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MPs calls for 100% organic farming by 2050 – Delano – Luxembourg in English

LUXEMBOURG SETS SIGHTS ON CONVERTING TO 100% ORGANIC PRODUCTION. Five leading members of Parliament were successful last week in moving forward with their plan to convert 100% of Luxembourg's ag production to organic.
National policy is already in place that will see 20% of farm production organic by 2025.
Where there's a will, there's a way. Jim

"The MPS recognise that there are numerous barriers to making the switch and calls on the government to analyse these obstacles and develop a new action plan. The motion says that farming subsidies should delivered in a way that incentivises farmers to make the change. Further investment would also be needed for research into organic farming is, they add, and organic practices should also be taught as part of the basic and ongoing training available to people working in the sector.

"Finally, the MPs call on canteens and caterers working in the public sector to use a compulsory minimum amount of organic products."

MPs calls for 100% organic farming by 2050 – Delano – Luxembourg in English

A group of MPs has presented a motion calling for all farming practices and production to become 100% organic.


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Timber company moving away from spraying herbicide on northern forests, but insists it’s safe | CBC News

MORE GLYPHOSATE-FOREST-SPRAYING GOING ON – WITHOUT PERMISSION – IN NORTHERN ONTARIO. Today's post is a compliment to yesterday's piece about an ethical opponent of forest Glyphosate herbicide spraying "mysteriously" losing his job as a scientist in New Brunswick, Canada.
Now it turns out Glyphosate forest spraying is going on in the forests of Northern Ontario, much to the surprise of local First Nation stewards and other residents. Jim

"For Gerry Vautour it started with complaints from his customers.

"'I had bear hunters up here at the time and these helicopters flew over top of them and were spraying on them,' remembers the owner of East Bull Lake Wilderness Resort north of Massey…

"Vautour, now 75, has prostate cancer and doctors are worried it might be spreading to his thyroid.

"He wonders if it's related to the spraying, but he doesn't know…

"When he first heard about the spraying all those years ago, one of the first people Vautour told was his friend Raymond Owl, an elder from Sagamok First Nation.

"Both men have heard stories about trees and blueberries suddenly dying in the bush and have noticed a disturbing absence of animal life in areas that have been sprayed with glyphosate.

"The 76-year-old Owl has been lobbying both governments through the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Elders group.

"After not getting anywhere with federal and provincial bureaucrats, Owl says his group is planning to file a lawsuit against Canada for violating the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850…

"He says the government did not consult First Nations living along the North Shore of Lake Huron before it began spraying this chemical on their forests.

"'It's still our land. We never sold it. We just gave you a right to live here. That's all you got. But you don't have authority what you do to our land,' says Owl.

"'First Nations doesn't want any chemical at all. If it kills one little bug, one blade of grass, that's too much.'"

Timber company moving away from spraying herbicide on northern forests, but insists it’s safe | CBC News

The debate over the aerial spraying of a herbicide called glyphosate is heating up this summer in northern Ontario. Some believe it's killing more than plants and it seems their lobbying is starting to pay off.


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New Brunswick college instructor fired after taking on Irvings over controversial herbicide

WAS THE FIRING OF A NEW BRUNSWICK SCIENTIST DUE TO HIS VOCIFEROUS OPPOSITION TO FOREST SPRAYING OF GLYPHOSATE HERBICIDE? It sure looks that way.
The entire Province of New Brunswick (just east of Maine) is under the extraordinary influence of the powerful JD Irving family empire. The Irvings are deeply involved in Maritime Canada's forestry. The Irvings pride themselves as modern forestry visionaries and their industrial forest vision is heavily loaded with the spraying of chemical herbicides including Glyphosate.
Coincidentally, during this legislative session, the Maine legislature considered LD 1691, which would have banned the aerial spraying of Glyphosate on Maine forestland. That bill, was authored by our friend, Allagash logger and Senate President Sen Troy Jackson. LD 1691 was morphed into a "study" and was then passed. It should be noted, the Irvings are the largest private landowner in Maine with over 1 Million acres.
Thanks to Tom Day for sharing this article. Caleb, Megan & Jim

"Why was Rod Cumberland, New Brunswick’s most prominent critic of the herbicide glyphosate, fired from his job as a college wildlife instructor?…

"'The Rod Cumberland I know is a genuine father, scientist, researcher and educator,' says Lois Corbett, executive director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick. Corbett explains that Cumberland opposed industry practices such as the clear-cutting of forests and planting of monocultures that impact biodiversity…

"Consequently, Cumberland became a primary target of the forest industry and its supporters. Since at least 2014, J.D. Irving and other forest companies, along with provincial and federal government officials, have tried to discredit Cumberland. In 2014, for example, J.D. Irving issued a strongly worded letter from the company’s chief wildlife biologist, John Gilbert, focusing on Cumberland and his research. “The most recent attacks on forest management in New Brunswick by Rod Cumberland are irresponsible and are not supported by current data and scientific research,” Gilbert wrote in a letter posted on the company’s website.

