We all want to get back to normal. As the government works on a set of standards for vaccine passports and enlists the business community to adopt the vaccine passport, we are told that we can “get back to normal by Christmas.”
The message of “getting back to normal” is an enticing one for a public tired of COVID restrictions. But we should take caution here. During the pandemic, we were given solutions from the government that were promised as a panacea but failed to live up to expectations.
Based on faulty Imperial College models, lockdowns were seen as a short-term solution that would contain the pandemic. Mask mandates were promised as a way to stop COVID-19 despite ambiguous evidence for efficacy and later evidence that showed less than promised benefits.
Now we are offered the latest “solution” from public health that follows in their tradition of using social control to control public behavior with the vaccine passport. The same recipe is used — the media promising the benefits and discounting the concerns with the familiar message of “finally, this solution will end the pandemic!” while forgetting that each previously deployed solution has had negative costs.
We should take pause indeed. The vaccine passport is the most controversial and divisive solution presented yet, and, as we will see here, the vaccine passport has unintended, unforeseen consequences for our society.
Read more: The Vaccine Passport Dilemma: How the Vaccine Passport Exacerbates Existing Inequalities In Society
“Once plants and animals were raised together on the same farm—which therefore neither produced unmanageable surpluses of manure, to be wasted and to pollute the water supply, nor depended on such quantities of commercial fertilizer. The genius of American farm experts is very well demonstrated here: they can take a solution and divide it neatly into two problems.” -Wendell Berry in his 1996 book The Unsettling of America
Agriculture's emissions are 10 percent of the US carbon budget and come, in roughly equal parts, from synthetic nitrogen fertilizer and factory farm manure lagoons.
Instead of fixing these two problems, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack would tweak them slightly. He wants to use the Commodity Credit Corporation's $30 billion to create a Carbon Bank to help farmers increase carbon sequestration where synthetic nitrogen fertilizer is applied and divert animal waste to methane digesters.
But, this Carbon Bank funding would just lock these two problems in place.
The only way to transform agriculture from pollution to solution is to reintegrate crops and livestock in biodiverse regenerative organic farming systems.
Read more: The Potential―and Challenges―of Agriculture as a Climate Change Solution
Tell Congress: Taxpayers Shouldn’t Pay for Polluters’ Carbon Offsets
In August 2020, noted science writer William Sargent published the first book on the possible origins of COVID-19. In Terror by Error? The COVID Chronicles, Sargent delves into the murky, often intertwined worlds of medical research and biological warfare to determine if COVID-19 was caused by accidents similar to those that have occurred from 1617 to the present. Sargent reveals that mistakes made in dual use medical research and biological weapons facilities led to tick borne diseases in the United States, smallpox, anthrax and other germ outbreaks in Russia. Sargent helps unearth the factors that caused COVID-19, closing with the hope that these conditions will be altered or permanently banned in the future. Organic Consumers Association International Director Ronnie Cummins, coauthor of The Truth About COVID-19 and Political Director Alexis Baden-Mayer, who has written her own series of articles on the origins of COVID-19, the Gain-of-Function Hall of Shame, interview Sargent in this 1-hour live broadcast.
WATCH: Recording of the live interview
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Last week, OCA’s longtime ally, the Center for Food Safety (CFS), filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an agency with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). CFS is suing the agency over its failure to release government documents related to the approval and issuance of NIH contracts and grants that fund research projects involving controversial gain of function/gain of threat studies with dangerous, so-called "enhanced potential pandemic pathogens."
"The NIH's refusal to make public the research it is funding to enhance the transmissibility, infectiousness, and lethality of potential pandemic viruses is grossly irresponsible," said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of Center for Food Safety. "We are litigating to get that information because transparency and public knowledge about these highly hazardous experiments could be an important step in avoiding the next pandemic."
