
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 Hands off Mother Earth
Rajendra K. Pachauri
Chairman of the IPCC
C/O World Meteorological Organization
7bis Avenue de la Paix
CH- 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
Dear Dr. Pachauri,
The undersigned organizations would like to express our concerns about the upcoming IPCC joint working group expert meeting on geoengineering to be held in Lima, Peru, June 20-22, 2011.
Geoengineering, the intentional large-scale manipulation of the Earth’s systems to modify the climate, is one of the most serious issues the international community will face in the decades ahead. The prospects of artificially changing the chemistry of our oceans to absorb more CO2, modifying the Earth’s radiative balance, devising new carbon sinks in fragile ecosystems, redirecting hurricanes and other extreme weather events are alarming. The potential for accidents, dangerous experiments, inadequate risk assessment, unexpected impacts, unilateralism, private profiteering, disruption of agriculture, inter-state conflict, illegitimate political goals and negative consequences for the global South is high. The likelihood that geoengineering will provide a safe, lasting, democratic and peaceful solution to the climate crisis is non-existent.
Posted in Environment, Geoengineering, Weather Modification
Tagged chemtrails, climate change, convention on biological diversity, Environment, etc group, geoengineering, gmwatch, h.o.m.e., institute of science in society, iron seeding, la via campesina, pollution, Sustainable Practices, water rights, weather modification
Graph: Data compiled by GRAIN from government and UN sources, 2008-2010 (except Australia=2005)
By Rady Ananda
A research group that supports community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems, GRAIN, has released a global report, Food Safety for Whom? Corporate Wealth vs. Peoples’ Health, showing how governments and corporations use “food safety” to manipulate market access and control. Rather than making food safer, domestic and trade rules “force open markets, or backdoor ways to limit market access.”
Posted in Animals, Bioweaponry, Environment, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Obama and Company, Resistance
Tagged australia, bayer crop science, biotechnology, CAFOs, canada, corpogov, corporate food system, dupont, factory farms, farmers, fda, Food Criminalization, food freedom, Food Safety for Whom? Corporate Wealth vs. Peoples’ Health, food safety modernization act, food sovereignty, GATT, Genetically Engineered Food, gmo label, GRAIN, Health Foods, india, korea, maine, monopolies, Monsanto, Organic, paul noble, Peasants, pollution, Ranchers, sick food, Sustainable Practices, syngenta, US, WalMart, wikileaks, WTO
By Rady Ananda
While industries continue to pollute the planet with their toxic chemicals, toxic waste and toxic spills, Earth’s pollinators sing a swan song that leaves no doubt as to the folly of modern civilization. Our ability to hear and appropriately respond to the crisis of declining pollinators will determine humanity’s survival.
“In 1923, Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist, philosopher and social innovator, predicted that in 80 to 100 years honeybees would collapse.” Queen of the Sun
Steiner believed the industrialization of bees would lead to their demise. It looks like he was right. In recent years, the United States has lost between 100 and 300 billion bees, and the problem has spread to Europe and beyond. While industrialized beekeeping operations do kill millions of bees each year, several other factors contribute to their massive die-off.
Posted in Bioweaponry, Genetic Engineering
Tagged age of mammals, apiculture, apis mellfera, biotechnology, colony collapse disorder, Evolution, factory farms, Genetically Engineered Food, global bee colony disorders, gm crops, hfcs, high fructose corn syrup, keystone species, mass die-off, monoculture, north american bats, Pesticides, pollution, queen of the sun, scientific studies, Sustainable Practices, taggart siegel, unep, white nose syndrome, wns
By Rady Ananda
(Updated below.) The last four months of 2010, nearly 500 earthquakes rattled Guy, Arkansas.  The entire state experienced 38 quakes in 2009.  The spike in quake frequency precedes and coincides with the 100,000 dead fish on a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River that included Roseville Township on December 30. The next night, 5,000 red-winged blackbirds and starlings dropped dead out of the sky in Beebe.  Hydraulic fracturing is the most likely culprit for all three events, as it causes earthquakes with a resultant release of toxins into the environment. 
Posted in Energy, Environment, Obama and Company
Tagged air pollution, arkansas, bird kill, Earthquakes, Environment, EPA, fish kill, fracking, hydraulic fracturing, hydrofracking, induced seismicity, new york, pennsylvania, pollution, Sustainable Practices, Texas, Water pollution, wyoming
By Mickey Z
Being a revolutionary needn’t require one to sleep till noon , dress entirely in black, and sport a rail-thin, heroin addict physique. Then again, neither should Michael Moore ever serve as anyone’s role model for healthy rebellion.
If you agree that fitness— both mental and physical —is a crucial component for any serious subversive, read on…
By The Yes Men
A legal complaint from agribusiness giant ADM has resulted in the removal from Youtube of a fake video of ADM’s CEO making over-honest pronouncements. (The video is still available here and here.)
Posted in 4th Estate, Censorship, Environment, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Land Grab, Resistance
Tagged 4th Estate, ADM, agribusiness, archer daniels midland, CAFOs, class war, corpogov, Environment, factory farms, food freedom, Food News, Genetical Engineering, greed, humor, Sustainable Practices, Take Down Order
White-nose Syndrome, named for the tell-tale white fuzz it leaves on bats’ ears and noses, has killed more than a million bats in the northeastern United States.
By Sonia Shah
Yale Environment 360
In the past dozen years, three new diseases have decimated populations of amphibians, honeybees, and — most recently — bats. Increasingly, scientists suspect that low-level exposure to pesticides could be contributing to this rash of epidemics.
Ever since Olga Owen Huckins shared the spectacle of a yard full of dead, DDT-poisoned birds with her friend Rachel Carson in 1958, scientists have been tracking the dramatic toll on wildlife of a planet awash in pesticides. Today, drips and puffs of pesticides surround us everywhere, contaminating 90 percent of the nation’s major rivers and streams, more than 80 percent of sampled fish, and one-third of the nation’s aquifers. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, fish and birds that unsuspectingly expose themselves to this chemical soup die by the millions every year.
Posted in Animals, Environment, Food & Farming
Tagged amphibian die-off, bat die off, bee die-off, dow chemical eco terrorism, Environment, monsanto eco terrorism, pesticide eco-destruction, pollution, scientific studies, Sustainable Practices
By Rady Ananda
Animal traceability is gaining governmental support in two key US beef markets, which may reinvigorate the US National Animal Identification System (NAIS), despite a recent funding cut. Japan and South Korea are now moving toward mandatory traceability on imports. South Korea plans to mandate animal monitoring by 2010, and Japan’s new prime minister vowed to mandate it for beef imports, according to a pro-NAIS report at Food Safety News.
Posted in Animals, Big Pharma, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering
Tagged beef exports, beef supply, CAFOs, canada beef, farmers, food legislation, food monopolies, Food Safety, Genetical Engineering, japan beef, mexico beef, monopolies, NAIS, Organic, Peasants, Premises ID, Ranchers, S 510, south korea beef, Sustainable Practices, USDA
In a comment to a NY Times article by Nicholas Kristoff, there is a recommendation, 122, related to saving farming as part of our holiday giving. If people recommend 122, it will rise in the results rank and bring attention to the issues. Here’s the comment:
Posted in Food & Farming, Resistance
Tagged fda, food legislation, Food Safety, food security, Food Supply, gardening, Genetical Engineering, grow your own, monsanto monopoly, Organic, s510, Sustainable Practices, USDA