Anna Lappe in the environmental magazine Mongabay reports on how agroecology and regenerative food and farming practices are an overdue but now leading topic in food and climate circles:
“The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report states in its strongest terms yet the need for action to reduce emissions, and one of the key strategies it outlines for policymakers is agroecology.
Encompassing a range of techniques from intercropping to agroforestry, agroecology is a solution that can ‘contribute to both climate mitigation and adaptation,’ the IPCC stressed.
Based on traditional knowledge, agroecology can solve multiple challenges at once, including the biodiversity crisis and food insecurity…
Defined in the [IPCC] report as a ‘holistic approach’ to farming, agroecology as a practice includes techniques such as intercropping and planting cover crops, integrating livestock and trees into landscapes, and deploying organic farming methods to enhance biodiversity and soil health while eliminating dependence on external inputs like pesticides and synthetic fertilizer. It’s a nature-based solution that can ‘contribute to both climate mitigation and adaptation,’ the IPCC stresses. It’s also a solution grounded in an embrace of the human rights of Indigenous and small-scale producers, as articulated in the 13 principles of agroecology from the United Nation’s High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition.
Learn more: From Traditional Practice To Top Climate Solution, Agroecology Gets Growing Attention
Read Mongabay’s article on OCA and Regeneration International’s Billion Agave Project in Mexico
Dr. Meryl Nass, America’s premier analyst on COVID-19 and bioweapons, writes in Substack:
“There has been so much bad news about the vaccines in the last few months, it even leaked into the mainstream media. I think the cabal's plan, at least in the US but probably everywhere, is to stop propping the ludicrous vaccine claims up and allow them to die a natural death. I explain why below.
“There was just too much bad news, too few getting boosted, too much resistance from parents. Getting 8 or 10 doses into everyone was not going to happen. The terrified obedient masses were becoming fewer and fewer…
“It must be obvious to all that the shots do not prevent spread and therefore there is no logical way you can mandate them… It is important to mention again--because we keep forgetting--that while the vaccines are nominally licensed for adults, in fact you can only find the EUA (unlicensed) product in the US, and legally an EUA is experimental--and therefore forcing someone to be vaccinated is a Nuremberg violation and a violation of federal law.
“The imposition of mandates for these experimental gene therapy products is therefore a crime, being committed by states, federal government and certain companies and other institutions. It seems that because US law was not designed for situations in which the government is the criminal, it has been very difficult to use the judicial system to change what is happening. But surely if this persisted much longer an honest judge somewhere would finally rule that the vaccines are experimental and the COVID mandate house of cards would then collapse…”
Learn more: But what do they have in store for us next?
The Organic & Non-GMO Report says:
"Unnatural: GMO 2.0 companies at Natural Products Expo West spark controversy… Natural Products Expo West recently returned as an in-person event after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The show, which is organized by New Hope Network, was considered a success as 57,000 people attended along with more than 2,700 exhibitors. But the show’s sunny optimism was dimmed by controversy as some exhibiting companies promoted very unnatural products developed using risky genetic engineering technologies known as synthetic biology or GMO 2.0. Brave Robot promoted its ice cream made from Perfect Day’s synbio proteins. Motif FoodWorks offered samples of its GMO-derived ‘Hemami’ meat alternative. Other synbio company exhibitors were Pipette sunscreens and personal care products, Atomo 'molecular coffee,' and Remilk dairy products, among others.
"Natural food retailers—the main target market for Expo West—say the synbio companies had no business being at the show because their products are developed using genetic engineering technologies that are even riskier than the ones the natural food industry has opposed for many years.
"'I think it’s totally inappropriate that these companies are exhibiting at Expo West; their products are not natural,' says Mark Squire, co-owner of Good Earth Natural Foods in Fairfax, California. 'They are hiding behind a lack of transparency. New Hope needs to understand these GMO 2.0 products have a whole new set of problems attached to them and no regulations.'
"Alan Lewis, vice president of government affairs, stakeholder relations, and organic compliance at Natural Grocers, says that New Hope Network, is 'bending the definition of 'natural' beyond the breaking point' by allowing synbio companies to exhibit at the show.
"'The New Hope brand was founded on the hope of creating and nurturing the community of people committed to taking care of each other, animals, and the planet. Transparency was fundamental to the brand and built trust in the community. Synthetic biology violates these foundational values.'
"Patrick Sheridan, president and CEO of the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA), says the consensus among his group’s member retailers was that synbio companies don’t belong at a natural food show."
"'We’re trying to curb the expansion of GMOs in our food system but food start-ups are getting into Expo using smart marketing campaigns that aren’t transparent.'
"In a Forbes article, Michele Simon, an attorney and strategy consultant for the plant-based foods industry, wrote that New Hope confuses retailers by allowing the GMO 2.0 companies to exhibit.
"'Many of these buyers are not sophisticated enough to be up on the latest biotechnologies deployed by Silicon Valley-funded start-ups… By allowing products that clearly are not (natural), New Hope is not serving retailers in an honest way.'"