"The governments and industry even set up a website to defend the herbicide, and paid scientists who support glyphosate to tour cities and towns across New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and conduct seminars designed to address public concerns."

New Brunswick college instructor fired after taking on Irvings over controversial herbicide

Rod Cumberland was a longtime critic of the use of glyphosate — and was terminated by a New Brunswick college that included an Irving rep on its board.


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WINTER TIME SCENE – NORTHERN MAINE POTATO HOUSE. PATTEN, MAINE. Circa 1960. …

WINTER TIME SCENE – NORTHERN MAINE POTATO HOUSE. PATTEN, MAINE. Circa 1960. Patten is located in northern Penobscot County at the foot of Katahdin, a few steps beyond Aroostook County.
As an antidote for the sweltering hot days of July we offer this snow-shoveling-worthy scene of a snug potato house full of a potato crop grown the previous Summer.
As evidenced by the traditional July 4th Aroostook meal of Salmon, Peas and New Potatoes, Maine farmers make sure good potatoes are available to all twelve months a year. Caleb, Megan & Jim




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Agent Orange’s Long Legacy: Its Now Affecting Vets’ Grandchildren

MONSANTO'S ROLE AS MEMBER OF THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX AND KEY CULPRIT IN LEGACY OF INJUSTICE TO VETS AND VIETNAMESE. The Veterans Administration has had plenty of chances to do the right thing when it comes to dispensing justice to our veterans following the military's long & ignorant program of mass spraying of Agent Orange in Vietnam.
However, the continued cold mistreatment of American veterans is an ongoing multi-decade national embarrassment with no end in sight.
For the rest of us, in time the other shoe will drop and countless numbers of our fellow citizens will have their own Agent-Orange-Experience thanks to our similarly ignorant chemical-reliant "Cheap Food" driven Ag Policy. Our Agent may be Glyphosate or Chlorpyrifos or some yet to be fingered disastrous farm chemical from Industrial Ag's vast arsenal. Better be prepared to expect a Mea Culpa from the Feds to be as elusive for Citizens as it has been for Veterans. Caleb, Megan & Jim

"Beginning in 1962 and continuing until 1971, the United States military, with the approval of President John F. Kennedy, sprayed over twenty million gallons of herbicide over more than four and a half million acres in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in order to defoliate the jungle and reduce the areas available for the North Vietnamese soldiers to hide in as well as to destroy crops. The effects of that decision are still with us today.

"The cases of the children, and now the grandchildren, of the thousands of people exposed to the defoliants suffering from birth defects and diseases, have reached an alarming level. But the United States Department of Veterans Affairs has continually dragged its feet regarding the acknowledgement of any correlation…

"The numbers of both Americans and Vietnamese that were exposed by spray, residue, contaminated groundwater and soil could not possibly be measured, but it’s thought that over two million American service personnel have been affected.

"Vietnam has reported that at least four hundred thousand people died or were disfigured by American herbicides.

"The offspring of many of the veterans are born with physical defects…"

Agent Orange’s Long Legacy: Its Now Affecting Vets’ Grandchildren

Beginning in 1962 and continuing until 1971, the United States military, with the approval of President John F. Kennedy, sprayed over twenty million


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Trees ‘most effective solution’ for climate change

NEW STUDY INDICATES PLANTING-OF-TREES ON AVAILABLE LAND COULD REDUCE CO2 IN THE ATMOSPHERE BY 25%. "The authors say this is the most effective climate change solution available to the world right now."
We're talking a big area equivalent to the USA in size. Trees are a technology we all know and could get behind. Jim

"The ability of trees to soak up carbon dioxide has long made them a valuable weapon in the fight against rising temperatures…

"The problem has been that accurate estimates of just how many trees the world can support have been hard to come by.

"This new report aims to show not just how many trees can be grown, but where they could be planted and how much of an impact they would have on carbon emissions…

"Using the mapping software of the Google Earth engine they were able to develop a predictive model to map the global potential for tree cover.

"They found that excluding existing trees, farmland and urban areas, the world could support an extra 0.9bn hectares (2.22bn acres) of tree cover."

Trees ‘most effective solution’ for climate change

A controversial study suggests extreme climate change can be averted by planting a billion hectares of trees.


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Midwest organic farmers stalk fraudulent imports that taint the market

AN INVESTIGATIVE STORY ABOUT FRAUDULENT GRAIN IMPORTS, HAPLESS USDA BUREAUCRATS AND AT-RISK AMERICAN ORGANIC GRAIN FARMERS DENIED JUSTICE. Thanks to lost markets and prices pushed down to disastrous levels, American Organic grain farmers have lost HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of dollars thanks to mega-imports of fraudulent fake grain mislabeled as "organic."
Due to this grossly unfair competition these hardworking organic family farmers face ruin and are unceremoniously being run out of business.
The miserable and frustrating record of governmental indifference and impotence has been relentless.
Here is the key fact USDA ignores: US Customs and Border Protection is on EVERY Ship and therefore COULD check for proper paperwork.
If there is any silver lining, it is the display of grit and devotion by true American heroes – like our good friend, John Bobbe of OFARM – who have faithfully championed the position of honest American farmers by patiently working with a shockingly inept, hard-hearted and excuse-generating bureaucracy. Caleb, Megan & Jim

“'This thing gets more bizarre as you go along,' Bobbe said. 'The problem is that consumers are being potentially defrauded, and the price for farmers is going down'…

"Into this void have stepped a small number of importers, the largest based in the Black Sea region and Middle East, and fake organic grain has become a major problem.

