NEW UNITED NATIONS ASSESSMENT PAINTS A DIRE PICTURE OF MASSIVE HUMAN-CAUSED DECLINES IN BIODIVERSITY AND RESULTING DANGERS TO HUMAN CIVILIZATION. A sobering thirty-nine-page Summary was released in Paris yesterday.
The full 1500 page report "compiled by hundreds of international experts and based on thousands of scientific studies" – the most extensive work of its kind ever produced – will be released later this year.
The grim assessment makes clear that human wellness and economy are interconnected with the natural-world-declines we are causing. The impacts upon humans promise to be mighty. Jim
"Humans are transforming Earth’s natural landscapes so dramatically that as many as one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, posing a dire threat to ecosystems that people all over the world depend on for their survival, a sweeping new United Nations assessment has concluded…
"Its conclusions are stark. In most major land habitats, from the savannas of Africa to the rain forests of South America, the average abundance of native plant and animal life has fallen by 20 percent or more, mainly over the past century. With the human population passing 7 billion, activities like farming, logging, poaching, fishing and mining are altering the natural world at a rate 'unprecedented in human history'…
"The report is not the first to paint a grim portrait of Earth’s ecosystems. But it goes further by detailing how closely human well-being is intertwined with the fate of other species.
"'For a long time, people just thought of biodiversity as saving nature for its own sake,' said Robert Watson, chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, which conducted the assessment at the request of national governments. 'But this report makes clear the links between biodiversity and nature and things like food security and clean water in both rich and poor countries.'"
Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace
A dire United Nations report, based on thousands of scientific studies, paints an urgent picture of biodiversity loss and finds that climate change is amplifying the danger to humanity.
HOW ONE YOUNG ORGANIC FAMILY DAIRY FARM IN MAINE IS GOING AGAINST THE TIDE IN AN EFFORT TO SURVIVE IN THIS ERA OF A DEVASTATING ORGANIC "MILK GLUT" CAUSED BY RAMPANT CHEATING BY ILLEGAL FAKE-ORGANIC CORPORATE FACTORY FARMS. Our friends, Caitlin Frame and Andy Smith, founding farmers in the Real Organic Project, made a reasonable and pivotal decision to grow the direct-marketing portion of their organic milk and yogurt dairy business.
Ironically, despite the serious factory-farm-caused MILK SURPLUS, it was that principled commitment to maintain farmer-independence which was cited by Danone (owner of organic dairy processor Horizon) as to why their dairy contract was being terminated.
Caitlin & Andy adjusted to their market shock and re-doubled their determination to survive as direct-marketing farmers.
DON'T MISS this excellent MUST WATCH video (17:32) of Caitlin's presentation about their REAL ORGANIC FARM at the ROP 2019 Symposium. Caleb, Megan & Jim
"I believe animals should have a sort of basic right to the following conditions:
"To do anything other than let a cow be a cow or a chicken a chicken or pig a pig is to create a problem for us to figure out and to go a little further into a place that feels perhaps a little radical given the number of humans that live on this planet and what kind of food production systems are needed to feed them all, but I think that’s what we’re trying to figure out here.
"I will say this: I believe that we ought to extend our attention and care to the full animal dignity of each creature we encounter as well as the full dignity of the land that sustains us."
2019 Symposium | Caitlin Frame | Real Organic Project
Caitlin Frame: Real Organic Dairy Farming in Maine My name is Caitlin Frame and I own and operate the Milkhouse Dairy Farm and Creamery in Monmouth Maine with my partner Andy Smith. I’m really excited to be here with you all today. My partner Andy went to college in Maine and I ended up there …
NEW STUDY SHOWS SUPERIORITY OF ORGANIC OVER CONVENTIONAL WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD SAFETY ISSUES. Now, scientists have identified another reason for you and your family to go organic.
New research published in the 'Journal of Applied Ecology' shows the biological diversity found on healthy diversified organic farms REDUCES risks from pathogens in the soil. Caleb, Megan & Jim
"Organic farms are home to a greater diversity of soil microbes and insects, that could fight off the threat of deadly food-borne pathogens, a new study shows.