Read more: Unnatural: GMO 2.0 Companies at Natural Products Expo West Spark Controversy
Alliance for Natural Health writes:
"Will 'alternative proteins' save the planet? Not so fast. An opinion piece in Civil Eats convincingly argues that the enthusiasm behind 'meatless meat' or 'alternative proteins' must be checked, particularly when it comes to arguments regarding their benefit to the planet. According to Patrick Brown, the CEO of Impossible Foods, meat substitutes are “the last chance to save the planet.
"Author Philip Howard writes: 'Firstly, the idea that these alternative proteins can save the planet is highly speculative. These claims are based on a narrow assessment of which products can deliver the most protein for the least CO2. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. Products like the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger source their ingredients from chemical-intensive (and therefore fossil fuel-intensive) monocultures and rely on heavy processing—all of which has major impacts on human health, biodiversity, and climate change.'
"Additionally, as Rob Verkerk, PhD, founder of ANH-International points out, 'some livestock farming systems, in particular those that are pasture-based, are already carbon net zero. These operations are worlds away from the concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, that are indeed responsible for greenhouse gas emissions. The point is, red meat isn’t the problem, the production system is.'
"'There are also human health issues with lab-grown meat. We reported previously that some companies genetically engineer a compound, heme, that gives the 'meat' the impression that it is 'bleeding' like real meat. Has genetically engineered 'heme' been tested for safety? No. But that hasn’t prevented the FDA from giving the green light in yet another capitulation to Big Food.'"
Learn more: Can Fake Meat Save the Planet?
Tessa Lena writes in Substack:
“This story is about the proverbial ‘slippery slope’ as it pertains to the potential new World Health Organization pandemic treaty that may gradually, then suddenly pave the way for the end of national sovereignty as we know it.
“I am using words carefully because I want to be precise. One can easily don their 2019 hat and say, “Well, why I should I care about a WHO document? It’s just some cryptic, pointless formal thing, a bureaucratic project that exists to justify their salaries,” etc. And if I could somehow erase the past two years from memory, I would agree!
“However, the past two years cannot be erased. Adhering to the WHO guidelines put countless innocent people on ventilators and killed them, and prevented many from receiving helpful medical attention—and that’s just the surface of the story! We are in the middle of what feels like a global color revolution, where submissiveness and not asking questions make you a good citizen, and “love of freedom” is suddenly an embarrassing and selfish ultra-right value…
“Besides, ‘long-range plans made in secret’ (borrowing Steven Newcomb’s term for ‘conspiracy’) do exist. They exist because human beings with extreme ambitions exist—and they usually like to lie and scam. In fact, we can easily describe the entire known history of the past few thousand years as a story of very successful scams: scams based on sincere illusions, scams based on blatant deceit—but scams none the less, in a sense that somebody had an arbitrary ambitious idea, made it into a cause, got some funding, whipped together a bunch of willing or unwilling men with arms—and here we are. A lot of things that many generations of people have believed in with religious fervor have never been true in the physical sense—but none the less, many choices by millions of people have been made based on those beliefs…”
Read more: The Slippery Slope of the WHO Pandemic Treaty
Mark Sundeen writes in Outside Magazine:
“In February 2021, when President-elect Joe Biden nominated Deb Haaland to become the 54th secretary of the interior, the left and right staked out familiar turf. A one-term Democratic congresswoman from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Haaland had become a darling to environmentalists. She supported the Green New Deal, called for a fracking ban on public lands, and tweeted out progressive red meat like “Republicans don’t believe in science.
“GOP legislators all but fainted on the rotunda floor but were revived with smelling salts long enough to foresee the end of the oil industry and what one of them called ‘our way of life.’ Fifteen House members urged Biden to withdraw the nomination, labeling it ‘a direct threat to working men and women.’ Senator Steve Daines of Montana, a member of the committee that would examine Haaland’s qualifications for the job, denounced her as ‘radical’ twice in the same press release…
“Why all the drama? As someone who has lived in and written about the American West for 30 years, I can tell you that the secretary of the interior, whose main role is overseeing the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), isn’t usually a memorable figure. The vast majority of Americans who aren’t mine owners or professional environmentalists would be hard-pressed to recall a single one of them by name. Dirk Kempthorne? Ryan Zinke? Sally Jewell? None were household figures like former secretaries of state Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell.”
Read more: Deb Haaland’s Long Game for Victory
Alliance for Natural Health Writes:
“For over three decades, Stephanie Seneff, PhD, has researched biology and technology, over the years publishing over 170 scholarly peer-reviewed articles. In recent years she has concentrated on the relationship between nutrition and health, tackling such topics as Alzheimer’s, autism, and cardiovascular diseases, as well as the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health.
At a conference [in 2014], in a special panel discussion about GMOs, she took the audience by surprise when she declared, 'At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic.' She noted that the side effects of autism closely mimic those of glyphosate toxicity, and presented data showing a remarkably consistent correlation between the use of Roundup on crops (and the creation of Roundup-ready GMO crop seeds) with rising rates of autism. Children with autism have biomarkers indicative of excessive glyphosate, including zinc and iron deficiency, low serum sulfate, seizures, and mitochondrial disorder.