"Consumers pay more for organic foods but may be buying products that were tainted in their growing and feeding. U.S. farmers get less for genuine organic grain when fake imports flood the market. Grain brokers, livestock farms and grocery chains are all at risk…

"Bobbe, a 67-year-old who chooses his words carefully, has watched the problem grow from a closet-like home office at his little farm near Stevens Point, Wis…

"He’s uncovered millions of bushels worth of suspect organic grain destined for the United States as director of OFARM, a Minnesota-based umbrella group for organic farmer cooperatives in the Midwest…

"He has become a nuisance to the organic industry and its regulators, but a hero to organic farmers.

"'Unless the rank and file out here in the country stay on top of it, they’ll get lost in the dust, and that’s what John is making sure doesn’t happen,' said Carmen Fernholz, an organic corn and soybean farmer west of Montevideo, Minn."

Midwest organic farmers stalk fraudulent imports that taint the market

As organic food sales continue to skyrocket, U.S. consumers might be buying products that were tainted in their growing and feeding. Grain fraud investigators like John Bobbe are trying to turn back that rising tide of counterfeit imports.


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Image: Sea Change: Facing a reckoning

GAINING GREATER HISTORICAL CONTEXT FOR UNDERSTANDING CLIMATE CHANGE. A 'Sea Change' article by Marina Schauffler (https://pinetreewatch.org/sea-change-facing-a-reckoning/) provides good vantages for a better understanding of the impact of climate change.
Included is a link to an epic 171-page "Climate Chronolgy" by Dr. Sharon Tisher of UMO. Her stunning graphic depicts an effective southward march for the State of Maine – to current Mid-Atlantic temperatures – over a century, most of which is ahead of us.
The "Climate Chronlogy" makes clear our collective failures to grasp warnings, followed by inaction, goes back a very, very long time Jim

"As I stared at a graphic showing an outline of Maine symbolically shifting down the East Coast (see figure), I had an unsettling sense of déjà vu. The image depicted how – a few decades hence – summers in Maine will feel like those in New York and, by 2070, could resemble those around the Chesapeake Bay…

"In the mid-1800s, Irish physicist John Tyndall figured out that carbon dioxide and other atmospheric gases could trap heat. And by 1900, Swedish chemist and physicist Svante Arrhenius calculated how much warming would occur with a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

"The National Academy of Sciences issued a report in 1977 linking global warming to increased fossil fuel use…

"The answers are complex, but some insights can be found in a troubling timeline of U.S. and international climate policy, a 'Climate Chronology,' created by Sharon Tisher, an environmental lawyer and longtime lecturer at the University of Maine…

"For Tisher, one 'huge irony' at the core of the climate crisis is that the United States – the largest historical producer of CO2 emissions – has “done the most to hold back the international community” in treaties aimed at reining in carbon pollution."

Image: Sea Change: Facing a reckoning

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Austrian parliament votes to ban glyphosate weedkiller | DW | 03.07.2019

GOOD NEWS FOR THE DAY AFTER INDEPENDENCE DAY: AUSTRIAN LAWMAKERS VOTE TO BAN GLYPHOSATE. Yet more headaches for malevolent Monsanto.
"Glyphosate" is the main ingredient in Monsanto's deadly herbicide "Roundup." In 2015 the IARC, an arm of the WHO (World Health Organization) determined glyphosate is a "probable human carcinogen."

"Lawmakers in Austria's lower house of parliament voted to ban all uses of controversial herbicide glyphosate on Tuesday, as the substance faces a slew of lawsuits in the US for potentially causing cancer.

"'The scientific evidence of the plant poison's carcinogenic effect is increasing,' the assembly's top social democrat, Pamela Rendi-Wagner, said in a statement.

"'It is our responsibility to ban this poison from our environment,' she added…

"More than 13,000 people are currently in the process of claiming damages from Bayer in the US. The company was ordered to pay large damages in three cases before California courts in recent months, including over $2 billion (€1.8 billion) to a couple who claimed that exposure to the chemical gave them a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The verdicts are not final and Bayer is appealing all of them…

"This ban would apparently clash with EU rules, as, in 2017, the bloc cleared the herbicide for use for the next five years. The EU relies on the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency which did not classify glyphosate as carcinogenic. However, reports from earlier this year indicated that some European regulators were copying and pasting from studies conducted by Monsanto itself."

Austrian parliament votes to ban glyphosate weedkiller | DW | 03.07.2019

Austria is set to become the first EU country to completely ban weedkiller glyphosate, originally developed by Monsanto and marketed under the name Roundup. The ban could clash with EU law.


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