"Writing in the Journal of Applied Ecology, a team of international researchers explain that the spread of pathogens, such as fecal E.coli bacteria, on farmland, has caused thousands of deaths and millions of illnesses globally. That’s driven farmers to remove natural habitat like hedgerows and ponds from their land, because they’re thought to attract wild and domesticated animals which cause the problem by fouling nearby crops with their pathogenic feces. While this more simplified vision of farmland may threaten biodiversity and reduce crucial ecosystem services like pollination, it’s nevertheless seen as an essential move for food safety.
"Yet, the new study actually reveals the opposite, showing that as wild habitat disappears, so too do microbes and insects–like the ever-industrious dung beetle–which can actually help to eradicate pathogens from the soil."
Organic agriculture could reduce the spread of fo – Anthropocene
Organic farms are home to a greater diversity of soil microbes and insects, that could fight off the threat of deadly food-borne pathogens, a new stu
LEVITY FORA SATURDAY. Other views of the American Nations. Jim
BREAKING NEWS! AMID STIFF HEADWINDS PATENT-BULLY-WANNABE PEPSICO DROPS LAWSUIT AGAINST POTATO FARMERS IN INDIA. With tail firmly between its legs and a new black eye, American junk food conglomerate PepsiCo has buckled under a maelstrom of criticism and pulled the plug on its ill-advised half-baked destined-to-lose patent infringement lawsuit against family potato farmers in India.
There are many things we can learn from our friends in India! Jim
"'PepsiCo should have apologized for the intimidation and harassment of farmers in this case, and it should have been penalized for adopting these tactics against farmers,' ASHA said.
"'PepsiCo should also pay compensation to the sued farmers,' it added."
PepsiCo drops lawsuit against Indian farmers over potatoes used in Lays chips
PepsiCo has backed down from a controversial fight with Indian farmers it accused of illegally growing its registered potatoes.
FIRST DAY OF THE NEW FARMING SEASON ON WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM IN MAINE. Yesterday, Caleb removed the tire chains and 7' Snowblower from our 1967 92 HP Oliver 1850 Diesel.
He then hooked up the 1850 to our 19' wide International Harvester Vibrashank harrow.
Here, Caleb is making his first pass "breaking crust" on ground dry enough to work ahead of today's predicted rain. This land on the home farm will be used to grow this year's organic Certified Seed Potatoes. As you can see, we still have snow on the south edge of fields which are shaded by trees.
Though not an early Spring, this is the earliest we have been on the ground in 5 years – and nine days earlier than last year.
Meanwhile, Barry Campbell in nearby Littleton succeeded in getting some potatoes planted on Tuesday, April 30. There have only been about half-a-dozen years out of the last 55 that top-notch farmer Barry has not planted at least a few acres of early potatoes in the month of April. Jim
LEGAL ANALYSIS INDICTS PEPSICO FOR PRECARIOUS FOOTING IN ITS PATENT INFRINGEMENT PERSECUTION OF INDIAN POTATO FARMERS. In the United States, thanks to a rigged patent system crafted by corporations themselves, corporations unjustly lord over citizens when it comes to patent law issues.
However, thanks to enlightened patent legislation passed by the Indian Parliament in 2001, PepsiCo is facing tough sledding and must now confront a patent law system in which "Intellectual Property Rights are neither meant to be absolute or unlimited" and the rights of farmers are balanced with those of plant breeders.
Has PepsiCo, in trying to impersonate greedy patent-bully-Monsanto, instead met its Waterloo? Jim
"The infringement suit filed by PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt Ltd (PIH), Indian subsidiary of the US multinational corporation, against potato farmers in Gujarat is premised on an untenable interpretation of law on plant breeders in the country. Yet, on the basis of a claim of an infringement of its potato variety by the accused farmers, the company makes an offer for a ‘settlement’, but with conditions.
"Both houses of the Indian Parliament passed the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPV&FR) Act in 2001. As explained by M S Swaminathan, this would be the first Act in the world to simultaneously consider farmers’ and breeders’ rights. That makes the law unique…
"Section 39(1)(iv) of the PPV&FR Act recognises that farmers are entitled to save, use, sow, resow, exchange, share or sell their farm produce, including seed of an IPR-protected variety…
"The law allows farmers to freely use this vegetative propagating material and even sell both the potato produce and potato seed sans branding."