A fellow panelist reported that after Dr. Seneff’s presentation, 'All of the 70 or so people in attendance were squirming, likely because they now had serious misgivings about serving their kids, or themselves, anything with corn or soy, which are nearly all genetically modified and thus tainted with Roundup and its glyphosate.'
Dr. Seneff noted the ubiquity of glyphosate’s use. Because it is used on corn and soy, all soft drinks and candies sweetened with corn syrup and all chips and cereals that contain soy fillers have small amounts of glyphosate in them, as do our beef and poultry since cattle and chicken are fed GMO corn or soy. Wheat is often sprayed with Roundup just prior to being harvested, which means that all non-organic bread and wheat products would also be sources of glyphosate toxicity. The amount of glyphosate in each product may not be large, but the cumulative effect (especially with as much processed food as Americans eat) could be devastating. A recent study shows that pregnant women living near farms where pesticides are applied have a 60% increased risk of children having an autism spectrum disorder…"
ANH Editor’s note: This article was originally posted in 2014. At that time, autism prevalence was 16.8 cases per 1,000 children; the latest data from 2018 show autism prevalence to be 23 cases per 1,000 children, an increase of 37% since the time the article was published. The incidence rate in 2000 was 6.7 cases per 1,000, meaning today’s prevalence rate represents a 243% increase since that year.
Learn more: Half of All Children Will Be Autistic by 2025, Warns Senior Research Scientist at MIT
Hannah Hickey reports:
“Everyone knows eating fruits and vegetables is good for your health. But these days, stores offer a dizzying array of options: organic, conventional, CSAs, local agriculture. Which ones are best for your health?
“A new study, published in January in the journal PeerJ, looks at how regenerative farming practices — soil-building techniques that minimize plowing, use cover crops, and plant diverse crops — affect the nutritional content of the food.
“Results of the preliminary experiment, which included 10 farms across the U.S., show that the crops from farms following soil-friendly practices for at least five years had a healthier nutritional profile than the same crops grown on neighboring, conventional farms. Results showed a boost in certain minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals that benefit human health.”
Learn more: Farms Following Soil-friendly Practices Grow Healthier Food, Study Suggests
Frankenfoods, Frankencrops, Frankenviruses. The same kind of reckless genetic engineering, so-called “gain of function” experiments, weaponizing viruses and pathogens, that caused COVID-19 are being carried out in government and military-funded labs all over the world, not just in China, Russia, and the Ukraine, but in the U.S. as well. We need to put an end to this biological arms race now, before the next lab release gives rise to the next pandemic.
If you’re just as concerned about GMOs engineered for biological weapons (hiding behind the excuse of dual-use medical research) as you are about GMOs in food and agriculture, please…
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“An investigative report by Vanity Fair contributor Katherine Eban, based on more than 100,000 EcoHealth Alliance documents, shows a disturbing reality of ‘murky grant agreements, flimsy NIH oversight and pursuit of government grants by pitching increasingly risky global research.’
“In 2014, EcoHealth received a $3.7 million NIAID grant to study the risk of bat coronavirus emergence and the potential for outbreaks in human populations. Nearly $600,000 of that went to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which was a key collaborator.
“The 2014 grant highlights the truth of what critics of gain-of-function (GOF) research have been saying for years, which is that this kind of research never achieves its aims. They say it needs to be done to prevent and/or get ahead of pandemics, but not a single pandemic has ever been averted and, instead, GOF research may actually be the cause of them.
“EcoHealth president Peter Daszak’s behavior has added fuel to suspicions of a lab leak — potentially of a virus that he himself helped create. In 2015, he warned a global pandemic might occur from a laboratory incident, especially the sort of virus manipulation research being done in Wuhan. Despite this history, in February 2020, Daszak wrote a 'scientific consensus statement' published in The Lancet that condemned the lab leak theory as a wild conspiracy theory.
“It appears those who insist SARS-CoV-2 is of natural origin, despite all the evidence to the contrary, are doing so because they don’t want risky virological research to be blamed for the COVID pandemic.”
Learn more: Over 100,000 Released Documents Expose COVID Origin Fraud
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The Defender writes:
"'Climate change' is a tricky term, suggesting different things to different people. That’s why writer Charles Eisenstein tries to avoid the term altogether.
"What Eisenstein believes about climate change diverges sharply from both mainstream and skeptical discourse.
"'The climate change issue is a gateway to truths about the human condition that hold whether or not you accept the dominant climate change narrative,' Eisenstein wrote on Substack. 'The first of these [truths] is: What we do to the world, we do to ourselves. Self and other, humanity and nature are not separate. We may not die if the Amazon dies, but surely something within us dies, something precious, something sacred.'"
Learn more: Changing the Climate Change Narrative: ‘What We Do to the World, We Do to Ourselves’
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