Read more: Center for Food Safety Sues NIH Over Unlawfully Keeping Secret Federal Funding of Research Creating New More Virulent Pandemic Viruses
From the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives the world over for more than a year. Its death toll will soon reach three million people. Yet the origin of pandemic remains uncertain: The political agendas of governments and scientists have generated thick clouds of obfuscation, which the mainstream press seems helpless to dispel…
“Why would anyone want to create a novel virus capable of causing a pandemic? Ever since virologists gained the tools for manipulating a virus’s genes, they have argued they could get ahead of a potential pandemic by exploring how close a given animal virus might be to making the jump to humans… And that justified lab experiments in enhancing the ability of dangerous animal viruses to infect people, virologists asserted…
“With this rationale, they have recreated the 1918 flu virus, shown how the almost extinct polio virus can be synthesized from its published DNA sequence, and introduced a smallpox gene into a related virus…”
Learn more: The Origin of COVID: Did People or Nature Open Pandora’s Box at Wuhan?
In this educational but humorous 25-minute video animation, Dr. Zack Bush outlines the damage that corporations like Monsanto have inflicted on our health, setting us up for chronic disease and viral triggers like COVID-19 that magnify and exacerbate these pre-existing conditions.
Watch: How Chemical Farming Created an Epidemic of Chronic Disease
Dear Dr. ____,
Thank you for the recent correspondence in which you eagerly invited me to receive the COVID-19 Dose 1 vaccine at your clinic. You wrote: “COVID-19 vaccination is safe, effective, and is our path to controlling the pandemic.”
Kindly provide documentation (that I may share with my lawyer) certifying that you take full fiscal responsibility for any injury resulting from your “safe” vaccination.
If you cannot take any actual responsibility for its safety, I’ll disregard your invitation and will caution my entire community to do the same.
Moreover, I will advise them that you are parroting specious rhetoric that this injection is “safe and effective” but are unwilling to back up your claims. We’ll all realize that by refusing to accept liability for a product which YOU are actively promoting, you’re effectively conceding that it is neither “safe” nor “effective…”
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Help stop the call by the National Park Service to kill off 100+ bison!
Last month the U.S. National Park Service and Arizona Game and Fish Department announced it was looking for "skilled volunteers” to help with the lethal removal of bison from Grand Canyon National Park."There are better solutions than the thoughtless slaughter of so many animals."Thousands of people have signed this petition to oppose the planned killing of bison, calling for tribal consideration and the relocation of the animals to tribal nations."Indigenous peoples should be in charge of the well being of these animals, the US Government should no longer have that right since it ordered the complete extermination of these animals in the 1870s with the sole purpose of weakening Indigenous communities.” - Sean Sherman, The Sioux ChefRead more: Thousands Sign Petition to Stop Grand Canyon Bison Hunt Lottery After 45,000 VolunteerSign the petition
Civil Eats writes:
“As the adoption of no-till practices has spread widely across parts of the U.S. over the past few decades, the approach has been touted as an important means of storing carbon in soil—and a key solution to solving the climate crisis.
“But despite its recent growth in popularity, ‘no-till’ has no single, agreed-upon meaning. In fact, the phrase is often a misnomer. Most no-till farmers have not cut out tillage altogether and do not engage in other beneficial practices such as planting cover crops. As a result, these ‘seldom-till’ farmers aren’t able to permanently store carbon in their soil.”
Learn more: Carbon Markets Stand to Reward ‘No-Till’ Farmers. But Most Are Still Tilling the Soil.
There’s probably no more potent word in the English language right now than “transition.”
It applies to so much more than the political process that’s going on all around us.
A desire for transition drives calls for new ways of farming, of doing business, of relating to, and meeting the needs of the 99% instead of the 1%.
Transitions can happen “organically”—often as a result of some extreme crisis when our options become limited. But mostly transitions happen as the result of pro-active, sometimes Herculean, efforts by those who have a vision.
We are working for a global transition not just in the way that we farm and eat but in the way that we think, our connections with others—even the ones we don’t agree with—and our habits and priorities.
OCA and Organic Bytes need your support to educate the public, mobilize grassroots action, and finance our campaigns. As Big Tech, Big Pharma, and Big Brother step up their attack on OCA and our allies as spreaders of hate and disinformation, we need you to help us get out the truth about Covid 19, and stop the mad scientists, gene engineers, and Big Food/Big Ag corporations from doing any more damage. We need your help to recruit more subscribers, and, if you can afford it, we need you to give us a financial donation.
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