Untenable interpretation – The infringement suit filed by PepsiCo against Gujarat’s potato farmers is based on legally flawed premises
THOUSANDS OF HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF MAINE FISHERMEN NOW SUCCESSFULLY PROTECTED FOR THE AGES. Kudos to the Penobscot Maritime Museum for recently completing a massive cataloguing project which has digitized and permanently protected another 25,000 photos of the hardworking national fishing industry, with a particular focus on Maine.
The article and interview in the 'Bangor Daily News' contains nine examples of the newly saved photographs.
Then this link will deliver you to a dizzying treasure trove of PMM's 140,000 catalogued images. Caleb, Megan & Jim https://penobscotmarinemuseum.org/photography-collections/
"This month, the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport finished preserving, scanning and cataloging National Fisherman magazine’s massive photographic archive. The images were stuffed into filing cabinets at the publication’s Portland office for decades. Now, every image is online, in a searchable database, for the whole world to see for free.
"The broad ranging archive reveals the compelling, gritty world of commercial fishing. The collection of prints and negatives originally accompanied stories and advertisements. They show emerging technology, as well as everyday fisherfolk hauling nets, processing the catch, repairing trawlers, building boats and setting Coast Guard buoys".
See long hidden historic photos of the gritty, compelling lives of tough Maine fishermen
Maine museum officials digitized nearly 25,000 pictures of fishermen and boatbuilders from all over America.
NOW, IT'S PEPSICO THAT IS IMPERSONATING MONSANTO IN SUING INDIAN FARMERS OVER SEED USE. Seed is part of the Commons because it is the result of 10,000 years of breeding and selection by ALL of humanity's ancestors.
Therefore, the expropriation of the world's seed genetics from the Commons, and privatization via fraudulent seed-patents by multinational mega corporations – like Monsanto and now, PepsiCo – is illegitimate and illegal. It is bio-piracy, or theft from the Commons. Theft? Yes, theft because there has been a "taking" from the Commons and the people have NEVER been compensated for the illegal expropriation.
As Oregon organic seed farmer Frank Morton once observed, it is as though the seed-bullies have changed the lug nuts on a tractor trailer and then claimed ownership the the entire truck for their efforts.
Now American-based conglomerate PepsiCo, owner of Lay's Potato Chips, is mimicking Monsanto-bullying-of-farmers and suing nine potato farmers in the Indian State of Gujarat. Thankfully, the Gujarat government is coming to the aid of the family farmers and will fight PepsiCo.
We have neighbors who grow Chip Potatoes for Frito-Lay. Because we are familiar with the stories of injustice and mistreatment of our potato farmers by Frito-Lay we long ago swore off buying or eating Lay Potato Chips. Now, the world has a second reason to join our boycott of Lay's Jim
"AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat government has decided to back the nine potato farmers locked in a legal battle with food and beverages giant PepsiCo after the latter dragged them to court for growing a potato variety which it claimed was its registered product.
"A day after senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel stated that the state could not keep 'its eyes shut' to the issue, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel on Sunday stated that the government had decided to join as a party in the lawsui ..
"Ahmed Patel on Saturday described PepsiCo's action "brazenly wrong" and as many as 192 farmer organisations, including the RSS-affiliate Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, and rights activists made a strong representation that the company should withdraw the cases against the farmers."
Gujarat government backs potato farmers in PepsiCo case
PepsiCo has sued the nine farmers for allegedly growing the FL2027 or FC5 variety of potatoes for which it has claimed Plant Variety Protection (PVP) rights.
NEW RESEARCH DEMONSTRATES MULTI-GENERATIONAL DAMAGE FROM MONSANTO'S GLYPHOSATE. It's way past high time miscreant Monsanto's Glyphosate – active ingredient in Monsanto's deadly weed killer 'Roundup – was banned and pulled from the market.
Now researchers at WSU have shown 2nd & 3rd Generation abnormalities at doses HALF those expected to show no adverse effects.
Also, bear this in mind: unearthed EPA documents prove greed-driven Monsanto was fully aware of the potential for Glyphosate to cause cancer OVER 35 Years AGO! (https://sustainablepulse.com/…/monsanto-knew-of-glyphosat…/…) Jim
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